Jessica Coates

Gray Squirrel Coffee Permanently Coming to Chapel Hill Public Library

If you like books and coffee, good news is on the way. The Chapel Hill Public Library has announced that they will be teaming up with Gray Squirrel Coffee Company to satisfy all of your book-and-coffee needs. “So, in July/August, the library lobby – which is pretty popular now and people hang out all day long – is going to be even better with coffee,” said Chapel Hill Public Library director Susan Brown during her weekly segment on WCHL’s The Aaron Keck Show. She says that after the new library building – located at 100 Library Drive – opened...

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CHCCS names Teacher of the Year

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System (CHCCS) has named Lauren Boening – a third grade teacher at Morris Grove Elementary – as their 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. Boening has been teaching for seven years and received her bachelor of arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to the honorary title, Boening also received a $1,000 check and gifts from local businesses. Two other teachers were given special recognition: Terra Hodge of Culbreth Middle School and Anna Kohler of the UNC Hospital School. They each received checks for $500 and gifts...

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Chatham EDC President Named to TBJ’s “40 Under 40”

The president of Chatham Economic Development Corporation, Kyle Touchstone, has been named as one of the Triangle Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Leadership Award winners. After becoming president of Chatham Economic Development Corporation, or the Chatham EDC, in February 2016, Touchstone led efforts to bring Mountaire Farms — an agricultural food processing company — to Siler City. Mountaire Farms is expected to bring $70 million and 700 new jobs to the town, and it will be the largest private employer in Chatham County once it is operational. “Kyle stepped into a fast-paced economic environment and hit the ground running,”...

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Litter Clean-Up in Northside Neighborhood on Saturday

If you’re free this Saturday, come by and help keep Northside beautiful. Volunteers will be meeting at the Chapel Hill Public Housing office — located at 317 Caldwell Street — at 9 AM on Saturday, May 6, to pick up litter in Chapel Hill’s historic Northside neighborhood. Bags, gloves, vests and trash grabbers will be provided. It is requested that you wear closed-toe, comfortable walking shoes. For more information, please contact Wendy Smith at (919) 968-2715 or wwsmith@townofchapelhill.org. Photo via Town of Chapel...

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Northside Festival Celebrates Community, Honors Chapel Hill Freedom Fighters

On Saturday afternoon, it was hot and humid. But that didn’t stop some people from dancing in the blocked-off portion of the road between Roberson Street and Graham Street. “I done got too old to do that; I’ll watch them. It’s too hot to be doing anything there,” said Northside resident Gracie Webb, while sitting in the shade of a tree on the lawn of St. Joseph’s Church – just off the corner of Roberson Street. She’s been coming to Northside’s May Day festivals since they first started, even before she moved into the historically black neighborhood five years...

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Carrboro’s Open Streets: Encouraging Family and Fun

On Sunday, Weaver Street was closed in order to make it open. Confused? Don’t be. For the last five years, Carrboro Recreation and Parks has closed off portions of Weaver Street to cars so that community members could enjoy local vendors, demonstrations and activities. “I think the way the event is geared towards [being] healthy, being active, being outside, that’s what sets it apart from other events,” said recreation supervisor Galen Poythress. “The energy of the event is really just about … participating and actually engaging with other people.” While many of the vendors and demonstrations were geared toward...

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North Carolina LGBTQ Elected Officials Discuss HB2 Vs. House Bill 142

When UNC’s LGBTQ Representation and Rights Research Initiative first invited a panel of LGBT elected officials to speak on campus, House Bill 2 was still fully enacted. But, by the time the April 7 event – which was held at UNC’s FedEx Global Center – rolled around, the situation surrounding House Bill 2 had become a lot more nuanced. HB2 was repealed and replaced by House Bill 142, which dictated that no local non-discrimination ordinances regarding public accommodations could be passed until 2020. “I voted against the repeal bill,” said House Representative Deborah Butler, who was appointed to her...

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Library Will Offer More Online Resources to Students

Beginning this spring, Orange County public school students will have unlimited access to online public library resources, according to a Friday press release. By using Student Easy Access, or SEA, accounts, students will be able to check out items without a parent present and access online resources that would typically require a subscription. Some of those online resources include Tutor.com, a personalized tutoring resource, and OverDrive, a popular audiobook database. These SEA accounts are a response to the White House ConnectED Library Challenge, which encourages libraries to make their resources more accessible to students. Parents will be able to...

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LGBTQ People Still Targeted, According to Study

A new report analyzing 20 years’ worth of data shows that LGBTQ people remain at a higher risk for victimization than their non-LGBTQ peers. The 56-page report, which focused on the frequency and variety of violent acts committed against LGBTQ people, examined research from dozens of studies in order to find larger trends that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Tasseli McKay, one of the researchers on the report, said in an interview with WCHL that, even though she specializes in victimization research, she was still surprised by some of the report’s findings. “One example is, in terms of this...

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A Day Without Women Means No Classes in Chapel Hill – Carrboro

Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools are closed on Wednesday – a day being nationally recognized as the “Day Without Women.” This event was created to highlight the vital role of women in workforce and, although the school system has made clear that is does not support the political nature of the protest, it has said that it supports its female employees. Jeff Nash – the executive director of community relations for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools – said he first began to hear from female employees several weeks ago. “We began hearing from some employees that they had intended...

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