News About Town: The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), part of the Town Manager's Recommended Budget, shows an array of future projects in town. CIP projects for FY 19/20 includes partial funding for a multi-use path down Pleasant Plains (part of the Carolina Thread Trail), funding to pave and create a parking lot on the town-owned property on East Charles St. (behind Pita Kebab), and funding for constructing the Crestdale Heritage Trail. There are many more projects on the list. To see FY 19/20 and 20/21, click here. To see the CIP through 2029 click here.
News Around Town: Yesterday, during their regular Thursday meeting, the Matthews Kiwanis Club presented their first-ever Community Partners in Service Grants. As one member joked, the club gave away $10,000 in 45 minutes. In truth, the club worked for several years to raise money for their foundation, which was, in turn, presented to seven local nonprofits that "serve the children & youth of our community." Club leaders also recognized the work Mark Jones and Eran Weaver put into organizing and administering the grant process. Representatives from each group were present to accept the grant and explain how the monies will benefit their organizations. The recipients are: Bright Blessings, BSA Troop 118, COS Kids, Matthews Playhouse, Sur de Charlotte, Turning Point, Inc., and ZABS Place.
One Good Thing: One Fun Thing: What’s better than old school video game songs played on the tuba? Old school video game songs played on the tuba by a member of the Matthews Concert Band. Rock on TubaDylan.