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Development plan gets approval: The Charlotte City Council recently approved the University City Area Plan Update as a guide for development along the LYNX light-rail line in University City, according to University City Partners.
Zoning changes may be considered on key properties close to three light-rail stations. Reviews of possible zoning changes could begin this summer. The plan calls for mixed-use development within a quarter mile of stations at University City Boulevard, McCullough Drive and J.W. Clay Boulevard.
Supporters of the area plan update encouraged the City Council to move quickly to change zoning near future transit stations. Current zoning reflects typical car-focused highway uses. With the area plan as a policy guide, staff and council members will now review current zoning and how changes would affect properties and their owners’ plans.
Final plans will be available at http://UCAP.charlotteplanning.org.
Kannapolis police honored: The Kannapolis Police Department recently held its annual service awards ceremony.
Officer Chris Hamilton received the Roger Dale Carter Memorial Service Award for his devotion to the policing profession, his positive example for other officers and his reputation for personal honesty. A Kannapolis police officer since 2004, Hamilton is a master police officer, a field training officer and a canine officer with advanced law enforcement certification from the NC Criminal Justice Education Training Standards Commission. He was previously awarded the Police Star for his exemplary actions.
Johnny Caudle received the Norma C. Howard Memorial Award, which is presented annually to a civilian police department employee for individual integrity and honor. A graduate of Albemarle High School and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Caudle joined the Kannapolis Police Department in 2007 as a 911 telecommunicator.
Special needs camp: Wings of Eagles Ranch in Concord needs energetic, fun, enthusiastic and responsible volunteers to work at summer camps. Ages 14 and older are welcome; no experience is necessary.
The ranch offers four camps for special needs children that offer activities such as horseback riding, high and low ropes, art, music and outdoor programs. Approximately 300 volunteers are needed.
Mandatory training will be held 4-8 p.m. May 29 or 8 a.m.-noon May 30. For information, visit www.wingsofeaglesranch.org.
Library events: The Concord Public Library will offer several events and programs in May.
Awesome Pageturners for ages 8-10 will be held at 4:30 p.m. May 26 in the Children’s Program Room. This month will focus on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” which turns 150 years old this year.
BeTWEEN the Lines for ages 10-12 will be held at 4:30 p.m. May 28 in the Children’s Program Room. The group will discuss “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli.
An interest meeting about creating a Teen Advisory Board will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 28 in the Meeting Room.
A Comic Collective focused on comic books, manga and graphic novels will be held at 4 p.m. May 30 in the Meeting Room.
The DIBS-Concord Book Discussion will be held at 6 p.m. June 2 in the Meeting Room of the Concord Library. Participants will discuss “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman. Registration is requested by calling 704-920-2053.
For information, call 704-920-2050.
Awards announced at Celebrate Cabarrus: The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation recently joined the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau to host Celebrate Cabarrus, a gala to honor the accomplishments of several individuals and businesses.
More than 350 people attended the event at the Embassy Suites in Concord.
Alex Rankin of CESI Land Development received the Champion of the Year Award, sponsored by CM Black Construction, for his assistance in several development projects.
The City of Kannapolis Community and Economic Development Department received the Supporter of the Year award for its work in attracting Gordon Food Service.
The Silverman Group received the Partner of the Year Award for investing in the creation of more than 600,000 square feet of industrial buildings.
Hank Alston was named Ambassador of the Year. S&D Coffee was recognized with the Excellence in Sustainability Award. The Community Free Clinic was awarded the new Non-Profit Excellence Award. Wayne Brothers Inc., which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, was awarded the Small Business of the Year award.
Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson was honored as Citizen of the Year for her commitment to education, youth and philanthropy.
Bakery opens in University area: Delish Cakery recently opened its first bakery and sit-down restaurant at 9009-6 JM Keyes Drive near Chico’s in University Place, according to University City Partners. Delish Cakery was a longtime vendor at Innovation Park before opening in University Place.
Owner Aryn Keogh saw a successful opening day with everyone in her family pitching in to help. Keogh launched Delish Cakery out of her home kitchen in 2009 and is known for fresh cupcakes, extravagant event cakes, French macaroons and other treats.
Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. For information, visit www.delishcakery.com or call 704-724-7743.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley