US-74 Corridor Public Workshop On May 7, 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Union County, NC – Union County in collaboration with the Town of Stallings, Indian Trail, and the City of Monroe are conducting a study to assess transportation, land use, aesthetics, and market response to address issues, concerns, and needs along US-74.

There are three upcoming Community Design Workshops to obtain feedback regarding concepts and ideas for the future of the corridor:

• Meeting #1 (May 7th): Union County Agricultural Service & Conference Center, Monroe, NC 5:30pm – 8:30pm
• Meeting #2 (May 8th): Stallings Civic Building, Stallings, NC 5:30pm – 8:30pm
• Meeting #3 (May 9th): Stallings Fire Department, Indian Trail, NC 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Input and feedback from the area residents, users of US-74 and business owners along the corridor are vital to the success of the plan. We hope you can attend.

For more information please contact: Dick Black 704-283-3565, Union County Planning Department RBlack@co.union.nc.us.

You can also visit the project website: www.us74corridor.com.

Visit the project Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/154461447998491.

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2012 Monroe Scoop

Red Cross Encouraging Area Residents To Brush Up On Water Safety Skills

Union County Red CrossMonroe, NC – Summer is just around the corner. That means hot weather, blue skies and open swimming pools.

In order to have a safe – and fun – summer, the American Red Cross encourages Monroe-area residents to brush up on water safety skills.

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on water-related injuries, the drowning rate in the United States averages 10 people per day, with a quarter of fatal drownings involving children 14 and younger.

This is why Red Cross recommends swimming in areas supervised by a lifeguard. If no lifeguard is on duty, designate an adult as a “water watcher” who maintains constant supervision of children around any water no matter how well they can swim or how shallow the water.

A 2009 Red Cross survey found that nearly one in three parents (30 percent) believe that “floaties” are better than supervision. The Red Cross stresses that floaties cannot be used as a substitute for appropriate supervision.

Keep your family safe with these few simple tips:

• Learn to swim well. Contact the Union County Chapter for information on learning how to swim—nearly 2 million people learn to swim each year with Red Cross programs.

• Never leave children unattended near water — not even for a moment! Adults should practice “reach supervision,” which means to always be within arm’s length when a young child is near water. For older children – even adults – who are not strong swimmers, practice “active” or constant supervision and make sure they wear U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs).

• Know how to respond to an emergency. You should know how to tell if a swimmer is in distress or is drowning and how and when to call for emergency help. You should also learn how to help someone in trouble in water while keeping safe yourself. Do not create a situation where you become a victim as well! Enroll in Red Cross water safety, first aid and CPR courses to learn what to do.

• Keep lifesaving gear handy. If you own a pool: always have on hand a ring buoy, life jacket, rope, pole or other object that can be used to help a person in trouble. Remember to have a first aid kit, cordless phone and emergency contact information by the pool.

• Know when it’s too dangerous. If you, or someone you are swimming with, appear to be too cold, too far from safety, been exposed to too much sun, or had too much strenuous activity, it is time to head for shore or signal for help.

• Eliminate temptation. Backyard pools should have self-closing, self-latching gates that remain locked when the pool is not being used. Kiddie pools should be emptied and toys removed immediately after use. Empty water buckets so small children cannot fall in and drown.

• Know what you’re getting into. Check local tides, currents and other conditions which could be dangerous before entering open bodies of water.


Home Pool Essentials


Aquatic Safety


For more information on Red Cross Learn to Swim, water safety, first aid and CPR classes near you contact Richard.Rash@redcross.org.

Story contributed by: Kate Meier | Regional Communications Director American Red Cross

2012 Monroe Scoop

Henderson Properties Launches The Great Spring Spruce-Up Contest

henderson propertiesCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Henderson Properties, a full service real estate company with five offices in the greater Charlotte area, today announced its first ever Great Spring Spruce-Up Contest.

Four winners will receive a half day of exterior home enhancement services from the maintenance team at Henderson Properties.

“From managing properties and community associations, we hear from residents all the time about their most dreaded spring cleaning chores,” said Phil Henderson, president of Henderson Properties. “This is the time of year people consider moving or improving their residence so we want to help jumpstart that effort in a fun way. We hope this will become an annual event.”

The half-day of outdoor spruce up services includes:

· Cutting grass

· Trimming shrubs

· Cleaning gutters

· Pressure washing driveway and sidewalks

· Blowing pollen from porches and decks

The contest is open to all Charlotte, NC area homeowners and renters.

