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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 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.
Posted on March 24, 2017 10:58 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
CW Annual Easter Egg Hunt 2017
 
Saturday, April 1st
CWSRC Clubhouse parking lot
11:30 a.m. Start time
Please bring your children with baskets in hand and join your neighbors for the 2017 Cameron Wood Easter Egg Hunt!  Children ages 2-11 years old are welcome.  This is an annual event, and is always so EGGciting for the kids ;)!
If you are interested in filling Easter eggs on Wednesday, March 29, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. (drop-in anytime between), or hiding eggs, please contact Ashley Swistak at ashley.swistak@gmail.com... and don't forget to inquire about the details and incentives, this could be a really fun way to help out!
 
 
 
 
 
HOA Meeting
 
CWHOA Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, August 4th
CWSRC Clubhouse
7:00 p.m.  Residents’ Forum, 7:30 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
 
The BOD, Board of Directors, meetings are held quarterly as necessary.  These meetings are open to all CW residents. Please be aware that all those attending the board meeting are there only to observe and not to participate. Questions and comments from residents are limited to the time on the agenda set aside for the Residents’ Open Forum.  If you plan to address the board with questions or with comments, please let us know in advance.  You may do so by contacting a member of the BOD, listed on the Cameron Wood website.
Hope to see you there!
 
 
CW ARC Requests
 
Spring is a common time for residents to improve their homes by adding new patios, porches, fences, etc.  We have project request forms available on the website at the following link:  http://www.cameronwood.com/info.php?f=fol

Please make sure that you are submitting all project requests that require approval by the Architectural Review Committee.  It is better to get approval than have to deal with making changes if the project is not approved.  Thank you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smithfield Beginner's Day 2017- 2018
 
Thursday, April 20th
Smithfield Elementary
3200 Smithfield Church RD
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
 
Beginner's Day for rising Kindergarteners planning to attend Smithfield Elementary is scheduled for Thursday, April 20th from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  This is a fun and informational orientation for rising Kindergarteners who will be attending Smithfield in the fall.  Parents will receive information about curriculum, scheduling, programs, and how to prepare their child for Kindergarten. Meanwhile, our future Kindergarteners will have some fun activities in the gym and in our Kindergarten classrooms. 
For more information, please contact Karen Whichard at karen.whichard@gmail.com or 704-491-8998.
 
 
 
 
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Posted on December 21, 2016 7:10 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
The 2016 Cameron Wood Holiday Lights contest was a tough one to judge this year, and we were thankful for the new sets of eyes (from outside of CW) who helped determine the winners. Congratulations to our 2016 winners!
 
  • Best Overall – 10223 Summer House Ct – Harbin’s
  • Most Illuminating – 9200 Four Acre Ct – Vandoren’s
  • Best Traditional – 3201 Old Chapel Ln – Cordero’s
  • Best cluster/block – 3400 Block of Abbey Hill Ln
 
PHOTOS
 
Best Overall (photo): 
 
 
Most Illuminating (photo): 
 
 
Best Traditional (photo): 
 
 
The top individual houses will all receive gift cards to Lowes, and the winning group will win $100 toward a block party for their area (contact Andrew Swistak – Aswistak@Yahoo.com for details and to coordinate). There were many great houses in the neighborhood and some came really close to winning in the above categories, so be sure to check out these ‘Honorable Mentions’ as you drive/walk around Cameron Wood!
 
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
 
  • 9245 Deer Spring Ln
  • 9225 Stonecrop Ct
  • 3433 Loch Stone Ct
  • 3432 Loch Stone Ct
  • 3112 Wind Flower Ln
  • 9130 Arbor Glen Ln
  • 3207 Old Chapel Ln
  • 9229 Covey Hollow Ct
  • 9003 Warbler Ct
  • 3613 Abbey Hill Ln
  • 10023 Brass Eagle Ln
  • 9100 block of Covey Hollow Ct
  • 3100 block of English Sparrow Ln
Enjoy the holidays, and thanks for spreading cheer through impressive light displays and decorations!
Posted on October 19, 2016 9:38 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
The Annual CW Oktoberfest was a blast!! Stay tuned for photos and highlights from the event. In the meantime, here are the latest news items for Cameron Wood: 
 
CWSRC Adult Halloween Party
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE THE ELECTION PARTY
ADULTS-ONLY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 7:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Cameron Wood Swim and Racquet Club
Host: The Ghouls of Cameron Wood  704-516-0031
 
MESSAGE FROM HOST:
Join the Cameron Wood ghouls for our 9th annual ADULTS-ONLY Halloween party.
  • Beer and wine
  • Finger food
  • DJ
  • Costume contest
  • Fire pit

$15 per person, if paid by October 25, $20 per person after October 25, including walk-ins. Reserve your tickets and make a secure payment via PayPal (link in Evite also), or deliver cash or check to Sarah McDevitt at 10136 Reniston Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210.

