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Post Date:05/12/2018 8:00 AM






Congrats to the Grads

 At UNC-Chapel Hill, Commencement will be Sunday at 9 a.m. in Kenan Stadium.  The event is free and open to the public.. Chancellor Carol Folt will preside at Commencement and Rye Barcott, the founder of Carolina for Kibera, will deliver the Commencement address. 
Spring Commencement will see 6,119 students graduate, including 3,886 with bachelor’s, 1,596 with master’s, 262 with doctoral and 637 with professional degrees. 

Happy Mother's Day, Chapel Hill! Let’s hear it for moms! Here’s to the women who tackle the #World’sToughestJob and deserve nothing short of oodles of praise and attention. 


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Community Center Pool Temporarily Closed 

Notice (5 pm May 12): The Community Center Pool is closed due to air conditioner maintenance underway. We hope to open by 1 pm Sunday. Please check for the latest, or call us at 919-968-2790. Thank you for your patience as we work as quickly as possible to have you back in the pool! 




May Is Bike Month

The Town of Chapel Hill and Go Chapel Hill-UNC-Carrboro support special events during the month of May to celebrate Bike Month.

Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill is busy with projects to improve your travel safety and convenience—including sidewalks, streets, trails and greenways. The Town of Chapel Hill’s focus on “complete streets” includes traffic slowing measures, public transit, and safe walkways and bike lanes.

To access resources for people who bike and walk, visit

May 9

International Bike to School Day
Chapel Hill/Carrboro Schools

May 12

Bike on Bus Workshop
9 a.m.-noon, University Place

May 15

Bike to Work Breakfast
7-10 a.m., Libba Cotton Trail at Roberson St., Carrboro

May 17

Spring Roll Cruiser Ride
6 p.m., Back Alley Bikes

Gearing Up for Biking
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Berryhill Hall

May 18

National Bike to Work Day
Fix-It and Bus Rack Station Launch, 11 a.m., 143 E. Franklin St.

May 19

Bikes, Bells and Blueberry Days

Bike Rides, Crafts, Games, Electric Bike Demo and Free Bike Adjustments
Noon-3 p.m., Chapel Hill Community Center, 120 S. Estes Drive

June 2

National Trails Day
10 a.m., Tanyard Branch Trail Ribbon Cutting

For more information, visit




Meet the Author Tea: Jennifer Stanley (Ellery Adams)

The Friends of Chapel Hill Library are pleased to welcome Jennifer Stanley who writes as Ellery Adams as our guest author at a Meet the Author Tea on Thursday, May 17, at Chapel Hill Public Library. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. and the program will run from 4 to 5 p.m.

Jennifer, who is a member of the Friends and volunteers on the Events Committee, will introduce her most recent series, The Secret, Book & Scone Society.  The book is set in a fictional small town in North Carolina called Miracle Springs and features a bakery, a spa, and a book store whose owner Nora Pennington has a special talent of prescribing the perfect novel to ease the life of a person feeling worn down with life.  Nora forms a society with four other women – damaged souls who seek to earn redemption by helping others.  With a hint of romance and some cliff-hanging adventures, their collaborative detective work solves a murder and exposes a massive real estate fraud..

Jennifer Stanley began her career writing as J.B Stanley with the novel Carbs and Cadavers, which was published in 2006. Her debut as Ellery Adams was in 2010 with the novel A Killer Plot. She has written over thirty novels – some under her own name; a set of “cozy mysteries” with a friend and colleague under the pseudonym, Lucy Arlington, and most recently, she has been building a formidable reputation as Ellery Adams.

Jennifer often brings her baked goods to share at Friends’ events and she tells us if you attend this event you just might find yourself learning how to plot a murder.  She and six other mystery-writing friends have published two cookbooks together: The Cozy Chicks Kitchen and Tea Time with the Cozy Chicks, as well as a blog.  They include excerpts from their various works in these cookbooks and encourage would be cooks to “read, cook, drink tea, savor, and most of all enjoy!" 

Now a New York Times bestselling author, Ellery Adams aka Jennifer Stanley grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. In addition to her writing, Jennifer bakes, gardens, takes care of three “keyboard-hogging” cats plus her husband and two children, affectionately called “the Trolls.”  She says she loves coffee, champagne, kickboxing, 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles, Pinterest, and black jelly beans.  All these interests and activities make their way into the pages of her books. 



Who:  Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library
What:  Meet the Author Tea with Ellery Adams aka Jennifer Stanley
Where:  Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B
When:  Thursday, May 17
3:30 p.m. Refreshments, 4-5 p.m. Program



Proposed Budget Available for Public Review and Input

The Town Council has received Town Manager Roger Stancil’s recommended budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. The proposed budget calls for a 3 cent tax increase, which would be the first tax increase in four years. The increase includes 1.2 cents for the General Fund, 0.8 cents for debt service and 1 cent for Transit.

The proposed budget is available at along with other budget documents at

The Council will meet in a work session to discuss the proposed budget at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, and is scheduled to consider possible adoption at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The Town’s proposed $107.3 million budget for all funds represents a net increase of 3.6 percent. The proposed budget includes no changes in core services, which are highly valued by Chapel Hill residents as reflected in the 2018 biennial community survey. 

