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Post Date:07/05/2018 8:30 AM





Yoga at the Ackland

Noon–1 p.m. Monday, July 9
Ackland Art Museum / 101 South Columbia Street Chapel Hill (919) 966-5736

The hour-long session offered most Mondays from 12:00-1:00 PM is taught by registered yoga teacher Joanne Marshall. Yoga in the Galleries provides an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by the art in the gallery. Beginners are welcome. Yoga mats are provided. Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch. Free for Ackland Members; $5 per session for all others.




Hamilton Road Fire Station Dedication

The Town of Chapel Hill will officially dedicate Fire Station 2 on Hamilton Road at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14. You’re invited to attend the formal dedication ceremony followed by a station open house at 1003 Hamilton Road.

“We’re very excited to showcase the result of this unique arrangement to leverage Town property to accomplish multiple objectives,” said Fire Chief Matthew Sullivan. “This project provided a much-needed upgrade to a Town facility, market-demanded Class A office space, and supply to the business tax base. In addition, the Town received a substantial financial contribution from the developer, East West Partners, toward the completion of the fire station.”

Fire personnel will be on hand to answer questions from the community and give a tour of the station. Elected officials, Town staff, and retirees will perform an uncoupling of a fire hose to symbolize a ribbon cutting at the conclusion of the 30-minute program.

Parking will be available in the deck next to Fire Station 2 on Hamilton Road (see maps). Additional parking will be available on Prestwick Road.


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Active Station 2
Station 2 was put into service on May 24, 2018. Orange County Emergency Services will house an ambulance and two- to three-person crew in Station 2 beginning in the coming weeks.

Station 2 personnel worked out of a temporary fire station located on Finley Golf Course Road during construction. Thanks to an agreement with UNC-Chapel Hill, the temporary location allowed the Fire Department to respond to calls without any reduction in call time or services.

Past and Present
Fire Station 2 replaced the nearly 60-year-old building that previously sat on the same property through a public-private partnership with East West Partners as well as the Orange County Commissioners.

In addition to an Orange County EMS ambulance, Chapel Hill Engine 32 and the new Truck 72 are housed in Station 2. Truck 72 is the $1.3 million bond-funded ladder company that was put in service April 2018.



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Council Highlights July 10


The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider a resolution to appoint a new town manager.

Public attendance is welcome. Parking is available at Town Hall lots and the lot at Stephens Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Additional parking is available in several public lots on Rosemary Street ( Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (

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Appointment of New Town Manager

The Chapel Hill Town Council will consider a resolution to appoint a new town manager.

The Council conducted an extensive nationwide search for the position, gathering initial public input at listening sessions, and via social media and surveys. Chapel Hill residents were also selected for participation in an assessment center that engaged candidates in simulated scenarios. The recruitment and selection process began in February 2018.

Chapel Hill has a council-manager form of government. The nine Town Council members, including the mayor, are elected. The Town Council appoints the town manager. Each has a different set of responsibilities. The Town Council sets policies; the town manager and his/her staff carry them out. As a professional administrator, the town manager coordinates all day-to-day operations and administration of about 700 employees and an annual budget of about $100 million.




Call for Applications to Create Affordable Housing Opportunities

Now Accepting Applications

The Town of Chapel Hill is accepting applications to create affordable housing opportunities in the community through Friday, August 31.

Awards will be made from the Town’s Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR), established by the Town Council in March 2015. The total funds currently available in the reserve are ~$750,000.

The Town of Chapel Hill will accept applications for the following priority project areas:

1. land bank and land acquisition
2. rental subsidy and development
3. homeownership development and assistance
4. future development planning

The Town’s fiscal year 2018 budget includes approximately $688,000 million in funding available in the Affordable Housing Development Reserve.

The Housing Advisory Board will evaluate applications and present a funding recommendation to the Town Council for final approval in September 2018. There may be up to two additional funding cycles this fiscal year (July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019).

Applications and additional information are available at  .

For assistance and information, contact Sarah Viñas at 919-969-5079 or




Call for Entries: 6th Annual Banned Books Week Trading Cards

Chapel Hill Public Library is seeking small (5” wide x 7” tall) original works on paper, inspired by books or authors that have been challenged, censored, or banned.

Based on their artistic excellence, seven of these works will be selected by a jury to become trading cards; artwork is featured on the front and an artist’s statement and information about the book or author are on the back. All entries are displayed in an exhibit at the Library during Banned Books Week and beyond. Trading cards are distributed for free during Banned Books Week and beyond.

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual national event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of intellectual freedom. Held from September 23 to 29, 2018, BBW highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the dangers of censorship by spotlighting actual and attempted banning of books. Chapel Hill Public Library coordinates this project to bring these important issues into the community’s conversation in a fun, interesting, and unique way.

Eligibility: Open to artists of all ages within Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham, and Alamance Counties.

Deadline for applications: Monday, August 27, 2018

For more information, go to




Chapel Hill Connect Mobile App

The Town of Chapel Hill has launched Chapel Hill Connect – a free mobile app that allows residents to easily report non-emergency issues located within Chapel Hill town limits to Town staff.

The app allows users to submit a description, picture and location of an issue, such as a pothole, sidewalk concern or blocked storm drain.

The report is automatically submitted to the respective division or department for review. The individual who submitted the service request will be notified when the issue has been acknowledged and closed. People are able to view, comment on and vote to fix problems submitted by their neighbors.

Additional features of the app allow residents easy access to the latest town news and events, Chapel Hill Transit schedules, parking information, swimming pool schedules and more.

