New chief named: The town has hired Rob Kinniburgh as Chief of the Matthews Fire & EMS Department. He will assume his new responsibilities Oct. 3, replacing Dennis Green who retired July 1.
Kinniburgh has more than 30 years of experience with the Charlotte Fire Department serving as Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal for the City of Charlotte for the last eight years.
As chief of the Matthews Fire & EMS Department, Kinniburgh will oversee the activities of the 90 members who staff two fire stations around the clock and operate five pieces of firefighting apparatus, along with several support vehicles. Kinniburgh and his wife, Marsha, have three children and have lived in Matthews since 1997.
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Common Heart friends and supporters will gather 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Casa Rita restaurant, 9727 E. Independence Blvd., in Matthews for a Kick-Off Party to launch a month of fundraising before October’s Love in Action banquet.
Friends and supports will collect cash and canned goods using social media, text, email and face-to- face interactions and an online mobile app for collecting and tracking donations. On Oct. 7, they will bring what they’ve collected to the eighth annual banquet at Weddington United Methodist Church, 13901 Providence Road.
Anyone interested in joining a Booster team can find more information online at http://LoveInActionBanquet.CommonHeart.org.
Urban Forestry Summit: Nonprofit TreesCharlotte invites the public to its 5th Annual Urban Forestry Summit on Sept. 20, at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth St. The conference will include a stakeholders program for industry-related leaders at 3 p.m., a cocktail hour at 5 p.m. and an evening program with keynote speakers at 6 p.m.
The free event is sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts. Details: www.treescharlotte.org/event/tree-canopy-action-summit-v/.
Referendum set: The Mecklenburg County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be Nov. 1.
Nelson McCaskill, Mecklenburg County extension director, said two polling places have been established:
▪ County Extension Office, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte.
▪ North Mecklenburg Office of N.C. Farm Bureau, 9735 Caldwell Commons Circle, Suite 102 Cornelius.
McCaskill said the referendum is being held to let users and producers of feed or fertilizer decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program. Details: 704-336-2082.