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Post Date:01/31/2019 8:00 AM



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“I Am a Man” Civil Rights Photographs - TOWNweek - Community Meeting on Multi-Use Paths Feb. 4 - Council Meeting Summary - Survey on Arts and Culture - Recreation Facility Closures in February - Summer Camp Registration Starts Feb. 5 - Internship Fair on Feb. 5 - Books Sandwiched In Meets Feb. 6 - Leaf Collection Schedule - Town Saves $164,000 in Energy Costs - Eubanks Park and Ride Bus Stop Moved - Tar Heel Express Service - Town in News



“I Am A Man” Civil Rights Photographs

5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
Center for the Study of the American South / 410 East Franklin St Chapel Hill (919) 962-5665

Opening Reception: “I AM A MAN” Civil Rights Photographs, 1960-1970 - The images in this collection offer a glimpse into the courage and brutality of the 1960s, a decade that unleashed hope for the future as well as profound and tumultuous changes. Viewers will recognize photographs of protesters carrying signs with messages such as “I AM A MAN” or sitting at segregated lunch counters as iconic, familiar images associated with the Civil Rights Movement. An inter-institutional team of researchers led by Professor Emeritus Bill Ferris collected these photographs for a recent exhibit at the Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, France. For our opening reception, we will be joined by Doris Derby, acclaimed photographer of the Civil Rights Movement. Join us as we pay tribute to the students, organizers, journalists, and ordinary citizens who risked their lives to end Jim Crow segregation within the American South. This event is free and open to the public. Photographs will remain on display through May 2019.








Community Meeting on Multi-Use Paths Feb. 4

You’re invited to a Chapel Hill Transit community meeting to discuss plans for multi-use paths for cyclists and pedestrians along a major transit corridor that extends from Eubanks Road to Southern Village.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive.

As part of its plans for the North-South Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route, Chapel Hill Transit will expand dedicated space for cyclists and pedestrians along more than 80 percent of the route.

At the community meeting, Chapel Hill Transit will discuss opportunities for multi-use paths, as well as roadway and budgetary considerations that will impact final plans. Attendees can share how they currently use bike and pedestrian lanes and provide input that will be considered in the final design.

The North-South BRT system is projected to be completed in 2022. BRT combines high-capacity buses with exclusive traffic lanes and traffic signal priority to decrease travel times and improve the rider experience.

Learn more at Follow the project on Twitter @chtransit and #nsbrt.

For media interviews, contact Chapel Hill Transit Director Brian Litchfield at or Chapel Hill Transit Development Manager Matt Cecil at




Council Meeting Summary

The Chapel Hill Town Council met Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Chapel Hill Town Hall to consider an agenda that included the following highlights. The full agenda and video access available at

View Council meetings live at the link above – and on Chapel Hill Gov-TV ( Council meeting summaries are issued from the Communications and Public Affairs Department. To sign up to receive these by email, please send a request to


Construction of Homestead Road Sidewalk Project

The Town Council authorized the Town Manager to enter into a municipal agreement with NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to accept federal Surface Transportation Block grant funds for the Homestead Road construction project. The project consists of the construction of sidewalks, bike lanes and multi-use paths on Homestead Road from east of Seawell School Road to Weaver Dairy Road Extension in Chapel Hill. The total estimated cost of the project is $1.3 million. NCDOT will reimburse 80 percent of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $1.04 million. The Town will have three years to complete all work outlined in the agreement. Construction is tentatively planned to begin in summer 2019. For more information on projects to improve connectivity and safety, see


Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) Study Areas as Part of Charting Our Future

The Council discussed visioning exercises for the Charting Our Future land use initiative. The Council asked the Town Manager to work with the affected governmental partners and to return to Council with options for incorporation of one or both of the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) Study Areas discussed (the area north of I-40 and the Southern ETJ Study Area). A public meeting will be held prior to moving forward with speaking to other governmental stakeholders, including background about the origin of the urban service boundaries in the subject area, as well as the Town parcel and the uses for the area. Comments received from the public meeting will be brought back to Council to consider next steps. The Council postponed consideration of the land use for the ETJ Study Area north of I-40. More information on Charting Our Future can be found at


Chapel Hill Youth Initiative Update

The Council received the Youth Initiative Report, focusing on community members in the 6th through 12th grades. The report gathered and analyzed data on youth via 14 focus groups with 180 youth in fall 2018. A diverse group of youth was included with a focus on minority populations.

