Dec 14, 2015 - News

Briefing for Monday December 14

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agenda-briefing- friday december newsletter

Hello Monday. It’s Andrew.

The Agenda team is going to be at the Charlotte Checkers game on Thursday and we’d love for you to come hang out with us. The game starts at 7 p.m., but we’re all going to be there starting at 5:30 p.m. (a half-hour before gates open for non-Agenda readers) for a special pre-gaming session. We’ve got a deal on tickets and it’s $1 Bud Light night. Not a coincidence.

I don’t care if you think you don’t like hockey. This is the sport that’s completely different and better when you watch in person. Check out all the details and buy tickets here. This is the first time the Checkers (or the Agenda, for that matter) have done something like this so who knows what could happen. 


Today’s Weather: 70. Foggy in the morning. 70 percent chance of rain.
Today’s Stat: $3,000. The amount of fake Panthers gear you need to sell for it to be a felony. Police are cracking down on this [WSOC].
Today’s Job: Annual Giving & Membership Manager at the Blumenthal. Apply.
Today’s Charlottean: Ron Morgan, an architect who has been given 18 weeks to live but is trying to design and fund one last state-of-the-art building for our city [Leland/Observer].


Sycamore Brewing has two big announcements to make [Dunn]
I thought that the news that Food Truck Friday was moving to Sycamore was the biggest thing to write about, but I was way wrong. The South End brewery is planning a second taproom on the back of the property with a rooftop patio and views of Uptown’s skyline. Plus they’re doing a limited release bottling of its Salty Coconut beer this week and will start canning two more beers for a larger distribution next month. 

That knee injury isn’t slowing the Panthers’ Charles Tillman down off the field [Levans]
The veteran is new to the Panthers but not new to football. Now he’s collaborated on a children’s book — “The Middle School Rules of Charles Peanut Tillman” — that shares what he learned growing up in a military family.

Why everyone should stop slamming Jennifer Roberts for removing two female aides from her office [Gross]
The new mayor decided to bring in her own people for her communications staff, which is pretty par for the course. But because she campaigned on gender equality and because she was pushing out two female staffers in favor of a male staffer who worked on her campaign, it became a thing. Mary explains how we should really feel about this.

The 4 startups you missed at December’s standing room only PitchBreakfast [Spengler]
On the second Wednesday of every month, entrepreneurs pitch their companies at Packard Place. This month, Vestigo pitched a sharing economy site centered around outdoor experiences, ShomoLive showed off a site for local bars to book live music, Girls Pursuing Science talked about a summer camp for girls pursuing STEM and Looqsie imagined a search engine that relies on humans.

Where to head in Charlotte when you can’t get out of yours [Moore]
It’s a fact. There’s going to be a time where you’re done with being an adult, done with having a job, and responsibilities, and all that. Kylie has a few places you can go to just get a breather and regroup. 

How Crescent is making Stonewall Street the new center of Uptown [Thomas]
Trade and Tryon is a landmark and will always be important, but Crescent Communities has two new developments on the south side of Uptown that just might create a new center of action. Here’s a breakdown of just how important the project at Stonewall and Tryon (currently the old Goodyear building) will be.

Work life of Joanie Vandenberg Philipp, vice president of exhibitions and operations at Discovery Place [Williams]
She’s been around the place for 31 years, starting out presenting in the rainforest exhibit. Today, she oversees all four Discovery Place locations including IMAX. She doesn’t listen to music while she works because the crowd noise from “rat basketball” is too loud.


Panthers move to 13-0. The game against Atlanta was never in doubt, which is how I like it. The win clinched a first-round bye for the Panthers in the playoffs. And Cam Newton took another step toward winning the league’s MVP.

City Smoke uptown is trying to change its image [Nowicki/harlotte Magazine]. Instead of being a barbecue joint, they want to be known more as a smokehouse and speak easy. New cocktail and wine list plus new Southern comfort foods on the menu.

Charlotte high schools are really good at football. Charlotte Catholic and Mallard Creek won state championships. 

Coyote kills a dog in Cotswold [TWC News]. The coyote killed a dog in a backyard by Randolph Road. 

St. Matthew Catholic is adding security [Perlmutt/Observer]. The church, which is one of the largest in Charlotte, is adding uniformed officers and security cameras at worship services. 

Speaking of Food Truck Friday, if you’ve been keeping up with the new headquarters office building that’s planned for its old location, this evening is a City Council public hearing on the plans. Get after it.

– Andrew


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