Orange Slices

Dear Autumn

On behalf of all of us in Orange County, NC, including the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough – thank you. Thank you for being autumn. Others may seek to claim you, to boast that your beauty is greater there than it is here.

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Remembering a Good Woman

In this year of irrevocable change and loss, another name must be added to that long and growing list of what was but is no longer. Donna Baker died July 31, 2020 in her Orange County home.




More than a Car Wash

Driving around Chapel Hill it’s impossible to miss the Carolina-blue building at the intersection of Franklin and Main Streets. It juts out like a small peninsula at the precise spot Chapel Hill and Carrboro meet.


Black Lives Matter

Recently Orange Slices turned to longtime columnist Neil Offen to reflect on Chapel Hill and the Black Lives Matter movement. Here’s what he had to say: In Chapel Hill and Carrboro, increasingly, many express a belief that Black lives matter. You can see it in the protests and the proliferation of yard signs. But to be honest, Black lives haven’t always mattered here.


Historic Preservation and the Need for Belonging

The need for belonging. When you think of historic preservation, it’s not often that you think of the need for belonging. Until you read Tom Maye’s book. Then it all makes sense. Historic preservation are simply two big words for saving old places.



East Rosemary Street

Rosemary Street Chapel Hill is a major east-West Avenue, which is actually a contraction of the names of two young girls who once lived on the street, Rose and Mary. As Chapel Hill plans for the future, there’s a significant redevelopment plan on the table that will likely shift a significant portion…


About Ken Broun

One of my favorite things about living in a college town is that you never know who you’re going to run into at the grocery store or local coffee joint – when we used to go to coffee joints, that is.  It could be a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, or a bestselling novelist. 


June is Pride Month

Every year in June, various events are held to recognize the influence LGBTQ people have had around the world. June was chosen because that’s when the Stonewall Riots took place, way back in 1969. LGBTQ or Gay Pride is a movement that celebrates gender and sexual diversity.


Welcome Back.

North Carolina has entered Phase 2 of the gradual re-opening of our economy and the resumption, to the degree that it’s possible, of our day-to-day lives. Welcome Back. Our Pledge is a Shared Commitment with You to Keep Each Other Healthy.


Spotlight on Luke Zhang, Founder, Dunk or Three

Among the many things this pandemic has robbed us of, the absence of sports is a loss that’s deeply felt – but enthusiasm for sports hasn’t waned. Take Luke Zhang, for instance. He’s just a regular guy who loves the game of basketball.


Memorial Day 2020

America is the land of opportunity and a beacon of hope and freedom because our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen have fought valiantly to defeat tyranny and terror, and to protect the liberties we hold most dear. Memorial Day 2020 occurs on Monday, May 25.



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. 


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.


Chapel Hill & Carrboro Development Project Update

It’s too early to forecast the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the building industry. Here is a recap of several key projects in Chapel Hill and Carrboro currently in the planning stage.


In Their Own Words

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.


Club Nova’s Story

Mental health is one of the most important issues of our time. Whether you suffer, have suffered or know someone who does, it affects us all. While statistics tell us that one in four people experience a mental health condition…




Rock and Roll is Here to Stay

I first met David Joseph, owner of School of Rock, when our kids attended Scroggs Elementary together. In my job as the Visitors Bureau director, I was inspired by the quiz show called “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?”



New Development Projects in Progress

Within the next decade, the Chapel Hill area is scheduled to open an expanded Science Center, a gourmet Grocer, and a Turkish Cultural Center. And there’s more.



Orange County to Host Agricultural Summit, Open to the Public

February 10, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cedar Grove Community Center. As world leaders address the challenge of feeding the earth’s growing population, Orange County is providing entrepreneurs with both the inspiration and the resources to find solutions. 


American Legion Club Grand Opening

The new American Legion Club, 3700 NC Highway 54 West, Chapel Hill, will host its official grand opening on April 18, 2020. The public is invited to attend.


Get Current

CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, an immersive arts venue and studio space, opened to the public in February 2018. Since then its 7,000 square-foot state-of-the-art black box-style theater has hosted music, dance and theater.



Tis the Season to Take a Hike

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli Ah, Orange County’s beauty. A hush falls over the woods in winter. But the quiet unlocks a secret world that you miss out on during…


2019: The Year of the Cradle

1969 was the year that the Cat’s Cradle opened its doors, and gave music a place to live and be live in the Triangle. First in Chapel Hill, now in Carrboro, bands will tell you that between D.C. and Atlanta there is no better club than the Cat’s Cradle.