News In Brief - April 10, 2008

Section of Eden Terrace to close for utility work

A section of Eden Terrace will close today while crews replace a sewer line.

The closure, between Kentwood and Mount Gallant roads, is scheduled to last from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Traffic will be detoured onto Kentwood.

For information, call the city utilities department at 329-5500.

Yard sale to benefit homeless organization

Interfaith Hospitality Network will conduct a yard sale Friday and Saturday at the Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church activity center, 421 Oakland Ave.

Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Interfaith Hospitality is a nonprofit organization that provides meals, shelter, support services and life skills training for homeless parents and children of York County. The yard sale will feature clothing as well as home and office supplies.

Pineville, N.C., council weighs English rule

PINEVILLE, N.C. -- Council members want to require at least one worker on every utility crew coming into town to be fluent in English.

It's the most recent of several attempts in the state and across the region to add an English-speaking stipulation into a law.

Pineville Councilman Les Gladden suggested the addition to a proposed ordinance --which would require a permit to work along public streets -- Tuesday night. The council plans to revisit the proposal next month.

Though some policymakers have advocated making English the official language of the U.S., the country does not have an official language.

Angeles Ortega-Moore, director of Charlotte's Latin American Coalition, said she can see the value of the stipulation if it's being done under the premise of work site safety. But she said the measure likely will be unnecessary for large companies who already send at least one English speaker on each work crew.

-- The Charlotte Observer