Community Notices Archive

COMMUNITY NOTICES ARCHIVE


Posted May 22, 2024

Memorial Day is May 27, Some Town Services Affected

Monday, May 27 is a Town holiday. Most municipal offices will be closed, and some services are affected. Here are some of the highlights:

    • Chapel Hill Public Library will be closed.
    • Chapel Hill Transit will not operate.
    • Most Parks and Recreation facilities and administrative offices will be closed. Homestead Aquatic Center will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Crews will collect residential trash on Wednesday, May 29 instead of Monday, May 27.
    • Orange County recycling will be delayed by one day.

Attend a Design Workshop for Greene Tract Master Plan

Register to attend an interactive design workshop to get feedback on the initial direction for the Greene Tract Master Plan. Review how community input from Workshop # 1 has been translated into draft conceptual plans and work together toward a Master Plan. If you’re interested in the future Greene Tract development, register for this workshop.


We Want YOU to Work in Local Government!

The Town of Chapel Hill and more than 40 other local governments will spotlight careers in fields like construction, business administration, environmental sciences, public health, public safety, technology, and more at the first-ever Local Government Expo on June 8 at the NC State McKimmon Center in Raleigh.
Learn more and register.


Follow Along and Learn More about LUMO

Updating our land use rules (LUMO) is an important step to realize a more connected, sustainable, accessible, and inclusive community. Curious about what it means? Visit our new LUMO website, where you’ll find LUMO and Planning basics, upcoming meetings, and guides to understanding some complex Planning topics.
Check it out.


Crew Recognized for Life-Saving Actions

Captain Sinkiewicz of the Chapel Hill Fire Department praised Engine 34 B-Shift for their actions on a challenging cardiac arrest call that saved a life. “Their flawless performance and calm demeanors truly set the tone for a successful call,” he said. Crews who perform star actions get a Championship Belt in recognition of their efforts. Nice work, crew!


Public Works Team Celebrates Public Works Week

Folks from our Public Works team got together for food, fun, and festivities at their annual Public Works Week luncheon. It’s a great way for them to unwind and celebrate their good work and service to the community. This week and every week, we appreciate all they do!


Are You Signed Up for OC Alerts?

 
With Hurricane season on the horizon, now is a good time to sign up for OC Alerts, Orange County’s public alert and warning system. This system allows us and the County to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather. You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email, text messages or app.
Sign Up

Council Meeting Highlights

Council met for a work session at the Chapel Hill Public Library on May 22.


Reminder: Basketball Courts Closed for New HoopsThe Chapel Hill Community Center Gym and Nate Davis Sr. Gym are getting brand new basketball goals.

 
To make this happen, Community Center gym will be closed May 13 – 31, and the Nate Davis Sr. gym will be closed May 20 – June 7. Wanna use the new hoops this summer? Sign up for competitive basketball.
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Bike Rack Unveiling and Bike Ride for Veterans

On May 25, come by Umstead Park for a bike rack unveiling and bike ride to honor Veterans. Hear inspirational words from Veterans, meet the bike rack artist, and join a short bike ride celebrating former Town of Chapel Hill employee and Veteran Jim Huegerich.

Learn More


Register for Pickleball Clinic on May 26

Bring the whole family out to enjoy a day of pickleball instruction and play. Learn the game and bond over a shared activity that all ages can enjoy. All equipment is provided. If you have your own paddle, bring it. Remember to grab a water bottle, too.

Register Here


Celebrate National Trails Day on June 1

We invite local trail and environmental enthusiasts of all ages to join Friends of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation to celebrate National Trails Day. Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation will host a guided trail walk along the Bolin Creek Trail on Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Register


Mark Your Calendars for Annual Pride Promenade

We’re kicking off Small Town Pride with Pride Promenade on Saturday, June 1 at 12 p.m. Participants will march from Peace & Justice Plaza to 140 West Plaza for a celebration of LGBTQIA+ community, complete with art vendors, nonprofits, and food trucks.

Learn More


 

Celebrate Black Community and Culture at Juneteenth Celebration

Join us at Hargraves Community Center (216 N Roberson St.) for a Juneteenth celebration. On Sunday, June 16, 2 – 6 p.m., come by to watch live performances, hear oral histories, meet local small businesses, and enjoy kids activities and food trucks.

Learn More


Preserving History, One Stone at a Time

Chapel Hill is renowned for its well-maintained low fieldstone walls. In 1838, UNC President David Lowry Swain, along with science professor Elisha Mitchell, began a project to replace rail fences with stone walls to keep out wandering livestock. The stone walls were constructed by several black stone masons, including James Blackwell and Jesse Jones, and became a popular feature among villagers who began building their own stone walls. Check them out on a free walking tour of Chapel Hill.


Hometown Heroes: Lance Norris, Richard Terrell, and the Public Works Team

Listen to this week’s WCHL Hometown Hero segment featuring kind words about our Public Works leaders and department.


Chapel Hill and Orange County Launch ‘Holistic’ Crisis Response Team

Read or listen to a piece about a different type of response during emergency calls than traditional law enforcement.


Chapel Hill Making Downtown Sidewalks More Accessible

Learn about ADA improvements happening in Chapel Hill to make downtown sidewalks more accessible.


Check the Town calendar for a variety of public meetings. Next week’s schedule includes:


Travel Alerts for the Week of May 19 and Upcoming

N. Roberson St. waterline work

May 28 – June 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Flaggers will help move traffic.

1200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd utility work

May 28 – May 31, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

North St. utility work

May 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Flaggers will help move traffic.

Ongoing

Ephesus Church Rd. at Fordham Blvd. utility work

April 9 – June 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Flaggers will help move traffic.

Clover Dr. at Legion Rd. utility work

May 6 – 31: hours and locations vary. Follow posted signs for detours.

Service Rd. at Novus Ln.

May 9 – May 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lane closed with flaggers to help move traffic.

All road work depends on the weather. Schedules may change accordingly. Google Maps and Waze show the most up-to-date traffic conditions.


The upcoming concert of the Music Maker Foundation’s Freight Train Blues series is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main Street.

The series is a collaboration among the Music Maker Foundation; the Town of Carrboro; WUNC 91.5 FM; and The Forests at Duke. Funding for this year’s series was also provided by Spark the Arts.

Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets for a free evening of live music on the lawn. Beer and food will be available for purchase at the events.

The concert will feature Thomas Rhyant. After decades of touring in gospel quartets, Rhyant launched a solo career. His prowess for vocals and nimble acoustic guitar work are clearly felt in his touring tribute to Sam Cooke, whom he claims as his greatest influence. These days, Rhyant uses music to tell the stories of those who came before him, allowing people to not only understand but emotionally connect with history.

Also performing are the Legendary Singing Stars. The Brooklyn-Based Legendary Singing Stars have carried the gospel tradition into the 21st century in the sixty-plus years since its founding. In the decades since their founding, the Stars have gone by different names, changed their band mates, and cut several successful records. Founder Billie Hardie left to form his own gospel group in 1970, and rejoined the Stars in 2008 at the request of the group leader Tommy Ellison.  Today, Hardie shares lead vocal duties with 21-year-old Michael Boone, who has been performing with the group since age 15 and grew up frequenting the Singing Stars’ NC shows. Despite a 63-year age difference, the two vocalists have great chemistry on stage and share a similar vision and talent.


Community Arts & Culture’s third annual Chapel Hill Pride Promenade will kick off this year’s Small Town Pride celebrations on Saturday, June 1 from 12 to 3 p.m.

As in past years, the community will march down Franklin Street from Peace & Justice Plaza to 140 West Plaza, where the celebration will continue with music, art, and more.

The event includes:

          • A Pride Promenade led by the Triangle Pride Band and activated by drag queens Byanka Bangsum and Marisa Kenning. Attendees can pick up streamers, flags, bracelets, and more from the event welcome tent to use throughout the Promenade.
          • A street market at 140 West Plaza featuring local LGBTQIA+ and ally businesses and organizations. Interactive arts activities will include a community chalk mural facilitated by local artist Mayanthi Jayawardena (Serendib Creative) and a crafting table with Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation using materials from The Scrap Exchange. Chapel Hill Public Library‘s Circulator will showcase books for all ages that reflect and celebrate LGBTQIA+ lives and stories.
          • Dance music from DJ Savant at Peace & Justice Plaza to energize the crowd from 12 to 12:30 p.m. prior to the march. DJ Gemynii will continue the party at 140 West Plaza from 1 to 3 p.m. to activate the street market.
          • A temporary public art piece at 140 West Plaza by artist Adam Cooley. Titled “Think Outside the Box,” the art will be an eight-foot cube with interactive components like movable parts, internal periscopes, and doors that open to reveal positive messages.
          • An artistic bus wrap designed by local artist Iris Gottlieb as part of the Art + Transit project in collaboration with Chapel Hill Transit.

Community Arts & Culture works closely with the Town of Chapel Hill LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group to plan the Promenade each year. “It’s important to us that we expand and build off previous years and let our LGBTQIA+ community know they have a steadfast partner in the Town of Chapel Hill,” says Matthew DeBellis, Assistant Town Clerk and LGBTQIA+ Liaison to the Town Manager. “It’s especially important in 2024 as hate crimes against LGBTQIA+ folks continue to increase, and state laws are enacted across the county that negatively affect our community. The Pride Promenade will help bring people together and provide a platform to uplift and support Chapel Hill’s LGBTQIA+ community.”

Attendees are encouraged to wear festive colors and bring cash to support vendors at the street market. The community will gather at Peace & Justice Plaza on Henderson Street starting at 12 p.m. Remarks from council member Karen Stegman and additional guest speakers will take place at 12:30 p.m. Chapel Hill Police will manage a rolling street closure beginning at 12:30 p.m. as the crowd progresses down Franklin Street to 140 West Plaza.

The Town expects a large crowd for this event. Biking, walking, and riding Chapel Hill Transit are encouraged. Information about downtown parking options is available at parkonthehill.com.

The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have more events planned throughout June, including the Pride Piper Walk and Dance Party on June 28. Learn more about other Small Town Pride events at chapelhillarts.org/smalltownpride.


