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Posted on October 28, 2016 2:01 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: Neighborhood News
CW Pumpkin Fest 2016
 
Thank you to the CW Children's Team for another great Pumpkin Fest!  The children of CW enjoyed crafting their own unique pumpkins, provided by the CWHOA.
 
Help keep our annual neighborhood traditions alive and volunteer for the next event!  If you're short on time, consider emailing us ideas for events you'd like to see offered in CW in the future.
Click here for more details and contact information: CW Volunteering.
 
 
 
CW Connection in mailboxes this week!
 
Expect the Fall Issue of the CW Connection neighborhood newsletter in mailboxes this week!  There you will find lots of Fall inspired tidbits, a fun family recipe from our own CW Webmaster, upcoming event information, a personal note from the CWHOA President and more!
 
Newsletters are posted to the CW website for your convenience.  If you would like to opt out of mailings, please email the Editor.
 

CWSRC Adult Halloween Party- SATURDAY
 
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE THE ELECTION PARTY
ADULTS-ONLY
TOMORROW! 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
$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.
*Make checks payable to CWSRC*
Questions? Contact Sarah McDevitt at slittle274@aol.com.
 
 
Candy Buy Back or Donate
 
Buy Back:
 
Donate:
Switch-or-Treat
Tuesday, November 4th
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Carolinas Healthcare System | SouthPark Emergency Department
6965 Fairview Road | Charlotte, NC 28211
A family event with fun activities, healthy snacks and giveaways.
 
 
Oktoberfest 2016 - another success!
 
It was another great turn out for our annual CW Oktoberfest!  Though we don’t have official attendance numbers, I would have to say that this year topped them all.  Weather, music, and food made this a great event for everyone.  We ate our way through 700 brats and hot dogs, 110lbs of potato salad and cole slaw, and more than 1200 cookies.


Many thanks are due to many people….
 
  • A special thank you to my wife, Gail, for enduring another year of planning, prepping, serving and cleaning without complaint;
  • All of the adult and youth volunteers that helped bring the event together;
  • Katherine Neal and her group for coordinating the food drive.  Cameron Wood continues to show how generous and caring we are by collecting over 500lbs of non-perishable food for Loaves and Fishes;
  • CW HOA for continuing to fund and support what has become an annual and much anticipated CW tradition;
  • Our corporate partners:  Pinnacle Amusements, SouthEnd Home Improvement, and Triple C Brewing Co. for providing different elements to make our CW Oktoberfest a great event.

A special thank you this year to the band Common Ground for providing a fantastic collection of songs and overall awesome music experience!

Auf Wiedersehen, David Lewyn
 
A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO DAVID LEWYN for heading this event up every year!
 
"Once again our community was lucky to have David Lewyn dedicate himself to organizing a wonderful Oktoberfest.  This is the most popular event that we host each year and we are incredibly lucky to have David put this show on.  Not only does he manage the vendors, order the beer, pickup all the food, cook all the food, organize volunteers, and make sure everyone is having a great time, but he also helps organize donations for Loaves and Fishes.  David has almost single-handedly put on this event for years and we are extremely grateful for him."  -Chris, CWHOA President
 
 
CW Safety
 
Happy Halloween!  Please be safe Monday evening, October 31, as CW children, families and friends enjoy trick-or-treating through the neighborhood!  Talk with your children about safety before heading out!
 
S  Swords, knives & similar costume accessories should be short,
     soft & flexible.
A  Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E  Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating
     them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
   
H  Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see
      you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
A  Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to
      prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
L  Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks
     wherever possible.
L  Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact
     lenses.
O  Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road
      facing traffic to stay safe.
W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision,
       trips, and falls.
E  Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by
      strangers.
E  Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses.
     Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
N  Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant
      costumes.
Tips brought to you by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
 
 
Next HOA Meeting
 
CWHOA HOA Budget Meeting
TBA- stay tuned for the next eNews for more details

6:30 p.m.  Residents’ Forum, 7:00 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!
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."
 
