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Housing Partners with UNC School of Social Work

UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Alex Lombardi had an aha moment shortly after she began working as an intern for the Housing Department.

Public housing neighborhoods in Chapel Hill are surrounded by student housing. But the communities and residents don’t really mix.

“In Chapel Hill, public housing is so well integrated, that many students are unaware,” she said. “When you’re a student you’re in a sort of bubble.”

Now Lombardi wants to get to know her neighbors – and it’s because of where she works. She is the first student from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in a new field instruction course based at the Town of Chapel Hill Housing Department.

Read more.

Chapel Hill eNews

Post Date:08/16/2017 9:10 AM
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Up Front

 

Solar Eclipse Live Stream

ECLIPSE

See a live stream of NASA's Eclipse Megacast from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at Chapel Hill Public Library. This stream provides coverage from 11 spacecraft, three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons and astronauts on the International Space Station. Read more.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Town Services

Transportation

Public Safety News

 

  

 

 

Up Front

 

 

 

TOWNweek has been posted!

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MUSIC AT HILL HALL 

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

 

Music at UNC

8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24

Hill Hall Auditorium, 145 East Cameron Ave Chapel Hill (919) 962-1039 

Admission: Free. The CD Release Party and Concert will celebrate a new work by Ann Millikan and her Violin Concerto from the Millikan Symphony, with Jennifer Curtis, violin, Susan Klebanow, conductor. music.unc.edu/  

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Celebrate the Saturday V Route on Aug. 19!

Join us for the inaugural trip of the Saturday V Route at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the bus stop at Harris Teeter at Meadowmont. The bus ride will last from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

The Saturday V route serves Meadowmont, Southern Village, UNC Hospitals and downtown Chapel Hill, operating every 60 minutes from 8:45 a.m. to 5:14 p.m. The service is funded by the Orange County Transit Plan. View the Saturday V route schedule and map.

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ECLIPSE

How will Eclipse 2017 affect you?

Monday’s solar eclipse will affect an estimated 500 million people across North America as the moon passes between the sun and the Earth. Chapel Hill will witness close to 95 percent of totality between 1:15 and 2:43 p.m.

The Morehead Planetarium has sold 5,000 tickets to its solar eclipse celebration. Traffic around the planetarium will be heavy around the time of the eclipse. Plan to seek alternate routes and give yourself extra time to travel in downtown Chapel Hill. See below for more travel-safety tips.

 

Do Not Look Directly at the Sun

NASA reports the only safe way to view the solar eclipse is with special solar filters. Dark sunglasses do not provide enough protection against ultraviolet rays. You may not feel pain when looking at the sun while long-term damage occurs, which may develop later as partial or full blindness.

NASA offers these safety tips for the 2017 Solar Eclipse:

  • Do not look directly at the sun.
  • Solar filters, or eclipse glasses, provide the only safe way to look directly at a partial or total eclipse. Make sure they meet the ISO 12312-2 standard.
  • Make sure the solar viewer or glasses include the manufacturer’s name and address.
  • Do not use solar glasses that are older than three years or have scratched lenses.
  • Do not use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses.
  • Do not look at an eclipse through an unfiltered camera viewfinder, telescope, binoculars or other optical device even with a solar filter. Those items magnify sunrays and can quickly damage the retina.

 

Eyes on the Road; Expect Delays

If you’re driving during the eclipse, the important thing to remember is focus. The sky may become darker during the eclipse, especially depending on cloud cover. You do not need special eyewear to drive or be outside, as long as you are not looking directly into the eclipse, which will be high in the sky and out of view of most drivers.

Do not attempt to view the eclipse while your vehicle is in motion. Take a moment to pull over in a safe location and view it with your protective eyewear (noted above).

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol offers these safety tips for driving around the time of the eclipse:

  • Do not wear eclipse glasses while driving.
  • Do not stop on the road.
  • Turn on your headlights.
  • Watch for people walking, rolling and biking along the road.
  • Do not drive distracted – park before attempting to capture the event.
  • Be patient.
  • Arrive early to your chosen destination.
  • Refrain from parking on the shoulder or median.
  • If involved in a collision with no injuries, remove vehicle to the shoulder and wait for authorities.
  • Please avoid calling 911 for non-emergency inquires.