Monday, May 27 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, May 27. Make-up day will be Wednesday, May 29.
          • YARD TRIMMINGS collection will not be affected.
          • CURBSIDE RECYCLING will not be collected on Monday, May 27. Recycling collection will be delayed by one day this week.
          • ORANGE COUNTY LANDFILL and WASTE & RECYCLING CENTERS will be closed.
          • COMMERCIAL TRASH will not be collected Monday, May 27. Collections will be completed by the end of the week.

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:

          • Facilities closed on Monday, May 27: Parks & Rec Administrative Offices, Chapel Hill Community Center and Pool, Hargraves Center, Nate Davis, Sr. Gymnasium, Teen Center, and A.D. Clark Outdoor Pool.
          • Facilities open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. on Monday, May 27: Homestead Aquatic Center.
          • Parks, greenways, trails, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and outdoor park amenities are open.

The Triangle will bring caffeine fun and education to the forefront on over Memorial Day weekend.

A special industry-focused triangulation event will get everything started on Friday evening, May 24 from 5-7 p.m., hosted by Carrboro Coffee Roasters. The main event occurs on Saturday, May 25; it consists of four different routes highlighting the area’s best in local coffee, kombucha, and chocolate. Downtown Chapel Hill stops include Perennial Cafe, 1922 Coffee Shop, Boro Beverage, and Epilogue Books.

During each route, attendees will try a sample drink or food item at each stop, plus experience a backstage opportunity to engage with industry pros. Ticket prices range from $36.50-39.50. Ticket holders will travel via their own transportation.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


Mayor Barbara Foushee has proclaimed the week of May 20 -28, 2024 as Period Poverty Awareness Week in Carrboro.

Approximately half of the population will have a period every month for decades of their lives. Period supplies are a necessary product, each month, for millions of people across the country, however national surveys and research studies report that one in four menstruating individuals struggle to secure enough period supplies to meet their needs each month 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 a 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.

Mayor Foushee expresses gratitude to period supply banks, their staff, volunteers and donors for their service, and encourages Carrboro residents to donate generously to supply banks, product drives and those organizations that collect and distribute period products to those that are struggling with period poverty so that all of Carrboro’s people can thrive and reach their full potential.

Read the full Raising Awareness Regarding Period Poverty & Recognizing Period Poverty Awareness Week Proclamation.


Celebrate Our Public Works Team

The Council proclaimed the week of May 19-25 as Public Works Week, encouraging community members to recognize the contributions that these dedicated professionals make to keep our community safe and functional. Whether they’re behind the scenes or on the street, their efforts are essential. Join us in honoring these unsung heroes who make our town services run smoothly throughout the year.


Register here



Posted May 15, 2024

Mayor Barbara Foushee has proclaimed May 12 -18, 2024 to be Police Week in Carrboro, encouraging 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.

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 they offer a variety of community services to individuals, local businesses, and community organizations and agencies.

In 2023, the Police Department handled more than 17,000 calls for service and hosted 37 community events, including National Night Out, neighborhood meetings, job fairs, prescription drug drop-off events and more.

Employees attended over 3,200 hours of training, three officers completed crisis intervention training, one officer retired, and four new officers were hired. Sergeant Edgar Deharo was named Carrboro’s 2023 Police Officer of the Year and was honored on Community Hero Night with Carolina Athletics.

In the 2022 Carrboro Community Survey, the Police Department was among the major categories of the Town services that had the highest levels of satisfaction.

Mayor Foushee encourages residents to understand the duties and responsibilities of these essential employees and the risks they often must face to help make Carrboro a safe and welcoming place to live.

Read the full Police Week Proclamation.


Town of Carrboro offices will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.

The Orange County Veterans memorial committee is planning a Memorial Day Program at 8:45 a.m. Monday, May 27 at the Veterans Memorial Site, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC. Mayor Barbara Foushee will provide the welcoming remarks for the program. Learn more about the 2024 Memorial Day Program at https://ocveteransmemorial.com/events/

The proclamation acknowledges Memorial Day in Carrboro as a day to remember those who lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces, and to the victims of war around the world. Mayor Foushee encourages all residents to affirm and celebrate Carrboro’s commitment to nonviolent, peaceful solutions to conflict.

Read the 2024 Memorial Day Proclamation.


Mayor Barbara Foushee has declared May to be Bike Month in Carrboro, encouraging residents to add biking to their transportation routines; to become advocates for biking, bicycle infrastructure, and bicycle-friendly laws and policies; and to take delight in every ride.

Biking is an easy way for people to reduce their carbon footprint and advance the Town’s climate action goals by avoiding the use of single-occupancy vehicles and reducing reliance on non-renewable resources for transportation.

National Bike Month is also an opportunity to experience the joys and health benefits of biking, to get outside during the spring season, and to see and experience the community at a different scale and pace.

Did you know? Carrboro became the first community in North Carolina to be designated a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Read the Mayor’s Bike Month Proclamation at https://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14573/Bike-Month-2024 ;

Check out all the events planned for Bike Month, including:

          • Bike & Roll to School Day – Wednesday, May 8, before and after school
          • Bike on Bus Workshop at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market – Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St.
          • Carrboro Bike Breakfast – Tuesday, May 21 from 7 to 10 a.m. at Libba Cotten Bikeway
          • Community Bike Ride with Mayor Foushee starting at 8 a.m. Friday, May 17 from Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.
          • Find more events at https://www.carrboronc.gov/721/Biking

The upcoming concert of the Music Maker Foundation’s Freight Train Blues series is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main Street.

The series is a collaboration among the Music Maker Foundation; the Town of Carrboro; WUNC 91.5 FM; and The Forests at Duke. Funding for this year’s series was also provided by Spark the Arts.

Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets for a free evening of live music on the lawn. Beer and food will be available for purchase at the events.


Both residents and non-residents can now register for Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation’s Summer Recreation Programs.

Register for summer adventure outings, pickleball programs, Bolin Creek Trail cleanup, art classes, river floats, aqua aerobics, swim lessons, and more. Choose Your Adventure



Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation will celebrate the 14th annual Kids to Parks Day on May 18.

The day connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks, public lands, and waters. Grab some friends and family and get outdoors!  More Info






Apply by May 26 to:  avreeland@orangecountync.gov


Posted May 8, 2024

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

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.


The Carrboro Arts Committee is offering an award of  $1,500 to $3,000 to assist emerging young artists in developing their talent through the Jacquelyn Gist Summer Apprenticeship in the Arts program. 

A total of one (1) to two (2) apprenticeships are available.

Purpose:
To encourage and support emerging young artists who are residents of Orange County by facilitating a summer apprenticeship with an Orange County artist or arts organization.

Eligibility:
Apprenticeships are available to rising high school juniors and seniors, graduating seniors, as well as college students and those who have graduated from college within the past year.

Applicants must live in Orange County. Carrboro residents will be given priority consideration.  Applicants must have an interest in the arts (visual arts, performing arts, arts administration, etc.) and have secured an apprenticeship with an Orange County artist or arts organization. The apprenticeship must be for at least 15 hours a week for at least 5 weeks. Students who may need assistance finding a local artist or arts organization may contact arts@carrboronc.gov


The upcoming concert of the Music Maker Foundation’s Freight Train Blues series is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main Street.

The series is a collaboration among the Music Maker Foundation; the Town of Carrboro; WUNC 91.5 FM; and The Forests at Duke. Funding for this year’s series was also provided by Spark the Arts.

Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets for a free evening of live music on the lawn. Beer and food will be available for purchase at the events.

The concert will feature Gail Ceasar, whose music has roots that run deep in Virginia soil. Taught the blues by her uncle, Pete Witcher, Gail’s Piedmont style is “reminiscent of Etta Baker and Elizabeth Cotten” (Bluegrass Situation).

Also playing is Javier Montano, a young singer/songwriter, born and raised in North Carolina with Mexican roots (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and Chiapas Mexico).

Lakota John, a living representation of the musical cultures of southeastern North Carolina, is featured in the lineup. He is a member of the Lumbee Tribe who combines the blues with the indigenous music of his ancestors.


May is for Bikes, Historic Preservation, and AAPI Recognition

This month we celebrate Bike Month, Historic Preservation Month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, and more.

●     May 8 is Bike & Roll to School Day: Ditch the car and hop on your bikes to get to school.

●     Historic Preservation: Take a free walking tour or experience Northside’s Soundwalk.

●     Watch Council proclaim May as Asian American Pacific Islander Month.


Expect Heavy Pedestrian and Vehicle Traffic the Weekend of May 11 for UNC Commencement

UNC’s spring commencement will be the evening of Saturday, May 11. We expect downtown Chapel Hill and surrounding areas to be busy with lots of out-of-town visitors. We encourage community members to slow down and take care when traveling to or through downtown. Watch for more pedestrians in and around crosswalks.


New, Easy Way to Follow Along with LUMO Rewrite

We’re excited to share a new website for you to follow along with the LUMO Rewrite project. The site has lots of information about the project, including LUMO and Planning basics, upcoming meetings, and guides to understanding some of the complex Planning topics.


Lunch and Learn – Green Growth

Join Planning staff and a Landscape Conservation Biologist from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for a lunch and learn at the Chapel Hill Public Library. They’ll talk about work to date on an environmental tool developed as Green Infrastructure. Lunch will be provided.

Register to attend.


Chapel Hill Public Library Offers Tech Tutoring

Schedule a tech tutoring appointment for personalized help with knowledgeable library staff and volunteers. Some things they can help with are building on basic smartphone and tablet skills, media digitization, and Adobe Creative Suite. One-on-one appointments are available many times a week.



Posted May 1, 2024

Carrboro Day is coming to the Carrboro Town Commons, Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

This event is about meeting your neighbors, learning about aspects of the Town’s history, connecting with the Town and learning about Town services, and taking a day to celebrate Carrboro!

Please check our website as more information is added on to this year’s event: https://www.carrboronc.gov/301/Carrboro-Day.


