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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 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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Advertise with us! Learn more about our neighborhood, our communications, and how you can advertise your services, here: Cameron Wood Sponsors
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 May 21, 2017 9:07 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Hi all! Below is a guest post from one of our CW residents, Jonathan Miller. Take it away, Jonathan! 
 
Hello neighbors !
 
In a little more than two weeks I'll be riding in my 19th consecutive MS150 event, the 2017 Bike MS Colonial Crossroads ride. 
 
Several years ago I picked up a motivational idea from another rider; he had pinned one of those "I'm riding for" notes on the back of his jersey. He had quite a few names on his list. He even laminated it so rain, sweat, etc. would not damage his list! So I've been creating an annual riding list for several years now.
 
Please consider making a donation to the National MS Society AND send me the name(s) of family or friends living with multiple sclerosis so I can add them to my 2017 "I'm riding for" list.
 
2017 event date:  June 3-4
Donations are tax deductible within IRS rules.
Make checks payable to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
 
If you work for a company that matches employee gifts, please submit the appropriate paperwork to claim that matching gift.
 
And if you prefer real checks and snail mail, let me know and I'll send a self-addressed stamped envelope.
 
Here's the address/phone/website for the Virginia-West Virginia MS Society chapter:
 
National MS Society, Virginia-West Virginia Chapter
4200 Innslake Dr Ste 301
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone:  804-353-5008
Fax:  804-353-5595
Website Address:  
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/VAR
 
Use this URL for electronic pledges (requires a credit card):
 
Thank you for your support. I'm looking forward to the 2017 MS150!
 
Jonathan
Posted on January 13, 2017 10:06 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
As our Annual Meeting approaches, one of the most important items on the agenda is the election of the Board of Directors. All of the details of this process are outlined in our Bylaws. But to save you the trouble of searching that very long document, here are some of the important facts you need to know:
 
  • The Board of Directors should consist of five Directors. The board can choose to increase that number to up to nine Directors by a majority vote (Article IV, Section 2)
  • All Directors must be members of the Association, and they must not be in default of payment of assessments or violation fines. They also cannot currently have a continuing violation of the Declarations, Bylaws, or rules and regulations of the Association (Article IV, Section 2)
  • Nominations can be made to the Board of Directors 30 days prior to each annual meeting. Nominations can also be made from the floor at the annual meeting (Article IV, Section 3)
 
Directors can be elected in a few different ways:
  • Secret written ballot at the annual meeting (Article IV, Section 4)
  • A majority vote at another board meeting where quorum is present (Article III, Section 7)
  • A written vote without a meeting. Written votes include fax and email (Article III, Section 10)
 
You are able to appoint another resident to vote on your behalf. This is called voting by proxy. You received a proxy vote form in your meeting notice that was mailed to you. If you need another copy, contact Henderson Properties at 704-535-1122. (Article III, Section 9)
 
A quorum is required to vote at the meeting. Quorum is 10% of eligible residents, which is approximately 80 households. In the event that we do not have quorum, the meeting can be adjourned and then immediately reconvened. At that point, the new quorum requirement is one-half of the previous requirement. This provision can be repeated until quorum is present (Article III, Section 6)
 
You can access our HOA Bylaws here. Should you have any questions regarding the election process or any other association related item, please do not hesitate to contact our management company or one of the current Board members.
 
Posted on September 22, 2016 7:51 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: General
Update from Beth Jackson, CMPD
 
"Good Afternoon,
 
I have been receiving an overwhelming amount of emails regarding all the information out there on the protests coming to the South Charlotte area. I can assure you we are following social media reports and getting the same information.
 
Obviously the city of Charlotte is on edge and people are overwhelmed with the News, Social media, news conferences and the national spotlight that Charlotte is in.  I would say everyone just use their best just judgement and use the best safety measures. I can guarantee if there are protests in the area at any time the Media will be there. They were camped out earlier today at SouthPark because they were also getting the information and talking to people. The good news it was the police and the media. :)
 
We obviously do not know exactly what is going to happen in our area, in downtown Charlotte, in North Charlotte, but we will be there to respond to whatever it is,  All hands are on deck as they like to say.
 
What we have seen over the past couple of days has been disturbing and heartbreaking,  we understand your concern.  I appreciate the information that has been emailed and texted to me directly that has been seen on social media. If you do see a group starting to gather in a location to protest please call 911.
 
As you are aware we do have many resources involved but I can assure you that there are Officers still in South Division and in the response area. I realize this will not solve ALL your frustrations and concerns but I hope it can ease them as we go into the evening.
 
As always THANK YOU for your support, you have been so WONDERFUL to us!
 
CHARLOTTE STRONG :)
RESPONSE AREA ONE STRONG :)
 
Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.
 
