Kudos to Joni Trobich

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Very proud of my good friend Joni for her continued support and dedication to Charlotte’s public schools.

At least one Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member may want to let PTAs raise money for teacher salaries, but national and state PTA rules forbid that, the head of the Mecklenburg PTA Council says.

“Anyone who has ever been involved with PTAs’ financial operations should be aware of that prohibition,” Council President Joni Trobich said in an e-mail after reading about board member Tim Morgan’s proposal.

Parents started talking about raising money to save teacher jobs last summer, when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was laying off hundreds. Trobich and Superintendent Peter Gorman shot the idea down then, saying it raises a host of ethical and practical questions.

via PTA official: We can’t pay for teachers – CharlotteObserver.com.

 

Queen City finishing dead last among 27 metro areas in cell phone coverage. Who would have guessed it?

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technology: dead last among 27 metro areas, no kudos here …

A call-quality survey J.D. Power and Associates conducted of more than 26,000 customers this year showed the Queen City finishing dead last among 27 metro areas.

Which prompts a simple question from frustrated Charlotte cell phone owners: Why?

The major carriers, battling for supremacy over a $150 billion-a-year industry, aren’t talking – at least not in the kind of detail necessary to pinpoint the answer. Private media research firms like J.D. Power and Nielsen have the data but won’t share it, at least partly because they market their information to carriers.

And government regulators have so little insight into call quality that, if they sought to study Charlotte’s networks, they would need to buy the private firms’ data.

Still, clues have emerged in a series of interviews and site visits the Observer conducted in recent weeks. The list of culprits appears to include:

Charlotte’s growth, which has strained carriers’ networks and staff. The increasing use of bandwidth-hogging smart phones hasn’t helped, either.

So many cell sites are being built or upgraded that call quality suffers during the wave of construction.

And in some areas, there simply may not be enough towers.

via Can you hear me now? Sorry, Charlotte callers – CharlotteObserver.com.

Kudos to Charlotte’s Newest Rhodes Scholar!

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college, Myers Park HS, UNC-CH, Rhodes Scholarship, kudos:  Kudos to Paul and his family and to all the people and organizations that supported him to win this great honor.

Steven “Paul” Shorkey Jr., a UNC Chapel Hill senior from Charlotte, was one of 32 Americans awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University in England, the university announced today.

Shorkey, 21, a 2007 Myers Park High graduate, is the only North Carolinian to win the Rhodes this year. He’s a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC, where he’s double majoring in business administration and psychology.

via Charlotte student wins Rhodes Scholarship – CharlotteObserver.com.

 

Davidson defeats Western Kentucky 64-51 …

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Davidson basketball:  ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Sweet Caroline… Good times never seemed so good ! ♪♫•*¨*• .¸¸♪♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫  … Davidson 64 – Western KY 51! (Aside – from Lisa –  … Puerto Rico Tip Off Tourney Results: UNC 1 win- 2 losses. Davidson 2 wins- 1 loss. 🙂  )

Jordan Downing has already earned a nickname from his coach: The Microwave.

“He heats up pretty quick,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop said.

JP Kuhlman had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Downing scored big baskets off the bench to lead Davidson to a 64-51 win over Western Kentucky on Sunday in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.

via Davidson defeats Western Kentucky 64-51 – CharlotteObserver.com.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

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churches, music, history:  I think I will make it a point to go to a service at St. Perter’s.  It is a lovely church.

Carolinas Medical Center. The Urban Ministry Center. Thompson Child and Family Focus.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church founded all three – beginning when it started Charlotte’s first hospital, which grew into CMC. This weekend, the 176-year-old parish makes a new contribution to Charlotte life. This one could outlast them all.

It weighs 10 tons. It reaches up to embrace the rose window at the sanctuary’s rear. It can be as stirring as the fieriest minister.

The church’s new pipe organ actually could drown out the minister if the player saw fit. After all, its message is supposed to reach beyond the church’s walls.

“When we come together for worship,” says the Rev. David Pittman, the church’s rector, “what we’re there for is to offer to God our very best. That includes the music. The organ will make that offering of praise … the best we can offer.”

The organ – which replaces one from the 1930s – is the crowning feature of a yearlong renovation of the sanctuary. St. Peter’s will introduce the instrument with a pair of concerts tonight and Sunday afternoon by Janette Fishell, professor of organ at Indiana University. The dedication service is Sunday morning.

via 10 tons of pipe dreams – CharlotteObserver.com.

 

Thank you, Dr. Bill Wood!

