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Posted February 28, 2024

High School Students Put Robots to the Test, Compete to Qualify for Global FIRST® Robotics Championship at FIRST North Carolina Orange County District Event

30 Teams to Compete for Awards, Qualification for State Championship

Who:
Student teams from local and statewide school districts will participate in the FIRST® Robotics Competition FIRST North Carolina Orange County District Event for an opportunity to win regional recognition for design excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork, and more, and advance to the State Championship at ECU. The public is encouraged to attend, catch the excitement of this intense competition, and cheer on their favorite teams. Admission is free.

CRESCENDOSM presented by Haas is part of the 2024 FIRST IN SHOWSM presented by Qualcomm season. In CRESCENDO, teams are encouraged to see all that is possible when combining their creative ideas and innovations with engineering and design. Through collaboration and communication, our FIRST robotics community around the world will celebrate the role that the arts play in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Our skills make it possible to create art and experiences that bring us together, entertain us, and move us.

Teams from across the state including from Apex, Bolivia, Cary, Creedmoor, Durham, Greensboro, Greenville, Holly Springs, Morganton, Raleigh, Roxboro, Smithfield, Tarboro, Warrenton, and Wilson,  will be competing, including  local teams from Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill High School, East Chapel Hill High School and Orange High School.

What:
The FIRST Robotics Competition is a program that challenges high school students – working with professional mentors – to design and build a robot to contend in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students. Teams in the FIRST Robotics Competition FIRST North Carolina Orange County District Event will vie for district awards and a spot at the FIRST North Carolina State Championship to be held April 6-7 at the Minges Coliseum at ECU.  Teams from the State Championship will compete to advance to the FIRST® Championship to be held April 17-20 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The competition is part of FIRST, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

When:
Saturday, 3/14/202410:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Opening ceremonies
11:15 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Qualifying matches

Sunday, 3/15/2024 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Opening ceremonies
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Qualifying matches

1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Playoffs and Awards

Where:
Chapel Hill High School
1709 High School Roa
Chapel HIll, NC 27571
(866) 347-7801


MRCF Announces Running with the Angels 5k Run & Walk Date for 2024

The Monet Richardson Community Foundation is excited to announce the date for our highly anticipated Running with the Angels 5K Run & Walk in 2024. The annual event will take place on Saturday, March 23, at East Chapel Hill High School, bringing together our local community to support a noble cause.

Executive Director Pat Richardson said: “As Krissy’s mother I am honored to continue her legacy of work especially as it relates to the backpack program which she so modestly started. Krissy saw a need in the community via the YMCA Chapel Hill-Carrboro Y-Learning Program and she decided to do something about it. How many of us can say we actually do this? I know I haven’t always so I am honored to step into these large shoes and continue the work she started. The 5K Walk & Run with the Angels allows MRCF to continue this work with the proceeds raised from our runners, walkers, donors, sponsors and more. We celebrate 3 years for this community event and look forward to many more to come.”

Each year, the MRCF Running with the Angels 5k has been a resounding success and we are excited to continue this tradition of community support and philanthropy. This event draws participants from all walks of life, including community supporters, students, families, businesses, and dedicated volunteers. We aim to unite the community and create a positive impact by raising awareness and rallying support for youth in our area. Registration opens in October, and individuals or teams are encouraged to sign up through our RunSignUp page. Participants can expect a professionally designed 5K course, officially mapped and certified by US Track and Field, complete with chip timing to enhance their racing experience. The race will commence at the baseball field of East Chapel Hill High School and wind its way through a neighboring community adjacent to the school.

Registration costs are $30 for adults and $20 for individuals aged 18 and under, which includes an event tee shirt and swag bag. Additionally, our participants will enjoy complimentary food and beverages, graciously provided by our sponsors. Prizes will be awarded to top winners in various age and gender groups, adding an extra element of excitement.

MRCF would like to thank our sponsors, volunteers, and the community for their unwavering support over the years. Your contributions have made a significant impact on the lives of children in need, and we look forward to continuing this journey together.

The Monet Richardson Community Foundation is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of children and young community members. Our Backpack and Academic Scholarship Programs provide essential support and resources, ensuring a brighter future for these promising minds. For more information about the MRCF 5K Run & Walk or to schedule an interview, please contact Pat Richardson at themonetfoundation@gmail.com or 919-357-8149.


Celebrate the first Social Night of the year at Ay Por Dios on Feb 29!

The restaurant is partnering with Baila Beats Academy for a fun night full of dancing and meeting new people. Did we mention a free Salsa class starting at 9 p.m.?

There will be a cover charge starting at 9:30 p.m. ($10 with cash, Venmo or PayPal; $12 with credit card). DJ Cokie will play Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Kizomba, and more! Come dance with Baila Beats and help them grow the Afro-Latin dance community in Chapel Hill & Carrboro.


Local Social Club connects women from around the Triangle and creates a vibrant community through weekly events.

The group includes local women aged 25-65 who meet at local businesses in the RDU area to enhance their social lives, explore new dining experiences, and champion the local community.

The group has recently begun to partner with several local bars and restaurants in Downtown Chapel Hill.  The first event, Pints + Poses Yoga Flow, will take place at Gizmo Brew Works on March 14 at 5 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes a yoga class and two beers.

Learn more about Local Social Club

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Primary election day is Tuesday, March 5, but you can vote early if that is more convenient.

The early voting period begins on Thursday, Feb. 15 and runs through Saturday, March 2. Orange County residents can vote at any early voting site. If you decide to vote on election day, March 5th, you must vote at your assigned polling place.

Early Voting Sites:

Orange Works at Hillsborough Commons (in lieu of BOE office): 113 Mayo St, Hillsborough

Carrboro Town Hall Complex: 108 Bim St, Carrboro

Chapel Hill Library: 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill

Chapel of the Cross: 304 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill

Seymour Senior Center: 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

*Efland – Cheeks Community Center: 117 Richmond Rd, Efland (new site)

  • Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 25, from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to give residents of Orange County a real time view of their Sheriff’s Office. Although graduates of the Academy are not qualified for daily street duty, they do acquire a better understanding of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office operations and responsibilities.


Residents can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County by serving on a volunteer board or commission.


DATE CHANGE!

The Orange County Planning Department has received a proposal to rezone 10.01 acres located at 6915-UT Millhouse Road from RB (Rural Buffer) to ASE-CD (Agricultural Support Enterprises Conditional District) to allow for “Agricultural Service Uses”.


This Fact Book provides data on existing conditions and projected future trends to provide a common understanding of Orange County at the start of this Land Use Plan 2050 process.

The Fact Book will also serve as a resource as the plan is being developed. New data continually becomes available, such as new Census data and updated development features maintained by the County’s GIS staff. This Fact Book freezes the data at a moment in time and is a useful snapshot of County conditions today to help inform development of the plan.


 

Temporary Change in OWASA’s Water System

Disinfection Process in March

Does not affect water quality; taste and odor might differ

In support of our commitment to provide high-quality drinking water, OWASA will temporarily alter its drinking water treatment process beginning at 12 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2024, and continuing through the month of March. This process will not impact the drinking water quality, and customers can continue using tap water as usual during this time. Customers might notice a change in taste or odor of drinking water.

OWASA uses a combination of chlorine and ammonia, known as chloramines, to disinfect drinking water and the water system throughout the majority of the year. But, each March, we only use chlorine for the disinfection process. This change is only for the month of March and has no impact on the safety of the drinking water.

The change in treatment process is recommended by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and is standard practice among water providers, including neighboring utilities.

To ensure chlorine reaches all 400 miles of water pipes across Chapel Hill and Carrboro, OWASA will “flush” the system. This involves releasing water from fire hydrants in the service area. Flushing may cause some discoloration in water. If discoloration occurs, run the water for a few minutes until it becomes clear. If the discoloration does not clear after a few minutes, please call OWASA at (919) 968-4421.

Some customers may wish to neutralize the chlorine taste during this time. To do so, you can store water in an open container in the refrigerator, which allows chlorine taste and odor to dissipate over time. You may also add a few lemon slices to your tap water, allowing the lemon’s ascorbic acid to neutralize any chlorine taste. Some home filters also use activated carbon to reduce the taste and odor. Another option is to boil water for cooking or drinking for one (1) minute, and the chlorine will evaporate.

Dialysis patients and aquarium owners should take special precautions to remove traces of ammonia and chlorine from the water prior to use. To learn more about the community’s water supply and treatment, visit www.owasa.org/water-health.

OWASA is a not-for-profit public service agency serving Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Our diverse team works across the community to deliver high-quality water, reclaimed water, and wastewater services. We invest regularly to upgrade infrastructure and increase system resiliency. Together, with the community, we conserve, protect, and sustain this vital resource.

Learn more at owasa.org.

For more information:

Monica Dodson, Water Supply and Treatment Manager, (919) 537-4205 or mdodson@owasa.org

 


Posted February 21, 2024

Jones Ferry Road section to be closed Feb 26 – Mar 1

Jones Ferry Road between Old Greensboro Road and Old Fayetteville Road will be closed for roadway repairs scheduled Monday, Feb. 26 to Friday, March 1.

While a detour will be established, please consider alternative routes and be mindful of workers in the construction area.


Orange County Emergency Services is hosting a Public Safety Hiring Event

Thursday, March 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Durham Technical Community College at 525 College Park Rd., Hillsborough.

“Area public safety agencies are looking for candidates to embark on a rewarding career of service, compassion, and fairness,” said Orange County Emergency Services Director Kirby Saunders. “Whether you aspire to uphold the law on the front lines, become a firefighter, EMT, 911 telecommunicator, or contribute your skills in a support role, we have opportunities waiting for you. Explore a career with purpose, where every role plays a crucial part in ensuring Orange County remains a safe place to live, work, and visit.”

The following agencies will be present at the event:

  • Carrboro Fire Department
  • Carrboro Police Department
  • Chapel Hill Fire Department
  • Chapel Hill Police Department
  • Hillsborough Police Department
  • Orange County Emergency Services
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office
  • Police Officers
  • Sheriff’s Deputies
  • Firefighters
  • Paramedics
  • EMTs
  • Telecommunicators
  • Administrative Positions

You may learn more about the applying process as well as benefits offered by each agency. Computers will be onsite for applications. Business casual attire is recommended.

For more information or questions about the event call 919-245-6144 Jennifer Crawford.


2024 Primary Election

Online Nonpartisan Voter Guide

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties (LWVODC) announces the availability of VOTE411.org  for the 2024 Primary Election.  The League’s nonpartisan online election resource offers voters a “one-stop shop” for all things election related as they prepare to cast their ballots.  We encourage everyone to use VOTE411.org to learn more about this important election and make a plan to vote early or on election day. 

Early Voting:   Feb 15  …  through March 2

Primary Election Day:   March 5

VoterID is required for voting in person AND via mail 

Visit VOTE411.org, enter your address and see:

  • Your customized ballot;
  • Candidate profiles and unedited responses to survey questions in the candidate’s words;
  • Candidates side-by-side, showing their answers to the same questions (in the candidate’s unedited words)
  • Where and when to vote;
  • Voter registration status, and more.

VOTE411.org supports the commitment of the League of Women Voters to provide the information voters need to become empowered citizens. From the League’s founding in February 1920, it has been dedicated to the belief that citizens should play a critical role in our democracy.


Saturday, Feb. 24 – Health & Wellness Fair   10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510
Join us for the 2024 Health & Wellness Fair. All ages are welcome to this free community event. Gain knowledge and receive information about best practices for a healthy lifestyle. There will be health screenings, blood pressure checks, food and raffles.

Sunday, Feb. 25 – Black History Month Concert featuring Mary Williams   3 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510
Celebrate local Black artists and their contribution to our area’s vibrant music scene. This concert is free and open to all. Families are welcome!
When you listen to Mary D. Williams, you’re hearing the voice of a great singer; you’re also hearing the voices of the elders and the ancestors. Her knowledge of music and the culture from which it emerged is rooted in serious scholarly work. 

Celebrating Black America Carrboro YouTube Playlist
Check out the many videos and programs produced by the Town of Carrboro at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5JEg4H8hocMJtHpbLdFxWzbnhEcm_OO2&;si=criDMlN1pW35fYPa

Black History in Carrboro webpage 
https://www.carrboronc.gov/2307/Our-Roots-Run-Deep-Black-History-in-Carr


Homestead Aquatic Center Closed Feb. 19–March 3

The Homestead Aquatic Center is scheduled to close Feb. 19 to March 3 for maintenance and repairs. During this time, the hours of operation for the Chapel Hill Community Center Pool will be expanded.

  • Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sundays, 12 to 7 p.m.

Drop-in times are available for pass holders and residents to enjoy lap swimming and independent water fitness. View the Community Center pool schedule online or call (919) 968-2790 to check availability.


Posted February 15, 2024

BLACK HISTORY MONTH in Carrboro

Check out all the community events planned and organized by the Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Department for Black History Month!

Sunday, Feb. 18 – Diane Faison in “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman”   
2:30 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510

Step back in time as Diane Faison entertains with the one-woman stage play, “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman.” Ms. Faison is a retired teacher, actress, artist, speaker and writer. Her rendition of Harriet Tubman will captivate you and leave you wanting more! The cost of this program is $3. People of all ages are welcome!

Sunday, Feb. 18 – Black History Month Concert featuring Collective Groove Band  
4:30 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510

Celebrate local Black artists and their contribution to our area’s vibrant music scene. This concert is free and open to all. Families are welcome!

The NC-based Collective Groove Band gives an invigorating spin to Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul, Pop, Classic Soul and Gospel music. The debut of their first single Definition Of Funk (D.O.F) took radio by storm in 2021.  The Smooth Jazz-Funk Fusion record has been recognized by the BDS Billboard and Groove Jazz Music Radio charts for being one of the most added singles to radio during its debut.

Historical Marker Unveiling Honors Manly McCauley, Victim of 1898 Lynching

The Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition, the Equal Justice Initiative and the Town of Carrboro announce their partnership to commemorate the life and tragic death of Manly McCauley, a Black man who suffered a white mob lynching in October 1898, just west of Carrboro, N.C.

The Historical Marker Unveiling for Manly McCauley is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. outside Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.  With a welcome from Carrboro Mayor Barbara Foushee, this event will feature Dr. Reginald Hildebrand as the distinguished guest speaker and Poet CJ Suitt delivering a spoken word performance. The program will also include remarks from NC Representative Renée Price; Diane Robertson, past political action chair of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP; former Hillsborough Mayor Jen Weaver; and a musical performance by Brown Sugar Strings. 

Learn more about the unveiling of the marker and the history of Manly McCauley.


Join Carrboro in the 2024 Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is on Feb. 16-19.

It’s a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org.

Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world!  For more information contact Town of Carrboro Stormwater Specialist Heather Holley at 919-918-7426 or hholley@carrboronc.gov.

Learn more about how to participate!


APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR OWASA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Contact:  Tara May, Deputy Clerk to the Board (919) 245-2125

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – (February 13, 2024) One of the ways residents can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to serve on a volunteer board or commission.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting applicants for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors.

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. The Chapel Hill Town Council appoints five town residents, the Carrboro Town Council appoints two town residents, and the Orange County Board of Commissioners appoints two Orange County residents. There is one upcoming vacancy for an Orange County resident.

Governing a critical public utility effectively requires a group of dedicated volunteers with a broad range of knowledge and experiences. The OWASA Board of Directors is unique in that it is in fact a governing Board and, therefore, does not simply advise the elected bodies on issues. The OWASA Board addresses a wide variety of issues including infrastructure investment, employee compensation and benefits, finance and rate setting, customer service and affordability, environmental protection, forestry, public health, and community engagement, among others. Experience in these areas can be helpful, but specific technical experience is not required; the only true qualification needed is a genuine commitment to serve the community. Former Board members have found serving on the Board to be a meaningful and rewarding experience, though this level of community service does require a significant investment of time and energy to prepare for and attend meetings. 

Each appointed member must take an Oath of Office to faithfully discharge the duties of their office, to abide by the constitution and laws of the United States and of North Carolina, and to exercise their best judgment as a member of the Board of Directors.

The OWASA Board meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the OWASA Community Room (400 Jones Ferry Rd. in Carrboro).

Board members receive $100 compensation for attendance at each meeting of the board, special meetings, or work sessions.

Please visit https://www.owasa.org/board-of-directors/ for more information on the work of the Board of Directors.

If interested, apply at www.orangecountync.gov/Apply.


Posted February 7, 2024

Mayor Foushee proclaims BLACK HISTORY MONTH in Carrboro

Mayor Barbara Foushee has proclaimed Black History Month in Carrboro this February 2024.

All residents are encouraged to participate in local Black History Month events and to learn about and celebrate the lives, history, and contributions of Black people this month and throughout the year.

“Black History Month continues to be a time to honor and recognize often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every part of American history,” Mayor Foushee said. “It is also a time to celebrate Black history’s rich heritage and the overcoming of adversity, these stories are ingrained in the fabric of this country’s history. 

“Lastly, Black History Month is a time to be educated about all Black people from the periods of enslavement to the Black people that continue to live amongst us today.”

Local celebrations of Black History Month this year will include a Black History Month Concert Series; a performance of the one-woman stage play The Spirit of Harriet Tubman; a two-night lecture series and much more.


2nd Friday Art Walk returns Feb. 9

The 2nd Friday Art Walk around downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill returns on Friday, Feb. 9.

Rain or shine, Downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill will showcase The Carrboro-Chapel Hill 2nd Friday Art Walk.

Explore art galleries, artist studios, shops and restaurants. There will also be live music, performances, spoken word poetry and more. Venues are generally open late afternoon and evening hours. Exhibits at Carrboro Town Hall and Carrboro Century Center are open from 6 to 8 p.m.

Visit our website to learn more about the participating venues.


Traffic Alert: Jones Ferry Road Traffic Island Modification

Triangle Grading and Paving will begin modifying several traffic islands located along Jones Ferry Road near NC Hwy 54, starting with surveying on Thursday, Feb. 8 and then continuing with construction on Thursday, Feb. 15. The project is expected to wrap up by May 1, 2024.

Drivers in the area might experience slight delays as there will be times of alternating one way traffic.

These modifications will accommodate the addition of a bike lane when NCDOT paves Jones Ferry Road later this year.

Questions? Please contact Public Works PWorks@carrboronc.gov or 919-918-7425.


Poetry Workshops for Floraffiti

Carter Hubbard, Floraffiti founder, teams up with Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis and Chapel Hill Poet Laureate Cortland Gilliam to bring poetry workshops to Carrboro and Chapel Hill.

Floraffiti, a community engagement and placemaking project, is a program that focuses on environmental justice (EJ), a movement of environmental concern and activism. The adverse consequences of climate change and its environmental crises will be explored in these upcoming poetry workshops. The workshops will address social-political challenges and inequities that are exacerbated by the climate crisis.

These free workshops are open to all skill levels for teens and adults:

  • Saturday, Feb.10, 2024
    Floraffiti Poetry Workshop with Carrboro Poet Laureate, Liza Wolff-Francis
    1:30-3:30 p.m.
    108 Bim St., Carrboro, NC
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024
    Floraffiti Poetry Workshop with Chapel Hill Poet Laureate Cortland Gilliam
    2-4 p.m.
    Chapel Hill Public Library, Room C

Learn more about Floraffiti!


APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE COUNTY VOLUNTEER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Tara May, Deputy Clerk to the Board (919) 245-2125

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – (February 2, 2024) One of the ways residents can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to serve on a volunteer board or commission.
 
The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting applicants for the following boards and commissions:

Adult Care Home and Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee – This committee works to maintain the intent of the Adult Care Home and Nursing Home Residents’ Bills of Rights and promote community involvement and cooperation with these homes to ensure quality care for older and disabled adults. This committee typically meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm. There is an initial training period prior to appointment by the Board of County Commissioners. There are currently six (6) vacancies.

Agricultural Preservation Board – The Agricultural Preservation Board is charged with promoting the economic and cultural importance of agriculture in the county and encouraging voluntary preservation and protection of farmland for future production. This board typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. There is currently one (1) vacancy for a participating farm owner in the Schley/Eno Voluntary Agricultural District, and one (1) vacancy for a participating farm owner in the White Cross Voluntary Agricultural District.

Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool – The charge of the Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool is to hear appeals concerning violations of the Orange County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 (“Animal Control Ordinance”), as provided in the Orange County Code of Ordinances, Section 4-53 Appeals and also potentially dangerous dog appeals as prescribed by N.C. Gen. Stat. §67-4.1(c).  It is the responsibility of pool members to conduct fair and impartial hearings for these appeals and they will receive training in both law and proper procedure prior to participating in a hearing.  Pool members are sought from the Towns of Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro as well as the part of Orange County that is unincorporated.  Appeals panels will be convened on an as needed basis for hearings. The Board of County Commissioners is currently recruiting applicants to fill one (1) seat for a resident living in the Town of Carrboro, one (1) seat for a resident living in the Town of Chapel Hill, two (2) at-large seats, one (1) seat for a resident living within an unincorporated area of the county, one (1) seat for a representative of the Public Safety Field, and one (1) seat for a representative of the Public Health Field.

Board of Equalization and Review – The Board of Equalization and Review hears appeals from residents concerning various property tax issues, including valuation and exemption appeals. The Board of Equalization and Review is charged with ensuring that all taxable property is appraised and assessed according to the standards required by the North Carolina General Statutes. This board meets up to three days per week, for approximately three to four hours per meeting, for up to three consecutive months (typically April-June). Additional meetings may occur as needed during the year.  Members will be compensated for all meetings attended. Orange County residents with knowledge of real estate are specifically encouraged to apply, however, others will also be given consideration.  The Board of County Commissioners is currently recruiting applicants for three (3) alternate positions, who will participate in hearings when regular board members are unavailable.

Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment – The Town of Chapel Hill’s Board of Adjustment is authorized to hear variance cases regarding the provisions of the Chapel Hill Land Use Management Ordinance and appeal cases regarding decisions made by Town staff. The Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, in the Council Chamber on the first floor. There is currently one (1) vacancy for a resident of the Chapel Hill Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) and one (1) vacancy for a resident of the ETJ or Joint Planning Area (JPA) to serve as alternate. Please review the map at the following link to see the boundaries of the Chapel Hill ETJ and JPA areas: http://orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16597/Chapel-Hill-and-Carrboro-Boundaries-Map.  You may also confirm the zoning information of your address by visiting: http://aries.orangecountync.gov/Aries/ZoningInformation.aspx.

Hillsborough Planning Board – This board acquires and maintains information in order to understand past trends, prepare and amend the comprehensive plan for the development of the area, and prepare and recommend ordinances promoting orderly development. The Hillsborough Planning Board typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. There is currently one (1) vacancy for an applicant residing in the Hillsborough Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). Please review the map at the following link to see the boundaries of the Hillsborough ETJ: http://orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16598/Hillsborough-Boundaries-Map. You may also confirm the zoning information of your address by visiting: http://aries.orangecountync.gov/Aries/ZoningInformation.aspx.

Human Relations Commission – The Human Relations Commission studies and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners concerning problems in the field of human relationships. This commission seeks solutions to community issues that may create animosity and unrest, makes recommendations designed to promote goodwill and harmony among groups in the county, and addresses and attempts to remedy the violence, tensions, polarization, and other harm created through discrimination, bias, hatred, and inequity. The Human Relations Commission typically meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. There is currently one (1) at-large vacancy.

Orange County Parks and Recreation Council – This council consults with and advises the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation, and the Board of County Commissioners on matters affecting parks planning, development and operation; recreation facilities, policies and programs; and public trails and open space. The Parks and Recreation Council typically meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. There is currently one (1) at-large vacancy and one (1) vacancy for an applicant residing in Little River Township. Please review the Township map at the following link: https://www.orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2290/Township-Map-PDF. You may also confirm the zoning information of your address by visiting: http://aries.orangecountync.gov/Aries/ZoningInformation.aspx

If interested in any of the above positions, apply at www.orangecountync.gov/Apply.

Orange County strives for diverse representation on volunteer boards and commissions. Residents of all demographic backgrounds, identities, and perspectives are encouraged to apply. Applicants must reside in Orange County. Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have the opportunity to directly influence local decisions, policies, and priorities.

For additional information contact Tara May at 919-245-2125 or tmay@orangecountync.gov.


Register for Spring and Summer Camp Recreation Programs

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation has released its Spring Recreation Program Guide, which includes summer camps. Registration for spring programs begins Tuesday, Feb. 6 for residents and Thursday, Feb. 8 for non-residents. Registration for camps begins Tuesday, March 19 for residents and Thursday, March 21 for non-residents.

Get a printed copy of the guide at any of our recreation centers, Chapel Hill Public Library, Town Hall, and the Public Housing department. You can also browse recreation programs and register online

Featured activities this Spring include three egg hunts, with a twist—The EGG-STREME Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt, Easter EGGstravagnaza in the pool at Homestead Aquatic Center, and an Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt for kids with different abilities/special needs/disabilities and their siblings.

Baseball and softball leagues (starting in March) are a great way for kids to have fun and learn the basics of America’s pastimes. New tennis clinics are coming for all levels and ages, and a special Community Tennis Day features a free day of family tennis.


We Need Your Help to Design an Inclusive Playground

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation invites community members, children, and adults of all abilities to help design our new inclusive playground at Chapel Hill Community Center Park. This exciting project aims to create a space where people of all abilities can play together and enjoy the benefits of outdoor recreation.

Barrs Recreation Playground Equipment, a leading provider of accessible playground equipment, will join us for two public listening sessions to talk about features and amenities for the inclusive playground.

  • Sunday, Feb. 11, 12–2 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B, 100 Library Drive
  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 6–8 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Community Center Meeting Room, 120 S. Estes Drive

Can’t make a meeting? Take our online survey.


¡La inscripción para la Academia 2024 está abierta!

La Academia Cívica Popular le enseña cómo funciona el Ayuntamiento y ayuda a descubrir formas de participar activamente en los procesos comunitarios. Les invitamos a los residentes de Chapel Hill y cualquiera otra persona conectada con nuestra comunidad a este programa gratuita.

Las clases tendrán lugar todos los jueves y los sábados, entre el 22 de febrero y el 23 de marzo, 2024. Habrá cena, cuidado infantil e interpretación y traducción al español. Y todo es gratis.

Regístrese aquí a más tardar el 12 de febrero.

Registration for the 2024 Peoples Academy Is Open!

The Peoples Academy teaches you how City Hall works and helps you discover ways to actively participate in community processes. We invite Chapel Hill residents and anyone else connected to our community to this free program.

Classes will take place every Thursday and Saturday, between February 22 and March 23, 2024. There will be dinner, childcare, and interpretation and translation into Spanish. And it’s all free.

Register here by Monday, Feb. 12.


February Traffic-Safety Initiatives

The Chapel Hill Police Department is planning pedestrian safety and speed enforcement operations in February. Officers encourage everyone traveling, regardless of your mode of transportation, to remember that community safety is a shared responsibility.

Pedestrian Safety

Whether there’s a big game in town that brings extra foot traffic or it’s a typical workday, we have a shared responsibility to promote pedestrian safety. Check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guide to Pedestrian Safety for lots of great safety tips.

Vision Zero

Chapel Hill’s Vision Zero Resolution states that traffic injuries and deaths aren’t inevitable “accidents,” but preventable crashes. The Town is committed to ending all transportation and mobility-related deaths and serious injuries by 2031. This will be achieved through a comprehensive and holistic approach to designing safe roadway systems for all users.


Participate in local Black History Month events

Support local Black-owned businesses, and learn about the Black experience in Orange County with the Goosechase app. The top 25 point earners may receive a prize!





DELIVEReads is a courier service for library materials provided by the Orange County Public Library and Orange County Transportation Services. It is available to Orange County residents of any age who are homebound due to illness, disability, physical limitations, and/or transportation issues and are unable to come into the library. It’s also available for caregivers and care facilities in Orange County. For more information call 919-245-2539.


Posted February 1, 2024

Let’s talk voter engagement this Saturday!

Haven’t been to a branch meeting in a while? Saturday is a great time to change that! (Or of course to come out as usual if you’re a regular attendee!)

Our guest speaker for the Feb. 3 branch meeting (1 p.m. at the RENA Community Center) will be Marcus Bass, Executive Director of Advance Carolina, and incoming political action committee chair for the state NAACP.

He will be discussing critical issues that we need to mobilize around in terms of voter engagement and education, as well as strategies that we should consider to mobilize and keep the base engaged in our area. Don’t be shy about spreading the word: Share the flyer with your networks!


Community Foundation are open for applications, representing nearly $1.8 million in available scholarship funds.

At NCCF, we believe in the power of education to improve lives. We partner with donors to administer scholarships for the benefit of students across the state.

●      Most NCCF scholarships close for 2024 applications on March 15. There is no cost to apply, and it is now much easier for students to apply for multiple scholarships from NCCF.

●      This year, NCCF is using a Universal Scholarships Application for the first time. The online application matches information about the student – such as county of residence, GPA or intended major – with criteria for approximately 130 scholarships. Students are then alerted to all scholarships for which they may be eligible.

●      About 20 other NCCF scholarships have separate applications with different due dates. Students are encouraged to review the criteria for those and follow the instructions on how to apply.

Visit nccommunityfoundation.org/Scholarships for detailed application instructions.


Lincoln High School and Its Closing – A Video Presentation by David Mason, Jr

February 10 @ 2:00 pm – February 10 @ 4:00 pm

Event Venue
Seymour Center

Event Organizer
Chapel Hill Historical Society

Description
Lincoln High School and its Closing – a Video Presentation by David Mason, Jr When: 2:00 PM Saturday, February 10, 2024 Where: Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516. The Chapel Hill Historical Society is sponsoring this video presentation by David Mason, Jr. David Mason, Jr. is a lifetime resident of Chapel Hill, one of the leaders of the Lincoln High Alumni Association, an active member of St. Joseph CME, and a community historian. He is also a member of the “Chapel Hill Nine,” a group of high school students who participated in demonstrations in support of civil rights and desegregation in the 1960s.Mr. Mason will present a video on the history of Lincoln High School, the effects of school desegregation, and the impact on the Northside community. 


The Town of Carrboro is proud to recognize and celebrate Black people and Black history in Carrboro and across the nation during Black History Month. We invite and encourage all Carrboro residents to participate in local Black History Month events and to learn about and celebrate the lives, history and contributions of Black people during this month and throughout the year.

Black History Month in Carrboro – February 2024

Friday, Feb. 2 – First Watch & Melanated Wine Trip   9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Meet at Town Commons Parking Lot, 301 W Main St., Carrboro NC 27510
Meet at Town Hall, and join in this group tour for adults (50 and older). We will start the morning with brunch at First Watch restaurant in Durham. Then we are off to visit Melanated Wine in Durham. Melanated Wine is Durham’s first Black-owned winery! Melanated Wine is an Urban Winery dedicated to “uncorking the culture.” Cost is $22 (not including brunch). Learn more and register at https://www.carrboronc.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=7522&;month=2&year=2024&day=2&calType=0

Sunday, Feb. 4 – Black History Month Concert featuring Erin Blue   3 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510
Celebrate local Black artists and their contribution to our area’s vibrant music scene. This concert is free and open to all. Families are welcome!
Erin Blue is an independent R&B/Soul artist from Long Island, N.Y., now living in Greensboro, N.C. With humble beginnings at her family church, Erin began singing with Stars from Heaven at local events at the age of 15. At the same time, she found her love for songwriting.

Monday, Feb. 5 – African Americans and the Arts, an evening with Joseph Jordan   6 to 8 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510
We invite you to an evening with Joseph Jordan as he shares his work on social justice and how artistic awareness empowers our community. Learn ways to support all forms of the arts. Apply best practices and understand the importance of the arts in our communities. Joseph Jordan is Teaching Associate Professor in the African, African American and Diaspora Studies Department at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has served as Vice Provost for Academic and Community Engagement and, prior to that, as Director of the Sonja H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History for 22 years.

Tuesday, Feb. 6 – Poet’s Open Mic   7-8 p.m. via Zoom
Via zoom for people aged 16 and older. For this month’s event, attendees are encouraged to share poetry and history related Black America.
For information, call 919-918-7372. Zoom link: https://townofcarrboro.zoom.us/j/87880418922   Meeting ID: 878 8041 8922

Wednesday, Feb. 7 – Black History Month Senior Bingo   10 to 11:30 a.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510
Bingo can be played many ways and this month the theme will be “Black History Month.”  Join us and test your knowledge of Black History as we play several games.  This event is free and open to community members who are 50+. There will be prizes for winners and refreshments for all!

Monday, Feb. 12 – Celebrating Black People in America, an evening with Kenny Mann Jr.    6 to 8 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510
Join us to hear Kenny Mann Jr. share how music was the escape from all of the unjust in his community and the changes it brought about during the Civil Right Movement. He will also highlight musical acts who graced Orange County while growing up in Orange County. This program is free and open to all. Families are welcome!

Sunday, Feb. 18 – Diane Faison in “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman”    2:30 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510
Step back in time as Diane Faison entertains with the one-woman stage play, “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman.” Ms. Faison is a retired teacher, actress, artist, speaker and writer. Her rendition of Harriet Tubman will captivate you and leave you wanting more! The cost of this program is $3. People of all ages are welcome!

Sunday, Feb. 18 – Black History Month Concert featuring Collective Groove Band   4:30 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510
Celebrate local Black artists and their contribution to our area’s vibrant music scene. This concert is free and open to all. Families are welcome!
The NC-based Collective Groove Band gives an invigorating spin to Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul, Pop, Classic Soul and Gospel music. The debut of their first single Definition Of Funk (D.O.F) took radio by storm in 2021.  The Smooth Jazz-Funk Fusion record has been recognized by the BDS Billboard and Groove Jazz Music Radio charts for being one of the most added singles to radio during its debut.

Saturday, Feb. 24 – Health & Wellness Fair   10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510
Join us for the 2024 Health & Wellness Fair. All ages are welcome to this free community event. Gain knowledge and receive information about best practices for a healthy lifestyle. There will be health screenings, blood pressure checks, food and raffles.

Sunday, Feb. 25 – Black History Month Concert featuring Mary Williams   3 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510
Celebrate local Black artists and their contribution to our area’s vibrant music scene. This concert is free and open to all. Families are welcome!
When you listen to Mary D. Williams, you’re hearing the voice of a great singer; you’re also hearing the voices of the elders and the ancestors. Her knowledge of music and the culture from which it emerged is rooted in serious scholarly work. 

Celebrating Black America Carrboro YouTube Playlist
Check out the many videos and programs produced by the Town of Carrboro at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5JEg4H8hocMJtHpbLdFxWzbnhEcm_OO2&;si=criDMlN1pW35fYPa

Black History in Carrboro webpage 
https://www.carrboronc.gov/2307/Our-Roots-Run-Deep-Black-History-in-Carr


The Orange County Board of Elections is hosting a Free Photo ID event at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W Main St. Carrboro, NC 27510, on Friday, Feb. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Voters may also use this opportunity to register to vote or update their registration.

To obtain a free ID, voters will complete an ID request form providing their name, date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security Number. No additional documents are required, and no appointment is necessary.

For more information contact the Orange County Board of Elections and 919-245-2350.


We’d like to welcome Koala Craft to Downtown Chapel Hill! The fun, colorful studio is located at 601 West Rosemary Street, near Greenbridge Condominiums.

Koala Craft offers many creative workshops and classes designed to spark your creativity and help you master a new craft technique, such as painting or tufting. All ages and experience levels are welcome! The space also hosts private events such as birthday parties and team-building workshops. You can book classes online or by phone. Stop by this Sunday, January 28 for their grand opening celebration; the vibrant room is certain to put a smile on your face!



Upcoming events at CURRENT

Did you know that you can find plays and performances in Downtown Chapel Hill? CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio is an immersive, 7000 sq. foot venue and studio space maintained by Carolina Performing Arts. It opened to the public in February 2018 and is located in the Carolina Square mixed-use development at 123 West Franklin Street. The space also houses the CPA Fellows and artists-in-residence to collaborate with faculty, students, and the community. By connecting campus arts to downtown, community members can participate in artist talks, post-performance gatherings, workshops, and other artistic and community events.

February 1, 7 p.m.: Breakin Workshop with The Raleigh Rockers

February 2, 8 p.m.: Celebrating Next Level: Hip Hop Diplomacy

February 22-24, Various Times: Weathering by Faye Driscoll


Posted January 26 2024

A Message from Mayor Anderson

Today, I want to take this opportunity to reach out to everyone regarding concerns we are hearing from residents about the conflict in Gaza. In particular, I want to address the question of a resolution, which has been put forward to us.

Chapel Hill Community,

It is hard to believe that a month has gone by since my first Mayor’s Message to you all. Since then, Council has held our first work session and general business meeting of the year. Next week, we will hold our annual retreat. In upcoming months, our focus will be on the rewrite of Chapel Hill’s land use ordinances and our budget. I’ll keep you apprised on both as we continue this work.

Today, I want to take this opportunity to reach out to everyone regarding concerns we are hearing from residents about the conflict in Gaza. In particular, I want to address the question of a resolution, which has been put forward to us.

On Wednesday, during our meeting, Town Council had a number of individuals come out to speak to us on this matter. Knowing that this conflict is causing concern for many people in our community I want to share with everyone why Council is choosing not to issue a resolution.

First and foremost, I want to acknowledge the deep pain, worry, fear, and anger that this awful situation is causing for people across our community and in our own organization. As a council, our job is to look out for the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community. So, the impact that this is having weighs deeply on all of us.

Since last Fall we have been hearing from individuals on all sides of this issue. This has included calls for a resolution asking for a ceasefire, calls for a resolution in support of Israel, and emails from individuals asking us to stay out of the issue entirely.

For the Town Council and our community, resolutions are an important advocacy tool. We choose the issues we weigh in on with great care and, as a matter of practice, do not weigh in on matters that are outside of our areas of expertise or authority. When we do choose to issue a resolution, we work together to make sure that it reflects the interests of our community and, typically, council is unanimous in our support.

In this situation – where our community is deeply conflicted, and the issues are very complex – a resolution is not what is needed. Instead, as we have seen in other communities that have already passed a resolution, doing so could serve to add to the divide and the pain.

As a board, we look for ways to make our community stronger and bring people closer together. To that end, we want to reiterate that we share your deep concerns.

  • We all want an end to the horrific violence
  • We all want the safe return of hostages
  • We all want everyone to have access to basic necessities — shelter, food and water
  • We all want long-lasting peace

Here at home, we want everyone to feel welcome and safe when they go about their daily lives. Sadly, the spillover of this war thousands of miles away is causing people here to feel unsafe. That is something that we cannot let happen.

I know that this is not the answer that some people want to hear and I recognize that people want the Town Council to do something. In recent weeks, I have been in conversations with many people in our community about ways to bring people together to listen to one another and about resources to support those in our community who are struggling.

As we continue to navigate this painful and complex situation, I urge everyone to show respect for one another.

Sincerely,
Mayor Jess


Floraffiti comes to Carrboro and Chapel Hill

Floraffiti, a community engagement and placemaking project, is returning to Carrboro and Chapel Hill this spring.

The  Floraffiti program will focus on environmental justice (EJ), a movement of environmental concern and activism. The adverse consequences of climate change and its environmental crises will be explored in upcoming poetry workshops. Workshops will address social-political challenges and inequities that are exacerbated by the climate crisis.

Carter Hubbard, Floraffiti founder, teams up with Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis and Chapel Hill Poet Laureate Cortland Gilliam. Floraffiti will combine eco-social engagement through poetry workshops. It will share the community members’ words by planting them in the ground to grow with the intent to inform and educate.

These free workshops are open to all skill levels for teens and adults:

  • Saturday, Feb.10, 2024
    Floraffiti Poetry Workshop with Carrboro Poet Laureate, Liza Wolff-Francis
    1:30-3:30 p.m.
    108 Bim St., Carrboro, NC
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024
    Floraffiti Poetry Workshop with Chapel Hill Poet Laureate Cortland Gilliam
    2-4 p.m.
    Chapel Hill Public Library, Room C

The public is invited to volunteer with Carter Hubbard and poetry workshop participants in planting the seeds of Floraffiti in an atmosphere of welcoming and inclusive community engagement, supporting conversation, interaction, and a positive relationship-building experience. There are two opportunities to plant this year.  All tools, gloves, and materials will be supplied for ages 13 and up.

Various Carrboro locations

  • Saturday, March 2, 2024
    1-4 p.m., meeting at the Carrboro ArtsCenter

Various Chapel Hill locations

  • Sunday, March 3, 2024
    1-4 p.m., meeting at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Learn more about Floraffiti!


Town of Carrboro 2024 Bilingual Calendar

Need a wall calendar? The Town of Carrboro 2024 Bilingual (English/Spanish) Calendar will be available while supplies last for interested residents to pick up from Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.

Designed in-house by Communication & Engagement staff, the calendars feature free community events and observances such as Black History Month, Carrboro In Motion, Freight Train Blues Concerts, Carrboro Pride, the July 4th Celebration and Frederick Douglass Community Reading, Hispanic Heritage Month, Carrboro Music Festival, West End Poetry Festival, and Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. 

Information is also provided about Town services, volunteer opportunities, job postings and emergency resources.

Download the PDF Carrboro 2024 Bilingual Calendar


Mayor Foushee Proclaims International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Mayor Barbara Foushee has proclaimed Saturday, Jan. 27, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

“January 27th is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day when we honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust,” Mayor Foushee said. “Let us also continue the fight against antisemitism, racism and all other forms of intolerance that may lead to violence. Education, awareness and love for humanity are the best commemoration.”

The purpose of International Holocaust Remembrance Day is to serve as a date of the official commemoration of the victims of the Nazi regime, and to promote Holocaust education throughout the world.

This year, the day commemorates the 79th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Mayor Foushee encourages all community members to reflect on the need for respect of all peoples, and to overcome intolerance and indifference through learning and remembrance.


Carrboro Launches Family Financial Assistance Program

The Carrboro Family Financial Assistance Program will accept applications beginning on Jan. 16, 2024, for Carrboro families facing financial challenges with food, housing, utilities, transportation and childcare.

The program was approved by the Town Council on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024.  Partnering on the program are the Town of Carrboro Racial Equity Commission, Race and Equity team, Housing and Community Services Department, and the Orange County Department of Social Services.

Pick up and drop off completed applications (English or Spanish) at any of the following:

  • Access applications on the program webpage
  • Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Hillsborough Commons, 113-B Mayo Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
  • Fax completed applications to 919-644-3305

The Carrboro Family Financial Assistance Program will receive applications through Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.

For more information, contact Anita Jones-McNair at amcnair@carrboronc.gov or 919-918-7381 or Kannu Taylor at ktaylor@carrboronc.gov or 919-918-7351.


Orange County government is taking its show on the road. Many county departments are participating in the inaugural Orange County Roadshows, which will be held Jan. 31 at Cedar Grove Community Center and Feb. 1 at Seymour Center in Chapel Hill. Each event begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m.

The Orange County Roadshow will allow community members to access government services in an informal, convenient environment right in their neighborhood. Almost twenty departments will be present to respond to common questions, as well as share information about various programs and assist in submitting applications for services. Sessions will be held throughout the year at various locations throughout Orange County. Dates and locations for future events will be posted on the Orange County website.

“These sessions will strengthen our community’s connection with its county government by making staff available to help residents learn about various programs and services in a welcoming environment,” said Orange County manager Bonnie Hammersley. “We also want to receive feedback from community members on several ongoing county initiatives.”

From 7 to 8 p.m. there will be a presentation in which a representative from the county manager’s office will provide a report on the countywide strategic plan. Representatives from the tax office will speak about the upcoming 2025 revaluation and provide information about various tax relief programs available to residents, including the Homestead Exemption and others. The Planning and Inspections Department will also present on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan 2050 and offer a smaller meeting where participants can provide direct feedback on Orange County Land Use Plan 2050.

Things community members could do at each meeting from 6 to 9 p.m.:

  • Check voter registration information and update or apply to vote
  • Learn about applying for a passport or marriage license
  • Register for activities at Library, Aging or Recreation
  • Apply for property tax payment plan
  • Fill out an application for the Longtime Homeowners Assistance Program
  • Learn about and apply for state tax assistance programs (Present Use Value, Disabled Vets, Homestead Exclusion)
  • Apply for Solid Waste Fee Assistance Program
  • Sign up for a library card
  • Apply for Economic Development small business or agriculture grants
  • Learn about property value appeals
  • Apply to serve on a board or committee

The following departments or divisions will be represented:

Wednesday, January 31
6 to 9 pm
Cedar Grove Community Center
5800 NC Hwy 86 N, Hillsborough, NC

Thursday, February 1
6 to 9 pm
Seymour Center
2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC


31 de enero de 2024
6 a 9 pm
Cedar Grove Community Center
5800 NC Hwy 86 N, Hillsborough, NC

1 de febrero de 2024
6 a 9 pm
Seymour Center
2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC

Durante el evento, contaremos con servicios de interpretación simultánea para hispanohablantes. Proporcionaremos refrigerios y bebidas.

  • Obtenga información sobre los programas de asistencia fiscal para los que podría ser elegible, incluidos los programas Valor de Uso Actual (Present Use Value), Veteranos con Discapacidades (Disabled Vets) o Exclusión de Viviendas (Homestead Exclusion).
  • Conozca el Plan de uso del suelo 2050 del Condado de Orange y proporcione sus comentarios respecto al futuro de nuestro condado.
  • Regístrese para votar o inscríbase para recibir una tarjeta de la biblioteca.
  • Participe como voluntario en un comité o consejo consultivo.
  • También estarán a su disposición los representantes de los departamentos de Planeación, Envejecimiento, Recreación y Desarrollo Económico, entre otros.

Learn More: Rewriting Our Rules LUMO Update

The Town of Chapel Hill Planning Department is hosting a series of Public Information Meetings for community members to learn about “Rewriting Our Rules: A LUMO Update”, a project to update the land use rules that shape our community. A session will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B. Staff will give a short presentation. They will be available before and after to answer questions.

Refreshments and childcare are available to attendees.


¡La inscripción para la Academia 2024 está abierta!

La Academia Cívica Popular le enseña cómo funciona el Ayuntamiento y ayuda a descubrir formas de participar activamente en los procesos comunitarios. Les invitamos a los residentes de Chapel Hill y cualquiera otra persona conectada con nuestra comunidad a este programa gratuita.

Las clases tendrán lugar todos los jueves y los sábados, entre el 22 de febrero y el 23 de marzo, 2024. Habrá cena, cuidado infantil e interpretación y traducción al español. Y todo es gratis.

Regístrese aquí a más tardar el 12 de febrero.

Registration for the 2024 Peoples Academy Is Open!

The Peoples Academy teaches you how Town Hall works and helps you discover ways to actively participate in community processes. We invite Chapel Hill residents and anyone else connected to our community to this free program.

Classes will take place every Thursday and Saturday, between February 22 and March 23, 2024. There will be dinner, child care, and interpretation and translation into Spanish. And it’s all free.

Register here by Monday, Feb. 12.


Call for Artists: Storm Drain Murals

 

Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture is looking for Triangle-based artists and artist teams to create murals on the sidewalk around prominent storm drains in Chapel Hill. These storm drain murals will be approximately six feet in diameter and are intended to last a few years. Their designs should be fun, eye-catching, and speak to environmental themes.

Selected finalists will be paid $100 each to submit a mural design. Artists whose designs are selected will receive an all-inclusive stipend of $1,300.

Applications are due Monday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.


Job Openings with Chapel Hill Transit

Chapel Hill Transit is hiring! Positions are open on our Operations and Maintenance teams. Our Operators are professionals in safety and customer service, who don’t just get people where they’re going but “move” people. Operators for fixed route and demand response receive paid training and start at $19.50 per hour. Maintenance team members play a crucial role in keeping our fleet of diesel, gas, and electric vehicles running.

Are you ready to join us?


Posted January 18 2024

The tower crane will be removed at the construction site of The 203 Project, requiring temporary closure of Roberson Street from west of Maple Avenue to S. Greensboro Street.

Traffic impacts are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 17 – Roberson Street closed 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 18 – Roberson Street closed 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 19 – Roberson Street closed 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 130-foot tower crane has been a fixture in the downtown Carrboro landscape since December 2022. Its removal is a key moment in project construction, signaling that the main structure is fully installed, and the project has entered into its final phase towards completion. It’s an exciting project milestone!

We thank you in advance for your patience with this traffic disruption as the project progresses.

Background

The $42 million development will be the future home of the Orange County Southern Branch Library. The facility will also provide a permanent home for the Orange County Skills Development Center; Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department; WCOM Radio; and performance/multipurpose uses. The 203 Project will provide opportunities for education, art and community connection.

More information:

  • The Town of Carrboro posts regular updates to the community on the Town website and through social media. Sign up to receive Carrboro Town News updates at https://www.carrboronc.gov/list.aspx ;
  • If you would like to be included on a neighborhood email distribution list, which includes residents living in the adjacent neighborhood and the local business community, please notify the203project@carrboronc.gov
  • For more information, please visit The 203 Project  Website at https://www.carrboronc.gov/1151/The-203-Project

The Carrboro Town Council will hold a Council Work Session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Meeting agendas and updates are issued from the Town Clerk’s Office. To receive these by email or text, sign up for Carrboro Town News at https://www.carrboronc.gov/list.aspx ;

Civic involvement is a valued tradition in our community. Reach the Town Council with your ideas, views, and questions at Council@carrboronc.gov

Coming Up
The Carrboro Town Council will hold a Council Work Session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. The agenda will be available at https://carrboro.legistar.com/   The Council is scheduled to discuss the recommendations of the Community Safety Task Force. The Council meets for work sessions the second Tuesdays of most months. Public comment is generally not accepted during work sessions, and votes are not taken.

The Town Council meets at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or can view the livestream YouTube.com/CarrboroNC  OR at https://carrboro.legistar.com/ OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro).

Past Meeting Recap
The Carrboro Town Council met Tuesday, Jan. 9 to address the agenda available at https://bit.ly/41T7dX8 and took these actions:

  • Approved establishment of a program providing targeted financial assistance for housing, utilities, childcare, and transportation costs to qualified Carrboro families.
  • Authorized a contract to Clark-Powell Associates for furnishing materials and labor to complete the Audiovisual (AV) installation at the 203 South Greensboro Street Project, which is the new library and civic building under construction.
  • Received a presentation from FORVIS LLP, the Town’s independent auditor, on the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023.
  • Received a presentation on a proposed new Stormwater Residential Assistance Program and scheduled a public hearing on February 27, 2024, to discuss potential modifications to the stormwater rate structure for program funding.
  • Received information that the Town of Chapel Hill has proposed to expand the water and sewer services boundary in the southern part of Chapel Hill along the US 15-501 corridor to the Chatham County line.
  • Approved changes to the 2024 Council Meeting calendar to hold two business meetings per month rather than three, beginning in March 2024.

Town Council
The Town Council, which is the legislative and policy-making body for Carrboro, comprises Mayor Barbara Foushee, Mayor Pro Tempore Danny Nowell, Council Member Catherine Fray, Council Member Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Council Member Jason Merrill, and Council Member Eliazar Posada. More information is available at https://www.carrboronc.gov/248/Town-Council


The National Weather Service is predicting that an Arctic air mass and sub-freezing temperatures will extend into the Carolinas.

There is a 70-80% chance of below normal temperatures for Jan. 16-20.

A cold front will move into North Carolina Sunday, Jan. 14, and then stall out and linger over the Carolinas through Monday, Jan. 15.  A very cold air mass will settle overhead late Tuesday, Jan. 16 through Wednesday, Jan. 17.

 As the temperatures drop, remember there are resources available!

Cold weather beds are available for white flag nights November through April when the temperatures drop below 32 degrees. For more information and resources visit www.ocpehnc.com

Tips for staying warm

Heat your home safely. It’s going to be extremely cold this weekend. The Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department has provided safety tips for staying warm, including:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Don’t use outdoor grills, open flames or your oven to keep your house warm.
  • Don’t overload your electrical circuits; space heaters use a lot of electricity.
  • Plug space heaters into wall sockets — not power strips — and keep them away from flammable materials such as bedding or curtains.
  • Make sure your furnace is not overheating.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.
  • If you have any gas fueled appliances and/or have a fireplace you should have a Carbon Monoxide alarm in addition to smoke alarms.

Be Prepared

Please access the following resources:

Helping Others

The IFC shelter is accepting donations of jackets, blankets and more. A free, hot meal is another service the IFC is offering throughout the week. Contact (919) 929-6380 or info@ifcmailbox.org or drop by 110 W. Main St., Carrboro. 

The IFC, or Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, is a local nonprofit whose mission is to confront the causes and respond to the effects of poverty in the community.


Posted January 10

Don’t miss these MLK community events!

We hope you’ll join the branch for our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 15.

We will begin with a march from Peace and Justice Plaza at 10 a.m., leading to the 11 a.m. service at First Baptist Church, featuring keynote speaker NC NAACP President Deborah Dicks Maxwell.

Both locations will have drop boxes where you can donate canned goods to IFC.

If you’re unable to join us but still want to support the branch, you can donate here. (And share the link with friends!)

The Youth Council has also helped plan a youth-led event celebrating the legacy of Dr. King, featuring guest speakers, and student artwork and videos. The event starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, in Century Hall of the Carrboro Century Center, and you can learn more here.


Affordable Housing Advisory Board Remote Meeting Notice

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes § 166A-19.24, the Affordable Housing Advisory Board provides the following notice.

The Affordable Housing Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 6:00 pm will be held remotely via Zoom. A link to access the meeting is available at: https://www.orangecountync.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=7407. The meeting agenda is available to view at this link: https://www.orangecountync.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_01092024-1919.


Carrboro to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Town of Carrboro will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, Jan. 15.

Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed. Monday’s yard waste will be collected on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Be sure to join in the celebrations in Carrboro and across the community, including:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Carrboro Century Center. The event is planned by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Youth Council and the Carrboro Youth Council. Learn more at https://www.carrboronc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2603


Traffic Alert: Temporary E. Carr Street Closure

E. Carr Street will be closed between S. Greensboro Street and Maple Avenue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays starting on Wednesday, Jan. 10, and lasting for about three weeks.

The temporary closure will accommodate utility and drainage work associated with construction of the new library and civic building.

There will be flaggers at each end of Maple Avenue to guide alternating one-way traffic around the work zone. E. Carr Street will be reopened to traffic during non-work hours.

All travelers are urged to slow down, be alert, and drive with caution through the area.


Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and North St. Intersection Construction Starts Soon

In January, the Town of Chapel Hill is improving the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and North Street near Fire Station One and Town Hall. Plans include “squaring up” the four points of the intersection to improve safety. A contractor will install sidewalks, marked crosswalks, and a traffic signal.

We expect Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to remain open during construction; however, lane closures and delays are possible at times. During construction, N. Columbia Street will be closed to drivers at Carr Street. Drivers should use Stephens Street as a detour. We expect N. Columbia Street to remain open to pedestrians during much of the project.


Holiday Service Update: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, Jan. 15, is a Town holiday. Most municipal offices will be closed.
Some services are affected.

  • Trash and Recycling Collection
  • Residential trash will not be collected. Monday routes will be collected on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
  • Yard trimmings collection will not be affected.
  • Curbside recycling will not be collected. Recycling collections will be delayed by one day the entire week of Jan 14–20
  • Chapel Hill Public Library will be closed.
  • Chapel Hill Transit will operate Sunday service with no U or NU routes.
  • Public Housing Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call (919) 968-2855.

Parks and Recreation

  • Facilities closed: Administrative Offices, Chapel Hill Community Center Indoor Pool, Hargraves Center, and Teen Center
  • Facilities open 10 a.m.–7 p.m.: Chapel Hill Community Center, Homestead Aquatics Center, Nate Davis, Sr. Gymnasium

Renovations Set to Begin at Fire Station One

Next week, Chapel Hill Fire Station One will undergo some renovations that should take about six weeks. Our crews will move to another station, and they’ll continue to serve the area around their home base.

Renovations are necessary to safely remove asbestos that a contractor discovered in old flooring. Because of our quick action and where it’s located, there is no health concern. 

If you need emergency assistance, call 911. A 911 call box outside Station One will still be available. If you have a non-emergency question, you can still call the station’s main number: 919-968-2781.


Last Chance to Submit Applications for CDBG Funding

Applications for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are due by noon on Friday, Jan. 12. These funds are available to organizations that operate programs or provide housing to benefit low to moderate-income residents of Chapel Hill.

Discuss your funding proposal with Town staff in a one-on-one pre-application meeting—contact Megan Culp at 919-968-2877 or cdbg@townofchapelhill.org.


The Chapel Hill Police Department is planning pedestrian safety and speed enforcement operations in January, in addition to normal patrols. Officers encourage everyone traveling, regardless of your mode of transportation, to remember that community safety is a shared responsibility.

Preparing Your Teen Driver: You have more influence on your teen than you may think. Be a good example and get involved in their driving habits from the beginning. Check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guide.

Chapel Hill’s Vision Zero Resolution states that traffic injuries and deaths aren’t inevitable “accidents,” but preventable crashes. The Town committed to ending all transportation and mobility-related deaths and serious injuries by 2031 through a comprehensive and holistic approach to designing safe roadway systems for all users.


Community Climate Conversations

The Central Pines Regional Council (CPRC) invites you to attend a Community Climate Conversation to help develop a regional Climate Action Plan. Four identical sessions will be held, including in Pittsboro on Monday, Jan. 22 and in Durham on Thursday, Jan. 25. 

The aim of the plan is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution across our eight-county area. CPRC needs community member input and engagement to create a robust plan. A Priority Climate Action Plan will be completed by February 2024. The full Climate Action Plan will be prepared by 2025.

Learn More and Register


Posted January 4

Mayor Barbara Foushee Signs Mayors’ Monarch Pledge

Mayor Barbara Foushee has signed the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, a step aimed at protecting the monarch butterfly, a species whose eastern populations have declined by 90% and western populations by 99% since the 1990s.

“I urge all residents of the community to do their part by planting milkweed, the exclusive food source for monarch larvae, so that every parcel of property in Carrboro may contribute to the survival of the monarch butterfly,” said Mayor Foushee.

The Town of Carrboro recognizes that human health ultimately depends on well-functioning ecosystems. Biodiverse regions can better support food production, healthy soil and air quality, and can foster healthy connections between humans and wildlife.

Actions to increase pollinator habitat throughout Carrboro include:

  • Issuing a proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.
  • Launching a public communications effort to encourage Carrboro residents to plant native milkweed and nectar plants to provide habitat for monarchs and other pollinators.
  • Hosting native seed giveaways.
  • Expanding the Town’s invasive species program.
  • Displaying educational signage.
  • Planting native milkweed on Town properties.
  • Updating the Town Code to allow for native plant habitats and exploring changing ordinances related to pesticide and herbicide use.

Helpful Links:

Read the full proclamation: http://www.carrboronc.gov/2630/Proclamations-and-Resolutions

Find more information on the National Wildlife Foundation’s Monarch butterfly webpage: https://nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Invertebrates/Monarch-Butterfly

Visit the Town of Carrboro for more information on Pollinator Habitats: https://www.carrboronc.gov/986/Pollinator-Habitat


Sign Up for Chapel Hill’s Community Police Academy

The Chapel Hill Police Department is excited to welcome community members to participate in its next Community Police Academy. The Guardians of the Hill are accepting applications until Friday, January 5. The Academy begins Thursday, January 11.

The Community Police Academy is a free opportunity for community members to engage in hands-on learning about day-to-day operations of the Police Department and gain an understanding of the role of police in our community.

Through interactive experiences, participants will learn about every aspect of the Department. From a day in the life of an officer, to cars, equipment, evidence collection, and the K9 Unit, officers cover a lot of ground.

The Community Police Academy will be held each Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. between January 11 and February 8. It will end with a fun field trip on Saturday, February 10.


Apply Now for CDBG Funding

Organizations that operate programs or provide housing to benefit low to moderate-income residents of Chapel Hill can apply for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

Applications are due by noon on January 12, 2024.

Discuss your funding proposal with Town staff in a one-on-one pre-application meeting—contact Megan Culp at 919-968-2877 or cdbg@townofchapelhill.org.






Posted January 1


Posted December 27

Orange County Board of Commissioners: Notice of Attendance at Durham Community College Event

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 22, 2023) – Pursuant to NCGS § 153A-40, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice that a majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners is expected to visit the Orange County campus of Durham Technical Community College on January 30, 2024 at 10 a.m.   The Board will view the main campus and meet with staff and students at President J.B. Buxton’s office. No action will be taken by the Orange County Commissioners in attendance.  For questions, please contact Durham Technical Community College at 919-536-7200.

Orange County Board of Commissioners’ meeting calendars are available at the following link: http://www.orangecountync.gov/953/Board-of-County-Commissioners-BOCC.


Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and North St. Intersection Construction Starts Soon

In January, the Town of Chapel Hill is improving the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and North Street near Fire Station One and Town Hall. Plans include “squaring up” the four points of the intersection to improve safety. A contractor will install sidewalks, marked crosswalks, and a traffic signal.

We expect Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to remain open during construction; however, lane closures and delays are possible at times. During construction, N. Columbia Street will be closed to drivers at Carr Street. Drivers should use Stephens Street as a detour. We expect N. Columbia Street to remain open to pedestrians during much of the project.


Message from Mayor Jessica Anderson

Dear Chapel Hill Community,

On Monday night, the Town Council held our Organizational Meeting to swear in the newly elected Town Council. As we head into our winter break, I wanted to reach out and share a little bit about the work we’ll be doing and some changes that will be coming forward.

First, I want to thank everyone for the trust you are placing in me. Also, I want to congratulate Amy Ryan on being elected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem and welcome our three newcomers to council – Melissa McCullough, Theodore Nollert, and Elizabeth Sharp. I look forward to working together with them and the full council to move us all forward.


Orange County Land Use Plan Community Meetings

Complete the Survey by Dec. 29


Board of County Commissioners Approve Projects to Receive $564,085 in Community Climate Action Grant Program Funds

Congratulations to our Community Climate Action Grant Program FY 23-24 grant awardees:

    • Habitat for Humanity: Support for Habitat’s Home Preservation program
    • Urban Sustainability Solutions: Create a green infrastructure workforce development apprenticeship program for Orange County schools
    • Hillsborough United Church of Christ: Rooftop solar panel installation
    • Binkley Baptist Church: Rooftop solar panel installation
    • EMPOWERment: Rooftop solar installation on PEACH apartments
    • Club Nova: Installation of gardens, greenhouse, and terrace
    • Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools: Campus LED lighting changeover
    •  Orange County Schools: 54 panel solar pedestal with battery storage and EV chargers

Learn More About Climate Action Grants


Posted December 21

The Carrboro Holiday Tree is lit!

What an amazing turnout for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Carrboro Town Hall on Friday night. Thanks to the students of Carrboro Elementary and McDougle Children’s Choir for their festive singing under the direction of music teachers Emma Lincoln and Erika Pawlowski. The program was led by Mayor Barbara Foushee, joined by members of the Carrboro Town Council.

Be sure to stop by Town Hall and check out the Holiday Tree and Wreaths. They are the perfect spot for a holiday selfie or family photo. There’s no place like Carrboro to feel the magic of the holiday season!

Be on the lookout for a video recap of the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony coming to our Carrboro YouTube on Dec. 22.


December Holiday Service Schedule

The Town of Carrboro will observe the holidays Dec. 22-26 and Jan. 2.

Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed.

Residential trash will be collected one day prior to your regular collection day for the week of Dec. 18-22.

  • If your regular collection day is Wednesday – Your trash will be collected on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
  • If your regular collection day is Thursday – Your trash will be collected on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
  • If your regular collection day is Friday – Your trash will be collected on Thursday, Dec. 21.
  • Yard waste will not be collected the week of Dec. 25.

Recycling pick-up will be delayed by one day for the week of Dec. 25-29 and Jan. 1. Learn more at https://www.orangecountync.gov/1741/SWM-2018-Holiday-Schedule


Third grade field trip meeting minutes now available

We really enjoyed having the third grade class from Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe Elementary School last week on Braxton Dunkin Foushee Day of Service. The Mock Council Meeting Minutes are now posted. It makes staff’s day to receive thank you notes like these!!


It’s a wrap! 2023 Highlights from the Town of Carrboro

A Year in Review of the Town of Carrboro highlights. We’re celebrating all the great events and look forward to serving the community in 2024.

  • Watch the video on our Carrboro YouTube Channel
  • Read the full 2023 Highlights document (PDF)

Save the Date: Carrboro Honors Dr. King

Join us on Jan. 13, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. in Century Hall located at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510 to hear from speakers and friends of the community.

This youth-led event strives to bring the community together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


2024 Winter-Spring Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Program Guide Available

The 2024 Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Winter-Spring Program Guide is now available!  This guide covers programs and events from January through April, including Spring Athletic Leagues, and registration for 2024 Summer Camps.

Registration for Carrboro residents will open at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3.  Registration will open to all other participants on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Registration will be accepted in the Carrboro Century Center during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and online via RecConnect.

If you are a new participant who wishes to register online, please be sure to set up an via our online registration site (linked below).  Please allow at least 3 business days for account review and approval.

If you have any questions, please contact the Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department at 919-918-7364.

Important Information:


Save the Date – Libba Cotten Day in Carrboro

Legendary North Carolina musician Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten will be celebrated by her hometown on her birthday anniversary. Friday, Jan. 5, is “Libba Cotten Day” in Carrboro.

A special reading at the NC Historical Marker on E. Main Street will occur at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5. The Libba Cotten Bikeway will be decorated in her honor, and there will be a community bike ride. Details will be posted out soon!

About Elizabeth Cotten — Born on Jan. 5, 1893, Cotten wrote her signature song “Freight Train” about the train she could hear from her childhood home on Lloyd Street in Carrboro, North Carolina. Cotten’s talents as guitarist and songwriter came to light while she was working in the home of the Seeger family, who encouraged her career as a professional musician. Cotten toured across the country, recording several albums and winning a Grammy Award and a National Heritage Fellowship before her death in 1987.


Triangle’s Transportation Agencies Seek Public Feedback on Goals for Region’s Future Transportation System

If you’re interested in future highway, bicycle, rail, pedestrian, and transit projects for our region over the long-term, now’s your chance to give feedback on the goals and objectives that will guide the planning process.

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) are working on Destination 2055, an update to the Triangle Region’s long-range transportation plan, the 2055 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). Destination 2055 will identify future highway, transit, rail, bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation projects for the region over the next 30 years. As the planning process gets underway, it is important for local leaders to understand public perspectives related to the transportation policy goals that will guide future investments.

Learn more about how to participate.


Public parking available in downtown Carrboro

It’s easy to find free two-hour public parking in Carrboro, where you can access convenient parking at 10 public lots all over town.

Please remember that the Carr Mill Mall parking area is for mall customers and is not a public parking lot. Leaving the mall premises after parking risks towing. When in doubt, always park in public lots, and enjoy a hassle-free and relaxed shopping and dining experience.

Find more information including an interactive parking map on our Downtown Parking webpage.


Leaf Collection Information

Have you noticed leaf piles around town? It’s certainly that time of year. The Town of Carrboro would like to remind everyone that leaves should not be piled into traffic lanes, bike lanes or sidewalks, as they become a dangerous public safety hazard.

Residents should also check collection schedules for yard waste and leaves, so that piles do not remain at the curb longer than necessary.

Typically, residents receive yard waste and loose-leaf collection twice per month, either on the first and third Mondays of the month or the second and fourth Mondays of the month. It’s important to note that although the collection day is Monday, depending on the volume of material placed at the curb, the routes may take more than one day to complete.  There is no collection on the fifth Monday of the month.

 Check your solid waste collection schedule and note the holiday schedule.

Requirements for Leaf Pickup

  • Residents must pile their leaves behind the curb.
  • Don’t put leaves in the street or block sidewalks, bike lanes or storm drains.
  • Optional use of a roll-out cart which is collected with an automated side loader refuse truck.
  • No plastic or paper bags are allowed.
  • Keep the gutter clear. Allow at least 1 foot between the curb and the leaves.
  • Loose leaves waste must be free of all debris.  No dirt, sod, rock, or concrete.
  • Separate loose leaves and brush. Piles that contain limbs, brush or other yard waste will not be picked up.
  • Place your leaf piles away from trees that have overhanging branches less than 14 feet from the ground, or lower branches that protrude into the lane of travel. These branches pose hazards to our equipment.
  • Park vehicles at least 10 feet away from piles.
  • Do not place leaves in lanes of travel (bike lanes/travel lanes).

Help keep your neighborhood safe for people walking, biking, and driving by placing your trash, recycling and yard waste carts where they don’t block the sidewalk, bike lane, or traffic flow.

Facts

  • Loose leaves are picked up at no extra charge to our residents.
  • This program helps to keep gutters and storm drainage grates clean and working properly through the winter.
  • Carrboro’s Loose Leaf Collection Program is year-round.
  • Often, when residents see our machinery approaching, they will come out and move their parked vehicles so we can access their leaf piles more easily. The crews appreciate this, as it makes the process go more smoothly.
  • The Town recycles leaves as compost. Diverting these natural materials from the solid waste stream helps extend the usable landfill space and keeps methane-producing materials out of the landfill. FREE leaf compost is available to Carrboro residents.
  • With appreciation and recognition to the New Hope Audubon Society, the Town is encouraging residents to follow the “Leave the Leaves” initiative. Leaving leaves where they fall, or close thereby, saves time and money and recycles nutrients into the local ecosystem.

More information about Loose Leaf Collection.

Contact Carrboro Public Works at (919) 918-7425 or PWorks@carrboronc.gov 


Put your ideas into action! Apply to serve the Town of Carrboro

The Town of Carrboro is seeking volunteers to provide a fresh perspective on important local issues.

Carrboro local government has various advisory boards and commissions that advise the Town Council on a wide range of issues. We are currently looking to fill vacancies!

When you serve, you become an advocate for the Town of Carrboro, provide feedback to the Council, and help strengthen the community with your unique perspective. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people as you put your ideas into action.

Learn more about the openings available.


The Chamber Announces $1.4M Initiative Targeting Workforce Development, Small Business Support, and Housing

On December 19, 2023, The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro announced a $1.4 million campaign to fund a new five-year economic and community impact plan. The Campaign for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro builds on the foundation laid by the Big Bold Ideas initiative, expanding on its housing, education, innovation, and workforce development priorities.

For nearly a year, Chamber volunteers and staff have worked with local and regional business leaders to identify community priorities, develop strategies to address them, and to raise the funds needed to deliver substantial and lasting positive impact on our community and our economy. With input and significant financial commitments from the business community, The Campaign for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro will address key local challenges of workforce development, small business success, and affordable housing.  

“To tackle the big challenges facing our community and our economy, The Chamber is strengthening its partnerships and generating substantial new resources to apply to the task,” said 2023 Chamber Board Chair Lori Doherty, President of Doherty Home Inspections. “After careful consideration and input from nearly 100 stakeholders, we are thrilled to launch The Campaign for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro and I am excited about the positive community impact it will make.”

On Thursday, December 7, The Chamber hosted a Campaign Launch Party at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and celebrated entering the public phase of its fundraising campaign by announcing a $1.4 million campaign goal and that The Chamber and its charitable Partnership for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro had secured $1,097,000 in campaign pledges – 78% of the campaign’s goal.

“Investing in our community’s future means addressing our unique local challenges head-on,” said Chamber president Aaron Nelson. “With strategic investments aimed at workforce development, small business growth, and housing affordability, we are building a brighter, more prosperous, and more resilient Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro where opportunity flourishes.”

“This campaign is a first of its kind initiative,” added Campaign Co-Chair Scott Maitland, proprietor of Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery. “It is a new chapter in our community’s business-leadership history.”

The Campaign for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro is Co-chaired by Creighton Blackwell (Coastal Credit Union) and Scott Maitland (Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery).  Campaign Cabinet members include Elie Abou-Rjeileh (Olmaz Jewelers), Sweta Adkin (Adkin CPA PLLC), Manish Atma (Atma Hotel Group), Mitchell Collins (Fifth Third Bank), Lori Doherty (Doherty Home Inspections), Ali Evans (2022 Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro President), Reagan Greene (2018 Chamber Board Chair), Kelly Holcombe (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina), Joel Levy(Joel I. Levy, CPA PLLC), John Kiley (Retired Executive), Dan Lehman (UNC Health), Chris McClure (UNC-Chapel Hill), Lauren Rivers (Rivers Agency), and Wes Rowe (Wintergreen Hospitality).

The campaign is also led by an Honorary Campaign Council that includes President JB Buxton(Durham Tech), Vakesia Graves (Duke Energy), Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz (UNC-Chapel Hill), President Janet Hadar (UNC Hospitals), Lilyn Hester (Google), Superintendent Nyah Hamlett(Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools), Mayor Pam Hemminger (Former Mayor of Chapel Hill), Roger Perry (East West Partners), Damon Seils (Former Mayor of Carrboro), Ellen Shannon(Triangle Media Partners), and Brian Toomey (Piedmont Health).


Posted December 19

A message to the Chapel Hill community from outgoing Mayor Pam Hemminger

Dear Chapel Hill Community,

It is with deep gratitude that I send my last message to you as mayor of Chapel Hill. For the past eight years, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the community that I so love.

To begin, I want to thank the Chapel Hill community for the trust you have placed in me—on four separate occasions—to help lead Chapel Hill forward.  I am grateful, too, for the support that so many of you have shown me personally over the years, for the thoughtful work of my Council colleagues, and for the dedication of our Town Manager and staff in serving our community.  Together, we have done amazing things.

When I took office eight years ago, I came in with the goal of helping our Town move to a sustainable path economically, environmentally, and socially.  Even a worldwide pandemic couldn’t stop us in accomplishing these ambitious goals.  The work we’ve done together has set us on a path toward a bright future for our town and we have much to be proud of.

As I look back on our journey together, I want to share some of our proudest accomplishments with you:

  • Keeping our community safe and supporting local businesses during the COVID pandemic.
  • Coming together to feed our students over the summer break , when school lunches aren’t available and throughout COVID.
  • Adopting and implementing the Triangle’s first Climate Action Plan.
  • Making good on our commitments to the Rogers Road Neighborhood for living in the shadow of the landfill for so many years.
  • Spurring business growth to bring good new jobs, increase commercial property taxes, and create more sales tax revenue from companies like Wegmans and Well Dot, along with all of the new organizations in the Millhouse Road Enterprise Zone.
  • Identifying our strengths and fostering entrepreneurship to create a thriving downtown ecosystem—including the Junction, Launch, and two new life sciences buildings—to grow and retain startups in Chapel Hill and provide the workers who will be year-round customers for downtown businesses.
  • Improving our downtown by providing infrastructure such as the new parking deck and Clean & Green Team that make it a welcoming place for all.
  • Purchasing the Legion Property and substantially increasing our funding commitment to parks, recreation and greenways.
  • Recognizing the Chapel Hill Nine and acknowledging the fullness of our history, the struggles and triumphs of our Black community, and the brave people, places, and events that have made us the community we are today.
  • Creating and preserving a record number of affordable housing units—almost 900 new units approved—and adopting our first Five-Year Affordable Housing Plan.
  • Setting a concrete, holistic vision for growth with our Complete Communities Strategy, with an ambitious Everywhere to Everywhere greenway network to connect us to each other as we grow!

 And my personal favorites:

  • Hosting third graders for interactive Town Hall field trips (with mock Council meetings) and planting trees with second graders on Arbor Day each year.

Getting these things done has, of course, required teamwork and I am so thankful for all the partnerships we have built over the past eight years that helped us move these important initiatives forward.  It has been a joy to meet so many people, hear their stories, learn about the work they are involved with, and call on their expertise and energy to make our town a place where everyone can thrive. 

Finally, I know that Chapel Hill is capable of leading the way for other towns in North Carolina, and that we can become sustainable and inclusive in all of the ways I’ve mentioned above.  As I pass on the gavel (and big scissors), I feel very confident that I am leaving the town in good hands with our new mayor and Council.

Thanks to you all for believing in me, and for giving me this amazing opportunity over the last eight years to help shape the future of our beloved Chapel Hill.

In gratitude,
Mayor Pam


Posted December 13

Free Admission to Designer David Lyles’ Three Seasons Fashion Show

Designer David Lyles presents a Three Seasons Fashion Show on Jan. 20 at the Hargraves Center. Proceeds and donations from the show will support the Sewing A Story recreation program. UNC students will model the pieces that feature designs for spring, summer, and fall.

Designer David Lyles presents the Three Season Fashion Show at the Hargraves Center (216 N. Roberson St.) on Jan. 20, 2024 from 12 to 3 p.m.  Featured designs include spring, summer, and fall fashions all modeled by UNC students taking fashion design classes.

This free show will feature 30 unique garments, all designed and donated by Mr. Lyles. All proceeds and donations will go to the Sewing A Story program. We’re hoping to raise funds and materials such as fabric, batting, lining for quilts, rotary cutters, and self-healing boards. 

Hosted by Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation and the Hargraves Center, this event is a way for Mr. Lyles to use his talents to inspire and bring joy to the community. His goals are to encourage people to be proud of where they live and to bring people together in the spirit of giving. 

“My mission in life is to leave every person I encounter with a smile,” said David. “Quilting helped me get through a difficult time, and now I’m using it as a vehicle to assist others.” 

The Fashion show is for all ages and anyone who enjoys fashion and sewing. Admission is free, and all donations will go directly to the Sewing A Story program.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help others while enjoying some beautiful fashions!

For more about the fashion show and sewing your story program, visit our event page.


Braxton Dunkin Foushee Day of Service

The Town of Carrboro will recognize Wednesday, Dec. 13, as Braxton Dunkin Foushee Day of Service in Carrboro in his honor and for gratitude for his service to the town.

The focus for the inaugural Braxton Dunkin Foushee Day of Service will be our at risk youth, their education and life skills development.

Message to the Community from Braxon Dunkin Foushee:

I have spent quite a bit of time with youth groups down through the years as a mentor, working in the school district, presenting in classrooms and working with local youth groups. I also volunteer as an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 411 at Union Baptist Church.  The value of a good quality education can’t be understated; education is the great leveler in our society.

Our children need our time and resources, it truly takes a village to raise them.  That’s why I am asking you to lend your time, talent and resources to our at-risk youth so that they can have a chance to thrive in this world. 

Everything can’t be done in the classroom. Our kids need people to spend time with them out in the community and open their eyes to all that the world has to offer.  All youth need to develop core life skills to manage school, work and other outside interests.  These skills include but are not limited to communication, time management, leadership, self-care and problem-solving. 

Please join me in supporting youth groups such as Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate, the Carrboro Youth Council and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP to name a few. Their future depends on us, and we are all responsible.

About Braxton Foushee

Braxton Foushee has dedicated over 54 years of his life to continuous service as an elected official, a member of a town advisory board and a community leader. He became the first Black member of the Carrboro Town Council in 1969, serving until 1981.

Even as a young man, Braxton Foushee worked to advocate for Black residents. Around the age of 15, he worked alongside Ms. Rebecca Clark, helping escort and protect older Black citizens to register to vote, breaking a national pattern of voter disenfranchisement. In 1961, he began to work with the local labor movement, advocating for equal pay and fair treatment for Black residents.

He has championed many issues that have directly impacted the Black community in Carrboro, including ensuring equitable access to paved roads, sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure. He worked tirelessly to fight injustices against Black residents by law enforcement, resulting in state agencies investigating and diversifying the Carrboro Police Department in the 1970s.

Residents are encouraged to learn and reflect on Carrboro’s Black history and perform an act of service.


December Updates from Chapel Hill Transit

• Parade delays and detours
• Get Transit Royale for free
• Jingle Bell Express returns
• Transit Partners appreciation
• Holiday service changes
• 2024’s first electric bus arrives

Detours and Delays Possible During Parade

On Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m., the annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Community Parade starts. Before and during the parade, there will be detours and delays affecting the CW and J routes. Customers needing stops in the area between 140 W. Franklin and Carrboro Town Hall (301 W. Main St., Carrboro) between 8 a.m and 1 p.m. may need to use stops on Cameron Avenue.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience as we work to ensure the safety and success of this beloved community event. For the most up-to-date information on detours and delays, please visit our website or follow us on social media.

Royale: Free Subscription for Our Customers

As a Chapel Hill Transit customer, you can now enjoy a free subscription to “Royale” from the Transit app. With the upgraded service, customers can track their bus in real time and view routes and schedules.

The Royale upgrade unlocks additional features like special Chapel Hill Transit branding, new customization options, and complete access to the app across the more than 300 cities supported worldwide. Customers can customize the app experience to fit their preferences. Choose from a variety of themes, personalized emojis, and leaderboards to make the app your own.

Download the Transit app today and enjoy the benefits of a free Royale subscription!

Jingle Bell Express Returns

The Jingle Bell Express is back for 2023 with four trips on Dec. 19 and 20. The magical one-hour ride follows our route through Carrboro and Chapel Hill and back. The ride is fun for everyone and includes wintery treats, activities, and a snowy surprise. The Jingle Bell Express is a popular event, so be sure to reserve your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Reserve your free tickets now

Thank You to Our Outgoing Partners

We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to two esteemed members of the Transit Partners Committee, Council Member Michael Parker and Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils. Over the past ten years, they have contributed their unwavering dedication, thoughtful leadership, and support for public transit. Through their efforts and advocacy, they have been instrumental in securing crucial funding for transit expansion, service enhancements, and infrastructure improvements. Their foresight and vision have been essential in shaping Chapel Hill Transit into the efficient, reliable, and sustainable transportation system it is today. Their profound impact on Chapel Hill Transit cannot be overstated, and we are truly fortunate to have had their guidance and expertise.

Holiday schedule

Chapel Hill Transit will operate on a holiday schedule between Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2024:

• Saturday, Dec. 23- Saturday service. No U, NU, or Safe Rides
• Sunday, Dec. 24- Sunday service. No U or NU
• Monday, Dec. 25- No service
• Tuesday, Dec. 26- Sunday service. No U or NU
• Wednesday, Dec. 27- No CCX, FCX, JFX, or NU
• Thursday, Dec. 28- No CCX, FCX, JFX, NU, or Safe Rides
• Friday, Dec. 29- No CCX, FCX, JFX, NU, or Safe Rides
• Saturday, Dec. 30- Saturday service. No U, NU, or Safe Rides
• Sunday, Dec. 31- Sunday service. No U or NU
• Monday, Jan. 1- No service

While UNC campus is on winter break, we will not run express routes from park and ride lots. Campus and hospital employees should visit move.unc.edu for information about on campus parking.

2024’s First Electric Bus Arrives

The first electric bus of 2024 has arrived. Bus 2401 represents our ongoing commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. The new electric bus will contribute to reducing Chapel Hill Transit’s carbon footprint and aligns with the Town’s broader sustainability goals.

Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the electric bus boasts an impressive range and energy efficiency. Its three-bike rack encourages eco-friendly transportation options, while overhead doorwell lighting enhances safety and convenience. Look for it on the road soon.


Registration is Open for Chapel Hill Peoples Academy

Chapel Hill residents and anyone with connections to the community are encouraged to register for the 6th annual Town of Chapel Hill Peoples Academy.

The Peoples Academy is a free five-week, 10-session opportunity for Chapel Hill community members to learn, connect and lead. Participants will learn about Town services and jobs, connect with Town leadership and neighbors, tour Town facilities, and lead in our community. The 2024 Peoples Academy begins Feb. 22 and is held every Thursday and Saturday through March 23.

Assistance with childcare and transportation may also be provided. Registration is available in Spanish and interpretation will be provided for all sessions.More Information


Apply Now for Community Development Block Grant Funds

Organizations that operate programs or provide housing to benefit low to moderate-income residents of Chapel Hill can apply for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

Applications are due by noon on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024.

Discuss your funding proposal with Town staff in a one-on-one pre-application meeting—contact Megan Culp at 919-968-2877 or cdbg@townofchapelhill.org.


Here we go again! Due to forecasted heavy rain and high winds this Sunday, the West End Holiday Bazaar has been rescheduled to December 17.


Sake Tasting at The Gathering Place

Greetings, Travelers of Taste! Forge your path to The Gathering Place on December 20 for an evening where ancient tradition clashes with the spirit of The Gathering Place. Ready your senses for a sake tasting odyssey that defies the ordinary, as we explore sake from different prefectures of Japan, paired with a pan-Asian menu chosen specifically to compliment the flavors of each sake. Your Quest includes:

1 hand-crafted artisanal sake cocktail, 7-Course sake flight, custom pairing menu featuring pan-Asian fare curated by two local guest chefs, and music and decor. Our tavern seats but 40 adventurous souls per session. Claim your spot in this limited gathering where every sip tells a saga.

Buy tickets


Posted December 5

Date change for the Westend Holiday Bazaar

❗Update❗Due to the threat of rain on Sunday, the Westend Holiday Bazaar will now be held on December 10. Same time, same location!


 

Carrboro Town Council Update

Meeting agendas and updates are issued from the Town Clerk’s Office. To receive these by email or text, sign up for Carrboro Town News at https://www.carrboronc.gov/list.aspx ;

Civic involvement is a valued tradition in our community. Reach the Town Council with your ideas, views, and questions at Council@carrboronc.gov

Coming Up
The Carrboro Town Council will hold an Organizational Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023. The agenda will be available at https://carrboro.legistar.com/

Scheduled to take their oaths of office are Mayor-Elect Barbara Foushee (to be sworn-in by U.S. Congresswoman Valerie Foushee), Council Member-Elect Catherine Fray (to be sworn-in by former Mayor Lydia Lavelle), Council Member-Elect Jason Merrill (to be sworn in by Interim Town Clerk Wendy Welsh) and Council Member Eliazar Posada (to be sworn-in by District Court Judge Joal Broun for the 15B Judicial District, serving Orange and Chatham counties of North Carolina).

Resolutions of appreciation will be read for Mayor Damon Seils, Mayor Pro Tem Susan Romaine and Council Member Sammy Slade.

The Town Council meets at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or can view the livestream YouTube.com/CarrboroNC  OR at https://carrboro.legistar.com/ OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro).


Holiday Arts Market

Friday, December 8, 2023 | 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Ackland Art Museum

This event is Free

The Ackland’s Holiday Arts Market, presented in partnership with Downtown Chapel Hill, will be held Friday, December 8 from 5-9 p.m. during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk and Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Purchase handmade holiday gifts both Friday and Saturday. Come for the gifts and enjoy music from Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Handmade gifts from local artists include statement jewelry from Bold Standard; upcycled bags and jewelry from Calico Creates; jewelry from Pflora Metal Arts; gemstone and wire jewelry from Creations by Guido; handmade paper goods from Secret Paper Co; cyanotype nature prints on paper and textiles from Legacy Prints and Paper, and fused art glass from Jennifer Strickland. While you’re here, explore The Outwin: American Portraiture Today.


Holiday Market and Bier Garten at the Carolina Inn

Join the Carolina Inn on their Front Porch on December 10, or December 17 from 12 – 4 p.m. for their annual Holiday Market. These Markets are European-style with a nod of southern flare. With vendors from all over the state, the events will be wonderful places to shop for hand-crafted yuletide gifts, from chocolates to jewelry, to ornaments and more! Stay for the holiday Bier Garten under a festive tent for an exceptional lineup of craft beers, mulled wine, and signature cocktails.


Chapel Hill Community Day Parade

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9 | PARADE BEGINS AT 10 AM

DOWNTOWN CHAPEL HILL & CARRBORO

Join us for a festive, entertaining, safe, and inclusive community parade to celebrate the winter holiday season. Stake out your curbside spot and watch arts, cultural, and community groups parade down Franklin Street. This year’s parade will be non-vehicular.

View photos from last year’s event here. Images by Mark Losey.



Posted November 29, 2023


Carrboro police investigating bomb threat

The Carrboro Police Department is investigating a bomb threat at Carrboro High School, 201 Rock Haven Road.

An email threat was received just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, that made specific threats against Carrboro High School. The police department worked with Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) personnel and our public safety partners to evaluate the threat, formulate a plan to keep students and staff safe, and investigate the incident. The school was checked, and no suspicious items were located.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone will information is asked to call Lt. Trey Kennedy at (919) 918-7412, Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515, or the CHCCS tipline at (844) 572-9669.


It’s easy to find free two-hour public parking in Carrboro

Please remember that Carr Mill Mall is for mall customers and is not a public parking lot. Leaving the mall premises after parking risks towing. When in doubt, always park in public lots, and enjoy a hassle-free and relaxed shopping and dining experience.

https://www.carrboronc.gov/2774/Downtown-Parking


Don’t forget to come out to the RENA Community Center

This Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. is the monthly branch meeting. Our committee chairs will be sharing what was accomplished in 2023, as well as what’s planned for the year ahead. Then afterward, we’ll catch up and share in fellowship during our holiday social!


Skate Park Design

The Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department invites local skate park users and community members to two public input meetings to provide feedback for upgrades to the Homestead Skate Park:

  • Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Homestead Skate Park (100 Aquatic Dr.) or
  • Monday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B (100 Library Dr.)

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community Holiday Parade set for December 9

The annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community Holiday Parade is kicking off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. The parade route begins at 140 West Plaza, travels along Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, proceeds to Main Street in Carrboro, and ends at Carrboro Town Hall. 

This year’s theme will be “Walkin’ in a winter wonderland” to feature modes of travel like walking, biking, and rollerblading. Earlier this year, the parade’s planning team made the decision to remove motor vehicles from the 2023 Community Holiday Parade for the safety of both participants and spectators. This decision also demonstrates Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s commitment to environmental sustainability. 

“We’re lucky to have such a diverse array of community groups and organizations here in Chapel Hill and Carrboro,” said Community Arts & Culture Interim Director Meeghan Rosen. “They’re what make the holiday parade such a fun, festive and uniquely local event. We’re looking forward to this year’s parade!”

Attendees should arrive early to secure their spots and explore the area’s restaurants and shops after the parade ends. To see local offerings, visit https://downtownchapelhill.com/ and https://visitcarrboro.com

Parking will be available at 140 West and other lots downtown. Learn more about parking in Chapel Hill at parkonthehill.com and parking in Carrboro at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2774/Downtown-Parking

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community Holiday Parade is planned and organized by the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro; Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture;  Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources; and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. 

To learn more, visit https://www.chapelhillarts.org/calendar/chapel-hill-carrboro-holiday-parade/


Upcoming CHPL Big Book Sale

Just in time for holiday shopping, the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library invite bargain hunters and book lovers to their upcoming Big Book Sale—Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3—at Chapel Hill Public Library. With an extensive inventory of gently used fiction and non-fiction books for all ages and prices starting at just one dollar, there’s something to find for everyone.

  • Friday, Dec. 1 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. (Friends only sale)
  • Friday, Dec. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. (Sip & Shop)
  • Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($10 bag sale)

For those who want first dibs on the deals, there are two ways to shop the sale early. Friday afternoon is only for Friends members. Memberships are available at the door or anytime online.

Friday evening brings the opportunity to enjoy wine, light food, and desserts and shop the sale in a festive environment. The Sip & Shop is $25 for two shoppers and free for Friends members and a guest.

Saturday and Sunday sales are open to the public. On Sunday, shoppers can bring their own bag and fill it with books for just $10. We encourage shoppers to bring their own bags for all three sale days. Commercial book resellers will be charged for extra boxes supplied by the Friends. See updated large customer guidelines here.

“With the upcoming holidays, this is a perfect time to shop the Friends Big Book Sale for gifts. We also have a large selection of holiday books,” said Karen Curtin, President of the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library. “We expect lots of shoppers will take this opportunity to get great books at great prices—all while supporting our wonderful library!”

The Friends hold three weekend-long book sales each year, with the proceeds going to support library services, special projects, and programming. The organization typically raises more than $150,000 for the library each year from the sale of books donated by the community, membership dues, and donations. Recently, the Friends have funded projects at the library, including The Circulator, new lobby furniture, world language collections, programs, and more.

The Friends are accepting donations of gently used books leading up to the sale. The organization accepts book donations on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the library loading dock.

Can’t wait until the sale to shop? You can shop the Friends Online Book Store any time. Questions regarding the sale or Friends membership can be sent to info@friendschpl.org.


Public feedback sought for region’s future transportation

If you’re interested in future highway, bicycle, rail, pedestrian, and transit projects for our region over the long-term, now’s your chance to give feedback on the goals and objectives that will guide the planning process.

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) are working on Destination 2055, an update to the Triangle Region’s long-range transportation plan, the 2055 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). Destination 2055 will identify future highway, transit, rail, bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation projects for the region over the next 30 years. As the planning process gets underway, it is important for local leaders to understand public perspectives related to the transportation policy goals that will guide future investments.

How to Participate

Goals Survey:

A survey is being used to gather input from community members on the draft goals for Destination 2055. Through Jan. 10, the survey can be accessed online in English (https://publicinput.com/destination2055goals) or Spanish (https://publicinput.com/destino2055objetivos) , or through the study website, via text message, as well as in print. To participate via text, text the keyword “Destination2055goals” (English) or “Destinacion2055objetivos” (Español) to 73224. Contact the project team to request a print survey by email (Destination2055@publicinput.com) or leave a voicemail at 855-925-2801, code 5731.

Destination 2055 Website: 

Find more information about the planning process and sign up for updates: https://Destination2055NC.com

Comments:

  • Email: Destination2055@publicinput.com
  • Phone voicemail: Dial 855-925-2801 and enter code 5731
  • Text:  Keyword “Destination2055” (English) or “Destinacion2055” (Español) to 73224

Speak at MPO Board Meeting:

Address the DCHC MPO Board (https://www.dchcmpo.org/who-we-are/board), either in-person or virtually, concerning the goals and objectives at a public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. during its board meeting.  Send requests to speak by email (Destination2055@publicinput.com) or by calling 855-925-2801, code 5731.

Address the CAMPO Executive Board in-person during the public comment item on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. at its meeting. Sign-up info is available on CAMPO’s Meetings webpage (https://www.campo-nc.us/about-us/virtual-meetings-via-webex), or by calling 984-564-4301.

Background on Destination 2055, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) are working on Destination 2055, an update to the Triangle Region’s long-range transportation plan, also known as the 2055 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). This occurs every four years and will consider all surface transportation modes – driving, bicycling, walking, transit, and freight. The first phase is about understanding what people who live, work, and play in our region want from the transportation network over the next 30 years. This begins with seeking feedback from the community on the previous plan’s (2050 MTP) Goals and Objectives.  It will take approximately two years to complete the process of drafting and adopting Destination 2055, with initial work beginning in late 2023 and plan adoption anticipated in late 2025. At different points in the process, the public will have opportunities to weigh in on different elements of the plan as they are developed.

About the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organizations

The DCHC MPO (https://www.dchcmpo.org/ ) and CAMPO (https://www.campo-nc.us/ ) are responsible for planning and programming state and federal transportation projects throughout the Triangle area. Follow the DCHC MPO Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MPOforDCHC ) and X (Twitter) (https://twitter.com/DCHCMPO ) pages, or CAMPO Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NCCapitalAreaMPO/ ) and X (Twitter) (https://twitter.com/capitalareampo ) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/nccapitalareampo/) pages, to stay up-to-date on news about their transportation planning efforts.

Accommodations:

Persons who require Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) assistance to review website materials, take the online survey, or to request a print copy of the survey, should call or email Bonnie Parker at 984-542-3604 or bonnie.parker@campo-nc.us by Jan. 8, 2024.


The Concert Singers of Cary Symphonic Choir present ‘Holiday Pops’

On Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 7:30pm in the Cary Arts Center Theater, join us for a concert celebrating the festive winter season.

Holiday Pops is an annual tradition sure to get you in the holiday spirit. A fun, family-friendly program of popular holiday tunes in collaboration with guest musicians in a variety of musical styles.

We welcome guest soloist soprano Kathleen Jasinskas and guest conductor Dr. Bill Adams.

Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave, Cary

Buy tickets ($20 adults; $5 students)

See the web page for additional program details and updates

See the Facebook event

Access promotional images


Posted November 21, 2023

The final race of the 19th annual Le Tour de Carrboro series is the Gallop & Gorge 8K scheduled for 8a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23.

The race will begin and end on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro so expect traffic delays in that area. View the full race route below.

There will also be an opportunity to give back to your community. Collection boxes will be available for non-perishable food items to be donated to the Interfaith Council Food Pantry.

Grab a cup of coffee, some non-perishable items to donate, and come out to cheer on the runners before you begin your Thanksgiving festivities at home.

The race’s 2023 Community Partners include The Arc of the Triangle, Carrboro Family Garden, Meals on Wheels of Orange County, Optimist Club of Chapel Hill, Orange County Rape Crisis Center, Table, and UNC Get Real & Heel Cancer Exercise Program.

For more information on the race visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Carrboro/GallopGorge8K


Department on Aging to host holiday market

The Orange County Department on Aging and the Friends of the Jerry M. Passmore Center will host a Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The event will take place at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., offering unique holiday gifts including artwork, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, fused and stained glass, quilts and more! In addition to shopping, lunch and baked goods will be available for purchase.

The Passmore Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.

Proceeds from the holiday gift sale will benefit The Friends of the Passmore Center, a volunteer non-profit organization that supports the programs and services provided by the Orange County Department on Aging.

For more information, contact the Passmore Center at 919-245-2015.


Orange County Government will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, to observe the Thanksgiving holidays.

Please note the following exceptions:

Solid Waste: Recycling pick-up scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 23, will be collected on Friday, Nov. 24. Recycling pick-up scheduled for Friday, Nov. 24, will be collected on Saturday, Nov. 25. Please have carts out by 7 a.m. The landfill and related services will be open on Friday, Nov. 24.

Animal Services: Will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 25 in addition to the government holidays. They are normally closed on Sundays. They ask that, as always, people call 9-1-1 if they have an animal-related emergency when they are closed, such as animal bites to humans or exposure to rabies.


Did you know that over 46 million turkeys are eaten in the United States on Thanksgiving alone? About 1 in 6 people in the US get sick from food that has not been handled properly. Enjoy food safely following these recommendations from the NC Cooperative Extension Agent, Ivellisse Colón, to prevent foodborne illnesses. Let’s have a safe holiday!


Explore Indigenous American poetry and gratitude in a free workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Orange County Public Library at 137 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough.

Register for the Writing Workshop





OC Human Relations Commission Meeting Change Notice

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes § 143-318.12, the Human Relations Commission provides notice of the following change in its 2023 meeting calendar:

The Human Relations Commission meeting previously scheduled for Tuesday, December 26, 2023, is rescheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams. Please call 919-245-2487 for information on attending the meeting virtually. The agenda will be publicly available prior to the meeting at this link: https://orangecountync.gov/AgendaCenter/Human-Relations-Commission-19


Carrboro Thanksgiving Holiday Service Changes

Town of Carrboro offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24.

Due to the holiday, household trash collections are two days early the week of Thanksgiving.

Wednesday’s waste collection route will be collected on Monday, Nov. 20; Thursday’s waste collection route will be collected on Tuesday, Nov. 21; and Friday’s waste collection route will be collected on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Yard waste, loose leaves, and bulk waste will not be collected during Thanksgiving week (Nov. 20-24).

Learn more on our Public Works webpage.


Nov. 23 and 24 are Chapel Hill Town holidays. Some services are affected.

 

 

Trash and Recycling

  • Residential trash collection will not be affected.
  • No yard trimmings collection Sunday, Nov. 19–Saturday, Nov. 25.
  • No curbside recycling collection on Thursday, Nov. 23: Crews will collect Thursday recycling routes on Friday, Nov. 24 and Friday recycling on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Chapel Hill Public Library

  • The Library will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, and will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24.

Chapel Hill Transit

  • No service on Thursday, Nov. 23.
  •  Sunday service on Friday, Nov. 24 (No U, NU, or Safe Rides).

Parks and Recreation

  • Facilities closed on Thursday, Nov. 23: Administrative Offices, Chapel Hill Community Center and Pool, Hargraves Center, Northside Gym, Homestead Aquatics Center, Teen Center
  • Facilities closed on Friday, Nov. 24: Administrative offices, Chapel Hill Community Center Pool, Hargraves Center, Teen Center
  • Facilities open on Friday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Chapel Hill Community Center, Homestead Aquatics Center, Northside Gym

More Information


Chapel Hill Town Council Meeting Summary

The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Wednesday, Nov. 15, to conduct business on the agenda available at

townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/21069/15

A summary of the meeting can be downloaded at

chapelhill.legistar1.com/chapelhill/meetings/2023/11/2030_M_Town_Council_23-11-15_Action_Minutes.pdf

The Council packet is available at

chapelhill.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=1117723&GUID=28D7840A-0B77-40A2-908D-8D0C880012C9&Options=info|&Search=About Council Meetings


Memorial Bench Honors Long-Serving Town Employee

The Town of Chapel Hill installed a memorial bench honoring the late Jim Huegerich, a dedicated public servant who made significant contributions to the community.

Jim Huegerich dedicated 37 years of his life to developing and growing the Chapel Hill Police Department Crisis Unit, improving many lives in the community. Huegerich also played a pivotal role in establishing an ombuds office for the Town of Chapel Hill.

The bench features red poppies, which were Huegerich’s favorite flowers. The flowers, bench, and tubing have a “whisper” function: people sitting on the bench can whisper into one flower and listen on the other as the piping carries the sound. The bench was created by nationally known sculptor Jim Gallucci, based on input from the Huegerich family.


Community Holiday Parade on Dec. 9

The annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community Holiday Parade is kicking off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. This year’s theme will be “Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland,” featuring modes of travel like walking, biking, and rollerblading.

The parade’s planning team decided to remove motor vehicles for the safety of participants and spectators. This decision also demonstrates Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Arrive early to secure the best spot to see the parade and explore restaurants and shops after the parade ends. To see local offerings, visit downtownchapelhill.com and visitcarrboro.com.


Sign Up for Chapel Hill’s Community Police Academy

The Chapel Hill Police Department is excited to welcome community members ages 16 and older to participate in its next Community Police Academy. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Jan. 5.

The Community Police Academy is a free opportunity for community members to engage in hands-on learning about day-to-day operations of the Police Department and gain an understanding of the role of police in our community.

The Academy will meet each Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. between Jan. 11 and Feb. 8. It will end with a fun field trip on Saturday, Feb. 10.


Leave Your Leaves

While it may involve a small shift in your landscaping habits, the simple practice of leaving leaves in your yard has many benefits for our community and the planet. Leaves are an important part of a healthy ecosystem, and leaving your leaves improves soil and tree health, supports butterflies, bees, birds, and other wildlife, and reduces flooding and pollution. It also saves you time and money while minimizing the need for loud leaf blowers!

Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents can receive a free yard sign after completing the “Leave Your Leaves” pledge to show their support for climate resilience and biodiversity. These yard signs are available at the Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill Town Hall, Chapel Hill Public Works, and Carrboro Town Hall.


ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS NOTICE OF ATTENDANCE AT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY MEETING

Pursuant to NCGS § 153A-40, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice that a majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners is expected to be present at the Strategic Plan Coffee and Conversation for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC.   The event will be held on December 5, 2023 at 9 a.m. at 88 Vilcom Center Drive, Lower Level 110, in Chapel Hill.  No action will be taken by the Orange County Commissioners in attendance.  For more information about the event, please contact Habitat for Humanity at ajacoby@orangehabitat.org.  

Orange County Board of Commissioners’ meeting calendars are available at the following link: http://www.orangecountync.gov/953/Board-of-County-Commissioners-BOCC


Posted November 15, 2023

Susan Brown Appointed as New Executive Director for Strategic Communications in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Town Manager, Chris Blue, announced Susan Brown as the new Executive Director for Strategic Communications starting November 1. Brown has been the Director of Chapel Hill Public Library since 2013 and Executive Director for Community Arts and Culture since 2017. Her new role involves leading a team of communication professionals and developing communication plans and marketing campaigns. This position has been restructured to match the shared vision of the Manager and Council for town service communications, Council priority advancement, and community engagement.

Blue mentioned that Brown has a good understanding of local government communication and has formed strong community relationships. He acknowledged her efforts in developing a strategic approach for arts and culture. He expects her to apply this strategic thinking to town’s communication functions.

Brown is looking forward to her new role and working with colleagues and community partners. She is committed to leading the town’s communications team, building on the existing foundation.

Brown will continue to support the Library and Community Arts & Culture during the leadership transition. Meeghan Rosen, Assistant Director for both departments, will serve as the Interim Director starting November 1. Rosen, set to retire in April 2024, has been acknowledged by Blue for her experience and leadership abilities.

Recruitment for new library leadership will begin soon. For more information, contact Alex Carrasquillo at acarrasquillo@townofchapelhill.org or 919-968-2866.


Carrboro Film Fest Celebrates Southern Cinema

The Carrboro Film Fest marks its 18th year this Nov. 17-19 with screenings of 2023’s films at The ArtsCenter, 400 Roberson St.

55 films. 9 screenings. 3 days. 1 venue. Festival passes and tickets for individual screenings on sale now. https://www.carrborofilm.org/tickets

Carrboro Film Fest embraces its identity as a Southern institution and presents exclusively Southern films in a non-competitive setting.

Every year the fest leans into its mission to showcase the best, new Southern Films, and this year will be no different. Filmgoers can expect full-length films, Q&As with directors and actors after the screenings, and short films clustered around various themes which celebrate and interrogate Southern identity and culture.

Carrboro has always been a little different. In Carrboro, Southern hospitality means everyone is welcome, and the folks here are curious about the world, engaged in their community, and lovers of the arts. That’s why our town is a great place for a film festival.

The Carrboro Film Fest has an established history as a dynamic event that brings filmmakers and audiences together for a heartfelt celebration of independent cinema.

Carrboro Film Fest is made possible with support from the Town of Carrboro and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority.

Check for the festival schedule and ticket information at https://www.carrborofilm.org/events


Think bicycles are just for recreation? Think again!

That bicycle in your garage can replace so many of your trips taken by car.

Join BikeCarrboro, Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill and the Town of Carrboro at South Green, located at 501 S. Greensboro St. in Carrboro, on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a day of fun and learn how to make your bike do more!

There will be a Bike Zoo filled with various bikes that people have set up to carry more than just the rider — groceries, kids, packages, etc. Learn how to put your bike on a Chapel Hill Transit bus bike rack. Not sure what type of bike is right for you? Several local bike shops will be on hand so you can try out different bikes including cargo bikes and e-bikes.

There will be a traffic garden for the kids, games, bike checks, giveaways, food and more. Join us and see what Life on Wheels is all about!



The final race of the 19th annual Le Tour de Carrboro series is the Gallop & Gorge 8K scheduled for 8a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23.

The race will begin and end on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro so expect traffic delays in that area. View the full race route below.

There will also be an opportunity to give back to your community. Collection boxes will be available for non-perishable food items to be donated to the Interfaith Council Food Pantry.

Grab a cup of coffee, some non-perishable items to donate, and come out to cheer on the runners before you begin your Thanksgiving festivities at home.

The race’s 2023 Community Partners include The Arc of the Triangle, Carrboro Family Garden, Meals on Wheels of Orange County, Optimist Club of Chapel Hill, Orange County Rape Crisis Center, Table, and UNC Get Real & Heel Cancer Exercise Program.

For more information on the race visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Carrboro/GallopGorge8K


Department on Aging to host holiday market

The Orange County Department on Aging and the Friends of the Jerry M. Passmore Center will host a Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The event will take place at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., offering unique holiday gifts including artwork, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, fused and stained glass, quilts and more! In addition to shopping, lunch and baked goods will be available for purchase.

