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Post Date:08/24/2017 8:42 AM
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Up Front


Tar Heel Downtown

PHOTO Marching Band at Tar Heel Downtown

Cheer on the Heels before the first home game of the 2017 football season from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 at the Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St.! Featuring live music, fun activities for the whole family, UNC cheerleaders and marching band, and Rameses! Read more.

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


Paperhand Puppet Intervention "Of Wings and Feet" 

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25

Forest Theatre, 123 S. Boundary St., Chapel Hill

Admission: Tickets $15, $8 Kids, Suggested Donation. 18th Annual Show, "Of Wings and Feet." All shows begin at 7 p.m. with a 6:20 p.m. pre-show. Tickets are only available at the door. No pre-sale tickets. General admission.





Deadline Extended for Public Library’s Call for Artists

The deadline for artists to submit works to the Banned Books Trading Cards Project at Chapel Hill Public Library has been extended by one week to Tuesday, Sept. 5. The extension allows families returning from vacation and students arriving on campus to take part in the project.

Now in its 5th year, the project invites local artists of all ages and stages to create small works of art that celebrate the freedom to read, raise awareness of the dangers of censorship, and promote local art. Details of the project can be found at

Artists of all ages from Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham and Alamance counties may enter any piece that is inspired by a piece of literature that has been banned or an author whose work has been challenged. All submitted works will go on display during Banned Books Week, September 24– September 30. Winners receive a cash prize. A Youth winner will also be chosen.

The size of the submission is limited to 5 inches x 7 inches, but that is one of the only restrictions.  Any medium is welcome - watercolor, mixed media, digital, pen and ink, etc. - and artists of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Details and a submission form are available at





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



Launch Chapel Hill Levels Up With Exits, Expansions & New Space (

Six are women, one a high school senior and three are professors at UNC-Chapel Hill. Read more:


Ephesus-Fordham District Renamed (

Chapel Hill’s Ephesus-Fordham District is being renamed the Blue Hill District. Read more:


Chapel Hill Mayor to UNC: Move Silent Sam (

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger is formally asking UNC Chancellor Carol Folt to begin the process of appealing to remove Silent Sam from the UNC campus. Read more:


UNC study shows that 41 percent of N.C. towns have declining populations (The Chronicle)

The demise of “Small Town USA” may be imminent, suggests a recent North Carolina demographics survey. Read more:


Chapel Hill mayor asks UNC to remove Silent Sam (The Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill mayor Pam Hemminger sent a letter to Chancellor Carol Folt asking UNC to take down Silent Sam — a monument to Confederate soldiers on UNC's campus. Read more:


Group warns of early drinking (ABC 11)

Heading back to school for a new year means new books, new clothes and new lessons for your children. One of the lessons the Campus and Community Coalition wants to help them learn is the danger of starting to drink too early in life. Read more:





From Town Hall




Community Comes Together for Conversation about Underage Drinking

News Release from the Campus and Community Coalition

Families in the Chapel Hill-Carborro City Schools received a letter on Friday, Aug. 18, about a campaign encouraging families to talk with their children about substance use. The health education and prevention campaign is a partnership between CHCCS and the Campus & Community Coalition, whose members include the Town of Chapel Hill, the Orange County Health Department, UNC Chapel Hill, and the Orange County ABC Board.

Based on research showing that parents are the number one influence on their children’s decisions about alcohol, the evidence-based campaign provides families with tools, resources and support to have critical conversations about this important topic.

Young people who begin drinking before the age of 15 are six times more likely to develop alcoholism or have problems with alcohol later in life when compared to those who wait until turning 21. Communication is key to prevention, and essential in building and sustaining positive relationships with children. The goal for this campaign is to make alcohol-related harms, along with underage drinking, part of a community conversation, and to help facilitate discussions among families.

Campaign information will come in three waves throughout the fall, and will be distributed and available in a variety of mediums, including online/social media and printed materials. The campaign is also working with the PTA, community organizations, and other partners to share and distribute these resources.



