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Post Date:03/07/2019 8:00 AM



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Photo by Jon Gardiner - UNC

EDITOR’S NOTE -- Daylight saving time begins this weekend. On Saturday, don’t forget to change your clocks and batteries in your smoke alarms – but don’t go changing your shade of blue! GO HEELS!!!!




Celebrations last a night; burn scars last a lifetime.

Chapel Hill Prepares for Basketball Showdown this Saturday

The Town of Chapel Hill is preparing for one of the biggest matchups in the history of UNC-Chapel Hill/Duke men’s basketball when the No. 4 Blue Devils come to the Dean E. Smith Center to face the No. 3 Tar Heels. The game starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Traffic will be heavier throughout the day with ESPN’s College GameDay in town and a large crowd expected to attend the game (whether in the Smith Center or downtown establishments). Plan accordingly, and give yourself more time to travel to and through Chapel Hill.

Game Day Parking
Looking for parking? Visit And, don’t waste time standing in line at the meter. Download the ParkMobile app (in iTunes and the Google Play store) to pay from your phone.

Chapel Hill Transit
Chapel Hill Transit plans to operate regular service on Saturday, March 9, 2019. There should be no significant impacts on Saturday service due to the Carolina versus Duke Basketball game. Pending a victory celebration on Franklin Street following the basketball game, customers using the Giles Horney Lot on Airport Drive and Coffee Shop drop off locations should expect Tar Heel Express shuttles to be re-routed to avoid anticipated heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Franklin Street and may experience some delays. If Franklin Street is closed the Coffee Shop stop will be moved to East Rosemary at the Wallace Parking Deck.

Safe Rides will operate on a regular schedule.

Customers using Tar Heel Express shuttles are encouraged to arrive early. Shuttles will begin at 4:30 p.m. For information about Tar Heel Express shuttles, visit

Victory Celebrations
Chapel Hill is known nationally for its spontaneous large crowd gatherings on Franklin Street in celebration of Tar Heel victories. The Town takes steps to ensure celebrants remain as safe as possible, and we need your help.

Bonfires and fireworks are illegal on Franklin Street and are also extremely dangerous. The Fire Department and Orange County Emergency Services has responded to severe injuries in the past due to fires. Fireworks that become aerial or explode are illegal in North Carolina and are extremely dangerous in large crowds like these.

We’re asking you to start a new tradition this year: be the first class of UNC-Chapel Hill to say no to bonfires and fireworks in celebration of a victory.

Other prohibited items include weapons, alcoholic beverages, and masks.





Guided Tours at the Ackland

1:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13
Ackland Art Museum / 101 South Columbia Street Chapel Hill (919) 966-5736

Guided Tour: The Beautiful Brain; Meet in the lobby for a 30-minute, guided tour of The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Free. No reservation needed.








Trash Can Bouquets Pop Up in Chapel Hill This Week

Floral bouquets will be popping up on downtown Franklin Street and at Chapel Hill Public Library this week to the surprise and delight of residents and visitors. 

Floral arrangements are being installed on top of select Town trash cans to further enliven the 2nd Friday Artwalk and to promote the North Carolina Museum of Art’s annual Art in Bloom festival.  The Town of Chapel Hill’s Community Arts & Culture, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, and the NCMA have partnered to bring the floral designs of local artist Amy J. Wurster of Knots ‘N Such to Chapel Hill’s popular public spaces.

These pop-up bouquets are a part of a larger arts effort, says Susan Brown, executive director for Community Arts & Culture.  “Pop-up public art like these trash can bouquets bring surprise and delight to the downtown experience.  Add these pop-ups to the 2nd Friday Artwalk, the Durham Orange Quilter Guild’s exhibit at 109 E. Franklin Street, and the UNC vs. Duke basketball game, and you have one exciting weekend of arts and entertainment here in downtown Chapel Hill.”

Find trash can bouquets at the following locations this week:

Wed. 3/6             179 E. Franklin St. @ Peace & Justice Plaza, corner of Franklin & Henderson
Thurs. 3/7            100 Library Drive @ Chapel Hill Public Library’s front entrance
Fri. 3/8                  109 E. Franklin St.
Sat. 3/9                 100 E. Franklin St., southeast corner of Franklin & Columbia
Sun. 3/10             140 W. Franklin St.

