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Post Date:06/07/2018 8:30 AM
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2ND FRIDAY ARTWALK 

2nd Friday Art Walk

6-9 p.m. Friday, June 8

Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro/ East & West Franklin & Main St

The 2nd Friday ArtWalk is a great opportunity to experience the creative arts scene in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, explore venues, and socialize with other art lovers! Venues offer live music, food, activities, hands-on art demonstrations, discounts, and more. www.2ndfridayartwalk.com

2nd Friday at the Visitors Bureau
Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center / 501 W. Franklin Street Chapel Hill (919) 245-4320

Join us here at the Visitors Bureau for 2nd Friday Artwalk. This month's artists are Linda Prager, ceramics and paintings by Joan Vandermeer. Live music. www.visitchapelhill.org

 

 

The new TOWNweek is here!

www.townofchapelhill.org/townweek

 

SUMMER BLAST AT THE LIBRARY  

Here Comes Summer!

The Town of Chapel Hill provides fun, fit and cool things to do in summer – and most are absolutely free!

Countdown of the Top 10 Ways to Savor Summer in Chapel Hill

10. Summer Reading – From June 1 – August 15, readers of all ages can sign up for the Summer Blast Reading Challenge to get great prizes just for reading. You could earn a color changing cup, free books, and even library bumper stickers. Last year our community read for nearly 50,000 hours. Help set a new record!

9.  Fitness and Adventure – Join us as on a sunset paddle around Jordan Lake, or explore the sport of indoor rock climbing, and stay fit with a total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. For more info see www.chapelhillparks.org.

8. Spend Your Money on Beach Towels (not Bestsellers) – When you’re headed to the beach, take along books, e-books, audiobooks, movies, music and magazines – all available from the library. Did you know you can borrow up to 50 items at a time? 

7. Catch an outdoor Movie Under the Stars – We are happy to bring you a lineup of action packed, science fiction, family and superhero movies for your summertime enjoyment. Come at sundown around 8:30 p.m. for Thursday movies from June 7 to Aug. 16 atop the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St.

6. Explore More at Pritchard Park. A whole lot has been happening outside of the library. Discover the new natural play area, dig pit, hiking trails, pollinator garden, and musical instruments. Curious minds can also check out tools to learn about bugs, birds, trails, animal tracks, and more. 

5. Hike or Bike a Greenway – Chapel Hill features more than 25 miles of interconnected trails and greenways. The Bolin Creek Trail has been recently renovated and connected with the Tanyard Branch Trail. Learn more at www.TownOfChapelHill.org/Greenways.

4. Keep Learning – From language skills to one-on-one tutoring, the library can help you learn at your own pace. Choose from online services or materials that you can check out from the collection.

3. Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation’s Pickleball courts –  Pickleball is becoming America’s fastest growing new sport that combines fitness with friendship, humor, and laughter. A combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis (ping pong), pickleball is played with a tennis net, oversized ping pong paddles and whiffle-type balls. It’s a great game for people of all skill levels, ages and ability, we encourage everyone to come out and give it a try! 

2. Chill Out at a Cool Place – With free AC, free wi-fi, space to meet up or hang out, public art to enjoy, and even a coffee shop, the library is the coolest place in town. Come experience it for yourself.

1. Prepare to get WOWed by Fireworks! – One of the Triangle’s more prestigious events. Travel and Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill as a Top Ten best town for July Fourth! Enjoy Fireworks, a watermelon eating contest and good old fashion family fun. The gates at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Memorial Stadium open at 7 p.m., and free fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. For more info https://www.chapelhilljuly4fireworks.com/

Did You Know?

Each day during summer, Chapel Hill Public Library sees about 3,600 items fly off its shelves and 1,800 people through its door. That adds up to a 14 percent increase in both door count and circulation between June and August.

About 2,000 youth attend summer camps and athletic clinics at the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department. About 100 additional staff are busy serving the increased demand at camps, clinics and swimming pools. Taking pride in keeping our parks and greenways beautiful is a 25-staff member park maintenance team that mows, prunes and otherwise maintains 797 acres (another 141 acres are maintained by outside contractors).