Mayor Barbara Foushee has declared May to be Bike Month in Carrboro

Bike month encourages residents to add biking to their transportation routines; to become advocates for biking, bicycle infrastructure, and bicycle-friendly laws and policies; and to take delight in every ride.

Biking is an easy way for people to reduce their carbon footprint and advance the Town’s climate action goals by avoiding the use of single-occupancy vehicles and reducing reliance on non-renewable resources for transportation.

National Bike Month is also an opportunity to experience the joys and health benefits of biking, to get outside during the spring season, and to see and experience the community at a different scale and pace.

Did you know? Carrboro became the first community in North Carolina to be designated a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Read the Mayor’s Bike Month Proclamation at https://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14573/Bike-Month-2024 ;

Check out all the events planned for Bike Month, including:

          • Bike & Roll to School Day – Wednesday, May 8, before and after school
          • Bike on Bus Workshop at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market – Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St.
          • Carrboro Bike Breakfast – Tuesday, May 14 from 7 to 10 a.m. at Libba Cotten Bikeway
          • Bike to Work with Mayor Foushee starting at 8 a.m. Friday, May 17 from Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.
          • Find more events at https://www.carrboronc.gov/721/Biking

The first concert of the Music Maker Foundation’s Freight Train Blues series is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main Street.

Friday’s concert will feature Mangum & Company, 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.  Terry “Harmonica” Bean, a renowned blues artist hailing from Pontotoc, Miss., is also playing!

The series is a collaboration among the Music Maker Foundation; the Town of Carrboro; WUNC 91.5 FM; and The Forests at Duke. Funding for this year’s series was also provided by Spark the Arts.

Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets for a free evening of live music on the lawn. Beer and food will be available for purchase at the events.

To mark its 10th year anniversary, the Town of Carrboro will celebrate with a big birthday cake and balloons! Come early and set up your spot!


Movies Under the Stars will return on Saturday, May 4, also known as Star Wars Day.

The free, family-friendly screening will be held on the Carolina Square lawn in downtown Chapel Hill and will feature Star Wars: A New Hope. The event is presented by Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, and Chelsea Theater.

The lawn is located at 133 West Franklin St. behind Target and next to the Carolina Square parking deck.  Attendees can arrive and start saving their spots at 7 p.m. Pre-show fun for all ages will begin at 7:20 p.m. with Star Wars trivia. We encourage guests to dress in theme with the film for a costume contest before the screening. Trivia and costume winners will receive prizes. The movie will start at sundown, and free popcorn will be available.

“Our team is excited to be celebrating May The Fourth,” says Xavier Vallejo, Special Events Coordinator for Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture. “I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I was 6-years-old and I’m really excited to see what folks come up with for the costume contest.”

Those planning to attend can RSVP on the official Facebook event. We encourage attendees to bring blankets, chairs, and water.   Flashlights will also be helpful for when the movie ends.

Parking will be available at 140 West and 106 Mallette Street. If you take a Chapel Hill Transit bus to the movie, be aware that the routes serving this area end at 8 p.m.

For more information, please visit the event webpage.

Chapel Hill 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.


Mayor Barbara Foushee has proclaimed the week of April 26 to May 5, 2024 as Black Restaurant Week in Carrboro.

The Town of Carrboro recognizes the importance of supporting local Black-owned restaurants, which play a vital role in building inter-generational wealth, strengthen our local economy, and foster a more inclusive, equitable and vibrant economy.

401 Main and The Flying Pierogi, recently highlighted in The Daily Tar Heel, are exemplary Carrboro establishments that contribute to the vibrancy and diversity of our culinary scene.

Carrboro celebrates its rich cultural diversity and the contributions of its Black-owned businesses to the community.

Mayor Foushee encourages all residents and visitors to patronize and support Black-owned restaurants and food establishments in Carrboro and throughout the region.

More Information:






Posted April 24, 2024

Join us for Carrboro in Motion at Collins Crossing Apartments this Saturday when we will be treated by a performance from Takiri Latino Folclor while offering some great community resources to neighbors. Read the Carrboro Town Council Update and check out all the great events happening later this week! Don’t miss the May 1 deadline to apply for a Green Neighborhoods Grant. Save the date for Carrboro Day on May 5! Are you a local vendor or provide support and resources for our LGBTQ community? If so, we invite you to fill out an application to be a part of the Carrboro Pride Dance Party on June 28!  


Posted April 18, 2024

The Town of Carrboro proudly presents the Music Maker Foundation’s Freight Train Blues series of live concerts every Friday evening between May 3 and June 21, 2024, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main Street.

Concerts start at 6:30 p.m.

The series is a collaboration among  Music Maker Foundation; the Town of Carrboro; WUNC 91.5 FM; and The Forests at Duke. Funding for this year’s series was also provided by Spark the Arts.

Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets for a free evening of live music on the lawn. Beer and food will be available for purchase at the events.

An annual event marking its 10th year anniversary honors GRAMMY-winning folk and blues artist and North Carolina Music Hall of Famer Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, born in Carrboro, N.C. in 1893. Cotten’s soulful voice and unique guitar style have rendered her a legend in the world of blues, leading her to receive National Heritage Fellowship in 1984 and a GRAMMY award in 1985. She lived to be 104 years old and died in 1987. Her songs, like the iconic “Freight Train,” have been reimagined by artists like The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan. In 2022, she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Music Maker Foundation honors Cotten’s legacy in the world of roots music by emphasizing the cultural diversity, complexity, and vitality of her music and the music of many other artists local to her community and all over the country.


The Orange County Health Department is hosting its first Opioid Settlement Community Meeting on Saturday, April 27, 2024, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Whitted Human Services Building, 300 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough.

The gathering is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. To register visit orangecountync.gov/OpioidSettlement or call 919-245-2411.

Before lunch, attendees will hear from experts about the data on opioid use and overdose rates in Orange County, treatment resources, critical gaps in service and from people with lived experience of substance use. After lunch, participants will break into small groups to propose ways to use Orange County’s Opioid Settlement Funds. The meeting will end with a focus on the next steps.

“Orange County receives Opioid Litigation Settlement Funds each year to support treatment, recovery, harm reduction, and other life-saving programs and services. You have a say in how and where these funds are spent in our community.,” said Caitlin Fenhagen, Criminal Justice Resource Director and member of Orange County’s Opioid Advisory Committee.

To find out more about Orange County’s Opioid Settlement Funds, visit https://www.orangecountync.gov/2998/Opioid-Settlement-Funds



Grab your gloves and pitch in to improve Pritchard Park’s ecosystem!

Throughout April, we’ll continue to highlight how you can celebrate the planet within our community. Mark your calendar for April 20 for a volunteer workday in Pritchard Park.


What if I disagree with my new real property tax value in Orange County?

Property owners with concerns about property revaluation can appeal their values. The Formal Appeal Period begins with the convening of the 2024 Board of Equalization and Review (BOER) on April 23.  Additional BOER meetings will be held on:

●      June 4

●      June 5

●      June 6

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Formal Appeals will be accepted beginning April 1, 2024.  The Formal Appeal Period ends with the adjourning of the Board of Equalization and Review on June 20, 2024.




Are you interested in foraging? Come out on the Riverwalk with Kafi, the Adult Programs Librarian, to see what we can find!

As we walk and begin learning about things using our smartphones, we’ll talk a little bit about beginner’s foraging and tips for being safe. Registration is required.

We will meet at the primary entrance to the Riverwalk which is by the Eno River Parking Deck at the end of Nash-and-Kollock Street. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring bottled water. The ground along the Riverwalk can be uneven in places and include steep hills. Please take those things into account as you make your plans. A smartphone is helpful but not necessary to participate.


On Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 2 pm attend the Memory Café, which is a social engagement gathering for anyone concerned with their memory and their caregivers, friends and family.

The event will take place at the Passmore Center at 103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough and will feature music by Old North State Jammers and a Woofs and Hoofs Horse visit! There will be games for everyone: balloon volleyball, golf putting practice, ping pong, mini basketball throw, arts and crafts, and more!


Posted April 10, 2024

Applicants Needed for OWASA Board of Directors

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 Chapel Hill residents, the Carrboro Town Council appoints two Carrboro 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.

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.


CARRBORO, N.C. — AT&T will be installing new conduit under Roberson Street and extending across South Greensboro Street. This work will begin April 15 and take about a month to complete. During this work, there will be daily, temporary street closures of Roberson Street between Maple Avenue and South Greensboro Street.  There will also be temporary lane closures of South Greensboro Street.

Work performed in last 30 days:
Exterior brick is almost complete and has been washed on west side.  Roofing work is still being finished in a few small areas. Drywall installation continues and primer paint is beginning to be applied.  The interior stairs treads have been installed.  Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and sprinkler work is continuing. 

Work upcoming in next 30 days:
Interior mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and sprinkler installation will continue throughout. Interior walls, insulation and drywall will continue east side.  Wear surface slabs will be poured in the parking deck.  Spray foam insulation will be installed on east side. Tile and light fixtures will begin to be installed.

We are currently expecting construction to wrap up late summer. An opening date has not yet been determined. This will be set in coordination between the Town of Carrboro and Orange County, following the completion of construction, and the move-in of furniture and library supplies.

Traffic impacts due to AT&T conduit installation:
AT&T will be installing new conduit under Roberson Street and extending across South Greensboro Street. This work will begin April 15 and take about a month to complete. During this work there will be daily, temporary street closures of Roberson Street between Maple Avenue and South Greensboro Street.  There will also be temporary lane closures of South Greensboro Street.  A more detailed traffic plan will be released from the contractor and shared with this group soon.

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
  • More information is available at https://www.carrboronc.gov/1151/The-203-Project

The 2nd Friday Art Walk

CARRBORO, N.C. — The 2nd Friday Art Walk around downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill returns on Friday, April 12.

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.

Participating venues and their exhibitions include the following: 

For more information, please visit the galleries and venues listed above. Enjoy!


Join Us! Check Out New Carolina Blue Fire Engines

Celebrate the exciting arrival of two brand-new Carolina blue fire engines on Saturday, April 13! We’re hosting traditional push-in ceremonies at Station 2 (1003 Hamilton Road) and Station 3 (1615 E Franklin St.).

