NEXT Big Event - SPRING GARDEN CLUB TOUR 2016

   - along with the ARTS Corner and Plant Sale - Sunday May 15, 2016 1-5PM - Starts at TRIANGLE -

   Other events and notices


   2016 - "GP/RW PARK" meeting with Park-and-Rec to discuss plans - May 3, 2016

   Shamrock Senior Center - CALENDAR of events and activities

   RECAP of November Community meeting at Rec Center

   NEW construction in the area?

   News from Officers JWilcox@cmpd.org and Ashley Brown

   LORR School opened August 26, 2015

   Garden Club Yard Sale: Saturday, September 19, 2015.

   National Night Out: August 4, 2015 - Huge turnout for celebrating our community

   Sunday, May 17 - Garden Tour a BIG success!


........................................ >>> Check this webpage every week for NEWS about these notices and upcoming events.


11-ACRE PARK PLANS updates: Jan.26 and Mar.3 and May.3 meetings

CLICK here for details *** NOW ***

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Shamrock Senior Center - CALENDAR of events and activities

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GPNA Meeting! Tuesday November 3, 2015

Hello Wonderful Grove Park Residents, (Messages from Mimi Davis)

Quarterly Meeting: As President of GPNA, Mimi Davis wants to remind you of upcoming events, especially the WORKSHOPS for Grove Park Residents held by our lead artist Leslie Scott, the mosaic artist who will be doing the mosaic benches for the Circle Park. The pieces that make up the mosaic bench-tops are to be made by us and by our children. The construction dates are November 17, 19 and Saturday 21. The Boys and Girls Club on Milton Road is allowing us to use their facility.

CLICK here for details *** NOW ***


The Arts Project is part of the new beautification grant we won from the City, and we actually get financial credit for each person who signs in at the meeting, so we need a huge turnout!

Newsletter: The July newsletter schedule is done. We plan to have it in production just before July 4th so we're hoping to get it to you all on July 23. It will have the National Night Out flyer inserted, which is August 4, so it will be delivered to everyone so they can get it on their calendars. The next newsletter after that will be coming out in October.

Harris Sculpture: THE ASCENSION was dedicated on Saturday October 10 at the Triangle Shopping Center (home to BP, Salvadorena and Pandas). Forty people brave the wet weather to see artist Dana Gingras christen the Eastside's newest public art!

New Park: We've also heard good news about "Linda Lake Park." AKA GP/RW Park, because the 10-acre property abuts 12 homes in Grove Park and 12 homes in Ravenwood. The real estate people from Parks & Rec have been contacting hundreds of area homeowners to inform all residents. There will only be 2 entrances: Linda Lake Drive and Applecross Lane. More at the January 26, 2016 meeting.

NEW construction?

ASCENSION !!!

Ascension - In front of Panda's Den at Sharon-Amity and Harris. It was funded by an ASC Grant after GPNA submitted a successful request for a Community Art Project. BUT instead of putting it in Grove Park, GPNA decided to share it with the whole Eastside! Forty people attended the official Dedication on October 10th with Artist Dana Gingras and officials from the Arts and Science Council. Triangle Center merchants provided an expansive and enjoyable buffet. More such projects are planned for locations down Sharon-Amity!

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POLLO COMPERO (Country Chicken) is moving into the old Firestone Auto Center (between Wendy's and Cook-Out across Sharon-Amity from Compare Foods). Renovations began in November and the world famous chain (with 400 restaurants around the globe) OPENED in mid-April and began serving grilled and fried chicken specialties! Vamos a comer! Let's Eat!! -> SEE Menu *** Here ***

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WEEKEND FLEA MARKET at Eastland Mall - Saturdays and Sundays - Early AM to mid-afternoons. Drop by to find that hidden treasure you have been looking for! Fun for the whole family. You can even rent space (less than $20) to get rid of your own "attic treasures!"