 

More Information

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center: moreheadplanetarium.org/newsroom/all-news-releases/10-things-for-north-carolinians-to-know-about-the-eclipse

NASA: eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

North Carolina: nc.gov/eclipse2017

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Good Neighbor Initiative walk-around set for Aug. 21

Now in its 14th year, the year-round Good Neighbor Initiative encourages students who live off campus to meet their neighbors and work with them to build community and keep neighborhoods clean, safe and quiet. 

Starting at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, teams of UNC students, staff and public safety officers, Chapel Hill police officers and town staff members, community groups and other volunteers will meet at the Hargraves Community Center before fanning out into neighborhoods surrounding downtown Chapel Hill. The teams visit students and year-round residents in the Northside, Pine Knolls, Cameron-McCauley and Davie Circle neighborhoods, Carrboro’s Lloyd Broad community, and south of Forest Hills, including Dawes, Coolidge and Pine Bluff Trails, with information about community services, local ordinances and alcohol laws, and good neighbor practices. Residents also will be invited to the Good Neighbor Block Party at the Hargraves Center on Thursday, Sept. 14.

For a light-hearted video highlighting the initiative, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTuMZsOyAZk&list=PL57E89BF640577EC2. The two-minute video was produced by a UNC-Chapel Hill journalism class led by adjunct professor Bruce Curran and professor Richard Simpson, who also play leading roles.

Sponsors are the Town of Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill Police Department, Empowerment Inc., the Downtown Partnership, the Jackson Center, Town of Carrboro, Habitat for Humanity and several downtown businesses and community partners.

Media Contact: Aaron Bachenheimer, director of UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement, 919-843-5827.

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Chapel Hill Welcomes UNC-Chapel Hill Students

Classes at UNC-Chapel Hill resume on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Students will begin returning to campus on Friday, filling the streets and sidewalks.

Patience on the Roads During Move-In

It’s important to remember that a large number of students, including their families who are in town helping them get settled, are new to campus. They may not be confident yet in getting around town. Patience during this time will go a long way. The Chapel Hill Police Department schedules education safety initiatives in an attempt to help make it safer for people who walk, bike and drive. You can read more about this month’s initiatives at townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/11331/22.

Chapel Hill Transit to Make August Schedule Adjustments

Chapel Hill Transit will implement minor schedule 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.

The changes can be found at townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/11305/22. For more information, visit townofchapehill.org/transit.

Register Your Alarms to Avoid Unnecessary Fines

Public safety officials in the Town of Chapel Hill are also reminding its residents to register home and business alarms to avoid unnecessary fines.

Registering alarms is free and convenient with options for online registration at townofchapelhill.org/alarms or by calling toll-free 1-855-725-7107 to register by phone.

The Accidental Alarm Program aims to reduce the number of accidental alarm calls through a system of education, registration, and assessments for repeat accidental alarms. townofchapelhill.org/alarms.

Let’s All Be Good Neighbors

Now in its 14th year, the year-round Good Neighbor Initiative encourages students who live off campus to meet their neighbors and work with them to build community and keep neighborhoods clean, safe and quiet. 

Starting at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, teams of UNC students, staff and public safety officers, Chapel Hill police officers and town staff members, community groups and other volunteers will meet at the Hargraves Community Center before fanning out into neighborhoods surrounding downtown Chapel Hill. The teams visit students and year-round residents in the Northside, Pine Knolls, Cameron-McCauley and Davie Circle neighborhoods, Carrboro’s Lloyd Broad community, and south of Forest Hills, including Dawes, Coolidge and Pine Bluff Trails, with information about community services, local ordinances and alcohol laws, and good neighbor practices. Residents also will be invited to the Good Neighbor Block Party at the Hargraves Center on Thursday, Sept. 14.

For a light-hearted video highlighting the initiative, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTuMZsOyAZk&list=PL57E89BF640577EC2. The two-minute video was produced by a UNC-Chapel Hill journalism class led by adjunct professor Bruce Curran and professor Richard Simpson, who also play leading roles.

Sponsors are the Town of Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill Police Department, Empowerment Inc., the Downtown Partnership, the Jackson Center, Town of Carrboro, Habitat for Humanity and several downtown businesses and community partners.

