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Post Date:05/04/2017 9:30 AM
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Up Front


Register for Parks and Recreation Programs!


Residents can now register for summer Parks and Recreation programs. Check out the new summer program guide (online or at Parks and Recreation facilities). Read more.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Town Services





Up Front



TOWNweek has been posted!





Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange CountyVisitors Bureau

Concert on The Green
6-8 p.m. Sunday, May 7
Southern Village, 400 Market St., Chapel Hill

Sunday Concert Series at Southern Village: Concert by The Magnolia Klezmer Band. Based in the Triangle area of North Carolina, The Magnolia Klezmer Band performs Easter European Jewish music from Romania, Moldava, Russia and the Ukraine, classics from the American Kandel and Abe Schwartz Orchestras, and Yiddish theater songs with vocals in Yiddish and English.   





Town in News

Town in News – TIN Report – is a sampling of news media coverage about the Town of Chapel Hill compiled by the Communications and Public Affairs Department. This listing includes articles and columns that are available on the web, and may not necessarily contain all stories in the print edition of the papers or on televised broadcasts.

Links access online stories that are posted for a limited time. Some media organizations require registration or a subscription.

For information, contact us at


Northside Festival Celebrates Community, Honors Chapel Hill Freedom Fighters (

On Saturday afternoon, it was hot and humid. But that didn’t stop some people from dancing in the blocked-off portion of the road between Roberson Street and Graham Street. Read more:


Orange County Commissioners Review Recommended Budget for New Fiscal Year (

The current fiscal year will not conclude until October, but officials in Orange County are already preparing to approve a new budget with provisions for school districts and government employees. Read more:


Chapel Hill Employee Lauded for Aiding Investigators in Murder Case (

Nearly three years ago on a Wednesday in late July, Dr. Feng Liu, a late professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, went for a brief walk off campus during his lunch break. Read more:


Orange County Tax Rate Down After Property Revaluation in Recommended Budget (

The budgeting process for Orange County is underway. The tax rate in the county is going down under the proposed budget put forward by county manager Bonnie Hammersley presented to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday night. Read more:


Partnership to End Homelessness Continues Work in Orange County (

The dire effects of unsheltered living on impoverished people are often ignored, but the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness is paying attention and taking action. Read more:


New monument honors Chapel Hill’s Freedom Fighters, civil-rights history (The Chapel Hill News)

Hundreds of people attended the 2017 Northside Festival celebrating the past, present and future of Chapel Hill’s historic Northside neighborhoods. Read more:


Orange County’s rising commercial tax values worry some business owners (The Herald-Sun)

Jamil Kadoura paid $55,759 in property taxes last year on Mediterranean Deli and four other parcels, including two undeveloped lots on West Rosemary Street. Read more:





From Town Hall




Council Meeting Highlights

The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda is available at or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or

Public attendance is welcome. Parking is available at Town Hall lots and the lot at Stephens Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Additional parking is available in several public lots on Rosemary Street ( Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (

View the Council meetings live on the website at – and on Chapel Hill Gov-TV ( Other ways to follow Council meetings are via live tweets (tagged #CHTC) from individuals who tweet during the meetings. Council meeting summaries are issued from the Communications and Public Affairs Department following most business meetings. To sign up to receive these by email, please send a request to

Support for UNC Center for Civil Rights
The Council will consider adopting a resolution of support for the UNC Center for Civil Rights. The Town’s Justice in Action Committee petitioned the Council to pass such a resolution at the April 24, 2017, business meeting. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors is considering a policy that would prevent the Center from undertaking any litigation. The UNC Center for Civil Rights, founded in 2001, has worked on matters of justice, prosperity and opportunity for all members of the community. Its mission is to use community based impact advocacy and legal education and scholarship to advance strategies that secure social, economic and environmental justice for low wealth, minority families and neighborhoods.

Funding for Botanical Garden Foundation Property Purchase
The Council will consider providing $50,000 in matching funds toward the purchase of the Cochrane Property, which is adjacent to the protected open space network along Morgan Creek, and authorize the Town Manager to execute an agreement with the Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc.