The Town of Chapel Hill’s mission of “learning, serving, and working together to build a community where people thrive” drives the Town’s efforts over the years to engage youth. Our youth contribute to making Chapel Hill a thriving community. By learning about their everyday experiences and how to best serve their needs, the Town hopes to continue making strides in more fully and authentically engaging youth in the community.


Orange County Food Council

The Council authorized the Mayor to execute a memorandum of understanding, job description for the Food Council Coordinator, and work plan for Orange County Food Council. The Orange County Food Council is a coalition of community members committed to building a healthy food system for all Orange County. The coalition includes representatives from local government, educational institutions, and food-related agencies, as well as individual consumers, food producers, providers and entrepreneurs. The Council requested that a seat be designated for a food access representative on the board. Learn more at


I-40/NC 86 Interchange Design

The Council discussed the I-40/NC 86 design options. The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is in the design stages of a project that would widen I-40 from the I-85/I-40 split near Hillsborough to the Durham County line near 15-501. One component of the project is a redesign of the I-40/NC 86 interchange and surrounding roads. NCDOT has proposed several designs for modifying Eubanks Road. The NCDOT project website is at

The Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board received a presentation on the concerns of Northwood residents and the staff’s observations at its Jan. 22 meeting. The board approved a statement opposing the design shown on Map 4A and recommended that plans for the project follow several principles, including minimizing impacts on surrounding neighborhoods. The Council agreed in its opposition to Map 4A.


Independent Senior Housing at 2217 Homestead Road

The Council considered development applications for an independent senior housing project at 2217 Homestead Road. After much discussion, the Council decided to continue the public hearing to the February 13 Council meeting to allow the applicant to supply additional details.

The proposed project is a 198-unit residential apartment development restricted to tenants over the age of 55. The multi-family residential development is proposed for 17 acres located south of Homestead Road. The project proposes 240,000 square feet of floor area, 280 vehicular parking spaces, and 38 bicycle parking spaces. Affordable housing negotiations are continuing with the Town Manager and details will be provided prior to the Council’s consideration. For more information on the project, see the Development Activity Report at




Survey on Arts and Culture

What is the power of arts and culture in a community? What impact have the arts had on your life?  What arts and cultural activities should the Town focus on? These are the types of questions the Town of Chapel Hill is asking residents to answer in a brief survey  Survey responses will help Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture create a mission statement and develop responsive programs and projects.

Community Arts & Culture was recently created in response to the community's interest in and Town Council's prioritization of arts and culture in Chapel Hill.  The division currently includes public art, arts programs, and festivals and special events.  One of the newly formed division’s key priorities for the year is to create an intentional, strategic approach to their work in order to advance Council interests and community goals.

Susan Brown, Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture, says that bringing these resources together under one division creates an opportunity, noting, “We have a long and strong history in each of these areas, and we want to engage the community we serve to create an even brighter future. Diverse perspectives on arts and cultural activities will help us make strategic decisions about public resources and new initiatives.” Brown indicates that the public survey will be open through Friday, Feb. 8, and takes about five minutes to complete. 




Aquatic Center Closed Feb. 11-19

Homestead Aquatic Center will be closed February 11-19 for annual maintenance. During the closure, the Community Center pool will be operating on a revised schedule in order to accommodate as many activities as possible. In addition to the Community Center pool, our pass holders will be able to show their CHPR pass/fob to swim at the following pools (according to their individual pool schedules):

The Homestead Aquatic Center Lobby will not be open during the maintenance closure. Those wishing to register for programs or purchase swim passes can do so at the Chapel Hill Community Center, 120 S. Estes Drive.

