HOMEGROWN HALLOWEN

Homegrown Halloween: Tuesday, Oct. 31

The Town of Chapel Hill continues its preparation efforts for the night of Halloween (Tuesday, Oct. 31) with the focus on safety for people and property.

“We launch a massive cooperative effort to encourage safety at Halloween on Franklin Street,” said Town Manager Roger Stancil. “We are in this together – Town, University, students, businesses and residents – in support of our community and its many visitors.” Click here to read more.

Chapel Hill eNews

Post Date:07/20/2017 9:23 AM
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Up Front

 

Farmer's Market at Cedar Falls Park

RADISHES AT THE FARMERS MARKET

Stop by Cedar Falls Park, 501 Weaver Dairy Road, for fresh local produce from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 13. Read more.

Town-Sponsored Events

Transportation

Public Safety News

 

 

 

 

Up Front

 

 

 

TOWNweek has been posted!

www.townofchapelhill.org/townweek

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JEGHETTO PUPPET SHOW 

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

 

Jeghetto Family Puppet Show

Wednesday, July 26
2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr. Chapel Hill (919) 968-2777 

Jeghetto: Family Puppet Show - Join us for a family puppet show written and performed by master puppeteer Jeghetto and his son Tarin! This father and son duo will entertain with famous tales and newly written stories all with puppets made of recycled materials. Recommended for ages 4+ 2 shows, 2-2:45pm & 4-4:45pm. chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/

 

Movies Under the Stars

Thursday, July 27
8:30 p.m.
150 E Rosemary St Chapel Hill NC 

Tonight’s movie will be Cars. The Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership announce the FREE Movies Under the Stars summer series held outdoors on top of the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St. Movie-goers of all ages will enjoy free popcorn and fun activities. For more information, visit www.downtownchapelhill.com/movies.

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Streetscape 

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 info@townofchapelhill.org

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Chapel Hill Officials Consider New Purpose for Old Town Hall (Chapelboro.com)

The old town hall in Chapel Hill has hosted the homeless for years, but municipal officials are mulling over plans to repurpose the historic building. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/development/chapel-hill-officials-consider-new-purpose-old-town-hall

 

Two Residents Treated for Smoke Inhalation After Fire in Meadowmont (Chapelboro.com)

The Chapel Hill fire department responded to a residential kitchen fire at Meadowmont on Monday at 8:04 PM. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/fire/two-residents-treated-smoke-inhalation-fire-meadowmont

 

Chapel Hill Police Seeking Information on Three Armed Robbery Suspects (Chapelboro.com)

Chapel Hill Police are asking for public assistance locating three suspects involved in an armed robbery of a local convenience store. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-seeking-information-three-armed-robbery-suspects

 

July 17 Proclaimed “Ron Stutts Day” in Chapel Hill (Chapelboro.com)

The Town of Chapel Hill has officially proclaimed Monday, July 17, as “Ron Stutts Day”. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/july-17-proclaimed-ron-stutts-day-in-chapel-hill

 

Water Pipe Replacement on Hillsborough St (Chapelboro.com)

Routine maintenance on sewer pipes on Hillsborough St. will begin today. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/water-pipe-replacement-hillsborough-st

 

Chapel Hill Police Issue Alert as Unlawful Vehicle Entry Reports Mount (Chapelboro.com)

Larceny-theft rates are increasing along with average daily temperatures in Chapel Hill as thieves take advantage of summertime complacency among vehicle owners. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-issue-alert-unlawful-vehicle-entry-reports-mount

 

One Treated After Chapel Hill Residential Fire (Chapelboro.com)

One resident was treated for smoke inhalation after a structure fire Sunday afternoon in Chapel Hill. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/fire/one-treated-chapel-hill-residential-fire

 

Bank Robbery At PNC Bank Downtown (Chapelboro.com)

Chapel Hill Police are seeking your help as they investigate a bank robbery at the PNC Bank at 101 E. Rosemary Street on Friday afternoon. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/bank-robbery-pnc-bank-downtown

 

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Town-Sponsored Events

 

 

RADISHES AT THE FARMERS MARKET 

Farmers Market at Cedar Falls Park

thanks to Marin Lissy, age 12

A new seasonal farmer’s market is coming to Cedar Falls Park, 501 Weaver Dairy Road, on Sundays.