  • 9 a.m. – check out the fire trucks and explore the stations
  • 9:45 a.m. – brief push-in ceremony

A push-in ceremony is a nod to the days of firefighting before motor vehicles. Firefighters had to push equipment back into their stations to get ready for their next call.


Watershed Protection Event in Carrboro

CARRBORO, N.C. — The public is invited to an educational event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro St.

Come learn how local neighborhoods have worked with partners to better manage stormwater runoff.  The team that implemented the new Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance project in the Bolin Forest and Forest Court neighborhoods will share information about their project and will be available to answer questions.

Mike Dupree from Urban Sustainability Solutions will also provide an update on current grant-supported efforts.

This is your chance to see how neighborhoods, including yours, can make a difference in watershed protection!

More information on this 319 Grant project is available at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2663/Bolin-Creek-319-Grant-2022-24


Come for the Puppies, Stay for the Puppies!

Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture is hosting a meet-and-greet with a local animal shelter. Come learn about their work while playing with furry friends and pick up goodies from arts vendors. It’s all happening Sunday, April 14.


Rubbish the Raccoon

You might have noticed something new if you’ve walked past 140 West Plaza in the last couple of weeks. Meet Rubbish the Raccoon, a 7-foot-tall sculpture created by local artist Nyssa Collins!

Rubbish was commissioned for Earth Day by the Town of Chapel Hill after Collins won the Commission Award during the Uproar Festival of Public Art last summer. Staff from Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture and even some members of the public helped erect the sculpture on the Plaza. Its “fur” is made from nearly 200 pounds of trash, mostly pulled from the Haw River and collected from UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Tennessee campuses. The purpose: to inspire the public to minimize their use of single-use plastics.

The sculpture will remain at 140 West Plaza for two months. Stop by and snap a photo with Rubbish! You can tag the artist on Instagram. Feel free to tag us and Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture!


Come enjoy poetry, popcorn and pie in honor of Poetry Month in Carrboro

Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis and Former Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner will be featured in this fun Open Mic night on Monday, April 15, 2024 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC.

Be sure to arrive 30 minutes early to sign up and share your own poetry. There will be 20 spaces available for Open Mic and poets are limited to one poem with a five-minute maximum.


Posted April 3, 2024

Spring Events in Carrboro

Maybe it’s because we’re coming out from a cold winter, but spring definitely brings out the weird and wonderful in us. Which means it’s prime time for you to experience only-in-Carrboro festivals and events. Join us in spring as we play in our public spaces, celebrate Elizabeth Cotten, and feel that small town pride. Who’s ready to play Giant Jenga?

Open Streets – 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2024 

Weaver Street in Carrboro, NC

The Town of Carrboro closes east and west Weaver Street to vehicles and reopens this public space for recreation!  Come out to dance, do yoga, ride their bikes, climb a rock wall, make smoothies on a bike blender, and generally ‘re-create the street’!

More info about Carrboro Open Streets.


Freight Train Blues Concert Series – Friday night outdoor concerts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from May 3 to June 21, 2024

Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro, NC 27510

This is a free concert series. Food and beer will be available for purchase.

Freight Train Blues celebrates the life and legacy of Piedmont blues legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2022 Inductee Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, born in 1893 in Carrboro, NC. 

Sponsored by Town of Carrboro, Carrboro Tourism and Development Authority, Music Maker Foundation, and WUNC 91.5FM.

More info about Freight Train Blues Concert Series.


Carrboro Day – 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2024

Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro, NC 27510

This free event is about meeting neighbors, learning about the Town, and celebrating Carrboro. It features live music, poetry, art, history, kids’ activities, a walking tour and more. Games such as Giant Jenga and Giant Connect 4.

More info about Carrboro Day.


April Update: Exploration of Affordable Housing on Town-Owned Land

Crews from Summit Design and Engineering are currently working on an environmental assessment of Town-owned property on Pathway Drive and Crest Street. This work will continue through spring. 

During the week of Monday, April 1, nearby residents can expect to see a team inspecting the properties, which may include taking soil samples and identifying and marking vegetation and trees.

Assessment activities involve geotechnical investigations, environmental investigations, and site walks to observe on-site and off-site drainage patterns. Geotechnical work includes some clearing to make room for equipment.

The Town Council has not approved a development plan on either the Crest Street or the Pathway Drive parcels but is exploring the feasibility.

Learn more here.

Questions? Contact Housing and Community Services Director Anne-Marie Vanaman at amvanaman@carrboronc.gov


Green Neighborhoods Grant Program

As part of its Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) implementation, the Town of Carrboro announces a call for applications for the 2024 Green Neighborhoods Grant Program!

Residents can receive up to $2,500 to complete a project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance ecosystem resiliency, or contribute to climate action awareness or engagement.

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 maximum grant award is $2,500. Applications are due by May 1, 2024 at 3:00 pm. Visit the Green Neighborhoods Grant Program webpage for more information.

For questions, contact Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Laura Janway at ljanway@carrboronc.gov or (919) 918-7326.


Carrboro Celebrates Farmers’ Market Week

Maggie Funkhouser, market manager of the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, received the Farmers’ Market Week in Carrboro Proclamation from Mayor Barbara Foushee.

Mayor Barbara Foushee has proclaimed April 1-7 to be Farmers’ Market Week in Carrboro.

The proclamation was received by Maggie Funkhouser, market manager of the Carrboro Farmers’ Market.

Founded in 1979, the Carrboro Farmers’ Market celebrates its 45th anniversary this year.

The mission of the Market is to create and sustain a vibrant and innovative Market that supports local farmers and artisans, while extending the benefits of local food to the greater community.

“Locally Grown, Nationally Known,” the Market is one of the oldest and most well-established producers-only farmers markets in North Carolina, with everything grown and produced by the Market’s farmers and artisans.

The Market operates year-round and begins its Main Season in April with extended hours on Saturday mornings and a mid-week market on Wednesday afternoons.

Learn more about Famers’ Market Week in Carrboro.


Doing Business with the Town of Carrboro – Public Input Session

A public input session is set for this April for people doing business or wanting to do business with the Town of Carrboro. All are invited to provide input on their experiences with the Town of Carrboro.

The input session is scheduled as follows via Zoom:

The public input session is a part of the engagement process to be incorporated in a Disparity Study of the Town’s contracting and procurement practices. The Town of Carrboro is working with Griffin & Strong P.C., a nationally recognized law and public policy consulting firm, to conduct the study.

The study aims to provide insights into the Town’s utilization of minority-owned and women-owned businesses compared to its availability to identify any potential disparities. The study’s findings will inform the Town’s decision-making process and enable it to develop policies and strategies to promote equitable access to contracting opportunities.

The Disparity Study is a critical step forward in advancing the Town’s racial equity goals.

For more information, contact carrborostudy@gspclaw.com or visit carrborodisparitystudy.com.


Carrboro Mayor Proclaims April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Rachel Valentine, executive director of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, receives Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation from Mayor Barbara Foushee.

Mayor Barbara Foushee has proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the Town of Carrboro.

The proclamation was received by Rachel Valentine, executive director of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.

Over half of women and almost one-third of men in the United States have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact in their lifetimes. Women and racial and ethnic minority groups, trans and gender-nonconforming people, people with disabilities, and children experience a higher burden of sexual violence.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a national campaign aimed at raising awareness about sexual abuse, harassment and assault. The campaign seeks to educate communities about the realities of sexual violence, offer support to survivors, and encourage communities to take action to prevent sexual violence.

Find additional resources and information here.


Bolin Creek Restoration Project

The public is invited to an educational event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro St.

Come learn about recent and current efforts to better manage stormwater runoff at a neighborhood and community scale. The team that worked to bring a new Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance project to fruition in the Bolin Forest neighborhood will share information about the project. In addition, Mike Dupree from Urban Sustainability Solutions will share information about current grant-supported efforts.

This is your chance to see how neighborhoods, including yours, can make a difference in watershed protection!

More information on this 319 Grant project is available here.


Chili Cook-Off for Living Wages

April 28 @ 12:00 pm – April 28 @ 3:00 pm

Event Venue
Carrboro Town Commons

Description

Get ready to fire up your taste buds! In the spirit of camaraderie and culinary excellence, the Orange County Living Wage’s Chili Cook-Off fundraiser invites participants and attendees alike to savor a diverse array of tantalizing chili recipes crafted by talented cooks from across the community. Whether you’re a seasoned chili aficionado or simply looking to support a worthy cause, this event promises a delightful day filled with warmth, flavor, and the opportunity to make a meaningful difference. WHEN: Sunday, April 28, noon to 3 pm WHERE: Carrboro Town Commons (301 West Main St., Carrboro) FEATURING: Live music, a bake sale, and beer from Steel String Brewery We will have a Pro division for the chef who gets paid to prepare food for others at restaurants, camps, universities, corporate kitchens, etc. An Amateur division is for the talented home cook. Get more information and sign up to enter the competition. Would you rather taste than prepare the food? Buy tickets and join us as an attendee. Tickets range from $10 to $50. We also need volunteers to complete various tasks during the event and bakers willing to donate some goods. Living Wage Employers: Want to sponsor, table at the event, or provide items for our raffle? We’d love to have your participation! Please contact debbie@orangecountylivingwage.org.


Notice of MMC Group Meeting to Discuss the Greene Tract

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 28, 2024) – The Mayors/Managers/Chair (MMC) Group will meet to discuss the Greene Tract on April 12, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Solid Waste Management Facility at 1207 Eubanks Rd. in Chapel Hill.  The public may attend, but there will not be an opportunity for public comment.

For more information, please contact the Planning Department at 919-245-2575.


Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation is thrilled to announce award-winning children’s author Derrick Barnes will present an author’s talk and book signing event. 

Come to the Hargraves Community Center (216 N. Roberson St) on April 7, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. for this free event.  Attendees will receive a free autographed book while supplies last.

Barnes, a North Carolina-based author, has written many award-winning books known for their powerful storytelling and moving portrayals of Black lives and culture.

