Fire chief retires: Matthews Fire and EMS Chief Dennis Green retired July 1. Green, 62, has worked with the department for 25 years and led the department as chief since 2011.
He said in retirement he plans to be more active with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, work with the National Fire Prevention Association, and maybe even volunteer at the Matthews station.
“I’m going to be busy, but I will be busy on my schedule. That’s the good part,” Green said.
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The town has contracted with Robert Swiger to be the interim Fire and EMS chief until a permanent replacement is hired. Swiger has more than 50 years of fire experience including serving as chief of the Carrboro Fire Department before he retired in 1993, then serving as a fire marshal for the North Carolina Department of Insurance for 14 years before retiring again in 2007.
Book fair: Freedom School Partners will host summer book fairs through July 22 at various locations, allowing more than 1,000 low-income children to have the opportunity to select free books. Thanks to Scholastic Book Fairs and $25,000 of funding from American Airlines and an anonymous donor, each Freedom School scholar will have the opportunity to select $25 worth of books, plus one additional book for every book purchased with their $25 allocation, allowing students to own twice as many books.
The collection offered at the Freedom School Partners fairs has been curated to reflect diverse cultures and a wide variety of topics. Details: Marni Langbert Eisner, 704-904-4348.
Five days of service: The Catholic HEART (Helping Everyone Attain Relief Today) volunteers recently participated in a five-day service event to assist in Charlotte area home improvement projects.
More than 400 teenagers and adult sponsors helped revitalize communities and beautify homes for the elderly, disabled, and for those who cannot afford needed repairs. The Catholic HEART Workcamp projects ranged from painting and yard work to rehabilitating the interior and exterior of homes at housing locations recommended by the city.
The CHWC came to Charlotte as a result of a collaborative effort initiated by Charlotte’s Neighborhood and Business Services Department.
Volunteers served in the following projects and organizations in the Charlotte area: Catholic Social Services, City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood and Business Services Department, Holy Angels, House of Mercy, Love Inc., and a few nursing homes. The CHWC is an organization based out of Orlando, Fla., that was started more than two decades ago by a husband and wife youth ministry team in search of service trip opportunities. The Workcamp has grown to 13,000 volunteers in 50 cities this summer. To learn more, visit www.Heartworkcamp.com.