School Board Member Responds to NAACP Letter

Thank you for your letter and continued advocacy in support of racial equity in schools. I am keenly aware of the role race plays in unequal education inside our district and am deeply committed to learning and accessing resources that interrupt and transform systems that get in the way of student learning and thriving.

Chapel Hill Considers Limits to Short-Term Rentals

At the March 5 meeting of the Council Committee on Economic Sustainability, town staff presented Town Council with a proposal for a pilot program to regulate short-term rentals conducted through sites like Airbnb and VRBO in Chapel Hill. 

Growing a World of Support for the Young

Flan is Sophie Suberman’s favorite dessert. Suberman — a co-founder and executive director of Grow Your World, a Carrboro-based nonprofit that is a community engagement and development program for elementary and middle schoolers — was gifted with the creamy custard by the parent of two GYW youth. 

Offering Respite for Women with Cancer

When Katerina Gmitter moved to Chapel Hill 10 years ago, she felt there was one thing missing from her new community — support for women like herself. Gmitter had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32.

History is Present at the Library

The Chapel Hill Public Library continues looking to the past to inform the present. The library will host, starting Sunday, an exhibit about local women who participated in the civil rights movement.

Stepping Up for a Hit-and-Run Victim

Chan Mee Yae, a 15-year-old ninth-grader at East Chapel Hill High School, was riding his bike home last Dec. 17 when, according to Chapel Hill Police, a blue 2006-2011 model Chevrolet struck him around 7:29 p.m. near Homestead Road and Aquatic Drive.

Atack Named Carrboro Chief

Chris Atack will be the new chief of the Carrboro Police Department. Atack, a captain who is a 22-year veteran of the department, will begin his new position effective Feb. 15  

Postcards Full of Love

I learned to love my plain name on Valentine’s Day in second grade. Our teacher, Mrs. Gifford, had each of us bring a paper lunch bag to school that we decorated with red hearts cut out of construction paper.

Feeding the Apartment Beast

Part of Eastgate (the Blue Hill area) has been sold again, to a developer based in Indiana, and rumor has it the owner plans more market-rate apartments! Just what Chapel Hill does not need! 

More Places to Live are Good, Actually

Along Elliott Road in Chapel Hill sits a modern rental apartment building called the Berkshire Chapel Hill. Though nondescript, several years ago this “luxury” apartment complex rocked Chapel Hill’s political landscape.

A Call to Learn to Live Together

Carl Fox, a retired senior resident superior court judge, said the COVID-19 pandemic has divided the nation into two distinct categories: “One group believing in science and facts,” Fox said, “advocating the use of masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing and other hygiene.

A Talk with the New Superintendent

The four priorities for new Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Dr. Nyah Hamlett are: racial equity, school-based mental health and wellness, deeper learning and family engagement.

What helped you make it through?

COVID, a racial reckoning, the election, the economy, and more COVID. Our community — like most — has been devastated, the virus cases piling up, our streets deserted, our campus shut, our schools closed, our distances kept. But, somehow, despite what a year it’s been, at the end of it all, we’ve made it through. How have you made it through?

Society Launches Spring Series

The Chapel Hill Historical Society kicks off its spring 2021 virtual Zoom program series on Jan. 24 with Peter Sandbeck’s “Orange County’s Agricultural Revolution: 1900-1970 – The Transformation of Rural Life Shown Through Historic Photographs.”

Chicken TV

During COVID lockdown, our three chickens have become a major source of entertainment. We call it “Chicken TV.”