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Most municipal offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Residential trash will not be collected (make-up day Wednesday, Jan. 23). Chapel Hill Public Library will be open 1-5 p.m. Chapel Hill Transit will operate on Saturday schedules (no U, NU, 420 Hillsborough Express and Safe Rides). More Information

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Post Date:01/09/2019 8:00 AM
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2nd Friday Art Walk – TOWNweek - Ideas Sought for Hargraves Center - Meeting on Historic District Boundary - Come learn what is RAD about Chapel Hill! - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Service Schedule - Chapel Hill Offers Internship Fair on Feb. 5 - Cedar Fork Subwatershed Study Begins - Leaf Collection Schedule - Chapel Hill Transit Resumes Regular Schedule - Chapel Hill Transit Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Schedule Jan. 21 - Tar Heel Express Service to Jan. 12 Basketball Game - Tar Heel Express Service to North Carolina vs. Notre Dame Basketball Game - Lane Closure: 425 Hillsborough Street, Jan. 15 and 16 - Chapel Hill Firefighter Arrested, Placed on Administrative Leave without Pay - Town in News

 

 

2ND FRIDAY ARTWALK

2nd Friday Art Walk 

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 

Downtown Chapel Hill / East & West Franklin St Chapel Hill 

The 2nd Friday ArtWalk is a great opportunity to experience the creative arts scene in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, explore venues, and socialize with other art lovers! Venues offer live music, food, activities, hands-on art demonstrations, discounts, and more. 

www.2ndfridayartwalk.com

 

 

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Ideas Sought 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, is hosting open forums in January to hear the community's thoughts and ideas for offering new and innovative activities and recreation programs to the Hargrave’s community and surrounding areas. Join us on 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 ncherry@townofchapelhill.org 

 

 

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Meeting on Historic District Boundary  

The State Historic Preservation Office will host a public information meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 in the First Floor Conference Room at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to discuss the nomination for the West Chapel Hill Historic District Boundary Increase. 

The nomination is scheduled for presentation to the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee on Feb. 14, 2019. Please note that this change will not affect the local historic district boundaries (Franklin-Rosemary, Cameron-McCauley, and Gimghoul Historic Districts), or any Town of Chapel Hill regulations.

For more information, contact Jake Lowman at 919-969-5082 or jlowman@townofchapelhill.org or Becky McDonnell at 919-969-5054 or bmcdonnell@townofchapelhill.org.

 

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING 

Come learn what is RAD about Chapel Hill!

Help Chapel Hill prepare for our future residents and join the Town of Chapel Hill’s Public Housing staff as they discuss RAD, the Rental Assistance Demonstration program that will help the Town make improvements in public housing and other affordable housing properties. 

Everyone is welcome.  Childcare will be provided. Share our flyer!  bit.ly/2CkvqKy

  • Thursday Jan. 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Hargraves Community Center
  • Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Public Library Room B (Karen and Burmese interpretation available)
  • Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Hargraves Community Center

The Town of Chapel Hill has issued a Request for Qualifications from developers for affordable housing to help the community visualize possibilities for the Trinity Court and Craig Gomains properties. The RAD program allows public housing agencies the ability to leverage public and private debt and equity to reinvest in revitalizing the nation's public housing stock.

For more information, contact Housing Director Faith Thompson at 919-969-4985 or fthompson@townofchapelhill.org

 

 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Service Schedule

Most municipal offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

RESIDENTIAL TRASH will not be collected Monday, Jan. 21. Monday routes will be collected Wednesday, Jan. 23. No change to yard waste collection.

CURBSIDE RECYCLING: No change in schedule.

COMMERCIAL TRASH will not be collected. Monday routes will be collected before the end of the week.

ORANGE COUNTY LANDFILL will be closed.

WASTE AND RECYCLING CENTERS will be closed.

CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will operate on Saturday schedules (CM, CW, D, FG, JN, T and V routes will operate). U, NU, 420 Hillsborough Express and Safe Rides will not operate. EZ Rider will operate from 8:15 a.m. to 6:52 p.m. Some transit routes will be detoured from 9 to 10 a.m. on Franklin Street due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Rally and March: CW, D, FG, T and V. Expect schedule delays during this time. For schedule information, call 919-485-7433.

HOUSING: Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call 919-968-2855.

PARKS AND RECREATION:The Plant Road office will be closed. Call facilities for schedules: Chapel Hill Community Center (919-968-2790); Hargraves Recreation Center (919-968-2794); Homestead Aquatics Center (919-968-2799); The Corner Teen Center (919-968-2841).

 

 

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Chapel Hill Offers Internship Fair on Feb. 5

Undergraduate college students interested in applying for paid internships with the Town of Chapel Hill are invited to attend the Thorpe Internship Fair scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Applicants must attend the internship fair, where on-site interviews will be conducted. Apply online at www.townofchapelhill.org/jobs before attending the fair and bring a copy of your resume to the fair.