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First Presbyterian Church, end of an era, Dr. Bill Wood, followup:  Nice article in the local paper … but does show both sides of his legacy.

Members of First Presbyterian may have been saying goodbye to their spiritual leader of 27 years, but Charlotte was also witnessing the retirement of a minister who had long been a community leader.

Wood, 67, worked with business leaders – many of them Presbyterian – and other clergy to open centers for the city’s homeless. He filled his 2-block church campus with schools and programs for children. He commissioned a fresco of the Good Samaritan by artist Ben Long that has become an uptown landmark. And he chaired the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Library board when ImaginOn, the children’s library and theater, was built.

And in 2004, Wood made headlines with his quotable response to Mecklenburg County commissioner Bill James’ comment that urban blacks “live in a moral sewer.”

“There are a few moral sewers in south Charlotte as well,” Wood told the commissioners, referring to James’ district.

via Wood leaves legacy of growth, outreach at First Presbyterian – CharlotteObserver.com.

Thank you, Dr. Bill Wood, for 27 years.

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FPC will miss you, the Teague family will miss you, and I will miss you.  Thank you, Dr. Bill Wood for 27 years.  You brought me into adulthood in the Presbyterian church and you baptised each of my children into the church (three of 800!)    I can’t wait to see what you will do next. (And it was a wonderful celebration).

The Session of First Presbyterian Church Charlotte, NC

cordially invites you to a celebration honoring

The Reverend Doctor William Pape Wood

for his twenty-seven years of leadership

at First Presbyterian Church and the community,

and forty years of ministry in the Presbyterian Church at large

on the occasion of his retirement

November 21, 2010

 

 

Bill Wood by the Numbers

Number of sermons 1,100

Number of baptisms 800

Number of weddings 800

Number of new members added 1,863

Number of Officer Training classes 28

Number of Stewardship seasons 27

Number of Capital campaigns 3

Number of mission trips participated in 3

Number of dollars raised for benevolences over $12 million

Number of Associate Ministers 16

Number of William P. Wood/First Presbyterian Scholars 5

Number of children enrolled infant-5th grade 736

Number of Youth enrolled 264

Number of children in Weekday School 255

Number of children in Child Development Center 101

Number of current TV viewers 39,000 homes

source: http://www.firstpres-charlotte.org/FirstNews/fn.20101121.pdf

 

 

The Burger Company – follow up

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restaurants, followup:  I did not have the tater tot nachos … but I thought it ranked “good enough to go again” … We’ll see how I feel after I try the tater tot nachos … a combination of two of my favorite things.  Review of The Burger Company – The Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte’s libraries are on the forefront of reinventing themselves

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It is interesting that as libraries are reinventing themselves we have not invented a new word … media center just doesn’t stick … but the root of the word “library” is book.  Another word similar is  dial   … we now punch numbers into a phone but still use the term dial!~

In Charlotte, N.C., the library district built a separate complex, the Imaginon, with digital equipment that children and teens can use to make blue-screen movies, stop-motion animations and rap songs.

Those who spent their childhood reading “Treasure Island” and “Ramona” in a quiet corner of the stacks may resist the idea that libraries could become frenetic workshops. But advocates say equipping libraries with tools for digital creation may be one way to help young people interact with history and literature in a familiar medium.

“That’s how a culture reproduces itself,” said Anne Balsamo, a professor of interactive media at USC. “It doesn’t just make things up willy-nilly, but it also takes time to look back and discover the ways things were done in the past. So yes to rap music and yes to turn-of-the-century poetry.”

via Libraries reinvent themselves as they struggle to remain relevant in the digital age – chicagotribune.com.

 

“This will be the biggest economic issue of your lifetime” – Unknown economics professor, Davidson College 1982

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water resource management, NC, SC:  “This will be the biggest economic issue of your lifetime” – Unknown economics professor, Davidson College 1982

“Today is a beautiful day, a gorgeous day for a settlement concept to be proposed to you,” S.C. Deputy Attorney General Bob Cook told the bi-state commission. “I’m here to tell you today that the settlement concept is not only a better result, but it’s a fair resolution for both states.”

The deal is built from a compact that a 70-member stakeholder group from both states previously crafted and signed in August 2006. That pact, called the Comprehensive Relicensing Agreement, is required for the renewal of Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp.’s (NYSE:DUK) 50-year federal license to use the Catawba to generate electricity. The renewal is still pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The new settlement deal places strict drought protocols on any entity that pulls water from one of Duke Energy’s reservoirs along the river.

via Settlement reached in N.C.-S.C. water war | Charlotte Business Journal.

 

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