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Post Date:01/05/2018 2:30 PM
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Up Front


Register for Parks and Recreation Programs


Registration for Winter/Spring Parks and Recreation programs is open for residents of Chapel Hill and Orange County. Look for new Outdoor Adventure programs and summer and spring break camps. 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

Art Reception at the Horace Williams House

2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7

Horace Williams House, 610 East Rosemary Street Chapel Hill (919) 942-7818 

Art Reception - Linda Prager ceramics & Bryan Colburn Ellis mixed media.




Town in News




The latest on school, business, and transit closings and delays (ABC)

Many school systems and businesses across the viewing area are closing because of the winter weather. Read more:

OC Sheriff: ‘It’s been a mess on the roads.’ (WCHL)

When the forecast shifted Wednesday evening to put Orange County further into the pathway of Winter Storm Grayson, it caught some commuters on local roadways. Read more:

Chapel Hill working around abandoned vehicles in inclement weather (WCHL)

Residents are waking up to snow on Thursday morning after Winter Storm Grayson moved through North Carolina late Wednesday night. Read more:

Inclement weather causing Thursday Closings (WCHL)

Local schools, businesses and government offices are closing due to inclement weather. Read more:

Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Orange County (WCHL)

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Orange County until 7 a.m. Thursday. Read more:

Developer planning new project near future Chapel Hill Wegmans (The Herald Sun)

A Dallas-based developer is mapping a new project just months after the town approved Wegmans Food Market. Read more:

Carrboro Teen Charged in Second Chapel Hill Armed Robbery (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Police have charged a Carrboro teenager in connection with a second armed robbery from last weekend. Read more:

Snow begins falling in Chapel Hill (The News and Observer)

See scenes from Chapel Hill, NC and the University of North Carolina campus as snow begins falling and quickly sticking Wednesday night, Jan. 3, 2018. Read more:

Chapel Hill police arrest suspect in weekend armed robbery, kidnapping (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Police have arrested a Carrboro teenager in connection with a weekend robbery and kidnapping. Read more:

Teen charged in two Chapel Hill armed robberies (WRAL)

A Chapel Hill teen is facing charges in connection with two armed robberies over the weekend. Read more:

Suspect arrested after Chapel Hill victim robbed, forced to withdraw cash from ATM (WRAL)

Chapel Hill police said Tuesday that a teen has been arrested in connection with two armed robberies and kidnapping last week in which a victim was forced to withdraw money from an ATM. Read more:

Some of the top business stories in Durham and Chapel Hill this year (The Herald Sun)

2017 was a year that was dominated by new construction and potentially transformative projects. Read more:




From Town Hall




Share your input on the vision for design in the Blue Hill District

The Town of Chapel Hill is currently developing a set of Design Guidelines for the Blue Hill District - located around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and US 15-501 or Fordham Boulevard, a gateway to Chapel Hill. This area was formerly known as the Ephesus/Fordham District. The purpose of this project is to establish a common understanding of design principles that promote a walkable and 'green' character in Blue Hill.

You are invited to take a brief survey by visiting Town planners will use public input to support the refinement of the Blue Hill Design Guidelines draft document, which is also available at the project web page for public review. The survey will be open through Jan. 10, 2018.

A previous survey on the Design Guidelines framework was conducted in August and September, with a focus on gauging the importance of various design topics and the effectiveness of certain architectural design tools. This follow-up survey is now checking in and seeking feedback on the vision and objectives presented in the draft Design Guidelines.

The Blue Hill District is an older commercial area of Chapel Hill historically characterized by shopping centers and 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

Following creation and implementation, the Design Guidelines will provide further guidance to applicants in preparing projects for review, and will establish a set of review criteria for the Commission to use in determining the appropriateness of design proposals. This fulfills an interest in providing a more consistent and cohesive design aesthetic in the Blue Hill District.

For more information on the project visit





Town-Sponsored Events





Chapel Hill Public Library Marks Book Prize Milestone with Author Panel

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, Chapel Hill Public Library is hosting an author’s panel to mark the fifth year that the Crook’s Corner Book Prize has honored a debut novel set in the American South. The winner of the Prize receives $5,000 from the iconic Chapel Hill restaurant Crook’s Corner. Finalists for the award are Stephen O’Connor for Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, Annie Hartnett for Rabbit Cake, or Nicholas Mainieri for The Infinite.

