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The Commentators: What I Learned From The Water Crisis

Commentary by John Paul The recent water crisis in Chapel Hill Carrboro brought several things to mind. First, how interconnected and fragile our infrastructure can be.  A mishap in the addition of a chemical in the water purification process led to an order for thousands of people to not use water, portable toilets across campus, moving a basketball game to Greensboro, and significant economic disruption for area restaurants and hotels. A more important insight was realizing how we take for granted our automatic access to plentiful and clean water.  Twenty-four hours denial of that access was surprisingly inconvenient but...

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NC Comedy Arts Festival 2017

The NC Comedy Arts Festival is coming up next week! Find out more from this article published by The ArtsCenter. Article reposted with permission by The ArtsCenter Laughter is the Best Medicine: NCCAF 2017 Interview: Zach Ward Posted by Jenks Miller The ArtsCenter is gearing up for the 2017 North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival (NCCAF), a multi-venue comedy showcase and workshop featuring college groups and professional acts, improvisers, sketch writers and standup comics that will take place in Carrboro February 15th – 26th. Over the years, the NCCAF has grown both in size and stature; it is now recognized...

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Adopt-A-Pet: Marina

Meet Marina! This little girl is the last of her litter to be adopted.  She is the calmest and most timid of her litter, but also very playful and sweet and affectionate once she knows you. Marina will be turning 1 this Friday and would love nothing more than to find her forever home. Her wide eyes are a stunning yellow that compliment her beautiful smoky coloring.  She would love to have a playmate and is friendly with other kittens. If you would like to adopt Marina, please visit The Goat House Refuge and meet Marina and her friends. View...

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A Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day

If you or your Valentine are gluten sensitive, dining out when you’re gluten-free can seem difficult. Meet Hadassah, the owner of Triangle Gluten-Free, a new gluten-free only business. Triangle Gluten-Free is a start-up that focuses on local, seasonal, organic and sustainable food as much as possible. “We really have to focus on farm-to-table cooking and dining to avoid GMO’s which wreak havoc on the digestive system,” says Hadassah. On February 7th,  Triangle Gluten-Free will be hosting a Sweetheart Social at Midway Community Kitchen.  Come and enjoy an array of appetizers, a 3-course dinner, plus dessert and wine! This is a...

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The Commentators: Unity Through Opposition

Commentary by Sharon Hill Have you ever heard that every curse is followed by a blessing? I believe we are experiencing the blessing that follows the curse of the dreaded national election result. Not since the 1960’s have Americans exhibited such an uprising against unpopular aggression. Back then the sit-ins, demonstrations and marches against racism and the Vietnam War forged a bond across the country. People stood up to our leaders to let them know that change was needed. Now we are seeing marches, not just in the USA, but across the world against what could be called tyranny....

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The Commentators: The Magic of Living

Commentary by Jane Salemson Those of you who know me either personally, or from commentaries I have recorded over the years, know that I live with a foot on either side of the Atlantic. It is not an easy way to live, loving both sides, always thinking about what is going on in two similar countries, separated only by the same language and the Atlantic Ocean. Bonuses of this double life can often be a surprise, and one in particular came during the recent New Year’s weekend. My family, now living in New Jersey, had come down to Chapel...

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The Commentators: The Roads More Travelled

Commentary by Wesley Hyatt There’s good and bad news in the State transportation improvement program proposed for the next decade. The good news is that the NCDOT plans to widen NC-54 from Glen Lennox to the Parkwood neighborhood in Durham. Hallelujah, even if construction won’t start for another eight years. The bad news is that there are no plans to widen I-40 between Hillsborough and 15-501. Are you kidding me, NCDOT? I-40 is at least six lanes for more than one hundred miles between Winston-Salem and Raleigh, except for about eleven miles in Orange County. Long backups already are...

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Chapel Hill Named U-Haul Growth City for 2016

Chapel Hill, N.C., ranks No. 15 among the U-Haul Top 25 U.S. Growth Cities for locations with a population of more than 50,000. U-Haul locations in Chapel Hill saw 55.5 percent of one-way truck rental customers coming into the city as opposed to leaving. Chapel Hill had a 12 percent increase in one-way truck arrivals year-over-year, while departures rose 7 percent over the same span. Growth rankings are calculated by the net gain of arriving U-Haul one-way trucks over departing one-way U-Haul trucks for the calendar year. While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth,...

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