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Post Date:04/12/2018 8:30 AM





2nd Friday Art Walk

6-9 p.m. Friday, April 13

The 2nd Friday ArtWalk takes place in Carrboro & Chapel Hill in NC from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. The 2nd Friday ArtWalk is a great opportunity to experience the creative arts scene in our community, explore venues, and socialize with other art lovers! Venues offer live music, food, activities, hands-on art demonstrations, discounts, and more. Download a map and plan your ArtWalk today!



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All About Blue Hill

Touring the Blue Hill District Thursday were Town of Chapel Hill staff who viewed and discussed examples of development and redevelopment, along with improvements to roads, bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Staff represented Planning and Development Services and Stormwater Management.

“A lot of our work is spent reviewing hard copies of different visions and designs for how to use land throughout the Town,“ said Ben Hitchings, Director of Planning and Development Services. “It’s great to get out into the community with local neighborhood representatives and see the proposed sites and the resulting projects.”

Meanwhile, new street signage was installed this week for the Blue Hill District. Learn more about Blue Hill at




Mayor's Statement on ICE Action

En español

The Town of Chapel Hill learned yesterday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have conducted operations in Orange County and have detained several individuals.

The Chapel Hill Town Council firmly believes that immigrants are an integral part of our community.  The Council is committed to ensuring that Chapel Hill is a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

We are deeply disturbed by the heightened fear and disruption to families that these raids have caused.  We want to be clear that the Chapel Hill Police Department did not and will not participate in these actions.

Furthermore, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and I wish to reassure our entire community that our public safety officers are committed to serving every resident and visitor in our community, regardless of citizenship status. 

“The Chapel Hill Police Department’s position will always reflect our belief that immigration enforcement is best left to the federal agencies,” said Chief Blue. “We hope that the most vulnerable among us will see us as the Guardians of the Hill, not as an entity to be feared.”

Since learning of ICE’s actions, members of Town staff have been in contact with our community partners, including El Centro Hispano, and will continue to evaluate how to demonstrate our support for those impacted by these recent events.

The Town of Chapel Hill has Crisis Counselors available to provide support to family members of those detained and anyone in the community impacted by these events. For assistance, please call 919-968-2806.

For additional resources, please see: 

Emergency Planning Guide for North Carolina Immigrants (English/Spanish)

Know Your Rights (Various Languages)

El Centro Hispano




El pueblo de Chapel Hill aprendió ayer que el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) han llevado a cabo operaciones en el condado Orange y han detenido a varias personas.

El consejo del pueblo de Chapel Hill cree firmemente que los inmigrantes son una parte integral de nuestra comunidad.  El consejo se compromete a asegurar que Chapel Hill es un lugar seguro y acogedor para todos.

Nosotros estamos profundamente perturbados por el miedo intensificado y la interrupción de las familias que han causado estas invasiones.  Queremos quedar claro que el departamento de policía de Chapel Hill no participó y no participarán en estas acciones.

Además, el jefe de la policía de Chapel Hill Chris Blue y yo deseamos tranquilizar a nuestra comunidad que nuestros oficiales de seguridad pública se han comprometido a servir a cada residente y visitante en nuestra comunidad, independientemente de la condición de ciudadanía.

"La posición del departamento de policía de Chapel Hill siempre reflejará nuestra creencia de que la aplicación de la inmigración es mejor dejado a las agencias federales," dijo el jefe Blue. "Esperamos que las personas más vulnerables entre nosotros nos vean como los guardianes de la colina, no como una entidad de temer.”

Desde enterarse de las acciones de ICE, miembros del personal del pueblo han estado en contacto con nuestros socios de la comunidad, incluyendo El Centro Hispano y seguirán evaluando cómo demostrar nuestro apoyo a los afectados por estos acontecimientos recientes.

La ciudad de Chapel Hill tiene consejeras de crisis para apoyar a los familiares de los detenidos y alguien de la comunidad afectado por estos eventos. Para asistencia, por favor llame al 919-968-2806.

