Aleta Donald

Humans of Chapelboro: transforming the community through art and communication

This week’s Humans of Chapelboro continues the story of Joy Javits, daughter of former U.S. Senator Jacob Javits and a local business entrepreneur. Ms. Javits runs DooR to DooR, a hospital program that brings the arts to patients, and In the Public Eye, where she coaches clients in public speaking and presentation. She resides in Chapel Hill. Read part one of her story here. “I worked for Janice Palmer, [founding director of Duke Arts & Health] for a while and then I started both of the businesses that I now run. One was that hospital arts program that she had been...

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Humans of Chapelboro: a New York dancer, brought by fate to Chapel Hill

This week’s Humans of Chapelboro features Joy Javits, the daughter of former U.S. Senator Jacob Javits and a local business entrepreneur. Ms. Javits runs DooR to DooR, a hospital program that brings the arts to patients, and In the Public Eye, where she coaches clients in public speaking and presentation. She resides in Chapel Hill.  “I’m a New Yorker, born and bred. I lived there until I went away to college and didn’t really go back much after that.  I went to amazing schools, including the Riverside Church, which is very famous for splendid speakers, and I went then...

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Hiking Guide

The Chapel Hill area offers many lovely spots for walking, hiking, and outdoor recreation. Read on for a composition of the nicest and most convenient areas for these activities. Duke Forest New Hope Creek Duke Forest occupies over 7,000 acres of land in central North Carolina and has been used for teaching and research purposes for decades. Its lovely trails are open to the public, and many of them are accessible from Erwin or Sunrise Road in Durham and eastern Chapel Hill. A particularly beautiful trail follows the New Hope Creek for over a mile, winding through the woods with...

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Humans of Chapelboro: Tamara Schenck (part two)

This week’s Humans of Chapelboro continues Tamara Schenck’s story. Schenck was born in the Ukraine before she and her family immigrated to the United States in 1952. She later worked as a model and lived all over the world with her husband, a foreign service officer. Read part one here.  “Every posting had its real advantages and disadvantages. Hong Kong was like a big toy store. Life was so good there, we had servants. The Hong Kong island is about 40 miles all around. It’s tiny. We had Morris Mini cars, and we could go to the beach. It was great....

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Humans of Chapelboro: a life filled with travel, beginning in Ukraine

This week’s Humans of Chapelboro features Tamara Schenck, who was born in the Ukraine before she and her family immigrated to the United States in 1952. She later worked as a model and lived all over the world with her husband, a foreign service officer.  “I was born in the Ukraine in a very small village. My father worked at a alcohol distillery. Then we moved from there to a bigger city when I was a couple of months old. This was during the early Stalin years. The Soviets were really…playing hardball in the area. The big famine had...

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Humans of Chapelboro: the value of international connections

This week’s Humans of Chapelboro features Dr. Bobbie Lubker, a retired professor of Education and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lubker has spent her life so far working in speech pathology, public health and education, and welcoming international scholars into her home. Read part one of her story here.  “My father was a rotarian at the Rotary Club, which has international scholarships that are as highly valued by some as Rhodes Scholars. These young people from all over the world will come into a community and live with families. So my dad came home...

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“Day Without A Woman” Fundraisers Planned Throughout Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools have already declared an optional teacher workday for Wednesday, March 8, on which an international women’s strike, called “A Day Without a Woman” is planned. Local high school students have turned their day off into action, planning bake sales throughout Chapel Hill to benefit Planned Parenthood, Homestart, the Compass Center, and the Orange Country Rape Crisis Center. Booths with baked goods will be located in front of the Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street, in front of the store Rumors (106 N Graham St), and at the Chapel Hill Public Library from 11 a.m. to 5...

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Humans of Chapelboro: Dr. Bobbie Lubker

This week’s Humans of Chapelboro features Dr. Bobbie Lubker, a retired professor of Education and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lubker has spent her life so far working in speech pathology, public health and education, and welcoming international scholars into her home.  “Even though Chapel Hill is in the South, I often find myself the only Southerner in the group. I was born in Kentucky, and then we moved to Georgia and then to Alabama. I often tell people that I did all the growing up I planned to do in Alabama. I graduated...

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Humans of Chapelboro: Race, politics, and purpose on Facebook Live

This week’s Humans of Chapelboro continues the story of Kevin “Kaze” Thomas and Bishop Omega, who host a weekly web show, Intelligently Ratchet. Read part 1 of their story here.  Kaze:  There’s a diversity of opinion. We’re just two brothers sitting up there talking about politics and world events, and then talking about what new Kendrick Lamar album just came out. That is something that appeals to me and to a lot of people—the diversity. Intelligently Ratchet is not just a show for black people, it’s a show for everybody. I feel like we’re setting an example that it’s cool to be...

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