One of city’s top civic leaders to retire + Could Charlotte see more snow? Eh...

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Let’s get into today’s headlines:

1. Michael Marsicano, one of the city’s top civic leaders, to retire

Michael Marsicano, pictured here at a 2014 event, has served as the president and CEO of the Foundation for the Carolinas since 1999.
Michael Marsicano, pictured here at a 2014 event, has served as the president and CEO of the Foundation for the Carolinas since 1999.

“I think the time is right,” Michael Marsicano said about retiring.

Marsicano, long regarded as one of the city’s top civic leaders, helped grow Charlotte’s Foundation for the Carolinas into the nation’s sixth-largest community foundation. He’ll retire next January after 23 years with the foundation, as reported by the Observer’s Hannah Lang.

“The foundation’s never been stronger... it just feels right, for me personally and for the foundation,” he told the Observer.

The nonprofit gives hundreds of millions in charitable donations each year and is known for supporting civic projects across the region. Marsicano guided the foundation from $245 million in assets when he began in 1999 to nearly $4 billion today.

More about Marsicano’s work:

  • These 8 projects helped define Michael Marsicano’s career, as compiled by Lang.

And while we’re on the topic of NC staffing switch-ups, here’s another:

  • Former NC DHHS leader Mandy Cohen has a new job in the private sector, The News & Observer’s Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan reports.

2. There’s a chance of more snow, but it’s slight

Doug Meardon, left, makes a snowman with Ava Norman, 4, in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Charlotte broke a 39-year-old record when 1.9 inches of snow fell during Friday night’s storm, the National Weather Service reported Saturday.
Doug Meardon, left, makes a snowman with Ava Norman, 4, in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Charlotte broke a 39-year-old record when 1.9 inches of snow fell during Friday night’s storm, the National Weather Service reported Saturday.

Could we see snow again Friday? Right now, it’s looking like probably not.

It’s too early in the week to say for certain how much, if any, precipitation could come to the central and Piedmont areas of North Carolina, including snow, according to meteorologist Jake Wimberley of the NWS office in Greer, S.C.

Okay, what do I need to know?

  • A 40% chance of snow showers is forecast Friday night for areas northwest of Charlotte, including parts of Alexander and Caldwell counties, and a 30% chance in Catawba County.

  • No snow is yet predicted for Charlotte: only a 30% chance of showers between 1 and 9 p.m.

The NWS office expects a clearer picture of the chance of Charlotte snow by about 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Observer’s Joe Marusak reports.

“At this point, it’s not likely that any snow will happen, and if it does, it would be less than an inch” in Charlotte, Wimberley said.

3. Teen shot ‘several times’ in chest at Charlotte home, police say

Police say a 16-year-old was shot “several times” in the chest at a north Charlotte home Monday night.

The details, with the Observer’s Jonathan Limehouse:

  • The shooting happened at about 7:45 p.m.

  • The teenager suffered life-threatening injuries, and is now in critical but stable condition.

  • Tytremerce Caldwell, 22, was at the home when police arrived, and officers arrested him for his suspected involvement in the shooting.

  • The home is listed as an address for Caldwell.

4. Other things to know today

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  • Requirements vary by state and county, and in North Carolina, applications and training are required.

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