Community Notices

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Posted June 12, 2024

Wednesday, June 19 is a Town holiday.

Most Town offices will be closed. This message outlines which services are affected.

The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro will host their annual Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 16. Learn more here.

Trash and Recycling Collection

  • Curbside recycling will not be collected on Wednesday. Wednesday recycling will be collected on Thursday, June 20. Starting on Wednesday, recycling collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.
  • Orange County Landfill and Waste & Recycling Centers will be closed.
  • Residential trash and yard trimmings collection will not be affected.
  • Commercial trash collection will not be affected.

Chapel Hill Public Library will be closed.

Chapel Hill Transit

  • Sunday Route schedule, including U and NU routes, except for FCX and NS routes, which will run on their weekday schedule.
  • The 420 route will not run.
  • EZ Rider hours: 8:15 a.m.–6:52 p.m.

Public Housing

Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call 919-968-2855. 

Parks and Recreation

  • Facilities open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19: Chapel Hill Community Center, Homestead Aquatics Center, Nate Davis, Sr. Gymnasium, and A.D. Clark Outdoor Pool
  • Facilities closed on Wednesday, June 19: Administrative Offices, Hargraves Center, Teen Center, Community Center Indoor Pool
  • Parks, greenways, trails, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and outdoor park amenities are all open.

Food Distribution

The regular food distribution at Eubanks Park & Ride Lot is canceled on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of the holiday. Starting in July, the Town will hold food distributions on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. This means the next three food distributions will be on June 26, July 10, and July 24.


The Carrboro Family Financial Assistance Program (Round 2) will begin accepting applications on June 24, 2024 for Carrboro families facing financial challenges with food, housing, utilities, transportation,  childcare and internet access. 

The second round of this program has been approved by the Town Council.  Partnering on the program are the Town of Carrboro Racial Equity Commission, Race and Equity team, Orange County Department of Social Services, Empowerment Inc. and the Carrboro Housing and Community Services Department. 

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

The Carrboro Family Financial Assistance Program will receive applications through Friday, July 26, 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.


 Mayor Barbara Foushee has proclaimed June 17-23, 2024, to be Pollinator Week in Carrboro.

The Town of Carrboro recognizes that human health ultimately depends on well-functioning, biodiverse ecosystems. Pollination provides significant environmental benefits and plays a vital role for trees and plants, producing much of our food supply, creating recreational and economic development opportunities and enhancing our quality of life.

Bees and other pollinators around the globe have experienced dramatic declines due to a combination of habitat loss, use of pesticides and the spread of pests and diseases, with grave implications for the health of flora and fauna.

In October 2014, the Town of Carrboro became the third municipality in the nation to be recognized as a Bee City USA.

Mayor Foushee also signed the 2024 National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ monarch Pledge, committing the town to take meaningful action to protect the monarch butterfly. A goal of these initiatives is to promote healthy, sustainable habitats for bees, monarchs and other pollinators.

The Town has worked to create pollinator habitats by installing native bee nest boxes, establishing a pollinator garden, and planting pollinator-friendly vegetation to restore a riparian buffer.

Celebrate Pollinator Week:

  • Enjoy a fun pollinator activity at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, June 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St.
  • Watch a pollinator movie screening on Sunday, June 23, at 3 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.

Read the full Pollinator Week Proclamation:  http://www.carrboronc.gov/2630/Proclamations-and-Resolutions


The 2nd Friday Art Walk around downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill returns on Friday, June 14.

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.


Posted June 6, 2024

Chapel Hill and Carrboro will host their annual Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 16 with music, food, art, and historical experiences from 2-6 p.m. at Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St. in Chapel Hill.

The event celebrates Black history, culture, and liberation and is hosted alongside the Hargraves Community Center and Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources.