If you would like to cover the campaign as a series, below is the schedule for the fall





Letter from CHCCS Superintendent and Campus & Community Coalition (CCC) funders

Introduce campaign


CCC hosts Talk It Out NC to launch the next phase of their statewide parent education campaign

Talk it Out NC launch, introduce Chapel Hill campaign and CCC

9/14 - 9/26

Why talk with your children about alcohol?

  • Families have an impact on children’s decisions about alcohol
  • Parents deserve to have a say in children’s decisions
  • It’s not if, but when children will have to make decisions about alcohol
  • Alcohol has significant impacts on adolescents’ developing brains


How to talk with your children about alcohol

  • Create opportunities for open and honest conversation
  • Have developmentally appropriate conversations with your children at different ages
  • Kids pay attention to the adults around them—adults can monitor their behavior around alcohol


Mental health, social media, and alcohol use

  • Social media can make it feel like “everyone” is drinking, but in reality, we know that’s not true
  • Some adolescents use alcohol to cope with mental health struggles, but alcohol impedes one’s ability to cope


Scarlett Steinert | Director of Athletics and Healthful Living, CHCCS | 919-967-8211 ext. 28284
Elinor Landess | Director, Campus & Community Coalition | 919-928-5735
Jim Wise | Student Assistance Program Specialist, Chapel Hill High School | 919-929-2106 ext. 41270
Donna King |Director, Health Promotion and Education Services, Orange County Health Dpt. | 919-245-2449
Jim Heugerich | Ombuds, Town of Chapel Hill | 919-538-5483





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

Town planners are gathering input on design guidelines for the Ephesus/Fordham District. Take a survey and let us know what you think.
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 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 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 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

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





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  and!





Books Sandwiched In Meeting Sept. 6

Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 am. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, for a discussion of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank with a forward by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Each September Books Sandwiched In discusses a book that has been banned at some point since its creation, as was The Diary of Anne Frank.

This later edition of the beloved classic contains entries from the 25 trying months of the family in hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Anne Frank received a blank diary for her thirteenth birthday, just weeks before they went into hiding. She filled it with her personal entries of claustrophobic, quarrelsome intimacy with her parents, sister, a second family, and elderly dentist who has little tolerance for Anne’s vivacity. The diary has vivid grubby details of the wartime struggles and candid discussions of emotions familiar to teenagers. Her later entries reveal her compassion and spiritual depth. Just 15, Anne died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945. This is a moving and eloquent document of the Holocaust.

Books Sandwiched In 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.

For additional information, please contact: Martha Brunstein - (919-402-8964)



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:     Wednesday, September 6 – 11:30am

Book:     The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Bantam Mass Market Paperback 1993)





Big Book Sale Sept. 8-10

Summer is almost over and there’s no better time and place to restock your personal book shelves and maybe even start your holiday shopping than the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library BIG Book Sale. The sale begins on Friday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. (members only – new members may join at the door). The sale will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 and will wrap up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 with a bag sale—bring your own bag and fill it for $5.

Whether you’re a fiction lover or prefer non-fiction or just like to treasure hunt for old favorites, you will want to be at the Big Book Sale. We have an abundance of science/math/medicine, US and world history, classics, performing arts and entertainment, and crafts and hobbies as well as children’s books and even more than the usual number of art books. We also have a selection of books from the William and Ida Friday collection.

Prices for children’s and mass market paperbacks start at 50 cents and most books are priced at $3 or less.

Come early and often and browse to your heart’s content. The Friends Book Store on the lower level of the Library will also be open during Big Book Sale hours with many of those books at special sale prices.

For additional information, please contact Martha Brunstein - (919-402-8964)



Who:      Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:    Big Book Sale

Where:  Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Rooms A, B, C and D

When:  September 8, 9 & 10

             Friday          3-5:30 p.m.         members only – join at the door – registration starts at 1:30 p.m.
             Saturday     10 a.m.-5 p.m.     free and open to the public
             Sunday       11 a.m.-3 p.m.     bag sale – bring your own bag - fill it for $5



Town Services



Fleet Management Team 

Labor Day Holiday

Most municipal offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of Labor Day.

RESIDENTIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No trash collection Monday. Monday routes will be collected Wednesday, Sept. 6. Tuesday trash collection will not be affected.

CURBSIDE RECYCLING: No change in schedule.

COMMERCIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No trash collection Monday. Monday’s trash will be collected by the end of the week.



CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will not operate.

HOUSING: Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call 919-968-2855.

CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY will be open 1 to 5 p.m.

PARKING SERVICES: The Parking office will be closed. On-street parking meters will be free.

PARKS AND RECREATION: The Plant Road office will be closed.

For more information on Town Holidays, visit        








Chapel Hill Transit Introduces New Daily Parking Option at Park and Ride Lots!

Chapel Hill Transit has partnered with Parkmobile USA, Inc. to bring an easier and more efficient parking service at designated Park & Ride lots (Eubanks, Carrboro Plaza, Southern Village, and Jones Ferry). Customers can now pay for parking by using Parkmobile’s mobile application for the iPhone, Android, Windows, and Blackberry smart phones.

Customers have the choice to use either the current meter or the new Parkmobile app. Daily parking fee is $2. The fee is in effect 4 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Current Status:

The system is live and available for the customers to use. If customers have questions about using the service, they should contact Parkmobile at 877-PARK-HLP (877-727-5457).


Parkmobile Zones

  • 8801 Eubanks P&R
  • 8802 Jones Ferry P&R
  • 8803 Carrboro P&R
  • 8804 Southern Village P&R


How It Works:

  1. PARK - Look for the Parkmobile sign or sticker (it’s bright green!) and identify your 4-digit zone number.
  2. PHONE - Once registered, use the Parkmobile app to enter in the zone number listed on the sign to start a parking session.
  3. GO – Confirm your session is active and that’s it! And just to make life easier, you can opt-in to receive a notification 15 minutes before your parking session is set to expire.



To use the new Parkmobile system, customers can register for free at or download the mobile app. Once registered, use the mobile app, the internet, or a toll free number (located on the Parkmobile signs or meter stickers in your parking area) to pay for parking. After setting up the account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone.


For more info, see:

Get the app now!

Parkmobile Contact Information:
Phone: 877-PARK-HLP (877-727-5457)
Visit Parkmobile Knowledge Base  or click the “Help” tab.

Park and Ride Lots and Routes:
For any questions, please call customer service at 919-485-RIDE or visit




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Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina versus California Football Game Sept. 2

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, for the North Carolina football game against California, scheduled for 12:20 p.m. at Kenan Stadium. Shuttles will begin at 9:20 a.m. from the Friday Center and Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) park and rides, and 10:50 a.m. from the Southern Village and Jones Ferry Road park and rides.

Shuttles drop off and pick up on South Road at Carmichael Auditorium and Woolen gym. The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the park and rides and Kenan Stadium. The shuttles will operate for forty-five (45) minutes following the game. Shuttle rides are $5 for a round-trip or $3 for a one-way trip. Park and ride permits are not required during Tar Heel Express events.

For additional information on Tar Heel Express, please visit Chapel Hill Transit's website at, email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.





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:

  • 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:

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




Public Safety News




We Won’t Ask for Money to Clear a Charge

The Chapel Hill Police Department has received calls claiming scammers are posing as the Chapel Hill Police Department and other agencies requesting money to clear criminal charges from their record. These calls should be considered fraudulent and should be reported to us immediately.

When the Chapel Hill Police Department contacts individuals, we do not ask for money, gift cards, or personal information if we contact you. We may call you about follow-up information in a case in which you’re involved, and you should be aware of that case ahead of time.

Don’t be afraid to ask for identifying information (a name, position in the organization, call-back number, etc.). Trust your gut; if something doesn’t feel right, you may ask to call the person right back. Give us a call at 919-968-2760 (even if your caller ID is already showing that number).

If you receive one of these calls, take note of identifying details such as accent, what agency they claim to be calling from, and the type of information or payment they’re attempting to get from you, and report that information to us at 919-968-2760.


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