For more information, contact Susan Brown of Community Arts & Culture at 919-969-2034 or or Kat Harding of the NC Museum of Art at 919-664-6795 or






Summary for Wednesday’s Council Meeting

The Chapel Hill Town Council met at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda and video access is 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


UNC-Chapel Hill Semi-Annual Update

The Council received an update from UNC-Chapel Hill on major projects completed, projects in construction, and projects in design phases. On June 15, 2005, the Council adopted a resolution requesting semi-annual updates on University development activity.


Habitat for Humanity Funding

The Council approved Habitat for Humanity’s December 2018 funding request from the Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR). The AHDR is dedicated exclusively to affordable housing development and preservation. Applications are accepted up to three times per year, and the Housing Advisory Board evaluates the requests. Habitat for Humanity had requested $375,000 for land acquisition and predevelopment.


Kidzu Development Agreement

The Council approved Kidzu’s request to pursue a development agreement for use of the Town’s property near Southern Village for a future children’s museum. A development agreement helps anticipate the long-range needs of future Town interests in the property that Kidzu may lease from the Town, while setting out parameters and technical requirements for a museum and its infrastructure. A development agreement ( would allow both parties to identify additional topics for consideration.


Wallace Parking Deck

The Council authorized the Town Manager to include the construction of additional parking spaces along with the upcoming Wallace Parking Deck repair. This addition will provide 100 new parking spaces at an approximate cost of $600,000. The project will also convert the plaza level to surface parking.


Inter-Faith Council to Re-Occupy Historic Town Hall

The Council authorized Inter-Faith Council (IFC) to re-occupy the second floor of Historic Town Hall at no-charge for the duration of construction of IFC’s new facility. IFC is currently using Historic Town Hall’s basement and first floor for office space and its Community Kitchen. Construction of the new facility in downtown Carrboro is estimated to be complete in one year.


Pilot Receiving and Considering Requests from Non-Profits for Capital Funding

The Town Council has received ad-hoc requests for capital funding in the past year but does not currently have a defined process to evaluate these requests against community goals and Town budget constraints. In order to support the Council’s ability to consider requests for capital funding, the Town staff researched other community programs and drafted a pilot program for the Council to discuss. Additional research and discussion will happen before the Council makes any decisions.




Cedar Falls Park Playground Closed March 13-19

The playground at Cedar Falls Park will be closed from approximately March 13 through March 29. The Parks and Recreation Department will be working with a contractor to install a new rubberized safety surface, extend fall zones to meet modern standards, and improve drainage. Closure dates are dependent on reasonable weather. The project may take longer than expected if we continue to receive excessive rain.

During the closure we urge families to use one of our other play areas. Similar sized playgrounds are available at the following Town parks: Homestead, Hargraves, Southern Community, Community Center, and Oakwood.




Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Daylight saving time begins Sunday.

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10.  The Chapel Hill Fire Department reminds all residents to take the time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors when you change your clocks.

“Working smoke alarms could give you valuable seconds if you experience a fire,” Fire Marshal Tommy Gregory said. “A fire could leave you as little as three minutes to escape safely. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas. We hope you don’t ever have to use them; maintaining these tools will ensure they’re there for you if you do.”

Smoke alarms are powered by either a battery or hardwired into your home’s electrical system.  Choosing an annual date, such as time change, is a great way to remember to test your smoke alarm.  Check the manufacturer’s expiration date on the label, replace the batteries if they are more than one year old, and clean dust away from the slots so smoke can be properly detected.

In addition to having properly-working alarms, make sure you and your family have a well-established escape plan with two ways out. A home escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced is essential to your chances of survival.

For more information from the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) on smoke alarms, visit and carbon monoxide alarms

If you have questions or need assistance ensuring that your home is properly protected with working smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, please contact the Chapel Hill Fire Department at 919-968-2781 or




Quilt Sale and Exhibit

The Durham Orange Quilters Guild will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a Pop-Up Quilt Show and Sale in downtown Chapel Hill on March 8 and 9, followed by a Quilt Exhibit at Chapel Hill Public Library on March 16 and 17. These events will show off the talented artists who comprise the Guild as well as the range and depth of the quilting craft, from traditional techniques to modern methods and folk patterns to abstract art pieces.

