Chapel Hill eNews

Post Date:02/08/2018 8:30 AM

Chapel Hill eNews

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We want everyone to travel safely!

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To keep traveling safe for people who bike, walk, drive, or use any other method of transportation, the Chapel Hill Police Department will continue speed enforcement and Watch For Me N.C. initiatives during the month of February. Read more.

Up Front

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Town Services

Transportation

Public Safety News

 

 

 

 

Up Front

 

 

TOWNweek has been posted!

www.townofchapelhill.org/townweek

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LIGHTUP FESTIVAL 

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Lightup Festival
Celebrating the Chinese New Year of Dog

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill

You have seen the dragon dance in a movie, and do you want to try one with your family in a dragon dance workshop? How about dazzling your Facebook friends by dressing up as a Chinese Emperor or Empress and taking a photo in the dress-up photo booth?

Come to enjoy a variety of delicious Asian foods and watch a show of folk dances, music ensembles and Peking opera performed by your neighbors next door as well as artists from oversea! Play a game, win a prize, or decorate a lantern with your kids!

If you need some quiet time, join the breakout sessions to try out Chinese calligraphy and traditional paintings, observe the magic of acupuncture, and join a forum discussion on new initiatives around the town, ground-breaking technologies in RTP, and listen to our public school students talk about the Education for the Future!

When the twilight sets in, join your family, neighbors and friends in a thousand-lantern parade to usher in the New Year of Dog.

http://chlightup.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

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Man arrested for selling counterfeit UNC-Duke tickets (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Police have arrested a 25-year-old man accused of selling counterfeit tickets to Thursday night’s UNC – Duke basketball game in Chapel Hill. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/man-arrested-selling-counterfeit-unc-duke-tickets

 

A safe place for Silent Sam? Orange County lawmakers hope the General Assembly agrees (The Herald Sun)

Orange County’s legislators could ask the General Assembly this spring to set a deadline for UNC to move the Confederate statue Silent Sam to a safe place. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article198901269.html

 

Chapel Hill looking to solve mobile home displacement (WCHL)

The residents of the Lakeview Mobile Home Park on Weaver Dairy road are in danger of being displaced from their homes, and, according to Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, there may be very little the Town of Chapel Hill can do to prevent that. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/development/chapel-hill-looking-to-solve-mobile-home-displacement

 

Wake County does the Durham-Orange Light Rail plan a big favor (The Herald Sun)

Schewel spoke alongside Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article198720414.html

 

Chapel Hill police arrest two men in armed store robbery (The Herald Sun)

The Chapel Hill Police Department arrested two men in connection with an armed robbery that took place Tuesday at the Glen Lennox Family Fare BP gas station, 1201 Raleigh Road. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article198783109.html

 

Suspects arrested in Chapel Hill armed robbery (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Police arrested two men suspected in an armed robbery at the Glen Lennox Family Fare BP gas station on Raleigh Road Tuesday afternoon. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/suspects-arrested-chapel-hill-armed-robbery

 

Reported Armed Robbery in Chapel Hill (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Police say a vehicle was stopped on Fordham Boulevard after a reported armed robbery at the BP on Raleigh Road Tuesday afternoon. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/fordham-boulevard-chapel-hill-delayed-police

 

Car sound a little louder than before? If so, you may be the victim of a crime. (The Herald Sun)

Police in North Carolina continue to report an uptick in instances of a crime that could make your car sound different overnight. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/crime/article198630554.html

 

$5,000 reward offered for information on three Circle K armed robberies (WCHL)

Law enforcement officials are now offering a $5,000 reward for information regarding a string of armed robberies from late 2017. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/5000-reward-offered-information-three-circle-k-armed-robberies

 

Q&A with retired Chapel Hill Police Department crisis counselor Sabrina Garcia (The Daily Tar Heel)

Sabrina Garcia retired from the Chapel Hill Police Department after 28 years as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Specialist. Read more: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2018/02/q-and-a-garcia-0205

 

New contractor opens Chapel Hill license plate agency after DMV investigation (WCHL)

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License Plate Agency in Chapel Hill reopened Monday under a new contractor. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/new-contractor-opens-chapel-hill-license-plate-agency-dmv-investigation

 

Best cities for retirees to age successfully (Investopedia)

Could all those retirees in Florida and Arizona have it wrong? Read more: https://www.investopedia.com/retirement/best-cities-retirees-successful-aging/

 

Chapel Hill Town Council has a few suggestions for UNC Health Care’s Eastowne project (The News & Observer)

