Lifestyle http://chapelboro.com/rss/lifestyle Lifestyle RSS Feed Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:07:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 More of what you live here for Lifestyle no More of what you live here for Lifestyle http://chapelboro.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chapelboro.com/rss/lifestyle Short List Voting: Best Automotive Place http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/short-list-lifestyle/short-list-voting-best-automotive-place/ http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/short-list-lifestyle/short-list-voting-best-automotive-place/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:52:00 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=126857 Plenty of sites and publications offer “best of” lists and top ten awards, but how many let YOU vote on the best businesses and locations around your town? After all, it is YOUR town. Who else is more qualified to choose? Chapelboro.com’s Short List is a monthly award decided entirely by the readers and residents in YOUR […]

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Plenty of sites and publications offer “best of” lists and top ten awards, but how many let YOU vote on the best businesses and locations around your town? After all, it is YOUR town. Who else is more qualified to choose?

Chapelboro.com’s Short List is a monthly award decided entirely by the readers and residents in YOUR community. We’ve been collecting your submissions for the month of January for “Best Automotive Place,” and now it’s time to vote on the top spots! We’ll announce the winner on Thursday, January 29th! The voting period goes from January 15th to the 28th.

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A New Kind Of Play For UNC Athletes http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/arts-entertainment/new-kind-play-unc-athletes/ http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/arts-entertainment/new-kind-play-unc-athletes/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:38:18 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=125984 Dave Navalinsky, an assistant professor of Dramatic Arts at UNC, grew concerned when he realized the student-athletes he taught were feeling stigmatized by the negative press the past few years. So he did what we would expect a drama professor to do: he wrote a play about it. At 6’9”, Navalinsky stands taller than even […]

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Dave Navalinsky, an assistant professor of Dramatic Arts at UNC, grew concerned when he realized the student-athletes he taught were feeling stigmatized by the negative press the past few years. So he did what we would expect a drama professor to do: he wrote a play about it.

At 6’9”, Navalinsky stands taller than even most college basketball players. One may therefore assume he was a basketball star himself and thus has an affinity for athletes. However, that is not the case at all.

“My student-athlete career—if you could call it that—ended it 8th grade with a record of about 12 – 1000. Most, if not all, those few wins were on the 8th-grade basketball team, and I rarely played,” he joked during an interview.

After high school, Navalinsky started taking classes at Lorain Community College, in Ohio, without knowing what he wanted to do with his life. He was working lighting for a local band, when he learned his college offered a class on stage lighting. Surprised to find a class that aligned so well with his talents, he enrolled and then discovered a stagecraft class, which also interested him. Not long after, he transferred to Baldwin Wallace and completed a degree in stagecraft, with an emphasis on lighting design.

Eventually, Navalinsky also completed an MFA in technical direction and went on to teach at the University of Mississippi and then at the University of Texas at Arlington. He came to UNC in 2011 to become the Director of Undergraduate Production and teach the introductory stagecraft class.

“This is the first place where I’ve taught pretty much exclusively non-[theater] majors, and so I’m used to really knowing my students,” he explained, “Even though most of the students in my class now are not majors, they’re still my students, and they’re still precious to me.”

Navalinsky’s relationships with some of the student-athletes in his classes allowed him to see their frustration with the media’s sensationalism and the resulting stereotyping they experienced, and their frustration ultimately compelled him to write his new play. “Other people talking about my students and messing with my students was unacceptable,” he asserted.

Still a work in progress, “Priceless Gem: An Athlete Story” was made possible by a $4,000 junior faculty grant he won in December 2013. After the IRB approved him to carry out research involving human subjects, Navalinsky spent four months conducting interviews with over thirty athletes from almost all of UNC’s varsity sports. Two assistants/co-writers then helped him create four composite characters based on the anonymous interview transcripts.

“Priceless Gem” begins with a soliloquy from Jason, a football player. “There is more to us than just playing on Saturdays,” he exclaims. Over the course of the approximately one-hour play, he and the three other athletes endeavor to articulate what that “more” really is. They reflect on the challenges and privileges of being a student-athlete at UNC today, in the wake of the recent controversies. At its most heartbreaking moments, the play depicts the student-athletes’ lamentations on the increased stereotyping they now face.

“People think, like, if you’re a good athlete, then you’re not that smart. But I actually enjoy learning,” Jaimie, a women’s basketball player, tells us. Later in the play, she reveals, “When I’m in a classroom for the first time, I almost want to prove myself, or prove to other people, I can read — better than a 4th-grader.”

Marcus, a swimmer, affirms Jamie’s sentiments and recalls being subjected to students’ joking about athletes’ illiteracy. “It just creates that stigma that typical athletes aren’t that smart,” he bemoans.

Although the play involves little action, “Priceless Gem” maintains viewers’ attention by baring the four athletes’ emotions and thoughts, as the athletes express their struggles to be “just like any other college student” while at the same time occupying prominent positions on campus. By providing that lens into the student-athlete experience, Navalinsky has made a valuable contribution to the public discussion over the role of athletics in higher education

“Priceless Gem” unquestionably accomplishes the goal Navalinsky set for the play. “As I was reading things in the newspaper, the student-athletes’ voice was the one voice I wasn’t hearing,” he explained, “and I thought I could use theater to help provide that voice.”