The Town demonstrates its dedication to the growth and development of our future workforce by offering paid internship opportunities to undergraduate students. The internship program provides a professional environment by which students can gain meaningful work experience in career fields of interest in a local government setting. Each internship is funded at $1,000 per semester. Hours and other requirements are set by the department and will be included in the job posting. 

To meet the minimum qualifications for an internship position, candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate program from an accredited college or university; possess good oral and written communication skills; be proficient with computers and software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and be eager to learn and able to work independently.

For more information, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/jobs or contact Herbert Griffin, Human Resources Development Manager-Operations, at 919-969-4954 or hgriffin@townofchapelhill.org  

Feel free to share our flyer available for download at bit.ly/2FkM9l2.

 

 

CEDAR FORK SUBWATERSHED

Cedar Fork Subwatershed Study Begins

Residents of neighborhoods in the area of the Cedar Fork Subwatershed (see Map) may notice field crews in their neighborhoods conducting stream walks over the next few weeks. A team of field technicians is assessing stream conditions and existing stormwater facilities as part of a Town of Chapel Hill study of water quality, flooding and erosion control issues.

To learn more, attend a public information meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.

The Stormwater Management Program is working through the development of subwatershed planning as a part of a strategic initiative identified in the Stormwater Management Master Plan. The goals of the program are to recommend and prioritize projects that will control existing flooding, stabilize streams and improve overall water quality in the Town’s watersheds. Recently, the Lower Booker Creek and Eastwood Lake subwatersheds have been completed.

The Cedar Fork study process will include many opportunities to educate, inform and involve the public. Information, updates, maps and public involvement opportunities will be continually posted online.

A survey is currently available to obtain input from Cedar Fork area residents about specific challenges on their properties such as flooding and erosion. Visit the project web page and take the survey at http://bookercreekplan.org/projects/cedar-fork.

Please send your comments and any photos to comments@cedarforksws.org.

 

 

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Leaf Collection Schedule

Place loose leaves/pine straw, free of limbs and debris, behind the curb or drainage ditch for collection. Keep leaves out of streets, gutters and ditches to prevent flooding and bike and car accidents. Do not block sidewalks, fire hydrants, mailboxes, storm drains or water meters or interfere with sight distances at intersections.

Check the online leaf collection schedule. Place loose leaves behind the curb no more than two weeks prior to the anticipated arrival of collection crews in your neighborhood.

Call 919-969-5100 or visit www.townofchapelhill.org/leaves for updates on the collection schedule in your neighborhood.

 

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Section VI - Fountain Ridge Road, Colony Woods Drive, Cricket Ground, White Oak Drive, Legion Road, Clover Drive, Standish Drive, Windhover Drive, Englewood Drive, Silver Creek Trail, Chesley Lane, Sweeten Creek Road area

Section VII (partial) - Huntington Drive, Curtis Road, Elliott Road, Old Oxford Road, Ridgecrest Road, South Lake Shore Drive, North Lake Shore Drive area

 

 

CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT A BUS

Chapel Hill Transit Resumes Regular Schedule

Chapel Hill Transit has resumed regular service follows:

  • The weekday A-Limited morning trips (7:14–9:44 a.m.) and weekday NU route will resume on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.
  • The weekend U and NU routes resumed on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.
  • Safe Ride routes will resume on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

For more information about transit routes and schedules, visit chtransit.org.

 

 

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Chapel Hill Transit Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Schedule Jan. 21

Chapel Hill Transit will operate a Saturday schedule on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The CM, CW, D, FG, JN, T and V routes will operate. The U, NU, 420 Hillsborough Express and Safe Rides will not operate.

EZ Rider will operate from 8:15 a.m. to 6:52 p.m. Transit offices will be closed and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8:30 a.m. For schedule information, call 919-485-7433.

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Rally and March, Chapel Hill Transit will detour routes from approximately 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Franklin Street as follows.

  • CW route - detoured along Cameron Ave. and Merritt Mill Road
  • D route - detoured along Hillsborough Street and Rosemary Street
  • FG route - detoured along Cameron Ave. and Pittsboro Street
  • T route - detoured along Boundary Street and Country Club Road
  • V route - detoured along South Road and South Columbia Street

Expect schedule delays during this time.

 

 

TRANSIT BUS GO HEELS

Tar Heel Express Service to Jan. 12 Basketball Game

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, for the North Carolina basketball game against Louisville scheduled for 12 p.m. at Dean E. Smith Center. 

Tar Heel Express shuttles will begin at 10:30 a.m. from the park and rides located at Friday Center, Southern Village, Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) and Jones Ferry. Shuttles will also be available from the Carolina Coffee Shop located at 138 E. Franklin St. (no parking provided). 