To enter, visit www.hendersonproperties.com and click on the Great Spring Spruce Up Contest button or, stop by a Henderson office listed on the website to fill out an entry form.

Winners will be contacted, announced and posted on the Henderson Properties website the week of May 21.

Spruce-ups will take place the week of May 28th. No substitution services are allowed.

Founded in 1990, Henderson Properties is a full service real estate company with five offices serving the Greater Charlotte area including: Norland Road Headquarters, Lake Norman, Fort Mill and Indian Trail/Union County.

Services include: community association management, rental property management, leasing, maintenance and home sales. For more information, call 704.535.1122.

2012 Monroe Scoop

First Baptist Church Spring Yard Sale Saturday April 28

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2012 Monroe Scoop

Benefit Yard Sale For Sandy Marsh On Saturday, May 5

Monroe, NC – Saturday, May 5 at Skyway Lanes In Monroe will be a benefit yard sale for Union County 911 tele-communicator Sandy Marsh.

All proceeds will be given to Sandy to help her and her family with medical and financial assistance.

For more information and to make financial donations or to contribute to the yard sale, call Pauline Lucore at 704-320-3806.

Sandy Marsh Yard Sale

2012 Monroe Scoop

Piedmont Middle Visual Arts Dept. Does More Than Just Draw On Paper, They Draw Ideas

Union County, NC – Piedmont Middle School’s Visual Arts Dept. is made up of 300 students across three grade levels – 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Students do more than draw on paper, they learn to succeed by drawing on their ideas… to be critical creative thinkers.

Along with exploring ways of making art, students understand that all things connect.

Their website features how students use math to create portraits, environmental science to create a sculpture garden, social studies to create gondola races in Venice, and global economics to understand the Italian fashion industry

They use technology to create a virtual classroom.

Their website is a place where they exhibit their work, explain their projects, and celebrate their experiences.

The Visual Arts website is a constant work in process, updating and changing frequently.

7th grade art students learned the process of portrait making through the use of grids.

Students created a 1/2″scaled grid on their photo and a 1″ scaled grid on their art surface.

Each student hand-generated their portraits in pencil using only their eye sight and judgement to enlarge each grid block.

Students were allowed to select their photo pose and whether or not to add color to their finished pencil drawing.

Enjoy this great video of student portraits from the Piedmont Middle School Visual Arts Department.

Story and video contributed by Margaret James, Art Teacher & After School Art Coordinator.

2012 Union County, NC

Greensboro Fire Department To Present “VIP for a VIP” Program To Weddington H.S. & Marvin Ridge H.S.

vip for vip program

Union County, NC – One of the major issues affecting us all is motor vehicle safety. In particular, teen drivers are being injured and killed at an alarming rate.

On Wednesday, April 25, and Thursday, April 26, 2012, Greensboro Fire Department, along with Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Union County EMS, Union County Public Schools, Quality Inn & Suites-Matthews, Fox’s Pizza Den-Waxhaw, Secrest Wrecker Service and Harris Teeter, will offer an informative and moving program to teen drivers and their families in an effort to prevent future tragedies.

VIP for a VIP (Vehicle Injury Prevention for a Very Important Person) consists of a presentation and video to be shown at 10:00 am in the schools’ auditorium.

Facts and figures directly related to teen driver fatalities will also be given to the students.

At approximately 1:45 pm, the students will be moved outside for a demonstration of a fatal car crash.

In preparation for this event, students are encouraged to complete a “VIP Contract for Life of a VIP.” This contract outlines safety measures the student promises to take so that he or she can remain safe while operating a vehicle, in addition to agreeing to a “zero tolerance” for drugs or alcohol.

This program is dedicated to the students who have lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in Union County.

An ongoing teen driver safety program and strong parent and school support, teen traffic fatalities can be reduced in our community.

For more information contact Don Novak, School Security Coordinator for Union County Public Schools, at (704) 296-3065 or Captain Steve Zimmerman, Greensboro Fire Department, at (336) 508-3782.

Locations of Programs:
April 25 – 10 am & 1:45 pm
Weddington High School
4901 Monroe Weddington Road
Matthews, NC 28104

April 26 – 10 am & 2 pm
Marvin Ridge High School
2825 Crane Rd.
Waxhaw, NC 28173

2012 Union County, NC

NC Pre-Kindergarten Registration Begins In Union County

Union County Smart Start Monroe, NC – It’s time for NC Pre-Kindergarten registration in Union County.