The Pop-Up Show & Sale will kick off on Friday, March 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of the monthly Second Friday Art Walk, sponsored by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, and will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Show & Sale will take place at 109 East Franklin Street in the space previously occupied by the Ackland Museum Store. In addition to showing off the art of quilting, this event will add to the vibrancy of the Art Walk by creating an opportunity to engage with the arts and activate a vacant downtown space.

The Quilt Exhibit at Chapel Hill Public Library on March 16 and 17 will feature a display of more than 50 quilts, with a special section of red and white quilts to celebrate the guild’s Ruby anniversary. In addition to celebrating forty years of the Guild, March 17 is National Quilt Day. To accompany the exhibit and perhaps inspire the next generation of quilters, the Guild will lead hands-on demonstrations for all ages. The Guild has hung several quilts in the Library lobby to promote the exhibit and show off their craft.

Guild President Patti Postage says the guild began as a group of six people in a living room and has grown to a group of almost 200 members. “Our guild has an incredible breadth of talent and tastes, so a large variety of quilts will be available to enjoy. We are excited to share our craft with others, and hope the joy we feel as we design and assemble the quilts and fabric art pieces, brings the same happy feeling to each viewer.”

For more information, visit the webpages for the 2nd Friday ArtWalk, the Durham Orange Quilters Guild, or Chapel Hill Public Library.




Apply Now! Advisory Boards Need New Members

Interested in local issues? Apply to be a member of an advisory board, committee, or commission.

The Town of Chapel Hill is seeking volunteers to provide a fresh perspective on important local issues.

Chapel Hill local government has various standing boards and commissions that advise the Town Council on a wide range of issues. We are currently looking to fill vacancies on all boards and commissions.

Appointed members meet approximately once or twice per month and are eligible for a 3-year term.

Here’s what you give –

  • Serve as an advocate for the Town of Chapel Hill
  • Provide feedback to the Town Council
  • Ensure effective planning, monitoring, and strengthening of programs and services
  • Enhance the Town of Chapel Hill’s public standing


And, what you get in return –

  • An opportunity to shape the community
  • Networking opportunities
  • Enhance your resume
  • Childcare/Transportation assistance available


Apply Now!  No Experience Necessary.  Will provide training to ensure your success.

For more information on the work of these groups, eligibility requirements, or to complete an application, please visit

Apply by Monday, April 1 for assured consideration.


Questions? Contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 919-968-2844 or We look forward to working with you!

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Skip the Straw Month

Orange County and the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough have declared March 2019 as “Skip the Straw” month joining a growing movement across the country to reduce single-use plastics of all kinds. To promote the effort, Orange County Solid Waste Department is developing a county-wide campaign to get residents and businesses to Skip the Straw year-round. This campaign increases awareness of the negative impacts of marine plastic pollution (including plastic straws), the use of petroleum resources for products that are used only briefly, and the need for waste reduction. 

To help promote Skip the Straw Month, two free screenings of the documentary film “Straws” will be held:

  • Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Varsity Theater at 123 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
  • Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Orange County public library at 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

To attend one of the screenings, RSVP by calling (919) 968-2788 or email Monday’s screening will be followed by a talk by producer Linda Booker and founder of Plastic Ocean Project Bonnie Monteleone. Booker will also speak at Tuesday’s event and local author and artist Bryant Holsenbeck will read from her book, “The Last Straw,” about her year of living without single-use plastics. A reception featuring local food and beverages will follow each screening. Additional environmental groups in attendance will include Haw River Assembly, Morgan Creek Valley Alliance, North Carolina Coastal Federation, and Sierra Club.

Orange County businesses offering beverages for sale on-premises in March are also encouraged to “Skip the Straw” and to only provide straws upon customer request. Businesses are encouraged to convert to compostable straws or to completely eliminate straws from their offerings. Early adopters of “Skip the Straw” include 411 West, Bonchon, Carolina Coffee Shop, Carrboro Pizza Oven, Four Corners, Franklin Hotel, Kurama, Midici, Linda’s Bar and Grill, Lula’s, Glasshalfull, Spotted Dog, Perennial, Purple Bowl, Radius, Squids, and Weaver Street Market. The County will recognize all businesses opting to participate.

Residents can take action by taking the pledge to “Skip the Straw” at

For more information, go to:




Fire Marshals to Partner with Meals on Wheels to Check Smoke Detectors

Fire Marshals in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Orange County will tag along with Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels employees during their regular deliveries beginning March 5, 2019, to ensure those residents have properly installed and functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The visits will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 18.

