What’s closed for New Year’s?
New Year’s Day on Jan. 1 means changes in the hours for local government buildings and public services.
The Matthews Town Hall, Crews Recreation Center, Matthews Community Center and McDowell Arts Center administrative police department office will all be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1. The recreation center will close early, at 6 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 31.
Recycling and garbage pick-up will operate on a regular schedule.
The Mint Hill Town Hall and administrative police department office will be closed Jan. 1.
Recycling and garbage pick-up will operate on a one-day delay beginning Jan. 1.
Matthews firefighters earn awards
The Matthews Fire & EMS Department recently presented awards to three volunteers who serve with the department.
The department – which uses paid, career staff during the day and volunteers at night and on weekends – has 65 volunteers.
Awards were given to Derek Layman, Matthew Quales and Dave Banick.
Layman was presented with the 2012 Firefighter/EMT Award and the L.H. Yandle Award. The Yandle Award is named after L.H. Yandle who was a long-time member of the Matthews-Morning Star Fire Department and served in many roles including chief of the department. It is awarded each year to the most outstanding member of the department.
Layman joined the department as am EMT volunteer 12 years ago. He has served in several leadership positions including lieutenant, captain and assistant chief of EMS before the departments merged.
After the merger of the EMS and Fire Departments, Layman learned how to drive and operate all of the mechanics on the fire truck in order to better serve the department. He also developed a reporting system for the department and was the go-to person for anything related to technology. He advanced to the position of lieutenant after the merger.
“Derek has always been a very positive influence for the department. He has constantly been there to help new members learn any aspect of the job,” said Matthews Fire & EMS Chief Dennis Green.
Heather Layman, Derek’s wife, accepted the awards on his behalf during a recent awards ceremony as he’s currently fighting cancer.
Layman also was presented with an Honorary Lifetime Membership with the department – the first person to ever receive this distinction.
Matthew Quales was named Rookie Volunteer of the Year. Quales joined the department a year ago. He earned his Firefighter I and II certification from Cleveland Community College and also has earned his EMT certification.
Quales has stepped in to take an active role in the department including serving with the Explorer program which encourages teenagers to have careers in Fire & EMS, according to a news release.
Banick received the Volunteer Officer of the Year Award. He joined the department in 2010 and serves as Captain of B shift. He was recognized for his dedication to his co-workers and the respect they have for his leadership.
Banick earned his Firefighter I and II certification from Central Piedmont Community College.
Matthews parks director leaving
Lee Tillery, the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource Department Director in Matthews, has accepted the assistant director position with the City of High Point’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Tillery has worked in Matthews for five years.
Tillery oversaw renovations to Squirrel Lake Park, the addition of restrooms at Stumptown Park, the conversion of the Agriculture Building to the McDowell Arts Center and the construction of the town’s first greenway. He also helped secure two state grants totaling more than $500,000.
Corey King, Matthews Recreation Program Specialist, has been named the interim director.