Attendees can expect:

  • A market and expo featuring Black artisans, Black-owned businesses, and local non-profits and organizations. Arts vendors range in medium from crochet to painted figurines and homemade soaps.
  • Speeches from local community members, including Carrboro Mayor Barbara Foushee, James Cates Scholars, and more.
  • Performances from a variety of acts, including steel drummer Mickey Mills, genre-bending soul and hip-hop band Social Construkt, singer Rayah, and local jump-roping group Bouncing Bulldogs. DJ Twitty will keep the music going between sets.
  • A Transcribe-A-Thon hosted by the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History. Attendees can listen to and transcribe short interview clips from oral histories recorded with current and former residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s historically Black neighborhoods. Crowdsourced transcriptions will accompany audio files on the Jackson Center’s website and widen their accessibility online and in K-12 classrooms.
  • A zone for children with face painters and collaborative chalk mural. Chapel Hill Public Library‘s Circulator will also showcase books for all ages that reflect and celebrate Black liberation and culture.
  • Local food trucks serving up barbeque, Creole, East African, and sweet cuisines.

This is the fourth year that the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have organized the annual celebration after proclaiming the observance of Juneteenth in 2020. Each year, the Towns have strengthened the role of community engagement in the event planning process. Brentton Harrison, a Recreational Assistant at Hargraves Community Center, says, “Working on the Juneteenth Celebration planning committee has been an eye-opening experience – learning about the intentional ways committee members gather community feedback and really try to prioritize that feedback. There are still ways in which the town and its committees can learn to be in community with those who they serve if real relationships are built.”

The collaborative nature of this event showcases the connection between the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities. “What I am looking forward to is seeing this Juneteenth Celebration come together, after several months of meetings and planning with key stakeholders in the community,” says Michelle Blume, Recreation Supervisor for Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources. “This event will be able to highlight and provide a dynamic blend of cultural enrichment and artistic expression with several vendors, food trucks and music performances. Dynamic speakers, Dignitaries and youth voices will be heard throughout the event.”

Parking for attendees will be available at nearby Northside Elementary School or public lots downtown, which are free on Sundays.  The parking lots at Hargraves Community Center will be reserved for vendors, event staff, and ADA spaces. For more information about downtown parking, visit parkonthehill.com. Attendees are also encouraged to walk, bike, or take Chapel Hill Transit. The A Route has direct service to Hargraves and a number of other routes run nearby. Best routes from Carrboro are the J Route and CW Route. There will also be shuttles running between Hargraves and Northside Elementary School.

For more about the Juneteenth celebration, visit chapelhillcarrborojuneteenth.org.


Father’s Day is coming up!

Are you ready to show some love to dear, old Dad? Take a look at our blog to learn how to get the most out of celebrating the father figure(s) in your life in Downtown Chapel Hill.


New AED Equipment at Several Town Parks

Earlier this spring, Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation got automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, near some athletic fields and courts. This equipment is used to help people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. You’ll see the new devices in places like Cedar Falls Park and Southern Community Park.


Attend a Design Workshop for Greene Tract Master Plan

Register for an interactive design workshop to get feedback on the initial direction for the Greene Tract Master Plan. Review how input from Workshop # 1 has been translated into draft conceptual plans and work together toward a Master Plan. If you’re interested in the future Greene Tract development, Register for this workshop on June 9.


We Want YOU to Work in Local Government!

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


Chapel Hill Public Library Launches its Summer Blast

Summer blast has something in store for ages galore – from concerts and movie screenings to our summer reading program with free books and prizes. Let reading spark your creativity! Starting June 1, track your reading time for 30 days. Win a prize when you complete the challenge.

LEARN MORE


Pride Art Challenges us to “Think Outside the Box”

Artist Adam Cooley installed his new piece, “Think Outside the Box” at 140 West Plaza. This piece is an 8-foot interactive cube with moveable parts and internal periscopes that let you look into one side and out through another. Check it out through the end of June.


The Joint Orange County – Town of Carrboro Naming Committee is looking for public input as it considers a name for the civic building under construction in Carrboro.

