By Donnabeth Leffler
  • Not-so-Savvy Spending

    April 2, 2012 at 11:32 am

    The Chapel Hill Town Council (CHTC) has banned the use of all types of cell phones by drivers: both the handheld and the hands-free as of June 1.  If you’re a regular Chapelboro reader, you probably know this.  What you might not realize is what it may cost you and I’m not talking about the […]

  • Defeating Discrimination

    March 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I spent part of last evening in a room overflowing with good will.  It was in a Chapel Hill home and the wine was flowing, the food and conversation excellent but what made it truly grand for me was the aforementioned good will. Why is the conviviality so notable?  One would think amid the wine […]

  • Teetering on Huge!

    March 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Chapelboro is awash in yummy and available food and we’re about to get even more. The Harris Teeter in University Mall (across the parking lot from Roses, in case you can’t picture it) is set to grow by more than 20%.  The expansion will be at the rear of the store and will enlarge the […]

  • My Discontent with Dillard's

    March 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    The Chapelboro community is a demographic dream: lots of highly educated people, many of them with disposal income.  Let’s not forget those shopping students either.  Why then, I wondered, is our only department store so dowdy?   I had a few conversations about this back when there was discussion about the Chapel Hill Public Library […]

  • Ensuring Excellence

    February 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Somewhere close to a year from now a jewel of our community will reopen: The Chapel Hill Public Library, newly renovated and expanded.  It will offer more than 62,000 feet of Wi-Fi space available for meetings and programs, high-tech instruction, reading advancement, teen initiatives and, of course, a larger collection of print and non-print materials for all. […]

  • Why Play by the Rules?

    February 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    A tactic used by businesses in bad faith came to mind as I read about the Chapel Hill Town Council’s (CHTC) rejection last week of the Charterwood project. It’s known as “bait & switch” and it has to do with a prospective customer being lured into  spending money under false pretenses.  I don’t know the […]

  • Twas the Local Season? And a 2020 update

    January 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm

         If you’re among the many who believe Christmas decorations need to come down by in a timely fashion, I hope you will permit me this late-January look back at this Christmas past.      This edition of $avvy $pender got underway in mid-December at a Christmas party when a fellow guest mentioned she […]

  • Death of a Cynic

    January 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm

         When I attended the first community meeting for Chapel Hill’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan I looked at the hundreds of people gathered at East Chapel Hill High and thought something along the lines of “We’re all wasting our time.”  And I questioned the savviness of the public spending that backed it.       […]

  • Framework for Change

    January 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    A few weeks back I wrote about how a presentation from Chapel Hill Town Manager Roger Stancil had made it crystal clear that services would go down, taxes would go up or we could add to our tax base.  With that in mind I attended a presentation Tuesday evening on “Retail, Housing, and Economic Development […]

  • Courtesy Takes a Holiday

    December 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm

         My friend’s parents visited us not too long ago, just before Halloween.  While her dad was in the front passenger seat of my car he commented on my use of the turn signal, the brakes and a friendly wave.  He noticed also that I was far from alone.        Being from […]