Media Contact: Aaron Bachenheimer, director of UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement, 919-843-5827.

Parents of UNC-Chapel Hill Students

We know it’s hard to be away from your children. We want you to know that our public safety officials strive to keep everyone in Chapel Hill, including students, safe.

You can find all of this information at townofchapelhill.org, and follow the Town’s social media accounts: Twitter - @ChapelHillGov; Facebook.com/ChapelHillGov; Instagram @ChapelHillGov, and find us on Nextdoor. And, sign up for eNews at townofchapelhill.org/signup or send a sign-up request to info@townofchapelhill.org.

Franklin Street Prepares to Welcome New Chapel Hillians

The Town of Chapel Hill is making minor fixes along both sides of the 100 block of East Franklin Street in preparation of the incoming UNC students and their families.

Maintenance is being performed along the 100 block of East Franklin Street through Thursday, Aug. 17. The maintenance includes work to remove tripping hazards and otherwise beautify our downtown.

Bike Rack/Fix-it Station
A contractor for the Town of Chapel Hill will install a bicycle-on-bus demonstration rack and separate bicycle fix-it station at 144 E. Franklin St. near the Bank of America ATM and University United Methodist Church. Installation is scheduled through Friday, Aug. 11, weather permitting.

Pocket Park near Chapel Hill Tire
A mini park was installed in front of Chapel Hill Tire at 502 W. Franklin St. – near the northwest corner of West 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.

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

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ORANGE COUNTY BUS AD

Cows, horses turned loose on Chapel Hill, Carrboro streets

Cows and horses are loose on the streets of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, thanks to a partnership between Chapel Hill Transit and the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitor’s Bureau.

The design welcomes all to Orange County and highlights the rural farmland through a colorful photo taken at Chapel Hill Creamery and a bicycling group enjoying the countryside near the Bradshaw Quarry.

“We wanted all guests and locals to know that the county they work in, live in and visit has deep, beautiful roots in North Carolina’s agriculture industry,” said Orange County Commissioner and liaison to the Visitors Bureau, Penny Rich. “We are literally surrounded by farmland, natural beauty and open spaces.”

The county worked with the Visitors Bureau’s advertising agency, Clean Design, to capture the beauty of the county and introduce a burst of color on the streets of Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Transit services in Chapel Hill are provided through a partnership of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill Transit offers transit advertising as a source of revenue to help offset system operating costs. Advertising is sold on the exterior and interior of all fixed route buses.

Paolicelli said costs were minimal due to a contract for creative services the Visitors Bureau maintains with Clean Design.  The town of Chapel Hill offered the space at cost, as part of an annual contract with the Visitors Bureau to increase tourism.

Any production costs will come from the hotel occupancy tax levied on tourists staying in Orange County hotels.

“Transit advertising is an important medium for reaching an audience of all ages, backgrounds and incomes,” said Brian Litchfield, Director of Chapel Hill Transit. “You are not just addressing riders with these ‘moving billboards.’ You are reaching families and professionals in their vehicles, students on and off campus, and tourists finding their way around town.”

“We are always happy to showcase Orange County’s beauty,” said Mark Dorosin, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, “and today, concern for the environment and the popularity of programs such as Park-and-Ride has caused a wide range of business professionals, teachers, college students, and many other types of workers to leave their vehicles in mall parking lots and ride the bus to and from their jobs. We hope they enjoy a sense of the country while being reminded of our rural beauty.”

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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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50 at 50 - August 11 (NC Recreation and Park Association)

A short trip on I-40 led me to Chapel Hill for this week’s blog. The Town of Chapel HIll is 23.1 square miles and home to the University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill has 16 parks providing about 1000 acres for active and passive recreation and preserved open space. I had the pleasure of visiting parks with Parks and Recreation Director Jim Orr and Assistant Director Linda Smith. In addition to the visit to Umstead Park, I got to explore Bolin Creek Greenway. Read more: http://ncrpa.site-ym.com/blogpost/1227907/282624/50-at-50--August-11

 

Chapel Hill, Carrboro Mayors Sign Letter to President Trump Supporting DACA (Chapelboro.com)

