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Coker Arboretum Tour
11 a.m. Saturday, March 16
Free tours of Coker Arboretum are given the third Saturday of the month, 11 am. The Arboretum is located on the UNC-Chapel Hill Campus, at the corner of Cameron Ave. and Raleigh St. Meet at the stone circle just inside the arboretum from the arbor. First tour of the spring. Coordinated by NC Botanical Garden ncbg.unc.edu/
Smoke Investigation: 79 S. Elliott Road
The Chapel Hill Fire Department was dispatched at 1:43 p.m. to 79 S. Elliott Road to investigate smoke that was seen by construction workers at the Cava restaurant.
No injuries were reported.
Upon arrival, light smoke was seen on an elevated portion of the structure. Five Chapel Hill Fire Department units were staged in the Village Plaza shopping center until 2:20 p.m. when the source of the smoke was confirmed to be isolated to a small area. Two units remained on scene to ensure there was no ongoing threat.
A few businesses in the Village Plaza shopping center were evacuated out of the abundance of caution while firefighters investigated.
The Chapel Hill Police Department assisted with evacuations and traffic control in the parking lot. Orange County Emergency Services was on scene to provide assistance if it became necessary.
Rodeo on Rosemary Returns with a Fundraiser to Benefit TABLE
On Sunday, March 31, from 1 to 4 p.m., area food lovers and families can enjoy an afternoon of fun activities and favorite food trucks in support of a great cause. The Rodeo on Rosemary returns to downtown Chapel Hill for the fourth time and to a new location in the parking lot at the intersection of Rosemary and Columbia streets.
The Rodeo will feature 14 area food trucks including Cousins Maine Lobster, Bandidos, JAM Ice Cream & Shaved Ice, and Chirba Chirba Dumplings. Attendees who purchase Sampling Cards for $20 can choose to get up to 10 samples from 10 different trucks. Each vendor will provide 2-3 bite sized options.
In addition to food truck fare, there will be fun activities for kids of all ages to enjoy, including a bounce house, games, and The Circulator, Chapel Hill Public Library’s mobile unit. Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Ahmod Camp.
The Rodeo continues to be a collaboration between the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, and this year TABLE joins the event as its non-profit partner. TABLE delivers healthy, emergency food aid every week to kids in our community, serving more than 650 children each week through its hunger relief programs, and provides nutrition education to 270 children.
Suzanne Tormollen, TABLE’s director of community relations, says that the organization is pleased to be a part of this event. “We see this as a great way to both enjoy some great food and fellowship and to remind the community that so many in Chapel Hill and Carrboro go hungry every day.” A percentage of proceeds from the event will directly benefit TABLE.
For the Town of Chapel Hill, this event is a way to be responsive to community interests and give community members a taste of the many food trucks from around the Triangle. Matt Gladdek, executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, says this is a great way to bring people to downtown Chapel Hill. He notes that “While people might come to support TABLE and sample a food truck, we hope they will plan to spend the whole afternoon exploring what downtown Chapel Hill has to offer.”
While the parking lot at Rosemary and Columbia streets will be unavailable for cars that day, there are many other parking options. On Sundays, they are all free. For more information and a map of all downtown parking visit www.parkonthehill.com
OWASA Youth Water Academy
Deadline to Apply is March 26
Students from Grades 9 to 12 are invited to apply for OWASA’s Youth Water Academy which will introduce participants to the fascinating process of protecting, sourcing, treating, and delivering the community’s water and wastewater. Learn from OWASA’s Talent Team of engineers, operators, distribution crews, scientists, administrative staff and more. They work behind-the-scenes to deliver safe and reliable water, and wastewater, to the communitybecause water is vital to community development, sustainability, living healthy, and having fun!
Participants Become OWASA Ambassadors by:
- Committing to delivering a presentation about water/wastewater systems in their school/community
- Helping to co-design youth education tools and identify opportunities to share water education
- If interested, volunteering with the OWASA Water Wagon as a Water Ambassador during the year
DATES: April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
TIME: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
LOCATION: OWASA sites in Carrboro & Chapel Hill
AGE: Grades 9 - 12
COST: Free! Afternoon snacks provided.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 26, 2019
Apply now at www.tinyurl.com/wateracademy
For more information, contact Linda Low, 919-537-4267, email@example.com
The Durham Orange Quilters Guild will celebrates its 40th anniversary with 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 exhibit 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.”
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 www.townofchapelhill.org/boards.
Apply by Monday, April 1 for assured consideration.
Questions? Contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 919-968-2844 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you!
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Proposed Revisions to Sidewalk Dining Ordinance
As part of a larger effort to lower barriers to small businesses, the Town of Chapel Hill is considering changes to the approval process for sidewalk dining permits.
What is sidewalk dining?