The Passmore Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.

Proceeds from the holiday gift sale will benefit The Friends of the Passmore Center, a volunteer non-profit organization that supports the programs and services provided by the Orange County Department on Aging.

For more information, contact the Passmore Center at 919-245-2015.


Posted November 8, 2023

Indigenizing the University: A Call to Action

What: Niigaan Sinclair Ph.D. will present a public lecture, “Indigenizing the University: A Call to Action,” at the 15th Annual Michael D. Green Lecture in American Indian Studies. This event annually spotlights a lecture from a leading scholar in the field.

Who: Sinclair is a professor at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Native Studies. He has co-edited three award-winning texts and appears frequently on Canadian news broadcasts such as CTV News, CBS and APTN. The UNC American Indian Center and American Indian & Indigenous Studies are the hosts of the event.

When: Nov. 9, 2023 at 3 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: University Room, Hyde Hall. 176 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Why: This public lecture is the highlight of the UNC American Indian Center’s initiative to engage in scholarship outside the classroom. It is the largest and most anticipated event of the center’s National American Indian Heritage Month programs. Sinclair will be available for comment during the reception and photographs are permitted throughout the event. Native community leaders, members of the Office of the Provost, UNC-CH faculty and students may be in attendance.

How: Public parking is available nearby. Doors open at 2:45 p.m.

About UNC American Indian Center

The UNC American Indian Center (AIC) is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2006, Provost Robert Shelton established the AIC, led today by its director, Dr. Danielle Hiraldo. The AIC engages with scholars, the Native community, the UNC-CH community and students through research and public service programs to make UNC-CH a leading public university for American Indian scholarship and scholars and make Native issues a permanent part of the University’s intellectual life. The Annual Michael D. Green Lecture in American Indian Studies honors Michael Green Ph.D., a distinguished historian of American Indians and a founder of the American Indian Studies program in the American Studies Department at UNC-Chapel Hill, with a lecture from a leading scholar in the field.


Orange County Living Wage is raising awareness about Living Wage Week, happening now through Nov. 11. 

Founded in 2015, the non-profit is proud to be part of the Living Wage Network, whose mission is to support worker livelihoods by urging employers to pay living wages, certifying and publicly recognizing living wage employers, and promoting living wages as a matter of conscience within our community.

OCLW certifies and promotes employers in the county who pay their full- and part-time employees a living wage of at least $16.60/hour (or $15.10/hour with employer-provided health care). Learn more at orangecountylivingwage.org

Look for the OCLW team at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market on Wednesday and Saturday  – they will share information about the county’s 250+ living wage employers and the overall mission.

The Living Wage Network released a living wage holiday gift guide this week. By purchasing from the gift guide this holiday season, you can support businesses and organizations that pay a fair wage for a day’s work. Local living wage employers featured in the guide include Big Spoon Roasters, Carrboro Coffee Roasters, Hillsborough Yarn Shop, Rumors, Melissa Designer Jewelry, and Burwell School Historic Site. View the gift guide at livingwageforus.org/blog


Jordan’s Way LIVE Fundraiser for Paws4ever

November 16 @ 10:00 am – November 16 @ 1:00 pm

Event Venue

Paws4ever

Event Organizer

Paws4ever

Description

We are so excited to announce that Jordan’s Way will be at Paws4ever for a 3 hour LIVE fundraiser as part of their national tour to help animal shelters and rescues raise much needed money!

Help us reach our $15,000 goal and watch us do goofy challenges each time a new fundraising goal is reached (like getting pied in the face, the ice bucket challenge, egg roulette and more)! We’ll be streaming the event LIVE on our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1843386739412515


2nd Friday ArtWalk is on for Nov. 10

The 2nd Friday Art Walk around downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill returns this month on Friday, Nov. 10.

The second Friday of every month through November, rain or shine, Downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill will showcase The Carrboro-Chapel Hill 2nd Friday Art Walk.

Explore art galleries, artist studios, shops and restaurants. There will also be live music, performances, spoken word poetry and more. Venues are generally open late afternoon and evening hours.

Learn more about the participating venues and their exhibitions at https://www.carrboronc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2566


Veterans Day ceremony to be held at Orange County Veterans Memorial site on Friday, Nov. 10

A special ceremony commemorating Veterans Day will be held at the Orange County Veterans Memorial on Friday, Nov. 10, beginning at 11 a.m. The memorial is on the campus of Orange County Southern Human Services at 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill.

Congresswoman Valerie Foushee will speak at the ceremony, and Dr. Mark Clodfelter will be the guest speaker. He is Professor Emeritus at the National War College, a tribute he earned for his decades long service to Professional Military Education.

A former Air Force officer who was a ground radar officer by trade, Clodfelter served radar tours at Myrtle Beach and South Korea and spent the remainder of his career in military academia.

He taught at the Air Force Academy and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a BS from the US Air Force Academy, an MA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Ph.D. from UNC.

Orange County Chair Jamezetta Bedford, Rep. Renee Price (D-Orange) and Jeff McNeill, Orange County’s Veteran’s Service Officer, will also speak. Orange County Sheriff’s Office will provide the Color Guard.

Learn more about the Veterans Memorial at ocveteransmemorial.com


Finance Director Arche McAdoo Retires

Finance Director Arche McAdoo says he will miss his role of advising departments on general operations and financial matters, and the small town vibe of Carrboro – but after 13 years with the Town, and a long career of working with public and nonprofit agencies, he is looking forward to retirement.

“In a small town like Carrboro, you do not have the staff and resources of larger jurisdictions, but you have many of the same organizational challenges,” McAdoo said. “This requires leaders to roll up their sleeves and get involved with all aspects of day-to-day management. To be effective, no task is too small or too large for your involvement.”

A native of Orange County, McAdoo graduated from Central High School, the Black high school in Hillsborough under the old dual-school system, which closed in 1968 after full desegregation of County school system. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a research emphasis from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., and a master’s degree in business administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Prior to Carrboro, he worked for City of Durham as a deputy finance officer.  Throughout his career he has held a number of senior level financial management positions, including at the Baltimore City Solicitor’s Office, North Carolina Biotechnology Center at Research Triangle Park, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute at College Park, and Bowie State University.  Additionally, he was part of the initial team that implemented North Carolina’s Community Development Block Grant Program for non-entitlement cities, implemented employment and training programs in Oregon, and was on loan to the U.S. Department of Labor to development national regulations for the reauthorized Comprehensive Employment and Training Act programs.

Recent accomplishments include leading development of the Town’s spending plan for $6.75 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds. He arranged the financing for the $42 million development under construction at 203 S. Greensboro St. that will house a new Orange County library and other civic activities. He also led efforts to automate financial processes for Carrboro to streamline and improve Town operations. Under his leadership, the Town’s Annual Budget Report and Annual Comprehensive Financial Report have been regularly recognized with awards of excellence from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

Arche, we wish you a wonderful retirement! Congratulations!


Applicants Needed For Orange County Volunteer Boards and Commissions

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting applicants for the following boards and commissions:

Adult Care Home and Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee – This committee works to maintain the intent of the Adult Care Home and Nursing Home Residents’ Bills of Rights and promote community involvement and cooperation with these homes to ensure quality care for older and disabled adults. This committee typically meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm. There is an initial training period prior to appointment by the Board of County Commissioners. There are currently six (6) vacancies.

Advisory Board on Aging – The Advisory Board on Aging is charged with promoting needed services, programs, and funding that impact older adults in Orange County and makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and the Department on Aging. This board typically meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm. There is currently one (1) at-large vacancy.

Agricultural Preservation Board – The Agricultural Preservation Board is charged with promoting the economic and cultural importance of agriculture in the county and encouraging voluntary preservation and protection of farmland for future production. This board typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. There is currently one (1) at-large vacancy and one (1) vacancy for a participating farm owner in the Schley/Eno Voluntary Agricultural District.

Animal Services Advisory Board – This board is charged with advising the Board of County Commissioners on matters of concern regarding animal issues and animal services in Orange County. The Animal Services Advisory Board works with the Animal Services Director to ensure quality animal services and maintains contact with the stakeholder groups from which its members are appointed. The board also provides a venue in which stakeholder concerns about animals, animal policies and issues, and animal services programming may be voiced, considered, and referred as appropriate. The Animal Services Advisory Board typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. There is currently one (1) at-large vacancy.

Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool – The charge of the Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool is to hear appeals concerning violations of the Orange County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 (“Animal Control Ordinance”), as provided in the Orange County Code of Ordinances, Section 4-53 Appeals and also potentially dangerous dog appeals as prescribed by N.C. Gen. Stat. §67-4.1(c).  It is the responsibility of pool members to conduct fair and impartial hearings for these appeals and they will receive training in both law and proper procedure prior to participating in a hearing.  Pool members are sought from the Towns of Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro as well as the part of Orange County that is unincorporated.  Appeals panels will be convened on an as-needed basis for hearings. The Board of County Commissioners is currently recruiting applicants to fill one (1) seat for a resident living in the Town of Carrboro, one (1) seat for a resident living in the Town of Chapel Hill, two (2) at-large seats, one (1) seat for a resident living within an unincorporated area of the county, one (1) seat for a representative of the Public Safety Field, and one (1) seat for a representative of the Public Health Field.

Board of Equalization and Review – The Board of Equalization and Review hears appeals from residents concerning various property tax issues, including valuation and exemption appeals. The Board of Equalization and Review is charged with ensuring that all taxable property is appraised and assessed according to the standards required by the North Carolina General Statutes. This board meets up to three days per week, for approximately three to four hours per meeting, for up to three consecutive months (typically April-June). Additional meetings may occur as needed during the year.  Members will be compensated for all meetings attended. Orange County residents with knowledge of real estate are specifically encouraged to apply, however, others will also be given consideration. The Board of County Commissioners is recruiting applicants for three (3) alternate positions, who will participate in hearings when regular board members are unavailable.

Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment – The Town of Chapel Hill’s Board of Adjustment is authorized to hear variance cases regarding the provisions of the Chapel Hill Land Use Management Ordinance and appeal cases regarding decisions made by Town staff. The Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, in the Council Chamber on the first floor. There is currently one (1) vacancy for a resident of the Chapel Hill Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) and one (1) vacancy for a resident of the ETJ or Joint Planning Area (JPA) to serve as an alternate. Please review the map at the following link to see the boundaries of the Chapel Hill ETJ and JPA areas: http://orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16597/Chapel-Hill-and-Carrboro-Boundaries-Map.  You may also confirm the zoning information of your address by visiting: http://aries.orangecountync.gov/Aries/ZoningInformation.aspx

Commission for the Environment – This commission advises the Board of Commissioners on matters affecting the environment with particular emphasis on protection.  It educates public and local officials on environmental issues and performs special studies and projects. It also recommends environmental initiatives and studies changes in environmental science and local and federal regulations. The Commission for the Environment typically meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. There is currently one (1) vacancy for an applicant with expertise in water resources and one (1) vacancy for an applicant with expertise in air quality.

Hillsborough Planning Board – This board acquires and maintains information in order to understand past trends, prepare and amend the comprehensive plan for the development of the area, and prepare and recommend ordinances promoting orderly development. The Hillsborough Planning Board typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. There are currently two (2) open positions for applicants residing in the Hillsborough Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). Please review the map at the following link to see the boundaries of the Hillsborough ETJ: http://orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16598/Hillsborough-Boundaries-Map. You may also confirm the zoning information of your address by visiting: http://aries.orangecountync.gov/Aries/ZoningInformation.aspx.

Human Relations Commission – The Human Relations Commission studies and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners concerning problems in the field of human relationships. This commission seeks solutions to community issues that may create animosity and unrest, makes recommendations designed to promote goodwill and harmony among groups in the county, and addresses and attempts to remedy the violence, tensions, polarization, and other harm created through discrimination, bias, hatred, and inequity. The Human Relations Commission typically meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. Residents living within the Town Limits of Hillsborough are encouraged to apply.

Orange County Parks and Recreation Council – This council consults with and advises the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation, and the Board of County Commissioners on matters affecting parks planning, development and operation; recreation facilities, policies and programs; and public trails and open space. The Parks and Recreation Council typically meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Residents of Little River Township and Cedar Grove Township are encouraged to apply. Please review the Township map at the following link: https://www.orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2290/Township-Map-PDF. You may also confirm the zoning information of your address by visiting: http://aries.orangecountync.gov/Aries/ZoningInformation.aspx.  

If interested in any of the above positions, apply at www.orangecountync.gov/Apply.

Orange County strives for diverse representation on volunteer boards and commissions. Residents of all demographic backgrounds, identities, and perspectives are encouraged to apply. Applicants must reside in Orange County. Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have the opportunity to directly influence local decisions, policies, and priorities.
 
For additional information contact Tara May at 919-245-2125 or tmay@orangecountync.gov.


Posted November 2, 2023

Early voting continues this week

Information from the Orange County Board of Elections

Election Day is Nov. 7, 2023.

Orange County offers early voting to all registered Orange County voters who wish to vote early, in-person rather than voting absentee by mail or on Election Day.

Remember that a photo ID is now required to vote. Many forms of government-issued IDs are acceptable. For more information, please visit orangecountync.gov/PhotoID

Early Voting Locations:

  • Orange Works at Hillsborough Commons (in lieu of BOE office): 113 Mayo St. Hillsborough
  • Carrboro Town Hall Complex: 108 Bim St., Carrboro
  • Carrboro Chapel of the Cross: 304 E Franklin St., Chapel Hill
  • Chapel Hill Seymour Senior Center: 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill 
  • Chapel Hill Library: 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill

Carrboro Town Hall Complex, Chapel of the Cross, Seymour Senior Center and Chapel Hill Library

  • Monday – Friday, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday (Halloween), Oct. 31: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 4: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Orange Works at Hillsborough Commons

  • Monday – Friday, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday (Halloween), Oct. 31: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 4: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information on early voting, please visit https://www.orangecountync.gov/1116/Early-Voting

Questions? Call 919-245-2350 or email vote@orangecountync.gov


CHCCS Launches New Afterschool/Evening Bus Service for Students

Transportation home should no longer be a barrier to participation in sports, clubs, arts, activities

Chapel Hill, N.C. Nov. 2, 2023 – CHCCS wants to make it easier on students and their families to join sports, clubs, arts and activities. Transportation home should no longer be a barrier. Starting this week CHCCS is now operating afterschool/evening bus transportation from every middle and high school into Chapel Hill and Carrboro neighborhoods, offered to students who participate in afternoon and early-evening activities (sports, clubs, theatre, etc.).

All routes will run Monday through Thursday. Buses (one bus per school) will leave each middle school promptly at 5:35 p.m. and each high school at 6:35 p.m.

Middle Schools (service offered M-Th, except when there is no school for students):

Bus departs Culbreth Middle School 5:35 p.m. (loading at 5:30)

  • Brandywine Rd. & Princeton Dr.
  • Bayberry Dr. & Rhododendron Ct.
  • Greenwood Rd. & Old Mill Rd.
  • Circle Park Pl. & Sprunt St.
  • Final stop: Bus arrives at Carrboro HS 6:24 p.m. (approx.)

Bus departs McDougle Middle School 5:35 p.m. (loading at 5:30)

  • Morris Grove Elementary (215 Eubanks Rd.)
  • Meadow Ln. & Rollingwood Rd.
  • Southern Dr. & Terrace View Dr.
  • Stonegate Dr. & Woodgate Dr.
  • Final stop: Bus arrives at Carrboro HS 6:18 p.m. (approx.)

Bus departs Phillips Middle School 5:35 p.m. (loading at 5:30)

  • Estes Dr. at Ridgefield Apts.
  • Ephesus Elementary (1495 Ephesus Church Rd.)
  • Jackie Robinson St. & Legion Rd.
  • Booker Creek Rd. & Foxwood Dr.
  • Perry Creek Dr. & Chippoaks Dr.
  • Final stop: Bus arrives at East Chapel Hill HS 5:56 p.m. (approx.)

Bus departs Smith Middle School 5:35 p.m. (loading at 5:30)

  • Commons Way Dr. & Lake Hogan Farm Rd.
  • Dogwood Dr. & Westwood Dr.
  • Hargraves Community Center (216 N. Roberson St.)
  • Eubanks Rd. & Myrica St.
  • Whitfield Rd. & Oakstone Dr.
  • Final stop: Bus arrives at Chapel Hill HS 6:30 p.m. (approx.)

High Schools (service offered M-Th, except when there is no school for students):

Bus departs Carrboro High School 6:35 p.m. (loading at 6:30)

  • Hargraves Community Center (216 N. Roberson St.)
  • Legion Rd. at Greenfield Place Apts. (200 Formosa Ln.)
  • MLK Blvd. & Banks Dr.
  • Final stop: Chapel Hill HS (9217 Seawell School Rd.) 7:25 p.m. (approx.)

Bus departs Chapel Hill High School 6:35 p.m. (loading at 6:30)

  • Carrboro Plaza Park & Ride (Old Fayetteville Rd.)
  • Jones Ferry Rd. at Ashbrooke Apts. (601 Jones Ferry Rd.)
  • Lincoln Center (750 S. Merritt Mill Rd.)
  • Final stop: Carraway Village Park & Ride (Eubanks Rd.) 7:25 p.m. (approx.)

Bus departs East Chapel Hill High School 6:35 p.m. (loading at 6:30)

  • Legion Rd. at Greenfield Place Apts. (200 Formosa Ln.)
  • Willow Dr. & Connor Dr.
  • Glenwood Elementary (2 Prestwick Rd.)
  • Final stop: Lincoln Center (750 S. Merritt Mill Rd.) 7:25 p.m. (approx.)

Additional information:

  • Students must have a bus pass to board the afterschool bus, which they can obtain at school.
  • Students should be prepared to walk or have a ride from these stops.
  • Students and their guardians should communicate regarding the stop nearest to their residence.
  • These stops do NOT follow the “distance from home” limitations of the regular daily stops. They have been extended beyond what students might be accustomed to.
  • Please note that routes are subject to adjustments depending on ridership numbers.

Carrboro Town Council passes resolution in support of Operation Green Light for Veterans

The Carrboro Town Council has passed a resolution for Nov. 6-12 to be a time to honor the service and sacrifice of individuals in uniform transitioning from active service.

The people of Carrboro respect, admire and appreciate the individuals who selflessly have served the United States of America in the Armed Forces by placing themselves in challenging or perilous situations. The contributions and sacrifices of those individuals who served in the Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and ways of life that we enjoy in our local communities.

Operation Green Light is a nationwide initiative to support veterans and raise awareness about the challenges many veterans face in accessing benefits and services.

In observance of Operation Green Light, the Town of Carrboro will be displaying green lights on Carrboro Town Hall. The Town Council encourages residents to participate by displaying a green light in a window of their place of business or residence from Nov. 6-12.

The Town of Carrboro seeks to join other communities through Operation Green Light for Veterans to shine a light on the plight of veterans across the country who are having a hard time connecting with benefits after serving their country.

Read the full resolution here.



Veterans Day ceremony to be held at Orange County Veterans Memorial site on Friday, Nov. 10

A special ceremony commemorating Veterans Day will be held at the Orange County Veterans Memorial on Friday, Nov. 10, beginning at 11 a.m. The memorial is on the campus of Orange County Southern Human Services at 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill.

Congresswoman Valerie Foushee will speak at the ceremony, and Dr. Mark Clodfelter will be the guest speaker. He is Professor Emeritus at the National War College, a tribute he earned for his decades long service to Professional Military Education.

A former Air Force officer who was a ground radar officer by trade, Clodfelter served radar tours at Myrtle Beach and South Korea and spent the remainder of his career in military academia.

He taught at the Air Force Academy and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a BS from the US Air Force Academy, an MA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Ph.D. from UNC.

Orange County Chair Jamezetta Bedford, Rep. Renee Price (D-Orange) and Jeff McNeill, Orange County’s Veteran’s Service Officer, will also speak. Orange County Sheriff’s Office will provide the Color Guard.

Learn more about the Veterans Memorial at ocveteransmemorial.com


Carrboro Film Fest Celebrates Southern Cinema

The Carrboro Film Fest marks its 18th year this Nov. 17-19 with screenings of 2023’s films at The ArtsCenter, 400 Roberson St.

55 films. 9 screenings. 3 days. 1 venue.  Festival passes are only $50 now through Oct. 27. Tickets for individual screenings on sale Oct. 28. 

Carrboro Film Fest embraces its identity as a Southern institution and presents exclusively Southern films in a non-competitive setting.

Every year the fest leans into its mission to showcase the best, new Southern Films, and this year will be no different. Filmgoers can expect full-length films, Q&As with directors and actors after the screenings, and short films clustered around various themes which celebrate and interrogate Southern identity and culture. 

Carrboro has always been a little different. In Carrboro, Southern hospitality means everyone is welcome, and the folks here are curious about the world, engaged in their community, and lovers of the arts. That’s why our town is a great place for a film festival.

The Carrboro Film Fest has an established history as a dynamic event that brings filmmakers and audiences together for a heartfelt celebration of independent cinema.

Carrboro Film Fest is made possible with support from the Town of Carrboro and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority.

Check for the festival schedule and ticket information at https://www.carrborofilm.org/events


Drivers should remain vigilant on the roads to avoid deer-vehicle collisions, especially between September and December.

Deer movement increases dramatically during this time, and limited lighting makes it more difficult for drivers to see them on or near roads.

According to the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Unit, about 7 percent of all vehicle crashes in the state involve animal strikes.

Orange County had a total of 706 animal crashes from 2018-2020. These collisions with deer resulted in 33 injuries and a total of $2.2 million in damages reported.


Posted October 27, 2023

Carrboro Town Council Recognizes Wesley Barker

In a resolution presented on Oct. 24, 2023, the Carrboro Town Council recognizes the exceptional commitment and contribution Wesley Barker has made to the Town of Carrboro as Town Clerk.

Beginning his services as Town Clerk just as the Town was emerging from the COVID-19 public health emergency, Wesley made it a priority to provide excellent customer service to Carrboro’s residents and visitors. He worked to systematize many processes in the Town Clerk’s Office to help bring greater consistency and efficiency to Town operations.

Wesley has made the fulfillment of public records requests a priority and has developed a detailed tracking database of requests received by the town. He has established a protocol of routing those requests so they can be dealt with promptly.

He has created a process for managing and updating the rosters of the Town’s 20 advisory boards and commissions, working closely with staff liaisons and volunteer applications to navigate the appointment process.

Wesley has been an integral part of the Town’s management team, leading the collating and publishing of the Council’s weekly agenda materials and creating a set of detailed how-to guides for staff to follow in developing agenda items.

He was instrumental in helping the town achieve a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index for the first time in 2022.

Wesley has taken on countless other responsibilities while serving as Town Clerk. He has been friendly, thorough, detail-oriented, organized and a true ambassador for Carrboro.

The Council wishes him and his family happiness upon their return to the mountains and knows he will find success and fulfillment as he pursues the next stage of his career.

Read the full resolution here: https://www.carrboronc.gov/2630/Proclamations-and-Resolutions



Posted October 25, 2023

Carrboro Town Council Honors Braxton Foushee

In a resolution presented on Oct. 24, 2023, the Carrboro Town Council has designated Dec. 13, 2023, and every Dec. 13 thereafter, as Braxton Dunkin Foushee Day of Service in Carrboro.

Even as a young man, Braxton Foushee worked to advocate for Black residents. Around the age of 15, he worked alongside Ms. Rebecca Clark, helping escort and protect older Black citizens to register to vote, breaking a national pattern of voter disenfranchisement. In 1961, he began to work with the local labor movement, advocating for equal pay and fair treatment for Black residents.

Mr. Foushee became the first Black member of the Carrboro Town Council in 1969, serving until 1981.

He has championed many issues that have directly impacted the Black community in Carrboro, including ensuring equitable access to paved roads, sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure. He worked tirelessly to fight injustices against Black residents by law enforcement, resulting in state agencies investigating and diversifying the Carrboro Police Department in the 1970s.

Braxton Foushee has dedicated over 54 years of his life to continuous service as an elected official, a member of a town advisory board and a community leader.

The Council honors and thanks Braxton Dunkin Foushee for his tremendous service to the Town of Carrboro.

Every year on Dec. 13, the Town encourages the residents of Carrboro to learn and reflect on Carrboro’s Black history and perform an act of service to their neighbors or the community.


Chapel Hill Church Walks the Talk for Mental Health

Second annual walk/run organized to raise awareness and funds supporting services for students and the community

WHAT: University Baptist Church, at the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets in the heart of Chapel Hill, is hosting the second annual Franklin All Nighter to raise funds for area organizations helping students and community members seeking mental health services. Participants will walk or run a one-mile loop using only right turns with available sidewalks the entire route, and the church parking lot will serve as base camp. All are welcome to share their support by joining, volunteering, sponsoring someone or donating by clicking here.

WHEN: Begins at sundown, Saturday, October 28, 2023, and concludes at sunup Sunday, October 29.                   

WHERE: University Baptist Church
100 S. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 28514

WHO: Anyone and everyone!

WHY: An opportunity to raise awareness and resources, the all-night event reflects the difficult journey of those living with depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles. As participants “keep moving on” through the night, the route symbolizes the importance of support and hope within a community for those facing such struggles to see the dawn together. “The Franklin All Nighter is a chance to show our neighbors and loved ones struggling with mental health issues that they are not alone; and as a faith community, we stand shoulder to shoulder in that long night that many experience,” said Pastor Paul Burgess. He continued, “There is hope and love within this community, and we want to put the walk in our talk. We encourage folks to join us!”


Don’t miss all the Halloween events in Carrboro

Each October, the Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Department organizes a range of Halloween events. Get ready with your pumpkins, costumes, and friends to be a part of the excitement this year!

Virtual Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest

Enter our Virtual Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest for 2023!

How to Enter:

  • Submit a photo of your carved or decorated pumpkin to dhughes@carrboronc.gov
  • Include in your photo, a sign that reads: “Carrboro 2023”
  • Submit photo by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27

Photos will be posted, and the “Best of Show” winner will be announced on the Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Department Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/carrbororec/ on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Please remember that this is a kid-friendly event and CRPCRD reserves the right to deny entries deemed inappropriate.

Halloween Carnival

You and your family are invited to come out and enjoy a fun night of carnival games on Friday, Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W Main St.

We boast a host of carnival style activities that reward the children’s participation with a wickedly good price bag (children under 10, while supplies last).

Popcorn, water, hot chocolate and apple cider will be sold at the concession booth.

The unofficial mascot of Carrboro Halloween, pictured below, might be in attendance. We can’t wait to see their costume this year!


Join Chapel Hill Transit on Nov. 6 for a Station Design Workshop: Planned North-South Bus Rapid Transit (NSBRT) Station

Chapel Hill Transit invites the community to participate in an upcoming design workshop on Monday, November 6. Come provide input on preliminary station design concepts for the Town of Chapel Hill’s planned North-South Bus Rapid Transit (NSBRT) project.  This open house is an opportunity for the community to directly shape the final NSBRT’s final station designs.

  • Date: Monday, November 6, 2023
  • Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Ackland Art Museum, 101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

At the event, participants can directly engage with the project team. They’ll be available to answer questions, address concerns, and facilitate meaningful discussions about the project. The team will also present preliminary station design concepts. Participant feedback will inform how to refine draft concepts into final station designs that reflect the character and values of the Chapel Hill community.

This event is informal and family-friendly. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees will have opportunities to win prizes for participating!

For more information and media inquiries, contact Caroline Dwyer at 919-969-4967 or email the project team at nsbrtproject@townofchapelhill.org.


Posted October 21, 2023

Carrboro homeowners are invited to learn about an opportunity for a free assessment of their properties on Saturday, Oct.21, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Baldwin Park, 400 Broad St. Carrboro, NC 27510. Mike Dupree from Feather Village Farm will be talking to residents about what they can do to address issues on their properties and improve overall water quality for Carrboro. 

Topics to be covered: 

  • Proper drainage
  • Rain gardens and cisterns
  • Critical area planting
  • Streambank protection and riparian buffers 

Residents will learn what is included in an assessment, how they can obtain technical advice specific to their property and how to submit an application for an assessment.


Orange County Waste Management Hosts Fall Shred-A-Thons

Orange County Waste Management will hold two Shred-A-Thons in October. Bring your confidential documents for free and safe destruction and recycling.

When and where:

  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until capacity is met) at the recycling dropoff site behind Home Depot, Hampton Pointe in Hillsborough
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until capacity is met), Eubanks Road Park & Ride Lot, 1768 Eubanks Road

What to know before you go:

  • Open to residents of Orange County and Chapel Hill, small businesses, and local government employees.
  • Drive-through service only
  • One trip per household or organization
  • To drop off paper, bag or box it first
  • Bagged paper must be in clear plastic, paper, or reusable bags (up to 13 gallons)
  • Boxed paper can be in a banker boxes or smaller
  • Limit four bags or boxes
  • You or someone in your car will handle the paper

Reminders

  • Remove plastic or metal binders, metal rings, notebook spirals, plastic folders, or electronic media
  • Leave receipts, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, etc. at home

Can’t make it to a Shred-A-Thon event? Take your items to the Shred Center at the Solid Waste Administration Office, 1207 Eubanks Road. This free service is available to Orange County residents, small businesses, and local government employees. Call 919-968-2788 or email recycling@orangecountync.gov to schedule an appointment.


Susan Brown Appointed as Executive Director for Strategic Communications for the Town of Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Town Manager Chris Blue has appointed Susan Brown as the Town’s new Executive Director for Strategic Communications, effective November 1. Brown has served as Director of Chapel Hill Public Library since 2013 and as Executive Director for Community Arts and Culture since 2017.

In this new role, Brown will lead a cross-departmental team of communications professionals, collaborate with a wide variety of community stakeholders, and develop Town-wide communications plans and marketing campaigns. The position, formerly classified as Communications Manager, was recently revamped to meet the Manager’s and Council’s shared interest in a strategic approach to communicating about Town services, advancing Council priorities, and engaging community members. 

“Susan will bring a creative and collaborative approach to this position,” says Blue. “She understands the importance of effective communication in local government, she has built strong relationships throughout our community, and she really cares about our organization. In recent years, she has developed a new, more strategic approach for our arts and culture efforts and I look forward to her doing the same for our communications functions.”

“It has been an honor to lead the Library and Community Arts & Culture teams,” says Brown. “I’m excited to step into this new role and work with colleagues across Town departments and partners throughout the community. We have a great foundation for Town communications and I am so pleased to lead that team into the future.” As Brown steps into her new role, she will continue to offer high-level support to the Library and Community Arts & Culture during the transition to new leadership. 

Effective November 1, Meeghan Rosen will be appointed Interim Director for Library and Community Arts & Culture. She currently serves as Assistant Director for both departments and plans to retire in April 2024. Blue says of Rosen “I am thankful that we have such an experienced leader to take the helm during this transition. Meeghan has seen the library through many changes and I am confident that she will effectively lead the team through this one.” A recruitment process for new library leadership will begin soon. 


New Arts & Culture Award Program Offers Funding for Local Nonprofits, Projects

Arts & Culture is excited to announce the Town’s new Arts & Culture Award Program. The program will provide funding to local nonprofit organizations for arts and cultural projects that advance Community Arts & Culture’s mission of inspiring creativity and celebrating community.

The program will provide funding to Orange County nonprofits for three types of projects:

  • Community festivals and large-scale special events
  • Public art, such as murals, sculptures, and installations
  • Art experiences, such as a series of workshops, a class, or a performance

Nonprofits must have an artist attached to the project and use part of the funding to pay that artist. Projects should connect to one or more community priorities, including community wellbeing, social justice, environmental justice, and youth engagement. While nonprofits from across Orange County are eligible, the projects must take place in Chapel Hill. We encourage nonprofit agencies that focus on serving BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other historically-marginalized communities to apply.

Town Council approved funding for the program as part of the annual budget process, in alignment with their strategic focus area of “Healthy & Inclusive Community.” Community Arts & Culture staff designed the program in consultation with other Town staff and the Cultural Arts Commission. Meeghan Rosen, Assistant Director for Community Arts & Culture, says, “We designed the program with equity in mind, along with our values of inclusion, experience, and understanding. We are excited to launch this and see what great projects come to our attention.”

Community Arts & Culture staff will host two information sessions via Zoom on Thurs., Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. and Wed., Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.  Register here to attend.

Applications will be accepted via the Community Arts & Culture website until Dec. 31, 2023. A committee made up of Town staff, Commission members, local artists, and others others will review applications.  They’ll recommend award recipients and amounts to Town Council.  The committee will notify awardees in April 2024, and projects will take shape between July 2024 and June 2025.

For more information about the award program and Community Arts & Culture, visit chapelhillarts.org and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Community Arts & Culture is a division of the Town of Chapel Hill with a mission to inspire creativity and celebrate community for a better Chapel Hill.


Naming Ceremony for Northside Gymnasium and Indoor Basketball Court

On October 22, 2023, the Town of Chapel Hill will celebrate the renaming of Northside Gymnasium and Indoor Basketball Court in recognition of two longtime Town employees and community advocates, Mr. Nate Davis, Sr. and the late Mr. Fred Battle. These facilities will bear the new name, “Nate Davis, Sr. Gymnasium and Fred Battle Court at Northside.”

Mr. Battle grew up in a segregated Black community in Chapel Hill known as “Windy Hill.”  He used his educational and community experiences to offer opportunities at Hargraves Community Center in employment, social and sports activities, and travel for youth.  He began basketball programs for youth and seniors. He also developed girls’ softball leagues and tournaments.  Mr. Battle provided exposure for small Black businesses while engaging seniors, veterans, former incarcerated and unhoused persons.

Mr. Davis, Sr. worked at the Hargraves Community Center for 47 years and served as Director for 30 of those years. In 2011, the Town of Chapel Hill awarded him the Cal Horton Service Award. This award was established by the Town in 2007 and recognizes distinguish service by employees. Mr. Davis dedicated his life to supporting the Northside community by volunteering, coaching sports, organizing fishing trips, and leading annual field trips for Northside seniors.

“We are excited to celebrate the impactful legacies of Mr. Fred Battle and Mr. Nate Davis, Sr.,” said Atuya Cornwell, Director of Parks and Recreation. “The contributions of these two community leaders extend to multiple generations. We are forever grateful for their efforts in building community here in the Town of Chapel Hill through their dedicated service at Hargraves Center and the Northside Community.”

Renaming these facilities is an opportunity to honor and recognize the legacies of these two dedicated community members. It is a reminder of their commitment to bettering the Town of Chapel Hill and the importance of mentorship and leadership in our community.

The renaming celebration will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Hargraves Community Park (216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516) just outside the gymnasium. The celebration will include a formal ceremony and a reception to follow immediately after at the Hargraves Community Center.


Posted October 20, 2023

Carrboro to feature 18th Annual West End Poetry Festival: Community

The 18th Annual West End Poetry Festival returns, Oct. 19-21, 2023. All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 19 – Luna (307 E. Main St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

 5:45-8:00 p.m.  Carrboro Poets Council Feature and Open Mic

  • Fred Joiner, Former Carrboro Poet Laureate
  • Gideon Young
  • Chad Knuth
  • Susan Spalt
  • Liza Wolff-Francis, Carrboro Poet Laureate, as MC
    ___________________________________________

Friday, October 20 – The ArtsCenter

(400 Roberson St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Youth Workshop with Jaki Shelton Green

7-8 p.m. Carrboro Poet Laureate, Liza Wolff-Francis in poetic conversation with Ina Cariño and Len Lawson

8-8:30 p.m. Open Mic

8:30-9:30 p.m. Wine Reception (cash bar)
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Saturday, October 21 –   Carrboro Century Center

(100 N. Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

10-11:15 a.m. Coffee, biscuits and Poetry in the Round

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Break for lunch. Go explore the many delicious restaurants around downtown Carrboro!

12:45 p.m. Welcome from Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils

1 p.m. Poets Laureate Reading

  • Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis
  • Chapel Hill Poet Laureate Cortland Gilliam
  • Piedmont Poet Laureate Dasan Ahanu
  • Durham Poet Laureate DJ Rogers
  • Charlotte Poet Laureate Jay Ward
  • North Carolina Poet Laureate: Jaki Shelton Green

2:45-3:45 p.m.  Poetry Writing Generative Workshop with Ross White

3:45-4:30 p.m. Coffee and snacks provided

4:30-5:30 p.m. New Book Poets Reading

  • Corrie Lynn White
  • Ross White
  • Len Lawson
  • Ina Cariño
  • Jan Harington

5:45 p.m. Light dinner fare provided by Carrburritos

6:45 p.m. Community Poem Reading: We need your words to help create the 2023 Carrboro Community Poem! This year’s theme is COMMUNITY.
Submit your words for the 2023 Carrboro Community Poem here.
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Saturday, October 21 –   Steel String Brewery

(106A S. Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

7-9 p.m.  Poetry Slam hosted by Dasan Ahanu

For more information on the events and poets please visit the West End Poetry website: westendpoetryfestival.org

The West End Poetry Festival is sponsored by the Town of Carrboro and is planned by the Carrboro Poets Council (currently comprised of Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis, Gideon Young, Susan Spalt, Jay Bryan, Fred Joiner, Abigail Browning, Chad Knuth and Paul Jones) with the assistance of the staff of Carrboro’s Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department and the support of the Carrboro Arts Committee and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority.


Orange County Board of Elections: early voting and voter ID information

Recent changes in state law require voters to show an acceptable photo ID when checking in at their voting site during early voting or on Election Day. Absentee-by-mail voters must include a photocopy of their acceptable photo ID when sending in their ballot. Learn more about the voter ID requirement on the state Board of Elections website.

To obtain a voter ID, voters will complete an ID request form at the Board of Elections office that includes date of birth, name and the last four digits of their Social Security number. Voters may obtain a free ID weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

No appointment is necessary.

Read more about elections and obtaining a voter ID on the Orange County Board of Elections website.


Carrboro Town Council Update

Meeting agendas and updates are issued from the Town Clerk’s Office. To receive these by email or text, sign up for Carrboro Town News at https://www.carrboronc.gov/list.aspx

Civic involvement is a valued tradition in our community. Reach the Town Council with your ideas, views, and questions at Council@carrboronc.gov

Coming Up

The Carrboro Town Council will hold a Council Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023. The agenda is available at https://carrboro.legistar.com/

The Town Council meets at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or can view the livestream at YouTube.com/CarrboroNC  OR at https://carrboro.legistar.com/ OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro).

Meeting Recap

The Council held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and took the following actions:

○      Received the Mayor’s Proclamation for Minority Enterprise Development Week

○      Held a public hearing to receive comment on the Town’s use of Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) for Emergency Housing Assistance.

○      Approved an Update to Bolin Creek Greenway Conceptual Master Plan following a presentation of results from the community engagement process for Phases 3 and 4 of the Bolin Creek Greenway and a review for new technical and regulatory challenges. Read more at https://www.carrboronc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2549

Town Council
The Town Council, which is the legislative and policy-making body for Carrboro, comprises Mayor Damon Seils, Mayor Pro Tempore Susan Romaine, Council Member Barbara Foushee, Council Member Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Council Member Danny Nowell, Council Member Eliazar Posada, and Council Member Sammy Slade. More information is available at


Carrboro Town Council approves Creekside Alignment for Bolin Creek Greenway

The Carrboro Town Council approved the creekside alignment for the Bolin Creek Greenway and reaffirmed its support for the continued pursuit of greenway development throughout the community at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The Council affirmed that this trail route is preferred because it connects the largest number of Carrboro neighborhoods to each other and to schools, parks, jobs, civic and social opportunities and downtown.

Tuesday’s vote followed a staff presentation of results from a community survey made available from June through October 2023, results of which showed a majority of community members who took the survey prefer the creekside alignment with about 66% favoring this trail route. The Town’s use of a variety of online tools – a survey, an interactive mapping tool, social media – as well thousands of postcards and flyers, door-to-door literature distributions in select neighborhoods, and outreach at community events with a commitment to engaging a diversity of voices – through translation, interpreters, and paper questionnaires – resulted in 1,769 survey responses and more than 700 comments about greenways and trail alignments.  Many thanks to all all who participated in this engagement process!

The Council requested that Town staff report back to Town Council in spring 2024 with a description of next steps that would be required for the Town to follow up on this preferred alignment for the Bolin Creek Greenway, including coordination with the Town of Chapel Hill where needed.


Posted October 11, 2023



Posted October 6, 2023

Town of Chapel Hill Announces 2023 Cal Horton Service Award Recipient

At a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 4, Chapel Hill Town Manager Chris Blue announced Richard Terrell as the recipient of the 2023 Cal Horton Service Award. Richard currently serves as Assistant Director in the Public Works department and has been employed with the Town since 1976. With 47 years of service, he is currently the longest-serving Town employee.  

Richard Terrell has served in many roles within Public Works.  He’s been instrumental in major projects in the past 20 years, including the Town Operations Center, Rosemary Street improvements, and the reconstruction of Friday Center Drive. He’s helped with the planning and response for Halloweens, hurricanes, and basketball celebrations. Terrell has also hired, mentored, and encouraged many employees who went on to have distinguished careers themselves. 

Public Works Director Lance Norris nominated Terrell for the award. He highlighted several of his attributes, including his willingness to help others and his care for the community. Norris shared one specific example that occurred during Winter Storm Jonas. “A resident called Public Works because a plow had blocked her car with snow and she was unable to get to her job as a nurse. Richard went to inspect the issue, saw the need, and personally dug her car out of the snow himself.”  

Named for a former Town Manager, the Cal Horton Service Award is the Town’s highest honor.  It’s given to an employee who provides exceptional service to the Town and the community. The employee receives an inscribed glass plaque and a cash stipend. Employees are nominated by their peers and a committee of previous recipients selects the annual award winner. This year, there were fifteen nominees from eleven departments: 

  • Zakia Alam, Business Management
  • Carla Burnette, Technology Solutions
  • Lizzie Burrill, Parks and Recreation
  • Tom Clark, Human Resource Development
  • Nigel Frank, Transit
  • Angela Gerald, Public Housing
  • Judy Johnson, Planning
  • Don Marsh, Parks and Recreation
  • Shanika Nickerson, Transit
  • Derrick Parrish, Public Housing
  • Akalema Pherribo, Transit
  • John Richardson, Sustainability
  • Jeff Stevens, Fire
  • Richard Terrell, Public Works
  • Steve Wright, Community Arts & Culture 

“All of the nominees exemplify our organizational values and are recognized by their peers as providing exceptional service to their colleagues and the community,” Manager Blue said. “I am proud to serve along with all of the nominees and pleased to be able to recognize Richard Terrell as this year’s recipient.” 

The Cal Horton Service Award started in 2007 with funding raised by the community.  The Foundation for a Sustainable Community Inc., a not-for-profit charitable corporation under the auspices of the Chapel Hill–Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, manages the funds.  


100% The Triangle

Image by Arnold Poeschl

For the 100% City series, Rimini Protokoll has traveled the world, working with local citizens to build immersive theater experiences. Now, the German theater group brings its cutting-edge concept to the area we call home.

100% The Triangle features 100 local (non-actor) residents chosen according to the demographics of our region. Over a four-month period, Rimini Protokoll will partner with CPA and Carolina Demography to build a truly representative cross-section of three counties: Wake, Durham, and Orange. Then, in October, the participants will come together for a substantive, human performance that breaks down tired narratives about what North Carolina—and the South—can be. Buy tickets today to witness this one-of-a-kind performance. See your community through a new lens!

TICKETS

General admission tickets available for $32.25. $10 UNC-Chapel Hill student tickets available with valid UNC One Card. Additional discounts available. Limits apply. Visit our FAQ page for details.


October Traffic-Safety Initiatives

The Chapel Hill Police Department is continuing an increased number of pedestrian safety enforcement operations in October. The Guardians of the Hill are asking drivers to be mindful on Halloween, as children head out to trick-or-treat in Chapel Hill neighborhoods.

Scheduled pedestrian safety enforcement operations are in addition to normal patrols. The operations include – but are not limited to – the following dates:

  • Wednesday, October 4, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 11, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 21, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 24, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 26, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change

Aside from school zones, efforts will focus on other areas with heavy pedestrian and bicycle traffic, including downtown, and mid-block crosswalks (ex. along the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Estes Drive corridors).

The Chapel Hill Police Department is also planning at least five speed enforcement operations in October – in addition to normal patrols – with the main goal of improving safety for everyone who shares roads.

  • Tuesday, October 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 11, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 18, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 24, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change

Watch for Trick-or-Treaters on Oct. 31

Drivers should expect to see more children walking around Chapel Hill neighborhoods on October 31. Slow down and be patient while they have fun running from house to house!

Parents should talk with their children about the importance of staying on sidewalks where possible and looking both ways before crossing streets. Make sure costumes are reflective and that they don’t have trailing fabric, which can create tripping hazards. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure they have full visibility, to watch for traffic.

We encourage everyone traveling, regardless of your mode of transportation, to remember that community safety is a shared responsibility.



Carrboro 10K set for Saturday

A Carrboro 10K road race is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. 

Expect traffic delays around this time on N. Greensboro Street and Hillsborough Road. The race begins in front of McDougle Middle School, winds through downtown Carrboro and its neighborhoods, and finishes on the McDougle track. Feel free to cheer on the runners! 

The Carrboro 10K is the second race of the Le Tour de Carrboro race series, sponsored by the Cardinal Track Club.  


Fire Prevention Week in Carrboro

The National Fire Prevention Association has designated Oct. 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week and Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed the observance locally. 

Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department’s core mission includes protecting lives, property and the community from the destructive effects of all hazards. The department uses a multifaceted community risk reduction model to achieve this mission, which includes education, engineering, fire code enforcement, economic incentives and emergency response.

“I encourage all residents to ensure everyone in their home understands the sounds of the smoke alarms and knows how to respond, to make a home fire escape plan, and to ensure their smoke alarms are working and meet the needs of all family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities,” says Mayor Seils. “I also encourage residents to share their appreciation for Carrboro Fire-Rescue’s dedicated first responders and to learn more about the community risk reduction services the department provides.”

Read the proclamation to learn more about the activities, efforts and successes of the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2630/Proclamations-and-Resolutions


Carrboro observes Community Planning Month

The American Planning Association has designated the month of October 2023 as National Community Planning Month, and the Town of Carrboro is on board! Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed the observance locally.

In the past year, the Town’s planning staff has worked to implement Carrboro Connects, focusing on identified priorities while continuing to carry out the regular services provided to the community. These implementation efforts have included:

  • drafting revisions to the Town’s Land Use Ordinance to align the Town’s regulations with identified goals
  • beginning the process of creating a new downtown area plan
  • identifying areas for improvement in the development review process
  • completing a racial equity analysis of the traffic calming process
  • launching the Green Neighborhoods Grant Program
  • expanding transportation demand management grant programming
  • coordinating with NCDOT on roadway and infrastructure improvements to enhance safety and accessibility for pedestrians and people on bicycles, including the completion of resurfacing and restriping projects to add bike lanes on East Main Street and Merritt Mill Road and planning for similar improvements on North Greensboro Street and Jones Ferry Road in the coming year.

The planning staff also hosted and participated in countless community events and conferences to forward the Town’s goals through community engagement and coordination with partners and stakeholders while continuing to implement the Community Climate Action Plan and Bicycle Plan, among many other projects and events.

“I encourage all residents to celebrate the contributions made by the professional planners of Carrboro and our neighboring communities; and to recognize the dedication of the members of our numerous advisory boards and other community members who contribute their time and talents to the improvement of Carrboro,” Mayor Seils said. “Furthermore, I encourage residents to become advocates for and participants in the implementation of our award-winning Carrboro Connects comprehensive plan.”



Carrboro to feature 18th Annual  West End Poetry Festival: Community

The 18th Annual West End Poetry Festival returns, Oct. 19-21, 2023. All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 19 – Luna (307 E. Main St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

  • 5:45-8:00 p.m.  Carrboro Poets Council Feature and Open Mic
    Fred Joiner, Former Carrboro Poet Laureate
      • Gideon Young
      • Chad Knuth
      • Susan Spalt
      • Liza Wolff-Francis, Carrboro Poet Laureate, as MC

Friday, October 20 – The ArtsCenter 
(400 Roberson St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. Youth Workshop with Jaki Shelton Green
  • 7-8 p.m. Carrboro Poet Laureate, Liza Wolff-Francis in poetic conversation with Ina Cariño and Len Lawson
  • 8-8:30 p.m. Open Mic
  • 8:30-9:30 p.m. Wine Reception (cash bar)

Saturday, October 21 –   Carrboro Century Center 
(100 N. Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

  • 10-11:15 a.m. Coffee, biscuits and Poetry in the Round
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Break for lunch. Go explore the many delicious restaurants around downtown Carrboro!
  • 12:45 p.m. Welcome from Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils
  • 1 p.m. Poets Laureate Reading
      • Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis
      • Chapel Hill Poet Laureate Cortland Gilliam
      • Piedmont Poet Laureate Dasan Ahanu
      • Durham Poet Laureate DJ Rogers
      • Charlotte Poet Laureate Jay Ward
      • North Carolina Poet Laureate: Jaki Shelton Green
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m.  Poetry Writing Generative Workshop with Ross White
  • 3:45-4:30 p.m. Coffee and snacks provided
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. New Book Poets Reading
      • Corrie Lynn White
      • Ross White
      • Len Lawson
      • Ina Cariño
      • Jan Harington
  • 5:45 p.m. Light dinner fare provided by Carrburritos
  • 6:45 p.m. Community Poem Reading: We need your words to help create the 2023 Carrboro Community Poem! This year’s theme is COMMUNITY. Submit your words for the 2023 Carrboro Community Poem here.

Saturday, October 21 –   Steel String Brewery 
(106A S. Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

  • 7-9 p.m.  Poetry Slam hosted by Dasan Ahanu

For more information on the events and poets please visit the West End Poetry website: westendpoetryfestival.org

The West End Poetry Festival is sponsored by the Town of Carrboro and is planned by the Carrboro Poets Council (currently comprised of Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis, Gideon Young, Susan Spalt, Jay Bryan, Fred Joiner, Abigail Browning, Chad Knuth and Paul Jones) with the assistance of the staff of Carrboro’s Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department and the support of the Carrboro Arts Committee and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority.



Orange County Board of Commissioners 
Joint Meeting with the Orange County Chiefs’ Association and Work Session Agenda for October 10, 2023

The agenda for the Orange County Board of Commissioners’ joint meeting with the Orange County Fire Chiefs’ Association and work session on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 has been posted to the link below.
https://www.orangecountync.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_10102023-1857   

For a link to each agenda item as a separate file, please use the link below.
http://server3.co.orange.nc.us:8088/WebLink/0/fol/70996/Row1.aspx   
  
The Board of Commissioners is conducting a joint meeting with the Orange County Fire Chiefs’ Association and work session on October 10, 2023. The public is invited to attend the meeting, but there will not be an opportunity for members of the public to speak as the Board does not receive public comments during work sessions. Members of the public may provide written comments by emailing ocbocc@orangecountync.gov.  As in prior meetings, members of the public will be able to view and listen to the meeting via live streaming video at http://www.orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos and on Orange County Gov-TV on channels 1301 or 97.6 (Spectrum Cable). The work session will also be recorded for future television broadcast and reference on the county’s website.

October 10, 2023
Donna S. Baker Meeting Room
Whitted Building
7:00 p.m.
Viewable on the link below  
http://orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos  
 
AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

      1. Recognition of Firefighters for Length of Service – Commissioner Mike Causey, North Carolina Department of Insurance
      2. Service Highlights and Updates
      3. ARPA Funded Radio Replacements and Radio System Improvement Project
      4. Special Operations Team – Technical Large Animal Rescue
      5. Discussion on the County’s Participation in Mayors, Managers, Chair (MMC) Meetings
      6. Greene Tract Community Engagement Proposal
      7. Affordable Housing Advisory Board – Appointment Discussion
      8. Animal Services Advisory Board – Appointment Discussion
      9. Chapel Hill Library Advisory Board – Appointment Discussion
      10. Orange County Parks and Recreation Council – Appointment Discussion
      11. Orange Unified Transportation Board – Appointments Discussion

A Message from Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger

Chapel Hill Community,

Today I am writing to share some really exciting news for Chapel Hill and to provide some updates about some things that will be coming forward for downtown in the near future.

On Wednesday afternoon, I had the tremendous opportunity to join with UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, UNC Director of Economic Development Sheryl Waddell, and community leaders from across the state in cutting the ribbon for the Innovate Carolina Junction in downtown.

Located at 137 East Franklin Street, the Innovate Carolina Junction provides space for local entrepreneurs, research organizations, and industry representatives to come together to turn ideas into realities.   It will also serve as home to community-based organizations like Launch Chapel Hill and Durham Tech’s Small Business office, making it a tremendous resource for our local community.

Getting to this point has been an amazing seven-year journey that has required the Town to invest in a new parking deck (opening spring 2024), new lighting, and other improvements. Together, these have set the stage for further transformation to a more vibrant and welcoming place for all of us– including the addition of three new green spaces, a downtown hotel, and new workforce housing.  

To further support this new downtown ecosystem, UNC will be coming forward with plans to bring their Admissions office to Porthole Alley.  And next week on Tuesday, October 3, at 5:30 p.m., the Town will be hosting a public information meeting for people to learn about proposed plans from Longfellow for a life sciences building proposed for 306 West Franklin Street. 

Both of these projects will be game-changers – bringing year-round jobs and visitors to support local businesses, opening up new opportunities for jobs and internships for students close to campus, and improving sidewalks and public spaces along Franklin Street.   

It’s all exciting, and I’m deeply thankful for all of the energy that so many people have put into bringing this vision forward.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

In gratitude,

Mayor Pam



New Members Needed for OWASA Board of Directors

Apply now to have an impact on your community! The Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) board of directors has open spots for Chapel Hill residents. 