Mayors from Chapel Hill and Carrboro are among more than 100 mayors and county officials from across the country encouraging President Donald Trump to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/national/chapel-hill-carrboro-mayors-sign-letter-president-trump-supporting-daca

 

Chancellor Folt Requests Initiative to Bring More Art to Chapel Hill (Chapelboro.com)

You can expect to see a lot more art around Chapel Hill soon, but not just in Ackland Art Museum and Memorial Hall. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/arts/chancellor-folt-requests-initiative-bring-art-chapel-hill

 

No Injuries Reported in Residential Chapel Hill Fire (Chapelboro.com)

No one was injured after Chapel Hill Fire crews were called to a residential structure fire Tuesday. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/fire/no-injuries-reported-residential-chapel-hill-fire

 

Mayor: Chapel Hill 'will not tolerate hatred, bigotry, racism or violence' (Chapelboro.com)

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger is joining the chorus of local officials in “denouncing white supremacy, neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate which have no place in a democratic society.” Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/mayor-chapel-hill-will-not-tolerate-hatred-bigotry-racism-or-violence

 

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From Town Hall

 

 

 

PAM HEMMINGER 

Message from Mayor Pam Hemminger to the Chapel Hill community:

On behalf of all people of Chapel Hill, I want to extend our deep sympathies to every one of the victims of Saturday’s horrific events in Charlottesville.

We stand steadfast behind Mayor Michael Signer and the city of Charlottesville in denouncing white supremacy, neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate which have no place in a democratic society.

Our sympathies are heightened by the knowledge that Charlottesville is so much like Chapel Hill, a distinguished university town that prides itself upon diversity, inclusion, and openness of thought.

Recognizing that we may not be immune from such an assault upon our own community for upholding the values that we share, it is important to make it clear that, although we support First Amendment rights, we will not tolerate hatred, bigotry, racism or violence.

In the days since the tragic incidents in Charlottesville, our law enforcement officers and Town staff have been working closely with the University to be prepared should a similar event occur in Chapel Hill.
We are taking necessary steps to protect the safety and well-being of our community, which at this time of year is welcoming students for the fall semester from all over our state, our nation and the world.

I am confident that Chapel Hill will stand united, working together to demonstrate our commitment to respectful civic discourse as a way of moving forward on the important issues that lay before our town and our nation.

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PAM HEMMINGER

Mayor Hemminger Participates in National Call to Continue DACA and Support America’s Dreamers

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger is among more than 100 mayors and county officials from 35 states who issued a letter today to President Trump calling on him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program until a legislative solution is enacted for all undocumented immigrant youth, otherwise referred to as Dreamers.

Many cities have embraced the DACA program, and DACA has in turn provided thousands of residents with the opportunity to pursue higher education, career goals, and give back to the country they call home. Cities and counties have supported DACA applicants and recipients through investments in legal services, outreach efforts to eligible youth, and easing access to school records and public documents for prospective applicants. These contributions have helped nearly 800,000 individuals obtain DACA and give back to their communities:

  • DACA recipients serve our localities in all kinds of critical roles—including medical professionals, teachers, and even municipal employees.
  • 1.3 million young undocumented immigrants enrolled or immediately eligible for DACA contribute an estimated $2 billion a year in state and local taxes.
  • This includes personal income, property, and sales and excise taxes. DACA-eligible individuals pay on average 8.9 percent of their income in state and local taxes.

The mayors who have signed on to today's letter to the President are part of Cities for Action, a coalition of over 150 cities and counties, representing over 55 million residents, leading on immigration action through federal advocacy and local programs.

To access quotes from signatories and the full text of the letter, visit http://www.citiesforaction.us/release_2017_08_14

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OPEN2BIZ

Calling All Chapel Hill Young Professionals and Millennials

Join Us for a Marketing Research Project

The Economic Development Office seeks participants to assist on a research project to be held on Monday, Aug. 21.

The Town of Chapel Hill Economic Development Office seeks participants on a research project to be held on Monday, Aug. 21, at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

You share your ideas, and enjoy meeting with others over breakfast or lunch. Two sessions will be held from 8 to 10 a.m., and from noon to 2 p.m.

