Community Service

Community Blood Center to open Belmont Office

Monday, May 5 Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. for the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas new Gaston County Donor Center in Belmont.

 

The location is 1212 Spruce Street in the CaroMont Health Building.  This is the CBCC’s first satellite office.

 

It will collect whole blood and platelets.

 

CBCC is a nonprofit organization which provides more than 90 percent of the blood used at 14 area hospitals including Gaston Memorial, Piedmont Medical Center and all of the Carolinas HealthCareand Presbyterian hospitals in the Charlotte metro area.

For more details, call 704-972-4700 or visit www.cbcc.us.


 

 

Wow ! Newcomers make another impact

See The Spectacular 33 N. Main Renovation Thursday

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What a difference in the building at 33 N. Main in Belmont from August to March!

And here’s your chance to see the renovation that owner Richard LaVecchia has achieved as the new Designing Brides and the relocated Peppermint Shoestring hold an open house and grand opening Thursday, March 13, from 10 AM until 7 PM.

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Nancy Lepore, owner of Designing Brides, and Lynnelle Dobbins, owner of the Peppermint Shoestring Children’s Boutique, extend a special invitation to Chamber members and friends to come by between 5 p.m and 7 p.m. for tours and refreshments.

The building, which was once used as a funeral home, a clothing store, and most recently, a gift basket shop, will be a fine addition to the thriving downtown community.

Several neighbors and friends met Nancy Lepore and her husband, Patrick, last summer during the Friday Night Alive activities.  

Run For The Money – 6

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Many people in the community received the official 6th Annual Run For The Money donor forms in the mail this week from the Community Foundation of Gaston County.

Over 100 nonprofit organizations benefit from contributions to the Community Foundation through this event. Since its inception, the Run For The Money event has raised over $5 million with $1.4 million coming from the Community Foundation itself.

With the recent cutbacks by the United Way to emergency service organizations, it is a prudent and wise investment of donor directed funds to this annual event.

Mark April 19 on your calendars and participate in the 5K run or 2K fun-walk, but more importantly, make a contribution to one or more of the organizations listed and approved for participation.

You do need to obtain and official form and those can be received directly from participating agencies and the Community Foundation.

Mailer: run-for-the-money-donor-form.pdf

Belmont bags Phone Books

Keep Belmont Beautiful, a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, hosted its annual phonebook recycling drive through the month of January.

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On January 31, representatives of KBB counted almost 16,000 phone books at area schools.

Belmont Central was the top collecting school with 11,287 books, most of which were stacked neatly in the gym and in the entrance hallways to the school.

Piza parties were awarded to the winning classes in each school and top collectors will be awarded certificates and KBB t-shirts.

Top collectors this year were:

  • JB Page: Sarah Neil, 130 books; Carson O’Brien, 100 books; school total-1,418
  • North Belmont: Chance York, 365 books; Audrey Williams, 342 books; school total -2,486
  • Belmont Central: Jordan Lathe, 7,188 books; Tyler Grigg, 2,015 books; and, Lindsey Johnson, 201 books; school total -11,287
  • Belmont Middle: Yash Patel, 75 books; school total -625
  • South Point: 42 books total

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Bankruptcy Lists – Fair or Foul?

Well, our beloved editors over at the Gastonia Gazette must have really run out of news to publish.

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On Friday, the Gazette began publishing bankruptcy filings as listed by the court system. What once was a required public notice posting through classified ad listing of the legal filing, now has been distilled to the basics: name, address, type of filing, and case number.

In the interest of public service, the Gazette allocated in-house resources to distill the information to the “gentle” reading public. In the Gazette’s eyes, why subject readers to the mind-numbing review of legalese that accompany the court documents? Let’s get down to the chase – just the facts: name, address, type of filing, and case number.

The outlash was immediate and very negative from the readers, a sample:

“I have been fortunate that I have not had to file bankruptcy, but I very much resent the fact that any person or family that has fallen on hard times must be exposed to further embarrassment. Does the Gazette not realize that a lot of these folks may have worked hard all their lives, lost their job due to textiles closing or possibly a family member taking ill? As a paralegal I can tell you that everyone has problems, but for the Gazette to zero in on this is sickening. Surely the paper can find a more note worthy way to fill up its extra space. I for one did not read those names listed and I encourage others not too. Shame on the Gazette for their lack of compassion” – Maryann

“I realize that this information IS public record, but how about using a little bit of good judgement here?” – Disappointed

“At best this is dumb, at worst it is a horrific attempt by the Gazette to embarrass folks already hit by heartache. You telling me news is so slow in Gastonia today that we need to publicly humiliate these folks? Really, this is in poor taste guys.” – Gouranga

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We agree with the majority on this one – keep the listing where it is required. There is no need to distill the public record further in this type of circumstance. if they wish to pursue these types of records, why not fully investigate the failure of certain businesses or even industries? Usually, the well-connected Gazette/Chamber link glosses over business closings, and then only if they impact 50 or more people. There are hundreds of small businesses established every year, and there are hundreds of failures. 

The Chamber makes a big deal out of groundbreakings, ribbon-cuttings, and position announcements. How about mentoring, monitoring, and rewarding the small privately owned businesses, rather than focusing on a family’s failure or circumstances which are sometimes beyond their own control.

The Consumer Credit Counseling program of Family Service, Inc, has a tremendous process to help families overcome mounting debt-related issues. One or twice a year the Gazette does an article about this critical community nonprofit. The bully pulpit opportunity that the Gazette wields in this case could be used for much more good than to embarass people in this manner.

Gazette, instead of the full-page ads touting your “community service” and “sponsorships”, why not do more to encourage the financial education and mentoring that is needed to gain true freedom. The very freedom that is expressed as your mission.

   

Belmont Citizens of the Year

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The Belmont, oops, Montcross, Chamber of Commerce bestowed its highest community award to Jack and Gearl Dean Page at its January 24 annual dinner.

We also congratulate the Pages for this award. As friends and neighbors at church and in the community, Jack and Gearl Dean have always been active and engaged in community projects.

Both the Gazette and Gaston/Lincoln section of the Observer wrote very nice stories about the Page’s involvement in a host of community activities.

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Caravan Coffee owner, Vince Hill, was recognized as Business person of the year.

Now about changing Belmont to Montcross… 

June Vandalism Rampage Nets Sentence for Two

The two young men who were arrested for vandalizing 76 cars and homes last summer, were sentenced on Friday.

Christopher Allen Bostwick, 19, of Belmont and Timothy Michael Pressley, 18, of Cramerton were sentenced to 200 hours of community service and required to pay restitution of $12,000.

Jail time was avoided by both men, many of the homeowners and/or insurance companies wanted to be reimbursed for the damages. The reasoning was that if the men were jailed, they would not be able to pay back the damages.

The judge threatened both offenders that if they were caught in as much as a moving violation, they would be sent to jail.

Guess that wraps up the justice in their destructive silliness…

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