Chapel Hill eNews

Post Date:03/28/2019 8:00 AM



In This Issue

Carolina Science Café - TOWNweek - Rodeo on Rosemary Raises Funds for TABLE - Greene Tract Discussion Open House - UNC Eastowne Project Kickoff -  Take the Pledge to Save Water! - Books Sandwiched In Meets April 3 - Big Book Sale April 5-7 - Plastic-Free Egg-stravaganza - More Affordable Housing Projects Funded in Chapel Hill - Saturday T Route Detoured April 6 - Road Closed: Bennett Road - Tree Replacement: Rosemary Street at Boundary Street - Scam Blackmail Email Alert - Summer Employment with Parks and Recreation - Have you seen this person? - Town in News



Photo by Jon Gardiner - UNC

Congrats to the Tar Heels for being in the Sweet Sixteen! Catch the game Friday night at 7:29 p.m.




Carolina Science Café: Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding

6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3

Top of the Hill, 100 E. Franklin St.

Join us a BackBar in downtown Chapel Hill as biologist Eric Spana's deconstructs the laws of genetics that J.K. Rowling sets up in her blockbuster Harry Potter books. How can two Muggles give birth to a Wizard? Two wizards, to a Squib? We'll take genetics to a whole new Hogwartian level at this month's Carolina Science Cafe!

Note: This event takes place at a bar. Each Carolina Science Cafe features an expert presentation and informal discussion. These programs are held at Top of the Hill restaurant's "Back Bar," which offers a relaxed environment to explore fascinating science topics. Beverages are available from Top of the Hill's menu, and free appetizers - while they last - are provided by Sigma Xi.







Rodeo on Rosemary Raises Funds for 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.” Some 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




Greene Tract Discussion Open House

The Town of Chapel Hill invites you to attend an Open House and Planning Commission and Council meetings to learn about key development elements of the Greene Tract and to offer your feedback.

The 104-acre Greene Tract is jointly-owned by the Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro and Orange County. The property was originally purchased as a site for a landfill in 1984. This spring, a resolution has been adopted by Carrboro and Orange County and is being considered by Chapel Hill to designate approximately 21 acres as open space, 11 acres as a school site, and the remaining 72 acres as possible mixed income housing.


Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Open House: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2

Planning Commission: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2

Council Public Hearing: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17


More info: 




UNC Eastowne Project Kickoff

Interested in making Eastowne a vibrant place to play, work, and visit? Want to help shape the future of an important gateway site in Chapel Hill?

Come learn about the Eastowne site, and share your ideas for its future.  All are invited to attend the following events:


  • Noon–1 p.m. – Walking Tour at 900 Eastowne Drive
  • 4–6 p.m. – Sustainability Workshop, Hedrick Building, 211 Friday Center Drive, Learning Classroom #1019
  • 6–8 p.m. – Open House, Hedrick Building, 211 Friday Center Drive, Learning Classroom #1019


Help plan the future of UNC Eastowne

UNC Health Care and the Town of Chapel Hill need your help on a master plan for the 48-acre Eastowne property. This master plan will guide future development at this important gateway site. The project kick-off will allow you to:

  • Tour the site
  • Meet the project team
  • Learn about the site’s natural features
  • Share your ideas about the property

For more information:

If you are unable to attend, you can provide input online at 

You can also email questions about the event to

More at



Mayors Save Water Challenge


Chapel Hill & Carrboro: Take the Pledge to Save Water!

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, in partnership with the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and OWASA invite you to participate in the Mayors Save Water Challenge this April.

On Friday, March 22 (World Water Day), Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger challenged Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle in a friendly and fun community competition to encourage everyone to SAVE WATER!

In accepting the challenge, Carrboro and Chapel Hill have decided to have a bit of fun throughout the month of April as we focus attention on the importance of our most valuable natural resource.


Take The Pledge!

Here’s how the challenge will work.