“We’re always looking for new and unique ways to reach members of our community and confirm they have properly-functioning life safety equipment in their homes,” said Chapel Hill Fire Marshal Tommy Gregory. “This is a great opportunity to reach a population that might not be physically able to install or properly maintain this equipment. A working smoke detector may give someone experiencing an emergency the valuable time needed to exit their home or call for help.”

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels provides hot, nutritious meals and personal visits to around 175 recipients in the southern part of Orange County who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to age, illness, disability, or convalescence.

“We’re so thankful to the Chapel Hill and Carrboro fire departments and Orange County Emergency Services for ensuring this important life safety tool is in place for our recipients,” said Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels Executive Director Rachel Bearman. “This will also put a smile on many of their faces as they get a chance to see new faces during their daily visit.”

Recipients will receive a letter from fire personnel prior to their visit informing them of what to expect.

Anyone with questions about life safety equipment, including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, alarms, and fire suppression devices (such as sprinklers and extinguishers) can call the Chapel Hill Fire Department at 919-968-2781.

Media Contact: Ran Northam, community safety communications specialist, 919-969-4878,



Homestead Turf Field 

Ribbon Cutting for New Turf Fields at Homestead Park

The community is invited to attend a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23 -- the first weekend of spring – to celebrate our new turf fields at Homestead Park, 100 Aquatic Drive, which has undergone a major renovation.

Thanks to a $1.4 million joint project among the Town of Chapel Hill, Triangle United Soccer and Rainbow Soccer, Homestead park has two new artificial turf fields, accessible walkways and fencing.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. with Mayor Pam Hemminger, Interim Parks and Recreation Director Linda Smith and representatives from both Triangle United and Rainbow Soccer participating in the special grand opening event. Some members of the Town Council will be attendance. The event will include a short ceremony and wrap up with a clinic by members of the men’s and women’s soccer teams from the University of North Carolina with Triangle United Youth Soccer players. Ample parking is available onsite at Homestead Park and Aquatics Center.

The artificial turf fields can be played on year round with far less need to close fields due to inclement weather and poor field conditions, so more programming time and an increase in rental revenues is anticipated. The fields are also lighted for evening play.

The new turf fields use a special 100 percent natural product, Purefill Artificial Turf Infill, made of organic cork granules and sand. This product is completely recyclable and sustainable, and provides significant heat reduction. It meets or exceeds all industry standards for player safety. The sub-base design captures an half an inch of rainwater during a rain event

Triangle Youth Soccer and Rainbow Soccer assisted with funding the total project estimated at $1,475,277, by providing $600,000 and $200,000 respectively in advanced rental fees.  The fields are currently open to field rentals and free play when not otherwise scheduled. Groups interested in using the field should contact Robb English, Athletics Supervisor, at 919-968-2734.

For more information about the ribbon cutting event, contact Parks Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104.




Launch Chapel Hill Welcomes 10 Start-Ups

Business accelerator Launch Chapel Hill, together with the Town of Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Orange County, has announced the 10 businesses selected for its 2019 spring cohort.

More than 40 companies applied for the 10 spots in Launch Chapel Hill’s unique program, designed to help entrepreneurs build their early-stage businesses into self-sustaining enterprises in 16 weeks. In the past six years, 95 companies have expanded their business and brand with Launch Chapel Hill, with alumni companies earning $25.9 million in revenue last year.

“Each impressive class of entrepreneurs comes to us with solutions for real-world problems, and this group is poised to make a meaningful impact in a wide variety of sectors,” said Amy Linnane, program manager at Launch Chapel Hill. “Together with the Town of Chapel Hill, we are building a thriving business community that provides innovators with the resources and mentorship to help them succeed.”

Launch Chapel Hill selects a new cohort group twice each year, evaluating each applicants’ innovation and commitment to solving real-world problems. Over the course of 16 weeks, an expert roster of entrepreneurs, industry experts and mentors provide the tools and knowledge needed to decrease risk, reduce go-to-market time and accelerate the growth of start-up businesses.