During the event, Barnes will give a brief introduction and share his background, journey to becoming a writer, and insights into his family life. He’ll share an engaging and informative presentation, and a unique glimpse into the life and work of a successful author.

Designed for children, tweens, and their families, Derrick’s presentation is sure to be a hit with anyone interested in Black history, Black culture, and positive stories featuring black children.

Following the presentation, Barnes will answer questions from the audience, allowing for an interactive and thought-provoking discussion.

This is a rare opportunity for young readers and aspiring writers to engage with a renowned author and gain valuable insights into the world of writing and storytelling.

For more info about the event and Derrick Barnes, visit chapelhillparks.org.


What Do You Think about Downtown Streets, etc.?

We want to hear from you about Downtown streets, sidewalks, gathering spaces, etc. This is part of an ongoing project for designing a safe, functional public right-of-way in Downtown Chapel Hill.


Save the Date: Friends Big Book Sale April 12-14

Calling all book lovers and bargain hunters – the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library Big Book Sale is back! Shop thousands of high-quality used books and support the library. Will you find your next favorite page turner?

Learn more about the sale.


Posted March 28, 2024

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today that Chapel Hill Public Library is a finalist for the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. 

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries. Out of 30 finalists from all over the country, Chapel Hill Public Library is the only finalist from North Carolina.

Congresswoman Valerie Foushee nominated the Chapel Hill Public Library for the award.  She highlighted how the library serves the needs of the community through promoting literacy, lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and access to information.

“Chapel Hill Public Library is thrilled to be named a 2024 IMLS National Medal Finalist. It’s a testament to our collaborative, empathetic, and community-driven staff. Their commitment to community service helps make our community a better place,” said Interim Library Director Meeghan Rosen. “It’s also a testament to our community partners, who make us a better library. We are honored to be nominated.”

Chapel Hill Public Library is one of North Carolina’s busiest libraries, serving more than 60,000 cardholders and circulating more than 1,000,000 items annually. The library’s selection as a finalist reflects its dedication to offering innovative programs, services, and resources that enhance patrons’ lives.

Chapel Hill Mayor Jess Anderson said, “I’m incredibly proud of our amazing Chapel Hill Public Library team, who work so hard to truly engage our entire community. Having served for many years on the Library Advisory Board, I know first-hand the difference it makes for all of us to have this innovative, community-driven organization in Chapel Hill.”

Winners of the National Medal will be announced in late May, and the winning institutions will be honored during a National Medal Ceremony at The White House this summer.

To celebrate this achievement, the Chapel Hill community is encouraged to share their stories, memories, pictures, and videos about the library on social media using the hashtags #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals.

For more information about the National Medal and to see the full list of finalists, please visit the IMLS website. To learn more about Chapel Hill Public Library, visit chapelhillpubliclibrary.org.


Stone Soup Theatre’s ROMEO AND JULIET Opens Friday, April 5th, 2024

Romeo and Juliet runs from April 5th – 14th at the Center Theater Company in Carrboro at 300-G East Main Street.

Stone Soup Theatre Company, a Orange/Durham Co. community-based non-profit theater company created to serve local enthusiasts and performing artists in the communities of Durham and Chapel Hill, NC, will be returning to the Center Theater, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510 to produce Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET.  The production will run April 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.  In this unconventional re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s classic play takes on new life. Our star-crossed lovers are elder residents of a care facility who face many trials in their quest for agency and love amidst dire circumstances.  While maintaining traditional language, this adaptation runs 90 minutes with one intermission.

Stone Soup Theatre Company Details:

  • Stone Soup’s inaugural production was SOMETHING ROTTEN (produced in Oct, 2021). It’s second season included INTO THE WOODS (Oct, 2022) followed by RIDE THE CYCLONE (June 2023).
  • Stone Soup’s third season includes CABARET (Oct 2023), ROMEO AND JULIET (April 2024) and THE SPITFIRE GRILL (June 2024) and will be produced at the Wynn Theatre in Carrboro.
  • Stone Soup is honored to be nominated as the Indy’s “Best Theatre Company, Orange/Chatham Counties”
  • To buy tickets: stonesouptc.ticketleap.com/romeo-and-juliet/

About Stone Soup Theatre Company:

Stone Soup Theatre Company is a 501(c) 3 non-profit community serving theatre. The goal of SSTC is to create a local organization that supports our artists close to home. In addition to producing plays and musicals, we will also offer affordable pre-professional theatre training and serve as a platform for new and emerging artists to showcase their work. We are committed to making theatre affordable and accessible to everyone in our community.

https://stonesouptheatreco.com/

Instagram, Facebook: @StoneSoupTheatreCo

Contact: Melissa Dombrowski, Artistic Director (stonesouptheatreco@gmail.com)


After a national search, the Town of Carrboro has selected Lamar Joyner as Town Clerk for the Town of Carrboro.

“Mr. Joyner is a great addition to our organization and community, the Town Council welcomes him and looks forward to working with him,” said Mayor Barbara Foushee.

Joyner most recently worked for the past six years as Clerk to the Board of Commissioners for Buncombe County Government, where he managed and coordinated all administrative business for seven commissioners including maintaining all official records, developing agendas, and supervising a deputy clerk. Previously, he was Deputy Director for Forsyth County’s Board of Elections, where he worked for more than a decade.

 A resident of Burlington, Joyner enjoys spending time with his family and friends, being outdoors, and participating in athletic activities.

 “I am confident that I can be an asset to the organization and help the Town meet its goals,” Joyner said.

 The Town Clerk for the Town of Carrboro maintains official Town records, prepares agendas and minutes of Council meetings; prepares updates to the Town Code; and provides support to the Mayor and Council members. The position also supervises a deputy town clerk position. Learn more at https://www.carrboronc.gov/135/Town-Clerk


As part of its Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) implementation, the Town of Carrboro announces a call for applications for the 2024 Green Neighborhoods Grant Program!

Residents can receive up to $2,500 to complete a project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance ecosystem resiliency, or contribute to climate action awareness or engagement.

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 May 1, 2024 at 3 pm. For more information: http://www.carrbororec.org/2778/Green-Neighborhoods-Grant-Program

For questions, contact Town of Carrboro Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Laura Janway at ljanway@carrboronc.gov or 919-918-7326.


Vote Carrboro as your favorite small town in the South!

CARRBORO, N.C. — Carrboro has been nominated for a USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice 2024 award. The South is known for its charm, hospitality, and rich history. But it also has some of the most beautiful and diverse small towns in the country. Relaxing getaways, cultural immersion, outdoor adventures, and culinary delights await across the region in these 20 small towns — each with a population of less than 25,000 — that have been nominated by an expert panel.

Let everyone know that Carrboro is the best in the South! Vote once per day until polls close on Monday, April 1 at noon ET. The winning small towns will be announced on Wednesday, April 10.

Click here to vote: https://10best.usatoday.com/awards/travel/best-small-town-in-the-south-2024/


The Chapel Hill HIstorical Society is presenting “In Search of the Missing Steeple: Uncovering Chapel Hill’s Antebellum Past,” on April 13 at 2pm at the Seymour Center.

Learn how an amateur historian discovered 1850s Chapel Hill during a two-year search for the church steeple that was supposed to be there, but wasn’t. Speaker Gordon Johnson. Mr. Johnson is the husband of Mitzi Johnson, a former Methodist minister at Chapel Hill’s University United Methodist Church. Currently living in Raleigh, Mr. Johnson is a marketing consultant who specializes in helping companies who provide learning technology and training services. The program is free and open to the public.


Calling all Egg Hunt Lovers

Participants who are interested in receiving a free bag of eggs to conduct a hunt at home or elsewhere may pick up a bag from the Carrboro Century Center (100 N. Greensboro St.) this week (Monday, March 25 – Thursday, March 28). Bags will be available while supplies last and may be picked up during normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

One bag is available per child per household. Lucky participants may find a golden egg or another special egg in their bag to redeem prizes from the Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Department!

Bags are available for the following age groups: ages 2 -4, ages 5-7 and ages 8-10.

More than 450 community members came out for the Carrboro Community Egg Hunt after it moved indoors to the Carrboro Century Center on Saturday. (3/23/24) Many thanks to our Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Department staff team for pivoting when rainy weather required the change.


Carrboro Flashlight Egg this Saturday

Youth ages 11 – 14 are invited to the Flashlight Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at Wilson Park, 101 Williams St. Carrboro, NC. Bring your flashlight and basket to enjoy a fun egg hunt in the dark. Registration begins at 7:45 p.m., rules and information will be shared at 8:10 p.m. and the hunt will begin at 8:20 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, please check the Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Facebook page or call  919-918-7373 for updates.


Chapel Hill Easter Holiday Service Update

Friday, March 29 is a Town holiday. Most Town offices will be closed. Some services are affected.

RESIDENTIAL TRASH collection will not be affected.

YARD TRIMMINGS will not be collected on Friday, March 29. No make-up day.

CURBSIDE RECYCLING will be collected on Saturday, March 30, instead of Friday, March 29.

ORANGE COUNTY LANDFILL and WASTE & RECYCLING CENTERS will be closed Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31.

COMMERCIAL TRASH will not be collected Friday, March 29. Collections will be completed earlier in the week.

CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY will be closed on Sunday, March 31.

CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will operate Sunday Routes (No U, NU and Safe Rides). EZ Rider will run from 8:15 a.m. to 6:52 p.m.. The 420 Route will operate.

PUBLIC HOUSING: Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call (919) 968-2855.

PARKS AND RECREATION

  • Closed Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31: Administrative Offices, Chapel Hill Community Center Indoor Pool, Hargraves Center, and Teen Center
  • Open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday, March 29: Chapel Hill Community Center, Homestead Aquatics Center, Nate Davis, Sr. Gymnasium
  • Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, March 31: Chapel Hill Community Center, Homestead Aquatics Center, Nate Davis, Sr. Gymnasium
  • Parks, greenways, trails, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and outdoor park amenities are all open.