UNC Health Care got more than a few suggestions this week for its planned redevelopment of the Eastowne office park on U.S. 15-501. Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article198065534.html

 

After humble beginnings, PORCH has raised over $2 million for hunger relief efforts (The Daily Tar Heel)

PORCH, an all-volunteer grassroots hunger relief organization, will hold a community celebration as they pass the $2 million mark in donations for hunger relief. Read more: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2018/02/porch-two-million-0201

 

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From Town Hall 

 

 

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Stancil and Bell win awards at Chamber of Commerce’s 75th Meeting

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce convened 400 community leaders for its 75th Annual Meeting on Feb. 8 to announce new initiatives and honor distinguished public and private sector leaders. Chapel Hill Town Manager Roger Stancil was awarded the Duke Energy Citizenship Award and Council Member Donna Bell received the 2017 Chair’s Award for Public Private Partnership.

Duke Energy District Manager Indira Everett presented the Citizenship and Service award to Stancil in recognition of his integrity, stewardship, inclusion, initiative, teamwork and accountability.

“The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award is a tribute to individuals or groups who make a difference in their communities and organizations by using their time, talents, and compassion to make a positive difference,” Everett said. “Recipients of the award help foster a culture of citizenship and service that acts as a catalyst for others to become involved.”

Stancil, a graduate of Wake Forest University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was named Chapel Hill Town Manager in 2006. He announced that he will retire in September 2018.

“Roger’s time in Chapel Hill will be remembered as one of effective, ethical leadership that engaged community, empowered employees, and encouraged and promoted partnership,” Everett added. “Through his years of service, Roger demonstrated the power of active listening and how to treat others with kindness and respect. He has shown us what true, thoughtful, intelligent, effective leadership looks like.”

Joel Levy, the Chamber’s Immediate Past Chair, presented the Award for Public Private Partnership to Council Member Bell. The award was created in 2010 by then Chamber board chair Joanne Fiore of AICPA to recognize an individual whose work and community service builds bridges between the community’s public and private sectors.

“This year’s award is presented to an elected official whose work advances the interests of our community by balancing her strong interests in social justice, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity for all,” Levy said. “This individual convenes diverse voices in an effort to build consensus and like the Chamber, works to advance the public interest over the special interest. And while we might not always agree, she has always made herself accessible and available to hear and consider the business perspective.”

Bell has served as a Chapel Hill Town Council Member from 2009-2015, and is currently serving from 2015 to 2019. She holds a holds a master’s degree in social work from Smith College and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently works as a clinical social worker in private practice.

For more information on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, please contact Katie Loovis at kloovis@carolinachamber.org.

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Mixed Income Housing Development Discussion on Feb. 15

The Town of Chapel Hill will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Fellowship Hall in the United Church of Christ, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to discuss the development of mixed income housing.

The Town is considering development on the Town-owned property at 2200 Homestead Road. Residents are encouraged to attend to hear preliminary ideas about proposed development on the site and to discuss potential design elements. Participants will be invited to share their ideas with our design consultants to explore options for the site.

For more information, contact Ed Barberio, Affordable Housing Development Officer for the Town of Chapel Hill at ebarberio@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5058.

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CELLULAR NETWORK

Public Input Needed on Wireless Master Plan

The public is invited to provide input to help guide the Wireless Master Plan and Ordinance. Comments on the Draft Wireless Communications Master Plan and Draft LUMO Amendment will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.

The plan is part of the Chapel Hill Wireless Communications Initiative (WCI), a Town of Chapel Hill project that will address anticipated changes in wireless technology and the need for regulatory improvements.

Wireless communications and the associated infrastructure are essential to our community as regards basic day-to-day services, educational, public safety, entertainment and business needs.

The public process will provide Chapel Hill the necessary road map and guidelines to facilitate improvements to the Town’s wireless communications facilities.

 

Please review and comment until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb 16

 

We encourage you to review and comment on these documents prior to upcoming public meetings* so that your voice may be heard.

  • 2/12/18 Joint Advisory Board Work Session, 6 p.m., Town Hall, Rm 344 (Limited Public Seating)
    Planning Commission & Community Design Commission, WCI Master Plan & LUMO Amendment
  • 2/27/18 - Community Design Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall, Council Chamber
    WCI Master Plan & LUMO Amendment - Recommendation to Council
    An Open House will precede this meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m., for staff to share information about the Wireless Communications Initiative with the public.
  • 3/6/18 - Planning Commission Meeting, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Council Chamber
    WCI Master Plan & LUMO Amendment.
    An Open House will precede this meeting, beginning at 6 p.m., for staff to share information about the Wireless Communications Initiative with the public.
  • 4/18/18 - Council Public Hearing, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Council Chamber
    WCI Master Plan & LUMO Amendment
    An Open House will precede this meeting, beginning at 6 p.m., for staff to share information about the Wireless Communications Initiative with the public.
  • 5/23/18 - Council Business Meeting, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Council Chamber
    Approval of WCI Master Plan and Enactment of LUMO Amendment

*These public meeting dates are tentative. We recommend that you check the Agenda on the Town Calendar (www.townofchapelhill.org/events) prior to meeting dates to ensure the agenda includes the item of interest. Thank you.