Town Manager Stancil recommends a 3 percent market salary adjustment for Town employees. Personnel related costs account for 75 percent of the Town budget. The costs of maintaining a high performing workforce is increasing as the competition for labor increases.  In recent years, the Town has seen increased turnover, including a significant increase in retirements. 

The budget works to normalize fund balance, the Town’s “rainy day fund,” which has fallen below its target of 22 percent for unassigned funds. Adequate fund balance is critical to meet the cash flow requirements of a municipal corporation and to provide an emergency fund to safeguard the Town against the costs of recovering from unforeseen economic, emergency and natural disasters.  

Several cost control measures are included in the proposed budget to minimize the needed tax increase. These measures include an investment of $472,000 for building maintenance programs such as swimming pool repairs, a new roof for Hargraves Community Center and refurbishing the cupola at the Old Post Office. 

 “The choices reflected in the Manager’s Recommended Budget represent our best efforts to listen to the people we serve and to move forward toward achieving their goals,” said Town Manager Stancil. “The 2018-19 Manager’s Recommended Budget keeps the Town on its path toward sustainably achieving the long term goals of the community.”  

Under the spending plan, the Town of Chapel Hill portion of the tax bill for the owner of a property valued at $400,000 would be $2,152, an increase of $120; property valued at $350,000 taxes would be $1,883, an increase of $105. Property valued at $250,000 taxes would be $1,614, a $90 increase.

The property tax bill that Chapel Hill residents pay is divided among Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (54 percent), the Town of Chapel Hill (33 percent), and Orange County (13 percent). Residents who live in the Durham County portion of Chapel Hill see slightly different tax bills due to the actions of the Durham County Commissioners. 

The total amount Chapel Hill residents pay in property taxes also depends on the actions of the Board of Orange County Commissioners, which set the county tax rate, and the special schools tax for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Online budget information for those entities is available: Orange County: (or Durham County depending upon where you live -- and Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board




Fix-It and Bus Rack Station Launch

Celebrate Bike to Work Day with the launch of the new Fix-It and Bus Rack Station at 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at 143 E. Franklin St. The Fix-It Station has a bicycle tire pump and tools for small bicycle repairs and quick tune-ups.

Did you know you can load your bike on a bus? Learn how to use the bike rack with the new demo station! Find transit schedules at

Get more information at





Tar Heel Express Service to the UNC-Chapel Hill Commencement

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express Shuttle Service from 6:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018, for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Commencement Ceremony at Kenan Stadium.

Chapel Hill Transit shuttles will operate from the Friday Center (100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill) park and ride lot to Kenan Stadium on Stadium Drive (Gate 2). Buses will run every 10 to 15 minutes, providing continuous and fully accessible service between the park and rides and Kenan Stadium. The shuttles and parking at the Friday Center will be FREE.

Riders, especially graduates, are encouraged to arrive at the park and ride lot at least one hour prior to the start of the 9:00 a.m. ceremony to allow for possible traffic delays.

For those wishing to stay on campus longer, Carolina Livery will provide shuttle service from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Carolina Livery shuttles will loop campus making stops at the Student Union, the Old Well on Cameron Avenue and the Dean E. Smith Center and returning to the FridayCenter park and ride lots.

Carolina Athletics encourages everyone not to bring large bags and packages and to leave all bags at home.  The University of North Carolina Department of Athletics has a clear bag policy and all bags will be checked.  For more details on items allowed into the Kenan Stadium,click

For additional information on the UNC-Chapel Hill Commencement Ceremony, please visit

Follow on Twitter: @UNC @unc_2018 and #UNC18.

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 calla customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




Changes to Transit Bus Stops

Due to a construction project at Kenan Labs, Chapel Hill Transit will temporarily close the bus stop on South Road at Kenan Labs (#3215) beginning May 15 until further notice. CCX, G and V route customers may board the buses at the temporary bus stop on South Road east of Bell Tower Drive.

The bus stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Longview Street (#3450) will be relocated on May 21. Due to safety concerns and installation of a traffic signal and crosswalk, the bus stop will be relocated to south side of the intersection on May 21, 2018.  

For more information, visit



Neighborhood Meeting for IFC Community House

 Community House, IFC’s shelter for men at 1315 Martin Luther King Jr.  Blvd, is proposing revisions to the Good Neighbor Plan that was adopted when the shelter was built two years ago.

IFC says the modifications will bring the shelter in line with nationally recognized best practices in order to further the goal of ending homelessness in our community. 

An upcoming neighborhood meeting for neighborhood residents who live within the immediate vicinity of the Community House is scheduled:

Tuesday, May 15 : 6-7:30 p.m. at United Church of Chapel Hill Fellowship Hall

For more information, contact Jackie Jenks at 919-929-6380.





Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 6-12

Hurricane season begins June 1. Do you have a preparedness plan when a hurricane shows up in the forecast for Chapel Hill?

“Hurricanes are nothing to take lightly and can cause major damage, including things like flooding, power outages, and fallen trees,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Vencelin Harris. “This practice in preparedness is perfect for being ready for severe thunderstorms as well, which are even more likely to affect Chapel Hill.”

