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Belmont Concerts in the Park

The first of four concerts in the park was held this past Saturday evening, with the Center City Groove band, entertaining a relatively sparse crowd based on past history.

The Center City Groove is a 5 piece cover band, doing music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Of course, the obligatory “Electric Slide” too.

The band did an OK job, nothing really special – have we become “concerted-out” here in Belmont, or is it all becoming too generic?

The lead singer, ‘Hollywood’, had his mic turned up to the point of distortion. They needed a sound tech or at least someone helping to adjust the loudness. He was a good singer, a bit full of himself, but aren’t all entertainers?

The lead guitar was excellent, his bluesy style and the few solos went over well with the crowd on the hill.

Even with the heat, it seemed to cool off quite a bit when the sun slipped below the treeline. The new program staffer, “Reba” from the Parks and Recreation Department plugged the new concession stand and the ice cream. Must have worked because a lot of people were seen with cones and slushies all evening.

The next concert in the park is next Saturday evening at 7:00 PM. Hopefully, it won’t be quite as hot. The Charlotte Civic Orchestra will be the entertainment.

June 9, 2008 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Belmont Middle School Footies to meet Grier in Semis

Belmont Middle School Girl’s soccer team is slated to meet the 9-1 Grier team at Belmont Central’s field today at 4:00 PM.

Belmont had a great regular season also finishing 9-1 after a loss at Cramerton on Monday. Belmont is led by the young newest  footie phemon, Molly Fisher, an 8th grader who will be attending SPHS in the fall. Fisher leads the Gaston County school scoring race with 32 goals in ten matches this year. More importantly, Ms. Fisher has “willed” the successes of this year’s squad by her support and and encouragement of all the girls on the team.  

Grier will put it all on the field after an earlier season loss to Belmont by a 1-0 score. This should be a good match up, with a number of the Grier players headed to Ashbrook HS for next year’s round of soccer.

Cramerton (9-1) hosts Holbrook (8-2) in the other semi-final match on Thursday.

 

May 15, 2008 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Belmont to citizens: Go Fly a Kite!

Yep, that is what the city is telling their citizens on sandwich boards scattered about the city.

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Of course it is in reference to the Parks and Recreation, Go Fly a Kite celebration, this Saturday, March 15, at the Belmont Central Elementary school soccer field.

This event is for children ages 2-12, and prizes are awarded. There is no entry fee, and hopefully the weather will cooperate.

March 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm 1 comment

Wow ! Newcomers make another impact

See The Spectacular 33 N. Main Renovation Thursday

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What a difference in the building at 33 N. Main in Belmont from August to March!

And here’s your chance to see the renovation that owner Richard LaVecchia has achieved as the new Designing Brides and the relocated Peppermint Shoestring hold an open house and grand opening Thursday, March 13, from 10 AM until 7 PM.

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Nancy Lepore, owner of Designing Brides, and Lynnelle Dobbins, owner of the Peppermint Shoestring Children’s Boutique, extend a special invitation to Chamber members and friends to come by between 5 p.m and 7 p.m. for tours and refreshments.

The building, which was once used as a funeral home, a clothing store, and most recently, a gift basket shop, will be a fine addition to the thriving downtown community.

Several neighbors and friends met Nancy Lepore and her husband, Patrick, last summer during the Friday Night Alive activities.  

March 11, 2008 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Ribbon-Cutting Tuesday, March 4, at Stowe Pointe Community

New Montcross Area Chamber member, Stowe Pointe, invites fellow members and friends to a catered lunch, prize giveaways, a ribbon-cutting and tours of the newly decorated Winslow II model on Tuesday, March 4, from 11 AM until 2 PM

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(Lennar Homes rendition)

Stowe Pointe is a Lennar Homes community at 405 Stowe Road, which is off South Point Road, just south of South Point High School. Homes are 4 and 5 bedroom, from 3,042 to 3,735 square feet and priced from the $270s.

The Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place about noon. RSVP is
requested at 704-258-8290. More information on Stowe Pointe is available at www.lennar.com

February 26, 2008 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

HOORAY !!! BannerNews Online Fulltime !!

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Congratulations to our local hometown paper the BannerNews on their launch of an online version of the weekly paper. The Belmont Front Porch has added your link under our column of “websites of interest” (below).

We sincerely welcome Republic Newspapers and the reporters and editors of the Belmont Banner and Mt. Holly News to the 21st century and wish them well.

As we have noted before, as subscribers and neighbors, we DO appreciate your efforts to report on the “Good News”, as former editor Dwight Frady would often comment. Your commitment to the communities is evident by this upgrade to your service.  

This particular development, after a few trial and error “semi-launches”, is particularly welcome after the Observer announced continued cutbacks to its service in Gaston County. Recently, the Observer announced that it would only publish the Gaston/Lincoln Neighbors section on Sundays.

The BannerNews, by adding the online edition will fill a small part of the weekly good news void for those people who use the internet on a regular basis. It is a great resource for our children,  former neighbors, and grandchildren who have moved away from the area.

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February 22, 2008 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Belmont Abbey making area headlines lately

Maybe this blogsite has tweaked area media outlets a bit. Maybe they didn’t like being upstaged a few times. We don’t care either way, Belmont seems to be getting better coverage across the board for everything from the Abbey’s personnel policies and the monastic community lifestyle to our Belmont politics and school functions.

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Even the local paper, the BannerNews has dramatically cleaned its lense (well, except for the sports reporting) and scope.

The Abbey has made news with sports – doing well; With the faculty/staff personnel policies — opportunity to debate faith adherence practices versus having a job — or not. And, what it is like to become a member of a religious order.  

An explanation of a Monk’s Life —from Mount Angel Abbey, a Bendictine community in Oregon:

Locally, the more vocal religious fundamentalists certainly support the Abbey’s stance on taking away women’s health choices. Those supporters, both Catholic and Protestant appear to have a public viewpoint and a completely different set of values in their private lives. But hey, why would we call a spade, a spade, just for the heck of it?

The Catholic Church’s stance has been unwavering for 1500 years in their view towards women. Most Protestant denominations are closer in philosophy to the Universal Church than they think.

Unfortunately, the shrinking numbers of the priestly vocation, even in the developing world, contributes the crisis of faith by many Catholic-born. 

Local dioceses are ordaining fewer and fewer young and middle-aged men into the priesthood. Those who are entering are more fervently “conservative” and sometimes downright misogynistic in their practice of faith leadership to the faithful and seekers.

The local bishop, Peter Jugis of Charlotte, has a Belmont connection. He served as pastor of Queen of the Apostles a few years ago. Rarely did he venture out into the community unless heavily prompted by a few notable citizens. Upon appointment as leader of one of the fastest growing dioceses in the US, he issued a politically inspired letter threatening excommunication toward any Catholic who would vote for pro-choice political candidates.

Is it any wonder that the largest parish in Gaston County, St Michael in Gastonia, has had at least 4 pastors in the past 6 years?

In this ramble of an entry, it is good that the Abbey, its practices and operations, are becoming more transparent to the larger community. As the “driver” of the second or third largest land tracts in the area, it is a smart move to keep an outreach going with the traditional media outlets, many of whom like to think that they can guide debate along their own agenda pathways.

We prefer to be a bit more skeptical.

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Link to Gazette video of  celebration of vows of two newest brothers:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1155201824/bclid1155106715/bctid1410389962

February 20, 2008 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

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