Town Manager Presents Recommended Budget
The Town Manager will present to the Council his recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

Appointments to Town Boards and Commissions
The Council will consider a recommendation to the Orange County Board of Commissioners for an appointment of a Chapel Hill resident to the Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board. The Council will also consider appointing applicants to vacancies on the Community Design Commission, the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board, the Housing Advisory Board, the Planning Commission, and the Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board.




PHOTO House in Chapel Hill

Nurture Northside! Litter Cleanup

Help keep Northside clean and beautiful! Meet at the Chapel Hill Public Housing office at 317 Caldwell Street (across from Northside Elementary School) by 9 a.m. Saturday, May 6.  Bags, gloves, vests, and trash grabbers will be provided. Please wear closed-toe, comfortable walking shoes. You’ll get to meet your neighbors and keep the community looking good!

This event is co-sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill's Office of Housing & Community and Stormwater Management.

Please call Wendy Smith at 919-968-2715 or email with questions or to sign up.




Town-Sponsored Events




Kick Off Your Weekend with Live & Local on Friday

Live & Local, Chapel Hill’s free Music & Arts Series, has returned for its sixth season on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin St. The series features acts of all shapes and sizes from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Live & Local will deliver a wide array of performances throughout the season, ranging from American/folk harmonies to bluegrass.

On Friday, May 5, gear up for Bike Week with some bluegrass! Ellis Dyson & The Shambles will be strummin', stompin' and pickin' in the Plaza.

Downtown starts here! Don’t miss your opportunity to discover your new favorite musician, poet, or performer! The series runs Friday evenings through May 19. Live & Local is sure to delight, whether you’re listening to the melodies from the Plaza or from the porch of a nearby restaurant. The Plaza at 140 West Franklin creates an inviting experience for all, highlighted by 30,000 square feet of outdoor space, and a unique art sculpture titled Exhale.

Kick start your weekend with some of the most talented artists in the Piedmont. This year’s lineup is especially diverse and interactive, featuring musical acts Christiane and Ellis Dyson & The Shambles and activities including an Earth Day celebration, aerialists, caricature artists, balloon twisters, face painters, arts and crafts, and games. Be sure to experience the Live & Local Music and Arts Series and enjoy the natural charm and blend of culture unique to downtown Chapel Hill.

For more information, visit





Meet the Author Tea and Meeting of Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library

The Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library will hold their annual meeting at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, May 7, followed by a Meet-the-Author Tea featuring Art Chansky. These events are free and open to the public.

The brief business meeting will include elections of board members and officers and a look at the 2017-2018 budget. The meeting is open to members and anyone who is interested in becoming a member.

There will be a 15 minute break between the meeting and refreshments. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m., and the Meet the Author Tea will run from 4 to 5 p.m.

Art Chansky’s newest book is Game Changers: Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town, an amazing story about Dean Smith as a young humanitarian who changed the history of sports in the South and, at the same time, transformed a university and a community.

This is the story of five Morehead Scholars from 1967 who all ended up on the freshman basketball team.  It is also the story of Dean Smith’s humanity and concern for his players to make sure they were comfortable both on and off the court, Scott said of Smith, “When you played for him, he was your coach, your disciplinarian, your teacher [and after graduation] he became a friend, a father, and a mentor.”  Basketball was a lesser sport than football at the university and UNC athletics was not racially integrated. 

Art Chansky is well-known in Chapel Hill as a sports columnist and commentator for and WCHL radio for more than thirty years.  He has produced movies on the Duke-Carolina rivalry.  He has written seven other books on the history of UNC Basketball and Dean Smith, including March to the Top, The Dean’s List, The Dean’s List, Dean’s Domain, Blue Blood, Light Blue Reign and The Blue Divide. 

Art Chansky graduated from UNC in 1970 and has covered every Duke-Carolina game since 1968. He lives on the Chapel Hill-Durham border with his family and animal friends. 





Chapel Hill’s Star Studded Summer Movie Series Kickoff at Boshamer Stadium on May 20

Let the stars be your guide all summer long!  The Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership are excited to announce the FREE Movies Under the Stars summer series held outdoors on top of the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St. Movies Under the Stars shown in a unique, outdoor location where you can enjoy the night sky. Movie-goers of all ages will enjoy free popcorn and fun activities.