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Introduction to Development Agreements Session

A public informational session on the development agreement process will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

A development agreement is a unique development tool for large projects, and two development agreements are currently being pursued in Chapel Hill:

  • The future Municipal Services Center project on Estes Drive
  • The Amity Station project at Amity Court and West Rosemary Street

Additional details on development agreements may be found on the Town of Chapel Hill website at http://bit.ly/2BijNVF.

For more information on this session, please contact Aaron Frank at afrank@townofchapelhill.org.

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Historic District Commission looking for new members

The Town of Chapel Hill is seeking volunteers interested in serving on the Historic District Commission.

There are currently two vacancies. Applicants must live within the municipal limits of the Town of Chapel Hill or in the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). A map of the Town is available at http://bit.ly/2jHcvCw if you are uncertain whether you live within one of these areas.

Ordinance requires that a majority of the members have demonstrated special interest, experience, or education in history or architecture.

The Council has also indicated an interest in assuring that there is at least one architect on the Commission and at least one member who is not a resident of one of the Local Historic Districts. 

Additional vacancies will open when several terms expire later this spring.

Historic District Commission members serve three-year terms. The Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

How to Apply

  • Apply by noon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, by completing an application form at www.townofchapelhill.org/boards, and
  • If possible, attend the Historic District Commission’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13. During this meeting you will be invited to make a brief statement about your interest and respond to any follow-up questions. If you are unable to attend the Feb. 13 meeting, your application will still be considered.

The Historic District Commission will make its recommendations at the Feb. 13 meeting, and the Council will schedule appointments for Feb. 28.

Questions? Reach us at advisoryboards@townofchapelhill.org.

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LIGHT RAIL 

Light Rail Public Meeting

We're building the future. Shape it with us. Join us to craft the look and feel of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit System.

Tuesday, Feb. 20
6-8 p.m.

Extraordinary Ventures
200 South Elliott Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

The interactive workshop is planned to last the two full hours.

Can't make it to the meeting in person? Join us online. Visit www.PublicInput.com/2239 before Feb. 20, 2018 to participate.

Get Connected: www.GoTriangle.org

Download a flyer

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Town-Sponsored Events

 

 

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Honoring Frederick Douglass' 200th Birthday

Several organizations and community groups are planning events in 2018 to commemorate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass through music, readings from his autobiography and several visionary art performances.

“Frederick Douglass was a transformative figure within the development and history of this nation,” said James E. Williams, Jr., former public defender for Orange County and a member of the committee planning the bicentennial events throughout the county. “He escaped from slavery and became one of the critical figures in propelling this nation toward the abolition of slavery. In those bleak times, he had a vision and a hope for a better life, and he fought for that. He was truly a remarkable person whose contributions to our nation deserve to be celebrated.”

Douglass was born in February 1818, although his exact birth date was not recorded. Congress approved and President Trump signed legislation in November creating the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission as part of a nationwide celebration of the 200th birthday of the famed 19th-century abolitionist, writer and public servant.

The events are funded by Orange County, the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the NAACP, the UNC Center for the Study of the American South, Orange Organizing Against Racism and Marion Phillips.

As part of the celebration, the organizations purchased 1,000 copies of a commemorative edition of "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave." The books will be distributed throughout the community, with an emphasis on youth, as part of the national One Million Abolitionists effort led by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.

The FDFI is seeking to print one million hardcover copies of the book in 2018 to be given to young people, who will be asked to create service projects to address an urgent social justice issue present in their community.         

Scheduled Events

All the events listed below are open to the public and free of charge. More events are being planned, including an appearance from Frederick Douglass' great-great-great grandson, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., and will be added to the website as they are finalized.

Brightstar Theater presents Frederick Douglass

Sunday, February 11

2 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library

4 p.m. Hargraves Community Center

Celebrate a hero of American History with this production from a highly acclaimed touring theater company. This show – best for 4th graders through adults – highlights Douglass’ awe-inspiring life, from his escape from a Maryland plantation to his days as a newspaper publisher and celebrates both the power of education and a life of courage.