No experience? No problem! Assistance is available to help you be successful.


Movies By Moonlight

Join the Chelsea Theater, and Carolina After Dark on the lawn at Carolina Square for Movies By Moonlight! Enjoy free movie screenings (and popcorn!) under the stars in Downtown Chapel Hill. The first edition will occur on October 28 and 28 with showings of The Blair Witch Project and Shaun of the Dead, respectively. Both showings start at 7:30 p.m.

(Note: both films are rated R)

Saturday, October 28: The Blair Witch Project, 1999

Found video footage tells the tale of three film students (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams) who’ve traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale’s veracity. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises.

Sunday, October 29: Shaun of the Dead, 2004

Shaun is a 30-something loser with a dull, easy existence. When he’s not working at the electronics store, he lives with his slovenly best friend, Ed, in a small flat on the outskirts of London. The only unpredictable element in his life is his girlfriend, Liz, who wishes desperately for Shaun to grow up and be a man. When the town is inexplicably overrun with zombies, Shaun must rise to the occasion and protect both Liz and his mother.


2nd Friday ArtWalk: Acktoberfest

Friday, October 13, 2023 | 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Ackland Art Museum

Free with Food & Drinks Priced a la Carte

Join us for a special Friday the 13th edition of Acktoberfest, our second annual celebration of the arts and tastes of the season. Spend a lighthearted evening kicking off spooky season with friends — look for “haunting” art, take part in mini writing workshops, and sample a selection of ciders and specialty cheeses from local makers.

Food and Drinks
Cheese and art pairings from The Cheese Shop (Carrboro, NC) and ciders on tap from Bull City Ciderworks (Durham, NC), both priced a la carte.

Experimental Writing
Visiting Writer A. Kendra Greene leads three mini writing workshops exploring ideas of shadow texts and erasure at 6, 6:30, and 7 p.m. Drop in to explore ideas of invisibility and the unknown during these interactive sessions. Read an excerpt aloud — if you dare?? — at our outdoor open mic at 7:30 p.m.

Art Exploration
Explore the galleries with guided looking prompts for the spooky season and a chance to see what’s new on view at the Ackland.

Artists’ Books Pop-Up
How do artists represent the invisible? Leaf through a collection of artist-made books from UNC’s Sloane Art Library that explore ideas of invisibility, erasure, and ephemerality.



Posted September 29, 2023

Don’t miss the deadline to sign up for Solarize the Triangle

We are thrilled to announce that we have reached the lowest price tier possible for our group purchase campaign! 80+ neighbors have already gone solar with Solarize the Triangle ’23. And, lots more are in the works! 

Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the unique community campaign for discounted solar. Lock in the price by signing up for a no obligation solar evaluation at www.SolarizeTheTriangle.com before the Sept. 30 deadline.


Celebrate National Drive Electric Week at Carrboro Plaza

Come celebrate National Drive Electric Week with Piedmont Electric Cooperative at Carrboro Plaza (104 NC Highway 54, Carrboro, NC 27510) from 2 – 5 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 29, 2023.

The event will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Carrboro’s second DC fast charger and will also provide attendees with the chance to test drive different models of electric vehicles and electric bicycles. Chapel Hill Transit will provide a ride-along on one of their electric buses. 

Did You Know? 

Piedmont Electric Cooperative was awarded funding from Phases 1 and 2 of the NC Department of Environment Quality Volkswagen Settlement to install two DC Fast-Charging stations at Carrboro Plaza. The Town of Carrboro contributed funding to Piedmont’s matches for both grants, as the projects align with goals to reduce community transportation emissions in the Community Climate Action Plan.

More Information


Frances Shetley Bikeway gets a facelift 

Ooh-la-la! Carrboro’s Frances Shetley Bikeway is looking smooth and pretty after recent repaving work! 

Did you know?  The Town of Carrboro maintains 47.04 miles of roadways comprising of 566 street segments or blocks, 41 miles of sidewalks, and 872 curb ramps throughout the community. The 2023 Street Resurfacing Project is intended to keep streets and curb ramps safe and in good condition for all users, and to make improvements strategically and efficiently to ensure safer and longer-lasting streets and curbs.

Questions? Please contact the Carrboro Public Works Department at (919) 918-7425 or email pworks@townofcarrboro.org


Orange County Elections Office to open Saturday, Oct. 7

The Orange County Board of Elections (208 S. Cameron Street, Hillsborough) will open Saturday, Oct. 7, to accommodate voters who need a voter ID and can’t make it during normal business hours. Voters can also update their registration or register. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Recent changes in state law require voters to show an acceptable photo ID when checking in at their voting site during early voting or on Election Day. Absentee-by-mail voters must include a photocopy of their acceptable photo ID when sending in their ballot. Learn more about the voter ID requirement on the state Board of Elections website.

To obtain a voter ID, voters will complete an ID request form at the Board of Elections office that includes date of birth, name and the last four digits of their Social Security number. Voters may obtain a free ID weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

No appointment is necessary.


Orange County Health Department offers COVID shots, boosters

Orange County Health Department encourages all community members interested in a COVID-19 vaccine to call (919) 245-2400 or visit https://takemyshot.nc.gov to make an appointment. The Health Department offers vaccinations and booster shots at the Whitted Human Services Center (300 W. Tryon Street, Hillsborough) Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Spanish and other languages spoken.

The vaccines are available for all six months and up. They are FREE, safe and effective. Identification and insurance are not required.


Weekly class for individuals with pre-diabetes begins Oct. 27

This program is a 16-week class to help people who have pre-diabetes or who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes make realistic and achievable lifestyle changes that can cut their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 50 percent.

By improving food choices and increasing physical activity, you can lose 5 to 7 percent of your body weight— that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds.

Prizes for participants include exercise tubes, DVDs, fitness trackers, grocery store gift cards, scales and George Foreman grills.

Enrollment Information: The 16-week program starts Friday, Oct. 27, from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. The cost for the program is $25. If you have patients/clients, family members or co-workers with prediabetes who may be interested, please have them contact Renée Kemske at rkemske@orangecountync.gov or call 919-245-2380.

After the 16 weeks, there are follow-up sessions to help participants continue the positive lifestyle changes learned during the program.


Nominations open for Direct Care Worker Awards

Nominations for the eighth annual SHARP Direct Care Worker Awards will be accepted through Oct. 4, 2023. Orange County Department on Aging and the community group, Senior Health Advocacy and Resource Partners of Orange County (SHARP), sponsor the awards.

A recognition ceremony will be held for award winners on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Seymour Center.

This event is in honor of Direct Care Workers (nurse aides, personal care aides, companion caregivers, etc.) who affect their clients’ lives on a daily basis and make a difference in the Orange County community.

“Direct care workers provide crucial hands-on care to our older adults. They are frontline heroes quietly meeting the daily needs of their clients,” said Janice Tyler, director of Orange County Department on Aging. “We want them to know that they are valued and essential to our community; deserving of our support and praise.”

The Department on Aging and SHARP present awards in the following categories: Client Impact, Longevity, Leadership, Going the Extra Mile, and Rising Star. One person will be chosen as the “Direct Care Worker of the Year.”

To be eligible, direct care workers must have served clients in Orange County within the past year. Each person may be nominated in two categories. Nominees must have provided direct care to clients and have at least six consecutive months of service in the past year.

For more information about the awards and to nominate a direct care worker, please complete the online or downloadable nomination form at: www.orangecountync.gov/SHARPAwards.



Annual Africa Fest Comes to Carrboro

The African Studies Center at UNC-Chapel Hill will hold its third Africa Fest on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, from noon to 2 p.m. in collaboration with Weaver Street Market and the Town of Carrboro.

Africa Fest is a celebration of African culture, art, and history. This family event offers an annual immersive opportunity to engage with the rich contemporary cultures of the continent.

This annual event focuses on sharing culture, fostering unity, and celebrating the beauty of diversity. We hope that it will empower our community to celebrate and learn while gaining an enduring appreciation for diversity and inclusivity.

Opening remark by Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils. Food by Weaver Street Market!

Check out Golden Fig next door for bestselling African books.


Racial Equity Index for Orange County Now Available

A dashboard showing at-a-glance views of racial equity within Orange County is now available. 

The dashboard will be used by the four jurisdictions in Orange County in their work to move the community toward increased equity. Information from the dashboard can be used to provide awareness, track disparity, or inform strategies, grant applications or service provision. It contains statistics on public health, education and economic opportunity as well as those related to living conditions, infrastructure and voting. 

The dashboard — https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/2b39cf29bcc644a7898f1474c053fb0e/ — is now available on the Town of Carrboro’s Race and Equity webpage and on the websites of each of the other jurisdictions.

More information
In early 2022, leaders of the four jurisdictions approved a racial equity framework to be used in developing racial equity plans for each jurisdiction. The framework — One Orange Countywide Racial Equity Framework: Catalyst for Moving Forward — uses methodology of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, a national network of government agencies working to advance racial equity. The framework centers on five major parts:

      • Training
      • Community engagement
      • Racial equity index
      • Racial equity assessment lens
      • Evaluation and accountability

A multi-jurisdictional team from Orange County and the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough continues to work together. 

Learn more about the Town of Carrboro’s efforts to advance racial equity at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2535/Race-and-Equity 


Nikiya N. Cherry Named as Parks and Recreation Assistant Director

After a national recruitment effort and a competitive selection process, Parks and Recreation Director Atuya Cornwell has selected Recreation Manager Nikiya (Niki) Cherry to serve as the department’s Assistant Director. Her first day in the new role will be Monday, October 2, 2023.  

As Assistant Director, Cherry will oversee the day-to-day operations of Parks & Recreation, including service provision, facility operations, programming.  She will also lead staff teams within the Business Operations and Recreation divisions. She will support special projects, including community engagement and evaluation efforts. 

“Niki has a passion for what it means to be a parks and recreation professional,” said Cornwell. “I am excited to continue to serve with her as she starts this key role and inspired by the impactful experiences that our department team will create for the community through her leadership.” 

Cherry joined the Town of Chapel Hill as Recreation Manager in 2018.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Fayetteville State University along with childcare development certificates from Durham Technical Community College.  She began her full-time career in parks and recreation as a Recreation Specialist with the City of Durham Parks and Recreation in 2004.    While there, she provided facility management, operations oversight, and program opportunities for residents of all ages. 

Over the last five years, Cherry has managed the delivery of Parks and Recreation’s programming curriculum, teen initiatives, and strategic partnerships.  These partnerships include key collaborations for the Town that expanded afterschool and summer camp enrichment opportunities for youth in Chapel Hill. 

“It has been a rewarding five years building many recreational opportunities for the Chapel Hill community,” said Cherry. “I look forward to continuing those efforts while ensuring everyone is welcomed in our spaces.”  

Niki enjoys spending quality time and traveling with family during her free time, especially with her two teenage daughters, Jada and Jade.   

For more about Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation visit chapelhillparks.org



Orange County Board of Commissioners Business Meeting Agenda for October 3, 2023

The agenda for the Orange County Board of Commissioners’ business meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 has been posted to the link below.
 https://www.orangecountync.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_10032023-1854     

For a link to each agenda item as a separate file, please use the link below.
http://server3.co.orange.nc.us:8088/WebLink/0/fol/70906/Row1.aspx   
  
Business Meeting
October 3, 2023
Donna S. Baker Meeting Room
Whitted Building
7:00 p.m.

Viewable on the link below 
http://orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos 

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

Proclamations/ Resolutions/ Special Presentations
National 4-H Week Proclamation

The Board will consider approval of a proclamation recognizing October 1-7, 2023, as National 4-H Week in Orange County.

National Register Recommendation for Ridge Road School

The Board will consider the Historic Preservation Commission’s (HPC’s) recommendation that the historic property known as the Ridge Road School be recommended to the State Historic Preservation Office for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Regular Agenda
Renewal of Management Services Agreement for the Piedmont Food Processing Center

The Board will consider renewing the two-year Management Services Agreement for Piedmont Food Processing Center.

Reports
2025 Countywide Property Tax Revaluation Update

The Board will receive an overview and update on the 2025 revaluation process:
Consent Agenda
Minutes
Motor Vehicle Property Tax Releases/Refunds
Property Tax Releases/Refunds
Late Applications for Property Tax Exemption/Exclusion
Proclamation for Fire Prevention Week – October 8-14, 2023
Approval of Board of Commissioners Meeting Calendar for Year 2024
Five-Year Lease Extension for Hillsborough Commons
Amendments to the Code of Ordinances Section 18-154. – Parks and Facilities
Approval of Resolution Amending the Orange County FY 2022-2023 HOME Program Design
Resolution Supporting Medicaid Availability Prior to Re-Entry for Incarcerated Individuals
Approval of Proposed Letter to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Supporting Relocation of the 2024 Annual Conference


Chapel Hill Public Library Launches “Right to Read” Initiative to Raise Awareness of Book Banning

Chapel Hill Public Library is taking a stand against book bans and raising awareness of censorship efforts with its new Right to Read initiative. The campaign runs through October and is made possible with support from the Friends of the Library.

Library staff developed the initiative in response to the growing wave of book bans targeting marginalized voices, particularly Black and LGBTQIA+ authors and stories, in public libraries and schools. “The freedom to read is under attack. Libraries across the country and the state face coordinated campaigns to remove books from shelves, dismantle displays, & cancel programs,” said Library Director Susan Brown. “This campaign aims to educate and engage our community about what’s happening and what they can do to voice their concerns.” Brown said the initiative has three parts:

Right to Read Postcard Campaign

The Library has created limited-edition postcards featuring startling statistics about recent book bans in public libraries across the country. We encourage community members to write messages to elected officials, library boards, and school boards, urging them to reject book bans and to send messages of solidarity and support to those targeted by censorship, including librarians, teachers, and authors.

Right to Read Educational Exhibit

Accompanying the postcards is an exhibit that offers a snapshot of book bans happening across the country. It includes information about the most frequently challenged books, statistics about censorship, information about who is challenging books, and ways to get involved to stop book bans.

Right to Read Intellectual Freedom Panel Discussion  

We invite the community to a panel discussion and community conversation on intellectual freedom and the dangers of book bans on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at 1 p.m. in Meeting Room B. Attendees can enjoy B3 Coffee and light refreshments, participate in the conversation, and explore the Right to Read postcard exhibit during the event.

The event will feature a diverse panel of experts, including:

      • Joal Broun, Orange-Chatham District Court Judge
      • Renee Sekel, Deputy Director of Red Wine and Blue NC
      • Gretchen Westman, Morris Grove Elementary School Media Specialist
      • Tracy Fitzmaurice, Jackson County Librarian & Fontana Regional Library Director
      • Graig Meyer, North Carolina State Senator

Two panelists are directly involved with book bans in North Carolina. Sekel works with Red, Wine, and Blue‘s “Freedom to Parent 21st Century Kids” program and frequently attends Wake County School Board meetings to speak out against book bans. Fitzmaurice leads public libraries in Western NC, where multiple book challenges have taken place.

The Library also encourages everyone to read banned books from its extensive collection, including curated lists of books that have been targeted around the state of North Carolina. The Friends of the Library, who made the exhibit possible, have numerous banned books for sale in their online bookstore as well.

Learn more about the initiative, find book lists, links to resources, addresses of elected officials, and more at chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/right-to-read.


Annual Festifall Arts Markets Return to Downtown Chapel Hill for the 50th Year

Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture’s annual Festifall Arts Markets return this October on three consecutive Saturdays. Festifall will take place at 140 West Plaza on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill on October 14, 21, and 28 from 1–6 pm. 

Each week will have a unique selection of more than 30 local artists and artisans, interactive arts experiences, and local performers, as well as food and beer from local favorites. Highlights include:  

This year, Festifall has an official afterparty hosted by Garden Spot, a new downtown outdoor venue behind Lantern restaurant at 421 W. Franklin St. Garden Spot features diverse food and drink entrepreneurs and local music in a cozy, green, and growing space. Each week of Festifall, attendees can head to Garden Spot from 5 to 8 p.m., where they can enter to win prizes while extending the Festifall fun. Garden Spot Program Coordinator Abby Parcell says, “Festifall and Garden Spot have a lot in common, particularly celebrating community and creativity. We’re delighted to partner on an after party that will keep the fall vibes going with delicious food and beverages from local food entrepreneurs and NC brewers.” 

This year marks fifty years of Festifall, a community tradition that has evolved over those many years. Susan Brown, Community Arts & Culture Director, says “We’ve adapted the event based on engagement with downtown businesses and attendees, with the biggest change being the shift to a series of markets over the course of a month. However, one thing that has stayed constant are the great local artists and artisans, live local music, and interesting arts experiences.” 

Every year, Festifall celebrates visual arts, crafts, music, and the Chapel Hill community. This year’s poster, designed by local artist Kelly Schrader, gives a nod to those as well as downtown’s beloved Varsity Theater marquee. Schrader is a local artist, muralist, and community organizer, whose murals can be found across Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. 

We encourage attendees to use Chapel Hill Transit to travel to and from Festifall. Find information about parking in and around downtown Chapel Hill at parkonthehill.com 

For more about the event and Community Arts & Culture, visit chapelhillarts.org and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Community Arts & Culture is a division of the Town of Chapel Hill with a mission to inspire creativity and celebrate community for a better Chapel Hill. 


Coffee with a Cop

Join the Guardians of the Hill for Coffee with a Cop from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Fifth Third Bank (214 W. Franklin St.).

The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the community they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.


Learn More about 306 W. Franklin St. Proposal 

Join staff in-person at Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B (100 Library Drive) or online (limited) for a Public Information Meeting related to 306 W. Franklin St. proposal from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Longfellow Real Estate Partners is applying for a Conditional Zoning District to allow for redevelopment at 306 W. Franklin St. More information can be found at https://chplan.us/CZD-23-7

Public Information Meetings are informal opportunities for community members to learn about the project and share feedback.

This is a limited hybrid meeting. We encourage in-person attendance, but we will offer limited participation via ZOOM. Online participants will be able to watch the meeting and ask questions via the ZOOM chat.


Thanks + Giving Food Truck Rodeo: Call for Non-Profit Organizations & Food Trucks

Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture’s Thanks + Giving Food Truck Rodeo is back! The division is looking for non-profit organizations and food trucks to participate in this year’s event on Sunday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at 1714 Legion Road in Chapel Hill. Space is limited. Applications close on Sunday, Oct. 22.
https://www.chapelhillarts.org/applications/


Posted September 27, 2023


Posted September 21, 2023

The League of Women Voters 2023 Municipal Election Online Nonpartisan Voter Guide

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties (LWVODC) announces the availability of VOTE411.org for the 2023 Municipal Election. The League’s nonpartisan online election resource offers voters a “one-stop shop” for all things election related as they prepare to cast their ballots. There are two Municipal Election Days this fall. Use VOTE411.org to learn which are yours:

Tuesday October 10, early voting starts September 21: 
City of Durham Municipal Primary & Town of Cary Municipal Election.

Tuesday November 7, early voting starts October 19:
Other City and Town Municipal Elections.

Visit VOTE411.org, enter your address and see:

      • Your customized ballot;
      • Candidate profiles and unedited responses to survey questions in the candidate’s words;
      • Where and when to vote;
      • Voter registration status, and more.

“Municipal elections often have low voter turnout, but every election is important,” said Ellen Reckhow, a member of the LWVODC Leadership Team. “Local elections are particularly important, since they have a direct impact on people’s lives.  We encourage everyone to use VOTE411.org to learn more about this important election and make a plan to vote early or on election day.”

VOTE411.org supports the commitment of the League of Women Voters to provide the information voters need to become empowered citizens. From the League’s founding in February 1920, it has been dedicated to the belief that citizens should play a critical role in our democracy.


Posted September 18, 2023

 



Posted September 17, 2023

Town of Chapel Hill Recognized as a Tree City USA Community

The N.C. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry program recently announced that 73 communities, 14 campuses and four utilities have been awarded Tree City USA, Tree Campus Higher Education and Tree Line USA designations for 2022.  As a 2022 Tree City USA recipient, Chapel Hill has met the four core standards of sound urban forestry management which consist of maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.

The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns. “The Town of Chapel Hill is always honored to accept the annual Tree City USA designation given by the Arbor Day Foundation,” says Parks and Recreation Senior Manager of Planning and Park Operations, Kevin Robinson.  “Trees provide so many benefits that include building a strong community as well as reducing costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control.” 

Chapel Hill has a unique pride in the abundance and diversity of trees in its urban forest. Our residents have had a long love affair with trees dating back to 1889 when the Town passed its first tree ordinance. In the 1930s, the Town began its first tree planting program by installing willow oak trees along Franklin Street in the downtown area and around the historic district. In the 1980s, in response to a long history of tree activism, the Town began taking further steps in protecting trees by hiring staff with training in arboriculture and passing new ordinances. In the 1990s, the Town began formally celebrating Arbor Day, joined the Arbor Day Foundation, and became a member of Tree City USA. 

This year the Town will celebrate Arbor Day on November 17 at Chapel Hill Community Center Park.

Visit www.chapelhillparks.org to learn more about the Town’s urban forestry management program. 

To learn more about N.C. Forest Service urban and community forestry programs and services, visit www.ncforestservice.gov/Urban/Urban_Forestry.htm.


Annual Maintenance Closures and Resurfacing Project for Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, Chapel Hill Community Center, Indoor Pool and Gymnasium

As part of an ongoing commitment to providing exceptional service, Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation schedules routine annual maintenance and inspections for our recreation facilities. This supports our mission to create opportunities for inclusive recreational and cultural experiences and nurturing beautiful, sustainable spaces.

      • Mon., Sept. 18 – Sun., Sept. 24: Chapel Hill Community Center, Indoor Pool and Gymnasium closed for annual maintenance.
        Expected reopening on Mon., Sept. 25 at 9 a.m.
      • Thurs., Sept. 21 – Mon., Sept. 25: Northside Gymnasium at the Hargraves Center is scheduled to close for annual maintenance.
        Expected reopening on Tues., Sept. 26 in time for afterschool programs at 2:30 p.m.
      • If you have a gym pass, you can use the Rashkis Elementary School Gymnasium during these closures. See our gymnasium facility web page for gym schedules. 
      • Thurs., Sept. 14: Ephesus Park Pickleball courts closed for resurfacing project.
        Expected 3-4 week closure.
      • We’ve expanded our available times for Pickleball at our Southern Community Park Inline Skate Rink, as well as tennis courts #5 & #6 at Cedar Falls Park to accommodate alternative sites available for pickleball during the resurfacing project.
      • For our Pickleball courts, see our Tennis and Pickleball web page for available times at each of our parks.

For more information about parks and recreation see chapelhilparks.org.


The 2023 Chapel Hill/Carrboro Board of Education Forum will be held on Monday, Oct. 16, but the time to submit your questions is now!

All members of the public are invited to anonymously submit questions until Sept. 25 here. Representatives from the CHCCS PTA Council, our branch’s Education Committee, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Association of Educators and the League of Women Voters will select questions from those submitted.


Carrboro Music Festival to feature 100 shows on Sunday, Oct. 1

On Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023, the Carrboro Music Festival will host 100 acts all over Carrboro, all for free.

One of the largest free music festivals in North Carolina, the festival marks its 26th year. Established in 1998, the festival was originally held on June 21 as an official affiliate of the Fête de la Musique, which is also known as ‘Make Music Day’.

A free show will kick off the Carrboro Music Festival at the Cat’s Cradle backroom on Saturday, Sept. 30 featuring TRUTH CLUB. No tickets are required and all shows are free!

Get the complete list of shows at the festival website or download the festival app. DON’T MISS the hip-hop show beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cat’s Cradle backroom featuring 14 bands!

The Bazaar will also be underway from 1 to 7 p.m. at Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., along with non-profit groups, craft vendors, and food vendors.

This year, the Carrboro Music Festival is featuring free educational workshops starting at 10 a.m. at the Century Center and other locations! These include learning about synthesizers, recording, accordions and more! (some workshops require registration and have limited availability). For more information and to register, please go to https://register1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/nccarrboro.wsc/splash.html and look under “Special Events”. If you don’t have an account, you will need to create one before registering.

Quick links for more information:

To see the music lineup, visit www.carrboromusicfestival.com.  A festival guide and map will be available soon, along with a sortable Excel database to search bands by name, genre, location, and time.  Any changes that occur after the Festival Guide & Map is published will be reflected on the Excel file. 

Download the Carrboro Music Festival phone app.!  The phone app. will be a standalone app. available by searching ‘Carrboro Music Festival’ in your phone’s app. store. 

FREE park & ride shuttle from the Jones Ferry Road Lot. See the Festival Shuttle Map at http://carrboromusicfestival.com/DocumentCenter/View/1493/2022-Carrboro-Music-Festival-Shuttle-Map

There will be limited public parking. Please check the parking map at http://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11225/Carrboro-Parking-Map

Festival Parking, Shuttles and Alternative Transportation

Each year, the festival draws a large number of attendees.  Please consider alternative modes of transportation when accessing the event.

We highly-encourage festival attendees to walk or bike to the venues if possible.  We need to be able to accommodate our performers and allow them to park in designated areas near their respective venues, so public parking may be limited in some lots.  If attending the festival by car, please utilize the FREE park & ride shuttle from the Jones Ferry Road lot.

The Town of Carrboro has partnered with Chapel Hill Transit to provide a free shuttle for festival goers.  The shuttle will run on Sunday from 12 noon to 9 p.m. from the Jones Ferry Road Park & Ride Lot, located just south of the intersection of Old Fayetteville Rd. and Jones Ferry Rd., across from the entrance to Poplar Place Apartment Homes and beside University Lake Rd.

Shuttle service will run approximately every 15-20 minutes and drop-off locations exist near most of the music venues.


Orange County Welcomes New Veteran Services Officer

Orange County Department of Social Services held a reception on September 13th to welcome Jeff McNeill, the new Orange County Veterans Services Officer. 

The Veterans Services Office (VSO) assists veterans, spouses, and dependents in obtaining, retaining, or reinstating: 

      • Burial
      • Compensation
      • Education
      • Insurance
      • Loans
      • Medical Services
      • Pensions
      • Training

Other applicable benefits and services

“I am here to help veterans, their spouses, and their dependents to understand the benefits that they deserve. In my experience, they may not be aware of everything they are entitled to, so my job is to make sure they have the information they need to submit claims and connect to vital services,” said McNeill.

To connect with the Veterans Services Office (VSO) you may reach Jeff McNeill by phone at 919-245-2890 or by email at jmcneill@orangecountync.gov. The Veterans Services Office is located at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough. Walk-in appointments are available on Mondays and Fridays and the office accepts appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Visit www.orangecountync.gov/vso for more information.


Public Information Meeting: Water and Sewer Boundary

The Town of Chapel Hill is considering modifying the Water and Sewer Management, Planning and Boundary Agreement. The proposal is to expand the water and sewer boundary in the southern part of Chapel Hill along the US 15-501 corridor to the Chatham County line. Public Information Meetings will be held on Monday, Sept. 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (on Zoom) and Thursday, Sept. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 800 Market St.

Public Information Meetings are informal opportunities for community members to learn about the project and share feedback at the beginning of the review process. A Town Council Public Hearing will be held at a later date.


Town of Chapel Hill Wins National Communications Awards

The Town of Chapel Hill won two national local government communications awards at the 3CMA (City-County Communications & Marketing Association) Annual Conference. The Town won a Savvy Award, the top prize, in the Digital Interactive – Other Media/Radio/Podcast category for TOWNtalk the Podcast. The Town also won a Silver Circle Award in the Video – One-Time Special category for its 2022 Council Successes Video.  

TOWNtalk the Podcast 

The purpose of this podcast is to help employees, community members, and elected officials get to know the people behind the services of the Town of Chapel Hill.  Give it a listen 

2022 Council Successes Video 

Each year, the Chapel Hill Town Council holds a planning retreat to discuss what it wants to accomplish in the year ahead. It is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year. Thirty-six Town employees provide the faces and voices in the full successes video. Ten other employees assisted with scripting, in addition to the roughly fourteen department heads that shared their list of successes. Watch the Video 


Sign Up to be a Stream Scientist with Stream Team

Sign up by Sept. 19 to be part of Stream Team, a volunteer water quality monitoring initiative. We invite any community member to take part in this program, regardless of scientific background or experience! We want to empower the community by providing folks an opportunity to be stewards of their local waterways. 

Members of the Stream Team will collect data and monitor water quality every three months starting in October. Staff will provide training, equipment, and ongoing support. Staff will use the data that volunteers collect to provide valuable insights into local water health, identify potential problem areas, and inform targeted interventions. 

Interested in joining the Stream Team

Fill out an interest form by 11:59 p.m. on September 19, 2023.   
Volunteers should be 18+ years old or accompanied by an adult who is 18+.    
Staff will let applicants know on September 21 if they’ve been selected to participate. 

To learn more about the program, including which stream sites are available, go to www.townofchapelhill.org/StreamTeam  


Orange County Board of Commissioners Business Meeting Agenda for September 19, 2023

The agenda for the Orange County Board of Commissioners’ business meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 has been posted to the link below.
https://www.orangecountync.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_09192023-1839    

For a link to each agenda item as a separate file, please use the link below.

http://server3.co.orange.nc.us:8088/WebLink/0/fol/70791/Row1.aspx   
  
Business Meeting
September 19, 2023
Donna S. Baker Meeting Room
Whitted Building
7:00 p.m.

Viewable on the link below 
http://orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos 

AGENDA HIGHLIGHT
Proclamations/ Resolutions/ Special Presentations
Presentation of the Schools Safety Task Force Final Report

The Board will receive a presentation on the Schools Safety Task Force Final Report.

Public Hearings
5311 Rural Area Formula Grant and Combined Capital Program (5311-5339) Grant for FY 2024

The Board will:

1)  Conduct a public hearing on the 5311 Administrative grant application and the Combined Capital grant application for FY 2024; and

2)  Approve the Local Share Certification (Attachment 1)

5311 Rural Area Formula Grant and Combined Capital Program (5311-5339) Grant for FY 2025

The Board will:

1)  Conduct a public hearing on the 5311 Administrative grant application and the Combined Capital grant application for FY 2025;

2)  Approve the 5311 Administrative grant application; and

3)  Approve the Program Resolution (Attachment 1) and Local Share Certification (Attachment 2)

Regular Agenda
Orange County NC 54 Multimodal Corridor Study

The Board will consider approval of the NC 54 Multimodal Corridor Study in Orange County.

Reports
Discussion on Potential Amendment to Unified Development Ordinance Regarding Planning Director Analysis & Recommendations on Applications

The Board will receive information from staff and discuss the potential removal of the Planning Director’s recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, as well as possibly the recommendations to the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, as currently required by the Orange County Unified Development Ordinance.

      • Consent Agenda 
      •  Minutes
      •  Amendments to the Orange Unified Transportation (OUT) Board Policies and Procedures
      •  Orange County Transportation Priorities – Amended Resolution
      •  Central Pines Rural Planning Organization Memorandum of Understanding
      •  Boards and Commissions – Appointments

Volunteers needed for 2024 Tax Season

The Orange County Department on Aging – Volunteer Connect 55+ VITA program needs volunteers to assist low and middle-income clients and make a difference in their lives! 

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a free IRS service for eligible clients offered at sites in Orange and Chatham counties. Volunteers are needed in multiple capacities including:

      • Tax Preparers
      • Intake Receptionists
      • Appointment Schedulers

Bilingual volunteer support is welcome at all levels.

VITA is a project of the Orange County Volunteer Connect 55+ program and provides free training for all assignments. Orientation sessions are held in October and the Tax Season starts Feb. 1.

For additional information or to sign up, please call the Orange County VITA Coordinator, Jeanne Chamberlin at 919-245-4240 or by email at jchamberlin@orangecountync.gov.


September is National Suicide Prevention Month

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recognizes the entire month of September as National Suicide Prevention Month: a moment in time in which we rally the public to create awareness of this leading cause of death, and inspire more and more people to learn how they can play a role in their communities in helping to save lives.

The Orange County Health Department has many resources aimed at stopping a loved one from being lost to suicide.

We can all play a pivotal role in preventing suicide by learning to recognize the signs and symptoms:

      • Displaying extreme mood swings
      • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
      • Sleeping too little or too much
      • Talking about being a burden to others
      • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
      • Talking about wanting to die
      • Withdrawing or isolating themselves

View more information about the warning signs of suicide (PDF).


Board of Elections to open Saturday, Oct. 7

The Orange County Board of Elections (208 S. Cameron Street, Hillsborough) will open Saturday, Oct. 7, to accommodate voters who need a voter ID and can’t make it during normal business hours. Voters can also update their registration or register.

To obtain a voter ID, voters will complete an ID request form at the Board of Elections office that includes date of birth, name and the last four digits of their Social Security number.

No appointment is necessary. Click here for more information on the new Voter ID requirement.



ORANGE COUNTY  Commission for the Environment Special Meeting Notice for September 18, 2023

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes §143-318.12, the Commission for the Environment provides notice of the following change to its 2023 meeting calendar.

The Commission for the Environment will hold a special meeting on Monday, September 18, 2023, at 7:00 pm in order to review, discuss, and rank applications for the Community Climate Action Grant.

The special meeting will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams. For information on attending the special meeting, please contact the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation at 919-245-2510.


Chapel Hill Traffic Alerts for Week of September 22

Contractors will perform work at several locations around town next the week of September 22.

Please use caution in the following areas:

Willow Dr. near Estes Dr.

      • Southbound traffic only for the portion between Estes Dr. and mall entrance at Silverspot end
      • Detour to Fordham Blvd.
      • Sept. 19-22
      • 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Country Club near Raleigh St.

      • lane closure
      • Sept. 18-19
      • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ridge Rd. at Avery Hall/Boshamer Stadium

      • lane closure
      • Sept. 18-22
      • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Check Waze or Google Maps for the most up-to-date traffic conditions and be sure to follow detours and posted road signs.

Looking for Traffic News?
Visit townofchapelhill.org/traffic. Did you know that traffic advisories may be sent directly to your email? Visit townofchapelhill.org/signup to sign up and check the box “Traffic Advisories.” For assistance, contact us at info@townofchapelhill.org.


Posted September 14, 2023

Carrboro Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Carrboro is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed nationally from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. 

“I encourage all residents to participate in the month’s events and to learn about and celebrate the lives, history, and contributions of Hispanic people during this month-long celebration and throughout the year,” said Mayor Damon Seils, who has proclaimed the observance in Carrboro. 

According to the 2020 US Census, Hispanic and Latinx people make up approximately 13% of the population of Carrboro, the highest percentage in Orange County. 

Some area events of note: 

      • Saturday, September 16, El Vínculo Hispano will hold La Fiesta de la Herencia Hispana in Siler City, which will feature music and dance, games and activities, arts and crafts and food vendors
      • Sunday, September 17, El Pueblo will hold La Fiesta del Pueblo, a celebration of Latin American culture on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh that will include live music and dance performances, visual and folk art exhibits, educational booths and activities for the whole family
      • September 24, El Futuro will hold its Kermes de la Herencia Hispana in Durham
      • September 30, El Futuro will hold its Fall Fundraiser & Art Auction in Durham
      • Throughout the month, the UNC Carolina Latinx Center is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with the theme “The Latinxverse: El Universo Es Tuyo” and will be sharing a calendar of events online at https://clc.unc.edu/programs/latinx-heritage-month/

This is a great time to recognize the contributions and achievements of Hispanic and Latinx people in the United States, to acknowledge their vital impact both locally and throughout the nation, and to celebrate these communities’ diversity, culture, and traditions. 


Join us for National Clean Up Day in Carrboro! 

We need your help to clean up the town! Meet at the Century Center on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. and join us as we walk through town, removing trash and recycling debris along the way.

Please call to let us know you are attending and remember to dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. 

If you, your family, or group would like to help with the annual cleanup, please contact Galen Poythress at (919) 918-7392 or email jpoythress@carrboronc.gov.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023

Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC 27510


Carrboro recognized for communications excellence 

The Town of Carrboro was recognized nationally this month by the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) Savvy Awards competition. 

The Savvy Awards recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing, and resident-government relationships. Awards were announced at the 3CMA Conference in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 6-8, 2023. 

With more than 875 entries across 38 categories, the Town of Carrboro’s Communication and Engagement Department received third place, earning the Award of Excellence in the category social media campaign. 

 “Welcome to Carrboro” is a social media campaign designed to highlight the unique facets of a small town with beautiful art and photography. Analytics show that people stopped scrolling and connected with images of iconic buildings, events and traditions. The attention-grabbing artwork reflects an inclusive, lively and cohesive community and resonates with the artistic and progressive vibe of Carrboro. Judges said the entry’s “supporting data helped to define the opportunity and show how well it worked.”

3CMA is a national organization dedicated to helping local governments across the U.S. improve their communication and marketing efforts. Their goal is to promote excellence in public sector communications and to support government professionals in effectively informing and engaging their communities. The list of all award winners is available online at 3cma.org.


September community update for the 203 Project

Construction continues on the parking deck of The 203 Project with an early morning concrete pour tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 19.   

This is one of six large pours left for the second level of the parking deck. Roberson Street is expected to be temporarily closed to through-traffic between Maple Avenue Extension and S. Greensboro Street during the hours of 4 and 10 a.m. to accommodate the concrete pumping equipment.  

Crews remain busy with interior construction.  Purple sheathing with a green air barrier is being installed on the exterior of the building which will soon be covered with brick veneer.  

We are coming up on about a year of active construction.  The project is on track to finish next summer.  



Carrboro Planning Department to Host Open Houses

Throughout the next month, the Carrboro Planning, Zoning, & Inspections Department (PZI) will be hosting a series of Open Houses for Carrboro residents:

      • Saturday, September 16:  7 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market 
      • Wednesday, September 20: 8 – 10 a.m. at Carrboro Town Hall (Coffee with a Planner)
      • Monday, October 2: 6 – 8 p.m. at Carrboro Town Hall
      • Saturday, October 7:  7 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market

We will be talking about:

      • Residential and Neighborhood Parking Maximums (Upcoming Town Council Public Hearing – Oct 24)
      • Comprehensive Plan & Implementation
      • Climate Action
      • Opportunities to join the Solarize the Triangle ’23 Campaign
      • Composting Program and Food Waste
      • Carrboro Transportation Planning
      • Public Transit Accessibility
      • Infrastructure Projects
      • Development Review
      • Volunteer opportunities

We would love to chat with you about how these upcoming topics, opportunities, and changes may relate to you and answer any questions you have for planning staff.



Save the Date: Good Neighbor Initiative Community Cookout

You’re invited to the Good Neighbor Initiative Community Cookout, an annual community event and opportunity to build strong, healthy connections between student and non-student residents of neighborhoods surrounding downtown Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and UNC-Chapel Hill. Join us at Hargraves Community Center (216 N. Roberson St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516 ) on Thursday, Sept. 28  at 5:30 p.m.

The event is FREE and open to everyone. There will be FREE FOOD including Al’s Burger Shack and Ben & Jerry’s, music, and games for all ages.

This event is sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Off-Campus Student Life, The Jackson Center, Empowerment, Inc., the Downtown Partnership and many others.


Fall Registration Open for Carrboro Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Resources 

The Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department’s Fall program brochure is now available! Click the image above to learn more.

This includes registration for Youth Basketball and registration for Zumba on Thursdays with Heidi White, a new instructor. Click here to register!


Posted September 12, 2023

Walk to Wellness, a partnership between UNC Get Real & Heel and Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation

Walk to Wellness is a unique exercise program organized by UNC’s Get Real & Heel and Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, inviting cancer patients and survivors to Walk their Way to Wellness on local greenways in Chapel Hill.

Join the program on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. We’ll kick off the series with a welcome event and prizes on Wednesday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m. from the Chapel Hill Community Center and the Bolin Creek Greenway.

This program is appropriate for people who are in treatment or who have completed their treatment for cancer of any type. Each 8-week session will provide survivors an opportunity to improve their cardiovascular fitness through a weekly, low-intensity walking program on local greenways in Chapel Hill. There’s no cost to participate.  You just need to show up!  

Get Real & Heel is an exercise program supported by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program designed to serve cancer patients in North Carolina. It integrates individualized prescriptive exercise administered in small groups to provide a program that supports the physical wellness of cancer survivors. 

For more information and to sign up for Walk to Wellness, register here.

For more information about Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, visit  www.chapelhillparks.org


Racial Equity Commission seeks community input

The Town of Carrboro Racial Equity Commission is seeking community input on ways to enhance race and equity initiatives across the community. 

As the commission digs deeper on this work, it is also keeping in mind the goals of:  

  • addressing fundamental needs 
  • streamlining access to community-based resources
  • promoting community healing 

Please share specific, actionable suggestions at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K55BQTS 

  • Share your feedback via the online survey or drop by Carrboro Town Hall to pick up a paper comment form. All responses will be collected by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. 
  • Questions? Contact Chief Race and Equity Officer Anita Jones-McNair at amcnair@carrboronc.gov  
  • Interested to learn more? Join the Race and Equity Commission at its next meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 108 Bim Street, Carrboro 27510. 

Learn more about the Town of Carrboro’s work to advance Race and Equity at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2535/Race-and-Equity ;

Vision Statement 
The Town of Carrboro envisions being a community where race does not determine outcomes and all have equitable opportunities and resources.  We envision a time when participation in community events, programs and advisory boards represent community demographics.  All will feel safe, secure and know their voice is valued.  We strive to be an inclusive and open-minded organization that has a culture created by its diverse staff, which serves the public through a social (racial) justice lens.


Meet Democratic Mayor and Town Council candidates for Chapel Hill

Thursday, *September 14* @ 6:30 pm and for Carrboro on Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 pm!



Posted September 11, 2023

Support the Chellani Family

Dhruva and Kris Chellani, owners of Classic Carolina, lost their lives in a car accident last week. Our thoughts are with the Chellani family and their Classic Carolina family. Please consider donating to the GoFundMe created for them. The store is currently closed indefinitely.

Dhruva founded Classic Carolina, then named Classic Fashions, on Franklin Street in 1993. They began incorporating more UNC gear in 2012 and have become a fixture for funny Tar Heel shirts and accessories. Kris worked with his father and spearheaded the store’s renovation this year. We also wish Nina, Dhruva’s wife and Kris’s mother, a speedy physical recovery, and we offer her and the rest of the Chellani family and friends our deepest sympathy. We ask the community to rally and show their support during this time.

Support the GoFundMe


Posted September 7, 2023

Traffic Alert: Concrete Pour at 203 Project Scheduled for Friday

An early morning concrete pour is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8 at the 203 Project, the new library and civic building under construction on S. Greensboro Street in Carrboro. 

Work will begin at 4 a.m. and is scheduled to be finished by 10 a.m. All travelers are urged to slow down, be alert, and drive with caution as the work may impact traffic on Roberson Street between Maple Avenue and S. Greensboro Street.

Background

The $42 million development will be the future home of the Orange County Southern Branch Library. The facility will also provide a permanent home for the Orange County Skills Development Center; Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department; WCOM Radio; and performance/multipurpose uses. The 203 Project will provide opportunities for education, art and community connection.

More information:

The Town of Carrboro posts regular updates to the community on the Town website and through social media. Sign up to receive Carrboro Town News updates at https://www.carrboronc.gov/list.aspx 


Twilight Thursdays through September at the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Every Thursday from August 17 to September 28, we’re staying open until 7 p.m. so you can enjoy our display gardens in the evening. Our exhibit hall and Garden Shop will be open, and you’re welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy outdoors.

Each Twilight Thursday this fall, Dogwood Yoga Studio will be hosting Yoga in the Garden from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. (Note that while Twilight Thursdays are free to attend, there is a registration fee for Yoga in the Garden.) Some evenings will feature food trucks and music performances. Check the schedule for more information >

See the following link for more information about events this September at the NCBG .



Posted September 5, 2023

1964 Watts Grill Sit-Ins in Chapel Hill Inducted onto the NC Civil Rights Trail

Chapel Hill N.C. — The Town of Chapel Hill will soon have a new NC Civil Rights Trail marker to be placed outside of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Located on the south side of Chapel Hill, Holy Trinity sits on the property of the former Watts Grill, the last local restaurant to integrate during the Civil Rights movement in 1964.

In early January of 1964, protestors chose Watts Grill as a site for peaceful sit-ins in a broad campaign to require all local businesses to integrate and provide service to African Americans. During three sit-in attempts, staff from the Watts Grill met the protestors with violence, and then the protestors were subsequently arrested by the police for trespassing. Among the protestors were students and professors from UNC and Duke, a Lincoln High School student (Lincoln was the black high school in Chapel Hill at the time), and the president of the NAACP Youth Council. It was not until the Civil Rights Act passed in July of 1964 that Watts Grill became an integrated restaurant as required by the new law.

Quote from Fr. David Hyman, Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church: “When we discovered the history of civil rights protests on this property and the violence perpetrated against the peaceful demonstrators, we were both shocked and compelled. Shocked by the hostility whites felt towards the black community and the proposition of integration. Compelled to lament the painful past in our community (even on this very land) and to prayerfully endeavor for redemption. When the prospect of the NC Civil Rights Trail marker came to our attention, we knew we had to pursue it. We spoke with the landowner, Cathy Wilhelm, and she enthusiastically agreed. I am so proud of our team of parishioners who worked hard to compile the records, tell the story, and present our proposal to The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission.”

The dedication ceremony for the new marker will be on Saturday, September 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church located on 119 US Highway15/501 S, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517. The public is invited to attend.


Posted September 4, 2023

Monday, Sept. 4, is a holiday. Some services will be affected.

Town of Carrboro government offices will be closed Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.

Yard waste typically collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday, September 5 instead.

In Chapel Hill

RESIDENTIAL TRASH will be collected Wednesday, Sept. 6, instead of Monday, Sept. 4. Yard trimmings collection will not be affected.

CURBSIDE RECYCLING will not be collected on Sept. 4. All recycling collection will be delayed by one day this week.

COMMERCIAL TRASH will not be collected Monday, Sept. 4. Collections will be completed by end of week.

ORANGE COUNTY LANDFILL and WASTE AND RECYCLING CENTERS will be closed.

CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY will be closed.

CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will not operate.

PUBLIC HOUSING: Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call (919) 968-2855.

PARKS AND RECREATION: Parks, greenways, trails, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and outdoor park amenities will be open.

Some facilities will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Chapel Hill Community Center and Gymnasium, Northside Gymnasium, AD Clark Pool and Homestead Aquatic Center. Administrative offices, Chapel Hill Community Center Pool, The Hargraves Center, and The Teen Center will be closed Monday, Sept. 4


The Carrboro Town Council will meet for a Special Called Meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.

The Council will then go into a closed session as permitted by General Statue 143-318.11 (a)(6).

Its next regular public meeting will be a Council Work Session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. The Council will hold a discussion about the residential traffic calming process and how it might be simplified. Also, the Council is scheduled to discuss street connectivity and the Town’s Connector Roads Policy. The agenda will be available at https://carrboro.legistar.com/   

Please note that public comment is generally not received nor is Council action taken during work sessions. The Town Council meets at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or can view the livestream YouTube.com/CarrboroNC  OR at https://carrboro.legistar.com/  OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro). 


Put your ideas into action! Apply to serve the Town of Carrboro

The Town of Carrboro is seeking volunteers to provide a fresh perspective on important local issues.

Carrboro local government has various advisory boards and commissions that advise the Town Council on a wide range of issues. We are currently looking to fill vacancies!

When you serve, you become an advocate for the Town of Carrboro, provide feedback to the Council, and help strengthen the community with your unique perspective. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people as you put your ideas into action.

Learn more about the openings available at https://www.carrboronc.gov/228/Advisory-Boards-Commissions


Carrboro Is Lit! Town literature distribution

Good Morning, neighbor! Great company made it fun to walk around Carrboro neighborhoods on Friday morning (Aug. 25, 2023) to distribute Town of Carrboro literature bags — complete with newcomer information, maps, town services, fall events, a “10 Things to Do in Carrboro” brochure, and current engagement topics. We distributed in neighborhoods around Barnes Street and Alabama Avenue.

Have we mentioned something you’re curious to see and receive? Please reach us at communications@carrboronc.gov — and we will provide you with a packet too!

Taking the group selfie here is Police Chief Chris Atack with Town of Carrboro staff members (clockwise) Catherine Lazorko, Anita Jones-McNair, Eve Greene and Duncan Dodson.


Second Friday Art Walk – Sept. 8 

The Second Friday Art Walk around downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill is coming back with participating venues excited to welcome visitors on Friday, Sept. 8. 

Pictured here — At FRANK Gallery located at 370 E. Main St. Suite 130, Carrboro, NC: 
Along with their individual work, R. Scott Horner and Kaidy Lewis are displaying their collaborative pieces. Working together to create paintings is a dynamic process that has been in the works for a little over a year. Learn more at https://www.frankisart.com/exhibits-events/ 


Duke, NCCU to Host Symposium on Historian John Hope Franklin’s ‘From Slavery to Freedom’

 Duke University and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will host a symposium Oct. 24-25 on one of the most definitive and enduring books written about the experience of Black people in America.

Written by John Hope Franklin, a pioneering scholar who taught at both Durham institutions and whose scholarship was key to launching the discipline of African American studies, “From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans,” is still relevant more than 75 years after it was first published.

The symposium, “From Slavery to Freedom: From Durham to the World, Commemorating More than Three-Quarters of a Century of Publication,” will honor the legacy of Franklin (1915-2009) and his seminal work. The two-day event, which is free and open to the public, features panel discussions and receptions on both campuses. Registration is required on the event website.

The symposium will feature leading scholars in history and African American studies from across the United States reflecting on the history of Durham, Duke, NCCU, scholarship in the Jim Crow South, the legacies of Black historiography and the telling of a more inclusive American history.

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and African American Studies at Harvard University and co-editor of the current edition of “From Slavery to Freedom,” will deliver the keynote address Oct. 25 at Duke.

The first day of the symposium will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the NCCU Student Center, 500 Nelson St., in Durham, followed by an evening reception and panel from 6:30 to 9 p.m. titled, “Reflections on John Hope Franklin: Mentor, Teacher and Scholar” in the same location.

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the symposium will move to the Gothic Reading Room of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library on Duke’s West Campus, with panels from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and a concluding reception afterwards.

A traveling exhibition, “John Hope Franklin: Imprint of American Scholar,” curated by the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History & Culture at Duke, will be on display at both venues.

Published in 1947, “From Slavery to Freedom” traces the story of Black Americans, starting from their ancestral roots in Africa through the centuries of enslavement in the Western world, to their place and contributions in modern America.

The book, in its 10th edition, has endured as an authoritative work of history, written by one of its most respected practitioners. Franklin originally wrote the book while a professor of history at NCCU. But he continued updating and working on it throughout his life, even after he came out of retirement to serve as the James B. Duke Professor of History at Duke from 1982 to 1985. Franklin was also professor of legal history at the Duke School of Law (1985-1992) and professor emeritus of history (1985-2009).


September Traffic-Safety Initiatives

The Chapel Hill Police Department is continuing an increased number of pedestrian safety enforcement operations in September as students adjust to their back-to-school routines.

Scheduled pedestrian safety enforcement operations are in addition to normal patrols. The operations include – but are not limited to – the following dates:

      • Friday, September 1, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      • Monday, September 4, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      • Wednesday, September 6, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      • Tuesday, September 12, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Monday, September 18, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Wednesday, September 20, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      • Tuesday, September 26, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change

Aside from school zones, efforts will focus on other areas with heavy pedestrian and bicycle traffic, including downtown, and mid-block crosswalks (ex. along the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Estes Drive corridors).

The Chapel Hill Police Department is also planning at least six speed enforcement operations in September – in addition to normal patrols – with the main goal of improving safety for everyone who shares roads.

      • Tuesday, September 5, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
      • Tuesday, September 12, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Thursday, September 14, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
      • Monday, September 18, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
      • Tuesday, September 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      • Wednesday: September 27, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change

Back-to-School Driving Safety

 We encourage drivers who are passing through school zones to slow down, be vigilant, and be patient as students, parents, and school staff settle into new routines. Drivers should consider leaving home early to account for any delays on their way to school, work, or appointments.

      • Know when to stop for buses that are loading or unloading children.
      • Be on the lookout for school zone signals.
      • When entering a school zone, slow down and obey all traffic laws.
      • Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.
      • Never pass other vehicles while driving in a school zone.
      • Watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, in school parking lots, etc.
      • Avoid using a cell phone unless it is completely hands-free.
      • Unless licensed to do so, never use handicap or emergency vehicle lanes or spaces to drop off or pick up children at school.

The Town will utilize its variable message sign (VMS) boards throughout Town to alert people driving of the events as well as encouraging them to limit distractions and watch out for people walking and people riding their bikes.

We encourage everyone traveling, regardless of your mode of transportation, to remember that community safety is a shared responsibility


Dribble for Victory against Childhood Cancer with Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation and Carolina Athletics

On Sept. 10 at UNC’s Carmichael Arena, join Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation as we team up with Carolina Athletics, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) and the V Foundation for Cancer Research to Dribble for Victory Over Cancer. For the second year in a row, Dribble for Victory will welcome hundreds of individuals, families, clubs, and teams to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation is a Three Point Sponsor, supporting the event by actively promoting the opportunity to our patrons and residents. “It’s a perfect fit for us,” says Parks and Recreation Director Atuya Cornwell, “having the opportunity to inspire and build community around this important cause.”  Proceeds from the event will support pediatric cancer research conducted at the UNC Children’s Research Institute through the Dick Vitale Fund for Pediatric Cancer, a specialized grant fund at the V Foundation.

The event starts at Carmichael Arena on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus.  This is a peer-to-peer fundraising event where participants dribble basketballs through campus with the UNC Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams while raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. at Carmichael Arena 310 South Road, Chapel Hill.  The welcome ceremony  will start at 11 a.m., and the Dribble for Victory Over Cancer will start at 11:15 a.m.