Thanks, Beth"
bjackson@cmpd.org
Posted on August 29, 2016 9:10 AM by Alessandra Macaluso, CW Webmaster
Categories: General
Today we are featuring a guest post from resident Barbara Navarro regarding Zika concerns and the stagnant pond on the corner of Glen Eagles. Barbara writes: 
 
"Because of the increasing concerns re Zika and mosquito control, I began growing worried about the stagnant pond on the Harris property at the corner of Glen Eagles and Park Rd.  I wrote to Karen Garloch after her informative article in the Observer and received this reply:
 
'My name is James Bjorneboe and I am the Mosquito Control Program coordinator with the Mecklenburg County Health Department.  Karen Garloch with the Observer forwarded me your concern over the vacant lot at Park and Gleneagles.  We have been out there several times in years past.  I have been out there earlier this year as well. 
 
'There is no notable or excessive mosquito activity coming from the area.  Since the excavation of the area and the cancelation or postponement of many construction projects, the area has returned to more of a natural state.  There are tadpoles, frogs, diving beetles and other aquatic insect larvae in the pond.  These organisms will provide a natural control measure of sorts as they actively feed on mosquito larvae. 
 
'Are there mosquito larvae in the pond?  I’m sure that there is.  The good news is that it is not a breeding the type of mosquito that the overwhelming majority of people encounter on a day to day basis.  That mosquito, the Asian tiger mosquito, breeds out of household items like, buckets, birdbaths, flower pots, tarps, etc.  Because Charlotte is largely comprised of urban and suburban area, there are plenty of areas that this particular mosquito can find to lay eggs.  It often doesn’t fly more than 100 yards away from where they are hatched.  This is why the importance of being proactive and ensuring that nothing on your property holds water. 
 
'In short, the pond discussed earlier does not pose a health risk to the students and residents in the surrounding area.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at any time.  Have a great day.'
 
Thanks,
 
James A. Bjorneboe, R.E.H.S.
Senior Environmental Specialist
Mecklenburg County Health Department
Phone: 704-507-6820
Email: james.bjorneboe@mecklenburgcountync.gov
 
"Mr Bjorneboe had also offered to come speak to anyone interested in our neighborhood.  If folks are interested, we could perhaps set up an evening at the Clubhouse for his presentation.  Hope you all find this as reassuring as I did!"
- Barbara Navarro
Posted on August 17, 2016 10:23 AM by Chris Corcoran, Board President
Categories: General
Good morning.

After speaking with a project leader I have some details that I wanted to share with the community.  AT&T has hired some companies to install fiber optic cable so that they can provide their fastest internet service.  Ansco & Associates is managing the project for AT&T.  Ansco hires contractors to do the work.  The company that is working on the install is AJC Contracting.

AJC is currently focused on the Deer Spring section of the neighborhood.  Please see the below maps that illustrate their current scope.  They are legally allowed to do this installation because of the utility easements on your property.  Please do not berate or yell at the workers or supervisors who have been hired to work on this project.  They are just doing their job in this miserably hot sun.  They are doing their best to avoid hitting any utilities, but accidents do occur.

Residents in the Arbor Point section already experienced the installation.  Yes, there were issues with hitting gas lines and water lines.  In many cases this is not the fault of the workers who are doing the installation.  They strictly follow the markings that USIC (a separate company) indicated.  We had an incident yesterday where they hit a gas line that was seven feet away from a marking.  Incidents like this do happen, unfortunately, but Ansco is willing to right their wrongs.  Please call Ansco between 7 am and 7 pm at 877-245-6660.  You can reference AT&T job number 62L41575N.  If you cannot get a hold of them or are not satisfied with their assistance please contact me at christophercorcoran@hotmail.com.

Thanks for your patience as they work on this install.  This section should take around 2 weeks depending on the weather.  I requested that Ansco provide me details about what section of the neighborhood they will work on next but I have not received any information yet.  Apparently they cannot do the entire neighborhood at once so we will keep you posted as we get more information.

Chris
 
 
 

 
Posted on July 22, 2016 8:08 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: General
Welcome to our very first CW Blog Post! We are excited for the launch of this blog, and we also look forward to using it as a way to highlight residents, share stories, showcase DIY - even feature guest posts from residents and local businesses, from time to time. We hope you like this feature!
 
"Our Communication Team is focused on improving all lines of communication with our neighborhood, and this blog is a natural step in that direction. Volunteers, ideas, and Guest Posts on our blog are highly encouraged!" - Molly Spence Ward, CW Board Secretary and Communication Liaison.
 
Let's get right down to it. Here's the most recent news and information going on in Cameron Wood: 
 
 
Is Google Fiber making those blue markings?
 
There has been some buzz about utility markings (blue lines) recently in the neighborhood, and as some of you have gathered- both Google Fiber and AT&T Giga power are coming to CW.  AT&T did not provide the community with any notice when they started digging to lay fiber optic cable in the past, and Google Fiber has not sent us any notification about future construction.
 
We as an HOA cannot control how these corporations communicate. Oftentimes the large organizations work with contractors and sub-contractors who have very little information to share.  We have called Google but they could not confirm if construction is starting soon. They are supposed to leave door hangars before they start digging in residential lawns. More info can be found here: https://fiber.google.com/cities/charlotte/support/#tab=construction
 
If we receive any further notification, we will update residents via eNews, the CW website, NextDoor and Facebook!
 