Para recursos adicionales, consulte:

Guia De Planeación De Emergencia Para La COMUNIDAD INMIGRANTE De Carolina Del Norte (Ingles/Español)

Conozca sus Derechos (Varios Idiomas)

El Centro Hispano





Council Meeting Summary

Council supports DACA renewal fees for Chapel Hill residents, receives update on Light Industrial Zoning District.

The Chapel Hill Town Council met Wednesday, April 11, and considered an agenda that included the following highlights. The full agenda is available at or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or

Council meeting summaries are issued from the Communications and Public Affairs Department following most business meetings. To sign up to receive these by email, please send a request to This brief summary should not be viewed as official minutes. Would you like to view the Council video? ( It's ready for online viewing by Thursday afternoon)

OWASA Update: Project Agua Vista
Agua Vista is OWASA's new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) initiative. The Council received a presentation to provide information regarding this initiative, which will serve to enhance OWASA’s services in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area by improving the efficiency and accuracy of water metering and billing. More:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Renewal Fees for Chapel Hill Residents
In keeping with the Council goal of making Chapel Hill a Place for Everyone, Council authorized the Town Manager to enter into a performance agreement with El Centro Hispano to reimburse the agency for DACA renewal fees for Chapel Hill residents in an amount not to exceed a total of $5,000. The Council previously adopted a resolution in September of 2017 in support of community members who have received deferred action under the DACA program. It is estimated that about 3,000 Orange County residents are DACA eligible. More:

Schools Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance 2018 Annual Report

Each year, community partners -- Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Board of Education, and Board of County Commissioners -- are offered an opportunity to comment on the annual Schools Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Technical Advisory Committee report. The Council received the report, which addresses future school capacity needs. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools projected average annual growth rates for elementary, middle, and high school levels are expected to decrease over the next 10 years. Enrollment is not projected to exceed the established Levels of Service at any of the school levels.

Millhouse Enterprise Zone and Light Industrial Conditional Zoning District
The Council received a report on the Light Industrial Conditional Zoning District (LI-CZD) and the Millhouse Enterprise Zone. The Council requested that the first year of the new zoning district be a pilot project with an opportunity for Council discussions on what has gone well and if the Council wanted to add the zone to other areas in Town. In the first year since creating the zone, the Town received one development application, Carolina Flex Park, located at 7000 and 7001 Millhouse Road.





Want to be an Assessor?

The deadline for applications has been extended to noon on Monday, April 23.

The Town of Chapel Hill is hiring a new Town Manager. In an effort to get the best information about candidates, the Town will use an assessment center process on May 31 and June 1, 2018. An assessment center provides the opportunity for a team of assessors to view the candidates in simulated scenarios a town manager will face. Assessors from each scenario report back to a review committee where the information is analyzed and a recommendation made about the candidates moving to the next step in the hiring process.

The Town Council passed a resolution on March 21 to approve a process for recruiting and selecting four to six community members to serve as assessors during the two-day assessment center.


Who should apply?

Any Town of Chapel Hill resident may apply. Community members must be available to serve on both May 31 and June 1 and agree to keep candidate information confidential. Town employees are not eligible to participate.


How to apply

Applications to participate in the Town Manager assessment center will be accepted through noon on Monday, April 23, 2018. To apply, please complete an online application at

If you have any questions about the application process or need assistance, please contact Beth Vazquez at or 919-265-0806.

A Council committee will meet on April 27 to review applications and recommend up to six applicants to participate in the assessment center. Town Council will make appointments at its regular business meeting on May 2.

Community members appointed to participate in the assessment will be charged with:

  1. Completing a Statement of Confidentiality;
  2. Attending both days of the assessment center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both May 31 and June 1, 2018;
  3. Working on a team with assessors who are local government leaders from other communities to facilitate one of four exercises; and
  4. Observing and rating candidate performance and, in some cases, serving as a role player.

Assessors will receive training on how to apply behavioral-based rating systems.

