Abraham Jaroszewski

Aldermen Not Pleased With BoCC Actions On Recycling

CARRBORO – The Carrboro Board of Aldermen had stern words for the Orange County Board of County Commissioners just days after the Commissioners voted to take the next step in potentially privatizing the Orange County Recycling Program. “The impact to the changes to the recycling program for Carrboro residents would be the elimination of Orange County’s curbside recycling as of July 1, 2014,” says Town Manager David Andrews. “The economic impact if Carrboro tax payers had to assume that cost would be about $300,000.” The Commissioners voted last Thursday to put into action the possibility of privatizing trash and recycling pickup in Orange County. Assistant County Manager Michael Talbert said at the meeting that there will be multiple opportunities for the Commissioners to provide input or make changes. Under the current system, residents in unincorporated Orange County pay a fee for access to county trash and recycling services. The proposal suggested would privatize future collection, resulting in a standardized fee for rural residents. But Aldermen comment at Tuesday’s meeting was against that proposal. The Commissioners’ vote did not formally approve any decision on the matter, but Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton says the County Commissioners need to find a different solution. “This is highly valued by people in our community,” says Chilton. “County Commissioners: there are a number of possibilities. Please find a solution and have that solution be that we are all going to continue...

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UNC Baseball Continues Winning Ways In Rout Of Gardner-Webb

CHAPEL HILL -Freshman starting pitcher Trent Thornton allowed just 1 hit in 7 and 2/3 innings to help lead No. 1 UNC men’s baseball team to a dominating 12-0 victory against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs. Thornton took a no-hitter into the 8th inning, but Gardner-Webb third basemen Henry Rundio singled to right, breaking up the no-hitter. He struck out 8 in the effort, improving to 3-0 on the season. Had Thornton managed a no-no, it would’ve been the Tar Heels’ first since 1978. The heart of the order paced the Tar Heels’ offense, with the three, four and five hitters combining to score six runs and drive in five. Junior 3B Colin Moran scored 2 runs, freshman RF Skye Bolt went 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs while senior 1B Cody Stubbsdrove in 3 and scored twice. Gardner-Webb committed six errors in the game, leading to 8 unearned UNC runs. Gardner-Webb defeated the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill last season. With the win, UNC remains perfect on the season at 15-0, while Gardner-Webb falls to 11-4. The Tar Heels will return to the diamond Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. against the High Point Panthers. You can listen to the game live right here on...

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UNC Softball No-Hit In Blowout Loss To Kentucky

LEXINGTON, KY. – Kentucky starting pitcher Katie Henderson threw the programs’ ninth no-hitter, while the Wildcat offense scored 12 first inning runs to lead No. 17 Kentucky to a 18-0 win over No. 24 UNC. Henderson faced just two over the minimum, walking UNC senior DH Haleigh Dickey in the 1st inning. Freshman SS Kristen Brown also reached on a fielding error in the second. Junior Lori Spingola took the loss for UNC, giving up 7 earned runs in 1 and 2/3 innings pitched. UNC’s three other pitchers who appeared in the game fared no better, as junior Ashley Bone gave up 4 earned runs in just 1/3rd of an inning, junior Sara Buchholz gave up 4 runs in 1 inning pitched, and senior Constance Orr gave up 3 earned also in 1 inning. With the loss, UNC falls to 18-7 (3-0 in the ACC), while Kentucky improves to 19-4. The UNC softball team will return to action this Friday, staying in the state of Kentucky to face Wisconsin and #11 Louisville in the Louisville...

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Williams Talks Injuries, Lineups In Advance Of Rivalry Game

CHAPEL HILL – Prior to the UNCmen’s basketball team’s rematch with rival Duke Saturday, Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams discussed the importance of the rivalry and midseason changes to both teams’ starting lineups. “Playing Duke is a huge game,” says Williams. “To me it’s the biggest stage in regular season college basketball, so you want to win that game because it’s that game. I don’t think anybody is going to set back afterwards and pat you on the back.  We’ve won this game before, and as soon as this game’s over with, I try to find out how the other teams in the league did, where we finished, and when we play next week.” In UNC’s win over Maryland in College Park earlier this week, two of Carolina’s starters, P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo, missed short stretches of the game because of injuries. Although McAdoo was able to return to the game Wednesday, Williams says he didn’t practice with the team yesterday. “James Michael did nothing yesterday, and I am concerned about him,” says Williams. “Yesterday was just shooting—we were on the court for a total of 40 minutes stretching and doing a few things like that and had a nice little shooting period. We’re just going to have to wait on James Michael, but yesterday he did nothing and could do nothing.” Williams inserted Hairston into the starting lineup for the first matchup...

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Williams Talks Injuries, Lineups In Advance Of Rivalry Game

CHAPEL HILL – Prior to the UNCmen’s basketball team’s rematch with rival Duke Saturday, Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams discussed the importance of the rivalry and midseason changes to both teams’ starting lineups. “Playing Duke is a huge game,” says Williams. “To me it’s the biggest stage in regular season college basketball, so you want to win that game because it’s that game. I don’t think anybody is going to set back afterwards and pat you on the back.  We’ve won this game before, and as soon as this game’s over with, I try to find out how the other teams in the league did, where we finished, and when we play next week.” In UNC’s win over Maryland in College Park earlier this week, two of Carolina’s starters, P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo, missed short stretches of the game because of injuries. Although McAdoo was able to return to the game Wednesday, Williams says he didn’t practice with the team yesterday. “James Michael did nothing yesterday, and I am concerned about him,” says Williams. “Yesterday was just shooting—we were on the court for a total of 40 minutes stretching and doing a few things like that and had a nice little shooting period. We’re just going to have to wait on James Michael, but yesterday he did nothing and could do nothing.” Williams inserted Hairston into the starting lineup for the first matchup...