“We are fighting for the future of kids with cancer and hope to ignite the Tar Heel community to engage with us,” said Jeri Wilson, Executive Director for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.  The Foundation pioneered this event before partnering with the V Foundation to expand the program in 2021. “Together, we can fund research that could lead to the next breakthrough in pediatric cancer treatment,” Jeri said.

For more information and to register for Dribble for Victory, click here.


Orange County Board of Commissioners Business Meeting Agenda for September 5, 2023

The agenda for the Orange County Board of Commissioners’ business meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 has been posted to the link below.   
https://www.orangecountync.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_09052023-1821   

For a link to each agenda item as a separate file, please use the link below.
http://server3.co.orange.nc.us:8088/WebLink/0/fol/70642/Row1.aspx   

Business Meeting
September 5, 2023
Donna S. Baker Meeting Room
Whitted Building
7:00 p.m.

Viewable on the link below 
http://orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos 

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

      1.  Proclamations/ Resolutions/ Special Presentations 
      2. Orange County Preparedness Month Proclamation
        The Board will consider approval of a proclamation declaring September 2023 as “Orange County Preparedness Month”

        Public Hearings
         
      3.  Public Hearing on 2022 Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER) for the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program
        The Board will conduct a public hearing on the draft Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER) for the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program.

        Reports
         
      4.  Draft Orange County Climate Action Plan and Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report
        The Board will receive the draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory report from Bluestrike Environmental Consulting.
         
      5. Consent Agenda 
      •  Minutes
      • Motor Vehicle Property Tax Releases/Refunds
      • Property Tax Releases/Refunds
      • Late Applications for Property Tax Exemption/Exclusion
      • Tax Collector’s Annual Settlement for Fiscal Year 2022-23
      • Approval of Contract with Analytical Consultants, Inc. for Appraisal Assistance for 2025 Revaluation
      • Relief from Collecting Property Tax and Fee Debts
      • Relief from Collecting Emergency Management Service Ambulance Bill Debts
      • Fiscal Year 2023-24 Budget Amendment #1 and Amendment to Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget
      • Marketing Communications Management Agreement with Clean, Inc.
      • Amendment to Professional Services Contract with Clarion Associates to Develop a Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and Approval of Budget Amendment #1-A
      • Amendments to the Planning Board’s Rules of Procedure
      • Orange County Transportation Multimodal Plan and Short Range Transit Plan, and Approval of Budget Amendment #1-B
      • Orange County Sidewalk Maintenance Agreement
      • Approval for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools to Lease Space at 521 S. Greensboro Street (Sheryl-Mar Building)
      • Ratification of Signature for Duke Energy Easement Associated with the Orange County Emergency Services Station in Efland
      • Amendment to the Code of Ordinances – Personnel
      • Approval of the Essential Single-Family Rehab 2023 (ESFR23) Assistance Policy and the Procurement and Disbursement Policy for the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA)
      • Approval of the Urgent Repair Program 2023 (URP23) Assistance Policy and the Procurement and Disbursement Policy for the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA)
      • Proposed Emergency Medical Services Fee Changes for South Orange Rescue Squad, Orange County EMS, and North State Medical Transport
      • Proclamation Recognizing Orange Grove Fire Department’s 50th Anniversary
      • Proposed Naming of Bench at Occaneechi Village for John Blackfeather Jeffries
      • Change in BOCC Meeting Schedule for 2023

Chapel Hill Transit is seeking public input for the design of North-South Bus Rapid Transit (NSBRT) stations.

There are two options for input: open workshops or focus groups. Both aim to answer what transit users want or need in a station and what makes a station comfortable or easier to use. Focus groups are for community members with a particular passion for targeted topics: access and mobility, multimodal connections, or land use and economic development.

Workshops and focus groups are open to all, interactive, and child-friendly. Food and refreshments are provided.

Public Input Sessions

      • Tuesday, Sept. 5, 6–8 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library Mtg Room A, 100 Library Drive
      • Wednesday, Sept. 6, 12–2 p.m. Lumina Theater, 620 Market St.
      • Thursday, Sept. 7, 6–8 p.m. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St.

Focus Groups, all in Chapel Hill Public Library Mtg Room A, 100 Library Drive

      • Tuesday, Sept 5, 2:30–3:30 p.m.: Access & Mobility
      • Tuesday, Sept. 5, 4–5 p.m.: Multimodal Connections
      • Wednesday, Sept. 6, 4–5 p.m.: Land Use & Economic Development

Live at Legion: Free Community Concert 

Save the date for “Live at Legion,” a free community concert, on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 1714 Legion Road.

The concert will feature Mix Tape Grab Bag, a local supergroup of musicians from across the Triangle. In addition to live music, the event will have food and drink for sale from a variety of local vendors. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and dancing shoes.

Food and drink from local vendors includes authentic African cuisine from Yagg Sii Tenn, Cajun treats from Baton Rouge Cuisine, and Maple View Ice Cream. Carolina Brewery will have many of their signature beers on tap and Boro Beverage will bring kombucha and other non-alcoholic options.

While Legion Road offers plenty of parking, we encourage carpooling, cycling, and riding Chapel Hill Transit. The event is served by Chapel Hill Transit’s D Route, which makes its last stop at Legion Road at 7:45 p.m.


The Future of Work Series

Innovate Carolina will host The Future of Work Signature Series at the Innovation Junction (136 E. Rosemary St.), starting September 7 at 5 p.m. This event will focus on “Talent, Technology, and Trends”.


Save the date for Touchdown(Town)!

Starting September 16, there will be family-friendly activities on the lawn near Carolina Square (133 W. Franklin St.) and Granville Towers on select home football game days. There will be lawn games, foodtrucks, music, vendors, and other activities. And it’s all free! Touchdown(Town) will take place on the following dates: September 16, October 7, November 4, and November 11. Start times are subject to kickoff times.


Poetry Reading at Epilogue

Join Epilogue for a poetry reading with Anne Myles and Natasha Sajé at 7 pm on September 12 in Prologue. Admission is free but grab a ticket below to let them know you’re coming. 


Bolin Creek pedestrian bridge slated for reopening with temporary support structure

Carrboro Public Works plans to begin work on Tuesday, Sept. 5, to make temporary repairs to a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that was damaged by a fallen tree during an August storm. The bridge crosses Bolin Creek off Homestead Road near Chapel Hill High School. 

Town staff met with structural engineers on the site of the damaged bridge to develop an engineered repair plan.  As recommended by consulting engineers, the Public Works team will build a temporary support timber cribbing system to support the damaged bridge. 

The Town is moving as quickly as possible so the bridge can be opened to pedestrian and bicycle traffic by Sept. 18. 

The temporary support will stay in place until a permanent solution is in place.  The original cost of the bridge was $489,000 including the abutment work and piers. 


Orange County to host event on hearing and aging

The Orange County Department on Aging and the Project EngAGE Mental Wellness Senior Resource Team invite the public to attend a presentation, “Aging and the Five Senses: Hearing,” on September 14.

Did you know that hearing loss is one of the most significant changes in our five senses when it comes to aging? If left untreated, hearing loss can lead to an increased risk for cognitive decline. Join Patricia Johnson, Audiologist with UNC Hearing Communication Center, as we normalize this adjustment and discuss the important topic of how our hearing changes as we age! 

We’ll focus on types of hearing loss such as presbycusis, tinnitus, and conductive hearing loss. We’ll also discuss risk factors, impacts of hearing loss and the connection between hearing and brain health, prevention and health management, and local options. 

The event is hosted by Project EngAGE Mental Wellness Senior Resource team, and will take place on Thu., Sep 14, from 4 – 5:30 pm at the Seymour Center located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. 

Please register by Wed, Sep 13, with the Seymour Center front desk at 919-968-2070.  

For more information, please contact Lydia Arnold at larnold@orangecountync.gov or 919-245-4276.


Animal Services offers grant program for animal welfare initiatives

Orange County Animal Services is offering The Pat Sanford Animal Welfare Grant, a program to support animal welfare initiatives and projects in Orange County, thanks to a generous donation from Friends of Orange County Animal Shelter for that purpose. This is the eighth year the award has been offered, and it will be awarded for initiatives up to $500. Applications must be received by Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023.

The grant can be used for a wide range of pilot or seed projects or to supplement other programs, projects, and grants which support companion animals, including those animals used in recreation or therapy. It is available to individuals, groups, and organizations and although the recipients do not have to live in Orange County, the funds must be used to aid animal welfare efforts in Orange County. Past recipients include Hope Animal Rescue, Independent Animal Rescue, NC Therapeutic Riding Center, Pet Pals, Trestle Leaf Web Design, Carolina Boxer Rescue, Our Wild Neighbors and Meals on Wheels of Orange County.

The program honors Pat Sanford, former Executive Director of the Animal Protection Society of Orange County (APS). Sanford served there for 17 years, where she pushed for spay/neuter to combat the county’s pet overpopulation problem and helped expand the APS twice. After her retirement in 2002, Sanford continued her work for Orange County animals and served on the county’s Animal Services Advisory Board for several years.

Ms. Sanford’s accomplishments are vast and her contributions helped Orange County become one of the leading counties in the state and country for animal placement, recovery, and overall well-being. The grants awarded in her honor will support efforts that exemplify the same dedication and commitment to animal welfare in Orange County. The initial donation will sustain the program for a 10-year period. Additional donations are welcomed to increase the annual award amount and to extend the period in which the grant is awarded. 

For more information on the grant, to find the application, and to find out more about giving opportunities for this program, visit www.orangecountync.gov/368/Pat-Sanford-Animal-Welfare-Award.



Department on Aging to launch caregiver respite program

Orange County Department on Aging announces the expansion of their Aging Transitions support services for caregivers and persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Aging Transitions will launch “R Place” a robust social engagement program based on the Respite for All model that runs on volunteer-power.

Volunteers, friends living with dementia and their caregivers will have the opportunity to recharge, reconnect and recreate once a week. R Place is exactly that … “our place” to come together in community to provide a judgment-free environment for socialization and mental stimulation where all can thrive and caregivers are provided a much-needed respite. 

R Place takes place every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Seymour Center (2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill). The program is free with a suggested donation of $20 per day. Enrollment is required, as space is limited to 14 participants.

In addition to the weekly respite care program, in-home assessments and consultations are available to care partners dealing with behavioral, activity and/or safety challenges. Aging Transitions also offers various Memory Cafés, support groups for caregivers and training for those who provide paid caregiving services. Referrals for direct services can be made through the Aging Helpline at 919.968.2087.

R Place is part of a larger network of respite programs adopting a successful volunteer-based model of care promoted by the Respite for All Foundation (RFA) to support individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia as well as their caregivers. To learn more about RFA, please visit www.respiteforall.org.


Carrboro begins town manager recruitment process

The Town Council has authorized commencement of the recruitment process for a new town manager.

The Carrboro Town Council held a closed session on Thursday, Aug. 31, to discuss the recruitment process to fill the upcoming town manager vacancy. Next week, the Town of Carrboro will issue a request for proposals seeking an executive recruitment firm to conduct the town manager search. Once a firm is selected, the national search is anticipated to last until early spring 2024. The posting will be published at https://www.carrboronc.gov/bids.aspx 

The Council has appointed Assistant Town Manager Marie Parker to serve as interim town manager starting on Nov. 4. Parker comes to Carrboro from the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority (CFPTA) in Wilmington, N.C.  She was formerly general manager at GoRaleigh, prior to her advancement to CFPTA.  https://www.carrboronc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2380 

Town Manager Richard J. White III announced last month https://www.carrboronc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2491 that he will be leaving the Town of Carrboro to assume a position as deputy city manager with the City of Salisbury, N.C. His last day with the Town of Carrboro will be Nov. 3. 

The Town Council has expressed its gratitude for White’s leadership and contributions to the community. 

More information: 

      • Manager’s Office — Carrboro has a council-manager form of government. The seven council members, including the mayor, are elected. The Council appoints the town manager. Each has a different set of responsibilities. The Council sets policies: the Town Manager and his/her staff carry them out. As a professional administrator, the Town Manager coordinates all day-to-day operations and administration of about 200 employees and an annual total budget of $81 million.
      • For more information, contact Communication & Engagement Director Catherine Lazorko at clazorko@carrboronc.gov 


Posted September 1, 2023


Posted August 23, 2023

Message from Mayor Damon Seils 

Today I write with excitement about the promise of completing Carrboro’s network of greenways, and with an invitation to participate in a community survey at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2869/Bolin-Creek-Greenway-Engagement-Survey 

For many years, Carrboro residents have supported improvements to our network of sidewalks, bikeways, and greenways to better connect our neighborhoods with each other and to schools and jobs, parks, civic and social opportunities, and our downtown. Together with our significant investments in the fare-free Chapel Hill Transit system, these improvements provide more options for more people for recreation and mobility throughout the community.

We’re making progress, slowly but steadily:

      • Since the Bolin Creek Greenway concept plan was approved in 2009, we have completed two phases of the project. The Wilson Park Multi-use Path connects Wilson Park and nearby neighborhoods, Estes Drive, Estes Park Apartments, and the walking trails of the Adams Tract. The Homestead Road–Chapel Hill High School Multi-use Path connects the Winmore and Claremont neighborhoods to Chapel Hill High School, Smith Middle School, and Seawell Elementary School .
      • Since the Morgan Creek Greenway concept plan was approved in 2010, design of the first phase is nearly finished. This phase will connect the Berryhill and Canterbury  neighborhoods to Smith Level Road and planned greenway segments in Chapel Hill. Future phases will connect to neighborhoods near Jones Ferry Road, University Lake, and Carrboro High School.
      • The first segment of the Jones Creek Greenway was completed in 2011 from the future Twin Creeks (Moniese Nomp) Park to Morris Grove Elementary. Construction of the short connection to the Ballentine, Legends at Lake Hogan, and Lake Hogan Farms neighborhoods is expected to begin next year. Future phases will connect to the Fox Meadow and Winmore neighborhoods.

Now we need your help with a survey about the remaining phases of the Bolin Creek Greenway. Your input at this early stage will help the Town plan and design these phases, address engineering and environmental details, and secure federal funding and other grants to make the project a reality. While this public engagement is occurring, staff are reviewing the alternative greenway options in the concept plan for any technical or regulatory challenges.

Your survey responses will be considered along with previous public input, technical and scientific findings from professional field investigations, and the updated technical and regulatory review .

As you respond to the survey, I encourage you to think about how you and your neighbors use the greenways in Carrboro and Chapel Hill today. How do you envision using them in the future? What are the opportunities for connections and destinations? How can a complete greenway network support our recreational, transportation, environmental, and health goals as a community?

Your responses are important to us. Please learn more about the Bolin Creek Greenway concept plan at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2762/Bolin-Creek-Greenway  and share your thoughts through the online survey at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2869/Bolin-Creek-Greenway-Engagement-Survey  

Wishing you a happy summer,

Mayor Damon Seils


A Message from Mayor Pam Hemminger

It’s hard to believe that UNC students are back on campus and that our K – 12 youngsters will be headed back to school next week.  I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable summer.

Late last week, the Town shared out information about several roadway closures which are necessary to complete work on sidewalk, bikeway, and stormwater projects throughout town.  Knowing that many people are still transitioning from summer vacation and into the busy-ness of fall, I wanted to reach out and make sure everyone has information on the work being done and how best to get where you need to go.

To begin with, I want you all to know that both Town Council and our staff recognize that detours are inconvenient and that they can be frustrating – especially for those living in areas that have been “under construction” for a while now.    To the greatest extent possible, the Town works hard to coordinate efforts between various construction companies, utilities, NCDOT, and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools to keep the work on track, allow for work to happen in parallel whenever possible, and keep everyone informed when changes occur.

Of course, even the best plans can be subject to unforeseen circumstances such as the weather or things that are out of our hands like the availability of labor and supplies or the timelines of our collaborative partners.  When those things happen, we will keep you informed and ask for your understanding.

In the coming months, the following projects – which align with our Complete Community and Vision Zero goals – will be underway:

East Rosemary Street from the South Colombia/Rosemary parking lot entrance to the Wallace Parking Deck entrance

  • Crews will begin a new phase of the parking deck construction included in the East Rosemary Redevelopment Project
  • Road is expected to re-open in Spring 2024
  • Detour notes:
    • Franklin Street is a simple detour.  Colombia and Henderson Streets can also be used.
    • The Rosemary/Colombia parking lot and Wallace Parking Deck will remain open.
    • A sidewalk along East Rosemary Street will remain open for pedestrians.

Ephesus Church Road between Fordham Blvd and South Elliott Road

  • The Town of Chapel Hill and the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) are working together to replace an older stormwater pipe with a newer and larger one under Ephesus Church Road.
  • Work should be completed in approximately 2 months, with an anticipated road re-opening date in October.
  • Detour notes: The brand-new S. Elliott Road Extension will allow drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to easily navigate around the closure.

Northbound lane closure on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd near Estes Drive

  • Crews will be working on the sidewalk between the YMCA and Shadowood Apartments driveways.
  • This work is part of the Estes Drive Connectivity Project and is NOT expected to affect the Winter 2023/24 completion schedule.
  • Detour notes:
    • Drivers who are leaving Town and heading to I-40 should use Fordham Boulevard or Highway 54 to avoid slowdowns on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    • People who travel north on MLK to turn onto Estes will need to allow more time to get to school.
    • Chapel Hill Transit riders will find that the bus stop serving the YMCA will move south, near the Airport Road crosswalk.

Homestead Road between Seawell School Road and Weaver Dairy Road Extension

  • Crews will be constructing a sidewalk to provide multi-modal accessibility.
  • The Homestead Road Connectivity Project is expected to end in Summer 2024.
  • Detour Notes:  There will be occasional lane closures between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., but two-way traffic will be maintained.

Already I am seeing people enjoying parts of the Estes Drive improvements and hearing from folks who are pleased that Homestead Road will have new sidewalks too.

As this work continues, please stay informed using Waze or Google Maps for the most up-to-date traffic conditions and be sure to follow detours and posted road signs.  You can also stay abreast of our progress and any changes by following the Town on social media or subscribing to our weekly updates


Photo ID Required to Vote in Any Upcoming Election

On April 28, 2023, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed an injunction against implementation of photo ID legislation. As a result, photo ID laws enacted in 2018 and 2019 will be implemented moving forward, starting with the municipal elections in September, October, and November 2023.

To learn more about acceptable forms of identification, how to get a free photo ID and much more, visit: https://www.orangecountync.gov/2143/Photo-ID–REQUIRED-for-Voting


Safety First: Essential Back-to-School Traffic Tips

 

As summer vacation draws to a close, the Chapel Hill Police Department is sharing an urgent traffic safety message: slow down and watch for students heading to and from school. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools students return on Monday.

“Drivers carry the great responsibility of safely sharing our roads,” said Captain Todd Harris, of the Chapel Hill Police Traffic Unit. “Slow down, put the phone down, and just focus on the road. The texts, emails, and calls can wait.”

Officers will conduct back-to-school traffic safety initiatives during the first weeks of school. Drivers should leave home earlier to prepare for any delays on their way to work, school, or appointments.

Walking to School

  • Pick the safest route, use it each time, and don’t use shortcuts
  • Walk with other students and families, there is strength in numbers
  • Learn traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings
  • Use designated crosswalks and look both ways before crossing the street
  • Always walk, never run across intersections
  • Never get into a vehicle with anyone without a parent or guardian’s permission

Biking to School

  • Make sure your school allows bikes
  • Always wear a helmet that fits well
  • Choose the safest route and follow the rules of the road
  • Ride with other students if possible

Riding the Bus

  • Arrive at the bus stop a few minutes early
  • Stay out of the street and pay attention to surroundings
  • Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting on or off
  • Stay seated and keep your head and arms inside the bus at all times
  • Do not distract the bus driver

“Together we can all work to make sure everyone in our community has a safe and healthy start to the new school year,” Capt. Harris said.

Vision Zero

In October of 2021, Chapel Hill’s Town Council adopted a Vision Zero Resolution, which states that traffic injuries and deaths are not inevitable “accidents” but preventable crashes. The Town committed to eliminating all transportation and mobility related deaths and serious injuries by 2031. This will be achieved through a comprehensive and holistic approach to designing safe roadway systems for all users no matter how they choose to move throughout the community.


Plan Ahead: Significant Road Projects Begin Next Week

Update (8/18/2023): This news release has been updated to reflect a new start date for the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. lane closure (August 23) and to add a third road project beginning next week on Ephesus Church Road.

Next week, three separate and significant road projects are scheduled to begin in Chapel Hill:

  • A six-month road closure on E. Rosemary Street near Columbia Street
  • A three-month lane closure on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Estes Drive
  • A two-month closure on Ephesus Church Road between Fordham Blvd. and S. Elliott Road 

The Town of Chapel Hill and contractors for each project are taking steps to navigate drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians around the affected areas and maintain safe accessibility for pedestrians, which is a key part of the Town’s Vision Zero commitment.

Check Waze or Google Maps for the most up-to-date traffic conditions and be sure to follow detours and posted road signs.

Rosemary Street Temporarily Closing to Thru Traffic

As soon as August 21, a contractor for the Town will close E. Rosemary Street from the entrance of the Rosemary/Columbia Lot to the entrance of the Wallace Deck. The closure will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week for about six months.

The nearest detours for drivers are Columbia, Franklin, and Henderson streets.

A sidewalk along the East Rosemary Street closure will remain open to pedestrians; however, there will be times when the contractor will briefly pause pedestrian traffic to move equipment. There will be a marked pedestrian detour around the project, which will provide ADA accessibility.

The Rosemary/Columbia Street Lot and the Wallace Deck will remain open. The Rosemary/Columbia Street Lot will be accessible from Columbia Street. The Wallace Deck will be accessible from Henderson Street.

For more information about the East Rosemary Redevelopment Project, visit townofchapelhill.org/rosemary-project.

Northbound Lane Closure on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Near Estes Dr.

On August 23, contractors for the Estes Drive Connectivity Project and the Aura development will start work on the sidewalk between the YMCA and Shadowood Apartments driveways.

To do this work safely and efficiently, contractors will close the northbound outside travel lane to vehicle traffic. The lane will be converted to a protected pedestrian walkway to create space for pedestrians to safely move around the sidewalk closure.

The Chapel Hill Transit bus stop serving YMCA will move south, near the Airport Road crosswalk. Consider using Chapel Hill Transit as an alternate to driving during the lane closure.

This work supports the Town’s commitment to Vision Zero by providing a safe and convenient pedestrian detour through the construction. Vision Zero is the town-wide guiding principle for transportation, planning, the design of streets and sidewalks, the maintenance of public rights-of-way, and traffic enforcement.

Many of the improvements in the Estes Dr. Connectivity Project will enhance the Town of Chapel Hill’s efforts to increase safety on local roads for those who walk, bike, or roll. For more information about this project, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/estes.

For weekly project and construction updates, join the Estes Drive Connectivity project listserv: https://chplan.us/30y4kjd

Ephesus Church Road Closing for Stormwater Pipe Replacement 

As soon as August 21, Ephesus Church Road will close between Legion Road and S. Elliott Road.   

The Town of Chapel Hill and the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) are working together to replace a stormwater pipe under Ephesus Church Road. This work is expected to be complete by late October.  

The new S. Elliott Road Extension provides a convenient detour for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to navigate around the closure. 


Carrboro to unveil new Truth Plaque

The public is invited to the official unveiling of the Town of Carrboro Truth Plaque for the Strayhorn House at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. 

The plaque will be placed in front of the house at 109 Jones Ferry Road. Nearby parking is available nearby off Laurel Street. 

The home is one of Carrboro’s most historically significant structures. The home was built around 1879 by Toney and Nellie Strayhorn, who were both former slaves. Home to five generations of the Strayhorn name, the house stands as a testament to one Black family’s success in the midst of racial violence that consumed Orange County during Reconstruction. 

The truth plaque will educate readers on their journey, which included buying 30 acres of property and building a one-room log cabin in 1879. Since then, the house has been upgraded and the great-granddaughter of Toney and Nelly, Dolores Clark, still owns the house. 

Learn more by reading the full news flash about the Truth Plaque for the Strayhorn House.


Property Site Letters are Not Related to Recently Mailed Tax Bills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County residents have reported receiving a letter from a California company called Property Site offering to sell a Property Assessment Profile. These letters are a commercial solicitation and are not related to the Orange County tax bills that were recently mailed. All the information the company offers is available for free on the Orange County tax website at: https://www.orangecountync.gov/728/Tax-Administration

Examples of the letters as well as an example Orange County Tax bill are shown above.


Carrboro In Motion Returns

Carrboro In Motion rolled into Carolina Apartments off Hwy 54 in Carrboro on Saturday, August 19, filling the parking lot with music, dance and Zumba!

 We enjoy meeting new and longtime residents! Folks from the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department; Carrboro Police Department; Planning, Zoning and Inspections Department; Communication and Engagement Department; and Chapel Hill Transit handed out popsicles on this sunny afternoon along with services information, newcomer materials, environmental education and civic engagement topics; and encouraged new connections with the Town of Carrboro! 

 MANY THANKS to Oscar Garcia for bringing us health and movement through Zumba, and to the beautiful dancers from Takiri Folclor Latino for their performance, making this a special event with the backdrop of a Chapel Hill Transit transit and Carrboro Fire Engine! Look for a video coming soon!

 Carrboro In Motion will visit Estes Park Apartments on Sept. 9. Learn more about Carrboro In Motion events on our website.



Big Book Sale at Chapel Hill Public Library August 25-27

The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library invite bargain hunters and book lovers to their upcoming Big Book Sale—Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27 at Chapel Hill Public Library. 

  • Friday, August 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. (Members only sale)
  • Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($10 bag sale)

Friday afternoon is only for Friends members—and memberships are available at the door or anytime online. Employees of Chapel Hill and Carrboro City Schools are also welcome to attend on Friday—just show your staff ID at the door. 

Saturday and Sunday sales are open to the public, with an extensive inventory of gently used fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults, as well as puzzles. Prices start at $1. On Sunday, shoppers can bring their own bag and fill them with books for just $10.  

“The sale always has thousands of great books at great prices,” said Karen Curtin, President of the Friends. “This August we have an extraordinarily large collection of books on art and architecture that are sure to please art lovers!”

Attendees can expect to browse tables of book categories including classic literature, world language, cookbooks, history, fiction, science fiction, romance, art, and more. New this sale: a dedicated military section with a wide array of military history books, and a sizable collection of books on baseball. 

Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags for all three sale days. Commercial book resellers will be charged for extra boxes supplied by the Friends and shoppers will be limited on the number of boxes or bins that can be stored in the lobby before purchase. 

The Friends hold three weekend-long book sales each year with the proceeds going to support library services, special projects, and programming. The organization raises more than $150,000 for the library every year from the sale of books donated by the community, membership dues, and donations. 

Can’t wait until the sale? You can shop the Friends Online Book Store any time. Questions regarding the sale or Friends membership can be sent to info@friendschpl.org.



ENO RIVER ASSOCIATION HELPS CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ENO RIVER STATE PARK 

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first parcel of land acquired for Eno River State Park, a linear park that stretches across 4,600 acres of northern Durham and Orange counties, North Carolina. With a proud history of conservation, education, and recreational opportunities, Eno River State Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts, hikers, families, and history buffs alike.

The Eno River Association, in partnership with the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, is celebrating this anniversary with daily activities August 20 – August 27, a free raffle for all park visitors, commemorative merchandise, and a $50,000 fundraising challenge.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Eno River State Park,” says Jessica Sheffield, Executive Director for the Eno River Association. “This milestone is a testament to the collective efforts of the dedicated staff, volunteers, and community partners of the Association and the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation who have worked tirelessly to grow and maintain the park’s ecological integrity and share its wonders with the public.”

Origins in Organizing

In the late 1960s, the wild, picturesque, and historic Eno River was threatened: the City of Durham planned to dam the river and create a drinking water reservoir for its growing population. Concerned about the city’s plans, an informal group came together to raise awareness and stop the project from happening. On October 14, 1966, they formed the Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley, Inc (now known as the Eno River Association). 

In addition to the traditional advocacy methods of engaging with government officials and media outlets, Association members scheduled hikes, canoe trips, and slide shows, created river maps, researched mill histories, and conducted wildlife inventories. 

“Public awareness-building accompanied political action to put the plight of the Eno in the public eye. When you love something, you’ll fight for it. It was incredibly effective, and many of these activities are the same that we provide our community to build love of the Eno today,” shares Sheffield. 

Seven years later, thanks to a cooperative effort between the City of Durham, Orange County, the State of North Carolina, the Nature Conservancy, and the Association, Eno River State Park was welcomed as part of the NC State Parks system. The park celebrates its birthday annually on the date of the first land acquisition, August 22, 1973.

50 Years of Growth

Since then, Eno River State Park has grown to more than 4,600 acres of protected natural areas, with much of that expansion driven by the Association’s land protection team. Five access areas – The Cabe Lands, Cole Mill, Few’s Ford, Pleasant Green, and The Pump Station – and numerous neighborhood entries provide access to over 36 miles of trails in this largely unspoiled river environment. Park staff and resources also support Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, and by the end of 2023, Historic Occoneechee Speedway and the James M. Johnston Nature Preserve in Hillsborough. 

Currently, the park welcomes over one million annual visitors, one of the top ten most frequently visited in the State Parks system. The park supports a diverse range of activities and experiences that captivate visitors year-round including hiking trails, historic sites, campsites, picnic shelters, and more. Located within the busy Triangle region, the Park serves as a natural sanctuary where visitors can connect with nature, just minutes from the I-85/I-40 corridor.

The park’s pristine landscapes boast miles of scenic trails meandering along the Eno River, providing breathtaking views of water features, lush forests, and diverse wildlife. These trails were built and are maintained by not only by park staff, but also by dedicated staff and volunteers from the Eno River Association and the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a statewide nonprofit that supports the long-distance trail for hiking and backpacking that traverses North Carolina from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. 

Nearly 50 volunteers have “adopted” trails to monitor and maintain, as part of the Association’s Trail Stewards program. 

“Volunteers are critical to our mission and to the health of our trail systems. While park staff do a fantastic job maintaining the assets of Eno River State Park, volunteers, especially Eno Trail Stewards, are the eyes and ears of the 36 miles of trail throughout the park. These volunteers maintain the trails and ensure that they are safe and accessible to patrons.” says Kim Livingston, Director of Conservation and Stewardship at the Eno River Association. 

The State Park’s master plan envisions a 6,700 acre park footprint that will provide recreation opportunities, vital water quality protection, wildlife habitat, and preservation of historic resources. 

“We will be proud to continue to support the park for the next 50 years and beyond, by engaging our entire community as environmental stewards, and maintaining climate resilient natural areas for the health and wellbeing of all who depend on them,” says Sheffield.

Birthday Celebration Plans

The Park and the Association have planned a series of special activities from August 20 to the 27 to honor the birthday. Guests can hear the origin-story of the park, go off the trail on a wilderness hike, learn about bats, and more through a variety of free programs offered daily. A Ribbon Cutting and Open House on Friday, August 25 from 2-4pm for the park’s new Visitor Center. This much-anticipated addition to the park was finished earlier this year as part of a 2016 Connect NC Bond Program, which provided over $75 million in funding for NC State Parks. This center will be a beacon for visitors to engage with the park’s rich history and envision its future. The Open House will feature remarks, music, educational activities, and birthday cake in honor of the 50th.

“Eno River State Park stands as a witness to those who came before us. People have lived and worked this land for centuries and I am honored to be here for this moment when the park celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding. This designation in 1973 means that this beautiful river and its valley will be cared for, protected, and enjoyed for generations to come.” shares Kimberly Radewicz, Superintendent of Eno River State Park. 

Fans of the park are being thanked with a free 50th Birthday Raffle organized by the Association. The raffle features over a dozen prizes from gorgeous art and collectables, to Eno River merchandise, to donations from park partners like the Friends of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail, Triangle Fly Fishers, and more. Those wanting to enter the raffle can get a free entry by finding the QR codes on signs at park entrances from August 20 through the 27th, or by donating through the Association’s website. 

Finally, the Association and some of its longtime donors have challenged the community to raise $50,000 in honor of the 50th. Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 now through August 22nd. Funds will support the Eno River Association’s efforts to grow protected land within the river’s watershed, ensure climate resiliency of those lands, and provide educational opportunities to build the next generation of environmental stewards.

“For 50 years, the Eno River Association has been the Park’s official Friends organization, supporting its initial establishment and its continued expansion. We’re proud to help organize a celebration around this important milestone – to engage the community, thank park visitors, and inspire people to support the Park for the next 50 years!” adds Sheffield.

For more information about Eno River State Park’s 50th anniversary events and activities, and to make a donation in honor of the 50th, guests are encouraged to visit the State Park Visitor Center or the Association’s website, enoriver.org.


Posted August 16, 2023

Carrboro Fire-Rescue Welcomes Engine 2

What’s red and shiny, and weighs 44,000 pounds?

An impressive new fire engine rolled into Carrboro Fire-Rescue Station No. 2 on Homestead Road earlier this week.

Battalion Chief Chad Woods, who has been working with Chief Will Potter on the acquisition of the engine over the past year, was pleased to share its accolades last Tuesday, Aug. 15 – the day it rolled into town. This new Engine 2 can pump water, carry hose, and has a water tank. It holds over 1,000 gallons of water and over 1,000 feet of fire hose; and four firefighters can ride at a time.

In addition to its “new car smell,” there are unique features that distinguish it from the older engines — a proper bell and a modern roto-ray warning light, both designed to get people’s attention on emergency calls.

Residents will see the new engine traveling around town in a couple of weeks. In early fall, the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department will hold a “Push-In” ceremony and officially dedicate the engine to protecting our community. The event will be open to the public, so stay tuned for more information.

The new engine replaces Engine 10, a 1998 engine that will become a reserve engine. The new engine cost $658,000 and completes the department’s fleet of three engines (two front line engines and one reserve engine), as well as a ladder truck, a tanker truck and brush truck.


Historic Moorefields to Host Bluegrass Festival on October 7, 2023

Tickets on sale through the Moorefields website and at gate

The outdoor Bluegrass Festival at Historic Moorefields near Hillsborough is Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Refreshments will be available, including a selection of beer and wine and service from several food trucks.

Triangle and Triad area bands will perform on the house’s reconstructed front porch: Pickard Mountain, The Carolina Cutups, Nixon Blevins and Gage, The Bathtub of the South and Vintage Blue.

The Moorefields Bluegrass Festival will take place on the lawn and under the trees at Moorefields, an idyllic historic site on 70 beautiful acres just 20 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill or Durham and a short drive from downtown Hillsborough, N.C. Bring your chairs and blankets. All parking is free. The rain date is October 8.

Lawn seating tickets are $15 per person. Teens 13-17 are $10 and kids 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets, click on events on https://moorefields.org/ or purchase tickets at the gate.

Moorefields was built in 1785 as a summer home by Alfred Moore, a military, educational and judicial leader who ultimately served as the second and last North Carolinian on the United States Supreme Court. The property is administered by the Friends of Moorefields, a tax-exempt nonprofit. Proceeds help maintain the house and grounds, explore the history of Moorefields and the people who lived there, and share this special resource. Moorefields is located at 2201 Moorefields Road, Hillsborough, NC and may be reached at 919-732-4941 or moorefields1785@gmail.com


Town of Carrboro announces lineups for marquee Fall Arts Festivals

The Town of Carrboro announces festival lineups and date information for three of the Triangle’s most beloved fall festivals starting this September. 

Fall festivals are made possible with support from the Town of Carrboro and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority.

Following the successful return of another iconic music festival this past summer – the Freight Train Blues concert series, Carrboro is happy to continue to showcase a diversity of musicians from the Piedmont with FREE concerts at Town Commons, the Cat’s Cradle, and venues across the town with the return of the Carrboro Music Festival (opening night on Saturday, Sept. 30, with a full day of outdoor concerts on Sunday, Oct. 1); West End Poetry Festival (Oct. 19-21) featuring Poetry in the Round and a Community Poem Reading, and Carrboro Film Fest (Nov. 17-19) producing numerous independent films that challenge and expand our understanding of Southern culture.

“Carrboro has a proud tradition with these longstanding festivals, which have been offered for 15 to nearly 25 years running,” Mayor Damon Seils said. “Collaboration is key to our success, and we’re grateful to our partners for their commitment to cultural offerings that are shared so widely and are part of Carrboro’s arts legacy.”

Earlier this year, the Town of Carrboro presented with the MusicMaker Foundation, WUNC-FM and the Forests at Duke a series of roots music concerts at the Carrboro Town Commons on Friday evenings.  The Freight Train Blues concert series honors the legacy of Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, who was born in Carrboro in 1893.  https://musicmaker.org/freight-train-blues-concert-series/

More info here


Free Dance Performance at Carolina Square

Dance theater company No Forwarding Address will perform in the green space near Carolina Square Friday, August 18, and Saturday, August 19. The performances will offer “unexpected beauty with grass and concrete.” Performances begin at 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:00 pm, but please feel free to arrive at any time and wander the site—the performance lasts about 20 minutes.


Disabled American Veterans Local Chapter to Host Open House at Carrboro High School

On Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) invites veterans, their families, and the community to an open house. This event, starting at 11 a.m. at Carrboro High School, aims to familiarize attendees with the services available to disabled veterans in the region.

Founded with a noble cause, the DAV is dedicated to a singular purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with the utmost respect and dignity. Their mission statement clarifies, “We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them.”

Regina Merritt, a member of Orange County Veterans Memorial committee and organizer of the Carrboro DAV event, emphasizes the importance of understanding the challenges veterans face. “Every veteran is affected by service,” she said. “Health problems, employment issues, and struggles in accessing their rightfully earned benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. These are some of the most common issues they grapple with, and that’s where the DAV steps in to provide essential support.” For information on the national chapter: https://www.dav.org/ 

Currently, the chapter extends its valuable services to Orange County and the neighboring areas.

For further details or queries, kindly contact: Regina Merritt, Orange County Veterans Memorial Committee, at 919-360-8383 or queenmerritt@gmail.com.



Orange County Community Climate Action grant window closes Aug. 18

The application period for Orange County’s Community Climate Action Grant is open for FY23-24. An estimated $282,042 in funding will be provided to support community expansion of climate change mitigation and resilience projects that build on Orange County’s long history of sustainable actions.  An additional $282,042 in funding will be set aside to fund applications from either of Orange County’s two public school districts.

All public and non-profit entities and small businesses are eligible to apply.  Details on grant eligibility, scoring and application materials are available at the grant program website.  The deadline to apply is Aug. 18, 2023.

More Background

As part of the FY20 budget, the Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) created the Orange County Climate Action Fund dedicated to accelerating climate change mitigation and resilience projects in Orange County. The first round of projects were proposed by the Commission for the Environment and approved by the Commissioners. These projects funded solar projects for each of the school districts, a LED lighting campaign for lower-income residents, and affordable housing weatherization.

The BOCC considers social justice and racial equity in funding, so that those who benefit most directly from the county’s actions and investments are those that have been historically overlooked. The scoring formula used to rank potential projects reflects these priorities and will be used to rank climate action grant applications.

Applications are scored using a 26-point scale based on the following weighted criteria:

      • Social Justice and Racial Equity (6pts)
      • Greenhouse gas emissions reduced (4 pts)
      • Efficient use of Funds (4 pts) 
      • Capacity of Applicant (3 pts)
      • Local Economic Development (3 pts)
      • Amount and Duration of Engagement (3 pts)
      • Time to complete (3 pts)

For more information, visit www.orangecountync.gov/CCAG or contact Orange County Sustainability Programs Manager, Amy Eckberg at aeckberg@orangecountync.gov.


203 Project August 2023 Community Update

A fairly large concrete pour is anticipated on Monday, Aug. 14, beginning around 9 a.m.  at the construction site of The 203 Project. This will be approximately 10 concrete trucks making coordinated deliveries over about two hours.  

Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 14, will be busy with material deliveries to the site. Temporary delays on Greensboro and Roberson streets can be expected while spotters get trucks backed into the site.

There is currently a lot of activity on site.  The parking deck continues to be built with multiple concrete pours taking place over the coming weeks.  Interior construction is underway in the building with metal wall studs being installed for the interior and exterior walls.  Mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades are all mobilized and working on site.  Brick will start to be delivered soon, and masons will begin installing the brick veneer.

AT&T is nearly complete with utility work on Greensboro and Carr streets.  A relocation project on Roberson Street is expecting to get underway later this fall. More details will be provided.

Construction remains on track to be finished next summer.


Posted August 9, 2023

Traffic Advisory: E. Weaver Street nighttime closure

Contractors for Google Fiber have been granted a closure of E. Weaver Street between N. Greensboro and E Main streets near Weaver Street Market during the nighttime hours of Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 9-10.

The street closure will occur starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday and ending at 6 a.m. Thursday, and again from 10 p.m. Thursday, to 6 a.m. Friday. Associated noise is expected from the work in the roadway. 

A detour has been established (see map) to reroute traffic onto E. Main Street.  Traffic coming from S. Greensboro Street traveling north will be directed to take a left on W. Weaver Street, then another left on W. Main Street, and finally a left onto W. Main Street where it intersects with Jones Ferry Road.  This portion of the detour is planned to accommodate any large vehicles that can not make the right hand turn directly from S. Greensboro Street onto E. Main Street.  Passenger vehicles can take a right at S. Greensboro Street onto E. Main Street and skip this portion of the detour.

Flaggers will be utilized as needed to help traffic manage the nighttime detour.  

For more information, contact  Joe Allen, ITS Director for Google Fiber, at 919-414-2914. 


Orange County Board of Commissioners Notice of Attendance at Ribbon Cutting for Lumos Fiber Optic Internet Service

Pursuant to NCGS § 153A-40, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice that a majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners is expected to be present at the ribbon cutting for Lumos fiber optic internet service.   The event will be held on August 15, 2023 from 11 am to noon at Orange County Rural Fire Station #2, 835 Phelps Road, in Hillsborough.  No action will be taken by the Orange County Commissioners in attendance.   For more information about the event, please contact tmcgee@orangecountync.gov

Orange County Board of Commissioners’ meeting calendars are available at the following link: http://www.orangecountync.gov/953/Board-of-County-Commissioners-BOCC


Orange County Animal Services nears capacity with dogs

Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) has almost reached capacity for housing dogs at their facility in Chapel Hill. They are asking for assistance from anyone currently able to adopt or foster a dog. 

“Dog adoptions at OCAS have decreased over the past 30 days,” said Dr. Sandra Strong, Director of Orange County Animal Services. “With a steady intake of dogs we need consistent adoptions or the shelter fills up. We currently have dogs remaining in our shelter for longer lengths of time. We need assistance from our community to get these dogs into good homes.”

During the month of August, adoption fees for all available cats and dogs have been reduced as part of the 2023 Clear the Shelters™ pet adoption campaign. Adoption fees for some select dogs have been fully sponsored to encourage adoptions.

Anyone interested in adopting may stop by the shelter during operating hours, there is no appointment needed to view available pets. The shelter opens at noon, Monday through Saturday, and is located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, NC. For more information about available pets, visiting the facility, and adopting pets, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/287/Available-Pets or call the Adoption Desk at 919-942-7387, option 3. For more information about fostering a dog from OCAS, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/3189/Dog-Foster-Program.


Posted August 7, 2023

Forecast: Heat Advisory and Severe Thunderstorms

According to the National Weather Service, there is an Enhanced Risk (level 3 out of 5) for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon (Monday, Aug. 7) into the early evening hours. Damaging straight-line winds will be the primary threat with secondary hazards of large hail and tornadoes (which will should be more isolated in nature). 

Additionally, there is a heat advisory. Heat index values up to 107 will be possible in the advisory area. Reminder, this is what it will feel like in the shade. It will feel significantly hotter in the direct sunlight.

Dangerously high temperatures and humidity can quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken. Consecutive days of dangerous heat indices have a cumulative affect on the body, significantly increasing the potential for heat related illnesses. Please take extra precautions and limit any outside work or activities. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible, and be sure to drink plenty of water!

More information:


Movies Under the Stars Returns to Forest Theatre During July, August

Kids of all ages can catch a fun, free movie in an iconic location as Movies Under the Stars returns to Forest Theatre for the summer. Sponsored by Community Arts & Culture, Chapel Hill Public Library, and UNC Arts Everywhere, Movies Under the Stars features a diverse array of animated movies on Thursday evenings during July and August:

July 20              The Princess and The Frog
July 27              Turning Red
August 10         Sing!
August 17         Shrek

The movies will begin at sundown and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and water, as well as a flashlight for when the movie is over. Free popcorn will be provided.

This year, there’s additional fun before the movie starts, with a DJ Dance Party and frozen treats for sale from different local vendors each week, including Maple View Farms, Alsie’s, and Mike’s Icys. Pre-show fun starts at 7:15 p.m.

Movies Under the Stars is a collaborative effort of the town and the university to offer free, family-friendly entertainment during the summer months. The planning partners jointly curated the movies for this year, with a focus on diversity. “In choosing films such as The Princess and The Frog and Turning Red, we wanted to make sure that all Chapel Hill kids feel represented and celebrated,” said Susan Brown, Director of Community Arts & Culture and Chapel Hill Public Library.

Brown also said that ending the series with Shrek is a way to connect with UNC students and welcome them, whether they are first-year or returning students. “Last year, we ended with High School Musical and had a great turnout from UNC students, who sang along to every word. We chose Shrek as another nostalgic favorite and hope to see students with us again this year.”

Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture aims to inspire creativity and celebrate community for a better Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill Public Library’s mission is to spark curiosity, inspire learning, and create connections. UNC Arts Everywhere strives to make the arts a fundamental part of the University culture and daily campus life.


Festifall: Call for Artists

Apply to sell your wares at the Festifall Arts Markets this October. 

Festifall will be a series of three locally curated pop-up markets in downtown Chapel Hill. Markets will take place from 1-6 p.m. on three Saturdays:

      • Saturday, October 14
      • Saturday, October 21 
      • Saturday, October 28 

 We’re seeking diverse, professional, and experienced makers to sell unique goods, like jewelry, textiles, paintings, ceramics, furniture, and more. Here are some things to know before applying:  

      • You must be based in North Carolina. 
      • You must be 18 years of age or older.
      • You’ll need to pay a $25 fee to apply.
      • You can select multiple dates to vend under the same application. 
      • Vendors should expect to be onsite for the market from 11 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
      • Selected vendors will need to pay a $50 booth fee for each participating date. 

DEADLINE: August 14 at 5 p.m. Applications received before 5 p.m. on July 31 will receive priority review.

How to Apply

Complete the form below and upload the following materials as one zipped file. Don’t know how to zip a file? Learn more here. File formats other than those requested will be considered. Apply with:

      • Three Images of Product 
        • Submit 3 images that show your product.
        • Each image should be about 900 pixels (longest dimension) and no larger than 600 KB. 
        • Submit each image as a separate .jpg file and then zip them all together. 
      • One Image of Your Booth
        • Submit 1 image that shows your booth set-up.
        • If you haven’t vended before, set up a mock layout and take a photo of that.
        • Each image should be about 900 pixels (longest dimension) and no larger than 600 KB. 
        • Submit each image as a separate .jpg file. 

Learn More about Rewriting the Rules: A LUMO Update

Ever wonder how the Town sets goals?

In 2012, the Council adopted a planning and visioning document called the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan. It’s a framework created with the values, aspirations, and ideas of the community to set a vision and a path for growth for Chapel Hill.

The “Rewriting Our Rules” project is a #LUMOUpdate that reflects what’s in this plan.


New to Medicare? Take the Welcome to Medicare Class

If you’re turning 65 soon, you’re probably being bombarded by mailings about Medicare.  This free class will provide valuable information whether you’re retiring soon, already retired or continuing to work.  You’ll learn how and when to enroll, potential penalties for late enrollment, Medicare’s costs, benefits and options. 

Friday, August 4, 2023 from 12 – 1:30pm
Orange County Public Library
137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
Register at 919-245-2015

Wednesday, August 30, 2023 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Online presentation using Zoom
Register at www.orangecountync.gov/Medicare101_aug


Get a Free Photo ID to Vote

A photo ID will be required when voting in North Carolina, starting with municipal elections this fall. Registered voters who do not have an acceptable form of identification for voting purposes can get a FREE photo ID from the Orange County Board of Elections office at 208 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.



West End Back to School Bazaar

The WestEnd Bazaar is back on August 20 from 12 pm – 5 pm! Shop handmade crafts from local makers, get face painting, fairy hair, and mehndi from Sparkle Body Arts, and enjoy awesome eats and drinks at one of the many neighboring restaurants, cafés, and bars, as well as thirst-quenching Italian Ice on site! It’s all happening at the 427 West Franklin Street Lot between The Lantern and The Cat Tales Cat Cafe in Chapel Hill!



C’Hill Out Mobile Pass

There’s still time to download your free C’Hill Out mobile pass! Experience downtown Chapel Hill to the fullest – from the popular places you love on East Franklin to the hidden gems on the West end. Download your free pass by August 15 to check in at participating locations and earn points as you explore!

Information here


Fridays on the Front Porch

Fridays on the Front Porch continues at The Carolina Inn this week from 5 – 9 pm with music by Barefoot Manner and food by Poblanos Tacos and Gussy’s Greek food trucks. 


Solarize the Triangle ’23 Reaches Lower-Price Tier 2 Via Homeowner Contracts

The regionwide community-based group-buying program known as Solarize the Triangle reached its 2nd price tier based on commitments from property owners in the Triangle region to buy and have installed new renewable energy systems for their residences.

The Triangle Sustainability Partnership, a local government partnership of 12 communities, is offering the program for a second year to enable residents and businesses to save on the ordinary cost of solar energy and battery power through combined purchasing with others across the Triangle.

The availability of federal tax credits makes this form of clean energy even more affordable.

The more residents and business owners who contract for solar installations through the program, the more savings accrue for all participants. The 2nd price tier in the program ($2.98/watt) was reached through initial contracts totaling 164 total kW.

Once these installations are activated, 307,664 lbs. of CO2 in the Triangle region will be annually avoided. That’s the equivalent of 357,754 miles driven annually by an average gasoline-powered passenger vehicle.

All homeowners who purchase during the campaign, regardless of when, will be provided with the lowest-price ($2.65/watt) if Tier 8 is reached. Enrollment – which is to simply sign up – is underway now through Sept. 30 at www.solarizethetriangle.com. Already 340 property owners have enrolled to receive a free, no-obligation evaluation.

To help local property owners – both residential and business owners – learn more about the program’s many dimensions, Solarize the Triangle campaign organizers will be present at several upcoming public events, including:

      • Holly Springs Farmers Market:
        • Saturday, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2
        • 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs
      • Southern Ideal Home Show: Booth 432 
        • Friday-Sunday, Sept. 15-17
        • North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Throughout the 2023 campaign, the Partnership will continue to offer clean-energy education and outreach events with a goal of increasing participation through a better understanding of rooftop solar components, suitability assessment considerations, and contract provisions.

Interested property owners may go to solarizethetriangle.com to learn more about the program and sign up for a free, no-obligation evaluation.

The deadline to enroll is Sept. 30, 2023. All residential solar and battery contracts must be completed by Dec. 31, 2023. A separate deadline for commercial/non-profit contract completions is Feb. 28, 2024.

Like last year, the 2023 regional program focuses on:

      • Making solar energy more affordable: lower the cost of solar energy through the power of group-purchasing and reduced acquisition costs. Savings passed to residents of the Triangle region;
      • Making solar energy more accessible: contractor(s), materials and pricing will be highly vetted for best practices using a competitive bid process;
      • Education and community engagement: widespread community engagement, education and outreach activities through town hall meetings, workshops, solar “open house” gatherings, and outreach through local community groups and events;
      • Promoting solar-positive policies: encourage local governments to adopt streamlined solar energy permitting policies and fair utility distributed generation policies; and
      • Giving back: Solarize the Triangle and selected contractors will use a portion of campaign proceeds to donate a solar energy system to a deserving local nonprofit organization and/or help to underwrite solar-energy systems for qualified low- and moderate-income families with high energy burdens.

Solarize campaigns are driven by community group purchasing. Based on a tiered “bulk” purchasing concept, the more local residents and business owners who contract for their solar installations through the program, the more savings accrue to all participating property owners.

Helping to facilitate the program on behalf of the members is The Triangle J Council of Governments and Solar CrowdSource. For the program’s second year, the installer selected through a rigorous vetting process remains Yes Solar Solutions, a Cary-based, fully-licensed NC general contractor with more than 1,600 projects installed.


Chapel Hill Police Seek Assistance Locating Missing Person

The Chapel Hill Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance locating a missing person. Donald Ray Alston, 47, of Chapel Hill, was last seen on July 28, around 7 p.m., in the area of Green Street.

Alston is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and weighs about 235 pounds. Alston was last seen wearing blue jeans, black shoes, and a maroon shirt.

Alston is not believed to be in danger. 

Anyone with information should call 911 or contact the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday). Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crimestoppers at 919-942-7515 or visit https://chapelhillcrimestoppers.com/.


Posted August 3, 2023

Carrboro Town Manager announces departure

Town Manager Richard J. White III has announced he will be leaving the Town of Carrboro to assume a position as Deputy City Manager with the City of Salisbury, N.C. starting on Nov. 6, 2023. 

The Town Council has expressed its gratitude for his leadership and contributions to the community.

“Richard has accomplished a great deal during his time in Carrboro,” Mayor Damon Seils said. “His work with the Town Council to develop strategic priorities, as well as his initiation of strategic planning processes with the Town’s staff, set the stage for achieving the vision of the Carrboro Connects comprehensive plan.” 