The 2019 spring cohort members include:

  • blockciti is a royalty-based social platform where users to earn rewards for their network contributions.
  • Cadre VR is a virtual reality media company specializing in 3D 180-degree and 360-degree video content. The company creates narrative VR films as well as VR social media marketing services.
  • City News Beat is a nationwide, local news network for connected television. In a hub and spoke production model, City News Beat applies trending topic data of local interest to produce daily video news stories from publisher brands consumers already know, delivering an updated, informative, binge-worthy local news experience on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Samsung TVs.
  • Everywhere Ad is a rideshare advertising platform for small businesses. Everywhere Ad pays Uber and Lyft drivers to market small, local businesses to rideshare passengers through a mobile advertising platform, allowing drivers to increase their income, passengers to receive exclusive deals and small businesses to increase their customer base.
  • Indy Care transforms independent pharmacies into collaborative healthcare hubs that communities look to for acute care, screenings, diagnostics, holistic support and insights into how to be well and stay well.
  • Ozanam Strategic Insights collects statistically-significant data sets on customers in developing and emerging markets. Ozanam applies soft and hard sciences to this data to create unique profiles that help clients better understand their customers and markets. This allows clients to prevent mistakes and operate strategically.
  • Phyta provides new strategies of seaweed cultivation to promote plastic substitutes, climate resilience and economic development. In addition to offering a sustainable and cost-effective consumer ingredient, Phyta seeks to build out the marine carbon and nutrient credit market. With growing global demand for marine-based companies to actively support planetary health, Phyta will use existing markets and distribution channels to increase the commercial viability and social impact of seaweed – thereby supporting the growth of the industry in the U.S. and internationally.
  • SP0T is a mobile app that gives you access to a personalized map of interesting places found by people in your community, along with secret spots shared between your friends.SP0T brings the personalities of hole-in-the-wall restaurants, dive bars, shops, and hidden gems in nature to life by creating digital guestbooks that only the spot’s visitors can see. SP0T unlocks authentic experiences that you never knew existed and empowers anyone to rediscover their world.
  • Trafficlight is an activity-based social connection app for connecting like-minded people who have collided in the real world.
  • Visual Data Tools creates modern data analysis and visualization software for the Mac platform. The tools take a unique visual approach to data analysis and programming.

“Launch Chapel Hill graduates like Quantworks are already making a lasting impact on the Chapel Hill community,” said Dwight Bassett, economic development officer, Town of Chapel Hill. “To create a thriving business community, it is vital that we continue to provide early-stage companies with the support they need – whether it’s opening new flexible co-working spaces or providing valuable mentoring through the Launch Chapel Hill program.”


About Launch Chapel Hill

Launch is a world-class start-up accelerator in downtown Chapel Hill for students and residents. Launch provides valuable resources and connections to help high-potential founders start and grow successful businesses in Chapel Hill. For more information, visit


About Town of Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is a multicultural university town where each day celebrates connections and choice; where a dynamic downtown and networked community inspire connections among people, ideas, the region, and the world; where innovation, technology, discovery, learning, and the arts continually animate a town alive with choices, options, and opportunities to live, work, play, and prosper. For more information, visit




Regular Transit Schedule Downtown March 9

Chapel Hill Transit plans to operate regular service on Saturday, March 9, 2019. There should be no significant impacts on Saturday service due to the Carolina versus Duke Basketball game.

Customers using Tar Heel Express shuttles are encouraged to arrive early. Shuttles will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Pending a victory celebration on Franklin Street following the basketball game, customers using the Giles Horney Lot on Airport Drive and Coffee Shop drop off locations should expect Tar Heel Express shuttles to be re-routed to avoid anticipated heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Franklin Street and may experience some delays. If Franklin Street is closed the Coffee Shop stop will be moved to East Rosemary at the Wallace Parking Deck.

Safe Rides will operate on a regular schedule.

Chapel Hill Transit Saturday V route will not serve the Meadowmont/Harris Teeter area at 9:10 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. departure times due to a 5K race. Customers can board the bus at alternate stops at the Friday Center.

For more information about Chapel Hill Transit routes and schedules, visit




Tar Heel Express Service March 9

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Saturday, March 9, 2019, for the North Carolina basketball game against Duke scheduled for 6 p.m. at Dean E. Smith Center. 

Tar Heel Express shuttles will begin at 4:30 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.




Bus Stop on Eastowne Drive Relocated

Due to construction on Eastowne Drive, the bus stop at Pinegate Apartments (#3296) has been temporarily relocated to 500 Eastowne Drive (about 300 feet north of the current location) until further notice.  

