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The Commentators: Knowledge is Power

Commentary by Brian Thornburg I don’t know about you, but I really appreciate the hard working teachers in our neighborhood schools.  They do a tough job for one of the smallest paychecks in all 50 states.  When Governor Cooper recently announced his plan to get our teachers’ pay back to the national average, I was encouraged to say the least. Teacher pay was frozen back during the last recession, when the Republican Party began their majority in the GA.  During that time, average teacher pay sank to the bottom of the list of states.  A steady exodus of good...

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Adopt-A-Pet: Ian

Meet Ian! He’s a two-year-old male, black and white domestic shorthair cat. He’s been at the Orange County Animal Shelter since February 6, 2017, and is looking for his forever home. Ian is part of the “Valentine’s Adoption” special, which means you can adopt this sweetie for just $50 during the month of February! Ron Stutts says “I’m an amazing, affectionate, laid-back cat!!!” Won’t you adopt me? For more information about adopting Ian contact the Orange County Animal...

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Hometown Hero: Vimala Rajendron

Winning Chapel Hill Magazine’s “Best Indian Food in Chapel Hill” award in 2012 and consistently placing as a finalist in “Best of” and “Reader’s Choice” polls in Indy Week’s “Best of the Triangle” awards isn’t the only thing that’s made Vimala’s Curryblossom Café notable here in Chapel Hill. The owner, Vimala Rajendron, garners just as much positive press as the food she helps to create. Rajendron is this week’s Hometown Hero, because her dedication to service and commitment to the Chapel Hill community is always on display. Right in front of the Curryblossom Café is a familiar sign that...

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The Commentators: Open to All

Chapel Hill is Open to All—Except Alexan’s New Residents Commentary by Matt Bailey At a recent Chapel Hill Town Council meeting, a council member proclaimed, “I don’t want another Alexan popping up.” Alexan is the new apartment and retail building next to Whole Foods. It was originally named Village Plaza apartments. That sentiment was echoed by several other elected officials behind the dais for all to see on live TV. The timing of the comment during this official government meeting is troubling, because some of Alexan’s first residents were moving into their new homes there that very day.  Do...

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Hometown Hero: Norma Centeno

Norma Centeno, teacher assistant at Ephesus Elementary School is this week’s Hometown Hero! Centeno is described by her colleague Kirsten Venema as someone who wears many hats at the school. “She started a Spanish reading and writing club at Ephesus,” Venema said. “She’s a fantastic artist—she’s the go-to person at Ephesus if we ever need any drawings or life-like images for science or social studies or anything else.” Centeno also works with the Blue Ribbon Mentor program at the school, designed to improve the achievement of students of color. Venema teaches English as a Second Language at Ephesus and...

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Hometown Hero: Ladnor Geissinger

Ladnor Geissinger, professor emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is this week’s Hometown Hero! Described as a “mathematics genius,” the retired professor volunteers to work with students at Carrboro High School for two hours each day, five days a week. Working with Jeffery Robinson, an ESL teacher at CHS, Geissinger helps struggling students understand the basic vocabulary associated with mathematics and the methods to read and solve word problems. Geissinger has been volunteering his time and efforts teaching students at CHS since 2012, and has been a “steady force” in a volunteer group that now...

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Hometown Heroes – Mae McLendon

For over forty years, Mae McLendon has worked within the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, serving on numerous public service and volunteer committees.  Mae has proudly served twelve years on the Chapel Hill Planning Board and has been a valued and respected member of the Lions Club Precinct, an organization that strives to expand voter participation through voter registration and education. Mae is also an active member of the Northside Conservation Task Force, a committee that oversees community sustainability, development and conservation of historical property within Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Mrs. Mclendon is a “living dynamo, she just doesn’t stop.” If you ask...

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Adopt-a-Pet: Balto

Meet Balto! This handsome guy is a two-year-old shepherd/huskie mix who was found as a stray. He LOVES attention from people and really doesn’t like being left alone. He’s very well-mannered and knows how to walk politely on a leash.  He enjoys going for walks, knows “sit” and “down” and really likes belly rubs.  Balto is really smart and already proven to be quite the escape artist, so he shouldn’t be trusted in the yard by himself. He would love to meet you and be your best friend, so come meet me him today!  For more information about Balto visit Paws4Ever.org...

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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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