Carrboro Farmers’ Market Main Season Hours Opening Day + 45th Birthday Party April 6 @ 7:00 am – April 6 @ 12:00 pm

Event Venue

Carrboro Town Commons

Event Organizer

Carrboro Farmers’ Market

Description

The Carrboro Farmers’ Market commemorates its 45th anniversary at Main Season Hours Opening Day on Saturday, April 6th. The first week in April, recently proclaimed Carrboro Farmers’ Market Week, marks the beginning of the Market’s Main Season, with extended Saturday hours (7am-12pm) and the start of the Wednesday market (3pm-6pm). At the event, shoppers can enjoy a Mini-Museum of the Market’s robust history; the unveiling of the Market’s new annual t-shirt design, inspired by its original t-shirts from the 1980s; a special tie-dye activity with event collaborator TS Designs; bites of birthday cake; event specials around the Market; live music; and more. This event is supported by TS Designs and by Laser Image Printing & Marketing (the CFM’s Big Beef Sponsor). Plan ahead for parking– A map with free public parking in downtown Carrboro is available on the Town of Carrboro website. The CFM also has ample bicycle parking stations, and is convenient to the CW, J, and F bus routes, all free through Chapel Hill Transit. 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.


March Community Update for the 203 Project

Construction continues to progress on The 203 S. Greensboro Street Project in Carrboro.

Work performed in last 60 days:

Exterior brick is complete on the west side and has begun on the east side.  Roofing work is nearly complete.  Exterior glass has been installed with the exception of a few sections which will remain open to allow access of materials into the building.  The interior walls have been framed and insulated on the west side and installation and finishing of drywall is in process.  The interior stairs have been installed and interior parking deck walls are being built.  Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and sprinkler work has all begun. 

Work upcoming in next 30 days:
Exterior brick work will continue along sections of the parking deck.  Interior mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and sprinkler installation will continue throughout. Interior walls, insulation and drywall will continue on east side.  Wear surface slabs will be poured in the parking deck.  Roofing will be finished.

We are currently expecting construction to wrap up late summer. An opening date has not yet been determined. This will be set in coordination between the Town of Carrboro and Orange County, following the completion of construction, and the move-in of furniture and library supplies.

Traffic impacts during the Braxton Foushee Street Dedication
A street dedication ceremony for the renaming of Carr Street to Braxton Foushee Street is scheduled at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 27. The ceremony will take place outside the Arete Studio at 203 E. Carr Street. The event is anticipated to cause some intermittent traffic delays along Carr Street from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Learn more at https://www.carrboronc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2650 ;

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 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
  • More information is available at https://www.carrboronc.gov/1151/The-203-Project

Posted March 27, 2024

A Message from Mayor Anderson

Chapel Hill Community,  

Happy Spring! Before many of us take time off or away for Spring Break with our families, I wanted to share a couple of updates with everyone about some of the work we are doing at Town Hall.  

A heads up about this year’s budget  

As I have shared previously, Spring is budget season for the Town. Council and staff are in the middle of our 2024-25 budget conversations and I want to make sure everyone is in the loop on where things stand:  

  • In keeping with our five-year budget plan, we are strongly considering a tax increase to continue catching up on a backlog of operating needs and ensure long-term financial sustainability for Chapel Hill. At this time, the data we’ve received suggests the need for a 1 ½ – 2 cent increase. For many of our households, this will result in an annual increase of $100-$200.
  • With respect to our larger capital and infrastructure projects, the Town in a solid position to continue making progress on sidewalks and roads, affordable housing, public safety facilities and other key project areas. This can be done without additional revenues or taxes. In the coming months, we will be deciding two things: 1) what mix of projects to fund and 2) the timing of a voter referendum to approve $50 million in new bonds.

We know that these decisions will impact individuals, families and businesses across our community and do not take these decisions lightly.  At this point, we are mid-way through the budgeting process and council has asked for more information prior to making these decisions.  Our next budget discussion will be during our April 15th work session at the library.

In honor of Earth Month, I want to highlight two important efforts underway to support Chapel Hill’s Climate Action and Sustainability goals. 

  1. On May 1st, Town Council will vote to update our stormwater requirements from 25-year to 100-year storms. With these new regulations in place, new projects must capture, hold, and treat more rainfall which will help reduce downstream flooding and protect water quality. After negotiating this project-by-project for several years, it is a big deal that we now have this as our standard requirement.
  2. Currently, staff in the Town’s Sustainability and Planning departments are creating a new Natural Areas map. This map will allow Chapel Hill to work proactively to protect sensitive environmental areas, retain connected wildlife habitat corridors, ensure a healthy tree canopy and more.  

To stay on top of these and other issues, please attend upcoming LUMO update meetings (March 27th is the next one) and sign up for newsletter updates

If you received the Community Survey in the mail, please respond!  

It’s not junk mail and we want to hear from you! Every two years the Town conducts a randomized community survey to hear from our residents about Town facilities, services, and programs. Your responses let us know what we are doing well and where we need to improve. If you received a survey, please take a few minutes to respond!   

Following our April 15th work session, I’ll circle back with everyone. By then we will know more about the budget and will, also, have checked in with our state legislators about the 2024 General Assembly session which begins on April 24th.  

In the meantime, I hope you can get out and enjoy the glorious weather and spring blooms.  

Sincerely, 
Mayor Jess  


Posted March 21, 2024

The 37th annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, March 24, 2024.

This much loved family-friendly event launches from the Carrboro Town Commons at 2:30 with registration, t-shirt sales, live music and other activities beginning at 1:30. The walk winds along town streets and the UNC campus and is a major fundraiser for Inter-Faith Council for Social Service and Church World Service hunger relief efforts. The Orange County Beekeepers Association will be on hand with an educational display and selling honey — part of the Walk’s “Bee the Change” theme, a nod to CWS programs that increase honey production for beekeeping families overseas. UNC mascot Rameses will also be there!

Please visit https://events.crophungerwalk.org/cropwalks/event/chapelhillnc and follow on Facebook and Instagram for updates. Together we can help end hunger in our community and around the world!

(Sponsoring organization is Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, ifcweb.org, 919-929-6380, chapelhillcarrborocropwalk@gmail.com)


Fleet Feet Day

Mayor Barbara Foushee declared Tuesday, March 19, 2024, as Fleet Feet Day in Carrboro to honor the 30 years of service to the people of Carrboro and to recognize their contributions to our community.

Fleet Feet first opened its doors to the Carrboro community on March 19, 1994.

The Fleet Feet National Headquarters opened in Carrboro in 2001 and now employs over 100 individuals who support more than 260 Fleet Feet stores in 40 states across the country.

Fleet Feet established their training programs in 2008 to support, train, and encourage runners and walkers of all abilities to accomplish their goals, and has grown the programming to support over 1,000 runners and walkers each year

Receiving the proclamation on behalf of Fleet Feet was Jordan Ayers.

Happy 30th Birthday, Fleet Feet!


Orange County Spring Job Fair Open to Businesses Seeking Employees

Employers seeking to fill vacant positions are invited to the Orange County 2024 Spring Job Fair at the Orange County Employment & Training Center on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. The event begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m.

“We recognize that many employers are struggling to find employees,” said Orange County DSS Director Nancy Coston. “The job fair is a great way to meet and pre-screen qualified applicants and recruit for multiple positions.”

Businesses wishing to participate must pre-register at www.orangecountync.gov/Employers. There is no charge for participating in the Job Fair, which typically attracts dozens of individuals seeking employment or looking for a career change.

For more information, call Shanika Williams with Orange County Department of Social Services at (919) 245-2822.

Orange Works Employment and Training Center is an expansion of the Orange County Department of Social Services and is driven to help individuals get the skills needed for self-sufficiency. The purpose of the Employment and Training Center is to promote human development and education by providing people with marketable skills, training, and supportive services that contribute to stable, living-wage careers.

All job seekers must be registered with NCWorks.gov.


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

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 Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. The Chapel Hill Town Council appoints five Chapel Hill residents, the Carrboro Town Council appoints two Carrboro 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.

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.


Fundraising festival for Pee Wee Homes

April 13 @ 1:30 pm – April 13 @ 5:00 pm

Event Venue

Description

Carrboro United Methodist Church is holding a music festival featuring a silent auction fundraiser benefitting Pee Wee Homes. Pee Wee Homes is a non-profit organization that builds tiny homes for unhoused people in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. To date, Pee Wee homes has built seven homes in Chapel Hill, and is building three in Carrboro. These homes are rented at reduced costs, to unhoused people. In addition to financially helping the residents stay housed, Pee Wee Homes also has social and community workers on staff to ensure residents are equipped to handle the responsibility of residential living. Musical guests at the festival include Birdsong Bluegrass Band, Carrboro High School Choral and CUMC choir.


Orange County residents can register for Summer Day Camp starting Tuesday, March 19 at 8:30 a.m.  Non-residents can start on Thursday, March 21 at 8:30 a.m. 

There’s lots to know and prepare for when deciding to register for our summer camps.  See our simplifying Camp Registration web page for all the details and locations as well as answers to many other Frequently Asked Questions. Be sure to download your very own Summer Camp Guide.

Campers ages 5 to 11 will enjoy seven to nine weeks of full-day Summer Day Camp this year.  They’ll swim, do arts and crafts, play gym games, learn team building, and more. Our camp counselors help campers develop new skills and friendships while they play and interact together.

Campers ages 11 to 14 can choose from two full-day camps: All Star Sports camps or DIY-arts and craft camps.

Other partial day specialty camps for youth up to 16 years old include Arts and Clay Camps, Youth Explorer Adventure Camps, sports-themed camps and a Social Cafe for teens and adults with specialized needs.

For more information about Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation visit chapelhillparks.org


Need a spring wardrobe refresh?

We’ve got you covered! On Saturday, March 23, numerous outdoor markets will be happening around Downtown Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill Vintage Market: Shop the Chapel Hill Vintage Market for stylish second-hand pieces. Find the cutest going-out tops for a night at Pantana Bob’s, cozy loungewear for MEJO 121, classic UNC gear for gameday, and everything in between! There will also be food trucks and other activities. The market will occur from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Carolina Square lawn.

