Chapel Hill eNews

Post Date:01/03/2019 8:00 AM



In This Issue

Recycling and Other Collection Updates  Lunchbox Talk – TOWNweek  Update on Loose Leaves  Space Heater Safety  No, We Don’t Solicit Donations  Community Police Academy  Ideas Needed for Hargraves Center  West Rosemary Street Closure Jan. 5-6  Town in News




Recycling and Other Collection Updates

If your curbside recycling day is normally Tuesday, your recycling this week will be collected on Saturday, Jan. 5 (due to the holidays). Have carts out by 7 a.m. 
Recycling Route Schedule Info ->

Garbage service is conducted on Monday and Tuesday in Chapel Hill. What day is your garbage and yard waste collected? Click here for a residential trash collection map searchable by street name. 

The Town provides weekly, curbside collection of containerized yard waste and small yard waste piles from residences. Those receiving Monday garbage service, receive Thursday yard waste collection. Residents receiving Tuesday garbage service, receive Friday yard waste collection. Click here for collection options for large yard waste piles.

Yard waste is taken to Orange County where it is chipped into mulch and offered for sale at the landfill. More ->

Please see our public notice on Loose Leaves collection in this issue of eNews.

More general information at




Lunchbox Talk

Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10

NC Botanical Garden / 100 Old Mason Farm Road Chapel Hill (919) 962-0522

LUNCHBOX Talk: The Importance of Urban Forests to NC Communities with Leslie Moorman, Executive Director, NC Urban Forest Council - Trees are often an overlooked resource within our cities and towns. Urban forests provide a wide range of benefits to our communities, from saving money and increasing property values to providing clean air and water and improving your overall health. This presentation will discuss the many benefits (ecosystem services) trees provide, how they can be part of the solution to some of our environmental concerns, and the role of proper tree care management in the success of our urban forests in NC.







Update on Loose Leaves

Due to the record breaking rainfall over an extended period of time and an early snow, we are experiencing service delays in the collection of residential loose leaves.    

Crews are continuing to work diligently to collect residential loose leaves during this peak collection period, including working extended hours, and weather permitting on Saturdays. Please help us during this period by doing these things:

  • Put leaves behind the curb – Place loose leaves behind the curb to prevent them from interfering with vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians and drainage. We are seeking your help in ensuring that loose leaves don’t create safety problems.
  • Check our collection schedule – Check our online leaf collection schedule. Hold off on placing loose leaves behind the curb until no more than two weeks prior to the anticipated arrival of collection crews in their neighborhood.

To assist us further, we strongly encourage residents to compost their loose leaves when possible or place them in a yard waste roll cart and/or in brown paper yard waste bags for weekly yard waste curbside collection. For more information on composting, go to

Please visit for weekly and daily collection updates.  To view the interactive map of where our crews are currently working, visit

Your assistance is appreciated in making our community safer for all modes of transportation, including people who walk and ride bicycles. If you have questions, reach us at or 919-969-5100.




Space Heater Safety

Do you use a space heater in your home or business? Educating yourself about the safety hazards that come with the improper use of portable heaters will help you achieve better peace of mind as you keep your home warm, comfortable, and fire hazard-free this winter.

Any heat source should be kept at least three feet away from anything that is flammable. The heaters should be regularly cleaned and maintained according to the device’s instructions.

It’s particularly important to regularly maintain heaters that use  a fuel source (for example, kerosene) to ensure there aren’t any carbon monoxide leaks. Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector installed and tested regularly. They are available at most home improvement stores. 

It’s also important for renters to check with their landlord or property manager to see what heat sources are allowed in their home or business. If a fire is caused by an unapproved heater, there may be no insurance coverage. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has additional heating safety tips at




No, We Don’t Solicit Donations

Scammers are always coming up with new tricks and twists to steal your hard-earned money

The Chapel Hill Police and Fire departments do not call residents asking for donations, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you receive such a call.

The New Year brings new opportunities for scammers to take advantage of someone who is looking to doing something nice.

Don’t be afraid to ask for identifying information (a name, position in the organization, call-back number, etc.). Trust your gut; if something doesn’t feel right, you may ask to call the person back.

The police department has received information on scammers cloning numbers to look like they’re calling from the police department. If you experience such a situation, you can ask to call that person right back, even if your caller ID is already showing the number you intend to call.

It’s important to note that when the Town officials contact individuals, we do not ask for money, gift cards, or personal information if we contact you. We may call you about follow-up information in a case in which you’re involved, and you should be aware of that case ahead of time.