**Update, the registration period is extended**

Registration has been extended for NC Pre-kindergarten classes in Union County.

Openings are limited, and parents must complete registration by May 30.

Children who will be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31 may be eligible for free pre-kindergarten classes, administered by Union Smart Start and the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program. Classes will begin in the fall.

Studies show that students in high quality pre-kindergarten classes are more likely to succeed in grades K-12. In addition, adults who received high-quality early education are more likely to graduate from high school, outperform on literacy tests as young adults, to be employed at age 40, have higher income, own their homes and have fewer arrests.

Pre-K classes follow the Union County Public Schools calendar, with some programs on a year-round schedule and others on the traditional August to June schedule, depending on location.

Classes are held five days a week for 6.5 hours each day in public schools and in four- or five-star licensed child care centers.

Transportation may be provided.

NC Pre-K classes are held five days a week for 6.5 hours each day in four or five-star licensed child care centers.

Classes are small, limited to a maximum of 18 children, and each lead teacher is college-educated with birth-kindergarten licensure.

Teachers focus on literacy, numbers, motor skills and problem solving techniques to ensure that children are prepared to become successful kindergarteners the following year.

To register a child, parents must provide the child’s birth certificate, the parent’s current pay stub, 2011 W-2 form or family tax records and two proofs of residence, such as a cable, tax or electricity bill or a lease agreement.

Applications and eligibility criteria are available at:
Department of Social Services – 1212 W. Roosevelt Blvd, Monroe
Union Smart Start – 105 Cedar St., Monroe
ChildTime In Monroe – 1714 N. Charlotte Ave., Monroe
ChildTime In Indian Trail – 120 Business Park Dr., Indian Trail
Walter Bickett Education Center – 501 Lancaster Ave., Monroe
Online at www.UnionSmartStart.org
For more information, call (704) 238-8917 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Children who will be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31 may be eligible for free pre-kindergarten classes, administered by Union Smart Start and the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program.

Registration ends on April 20, and any applications accepted after April 20 will be placed on the waiting list.

This NC Pre-Kindergarten initiative provides high quality programs using Creative Curriculum that focuses on preparing children in developmentally appropriate ways to be successful kindergarteners the following year.

Emphasis is placed on literacy, numbers, math, fine and gross motor development and problem solving.

“Many studies have shown that students in high quality pre-kindergarten classes are more likely to succeed in grades K-12,” said Mary Ann Rasberry, executive director of Union Smart Start.

In addition, adults who received high-quality early education are more likely to graduate from high school, outperform on literacy tests as young adults, be employed at age 40, have higher income, own their homes and have fewer arrests.

This year, more than 430 Union County children are enrolled in NC Pre-K at 16 sites, down from 546 children due to a 20 percent cut in state funding.

Donna Griggs, owner of Kids are First in Stallings, is thrilled with the NC Pre-K program. “These children are at risk, they have a need,” she emphasized. “We need to make certain that at-risk children do well in kindergarten and first grade – that’s why pre-kindergarten is so important.”

Children who have been identified as at-risk may simply need extra time to prepare for kindergarten, or they haven’t been in a structured pre-school program, haven’t had the opportunity for social interaction or they have difficulty speaking English.

Children in NC Pre-K:
Learn about letters, colors, shapes and numbers
Learn to develop positive relationships with peers and teachers
Listen to stories and learn about books
Explore math, science, art and music
Expand language skills
Develop a positive sense of self and an enthusiasm for learning
Explore and play outside daily

NC Pre-K classes are held five days a week for 6.5 hours each day in four or five-star licensed child care centers. Classes are small, and each lead teacher has a college degree with birth-kindergarten licensure.

To register a child, parents must provide the child’s birth certificate, the parent’s current paystub, 2011 W-2 form or family tax records and two proofs of residence, such as a cable, tax or electricity bill or a lease agreement.

Openings are limited. Applications and eligibility criteria are available at:
Union Smart Start, 105 Cedar St., Monroe
www.UnionSmartStart.org
Union County Department of Social Services, 1212 W. Roosevelt Blvd, Monroe

If you have questions about NC Pre-K registration, contact Union Smart Start at (704) 238-8917.

2012 Monroe Scoop