The project is expected to last about eighteen (18) months, weather permitting.

For information on Chapel Hill Transit routes and schedules, visit




Chapel Hill Transit Spring Break Schedule March 9-16

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

  • The weekday A-Limited morning trips (7:14–9:44 a.m.) will not operate Monday, March 11, through Friday, March 15 and will resume on Monday, March 18.
  • The weekday NU route will not operate Monday, March 11, through Friday, March 15 and will resume on Monday, March 18.
  • The weekend U and NU routes will not operate beginning Saturday, March 9, and will resume on Sunday, March 17.
  • Safe Ride routes will not operate beginning Thursday, March 14, and will resume on Thursday, March 21.

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




Stadium Drive Closure March 11-15

Chapel Hill Transit A, NU and U routes will be detoured from Monday, March 11, 2019, through March 15, 2019, due to a construction project on Stadium Drive.

The A, NU and U routes will be detoured along South Road, Country Club to Ridge Road until further notice.

The bus stops on South Road at Student Stores/Fetzer Gym (#3360, #3359) and on Stadium Drive (#3163, #3216, #3217) will not be served.  

Customers may board the detoured buses at the alternate bus stops on South Road at Woollen Gym/Raleigh Street (#3397, #3398) and on Ridge Road at Rams Head Center/Stadium Drive (#3162, #3628).

For more information about Transit routes and schedules, visit




News Release from the Campus and Community Coalition

High-Risk drinking remains a high priority in Chapel Hill.

High-risk drinking has negative impacts on university towns across the country, and our Chapel Hill community is no exception. Founded in 2013, the Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce the Negative Impacts of High-Risk Drinking (the Coalition) is working to address this complex public health problem.

Last fall the Coalition analyzed data from the past five years that show that some Chapel Hill youth are drinking less, but among UNC students drinking habits remain largely the same. The Coalition invites the community to a town hall meeting on March 20, 2019 at 8:30 am, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B to discuss these findings as well as next steps.

Key findings show that the proportion of high school students who report having ever drank in their lifetime decreased from 52% to 44% over the last five years (CHCCS YRBS, 2013-2017). However, more than half of high school students who do drink report drinking at home or at their friend’s home while parents are supervising. “We’re encouraged that youth in our community are drinking less, but we still have work to do to educate parents on the myth that it is safer for children to drink at home,” says Elinor Landess, Coalition Director. To address this, the Coalition created a campaign urging parents to have conversations with their children about the risks of alcohol and underage drinking.

Among UNC students, while drinking has remained consistent, fewer underage students are accessing alcohol at bars and restaurants, and more students are using strategies to reduce their risk while drinking. Additionally, the number of businesses that pass underage compliance checks has also increased from 74% in 2013 to 81% in 2018. The Coalition is encouraged by these trends and applaud businesses for their efforts to reduce underage drinking.

In addition to engaging businesses, the Coalition has also implemented a number of policies and educational interventions that reduce risky drinking across UNC and the broader community such as the Party Registration program. They are committed to actively working with groups across the community to reduce the negative impacts associated with high-risk drinking, including noise complaints and ambulance transports.

“High-risk drinking is a public health problem in Chapel Hill that impacts our community’s health. We all have a role to play in creating change” says Quintana Stewart, Director of the Orange County Health Department.

While the Coalition certainly has progress to celebrate, it recognizes there is still work to do to reduce the negative impacts of high-risk drinking in our community. Over the next several years, Coalition will focus on using strategies shown to work to reduce the harm that high-risk drinking causes here in Chapel Hill.

For more information about the Campus & Community Coalition, please contact Coalition Director Elinor Landess at, 919-928-5735. Parents can check out the Coalition’s A Conversation Worth Having campaign to learn more about how they can help reduce underage drinking.