Local farmers will sell produce from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays beginning July 16 through Aug. 13.

Organized by Produce for Parks, the market is a collaborative community effort aimed at increasing access to healthy food in the community and to support local farmers.

Founded by a 12-year-old Chapel Hill youth, Marin Lissy, the market is co-sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, and funded by the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties. It is also supported by the Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market, Farmer Foodshare and several independent farms.

The mini-market is a trial initiative that provides another option for healthy eating to recreational park users and nearby residents of Cedar Falls Park. It combines recreation and fitness activities with access to healthy and local food choices.

According to Lissy’s website: “A park is a natural gathering place where people play and enjoy the outdoors. That means that we have a captive audience at and around the park to provide healthy food. We can also draw in people who live in the area. Cedar Falls Park is in an area that is considered a fresh food ‘food desert,’ meaning there is no grocery store within a one mile vicinity of the area.”

Learn more about the farmer’s market at http://produceforparks.wixsite.com/produceforparks or email produceforparks@gmail.com

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Transportation 

 

 

PARKING ON FRANKLIN STREET

#MeetDowntown and Enjoy Free Saturday On-Street Parking in July

On-street metered parking will be FREE on Saturdays in downtown Chapel Hill during the month of July. The dates are July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

How will you know?
About 200 spaces will be available; the meters will be bagged! These are all highly visible and desirable downtown parking spaces with convenient access for residents and visitors to shop, dine and enjoy the #SummerInChapelHill.

The three-hour limit for metered parking will be in effect and will be monitored. Parking at Town decks and surface parking lots is not included in the freebie offering. And remember…public parking is always free on Sundays!

Download the Park Mobile app (available at ParkOnTheHill.com), and you can pay for downtown parking directly on your smartphone.  For all downtown parking information visit ParkOnTheHill.com.

To make the downtown experience more enjoyable and accessible, the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership have worked together to design and implement parking promotions including this program for July. For questions please contact the Parking Services Department at 919-968-2760.

Looking for Traffic News?
Visit townofchapelhill.org/traffic. Did you know that traffic advisories may be sent directly to your email? Visit townofchapelhill.org/signup to sign up and check the box "Traffic Advisories." For assistance, contact us at info@townofchapelhill.org.

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. For more information, visit townofchapelhill.org/gettingaround. And, for a weekly digest of all Town news, sign up for Chapel Hill eNews at townofchapelhill.org/signup or by sending a request to info@townofchapelhill.org.

Are you on Twitter? Follow @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillPD and #CHTraffic for the latest traffic news.

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Chapel Hill Police Speed-Enforcement Initiatives

Travel with care and pay attention when driving, walking and biking.

As part of our ongoing effort to create and preserve a safe community in which to travel, the Chapel Hill Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch For Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of July.

Officers may issue information, warnings or citations for anyone for violating laws. Fines and court costs for these violations begin at $213.

Multiple officers will monitor the following areas (in addition to normal Chapel Hill Police patrol practices) to encourage and enforce safe behavior from everyone:

  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, West Rosemary Street and West Franklin Street

Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.

Getting Around
Chapel Hill is working to make the community safer for people who travel. Help us become a safer place to walk, bike, roll and drive. For more information, visit: townofchapelhill.org/gettingaround.

More Information
Looking for more Traffic News? Visit townofchapelhill.org/traffic. Did you know that traffic advisories may be sent directly to your email? Visit townofchapelhill.org/signup to sign up and check the box "Traffic Advisories." For assistance, contact us at info@townofchapelhill.org.

Are you on Twitter? Follow @ChapelHillGov, @ChapelHillPD and #CHTraffic for the latest traffic news.

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Public Safety News

 

 

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Tuesday, Aug. 1, is National Night Out

Neighborhoods throughout Chapel Hill are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 34th Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event Tuesday, Aug. 1. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Chapel Hill Police Department, will involve more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, more 38 million people are expected to participate in America's Night Out Against Crime. "Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party" remains a national theme. NNO 2017 corporate sponsors are Dietz and Watson, ADT, Kings Hawaiian, Associa and Ring.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in local anticrime efforts; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, residents in neighborhoods throughout Chapel Hill and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods will be hosting special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anticrime rallies.