Visit the OWASA website at to take a PLEDGE to save or protect water. 

We will track the number of pledges versus the number of people that live and work in each Town.  The town that collects the largest percentage of pledges through April 30 will win.


Sign up for Agua Vista

OWASA (Orange Water and Sewer Authority) customers are invited to track their water use and identify leaks via the Agua Vista portal at

Agua Vista means “water in sight.” When we see how much water we use and save, the more we can sustain this vital resource together.


Crown Your Town the Winner!

The winning community — Chapel Hill or Carrboro — will be announced on Friday, May 3. The winning mayor will receive the Golden Faucet award trophy along with bragging rights for the year!




Books Sandwiched In Meets April 3

Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Meeting Room C at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, is the book selected for April.

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 the Library at 100 Library Drive. You are invited to bring a lunch and join the discussion.

This is a searing and profound Southern odyssey. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.

Set in the fictional town of Bois Savage, Mississippi, Sing, Unburied, Sing has several narrators, some alive and some ghosts, and is reminiscent of a Greek tragedy. It is in some ways a coming-of-age story of one of the main characters, 13 year old JoJo, and deals with generational poverty, racism, drug abuse, violence, communication with ghosts, and is carried forward by a calamitous road trip.



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 April 3 – 11:30 am
Book:    Sing, Unburied, Sing, a novel by Jesmyn Ward



Books Sandwiched In, 2018-19

April 3: Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward

May 1: The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben

June 5:  The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah




Big Book Sale April 5-7

From April 5 to 7, the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library invite you to browse and buy from our collection of more than 20,000 books, movies, vinyl, games and more.  All proceeds benefit the programs, collection and services of the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. You’ll find unbelievable prices and selections all three days. The sale begins at 3 p.m. Friday, April 5, for members of the Friends. Memberships are sold at the door and range from $10 for students to $35 for families.  Or go on line now at and click on Join Us.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: We are extending members-only Friday hours with a bonus for everyone. The sale will close at 5:30 p.m. and reopen at 7 p.m. for Sip & Shop. Join us for a fun Friday night of wine, savories and sweets, and shopping among fellow book lovers. Two shoppers can sip and shop for just $25, which also pays for one year’s membership in the Friends. If you are already a Friend, you and a friend can sip and shop for free.

If you can’t make the Sip & Shop, you can still find bookish bargains all weekend. The sale opens to the general public on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and wraps up on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Bag Sale on Sunday. Shoppers are invited to bring their own bags and fill them with books, CDs and DVDs for only $5 a bag.

You’ll find lots of all kinds of books for children, young adults and all ages including fiction, mystery, science fiction and romance. And there’s lots of non-fiction; biographies, cookbooks, gardening, history, hobbies, travel and more.  There are also special book sets and art and coffee table books. Prices start at 50 cents for children’s books and mass market paperbacks, with most books priced under $3.

In addition to the big sale in the meeting rooms on the upper level of the Library, the Friends Book Store inside the lower level entrance will have thousands of gift quality books at great prices. Special Book Store hours during the Big Book Sale are Friday 3-5 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Book Store is closed on Sunday during the Big Book Sale.

All proceeds benefit the collection, programs and outreach of Chapel Hill Public Library. The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library is a 500+ member non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to supporting Chapel Hill Public Library. For more information about the sale and the Friends, visit         



Who:           Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:          Big Book Sale

Where:        Chapel Hill Public Library

When:         Friday April 5           3–5:30 p.m. (Members only, Memberships sold at door)
                                                    7–9 p.m. – Sip & Shop – enjoy wine, savories and sweets and all those books -   $25 for two at the door. Members of the Friends are free and invited to bring a guest.

