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Post Date:07/27/2017 11:12 AM
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Up Front


Free Movies! 


The Town of Chapel Hill offers family-friendly movies. Movies Under the Stars will feature Cars on Thursday, July 27, at the Wallace Parking Deck, 150 E. Rosemary St. The movie will begin around 8:30 p.m.

Chapel Hill Public Library will show Moana at a Family Movie Matinee starting starting at 2 p.m. Friday, July 28.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Town Services


Public Safety News





Up Front




TOWNweek has been posted!





Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau


Carolina Science Cafe 

6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery, 100 East Franklin Street Chapel Hill (919) 929-8676 

Designed for adults, this program explores the science topics making national and international headlines and offers the chance to meet the experts behind the headlines. You don't need to register...just show up! The 2017 U.S. solar eclipse is tonight’s topic. Are you ready for the biggest astronomical event of the decade? On Monday, August 21, 2017, the United States (including the far southwestern corner of North Carolina) gets its first total solar eclipse visible from anywhere in the 48 states since 1979. What’s the science behind the cause of eclipses? What science can be done during eclipses? What will we see from Chapel Hill and where might you want to be on August 21st to make memories to last a lifetime?  




Bridge on Fan Branch Trail 

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



Target Store Opens for Business in Chapel Hill (

Local Races Heating Up as Filing Period Continues (

Chapel Hill Police Looking For Man Last Seen July 4 (

Developer plans 6-story apartment building beside Chapel Hill creek (Herald Sun)

Relief down the road for I-40, I-85 drivers if draft plan approved (Herald Sun)

Seventh-grade girl brings new farmers market to Chapel Hill (Herald Sun)

Bigger isn’t better. Chapel Hill apartment complex design prompts concerns (Herald Sun)

Target opens on West Franklin St
(Daily Tar Heel)




From Town Hall




Project Announcement: Chapel Hill Tire Mini Park

A mini park is coming in August to a public space in front of Chapel Hill Tire at 502 W. Franklin St. – near the northwest corner of W. Franklin and Roberson streets.

Activating the public space is an experiment led by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill with assistance from Chapel Hill Tire. Pocket parks are among the new ideas in the Town’s Downtown 2020 Work Plan to enhance visitor experiences and add green spaces in downtown.

The tiny park – about 20 by 70 feet – will include seating, bike racks and seasonal planters. Three bike racks will be installed in a corral in the street between the existing parking space and the curb; recycled tire planters will create a visual barrier between the seating area and the street; and sets of curved benches will fill the interior of the space. Summer campers from the Hargraves Center are painting many of the tires for the park.

The opportunity to create the mini park arose when the space opened up after last fall’s removal of a challenged street tree. The mini park is an experiment to determine whether the amenities are what people will use and enjoy.

Chapel Hill residents and visitors are invited to stop by and visit the mini park – and submit their input to





Town-Sponsored Events




Books Sandwiched In Meets Aug. 2

Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, for a discussion of How Does It Feel to be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi.

This book won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. Bayoumi, a professor at City University of New York, writes for prestigious journals, including the New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The London Review of books, The Nation, and more.His newest book, The Muslim American Life; Dispatches from the War on Terror (2015) also received awards.  

The title “How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?” comes from a question posed by WEB DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk (1903). In the book we meet seven young (in their 20s) Arab American men and women from Brooklyn, home to the largest number of Arab Americans in the United States. We discover through them problems they have faced or are facing; for example, government surveillance, workplace discrimination, warfare in their countries of origin, threats of vigilante violence, infiltration of spies and informants in their midst, and the disappearance of friends and/or family. We also learn how they cope and find meaning in their lives.

Books Sandwiched In is free and open to the public. You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book scheduled for discussion. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, this group provides copies of current titles, available at the circulation desk on a first come, first served basis. Selections for the year are chosen by the members and can be found on the Friends' web site at We hope you will join us. 



Who:       Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:     Books Sandwiched In Book Club - Free and Open to the Public

Where:  Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room C

When:  11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2

Book:  How Does It Feel to be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi.





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 or email





Tar Heel Downtown Brings the Spirit of Carolina!

Football season is here and it’s time to bring the Carolina game day spirit to the heart of downtown Chapel Hill! Come out and rev-up the season from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 on the Plaza at 140 West, prior to the season opening game-day when the University of North Carolina Tar Heels take on the California Golden Bears.

Tar Heel Downtown is a pep rally atmosphere and fan experience on Franklin Street, with a live outdoor concert featuring the sweet southern sounds of Kasey Tyndall, interactive games for kids and families, face painting, and more. The UNC Marching Tar Heels, cheerleaders, and of course...Rameses will be there too!

Hosted by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, UNC Athletics and the Town of Chapel Hill, Tar Heel Downtown is a very special event to our community. UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham says “Carolina Football Game Days are an opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate all that makes this Town and this University so special. Tar Heel Downtown will offer our students, alumni and fans a wonderful game day experience stretching all the way from Franklin Street to Kenan Stadium.”

As always, Chapel Hill is a bike and pedestrian friendly community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk whenever attending our great events. Find out more about this and other events by visiting  and!





Town Services




Registration for Fall Recreation Programs begins August 7

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation has released a Fall Program Guide, available online at Patrons may browse recreation programs and register online for a range of activities from Music and Arts Classes for youth,Youth and Adult Basketball Leagues to Outdoor Adventure, one of our newest offerings.

New to this year’s line-up are a Sunset Paddle on Jordan Lake, an outdoor adventure program that teaches the fundamentals of kayaking and canoeing including safety, equipment, paddling technique, and trip planning.

RESIDENTS (persons living in or owning property in Orange County or Chapel Hill town limits) may register beginning 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7; NON-RESIDENTS may register beginning 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14.

