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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
 
 
Posted on October 3, 2017 10:52 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
It's getting lively in Cameron Wood! With the slight chill in the air (well, last week, anyway) and the sound of leaves crunching, we are lining up activities and can't wait to celebrate FALL! You can expect our paper Newsletter in your mailbox next week, but in the meantime, here are some events coming up: 
 
 
OKTOBERFEST
 
 
It's time for brats, beer, and fun! Our annual and much-anticipated OKTOBERFEST is happening on Saturday, October 14th at the CW ball field. See the details above. We hope to see you there! 
 
PUMPKIN FEST
 
 
Grab your little ghouls and bring them on over to the CW Clubhouse parking lot on Sunday, October 29th. Kids of all ages can come and decorate a mini-pumpkin just in time for Halloween. Pumpkins, decorations and a small snack will be provided for all neighborhood kids in attendance. 

If you have any questions or would like to help with the CW Children's Committee, contact Ashley Swistak at: ashley.swistak@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CW ADULT HALLOWEEN PARTY 
 
The annual adult Halloween party will be at the CW Clubhouse on 10/28/17. For more information, go here: CW Adult Halloween Party
 
 
TRICK-OR-TREAT
 
 
Mark your calendars for trick-or-treating! On Monday, October 30th from 4-5 pm Southminster has invited school-age children from Cameron Wood to participate in their Trick or Treating event. 
It’s preferably for elementary school kids, but middle school children can also come as long as they have a parent with them and have their costumes on. Guests will enter at the front door and there will be residents throughout the community offering treats for the kids. It’s a great way to celebrate Halloween and spread some joy at Southminster.
 
 
BOO Your Neighbors! 
 
What is all this talk of "BOO"ing your neighbors?! It's a fun way to surprise your friends and get in the Halloween spirit. Many thanks to CW resident Elizabeth Corcoran for breaking it down for us in this blog post. She also made a great point on our CW Facebook page: it doesn't have to be just for kids! You can make an adult "BOO" package with some spooky spirits, too. Read the original blog post, here: BOO Your Neighbors

 
 
Posted on September 30, 2017 9:12 AM by Alessandra Macaluso, CW Webmaster
Happy FALL!! Here's what's new for the Fall season in Cameron Wood:
 
Hi neighbors! It's that time of year again when we get ready for the annual CW OKTOBERFEST! This year's event will take place on Saturday October 14 from 5 pm until 9 pm at the CW ball field, rain or shine. Two immediate volunteer needs:
 
  • someone to coordinate the CW annual food drive and supported by a couple of people to help collect and sort donated food.
  • someone to coordinate 4 or 5 volunteers to monitor the bounce houses and bungy run.
 
Grab all of the details here! If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity, contact David Lewyn at lewy1481@bellsouth.net
 
 
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It's BACK TO SCHOOL season! Here's what you can expect around the area as we re-adjust to the school traffic: Back to School in Cameron Wood
 
It's also BOO SEASON! Grab all the details on our BOO blog post, here: BOO Your Neighbors
 
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The next HOA board meeting will be Wednesday October 4th, at 8 pm at the CWSRC.
 
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Fall sign-up starts soon for PSAA Basketball! Early bird pricing begins the first week of October. The season runs from
sign-ups in early October through regular season and all-star tournaments until the first week of March. Boys and girls age 5 through 17 are welcome. See our Fall newsletter (in mailboxes the week of October 9th) for details. For questions or more insight, contact basketball@parksharonsports.com.
Website: http://www.parksharonsports.com/program/basketball
 
Read our Cameron Wood Blog for the latest news and guest post from residents, and check out our Event Calendar for upcoming events!
 
Please submit your news items, questions & suggestions to the CW Webmaster. webmaster@cameronwood.com
We are always looking for ways to improve!
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Posted on September 12, 2017 2:04 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
It's that time of year again...get ready for the annual CW Oktoberfest!

 
This year's event date is Saturday, October 14 from 5 pm until 9 pm at the CW ball field rain or shine.
 
Food and Fun for the entire family!  Come enjoy brats, beer, and live music from Better Than Ravens, bounce houses and bungy run for the kids.
 
Volunteers always welcome! A great opportunity for youth in need of service hours. We have two immediate volunteer needs:
 
  1. someone to coordinate the CW annual food drive and supported by a couple of people to help collect and sort donated food.
  2. someone to coordinate 4 or 5 volunteers to monitor the bounce houses and bungy run.
 
If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity, contact David Lewyn at lewy1481@bellsouth.net
 
We look forward to seeing you there!!! 
Posted on August 30, 2017 1:50 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: General
A message from Officer Beth Jackson, CMPD: 
 
Response Area One Residents- 
 
Our hope is that everyone had a GREAT summer. Some of you already started the school routine this week, on Monday August 28th CMS will be starting. Please be advised traffic will be in full force and there will be kids at bus stops, more vehicles on the road (especially student drivers) and a sea of yellow buses. Please make sure you are paying attention and driving slowly through the communities and school zones.
 
BACK TO SCHOOL NC Safety Tips (ncdot.gov)
  • Cross in crosswalks.
  • Watch for and obey crossing guards.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Be careful crossing multiple lanes of traffic.
  • Make sure each lane of traffic is clear before you cross.
  • Pay attention. When walking, avoid distractions like cellphones.
  • Obey signs and signals. • Cross the street where you have the best view of traffic.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from the road as you can. ADULT AND TEEN DRIVERS
  • Know when to stop for school buses.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Obey all posted school zone speed limits.
  • Never pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
  • Before turning, be sure the path is clear.
  • Slow down near bus stops, schools and playgrounds.
  • No drinking and driving. • Buckle up. • Avoid distractions such as food, passengers and using mobile devices.
  • Texting while driving is illegal. Additional Safety Tips for Teen Drivers
  • Don’t speed.
  • Avoid distractions.
  • Cellphone use is illegal for drivers under 18.
  • For provisional license holders, no more than one passenger at a time. North Carolina has stiff penalties for motorists who fail to comply with school bus safety rules.
  • There is a $500 penalty for motorists who are caught passing a stopped school bus, and a fivepoint penalty on their driver license.
  • A driver who passes a stopped school bus and strikes someone will face a Class I felony and be fined a minimum of $1,000.
  • The penalty increases to a Class H felony and fine of $2,500 if someone is killed. BACK TO SCHOOLNC For more information, visit WatchforMeNC.org to learn more about what you can do to keep roads safe for everyone. 
Posted on August 9, 2017 1:40 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
CW SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING! We will have a community viewing of the solar eclipse at the CW ball field on 8/21 from 1-4 PM. The eclipse will start just after 1 PM and peak at around 2:45. Bring blankets or chairs to sit on, snacks, drinks, and don’t forget your solar sunglasses.
 
Here is some additional information about the total solar eclipse (which hasn’t happened since 1979):
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map
 
Below is a link to a page that has information about the appropriate “Eclipse Glasses” which should meet the ISO 12312-2 standard:
https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters
 
For members of the pool, it will be open that day from 12-7pm.
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