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Posted on September 26, 2019 10:57 AM by Alessandra Macaluso, CW Webmaster
Categories: Food and Recipes
Fall is interesting here in Charlotte: you want to bust out the layered clothing in the morning and light the fire pit at night, but in the middle of the day, you’re sweating through your new fall boots. Here is a healthy, tasty, seasonal recipe to get you through that mid-day sweat-fest! It’s creamy and cool, with the perfect taste of fall. 
 
Place 1 cup organic pumpkin puree, 1 large ripe banana, 1 cup almond milk (or other milk), ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, and 5 ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. Makes two servings. Enjoy on your porch! (Recipe courtesy of CW Editor Ali Macaluso: www.alessandramacaluso.com.http://www.alessandramacaluso.com)
Posted on September 26, 2019 10:54 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: Gardening
Written by: LeAnn Swieczkowski, Eighteen-years happily gardening in Cameron Wood 
 
Why is fall tree planting season? Because the October through December moderate N.C. temperatures allow the tree roots to become established before the ground freezes (if it does freeze at all here).  
 
I’m recommending if you have cut down some trees in your Cameron Wood yard, consider replacing a few with trees that are native to this area and are fast growers, averaging about 30 feet tall, and give spectacular fall color. 
 
Several trees that Dr. Larry Mellichamp, the recently retired director of the North Carolina Charlotte Botanical Gardens and author of Native Plants of the Southeast, recommends for our area are the Southern Sugar Maple (Acer barbatum), the Chalk Maple (Acer leucoderme), the Red Maple (Acer rubrum), and the Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). If you want even smaller, fast growing maples, go to the website of North Carolina’s premiere Japanese Maple growers, mrmaple.com. I have four of their maple trees. They are relatively inexpensive, are shipped well-packed, and are mostly deer resistant. Happy planting!
 
 
Posted on September 26, 2019 10:51 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: CMPD
Back to school is an important time for families to discuss safety with their children, review safety tips and be aware of threats to their children at home and school. The more informed we are as parents, the safer our children and the community will be. Please use the following tips for safety:
 
·       Map out a safe way to walk to school or to the bus stop. Avoid crossing busy roads and intersections, if possible. Do a trial run with your kids so you can discuss areas to avoid along the way, such as vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren’t many people. Encourage kids to walk to school or to the bus stop with a sibling or friend, and wait at bus stops with other children. 
 
·       Snap a photo of your child and enter up-to-date descriptions in case it is needed. 
 
·       Ask about the safety and emergency plans for your children’s school. How is local law enforcement involved? How are students and parents involved? What emergencies have been considered and planned for?
 
·       Talk to your children about their day. Ask your children if they see anyone bullied, or if anything makes them feel uncomfortable. Look for signs of bullying, like a sudden drop in grades, loss of friends, or torn clothing. 
 
·       If you see something suspicious, report it to local law enforcement. 
 
·       Teach children to resolve problems without fighting. Talk to them about other ways they can work out a problem, such as talking it out, waking away, sticking with friends, or telling a trusted adult. 
 
·       Keep an eye on your children’s Internet use. Talk to your children about what they do online: what sites they visit, who they email, and who they chat with. Encourage them to speak up if something makes them uncomfortable, or if they witness forms of cyberbullying, such as threats or harassment. 
 
Posted on September 1, 2019 8:24 AM by Alessandra Macaluso, CW Webmaster
CW residents Stephanie Robnett and Amanda Gertig are heading up Smithfield’s “Backpack Program” this year, packing food for the weekend for children who are in need. We saw how big CW showed up for last year’s food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank, organized by the Women’s Group, and we’re hoping we can do it again to help fill these backpacks!
 
WHAT WE NEED: This is not a typical food drive. We need very specific items as some of these children’s families do not have access to full stoves and ovens, and we need it easy and ready-made to eat.
 
Items needed are: 
 
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned tuna
  • Vienna Sausage
  • Beef Stew
  • Chili
  • Mini Ravioli, Spaghetti Meatballs, Spaghetti-Os
  • Hearty Soups, Noodle Soups, Soup
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Beans (all kinds)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Veggies (carrots, corn, green beans, mixed veggies,
  • potatoes, peas, etc.) — we need LOTS of veggies!
  • Pasta (anything boxed, noodles)
  • Rice-a-Roni
  • Rice (ready bags)
  • Mashed potatoes (packets)
  • Scalloped potatoes (boxed)
  • Macaroni and Cheese (boxed or individual)
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Ramen Noodle packs
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Oatmeal (individual packets) — we need LOTS of oatmeal packets!
  • Cracker packs (peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, etc.)
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit and grain bars
  • Applesauce cups — we need a LOT of fruit/applesauce cups!
  • Fruit cups
  • Individually wrapped popcorn bags — we go through a LOT of these
  • Snacks (individual packs)
 
You can drop off food items by Stephanie’s house (3134 Old Chapel Lane) or Amanda’s house (10210 Summerhouse Court) anytime through the end of September.
If you have questions, feel free to text Stephanie at 864.354.0343. We are so thankful for this community and the way we support one another!
Posted on February 27, 2019 8:37 PM by LeAnn Swieczkowski
Categories: Gardening
Writte by LeAnn Swieczkowski, 17-year CW Resident and Gardener Hobbyist
 
 
It’s spring and you are beginning to plan for the rebirth of your landscape. There is a cost to implementing your landscape plans and one of the greatest costs is mulch. So why not spread the right kind of organic mulch for your plantings?
 