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Town Officials And Business Owners Prepare For Potential Postgame Celebrations

CHAPEL HILL – One of Chapel Hill’s most notable traditions is the rushing of Franklin Street after landmark basketball wins, but members of the community are tasked to make sure it occurs as safely as possible should UNC defeat Duke Saturday night. “Well, it’s sort of like asking what happens when you in the center of a hurricane,” says proprietor of Top of the Hill Distillery Scott Maitland. “I suspect Carolina nation will be pretty excited if we win. If it all holds true to form, I suspect we’ll see a good 15,000 people dancing around on Franklin Street.  A big impact in terms of downtown, but also its one of the coolest things about our community.” Top of the Hill’s location at the center of Chapel Hill gives the restaurant a unique location at the center of the festivities. Maitland says one of his business’ main concerns is safely guiding customers to and from his restaurant and Franklin Street. “What ends up happening is it’s sort of like a tidal situation where if we win, the tide rolls right out to Franklin Street,” says Maitland. “We need to be careful to make sure that we maintain control of when the tide starts to roll back in.” It’s also common for people to view the celebrations from the restaurants’ balcony. As a safety precaution, Top of the Hill bans...

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Aldermen Again Turn Attention To Future Of Rogers Road

CARRBORO – With the Rogers Road Task Force set to resume meeting, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen discussed their recommendations for the future of the area, including a section called Greene Tract. Here’s Aldermen Sammy Slade “The fact that this is a jointly owned public property represents an opportunity for us to really find creative ways to encourage affordable housing on those spaces, to provide green space for folks who already live there, and expand more affordable housing in an area in both of our town where things are getting really expensive and a lot of people can’t afford to be here,” says Slade. The Greene Tract is adjacent to the Rogers Road Study area and the Town of Chapel Hill city limits. The 2006-2009 Rogers Road Small Area Plan Draft called for 86 acres of open space in the area, with 18 acres also earmarked for affordable housing. Slade says the affordable housing aspect is an important one for the continued development of both the Rogers Road community and the town of Carrboro. “It’s one way in which to guarantee that we have and maintain a diverse community,” says Slade. “Carrboro used to be the other side of the tracks and in a way; we have been a victim of our own success. Prices have pushed people out and we’ve essentially become gentrified, so we have to be very proactive in ensuring that it...

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Chapel Hill Man Arrested For Second Time In A Month

CHAPEL HILL – A man who last month was arrested for a disturbance involving a firearm, was arrested again earlyThursday morning for a host of charges including driving while impaired (DWI). “This was a traffic stop where Mr. Fearrington was stopped and arrested for DWI,” saysChapel Hill Police Department public information officer Sgt. Josh Mecimore. “He was charged with driving while impaired, drunken disruptive behavior, driving with a revoked license, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.” The accident occurred at 809 N Columbia Street near Longview Drive. In Ahmaud Fearrington’s earlier arrest, he was eventually taken into custody near the Chapel Hill Cemetery after twice attempting to elude arrest, said Mecimore. “It appears that he was driving, had a collision, continued on, and was eventually stopped and arrested for the four different misdemeanors,” says Mecimore. According to the crash report, Fearrington crossed the center lane and hit another vehicle. He than attempted to continue driving before hitting two mailboxes. Despite the fact that both incidents occurred so close to each other, Mecimore says it is unlikely the other charges are taken into account during either sentencing. “I don’t know if the court would take that into consideration, especially since he probably wouldn’t go to trial on either of them very long before the other,” says Mecimore. “DWI’s have a very lengthy time before they go to trial. The other charges...

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CVS Project Paused As Developers Pull Permit To Rezone

CARRBORO – The developers for the proposed CVS on N. Greensboro Street withdrew their conditional use permit Tuesday night, meaning that the current version of the project will need to be drastically altered if it comes in front of the Board of Aldermen at a later date. “They pulled their request for a public hearing on the conditional use permit and rezoning because I think it was clear to them that they were not going to be able to get the rezoning,” says Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton. “The conditional use permit that was proposed could not have been approved without the rezoning being approved. I think it was clear to them that this was going nowhere tonight.” The project required a conditional use permit, or C.U.P., because the scope of the project necessitated the rezoning of three lots whose current zoning did not allow the proposed development. The lots that the developers were originally requesting to be rezoned were planned as parking lots to help alleviate the transition from high-density commercial to the residential lots on Center Street. But Carrboro Planning Director Trish McGuire says the rezoning was still needed on those lots since the parking would have been associated with the development. “If parking is needed for high-volume use, it is like a high-volume retail use from a use classification perspective,” says McGuire, “so it cannot go into a zoning district that does not...

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The Daily Tar Heel Turns 120

CHAPEL HILL – The Daily Tar Heel celebrates its 120th birthday Saturday. “We think it is a big deal,” says Editor-in-chief Andy Thomason. “We were called for a large portion of the 20th century the only college daily in the South, so we believe we have a very proud history of independence and journalistic integrity and excellence. We are proud to look back on 120 years of work, to do more learning and really celebrate that history.” The Princeton Review awarded the paper with the best college newspaper award in 2010 and 2007. The paper has not used student fees as a source of funding since 1993. Thomason says that independence was a huge step for the paper. “It was a really big deal, because every year the staff had to go in front of Student Congress to present the budget,” says Thomason. “It was just a huge problem. Editors admitted to having pulled punches about Student Congress in coverage around budget time. So they admitted to compromising their own journalistic honesty.” Prior to becoming independent, about $100,000 of the paper’s $600,000 budget came from student fees. The most recent example of that independence came in 2010 when the paper joined 7 other media outlets in suing the University over public information. But Thomason says the paper was able to break stories even before becoming financially independent. “I’ve been told by Ken Zogry, the historian...

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