White, who joined Carrboro in August 2021, came to the town with extensive experience, including leadership positions at the City of Asheville, the Town of Elon, and the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County. He has more than 25 years of municipal government experience. White held a position as assistant to the town manager in Carrboro (2000 to 2006) early in his career. 

“The decision was a difficult one, as Carrboro is a very special community,” White said. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to return to Carrboro to lead the organization and to help move Carrboro forward. It has been an honor to assist the Town Council and to work with a dedicated and outstanding staff.” 

During his tenure as Town Manager for the Town of Carrboro, White’s noted accomplishments include completion of the $41 million financing of The 203 Project, which will house the recreation, parks and cultural resources offices and Orange County Southern Branch Library.  In addition, he oversaw completion and early implementation of the Carrboro Connects 2022-2042 Comprehensive Plan; established the town’s framework for American Rescue Plan Act funds totaling $6.7 million; and initiated strategic planning processes for the Town Council and Management Team. Organizational development initiatives have included the town’s reopening following COVID-19; a focus on employee recruitment, retention and well-being; and organizational restructuring. 

Following White’s departure, the Council will discuss next steps including appointment of an interim town manager and initiation of a search process for the town manager position. 


August Traffic-Safety Initiatives

The Chapel Hill Police Department is planning an enhanced number of pedestrian safety enforcement operations as students return to both UNC and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) at the end of August.

Scheduled pedestrian safety enforcement operations are in addition to normal patrols. The operations include – but are not limited to – the following dates:

      • Monday, August 21, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. *first day of class for UNC-Chapel Hill students
      • Wednesday, August 23, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      • Friday, August 25, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Scheduled pedestrian safety enforcement in and near CHCCS school zones:

      • Monday, August 28, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. *first day of school for CHCCS students
      • Tuesday, August 29, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Wednesday, August 30, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      • Thursday, August 31, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change

Aside from school zones, efforts will focus on other areas with heavy pedestrian and bicycle traffic, including downtown, and mid-block crosswalks (ex. along the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Estes Drive corridors).

The Chapel Hill Police Department is also planning at least five speed enforcement operations in August – in addition to normal patrols – with the main goal of improving safety for everyone who shares roads.

      • Tuesday, August 1, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
      • Tuesday, August 8, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Tuesday, August 15, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
      • Tuesday, August 22, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
      • Tuesday, August 29, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change

Back-to-School Driving Safety

We encourage drivers who are passing through school zones to slow down, be vigilant, and be patient as students, parents, and school staff settle into new routines. Drivers should consider leaving home early to account for any delays on their way to school, work, or appointments.

      • Know when to stop for buses that are loading or unloading children.
      • Be on the lookout for school zone signals.
      • When entering a school zone, slow down and obey all traffic laws.
      • Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.
      • Never pass other vehicles while driving in a school zone.
      • Watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, in school parking lots, etc.
      • Avoid using a cell phone unless it is completely hands-free.
      • Unless licensed to do so, never use handicap or emergency vehicle lanes or spaces to drop off or pick up children at school.

The Town will use its variable message sign (VMS) boards throughout Town to inform community members about the traffic-safety operations, as well as encouraging them to limit distractions and watch out for people walking and people riding their bikes.

We encourage everyone traveling, regardless of your mode of transportation, to remember that community safety is a shared responsibility.

Vision Zero

On October 13, 2021, Chapel Hill’s Town Council adopted a Vision Zero Resolution, which states that traffic injuries and deaths are not inevitable “accidents” but preventable crashes. The Town committed to eliminating all transportation and mobility related deaths and serious injuries by 2031. This will be achieved through a comprehensive and holistic approach to designing safe roadway systems for all users no matter how they choose to move throughout the community. View the resolution here.


Carrboro Police Investigating Homicide

, Community Notices Archive, The Local Reporter

The Carrboro Police Department is investigating a stabbing that occurred at approximately 9 p.m. on the night of August 2, 2023, at Town Commons located at 301 W. Main St. An adult male victim was transported to UNC Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Currently the police department believes this is an isolated incident. The investigation is ongoing and active, and updates will be provided as appropriate.

If you have additional information on this incident, please contact Investigator Erasmo Velazquez with the Carrboro Police Department at (919) 918-7413, or Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515.



Dewatering of Pond & Either Repair or Removal of Dam at 1714 Legion Road

      • Department Public Works
      • Category Professional Services
      • RFP Number A/E24-001
      • Start Date 08/01/2023 12:15 PM
      • Close Date 08/15/2023 3:00 PM
      • RFP Post Status Open

The Town of Chapel Hill seeks written statements of qualifications (SOQ) from professional Engineering Firms (Consultant) specializing in Design Services, Engineering Services, Regulatory Coordination, and Administration Support, and Permitting Services as they relate to the Draining of the Pond, and either repair of or removal of the dam, specifically located at 1714 Legion Road, Chapel Hill, NC.

Submittals are due by 3:00 pm on August 15, 2023. Please email submittals to Zakia Alam, Purchasing and Contracts Manager at zalam@townofchapelhill.org.

Questions concerning this Request for Qualifications must be submitted in writing no later than 2:00 P.M. on August 8, 2023, to Chad Brown via e-mail at cbrown1@townofchapelhill.org. All responses to submitted questions will be published in the form of an addendum on the Town’s website at www.townofchapelhill.org by 5:00 P.M. August 10, 2023.

If you have any questions concerning the bidding procedures, please contact the Purchasing Division at (919) 969-5022.


ANIMAL SERVICES JOINS CLEAR THE SHELTERS™ DURING AUGUST 

 
Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) has joined NBCUniversal Local’s 2023 Clear the Shelters™ pet adoption campaign. This is the ninth consecutive year that NBC and Telemundo owned stations are partnering with affiliate stations and animal shelters and rescues to promote pet adoption and help raise funds to support animal welfare. Since its inception in 2015, Clear The Shelters has helped more than 860,000 pets find new homes.

This year’s Clear The Shelters will run for the entire month of August 2023, and adoption fees will be reduced at OCAS during that time. For more information about available pets and reduced adoption fees during Clear The Shelters, visit www.orangecountync.gov/287/Available-Pets or call 919-942-7387, option 3.

OCAS also encourages donations by asking that everyone check out the opportunities listed at www.orangecountync.gov/364/Donations. Donations always make a difference, but they are especially helpful during these challenging times. OCAS depends upon monetary and material donations to continue to care for the thousands of animals that come to the shelter each year.

For more information on Clear The Shelters, including participating animal shelters and rescues, along with details on local events, visitClearTheShelters.com and the Spanish-language site DesocuparlosAlbergues.com. Follow the effort on social media using #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues. For more information about OCAS, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices.


Applicants Needed For Orange County Volunteer Boards and Commissions 

 
The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting applicants for the following boards and commissions:

Agricultural Preservation Board – The Agricultural Preservation Board is charged to promote the economic and cultural importance of agriculture in the county, and to encourage voluntary preservation and protection of farmland for future production. This board typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. There is currently one (1) at-large vacancy and one (1) vacancy for a participating farm owner in the Schley/Eno Voluntary Agricultural District. 

Animal Services Advisory Board – This board is charged to advise the Board of County Commissioners on matters of concern regarding animal issues and animal services in Orange County. The Animal Services Advisory Board works with the Animal Services Director to ensure quality animal services and maintains contact with the stakeholder groups from which its members are appointed. The board also provides a venue in which stakeholder concerns about animals, animal policies and issues, and animal services programming may be voiced, considered, and referred as appropriate. The Animal Services Advisory Board typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. There is currently one (1) at-large vacancy.

Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool – The charge of the Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool is to hear appeals concerning violations of the Orange County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 (“Animal Control Ordinance”), as provided in the Orange County Code of Ordinances, Section 4-53 Appeals and also potentially dangerous dog appeals as prescribed by N.C. Gen. Stat. §67-4.1(c).  It is the responsibility of pool members to conduct fair and impartial hearings for these appeals and they will receive training in both law and proper procedure prior to participating in a hearing.  Pool members are sought from the Towns of Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro as well as the part of Orange County that is unincorporated.  Appeals panels will be convened on an as needed basis for hearings. The Board of County Commissioners is currently recruiting applicants to fill one (1) seat for a resident living in the Town of Carrboro, one (1) seat for a resident living in the Town of Chapel Hill, two (2) at-large seats, one (1) seat for a resident living within an unincorporated area of the county, one (1) seat for a representative of the Public Safety Field, and one (1) seat for a representative of the Public Health Field. 

Board of Equalization and Review – The Board of Equalization and Review hears appeals from residents concerning various property tax issues, including valuation and exemption appeals. The Board of Equalization and Review is charged with ensuring that all taxable property is appraised and assessed according to the standards required by the North Carolina General Statutes. This board meets up to three days per week, for approximately three to four hours per meeting, for up to three consecutive months (typically April-June). Additional meetings may occur as needed during the year.  Members will be compensated for all meetings attended. Orange County residents with knowledge of real estate are specifically encouraged to apply, however, others will also be given consideration. The Board of County Commissions is currently recruiting applicants for three (3) alternate positions, who will participate in hearings when regular board members are unavailable.

Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment – The Town of Chapel Hill’s Board of Adjustment is authorized to hear variance cases regarding the provisions of the Chapel Hill Land Use Management Ordinance and appeal cases regarding decisions made by Town staff. The Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, in the Council Chamber on the first floor. There is currently one (1) vacancy for a resident of the Chapel Hill Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) and one (1) vacancy for a resident of the ETJ or Joint Planning Area (JPA) to serve as alternate. Please review the map at the following link to see the boundaries of the Chapel Hill ETJ and JPA areas: http://orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16597/Chapel-Hill-and-Carrboro-Boundaries-Map.  You may also confirm the zoning information of your address by visiting: http://aries.orangecountync.gov/Aries/ZoningInformation.aspx.  

Chapel Hill Orange County Visitors Bureau Advisory Board – This board is charged with developing and coordinating visitor services in Orange County. It also implements marketing programs that will enhance economic activity and quality of life in the community. The Visitors Bureau Advisory Board typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 8:00 am. There is currently one (1) at-large vacancy and one (1) vacancy for a representative from the Orange County lodging industry.  

Chapel Hill Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Commission – This commission serves as the recreation policy advisory body for the Chapel Hill Department of Parks and Recreation and the Town of Chapel Hill. It consults with and advises the Chapel Hill Town Council on matters affecting the overall recreational policies of the Town, the acquisition and use of lands and properties related to the total community recreation program, and its long-range projected programs for recreation, parks, and playgrounds. The Chapel Hill Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Commission typically meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library. There is currently one (1) vacancy for an Orange County resident that does not reside within the Chapel Hill Town Limits. 

Commission for the Environment – This commission advises the Board of Commissioners on matters affecting the environment with particular emphasis on protection.  It educates public and local officials on environmental issues and performs special studies and projects. It also recommends environmental initiatives and studies changes in environmental science and local and federal regulations. The Commission for the Environment typically meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. There is currently one (1) vacancy for an applicant with expertise in water resources. 

Hillsborough Board of Adjustment – This board hears and decides on applications for special use permits and variances, as well as appeals from decisions and determinations of Planning and Economic Development Division staff. The Hillsborough Board of Adjustment typically meets on the second Wednesday of each month, as needed, at 6:00 pm. There is currently a vacancy for an applicant residing in the Hillsborough Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) to serve as alternate. Please review the map at the following link to see the boundaries of the Hillsborough ETJ: http://orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16598/Hillsborough-Boundaries-Map. You may also confirm the zoning information of your address by visiting: http://aries.orangecountync.gov/Aries/ZoningInformation.aspx.

Hillsborough Planning Board  This board acquires and maintains information in order to understand past trends, prepare and amend the comprehensive plan for the development of the area, and prepare and recommend ordinances promoting orderly development. The Hillsborough Planning Board typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. There are currently two (2) open positions for applicants residing in the Hillsborough Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). Please review the map at the following link to see the boundaries of the Hillsborough ETJ: http://orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16598/Hillsborough-Boundaries-Map. You may also confirm the zoning information of your address by visiting: http://aries.orangecountync.gov/Aries/ZoningInformation.aspx.

Human Relations Commission – The Human Relations Commission studies and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners concerning problems in the field of human relationships. This commission seeks solutions to community issues that may create animosity and unrest, makes recommendations designed to promote goodwill and harmony among residents in the county, and addresses and attempts to remedy the violence, tensions, polarization, and other harm created through discrimination, bias, hatred, and inequity. The Human Relations Commission typically meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. There is currently one (1) vacancy for a resident of the Town of Carrboro, one (1) vacancy for a resident of the Town of Hillsborough, and two (2) at-large vacancies.

Orange County Board of Adjustment – This board hears and decides on variance applications, appeals submitted related to official decisions/determinations made by the Planning Director, reviews and takes action on Class B Special Use Permit applications, as well as matters required to pass by the Unified Development Ordinance. This board typically meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. There is currently one (1) at-large vacancy for an alternate member. 

Orange County Parks and Recreation Council – This council consults with and advises the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation, and the Board of County Commissioners on matters affecting parks planning, development and operation; recreation facilities, policies and programs; and public trails and open space. The Parks and Recreation Council typically meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Applicants between the ages of 13 and 17 are needed for one (1) non-voting youth delegate position. Applicants interested in this position should complete the application at the following link: https://www.orangecountync.gov/FormCenter/Advisory-Boards-and-Commissions-27/Youth-Delegate-Application-for-the-Orang-296 

Orange Unified Transportation Board – The Orange Unified Transportation Board (OUTBoard) advises the Orange County Board of County Commissioners and provides information and comments on major transportation issues. Specifically, the OUTBoard provides the Board of County Commissioners with recommendations regarding the overall planning and programming of transportation improvements in the County, including identification and prioritization of the County’s roadway and transit needs along with associated costs and specific sources of funding; provision of recommendations to the Board regarding Federal and State legislation affecting transportation in Orange County; and exploration and suggestion of recommendations on innovative techniques and methods to improve the efficiency and capacity of existing and future transportation systems. The OUTBoard typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. There are currently two (2) at-large vacancies and one (1) vacancy for a resident of Cedar Grove Township. Please review the map at the following link to see Township boundaries: http://orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2290/Township-Map-PDF.

If interested in any of the above positions, apply at www.orangecountync.gov/Apply.

Orange County strives for diverse representation on volunteer boards and commissions. Residents of all demographic backgrounds, identities, and perspectives are encouraged to apply. Applicants must reside in Orange County unless applying for the Visitors Bureau Advisory Board. Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have the opportunity to directly influence local decisions, policies, and priorities.

For additional information contact Tara May at 919-245-2125 or tmay@orangecountync.gov.


Youth Scholars to Showcase Local Black Histories at Chapel Hill Public Library

Students in the James Cates Scholars program have spent their summer uncovering Black history in Chapel Hill. The community is invited to a showcase of their work on Monday, August 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library (100 Library Drive).

The James Cates Scholars are a youth-led, elder-informed group dedicated to centering, exploring, and sharing marginalized Black experiences through collaborative community history projects. The program is named in honor of James Cates, who was murdered on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in 1970 by white supremacists. The Cates Scholars receive guidance from Bridging the Gap, a local nonprofit, and the Library’s Community History staff, as well as On the Books, a project of University Libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill.

This year, there are nine students in the program, ranging in age from 14 to 18. Many of the students are interested in pursuing journalism, graphic design, public speaking, and entrepreneurship. Over the summer months, they researched local history and collected oral history interviews from Orange County residents, shedding light on their experiences with Jim Crow laws while living in Chapel Hill.

“Through the James Cates Scholars, I found that sense of community. My lazy self from six weeks ago could not even imagine how far I would come as a person in the short period of time since starting this program,” said James Cates Scholar, Zan Coleman. “The lessons I’ve learned will forever impact me as a person. Though I am a poet it is hard to put in miniscule words how much community, knowledge, and empowerment I have found here.”

“The James Cates Scholars are an incredible gift to Chapel Hill,” said Molly Luby, Community History Coordinator at Chapel Hill Public Library. “They are passionate organizers who truly embody the values of community history: they demonstrate care and compassion for their elders, for history, and for each other. And they have so much fun while they work! They inspire the work we do all year round.”

“My experience with the Cates Scholars has been extremely enjoyable, while also educational and engrossing. My peers and I always have fun together and are able to laugh, while also learning and creating projects that showcase each of our individual talents and knowledge,” said James Cates Scholar, Zadie Taylor. “I am very thankful for the incredible opportunities that this program has offered me—from college application assistance to public speaking opportunities.”

For more information about the James Cates Scholars and the showcase event, please contact: jamescatesscholarsch@gmail.com


Orange County Living Wage (OCLW) is hiring a part-time executive director

The inaugural executive director will join at a time when OCLW is transitioning from a model where the board is deeply involved in operational activities to one where the executive director leads operations and the board acts in a governing capacity. The executive director will establish a more sustainable financial foundation through both grant funding and major gifts and will develop a volunteer network and staff to support and expand the programs offered by the organization. It is an exciting position for someone who is entrepreneurial and enjoys creating a strong financial and organizational structure upon which to grow a values-based organization. Learn more here, and please help to spread the word! 


Posted July 29, 2023

Registration for Fall Recreation Programs Begins Aug. 1

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation has released our Fall RECREATE program guide. Featured this year are Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, a Campfire and Movie in the Park, a Camping and Caving trip, and our FINS Youth Swim Team. 

Residents of Orange County or Chapel Hill may register beginning 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1; Non-residents may register beginning 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. 

Browse programs and register online at www.chapelhillparks.org, or pick up a printed copy at one of our recreation or aquatic centers, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill Public Housing offices, and Town Hall. 


Register Your Home and Business Alarms

Have you registered your home and business alarms? To reduce accidental alarm calls which tie up emergency services, alarms that are linked to emergency services are required to be registered. The program improves public safety and wisely manages Town safety resources.

Registering your alarms is free. Accidental alarms that occur at locations that have not registered will result in a $100 fine, with increased penalties for additional accidental alarm activations. 

You can register by phone at 1-855-725-7107 OR online at: https://www.townofchapelhill.org/alarms


National Night Out

The Town of Chapel Hill invites you and your neighbors to join its Police, Fire, Housing, and Parks and Recreation Departments – along with churches and community organizations – for free food, games, music, and family fun on National Night Out, Tuesday, August 1.

This year’s celebration is a big one as the community-building campaign celebrates 40 years!

National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships and stronger community safety across the country. The event is celebrated each year on the first Tuesday in August.

This year the Town is hosting block parties in four neighborhoods:

      • Hargraves Center, 216 N. Roberson St., 6-8 p.m.
      • Eastwood, Piney Mountain Rd. and Louis Armstrong Ct., 5-7 p.m.
      • South Estes Drive (Ridgefield), S. Estes Dr. at Fordham Blvd., 5-7 p.m.
      • Colony Woods West, Jackie Robinson St. and Adelaide Walters St., 5-7 p.m.

View the  National Night Out 2023 flyer in five languages!


Last Call for Free Weekend Parking

This is the last weekend to take advantage of FREE parking in all Town-operated lots and spaces! 


Reserve the Ampitheatre at Blackwood Farm Park

Did you know that you can reserve the amphitheater at Blackwood Farm Park? It is a perfect site for events, concerts, theatrical productions and much more! 

Contact Travis Bogle at tbogle@orangecountync.gov for more information.


Estarán Abiertos Centros de Refrescamiento el Viernes y Sábado

El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional ha emitido un aviso de calor para el Condado de Orange hasta el sábado, 29 de julio a las 8:00 pm.

Se espera que el índice de calor alcance los 105 grados. Evite las actividades al aire libre si es posible y manténgase hidratado.

Para refrescarse, estos Centros estarán abiertos en horas prolongadas:

      • Efland-Cheeks Centro Comunitario: 117 Richmond Rd., Efland
      • Rogers Road Centro Comunitario: 101 Edgar St., Chapel Hill
      • Cedar Grove Centro Comunitario: 5800 NC 86N, Hillsborough
      • Biblioteca Pública del Condado Orange: 137 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough
      • The Cibernética: 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro

Se espera que el índice de calor alcance los 105 grados. Evite las actividades al aire libre si es posible y manténgase hidratado. 

Para más información visite: https://www.orangecountync.gov/3193/Hot-Weather-Resources

¿Necesita transporte para ir a alguno de los centros de refrescamiento?

Orange County Mobility on Demand (MOD por sus siglas en inglés) brinda servicio de trasportación en todo el Condado.  El Vienes 28 de julio hasta las 9:00 pm y sábado 29 de julio de 9:00 am hasta 8:00 pm.  El transporte MOD cuesta $5 por viaje y el servicio es gratis para menores de 12 años. Información sobre cómo registrarse aquí https://www.orangecountync.gov/2624/MOD


Heat advisory extended; cooling centers to open Saturday for extended hours

Hot temperatures and high humidity will push heat index values above 100 degrees across much of central North Carolina Thursday through Sunday. Saturday will be the hottest day, with heat index values of 104 to 109 degrees possible. The Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness has created a list of hot weather resources in Orange County.  

The following Cooling Centers will be open for extended hours: 

  • Efland-Cheeks Community Center: 117 Richmond Rd., Efland
  • Rogers Road Community Center: 101 Edgar St., Chapel Hill
  • Cedar Grove Community Center: 5800 NC 86N, Hillsborough
  • Orange County Public Library: 137 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough
  • The Cybrary: 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro

Need a ride to a cooling center? Orange County Mobility on Demand (MOD) provides service throughout the county Fri. July 28 until 9 pm and Sat. July 29 from 9 am to 8 pm. MOD transportation is $5 per ride. Ages 12 and under are free. Information on how to sign up here:https://www.orangecountync.gov/2624/MOD


Posted July 27, 2023

Hot Temperatures Expected This Weekend

Orange County is expecting temperatures well above normal and an elevated heat index from Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30. The National Weather Service is predicting Saturday, July  29 to be the hottest day this weekend with high temperatures of 100F or above. 

Dangerously high temperatures and humidity can quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken. Consecutive days of dangerous heat indices have a cumulative affect on the body, significantly increasing the potential for heat related illnesses. Please take extra precautions and limit any outside work or activities. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible, and be sure to drink plenty of water!

More information:


Prompt and United Response to Fire on West Franklin Street

A group of business and community leaders, including Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, the Town of Chapel Hill, and The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro continues to discuss how to best support businesses in the 400 block of West Franklin Street that were impacted by a fire that occurred on Saturday, July 22.

The group expresses their gratitude and appreciation to the many first responders and neighboring agencies who responded to this call, including Chapel Hill and Carrboro Fire Departments. The group commends their timely and effective response. Their dedication and bravery prevented any public injuries and put out the fire. The three Chapel Hill firefighters who suffered minor injuries are doing well.

As the business support efforts move forward, the priority remains supporting the affected businesses and their employees. The following establishments have sustained damage due to the fire, smoke, or water: Mediterranean Deli, Bakery, and Catering; db sutton & company; Moshi Moshi Means Hello; Simply Audrey; and Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

The electricity has been restored for most adjacent buildings, but some rooftops sustained minor smoke damage. There is also a possibility of water damage.

The Town of Chapel Hill is working closely with affected business owners to make sure they have the support they need throughout the re-opening process. Building inspectors are expediting the process, while maintaining safety as a top priority.

In response to the fire’s impact on Mediterranean Deli, Bakery, and Catering specifically, a GoFundMe campaign has been established. The primary objective of this fund is to provide financial support to the employees, ensuring they receive the necessary assistance during this challenging time.

We recognize the significance of these establishments as pillars of our community, and our collective support will be essential in helping them recover and rebuild. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as this group assesses the needs of the affected businesses.

The Chapel Hill Fire Department continues to investigate the cause of the fire. As more updates become available, we will keep the community informed. Together we can demonstrate the resilience and spirit that defines Chapel Hill.


Animal Services offers grant program for animal welfare initiatives

Orange County Animal Services is offering The Pat Sanford Animal Welfare Grant, a program to support animal welfare initiatives and projects in Orange County, thanks to a generous donation from Friends of Orange County Animal Shelter for that purpose. This is the eighth year the award has been offered, and it will be awarded for initiatives up to $500. Applications must be received by Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023.

The grant can be used for a wide range of pilot or seed projects or to supplement other programs, projects, and grants which support companion animals, including those animals used in recreation or therapy. It is available to individuals, groups, and organizations and although the recipients do not have to live in Orange County, the funds must be used to aid animal welfare efforts in Orange County. Past recipients include Hope Animal Rescue, Independent Animal Rescue, NC Therapeutic Riding Center, Pet Pals, Trestle Leaf Web Design, Carolina Boxer Rescue, Our Wild Neighbors and Meals on Wheels of Orange County.

The program honors Pat Sanford, former Executive Director of the Animal Protection Society of Orange County (APS). Sanford served there for 17 years, where she pushed for spay/neuter to combat the county’s pet overpopulation problem and helped expand the APS twice. After her retirement in 2002, Sanford continued her work for Orange County animals and served on the county’s Animal Services Advisory Board for several years.

Sanford’s accomplishments are vast and her contributions helped Orange County become one of the leading counties in the state and country for animal placement, recovery, and overall well-being. The grants awarded in her honor will support efforts that exemplify the same dedication and commitment to animal welfare in Orange County. The initial donation will sustain the program for a 10-year period. Additional donations are welcomed to increase the annual award amount and to extend the period in which the grant is awarded. 

For more information on the grant, to find the application, and to find out more about giving opportunities for this program, visit www.orangecountync.gov/368/Pat-Sanford-Animal-Welfare-Award.


Elliott Road Extension Opens Friday, July 28

The Town of Chapel Hill’s project to extend to South Elliott Road is complete and will open for public use on Friday, July 28, 2023 at 8 a.m.

This road is a vital component of the Ephesus Church/Fordham Small Area planning initiative, which recommends improvements to current roads and intersections in what is now referred to as the Blue Hill District. New roads like Elliott Road Extension allow for safer and more efficient bicycle and vehicle access.

The goal of this plan is to consider current traffic conditions, define future land uses, and determine solutions for the existing streets and intersection to encourage reinvestment in study area properties. This road infrastructure supports the increase in both residential and commercial growth.

In January 2017, Council accepted 25% design plans that included:

      • widening Elliott Road on the west side of Fordham Boulevard
      • improving the Elliott-Fordham intersection
      • adding half of a mile of protected bike lanes and a multi-use path on both sides of the new road
      • installing a roundabout on Ephesus Church Road; and
      • improving the right-turn lane on northbound Fordham Boulevard to turn onto South Elliott Road

Construction for Elliott Road Extension began in January 2021. The Mayor and representatives from many Town departments participated in a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, July 27, to signify the opening of this important connection.


Posted July 25, 2023

BIPOC Carrboro voices needed on greenway

The Town of Carrboro has a summertime engagement effort underway about the Bolin Creek Greenway: “Which way for the greenway?” They are looking to increase engagement by BIPOC residents of Carrboro in their survey. Read more about the project and click below to take the survey.


Carrboro Mayor’s Message to the Community about Bolin Creek Greenway Survey

Dear Neighbors:

Today I write with excitement about the promise of completing Carrboro’s network of greenways, and with an invitation to participate in a community survey at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2869/Bolin-Creek-Greenway-Engagement-Survey 

For many years, Carrboro residents have supported improvements to our network of sidewalks, bikeways, and greenways to better connect our neighborhoods with each other and to schools and jobs, parks, civic and social opportunities, and our downtown. Together with our significant investments in the fare-free Chapel Hill Transit system, these improvements provide more options for more people for recreation and mobility throughout the community.

We’re making progress, slowly but steadily:

      • Since the Bolin Creek Greenway concept plan was approved in 2009, we have completed two phases of the project. The Wilson Park Multi-use Path connects Wilson Park and nearby neighborhoods, Estes Drive, Estes Park Apartments, and the walking trails of the Adams Tract. The Homestead Road–Chapel Hill High School Multi-use Path connects the Winmore and Claremont neighborhoods to Chapel Hill High School, Smith Middle School, and Seawell Elementary School .
      • Since the Morgan Creek Greenway concept plan was approved in 2010, design of the first phase is nearly finished. This phase will connect the Berryhill and Canterbury  neighborhoods to Smith Level Road and planned greenway segments in Chapel Hill. Future phases will connect to neighborhoods near Jones Ferry Road, University Lake, and Carrboro High School.
      • The first segment of the Jones Creek Greenway was completed in 2011 from the future Twin Creeks (Moniese Nomp) Park to Morris Grove Elementary. Construction of the short connection to the Ballentine, Legends at Lake Hogan, and Lake Hogan Farms neighborhoods is expected to begin next year. Future phases will connect to the Fox Meadow and Winmore neighborhoods.

Now we need your help with a survey about the remaining phases of the Bolin Creek Greenway. Your input at this early stage will help the Town plan and design these phases, address engineering and environmental details, and secure federal funding and other grants to make the project a reality. While this public engagement is occurring, staff are reviewing the alternative greenway options in the concept plan for any technical or regulatory challenges.

Your survey responses will be considered along with previous public input, technical and scientific findings from professional field investigations, and the updated technical and regulatory review .

As you respond to the survey, I encourage you to think about how you and your neighbors use the greenways in Carrboro and Chapel Hill today. How do you envision using them in the future? What are the opportunities for connections and destinations? How can a complete greenway network support our recreational, transportation, environmental, and health goals as a community?

Your responses are important to us. Please learn more about the Bolin Creek Greenway concept plan at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2762/Bolin-Creek-Greenway  and share your thoughts through the online survey at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2869/Bolin-Creek-Greenway-Engagement-Survey  


Orange County Elections Board sworn in, holds first meeting


Back row: Forrest Heath, Jr.; David Kolbinsky; and Jason Roberts, Secretary 
Front row: Jamie Cox, Chair; and Elvira Mebane

Orange County’s five-person Board of Elections was sworn in on Tuesday, July 18, and held its first meeting.

Jamie Cox was appointed Chair by Governor Roy Cooper, who appoints the chair for all 100 county boards of elections.

The other members of the board–two Democrats and two Republicans–are appointed by the State Board of Elections as recommended by county party chairs. All members serve two-year terms.

After being administered the oath of office by Orange County Clerk of Superior Court Mark Kleinschmidt, the Board organized and unanimously elected Jason Roberts as Secretary to the Board.


CHHS CLASS OF 1973 REUNITES FOR GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION

The members of the Chapel Hill High School Class of 1973 and their invited guests are excited to commemorate their 50 year graduation and celebrate with numerous events in Chapel Hill throughout the weekend of Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 6, 2023—the first to take place over three-days.  Beachy Riggsbee Sanders, Chair of the CHHS 50th Class Reunion Planning Committee, in a recent written interview expounded upon the reunion. 

“50 years and here we are…it is so exciting!” says, Beachy Riggsbee Sanders, Chair, CHHS 50th Class Reunion Planning Committee.  She noted that it was an honor to have served her fellow alums.  “The fact that we have so many classmates, their spouses and significant others who are willing to travel to North Carolina to share in this moment with us is rewarding…” says Sanders.

For close to a year, the 50th Reunion Planning Committee has been meeting, planning, reaching out to find “lost” classmates, acquiring venues, and taking care of details.  She added, “I would like to thank the planning committee for their dedication and hard work.  They, along with other classmates, went above and beyond with their support, donations, and service to make our 50th Class Reunion a reality.  This group of people made it happen!”

“We have found some classmates and will continue our efforts even after the Reunion to find even more that we can reach out to and gather information about so that they can be included in our database to receive updates of events happening in the future.  During this Reunion, I am hopeful that the Class of 1973 will continue to talk to one another, have opportunities to see each other on occasions, and to keep our connections and the bonds that we have reestablished with each other or just to say HELLO!”… Sanders concluded.

Interesting Fact about the Reunion: 

This 50th Class Reunion, the so called “Golden Jubilee” could easily be considered a misnomer or inaccurate designation, given that this class actually first came together in September, 1966. At that time, for the purposes of integration, the Chapel Hill City School’s Board-mandated and created, Lincoln Six Grade Center, at the former Lincoln High School building, the school system’s current administration building, Lincoln Center. It was the only sixth grade school in the district for one-year—the 1966-67 school year.  Dr. Paul N. Pritchard was the school principal.

It was the tumultuous and turbulent 1960’s.  The uncertainty of the times as society was turned upside down in so many different ways—from desegregation to integration, from blues and beach music to the Beatles and Rock and Roll.  This class was a role model for the classes that followed us. We came together and lived and worked together, as young people, then, to forge our way forward.  We learned, in the process, to respect each other—our similarities and our differences, as well as our common humanity. Our diversity has become our strength, and our legacy will bear witness of the same.

Attendees will visit the newly built Chapel Hill High School (construction completed 2021) on the same grounds where alumni attended; it was the only high school in Chapel Hill in 1973. 

Classmates are encouraged to explore and visit some of their favorite places of their youth in “a stroll down memory lane” while in Chapel Hill—the Southern Part of Heaven.


The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Board of Directors announces the appointment of Rebecca Mormino as Executive Director

Rebecca Mormino is a seasoned communications and engagement specialist with over fifteen years of experience orchestrating large-scale events, developing partnerships, and cultivating meaningful community connections. In her most recent role as the Assistant Director of External Affairs at the UNC’s Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Rebecca was pivotal in amplifying the institute’s mission to a global audience.

She has been instrumental in conceptualizing and launcing the institute’s translational research initiatives, and has significantly contributed to reshaping its brand identity, further strengthening its position in the thought leadership sector. Before joining the Kenan Institute, Rebecca refined her skills at several prominent arts festivals and organizations in the Triangle —including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Hopscotch Music Festival, Moogfest, and Merge Records. She managed large-scale events, public programming, and collaborations with creative agencies and sponsors, including Google Play and Squarespace.

A Chapel Hill resident for over two decades and a proud alum of UNC-Chapel Hill, Rebecca is deeply committed to supporting local businesses and promoting the unique arts and culture that makes Chapel Hill an exceptional place to live.

Some fun facts about Rebecca:

In her early 20s, she went on tour with bands like Superchunk and Sonic Youth, selling their t-shirts and merchandise for two years. As a result, she’s visited every state in the continental U.S.!

She lived in Florence, Italy and attended school there three times in her life, and hopes to gain dual citizenship, as her father’s family is from Sicily.

She’s a big fan of horror movies!


Calling “Moth-ers” of all ages to come celebrate National Moth Week

National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. National Moth Week is being held, worldwide, July 22 – 30. NMW offers everyone, everywhere a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and contribute scientific data about moths where they live. Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, NMW participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on other life history aspects around the globe. Visit the National Moth Week organization online for more information.

You can join the Carrboro National Moth Week iNaturalist project on their website and participate anytime during the week,  or you can join us on Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr Park for an  evening of moth-ing 

Moth Night
When: Friday, July 28 at 8:00 p.m. -10 p.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park Small Pavilion (1120 Hillsborough Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516)
Who: All ages are welcome, no RSVP is required. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
What: Join us for an in-person event celebrating National Moth Week in Carrboro. Meet at the small pavilion for a brief introduction to moth identification and how to use the iNaturalist app to log your observations then join staff at our light stations set up in the park to see what moths you can find!

Bring your:

      • Smartphone/Device/Camera
      • Flashlight/Headlamp (the pathway is not illuminated)
      • Refillable water bottle
      •  A sense of adventure as we collect data for this exciting citizen science project!

Contact Heather Holley at hholley@carrboronc.gov or 919.548.9412 for more information. In the event of bad weather, please call/text Heather Holley 919.548.9412  or follow the Carrboro Stormwater Instagram page (@townofcarrborostormwater) to learn if the program has been canceled/postponed/rescheduled.


Posted July 20, 2023


Join the Carrboro Police Department at National Night Out

The Carrboro Police Department invites the community to come out for the National Night Out event being held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St.

There will be games, free food (provided by Monterrey Mexican Restaurant), activities, a dunk tank, a youth bike skills course (provided by the Carrboro Bike Coalition), and many organizations in attendance with tables. 

Feel free to drop by, and bring the kids! 

Background

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. 

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while keeping a true sense of community. It provides an excellent opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

For more information about National Night Out, please visit https://natw.org


Attention Anglers: Come share your thoughts on the Community Fishing Program

A representative from the  North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will be out at the Anderson Community Park Fishing Pond, 302 N Carolina Hwy 54 W, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, Thursday, July 20, to conduct outreach interviews with local anglers (18 years and older) about the Community Fishing Program. If you frequent the fishing pond, we would love for you to stop by and share your thoughts.

The representative will be at the fishing pond from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, 2023.

Also, in case you missed it, the NCWRC recently restocked the pond with catfish to help make your fishing adventures more enjoyable.


Take the Orange County Strategic Priorities Survey

Orange County Government continually strives to make our strategic priorities a reality. In doing so, it’s critical to evaluate the level of service we provide across all service areas, whether it’s creating a vibrant economy, fostering environmental stewardship, facilitating resident well-being, or any other key community needs. We need your thoughts on issues like economic development, the county’s recreational facilities, transportation, and how safe you feel in your community. That’s why we’re reaching out with this survey, and if you could give us 10-15 minutes of your time, your insights will be invaluable.

Your anonymous answers to the Orange County Community Survey will provide Commissioners and staff with vital feedback concerning opportunities and challenges facing our community. Please have anyone 18 years or older in your household complete the survey.

If you have any questions about the Orange County Community Survey, please contact Ryan Murray, ETC Institute’s Project Manager at Ryan.Murray@ETCInstitute.com or call (913) 254-4598.



Roberts named County Attorney of the Year by state association

Orange County Attorney John Roberts was named the outstanding County Attorney of the Year by the N.C. Association of County Attorneys (NCACA) at its annual conference in July.

“John has been a great asset and advocate for county issues,” said Whitney Parrish, the Lee County Attorney who is the current NCACA President. “During his time as president, he has worked diligently on an internship program to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in those entering local government law.”

Roberts has served as Orange County Attorney since April 2009. Prior to coming to Orange County, he served as County Attorney for Stanly County for two years.

As county attorney, he serves as in-house general counsel for the county government with a focus on North Carolina local government law, contracts, cybersecurity, privacy, and data breach response.

“I’m honored to receive this recognition,” Roberts said. “I have to emphasize that everything I worked on was part of a team effort. The other association officers, Whitney Parrish, Heather Baker, and Misty Leland and also Amy Bason with the NCACC and Kara Millonzi with the School of Government, did the hard work and my responsibilities were easy by comparison.”

Roberts is a graduate of Davenport University and holds a J.D. from NC Central University and an MPA from N.C. State University.


Community Climate Action Grant Open for FY23-24 Funding

The application period for Orange County’s Community Climate Action Grant is open for FY23-24. An estimated $282,042 in funding will be provided to support community expansion of climate change mitigation and resilience projects that build on Orange County’s long history of sustainable actions.  An additional $282,042 in funding will be set aside to fund applications from either of Orange County’s two public school districts.

All public and non-profit entities and small businesses are eligible to apply.  Details on grant eligibility, scoring and application materials are available at the grant program website.  The deadline to apply is Aug. 18, 2023.


Uproar Festival of Public Art is a new arts festival that launched this week in Orange County

From July 14 through Aug. 12, 60 bold, high-impact, outdoor works of art will be showcased throughout the downtown communities of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough.

The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau will provide FREE trolley transportation in Chapel Hill and Carrboro on Saturdays (July 15 – August 12) from 12-8pm. The route can be found on the Uproar Map. It’s free, accessible and air conditioned!   An online map is available at https://uproarfestnc.com/art and https://artsorange.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/MAP.pdf  

Cash prizes will be awarded based on public voting and a jury panel of experts.

More than 100 artists from throughout the Southeast applied to be a part of Uproar. Ultimately, 60 artists were selected from four states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Arkansas. 

Each work will have an accompanying sign with a QR code that links to a webpage for visitors to score that piece of art. The work with the highest score will win the $10,000 People’s Choice Prize.    

The winner will be announced at the Closing Party on Saturday, Aug. 12 (6-9 p.m.) at the Eno Arts Mill in Hillsborough. Like the festival itself, the ceremony is free and open to all.

To learn more about the festival, visit https://uproarfestnc.com/ 


Bus Tracking Upgrade

New app and mobile site improve on previous versions

On July 17, 2023, Chapel Hill Transit customers have a new way to maximize their public transit commute. We are excited to roll-out our next iteration of bus tracking capabilities on a mobile app: CH Transit. Customers can install the app from their mobile app store; and if preferred, use the mobile-friendly website mychtransit.org.

This service improvement comes after a period without the technology available to customers due to changes in the cellular data network, a global pandemic, supply chain issues, and a new vendor partnership. Customers will be able to use CH Transit to locate the nearest bus stop, find routes, and estimated arrival times of their bus. Other options will allow customers to favorite their routes and stops, receive service alerts, or contact Chapel Hill Transit. The mobile site, mychtransit.org, can provide more information like capacity of buses.

Behind the scenes, the software provides the Chapel Hill Transit team with accurate data for analyzing and planning — all leading to more informed decisions and a better transit system.

Customers who currently track buses using Next Bus or Transloc will need to transition to the CH Transit app, as those will no longer be supported soon. We thank our customers for their patience during the technology’s absence and invite your feedback through email: chtransit@townofchapelhill.org


Posted July 13, 2023

Chelsea vs. Wrexham July 19

A significant increase of visitors is anticipated in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community when UK soccer teams Chelsea and Wrexham play at Kenan Memorial Stadium the evening of Wednesday, July 19, as part of the 2023 FC Series. These are two giant UK soccer clubs with international reputations.

Please expect an increase in traffic starting on July 17 and give yourself plenty of time to get around the area over the next few days.

Use these resources to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get around Chapel Hill:


National Night Out

The Town of Chapel Hill invites you and your neighbors to join its Police, Fire, Housing, and Parks and Recreation Departments — along with churches and community organizations — for free food, games, music, and family fun on National Night Out, Tuesday, August 1.

This year’s celebration is a big one as the community-building campaign celebrates 40 years!

National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships and stronger community safety across the country. The event is celebrated each year on the first Tuesday in August.

This year the Town is hosting block parties in four neighborhoods:

      • Hargraves Center, 216 N. Roberson St., 6–8 p.m.
      • Eastwood, Piney Mountain Rd. and Louis Armstrong Ct., 5–7 p.m.
      • South Estes Drive (Ridgefield), S. Estes Dr. at Fordham Blvd., 5–7 p.m.
      • Colony Woods, Jackie Robinson St. and Adelaide Walters St., 5–7 p.m.

View our National Night Out 2023 flyer in five languages!


July Traffic-Safety Initiatives

The Chapel Hill Police Department is planning several pedestrian safety enforcement operations in July, in addition to normal patrols. Scheduled special operations include – but are not limited to – the following dates:

      • Wednesday, July 12, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      • Tuesday, July 18, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      • Friday, July 21, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      • Thursday, July 27, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change

Each effort will focus on areas with heavy pedestrian and bicycle traffic, including downtown, and mid-block crosswalks (ex. along the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Estes Drive corridors). We encourage everyone traveling, regardless of your mode of transportation, to remember that community safety is a shared responsibility.

The Chapel Hill Police Department is also planning several speed enforcement operations in July – in addition to normal patrols – with the main goal of improving safety for everyone who shares roads.

      • Tuesday, July 11, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      • Tuesday, July 18, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
      • Tuesday, July 25, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change

Footwork, Off the Field

You should expect to see more people walking, biking, and rolling in Chapel Hill as Chelsea and Wrexham soccer fans here at home, from across the country, and around the world, head to Chapel Hill for the teams’ highly-anticipated match on Wednesday, July 19.

No matter your method of transportation, make sure you give yourself extra time to get where you’re going. Drivers, drop the distractions, slow down, and leave room for your neighbors and the many visitors who will be in Chapel Hill. View match transportation and parking information here.

Vision Zero

On October 13, 2021, Chapel Hill’s Town Council adopted a Vision Zero Resolution, which states that traffic injuries and deaths are not inevitable “accidents” but preventable crashes. The Town committed to eliminating all transportation and mobility related deaths and serious injuries by 2031. This will be achieved through a comprehensive and holistic approach to designing safe roadway systems for all users no matter how they choose to move throughout the community. View the resolution here.


DCHC MPO Seeks Public Comment on Regional Short Range Transportation Plan

Input Requested by July 26

Now is the time to give your input on our region’s short range transportation plan.  We want to hear from people interested in bicycle, pedestrian, transit, rail, and highway transportation projects and hear how the funding of these projects impacts you. 

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) seeks input by July 26. Please weigh in on the upcoming adoption of the FY 2024-2033 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP identifies highway, bus, rail, bicycle, pedestrian, and other transportation projects for this region over the next 10 years. Projects in the DCHC MPO TIP are a subset of projects from the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which contains projects across all of North Carolina. The first four years of the TIP must also match the first four years of the DCHC MPO Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

Residents and other stakeholders are asked to review the FY 2024-2033 TIP on the DCHC MPO website and provide comments at www.bit.ly/FY24-33TIP, or by email, or by calling (919) 503-4119 no later than July 26.

Residents are encouraged to provide comments directly to the DCHC MPO Board, either in person or virtually, at the Board’s public hearing for this item on Wednesday, August 9, at 9 a.m.  Send your request to speak at the hearing by email or by calling (919) 503-4119. The board meeting livestream will also be available for viewing on the DCHC MPO YouTube.

About the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization

The DCHC MPO is responsible for planning and programming state and federal transportation projects in all of Durham County and the urbanized areas of Orange County and Chatham County.  To learn more, follow the DCHC MPO Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up-to-date on news about their transportation planning efforts.


SPEND LABOR DAY WITH OCLW  

On Labor Day afternoon (Sept. 4 from 2 to 6 pm), we’re hosting a concert fundraiser at the beautiful Pluck Farm

We’ll reveal more details on our website and on social media in the coming weeks, but save the date for incredible local music, beer by living wage employer Steel String Brewery, and a celebration of local workers. 


Orange County Housing Dept. Announces Changes to Emergency Housing Assistance Program

The Orange County Housing Department has moved to a new set of eligibility guidelines for households requesting emergency housing assistance. Eligible households include those facing eviction, utility disconnection, or exiting homelessness. There are no income restrictions associated with qualifying for assistance, however, proof of income is required to apply. Additionally, there remains a $6,000 cap on the amount of funding a household can receive during a calendar year

The Orange County Housing Department, in collaboration with the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough, has administered the emergency housing assistance (EHA) program since early 2020. Full program information, including applications and the online application portal, can be found here.

“Emergency housing assistance has been successful in keeping individuals and families from being evicted, going without power or water, and from experiencing homelessness,” explained Corey Root, director of housing. “Our program changes reflect a tighter focus on assisting our most vulnerable residents.”

The Orange County Housing Department offers a variety of trauma-informed programs to help low-income residents remain in their homes or, if they are experiencing homeless, to find temporary shelter and long-term housing. Services include: emergency housing assistance, housing choice vouchers (formerly known as Section 8), housing repair and rehabilitation, property tax assistance for longtime homeowners, street outreach, and a housing helpline. For more information, visit the Orange County Housing Department website.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A HOUSING CRISIS:

      • Call the Housing Helpline 919-245-2655, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to speak with a member of our staff. Voicemails may be left anytime.
      • Email housinghelp@orangecountync.gov.
      • Drop by for in-person hours:
        • Mondays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the IFC Commons, 110 West Main St, Carrboro
        • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

Tax Department offers e-billing solution to pay property tax bills

The Orange County Tax Department offers the option to enroll in e-billing to pay property tax bills through the county’s official online payment solution, MyOrangeCountyNC.

Electronic billing, or e-billing, is a convenient and secure way to receive your official property tax bills. If you choose to enroll, you will no longer receive property tax bills through the mail. Future statements will be delivered via email each year.

The deadline to enroll in ebilling for 2023 property tax bills is Friday, July 21. Click the link above to get started.


Senior Center to offer free memory screenings

Memory screenings are an important part of a good health and wellness routine for people of all ages. Screenings take just a few minutes, consist of a series of questions, and are conducted one-on-one with a certified screener. 

Schedule a time with our MOCA Certified staff to complete a screening and learn more about you or a loved one’s specific areas of cognitive strength and challenge. Appointments are 15 minutes.

Contact the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087 or AgingTransitions@OrangeCountyNC.gov  to schedule your appointment.



Movies Under the Stars Returns to Forest Theatre During July, August

Kids of all ages can catch a fun, free movie in an iconic location as Movies Under the Stars returns to Forest Theatre for the summer. Sponsored by Community Arts & Culture, Chapel Hill Public Library, and UNC Arts Everywhere, Movies Under the Stars features a diverse array of animated movies on Thursday evenings during July and August:

July 20              The Princess and The Frog
July 27              Turning Red
August 10         Sing!
August 17         Shrek

The movies will begin at sundown and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and water, as well as a flashlight for when the movie is over. Free popcorn will be provided.

This year, there’s additional fun before the movie starts, with a DJ Dance Party and frozen treats for sale from different local vendors each week, including Mapleview Farms, Alsie’s, and Mike’s Icys. Pre-show fun starts at 7:15 p.m.

Movies Under the Stars is a collaborative effort of the town and the university to offer free, family-friendly entertainment during the summer months. The planning partners jointly curated the movies for this year, with a focus on diversity. “In choosing films such as The Princess and The Frog and Turning Red, we wanted to make sure that all Chapel Hill kids feel represented and celebrated,” said Susan Brown, Director of Community Arts & Culture and Chapel Hill Public Library.

Brown also said that ending the series with Shrek is a way to connect with UNC students and welcome them, whether they are first-year or returning students. “Last year, we ended with High School Musical and had a great turnout from UNC students, who sang along to every word. We chose Shrek as another nostalgic favorite and hope to see students with us again this year.”

Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture aims to inspire creativity and celebrate community for a better Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill Public Library’s mission is to spark curiosity, inspire learning, and create connections. UNC Arts Everywhere strives to make the arts a fundamental part of the University culture and daily campus life.



The board of directors of PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro has named Erin Riney as the non-profit’s new executive director, effective July 5. 

In addition to prior non-profit advocacy work and numerous volunteer roles, her past experience includes over 15 years as a community college educator and student champion. Chief among her many projects include collaborating with students to create Durham Technical Community College’s robust campus food pantry and spearheading the creation of interconnected holistic student supports for student parents and those experiencing housing insecurity and other basic needs challenges. 

Riney also led a statewide alliance of other college pantries, created the college’s civic and community engagement office, and wrote a college success textbook that has been utilized by community colleges across the state to help first-generation students navigate higher education. A resident of Chapel Hill since 2004, she is passionate about developing inclusive, equitable solutions to engage and support our Chapel Hill and Carrboro neighbors. 

“PORCH’s neighbors-helping-neighbors model provides the foundation for food justice work that can transform a community,” says Riney. “At the heart of the organization’s efforts is the sense of community formed between donors, volunteers, PORCH program participants, and community partner organizations – and I look forward to working with them all as we continue to address the problem of hunger and its root causes right here in our backyard.”

“PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro prides itself on 13 years of steady growth and program enhancement,” says Laura Malinchock, board chair. “We have filled gaps, worked with partners to enroll families who need our support, prioritized cultural preferences, and identified fresh food partners – all while navigating economic downturns and a global pandemic. Our board has embarked on a new strategic plan to meet the growing demands of families facing food insecurity. We want to strengthen our infrastructure, our leadership, and our programs to meet this increasing need. Our board is shifting from one that was operationally focused to a governing board with staff to support our mission. The addition of Erin to our team is crucial to our future growth. We look forward to supporting her in this new season of leadership for our beloved organization.”   

PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro fights hunger by mobilizing neighbors, building community, and providing fresh, healthy food to families, local pantries, and schools. Since its founding in 2010, PORCH has provided more than $5 million in hunger relief to Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents. In 2022, PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro provided a record amount of hunger relief – $824,900 in fresh food, non-perishable goods, and grocery gift card support. Each month, about 280 volunteers serve more than 550 families – about 2,275 individuals, which includes 1,300 children. Learn more at chapelhill.porchcommunities.org.


Posted July 5, 2023

Coffee with a Chapel Hill Cop

Join the Guardians of the Hill for Coffee with a Cop from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Flying Biscuit Cafe at 201 S. Estes Drive.

The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the community they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.


Town of Chapel Hill to Receive $1 Million RAISE Grant 

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Town of Chapel Hill a $1,000,000 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. This grant program helps communities around the country carry out projects with significant local or regional impact.  

The Town’s grant proposal includes funding for feasibility studies for the Everywhere to Everywhere (E2E) Greenways project. The goal of the project is to work toward a multimodal network of facilities that connects schools, shopping, parks, healthcare opportunities, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

When fully complete, 57 percent of Chapel Hill residents will live within 1/4 mile of a transportation greenway.


Raney Preserve Added to Stillhouse Bottom Natural Area

On June 26, the Town Council, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and other community partners celebrated the addition of the 25-acre Raney Preserve to the greater Stillhouse Bottom Natural Area in southern Chapel Hill. 

This Preserve is now free from future development and has perpetual public access. Adding this land to the Preserve supports strategies in the Town’s Climate Action Plan, like enhancing green infrastructure through partnerships. 

The process began In January 2021, when the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc. and the North Carolina Botanical Garden requested the Town’s support to help purchase approximately 25 acres of privately held property to add to its Stillhouse Bottom Nature Preserve. In November 2021, the Town Council resolved to pledge the requested contribution to be used for the purchase. The three organizations have a long history of collaborating, including on other land acquisitions for conservation purposes.


Town of Chapel Hill Receives Grant from AARP 

The Town of Chapel Hill is one of seven organizations chosen to receive 2023 Community Challenge grants from the AARP. Grantees will implement quick-action projects that help communities become more livable by improving public places; transportation; housing; digital connections; diversity, equity and inclusion; and more, with an emphasis on the needs of adults ages 50 and older.

Chapel Hill will use grant funds to install pedestrian refuge medians and traffic calming apparatus to help prevent deaths and serious injuries to pedestrians.