You want to get mulch that will provide added nutrients and help maintain moisture, control soil erosion, inhibit weeds, and reduce fluctuation in the soil temperature. A 2-3-inch layer of mulch is desired (not 4-6 inches). You must allow for water and air to penetrate the soil easily, and thickly laid mulch prohibits this. Also, mulch placed too thickly may provide habitat for voles and moles, cause plant rot, and attract pests.
 
A rule of thumb before applying new mulch is to remove the old mulch. Old mulch may contain weed seeds, mold, or other non-beneficial materials. There are many kinds of mulch to choose from...so what type should you use? Here are
some options: 
 
  • pine-bark nuggets (size matters - don’t get the largest because it will float away during a heavy rain)
  • shredded hardwood (decomposes quickly and must be reapplied often)
  • grass clippings (use only dry grass and beware of using it if you had your grass treated with herbicides or you have more weeds then grass in your clippings)
  • pine needles (great on slopes but can stunt plant growth and is highly flammable).
 
If you are buying at a big box store, I recommend Cypress mulch because it can be effective in resisting insects and
fungus, is weed-seed free, and generally does not float away.
 
Another mulch source is Mecklenburg County’s Compost Central located at 140 Valleydale Road in Charlotte. The county recommends compost on its website saying it “is beneficial for the land,” is a “soil conditioner, a fertilizer” and “a natural pesticide for soil.” Their stock is tested regularly to ensure it is “weed seed and pathogen free.” For more county information visit www.mecknc.gov or call 311. They deliver for a fee and offer several options for pickup – see their website for details on pricing.
 
Finally, never allow your mulch to mound up to tree trunks. This will prevent bark decay and insects from attacking the tree. Keep mulch 6-12 inches from the trunk and place 2-3-inch depth of pebbles in that area or leave it uncovered.
Posted on August 21, 2018 4:24 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: School News
It's just about that time of year again! Here is a friendly reminder about Bus Stop Safety, provided by the CMPD: 
 
 
Bus Stop Safety
 
?  Walk your young child to the bus stop and have older children walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.
?  Practice good pedestrian behavior. Your children should walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, they should stay out of the street. If they must walk in the street, they should walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as they can.
?  Tell your child to stop and look left, right and then left again if they must cross the street.
?  They should do the same thing at driveways and alleys. Exaggerate your head turns and
?  Narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right and left.
 
Waiting at the Bus Stop
 
?  Don't let your child play running games or push and shove at the bus stop. It is dangerous near traffic.
?  Make sure your child stands at least 10 feet (5 giant steps) from the road while waiting for the bus. The child will then be out of the way of traffic. Have younger children practice taking 5 giant steps to become familiar with 10 feet.
 
Getting On and Off the Bus
 
?  Warn children that if they drop something, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver's instructions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away from the stop.
?  Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by busses on the right.
?  Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are exiting.
?  Give your child a note or follow the school's procedures if you would like for the child to get off at a stop other than the one they are assigned. The driver isn't allowed to let a child off at another stop without written permission.
?  If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.
Posted on August 20, 2018 9:40 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: Neighborhood News
Our Community Fall Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, September 8th RAIN OR SHINE from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.
 
***IMPORTANT! Mecklenburg County requires a permit for residents who plan to have a yard/garage/attic sale. This license is five dollars ($5.00) per day per household and must be available for inspection at all times during the sale.
 
Details can be found here: https://www.mecknc.gov/TaxCollections/BusinessTaxes/Pages/YardSaleLicense.aspx
 
The permit can be applied for online here: https://biztax.mecklenburgcountync.gov/yardsale/Default.aspx
 
If you have questions, please contact Al Smith.
 
 
Posted on December 4, 2017 2:48 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Holiday Open House: A Free Event!
 
Join your neighbors and friends at the annual Holiday Open House sponsored by the Cameron Wood Swim and Racquet Club and the Cameron Wood Home Owners Association. This year's event will take place THIS FRIDAY, December 8th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the CW Clubhouse.
The event will have a silent auction, a hayride through the neighborhood (don't forget to decorate your houses), music, snacks, and our special guest: SANTA!!
 