Commonly called The 203 Project for its location at 203 S. Greensboro St., this is the future home of Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources; Orange County Southern Branch Library; Orange County Skills Development Center; WCOM Radio; a teen center and performance/multipurpose uses. Learn more at https://www.carrboronc.gov/1151/The-203-Project



Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination & Microchip Clinic June 22

On Saturday, June 22, from 9 am to 12 pm Orange County Animal Services will host a clinic for 1-year and 3-year vaccinations for $10 at Cedar Grove Park at 5800 Hwy 86N, Hillsborough. Pet owners will need to have a previous rabies certificate in hand to receive the 3-year vaccine. A tag alone is not sufficient.


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Posted May 29, 2024

The upcoming concert of the Music Maker Foundation’s Freight Train Blues series is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main Street.

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

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

The concert will feature Charly Lowry, a musical powerhouse from Pembroke, NC. Lowry is proud to be an Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora Tribes and is passionate about raising awareness around issues that plague underdeveloped and under-served communities. Since her teenage years, Charly has established a career as a professional singer-songwriter with unique passion and voice. In addition to performing solo, for 10+ years Charly has been the front-woman for the multi award-winning band, “DARK WATER RISING.”

Among her community, Native women are traditionally barred from the hand-drum and relegated to singing behind the men’s drum and/or dancing instead. Lowry defies that norm, following in the footsteps of her mentor, an artist and heir to the Tuscarora Indian Nation, Pura Fé; choosing to battle with her songs, hand drum, and guitar to deliver songs that not only tell the plight of her people but all humankind that face oppression. Robeson County, her home, is one of the most diverse counties in the U.S., and Charly celebrates that  diversity in all aspects of her life. While she may be familiar to some from her success as a semi-finalist on AMERICAN IDOL, she has maintained close ties to her Native American roots and culture.

Also performing are gifted songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Viv & Riley. Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno’s first album under the name Viv & Riley is a subtle masterpiece of thought and reflection. The album brings a reflectiveness to summertime jams that speak of uninhibited joy and creative camaraderie. Coming on the heels of their acclaimed earlier albums that showed preternaturally talented songwriting from such young artists, now the songs have caught up with their lives. Now in their mid-20s, the two are building a life together, creating a supportive community, and looking back on everything they’ve been through. Based out of Durham, North Carolina, they’ve tapped into the area’s eclectic and collaborative music scene, recruiting Alex Bingham of Hiss Golden Messenger to produce the album.


Join the Carrboro Farmers’ Market (CFM) in celebrating the beauty and bounty of local flowers with June in Bloom on Saturday, June 8th!

The Market will be celebrating flower season with make + take art with Peel Gallery and Super G Print Lab, a raffle, special prizes for market-goers, samples of flower-inspired dishes, vendor specials around the market, live music, and much more. This event is free and open to the public. June in Bloom is supported by the CFM’s Big Beef Sponsor, Laser Image Printing & Marketing.The CFM is open Saturdays year-round (7am-12pm April-October and 9am-12pm November-March) and Wednesdays seasonally (3-6pm April-November) at Carrboro Town Commons.Plan ahead for parking! A map with free public parking in downtown Carrboro is available online through the Town of Carrboro. We encourage able visitors to park & walk to market. The CFM also has ample bicycle parking, and is convenient to the CW, J, and F bus routes (all free through Chapel Hill Transit).


Feel that? The slow pace of summer days? This time of year brings a laid-back vibe to downtown Chapel Hill…and more parking availability!

From emptier lots to parking holidays, summer offers more opportunities to eat, shop, and play downtown. Here are some tips for navigating parking:

  • On-street parking is free after 6 p.m. Decks and lots are free after 8 p.m
  • Plan ahead with Park on the Hill! View maps, rates, and other helpful information on the website
  • Download the ParkMobile app and set up your account before coming downtown
  • Stay informed by subscribing to the Town of Chapel Hill’s TOWNnews
  • All on-street Town meters have a 3-hour time limit. If your visit is longer than three hours, you should move your vehicle to a deck or surface lot.