                    Saturday April 6       10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.  Free and Open to the Public

                    Sunday April 7          11 a.m.–3 p.m. (Bag Sale – $5 a bag; bring your own bag)




Plastic-Free Egg-stravaganza

On Sunday, April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m., Chapel Hill kids and families are invited to 140 West Plaza to be a part of the first ever Downtown Plastic-free Egg-stravaganza. This new event takes all of the fun of an annual egg hunt, adds STEAM activities, subtracts the plastic, and moves the whole thing downtown.

The Egg-stravaganza will transform an urban space into a spring garden, and will feature egg hunts starting every 15-20 minutes. The egg hunts will employ reusable wooden eggs, painted by UNC Art students. Kids between the ages of 2 and 8 will take turns hunting for the eggs in the plaza. Participants are asked to bring their own baskets. At the end of each hunt, egg hunters can swap their eggs for sweet treats and then enjoy a variety of egg-themed STEAM activities, games, arts and crafts.

Community partners for those activities include Kidzu Children’s Museum and The Scrap Exchange. Southern States Cooperative is providing a variety of plants, flowers, and greenery to transform the space. Chapel Hill Public Library’s Circulator will provide egg-themed stories and more.

The Egg-stravaganza was born out of several community interests, including creating family-friendly events downtown, activating 140 West Plaza, and environmental sustainability. Susan Brown, Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture, notes, “We are trying out some new ideas, new locations, and new partners for community celebrations. We are also working to align our events with community values and a plastic-free egg hunt is an example of that work.” This plastic free event follows on the heels of the Town’s “Skip the Straw” month in March.

Bringing the event to 140 West serves as a way to bring a variety of community members to downtown, including families and kids. Matt Gladdek, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, says that the organization is pleased to be a part of this event. “Anytime we can show off our downtown places and spaces to our community, we take that opportunity.” Gladdek is working with downtown merchants and restaurants to offer special deals for Egg-stravaganza participants.

Parking is free on Sundays in downtown Chapel Hill. For more information and a map of all downtown parking visit For more information about the Plastic-free Egg-stravaganza, visit

The Plastic-free Eggstravaganza isn't the only game in Town. Our partners at Parks and Recreation are hosting Egg Splashan egg hunt at the Aquatics Center, and an Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt for with kids with different abilities/special needs/disabilities and their siblings & friends.

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More Affordable Housing Projects Funded in Chapel Hill

The Chapel Hill Town Council has approved more than $450,000 in funding for three new affordable housing projects, including a new Habitat for Humanity development, a master leasing pilot program through Community Home Trust, and land acquisition assistance for Community Home Trust.

The Town is funding the projects through the Town’s Affordable Housing Development Reserve, a resource dedicated to the development and preservation of affordable housing. With the Town Council approval in February 2019, the Town has allocated all of its $690,000 reserve funds for the fiscal year.

Sunrise Road Project

Habitat for Humanity will use $266,797 to assist with land acquisition and predevelopment costs for the future development of 95 affordable homes off of Sunrise Road in Chapel Hill. This community is planned to be developed in partnership with Carol Woods, which is planning to build 128 units of assisted living and moderately priced market-rate homes for seniors. An additional $108,203 in funding is anticipated through the Town’s Affordable Housing Fund.

The project will target first-time homebuyers who earn less than 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), have lived and/or worked in Orange County for at least one year, and live-in housing that is substandard, unsafe, unaffordable or subsidized. The planned vision is for a mixed-income, inter-generational neighborhood housing people of diverse ages, backgrounds, life stages and races. Construction is anticipated from 2022-2027.

Chandler Woods Acquisition

Community Home Trust will use reserve funding for two projects. One project is to acquire and resell townhomes being built in the Chandler Woods development. The other is to reduce costs of rental housing to households earning less than 30 percent of AMI through a master leasing pilot program in the Glen Lennox neighborhood.

The Chandler Woods project plans to use $90,000 in funding to acquire two three-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units, allowing Community Home Trust to sell the townhomes at affordable prices to qualified buyers. Three of the six units will be sold to buyers earning between 80 and 115 percent of AMI, while the other three will be sold to buyers earning between 65 and 80 percent of AMI. Each home will be sold using a 99-year ground lease, which will result in permanent affordability by limiting appreciation.