This year we will have a professional photographer (skip that trip to the mall!) and a professional musician sponsored by Greg Macaluso (CW neighbor and owner of The Mac Group Real Estate Advisors). Thank you, Greg, for your sponsorship of this neighborhood event.
 
This event is FREE and open to the entire neighborhood and all CWSRC members and their guests.
 
 
 
 
Holiday Lights and Hot Chocolate Fun Run
 
Join us for a self-guided run to take in the holiday lights with your neighbors on Wednesday, December 20 at 6 pm. Maps will be provided. All paces and abilities are welcome. Feel free to dress festively, but reflective/light colored clothing and flashlights are recommended for safety. Hot chocolate will be provided at the end of the run; the starting point and distance options will be shared via CW e-news the week of December 18.
 
 
 
 
Turkey Trot Results Are In!
 
Thank you to everyone who came out for the 9th Annual CW Turkey Trot. We had another gorgeous morning with many people earning an extra piece of (guilt-free) pie at Thanksgiving dinner.  Overall and age-group winners won an entire pie to take home to their families.
Winners include:
 
Overall
1st - Zach Rezendes
2nd - Michael Navarro
3rd - Julie Lynch
 
1st Stroller (male) - Sean Lynch
1st Stroller (female) -Heidi V.
 
1st Male Master - John Bartoldus
1st Female Master - Karen O'Brien
 
1st Male U16 - Brandon Tucker
1st Female U16 - Jenna Thompson
 
Special thanks to the Swistaks for putting on the event, and thanks to Nicholas Procopio and the Teagues for volunteering during the event.
 
  
 
 
 
Annual Board Meeting Info
 
The annual board meeting will be on Thursday, January 18th at 7 pm at the CW Swim & Racquet Club.  Residents will be receiving an official invite in the mail in the next few weeks that also includes 2018 budget information. Stay tuned!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CW Holiday Lights Contest
 
If you would like your house to be considered in the judging for the Holiday Lights Contest, please submit your address to Andrew Swistak (aswistak@yahoo.com) with the subject line "CW Holiday Lights" by December 14.
 
Judging will begin on December 15, and winners will be announced via CW e-news the week of December 18.  This year's categories are Best Overall, Traditional, and Most Illuminating.  Stay tuned for the winning houses and honorable mentions.
 
 
Caroling at Southminster - all spots filled!
 
Thank you to those who signed up to spread some holiday cheer at Southminster!! All 25 spots are filled, and we are ready to spread some cheer!
 
On Wednesday, December 20 from 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm the children of Cameron Wood who signed up will be caroling through the halls of Southminster and wishing our neighbors a happy holiday. Along with their parents, the children will spend 10 to 15 minutes singing the following five Christmas carols in three "neighborhoods" within the community: “Deck the Halls”, “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”, “Jingle Bells”, “Silent Night” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” 
To further spread holiday cheer, carolers are encouraged to dress in festive attire to really bring holiday spirit to our elder neighbors. We hope the children of Cameron Wood will enjoy this opportunity to give back during the holiday season and bring cheer to the residents of Southminster. 
 
 
 
Our "guide to giving," all in one place
 
CW is a big-hearted neighborhood! We are proud to have so many residents taking part in charities and fundraisers during the holidays. To keep things organized, we will be putting a list of them all in a single post on our CW Blog. This makes an easy reference for residents looking to give, and at the same time will prevent too many emails and messages hitting our inboxes (who needs more of those?!). 
 
If you have a charity or fundraiser you'd like us to list and share, please email me at webmaster@cameronwood.com. We'll be adding to it and sharing it throughout the season.
 
 
 
We've made our website more user-friendly! 
 
With the addition of our CW Blog and other new web features, we want to be sure residents can access the information easily and that our site is user-friendly. For this reason, we've removed the log-in prompts from many of our pages. 
We have more new web features rolling out in the New Year, so stay tuned!
 
 
Staying safe during the holiday season
 
As we approach the holiday season of good times and giving, there are several other details we want to be sure not to overlook. For lots of great information and tips on holiday crime prevention, see the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Newsletter on our website. 
 
 
Join us on Facebook!
 
Share family-friendly and CW event photos, post Lost & Found pet information, find the latest CW event information and more! Cameron Wood Homeowners Association on Facebook
 
Posted on November 18, 2017 3:28 PM by Alessandra Macaluso, CW Webmaster
Categories: General
Caroling at Southminster
 
During this holiday season, we would like to spread seasonal cheer to our neighbors at Southminster Retirement Community. On Wednesday, December 20 from 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm the children of Cameron Wood are invited to come caroling through the halls of Southminster and wish our neighbors a happy holiday. Along with their parents, the children will spend 10 to 15 minutes singing the following five Christmas carols in three "neighborhoods" within the community: “Deck the Halls”, “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”, “Jingle Bells”, “Silent Night” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” 
 
IMPORTANT: If your family is interested in taking part, please RSVP here. For those that sign up, we will email you copies of the songs that we will sing so you can practice at home (we may even coordinate an impromptu "playdate" rehearsal). Due to limited space, the caroling is limited to 25 children.
 
