John Thomas

Chapel Hill to Establish Task Force Regarding American Legion Property

Chapel Hill is nearing the completion of an agreement to purchase the approximately 35-acre property on Legion Road from the American Legion Post No. 6. A newly commissioned task force will seek to determine how to best use that property. The task force will include Mayor Pam Hemminger and town council members Donna Bell and Nancy Oates. It will also be made up of members from various commissions and the visitors bureau, a person with knowledge of commercial development and three at-large community interests representatives. “I’m excited about this, because it does really take usually a task force or...

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Congressman David Price Holding Chapel Hill Town Hall Saturday

Congressman David Price will host a town hall meeting Saturday afternoon at East Chapel Hill High School from 1 until 2:30 to take questions and hear concerns from residents of North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District. It’s part of a series of town halls that Price began on March 4 in Durham and Knightdale and continued on March 6 in Cary. In Cary, Price received questions about the repealing and replacing of the Affordable Care Act and about budget cuts to programs like the Environmental Protection Agency. Those topics will likely come up again Saturday, along with questions about immigration...

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Town of Carrboro Enters Discussions with The ArtsCenter on Relocation

The Town of Carrboro is discussing the possibility of The ArtsCenter relocating to 203 S. Greensboro Street as part of a joint project that would include town offices. The location would include performance spaces, studios and classrooms to serve and educate the creative community in Carrboro. “While there are many decisions still to be made, we are enthusiastic about working with the Town of Carrboro to provide more arts opportunities to more citizens,” said Daniel Mayer, executive director of The ArtsCenter. The ArtsCenter is a non-profit founded in 1974 that seeks to inspire creativity and enrich the community through art....

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Inter-Faith Council Hires New Executive Director

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service announced the hiring of a new executive director yesterday following a search process that began in the fall of 2016. Jackie Jenks, who has served as the director of the San Francisco-based community organization Hospitality House since 2001, will begin work as the IFC’s executive director April 10. The IFC chose Jenks from a pool of 72 candidates. “We are looking forward to having Jackie lead us as we move forward,” said IFC Board President Keith Taylor. “She brings with her an abundance of knowledge and experience as well as tremendous passion.” Jenks’...

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Eubanks Road Waste and Recycling Center to Close for Renovations

Orange County will close the Eubanks Road Waste and Recycling Center at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, to begin a “significant modernization project.” The project includes a host of renovations that are expected to take about ten months, including paving the center. Installation of low-level containers will make it easier to dispose of bulky items and new trash compactors will improve the center’s capacity and efficiency. The county asks that citizens use the temporary waste center on Millhouse Road, less than a mile away from the Eubanks Center, during the renovations. That center will open the morning of...

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Health Department to Present Mental Health Priorities to County Commissioners

The Orange County Health Department will present its three priority areas for mental health services in the county to the Board of County Commissioners at the board’s meeting at seven o’clock Tuesday night. These areas include: -Restoring funding for mental health care from birth to age five -Enhancing in-school services for all grade levels, including having one or more mental therapists per school in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools -Educating the community on how to navigate access to mental health care The health department identified these areas via a report completed in January that analyzed the...

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Local Elected Officials Concerned Over Provision in House Bill 2 Proposal

Government officials statewide are still processing what Governor Roy Cooper is calling his “common-sense compromise” to repeal House Bill 2. The three-part proposal includes a provision that has concerned some local elected officials. Orange County Board of Commissioners chair Mark Dorosin said he’s ultimately excited about the possibility of repealing House Bill 2. “It’s a shameful bit of legislation that has marginalized large numbers of our community and also just brought humiliation and embarrassment to the state,” he said. But Dorosin said he’s also struggling with Governor Roy Cooper’s plan to repeal House Bill 2. “I’m frustrated by the...

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Inter-Faith Council Collecting Donations for Residents Displaced by Water Line Break

The Inter-Faith Council is now receiving donations on behalf of residents living near Foxcroft Drive in apartments that flooded after an OWASA water line broke February 3. The flooding damaged six apartments. Two were damaged so badly that their residents moved to a hotel until other apartments became available. Two graduate students occupied one of the apartments, and a UNC staff member lived in the other, according to the non-profit. OWASA cannot assist the residents due to North Carolina law, causing the IFC to strongly encourage donations from members of the community. The IFC also indicated that it will help...

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Inter-Faith Council Offers Chance to Meet Executive Director Candidates

The Inter-Faith Council will hold meet-and-greets with its final two candidates for executive director Thursday and Friday in Chapel Hill. The first candidate will be available to talk with the community and answer questions from 3:45 to 5:00 Thursday afternoon. The second will be available at the same times Friday. Both sessions will be held in the fellowship hall at United Church of Chapel Hill, located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Homestead Park. Following the meetings, a senior IFC staff member will receive feedback from those who attended. That feedback will be shared with the IFC’s search committee. The IFC...

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OWASA Releases Water Shortage Timeline Ahead of Board Meeting

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority will address the recent Chapel Hill water shortage at its Board of Directors meeting at six o’clock Thursday night. The meeting will take place at Chapel Hill Town Hall instead of its usual location in Carrboro. OWASA executive director Ed Kerwin said this change in location would ensure the people of Chapel Hill have the chance to easily raise questions about what happened. “It’s so important that we’re fully transparent and forthcoming with this information,” he said. To aid with that goal, OWASA released a timeline of events Wednesday regarding the water shortage. The timeline...

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