RSVP: http://evite.me/9XCRTjPZRC
*Make checks payable to CWSRC*
Questions? Contact Sarah McDevitt at slittle274@aol.com.

 
 
Harris Teeter Together in Education
Let's support our community schools!  By linking your Harris Teeter VIC cardto your school of choice, you can help schools earn extra funds for educational needs by simply doing the shopping you are already doing!  You can do this even if you do not have children attending!
 
 
Each August residents just need to go to Harris Teeter's website and link their VIC card to these schools.  They can choose one of the three schools or select all of them.  A percentage of the dollars spent on Harris Teeter brand products will go to these schools.  They will receive checks three times during the year.
 
How long does this program run? August 1 - May 31
The contribution schedule looks like this:
Program in Process CONTRIBUTION PAYMENT TO SCHOOL
August - November 1st Contribution to schools (Paid in December)
December - February 2nd Contribution to schools (Paid in March)
March- May 3rd Contribution to schools (Paid in June)
Current Stats
Smithfield - ID# 3050 - 147 people signed up; $170.01 raised so far this year
Quail Hollow - ID# 1471 - 64 people signed up; $76.66 raised so far this year
South Meck - ID #2192 - 243 people; $332.88 raised so far this year
 
Easy step by step instructions for signing up:

1.  Go to www.harristeeter.com
2.  Click the Community Tab dropdown and select Together in Education.
3.  Click Link to Your School on the left hand side of the page.
4.  Follow the instructions.  Registered web site users and completely new users can sign up.
 
Registered Users
 
If you are already a member of My Harris Teeter, follow the directions below:

      - Simply enter your email address and password under the Returning Users section.
      - You will be redirected to your dashboard.
      - Click on 'Together In Education' in the left hand side navigation to link to your schools.
      - Click 'Add School' and search for the school that you would like to link to your VIC card.
      - Once you find the school, click on it to add to the 'Current Schools' section.
      - If you would like to link to a previous school, click 'Make Current' by the name of the school in the 'Previous Schools' section.
 
New Users
      - Click the 'Sign Up' button.
      - Fill in ALL of the required fields (Last Name, Zip Code, VIC card number and/or phone number) and click 'Submit.'
      - Choose your name out of the list of names provided to you, and click 'Continue.'
      - Choose the email that you would like to create a profile for, or create a new email address, and click 'Continue.'
      - Fill out the required fields, denoted by a red * and click 'Save.'
      - You will be redirected to your 'Manage Subscriptions' page.
      - Click on 'Together In Education' in the left hand side navigation to link to your schools.
      - Click 'Add School' and search for the school that you would like to link to your VIC card.
      - Once you find the school, click on it to add to the 'Current Schools' section.
      - If you would like to link to a previous school, click 'Make Current' by the name of the school in the 'Previous Schools' section.
 
You can search by the school's name or code.
Smithfield Elementary = 3050
Quail Hollow Middle School = 1471
South Meck High School = 2192
Quail Hollow Middle School is the lowest rated of the three schools and needs the most financial support.
 
 
 
NeighborWoods Tree Grant
We are thankful to have won a grant from the city and TreesCharlotte for free trees and are currently working on preparation for the plant day on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
 
If you are interested in the program and haven't yet expressed interest please email HOA president Chris Corcoran at christophercorcoran@hotmail.com .  Over 70 residents have already reached out to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and participate in the community planting event.
 
 
 
You've been Booed!
Check out our latest guest post on the CW Blog, from resident Elizabeth Corcoran about a fun activity taking place in our neighborhood during the month of October. Want to play? Read on!

 
 
 
 
Open House at Smithfield Elementary
Open House at Smithfield Elementary
Thursday, November 3, 2016
9:30 a.m.