Our indoor pools provide year round aquatics programs and aqua fitness classes for youth and adults. 

The Hargraves Center's Northside Gymnasium will be closed to the public Feb. 4-6 for repairs. Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation operates four gymnasiums. Find locations, contact info and Gym Schedules here.  

For more information about our aquatics programs and to see our pool schedules, log on to




Summer Camp Registration

Each year, campers ages 5-17 years old, create lasting memories in our camps! Summer Camps begin June 17 this year, and run weekly thru Aug. 16, 2019.

When to Register: Residents (living within town limits of Chapel Hill or inside Orange County) may register at 8:30 a.m. on February 5;
Non-residents may register February 12, at 8:30 a.m.

How to Register: Online, Walk-In, and Mail-in are all ways you can register. See our simplifying Camp Registration web page for details on each.

Here are our Top Five Ways we are simplifying CAMP REGISTRATION!

1. Minimum deposit of only $10 for full day camps. Our full day camps require an easy to pay $10 deposit to reserve a space. All our other camps require payment in full to register.

2. Search and enroll by Age (Your child's age as of August 31, 2018.). We are registering by age and not grade for DAY CAMPS. Community Center & Hargraves are ages 5 – 11 years old, and Teen Camp* is ages 12-13 years old. *There is an exception that youth currently in 6th grade and only 11 years old, will be permitted to enroll in Teen Camp.

3. Camp Cancellation Refunds are ONLY available if you notify us and cancel no less than 14 days in advance to the start of camp. Please notify us as soon as possible, so others on our wait list can participate. If you qualify for a fee reduction, and fail to notify us or cancel 14 days in advance, this may impact your eligibility for a fee reduction in the future.

4. Queue-it, a virtual waiting room software has been arranged for our online customers for the first day of registration on February 5, in order to minimize any temporary delays and web site overloads.

5. For a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions (English and Espanol), Important Forms, or to download a copy of our Recreation Program Brochure, see our
simplifying Camp Registration web page.

To see our listings and descriptions of All our camps, click Summer Camps

Other Theme Camps

In addition to our full day summer camps, we offer a large variety of partial day themed camps for ages 5-17 years old, including, Clay Studio Arts Camp, Indoor and Outdoor Adventure camps, 3D & Video Game Design camps, S.T.E.M. Camps, Sports theme camps such as Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Flag football, Basketball, Tennis, Lacrosse, Ultimate Warrior and College Days Camp.

You may also be interested in our Spring Break Camps offered March 25-29, 2019.




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 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 or contact Herbert Griffin, Human Resources Development Manager-Operations, at 919-969-4954 or  

Feel free to share our flyer available for download at




Books Sandwiched In Meets Feb. 6

The Books Sandwiched In book discussion group will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Meeting Room C at Chapel Hill Public Library to discuss Fever by Mary Beth Keane. You are invited to bring a lunch and join the discussion.

Fever is an engaging  book of historical fiction based on the life of Mary Mallon, who emigrated alone as a girl of 15 from Ireland to the United States in 1883.  Canny and enterprising, she worked her way to the kitchen, and discovered in herself the true talent of a chef. Sought after by New York aristocracy, she seemed to have achieved the life she'd aimed for when she arrived in Castle Garden.

Then one determined "medical engineer" noticed that she left a trail of disease wherever she cooked. With this seemingly preposterous theory, he made Mallon a hunted woman. She is referred to by historians and the contemporary press as "Typhoid Mary". She was the first person to be identified as an "asymptomatic" carrier of typhoid fever at a time when the study of bacteria and germs was a new science, and not all medical professionals accepted the concept of asymptomatic carriers of a disease. As an asymptomatic carrier, she was always healthy and had no symptoms of typhoid or other diseases, and she never believed that she caused others to be ill. She is nevertheless credited with infecting over 50 individuals with typhoid fever and causing numerous deaths through her job as a professional cook in the New York area at the turn of the last century.

