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Project Connect Needs Volunteers and Donations
Project Connect needs volunteers Oct. 18-19 at Hargraves Center. This one-stop service event connects people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness with services in the community. Donations are also welcome. Read more.
- Quick Facts: Homegrown Halloween 2017
- Project Connect Returns to Hargraves Center
- Give Your Input on Chapel Hill’s Future Inclusive Playground
- Have Your Say about the Future of Mobile Phone Service in Chapel Hill
- Skipper Bowles Drive Bus Stops Temporarily Closed the Evening of Oct. 6
- Speed Limit Reduced on Rosemary Street
- Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina Versus Notre Dame Football Game Oct. 7
- Tar Heel Express Shuttles to Late Night With Roy October 13
TOWNweek has been posted!
Things to do in Chapel Hill
Author Event at
7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Chapel
Jared Yates Sexton discusses his new book, The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore. www.flyleafbooks.com/
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.
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London paper lauds Chapel Hill’s ‘utopian’ liberalism and Southern culture (The News & Observer)
The Guardian newspaper of London has picked Chapel Hill as its first in a series exploring the best towns and small cities in the United States. Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article177164951.html
Quarterly Police Report Aids in Transparency (Chapelboro.com)
A quarterly report chronicling statistics of certain minor misdemeanors has been released by the Chapel Hill Police Department. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/quarterly-police-report-aids-transparency
911 call: ‘You are gonna die today,’ Chapel Hill kidnapper tells victim (WNCN)
A woman kidnapped at gunpoint outside a Chapel Hill last month was told by the suspect she was going to die that day as he needed money, according to 911 calls released to CBS North Carolina. Read more: http://wncn.com/2017/10/04/911-call-you-are-gonna-die-today-chapel-hill-kidnapper-tells-victim/
The best towns and small cities in the US: Chapel Hill, North Carolina (The Guardian)
In the first of a new series exploring cool US towns and cities, Emma John soaks up the sporting fanaticism, liberal traditions, food and music of a university town where the ‘individual streak still lives strong’ Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/oct/04/best-small-towns-us-chapel-hill-north-carolina-sports-music-food
Bicycle Tour brings flurry of cyclists and tents to Chapel Hill (Chapelboro.com)
Dozens of tents waved in the gentle autumn breeze as the 19th Mountains to Coast bicycle tour set up camp for the night. Hundreds of cyclists from multiple states, two Canadian Provinces and as far away as Germany have gathered together to explore North Carolina. Read more: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/10/bicycle-tour-brings-flurry-of-cyclists-and-tents-to-chapel-hill
Chapel Hill Selected as Stop for This Year’s NC Mountains to Coast Ride (Chapelboro.com)
For the past 18 years, bikers from all 50 states and more than eight countries have joined together each year for North Carolina’s only cross-state, fully supported bicycle tour from the North Carolina mountains all the way to the coast. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/chapel-hill-selected-stop-years-nc-mountains-coast-ride
Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, team with El Centro Hispano to aid DACA recipients (The News & Observer)
Eligible DACA recipients have just a few days left to ask the federal government to reauthorize work visas and delay possible deportation. Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article176238111.html
Transportation fair hopes to help people get around town (The Daily Tar Heel)
From GoTriangle buses to bike sharing, a wide variety of transportation options were ready to help commuters find the best ways to travel around campus and Chapel Hill at UNC's annual transportation fair on Thursday. Read more: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/09/transportation-fair-hopes-to-help-people-get-around-town
Chapel Hill and Carrboro hold free legal clinic for DACA recipients (The Daily Tar Heel)
The Town of Chapel Hill and the Town of Carrboro have partnered with El Centro Hispano, a community building nonprofit that assists the Triangle’s Latinx population, to sponsor a free legal clinic for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who may be eligible to renew their status. Read more: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/09/chapel-hill-and-carrboro-hold-free-legal-clinic-for-daca-recipients
Watch your speed if you’re driving on these roads in Chapel Hill (The Herald-Sun)
Chapel Hill Town Council member Maria Palmer was driving on West Rosemary Street near Shortbread Lofts when a young man abruptly stepped in front of her car instead of walking to the crosswalk. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article175959311.html
Quick Facts: Homegrown Halloween 2017
We’re updating information at townofchapelhill.org/halloween, and we’ll send out more information about the Town’s efforts to keep the community safe on Halloween this year. Here are a few quick facts about Homegrown Halloween.