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


It was a rough year for some Franklin Street businesses. Here’s why: (The Daily Tar Heel)

Don Pinney knows everything that’s changed on Franklin Street since 1964. Read more:


Chapel Hill mother was stabbed 74 times, autopsy says. Her son was found dead too. (The Herald Sun)

An 86-year-old woman was stabbed 74 times at Chapel Hill home in 2017, and her son who was found dead lying on top of her died of heart disease, according to autopsy reports released Tuesday. Read more


Man died of natural causes after apparently stabbing mother 74 times in Chapel Hill home, autopsy says (ABC11)

A Chapel Hill man died of natural causes after apparently stabbing his mother 74 times in their Chapel Hill home back in 2017, according to the newly released autopsy. Read more:


Autopsies: Chapel Hill woman stabbed 74 times, son died of natural causes (WRAL)

A Chapel Hill woman was stabbed at least 74 times in her home, and her adult son, whose body was found on top of her, died of natural causes, according to autopsy reports released Tuesday. Read more:


Trees came down on this Chapel Hill corner last year. See what’s planned now (The News & Observer)

When the trees were felled last year, people wondered what was being built on the previously untouched, 15-acre lot at the corner of Estes Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Read more:


What’s the Best College Town in Each State? (Fan Buzz)

What makes a college town great? Read more:


What we can learn from traffic stop data (CBS)

Read more:


Chapel Hill Police take to social media to keep you informed (The Daily Tar Heel)

With technology constantly changing, police work has evolved to meet new expectations, whether it’s a citizen filming an interaction or controversy surrounding body cameras. Read more:


Pi Lambda Phi members charged with violating commercial fire codes (The Daily Tar Heel)

At a university whose history includes a deadly fraternity house fire in 1996, five brothers of UNC’s Pi Lambda Phi fraternity will appear in court after firefighters found cups taped over smoke alarms on the ceiling of their bedrooms on Feb. 14. Read more:


Town dedicates plaque to Chapel Hill Nine (Proconian)

With a ceremony on February 28, the town of Chapel Hill has honored a group of nine Lincoln High School students who 59 years ago followed the lead of the Greensboro Four and staged a sit-in at a drugstore on Franklin Street. Read more:


Chapel Hill 9 History Commemorated on Franklin Street (WCHL)

The Chapel Hill Nine were just high school students in 1960 when they staged sit-ins at a Franklin Street drug store that did not serve black customers at its counter. Read more:


Chapel Hill honors 9 men who helped start civil rights demonstrations (CBS17)

Chapel Hill celebrated nine young black men who helped start civil rights demonstrations in the community. Read more:


Refused a place at the counter, Chapel Hill Nine to get marker on Franklin Street (The News & Observer)

On a Sunday in 1960, nine high school students stopped by Colonial Drug Store on Franklin Street for some food. Read more:


Remembering the Chapel Hill 9 (The News & Observer)

The Chapel Hill Nine civil rights demonstrators were refused service at the Colonial Drug Store in Chapel Hill. Read more:


How the Chapel Hill Nine are being remembered nearly 60 years after their sit-in (The Daily Tar Heel)

On Feb. 28, 1960, nine students from the all-Black Lincoln High School held a sit-in at the Colonial Drug Store, which was only open to white customers — an action that would facilitate future civil rights activism in Chapel Hill. Read more:


Surviving members of Chapel Hill Nine return to town on anniversary of sit-in (WRAL)

A special celebration was held Thursday night as the town of Chapel Hill honored the Chapel Hill Nine. Read more:


Historical marker planned for Franklin Street to honor 'Chapel Hill 9' (ABC11)

The Town of Chapel Hill has dedicated a site for a permanent historical marker recognizing the Chapel Hill 9. Read more:


Chapel Hill Nine Honored on Anniversary of Historic Sit-In, Will Get Marker (Spectrum)

Four living members of the Chapel Hill Nine, a group of high school students who staged the first sit-in in the town during segregation, are being honored with a marker in their name on Franklin StreetRead more:


Meet the most wholesome quilting group in North Carolina (The Daily Tar Heel)

Grab a cup of tea and settle in to quilt with the 200 members of the Durham Orange Quilter’s Guild. Read more:


New Mediterranean restaurant is replacing Tama Cafe on Franklin Street (The Daily Tar Heel)

While you may still be nostalgic about the old Tama Cafe, a new Mediterranean place is coming to town. Read more:


The new Wegmans in Chapel Hill has hit a speed bump of sorts (The Daily Tar Heel)

Since receiving approval to open a store in Chapel Hill in late 2016, Wegmans has continuously worked with residents to make sure the store won’t have negative impacts on the community. Read more:


Franklin Eats: Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe (The Daily Tar Heel)

On this edition of Franklin Eats, Brian and his boss Rachel travel to one of Franklin Street's premier breakfast locales, Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe. Read more:





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