 
 
CW Advertising opportunities
Interested in advertising your business?  We have very competitive rates and 10% off for residents to advertise to over 800 CW residents.  We will 'Like' your business Facebook page for FREE with any purchase.  CW Connection newsletters are issued quarterly.  Get featured in the eNews for just $25! We also offer ways of advertising your business on our website and through social media, so don't hesitate to ask!
 
If you have any questions, suggestions or news to share, please contact the Editor or the Webmaster.
 
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
 
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 September 9, 2016 3:09 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: Neighborhood News
Last call for Soccer Shots! Starts tomorrow! 1 spot left!
For the Fall season we will have one Soccer Shots session on Saturday mornings, starting tomorrow (9/10). The session will run from 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. for 2-3 year olds.
 
If you have already registered, welcome aboard!  Remember it is still pretty hot, so dress accordingly and bring water.  You may bring chairs too, as there is plenty of room at the CW ball field to make yourself comfortable while your little one learns some new skills!
 
 
Photo Contest!
 
Do you have a professional camera and a knack for taking nice photos?  We would like a picture of the new CW Pond fountain and are holding a photo contest.  The photo will be used on our website and in our communications.  The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Lowe's!  

Please send your photos to webmaster@cameronwood.com by Saturday, September 24th!  The winner will be announced in the Fall issue of the Cameron Wood Connection neighborhood newsletter.
 
 
NEW: CW Business Directory
 
If you are you looking for service providers who are known and trusted, or if you are a business owner, please check out our brand new neighborhood 'Business Directory'! Here you'll find a list of local service providers added and vouched for by your neighbors, and arranged by category for your convenience. For businesses owned by CW Residents you will find 'CAMERON WOOD RESIDENT' at the top of the listing.
 
Our new Business Directory now lets you add a business and even give a rating for companies you've used. If you'd like to add your own business or that of someone you know, simply click 'Add a new business' in the top-right corner of the page. Or, you can email your listing with details to our webmaster Ali Macaluso at: webmaster@cameronwood.com and she will list it for you.
 
Neighbors can review and rate your business!  Just have them click 'submit a new review' at the bottom of your business page! www.cameronwood.com/busdirectory.php
 
 
CW Oktoberfest - Volunteers Needed
 
Annual Oktoberfest and Community Donation
Cameron Wood Ball Field
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 15
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 
Join us for the annual HOA Oktoberfest and Community Donation event at the Cameron Wood Ball field on Saturday, October 15, rain or shine! Fun and food for the entire family!!! Come enjoy brats, beer, music and activities for the entire family. Or come simply to mingle with your neighbors. 
 
Volunteers always welcome! This is also a great opportunity for our neighborhood youth to pick up some service hours if needed. Contact David Llewyn at lewy1481@bellsouth.net Please look to upcoming eNews for more updates on this annual event!  You don't want to miss it!
 
 
Boy Scout Troop 256 Yard Sale
 
Scout Yard Sale
Saturday, September 17, 7:00 a.m. – Noon
3425 Loch Stone Court, in Cameron Wood
Donations Needed 
 
Troop 256 is collecting your castoffs for their upcoming Yard Sale! ANY household items, clothing, toys, games, furniture, etc. are appreciated. Clean out your garage, closets and toy bins!
Items can be dropped off to: the Williams residence, 3425 Loch Stone Court in Cameron Wood through Thursday, September 15.
 
Please reply to kenrwms@yahoo.com with your name, email, address & item description if you would like to arrange pick up. Thank you for supporting Boy Scout Troop 256!
 
 
 
Boy Scout BBQ - Troop 119
 
Best Barbecue in Ballantyne! Troop 119 is now taking orders for its annual barbecue fundraiser. Please contact JT Bivens at bivensjt@gmail.com or phone 704–752–7774 for outstanding barbecue and in support of the Boy Scouts at Troop 119. Barbecue will be personally delivered by JT on Saturday, September 24.
$10 per pound.
 
