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Morning Minute: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

We asked our intern, Sterling, to summarize Monday’s Town Council meeting from a student’s perspective. This morning’s News About Town is her view of small-town government in Matthews (Or BOC meeting):

I walked into a room with a large crest of Matthews, NC at the head with flags adorning each side. The mayor, Paul Bailey, was seated in the middle of a large dais with the board of commissioners circling around; I never knew that all of this was right above the Matthews library, where I had been going my whole life. The crowd included everyone from firefighters who were there in support of Kerry Ernsberger, Matthew’s Employee of the Year, to a boy scout troop, who were working on their communications badge. I was surprised that the atmosphere of the meeting was both formal and casual being that it followed an ordered agenda but with the occasional joke from one of the commissioners. It was thought-provoking to see what topics were being discussed, even if most were passed unanimously; it ranged from the general issue of the effects of traffic on Matthews to the more abstract approval of Matthew’s new “vision statement” for the future. From the concerns raised here in Matthews, I could make a connection to environmental, safety, and political concerns locally as well as nationally, despite it only being considered a small town government. At the end, I shook hands with the mayor and the assistant town manager, which is something I never envisioned myself doing as a high school student.

Photo by Norah Burke

Photo by Norah Burke

News Around Town: Grey Gardens, The Musical opens Friday evening at Fullwood Theater in the Community Center. Directed by Billy Ensley (an area theater mainstay), is sure to captivate. The play, based on the “riches to rags” story of Jackie O’s famously eccentric aunt (Big Edie) and cousin (Little Edie), is the first musical on Broadway ever to be adapted from a documentary. Multiple performances over the next two weekends provide plenty of opportunities to see the show. February 1 -10, 2019, recommended for 13+ years.

One Good Thing: Guild of Charlotte Artists is hosting a Small Works Show at Novant Matthews. Artists are welcome to enter paintings smaller than 12 inches in any dimension on Saturday from 10 AM to 12 PM at Novant Health Matthews. Drop off up to three paintings and include an entry fee (members $25, non-members $65, which includes 2019 membership. The show ends March 1 and pick-up for art is March 2, from 11 AM til noon in the hospital lobby.

Morning Minute: Thursday, January 3, 2019

All Good Things: The Parks and Rec Department has been busy lately scheduling all sorts of good things, each of which is worth mentioning.

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The Town’s Valentine Dance (formerly the Father-Daughter Dance) tickets go on sale tomorrow, January 4. The event always sells out so get your clicking finger ready and be ready to purchase your tickets at 9 AM sharp. The dance is Saturday, February 9 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Crews Rd. Rec. Center (1201 Crews Road). For $15 a person, you get dinner, snacks, dessert, crafts, and quality time with your kiddos during the season of love.

Bring the family and bend your way to health with Bowspring Yoga at the Community Center Sunday, January 6, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. This class combines a Bowspring-specific postural alignment with traditional yoga for a unique fitness experience. The cost is $5 per person for ages 2 and up, bring a yoga mat and be sure to register, as space is limited.

Parents, bring your preschool aged kids (0-5 years old) and join Valerie of Kindermusik and Michelle from Abrakadoodle for a morning of music, art, and storytelling. This free event is at the Community Center in the Community Room this Monday, January 7 from 10:00 a.m. until approximately 10:40 a.m. Registration is required.

Morning Minute: Tuesday, December 11, 2017

News About Town: Matthews Board of Commissioners met with Planning and Administrative staff to discuss the Light Industrial zoning of the Stronghaven warehouse constructed in 1960 and located at 433 East John Street. The Board voted to begin the process of rezoning the property, a state-listed brownfield site, to R-12 Residential.

News Around Town: Despite minimal precipitation, the ice storm wreaked havoc around Matthews. According to the Duke Energy Outages page, there are still numerous power outages in Matthews. Several frustrated Beacon employees lost internet from downed lines, causing a lapse in Matthews news and bad Beacon puns for most of Monday.


One Fun Thing: This Thursday, December 13, take an evening to escape the holiday hustle and join Elinor Edvi-Miller, yogi and life coach, to find your state of mindfulness. The evening will consist of an interactive talk teaching practical and easy-to-use tips to pave your way into mindfulness. Matthews Community Center, Room 104, 100 McDowell Street, 7:30-9 p.m.

The Hundred Dresses

Photo by Cyma Shapiro

Photo by Cyma Shapiro

There are two more shows for The Hundred Dresses at Matthews Playhouse in the Community Center (100 McDowell Street). Showtimes are 2:00 PM Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.