NeighborWoods Tree Grant - WE WON!!!
 
At our most recent board meeting we met with a representative from TreesCharlotte and discussed our NeighborWoods tree grant.  We won approval for the community and the event is scheduled for March 4, 2017.  This will be a fantastic community wide event and we hope you would like to participate.  I have already received interest from a number of different homeowners throughout the neighborhood, but there is still time to sign up.  If you have interest in receiving up to 3 free trees for your home please email christophercorcoran@hotmail.com.  We look forward to the tree planting event early next year and will keep the community informed about the process.
 
CW Safety Team
 
There has been more theft recently from unlocked vehicles.  Please, we can not stress enough to:
 
  1. Lock your vehicles
  2. Move valuables out of plain sight
  3. Close your garage doors
 
We have worked with our community police officer, Beth Jackson, to find ways to solve this issue. The absolute NUMBER ONE thing that we can do is LOCK AUTOMOBILE DOORS. Yes, it stinks that this is an issue in south Charlotte that we have to deal with, but over 75% of the time automobile break in reports indicate that the doors were left unlocked.
 
Here is some info that Officer Jackson shared this past June:
 
"Certain neighborhoods will continue to be targets if people in their communities are failing to do their part to REMOVE their valuables and LOCK their vehicles.
 
"This is happening throughout our district and not just our response area. The South Division is up 121% in Car break ins. This time last year we had 154; as a district we are at 342! In Response Area One we are up 47% with 116 car break ins so far in 2016 compared to 79 last year and that is not including the ones you saw on the crime alerts sent out this week. Most of these were UNLOCKED!
 
"When people in the community fail to use their simple crime prevention tips an officer has to respond to take a report for an UNLOCKED vehicle that had a computer, phone, gun, cash etc… removed, it takes an officer off availability for at least an hour. Patrol officers are responding to hundreds of car break ins that should not have happened. We will not get this problem under control without your best ideas and support to get people to remove valuables and lock their vehicles. I ask for your help. I look forward to your response. It is clearly within residents control not to be victims of vehicle break ins. We need a call to action on their part."
 
Would you like to be more involved in the safety of CW?  Please contact our new Safety Team Leader, Corbitt Simmons at csimmons@hnrg.com.
 
UPDATE or CREATE Your User Profile for the CW Website!
 
Now is an excellent time to create a profile if you are a resident so you may access the more private areas of our website, such as User Announcements, Board Meeting Minutes, the Message Board, Photo Albums, and many more features we keep private for our residents. And we'll be launching our neighborhood blog soon - stay tuned! Go ahead and create your login by clicking the 'login' link at the top-right of the screen.
 
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A CW WEBSITE USER PROFILE, PLEASE GO BACK AND UPDATE IT.  THERE ARE MANY DUPLICATES AND SOME OLD DATA.
 
Are you utilizing all of the wonderful resources on our neighborhood website? Here is a recent resident posting on our User Announcements - and yet another reason why we love Cameron Wood!: "I would like to thank the kind lady who gave my granddaughter the extra $ so she could get her pizza from Hungry Howies the other day. She ordered it and really didn't know the grand total and thought she had enough money. Thank You, Lynn Jenkins."
 
Keep the good deeds coming! If you'd like to post an announcement to our website, simply go to our homepage and select the "User Announcements" box about halfway down the page. Fill in the information to add your announcement and click "Submit." That's it! You can see all user announcements in the sidebar of our Neighborhood News page (link is here: User Announcements)

Please email our Webmaster with any questions or suggestions at webmaster@cameronwood.com and Ali will be happy to assist you. We hope you like our new look!
 
CW Classified ads
 
Neighbors: feel free to use this page to post your classified ads.

Also, our neighborhood is active on Nextdoor where many of our neighbors post classifieds, too. You can view that page (or sign up for Nextdoor) here: Cameron Wood Classifieds on Nextdoor.
 
In closing...
 
We welcome news items as well as suggestions for the CW Connection neighborhood newsletter.  We also have many advertising opportunities. Take the time to thank a special neighbor and send in a neighborly note to share in the printed newsletter as well! 
 
If you'd like to see a topic addressed on our blog, are interested in Guest Posting, or have general questions or comments, please email our Webmaster Ali Macaluso. If you have news items you'd like featured in our Newsletter or eNews please submit those questions and suggestions to the CW Editor Nicole Viar. If you are new to the neighborhood and would like a Welcome Packet, please reach out to our Welcome Team Leader LeAnn Swieczkowski. We are always looking for ways to improve!
 
The Cameron Wood Communication Team:
 
Molly Spence Ward, Board Secretary and Communication Liaison
Nicole Viar, Newsletter Editor
Alessandra Macaluso, Webmaster
LeAnn Swieczkowski, Welcome Team Leader