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Posted February 28, 2024

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

30 Teams to Compete for Awards, Qualification for State Championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Learn more about Local Social Club

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

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

Early Voting Sites:

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

Carrboro Town Hall Complex: 108 Bim St, Carrboro

Chapel Hill Library: 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill

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

Seymour Senior Center: 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

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

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

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


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


DATE CHANGE!

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


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

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


 

Temporary Change in OWASA’s Water System

Disinfection Process in March

Does not affect water quality; taste and odor might differ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more at owasa.org.

For more information:

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

 


Posted February 21, 2024

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

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

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


Orange County Emergency Services is hosting a Public Safety Hiring Event

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

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

The following agencies will be present at the event:

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

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

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


2024 Primary Election

Online Nonpartisan Voter Guide

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

Early Voting:   Feb 15  …  through March 2

Primary Election Day:   March 5

VoterID is required for voting in person AND via mail 

Visit VOTE411.org, enter your address and see:

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

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


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

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

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

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


Homestead Aquatic Center Closed Feb. 19–March 3

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

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

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


Posted February 15, 2024

BLACK HISTORY MONTH in Carrboro

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historical Marker Unveiling Honors Manly McCauley, Victim of 1898 Lynching

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

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

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


Join Carrboro in the 2024 Great Backyard Bird Count

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

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

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

Learn more about how to participate!


APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR OWASA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Posted February 7, 2024

Mayor Foushee proclaims BLACK HISTORY MONTH in Carrboro

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

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

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

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

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


2nd Friday Art Walk returns Feb. 9

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

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

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

Visit our website to learn more about the participating venues.


Traffic Alert: Jones Ferry Road Traffic Island Modification

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

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

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

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


Poetry Workshops for Floraffiti

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Floraffiti!


APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE COUNTY VOLUNTEER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Register for Spring and Summer Camp Recreation Programs

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

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

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

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


We Need Your Help to Design an Inclusive Playground

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

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

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

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


¡La inscripción para la Academia 2024 está abierta!

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

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

Regístrese aquí a más tardar el 12 de febrero.

Registration for the 2024 Peoples Academy Is Open!

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

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

Register here by Monday, Feb. 12.


February Traffic-Safety Initiatives

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

Pedestrian Safety

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

Vision Zero

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


Participate in local Black History Month events

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





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


Posted February 1, 2024

Let’s talk voter engagement this Saturday!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Visit nccommunityfoundation.org/Scholarships for detailed application instructions.


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

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

Event Venue
Seymour Center

Event Organizer
Chapel Hill Historical Society

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


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

Black History Month in Carrboro – February 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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



Upcoming events at CURRENT

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

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

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

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


Posted January 26 2024

A Message from Mayor Anderson

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

Chapel Hill Community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Mayor Jess


Floraffiti comes to Carrboro and Chapel Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

Various Carrboro locations

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

Various Chapel Hill locations

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

Learn more about Floraffiti!


Town of Carrboro 2024 Bilingual Calendar

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

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

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

Download the PDF Carrboro 2024 Bilingual Calendar


Mayor Foushee Proclaims International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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

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

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

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

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


Carrboro Launches Family Financial Assistance Program

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The following departments or divisions will be represented:

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

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


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

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

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

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

Learn More: Rewriting Our Rules LUMO Update

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

Refreshments and childcare are available to attendees.


¡La inscripción para la Academia 2024 está abierta!

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

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

Regístrese aquí a más tardar el 12 de febrero.

Registration for the 2024 Peoples Academy Is Open!

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

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

Register here by Monday, Feb. 12.


Call for Artists: Storm Drain Murals

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

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

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


Job Openings with Chapel Hill Transit

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

Are you ready to join us?


Posted January 18 2024

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

Traffic impacts are as follows:

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

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

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

Background

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

More information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 As the temperatures drop, remember there are resources available!

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

Tips for staying warm

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

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

Be Prepared

Please access the following resources:

Helping Others

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

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


Posted January 10

Don’t miss these MLK community events!

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

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

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

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

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


Affordable Housing Advisory Board Remote Meeting Notice

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

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


Carrboro to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

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

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

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

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


Traffic Alert: Temporary E. Carr Street Closure

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Holiday Service Update: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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

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

Parks and Recreation

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

Renovations Set to Begin at Fire Station One

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

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

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


Last Chance to Submit Applications for CDBG Funding

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

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


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

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

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


Community Climate Conversations

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

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

Learn More and Register


Posted January 4

Mayor Barbara Foushee Signs Mayors’ Monarch Pledge

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

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

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

Actions to increase pollinator habitat throughout Carrboro include:

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

Helpful Links:

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

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

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


Sign Up for Chapel Hill’s Community Police Academy

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

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

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

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


Apply Now for CDBG Funding

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

Applications are due by noon on January 12, 2024.

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






Posted January 1


Posted December 27

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

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

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


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

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

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


Message from Mayor Jessica Anderson

Dear Chapel Hill Community,

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

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


Orange County Land Use Plan Community Meetings

Complete the Survey by Dec. 29


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

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

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

Learn More About Climate Action Grants


Posted December 21

The Carrboro Holiday Tree is lit!