After a successful launch of the first Rodeo on Rosemary in March 2017, Rodeo on Rosemary returns for a 2.0 version. A partnership between Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Raleigh-Durham Mobile Food Association, Rodeo on Rosemary will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5.

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.

To sign up, patrons will have to create an online WebTrac account at to register for 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 at 200 Plant Road.

Click here for locations and contact information.

Our 20 page program guide 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








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Chapel Hill Transit to Make August Service Adjustments

Service changes begin Monday, Aug. 14

Chapel Hill Transit will add more service as part of its August service adjustments to increase reliability, meet ridership demands and improve connections to employment and retail centers. The increased service is being funded by the Orange County Transit Plan, which has been providing funding for transit service improvements for Chapel Hill Transit since 2013. These changes will take effect on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

More Bus Service

  • CW Route: adding AM peak trips (7:40–9:20 a.m.), 20-minute frequency, to ease overcrowding and increase travel options to/from Downtown Carrboro. Route will also begin operating both directions along Poplar Avenue and Davie Road.
  • NS Route: extending all evening trips (8:20–10:50 p.m.) to serve Southern Village Park and Ride and increasing frequency to Eubanks Park and Ride, to better serve employment, retail and residential centers along the route. 
  • Saturday V Route: adding a new Saturday route to serve Meadowmont, Downtown Chapel Hill, UNC Hospitals and Southern Village from 8:45 a.m.–5:14 p.m., 60-minute frequency. Route will not serve Highgrove Drive or Brookgreen Drive. 

Chapel Hill Transit will also implement some schedule and route adjustments effective Monday, Aug. 14. Chapel Hill Transit generally makes changes to its schedules in January, May and August, in response to ridership trends, changing traffic patterns and growth in the area.

Service Adjustments:

  • A Route: A-Limited morning trips will resume (7:14–9:44 a.m.). These trips operate in a loop between Hillsborough Street, campus and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and only operate when the University is in session. 
  • B Route: new campus route serving Baity Hill, UNC Hospitals and Fetzer Gym operating every 20 minutes from 7:40–8:56 a.m. and from 5–6:16 p.m. when the University is in session. 
  • CCX Route: adding additional evening trips (6:20–7 p.m.) to Chatham County Park and Ride to better accommodate late work shifts.
  • D and DX Routes: 
  • DX Route - Hours will be reallocated to the D route to improve frequency and meet ridership demands. Last day of service on the DX route will be Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.
  • D Route - adding additional AM peak trips (6:57–8:47 a.m.) to improve frequency and ease overcrowding.
  • HU Route: schedule will be adjusted to operate every 20 minutes during AM and PM peak hours.
  • J Route: route will remain on detour in Carrboro and will not operate along South Greensboro Street, due to planned construction activity in the area.   
  • NU Route: Weekday and weekend service will resume on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. 
  • T and Saturday T Routes: northbound trips will operate along Banks Drive to Weaver Dairy Road (East Chapel Hill High) to improve schedule reliability.
  • U Route: Weekend service will resume on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.  
  • V Route: will serve St. Thomas More on two AM (7:35 a.m. and 8 a.m.) and two PM trips (2:57 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.) on a trial basis. 
  • Safe Rides: Service will resume on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 and will operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings when the University is in session. 
  • Senior Shuttle: Elimination of Botanical Gardens bus stop due to low ridership.
  • EZ Rider will operate Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 11:17 p.m., Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 11:17 p.m. and Sundays from 10:38 a.m. until 11:17 p.m. (Premium Service will operate on a space-available basis from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

New schedules will be available at by Aug. 1, 2017 and printed schedules will be available on buses by the week of Aug. 7, 2017. NextBus predictions may be impacted by the service changes for the week following Aug. 14. Please refer to printed and online schedules during this time. 


Updating the Bus Fleet

With investments from our funding partners (Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) we have purchased and placed into service 16 new low-floor buses over the summer, retiring some of the oldest buses in our fleet. We have also placed an order for an additional six buses (five funded with Orange County Transit Plan funds) that will likely go into service in early 2018. We anticipate placing an order for additional replacement buses in 2017, as we continue our work to improve service reliability and comfort for our customers.      


Customer Service Improvements

Beginning on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, Chapel Hill Transit will begin testing all-door boarding and allowing customers to use buses going to/from the Transit Facility to reach destinations along a route.  

  • All-Door Boarding: Chapel Hill Transit will be testing all-door boarding for faster service on all weekday and weekend routes (not on Tar Heel Express or special event shuttles). Customers will be able to board the bus at any door (front or back), as it is safe to do so. The test is part of an effort by Chapel Hill Transit to decrease customer loading times at high-demand stops throughout the system.
  • Buses to/from Transit Facility: Chapel Hill Transit customers will be able to use select buses traveling to/from the Transit Facility to reach destinations along defined routes. These buses will have a special designation on their headsign and customers will be able to use these buses as they travel to/from the garage. Additional information on this service option will be issued in early August.

Please contact a Customer Service Representative at 919.485.7433 or via email at with any questions.





#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, and you can pay for downtown parking directly on your smartphone.  For all downtown parking information visit

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.

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




Public Safety News




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 or 919-932-2929.

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





Missing Person

The Chapel Hill Police Department is seeking assistance in locating a missing person.  Edward Joseph Sigel is a 76 years old.  He is 5’ 8” tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.  He has brown eyes and gray/white hair.  Mr. Sigel was last seen in the area of Sunstone Apartments on Conner Drive.  Friends have had no contact with Sigel since July 4, 2017.

If you see Edward Joseph Sigel or have any information about his whereabouts, please call 911 or the Orange County Communications at 919-732-5063.

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