DCHC MPO Seeks Public Comment on Transportation and Air Quality

Now is the time to give your input on proposed changes to our region’s long-range transportation plan. The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) wants to hear from people interested in bicycle, pedestrian, transit and highway transportation projects and their effect on air quality.

The 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan identifies future highway, bus, rail, bicycle, pedestrian, and other transportation projects for this region over the next 30 years. The Air Quality report demonstrates that the region will continue to attain air quality goals with the implementation of the amended 2050 MTP. 

Residents are encouraged to provide comments to the DCHC MPO Board, either in person or virtually, at the Board’s public hearing for this item on Wednesday, August 9, at 9 a.m. 


Chapel Hill Police Charge Four People Following Attempted Vehicle Break-Ins

The Chapel Hill Police Department arrested and charged four people following attempted vehicle break-ins this week, as investigators continue to look into an increase in vehicle break-ins this year – a trend communities across the region are experiencing.

Just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, officers saw several people pulling on vehicle door handles in a parking deck at Flemington Road and Glen Lennox Drive.

The following people face charges in this case:

  • Daquan Lamarcus Hart, 19, of Durham
    • Misdemeanor Attempted Breaking Entering Motor Vehicle
    • Misdemeanor Conspiracy
    • Warrant for Possession of a Stolen Firearm
  • Jordan Keyshawn Bey, 20, of Durham
    • Misdemeanor Attempted Breaking Entering Motor Vehicle
    • Misdemeanor Conspiracy
  • Jayvian Clarence Pegram, 19, of Durham
    • Misdemeanor Attempted Breaking Entering Motor Vehicle
    • Misdemeanor Conspiracy
  • Javari Deshawn Jacobs, 20, of Greensboro
    • Misdemeanor Conspiracy

This year, the Chapel Hill Police Department has received 275 reports of breaking and entering vehicles, compared to 181 reports by this time last year.

Follow These Steps

In many of these cases, vehicles are left unlocked or valuable items are left in plain sight. The Department’s Community Services Unit is sharing these reminders:

  • Always lock your vehicle, even if you are just stepping away for a few minutes
  • Do not leave your purse, wallet, phone, or other valuables inside
  • Place items out of sight if you have to leave them in your vehicle
  • If you have a gun, do not leave it in your car

Hyundai & Kia Theft Risk

Certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles are being stolen at a higher rate, due to a vulnerability. Visit these websites to learn whether your Hyundai or Kia vehicle is affected.

In addition to anti-theft software upgrades, Hyundai Motor America recently sent free steering wheel locks to the Chapel Hill Police Department. Some of these locks are still available for drivers of affected vehicles.

If you’re interested in picking up a free lock, stop by Police Headquarters at 828 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard any time Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.


July is Parks and Recreation Month in Carrboro

July is Parks and Recreation Month in Carrboro, as proclaimed by Mayor Damon Seils. 

 “I encourage all residents to enjoy our parks and natural areas, to take advantage of classes, camps, programs, and events provided by the Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Department, and to share appreciation and thanks with the department’s many dedicated employees and volunteers,” Mayor Seils said. 

 The National Park and Recreation Association has designated the theme of this year’s celebration as “Where Community Grows!” (hashtag #WhereCommunityGrows). 

 Parks and recreation programs are an integral part of communities because they help establish and maintain a good quality of life, contribute to the health of residents, and support the economic and environmental well-being of the community and the region.


OWASA Receives National Recognition for Commitment to High-Quality Drinking Water

Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) received three awards in June from the Partnership for Safe Water: 10-Year Excellence in Water Treatment; Five-Year Presidents Award for Distribution System Operations; and 10-Year Directors Award for Distribution System Operations for 2022. These awards were presented to OWASA at AWWA’s ACE 23 Conference in Toronto, Canada.

OWASA is a member of the Partnership for Safe Water (Partnership), led by six organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The goal of the partnership’s programs are to improve the quality of water delivered to customers by optimizing water treatment and distribution operations and improving performance above and beyond regulatory levels.

OWASA successfully optimized drinking water treatment processes to achieve higher standards than mandated by the state and the EPA. The 10-year Excellence in Water Treatment award celebrates OWASA’s continued commitment and success in meeting these goals for ten consecutive years.

The Five-Year Presidents and 10-Year Directors awards for Distribution System Operations are given to systems that successfully completed self-assessment and continuous improvement planning while demonstrating and maintaining outstanding performance and commitment to the community.  

OWASA is passionate about the partnership and the positive impacts it has had on operational performance, the organization’s culture and the ability to provide excellent service to the communities it serves.

Mary Darr, OWASA’s General Manager of Operations, sees these awards as a positive indicator of OWASA’s success. “Public health, our customers’ satisfaction with their service and confidence in us as their water and sewer utility are always our first priorities,” she said. “Participating in the Partnership for Safe Water and earning these awards demonstrate to our community that we are going the extra mile and performing well amongst our peers.”

OWASA has participated in the overall Partnership program since 2002. In addition to these water treatment and distribution system awards, OWASA’s Mason Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Partnership for Clean Water Directors Award in Wastewater Treatment in 2021.


Orange County discontinues pet licensing program, fee

Orange County, North Carolina, will no longer require pet licensing fees as of July 1, 2023. The discontinuation of this licensing program was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in accordance with recommendations made by Orange County Animal Services (OCAS).

This licensing program was primarily established to help offset the costs of managing pet overpopulation. However, OCAS recognizes that this community issue can now be managed in ways that are more convenient and feasible for Orange County residents.

Animal Services recommends that all pets are microchipped and wear updated I.D. tags for visual identification. If you have lost or found a pet, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/295/Lost-Found for more resources and information.

It is a requirement in North Carolina that all cats, dogs, and ferrets over 4 months of age are vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a fatal viral infection that can affect humans and animals. Make sure your pets are current on their rabies vaccinations and consult your veterinarian for information and recommendations about any vaccinations. Visit www.orangecountync.gov/307/Rabies for more information. 

For more information about Orange County Animal Services, (including spay/neuter programs and animals available for adoption) please visit www.orangecountync.gov/AnimalServices or call 919-942-7387. 


THE CARRBORO FARMERS’ MARKET SIGNATURE ANNUAL EVENT “TOMATO DAY” RETURNS ON SATURDAY, JULY 15TH

Shoppers can enjoy slices of freshly-sliced tomatoes from market farmers, live music, guest appearances by local chefs, recipes, a town-wide raffle, and more.

On Saturday, July 15th the Carrboro Farmers’ Market will be celebrating the bounty of local tomatoes with its biggest annual event of the year – Tomato Day! Starting at 8:30am at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market (located at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W Main St in downtown Carrboro), the Market will be celebrating the summer tomato season with samples of different varieties of locally-grown tomatoes, a huge Carrboro-wide raffle, samples of tomato dishes and recipes, live music from local duo Sugaree String Society, and much more. This event is free and open to the public.

From old favorites like Sun Gold, Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, and Big Beef, to lesser-known varieties like Black Krim, Chef’s Choice, Mountain Magic, Super Sweet 100, and Tomimaru Mucho – farmers at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market grow over 70 different types of tomatoes!

From 8:30am to noon on Tomato Day, shoppers can pick up tomato “flights” to try different varieties of freshly-sliced tomatoes from CFM farmers. There will also be lots of summer recipes to inspire summer cooking with farmers market tomatoes and ingredients. Have questions about tomatoes? Ask a tomato farmer – Alex and Betsy Hitt of Peregrine Farm will be there to answer all your tomato questions.

As shoppers walk around the market, there will be samples of tomato recipes including dishes from acclaimed Chef Garret Fleming of Bombolo and from the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm Youth Program. Visitors can also find tomato specials from CFM vendors, as well as bites of tomato products and tomato pairings at vendor stalls around the market.

Brochures will be available with information on all the tomato varieties at the CFM as well as which farms grow them at both the Saturday and Wednesday markets. 

Don’t miss the town-wide Tomato Day raffle: shoppers can enter for a chance to win over 25 prizes and gift certificates from local Carrboro businesses like Weaver Street Market, Pizzeria Mercato, Orange County Social Club, This & That, Tesoro, and more.

And don’t forget the tomato swag – there will be special, limited-edition Tomato Day t-shirts designed by The Splinter Group in Carrboro and printed on ultra-soft, responsibly-sourced cotton by TS Designs in Burlington. 

CFM sponsor Southern Environmental Law Center will be giving out reusable kraft totes for anyone signing up to receive their e-newsletter. By signing up you will be sure to have the latest environmental news delivered right to your inbox.

Tomato Day is additionally supported by Laser Image Printing & Marketing, the Splinter Group, and Visit Carrboro.

Plan ahead for parking at Tomato Day! A map with free public parking in downtown Carrboro is available online through the Town of Carrboro. There are several places, such as along Fidelity Street, where on-street parking is available only during the farmers market. Market go-ers should make sure to check the on-street parking signs to make sure parking is allowed, and to NOT to park on S Laurel Ave or S Bim St. The CFM also has ample bicycle parking at the market, and is convenient to the CW, J, and F bus routes (all free through Chapel Hill Transit).


Orange County Housing Dept. Announces Changes to Emergency Housing Assistance (EHA) Program

The Orange County Housing Department has moved to a new set of eligibility guidelines for households requesting emergency housing assistance. Eligible households include those facing eviction, utility disconnection, or exiting homelessness. There are no income restrictions associated with qualifying for assistance, however, proof of income is required to apply. Additionally, there remains a $6,000 cap on the amount of funding a household can receive during a calendar year

The Orange County Housing Department, in collaboration with the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough, has administered the emergency housing assistance (EHA) program since early 2020. Full program information, including applications and the online application portal, can be found here.

“Emergency housing assistance has been successful in keeping individuals and families from being evicted, going without power or water, and from experiencing homelessness,” explained Corey Root, director of housing. “Our program changes reflect a tighter focus on assisting our most vulnerable residents.”
 
The Orange County Housing Department offers a variety of trauma-informed programs to help low-income residents remain in their homes or, if they are experiencing homeless, to find temporary shelter and long-term housing. Services include: emergency housing assistance, housing choice vouchers (formerly known as Section 8), housing repair and rehabilitation, property tax assistance for longtime homeowners, street outreach, and a housing helpline. For more information, visit the Orange County Housing Department website.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A HOUSING CRISIS:

  • Call the Housing Helpline 919-245-2655, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to speak with a member of our staff. Voicemails may be left anytime.
  • Email housinghelp@orangecountync.gov
  • Drop by for in-person hours
    1. Mondays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the IFC Commons, 110 West Main St, Carrboro
    2. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

Posted June 29, 2023

Carrboro Community Fourth of July Celebration

The annual Fourth of July Celebration will be on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at the Carrboro Town Commons from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  There will be a Kickoff Event at Weaver Street Market beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by The People’s Parade from Weaver Street to Town Hall at 10:50 a.m. 

Pre-Event Activities at Weaver Street Market

Join us on the Weaver Street Market Lawn at 9:30 a.m. for pre-event activities!  There will be a Bike/Wagon Decorating Contest along with a Costume Contest for kids.

9:30 a.m. – Pre-Event Activities Begin
9:45 a.m. – Designing & Decorating Booths (Patriotic Tattoos, Hat Making & Decorating, Patriotic Flag Coloring, Bike & Wagon Decorating)
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Registration for Costume Contest

Categories:

  • Ages 1-5
  • Ages 6-10
  • Ages 11-15
  • Family/Group
  • Bike/Trike
  • Wagon/Scooter/Other 

10:30 a.m. – Costume Contest Winners Announced
10:40 a.m. – Parade Assembly on East Weaver Street
10:50 a.m. – The People’s Parade from Weaver Street Market to Carrboro Town Hall led by The Bulltown Strutters (http://bulltownstrutters.org)

The People’s Parade

At approximately 10:50 a.m., the People’s Parade will begin and travel from Weaver Street Market to the Main Event at Carrboro Town Commons!  Dress up, bring your bikes and wagons, and join your fellow community members with a July 4th themed parade down Weaver!

Annual Reading of Frederick Douglass’ Essay

Mayor Damon Seils will host our annual gathering of community members for the annual Community Reading of Frederick Douglass’ essay, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro.”   The reading will occur in the Carrboro Century Center’s Century Hall at 12:00pm.

Live Music at Town Hall

Below are the performances scheduled for this year’s event:
11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. – Stereo Doll
12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. – Mix Tape Grab Bag
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Tre’ King Band

Other Events at Activities at Town Hall

Join us for the following during the main event from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Town Hall:

  • Jr. Firefighter Obstacle Course
  • Face Painting w/ Paint Savvy
  • Carnival Games and Inflatables (Bounce House) 
  • Baby Crawl Contest
  • Free Expression Chalk Boards
  • Toddler Square
  • Revel Cube Gaming Truck
  • Interactive Hoop Jam artist
  • Bubble Artist
  • Stilt Walker
  • Food/Drink Vendors
  • Non-Profit Booths
  • Senior Bingo from 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers
  • Pie-Eating Contest (2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.)
    • 2:00 p.m. – Ages 6-8
    • 2:15 p.m. – Ages 9-12
    • 2:30 p.m. – Ages 13-17
    • 2:45 p.m. – Ages 18 & Up

Note: Registration for the pie-eating contest is on-site at the Information Booth from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Registration is first-come, first-served and a maximum of 8 participants will be accepted.  There is no registration fee, but a waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.

  • And more!

 For updates, please visit http://www.carrborojuly4th.com


Four on the Fourth 2023

A Carrboro road race is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. Expect traffic delays around this time, and feel free to cheer on the runners! 

The four mile race begins in front of McDougle Middle School, winds through downtown Carrboro and its neighborhoods, and finishes on the McDougle track. 

McDougle Middle School is located at 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

Four on the Fourth is the first race of the Cardinal Track Club’s three-race series, Le Tour de Carrboro. These local road races support nonprofits and their work to provide people with access to healthy food, mental and health services, rehabilitation, and more! 

Learn more at https://www.cardinaltrackclub.com/ 


Downtown Chapel Hill Small Business Relocation Grant Program

Al’s Burger Shack (photo from Economic Development)

The Town of Chapel Hill Economic Development office is launching a new grant program to assist existing Downtown small businesses. The grant funding is made available through undesignated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that were allocated to the department in 2021. The grant parameters are a response to the continued redevelopment of Rosemary and Franklin Street. Recipients would be eligible to use the funds for revenue-generating space improvements, moving/relocation costs, lease payments, and gap financing to purchase commercial space. This program is made possible through a partnership with The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, which will assist in distributing grant funds to awardees.

The application will be available online on the Town website (tinyurl.com/dchgrant) starting July 1, 2023, and will remain open to receiving applications until August 30, 2023. The grant subcommittee is expected to review the applications and select the grant recipients in Fall 2023. Questions about the program guidelines or application can be sent via email to katie.bowden@townofchapelhill.org.


Traffic Alert

AT&T is performing utility work around the construction site of The 203 Project today and Friday, June 29-30. Traffic impacts will occur between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The utility work will reduce S. Greensboro Street down to one lane in this area. Flaggers will be on site directing traffic. Delays can be expected.

For more information, contact Carrboro Public Works at 919-918-7424 or PWorks@carrboronc.gov 


Chapel Hill Transit Receives $2.16M Grant for Bus Stop Improvements

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded Chapel Hill Transit an FTA grant worth $2,160,000. The FTA awarded 130 projects across the country, including eight in North Carolina, for a total of $1.7 billion from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for transit projects. The grant funded to Chapel Hill Transit will advance their bus stop improvement plan.

With more than 500 bus stops in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, the funds will build or enhance accessibility, safety, and amenities at bus stops and bus shelters. Coordinated improvements with sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, and greenways will ensure connectivity throughout the service area. This grant is a significant step in the Town’s commitment to the Vision Zero initiative.

Improving accessibility is a priority for Chapel Hill Transit. These improvements will ensure that individuals of all abilities can easily access public transportation. Improvements could include installing sidewalks with ramps for mobility devices, improving sidewalk conditions, and implementing features like tactile paving for visually impaired individuals.

Enhancing safety measures at bus stops is crucial to protect transit customers and their well-being. This may include installing better lighting to improve visibility and installing clear signage.

The bus stop improvement plan, supported by the grant award, will make public transportation more convenient, enjoyable, and inclusive for residents, visitors, and students in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. It will contribute to a more sustainable and connected community, encouraging the use of public transportation and reducing reliance on private vehicles.

Chapel Hill Transit would like to thank its team members, partners, and supporters who made the grant award possible, including the Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, UNC-Chapel Hill, NEXT Chapel Hill & Carrboro, Regional Transportation Alliance, Southern Environmental Law Center, and Congresswoman Valerie Foushee.

Stay connected to Chapel Hill Transit online at chtransit.org or follow us on social media: twitter.com/chtransit and facebook.com/chtransit


Posted June 23, 2023

Carrboro Celebrates Pollinator Week with Free Movie Screening

As part of its commitment to Bee City USA, the Town of Carrboro celebrates Pollinator Week 2023! 

Join us for a free screening of the film, Nature: The Hummingbird Effect to learn more about these pollinators.

Costa Rica is bursting with some of the most spectacular wildlife and pristine ecosystems in the world. All this diversity thrives, in part, thanks to one surprising little creature: hummingbirds. Watch how these tiny birds play an outsize role in maintaining some of the richest and wildest environments on Earth. 

The screening will be held at the Cybrary at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510,  at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2023.

Contact Laura Janway, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, with any questions at ljanway@carrboronc.gov or 919-918-7326.

More information can be found at this link: pbs.org/wnet/nature/abouthummingbird-effect/28638/.


Carrboro Pride Continues with the Food Truck Rodeo and Dance Party

Small Town Pride in Carrboro and Chapel Hill continues this June with the Pride Food Rodeo & Dance Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St.

To get the party started, join the Batalá, an international samba reggae music group, to help roll the Rainbow Ram down Weaver Street from the Century Center to Town Commons for the Pride Food Truck Rodeo & Dance Party.  Join the group at the corner of Greensboro and Weaver Streets at about 4:30 p.m. 

There will be food, dance and frolicking on the lawn! Grab your friends, and come on out! 

Bring your appetites 
So much great food will be available, so kick your weekend off right! Sample the offerings from El Molcajete, Drizzle D’s, Golden K Dog, Sister Liu’s Kitchen, Vegan Ice Cream Man, Death By Taco, Funnel Cakes by Tonio, OMG Lemonade – and much more! 

Community resources, crafts, and more  
Participants offering information, crafts and service resources include Queer Ride Carrboro, Flyleaf Books, Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews, Chapel in the Pines, and Piedmont Health Services. 

Music with WXYC – UNC-Chapel Hill  
Join us for curated tracks from the DJs at WXYC who will play the songs that will bring out your Freak-A-Zoid on the dance lawn!  

Drag Queen Show
Diamond Productions is coming to Carrboro! Created with community in mind, KiKi Diamond says her shows are designed so that everyone feels welcome, comfortable, and excited. “We believe that drag is for everyone, and we strive to create a space where everyone can enjoy the art of drag.”

More information 


Freight Train Blues Concert Series Presents Shelton Powe, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen at Cat’s Cradle

Enjoy Shelton Powe, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen at this week’s Freight Train Blues Concert, Friday, June 23, 2023. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Cat’s Cradle (moved from Town Commons due to rain in the forecast).

The concert series runs every Friday night through June 23 and is a collaboration among Music Maker Foundation; the Town of Carrboro; WUNC 91.5 FM; and The Forests at Duke.

Public parking is available and free in downtown Carrboro.

Shelton Powe plays in the Piedmont finger-style guitar tradition of his parents and elders, but it took him a long time to get back to that music. Powe was born in 1957 in Charlotte, N.C., into a family of gifted instrumentalists, singers and dancers. His mother gave him harmonicas and guitars at Christmas, hoping to awaken a dormant musical aptitude, to no avail.

It wasn’t until the deaths of his mother and father in the late 1980s that Shelton became reacquainted with the rhythms and melodies of the old songs his parents used to sing. Picking up the guitar as a tribute to his deceased mother, Shelton set out to learn old-time blues and gospel the way he remembered it from his childhood. Living in Georgia, he immersed himself in the blues scene of Atlanta and soon found what he was looking for. Today, listening to him play and sing, you find yourself back at the wellspring of the Carolina Blues tradition. 

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen shares the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of the blues singers she idolizes — Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James. Despite losing her home twice, she keeps taking her talent and heart to the world. Pat’s performances have always unfurled the tapestry of her life experiences to her audience in soulful words and music. That compassion began to flow from Pat in brand new ways during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. As her scheduled gigs disappeared, she began playing one-woman shows at nursing homes. She even made phone calls to individual people and sang to them. These works of compassion wound up making her the subject of touching stories on PBS Newshour and in Rolling Stone Magazine.More information: www.freighttrainblues.com 



Carrboro to hold 10th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Reading

Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils is pleased to announce that the Town of Carrboro will hold its 10th Annual Community Reading of the Frederick Douglass essay “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. 

The reading will occur from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. Introductory remarks will be provided by Reginald F. Hildebrand, a retired professor of African American Studies and History at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and at UNC-Chapel Hill. Professor Hildebrand provided remarks during Carrboro’s first annual Frederick Douglass Community Reading. 

After retiring from UNC, Hildebrand served for three years as an adjunct instructor of history at Durham Technical Community College.  He is the author of “The Times were Strange and Stirring: Methodist Preachers and the Crisis of Emancipation” (Duke University Press, 1995), and is currently working on a book with the working title, “‘The Cleverest Document Issued This Century’: Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Meanings of Freedom.”   

In 2012, Professor Hildebrand was chosen to receive the Tanner Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He is a former co-chair of the North Carolina Freedom Monument Project and a former trustee of the North Carolina Humanities Council.  In addition, he has served as a member of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and as a member of the Advisory Board for the North Carolina Historical Review.  In 2018, he served as a member of the Historic Civil Rights Commemorations Task Force of the Town of Chapel Hill.  

About the Frederick Douglass Speech and Community Reading 

“What to the slave is the Fourth of July?” posed Frederick Douglass to a gathering of 500-600 abolitionists in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. Admission to the speech was 12 cents, and the crowd at the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society was enthusiastic, voting unanimously to endorse the speech at its end. This speech would be remembered as one of the most poignant addresses by Douglass, a former slave turned statesman. Douglass gave it on July 5, refusing to celebrate the Fourth of July until all slaves were emancipated.

Frederick Douglass’ essay reflects a sobering point of view about what is commonly considered to be America’s Independence Day, and is a part of the history of this country that should be recognized and remembered. The community is urged to attend and listen to the reading of this compelling work.


Orange County Community Climate Action Grant Open for FY23-24 Funding  

The application period for Orange County’s Community Climate Action Grant is open for FY23-24. An estimated $282,042 in funding will be provided to support community expansion of climate change mitigation and resilience projects that build on Orange County’s long history of sustainable actions.  An additional $282,042 in funding will be set aside to fund applications from either of Orange County’s two public school districts.

All public and non-profit entities and small businesses are eligible to apply.  Details on grant eligibility, scoring and application materials are available at the grant program website.  The deadline to apply is Aug. 18, 2023.

More Background

As part of the FY20 budget, the Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) created the Orange County Climate Action Fund dedicated to accelerating climate change mitigation and resilience projects in Orange County. The first round of projects were proposed by the Commission for the Environment and approved by the Commissioners. These projects funded solar projects for each of the school districts, a LED lighting campaign for lower-income residents, and affordable housing weatherization. 

The BOCC considers social justice and racial equity in funding, so that those who benefit most directly from the county’s actions and investments are those that have been historically overlooked. The scoring formula used to rank potential projects reflects these priorities and will be used to rank climate action grant applications.

Applications are scored using a 26-point scale based on the following weighted criteria:

  • Social Justice and Racial Equity (6pts)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduced (4 pts)
  • Efficient use of Funds (4 pts) 
  • Capacity of Applicant (3 pts)
  • Local Economic Development (3 pts)
  • Amount and Duration of Engagement (3 pts)
  • Time to complete (3 pts)

For more information, visit www.orangecountync.gov/CCAG or contact Orange County Sustainability Programs Manager, Amy Eckberg at aeckberg@orangecountync.gov.


 

Orange County Health Department Seeks Input for 2023 Community Health Assessment

The Orange County Health Department (OCHD) is conducting a countywide survey to learn more about the health and quality of life of residents and community members in Orange County. 

Participation will help determine the future direction and focus of human, physical, and financial resources for the OCHD, Healthy Carolinians of Orange County (HCOC), the Board of Health (BOH), and other county agencies and organizations.

The survey is completely voluntary and should take about 10–15 minutes to complete. There are no right or wrong answers to any question. All answers and information provided are and will remain confidential. 

The survey is available online at https://redcap.link/ochd2023cha_public. Please note that the online survey is only available in English.

Residents who prefer to take the survey over the phone, in another language (Spanish, Karen, Burmese, and Mandarin) or need special accommodations, please contact: Ashley Rawlinson, Public Health Program Manager at (919) 245-2440.



Smith named Orange County Cooperative Extension Director

Jonathon Smith is the new Orange County Cooperative Extension Director. Smith replaces Tyrone Fisher, who was promoted to North Central District Extension Director, which comprises 20 counties in the northern Piedmont. Smith had been serving as interim director for Orange County since June 2022.

“I have enjoyed my time in Orange County as a member of the Cooperative Extension team since 2017 and it will be my honor to serve the people of Orange County in this new leadership role,” said Smith. “We have wonderful people in Orange County, and I look forward to working with them to ensure Cooperative Extension provides responsive and effective educational programs in the areas of agriculture and food, health and nutrition, 4-H Youth Development, and community and rural development.  We want to be the ‘go-to’ resource and partner for farmers, families, businesses, and youth.”

Smith graduated from N.C. State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Agricultural Education. He earned his Master’s of Public Administration from N.C. State in 2015 and has obtained graduate certificates in Youth Development and Leadership, and Professional Communication and Managerial Skills.

He worked as an Agricultural Education teacher for Carteret County Schools for two years before beginning his career with Cooperative Extension in November 2017 as an Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, in Orange County.

Orange County Cooperative Extension strives to make positive impacts in the county and state through research-based educational programs in the areas of family and consumer sciences, agriculture, community and rural development, and 4-H youth development.


Which way for the greenway? Come take the survey about the Bolin Creek Greenway!

The Town of Carrboro invites participation in an engagement process for the Bolin Creek Greenway to receive input on alignment options for segments of the greenway identified as Phases 3 and 4.

Learn more at our project webpage, take the survey, view maps, take a virtual tour, and draw a route or make a comment on a Wikimapping platform where public input is collected on a map. The project webpage is located at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2762/Bolin-Creek-Greenway ;

Town staff will be available at some of our town’s favorite community events that draw lots of people. We’ll be hosting tables with information, maps and surveys at the Carrboro Farmers Market, Carrboro In Motion, July Fourth and the Latin American Festival, and the Carrboro Music Festival. Information will be provided in various formats and languages. 

We will also connect with people in less formal settings and will be seeking out participation throughout town at drop-by or pop-up stops. You may find Town staff outside your favorite grocery store, laundromat or hair salon as they seek public input on this project. Community outreach will occur through early October. 

The Bolin Creek Greenway Conceptual Master Plan, adopted by the Town of Carrboro in 2009, plans for improvements to the corridor along Bolin Creek and Jones Creek to allow for walking, wheeling and bicycling, including action steps, project prioritization and phasing, land acquisition strategies, and potential renovation recommendations. The corridor for these segments of the Bolin Creek Greenway extends about three miles. View the plan at https://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12366/Bolin-Creek-Greenway-Conceptual-Master-Plan-

The planning area (Bolin Creek Conceptual Master Plan) starts at Estes Drive and encompasses the land around the creek through Carolina North Forest under Homestead Road. It continues to a point of connection with the existing Jones Creek Greenway in the future Twin Creeks Park that extends to Morris Grove Elementary School.

The Town’s project webpage https://www.carrboronc.gov/2762/Bolin-Creek-Greenway includes: 

  • Survey to receive input on alignment options
  • Map illustrating the alternative alignments 
  • Background information and FAQs
  • Story map to offer a virtual tour of the area
  • Wikimapping platform to allow people to draw lines and make comments on a map

The Bolin Creek Greenway engagement effort was requested by the Town Council and is organized by the Communication and Engagement Department with technical support from the Planning, Zoning and Inspections Department and Steve Spindler Cartography. For more information, contact the staff team at communications@carrboronc.gov 


2023 Carrboro 4th of July Celebration

Join us for a day of family fun and entertainment at the 2023 Carrboro 4th of July Celebration.

The day will kick off at 9:30 a.m. on the Weaver Street Market lawn. Listen to music, make a hat, color a flag, decorate your wagon, and enter the costume contest.  

Join the People’s Parade to Town Hall at 10:50 a.m.

From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. enjoy music, face painting, carnival games, pie eating contests, food & drink vendors, non-profit booths and so much more!


Posted June 16, 2023

Freight Train Blues Concert Series Presents Dedicated Men of Zion, Jr. Weaver Gospel Singers

Enjoy Dedicated Men of Zion, Jr. Weaver Gospel Singers at this week’s Freight Train Blues Concert, Friday, June 16, 2023. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main Street. Bring your picnic, lawn chairs, and blankets for an evening of live music on the lawn. 

The concert series runs every Friday night through June 23 and is a collaboration among Music Maker Foundation; the Town of Carrboro; WUNC 91.5 FM; and The Forests at Duke.

Public parking is available and free in downtown Carrboro.

The Dedicated Men of Zion formed in Greenville, N.C. in 2014. The four singers—Anthony Daniels, Antoine Daniels, Marcus Sugg, and Dexter Weaver—are all related by blood or marriage. They grew up steeped in the gospel of Eastern North Carolina with families that took singing and church seriously. “Music and the church, it’s like a sandwich,” says Anthony, the leader of the group. “You got to have two pieces of bread to have a sandwich. The singing and the church, it just goes together.” While this church background infuses the group’s music, they’re not confined to the church walls. Their 2020 release, Can’t Turn Me Around, was critically acclaimed and celebrated by sacred and secular audiences alike, and followed it with 2022’s The Devil Don’t Like It, which brought them to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.

Surviving members of the Weaver Gospel Singers — in song and with oral history – will pay tribute to group leader Susie Weaver, who passed away in 1984. Mrs. Weaver’s original song “Freedom Comes To Chapel Hill” was recorded live at First Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, N.C. by JCP Records during the Civil Rights era. In addition to singing, Mrs. Weaver owned a funeral parlor and was active in the Civil Rights movement. The music will be accompanied by praise dancer Joshua Weaver, Mrs. Weaver’s grandson. This set is presented in partnership with the Marian Cheek Jackson Center.

More information: www.freighttrainblues.com 


Small Town Pride Events this June

Small Town Pride in Carrboro and Chapel Hill continues this June with the Pride Food Truck Rodeo & Dance Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St.

To get the party started, join the Batalá, an international samba reggae music group, to help roll the Rainbow Ram down Weaver Street from the Century Center to Town Commons for the Pride Food Truck Rodeo & Dance Party.  Join the group at the corner of Greensboro and Weaver Streets at about 4:30 p.m.  and be a part of the Pride Piper Parade

There will be food, dance and frolicking on the lawn! Grab your friends, and come on out! 

Bring your appetites 
So much great food will be available, so kick your weekend off right! Sample the offerings from El Molcajete, Drizzle D’s, Golden K Dog, Sister Liu’s Kitchen, Vegan Ice Cream Man, Death By Taco, Funnel Cakes by Tonio, OMG Lemonade – and much more! 

Community resources, crafts, and more  
Participants offering information, crafts and service resources include Queer Ride Carrboro, Flyleaf Books, Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews, Chapel in the Pines, Chapel Hill NOW and Piedmont Health Services. 

Music with WXYC – UNC-Chapel Hill  
Join us for curated tracks from the DJs at WXYC who will play the songs that will bring out your Freak-A-Zoid on the dance lawn! 

Drag Queen Show
Diamond Productions is coming to Carrboro! Created with community in mind, KiKi Diamond says her shows are designed so that everyone feels welcome, comfortable, and excited. “We believe that drag is for everyone, and we strive to create a space where everyone can enjoy the art of drag.”


Hargraves Community Center Inducted onto the NC Civil Rights Trail

The Town of Chapel Hill is proud to announce that Hargraves Community Center has been inducted onto the North Carolina Civil Rights Trail, a state-wide initiative to recognize and honor historic spaces and places. Located in Chapel Hill’s largest historic Black neighborhood, Hargraves has been the heart of the community for more than 80 years.

The community is invited to a marker dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at Hargraves, which will serve as the official start of this year’s Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Festival.

Hargraves has always been a place built of, by, and for Chapel Hill’s Black community. The formation of a community-led recreation center was an important act of self-determination for that community and laid the foundation for the local direct-action movement of the 1960s. The marker recognizes the Center’s rich history — from its earliest days housing the B-1 Navy Band during WWII, to the first meeting of our local NAACP chapter in 1947, to Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to Chapel Hill, to the Freedom Schools of the 1960s.  Today, Hargraves continues to be a site for local people to engage in the ongoing struggle for social justice.

John French, Hargraves Center Director, says “The marker recognizes what the community has always known – that Hargraves is central to the history of both Chapel Hill and North Carolina. This is a place where community has always gathered, struggled, celebrated, and moved forward together. The Hargraves staff and the community we serve are thrilled and honored to be recognized in this way.”  

The work to bring an NC Civil Rights Trail marker to Chapel Hill began in 2022, when Town staff identified three possible sites. At last year’s Juneteenth Festival, community members voted on those three sites and Hargraves won an overwhelming majority. Staff then worked together and with community members to compile an extensive dossier about Hargraves and complete the application.

Another marker will be installed in Chapel Hill later this year at the former site of Watts Grill and the current site of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, who led the application efforts for that site.

The N.C. African American Heritage Commission leads the NC Civil Rights Trail with funding from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, and with support from Visit North Carolina and the North Carolina Office of Archives & History. The commission will work with communities across the state to designate up to 50 sites where trail markers will be placed, including 10 in Hometown Strong communities. An interactive web portal highlights these places and others to guide people to history and experiences from the past.

The fifth round of applications for the NC Civil Rights Trail are open through September 29, 2023. To learn more about the project or to apply for a marker, please visit: ­­­­­­­­­aahc.nc.gov/programs/civil-rights-trail


Orange County announces Juneteenth Closings, Events

Orange County administrative offices will be closed on Monday, June 19, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. 

Solid Waste Management

Recycling and convenience centers, Solid Waste administrative offices and the landfill and all related services will be closed on June 19. Curbside recycling will not be collected as normally scheduled on Monday. Recycling will be delayed one day and will be collected on Tuesday, June 20. 

Orange County Public Transportation

OCPT will operate limited service serving the county dialysis route ONLY (Carolina Dialysis) on Monday. Full service will resume Tuesday, June 20. 

As always, emergency services are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

The county will resume normal operating schedules on Tuesday, June 20.

Orange County Hosts Juneteenth Events

Several Orange County departments are hosting special events to commemorate Juneteenth.

Library and Orange County Office of Equity and Inclusion

Join Orange County Public Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough on Saturday, June 17, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a number of events, including:

Everyone is welcome! This celebration is being made possible with the support of the Orange County Office of Equity and Inclusion, The Alliance For Historic Hillsborough, the Friends of the Orange County Public Library, and Orange County Asset Management Services.tire


Fridays on the Front Porch

Every Friday
5:00pm- 8:00pm

Get your weekend off to an awesome start with one of Chapel Hill’s favorite gatherings, Fridays on the Front Porch.  Sip on crafted cocktails and North Carolina beers, enjoy live music and nibble on cuisine from our weekly food truck lineup. It’s fun for all ages!


Morehead Planetarium’s summer schedule is out!

Visitors at Morehead Planetarium.
(Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Stop by Tuesday-Sunday and catch a planetarium show, presented using a full-dome digital video projection system, plus Science LIVE!, Launch Lab, and interactive exhibits included with admission.

Click here to learn more


The West End Bazaar and Craft Market!

Come out Saturday, June 25 and enjoy an inviting and vibrant atmosphere with vendors, face painting, food, and live music. The event will take place at the 427 West Franklin Street Lot between The Lantern and The Cat Tales Cat Cafe.

Click to learn more



Orange County Board of Commissioners  Business Meeting Agenda for June 20, 2023

The agenda for the Orange County Board of Commissioners’ business meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 has been posted to the link below.  

https://www.orangecountync.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_06202023-1801  

For a link to each agenda item as a separate file, please use the link below.

http://server3.co.orange.nc.us:8088/WebLink/0/fol/70258/Row1.aspx     

Business Meeting
June 20, 2023
Donna S. Baker Meeting Room
Whitted Building
7:00 p.m.

Viewable on the link below 

http://orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos 

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Regular Agenda
    Approval of Fiscal Year 2023-24 Budget Ordinances and County Fee Schedule 

The Board will consider approving the Fiscal Year 2023-24 Budget Ordinances and County Fee Schedule

Accept the Ten-Year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) and Approve the FY 2023-24 Orange County Overall CIP Projects

The Board will consider accepting the FY 2023-33 Orange County Ten-Year Capital Investment Plan (CIP), and approval of FY 2023-24 Orange County Overall CIP Projects.

2022 Longtime Homeowner Assistance (LHA) Program Evaluation

The Board will receive information about the results of the 2022 Longtime Homeowner Assistance (LHA) program and consider options for program changes for a potential continuation of the LHA program in 2023

Proposed Designation of County Surplus Property and Proposed Release of Request for Proposals for Use of County Capital Investment Plan (CIP) and Bond Funds and Designated Surplus Land for Affordable Housing

The Board will receive the timeline to release Request for Proposals (RFP) for use of County bond funds and CIP funds for affordable housing projects, and consider approving the following:

1)  A resolution declaring eleven (11) County owned parcels surplus land for the purposes of affordable housing development and authorizing the County Manager the convey these parcels to affordable Housing developers by private sale or other means; and

2)  The schedule for release of the Housing Department RFP for use of the remaining amount of affordable housing bond funds, the first $5 million distribution of CIP affordable housing funds, and eleven (11) County-owned parcels for affordable housing development.

2. Consent Agenda 

  •  Minutes
  • Motor Vehicle Property Tax Releases/Refunds
  • Property Tax Releases/Refunds
  • Tax Refund Request – Walker Hall Busby, Jr.
  •  Proclamation Recognizing Susan Worley
  •  Renewal of Health Services Agreement with Southern Health Partners for Medical Services at the Orange County Detention Center
  •  JCPC Certification and County Plan for FY 2023-2024
  •  Extension of Food and Organic Waste Collection and Composting Contract
  •  Orange County Climate Council Memorandum of Understanding
  •  Approval of Contracts with Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD) for Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program Services
  •  Approval of Consortium Agreement with the Capital Area Workforce Development Board
  •  Orange County Transit Governance
  •  Boards and Commissions – Appointments
  •  Designation of Three Properties as Orange County Historic Landmarks
  •  Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget Amendment #11


Chapel Hill Town Council to Consider Proposed Modifications to the IFC Good Neighbor Plan 

The Chapel Hill Town Council will consider Inter-Faith Council for Social Service’s (IFC) proposed modifications to the Good Neighbor Plan at the June 21, 2023 Council meeting. (materials available evening of June 16)

The IFC board approved modifications to the plan to bring their Community House campus and operations in alignment with national best practices for shelters and local homeless system written standards.

The IFC SECU Community House is a 24-hour shelter for men experiencing homelessness in the Chapel Hill Community.  

The Good Neighbor Plan includes: a description of the facility operations and procedures, as well as outlines the process for amending the Good Neighbor Plan.  

At the Council meeting, Council may ask IFC representatives questions and provide them with feedback. They may also vote to approve the proposed modifications to the plan. 

You can provide input by: 


The Chapel Hill Town Council has adopted two important resolutions that will help create a more sustainable and resilient community.

Modernizing the Town’s energy policy for conditional rezoning applications and aligning it with the Climate Action and Response Plan. This means updated energy efficiency standards for new buildings, support for our transition to electric vehicles, and project designs that are in harmony with our climate goals. This policy will replace the previous one from 2007, and we will provide tools and templates to streamline the compliance process.

Aligning the Town’s 2030 carbon reduction goal with an updated science-based target. We’re updating our 2030 carbon reduction goal to match up with the latest climate science. This new goal maintains our pledge to limit global warming to 1.5˚C by raising our emissions reduction target from 50% to 59.31% compared to a 2005 baseline. This underscores our commitment to climate action, maintains our status as a CDP A-list community, and keeps us on the path to our long-term goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. 


Make the Switch to Solar Energy

With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to think about making the switch to solar energy. That’s where Solarize the Triangle ’23 comes in!

Solarize the Triangle ’23 is a community-based group-purchasing program designed to make the transition to solar energy affordable and straightforward. It is a collaborative effort between nonprofit partners and 12 local communities, including the Town of Chapel Hill, with a shared vision for a more sustainable Triangle. Learn more at a virtual info session 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27.

Why join Solarize the Triangle ’23?

  • Savings
  • Sustainability and Resilience
  • Free Solar Evaluations
  • Free Solar Workshops
  • Vetted Contractors and Quality Materials
  • Community Support

Seize the power of the summer sunshine and turn our community into a beacon of sustainability! Check out the Solarize the Triangle ’23 website to sign up for a free solar evaluation.


Orange County Animal Services reaches capacity with dogs

Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) is at full capacity for housing dogs at their facility in Chapel Hill. They are asking for assistance from anyone currently able to adopt a dog. During the month of June, all adoptable cats and dogs over four months old are available for only $25 as part of an adoption special. Adoption fees for some pets at OCAS have also been fully or partially sponsored to encourage adoptions.

“We are concerned about the increased dog population at our shelter,” said Dr. Sandra Strong, Director of Orange County Animal Services. “We really need more dog adoptions in order to balance the population and keep the shelter from becoming overcrowded. We have many wonderful dogs waiting for a home. We hope our community can help by visiting the shelter and adopting a new best friend.”

Anyone interested in adopting may stop by the shelter during operating hours. No appointment is needed to view available pets. The shelter is located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. For more information about available pets, visiting the facility, and adopting pets, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/287/Available-Pets or call the Adoption Desk at 919-942-7387, option 3.


Posted June 14, 2023

Carrboro Celebrates Juneteenth

Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed Monday, June 19, 2023, to be a date for the celebration of Juneteenth National Independence Day in Carrboro.

Juneteenth is the oldest national commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. On July 14, 2020, the Carrboro Town Council adopted a resolution designating Juneteenth as an official paid holiday for Town employees and urging state and federal legislators to sponsor legislation making Juneteenth an official state and federal holiday.

“I encourage all residents to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and to attend the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 17,” Mayor Seils said. 

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 17 at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St, Chapel Hill, NC. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Youth Council, the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Office of Equity and Engagement, and the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill are partnering in hosting this community celebration.

Read the full proclamation here: https://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12889/2023-Juneteenth-Proclamation


Town Manager announces new Public Works Director

Following a national search, Town Manager Richard J. White III has announced the selection of Kevin Belanger as the new public works director for the Town of Carrboro. 

“We look forward to welcoming Kevin to Carrboro, where he will apply his skills in team leadership, budgeting, project management, innovative problem solving, and civil engineering to serve as director of the Public Works Department,” White said.  

A civil engineer with 27 years of engineering experience including 24 years with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), Belanger has administered numerous development improvement projects. With exceptional abilities in construction operations and maintenance, he has held positions of assistant district engineer, access and utilities supervisor, and contract administrator and field inspector with the NHDOT. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire. 

“Public Works is a department that provides a great deal of service to communities, but is often not recognized for all the good things that employees do on a daily basis,” Belanger said. “In my 27 years, I have seen all the good public works employees can do, and I’m excited to come work with the Public Works team in Carrboro and continue that great work.”

The Carrboro Public Works Department provides solid waste collection; loose leaf collection; street, greenway, and right-of-way maintenance; snow removal; stormwater facility maintenance; mowing and landscaping of Town properties and rights-of-way; tree trimming and removal; ball field preparation and maintenance; facility maintenance; vehicle and equipment maintenance; and cemetery maintenance and burials. In the most recent biennial community survey, Carrboro Public Works earned residents’ highest ratings of satisfaction, with 91% of residents indicating they were satisfied or very satisfied with the department’s services. 

Belanger’s first day with the Town of Carrboro will be July 17. 


Chapel Hill Fire Department Responds to Fire on Fordham Boulevard

At around 9:40 a.m., the Chapel Hill Fire Department, with the assistance of the Durham Fire Department, responded to a fire at the Red Roof Inn at 5623 Fordham Boulevard.

The fire was contained to one room, but damaged neighboring rooms. There were no reports of injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 


Posted June 10, 2023

Chapel Hill Approves Source of Income Protections Policy

On May 24, 2023, the Chapel Hill Town Council approved a Source of Income Protections policy. The policy requires housing developments that receive Town funding or involve the conveyance of Town property to accept all lawful sources of income, including housing choice vouchers.

The new policy is designed to prevent discrimination based on source of income and increase the supply of units that accept income-based housing subsidies. 

Housing choices vouchers and similar housing subsidy programs provide valuable financial assistance for low-income families seeking affordable housing.  However, there are limited opportunities for households with housing subsidies to use their voucher within Orange County, and especially in the Town of Chapel Hill. Despite generous incentive packages and outreach efforts to landlords, typically there are around 100 unleased vouchers at any given time, or about 15% of the County’s available vouchers.

Sarah Viñas, Director of the Town’s Department of Affordable Housing and Community Connections explained that “because North Carolina state law does not include source of income as a protected category in housing discrimination, municipalities are limited in what they can require of landlords.”

Several other North Carolina municipalities have addressed this by adopting narrow policies focused only on housing that receives local resources.

“This policy takes an important step forward in expanding protections for households relying on housing subsidies to live in Chapel Hill,” Viñas said.

The new policy supports the Town Council’s 2023-25 strategic focus area for Affordable Housing and Housing Production that seeks to increase housing access across a range of incomes and housing types and achieve equitable housing outcomes for historically marginalized populations.  The Town will begin implementing the policy immediately.




Look up! The Town of Carrboro is hanging new banners in downtown.

The banners spotlight new Carrboro marketing/values logos designed by The Splinter Group  as part of an update of the Brand Guidelines approved by the Town Council in May. The banner layouts are created by the Carrboro Communication & Engagement Department and printed by the Merch at 101 Lloyd St, Carrboro, NC 27510.

The Public Works Department will hang the banners for seasonal observances such as Pride Month, Juneteenth, July Fourth, Earth Month, Women’s History Month, Black History Month, Elizabeth Cotten’s Birthday, Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Bike Month, as well as festivals such as the Carrboro Music Festival, West End Poetry Festival and Carrboro Film Fest. 

For more information, contact the Carrboro Communication & Engagement Department at communications@carrboronc.gov


June 6, 2023 BOCC Business Meeting Continued to June 12, 2023

The June 6, 2023 Orange County Board of Commissioners Business Meeting was recessed after the public hearing for item 5-b, to be reconvened on June 12, 2023.  The Board will continue discussion of item 5-b, but there will be no additional public comment on the item.  The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Whitted Building in Hillsborough, and the agenda is available at the following link:

https://www.orangecountync.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_06062023-1795.


Juneteenth Holiday Chapel Hill Service Affectations

Monday, June 19, is a Town holiday. Some services will be affected. 

RESIDENTIAL TRASH will be collected Wednesday, June 21, instead of Monday, June 19. Yard trimmings collection will not be affected. 

CURBSIDE RECYCLING will not be collected on Monday. All recycling collection will be delayed by one day this week. 

CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY will be closed. 

CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will operate Sunday service (no U route). FCX and NS routes will run.

PARKS AND RECREATION: Parks, greenways, trails, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and outdoor park amenities are open. Some facilities will be closed on June 19. 

Open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, June 19: Chapel Hill Community Center and Gymnasium, Northside Gymnasium and AD Clark Pool

Open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.: Homestead Aquatic Center


Coker Arboretum Renovation Party at Dead Mule Club

Come out and hear about the arbor renovation project, learn the construction timeline, and help raise the funds to make it happen. Enjoy local food, beverages, and live music. Tickets are $50 per person; proceeds will benefit the David Robert Fund to support the arbor renovation project in the Coker Arboretum. You can register on-site at the check-in table with a credit card starting at 3 pm on Sunday. 


Explosives to Be Destroyed at Hillsborough Quarry on June 16

You may hear louder than normal noises from the quarry in Hillsborough on Friday, June 16, as a federal agency plans to destroy explosives in its storage.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will use the destruction of explosives as a training exercise at the Resco Products quarry off Eno Mountain Road. The burn is expected to start at about 10:30 a.m. and be completed within two hours. It may produce loud noises.

The site will be limited to ATF participants and Orange Rural Fire Department personnel, who will provide a truck as a water resource if needed.  

Please contact Fire and Life Safety Chief Elizabeth Farnan with the Orange County Fire Marshal Division with any questions: efarnan@orangecountync.gov or 919-245-6153.


The Orange County Department on Aging has scheduled a series of events from June 12-16 to celebrate Juneteenth.


203 Project June 2023 Community Update

Roof is coming this month! 

Crews continue to form and pour concrete for the 203 Project structure.  

The support columns for the roof have been constructed, and the roof slab pour is tentatively scheduled for June 20.   This will be the final concrete pour on the west side of the site.  Once the roof is up, the temporary shoring on the first and second floors can be removed, and framing for the windows and walls will begin.   

Parking deck construction is ongoing with the deck beginning to take shape over the coming weeks. 

Duke Energy has completed its work.  AT&T has informed the project team that their work will be starting soon. An update will be provided when more information is known.


Carrboro Town Council Update

Meeting agendas and updates are issued from the Town Clerk’s Office. To receive these by email or text, sign up for Carrboro Town News at https://www.carrboronc.gov/list.aspx 

Civic involvement is a valued tradition in our community. Reach the Town Council with your ideas, views, and questions at Council@carrboronc.gov

Coming Up

The Carrboro Town Council will hold the next Council Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2023. The agenda is available at bit.ly/42Daybv  and https://carrboro.legistar.com/   

This meeting will not include public comment for items not on the agenda. This meeting’s agenda will only include a public hearing for the Town’s FY 24 Recommended Budget, and a continuation of a quasi-judicial public hearing for Jade Creek Architecturally Integrated Subdivision Special Use Permit-A at 8522 Old NC 86.  If you wish to speak on these items during the public hearings, a sign-up sheet is available at the Council Chambers meeting room.

This meeting will be held at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or can view the livestream YouTube.com/CarrboroNC OR at https://carrboro.legistar.com/   OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro). 

The Council will hold a Work Session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2023 for a cemetery discussion. The agenda will be available at https://carrboro.legistar.com/

Past Meetings 

The Carrboro Town Council met Tuesday, June 6, 2023, for a Council Meeting and took the following actions on agenda posted at  bit.ly/3NgMRRU    Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW_S7KJJpvI 

  • Adopted a resolution to issue a Street Closing Permit Application submitted by El Centro Hispano, Inc. for the temporary closing and usage of W. Weaver Street from N. Greensboro Street to Elm Street from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2023, for Festival Latinoamericano.
  • Awarded a service side arm to Lieutenant Willie Quick. Police Lieutenant Quick will retire from the Town of Carrboro Police Department on July 1, 2023 after about 10 years of service with the Town and 30 years of total law enforcement service.
  • Awarded the 2023 Resurfacing Project to Daniels Inc. of Garner.
  • Appointed members (Lindsay Griffin, Muhsin Omar and Rahat Sajwani) to the Affordable Housing Advisory Commission (AHAC) 
  • Approved additional funding not to exceed $237,000 to close out the Homestead Road – Chapel Hill High School Multi-Use Path (previously referred to as the Bolin Creek Greenway Phase 1-B) project with NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT), NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 
  • Held a public hearing to receive public comment on a request for voluntary annexation of three properties, 820 and 904 Homestead Road and 310 Lucas Lane. 
  • Held a public hearing on Proposed Conditional Rezoning at 820 and 904 Homestead Road and 310 Lucas Lane. This matter responds to a petition from Parker Louis, LLC, to rezone three properties at 820 and 904 Homestead Road, and 310 Lucas Lane from R-20 to R-3-CZ (Residential, 3000 square feet per dwelling unit, conditional) to allow for the subsequent submittal of an application to develop an Architecturally Integrated Subdivision (AIS) including single-family and multi-family residences. A draft ordinance has been prepared. This public hearing was continued to a future date to be announced. 
  • Held a public hearing to consider amending the Land Use Ordinance to establish a complete streets policy. Council approved the amendment to establish the policy. The National Complete Streets Coalition was formed in 2005 and provides a framework for establishing complete streets policies (https://smartgrowthamerica.org/program/national-complete-streets-coalition). 
  • Received the Town Manager’s Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2023-24. The recommended budget will be posted for public review at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2864/Recommended-Annual-Operating-Budget-2023 

Posted June 5, 2023

Free Weekend Parking in Chapel Hill

Parking in Town-owned lots is FREE on Saturdays in June and July! 


Carolina Science Cafe

Designed for adults, this program explores science topics making national and international headlines and offers the chance to meet the experts behind the headlines. The Carolina Science Café will be hosted at Gizmo Brew Works on Tuesday, June 6th, starting at 6:00 p.m. 

Learn more


 

Celebrate Juneteenth with Portraits of Freedom exhibit at Eno Arts Mill

The Northern Orange Branch of the NAACP, Spirit Freedom, and the Orange County Arts Commission present Portraits of Freedom on Saturday, June 17, at the Eno Arts Mill. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature art exhibits by Donn Young, TJ Mundy, and Michelle Spaulding, poetry with Fred Joiner and Katie Bowler Young and performances from Soteria Shepperson, Regina Gale, and Bull City Music School’s Brown Sugar Strings.