 Which are your favorites? Reach us on Twitter @ChapelHillgov -- @chpublib -- @ chapelhillculturalarts -- @chparksrecreation or send an email to info@townofchapelhill.org

 

 

SUMMER BLAST AT THE LIBRARY  

The Summer Blast Comes to Chapel Hill Public Library

Chapel Hill Public Library’s summer season, the Summer Blast, is already off to a roaring start, with more than 500 people signed up for summer reading before the official start of the program. The community is invited to celebrate at the fifth annual Kickoff Party at 100 Library Drive  from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 8.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages people of all ages to read at least 20 hours. Participants will get their own color changing cup when they sign up, additional incentives after 10 hours, and even more prizes when they complete the challenge or go even further than 20 hours.

This familiar and fundamental program ensures that even when schools close for the season, young minds continue to grow and longtime readers continue to explore the joys of reading.

Karin Michel, Youth and Family Experiences Manager at CHPL says the benefit of participation goes beyond prizes. “Studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents the dreaded ‘summer slide,’ which is when kids lose knowledge they gained in the school year.” She adds, “We want to support and encourage recreational reading in the summer months because it has a significant and positive impact on student performance in school.” 

Summer Blast also includes 10 weeks of story times, book clubs, and special performances and activities, including Grey Seal Puppets, Rags to Riches Theatre, and free movie showings.

Summer Blast kicks off with a party on Friday, June 8 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Library. There will be special demonstrations and activities from, food trucks, interactive booths and games.

Parking will be limited. Families are encouraged to carpool, bike, or walk to the event. Overflow parking will be in the FastMed parking lot on Estes Dr. Chapel Hill Transit routes CL, D, and F all have stops near the library.

This celebration, and the entire Summer Blast, is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library. More details about programs and activities are available at chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/summer.

 

 

FUTURE LAND USE MAP 

Charting Our Future June 10-11

The Town of Chapel Hill’s Charting Our Future project will hold Show and Tell Sessions from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 10, and from noon to 1:30 pm and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 11, across from Alfredo’s Pizza Villa at University Place, 201 S. Estes Drive.

These Show & Tell Sessions will include workshops where planning and design ideas are generated and discussed by participants in order to knit together past planning efforts; provide cohesion between existing areas of development along major corridors; and look more closely as some of our gateways into Town.

On both June 10 and 11, enjoy pizza and enter drawings for gift cards to Silverspot Cinema.

Charting Our Future is a unique Town Project to hone the Future Land Use Map in the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, Chapel Hill 2020, and to rewrite the Town’s Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO). For more information about the Project, please visit ChartingOurFuture.info

More information at www.ChartingOurFuture.info

 

 

PEOPLES ACADEMY

Apply for Chapel Hill Peoples Academy

Chapel Hill community members -- including UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff -- are encouraged to apply for the Town of Chapel Hill Peoples Academy.

Applications are open through Aug. 31.

The Peoples Academy is a five-week, 10-class opportunity for people who live, work, study or play in Chapel Hill to learn, connect and lead. Participants will learn about Town services and jobs, connect with Town leadership and neighbors, tour Town facilities, and build leadership and communication skills. The Peoples Academy begins Oct. 4 and is held every Thursday and Saturday through Nov. 3.

Graduates will gain new knowledge and friends, and connect with opportunities for engagement in Town government. Childcare and transportation to and from sessions may be provided upon request.

The Peoples Academy is a 2016-2018 Council initiative with the goal (https://bit.ly/2GFTg7V) of improving civic understanding of Town services and increasing diversity in feedback provided to the Town. The objectives of the Peoples Academy are to:

  1. Illuminate the Town and its functions, engagement opportunities, communication channels to Town leadership and elected officials, and key issues facing the community;
  2. Encourage community leadership through key skill building opportunities; and
  3. Provide an opportunity for the Town to hear participants' perspectives on Town services and infrastructure.

The first annual Peoples Academy is open to 30 community members and 30 Town employees.