Orange County Board of Commissioners  Budget Public Hearing and Work Session Agenda for May 30, 2024

The agenda for the Orange County Board of Commissioners’ budget and CIP public hearing and work session on Thursday, May 30, 2024 has been posted to the link below:

https://www.orangecountync.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_05302024-2034 

For a link to each agenda item as a separate file, please use the following link:

http://server3.co.orange.nc.us:8088/WebLink/0/fol/72623/Row1.aspx  

The Board of Commissioners is conducting a budget and capital investment plan (CIP) public hearing, followed by a work session on May 30, 2024.

There are two methods for public comment for the Budget/CIP Public Hearing portion of the meeting:

-Members of the public can sign up to speak at the Southern Humans Services Center as part of the public hearing.

-Members of the public can provide written comments by submitting them to the ocbocc@orangecountync.gov email address.

There will not be an opportunity for members of the public to speak as part of the work session portion of the meeting as the Board does not receive public comments during work sessions.  Members of the public may provide written comments by submitting them to the ocbocc@orangecountync.gov email address.  As in prior meetings, members of the public will be able to view and listen to the meeting via live streaming video at https://www.orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos and on Orange County Gov-TV on channels 1301 or 97.6 (Spectrum Cable).


Posted May 22, 2024

Memorial Day is May 27, Some Town Services Affected

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

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

Attend a Design Workshop for Greene Tract Master Plan

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


We Want YOU to Work in Local Government!

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


Follow Along and Learn More about LUMO

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


Crew Recognized for Life-Saving Actions

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


Public Works Team Celebrates Public Works Week

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


Are You Signed Up for OC Alerts?

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

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


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

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

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

Learn More


Register for Pickleball Clinic on May 26

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

Register Here


Celebrate National Trails Day on June 1

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

Register


Mark Your Calendars for Annual Pride Promenade

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

Learn More


 

Celebrate Black Community and Culture at Juneteenth Celebration

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

Learn More


Preserving History, One Stone at a Time

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


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

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


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

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


Chapel Hill Making Downtown Sidewalks More Accessible

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


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


Travel Alerts for the Week of May 19 and Upcoming

N. Roberson St. waterline work

May 28 – June 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Flaggers will help move traffic.

1200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd utility work

May 28 – May 31, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

North St. utility work

May 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Flaggers will help move traffic.

Ongoing

Ephesus Church Rd. at Fordham Blvd. utility work

April 9 – June 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Flaggers will help move traffic.

Clover Dr. at Legion Rd. utility work

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

Service Rd. at Novus Ln.

May 9 – May 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lane closed with flaggers to help move traffic.

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The event includes:

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, May 27 is a Town holiday. Most municipal offices will be closed. Some services are affected.

TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTION:

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

CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY will be closed.

CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will not operate.

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

PARKS AND RECREATION:

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

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

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

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

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


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

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

This lack of period supplies, known as “period poverty,” can adversely affect individuals health and well-being. Period poverty is a public health issue, and addressing period poverty can lead to improved health and economic opportunity, thus ensuring all people have access to basic necessities.

Carrboro is proud to be a home to trusted community-based organizations, including Period Power, a program of the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, that recognizes the importance of period products and distributes period products through various channels.

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

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


Celebrate Our Public Works Team

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


Register here



Posted May 15, 2024

Mayor Barbara Foushee has proclaimed May 12 -18, 2024 to be Police Week in Carrboro, encouraging residents to share their gratitude with the officers and other professionals in the Police Department for promoting the safety of Carrboro’s residents and visitors.

Employees in the Carrboro Police Department provide a vital public service by acting as first responders in emergency and crisis situations. Not only do they investigate and solve crimes, but they offer a variety of community services to individuals, local businesses, and community organizations and agencies.

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

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

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

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

Read the full Police Week Proclamation.


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

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

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

Read the 2024 Memorial Day Proclamation.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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






Apply by May 26 to:  avreeland@orangecountync.gov


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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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