Sample authentic African cuisine from Yagg Sii Tenn and ice cream from Vegan Ice Cream Man and tour artists studios with Eno Arts Mill Studio Artists


Board of County Commissioners to consider budget, CIP amendments at June 8 meeting

Each spring, the County Manager presents a Recommended Annual Operating Budget and Capital Investment Plan to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). In considering the Recommended Budget, the BOCC conducts multiple public hearings and budget work sessions. During these sessions, Commissioners and staff may propose to amend the budget as it was presented by the Manager.

Amendments to the Recommended Budget are subsequently voted on by the BOCC at the last work session prior to anticipated budget adoption. A final budget is approved by the BOCC each June.

Click here for a list of proposed amendments to the Manager’s Recommended FY 2023-24 Budget. Amendments that pass are subsequently incorporated into the full budget proposal to be considered for passage by the BOCC.



Northbound 86 Bridge over I-85 closed due to accident damage

The northbound lane of the N.C. 86 bridge over Interstate 85 in Hillsborough is expected to be closed for several weeks.

A steel support for the bridge under the northbound lane sustained damage from a traffic accident that occurred May 31, 2023, when a tractor trailer carrying construction equipment struck it. Both lanes of travel across the bridge were closed after the accident.

After further inspection, the North Carolina Department of Transportation determined it was safe to open the southbound lane. The bridge will remain closed to northbound traffic with a signed detour directing drivers to use I-85 North to Exit 170 and then travel on I-85 South to Exit 165.

NCDOT is scheduling repairs. As of noon June 1, NCDOT’s estimation of repair completion was June 30. Check DriveNC.gov for the latest information.


Orange County Animal Services lowers adoption fees in June

This June is the PURRFECT time to adopt a cat or a dog! The month-long Hot Dogs & Cool Cats adoption special has lowered the adoption fee to just $25 for adoptable dogs and cats over four months old! Visit www.orangecountync.gov/2997/Animal-Services or call 919-942-7387 for more information.


June in Bloom at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market

Join the Carrboro Farmers’ Market (CFM) in celebrating the beauty and bounty of local flowers with June in Bloom on Saturday, June 10th from 9:00am to 12:00pm! The Market will be celebrating flower season with make + take art (including live screenprinting of a special June in Bloom poster) with Peel Gallery and Super G Print Lab, a photo booth with ZimZoom Photo Booth, a raffle, special prizes for market-goers, samples of flower-inspired dishes around the market area, live music from local duo Blue Tango, and much more.

This event is free and open to the public. June in Bloom is supported by the CFM’s Big Beef Sponsor, Laser Image Printing & Marketing. The CFM is open Saturdays year-round (7am-12pm April-October and 9am-12pm November-March) and Wednesdays seasonally (3-6pm April-November) at Carrboro Town Commons.


Orange County Board of Commissioners  Business Meeting Agenda for June 6, 2023

The agenda for the Orange County Board of Commissioners’ business meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 has been posted to the link below.  (Please be aware that it is a large file and make take longer to load.)

https://www.orangecountync.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_06062023-1795   

For a link to each agenda item as a separate file, please use the link below.

http://server3.co.orange.nc.us:8088/WebLink/0/fol/70161/Row1.aspx    

Business Meeting
June 6, 2023
Donna S. Baker Meeting Room
Whitted Building
7:00 p.m.

Viewable on the link below 

http://orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos 

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

Public Hearings

Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Performance Agreement Between Orange County, North Carolina and Terra Equity, Inc., and Approval of Budget Amendment #10-A

The Board will:

(1)    Receive information and hold a public hearing on the issuance of a performance-based agreement by the County to a private development company;

(2)    Consider approval of the proposed performance-based agreement, with claw-back provisions, for the extension of public utilities (water and sewer) into the Hillsborough Economic Development District; and

(3)    Consider approval of Budget Amendment #10-A.

Zoning Atlas Amendment MA22-0004 – Parcel Located off Lawrence Road and US 70A, in Eno Township

The Board will hold a public hearing, receive the Planning Board/staff recommendations and public comment, close the public hearing, and consider action on an applicant-initiated Zoning Atlas Amendment to rezone +/- 84.90 acres located off Lawrence Road and US 70A, within the Eno Township of Orange County.

  1.  Consent Agenda 
  2.  Minutes
  3.  Motor Vehicle Property Tax Releases/Refunds
  4.  Property Tax Releases/Refunds
  5.  Proclamation Recognizing Juneteenth 2023
  6.  Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget Amendment #10
  7.  Enhanced Voluntary and Voluntary Agricultural District Designation – Multiple Farms
  8. Opioid Advisory Committee Settlement Use Recommendation, and Approval of Budget Amendment #10-B
  9. Contract Renewal with Central Square Technologies
  10. Contract Renewal with NWN Corporation for DUO
  11. Contract Amendment – Recreation Factory Partners, Inc. (Sportsplex)
  12. Application for Amendments to the Joint Planning Land Use Plan, Future Land Use Map, and Zoning Atlas – 2106 Mount Carmel Church Road within the Chapel Hill Township 
  13.  Request to Abandon Future Street at Acorn Ridge Trail
  14.  Orange County FY 2024 Annual Transit Work Program
  15.  Approval of the Sale of 0.45 Acre Property, PIN #0900832203
  16.  Change in BOCC Meeting Schedule for 2023
  17.  Revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Orange County Partnership   to End Homelessness (OCPEH)
  18.  Amendments to the Orange County HOME-ARP Allocation Plan
  19.  Hurricane Florence Hazard Mitigation Property Acquisition Authorization

Orange County Board of Commissioners Budget Work Session Agenda for June 8, 2023

The agenda for the Orange County Board of Commissioners’ budget work session on Thursday, June 8, 2023 has been posted to the link below.
 https://www.orangecountync.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_06082023-1796

For a link to each agenda item as a separate file, please use:

http://server3.co.orange.nc.us:8088/WebLink/0/fol/70193/Row1.aspx

The Board of Commissioners is conducting a Budget Work Session on June 8, 2023. The public is invited to attend the meeting. There will not be an opportunity for members of the public to speak as the Board does not receive public comments during work sessions. Members of the public may provide written comments by submitting them to the  ocbocc@orangecountync.gov email address.   Members of the public will be able to view and listen to the meeting via live streaming video at  https://www.orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos and on Orange County Gov-TV on channels 1301 or 97.6 (Spectrum Cable).
   
Budget Work Session
June 8, 2023
Donna S. Baker Meeting Room

Whitted Building
7:00 p.m.
Viewable on the link below  
 http://orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos 
  
AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

  1.  Discussion of FY 2023-24 Operating Budget 
  2.  Discussion of FY 2023-33 Capital Investment Plan
  3.  Discussion and Decision on the FY 2023-24 County Fee Schedule
  4.  Discussion and Decision on the FY 2023-24 Tax Rates
  5.  Break to allow Budget staff to formulate the Draft Resolution of Intent to Adopt FY 2023-24 Operating Budget
  6.  Resolution of Intent to Adopt FY 2023-24 Annual Operating Budget

ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS SAFETY TASK FORCE NOTICE OF TASK FORCE MEETING

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, Orange County provides notice that a meeting of the Orange County Schools Safety Task Force is scheduled for 5:30 pm on June 22, 2023 in the Donna S. Baker Meeting Room in the Whitted Building, 300 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

Schools Safety Task Force meetings are for the purpose of considering ways to improve school safety and are open to the public to attend.  If you have any comments or questions, please email Greg Wilder at gwilder@orangecountync.gov before 2:00 pm on June 22, 2023.


Black Bear Sightings in Chapel Hill

In the past two nights, Chapel Hill police officers have reported two bear sightings along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. One sighting, at the intersection with Blossom Lane, and the other, at Dixie Lane.

Black bears tend to be shy and non-aggressive toward humans, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The state agency is sharing steps you can take to avoid problems with bears:

  • Never feed or approach bears
  • Secure food, garbage, and recycling
  • Remove bird feeders when bears are active
  • Never leave pet food out
  • Clean and store grills
  • Let neighbors know about bear activity 

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources commission says, if you see a bear, stay calm. They are usually wary of people – unless humans feed or provoke them. Never approach, surround, or corner a bear. If it changes its natural behavior because of your presence, you are too close. Back away slowly and once you are a safe distance away from the bear, make lots of noise to frighten the bear away.

Learn more about black bear safety here.


Posted June 2, 2023

Chapel Hill Zetas and Chapel Hill NOW invites the community to a free film screening and discussion on Black Maternal Health

On June 10 there will be a free screening of the original documentary Aftershock, as well as a discussion of ways to improve Black maternal health. 108 Bim Street Carrboro, NC 27510

Seats are limited,  RSVP today.


FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES June 2: Faith & Harmony and Mangum & Co. Gospel Brass Choir

Bring your picnic, lawn chairs, and blankets for an evening of live music on the lawn. Enjoy Faith & Harmony and Mangum & Co. Gospel Brass Choir of the United House of Prayer for All People at this week’s Freight Train Blues Concert. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main Street.

The concert series runs every Friday night through June 23 and is a collaboration among Music Maker Foundation; the Town of Carrboro; WUNC 91.5 FM; and The Forests at Duke.

Public parking is available and free in downtown Carrboro.

Faith & Harmony comprises two sets of three sisters — all of them first cousins — who carry on a gospel singing tradition that runs deep in rural eastern North Carolina. Like their great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents before them, harmony and song have been part of the very essence of their existence. When they officially formed the group in 2012, they solidified their commitment to carrying on the family’s musical legacy. “You know how they pass the baton in a marathon?” asks member KeAmber Daniels, “Now it’s our turn to carry it as far as we can. Hopefully, we’ll be able to leave a legacy for our kids. And the future generations to come.” The group was featured in Sacred Soul of North Carolina, a documentary produced by Bible & Tire and Music Maker, which has aired on PBS and the NC Channel.

Led by soaring trombones with their slides pointed heavenward, Mangum & Company is a group of outstanding musicians representing many of Charlotte, N.C.’s United House of Prayer congregations. Shout bands are all-brass, gospel-based trombone choirs that represent a sacred musical tradition unique to United House of Prayer churches. They are central to worship services, inspiring congregants with joyous sounds of praise. “Our music feeds the soul,” says bandleader Charles Mangum, “It’s designed for the soul, and that’s what draws the people.”

More information: www.freighttrainblues.com 


Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Raise New Pride Flags on Franklin Street

The Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership (the Partnership) will raise new Pride flags on Franklin St. from Peace & Justice Plaza to 140 West on June 1.

The Partnership sent out a survey earlier this year asking community members what types of pride flags they want to see on Franklin St.  The Partnership selected this year’s flags based on the more than 700 responses.

This flag collection is not complete; the Partnership plans to add more in the future when the budget allows.

The Town of Chapel Hill embraces inclusivity and diversity. The array of representation supports these values.

Staff will temporarily replace the Pride flags with American flags on June 14 for Flag Day.  They will raise the Pride flags again the day after for the rest of the month.


Chapel Hill Town Council Approves $629,000 CDBG Plan for Affordable Housing and Community Development

The Chapel Hill Town Council recently approved the 2023-2024 Annual Action Plan to use $629,892 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Town of Chapel Hill has received CDBG funding from HUD each year since 1975.  The Town uses this funding for affordable housing, community development, and public service projects proposed by local non-profits that benefit low to moderate-income residents in Chapel Hill. Over the last 20 years, Chapel Hill has deployed over $10.5 million in CDBG funding into the community.

This year’s plan includes funding for:

  • EMPOWERment Inc. to acquire two affordable rentals in Pine Knolls;
  • The purchase of a house in Northside neighborhood to be rehabilitated and resold to one of Community Home Trust’s low-to-moderate income homebuyers;
  • Home repairs for at least seven low-income homeowners through a partnership with Rebuilding Together of the Triangle and the Orange County Home Preservation Coalition;
  • Homeownership counseling and down payment assistance for eight low-income homebuyers through an expansion of Community Empowerment Fund’s successful first-time homebuyers program;
  • Part-time employment for 14 youth through the Town’s Summer Youth Employment Program;
  • Transplanting Traditions Community Farm’s Growers School that will provide small business development and training for 13 refugee-owned farms;
  • Inter-Faith Council for Social Service’s case management for households experiencing homelessness to access resources and secure permanent housing; and
  • Crisis case management for limited English-proficient refugee and immigrant households experiencing housing instability or homelessness provided by Refugee Community Partnership’s multilingual staff.

To learn more about the Town’s CDBG program, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/cdbg or contact Megan Culp, Community Development Program Manager, at mculp@townofchapelhill.org.


June proclaimed as Pride Month in Carrboro

Carrboro is committed to supporting LGBTQ people and ensuring that all residents, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, are treated with respect and dignity. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated nationally each year in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969 and Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed June 2023 to be Pride Month in Carrboro.

Carrboro has a proud history of advancing the rights of LGBTQ people, including:

  • adding sexual orientation to the list of protected categories in the Town’s equal employment opportunity policy in 1990
  • being the first municipality in the state to create a domestic partner registry in 1994
  • being the first to elect a gay mayor in 1995 and, later, the first to elect a lesbian mayor and the first to elect a second gay mayor in 2021
  • being among the first to support civil marriage for same-sex couples and the inclusion of LGBTQ families in comprehensive immigration reform
  • being one of several local governments to oppose the North Carolina General Assembly’s discriminatory Senate Bill 2 in 2015
  • being the first to call for repeal of the discriminatory House Bill 2 in 2016
  • being among the first (with the Towns of Hillsborough and Chapel Hill and Orange County) to adopt an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations and employment in 2021

There is still much physical and psychological violence inflicted on LGBTQ people. 2021 was the deadliest year on record for trans women. LGBTQ people, especially trans people and LGBTQ people of color, experience disproportionately high rates of poverty. There continues to be bullying and harassment of LGBTQ youth, who make up a disproportionate number of homeless youth in the United States. LGBTQ youth experience high rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation and often do not receive mental health care because they fear discussing their mental health concerns or worry about obtaining parental consent. 

The North Carolina General Assembly continues to entertain bills that target LGBTQ people, including Senate Bill 631 and House Bill 574, which would prevent trans youth from participating in middle and high school sports; House Bill 808, which would ban best-practice medical care for trans youth; and Senate Bill 49, North Carolina’s own “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

“I encourage all residents to celebrate and affirm their LGBTQ family members, friends, and neighbors, and to participate in Small Town Pride events throughout the month,” Mayor Seils said. 

In 2022, Carrboro received a perfect score on the Municipal Equality Index, a measure of how inclusive the Town’s laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work here.

The Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill will cohost “Small Town Pride,” a series of celebrations that will include Orgulla Latinx Pride on Saturday, June 10, and culminating in a Pride Food Truck Rodeo & Dance Party on Friday, June 30.

To read the full Pride Month proclamation visit: https://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12964/2023-Pride-Month-Proclamation 


A 5K Excursion on Fan Branch Trail for National Trails Day

In Chapel Hill, Orange County, and throughout the state, there’s a trail for everyone. On Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., join others for The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day. Connect with other people who share the love of being outdoors.

Boost our health and wellness and get 6,000+ steps in for the day with a 5K walk-hike along the Fan Branch Trail at Southern Community Park.  A guided trail experience is planned and an opportunity to learn all the ways that trails provide a safe and pleasant transportation alternative.  

When you register in advance, get a FREE “Year of the Trail” T-Shirt from Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation while supplies last.

“We’ve developed a National Trails Day program which highlights many of the benefits of trails,” said Atuya Cornwell, Director of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation. “This is a great opportunity to engage with staff to learn more about the Year of the Trail and the benefits of our very own Fan Branch Trail.”

This outing is part of the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department’s celebration for North Carolina’s Year of the Trail. The Year of the Trail underscores the importance of showcasing, promoting, and celebrating trails and greenways, and their positive impact on quality of life for NC residents.

Chapel Hill enjoys a network of interconnected trails and greenways that spans more than 17 miles. The trails and greenways offer wonderful experiences of the natural environment that also serve to connect neighborhoods, schools, recreational centers and key commercial areas.

For more information about Greenways and Trails in Chapel Hill, visit www.chapelhillparks.org


Chapel Hill June Traffic-Safety Initiatives

The Chapel Hill Police Department is planning speed and pedestrian safety enforcement operations in June, in addition to normal patrols. Scheduled special operations include – but are not limited to – the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 6, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 6, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 13, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 20, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change

Each effort will focus on heavily traveled areas. This includes areas with pedestrian and bicycle traffic (ex. along the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Estes Drive corridors). We encourage everyone traveling, regardless of your mode of transportation, to remember that community safety is a shared responsibility.

Just Drive

Distracted driving kills nearly nine people every day in the United States, according to the National Safety Council. The safety nonprofit is urging community members to “just drive.” Put down the phone, keep your hands on the wheel, and just focus on driving and safely sharing our roads. Learn more here.

Vision Zero

On October 13, 2021, Chapel Hill’s Town Council adopted a Vision Zero Resolution, which states that traffic injuries and deaths are not inevitable “accidents” but preventable crashes. The Town committed to eliminating all transportation and mobility related deaths and serious injuries by 2031. This will be achieved through a comprehensive and holistic approach to designing safe roadway systems for all users no matter how they choose to move throughout the community. View the resolution here.


Chapel Hill, Carrboro To Celebrate Juneteenth at Hargraves Community Center

The third annual Chapel Hill–Carrboro Juneteenth Festival returns to the Hargraves Community Center on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Hosted by the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, along with numerous community partners, the event celebrates Black culture and community with music, art, food, and more.

The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro proclaimed the observance of Juneteenth in 2020 and encourage residents and employers to recognize the holiday. John French, Director of the Hargraves Community Center, says “Juneteenth is important for our country and for our community. We are excited to once again partner with Carrboro and many community organizations to celebrate local Black culture and excellence.”

Here’s what’s in store for this year’s celebration:

Historic Marker Dedication

Hargraves Community Center has been selected as a spot on the North Carolina Civil Rights Trail, with a marker that describes the Center’s importance in the local and national fight for civil rights. At 10 a.m., community will gather to dedicate this new marker and celebrate the past, present, and future of Hargraves Center.

Live Music & Entertainment

The Juneteenth stage will welcome a variety of local artists, representing a range of musical genres. Pittsboro-based group The Dowdy Boys will provide gospel music, while Mickey Mills & Steel will offer Caribbean music featuring steel drums. Local favorite Zone will play a rap set, while Finesse will get everyone on their feet with upbeat rhythm and blues. In between acts, DJ Dominic will keep everyone dancing and entertained.

Small Business Fair & Nonprofit Showcase

A wide variety of Black artisans and Black-owned businesses will be highlighted at the festival, with everything from handmade jewelry and figurines to roofing, healthcare, and other services. Likewise, a wide range of community organizations that represent and serve the Black community will have booths at the event, including the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, the Hannah Ruth Foundation, and the local alumni chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Zeta Beta Phi, and Delta Sigma Theta sororities.

Food Trucks & Kids Zone

Black-owned food trucks and businesses will offer festival goers a variety of food and drink, including African cuisine from Yagg Sii Tenn, soul food from McCamm’s, and wings, hotdogs, and more from Jolly’s Catering. The Kids Zone will have facepainting, street performers, mural making, and more – including a visit from Chapel Hill Public Library’s Circulator. The Northside Gymnasium will be open with basketball activities throughout the event.

An estimated 4,000 people attended last year’s event and a large crowd is expected again this year. Attendees are encouraged to consider biking, walking, carpooling, and riding Chapel Hill Transit. Festival parking will be available at Northside Elementary, and general information about parking around downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro can be found at parkonthehill.com. Information about the event can be found at www.chapelhillcarrborojuneteenth.com


Chapel Hill Public Library Presents Summer Blast 2023: A Celebration of Reading for All Ages

Summertime is here, which means Chapel Hill Public Library’s beloved summer reading program and events series, Summer Blast, is back and better than ever.

Summer Blast has something in store for all ages—including outdoor concerts, family movie screenings, educational events, and of course, the popular summer reading program with free books and prizes. The program runs from now until August 15.

“With Summer Blast, we aim to inspire a love of reading and welcome community into the library,” said Library Director Susan Brown. “We are excited to provide a diverse range of programs and events that will captivate and educate all summer long. We are grateful to the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library for making this possible.”

Summer Reading Program

Starting Thursday June 1, kids, teens and adults can register for the program online or in person and pick up a reading log, with space to record and rate summer reads. Reading logs are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Burmese, Karen and Arabic. Participants get to choose free book upon registration and add their name to the library’s colorful window display.

Readers complete a log by reading five books then come back to the library for a sticker pack, an official stamp, and a ticket to enter the Summer Blast raffle. The raffle features a wide variety of prizes generously provided by local businesses and restaurants. For each additional five books read, participants earn another entry into the raffle, increasing their chances of winning.

Karin Michel, Youth and Family Experiences Manager at Chapel Hill Public Library says the benefit of participation goes beyond fun and prizes. “We know that summer reading helps prevent the summer slide and has a significant, positive impact on student performance in school. And our program is for everyone, not just for kids! Stop into the library and sign up today,” Michel says. 

Events for All Ages

In addition to regular library programming such as Family Story Time, Sunday S.T.E.A.M., Board Game Night, and Make it Monday, Summer Blast features a variety of extra special events.

Monthly Family Fun Fridays are a highlight of the summer, featuring live music, food trucks, and outdoor games in front of the library. The first one takes place on June 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., and features live music from Ancestor Piratas, Utensilz Optional food truck, and Maple View Farm Ice Cream.

Fridays at 2 p.m. from June 18 through August 16, the library will host a family matinee movie series in Meeting Room B.

Adults can also join in the fun with special events, including Book Speed Dating in June, Around the World(s) Book Bar trivia in July, and Recycled Book Craft night in August. Attendance at these programs earns participants an extra entry into the Summer Blast raffle for a chance to win even more prizes.

Visit the library’s website for the full events calendar at www.chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/events.

Chapel Hill Public Library extends its gratitude to the local businesses and organizations that generously supported Summer Blast 2023 by providing raffle prizes.

Summer Blast is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library. More details about programs and activities are available at www.chapelhillpubliclibrary.org.

For media requests, please contact Hannah Olson, Library Marketing and Communications Coordinator at holson@townofchapelhill.org.


Posted May 27, 2023

Poetry in the Park with Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis

Come write poetry in the park with Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis this summer.

Free ecopoetry workshops are offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays on June 5, July 10, and August 7 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1120 Hillsborough Road in Carrboro. The group will gather in the pavilion located inside the park (the pavilion furthest from the parking lot, located on the right-hand path).

Ecopoetry is poetry about the planet and our relationship to Earth. It supports ideas of conservation and sustainable living. Anyone can write ecopoetry and participants are welcome to write about whatever comes to them and whatever moves them. All are welcome. 

For more information, email lizawolff.francis@gmail.com


Mayor Proclaims Period Poverty Awareness Week in Carrboro

Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed the week of May 22-28, 2023 to be Period Poverty Awareness Week in Carrboro.

Approximately half the population will have a period every month for decades of their lives. Period supplies are a necessary product for millions of people across the country, however national surveys and research studies report that one in four people who have a period struggle to secure enough period supplies due to a lack of income.

This lack of period supplies, known as “period poverty,” can adversely affect individuals’ health and well-being. Period poverty is a public health issue, and addressing period poverty can lead to improved health and economic opportunity, thus ensuring all people have access to basic necessities.

Carrboro is proud to be home to trusted community-based organizations, including Period Power, a program of the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, that recognizes the importance of period products and distributes period products through various channels.

“I encourage residents to share appreciation for local period supply banks and their staff, volunteers, and donors, and to contribute generously to period supply banks, product drives, and organizations that collect and distribute period products,” Mayor Seils said.

Read the full Period Poverty Awareness Week Proclamation: https://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12871/2023-Period-Poverty-Proclamation-


Carrboro Town Offices Closed for Memorial Day

Town of Carrboro government offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. 

A Memorial Day program with guest speaker Sgt. Maj. Devell “Bo” Durham, the American Legion (AL) National Security Commission Member, Chairman AL Department of North Carolina Internal Affairs Commission, Chairman AL Department of N.C. War on Terror Committee, is scheduled at 10:45 a.m. Monday, May 29, at the Veterans Memorial Site, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC. 
 

Learn more at https://ocveteransmemorial.com/events/ 


May is Historic Preservation Month in Chapel Hill. Explore the history of the Town and UNC history with walking tours.

On April 26, the Chapel Hill Town Council proclaimed May 2023 as Historic Preservation Month. The Town of Chapel Hill recognizes the value of historic preservation as a way to celebrate our exceptional heritage, maintain significant places that have contributed to the historical character of the Town, and create a stronger sense of community and local pride.

Read the Proclamation

Learn more about Chapel Hill and its history with walking tours:

  • Hometown Ambassador Walking Tours
    “Walk with a Local,” a downtown walking tour of Chapel Hill’s past, present and future, is filled with our singular places, people, history, myths & lore, and traditions. This tour will introduce you to – or reacquaint you with – our beloved and storied town and campus.
    (Sponsored by Chapel Hill Historical Society, Preservation Chapel Hill, and Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau)
  • Free Walking Tours of Chapel Hill
    Take an easy, barrier-free walking tour led by a native of Chapel Hill. Learn about the history of the town and its relationship to the oldest state university in the country. See the distinctive murals that decorate this slice of heaven and learn about some hidden gems.
  • Self-Guided Tour of Carolina
    Take a self-guided tour of historic landmarks and places where students, faculty and staff conduct game-changing research, innovate for the public good, give back to our community and celebrate Tar Heel traditions. (UNC)


Carrboro Town Council Update

Meeting agendas and updates are issued from the Town Clerk’s Office. To receive these by email or text, sign up for Carrboro Town News at https://www.carrboronc.gov/list.aspx 

The Carrboro Town Council will hold the next Council Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2023. The agenda will be available at https://carrboro.legistar.com/   

This meeting will be held at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or can view the livestream YouTube.com/CarrboroNC OR at https://carrboro.legistar.com/  OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro). 

Past Meetings 

The Carrboro Town Council met Tuesday, May 23, 2023, for a Council Meeting and took the following actions on agenda posted at https://carrboro.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=1088373&GUID=64B42A7D-0932-4141-8174-42CB702EC7DC&Options=&Search= . Watch the video at  https://www.youtube.com/live/ev97HlrGHiU?feature=share  

  • Recognized a 2023 Immigrant Heritage Month Proclamation – https://www.carrboronc.gov/2630/Proclamations-and-Resolutions  
  • Amended the 203 S. Greensboro Street Project Ordinance to include Orange County Sustainability Grant Funds and additional Stormwater Enterprise Funds.
  • Amended the Land Use Ordinance to allow certain multi-family residential uses into the M-3 zoning district with a special use permit, subject to certain criteria. The change responded to a petition to amend the M-3-CZ district at South Green. 
  • Held a quasi-judicial public hearing for consideration of a Special Use Permit-A request for property at 8522 Old NC 86. This public hearing will be continued on June 13. 
  • Held a public hearing to consider amendments to the Land Use Ordinance to revise notification associated with attendance requirements.
  • Authorized the Town Manager to enter into a comprehensive participation agreement with the Transit Governance Interlocal Agreement (ILA) Parties. Participation is necessary to continue to receive transit funding for town infrastructure projects.
  • Considered amendments to the Advisory Board Recruitment and Appointment Policy document, and the Rules of Procedure for Town of Carrboro Boards and Commission Administrative Policy. Proposed amendments to these policies were identified at the March 14, 2023 Town Council work session. The Council requested additional information and that this matter be brought back for further consideration on a later agenda.

Carrboro Music Festival accepting performer applications

The Carrboro Music Festival is accepting performer applications for the 2023 Carrboro Music Festival through Thursday, June 1. Apply at http://carrboromusicfestival.com/321/Application—Performers 

The 2023 festival is Sunday, October 1, 2023, with a kickoff show scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. Musical acts selected by the Music Festival Planning Committee to perform in the event will receive an honorarium in the amount of $250.

The Carrboro Music Festival is a free one-day event (plus a kickoff show) showcasing Triangle-area performers and their varied musical styles.  

The event is coordinated by the Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Department and the Carrboro Music Festival Planning Committee. This program is supported by the Town of Carrboro and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority.  Generous support is also provided by the local business community.

Learn more about the Carrboro Music Festival: http://carrboromusicfestival.com/311/Carrboro-Music-Festival



Save the date for Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s Juneteenth celebration

Set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St. in Chapel Hill. 

Here are a few highlights:

  • The day starts at 10 a.m. with a dedication ceremony for the new Hargraves Historical Marker, part of the NC Civil Rights Trail.
  • The stage will feature live music all day long, with gospel singers, steel drums, rap artists, and R & B. A DJ will keep the party – and the dancing – going between sets.
  •  Black businesses will be on display throughout the event, from the food truck zone to the small business fair.
  • Local non-profits will be showcase their good works and spread the good word about all they do.
  • The Kids Zone will keep the young ones happy with face painting, street performers, mural-making and the CHPL Circulator.

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro proclaimed the observance and commemoration of Juneteenth on June 19, 2020 and encourage residents and employers to recognize the holiday.


Carrboro Mayor Proclaims June to be Immigrant Heritage Month

According to American Community Survey estimates in 2020, more than 1 out of every 8 Carrboro residents was born outside the United States. Our town is home to nonprofit organizations like El Centro Hispano, the Refugee Community Partnership, and the Refugee Support Center that support immigrants, migrants, and refugees through community building and organizing, language access, legal assistance, after-school programs, job training, distribution of food and essential goods, and more.

Generations of immigrants, migrants, and refugees from around the world have built the nation’s economy and shaped the character of our communities. Immigrants have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights and access to equal opportunity, but also in creating a fairer and more just society for everyone.

“I encourage all residents to celebrate the many contributions that immigrants have made in Carrboro and across the country, to learn more about immigrant communities and histories, and to offer assistance to local organizations that support local immigrant, migrant, and refugee communities,” said Mayor Seils.

Read more in this news flash about Immigrant Heritage Month.


Gun Violence Awareness Day Rally on June 2

On Friday, June 2 at 12:30 p.m., the Town of Chapel Hill will host its annual Gun Violence Awareness Day rally at Peace and Justice Plaza (179 E Franklin St.). Members of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Carrboro Town Council, Moms Demand Action, and North Carolinians Against Gun Violence will participate.  

Also known as #WearOrange Day, National Gun Violence Awareness Day is observed across the nation to raise awareness of the toll that gun violence is taking on our nation each year. It also provides an opportunity for individuals and communities to advocate for common sense gun legislation at the state and national level. This year’s event will include updates on state and federal legislation, a joint proclamation from the three jurisdictions, and a raising of the orange flag.



Virtual Police Reports in Chapel Hill

Did you know that you can file certain police reports online or by phone in the Town of Chapel Hill? This feature is convenient and available 24/7. 

Types of reports that can be filed virtually include theft from vehicle, damage to property, lost or stolen property, phone scams, and identity theft. 

If you need assistance, please call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760. For emergencies or to request an officer, call 911.

𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯-𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘳


Alarm Registration

Have you registered your home and business alarms? To reduce accidental alarm calls which tie up emergency services, alarms that are linked to emergency services are required to be registered. The program improves public safety and wisely manages Town safety resources.

Registering your alarms is free. Accidental alarms that occur at locations that have not registered will result in a $100 fine, with increased penalties for additional accidental alarm activations. 

You can register by phone at 1-855-725-7107 or online at: townofchapelhill.org/alarms


Artists announced for Uproar Festival of Public Art

From July 14 to Aug. 12, Uproar Festival of Public Art will showcase 60 large-scale, bold works of art throughout the downtown areas of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough. The full list of participating artists, along with their bios, can now be viewed on the festival’s website

Festival organizers reviewed 101 applications from artists in six states, evaluating artistic excellence, visual impact, creativity, and feasibility (including public safety, durability, and space required). Uproar will feature two-dimensional pieces, sculptures, projection, and installations. Participating artists will vie for cash prizes to be determined by both the public and a jury panel of experts.
  
“The response to Uproar has been incredible, from the number of artist applications to our fundraising campaign,” says Katie Murray, director of the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC). “Uproar is going to help the local economy while supporting and celebrating the artists who are making it possible, all while providing a free and accessible experience that everyone can participate in.”   
  
The People’s Choice Winner will receive $10,000. The jury’s first-place winner will also receive $10,000, with a second-place winner earning $5,000 and a third-place winner receiving $2,500. Jurors include Larry Wheeler, retired director of the North Carolina Museum of Art; Stacey L. Kirby, installation artist and the winner of ArtPrize 8; and interdisciplinary award-winning artist Antoine Williams.
  
Inspired by ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and ArtFields in Lake Park, South Carolina, Uproar will be the first festival of its kind in the state and will prioritize accessibility. OCAC and nine community partners created the festival to celebrate artists, engage art lovers of all types, and support and celebrate the community. Since summer can be a slow time for small business owners, Uproar is also expected to boost the local economy.
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Uproar will launch with a kick-off party at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio in Chapel Hill on July 14. An awards celebration at the Eno Arts Mill in Hillsborough will close the festival on Aug. 12.


Orange County receives first positive rabies test of 2023

Orange County Animal Services has received a positive rabies test, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. This incident involved a raccoon and occurred on Mt. Carmel Church Road in Chapel Hill, NC.  For more information and statistics about rabies in North Carolina, visit The North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services.

This case originated on Saturday, May 20, when a Chapel Hill resident’s dog had an altercation with a raccoon. Animal Control was contacted and they removed the raccoon for rabies testing.

For any possible exposure of humans to rabies, a Communicable Disease Nurse from the Orange County Health Department will evaluate the risk of rabies exposure. A decision about the post-exposure prophylaxis that protects people from rabies is based upon an assessment of all the factors involved in this type of situation. If the dog involved in this incident has a valid rabies vaccination history, it is able to receive a booster rabies vaccination within the required window. When there is “a reasonable suspicion of exposure,” a dog, cat, or ferret with a valid vaccination history must receive a booster shot within 96 hours (four days). By contrast, an unvaccinated cat or dog must either be euthanized or quarantined for a period up to four months (or six months for a ferret).

Please make sure your pets are current on their rabies vaccinations. It is important for the health of your family and your pets. Rabies is a fatal viral infection. Your veterinarian is the best source of information on vaccinations for your pet. For more rabies information, you may review the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention.

In North Carolina and other areas, rabies is commonly found in raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, wolves, groundhogs, and beavers. A host species of rabies in our own region and others is the bat. Of the few cases of rabies in humans in our country in recent years, most have been traced to bats. If there is any possibility of exposure from a bat, it is critical that citizens immediately contact their animal control program. If an incident involving a bat – or other rabies vector, such as a raccoon or skunk – should occur outside regular hours of service, an Animal Control Officer should be reached right away through Emergency Communications (9-1-1).



Lumos announces schedule adjustment for Phase 1 of Orange County Broadband Project

Due to unforeseen circumstances with permitting and construction, Lumos has made the following schedule adjustment. Approximately 320 addresses in Phase 1 are expected to be completed by July 31 with the remaining Phase 1 addresses to be completed during the third quarter of 2023. Addresses in Phase 1 were initially expected to be served by June 2023.

Once identified, the impacted areas of Phase 1 will be highlighted on the Implementation Map. Lumos expects to have fiber built to approximately 3,200 homes on the list of unserved homes identified before the project began by the end of the year, putting future phases on, or ahead, of schedule.

To receive updates on availability in your area, visit www.lumosfiber.com/builtforthefuture/.


Chapel Hill Creamery, Orange County’s last dairy farm, to be sold to Alamance County farmers

Flo Hawley and Portia McKnight have decided to retire from Chapel Hill Creamery, a 20-year-old business at the heart of Orange County’s agricultural community and the last inspected dairy in the county. They have committed to a three-year transition during which Reverence Farms of Alamance County will assume day-to-day management of the creamery and purchase the business. Hawley and McKnight, pictured right, with Reverence Farms owners Suzanne Nelson Karreman and Hubert Karreman, VMD. 


Carrboro Public Works Traffic Alert

Duke Energy is performing some aerial utility work on S. Greensboro St on Wednesday, May 31. There will be a lane closure on S. Greensboro with flaggers starting around 2 p.m. and lasting for approximately 2 hours. 

For more information, contact Carrboro Public Works at 919-918-7424 or PWorks@carrboronc.gov 


Posted May 24, 2023


NCDOT to begin resurfacing Merritt Mill Road

NCDOT’s summer resurfacing work begins next week.  NCDOT has engaged Carolina Sunrock as the prime contractor for the resurfacing of Merritt Road from Rosemary Street to South Greensboro Street.  The project will include modifying the existing street cross section to remove the existing center turn lane and add new bike lanes, and green pavement markings. 

Fulcher, the project subcontractor, is scheduled to begin signal loop installation along Merritt Mill Road on Tuesday, May 23 – 26 with lane closures from 9 a.m. to Sunset.  NO WORK will be allowed during the Memorial holiday restriction from Sunset on Friday, May 26 until 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 30.

Motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and emergency vehicles will have access through the work zone at all times.  This work should take approximately two weeks and the work area will be specific to the intersections and short in length with minimal traffic disruption. 

Utility adjustments are currently scheduled beginning May 30 – June 9, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to Sunset. The milling and paving operation will proceed after utility adjustments, with an anticipated date of mid-June or later and this will be a more intrusive operation.  NCDOT will provide message boards to advertise the milling and paving once the contractor has scheduled accordingly.  The milling and paving will also require lane closures Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to Sunset. 

Contact: John Howell, Residential Engineer, Division 7-District 1, NCDOT, 336-570-6830 or jhowell@ncdot.gov


Chapel Hill Hometown Ambassadors Tour

Take a downtown walking tour of Chapel Hill’s past, present & future, filled with our singular places, people, history, myths & lore, traditions, and impact. This tour is designed to introduce you – or reacquaint you! – to our beloved and storied town and campus. Tours leave the Chapel Hill/Orange County Welcome Center (308 W. Franklin Street) at 3 pm on May 19, June 2, June 9, and June 23.

Register here



Khalisa Rae, Ashley Lumpkin, CJ Suitt, & Soteria Shepperson at Epilogue

Join Epilogue Books for a conversation with Khalisa Rae, Ashley Lumpkin, CJ Suitt, and Soteria Shepperson about what it means to be Black and queer in the South on May 31st at 6:30pm. Get a free ticket below to let them know you’re coming!

Get your ticket


“Back to the Future” Themed Adult Prom in Carrboro Benefiting Boys & Girls Club

“Great Scott!” This isn’t just any Friday night. On June 16, from 8 PM to 11 PM, Carrboro Century Center is going “Back to the Future” with a themed adult prom, “Carrboro Prom 2023: Enchantment Under the Sea”. Dust off your poodle skirts or rock your 80s neon for a time-traveling adventure that’s sure to be the highlight of the year.

“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!” But dancing shoes are a must as attendees groove to tunes from 1955 to 1985, played by the band Mix Tape Grab Bag. Your $115 ticket doesn’t just open the doors to this retro blast—it includes a feast of heavy appetizers provided by Mel’s Catering, a flowing selection of beer and wine, and access to a nostalgia-inducing photo booth. The night wouldn’t be complete without a crowning of the prom king and queen—could it be you?

All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties. “Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one,” as Doc Brown says. By attending this prom, you’re not just reliving or reimagining a memorable night from high school, you’re investing in the future of our community.

“Remember, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything,” Marty McFly advised. And accomplish we will! We’re thrilled that this event supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties, ensuring a bright future for our local youth.

Tickets are available now at carrboroprom.com. Don’t be a “slacker” – this event is expected to sell out, so secure your ticket now and mark June 16 on your calendar. As Marty would say, “This is heavy!”

About Carrboro Century Center: Carrboro Century Center is the heart of the community, hosting events from sock hops to weddings in its versatile spaces. Visit Carrboro Century Center to learn more.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties: Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties is our community’s flux capacitor, sparking change and fueling the journey toward great futures for our youth. Visit https://bgcdoc.org to learn more.


FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES CONCERT SERIES MAY 26: The Blue Ridge Opry hosted by Kelley Breiding

Enjoy Blue Ridge Opry hosted by Kelley Breiding at this week’s Freight Train Blues Concert, Friday, May 26, 2023. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main Street. Bring your picnic, lawn chairs, and blankets for an evening of live music on the lawn. 

The concert series runs every Friday night through June 23 and is a collaboration among Music Maker Foundation; the Town of Carrboro; WUNC 91.5 FM; and The Forests at Duke.

Public parking is available and free in downtown Carrboro.

The Blue Ridge Opry is a nostalgic country music variety show inspired by the early days of the Grand Old Opry and the heyday of classic country stars like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Uncle Dave Macon, The Carter Family, Loretta Lynn, and the like. The program is hosted and produced by singer and multi-instrumentalist Kelley Breiding and features a variety of musical guest stars including Martha Bassett, Jim Lloyd, Larry Sigmon, Wayne Dye, Asa Nelson, and Kelley and The Cowboys as well as comedy and dancers from the Blue Ridge Mountains.

More information: www.freighttrainblues.com 

Posted May 18, 2023

Carrboro announces Green Neighborhoods Grant Program

As part of its Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) implementation, the Town of Carrboro is pleased to announce the Green Neighborhoods Grant Program that offers grants for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance ecosystem resiliency or contribute to climate action awareness or engagement. The maximum grant award is $2,500.

The Carrboro Town Council accepted the Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) in 2017 to expand the Town’s existing climate action efforts and emphasize measures that community members can implement to help achieve greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The plan’s goal is to raise the community’s awareness and involvement in climate action and the enhancement of ecosystem resilience. In 2020, the Town updated the CCAP goals to recommend an 80% reduction of 2010 emissions levels by 2030. To achieve this goal, widespread community participation in every aspect of the plan is essential. 

The Green Neighborhoods Grant Program seeks to benefit low-income households and residents of color by bringing neighbors together to pursue projects which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create natural areas that are more resilient to the impacts of climate change, ultimately benefiting the entire community.  

The goals of the program include: 

  • Educate and empower neighborhoods to address climate change 
  • Build neighborhood capacity to engage in climate action 
  • Develop and enhance community and Town partnerships 
  • Leverage Town and neighborhood involvement and resources 
  •  Distribute resources to low-income communities and communities of color who are disproportionately affected by climate change.  

The maximum grant award is $2,500. Applications are due by June 9, 2023 at 3 p.m. Info sessions will be held throughout May. 

Visit this webpage for more information: http://www.carrbororec.org/2778/Green-Neighborhoods-Grant-Program

For questions and additional information, contact Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Laura Janway at ljanway@carrboronc.gov or (919) 918-7326. 


Orange County Office of Equity and Inclusion to host Building a Healthy Community event

The Orange County Building a Healthy Community Roundtable Discussion & Resource Fair to be held on Monday, May 22, 2023 at Carrboro High School (201 Rock Haven Rd, Carrboro, NC 27510) from 6-8 p.m. brings together community members, local organizations, and leaders to promote health equity in Orange County. The roundtable theme, “Healthy Homes, Healthy Communities: A Critical Conversation” highlights the significant role housing plays in shaping health outcomes. Housing inequalities can have a harmful impact on overall community health.

During the roundtable discussion, participants engage in open dialogue and exchange ideas about healthy homes as a pathway to health equity and overall community health. The goal is to identify challenges and opportunities for promoting health equity, and develop action steps to address them.

The resource fair is an opportunity for organizations, businesses, and community groups to share information and resources that support healthy housing and healthy communities. This includes affordable housing programs, mental health and substance abuse support services, healthcare services, community-based organizations, financial education and budgeting support, tenant advocacy organizations, community gardening, and opportunities for community members to engage and learn from each other.

The overall goal of the event is to create a platform for community engagement and dialogue on health equity. By identifying challenges and opportunities for promoting health equity in Orange County, the event aims to develop action steps and approaches to address health equity issues.

For organizations, businesses, and community groups interested in participating as a volunteer, please visit https://www.orangecountync.gov/BHCRegisterComm to sign up and learn more about how you can contribute to this important event.

For community members, please let us know if you will be attending by https://www.orangecountync.gov/BHCRegisterComm.


Aging to host Meditation with a Cop on May 23

The Orange County Department on Aging and the Project EngAGE Mental Wellness and Intergenerational Senior Resource Teams invite the public to attend a community event, Meditation with a Cop, on May 23.

The event aims to combat ageism through intergenerational engagement, foster connectedness with local law enforcement, and promote mental wellness for the community. Join the Chapel Hill Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, ProMedica and UNC Health/Triangle Falls Prevention Coalition to celebrate Mental Health Month! You’ll meet and get to know local law enforcement officers who serve and protect our community, while learning together about the importance of meditation and self-care!

Bring the kiddos, friends or the whole family for music free goodies and a sitting meditation session with Joe Gilbert, Certified Mindfulness Mediation Teacher with Cedar Walk Wellness Center of Hillsborough.

The event will take place on Tuesday, May 23 from 2-3 pm at the Seymour Center located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. Please register by Monday, May 22 with the Seymour Center front desk at 919-968-2070.

For more information, please contact Lydia Arnold at larnold@orangecountync.gov or 919-245-4276.


Solarize the Triangle launches second campaign to bring solar energy to Orange County

The 12 Triangle partner governments that collaborated to organize Solarize the Triangle are set to launch a second time-limited campaign to make solar energy and battery storage more affordable for homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits located in 12 Triangle communities.

This special community event will take place on Monday, May 15, at Hi-Wire Brewing in Durham. Free and open to the public, the launch celebration will be open from 6-8 pm.

The 2023 version of the Solarize program is hosted by the Triangle Sustainability Partnership, a local government coalition. More than 180 home and business owners ultimately signed contracts to purchase renewable energy systems for their properties through the Partnership’s 2022 program, which concluded in March 2023. During the coming months, Solarize the Triangle again will offer an opportunity for local residents and businesses to purchase solar energy at discounted group rates.

Persons attending the Solarize ’23 debut event at 800 Taylor St. in Durham will find:

  • Representatives from the Partnership that developed Solarize the Triangle;
  • Experts in solar energy from the locally selected installer company chosen via competitive bidding;
  • Details about the benefits of solar energy and battery storage;
  • Special prices, refreshments, and drawings for attendees; and
  • Information about how one can enroll for a free solar energy assessment of their residence or place of business via Solarize the Triangle.

In addition to attending, media are invited to interviews before/after the opening event in Durham. Solarize the Triangle is now accepting enrollment for the upcoming program. Interested residents may visit SolarizetheTriangle.com to learn more and sign up for a free evaluation without obligation.


Orange County Property values can be appealed through June 22

Property owners with concerns about property revaluation can appeal their values. The most recent valuation date for real properties in Orange County is Jan. 1, 2021, using sales from 2019 and 2020.

Appellants can submit their formal appeal of property value for 2023 taxes either online, by mailing in a paper copy (addressed to: Orange County Board of Equalization and Review, PO Box 8181, Hillsborough NC 27278-8181), emailing a scanned copy of the form or dropping off a paper copy at the drop box outside our office at 228 South Churton Street, Hillsborough. Formal appeals must be received by June 22, 2023, or 30 days after notification of a value change, whichever period expires last.

Use this website to file an appeal Online.

North Carolina General Statutes put the burden of proof on the property owner to show that a tax assessment is inaccurate. A change in assessment will be considered only if the owner can demonstrate that the assessed value is more or less than market value as of Jan. 1, 2021, or that it is inconsistent with assessments of similar properties. Assessments cannot be appealed based on the percentage of increase/decrease in value OR the taxpayer’s ability to pay the tax. The tax office will send results of formal appeals via mail.


Blackwood Farm Park set to reopen with special ceremony on Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m.

The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation invites the public to join the Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) for the official reopening of Blackwood Farm Park.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at 4215 NC 86 S in Hillsborough. The park will operate daily Monday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Future phases of the park are planned.  

Blackwood Farm is a 152-acre park, featuring four miles of hiking trails, a historic farmhouse, barn, and additional outbuildings. New amenities at the park include: covered amphitheater, interactive educational trail, and large picnic shelter that can serve as an additional sound stage. Other amenities include open fields, small picnic shelter, fishing pond, and restrooms.

The Blackwood Farm property was acquired in 2001 through Orange County’s Lands Legacy Program. A Master Plan for the Park was adopted by the BOCC in 2011 and amended in 2018 and recently in 2021. The Master Plan called for low-impact recreation, while retaining components of the natural, scenic, agricultural, and historic character of the farm. The amended plan included a new park office, future learning center, and additional recreation area. 

For more information, such as hours of operation and location, please visit:

https://www.orangecountync.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Blackwood-Farm-Park-2

To review the Master Plan, please visit: 

https://www.orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19870/Blackwood-Farm-Master-Plan-Map


Carrboro Town Council supports right to safe and comprehensive reproductive health care

The Carrboro Town Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night (May 16, 2023) supporting the right of all people to access the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare, including abortion.

The resolution was in reaction to the North Carolina General Assembly party-line vote on Senate Bill 20 to limit the rights of women, specifically their bodily autonomy, by prohibiting abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy and restricting access to medication abortion after 10 weeks of pregnancy. 

“The Town Council urges Carrboro’s delegation in the General Assembly to prioritize the health care needs of all residents, to reject further attempts to restrict access to abortion, and to increase investment in access to health care, affordable birth control including emergency contraception, and comprehensive age-appropriate sex education,” the resolution states. 

“The Town Council encourages residents of Carrboro to speak out against these egregious attacks on bodily autonomy and make their views known to members of the General Assembly.”

Read the full resolution at https://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12872/A-RESOLUTION-SUPPORTING-THE-RIGHT-OF-ALL-NORTH-CAROLINIANS-TO-SAFE-AND-COMPREHENSIVE-REPRODUCITVE-HEALTH-CARE_SB20_51623-Final 



Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed May 14-20, 2023 to be Police Week in Carrboro.

“I encourage residents to share their gratitude with the officers and other professionals in the Police Department for promoting the safety of Carrboro’s residents and visitors,” Mayor Seils said.

Employees in the Carrboro Police Department provide a vital public service by acting as first responders in emergency and crisis situations. Not only do they investigate and solve crimes, but the Police Department also offers a variety of community services to individuals, local businesses, and community organizations and agencies.

In 2022, the Police Department handled more than 17,000 calls for service and hosted more than 50 community events. This past year, two officers retired, and six new officers were hired. Two K-9s retired and two new K-9s were trained. Sergeant Charles Brent Hobby was named Carrboro’s 2022 Police Officer of the Year and was honored on Community Hero Night with Carolina Athletics.

Employees in the Police Department attended nearly 1,400 hours of training to stay updated on current policing techniques. The department strives to achieve the department’s bias-free policing goals and provide community services in a fair and professional manner through this ongoing training.

In the Town’s most recent biennial community survey, the Police Department was among the major categories of Town services that had the highest levels of satisfaction.

Mayor Seils encouraged residents to understand the duties and responsibilities of these essential employees and to remember the risks they often must face to help make Carrboro a safe and welcoming place to live.

Read the full proclamation here: https://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12839/2023-Police-Week-Proclamation



May community update for the Carrboro 203 Project

Crews are currently working on forming up the third and final floor of the building.  Concrete for the third floor is scheduled to be poured on the morning of Thursday, May 18.  Once the third floor is complete, construction of the roof will begin and the building will be topped out.  

Focus will then shift to the building of the concrete parking deck.   

Duke Energy is currently scheduled to perform some aerial utility work on S. Greensboro St the morning of Tuesday, May 23.  This may involve a lane closure and short power interruption to some customers. Utility work is ongoing, please follow the Town’s social media for the latest utility work notifications. 

Background 

The $42 million development will be the future home of the Orange County Southern Branch Library. The facility will also provide a permanent home for the Orange County Skills Development Center; Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department; WCOM Radio; and performance/multipurpose uses. The 203 Project will provide opportunities for education, art and community connection.

More information:

  • The Town of Carrboro posts regular updates to the community on the Town website and through social media. Sign up to receive Carrboro Town News updates at www.carrboronc.gov/signup 
  • If you would like to be included on a neighborhood email distribution list, which includes residents living in the adjacent neighborhood and the local business community, please notify the203project@carrboronc.gov
  • For more information and the latest drone videos, please visit  https://www.the203project.org/

Orange County Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary for May 16, 2023

The Orange County Board of Commissioners conducted a business meeting on May 16, 2023.   A replay of the meeting is viewable at the following link:

http://www.orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos.  

The agenda included the items below.  The following is a brief summary of the Board’s actions.  This summary should not be viewed as official minutes.

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Proclamations/Resolutions/Special Presentations

Proclamation Recognizing the Success and Accomplishments of Orange County High School Robotics Teams

The Board approved a proclamation recognizing five Orange County high schools for their robotics teams’ recent success and accomplishments. (Unanimous)

Resolution Honoring Chief Deputy Jamison R. Sykes for 28 Years of Law Enforcement Service and Awarding Him his Badge and Sidearm 

The Board approved a Resolution honoring Chief Deputy Jamison R. Sykes for 28 years of law enforcement service and awarding him his badge and sidearm, and authorized the Chair to sign the Resolution. (Unanimous)

Presentation Regarding Uproar Festival of Public Art

The Board received information on a new upcoming, countywide festival called Uproar Festival of Public Art.

Public Hearings

Joint Public Hearing with the Historic Preservation Commission Regarding the Proposed Designation of Three Properties as Orange County Local Landmarks

The Board conducted a joint public hearing with the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) to receive public comment on the applications to designate the Harvey’s Chapel AME Church, Eno Quaker Burying Ground, and David Faucette House as Orange County Local Landmarks. 

Regular Agenda

2022 Longtime Homeowner Assistance (LHA) Program Evaluation

This item was deferred to a future meeting.

Approval of a Professional Services Contract with Clarion Associates to Develop a Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and Approval of Budget Amendment #9-A

The Board received a brief staff presentation including an overview of the consultant selection process and scope of services to develop a Comprehen