Sidewalk dining refers to when a restaurant places furnishings in the public right of away (sidewalk) immediately adjacent to their building for the purpose of actively serving patrons. Dining activities on private property are not governed by this part of the Town Code.
Why make changes to the Town Code and permit application?
- Make permit application process easier
- Align the Town Code with new State guidelines that focus on safety versus aesthetics
- Promote sidewalk dining to foster the vibrancy of public spaces
How did Town staff determine changes?
- Restaurants voiced their concerns about the permit application process and that ordinance guidelines are overly restrictive. These concerns were used to determine many of the proposed Code changes.
- A new permit application was piloted with multiple Downtown restaurants and their experience was used to adjust the application and the Code changes.
- Ways to improve the Code and permit application were tested with restaurants in a public input meeting last year as well as the Downtown Partnership
- State statute provides detail around local government requirements.
Will any restaurants currently sidewalk dining be affected by the changes?
All restaurants currently sidewalk dining are in compliance with the proposed language so no effects are anticipated by Town staff.
How do I provide feedback on the changes?
- Contact Sarah Poulton, Downtown Special Projects Manager with the Town, at 919-969-5009 or email@example.com)
- Attend the Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Chapel Hill Town Hall where Town staff will be presenting the changes and asking for feedback
- Attend the Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Chapel Hill Town Hall when the Council will consider acting on the proposed revisions
- Provide feedback to Planning Commission members (contact information can be found here) or the Town Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
Skip the Straw with Chapel Hill Stormwater
Did you know that petroleum-based plastic straws cannot be recycled? For many folks, skipping the plastic straw is an easy way to reduce their use of single-use plastics. Skip the Straw with a Town of Chapel Hill reusable silicone straw!
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The Stormwater Division is giving away 50 reusable straws, cleaning tools, and carrying pouches. To enter the drawing, sign the pledge at http://co.orange.nc.us/2079/Skip-the-Straw and post about it on the Stormwater Facebook page (Chapel Hill Stormwater Management) by March 31st.
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, Chair of the Parks, Greenways and Recreation Commission Wes McMahon 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 wet 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 United 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.
Pints and Pitches
Pints and Pitches from Chapel Hill Economic Development was held March 13 at Top of the Hill Back Bar in Chapel Hill. The event brings together founders, startup teams, freelancers, and local professionals for introductions and networking. Attendees watched or participated in quick pitch sessions or simply shared what they're up to.
Saturday V Route Detoured 8:45-9:14 a.m. March 16
Chapel Hill Transit will detour the Saturday V route from 8:45 to 9:14 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, due to the PSF 5K For Education Run/Walk beginning at 9 a.m. on East Franklin Street. The Saturday V route will be detoured along Cameron Avenue and will not serve the bus stops along Franklin Street during this time.
Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to expect possible schedule delays the morning of March 16.
While every attempt will be made to maintain normal schedules, Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to allow extra travel time on the first trips of the morning.
Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest Chapel Hill Transit stop, visit us at www.chtransit.org, email email@example.com or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.
Friday Center Park and Ride Temporary Bus Stop Closure Begins March 18
Due to the repair and repaving of the bus loop at the Friday Center park and ride lot, Chapel Hill Transit will detour the FCX route beginning Monday, March 18, 2019.The FCX route will not serve the bus loop at the park and ride lot.
The route will serve the Friday Center park and ride lot at the alternate bus stop on Friday Center Drive and at a temporary bus stop outside the entrance to the park and ride lot.
The project is expected to last for ninety (90) days, weather permitting.
Chapel Hill Transit will make every effort to operate a normal schedule; however, the FCX route may experience schedule delays during this project.
For more information about park and ride lots, visit townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/transit/park-ride. For more information about routes and schedules, visit chtransit.org.
UPDATE: Eubanks Road Travel-Lane Shift: Saturday, March 23
UPDATE: Northwood Ravin has delayed the shift to the new roadway one week until Saturday, March 23.
Previously released: Northwood Ravin, the contractor for work associated with the Carraway Village project on Eubanks Road, will shift traffic to newly-constructed lanes north of the existing roadway on Saturday, March 16. The shift will take place at 9 a.m.
Flaggers will assist travelers through the shift; minor delays are expected.
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Chapel Hill Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspects
The Chapel Hill Police Department arrested Camari Ason McLean, 20, of Red Springs, NC, Christian Parker King, 26, of Graham, Maxlee Coby Hemingway, 19, of Efland, and Krystian Ryleigh Stuart, 19, of Burlington, in connection with an armed robbery Wednesday.
Officers were dispatched to the Southern Village area Wednesday afternoon for the report of an armed robbery. The victim and witnesses reported a male pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded money. After taking $100, the suspect fled in a motor vehicle.