The core focus of the Commercial Development Strategy is to build the Chapel Hill commercial tax base and support sustainable job growth. A component of this effort has included storytelling- spreading the word about the great things happening in Chapel Hill, as well as our high quality of life and strong, innovative economy.

In order to better tell the Chapel Hill story, we need to complete some market research. We are looking to engage two informal focus groups of millennial/young professionals, and post-doc professionals to better understand our strengths and opportunities in recruiting (and retaining) a talented and diverse workforce.

 

REGISTER

The 8 a.m. time registration is: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/market-research-post-docs-and-millennials-tickets-36745465677  Breakfast will be served.

The 12 p.m. time registration is : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-market-research-post-docs-and-millennials-ii-tickets-36786142342Lunch will be served.

The sessions should last approximately 2 hours and will give you an opportunity to share your thinking about Chapel Hill. Be sure to register by clicking the above links.

If you know others that might desire to participate, please feel free to forward this email. We have limited each group to a maximum of 25 per group to make sure we gather good information and participants have a chance to be engaged.

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EPHESUS FORDHAM DESIGN GUIDELINES 

Tell us about your vision for architectural design in the Ephesus/Fordham District

The Town of Chapel Hill has initiated a Design Guidelines effort to create a consistent and cohesive aesthetic for the Ephesus/Fordham District – located around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and US 15-501 or Fordham Boulevard, a gateway to Chapel Hill.

This work builds on other recent improvements that enhance greater walkability and open space in the Ephesus/Fordham District. As part of the public outreach for this project, Town planners are gathering public input on how to build the Design Guidelines document.

You are invited to take a brief survey by visiting the project web page at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/chapel-hill-2020/future-focus-areas/the-ephesus-fordham-district/form-based-code/ephesus-fordham and clicking on the survey launch button. All public input will be compiled to support the drafting of the Design Guidelines document, which will be available for public review in fall 2017. The survey will be open through Sep. 10, 2017.

The Design Guidelines project is considering a range of building and site design techniques http://www.townofchapelhill.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=36535 that could be applied to the Ephesus/Fordham District. This survey will gather your input on the effectiveness of these techniques by showing concepts and example images. The survey also explores the importance of various design topics that have been suggested by community members, and asks for your thoughts on what makes Chapel Hill’s design character special.

The Ephesus/Fordham District www.townofchapelhill.org/EF is an area of Chapel Hill comprised of older shopping centers located on high-volume roadways. The Town of Chapel Hill has applied a Form-Based Code to the District with the goal of transforming this area into a mixed use district with a pleasant walking and biking experience. Under the code, all applicants must receive a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Community Design Commission http://www.townofchapelhill.org/advisoryboards

The addition of Design Guidelines for Ephesus/Fordham is intended to provide further guidance to applicants in preparing projects for the Community Design Commission's review. These guidelines will also establish a set of review criteria for the commission to use in determining the appropriateness of design proposals.

For more information and to take the survey, visit http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/chapel-hill-2020/future-focus-areas/the-ephesus-fordham-district/form-based-code/ephesus-fordham

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NEIGHBORHOOD

Public Comment on Community Development Block Grant Funds

Residents are invited to review and comment on the FY 2016–2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). This report details the progress in carrying out the FY 2016–2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Plan as well as the performance in meeting the overall priorities and objectives. All comments received will be recorded in the final document. The official 15-day comment period is Aug. 15, 2017 through Aug. 30, 2017. Written comments may be addressed to: Renee Moye, Community Development Program Manager, Office of Housing and Community, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or may be emailed to cdbg@townofchapelhill.org.

A copy of the draft document will be available for public review and comment at the following locations:  

  • Online at http://tinyurl.com/TOCH-CDBG
  • Town of Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Este aviso está disponible en español o en otro idioma bajo petición. Por favor, contacte a Edward Barberio al teléfono 919-969-5058 o dirección: 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

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Town-Sponsored Events

 

 

 

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 www.tarheeldowntown.com  and townofchapelhill.org/festivalsandevents!

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Town Services

 

 

 

TENNIS SERVE 

Ephesus Park Tennis Courts Closed Aug. 18-25

The Town of Chapel Hill is nationally regarded for its quality of life. Public parks and recreation are the gateways to a healthier, more livable community. In addition to our parks, trails, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation offers a myriad of recreation programs and cultural activities for all ages and social backgrounds.