Considering Smithfield for your child? Come see what makes our school a great choice! Please join us for an Open House on November 3 at 9:30 a.m.You'll get to see classes in action and take a tour of our campus. Principal Allison Plunkett and Assistant Principal Jill Trotter will be on hand to share information about the curriculum and programs that make Smithfield so unique.

Please email any questions about this event to Karen Whichard at karen.whichard@gmail.com. No RSVP required - we hope to see you there!
 
 
Casino Night Fundraiser
Casino Night Fundraiser
Saturday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.
Cameron Wood Swim and Racquet Clubhouse

Join us Saturday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m. at Cameron Wood Swim and Racquet Clubhouse for blackjack, roulette, craps and fun. Light refreshments will be served and BYOB. FUNNY money of $300 will be included in ticket price of $30.

Tickets will be limited and available October 1.  Open to all CW residents as well as family & friends outside of CW.
Proceeds will be provided to organizations that assist families impacted by colon cancer in honor of our friend and Blue Ribbon Warrior, Doc Mahaffey.
Help Wanted!  In need of volunteers!
Contact Lisa Sher at 980-254-6584 or moxeyfan@yahoo.com for more information.
 
 
 
Realtor Greg Macaluso, Costello Real Estate and Investments, CW Resident
Greg’s background consists of spending over 15 years as a Compliance Officer working for Smith Barney in NY, then relocating to Charlotte working for LPL Financial, and most recently TIAA-CREF. Having such an understanding for a client’s overall financial well-being and having spent a career assisting clients in making sound investment choices, Greg decided to transition his skill set to Costello Real Estate & Investments which allowed him to work with Charlotte area homeowners and investors to acquire and sell property within the region.
 
One of life’s most important financial decisions should be assisted by someone who understands the significance of that decision. Let Greg put his knowledge, experience, and dedication to work for you.
 
"My philosophy is simple: clients come first. I pledge to be in constant communication with you, keeping you fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. My belief is this: if you’re not left with an amazing experience, I haven’t done my job. Success is not measured through achievements or awards, but through the satisfaction of my clients."
 
 
 
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Posted on September 29, 2016 1:51 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Today we are featuring a guest post from resident Elizabeth Corcoran about a fun activity taking place in our neighborhood during the month of October. Want to play?? Read on! 
 
As we move into October, I am reminded by my children that Halloween is a time for Tricks and LOTS of Treats.  Last year we heard our doorbell ring, but when we answered we didn't find anyone.  The only thing that was left behind were some fun and tasty treats with a note saying we had been "Booed".  My children and I thought it was so special to receive an anonymous bag of treats from a friend in the neighborhood, but we were even more excited to go "BOO" some of our other neighborhood friends. 
 
Over the next two days we planned our Booing.  First, we decided who we wanted to Boo, then we went and picked out all the special treats for our friends, and lastly (the most exciting part for a toddler)...we snuck up to our friends house as stealthy as a two year old could, sat the treats on their front porch, rang the bell and then RAN and hid so we could watch their surprise when they saw they had been BOOED!!!!!
 
I had never heard of this neighborhood game before, much less participated in it, but now that I have children the fun has begun!  If you haven't been booed before, I'll explain how it works so you aren't alarmed if this happens to you.  Here's how it works and what you'll need to get the game started:
 
  1. Print out a "You've been booed" sign or poem to include in your bag of treats AND a "We've been Booed" sign for your friend to put in their window after they've been booed.  You can find these free printables all over the internet or you can design one yourself.   
  2. Make a treat bag for your friends. This can include Halloween themed items, toys, games, candy, stickers, whatever you think your friends will enjoy. 
  3. Place the two "You've been booed" and "We've been Booed" signs in the treat bag.
  4. Let the fun begin and play sneak-a-boo at your neighborhood friend's house.  Make sure they haven't already been booed by looking for the "We've been booed" sign hanging on their front door.  If all is clear, you'll hang the treat bag on their door knob, ring the bell, and then run!  
 
*Please be courteous to your neighborhood friends and only "boo" those that you think will enjoy this fun game.  If you have been booed, do not feel obligated to participate but you may want to hang the "we've been booed" sign up so that you aren't booed again. Lastly, when ringing doorbells of friends please be mindful of little ones bedtimes; before dark is probably okay for most friends.  
 
Want to join in the Neighborhood Halloween Fun?!
 
-CW Resident Elizabeth Corcoran