To further spread holiday cheer, carolers are encouraged to dress in festive attire to really bring holiday spirit to our elder neighbors. We hope the children of Cameron Wood will enjoy this opportunity to give back during the holiday season and bring cheer to the residents of Southminster. 
 
CW Turkey Trot 
 
Work for that meal! Join CW resident families for the annual Turkey Trot, on Thanksgiving morning! The event will begin at 9 AM at the clubhouse parking lot. There will be a 5K, a 1 mile walk and a children’s dash. Prizes will be based on age group (AG) and overall finish (OF). Walkers, runners, adults, children, strollers, and dogs are welcome! The event is FREE to residents and guests!
 
To sign up for the Turkey Trot and for details on volunteering, etc., click here: Turkey Trot Sign Up Form.
Have questions? Contact Andrew Swistak: aswistak@yahoo.com.
 
 
Friendly Trash & Recycling Reminder
 
Neighbors, please put out trash, yard debris, and recycling no earlier than the evening before pickup. It is a violation of a city ordinance if it is placed out sooner than the day before. You can find more information about garbage prep and pickup here. Thank you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Small Business Saturday
 
As you start tackling your holiday shopping list, consider supporting your local merchants. Many are located right near Cameron Wood, and several can be found inside Black Lion - including CW Sponsor Nelly's Naturals. It makes the giving season that much richer when we can give back to our neighborhood. Happy Shopping!
 
 
 
The Giving Season
 
CW is a big-hearted neighborhood! We are proud to have so many residents taking part in charities and fundraisers during the holidays. To keep things organized, we will be putting a list of them all in a single post on our CW Blog. This makes an easy reference for residents looking to give, and at the same time will prevent too many emails and messages hitting our inboxes (who needs more of those?!). 
 
If you have a charity or fundraiser you'd like us to list and share, please email me at webmaster@cameronwood.com. We'll be adding to it and sharing it throughout the season.
 
 
 
New Web Changes
 
We've made our website more user-friendly! With the addition of our CW Blog and other new web features, we want to be sure residents can access the information easily and that our site is user-friendly. For this reason, we've removed the log-in prompts from many of our pages. 
 
We have more new web features rolling out in the New Year, so stay tuned!
 
Stay Safe This Season
 
As we approach the holiday season of good times and giving, there are several other details we want to be sure not to overlook. For lots of great information and tips on holiday crime prevention, see the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Newsletter here
 
Join us on Facebook!
 
Share family friendly and CW event photos, post Lost & Found pet information, find the latest CW event information and more! Cameron Wood Homeowners Association Facebook Page
Posted on November 8, 2017 10:40 AM by Alessandra Macaluso, CW Webmaster
Cameron Wood is a big-hearted neighborhood! We have so many charities and fundraisers going on, all organized by CW residents. We'd like to put them all in one place so everyone has a quick reference. They are: 
 
  • Krist Longley's Angel Tree: "Please click on the button below to view information about this family of 10 that I have grown to love over the years. Please sign up and help me love on the Cunninghams! Thank you in advance!" Sign up here: Angel Tree Project 2017
  • Courtney Carr with families from Levine Children's Hospital: "It's that time of year again! I am sponsoring a family with 2 chronically ill children from Levine Children's Hospital. Please help me spread the Christmas cheer by signing up to help them!" Making Christmas Bright for a Levine Children's Hospital Family
  • Mark Norman's fundraiser for Chef Darius: "As an employee of Johnson & Wales I felt that God had put me in Darius' path. His story is similar to others who come from poverty: being raised by his grandmother along with two sisters (one older and one younger), dealing with financial, educational and social issues." Learn more, and donate here: Fundraiser for Chef Darius
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN) is a United States-based charity that funds research, provides patient support, conducts community outreach, and advocates for increased federal research funding for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.  It was established in 1999, and has raised awareness for pancreatic cancer with the help of businesses and other groups.  The network raises funds for pancreatic cancer research through its “Purple Stride” walkathons, which are organized by its affiliates in various local communities. www.pancan.org (recommended by Bernane Songco)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina helps feed the hungry. Services: Kid's Cafe, Mobile Pantry, Pet Food Pantry, Soup Kitchens, Food Pantries, Backpack Program. Neighborhoods: Charlotte, Hickory, Dallas, Spartanburg. www.secondharvestmetrolina.org (recommended by  Bernane Songco)
  • Bright Blessings. Submitted to CW by Charity McPhail. www.brightblessingsusa.org
 
 
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