Matthews honors officers
The Town of Matthews recently chose four of its police officers as the recipients of the Employee of the Year Award.
Sgt. Bill Abernathy, Cpl. James Flack and officers Kevin Osuch and Steve Rozina were honored at the Monday, Feb. 25, board of commissioners meeting. The officers were responsible for assisting native Matthews resident Harvey Boyd after he was assaulted in his home last year.
While Boyd was recovering in the hospital, his refrigerator malfunctioned. The four officers reached out to Lowe’s Home Improvement, who donated a refrigerator. The officers installed the refrigerator and took care of some other areas throughout Boyd’s home that needed a little TLC.
“… In this small town, I’ve found that love is very real, and I appreciate all of you very much,” Boyd said to the officers at the meeting.
Barbara Messera nets service award
The Matthews Human Services Council recently selected Barbara Messera as the winner of the annual Nancy Glenn Service Award.
Amy Carr, executive director of the Matthews Free Medical Clinic, and Kim Rhodarmer, executive director of the Matthews HELP Center, presented the award to Messera at the Monday, Feb. 25, board of commissioners meeting.
Messera coordinates and teaches English as a Second Language classes at the HELP Center, has worked with the International Baccalaureate Program at East Mecklenburg High School, sponsored the Kiwanis Action Club and served as a chaplain aid at the Mecklenburg County Jail.
“I really just want to express my appreciation to Kim (Rhodarmer) … and her staff, and the congregation of the Matthews Presbyterian Church, where we meet, for their encouragement and inspiration to start this (ESL) program, dig in and bring others along with me,” Messera said at the meeting. “It’s been a wonderful three years.”
Thompson announces merger, appoints new president
The boards of trustees for Thompson Child & Family Focus and South Carolina-based York Place expect to complete a merger of the two nonprofits within 60 days, according to a news release.
Both agencies, established as orphanages, share similar Episcopal faith-based legacies and serve traumatized children and at-risk families.
The new, combined agency will be headquartered in Charlotte and operate under the name, Thompson Child & Family Focus. York Place will serve as the S.C. regional office for programming.
Thompson has a campus off Margaret Wallace Road near Matthews.