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Post Date:10/05/2018 4:27 PM



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TOWNweek - Festifall - Film Fest 919 - 140 West Plaza and Sculpture Focus Group - Chapel Hill Transit Fall Break Schedule - Tar Heel Express Schedules for "Late Night with Roy" and Virginia Tech Football Game - Bus Rapid Transit Open House - Lane Closure: Fordham Boulevard - Community Meetings with Residents Born in Other Countries - Town in News






Festifall Welcomes Artists for 46th Annual Festival

On Sunday, Oct. 7, the Festifall Arts Festival, presented by Erie Insurance, will once again bring art, color, music, craftsmanship, food and fun to vibrant downtown Chapel Hill. The festival will feature more than 100 artisans from all over the South. From noon to 6 p.m., find the finest in painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, metal, fiber and mixed media artworks on West Franklin Street.

Browsing for the perfect handmade gift isn’t all there is to enjoy. The interactive zone is returning this year, hosting activities and performances designed especially for those young and young-at-heart festival-goers. Kidzu Children’s Museum and The Morehead Planetarium will offer free creative learning and play for budding artists of all kinds, while vendors like Spin Art and the Clay Studio will offer free interactive art activities. And throughout, the festival showcases music, dance and comedy performances at three stages along West Franklin Street.

This is a free event for all ages, and parking is free throughout downtown in town-owned lots and side streets. 

West Franklin Street from Church Street (near 140 West Franklin Street and in front of Carolina Square) and Graham Street (near Al’s Burger Shack) will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Festifall is sponsored by Chapel Hill Magazine, the News and Observer, 97.9 The Hill WCHL, and WUNC FM.

For more information about Festifall, visit



Film Fest 919

Film Fest 919, named for the North Carolina Triangle and based in Chapel Hill, announced its highly-anticipated film line-up for the 1st edition, October 3-7, 2018 at Silverspot Cinema at University Place. Epitomizing the slogan “Catch the Films Before They Catch On,” Film Fest 919 (FF919) conveys the true spirit of a film festival, presenting a diverse breadth of narrative features to the area’s enthusiastic, film-loving audience.  Showcasing the fall season’s most talked-about films, fresh from Toronto, Venice, Telluride, as well as Cannes and Sundance film festivals, audiences will have an opportunity to see awards-worthy films early on, including such titles as Roma, which won the Golden Lion Award at Venice Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival Audience Award Winner Green Book, Venice Film Festival winner The Favourite, Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek starrer The Old Man & The Gun, Karyn Kusama’s film Destroyer, featuring a critically-acclaimed performance by Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut Boy Erased  and this year’s Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner, Shoplifters.




Council to Report on Intercity Visit to Lawrence, Kansas

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and the Town Council will share the lessons learned and new ideas they brought home from the InterCity Visit to Lawrence, Kansas, at a special meeting set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Room B of the Chapel Hill Public Library.

The Sept. 23-25 trip included 15 sessions and deep dive discussions with more than 100 Lawrence leaders, including the Chancellor of the University of Kansas, the President of Haskell Indian Nations University, the Mayor and Manager of the City of Lawrence, and the President and CEO of the Chamber of Lawrence.

Topics of exploration included branding a community, creating a thriving downtown, building community resiliency, rethinking the future of education and entrepreneurship and partnering in a university town.

The Council was joined by elected officials from Orange County and neighboring towns along with other community and business leaders.

More information about the trip can be found on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce’s InterCity Visit webpage:





Focus Group on 140 West Plaza and Sculpture

The Town of Chapel Hill invites the community to a focus group on the 140 West Plaza and the Exhale sculpture. The public input event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Room A of the Chapel Hill Public Library (100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC).

The Town Council directed staff to initiate a stakeholder input process to explore ideas for activating the 140 West Plaza and also to receive input about the idea of relocating the Exhale sculpture. This focus group is one of those stakeholder input sessions.

We expect this session to last one hour. The session is divided into four short guided activities designed to innovatively engage stakeholders, so please bring your creativity and curiosity! After stakeholder meetings in September and October, we expect to report back to Council in November.

For more information, contact Town Ombuds Beth Vazquez at 919-265-0806 or




Community Meetings with Residents Born in Other Countries

Are you a resident born in another country? If yes, the Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities project would like to hear from you!  Join us and share your opinion on recommendations on public transportation, housing, Town communications, law enforcement and leadership opportunities that will be made to local government and community services in the coming year. All residents are welcome and meeting locations are wheelchair accessible.