The series kicks-off on at 5:30 p.m Saturday, May 20, with a special baseball event at Boshamer Stadium at UNC after the last baseball game of the season vs. Duke.  The baseball game starts at 2 p.m. and the movie will begin 30 minutes after the end of the game, approximately 5:30 p.m.  A twitter contest was held by UNC Baseball and by popular vote the chosen movie is Field of Dreams.

The sports-themed series continues through Aug. 17 on different Thursday evenings each month at the Wallace Parking Deck, 150 E. Rosemary St. Movies and dates will be June 15 – Mighty Ducks; June 29 – Karate Kid; July 13 – Kicking & Screaming; July 27 – CARS; Aug. 10 – Space Jam; and Aug. 17 – Remember the Titans. Each event is free!

We hope to see you out at the movies!

For more information, please visit

The Town of Chapel Hill promotes a Bike & Pedestrian-Friendly Community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk to these great events! We also ask that you please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for seating. There is ample bike parking on the Wallace Plaza. For all downtown parking options visit

For questions contact Amanda Fletcher with the Town of Chapel Hill at (919) 968-2878 or or Meg McGurk with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at (919) 967-9440 or





Integration Pioneers To Be Honored with State Historical Marker

The first African Americans to serve in the modern Navy at general rating will be honored with the dedication of a permanent historical marker on the 75th anniversary of their enlisting.

The marker, which will be installed at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27 at the intersection of West Franklin and South Roberson streets, commemorates U.S. Navy Band B-1, which was attached to the Navy's PreFlight School on the UNC campus from July 1942 to April 1944.

Attending the installation ceremony will be two of the original members of B-1, Simeon Holloway of Las Vegas and Calvin Morrow of Greensboro, as well as many of the veterans' family members. Only four of the original 44 members of the band are still living. 

After the installation, a reception in B-1's honor will be held at the Hargraves Center at 216 N. Roberson Street. The marker dedication program and reception are both free and open to the public.

U.S. Navy B-1 was comprised primarily of young men who were enrolled at North Carolina A and T and Dudley High School. Enlistees also came from North Carolina Central, Hampton Institute, South Carolina State, Johnson C. Smith, and Hillside High School in Durham.

B-1 bandsmen were formally inducted into the Navy on May 27, 1942 at the Raleigh recruiting station. After training at Norfolk, they were transferred to Chapel Hill. Because of North Carolina's segregationist laws, the bandsmen could not live or be fed on campus. They were housed in a newly constructed community building on Roberson Street that is now the Hargraves Recreation Center.

Their service included daily marches from Hargraves to the UNC campus, where B-1 played for the raising of colors for the cadets every morning. These marches were big events for Chapel Hill's black community. Rebecca Clark, longtime Chapel Hill resident and Civil Rights advocate, vividly recalled for B-1's official history how wonderful it felt to see "all those handsome young men in their uniforms" marching to work. "The kids were out at every corner watching them parade. They were the best thing that could have happened to our community."

Rebecca Clark's son, John Clark, said, "Doug and I and all the kids in the neighborhood would run out to Roberson Street when we heard the band coming, and we followed them as far as we could."

The band's marching route would have taken them by the spot where the state's historical marker will be installed. 

During their service at Chapel Hill, B-1 bandsmen often played music for occasions that they would not have been allowed to attend because of their race. UNC-CH Chancellor James Moeser apologized to them in 2007 for how they were treated by the university during World War II, and at Kenan Stadium the bandsmen were made honorary members of the Marching Tar Heels.

Prior to B-1's service, blacks were limited to work in the Navy as cooks and porters.   B-1 was also the first Navy band to serve without having trained at the Navy's School of Music, which did not admit blacks. B-1 bandsmen were also the first African Americans to work on the UNC campus in jobs that did not involve cooking, cleaning and laundry work.


North Carolina's historical marker program is administered by the state's Department of Cultural Resources and the Department of Transportation. Since 1935, the program has erected over 1,500 state highway historical markers. The B-1 marker is the fourth to be installed in Chapel Hill, where markers also commemorate the founding of the University of North Carolina, the training of U.S. astronauts, and the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation. A Carrboro marker commemorating Elizabeth Cotten is about five blocks from where the B-1 marker will be installed.