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

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

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


December Holiday Service Schedule

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

Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed.

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

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

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


Third grade field trip meeting minutes now available

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


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

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

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

Save the Date: Carrboro Honors Dr. King

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Information:


Save the Date – Libba Cotten Day in Carrboro

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

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

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


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

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

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

Learn more about how to participate.


Public parking available in downtown Carrboro

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

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

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


Leaf Collection Information

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

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

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

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

Requirements for Leaf Pickup

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

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

Facts

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

More information about Loose Leaf Collection.

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


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

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

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

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

Learn more about the openings available.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Posted December 19

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

Dear Chapel Hill Community,

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

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

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

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

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

 And my personal favorites:

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

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

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

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

In gratitude,
Mayor Pam


Posted December 13

Free Admission to Designer David Lyles’ Three Seasons Fashion Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Braxton Dunkin Foushee Day of Service

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

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

Message to the Community from Braxon Dunkin Foushee:

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

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

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

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

About Braxton Foushee

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

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

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

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


December Updates from Chapel Hill Transit

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

Detours and Delays Possible During Parade

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

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

Royale: Free Subscription for Our Customers

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

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

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

Jingle Bell Express Returns

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

Thank You to Our Outgoing Partners

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

Holiday schedule

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

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

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

2024’s First Electric Bus Arrives

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

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


Registration is Open for Chapel Hill Peoples Academy

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

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

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


Apply Now for Community Development Block Grant Funds

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

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

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


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


Sake Tasting at The Gathering Place

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

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

Buy tickets


Posted December 5

Date change for the Westend Holiday Bazaar

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


 

Carrboro Town Council Update

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

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

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

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

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

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


Holiday Arts Market

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

This event is Free

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

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


Holiday Market and Bier Garten at the Carolina Inn

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


Chapel Hill Community Day Parade

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9 | PARADE BEGINS AT 10 AM

DOWNTOWN CHAPEL HILL & CARRBORO

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

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



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6 Comments on "Community Notices"

  1. Thank you for local news. I didn’t realize I was hungry for local news until I found you. I come from a small college town in Ohio and I was accustomed to having local news available in our weekly town newspaper. Now I see what I’ve been missing since moving here. Thank you!!

  2. Could you please do an article on the occupancy rate at the new apartment buildings around town—on Legion Rd, on Fordham Blvd, on Estes? They don’t appear to have many residents. Thanks.

  3. Appreciate the effort to connect us through this online newspaper. Knowing what is going on around town brings us together to help each other, to learn about significant proposals in our local governments, and share our lives in general. Thank you.

  4. Regarding your August 14 news brief, the missing woman was found several days ago.

  5. Yvonne Mendenhall | March 13, 2023 at 8:32 am | Reply

    From the New York Times Opinion section on March 11, 2023 from Jamelle Bouie’s Subscription article. This really struck me as so simple, but as community is often simple caring and sharing:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/11/opinion/local-media-newspapers-democracy.html

    “A vibrant press is one of the forces that helps shape individuals into members of a community with responsibilities and obligations toward that community. It acculturates them into political life and ties them to other, like-minded people.

    That’s one reason that throughout American history, whenever there is a reform movement, there are newspapers and journalists associated with that reform movement, whether it’s the temperance movement or the abolition movement or the labor movement.

    One of the most striking aspects of the modern information environment, as many people have observed, is the almost total collapse of local and even regional news outlets. Where once every town or city of even minor consequence had a newspaper — with reporters who helped the community understand itself through their work — now there are large parts of the country that exist in news deserts, where there is little coverage of anything, from local government to local events.

    I think that this decline has played an important role in undermining America’s democratic institutions, as well as the public’s faith in democracy. It’s not just that the collapse of local news has made it harder to hold any number of public officials accountable — contributing to general cynicism about the ability of government to do anything constructive — but that Americans increasingly lack the information they need to participate in the political process in their communities.

    “As Americans have shifted away from local news, turnout in state and local elections has fallen,” notes Brookings “and communities that have lost reporters have seen fewer candidates run for local office.”

    Americans have turned to national news and national news outlets to close the gap, but these larger institutions can’t replace what has been lost. By virtue of proximity, I can respond more easily when a local official is accused of wrongdoing. The same isn’t true of a member of Congress, especially if they aren’t my own. The information we get from national outlets is valuable, but it can also leave us feeling hopeless and impotent. And it can contribute to “political hobbyism,” a tendency to treat politics not as a cause for action and an essential part of citizenship, but as a game where the only goal — the only objective — is to somehow embarrass and humiliate our enemies.”

    We will be increasing our monthly donation to THE LOCAL NEWS and continuing to share the THE LOCAL NEWS on local social media! You are doing an amazing job! Thank you

  6. I’m so glad Coastal Credit Union has given these two organizations money to help build homes in honor of their retiring CEO and wife. This is a great way to show their supporters that Coastal is doing something good in the community.

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