Books Sandwiched In is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library.  The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month (except January and July) in meeting room C at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.    



Who:                Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library
What:               Books Sandwiched In Book Club - Free and Open to the Public
Where:            Chapel Hill Public Library
When:              Wednesday February 6 – 11:30 am
Book:               Fever by Mary Beth Keane            


Books Sandwiched In, 2018-19

February 6: Fever, Mary Beth Keane
March 6: West with the Night, Beryl Markham
April 3: Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
May 1: The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah




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 for updates on the collection schedule in your neighborhood.


Feb. 3-9

Section II (partial) - Southbridge, Culbreth Park Drive, Cobble Ridge, Southern Village, 100 Oaks, Mallard Court area

Section III - Caswell Road, Granville Road, Burlage Circle, Meadowbrook Drive, Mount Bolus Road, Bolinwood Drive, Mill Race, North Street, Cobb Terrace, Boundary Street, Tenney Circle, Battle Lane, Elizabeth Street, Glendale Drive, Roosevelt Drive, Gimghoul Road, Greenwood Road area

Section IV - Laurel Hill Road, Purefoy Road, Whitehead Circle, Morgan Creek Road, Kings Mill Road, Highland Woods, Finley Forest, Little John Road, Meadowmont area





Town of Chapel Hill Saves $164,000 in Energy Costs

The Town of Chapel Hill has been working with an energy services company to measure and reduce utility consumption at Town Hall, Homestead Aquatics Center and the Community Center. For the second year in the row, utility savings have exceeded the contractual guarantee by about $10,000. To date, the Town has saved $164,000 in energy costs across the three buildings that have historically been the biggest energy users. In terms of climate benefits, this is equivalent to:     

  • 1,682 metric tons of carbon dioxide avoided, or
  • Taking about 200 gasoline powered cars off the road during the same two-year timeframe, or
  • Just for fun, the amount of energy it would take to charge 214 million smartphones!

The Town of Chapel Hill and the service contractor are responsible for monitoring and verifying the results over the life of this project. Approximately $920,000 was invested in major systems upgrades and is projected to be recouped in 15 years or fewer.




Eubanks Park and Ride Bus Stop Moved

The bus stop at Eubanks park and ride lot will be permanently relocated to the newly constructed site next to Carraway Village and the roundabout effective Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

For more information about Chapel Hill Transit routes and schedules, visit, email or call 919-485-7433.




Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina vs. NC State Basketball Game

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, for the North Carolina basketball game against NC State scheduled for 8 p.m. at Dean E. Smith Center. 

Tar Heel Express shuttles will begin at 6:30 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 East Franklin Street (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, email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




Tar Heel Express Service to North Carolina vs. Miami Basketball Game

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, for the North Carolina basketball game against Miami 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 East Franklin Street (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, email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




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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



Chapel Hill, UNC Celebrate MLK Week (WCHL)

Temperatures were so cold on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Weather Service issued a warning about staying outside too long. Read more:


Are we about to have another snow day? (The Daily Tar Heel)

Temperatures will drop below freezing across central North Carolina on Tuesday evening and lower into the 20s overnight, according to a statement of the National Weather Service. Read more:


5 months after opening, Chapel Hill office building fetches hefty price tag (Triangle Business Journal)

The string of high-dollar sales in the Triangle’s hot office market has continued into the new year with the $19.9 million sale of a new office building in Chapel Hill. Read more:


Are electric scooters coming back to Chapel Hill? (The Daily Tar Heel)

Electric scooters could be returning to Chapel Hill, but only after considerable planning and adjustments. Read more:


Chapel Hill church unveils new 'tiny homes' to address homelessness (CBS17)

Beverly Ferreiro and Sally Council live near the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill. Read more:


Tiny Homes A Big Help for Those Stepping Out of Homelessness in Chapel Hill (WCHL)

The Church of the Advocate’s 15-acre campus in northern Chapel Hill houses the old church, the reverend’s residence, a large pond and, now, a cluster of three affordable homes: each a cozy 320 square feet. Read more:




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