Apply now by visiting www.townofchapelhill.org/peoplesacademy or contact peoplesacademy@townofchapelhill.org. Paper applications as well as information and applications in Spanish, Karen and Burmese are available by emailing peoplesacademy@townofchapelhill.org.


 

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS 

Movies Under the Stars

Let the stars guide your family to a free movie with popcorn on Thursday nights this summer. The Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership are excited to announce the return of Movies Under the Stars - a free outdoor summer movie series on the Wallace Plaza in Downtown Chapel Hill. The series kicks-off on June 7th, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. with Spiderman: Homecoming. Moviegoers of all ages will enjoy free popcorn and fun activities with cotton candy and cold treats to purchase.

Movies Under the Stars continues through August with different themes each month. In June, audiences will see the superhero titles  Spiderman: Homecoming on June 7 and Wonder Woman on June 14. Dream of galaxies far, far away with recent Star Wars titles in July: Star Wars: Force Awakens on July 19 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi on July 26. Family-oriented films Coco and Beauty and the Beast are scheduled for August 9 and August 16. There is no charge for admission to the Wallace Plaza, which has space to bring your own blankets and chairs.

Arrive early to the Plaza, beginning at 7 p.m., for family-oriented games and activities, a movie-themed trivia contest for the first movie of each month, and a themed costume contest for the second movie of each month. Dust off your favorite costume and brush up on your trivia knowledge for superheroes in June, Star Wars in July, and Disney characters in August.

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 www.parkonthehill.com.

For more information, please visit www.downtownchapelhill.com/movies.

 

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Peter Krous Rowe
6/4/1940

Missing Person: Have you seen Peter Rowe?

The Chapel Hill Police Department is searching for Peter Krous Rowe, 78, of Chapel Hill who is believed to be a danger to himself.

Rowe is a white male with gray hair and blue eyes, of an average build, and is 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was last seen near Fordham Boulevard and Eastowne Drive driving a 2015 gray Honda Fit with license plate DMM4108.

If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Rowe, call 911 or the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760.

 

 

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New Parking Options, Meters

The Chapel Hill Police Department, which oversees parking in the town, has assumed management of the CVS Parking Deck—now called the Rosemary Parking Deck—and the Mallette parking lot, behind the Franklin Hotel. In addition, the installation of 60 new parking meters throughout downtown will be completed by the end of the month, upgrading to the latest technology.

We’ve made a lot of progress this year, and these steps are another giant step in the right direction for improving parking options and user experience,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety. “Parkeon provides best-in-class meter technology, and we’re excited to bring these features to our community.”

The Police Department, in partnership with the Town of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, and Rivers Agency, has been working hard over the past several months to improve the ease and accessibility of parking downtown. With all of the new Parkeon meters installed, will be able to experience easier and faster service while parking downtown. 

Parkeon pay stations have been installed in the Rosemary/Columbia lot as well as the Wallace parking deck, which are currently accessible. The final Parkeon meters are scheduled to be delivered and installed by the end of June. Parking spaces can be searched on the newly-redesigned ParkOnTheHill.com where reservations for parking spaces can be made. In addition, payments can be made for parking directly from a smartphone through the Parkmobile app, which is free to download.

The Rosemary Parking Deck is now utilizing Parkeon meters. The Mallette parking lot will only be accessible using the Park Mobile app.

Don’t miss out on the monthly Instagram Kissing Contest hosted by Park On The Hill for a $50 gift card by following @ParkOnTheHillCH on Instagram, using the hashtag #LotsToLoveContest, and posting a kiss with your dog, friend, partner or kids!

 

 

TRAFFIC CONES 

Lane Closure: Eubanks Road, Tuesday, June 12

A contractor for the Carraway Village project, Triangle Grading and Paving, will close one lane of Eubanks Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, to install a storm drain crossing.

Flaggers will direct traffic. Minor delays should be anticipated throughout the closure. If weather prevents the work, a rain date has been set for Wednesday, June 13.