March Radness Market: NC Vintage Bazaar is back in Chapel Hill! Stop by 140 West Franklin from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (the first weekend of the NCAA tournament) for a market featuring 25 of the best vintage vendors around! Shop tons of vintage collegiate gear so you can cheer on your favorite school in style (especially the Tar Heels), plus plenty of other vintage items to get you ready for Spring! You’ll also find food, music, and lots of fun only at the March Radness vintage market!

Sip + Shop Extravanganza: How about a different type of “vintage”? Come out to DB Sutton & Co. Wine Shop for their biggest sale of the year! Try over twelve French wines and ciders and shop a designer clothing sidewalk sale by Simply Audrey, with clothes starting at $10. The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Posted March 13, 2024

A new temporary piece of public art will be installed in Downtown Chapel Hill on Friday, March 15 at the 140 West Franklin Plaza. Looking ahead to Earth Day on April 22, the piece by local artist Nyssa Collins will focus on environmental sustainability. Known as “Rubbish the Raccoon,” the work will resemble said animal with skin and fur made from recycled materials, such as plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Many items were sourced from Haw River Assembly’s trash traps.

Collins will be constructing the raccoon’s skeleton frame, and those passing by will have the opportunity to help assemble parts of the animal’s fur – garland made of plastic bottles. Haw River Assembly will also be on site from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., offering informational materials about pollution, the impact of litter, and our role in protecting the environment.

Nyssa Collins is a painter, sculptor, puppeteer, and musician. Earth Day is close to her heart, as the date also marks Collins’ birthday. She has a love for nature and grew up playing in the forests and creeks of Burlington, NC that feed into the Haw River.

“This sculpture is being created to bring focus on the negative externalities of single use plastic on our environment and local wildlife,” says Collins. “Only two percent of plastic waste is effectively recycled. Even when plastic is diligently placed in the correct recycling bin, it breaks down in recycling and mostly is downcycled or simply rerouted to waste streams.”

Those who cannot make it to the art installation process will still be able to view the piece until mid-May, when exhibition of the piece will end at 140 West Plaza.

To learn more about Collins and her work, visit her website.

For more about Community Arts & Culture and public art around Town, visit chapelhillarts.org and follow along 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.


CARRBORO, N.C. — Orange County’s Annual Creek Week is March 16-23, 2024. Creek Week celebrates the streams, lakes and rivers that connect our human and non-human communities. It’s a weeklong series of activities like litter cleanups, community science BioThon, geocaching, hands-on activities, and more. We hope to see you there!

Weeklong Activities

Social Media: Follow Carrboro Stormwater on Instagram (@townofcarrborostormwater) to see postings from Heather Holley as she is out and about all week exploring Carrboro Waterways and sharing all things creek! Follow the Orange County Creek Week tag (#occreekweek) and tag us!

Orange County Creek Week BioThon: Discover how water connects us by documenting plant and animal species in your community as part of a county wide community science project.

Orange County Creek Cache: Join Carrboro in celebrating Orange County Creek Week with geocaching! Caches will be hidden on public properties highlighting nearby creeks and other stormwater explorations.

 Waterway Roving with the Stormwater Specialist: Town of Carrboro Stormwater Specialist Heather Holley will be roving around Carrboro during Creek Week to highlight the unique and wonderful waterways of our Town. Follow us on Instagram for posts.  Got a burning question about watersheds or stormwater? Message, DM, post, email, or stop by in person to ask your questions! Join me to pick up trash, participate in the Bio-Thon, and explore our creeks.

Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 16

  • 34th Annual Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon
    • Morgan Creek
    • Volunteer with the Haw River Assembly and help empty the Carrboro Trash Trout on Morgan Creek, located near Carrboro Public Works.
    • For more information: https://hawriver.org/river-cleanup/
  • 4th Annual Joint Creek Clean-up Event
    • 1 – 3 p.m., 102 Hargraves St. Carrboro, NC 27510
    • Volunteer to pick up trash along Roberson Bike Path or help inventory the trash collected. Trash inventories tell us what exactly is going to our waterways, and potentially shows us where the trash comes from.
    • For more information: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/7898fcb236ef44d8a086fac32f955e6c

Sunday, March 17

  • Martin Luther King Jr Park Buffer Ball Activity
    • 1-3 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr Park, 1120 Hillsborough Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    • Join Town staff for this fun, free, family friendly activity. Come learn about wetlands and vegetative water quality buffers while making seed balls with wetland buffer seed mixes.

Saturday, March 23

  • Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Youth Fish Clinic
    • 9-11 a.m., Anderson Park, 302 N Carolina Hwy 54 W, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    • Come learn the basics about fishing including different equipment, techniques, sites and regulations. You may even meet a fishing buddy or two! Supplies will be furnished but please bring a pole if you have one. Youth must have a parent present to participate. FEE and REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
    • For more information: http://www.carrbororec.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=7586&month=3&year=2024&day=23&calType=0
  • Wilson Park/Adams Tract Creek Exploring
    • Noon to 3 p.m., Wilson Park, 110 Williams St, Carrboro, NC 27510
    • Join Carrboro staff and volunteers to explore Bolin Creek. Learn about this local waterway and the species that call it home. Dress for a messy good time! USGS and Urban Sustainability Solutions, Inc (https://www.urbanss.org/ ) will host tables with information on how they help protect our local waterways.

More information:

  • Visit https://www.carrboronc.gov/2674/Orange-County-Creek-Week for a list of all Carrboro Activities and Events and additional information. Contact Heather Holley at 919-918-7426 or HHolley@CarrboroNC.gov if you have questions or if you have an event you would like to include.
  • Visit the Orange County Creek Week website at https://www.orangecountync.gov/2887/Creek-Weekmore details on county-wide activities and resources from all the participating partners. All the Orange County Creek Week activities are open to everyone.

K-9 Bain Joins Guardians of the Hill

Chapel Hill Police K-9 Handler Joseph Hove is excited to introduce you to his new partner: K-9 Bain.

Bain is a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois originally from Poland who “has a lot of energy and loves to work.”


Keica Hargraves Celebrates 30 Years of Service with Chapel Hill Transit

Ms. Hargraves, Sr. Bus Operator and Trainer, rolled into service on March 7, 1994. Over her 30-year career, she has maintained a perfect safety record over her estimated 1.3M miles. Please join us in congratulating Keica in her success!


Sidewalk and Bike Lane Closed near 410 W. Franklin St. for Tree Removal

Several trees near 410 W. Franklin St. are deteriorating. Parks and Recreation staff will remove them next week and add new landscaping. While they’re doing their work, the adjacent sidewalk and bike lane will be closed.


Applications Open: Pride and Juneteenth Vendors

Applications are open for vendors, nonprofits, and food trucks who want to participate in the Chapel Hill Pride Promenade on Saturday, June 1 and the annual Chapel-Hill Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 16.

Apply by Monday, April 1 at 11:59 p.m.

https://www.chapelhillarts.org/applications/


Warmer weather and longer days call for outdoor events! We’re partnering with Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture on several fun and family-friendly events for the community. Puppies on the Plaza will take place on Sunday, April 14 on the 140 West Plaza. Celebrate May the Fourth with a screening of the original Star Warson the Carolina Square lawn; dress as your favorite character and participate in trivia! Pride Month kicks off with the annual Pride Promenade on Saturday, June 1. The event will start at Peace & Justice Plaza, continuing down Franklin Street to 140 West Plaza for more activities. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth celebration returns to the Hargraves Community Center on Sunday, June 16, with food, fun, music, and more!

Want to be a vendor at one or more of these events? You can apply here!


CARRBORO, NC – Consultants working on behalf of the Town of Carrboro will begin contacting about 2,000 residents, selected at random, to solicit their opinions on how well Carrboro’s government works for them.

Residents will receive the survey by mail with options to complete the survey in paper or online, and consultants will conduct follow-up outreach by phone. Residents will be asked to spend about 20 minutes answering 40 questions for the scientific survey, which will be conducted through April. Topics will include safety, service, communications, transportation, and recreation.

A second survey will be conducted of residents who live in the town’s Qualified Census Tracts. These tracts have 50 percent of households with incomes below 60 percent of the Area Median Gross Income (AMGI) or have a poverty rate of 25 percent or more. Respondents will be provided interpretation services upon request to answer the survey in their preferred language. 
 
 “The Town of Carrboro performs this survey every two years so that we can continually gauge how our residents feel about what we are doing, and what is important to them. Your feedback is essential. The survey helps us understand your experience with Carrboro’s services and what matters most to you. This valuable information guides our decisions and shapes how we move forward as a community,” said Interim Town Manager Marie Parker. “I hope people will take the time to participate to consider the quality of services they receive in their day-to-day lives as town residents.”

This will be the fourth survey of this kind that Carrboro has conducted about its operations and services.

Responses are anonymous, and demographic information will be used only in the aggregate.

ETC Institute, which has contracted with the Town to conduct the study, will randomly select one respondent to receive a $500 Visa gift card. The survey report is expected in spring 2024 and will be posted at https://townofcarrboro.org/1096/Citizen-Survey-Reports where an archive of previous reports is also available.

For more information, contact Communication and Engagement Director Catherine Lazorko at 919-918-7314 or clazorko@carrboronc.gov


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 – (March 7, 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. 

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 are currently two (2) at-large 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 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 and one (1) upcoming vacancy for a resident whose experience demonstrates a commitment to education around animal issues, legislative advocacy, and/or animal welfare.

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, one (1) seat for a resident living in the Town of Hillsborough, two (2) at-large seats, one (1) seat for a representative from the Public Safety Field, and one (1) seat for a representative from the Public Health Field. 

Arts Commission – The Arts Commission recommends strategies to promote the artistic and cultural growth of Orange County, advises the Board of Commissioners on matters involving the arts, and acts as the granting panel for funding programs available to individual artists and non-profit groups sponsoring arts projects in Orange County. This commission typically meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 pm. There are two (2) upcoming at-large vacancies. 

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 alternate members, who will participate in hearings when the 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), one (1) vacancy for a resident of the ETJ or Joint Planning Area (JPA) to serve as alternate, and one (1) upcoming vacancy for a resident of the ETJ or JPA. 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.

