Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Offers Free Admission to Federal Employees

In January, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden offered free admission to federal employees and their plus-ones. This invitation was extended to federal employees in response to the government shutdown in an effort to help reduce stress during that difficult time.

More International and Domestic Flights Now Offered at Charlotte Airport

In mid-December 2018, the Charlotte Douglas International Airport began offering more nonstop international and domestic flights. Among the new nonstop domestic flights are Tampa, Florida; New Haven, Connecticut; Ithaca, New York; and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Some of the new nonstop international flights include service to Christ Church, Barbados; and Guadalajara, Mexico. The airport also announced that it would begin nonstop service to Munich, Germany, which is planned to launch this month. 

Charlotte-Area Basketball Players Top Phenom Hoops Class of 2019

At the inception of 2019, Phenom Hoop Report released a list of North Carolina’s top high school basketball players. No. 1 on the list was Wendell Moore, a senior at Concord’s Cox Mill High School that was nationally ranked No. 18 by ESPN in 2018. No. 2 was Patrick Williams, a senior at West Charlotte High School. According to The Charlotte Observer, Wendell committed to play basketball at Duke University in fall 2018. Patrick has committed to Florida State University. Six other local players were also in the top 20 on Phenom Hoop’s list, including Charlotte Liberty Heights’ Juwan Gary, Cox Mill’s Caleb Stone-Carrawell, Carmel Christian’s Donovan Gregory and DeAngel Epps, Hopewell’s Brice Williams and Independence’s Matthew Smith.

Acosta Heating and Cooling Shared the Warmth with Deserving Families

For Lauren Acosta Huckleberry and Zeke Acosta, owners of Acosta Heating and Cooling, it was an easy “yes” when their product partner, Rheem Home Comfort, asked if they were interested in “sharing the warmth” this past winter season. Collectively, they decided to donate and install a new furnace for two families in true need. They called their marketing partner, Beasley Broadcasting, who made announcements on four different radio stations, asking listeners to nominate deserving persons in need of heat. The responses were numerous and meaningful. Two families were chosen randomly. One of the winners was a single dad with two young children who was laid off last year, now working side jobs with no money to replace his broken heat system. The other sustained a fall in 2017 with several injuries, unable to work and in need of more surgery, physical therapy and a new heat system.