- Halloween will be on Oct. 31 regardless of the fact that it falls on a Tuesday this year
- Downtown streets will be closed to motor vehicles from 8 to 10:30 p.m. (a list of streets and maps will be released soon)
- The Columbia and Franklin streets intersection will be closed to motor vehicles this year. The Town is working with County and UNC Health Care staff to ensure quick and easy access to and from the hospital.
- Stopping and passenger unloading will not be permitted on Franklin Street.
Project Connect Returns to Hargraves Center
The 10th Project Connect will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hargraves Community Center located at 216 North Roberson St., Chapel Hill.
Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop service event to connect people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness with a broad range of services including housing, employment, physical and mental health care, veterans’ and social service benefits, legal services, and more.
Volunteer time-slots are available the evening on Wednesday, Oct. 18 and on Thursday Oct. 19 – community members are encouraged to sign up online to volunteer. The Partnership is also soliciting donations to help with the event – items in the giveaway bags and food items. Please find out more and sign up on the Partnership to End Homelessness website:
“Project Connect provides a wide range of assistance in one location with a tremendous outpouring of respect and hospitality,” said Corey Root, Orange County Homeless Programs Coordinator. “The event enables service agencies to efficiently reach many people in a single day, and it educates the community about the issues of homelessness.”
Give Your Input on Chapel Hill’s Future Inclusive Playground
The Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public input meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in Room A of the Chapel Hill Public Library to solicit input on specific ideas for Chapel Hill’s future Inclusive Playground.
Children are welcome to attend the meeting, where they will have a chance to draw and design their own playground features. Feel free to come anytime between 5 and 7 p.m., as this is a drop-in style format.
The Inclusive Playground will be designed as a place where children of all abilities feel welcome to play, and will be located at Cedar Falls Park.
The Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department along with design consultants from WithersRavenel will use public input to create a unique park destination with design aspects important for children of all abilities.
For more information, contact Bill Webster, planning and development manager, at 919-968-2819 or email@example.com
Have Your Say about the Future of Mobile Phone Service in Chapel Hill
Do you have ideas about the future of mobile phone service in Chapel Hill? Please share your input via this poll -- https://pollev.com/toch -- which will take only 5-10 minutes. The poll will be active until Oct. 12.
Your participation will provide input toward a Chapel Hill’s Telecomm Master Planning and Ordinance process. This will address anticipated changes in wireless technology and the need for regulatory improvements.
Wireless communications and the associated infrastructure is essential to our community as regards basic day-to-day services, educational, public safety, entertainment, and business needs.
For more information: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/wireless
Skipper Bowles Drive Bus Stops Temporarily Closed the Evening of Oct. 6
One-way traffic on Skipper Bowles Drive the evening of Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, will begin at 4 p.m. Chapel Hill Transit's CM, N, RU and U routes will not serve the bus stops along Skipper Bowles Drive departing Family Medicine (#3227 and #3230). Customers may board the routes at the alternate southbound bus stops on Bowles Drive.
The bus stop on Bowles Drive at Smith Center (#3228) will be temporarily relocated to the entrance near Tar Heel Boulevard during this time.
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. For specific schedule information, please visit www.chtransit.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.
Speed Limit Reduced on Rosemary Street
The Chapel Hill Town Council approved the reduction from 25 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour on the entirety of Rosemary Street—east of North Boundary Street to the Carrboro Town Limits.
This reduction matches the speed limit on Franklin Street and Main Street in Carrboro. All 14 speed limit signs have been replaced and include orange flags to draw extra attention to the new speed limit; a digital display board at each end of the road will help educate people driving motor-vehicles of the reduction for the next two weeks.
The speed reduction will improve safety for all travelers along Rosemary Street. Other safety efforts include recent streetscape improvements and the addition of a buffered bike lane.
Did you know? More than 54,000 motor-vehicles use Rosemary Street in a one-week period when UNC-Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are in session. That number drops by more than half when school is out.
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Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina Versus Notre Dame Football Game Oct. 7
Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, for the North Carolina football game against Notre Dame, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Kenan Stadium. Shuttles will begin at 12:30 p.m. from the Friday Center and Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) park and rides, and 2 p.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.
Tar Heel Express Shuttles to Late Night With Roy October 13
Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, for "Late Night with Roy" from the Friday Center park and ride (off Highway 54 East on Friday Center Drive).
The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the Friday Center and the Dean E. Smith Center. The shuttles will operate for 45 minutes following the event. Shuttle rides are $5 for a round-trip or $3 for a one-way trip.