Looking for Construction News?
Visit townofchapelhill.org/construction for access to the Town’s Development Activity Map and Report as well as links to external projects by UNC-Chapel Hill, OWASA, and others.

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.

 

RU BUS  

Possible Transit Delays on Ridge Road

UNC will host the NCAA Baseball Super Regional Games June 8-10. Chapel Hill Transit A, CCX, RU and U routes traveling along Ridge Road and Stadium Drive may experience schedule delays due to increased pedestrian traffic in this area. 

While every attempt will be made to maintain published schedules on these routes, Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to expect delays and allow extra travel time.

For questions concerning any of the information, please contact a Customer Service Representative at 919-485-7433 or email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org.

 

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News Release from Safe Kids North Carolina

Water Safety for Children

Safe Kids North Carolina offers tips to reduce child drownings in all bodies of water

As the summer swimming season kicks into full gear, Safe Kids North Carolina, a statewide program housed within the North Carolina Department of Insurance and Office of State Fire Marshal, is reminding parents and caregivers about important safety tips to reduce child drownings.

“On these warm summer days in North Carolina, many families will be drawn to activities near water,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, chair of Safe Kids North Carolina. “We want parents and caregivers to be particularly cautious and take steps to avoid any potential tragedies in swimming pools and other bodies of water.” 

Safe Kids Worldwide and Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program have released a new report highlighting the dangers of childhood drowning, with a specific focus on incidents that occur in lakes, rivers, oceans, and other types of open water.

Key findings of the research include:

  • Overall, an estimated 1,000 children drown in a single year, 70 percent of them between May and August.
  • An additional 7,000 children end up in the emergency room because of a drowning scare. That means a minimum of 150 families a week are impacted by a tragic or frightening event.
  • Most often those drownings take place in open water. A 10-year-old, for example, is three times more likely to drown in open water than in a pool. Older teens are more than eight times more likely to die as a result of an open water drowning than a pool drowning.
  • Boys are at greatest risk:Eight in 10 open water fatal drowning victims are males.
  • African American children are twice as likely to fatally drown in open water than their white counterparts. American Indian children are at even higher risk.

Between 2015 and 2016, there was a 14 percent increase in fatal drownings. The 1,002 drownings in 2016 (latest data available) was the highest number in five years.  Most of those drownings occurred in lakes, rivers, oceans, and other types of open water.

Safe Kids North Carolina reminds parents and caregivers to take the following precautions around the water:

LOCK – Homeowners should put up a fence that is at least 4-feet high around all sides of a pool or spa with a locking gate that closes and latches by itself. Homeowners should cover and lock pools and spas when they are not using them, and also remove or lock ladders to above-ground pools and spas when not in use.

LOOK – Adults and caregivers must always watch children — whether the children know how to swim or not — when kids are in or near water without being distracted by phone calls, text messages, reading or talking to others. If a child is missing, look in the water first.

LEARN – Children and adults should know how to swim. Adults should learn how to use rescue equipment and correctly choose and use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets. Caregivers should learn adult and infant CPR and teach children to never swim alone or swim near pool or spa drains.

For more detailed information about the water safety, go to safekids.org/water-safety or contact Safe Kids NC Director Shannon Bullock at 919-647-0081.

 

 

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Vacationing Away From Chapel Hill?

We can keep an eye on your property for you.

If you’re going to be away from Chapel Hill for an extended period over the summer, the Chapel Hill Police Department will keep an eye on your property.

“We saw a 38-percent reduction in residential breaking and entering cases during this past year’s winter break at UNC-Chapel Hill along with a 35-percent increase in house check registrations,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “We want you to have the peace of mind that while you’re away from your home, it remains safe and secure.”

A house check consists of an officer driving by your residence and checking for any signs that your property has been left unsecured or someone has tampered with it.

This service is offered year round and is free to any residents. Officers will not enter a property, unless there is a sign that it has been left unsecured or forcibly entered.

Additionally, there are a few things you can do while you’re away to limit opportunities to be taken advantage of.

  • Store valuables out of sight;
  • Lock all doors and windows (even if they’re on the second floor);
  • Set lights around the house on timers; and
  • Make sure your yard is maintained to appear as if someone has been by recently.