Town Services




Registration is Open for Summer Recreation Programs

Registration just got easier with our NEW On-line SPLASH PAGE

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation has released their Summer Program Guide. Patrons may browse recreation programs and register online for a range of activities from Summer Camps for Computer Technology, Arts and Sports, to TWEEN Nights After Dark and a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament - one of our newest offerings.

New to this year’s line-up, are new tennis programs for youth and adults, including beginner, intermediate and competitive clinics. Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Empact Tennis and Sport Performance to develop an exciting and inclusive community tennis program. Our tennis programs will provide participants opportunities to learn the game of tennis, have fun, and to develop new tennis skills.

Registration just got easier with our NEW On-line REGISTRATION SPLASH PAGE. Enjoy browsing programs with a simple and easy layout and search function. You can also rent picnic shelters, and connect with a host of other online resources.

RESIDENTS (persons living in or owning property in Orange County or Chapel Hill town limits) may register beginning 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 1; NON-RESIDENTS may register beginning 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 8.

To sign up, patrons will have to create an online WebTrac account at to register for their classes or rent a picnic shelter. Patrons can also register in person at one of three recreation centers, Chapel Hill Community Center, Hargraves Community Center, the Homestead Aquatic Center, or drop in at our administrative offices.

Click here for locations and contact information.

This season, we also introduced a new full color design to our recreation guide. You can grab your own 22-page guide to all things parks and recreation, with color pictures, a new feature article and a handy new table of contents. The program guide, titled “RECREATE - Building Community through Parks, Recreation, Arts and Culture” is available for download at, or you can pick up a printed copy of your own at one of our recreation centers, aquatics centers, Town Hall and the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Quality of Town Parks and Recreation programs and facilities, ranked 4th in our community survey, as the community’s highest satisfaction with Town services. The quality of Chapel Hill Public Library services ranked #1, and quality of Public Safety ranked #2. The quality of services provided by the Town overall ranked #3.

For more info, log on to









Tar Heel Express Shuttles to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Commencement Ceremony

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service from 6:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2017, for the UNC-Chapel Hill Commencement Ceremony at Kenan Stadium. Chapel Hill Transit shuttles will operate from the Friday Center (100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill) park and ride lots to Kenan Stadium on Stadium Drive (Gate 2). Buses will run every 10 to 15 minutes, providing continuous and fully accessible service between the park and rides and Kenan Stadium. The shuttles and parking at the Friday Center will be FREE.

Riders, especially graduates, are encouraged to arrive at the park and ride lots at least one hour prior to the start of the 9:00 a.m. ceremony to allow for possible traffic delays.

For those wishing to stay on campus longer, Carolina Livery will provide shuttle service from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Carolina Livery shuttles will loop campus making stops at the Student Union, the Old Well on Cameron Avenue and the Dean E. Smith Center and returning to the Friday Center park and ride lots.

For additional information on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Commencement Ceremony, please visit

Follow on Twitter: @UNC @unc_2017 and #UNC17.

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest Chapel Hill Transit stop, visit us at, email or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




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Chapel Hill Transit May Service Schedule Adjustments

Chapel Hill Transit will make the following service schedule adjustments beginning Saturday, May 13 due to the University of North Carolina summer break schedule:

  • The weekend NU and U routes will not operate and will resume on Saturday, Aug. 12.
  • The weekday NU will not operate and will resume on Monday, Aug. 14.
  • The weekday A-Limited morning trips (7:14–9:44 a.m.) will not operate and will resume on Monday, Aug. 14.
  • EZ Rider will operate Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 11:17 p.m., Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 6:52 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday service will operate within the town limits of Chapel Hill and Carrboro on a space available basis. Reservations for Sunday service must be requested no later than 12 p.m. on the Friday prior to the requested Sunday service date). Reservations will be available from 1–5 p.m. on weekends.

Safe Ride routes will end on Saturday, April 29 and will resume on Thursday, Aug. 24.

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest stop, visit us at , email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.