The assessment center will be held locally, and lunch will be provided on both days. Child care and transportation assistance will be available upon request. Community members appointed to participate are eligible to receive a $125 stipend.

Appointed community members shall have met their charge after participating in both days of the assessment center on May 31 and June 1, 2018, unless the Council determines otherwise.

For more information, visit




Big Book Sale 

New--Sip and Shop on Friday!

On April 13-15, the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library invited you to browse and buy from more than 20,000 books, movies, vinyl, games and more.  All proceeds benefit the programs, collection and services of the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. You’ll find unbelievable prices and selections all three days. Memberships are sold at the door and range from $10 for students to $35 for families. Or go online now at and click on "Join Us."

SOMETHING NEW: By popular demand we are extending Friday hours with a bonus for everyone. The book sale will close at 5:30 p.m. and reopen at 7 p.m. for Sip and Shop. Join us for a fun Friday night of wine, cheese, desserts, and shopping among fellow book lovers. Two shoppers can sip and shop for just $25, which also pays for one year’s membership in the Friends. If you are already a Friend, you and a friend can sip and shop for free.

If you can’t make the Sip & Shop, you can still find bookish bargains all weekend. The sale opens to the general public on Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and wraps up on Sunday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. with a Bag Sale on Sunday. Shoppers are invited to bring their own bags and fill them with books for only $5 a bag. Media (CDs and DVDs) are not included in the Bag Sale but are only $1 each on Sunday.

You’ll find lots of all kinds of books for children, young adults and all ages including fiction, mystery, science fiction and romance. And there’s lots of non-fiction; biographies, cookbooks, gardening, history, hobbies, travel and more.  There are also special book sets and art and coffee table books. Prices start at 50 cents for children’s books and mass market paperbacks, with most books priced under $3.

In addition to the big sale in the meeting rooms on the upper level of the Library, the Friends Book Store inside the lower level entrance will have thousands of gift quality books on sale. Hours are the same as for the Big Book Sale.

The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library is a 500+ member non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to supporting Chapel Hill Public Library. For more information about the sale and the Friends, visit



Who: Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What: Big Book Sale

Where: Chapel Hill Public Library

When: Friday April 13         
3–5:30 p.m. (Members only, Memberships sold at door)
7–9 p.m. – Sip & Shop – enjoy wine, cheese, dessert and all those books to browse –  $25 for two at the door.
Members are free and invited to bring a guest.

Saturday April 14      10 a.m.–5 p.m.  Free and Open to the Public

Sunday April 15        11 a.m.–3 p.m. (Bag Sale – $5 a bag (bring your own bag)




UNC Science Expo

This weekend is the 2018 UNC Science Expo. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, this free, family-friendly event will offer more than 100 fascinating exhibits with hands-on experiments, riveting demonstrations, laboratory tours, stage entertainment and much more! This NC Science Festival signature event, showcasing the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), is a partnership between Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, the University of North Carolina and the Town of Chapel Hill – a true “town-gown” experience.

On the stage you’ll find acts like the Bouncing Bulldogs, Raleigh Rockers and Duane Deardorff.  Also, you can enjoy shows involving science demos and PIT (People’s Improv Troupe) will be on hand to keep the crowd entertained.

While walking around be sure to check out booths like NC Green Power, Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market, Orange County Bee Keepers Association, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Kidzu Children’s Museum, Hope Gardens, Paint Savvy face painting and many more. 

There will be a food truck court featuring local favorites. Bring your own water bottle to enjoy some fresh, clean water from the OWASA Water Wagon. Stop by the Expo Information booth on Cameron Ave for an event map and other pertinent information.

More information:




Chapel Hill Transit Detours: April 14

Chapel Hill Transit’s Saturday T route will not serve Cameron Avenue from 8:15 a.m. until 5:51 p.m. Saturday, April 14 during the UNC Science Expo. The route will be detoured along Pittsboro Street, McCauley Street, South Columbia to Franklin Street.

While every attempt will be made to maintain normal schedules, Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to allow extra travel time and expect minor delays. The detour and any delays will also impact Next­Bus predictions for the route.

