By Fred Black
  • Enough Already!

    June 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    In 1996 I had the honor of being appointed to serve on the Chapel Hill Public Library Board of Trustees and later was reappointed to a second term. During my tenure, I also served as the Board’s chair. In addition to our normal responsibilities, we also began the planning for expanding the library since our’s was already […]

  • Good to Great

    June 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Good organizations with visionary leadership all seem to want to move from good to great, and that’s just what our PTA Thrift Shop is doing. In early May, I interviewed executive director Barbara Jessie-Black (no relation) on Who’s Talking, and she mentioned that there was some exciting news about the store coming in the near future. […]

  • Why Do They Do It?

    June 2, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Memorial Day is over and it was well celebrated by many citizens in our community. Lots of work went into the activities and more than a few lent their time and energy to make all of the events a success. Why do they do it, some may wonder. There’s really a pretty simple answer; they […]

  • The More the Merrier!

    May 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Until Carlo Robustelli made me aware of it, I did not realize that there was another big graduation held on the afternoon of Wednesday May18th. Carlo as you may know is the Director of Durham Technical Community College’s Orange County Operations in Hillsborough. This was the College’s 50th commencement and over 800 students received degrees, […]


    May 18, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Have you met any really special people lately, people that make our community the special place that it is? Monday the 16th was one of those great days where I saw many special people doing some important work. Monday was a collection day for PORCH. “People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill Carrboro Homes,” or PORCH, is a […]

  • It’s Just Not That Simple!

    May 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Being at Town Hall on Monday May 9th, I observed the Town Council as it struggled with the Special Use Permit (SUP) for the Inter Faith Council for Social Service’s (IFC) proposal to build a new men’s 52-bed transitional facility and a 17-cot emergency shelter at 1315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. In the four […]


    May 5, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Who will be wearing one of those spiffy new “True Blue” robes on Sunday? Maybe it will be a future Nobel laureate, an innovative business leader who comes up with the next big thing, or that dedicated classroom teacher who reaches students in such a way that they excel in life and maybe become teachers […]


    April 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Our Town Council struggled with the decision to allow OWASA to retain the ability to tap Jordan Lake water in case of emergency. Being able to do this will also allow OWASA to remain part of the regional group that would set policy on the lake’s future. As a board member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro […]

  • Are We Being Bullied?

    April 27, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I suspect that no matter your age, at some time in your life you felt bullied. Sure, most of us endured the schoolyard or school bus bully, the playground bully and even the neighborhood bully that hardly anyone was willing to stand up to even on a good day. As we move through life, we […]