Historic Preservation Commission – This commission is charged with undertaking an inventory of properties of historical, pre-historical, architectural, and/or cultural significance. It recommends areas to be designated or removed as “historic districts” and reviews and acts upon proposals for alterations, demolition, new construction, etc. Applicants must demonstrate special interest, experience or education in history, architecture, landscape architecture, archaeology, or related fields. The Historic Preservation Commission typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. There are three (3) upcoming at-large vacancies.

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 Housing Authority Board – The goal of the Orange County Housing Authority Board is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low and moderate-income families in Orange County. Applicants with the following areas of experience and/or interest are encouraged to apply: Real estate, development, affordable housing, municipal law, banking, and Housing Choice Voucher program participants. This board typically meets on the third Wednesday 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) 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.


A Message from Mayor Anderson

Hello Chapel Hill community,  

As we turn the corner into March, I want to share some updates with everyone about the work the Town is doing and ways that you can be involved in important community conversations this Spring. 

New Rules for Complete Community  

Currently, the Town Council and staff are working on a rewrite of our land use rules to help achieve our Complete Community goals.   This work reflects many of the areas of interest we’ve heard from you, including ways to create diverse housing, better protect the environment, and advance town-wide connectivity.   

We will be discussing options for achieving various community benefits during our March 13th work session, then the public will have a chance to learn more at a March 25th public information meeting. To learn more, please visit our Rewriting the Rules webpage.

New investments in capital projects 

Last year, Council took an important step toward greater financial sustainability by adopting a new five-year budget plan. This year, we are focusing heavily on identifying a list of capital investments for the next five years.   

According to our initial budget briefing, the Town has capacity to spend $50 million across the organization without increasing revenues.  The list of projects is expected to include building new fire stations, updating our parks, creating more affordable housing, improving streets and sidewalks, and adding to our network of greenways.   

Council will be discussing the budget again on March 13th and the Town Manager will present his recommended budget on May 1st .  

Estes Dr. and Downtown Infrastructure Projects 

In the next few months, the Town will complete three significant infrastructure projects: the Estes Drive connectivity project, East Rosemary Parking deck, and Colombia/North Street intersection.   

As one who navigates both Estes Drive and our downtown on a regular basis, I know how frustrating road closures and detours have been for many, especially those who live and work in the areas.   We ask everyone to be patient for just a little while longer, knowing how wonderful it will be to fully re-open these areas and start using the amazing new facilities this spring. 

These are, of course, just a few of the things we have going on at Town Hall.   Also this Spring, we have exciting opportunities for people to share ideas about how to make downtown more fun for everyone and what facilities and programs we want to add to our parks.  

From information sessions to downtown walks and informal Parks & Recreation sessions there are ways for everyone to be part of these important community conversations. For dates and times, please subscribe to the Town’s once-a-week e-news and follow the Town on social media 
 
Last but not least, tomorrow is Election Day so please get out and vote

Sincerely,  

Mayor Jess 


PrideLife Business Summit being held March 11 in Raleigh

Raleigh, N.C. (March 5, 2024) — Harmony, the NC LGBT+ Allied Chamber of Commerce, welcomes executives from SAS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, First Citizens Bank and Workplace Options as panelists at the PrideLife Business Summit on March 11, 2024 at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills hotel in Raleigh, N.C.

This first-of-its-kind event will address topics, such as the benefits of diversity, equity and inclusion, including workforce innovation, corporate citizenship and small business outreach. Additional sessions address opportunities at the state and national levels for diverse-owned businesses to be considered for government contracts.

“The PrideLife Business Summit will be a collaborative forum for companies big and small to meet and learn together from thought leaders and DEI experts,” said Deanna Jones, vice president of Harmony and chair for PrideLife. “By making it free to attend, we aim to make it accessible for all businesses to grow and build new relationships. We hope to make this an annual event to bring together the LGBT+ business community for years to come.”

Attendance is free. The event is 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at 4100 Main at North Hills St., Raleigh, N.C. 27609. Full schedule and more information: https://summit.harmonync.org/.

Following the event, Harmony will host a virtual business matchmaking event for attendees and their companies on April 2, 2024 through the Brella app to help companies solidify connections, discuss partnership business opportunities and much more.

For interviews or more information, contact Kelsey Reilly, Kelsey.reilly@harmonync.org.

About Harmony:

In 2017, Harmony became the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s official affiliate for central and eastern North Carolina. Our vision is to become the leading community resource where LGBT+ and allied individuals can network, improve business acumen and socialize — elevating each and every one of us to realize more. Our mission is to foster opportunities for LGBT+ and allied businesses and professionals to come together in support of business growth, education and connectivity. More information about Harmony is available at https://harmonync.org.


This year’s theme is “Water Connects Us.” This week-long series of events from March 16 to 23 encourages community members to learn about, care for, and enjoy waterways.

The Orange County Creek Week page has details about all the cool events around the county! Check it out.

Throughout the week, community members can participate in the first-ever county-wide scavenger hunt, contribute to community science activities, search for green infrastructure, or engage in self-paced activities spanning across the county. 

There’s an event for everyone!

For the bird enthusiasts and board game geeks:

  • Learn to play a game about birds with Chapel Hill Stormwater staff during the board game night at the Chapel Hill Public Library

For the artists, crafters, and makers:

  • Two Japanese fish printing workshops and a sun print workshop at the Chapel Hill Community Center
  • A crochet class in Umstead Park
  • A bookmark making crafternoon for kids at the Chapel Hill Public Library

For the outdoor enthusiasts:

  • A paddling trip along the Eno on March 17th
  • A trash clean-up and inventory along Roberson Bike Path with Chapel Hill and Carrboro staff on March 16
  • BioBlitz

For the treasure hunters:

This year’s Orange County Creek Week is made possible by Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture & Parks & Recreation (DEAPR); Orange Water and Sewer Authority; the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough; UNC Energy Services; UNC Environment, Health and Safety; UNC Institute for the Environment; Sustainable Carolina; the Eno River Association; and the Haw River Assembly.

Learn more about CWEP Regional Creek Week at https://nc-cleanwater.com/creekweek2024/
Questions? Contact Sammy Bauer at (919) 968-2715 and sbauer@townofchapelhill.org


HEART OF THE HILL TOURS NOW HELD ON SATURDAYS AT 11:00 AM

Longtime residents, neighbors, friends, families, newcomers, visitors from around the globe, students, and alumni are invited to join the spring 2024 Heart of the Hill Guided Walking Tours, where local ambassadors will provide unique insights into the history and future of this vibrant college town, home of the first public University in America.

The Chapel Hill Hometown Ambassadors Tour Calendar offers tours on Saturdays at 11:00 AM on selected dates starting from March 9th to May 25th. The free tours are designed by individual guides to share pieces of Chapel Hill’s collective story and town spirit through history, lore, and personal experiences. Each walking tour typically lasts 60-90 minutes. For more information and to book your tour, visit https://heartofthehilltours.com/ .

Spring Tour Schedule:

  • March 9 – Host: Susan Worley
  • March 16 – Host: Laurie Goldwasser
  • March 23 – Host: Missy Julian
  • March 30 – No tour (Easter)
  • April 6 – Host: Missy Julian
  • April 13 – Host: Laurie Goldwasser
  • April 20 – Host: Missy Julian
  • April 27 – Host: Susan Worley
  • May 4 – Host: Laurie Goldwasser
  • May 11 – No tour (UNC Graduation)
  • May 18 – Host: Susan Worley
  • May 25 – No tour (Memorial Day Weekend)

Tour Day Information:

Hometown Ambassador tour guides will meet participants inside the Welcome Center at 308 West Franklin Street, starting promptly at 11:00 AM. The walking tour will finish on or near McCorkle Place, the oldest quad on the UNC campus, close to the downtown post office (0.6 mile from the Welcome Center). In case of rain, storms, or other unexpected events, participants will be notified at least an hour prior to the start time if the tour must be canceled.

Participants are encouraged to enjoy downtown Chapel Hill before and after their tour. The Welcome Center offers a variety of visitor guides, maps, events to explore, and nearby dining suggestions on Franklin Street and nearby. The tour is a program of the Chapel Hill Historical Society in collaboration with the Chapel


 The Town of Carrboro is now accepting online applications for the 2024 Carrboro Music Festival. The application deadline for submissions is May 31, 2024.

The Carrboro Music Festival is a celebration of local musicians throughout Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Orange County.  The festival also includes performers from surrounding counties located between the Triangle and Triad regions of the state.

For more information, visit: www.carrboromusicfestival.com

Apply now: https://www.carrboronc.gov/321/Application—Performers


March Traffic-Safety Initiatives

The Chapel Hill Police Department is planning several speed and pedestrian safety enforcement operations in March, in addition to normal patrols.

The Chapel Hill Police Department is planning several pedestrian safety enforcement operations in March, in addition to normal patrols. Scheduled special operations include – but are not limited to – the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 5, 7am to 11am
  • Thursday, March 7, 2pm to 6pm
  • Wednesday, March 13, 7am to 11am
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2pm to 6pm
  • Wednesday, March 27, 7am to 11am

*Dates and times may 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). Officers 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 at least four speed enforcement operations in March – in addition to normal patrols – with the main goal of improving safety for everyone who shares roads.

  • Tuesday, March 5, 8am to 10am
  • Tuesday, March 12, 8am to 10am
  • Tuesday, March 19, 1pm to 3pm
  • Tuesday, March 26, 9am to 11am

*Dates and times may change

Vehicle Safety Recalls Week

Every vehicle recall is serious and affects your safety. That’s why Vehicle Safety Recalls Week, which is this week, focuses on the importance of checking for recalls and getting any problems fixed for free. Drivers who fix recalled vehicles ultimately help protect themselves and everyone else who is moving around town.

Learn more and check the status of your vehicle 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 On October 13, 2021, Chapel Hill’s Town Council adopted a Vision Zero Resolution, which 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. 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. To view the resolution, click here.


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.

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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

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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
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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 pro