Frederick Douglass: Then and Now

Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m.

Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B

What would Frederick Douglass think of 2018? What did his contemporaries think of him? What was Douglass’s impact, then and now? A panel of scholars, including Reginald Hildebrand and Patrick Horn will consider and comment on these questions and more. Join us for this town/gown special event, co-sponsored by Carolina Public Humanities.

Reading Douglass in Public

Wednesday, February 28, 6-8 p.m.

Orange County Public Library Main Library

Join local authors, poets, historians and social justice advocates as they read from Douglass’ The Narrative.

Discuss “The Narrative”

Monday, March 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Orange County Public Library Main Library

The First Monday Classics Book Club led by local authors from Hillsborough will discuss The Narrative. No need to register or be a member of the book club. Just come on by!

For more information contact Orange County Community Relations Director Todd McGee at (919) 245-2302 or tmcgee@orangecountync.gov.

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LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL

Meet the Author: Charlie Lovett

The Friends of Chapel Hill Library are pleased to welcome Charlie Lovett back for an encore appearance at Meet the Author on Thursday, Feb. 15 in Meeting Room B of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. and the program will run from 4 to 5 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Lovett’s latest novel, The Lost Book of the Grail, published in 2017, is a mystery, a history, a love story which has been called a pure pleasure for book lovers. Set in an English cathedral library, and reaching through centuries of English history, it tells the story of bibliophile and Holy Grail enthusiast Arthur Prescott as he works to uncover a centuries-old secret about the cathedral’s history. While editing that book, Charlie Lovett also wrote the first draft of a middle grades book, The Book of the Seven Spells.

Charlie Lovett grew up in the mountains of North Carolina.  He is a graduate of Davidson College in NC, and worked in the antiquarian book business from 1984 through the 1990s. While working on his MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 1997, he researched and wrote Love, Ruth, a book about his mother who died when he was two years old.  Maya Angelou called the book “tender, sensitive, and true.”

Since then, Charlie Lovett has published eleven books of non-fiction including works on Lewis Carroll and book collecting, and at least six novels including his breakthrough novel, The Bookman’s Tale.   He began writing plays for elementary schools in 2001 and more than fourteen of them have been published.  They are extremely popular and have been seen in over 3000 productions in all fifty states and more than 20 foreign countries.  For more than a decade he was Writer-in-Residence at Summit School in Winston-Salem. 

In addition to writing novels, Charlie Lovett also produces The Bookman’s Blog, the podcast Inside the Writer’s Studio and is president of the board of directors of Bookmarks, Winston-Salem’s literary non-profit which just opened a new book store that he describes as a gathering space to form community around the literary arts.

DETAILS AT-A-GLANCE

Who:    Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:    Meet the Author Tea: Charlie Lovett

Where:  Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B

When:  Thursday, Feb. 15
             3:30 p.m. Refreshments   4-5 p.m. Program

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Town Services

 

 

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION STARTS FEB. 12 

Parks and Recreation Summer Camp Registration

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation offers summer day camps for elementary and middle schoolers. Other camps include 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. 

Our camps provide a safe, fun and active environment where children have fun, develop new skills and friendships. Activities include: outside hikes, arts & crafts, competitions, board games, swimming, special guests, field trips, and community projects. Payment is due at the time of registration.

For more information on all our camps and to see a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions (English and Espanol), Forms, and Contact information, click here 

When to Register:

  • RESIDENTS (living within town limits of Chapel Hill or inside Orange County) may register for camps beginning 8:30 a.m.,  Feb. 12.
  • NON-RESIDENTS may register beginning 8:30 a.m., Feb. 19.

How to Register:

Online Registration: We strongly encourage you request your new account or account logon information several days in advance of registration.

  1. See all our Camp Listings and Register Online
  2. If you do not have an account, click Create Account, complete the information and submit. We’ll email your user name and password usually within 24 hours.
  3. If you already have an account but need your logon information, give us a call at 919-968-2784 and we’ll assist you. 

Walk-in Registration: On February 12 walk-in registration will only be accepted at these 3 locations: 

  1. Chapel Hill Community Center, 120 S. Estes Drive
  2. Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson Street
  3. Homestead Aquatic Center, 300 Aquatic Drive

Beginning on Tuesday, February 13, registration will also be available at the P&R Administration Office, 200 Plant Road. 

  • Mail-in Registration: Complete a registration form and mail with payment to Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, 200 Plant Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Make checks payable to Town of Chapel Hill. Please note that many camps fill up the first day with online or walk-in registrations. 