May Is Bike Month

The Town of Chapel Hill and Go Chapel Hill-UNC-Carrboro support special events during the month of May to celebrate Bike Month.

Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill is busy with projects to improve your travel safety and convenience – including sidewalks, streets, trails and greenways, traffic calming and more.  The Town of Chapel Hill's focus on “complete streets” includes traffic slowing measures, public transit, and safe walkways and bike lanes.

Chapel Hill voters authorized $16.2 million in bonds funds in 2015 to repair, connect and construct sidewalks and bike lanes to improve connectivity and safety, and $5 million for construction of new trails and greenways. Learn more about projects underway and coming up at Town of Chapel Hill Getting Around.  

To access resources for people who bike and walk—including a wikimap—visit The wikimap offers residents an opportunity to provide comments to the Town of Chapel Hill about problem areas and routes they would like to ride and request additional bike parking.



May 5

Cycle de Mayo Bicycle Fiesta Night
6–9 p.m. The Plaza at 140 West Franklin St.
Fiesta with music by Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, giveaways, contests, dance and bike info


May 6

Go Chapel Hill Bike on Bus Workshop
9 a.m.–Noon, University Place


May 10

International Bike to School Day
Chapel Hill-Carrboro and St Thomas More Schools


May 13

Carrboro Bike on Bus Workshop
9 a.m.-Noon, Carrboro Town Commons

Bike Bonanza
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Back Alley Bikes


May 16

Carrboro Bike Breakfast
7-10 a.m., Libba Cotton Trail


May 19

National Bike to Work Day
Spring Roll Cruiser Community Ride
7 p.m.
For more information, contact


May 20

Bicycle Story Event
10:30–11 a.m., Chapel Hill Public Library


For more information or to become involved, contact Len Cone at or go to



News from Other Public Agencies




Orange County Urges Residents to Update Emergency Plans and Kits

May 7-13 is Hurricane Preparedness Week

News Release from Orange County

Orange County Emergency Services encourages residents to plan now for hurricanes by updating their emergency plans and supply kits. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November.

“Tropical storms and hurricanes can devastate homes and communities,” said Dinah Jeffries, Director of Emergency Services. “No county is safe when it comes to severe winds, flooding and damage that these storms bring. By planning ahead we can mitigate some of the damage and better prepare our community.”

Orange County has not been immune to hurricanes. During the latter half of the 20th century, three powerful late-season storms – Hazel (Oct. 15, 1954), Fran (Sept. 5, 1996), and Floyd (Sept. 16, 1990) – all left their marks on Orange County. Most recently, Hurricane Matthew resulted in flooding locally and more than $1.5 billion in damages statewide.

To encourage residents to prepare, Governor Roy Cooper has declared May 7-13 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. Orange County residents should take this time to review and practice their emergency plans.

“Preparing now before hurricane season begins, could make all the difference,” said Jeffries. “Making sure your family knows what to do, where to go and who to contact when disaster strikes will give you the peace of mind needed to survive a storm.”

Jeffries urges Orange County families and businesses to write down their plan and put copies of important documents, such as your driver’s license, insurance policies, medical records, and bank account statements, where they can be accessed in case of emergency. Assemble an emergency supplies kit that includes enough non-perishable food and water to last each family member three to seven days. Other essential items include:

  • First-aid kit
  • Weather radio and batteries
  • Prescription medicines
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Changes of clothes
  • Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant
  • Cash
  • Pet supplies including food, water, bedding, leashes, muzzle and vaccination records

Before a storm hits is the time to review and update homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policies to ensure they include coverage for damage, natural disasters and flood insurance.

Jeffries encourages Orange County residents to register for OC Alerts, the community emergency notification program provided by Orange County, the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and OWASA that provides text, email and phone messages during emergencies. Registration is free and available at

“Our County has come a long way in preparing for severe weather, but that doesn’t mean a storm won’t devastate our communities,” said Jeffries. “It only takes one storm to cause severe damage. Planning ahead is the best way to prepare for the dangerous threats posed by hurricanes and tropical storms.”

More information on hurricanes and overall emergency preparedness can be found on the ReadyNC mobile app and at

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