  • Thursday, Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church (940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill, 27514). Community conversations in Burmese, English, Karen, and Spanish languages. Childcare is provided.

  • Wednesday Oct. 10, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center (2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, 27516). Community conversations in English and Mandarin languages. No childcare.


Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities is a collaborative project of UNC-Chapel Hill, the Town of Chapel Hill, community organizations, and immigrant and refugee community members.

Please share the following fliers in English, Spanish and Karen languages:

English: Sept. 27 meeting | Oct. 10 meeting

Spanish (Sept. 27 meeting)

Karen (Sept. 27 meeting)

Burmese (Sept. 27 meeting)

Mandarin (Oct. 10 meeting)





Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service for "Late Night with Roy" on Friday, Oct. 12. 

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, for "Late Night with Roy" beginning at 5 p.m. from the Friday Center park and ride (off Highway 54 East on Friday Center Drive). 

The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between Friday Center and the Dean E. Smith Center. The shuttles will operate for forty-five (45) minutes following the event. Shuttle rides are $5 for a round-trip or $3 for a one-way trip. 

Park and ride permits are not required during Tar Heel Express events.

For additional information on Tar Heel Express, please visit Chapel Hill Transit's website at, email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech Football Game Oct. 13

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Saturday, Oct.13, 2018, for the North Carolina football game against Virginia Tech, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Kenan Stadium. Shuttles will begin at  4 p.m. from the Friday Center and Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) park and rides, and 5:30 p.m. from the Southern Village and Jones Ferry Road park and rides.

Shuttles drop off and pick up on South Road at Carmichael Auditorium and Woolen gym. The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the park and rides and Kenan Stadium. The shuttles will operate for forty-five (45) minutes following the game. 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.




Chapel Hill Transit Fall Break Schedule October 18-20

Chapel Hill Transit will make the following service schedule adjustments due to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill fall break schedule:

  • The weekday A-Limited morning trips (7:14–9:44 a.m.) will not operate Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, through Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, and will resume on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.
  • The weekday NU route will not operate Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, through Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, and will resume on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.
  • The weekend U and NU routes will not operate Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, and will  resume on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.
  • Safe Ride routes will not operate Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, through Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, and will resume on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.

Safe Ride is a service funded by the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government for the safety of students. For information on routes and schedules:




Chapel Hill Transit Kicks Off Open House Events for North South Bus Rapid Transit

Chapel Hill Transit is holding open house events this October to gain feedback from transit users, residents and business owners on phase two of its North-South Bus Rapid Transit (NSBRT) project. The NSBRT will provide service along the thoroughfare that stretches from Eubanks Road in the north to Southern Village.

“With the launch of bus rapid transit along one of Chapel Hill’s busiest corridors, we will be able to provide riders with faster, more efficient public transportation, alleviate congestion on roadways and reduce pollution,” said Brian Litchfield, transit director for Chapel Hill Transit.

Earlier this year, Chapel Hill Transit launched Phase Two of the project using findings from the 2016 North South Transit Study to kick off the environmental study and 30 percent design of the NSBRT.

The study identified one locally-preferred alternative with three options at the northern end of the route, as well as priorities for the project, which include high-capacity buses with exclusive bus lanes, traffic signal priority and level boarding to improve the customer experience. Another priority for the project: multi-use paths for cyclists and pedestrians.  

Public Invited to Comment on Early Design Considerations

The open house will provide transit users, residents and commuters with an opportunity to view the team’s recommendation for the preliminary design of the NSBRT system, as well as to view and provide feedback on alternatives for bike and pedestrian pathways.

“Public engagement was crucial to our study findings,” Litchfield said. “It will be equally important in Phase Two. The open house events are a great opportunity for the public to provide feedback on project elements including the recommended location of the NSBRT lanes, bus station locations and bike and pedestrian paths.”

Public feedback will be used to develop the design recommendation the project team will take to the Chapel Hill Town Council this fall.

Open House Locations

Open House 1

Date: Monday, October 22, 2018

Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Location:  Christ United Methodist Church
800 Market Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Open House 2

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Dr.
Meeting Room B
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Open House 3

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Locations: Orange United Methodist Church
1220 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Find out more about the project at Provide feedback and ideas via a survey available at Project updates and information can also be found on Twitter @chapelhillgov and #nsbrt.




Celebrating New Bridge Art on Tanyard Branch Trail

An art railing has been installed on a pedestrian bridge on the Tanyard Branch Trail that connects Umstead Park with the Northside neighborhood. A dedication ceremony open to the public will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the bridge site.