For more information on the Expo, visit

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest Chapel Hill Transit stop, visit us at, email or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




Chapel Hill Transit Detours: April 21 

The Chapel Hill Transit Saturday FG, T and V routes will be detoured on Saturday, April 21, 2018, due to the annual Tar Heel 10 Miler.

FG Route

The FG route will be detoured from 8:50 a.m. through 10 a.m. along Fordham Boulevard, right on Manning Drive, right on South Columbia Street, right on South Road and left on Raleigh Street to continue the normal route. 

The westbound bus stops on Raleigh Road from Greenwood Road to Country Club Road and on South Road from Country Club Road to Raleigh Street will not be served during these times. Customers may board the detoured bus at the alternate bus stops at the Glen Lennox Shopping Center and on Raleigh Street.

Saturday T Route

The Saturday T route will not serve Franklin Street (Varsity) and Hillsborough Street from 8:15 a.m. through 9:13 a.m. and will be detoured along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to South Columbia Street.   

Saturday V Route

The Saturday V route will be detoured along Fordham Boulevard and will not serve South Road, South Columbia Street and Franklin Street from 8:45 a.m. through 10:14 a.m.

While every attempt will be made to maintain normal schedules, Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to allow extra travel time and expect minor delays. The detour and any delays will also impact Next­Bus predictions for the route.

For more information on the 10 Miler, visit

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest Chapel Hill Transit stop, visit us at, email or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




Trail Tunnel under MLK Blvd Coming Soon

Town Manager Roger Stancil has authorized to restart construction of the tunnel under Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that connects the Bolin Creek Greenway.

“The community has expressed great interest in the completion of this new portion of a popular trail,” Stancil said. “We appreciate their patience while we sought to be assured about safety and health concerns and ensure we met the requirements of the NC Department of Environmental Quality.”

The contractor currently working on a new portion of the Tanyard Branch Trail from Umstead Park indicates that he can restart the tunnel construction in late April or early May.

Most of the tunnel work is completed. Work was delayed due to concerns over an old coal ash disposal site in the area. Recent tests show that environmental issues with the soil are minimal. The project will proceed with steps being taken such as retaining soil that is dug up during the construction for further testing, and proper disposal if needed. Access complete information on the coal ash disposal site:

In June 2017, the Town celebrated the near-completion of Bolin Creek Trail, one of the most challenging sections of the Chapel Hill greenways system. It includes an underpass of Pritchard Avenue, two bridges over Bolin Creek, and many retaining walls. With the tunnel connection, the trail will extend two miles from Umstead Park to the Chapel Hill Community Center.

These greenway projects are funded by a $5 million bond approved by voters in 2015. For more,





Chapel Hill Garden Tour 

Photography Contest

The Chapel Hill Garden Tour has something for everyone, including an opportunity for photographers; a contest with macro, scenic & smart phone categories.

The photography contest has cash and voucher prizes totaling more than $500 for winners across three categories.  The winners and judges’ favorite photographs will be hung in an exhibition at the Chapel Hill Public Library, which will be the venue for the awards reception on August 30, 2018. The photo contest is open to all who attend the tour.

Photos submitted to the contest must be taken in one of the nine 2018 Tour Gardens during tour hours on April 28 and 29, 2018. Photographers must purchase a Tour ticket to participate in the photo contest, but there is no additional fee beyond the ticket price. $25 advance tickets offer participants the best price.  Entries will be accepted until midnight May 12, 2018, and finalists will be announced in June. For details and rules visit: chapelhillgardenclub/photocontest

Thanks to The Frame and Print Shop of Chapel Hill, local artist Daphne McLeod and a generous anonymous donor sponsor 

Photo: 2016 contest winner by Kathy Swendiman

The Chapel Hill Garden Tour is a biennial charitable and educational event of the Chapel Hill Garden Club. Tour proceeds support the interactive Children’s Wonder Garden, programs at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and community outreach programs of the Chapel Hill Garden Club.