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The new $21.5 million elementary school behind the NS Alexander Bed and Breakfast Conference Center at the corner of Shamrock and Sharon-Amity! SCHOOL OPENED on August 26, 2015, so Watch Out for the kids and new traffic delays at rush-hours. The new 800-student Laurence ORR elementary school (Grades 1-5), with 39 classrooms, also location-named as Sharon Amity Elementary (with a 16-classroom Pre-K section). The ownership of the 46-acre property was changed in August 2012 and construction bidding finished in November 2013. For more details go to http://www.metconnc.com/estimating/cm-risk/hickory-grove-relief-elementary

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Then, the construction down Harris where the old DELTA movie theatre was, just behind the Walgreens on the corner of Albemarle Road? The new Walmart Grocery Store on the 5-acre property OPENED in the first week of July 2015.

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But not to be forgotten, the corner lot at Central and N.Sharon-Amity (in front of the old Harris-Teeter at Eastland Mall) is a Quick Trip/ QT Gas Station and Shop. Construction began in April of 2015 and QT opened for business on November First.

News From: Officer JWilcox@cmpd.org

To: GROVE PARK and RAVENWOOD Residents
Sent: 2/7/2016
Wipe Out Crime >>> Prevention Tips

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department would like your help!
To keep anyone from removing your valuables from the inside of your vehicle.

Follow these tips to prevent YOU and yours from becoming a victim.
Always lock your doors and roll up your windows
Store packages in the trunk of your vehicle while shopping
Park in well lit areas at night
Park vehicle in the driveway rather than the street
Consider a car alarm for added protection
Call 911 if you see any suspicious activity

ENCOURAGE YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS TO KEEP VALUABLES OUT OF THEIR VEHICLES AT HOME, WORK OR WHILE RUNNING ERRANDS.

Officer Jerry Wilcox OR Ashley Brown (KBrown2@cmpd.org)
Hickory Grove Division - Response Area 2
Community Coordinator RA2
704-567-9198

LORR School opened August 26, 2015

New Lawrence Orr Elementary School to Open in East Charlotte
Posted by John Leonard

The new CMS K-5 Public Elementary School was built in east Charlotte and was recently named Lawrence Orr Elementary School. The school is located at 4835 Shamrock Drive just off of North Sharon Amity and Hickory Grove Road. The school opened to students on August 26, 2015.

The school is named after Lawrence Orr. According to a submission to the Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, Mr. Orr was active in the African American community of Crab Orchard which is now known as Hickory Grove. The report states that Mr. Orr owned an operated a general store at the corner of Shamrock Drive and Hickory Grove Road (near the site of the new school) in the 1930s and 40s and that it was the only African America owned business in the area at the time.

Lawrence Orr Elementary School colors are black, metallic gold, and orange which were selected by parents, future students, and staff members. The mascot will be a lion. A logo is under development.

You can connect with the school through its CMS homepage including details on the school uniform policy. The school also has a Facebook Page. >>> https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceOrrElementary

National Night Out - Tuesday August 4, 2015 at the Triangle

NNO is dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals, devoted to safer communities.

The introduction of National Night Out, "America's Night Out Against Crime", in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW's National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).

NATW's Executive Director, Matt Peskin introduced National Night Out in 1984.The first National Night Out took place on Tuesday, August 7th 1984. That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states. The seed had been planted.

National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

The traditional "lights on" campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

Peskin said, "It's a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days."

Garden Club Yard Sale: Saturday, Sept.19, 2015. BIG SUCCESS

This was the Grove Park/Ravenwood club's primary bi-annual fund raiser. Donations were wide ranging and very popular - lots of sales and over $1300 generated! Sales started at 8AM and ran briskly till 2PM. Over 150 visitors surveyed and purchased 80% of the donated items. The other 20% went to the Kidney Foundation. So nothing was wasted. Thanks to all who donated, all who staffed the sales tables and all the visitors who helped contribute to paying for Garden Club activities over the next 2 years!

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