“We’re always looking for new ways to increase engagement with our community,” said Town Manager Roger Stancil. “We are excited to offer this mobile-friendly tool for residents to both stay informed of Town happenings, as well as report issues we can address.”

The mobile app is available for download on Android and iPhone. Simply search “Chapel Hill Connect” on the App Store and Google Play. In addition to the mobile apps, residents can send reports through the Town’s website. See

Chapel Hill Connect was developed in partnership with SeeClickFix




#MeetDowntown and Enjoy Free Parking Every Saturday in July

All Town of Chapel Hill on-street parking, parking decks, and surface lots will be FREE in downtown Chapel Hill on Saturdays during the month of July. The dates are July 7, 14, 21, 28. Parking is also free on the 4th of July at all public parking spaces downtown. 

How will you know?
No longer do you need to look for bags on parking meters. The new Parkeon meters will display a message letting you know that parking is free. These are all highly visible and desirable downtown parking spaces with convenient access for residents and visitors to shop, dine and enjoy the #SummerInChapelHill.

The three-hour limit for metered parking will be in effect and will be monitored. And remember…public parking is always free on Sundays! Information at




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Sidewalk and Lane Closures: South Columbia Street

A contractor for The Carolina Inn at the intersection of South Columbia Street and Cameron Avenue will intermittently close the left lane of South Columbia Street for sidewalk and driveway reconstruction beginning Monday, July 9. The sidewalk in this location will be closed throughout the project.

Lane closures will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The lane closures will be intermittent when supplies and equipment are being delivered.

This project is schedule to last one month.

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Chapel Hill Police Investigating Multiple Break-Ins

The Chapel Hill Police Department is investigating multiple breaking and entering cases within the last week. We’re encouraging you to do a few things to discourage this behavior near you.

“We’re fortunate to live in a very safe community but we’re not immune from crime,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “You can do a lot to help us keep you and your neighbors safe. Always lock your vehicles and homes, even when you are there.  And encourage your neighbors to do so, too.  And, if you ever need us, don’t hesitate to call.”

Secure Your Home
A number of cases have involved unlocked homes. Make sure to secure your home, and activate your alarm system if you have one installed. If you feel unsure whether your home is adequately secured, the Chapel Hill Police Department will come by to perform a free security survey and provide you with ideas to increase your security. Please call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 for more information.

Hide Your Valuables
Many of these cases have involved larcenies of unidentifiable items like money and some jewelry. Keep valuable belongings out of plain sight, especially if you’re going to be away for an extended period of time. And, it’s still important to document whatever you can. Keep a list of items with their serial numbers in a secure location in your home.

Report Suspicious Activity
Witness accounts can be extremely important to our investigations. If you see something of a criminal nature, take note of what you’re seeing, including a person’s body type, any identifiable features like tattoos or scars, what a person is wearing, and any vehicle in which they may be traveling. Report this information to 911 or the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760.

A number of these cases have taken place in the northeast area of Chapel Hill. Any area is subject to this behavior, and we encourage you to watch out for yourself and your neighbors. Other safety measures may include lights on timers at night in your home, especially while you’re away, make sure your yard is maintained to appear as if someone has been by recently, and we invite you to utilize our House Check Program if you’re going to be away for an extended period of time. More information can be found at




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.

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Summer Brings Road Construction Projects in Chapel Hill (WCHL)

Summers in Chapel Hill mean less student traffic, and that gives the Town of Chapel Hill an opportunity to catch up on construction projects. Read more:


Here's your list of Fourth of July festivities in the local area (The Daily Tar Heel)

Still making your Independence Day plans? Look no further than Orange County, which boasts events in downtown Carrboro, Kenan Stadium and the Eno River. Read more:


Boil Water Advisory to be Issued Following OWASA Repairs in Chapel Hill (WCHL)

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority is in the process of repairing a water line in front of 214 West Cameron Avenue in Chapel Hill. Read more:


Yaya Tea brings customized bubble teas and Japanese snacks to Chapel Hill (ABC)

A new Japanese cafe, offering bubble tea, coffee and snacks, has opened for business in the neighborhood. Located at 157 E. Franklin St., the new arrival is called Yaya Tea. Read more:


Chapel Hill, UNC Enter Development Agreement for Future Municipal Services Center (WCHL)

The Chapel Hill Town Council voted last Wednesday to authorize town staff to proceed with a joint development agreement between the town and UNC for the future home of the town’s Municipal Services Center on university-owned property. Read more:


Chapel Hill Decision on UNC Health Care Development Delayed Until Fall (WCHL)

As part of a lengthy agenda on Wednesday night for the final Chapel Hill Town Council meeting before the summer break, the council was expected to consider a request from UNC Health Care to redevelop university-owned property along 15-501 at the western intersection of Eastowne Drive near I-40. Read more:


July 4 Celebration Guide (WCHL)

The Town of Chapel Hill will be hosting its annual fireworks celebration at Kenan Stadium on UNC’s campus. Read more:


SECU Foundation Helps Bring Affordable Workforce Housing to Chapel Hill Community (Markets Insider)

The official dedication of an 80-unit apartment complex on Formosa Lane in Chapel Hill – Greenfield Place – brings new and exciting housing opportunities for the area’s workforce. Read more:


How about a culinary day trip to Durham and Chapel Hill? (Go Triad)

The art of eating well, healthy and local continues to draw food lovers or “foodies” who will travel hours to indulge their culinary whims in award-winning restaurants with James Beard-nominated chefs. Read more:


The owner of The Crunkleton is ready to open something new in Chapel Hill (The News and Observer)

Acclaimed mixologist Gary Crunkleton is expanding his bar fiefdom again — this time with another location in Chapel Hill. Read more:





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