Christmas tree pick-up begins
Curbside pick-up of Christmas trees started this week in both Matthews and Mint Hill.
Trees, which will be recycled into mulch, will be picked up on regular service days. Residents are reminded to remove all decorations, including garlands and tinsel, so the trees can be recycled.
Construction starts soon on Lennar’s new subdivision
By early February, Lennar expects to begin construction on a 20-house subdivision off Pineville-Matthews Road near its intersection with Covenant Church Lane in Matthews.
Reid Hall is the company’s newest Matthews subdivision, which was downsized after nearby residents complained to town commissioners and, with help from Matthews attorney Chuck Bennett of Weaver, Bennett & Bland, filed a protest petition.
The original plans called for 37 houses to be built on the 12-acre property and residents said the density was too high.
Lennar, which has an office in Ballantyne, bought the property Sept. 30, according to town zoning records. The land is adjacent to the Stratfordshire subdivision and Covenant Day School’s Warner Park.
The company plans to begin clearing trees and building interior roads by the end of January or early February, said Veronica Perez, director of sales and marketing for Lennar’s Charlotte region. Residents could see the construction of the first home by the end of February, she said.
Lennar recently announced plans to develop a new community, Franklin Meadows, off Weddington Road on property that spans nearby Stallings and Charlotte. The community will consist of 86 single-family homes ranging from 2,700 to 3,400 square feet, with prices from $240,000, according to a news release. The community will feature two- and three-story houses with four to six bedrooms, according to the release.
Lennar entered the Matthews market about a year ago by purchasing remaining lots in the Pleasant Ridge subdivision off Pleasant Plains Road. The 36-lot neighborhood was abandoned by Ryan Homes.
Hospital to add generator
Presbyterian Hospital Matthews, 1500 Matthews Township Pkwy., was recently issued a county permit to add a diesel generator.
The generator, which will be installed within the next few weeks, is needed to provide back-up power for the under-construction fifth floor when it opens in November, hospital spokeswoman Sharon Harmon said. The $16.6 million project is the first major construction project at the hospital since it was built 18 years ago.
The addition will be a 26,519-square-foot expansion of the intensive care unit and a relocation of the intermediate unit as well as the medical surgical floor and an expansion of cancer services.
Matthews hires new special events manager
Matthews native Lee Anne Moore has been hired as the new special events manager in Matthews.
Moore replaces Jayson Johnston who moved to Georgia late last year.
She will oversee all of the concerts, festivals and special events the town holds throughout the year. She also will serve as the executive director of Matthews Alive, Inc. For the last 14 years, Moore has owned and operated an event management firm.
She also has served as a volunteer with the nonprofit Matthews Alive Festival and on the town’s volunteer Tree and Appearance Committee.
Urgent: Animal shelter needs towels, sheets
Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control is in desperate need of bath and beach towels and bed sheets after a malfunctioning dryer destroyed much of the shelter’s stock.
New or gently-used items can be dropped off at the shelter, 8315 Byrum Drive, in Charlotte, during regular business hours, Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 3-1-1.
Carolinas HealthCare donates mobile lab
Representatives from Carolinas HealthCare System recently joined public health officials at a hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, for the official opening of the country’s second public cardiac catheterization laboratory, donated by Carolinas HealthCare System’s International Medical Outreach, or IMO program.
The catheterization laboratory, or cath lab, was installed outside of the National Cardiology Center located by the Roberto Calderón Gutierrez Hospital, according to a news release. The cath lab is a large, mobile unit used to diagnose and perform life-saving procedures on patients experiencing heart attacks, chest pain or other symptoms of heart disease and can be deployed to rural areas of the country if needed. As a public care facility led by the country’s Ministry of Public Health, the Cardiology Center provides free services to any patient seeking care.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in Nicaragua and, until now, physicians at the Cardiology Center have had only one stationary cath lab to diagnose and treat patients despite a growing need for necessary treatment, according to the release. From 2007 to 2011, the number of non-invasive and invasive procedures performed at the Cardiology Center jumped from 5,141 to 16,635 and from 116 to 736. The additional cath lab will allow cardiologists to potentially double the number of cardiac procedures performed and meet the growing needs of the region.
Since 2007, the IMO Program has led projects aimed at improving the health of adult and pediatric patients in Nicaragua. Its first project was to repair or replace the dilapidated equipment of the Intensive Care Unit at Manuel de Jesús Rivera (La Mascota) Pediatric Hospital, the country’s largest pediatric facility. That same year, the Program helped rebuild the country’s only public cath lab, which had broken and remained unused for at least one year.