Parking is available at Umstead Park, 399 Umstead Drive. Participants can walk about 1,000 feet from Umstead Park, on the paved trail, to reach the bridge. We invite everyone to join us. If you have any special access or parking needs, please contact Jeff York at or 919 -968-2750.

Created by artist and metal fabricator Leo Gaev, the bridge art features 43 silhouettes cut out of steel securely attached to perforated, steel panels that span both sides of the bridge. 

The art, like the bridge, connects the park, trail and the community. The silhouettes are derived from photographs taken by the artist, of people walking the trail, enjoying the park or going about their daily lives throughout the Northside neighborhood. There is a father pushing a stroller, people playing musical instruments, a carrier delivering mail, volleyball players, a boy running with a dog, a woman planting flowers, and other identifiable activities.

Leo Gaev’s Metal Work Inc., is located in Carrboro. Gaev has been designing, building, and installing architectural and artistic metalwork in the region for 10 years. He is known for his sculptural signs welcoming people to Carrboro. Gaev was chosen for the bridge railing commission through a broadly advertised “call to artists” and a selection process.

The bridge art was funded by the Town of Chapel Hill’s Percent for Art Program established in 2002. The ordinance allocates one percent of selected projects for the creation and maintenance of public art. For information about the project, visit For information about the Town’s Community Arts & Culture visit




Lane Closures: Fordham Boulevard near Eastowne Drive (Oct. 5)

Fordham Boulevard (U.S. Highway 15-501) near Eastowne Drive (near the old Blue Cross Blue Shield building, now owned by the State Employees Credit Union) has been reduced to one lane in each direction due to a motor-vehicle crash. This closure is likely to be in place through the morning commute. It’s best to seek an alternate route if you are able to do so.

Town of Chapel Hill Public Works staff are on scene assisting the repair. The closure is expected to last at least two hours.

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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.

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CASA Reviewing Options for Affordable Housing Project in Chapel Hill, Carrboro (WCHL)

Leaders of a local non-profit focused on affordable housing are regrouping after missing out on a federal tax credit this year that would have helped a project straddling the Chapel Hill – Carrboro line move forward. Read more:


Chapel Hill, Carrboro Continuing Focus on Flooding After Hurricane Florence (WCHL)

While over nine inches of rain brought some flooding to Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the area got through Hurricane Florence with considerably less damage than parts of eastern North Carolina. Read more:


Latest land deal in Chapel Hill marks $22M in string of sales for investment group (Triangle Business Journal)

An apartment developer has acquired land in east Chapel Hill in the middle of a new mixed-use development along the future Durham-Orange Light Rail line. Read more:


Film Fest 919 Coming to Chapel Hill’s Silverspot Cinema (WCHL)

Film Fest 919 is coming to Chapel Hill from October 3-7 and the inaugural five-day event will feature over 40 award-winning films at Silverspot Cinema in Chapel Hill. Read more:


Food for the Summer Sees Growth in 2018 (WCHL)

Food for the Summer recently wrapped up its third summer after serving over 50,000 meals this year. Read more:


News Around Town: October 1 (WCHL)

News Around Town is a collection of local events and news stories around town that are highlighted on the radio. Read more:


Hillsborough Street residents can expect construction in coming months (The Daily Tar Heel)

The Town of Chapel Hill is taking bids for the reconstruction of Hillsborough Street between East Franklin Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Read more:


Chapel Hill police chief: Law enforcement tactics at UNC protests are of ‘great concern’ (The News & Observer)

Chapel Hill’s police chief says he is greatly concerned by some of the tactics that law enforcement officers have used against protesters on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Read more:


Chapel Hill police chief upset law enforcement is caught in middle of Silent Sam debate (WRAL)

Chapel Hill’s police chief says he is greatly concerned by some of the tactics that law enforcement officers have used against protesters on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Read more:


Chapel Hill police chief speaks for first time since Silent Sam came down (ABC11)

Six weeks after Silent Sam came down, Chapel Hill's police chief spoke publicly for the first time. Read more:


Chapel Hill police chief speaks for the first time since Silent Sam toppling (Spectrum)

For the first time since the Silent Sam statue was toppled back in August, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue spoke to the community about the delicate and volatile situation. Read more:


Tu for Two: The RedBall Project (WCHL)

Their mission to find something unique brought them to something giant, red and round in Chapel Hill — the RedBall Project! Read more:


Nobel Prize Winner Moving Closer to Opening Turkish Cultural Center in Chapel Hill (WCHL)

The groundbreaking for Chapel Hill’s new Turkish Cultural Center took place late last month. Read more:


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