By Fred Black
  • Rolling With the Meals (ON Wheels)!

    October 20, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Back in April, I did a special edition of  Who’s Talking with Stacey Yusko, the Director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels program. Imagine my surprise when earlier this month she invited me to participate in their “Big Wheels Drive Meals on Wheels” event. So today, I had the opportunity to accompany two volunteers on their regular […]

  • If You Tell Them, They Will Come!

    September 29, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Town leaders and the planning team for “Chapel Hill 2020” went to amazing lengths to get the word out that all citizens were invited to come to East Chapel Hill High School on Tuesday, September 27th, to participate in the first sessions to help develop a new comprehensive plan. Getting that word out included a variety […]

  • Building More Than Homes

    September 21, 2011 at 1:14 am

    It was another special Sunday in our community and I witnessed another amazing event. On September 18th more than 200 people gathered on the grass at the Habitat for Humanity of Orange County’s Phoenix Place to enjoy a lunch and dedicate the 10 homes built in a program called “Build A Block.” So many things about this […]

  • Thank You!

    September 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    On Sunday, September 11, we had an amazing tribute in our town to mourn and remember those who perished because of the attacks and honor those who risked their lives to save others. Citizens of Chapel Hill have every reason to be proud that we planned and conducted such a ceremony, so I would like to […]

  • Remembering and Hoping

    September 7, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Significant events in our country generate significant reactions. Look at the attack on Pearl Harbor, dropping the atom bomb, the Kennedy assassination, and the Challenger explosion as examples of significant events that we as a society remember in various ways. On Sunday, September 11, 2011, we as a nation and others around the world will take time […]

  • Mother Nature, Human Nature

    August 30, 2011 at 1:32 am

    After this latest experience with a weather event provided by Mother Nature, it’s very clear that she has her own plans and can change them anytime she wants. In spite of the technological wonders employed by some of our most brilliant minds, Mother Nature seems always to have the upper hand. So in the absence of certainty, […]

  • How Do You Do It?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    As the heat of this summer eventually gives way to a hopefully cooler autumn, you can bet that the local political climate will be anything but cool. Soon the campaign signs will sprout up, the letters to the editor will fill the papers, campaign forums will be conducted by a variety of organizations, campaign literature will […]

  • Voter-Owned Elections: I’m Just Not A Fan!

    July 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I was really happy to see the two-part report on “Voter-Owned Elections” here on We are now in the second election cycle of the test that the North Carolina General Assembly authorized Chapel Hill to conduct during municipal elections. If you wish to learn about the specifics details of the test program, you can […]

  • No Boom, No Rose!

    July 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    One of the wonderful things that the Internet allows you to do is to keep up with the news from home while you are traveling. While we were away, I read in the Chapel Hill News that they gave the Town of Chapel Hill “Raspberries” for what they called a “shortsighted decision to do away with […]

  • “Your Honor, I Saw His Lips Moving!”

    June 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    “Your Honor, I Saw His Lips Moving!” Can you imagine one of our fine police officers having to appear in court to explain why they issued a ticket for talking on a cell phone and uttering those words? Once again, the topic is hot and the discussion on banning cell phone use while driving includes ALL cell […]