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Engineering Early College begins: Classes began Aug. 25 at the new Charlotte Engineering Early College high school, located near UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center.

The school is a first for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The inaugural class of 100 ninth-graders from throughout the county will follow a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math, with emphasis on energy and engineering.

A new building was constructed for this collaboration between CMS and UNCC. Students in the first class will spend three years on high school courses, followed by two more years of college course work at no charge. UNC Charlotte Public Relations

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New board members: University City Partners has seated five new members on its board of directors: Tim Britt of Wells Fargo; John “Johno” Harris III of Lincoln Harris; Kati Hynes of the Charlotte Chamber; Stuart Parks of The Arden Group; and Lat Purser Jr. of Lat Purser and Associates. The UCP board’s priorities for the coming year include maximizing the development potential from the LYNX light-rail Blue Line extension and Interstate 485, as well as fulfilling the UCP-sponsored master plan for University Research Park, said Darlene Heater, executive director of University Citiy Partners. Britt, Harris, Hynes and Purser will serve on the economic development committee. Parks, with more than a decade of experience in urban and transit planning, will serve on the planning and development committee.

Give blood: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas plans the following blood drives in the University City area in the next several weeks:

• Noon-3 p.m. Sept. 1, AMC Theatres at Northlake Mall, 7325 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte; free movie ticket for each donor.

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 4, Central Piedmont Community College, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte.

• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 5, BB&T, 11425 Lawyers Road, Charlotte.

• 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 6, Stonebridge Church Community, 3700 Prosperity Church Road, Charlotte.

• 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 6, University City Seventh Day Adventist Church, 11431 University City Blvd., Charlotte. Muriel Magloire Student Drive.

• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 8, Halton Arena, UNC Charlotte, 1901 University City Blvd., Charlotte. Free T-shirt to each donor.


Neighborhood signs: Adults and children of the Ravenwood neighborhood are encouraged to sign up for a Saturday service project in the neighborhood during the coming year, to help match a Charlotte city grant that will provide street-sign toppers and neighborhood entrance signs.

A raven image will be put on the toppers and signs.

The city grant application will be filed in September. If accepted, the city will grant the neighborhood half the project funds, and residents will match with volunteer hours, counted at $22.15 per hour, doing projects around the neighborhood. Among other service opportunities, neighborhood leaders plan cleanups in late fall and spring. Donations are welcome. Details: Deborah Dryden,, or Tim Diggs, Ravenwood Review