Tickets, $25 in advance, are available online at and locally at NC Botanical Garden, Piedmont Feed and Garden Center, Southern Season, and Southern States Carrboro.  Tickets are $35 on tour days and can be purchased only at the NC Botanical Garden and at 4003 Oak Hill Road, Chapel Hill.

Youth 16 and under are FREE with ticketed adult.

Tickets • information • updates: or  919.962.0522




Meet the Author Lee Smith

The Friends of Chapel Hill Library are pleased to welcome Lee Smith back for an encore appearance at Meet the Author on Thursday, April 19, in Meeting Room B of the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 4 p.m.

Lee Smith has firmly established herself as a preeminent voice of the South and beyond, through her award winning and critically acclaimed fiction. In her very first work of nonfiction, Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, Lee Smith looks inward to tell her own heartwarming story, from growing up in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia to becoming a writer and raising her own family in North Carolina.

 “I always knew I wanted to set down some thoughts and reminiscences based around these themes – about place, memory, and writing – but this project got a real kick-start recently when the entire town of Grundy was demolished as part of a flood-control project,” explains Smith. “Only last August, the house I grew up in was bulldozed too.” In these fifteen charming essays, she has written a captivating memoir that brings her hometown back to life and depicts the birth of a major literary talent.

In telling the story of her enchanting childhood, revealing the mental illness that courses through her family tree, sharing her mother’s long-cherished recipes, and introducing readers to relatives, local characters, and people who changed her life, Lee Smith portrays a time and place that most of us will never experience, a way of life that is fast disappearing.

Lee and her family moved to Chapel Hill in 1974 and she began teaching at the Carolina Friends’ School and then at North Carolina State University.  She currently lives in Hillsborough with her journalist husband, Hal Crowther.



Who:    Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:    Meet the Author Tea:   Lee Smith

Where:  Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B

When:    Thursday, April 19
3:30 p.m. Refreshments; 4-5 p.m. Program




Street Design Workshop

Join us for our first community Street Design Workshop where we will reimagine our streets as safer, greener, and more enjoyable elements of the public realm. (Photo examples from West Palm Beach, FL, Fayetteville, AR and Akron, OH)

This workshop focuses on Intersection Design, utilizing participatory planning tools sometimes known as DIY urbanism, tactical urbanism, or Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC) to implement temporary solutions to challenges in the built environment.

This is a way to test out new ideas before investing significant time and money into a project. The best part is that you can help! We want people in Chapel Hill to bring their creative ideas to the table and start sketching with us!

The workshop will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Hargraves Center and is open to the public.

The event will include a brief presentation on the principles of tactical urbanism/DIY urbanism/LCQ, examples of other street design experiments, a group activity to sketch creative intersection designs, and a final vote at the end to determine a project to implement in Downtown. 

Please RSVP here:


Updates on Light Rail Design

GoTriangle will hold open houses to share elements of visual design for the new light rail system.

Drop in any time. This will be an interactive open house. The content will be the same at both meetings.

  • Tuesday, April 24
    6–8 p.m.
    Extraordinary Ventures
    200 S. Elliott Road
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • Thursday, April 26
    6–8 p.m.
    Holton Career & Resource Center
    401 N. Driver Street
    Durham, NC 27703

If you can’t make the meeting in person, share your thoughts at: Provide input online through May 11.


Download a flyer



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Alcohol Enforcement Operations Through May 5

The Chapel Hill Police Department’s Alcohol Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) will be focusing efforts on enforcing laws related to alcohol consumption and loud parties that might be associated with the end of UNC-Chapel Hill’s school year downtown and in neighborhoods beginning Friday, April 13, through the weekend of May 5.

“Let’s set a goal of zero citations,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “We think that the greatest measure of success in our efforts to address the impacts of high-risk drinking in our community would be a month where no alcohol-related charges occur.  We need your help accomplishing this goal.”