Master Leasing Pilot Program

The $97,324 awarded by the Town for Community Home Trust’s master leasing pilot program will assist with monthly rents, security deposits and utilities for families living in five Community Home Trust-subsidized apartments at reduced rates over a two-year time period. Employing a model that has not been used previously in Chapel Hill, Community Home Trust will lease near market rate apartments and sub-lease those apartments to program participants at lower, more affordable rent levels.

The project will target extremely low-income individuals and families earning less than 30 percent of AMI ($16,950 for a one-person household and $19,400 for a two-person household) who are either homeless, at risk of homelessness, or face obstacles to renting on the private market. Community Home Trust hopes to begin the rental process as soon as possible.

Find out more about the Town of Chapel Hill’s affordable housing efforts at





Saturday T Route Detoured April 6

The Chapel Hill Transit Saturday T route will not serve Cameron Avenue from 8:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. Saturday, April 6, during the UNC Science Expo. The route will be detoured along Pittsboro Street, McCauley Street and South Columbia Street to Franklin Street.

While every attempt will be made to maintain normal schedules, Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to allow extra travel time and expect minor delays. The detour and any delays will also impact Next-Bus predictions for the route.

For more information on the Expo, visit

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, email or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




Road Closed: Bennett Road

Contractors for NC DOT’s project installing a roundabout at the intersection of Bennett Road and Mt. Carmel Church Road will close Bennett Road at 9 a.m. Monday, April 1. The closure will be from Mt. Carmel Church Road to U.S. Highway 15-501 and is expected to last throughout the project.

The fire department will continue to have full access to Fire Station 5. The department has planned alternate response routes that will be used to access points off of Mt. Carmel Church Road and within the Southern Chapel Hill Fire District.

Detour signs will be in place to navigate traffic along Mt. Carmel Church Road and U.S. Highway 15-501 during the closure.

Construction on the roundabout is underway and scheduled to be completed in calendar year 2019, weather permitting.

NC DOT Contact: James Walker,

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Tree Replacement: Rosemary Street at Boundary Street

A large tree on the northwest corner of East Rosemary and North Boundary streets will be removed due to safety concerns Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17.

The intersection of East Rosemary and North Boundary streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day for the required work.

The Town’s arborist has been closely monitoring the tree. There has been repeated, decades-long impacts from automobiles, including three in the last 12 months, which have caused a wound that has been unable to seal and has allowed rot to take place. It has been determined that the health of the tree will not improve, posing a potential hazard to people in the area if it is not removed.

The replacement trees will be a species native to North Carolina. They will be planted in the fall, giving the greatest chance to thrive.

Tree City
The Town of Chapel Hill, which has a strong commitment to sustainability and interest in decreasing the urban “heat-island” effect, regrets when trees must be replaced. Our Tree Protection Ordinance identifies tree canopy as an important community value. We are proud that this year marks our 19th year as a Tree City, a designation from the national Arbor Day Foundation. Visit our Trees webpage at

More Information
For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104 or




Scam Blackmail Email Alert

The Chapel Hill Police Department has received calls from two residents in the past week claiming they have received fraudulent emails attempting to extort money from the victims.

In both cases, victims received emails from either their own name or their initials. The emails claimed that the sender has embarrassing information about the victim that would be released unless a payment was made. Both victims also said their email password was included in the email. One email demanded payment of $999 in bitcoin, a digital currency independent of any banks; the other email demanded $985.

The victims were advised to change their passwords and contact the police department again if they receive similar messages in the future.

NC Attorney General Josh Stein has helpful information available to give you tips to avoid scammers here. In it, it states, “scammers know that knocking us off-balance is the best way to get past our usual skepticism and suspicions. And they know that two of our emotions… fear, and excitement… offer the best shortcut.”