If you receive a questionable call, take note of identifying details such as accent, what agency they claim to be calling from, and the type of information or payment they’re attempting to get from you, and report that information to us at 919-968-2760.

Scammers are always coming up with new tricks and twists to steal your hard-earned money. 

To protect yourself from consumer frauds and scams, remember:

  • Never share your Social Security Number, bank account or credit card information with someone you don’t know who calls you or emails you.
  • Walk away from high-pressure sellers who tell you that you must make a decision right away.
  • Don’t sign any contract or other paperwork until you’ve had a chance to read and understand it.
  • Never pay money upfront to get a loan or win a lottery or sweepstakes.
  • Don’t respond to letters or emails that ask you to help transfer money into your bank account or wire money out of the country.
  • Don’t cash checks you get in the mail along with a letter or call that tells you you’ve won an unexpected prize. The checks are most likely fakes.

For additional Information visit the North Carolina Department of Justice Website at:




Community Police Academy

The Chapel Hill Police Department will host its Community Police Academy Thursday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 26. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 11. 

The Community Police Academy is an action-packed, two-day event providing community members with an inside look at how their police department functions. The Academy is designed to increase understanding and awareness of the role of the Chapel Hill Police Department and the day-to-day life of a police officer through computer simulated “hands-on” activities and engaging discussions. The Community Police Academy is open to anyone 16 years of age or older. 

Participants will experience:

  • Exercises simulating real police scenarios (computer simulations)
  • Officer equipment demonstrations 
  • Arrest procedures
  • Use of Force discussions
  • Social/Mental Health issues 
  • Citizen complaints/Internal Affairs
  • Police Canine (K9) program demonstrations
  • Investigations
  • Special Emergency Response capabilities
  • …and more

Anyone wishing to attend the Community Police Academy must complete an application by visiting  

For more information, go to




Ideas Needed for Hargraves Center

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation operates two Community Centers. These centers are a vital source of learning and recreation for residents of Chapel Hill. For many neighborhoods, like our own Hargraves Center, they are the heart of the community.

The Hargraves Community Center, located at 216 N. Roberson Street in downtown Chapel Hill, will host two open forums in January to hear the community's thoughts and ideas for offering new and innovative activities and recreation programs to the Hargraves community and surrounding areas. Join us on either Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. or Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Hargraves Auditorium. We welcome your ideas and suggestions to help support our efforts in continuing the legacy of service at the Hargraves Community Center.   

The Hargraves Community Center includes an auditorium and the Northside Gymnasium and meeting room. Outside facilities include the A.D. Clark outdoor swimming pool, a softball field, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground and picnic shelter. The Hargraves Community Center offers a variety of programs for all ages year-round, including after school, teacher workday and summer day camps for ages 5 -12. There's dance for all ages, talent and fashion shows for middle and high school youth, field trips and holiday programs for seniors. The center also offers an adult game night, a computer lab and game room with table tennis and a billiard table.

If you have further questions or concerns please contact Nikiya Cherry at 




West Rosemary Street Closure Jan. 5-6

West Rosemary Street will be closed between N. Columbia and Church streets from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5-6, while OWASA contractors complete a sewer repair.

OWASA will work with residents and businesses in the area to coordinate access and parking. For more information, please contact Linda Low at

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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


New owners of Chapel Hill’s University Place plan to rejuvenate ‘half-dead mall’ (The Herald Sun)

The new owner of University Place mall in Chapel Hill says it wants to transform one of the Triangle’s oldest shopping centers from a “half-dead mall” to a “vibrant” town center. Read more:


New University Place Owners Plan Multi-Phase Revitalization (WCHL)

The new owners of University Place mall in Chapel Hill are planning a “multi-phase” effort to “modernize the property and create a true town center for Chapel Hill.” Read more:


Could $52M deal revitalize Chapel Hill mall? (Triangle Business Journal)

A new owner could help fill vacancies at University Place in Chapel Hill. Read more:


Ram Development buys University Place mall in Chapel Hill (The Herald Sun)

University Place, a renovated 1970s mall anchored by Silverspot Cinema and gourmet grocer Southern Season, has been sold for an undisclosed sum, the town of Chapel Hill’s economic development officer said Friday. Read more:


Foodie News (WRAL)

Top restaurant news of 2018. Read more:


University Place in Chapel Hill Sold (WCHL)

University Place mall in Chapel Hill has been sold. Read more:


A look back at 2018: Triangle dining shifts after restaurant institutions close (The News & Observer)

The food halls are open and tasty bites abound. Read more:




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