We would like to encourage neighborhoods throughout Chapel Hill to help us celebrate NNO and send a powerful message about neighborhood unity, awareness, safety, and police-community partnerships by having an event in your neighborhood.

If your neighborhood would like to participate and/or would like a visit from an officer, contact Officer Robin Clark at rclark@townofchapelhill.org or 919-932-2929.

Go to nationalnightout.org for more information and some great pictures from past events.

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Put A Lid On It!

Do you know what to do if there’s a grease fire in your kitchen? Don’t throw water on it; put a lid on it!

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Not all fires are the same. If grease is involved, water or a blanket can cause the fire to spread. Keep a pot lid nearby, and if the fire is small and you won’t be harmed, slide a lid over the fire and turn off the burner. Leave the lid on until the pot or pan has had time to completely cool. Also, make sure you have a working fire extinguisher nearby. Kitchen fire extinguishers spray material that does not cause the oil to splash, which could cause the fire to spread. Check the fire extinguisher’s label for more information.

Here are a few other helpful safety tips to keep in mind when cooking:

  • Perform regular cleanings on and around your stove to prevent buildups that could fuel a fire;
  • Keep an eye on what you fry;
  • Be alert when cooking;
  • Keep things that can catch fire away from the cooking area.

For more tips, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/cooking.

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Residential Fire at 405 Meadowmont Lane, July 17

The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 8:04 p.m. Monday, July 17, at 405 Meadowmont Lane. The caller reported a fire in the kitchen.

Two residents were treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene.

The residents successfully extinguished the fire with a home fire extinguisher upon arrival of the first Chapel Hill Fire Department engine company. The fire was limited to the stove area. A second engine company assisted in evacuating the heavy smoke that was a result of the fire. In all, nine fire personnel were on scene and were assisted by the South Orange Rescue Squad.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation.

It is important to perform regular cleanings on and around your stove, including the fan hood. Grease can build up and provide fuel for a fire.

The National Fire Protection Agency has some helpful tips to keep in mind if you're involved in a cooking fire:

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

For more helpful information about cooking safety, visit: nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/cooking/safety-messages-about-cooking.

For more information, contact Ran Northam, community safety communications specialist, at rnortham@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-4878.

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Residential Fire at 304 Burlage Circle, July 16

The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 4:41 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at 304 Burlage Circle. The caller reported a grease fire that was spreading.

One resident was transported to UNC Hospitals for smoke inhalation.

When fire personnel arrived on the scene, the fire had spread up a wall and into the attic. Firefighters worked quickly and diligently to limit the damage. The fire was under control in less than an hour. All available Chapel Hill Fire units were on scene and assistance was provided by the Carrboro Fire Department and Orange County EMS. The South Orange Rescue Squad provided rehabilitation for the firefighters. The New Hope Fire Department provided coverage in town while resources were focused on this incident.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation.

The National Fire Protection Agency has some helpful tips to keep in mind if you're involved in a cooking fire:

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

For more helpful information about cooking safety, visit: nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/cooking/safety-messages-about-cooking.

For more information, contact Ran Northam, community safety communications specialist, at rnortham@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-4878.

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Chapel Hill Police Seek Assistance in Bank Robbery

The Chapel Hill Police Department is seeking assistance in the apprehension of a suspect involved in a robbery at the PNC Bank at 101 East Rosemary St. around 4 p.m. Friday.

The suspect is a 5-foot-10-inch black male in his 30s described as having a close-cropped or shaved hair and beard and a thin build. He was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, glasses, a red baseball cap turned inside out and brown work boots.

Witnesses said he left the side exit of the bank on foot and may have entered a dark grey newer model Honda Accord with tinted windows and a Texas license plate. The vehicle was last seen headed north on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

If you see the vehicle or person matching this description, do not attempt to approach; please call 911 immediately.

If anyone has information about this incident, you may also call either the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.  Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest. You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

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