The author who wins the 2018 prize will speak at the library at 7 p.m. as part of a panel discussion that centers on the significant impact of the prize for the winning authors.

Panelists include:

  • Elizabeth Cox, author and judge of this year’s prize
  • Matthew Griffin, the author who won the prize in 2017
  • Jamie Fiocco, owner of Flyleaf Books
  • Katie Baer, First reader
  • The 2018 winner (announced Jan. 8)

The connection between the literary life and café culture is a close one, says Crook’s chef Bill Smith, himself an author. “It seems a natural evolution for Crook’s, which is so interwoven with the arts and the literary community, to honor emerging writers.” The restaurant, whose walls are lined with the work of local artists, has long been a favorite dining spot for local and visiting writers, artists and musicians.

The Crook’s Corner Book Prize was inspired not only by the literary tradition of the American South but also by the famous literary cafés of Paris. It is intended to encourage emerging writers, whether published by established publishing houses, by small independent publishers or self-published.

Copies of the 2018 Crook’s Corner Book Prize winner will be available for purchase and signing.

For event details and updates, visit






Town Services



Dr. King

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Service Schedule

Most municipal offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

RESIDENTIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No trash collection Jan. 15. Monday routes will be collected Wednesday, Jan. 17.

CURBSIDE RECYCLING: No change in schedule.

COMMERCIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No trash collection Monday, Jan. 15. Monday’s trash will be collected by the end of the week.

ORANGE COUNTY LANDFILL will be closed Jan. 14-15.


CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will operate on a Saturday schedule on Jan. 15. The CM, CW, D, FG, JN, T and V routes will operate. The U, NU, 420 Hillsborough Express and Safe Rides will not operate. EZ Rider will operate from 8:15 a.m.-6:52 p.m. Transit offices will be closed. For schedule information, call 919-485-7433.

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

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

PARKING SERVICES: The Parking office will be closed. No municipal parking enforcement.

PARKS AND RECREATION: The Plant Road office will be closed. Call facilities for schedules: Chapel Hill Community Center (919-968-2790); Hargraves Recreation Center (919-968-2794); Homestead Aquatics Center (919-968-2799); The Corner Teen Center (919-968-2841).

For more information on Town Holidays, visit





Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Opens Registration for Winter/Spring Programs

Registration for Parks and Recreation programs begins January 2.  Patrons may browse recreation programs and activities at Programs range from Youth and Adult Sports, to added Summer and Spring Break Camp Programs, as well as Outdoor Adventure programs - one of our newest offerings.

New to this year’s line-up are Outdoor Adventure programs, with kayaking trips planned for youth 10 and older and their parents to Paddle the Eno River, Jordan Lake and Neuse River. Join us as we learn about the fundamentals of kayaking and canoeing including safety, equipment, paddling technique, and trip planning.

A new fitness course has been installed along the greenway in Southern Community Park, thanks to a collaboration among the Town and Southern Village. The outdoor fitness course on the Fan Branch Trail is currently open for public use. Each piece of equipment is designed to be unique from the other, and is highlighted by its placement in the natural setting of the greenway. The equipment can be used in a variety of ways by adults and children of all ages.

In addition to our Summer Day Camps, a host of new summer and spring break camps have been added, including Outdoor Adventure, Social Café, Play-Well TEKnology, Ceramic Arts, Jumpstart Sports theme camps such as Lacrosse, Cheerleading, Olympics, Ultimate Frisbee and much more. Some inclusion support is available for campers with disabilities. Ages 5-16 depending on the camp, Dates June 11-Aug. 17, Price Varies for each camp.

Public parks and recreation are the gateways to a healthier, more livable community. At Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation, we continue to expand our efforts in making a positive change in the health and wellness in Chapel Hill and Orange County.

RESIDENTS (persons living in or owning property in Orange County or Chapel Hill town limits) may register beginning 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday Jan. 2; NON-RESIDENTS may register beginning 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9. Summer Camp Registration begins Feb. 12. Be sure to our program brochure for details and locations for registrations.

Download your new program brochure or browse our activities at

To sign up, patrons will have to create an online account to register for their classes. Patrons can also register in person at one of three recreation centers, Chapel Hill Community Center, Hargraves Community Center, the Homestead Aquatic Center, or drop in at our administrative offices.





