Stepping Up to the Test

The coronavirus pandemic has meant tragedy for many and hardship for almost all. Yet it also has given some the opportunity to make a real difference. That group includes Orange County resident Maria Joyce, a doctor with the Durham VA Healthcare System. Here’s her story. 

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Why Filling Out the 2020 Census is Important

Most of us know that the 2020 Census count began in January, since we’re getting reminders what feels like every other day. I will confess: I used to roll my eyes every time I got another flyer in the mail, or saw a commercial on television or online. 

The House at Gatewood

The House at Gatewood, located along Highway 70 just north of downtown Hillsborough, derives its name from longtime resident Dr. Joseph Gatewood, who practiced dentistry in the area and lived on the grounds for over 30 years. 

PPEople Providing Protection

It’s easy to do. The components are available, and you might even already have some of them at home. And the end-product is desperately needed.

Local Tourism and Hospitality Industry Today

There’s no question that the tourism and hospitality industry is being shattered by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Retail, restaurants, food service, and hotel accommodations, as well – nothing is being spared.

Retirement Communities Fight the Threat

While COVID-19 poses a significant threat to people aged 65 and older, Chapel Hill’s three retirement communities have worked hard to keep the coronavirus pandemic at bay and protect their residents.

Keeping a Business Alive During the Pandemic

Driving to my empty store on a Saturday in mid-March, physically hurting from two weeks of manic bookselling, I made the usual 30-minute trip in 20, cruising through an empty college town that should be full of life.

How to Help Neighbors and Friends While Social Distancing

Just a few weeks ago, many of us had never heard the term “social distancing” before. Now, with schools cancelled and many working from home, the town has been receiving a lot of questions about how to help one another and stay connected while also staying safe.

Community Responds to Increased Food Demand

The Town of Chapel Hill Public Housing department, in conjunction with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and PORCH hunger relief organization, distributed large boxes of food to over 350 households on Wednesday, April 8.   

Supporting Local Restaurants

Like the rest of our state, this country, and the world, Orange County is changing in ways we did not anticipate or could prepare for. Behind every door – and that’s where most of us are these days, behind doors – is a story.

Town Hall on COVID-19

Fourth District Rep. David Price will host a virtual town hall on the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, April 9, from 5 – 6 p.m.

Churches Have Faith They’ve Found a Way

Local churches have adapted to social distancing and shelter-in-place orders by offering regular services and other ministries online — but not without a few challenges.

When the Pandemic Hit Home… in 1918

COVID-19 is not the first pandemic to strike our community. When the influenza pandemic of 1918 hit Orange County, it arrived to a remarkably different place.

Bringing Easter Joy

I volunteer with a Chapel Hill non-profit called A Lotta Love. Last week, the manager at the Southpoint World Market, Jason McCreary, contacted our founder, Lotta Sjoelin, and said he’d like to donate their Easter goods to us so we could distribute them to local homeless shelters.

Delivery Night

One of my neighbors organized a delivery night from Luna in Carrboro restaurant last week…

Bright Spot – Ridgefield Park / Briarcliff

In an effort to further reduce trips to the grocery store and support shut-ins, people at risk, and those quarantined, a few bright and
angelic members of the Ridgefield Park / Briarcliff neighborhood in Chapel Hill began offering to provide consolidated shopping.

Solid Waste Making Changes

Chapel Hill’s Solid Waste Services is making adjustments to its operations because of the coronavirus pandemic.

United, Carrboro Restaurants Fight Back

Carrboro’s restaurants have been closed and the town’s food service economy has been on the verge of collapse because of COVID-19. But instead of fighting to survive on their own, a number of Carrboro businesses have banded together to serve the public and help themselves.

Status of Local Businesses

Here is a directory of the status of local businesses, as of April 1, 2020. This list will be updated often, so check back. Please let us know of other businesses that should be listed by emailing You can support restaurants and businesses by buying gift cards now for future use.

Local Organizations In Need of Support

I hope this finds you in good health, safe and secure in your own homes. We’re all entering an uncharted territory, struggling to maintain a sense of community while at the same time – and most importantly – keeping ourselves and others healthy.