It’s tricky keeping money safe these days. Our debit card was charged more than $1,000 last Christmas at a Sam’s Club, where we don’t have a membership, and my card was still in my wallet. I’ve ignored numerous emails congratulating me on an inheritance I didn’t get. Most recently, an Instagram message from a dear friend asked if I’d taken advantage of a new fund that gives away money. Her account had been hacked and was sending out messages that almost seemed genuine.
The night before Davita Galloway was confronted by her employer for stealing $20,000 in cash and products, she dreamt about getting caught. She woke up with a choice to make: she could run, or she could face the consequences of her crime.
The anniversary of the birth of a child is a celebratory time. We gather friends and family to sing “Happy Birthday,” eat cake and play games. Then the long-awaited moment arrives, the birthday boy or girl opens the pile of birthday presents. Some families in Charlotte, however, are swapping birthday presents for a new tradition — birthday parties that give back with a service component included in the celebration.
LACEY WILLIAMS AND HER PARTNER, Laura Maschal, were shopping for holiday decorations at Target in December 2011 when Williams’ phone rang. Armando Cruz-Martinez, a 17-year-old who worked with Williams at Latin American Coalition, was calling to say he needed a guardian and a place to live or he would have to move to Mexico.
I’ve become business-blind to the places along my usual routes. Like many other Charlotteans, I travel a certain flight path that keeps me focused on my destination and don’t always explore what’s right around me. But there are a variety of businesses along that path at The Plaza and Shamrock Drive worth investigating.
When Deborah Triplett was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer in October, her response was, “What have I got to do to kick its ass?” That “do whatever it takes” attitude has followed her throughout her life.
The world’s largest natural habitat zoo is right in the middle of Charlotte and Raleigh in Asheboro, North Carolina — around 90 minutes from both cities. Designed to give animals room to roam in spaces that look and feel like the typical environment where they would live in the wild, the North Carolina Zoo is 2,600 acres consisting of two regions — Africa and North America.
My favorite pastime is driving around an unfamiliar area and finding hidden gems — waterfalls on the side of the road, hikes with no foot traffic and out-of-the-way eateries in unexpected places, like Sand Hill Kitchen at the BP Station on the outskirts of Asheville.
A tiny town with family-owned shops and restaurants is the best find.
“IT’S PERFECT.” I let it slip out my mouth as we open the screen door to a house on 37th Street, in a neighborhood northeast of uptown that only recently has acquired a new name: NoDa. I walk down the dark hallway, stepping on green carpet that’s nearly black from a thick film of dirt. The smell of mildew lingers.
A woman and two children sit on a wooden bench at Freedom Park on a clear morning in 2016. They’re waiting for help from people they don’t know. The older child is holding a handwritten sign on a large poster board that reads, “Charlotte Foster/Adopt/Prospective Parenting Group.”
I know where Mary Poppins travels when she’s not helping wayward children and their families – Barbados in the Caribbean. Mary gave herself away with her quick response to the medicine she administered to herself and the Banks’ children in one of the first scenes of the movie, Mary Poppins. Her enthusiastic, “Rum punch!” made it clear she had spent time on the tropical island drinking cocktails made with local rum.