What you need to do

  • Businesses: please check for valid IDs
  • Under 21: please don’t make one of our local businesses turn you away. You’ve almost made it to 21—just a little while longer.
  • Be a good friend: if you see someone that shouldn’t be driving or needs help getting home, don’t be afraid to take their keys away and put them in a cab or ride-sharing service (just make sure you give those keys back when they’ve sobered up.
  • Be a good neighbor: remember that your neighbor might not be interested in celebrating the same event you’re excited about. Keep the volume down, make sure no trash is left in your yard or your neighbors, and find out more about how you can Party Police Free at




April is for Shred-A-Thons

Free shred- a-thons will be held by Orange County Solid Waste Management this spring in cooperation with local law enforcement and University Place:
  • Thursday, April 26 at University Place behind the Silver Spot Theater off Willow Drive in Chapel Hill. This is a park and walk up service. 
  • Saturday, April 28 at the Recycling Drop-off site behind Home Depot at Hampton Pointe in Hillsborough, with drive-through service. 

Both events are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Events are restricted to residents and small businesses in Orange County and that part of the Town of Chapel Hill in Durham County, as well as employees of the County and the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.

Each participant is limited to four bags or boxes of confidential paper to prevent overloading of truck capacity. Participants can do their part by limiting the type of paper they bring for shredding to only those documents that are truly confidential in nature such as financial or medical records. 

Non-confidential paper should be recycled in blue carts or drop off sites, not taken to the shred-a-thon.  A name and address alone do not constitute confidential information.  Leave out folders, magazines, envelopes, brochures, and other non-confidential paper.  This will help ensure capacity for everyone’s truly confidential paper.  Incidental tape and staples are OK but please-- no plastics, metals, digital media, and other non-paper items either. 

Special thanks to the Tom Struckmeyer office of Edward Jones Financial Advisors for sponsoring the Hillsborough Shred-a-thon this spring.




Travel Safely in Chapel Hill

The safety of everyone who travels is a shared responsibility.

The Chapel Hill Police Department recorded 32 traffic violations during March’s travel-safety initiatives. To see last month’s locations, visit We’ve set a goal of zero violations for the month of April.

With the help of area partners, the April dates have been scheduled and began Monday morning to continue speed enforcement and Watch For Me N.C. initiatives. 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:

  • 7-9 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, South Merritt Mill Road
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, N.C. Highway 54
  • 5:30-7:30 a.m. Monday, April 30, Mt. Carmel Church Road

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

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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


Chapel Hill celebrates diversity with Near and Far Festival (The Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill put its cultural diversity on display Sunday afternoon in the first-annual Near and Far Street Festival held at 140 West Plaza on Franklin Street. Read more:


State law complicates petition for Chapel Hill gun buyback program (WCHL)

Some Chapel Hill residents are expressing a desire to turn their firearms over to police but are running into legal issues. Read more:


The Jackson Center has built community for years — this $3 million loan helps them keep building (The Daily Tar Heel)

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center’s first principle is to listen — listen to community members, their partnerships and local residents. Read more:


Clerical error blamed for Chapel Hill ‘Troubled Performer’ Public Housing designation (WCHL)

Officials from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development visited Chapel Hill last week after the town’s public housing was graded at 52 out of 100 possible points during a semiannual evaluation. Read more:


Painted pianos and bursts of song. (The Herald Sun)

A few years ago UNC Chancellor Folt had an idea to celebrate the arts. Read more:


Near and Far cultural street festival coming to Chapel Hill on Sunday (The Daily Tar Heel)

Community and campus cultural groups will share their heritage and culture this Sunday at Chapel Hill’s first Near and Far street festival. Read more:


Franklin Street protestors want to change your mind about circumcision (The Daily Tar Heel)

The purpose of today's protest was to raise awareness that this is still a major issue that needs to be addressed, Guiremand said, just as civil rights and women's rights were protested in the past. Read more:


Chapel Hill honors and celebrates culture in Sunday's international festival (The Daily Tar Heel)

International flags line Franklin Street in preparation for the upcoming Near and Far Festival in Chapel Hill this weekend. Read more:






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