The FBI also has helpful information available at

Trust your gut; if something doesn’t feel right, it’s important to take a breath a think critically about what’s being asked of you.

If you need to speak with someone at the Chapel Hill Police Department, you may call 919-968-2760 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you feel you are in any danger, you should call 911 immediately.




Summer Employment with Parks and Recreation

Come join a thriving and diverse team committed to excellence and FUN! Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation is dedicated to providing cultural and recreational opportunities that enhances individual’s quality of life.

People love our facilities and programs in part because we hire energetic, creative people and provide excellent training and guidance to deliver quality experiences. 

We’re currently hiring for camp counselors, lifeguards, swim instructors, camp coordinators, and inclusion counselors. Candidates will learn and develop interpersonal and leadership skills, as well as receive training to improve communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative skills.

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation is recruiting positions at various locations.    

  • Chapel Hill Community Center
  • Hargraves Community Center
  • Frank Porter Graham Summer Camp
  • Homestead Aquatic Center
  • A.D. Clark Outdoor Pool, Hargraves Center
  • The Corner Teen Center 
  • Specialty Camps (various locations)

Town of Chapel Hill is certified as a Living Wage Employer by Orange County Living Wage (OCLW), a non-profit organization offering a voluntary certification program for living wage employers in Orange County. Pay rates for our recreation positions range from a 90-day probationary period of $10.00/hour, and once an employee completes 90 days, the Town guarantees that that employee is paid at least OCLW’s living wage up to $17 per hour.

For more information or to apply online go to




Have you seen this person?

The Chapel Hill Police Department is seeking information to help identify a suspect in a larceny from the Circle K at 1501 E. Franklin St. at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.

The suspect was described as a female in her 50s or 60s with blonde hair and approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall. She was seen driving a black sedan, possibly a Nissan Altima.

If you have information about the incident or can identify the suspect, please call the Chapel Hill Police Department between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 919-968-2760. At any time of day you can call either 911 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.  Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest.




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 needs office space and affordable housing. This deal may help bring both: (The Daily Tar Heel)

Grubb Properties and the Town of Chapel Hill have been working together on developing office spaces in Glen Lennox, a planned community in Chapel Hill. Read more:


GoTriangle ends Durham-Orange Light Rail project. Advocates call it a ‘tragic loss.’ (The News & Observer)

The GoTriangle board of trustees voted unanimously but reluctantly Wednesday to end the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project. Read more:


The light rail project has been discontinued. Now what? (The Daily Tar Heel)

The GoTriangle Board of Trustees recommended a discontinuation of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project Wednesday, bringing a halt to a decades-long transit initiative. Read more:


Saddle up and mosey on down to the Rosemary food truck rodeo (The Daily Tar Heel)

The annual Rosemary Street food truck rodeo returns this Sunday, March 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Read more:


The 5 best spots to score hot dogs in Chapel Hill (ABC11)

Looking to sample the best hot dogs around town as the Major League Baseball season swings into action this week? Read more:


Gas Leaks Repaired in Chapel Hill, Carrboro (WCHL)

Officials said roads were reopened at the gas leak in Carrboro just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Read more:


Chapel Hill hosting webinar Tuesday on North-South Bus Rapid Transit (CBS17)

Chapel Hill transit officials are holding a webinar for those interested in learning more about North-South Bus Rapid Transit and how it will affect businesses and residential developments along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Read more:


Chapel Hill Working on Incentives for Office Space at Glen Lennox (WCHL)

Grubb Properties is proposing bringing nearly 500,000 square feet of office space to Chapel Hill as it is redeveloping Glen Lennox. Read more:


UNC Police Were Warned About Armed Demonstrators: CHPD (WCHL)

Chapel Hill police chief Chris Blue says his department warned UNC police in advance about pro-Confederate demonstrators who illegally brought firearms onto campus last weekend. Read more:






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