In an effort to improve and maintain our tennis facilities, Ephesus Park tennis courts will be closed Aug. 18-25 for a resurfacing project.

Other courts available for play include:

Cedar Falls Park (6 courts)
501 Weaver Dairy Road (across from East Chapel Hill High School) 

Hargraves Center Park (4 courts)
216 North Roberson Street

Oakwood Park (1 court)
20 Oakwood Drive

Phillips Park (4 courts)
Phillips Middle School
606 North Estes Drive

To learn more about sponsored tennis programs with Chapel Hill parks and Recreation, BROWSE our programs and REGISTER online.

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Transportation 

 

 

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Expect Transit Delays Aug. 21 Due to Solar Eclipse Events

Chapel Hill Transit routes may be delayed on Aug. 21 due to heavy traffic around downtown for solar eclipse events.

Chapel Hill Transit will operate regular weekday routes and schedules on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. All routes could experience delays due to heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic around downtown Chapel Hill and the University campus area for planned solar eclipse events between 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Chapel Hill Transit will make every attempt to maintain schedules but is advising customers to expect delays and to allow extra travel time. Any delays will also impact NextBus predictions for the routes. Chapel Hill Transit will provide updates on www.chtransit.org and our social media accounts (Facebook: facebook.com/chtransit and Twitter: @chtransit).

For specific schedule information, please visit www.chtransit.org, email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.

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STREET PARKING 

Free On-Street Parking at Carolina Square

Nineteen parking spaces were opened this week with the completion of the sidewalk in front of the Carolina Square project on West Franklin Street. From now until December, those spots are free for up to three hours.

The Town of Chapel Hill will install new on-street parking meters town-wide in December. At that time, these 19 spaces will be metered and charged the standard on-street rate.

For more information about parking in Chapel Hill, visit parkonthehill.com.

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 August.

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:

  • 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, Franklin Street
  • 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, NC Highway 54 and South Columbia Street
  • 6-8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, Raleigh Road and US Highway 15-501

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.

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TRAFFIC BARRELS

Lane Closed: Willow Drive near Connor Drive

Willow Drive will be reduced to one lane in either direction while a sidewalk is installed near University Place.

A contractor for the Town of Chapel Hill on Saturday, Aug. 19 will begin installing a sidewalk along the northwest side of Willow Drive (near University Place) from the Bank of American entrance to Connor Drive. This construction will complete the connection of sidewalk in the area, removing the need to cross Willow Drive. This project is being funded by voter-approved bond money.

Willow Drive will be reduced to a travel lane in either direction without a center turn lane. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, weather permitting.

The project will begin on Saturday, Aug. 19 with the removal of seven trees along the project site. Those trees are scheduled to be replaced this fall.

 

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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Public Safety News

 

 

Fire Truck Engine 31 

Residential Fire: 313 Country Club Road | Aug. 15, 2017

The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 10:11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 313 Country Club Road. The caller reported smoke coming from an outside wall.

There were no injuries.

A contractor for the resident was cleaning the deck of the house using a pressure washer when water appeared to cause an arc on an electrical wire. Thanks to swift work by firefighters, they were able to prevent the fire from spreading beyond a small point in the outside wall.

Three engine companies totaling nine fire personnel were on scene.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation.

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RICHARD DONNELL MANGUM

Police Make Arrest in Attempted Abduction

On Aug. 16, 2017 at 12:04 p.m., the Chapel Hill Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious person at 1510 E. Franklin St (Montessori Academy).  The caller reported that a man had walked to the fence around the school and was threatening to physically harm students.  The man then grabbed two students and tried to pull them over the fence.  Teachers quickly intervened, stopped the incident, and the man fled the area.  Officers stopped the man a short distance from the school (near Walgreens) where he was placed under arrest. 

We have charged Richard Donnell Mangum(48) of Chapel Hill with 2 misdemeanor counts of Simple Assault, 2 misdemeanor counts of Communicating Threats, and 2 felony counts of Child Abduction.  He is being held at the Orange County Jail under a $40,000 secured bond.  His first appearance is at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2017.

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