Leaf Collection

Place loose leaves/pine straw, free of limbs and debris, at the back of the curb for collection. Keep leaves out of streets, gutters and ditches to prevent flooding and bike and car accidents. Do not block sidewalks, fire hydrants, mailboxes, storm drains or water meters or interfere with sight distances at intersections.

For more information on leaf collection, visit


Jan. 7-13

Section V - Glen Lennox, Burning Tree Drive, Ridgefield Road, Willow Drive, Long Leaf Drive, Churchill Drive, Pinehurst Drive, Nottingham Drive, Lancaster Drive area

Section VI - Fountain Ridge Road, Colony Woods Drive, Cricket Ground, White Oak Drive, Legion Road, Clover Drive, Standish Drive, Windhover Drive, Englewood Drive, Silver Creek Trail, Chesley Lane, Sweeten Creek Road area

Section VII - Huntington Drive, Curtis Road, Elliott Road, Old Oxford Road, Ridgecrest Road, South Lake Shore Drive, North Lake Shore Drive, Kensington Drive, Brookview Drive, Shady Lawn Road, Honeysuckle Road, Booker Creek Road, Foxwood Drive area 










Chapel Hill Transit Makes Service Adjustments on Jan. 7

Chapel Hill Transit will make the following service schedule adjustments beginning Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018:

  • The weekend U and NU routes will resume on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.
  • The weekday NU route will resume on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
  • A-Limited morning trips (7:14–9:44 a.m.) will resume on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. These trips operate in a loop between Hillsborough Street, Campus and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and only operate when the University is in session.
  • Safe Ride routes will resume on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.
  • The V route will no longer serve St. Thomas More School.  The 7:30 a.m. trip departing Harris Teeter will depart at 7:36 a.m. and the 2:52 p.m. trip departing Harris Teeter will begin at UNC Hospital at 3:14 p.m.
  • EZ Rider will operate Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 11:17 p.m., Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 11:17 p.m. and Sundays from 10:38 a.m. until 11:17 p.m. (Premium Service will operate on a space-available basis from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.)

For more information, email or contact a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.





Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina vs. Boston College Basketball Game Jan. 9

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, for the North Carolina basketball game against Boston College, scheduled for 8 p.m. at Dean E. Smith Center.

Tar Heel Express shuttles will begin at 6:30 p.m. from the park and rides located at Friday Center, Southern Village, Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) and Jones Ferry. Shuttles will also be available from the Carolina Coffee Shop located at 138 East Franklin Street (no parking provided).

The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the park and rides and the Dean E. Smith Center. The shuttles will operate for approximately forty-five (45) minutes following the game.

Shuttles drop off and pick up on Bowles Drive in front of the Dean E. Smith Center. 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.





Public Safety News



Police patch 

Charges Given in Saturday Armed Robbery

The Chapel Hill Police Department charged Roman Gonzalez, 16, of 605 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, in connection with an armed robbery that took place Saturday, Dec. 30.

Gonzalez was being held in Orange County Jail at the time and has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He remains at Orange County Jail under an $85,000 secured bond. His first appearance for these charges was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Saturday’s incident took place around 12:20 p.m. in the area of Kensington Trace Condominiums. The suspect designated the area as a meeting spot to sell the victim a cell phone the suspect had listed on Craigslist. When the victim arrived, the suspect got into the victim’s vehicle and displayed a black and gray hand gun. The suspect took the victim’s wallet then fled on foot leaving the victim unharmed.

Choose a Safe Location
The Chapel Hill Police Department parking lot is always available as a meeting place for Craigslist transactions. Visitor spots are designated as you first drive into the lot. If you feel you are in harm’s way while making a transaction, regardless of where it’s taking place, call 911 immediately.





Arrest Made in Armed Robbery/Kidnapping

The Chapel Hill Police Department arrested Roman Gonzalez, 16, of 605 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, in connection with an armed robbery/kidnapping that took place Friday, Dec. 29.

Chapel Hill Police are currently investigating any potential connection to Saturday’s armed robbery and kidnapping.

Gonzalez has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree kidnapping. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants from Carrboro and Durham for larceny of a credit card, and six counts of obtaining property under false pretense. He is being held at Orange County Jail under a $115,000 secured bond. His first appearance was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Friday’s incident took place around 7 p.m. in the 400 block of West Rosemary Street. The suspect asked the victim for a ride and once in the vehicle displayed a silver hand gun. The suspect forced the victim to drive to an ATM and withdraw money. He then fled on foot after receiving the money leaving the victim unharmed.

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