Ted Boyd, director of Historic South End for Charlotte Center City Partners, has accepted an offer to become downtown manager for the town of Cary.Boyd was chosen from a pool of more than 225 applications.“It was a real honor,” he said. “I have great respect for the town of Cary.”Boyd’s main goal will be to revitalize Cary’s downtown.“They have a ton of great energy and passion behind making downtown special,” he said.Having visited Cary with his wife, a native of the town, Boyd said he would like to see the downtown become a place that people want to visit and live.“I’m super passionate about the work that is involved in downtowns,” he said. “It transforms peoples’ lives, makes businesses thrive and impacts family.”As the Director of Historic South End with Charlotte Center City Partners for the past three years, Boyd worked to revitalize and facilitate economic development initiatives in the South End area.“It has been a really rewarding position,” he said. “We have a great team at CCCP.”Boyd, who graduated from The Citadel with a bachelor’s degree in English, said his time with the City Partners solidified his passion for the industry.“Every day is different,” he said.In 2012, he was honored for Best Use of Twitter to Promote a Personal Brand by Charlotte Web Awards.This year, Boyd was named in the Charlotte Business Journal’s Charlotte’s “40 Under 40” list of people who are making great strides in their career.Boyd will start his new job Sept. 30.Eastover resident joins board Jose Costa has a special place in his heart for Big Brothers Big Sisters.The Eastover resident started as a Big Brother in Miami and maintains a relationship with his Little Brother of five years, Elian Mejia, 13.Costa said being a Big Brother is a rewarding experience for him and his wife.“We see them grow, change and experience things they have never experienced,” he said.Costa was elected to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte board of directors in September. Costa took Mejia to his first beach trip, saw him taste Mexican food for the first time and enjoyed playing ball with him on the weekends.The Big Brothers Big Sisters program aims to improve the lives of youth by providing them tools to succeed in school, avoid risky behaviors and develop socioeconomic competence through one-on-one mentoring relationships, according to the organization.Karen Calder, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte, said she is looking forward to Costa joining the team.“We are thrilled that Jose Costa has joined our Board of Directors, because of his marketing background plus his experience as a Big Brother in Miami,” she said. “He understands the impact of our program firsthand. This will be very helpful as we recruit new mentors and donors to support our life-changing work.”Family wins scholarship The Hancock Family was the grand prize winner in the Primrose Schools National Facebook Scholarship Sweepstakes in August.The family won a one-year scholarship to Primrose Schools.“We’re overjoyed,” Sara Hancock said. “We love Primrose to death.”Primrose Schools held the sweepstakes on Facebook to promote its inaugural National Open House event, which was held in July and attended by more than 1,700 families. The event promotes the importance of early literacy.Hancock’s 2-year-old daughter, Evelyn, returned to the Primrose School of Lake Wylie at Steele Creek for school on Aug. 26.“It’s very comforting to not have to worry about those expenses for a year,” Hancock said.Pirate throws like an iPad Christian Lugo approached the baseball booth at East Carolina University’s Pirate Palooza event just wanting to throw a ball.Lugo, a Charlotte resident and junior health science major at ECU in Greenville, N.C., attended the Palooza on Aug. 19 as part of the Weeks of Welcome event series at ECU. Having just come out of surgery, Lugo wanted a chance to get back into the game and throw the baseball. He had no idea he would come away from that booth the winner of a new iPad.“I was ecstatic,” he said. “It was pretty amazing.”Lugo plans to use the iPad for his music, shows and schoolwork.“All my friends are jealous,” he said.
Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013
South End’s Boyd is to become Cary’s downtown manager