Hurricane Fran is an example of the damage a tropical system can do to our community. The storm made landfall as a category three storm in Cape Fear on Sept. 5, 1996, and was still a category one system when it hit central North Carolina. Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded 8.8 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 79 miles per hour. It was responsible for 26 deaths in North Carolina and caused $7.2 billion in damage in 1996 dollars. More recently, communities in eastern North Carolina are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, which hit in October 2016.

The National Weather Service is focusing each day of the week on a strategy to help you have a plan in place by week’s end.

  • Sunday, May 6: Determine Your Risk
  • Monday, May 7: Develop an Evacuation Plan
  • Tuesday, May 8: Assemble Disaster Supplies
  • Wednesday, May 9: Get an Insurance Checkup
  • Thursday, May 10: Strengthen Your Home
  • Friday, May 11: Help Your Neighbor
  • Saturday, May 12: Complete a Written Plan

For more information on each of these topics, visit

Bookmark for easy access to many helpful resources during an emergency.

And, be sure to follow @ChapelHillEM, @ChapelHillGov, @ChapelHillFD, and @ChapelHillPD on Twitter, and like,, and



Multiple Vehicular B&E Cases Closed

The Chapel Hill Police Department has charged three individuals in connection with multiple vehicular breaking and entering cases dating back to February.

Jamie Leigh Keen Harn, 36, of Chapel Hill, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday, April 25. She was charged with five counts of breaking and entering a vehicle, one count of ID theft, one count of financial transaction card theft, three counts of damage to property over $200, three counts of conspiracy, one count of obtaining property by false pretenses, three counts of possession of stolen goods, two counts of forgery, one count of felony larceny, and one count of financial card fraud. She was given a $40,000 secured bond and had her first court appearance on the same day as her arrest. Harn was still in the Orange County Jail as of the morning of Friday, May 4.

Santiago Aguilera Matos, 19, of Chapel Hill, was arrested on a warrant on Wednesday, April 25. He was charged with two counts of possession of stolen goods, two counts of conspiracy, one count of breaking and entering a vehicle, and one count of financial card fraud. He was given a $6,500 unsecured bond and had his first court appearance on Thursday, April 26.

Errol Clifton Wayne, 48, of Chapel Hill, was arrested on a warrant on Thursday, May 3, at his apartment. He was charged with one count of breaking and entering a vehicle and one count of damage to real property over $200. Wayne was released on a $1,500 unsecured bond; his first appearance in court is May 17.

Officers noticed a vehicle and suspect matching the description of one described by victims and witnesses in multiple breaking and entering to vehicle cases.  That vehicle was pulled over for expired registration tags and further investigation resulted in these charges.

Officers believe these cases included both locked and unlocked vehicles, and many of them included valuable belongings left in plain sight. Even if you’re running into the store for a couple minutes, it’s important to make sure your valuables are secure. The trunk is the best place, but even stowing the valuables out of sight under a seat or in the glove box may be enough to deter peeping eyes. And always make sure you lock your doors and roll up your windows.


Jamie Leigh Keen Harn



Santiago Aguilera Matos



Errol Clifton Wayne




Town In News

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Carolina Square Named “Best Development Project” (WCHL)

Franklin Street’s new Carolina Square has been awarded Best Development Project Award by Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women. Read more:


What makes Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill? (The Herald Sun)

I am new to Chapel Hill and North Carolina, and each day I learn something about the town that I have decided to call home. Read more:


Horace Williams airport in Chapel Hill to close after years of debate (The Herald Sun)

Horace Williams airport will close to the public on May 15 and a solar energy project will be built on the land, UNC-Chapel Hill officials said Tuesday. Read more:


Date set for Horace Williams airport to close to public (WCHL)

A date has been set for Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill to close to the public. Read more:


A documentary on astronaut program training launches Kickstarter campaign (SB Wire)

Astronauts on the Front Porch is an upcoming documentary film that will reveal some of the most glorious days of the American space history. Read more:


This public art uses flowering words to show just how much the Triangle is blossoming (The News & Observer)

As the Triangle grows at an exponential rate, artist Carter Hubbard wants to make sure residents still feel connected — and grounded — to the land that brought them here. Read more:


Under New Ownership ‘The Cave is Not Dead’ (WCHL)

An outpouring of support and memories came in after news broke that The Cave – the music venue which had spawned many music careers over 50 years in Chapel Hill – would be closingRead more:


Ground broken for three affordable homes in Chapel Hill (The Herald Sun)

Communion bread and construction ground were broken in succession this weekend at The Advocate, an Episcopal church in Chapel Hill.Read more:


Opposition to building site could force Chapel Hill preschool to close (The Herald Sun)

The Chapel Hill Cooperative Preschool, which has served area children since 1960, could close soon, its executive board saysRead more:


Franklin Street’s R&R Grill Closing (WCHL)

After nine years on Franklin Street, R&R Grill will be closing next week. Read more:


3 arrested in string of Chapel Hill car break ins (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Police have arrested three individuals accused in a string of car break-ins dating back to February. Read more:


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