Meet Mint Hill’s firefighters
The Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house May 19, a Sunday.
The free event, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m., will include station tours, equipment demonstrations, refreshments and more. A 3 p.m. ceremony will recognize retired members and present service awards to current members. The department at 8313 Fairview Road is celebrating its 61st year of serving the Mint Hill community.
South Trade Street vote could come May 13
Matthews town commissioners are expected to discuss the future of South Trade Street on Monday, May 13 and could vote on whether the road will be widened.
Commissioners voted Monday, March 25 to postpone a decision on the widening of South Trade Street from Fullwood Lane to Weddington Road. Town commissioners have gone back and forth debating the fate of South Trade Street since 2004, when voters passed $5.5 million in bonds to be put toward road improvements, particularly South Trade Street. The bonds were set to expire in November 2012, but commissioners secured a three-year extension through the N.C. Local Government Commission. Town Manager Hazen Blodgett said last summer construction on South Trade would need to begin within one year to avoid having to redo flood documents for the road.
Carolinas HealthCare opens new departments in Mint Hill
Mint Hill is now home for the staff of five Carolinas HealthCare System departments.
The healthcare system has relocated the departments of Virtual Critical Care, Tele-Health, Behavioral Health Call Center, MedCenter Air Communications and Patient Placement into the system’s building at 11304 Hawthorne Drive, according to system spokeswoman Julie Smith.
The departments, which occupy about 16,000 square feet square feet, started moving in this week. The Virtual Critical Care Command Center – the first to move in – allows doctors and nurses to remotely monitor patients in critical care units across the Carolinas. When implementation is complete, the 24 hours a day, seven days a week system will monitor patients’ vital signs for all 550 critical care beds across Carolinas HealthCare System, representing the largest project of its kind in the United States, according to a news release.
“This new department will not replace physicians and nurses at the bedside, but will provide an additional group of clinical experts to closely watch and review the vital functions of those patients,” Dr. James McDeavitt, chief academic officer for Carolinas HealthCare System, said in the release. Initially, about 25 physicians and other staff members will oversee patients from the Mint Hill office. When fully implemented, the unit will employ about 80 people, according to the release. The moves for all departments will bring more than 150 employees to Mint Hill working varying shifts.
MorningStar Presbyterian hosts ‘Hope and Healing’ service
MorningStar Presbyterian Church in Matthews will host a special service on Mother’s Day for area residents for whom the holiday is a difficult time.
“Hope and Healing on Mother’s Day” begins at 5 p.m. May 12, a Sunday, at the church, 13000 Idlewild Road, and is open to people of all faiths, said Pastor Stephen Mitchell. The service will focus on God’s presence even in the midst of unfulfilled hopes, painful memories and grief. The service will be led by Mitchell, with reflections by the Rev. Dee Smart, a Presbyterian Church pastor with In Christ Supporting Ministries, and music by Elizabeth Bridges.
For more information, call 704-302-7383.
Woman’s Club awards $7K in grants
The Matthews Woman’s Club Service League recently awarded $7,000 in grants to area nonprofits.
The disbursement of the grants took place at the club’s April meeting. Nonprofits receiving grants included the Matthews HELP Center, Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care, Matthews D.A.R.E., Levine Senior Center and more.
Area women who want to know more about the club are encouraged to attend “Punch on the Porch” from 4 to 7 p.m. May 23, a Thursday, at 208 S. Trade St.
For more information, visit www.matthewswomen.org.
Matthews United Methodist nets award
A Matthews church has been recognized for its active volunteerism with one Charlotte nonprofit.
Matthews United Methodist Church was recently named Religious Community Partner of the Year by the Bethlehem Center of Charlotte, a nonprofit which serves
Volunteers from the church helped with Thanksgiving, Christmas and school supply drives as well as “Camperships” which allow children to attend Camp Tekoa in the summer. Volunteers also provide the center with office support, tutoring, painting and helped build a new playground. The church also has donated money toward the center’s after-school enrichment program.