To receive this free service, complete a house check form at least 24 hours before you plan to be away. The form is available at townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/police/house-check-request.

If you have questions, contact Capt. Donnie Rhoads at drhoads@townofchapelhill.org or 919-968-2865.

 

 

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Street Resurfacing: Franklin Street, Columbia Street, Pittsboro Street, and Cameron Avenue

The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin summer street resurfacing the week of June 11 with major impacts to downtown Chapel Hill.

The following locations will be resurfaced this summer:

  • South Columbia Street (N.C. Highway 86) from Manning Drive to Franklin Street
  • Pittsboro Street from Manning Drive to Cameron Avenue
  • Cameron Avenue from Pittsboro Street to South Columbia Street
  • East Franklin Street from South Columbia Street to Pickard Lane

 

The work consists of adjusting manholes and valve boxes, installing new traffic signal loops, milling, resurfacing, and installing permanent thermo pavement markings, including high-visibility crosswalks in their current locations.

Initial work including adjustments and loop installations began Wednesday evening, June 6.

Work on East Franklin Street from Columbia Street to Boundary Street will take place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday with no work Friday or Saturday night. This was a conscious effort agreed upon by the Town and N.C. DOT staff to avoid daytime and nighttime weekend congestion downtown. East Franklin Street from Pickard Lane to the Eastgate shopping center will be resurfaced at a later date. That work will be done during daytime hours as it is within a mostly-residential stretch of Franklin Street.

All other work will be done between 9 a.m. and sunset Monday through Saturday.

These projects will be completed before move-in weekend at UNC-Chapel Hill (August 10).

Transit
These projects will not require any detours for Chapel Hill Transit or other Transit systems operating in this area. However, delays may occur, and some stops may be closed temporarily to allow the resurfacing to be completed in a timely manner.

Chapel Hill Transit route and schedule information can be found at chtransit.org and major updates are regularly posted to @chtransit on Twitter.

N.C. DOT Contact: Chris Kirkman, cdkirkman@ncdot.gov or 336 570 6830.

Looking for Construction News?
Visit townofchapelhill.org/construction for access to the Town’s Development Activity Map and Report as well as links to external projects by UNC-Chapel Hill, OWASA, and others.

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.

 

DOG ON BENCH

Orange County to Host Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Orange County Animal Services will host its next low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 9, 2018.  

These clinics ensure that cats and dogs are current on their vaccinations, while providing pet owners with substantial savings on rabies vaccinations. 

The clinic will offer 1-year and 3-year vaccinations for $10. Pet owners will need to have a previous rabies certification in hand to receive the 3-year vaccine. A tag alone is not sufficient. This upcoming clinic will take place on the following date:

Saturday, June 9, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Animal Services Center on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, NC  

Microchips will also be offered at this clinic for $35 each, including registration fees. Owners can choose to have a pet receive only a microchip, only a rabies vaccine, or both. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. 

For more information about Orange County Animal Services, including additional clinic dates and rabies vaccination clinic requirements, please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/animalservices or call 919-942-PETS (7387).

 

 

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News Release from OWASA

Sewer tests with non-toxic smoke the week of June 18

In the week of June 18-22, the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) will test its sewers in your neighborhood by putting non-toxic smoke into the sewers. (Weather or other conditions may delay the start or completion of our work.)

Impacted locations: (Bright Sun Place, Claris Court, Adrians Place, Westminster Drive, Black Tie Lane, Saluda Court, Edisto Court, Pitch Pine Lane, Blue Granite Court, Dixie Drive, Collums Road, Highland Drive, Stateside Drive, Buena Vista Way, and New Stateside Drive)

The purpose of the testing is to find locations where:

  • There are leaks or other openings in OWASA sewers and in private pipes that drain to our sanitary sewer system. Openings in our sewers will be corrected to help keep stormwater and groundwater out of the OWASA sewer system, which is designed to collect wastewater. If excessive stormwater or groundwater gets into a sewer, a wastewater overflow may occur. If a private sewer service line is missing the cap on the "clean-out" pipe or has other openings, we will contact the property owner. 
  • Storm drains are connected (improperly) to OWASA's sanitary sewer system.  
  • There are unauthorized connections to an OWASA sewer.