 
 
CW Advertising opportunities
Interested in advertising your business?  We have very competitive rates and 10% off for residents to advertise to over 800 CW residents.  We will 'Like' your business Facebook page for FREE with any purchase.  The next newsletter will be the FALL 2016 issue delivered in October.  CW Connection newsletters are issued quarterly.  Get featured in the eNews for just $25! We also offer ways of advertising your business on our website and through social media, so don't hesitate to ask!
 
If you have any questions, suggestions or news to share, please contact the Editor or the Webmaster.
 
 
Posted on September 2, 2016 11:02 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: Neighborhood News
CW Oktoberfest - Volunteers Needed
 
Join us for the annual HOA Oktoberfest and Community Donation event at the Cameron Wood Ball field on Saturday, October 15, rain or shine!
 
Fun and food for the entire family!!! Come enjoy brats, beer, music and activities for the entire family. Or come simply to mingle with your neighbors. 
 
Volunteers always welcome! This is also a great opportunity for our neighborhood youth to pick up some service hours if needed. Contact David Llewyn at lewy1481@bellsouth.net 
 
Please look to upcoming eNews for more updates on this annual event!  You don't want to miss it!
 
 
Boy Scout BBQ - Troop 119
Best Barbecue in Ballantyne!
 
Troop 119 is now taking orders for its annual barbecue fundraiser. Please contact JT Bivens at bivensjt@gmail.com or phone 704–752–7774 for outstanding barbecue and in support of the Boy Scouts at Troop 119. Barbecue will be personally delivered by JT on Saturday, September 24.
$10 per pound.
 
 
Neighborhood Safety
 
Over the past several months the South Division has experienced a great deal of vehicle break ins and stolen vehicles. During this period OUR communities continue to be MAJOR targets because of people’s inability as community members to take responsibility for their crime prevention roles.
 
It is up to you to make sure that these criminals DO NOT keep coming into OUR communities! The police have been overwhelmed with vehicle break ins and almost ALL of them are because people are NOT locking their vehicles and removing their valuables.
 
Vehicles are also being STOLEN because people are leaving their keys in them! LOCK YOUR VEHICLES, REMOVE YOUR KEYS AND REMOVE YOUR VALUABLES!
For more safety tips, go here: Safety Tips
 
 
 
CW Classifieds
Are you using all of the features of our neighborhood website?  Check out the classifieds and more!
 
 
Safety
 
Safety is a two way street in Cameron Wood!  We ask that you please drive the speed limit (remind your teenagers too), and be aware of pedestrians, but also as a pedestrian please observe safety protocol as well. 
 
This time of year CW is filled with walkers, runners, bikers, kids, strollers and pets.  Since there are no sidewalks, except for Birnen and Arbor Point Drive, pedestrians share the road way.  There are published guidelines for pedestrian safety.  A few will be mentioned herein: 
 
  • The roadways are not wide thoroughfares. Pedestrians need to walk on the left side of the road FACING the oncoming traffic.  This allows eye – to – eye contact. 
  • If walking in a group, a single line needs to be made when traffic comes your way. 
  • Earphones for listening to music or radio are prevalent – this is a safety hazard if in both ears, as hearing what is going on around you is hindered.  Pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings at all times so if you must wear earphones, then wear in one ear only. 
  • Cell phones are a pedestrian’s worst friend.  While talking, one is not paying attention to where one is walking nor to any danger around them such as approaching cars, loose dogs, a thief, etc.
  • Walking and talking in a group can be dangerous as well.  The same safety guidelines apply.  Pay attention to where you are going and to your surroundings.
 
Remember we all want to return home in the same condition or better than when we left home.  Be safe and respect the traffic – they will do you much more harm than good should you be hit by a vehicle!
 
 
CW Advertising opportunities
 
Interested in advertising your business?  We have very competitive rates and 10% off for residents to advertise to over 800 CW residents.  We will 'Like' your business Facebook page for FREE with any purchase.  The next newsletter will be the FALL 2016 issue delivered in October.  CW Connection newsletters are issued quarterly.  We also offer ways of advertising your business on our website and through social media, so don't hesitate to ask!
If you have any questions, suggestions or news to share, please contact the Editor or the Webmaster.
 
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
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