News About Town: This week is National Poison Prevention Week. In an effort to prevent unintentional poisoning the Matthews Police Department will be hosting Operation Medicine Drop this Wednesday, (March 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police station, 1201 Crews Road). The event creates awareness to the proper disposal of unused and/or expired medications. Keeping medications out of the wrong hands is the first step in preventing accidental poisoning. In fact, unintentional poisoning is the leading cause of injury death, surpassing motor vehicle deaths.
The Police Department asks that you bring all medications to this event that are no longer being used or are expired. Items include: Over-the-counter drugs, prescriptions, sample medications, and pet medications. NO SYRINGES – Here’s how to dispose of syringes.
News Around Town: Some parents dropping their kids off at Matthews Elementary yesterday morning were surprised by the enforcement of traffic rules. According to the MES Parent Handbook, distributed at the beginning of year, car riders must enter on the south side of the school where staff assist with getting children to their classrooms. McDowell Street is then left with clear flow-through for CMS buses transporting MES children. School administration will continue to monitor traffic patterns for enhanced student safety.
One Good Thing: If you’re a cat lover, the Greater Charlotte SPCA has the volunteer gig for you. The GCSPCA takes care of the kitties up for adoption at PetSmart in Windsor Square and they need a few loving volunteers to help. Volunteers feed cats, clean their enclosures, and help socialize the felines while they wait for their furever home! Let’s be honest, "socializing" = self serve cat therapy! One shift takes an hour (or more if you really want to help those kitties). Find more information at charlottespca.org/volunteer. Kids are welcome to volunteer with an adult present.