The Carrboro Police Department stopped a vehicle heading towards unincorporated Orange County matching the description given by witnesses. The money and the handgun were recovered by officers.
McLean was charged with one felony count of robbery and one felony count of weapon possession by a felon. King was charged with one felony count of robbery. Stuart and Hemingway were charged with one felony count each of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
All four were transported to Orange County Jail. McLean was given a $100,000 secured bond. King was given a $20,000 secured bond. Stuart was given a $15,000 secured bond. Hemingway was given a $10,000 secured bond. First appearances are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14.
MISSING PERSON: Have you seen Citalali Salinas?
The Chapel Hill Police Department is looking for Citalali Salinas, 16, of Chapel Hill.
Salinas has black hair and brown eyes, stands 5 feet 1 inch tall. She was last seen at her home in the 1500 block of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13.
If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Salinas, call 911 or the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760.
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Chapel Hill Police Arrest 4 After Southern Village Armed Robbery (WCHL)
Chapel Hill Police have arrested four suspects following a reported armed robbery in Southern Village on Wednesday afternoon. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-arrest-4-after-southern-village-armed-robbery
Chapel Hill Police Searching for Missing Teen (WCHL)
Chapel Hill Police are asking for help locating a missing 16 year old. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/safety/chapel-hill-police-searching-for-missing-teen-2
JPMorgan Chase will open bank branches in Chapel Hill and Raleigh this year (The Herald Sun)
JPMorgan Chase, one of the largest banks in the U.S., officially announced plans to enter the Triangle market on Wednesday, confirming that it will open branches in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Read more: https://www.heraldsun.com/news/business/article227474194.html
Would Chapel Hill home addition mar late UNC botanist’s historic neighborhood? (The Herald Sun)
After taking up the matter at three meetings, the Chapel Hill Historic District Commission still was not ready Tuesday night to take a vote on a two-car garage. Read more: https://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/article227531259.html
Towns, Orange County Encourage Skipping The Straw (WCHL)
Elected officials across Orange County are asking residents to “skip the straw” during March, passing resolutions declaring March Skip the Straw month. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/towns-orange-county-encourage-skipping-the-straw
IFC Moving into Chapel Hill Historic Town Hall During New Facility Construction (WCHL)
The Inter-Faith Council for Social Services is getting ready to embark on a year-long project to demolish its current building on Main Street in Carrboro to make way for a new $5.5 million facility. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/ifc-moving-into-chapel-hill-historic-town-hall-during-new-facility-construction
Come see Raleigh’s plan for cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians downtown (The News & Observer)
City planners have been working on possible changes in how buses, cars, bicycles and pedestrians get around downtown, and they will present what they consider their best ideas to the public on Wednesday evening. Read more: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article227401684.html
Prominent Durham Restaurant Reportedly Opening Chapel Hill Location (WCHL)
Famed Durham restaurant Dame’s Chicken and Waffles is reportedly set to open its first Chapel Hill location. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/business/prominent-durham-restaurant-reportedly-opening-chapel-hill-location
'Silent Sam' protests wearing out Chapel Hill police officers, budgets (WRAL)
Months after a controversial Confederate monument was removed from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, protests for and against it continue. Read more: https://www.wral.com/silent-sam-protests-wearing-out-chapel-hill-police-officers-budgets/18244078/
Chapel Hill's Cedar Falls Park to close for repairs, update (WRAL)
Chapel Hill's Cedar Falls Park will be closed from March 13 to March 19, so the town can make some updates and repairs. Read more: https://www.wral.com/chapel-hill-s-cedar-falls-park-to-close-for-repairs-update/18241069/
Chapel Hill Library to Phase In Additional Parking (WCHL)
Ever had trouble finding parking at the Chapel Hill Public Library? Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/chapel-hill-library-to-phase-in-additional-parking
Chapel Hill Fire Crews Discouraging Potential for Bonfires (WCHL)
Chapel Hill Fire officials are asking residents to avoid bonfires should a celebration on Franklin Street be in store following a potential Carolina victory on Saturday night. Readmore: https://chapelboro.com/news/fire/chapel-hill-fire-crews-discouraging-potential-for-bonfires
Yep, those are giant bouquets of flowers popping up in public trash cans in the Triangle (WRAL)
Nope ... your eyes aren't deceiving you. That was a giant flower bouquet springing up from a public trash can in Chapel Hill. Read more: https://www.wral.com/yep-those-are-giant-bouquets-of-flowers-popping-up-in-public-trash-cans-in-the-triangle/18241515/
IFC food pantry is moving to Chapel Hill; FoodFirst construction to begin in Carrboro (The News & Observer)
Big changes will come to downtown Carrboro this spring when the Inter-Faith Council for Social Services demolishes its existing building and begins constructing a new, three-story food pantry, community kitchen and services center. Read more: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article227238964.html
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