The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the park and rides and the Dean E. Smith Center. The shuttles will operate for approximately forty-five (45) minutes following the game.

Shuttles drop off and pick up on Bowles Drive in front of the Dean E. Smith Center. 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 chtransit.org, email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.

 

 

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Tar Heel Express Service to North Carolina vs. Notre Dame Basketball Game

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, for the North Carolina basketball game against Notre Dame scheduled for 9 p.m. at Dean E. Smith Center. 

Tar Heel Express shuttles will begin at 7:30 p.m. from the park and rides located at Friday Center, Southern Village, Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) and Jones Ferry. Shuttles will also be available from the Carolina Coffee Shop located at 138 E. Franklin St. (no parking provided). 

The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the park and rides and the Dean E. Smith Center. The shuttles will operate for approximately forty-five (45) minutes following the game.

Shuttles drop off and pick up on Bowles Drive in front of the Dean E. Smith Center. 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 chtransit.org, email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.

 

  

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Lane Closure: 425 Hillsborough Street, Jan. 15 and 16

The contractor for the Grove Park project (formerly Townhouse Apartments) between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hillsborough Street will close one lane of traffic at 425 Hillsborough St. (near the Phil Beta Chi sorority house) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic through the lane closure. Through traffic will be maintained throughout the closure.

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Chapel Hill Firefighter Arrested, Placed on Administrative Leave without Pay

The Chapel Hill Police Department arrested Jaime Ernesto Palacios, 53, of unincorporated Orange County, on Tuesday, Jan. 8. He was charged with three felony counts of dissemination to minors under the age of 16 years. He was taken to Orange County Jail and held on a $45,000 bond.

Palacios, a Chapel Hill Fire Department employee, was immediately placed on Administrative Leave without Pay in accordance with Town policy. An administrative investigation has been initiated.

This continues to be an ongoing criminal and personnel matter. The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the criminal investigation, and the Town is cooperating with outside law enforcement agencies to further investigate the criminal matter.

No additional details are available at this time.

Media Contact: Ran Northam, community safety communications specialist, 919-969-4878, rnortham@townofchapelhill.org

Media Note: This continues to be a personnel issue and pursuant to North Carolina State Law, information beyond clarifying what is in this news release will not be released at this time.

 

 

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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 info@townofchapelhill.org.

 

Gizmo Brew Works Reportedly Opening Chapel Hill Location (WCHL)

Raleigh-based Gizmo Brew Works is set to open a second location in a heralded location in downtown Chapel Hill. Read more:https://chapelboro.com/news/business/gizmo-brew-works-reportedly-opening-chapel-hill-location

 

Elected Officials Across Orange County Focusing on 2019 Priorities (WCHL)

Local leaders have turned their focus to the new year with a variety of different priorities and goals on the horizon. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/elected-officials-across-orange-county-focusing-on-2019-priorities

 

Chapel Hill Bar Liquor License Denied After New Year’s Day Shooting (WCHL)

The North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission has rejected a temporary permit for alcohol sales at a bar called Night School on Rosemary Street. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/business/chapel-hill-bar-liquor-license-denied-after-new-years-day-shooting

 

Chapel Hill’s old Rathskeller finally has a resident: a Raleigh brewery’s new taproom (The News & Observer)

Raleigh’s Gizmo Brew Works is opening its second taproom in Chapel Hill and is reviving an old town favorite in the process. Read more:https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article224023730.html

 

After years of vacancy, the old Rathskeller space in downtown Chapel Hill has a new tenant (Triangle Business Journal)

After years of sitting empty, the once-beloved Ramshead Rathskeller restaurant in a Franklin Street alley in Chapel Hill will soon be home to a Raleigh brewery looking to show off its expansive beer list. Read more: https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2019/01/07/after-years-of-vacancy-the-old-rathskeller-space.html?ana=e_trig_bn_newsalert&u=D29RyD1N30doZDmgyMmKKg0e51a3a3&t=1546884933&j=85893841

 

Scammers pose as NC police officers soliciting donations (CBS17)

First responders throughout the Triangle are issuing a warning to beware of scammers trying to get money from unsuspecting donors using the names of local police or fire departments. Read more: https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/orange-county-news/scammers-pose-as-nc-police-officers-soliciting-donations/1687252307

 

Chapel Hill Police Investigating New Year’s Day Shooting Near Bar (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Police are investigating a report of multiple gunshots early in the morning on New Year’s Day. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-investigating-new-years-day-shooting-near-bar

 

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger Discusses University Place, Economic Development (WCHL)

The new owners of University Place in Chapel Hill plan to “modernize the property and create a true town center for Chapel Hill.” Read more:https://chapelboro.com/town-square/chapel-hill-mayor-pam-hemminger-discusses-university-place-economic-development

 

 

 

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