As always, see our website for all our recreation programs and facilities at www.chapelhillparks.org.

We're looking forward to seeing you this summer!

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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 www.townofchapelhill.org/leaves.

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Section II - W. Rosemary Street, Cameron Avenue, S. Graham Street, Mallette Street, Wilson Court, Johnson Street, Ransom Street, West University Drive, Westwood Drive, Dogwood Drive, Coolidge Street, Southbridge, Culbreth Park Drive, Cobble Ridge, Southern Village, 100 Oaks, Mallard Court area

Section III - Caswell Road, Granville Road, Burlage Circle, Meadowbrook Drive, Mount Bolus Road, Bolinwood Drive, Mill Race, North Street, Cobb Terrace, Boundary Street, Tenney Circle, Battle Lane, Elizabeth Street, Glendale Drive, Roosevelt Drive, Gimghoul Road, Greenwood Road area

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Transportation 

 

 

TRANSIT BUS GO HEELS 

Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina vs. Notre Dame Basketball Game Feb. 12

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, for the North Carolina basketball game against Notre Dame scheduled for 7 p.m. at Dean E. Smith Center. 

Tar Heel Express shuttles will begin at 5:30 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 chtransit.org, email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.

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Short Range Transit Plan Online Survey Deadline Extended

In response to customer feedback, the deadline for public input for the Short Range Transit Plan current draft scenarios has been extended to Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

Take the online interactive survey at the link below.  Review the three prepared preliminary routing scenarios and let us know what you like and what you don't like.

  • Scenario 1: makes modest changes to bus routing, and aims to improve weekday service frequency.
  • Scenario 2: also makes modest changes to bus routing and aims to improve weekend service.
  • Scenario 3: takes a more transformative approach, designing a new system "from scratch" based on observed ridership trends and areas with unmet demand.

You can provide your feedback through the online interactive survey (www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHTScenarios) or via email: chtransit@townofchapelhill.org

Based on community feedback of the current draft scenarios, another scenario(s) will be developed and shared with the community in the next few months, prior to any potential recommendations for adjustments to the existing system being considered. Information for the project is also available at: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/transit/projects/short-range-transit-plan.

Deadline to take the online survey will be Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. 

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Public Safety News

 

 

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Chapel Hill Police Travel-Safety Initiatives

The safety of everyone who travels is a shared responsibility.

The Chapel Hill Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch For Me N.C. initiatives—in addition to normal operations—throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.

Officers may issue information, warnings or citations to 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:

  • 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, Raleigh Road near Greenwood Road
  • 10 am. – 12 noon Tuesday, Feb. 20, US Highway 15-501 near Kingsmill Road
  • 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, South Columbia Street

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
Want to see the latest projects that affect getting around Chapel Hill. To view a list of recently completed, in progress, and upcoming projects, visit townofchapelhill.org/gettingaround.

More Information
Looking for more 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.

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

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2017 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION 

UNC-Duke Game Celebration

Downtown areas of Franklin Street and Columbia Street were closed to traffic immediately following UNC's win over the Duke men's basketball team at about 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. The streets were reopened to traffic at 11:15 p.m. after being cleaned by Town crews. The peak crowd size for the celebration was approximately 7,500 people.

No arrests were made while the streets were closed and no one inside the closed area was treated by EMS.

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Counterfeit Ticket Seller Charged

The Chapel Hill Police Department on Wednesday charged Brandon Micheal Goodall, 25, of Chicago, IL, with one count of felony Attempt to Obtain Property by False Pretense and one count of misdemeanor Criminal Use of Counterfeit Trademark. Goodall was confined in the Orange County Jail under a $8,500 secured bond. At the time of his arrest, Goodall was in possession of counterfeit tickets to the Duke vs. UNC-Chapel Hill men's basketball game on Feb. 8, 2018.

This investigation began when Chapel Hill and Carrboro Police Investigators noticed a suspicious post on Craigslist and contacted the seller. At the arranged meeting, the investigator determined that the tickets were counterfeit and Goodall was arrested.

In the past, there have been numerous media stories regarding the danger of buying counterfeit tickets to high profile games such as the Duke vs. UNC-Chapel Hill men’s basketball game. Anyone buying tickets is advised to use caution when buying from another person. It is recommended that tickets only be purchased from a trusted source.

The police department is releasing Goodall’s arrest photo in the hopes that additional incidents will be reported. Anyone who purchased tickets from Goodall is asked to call the law enforcement agency within the jurisdiction where the tickets were purchased. If you have additional information on this incident, please contact the Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515.

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