You may see smoke from OWASA's testing come out of plumbing system vent pipes above the roof of a house or other building. This is expected and does not indicate a problem in the plumbing system

The smoke from OWASA's testing should not get into the interior of a house or other building if there are no cracks, loose fittings/connections or other openings in the plumbing system.

However, smoke from the testing can get inside a building if there are cracks, openings, loose connections, etc. in the plumbing system, or if the "P-trap" under a sink, in a floor drain or in a toilet is dry.

If you believe a P-trap is dry due to lack of use, etc., please run water in the sink, flush the toilet or pour water in the drain to fill the P-trap. More information about P-traps

We are alerting the Police and Fire Departments about our testing.

If you have renters in the area where we will test our sewers, please share this information with them and/or ask them to contact us if they have questions or comments.

Contact: Ted Shaffer, Crew Supervisor, Distribution and Collection Systems, 919-537-4256 or tshaffer@owasa.org

 

 

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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.

 

 

Chapel Hill Police Encourage Vacationers to Complete House Check Requests (WCHL)

With the summer vacation season upon us, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue is encouraging citizens to once again inform the police of when their house will be vacant by filling out a house check form. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-encourage-vacationers-complete-house-check-requests

 

Do these Chapel Hill-Carrboro forests have to be harvested? Group offers options (The Herald Sun)

Towering hardwoods and shaded corners have long defined southern Orange County, but in recent years, residents have worried that the forest is disappearing. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article211896544.html#storylink=cpy

 

Chapel Hill Debating Amount of Tax Increase in Upcoming Budget (WCHL)

The Chapel Hill Town Council is working to finalize how much taxes will increase in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/chapel-hill-debating-amount-tax-increase-upcoming-budget

 

News Around Town: June 4 (WCHL)

News Around Town is a collection of local events and news stories around town that are highlighted on the radio. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/town-square/news-around-town-june-4

 

Summer Bringing Chapel Hill High School Renovations (WCHL)

The Chapel Hill Town Council recently approved an application for a special use permit modification, which is the final step toward beginning construction projects at Chapel Hill High School. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/summer-bringing-chapel-hill-high-school-renovations

 

One Week: Exploring Our ‘Hometowns’ (WCHL)

Exploring our ‘hometowns’ is an activity that has been continually present in my life thus far. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/town-square/one-week-exploring-hometowns

 

Funding not guaranteed for $2.4B North Carolina light rail (Construction Dive)

Revised language in the latest North Carolina state budget could prevent light rail projects like GoTriangle's 18-mile, $2.4 billion Chapel Hill-to-Durham line from obtaining both state approval and federal funding, according to GoTriangle. Read more: https://www.constructiondive.com/news/funding-not-guaranteed-for-24b-north-carolina-light-rail/524607/

 

Mildred Council, 89, reknown Southern cook (The Philadelphia Tribune)

Mildred Council, a slave’s granddaughter who opened a North Carolina restaurant that proved so successful she caught the attention of presidents, publishers and sports stars, died on Sunday, May 20 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Read more: http://www.phillytrib.com/mildred-council-reknown-southern-cook/article_1ae82946-7dac-5b1e-83e7-312aafa4fb51.html

 

IFC homeless shelter drops plan for extra cots, asks Chapel Hill for more time (The Herald Sun)

Neighbors' concerns have stopped plans to add more emergency cots to the IFC's homeless shelter and will keep the conversation about other proposed changes going this summer. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article211911384.html

 

Kids Keep Dying, Politicians Keep Dithering: Notes from Tuesday’s NC Town Hall for School Safety (Indy Week)

Greear Webb is tired of feeling unsafe at school. Read more: https://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2018/05/31/kids-keep-dying-politicians-keep-dithering-notes-from-tuesdays-nc-town-hall-for-school-safety

 

 

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