 

Navalinsky will be presenting a free public reading of Priceless Gem Monday, January 12th at 7 PM, in the Center for Dramatic Art’s Kenan Theater. A brief Q&A will follow.

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Short List Submissions: Best Automotive Place http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/short-list-lifestyle/short-list-submissions-best-automotive-place/ http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/short-list-lifestyle/short-list-submissions-best-automotive-place/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:11:25 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=125815 Plenty of sites and publications offer “best of” lists and top ten awards, but how many let YOU vote on the best businesses and locations around your town? After all, it is YOUR town. Who else is more qualified to choose? Chapelboro.com’s Short List is a monthly award decided entirely by the readers and residents in our […]

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short list winnersPlenty of sites and publications offer “best of” lists and top ten awards, but how many let YOU vote on the best businesses and locations around your town? After all, it is YOUR town. Who else is more qualified to choose? Chapelboro.com’s Short List is a monthly award decided entirely by the readers and residents in our community. This month, the category is the “Best Automotive Place.” In the form below, submit all the locations that YOU think deserve to be on the Short List – the places where you go to buy, fix, supply, detail, and clean your car or truck. Submissions will last until Wednesday, January 14th – we’ll compile your entries and let the community vote on the best! Check back January 15th to vote!

The call for submissions has ended this month!

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The Sunlight Cure http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/sunlight-cure/ http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/sunlight-cure/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 15:11:41 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=125656 Humans are intimately connected to the sun and its rhythms. It affects our mood and energy, which have all encompassing effects on how we live and interact with the world. This relationship is never more apparent than when the long, bright days of summer give way to darker autumn nights. The end of daylight savings time darkens moods as much as it darkens the short afternoons.

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“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” – Roman Payne

Thick clouds roll in overnight, blanketing the earth while everyone sleeps. Rain drizzles in the morning and a handful of complaints are overheard about the gloom. You, being the positive mind you are, do not fret. Clouds and rain can be peaceful, after all.

The next day begins with the same dimness. The clouds float by in droves more densely than the day before. Not much is said about the transient masses overhead, but the energy in your environment is distinctively melancholy.

A cold wind strikes as you walk out the door the third morning. You grimace and walk hastily to your car, then rub your hands together vigorously as the car heater kicks in to calm your shivers. Clouds still loom overhead, threatening rain but never committing to the idea. You notice people seem snappy and pent-up with frustration. It is not until mid-afternoon that you notice that you, too, are moody today.

On the fourth day you awaken to sunshine flickering through the bedroom curtains. There is pep in your step as you fix breakfast and begin the day. Bright light forces you to squint as you walk in the outdoors; it is oddly enjoyable, especially as the warmth of the sun flows over your cheeks. People are smiling, talking, and laughing. Many comment on how nice it is to see the sunshine again. This makes you realize that it is indeed a joyful day.

Humans are intimately connected to the sun and its rhythms. It affects our mood and energy, which have all-encompassing effects on how we live and interact with the world. This relationship is never more apparent than when the long, bright days of summer give way to darker autumn nights. The end of daylight savings time darkens moods as much as it darkens the short afternoons.

It is estimated that six percent of the U.S. population experiences Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), defined as a clinically significant change in mood coinciding with the change in seasons. This predominantly speaks to people suffering from unipolar depression that comes with the shorter days, but may also manifest as bipolar type mood swings – depression in the winter and mania or hypomania in the summer. Additionally, an estimated 13% of the population experiences Subsyndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder (SSAD), a less clinically significant change in mood most often experienced in the winter months.

True SAD is severe enough to have devastating effects on one’s lifestyle. Those with SAD may miss work or school, cut off social contact, and experience crippling apathy and bleak feelings of worthlessness. SSAD will not present so severely – the person may have a definable shift in mood and outlook, but can probably still function in their daily lives. Although the majority of the population will not suffer enough to qualify for a clinical diagnosis, it is normal for us all to wax and wane with the changing seasons.

Historically, humans may not have worried about this change in seasonal energy. We may have ebbed and flowed with the seasons, rather than pushing through in spite of them. We may have instinctively conserved energy and relegated ourselves to warm, confined environments where we slept and lounged more often through the winter.  Today, however, the responsibilities and commitments in your life will make it unlikely that your daily schedule can change regardless of the light-dark cycle. The world keeps hustling, and if you allow yourself to slow down you will most likely feel disconnected from the lives around you. Although this may not be the healthiest way to live, it is the way things are.

What can one do, then, to cultivate positive and consistent energy at all times of the year? Let us explore two dynamics of the shining sun that can foster feelings of wellness: sunlight in your eyes and sunlight on your skin.

Bright sunlight entering your eyes signals to your body that it is time to be awake and alert. Obtaining sunlight in the earlier hours of the day is superior to the later hours when looking to regulate the circadian rhythm. Prioritize obtaining at least ten minutes of sunlight on as many days as possible, even if you have to bundle up. Thirty minutes of bright light may be even more beneficial. Some research shows that sunlight can be as stimulating as a cup of coffee. If it is impossible to get outside during the day, light-therapy boxes have been shown to be an effective treatment option to boost mood as well. Consult your physician before attempting this treatment and make sure the light you purchase is made specifically for sufferers of SAD. Just like sunlight, try to use your light box for ten to thirty minutes per day. An important factor to remember, though, is to limit bright light exposure during the evening hours. Absorbing blue light in the evenings can delay the secretion of melatonin, leading to disruptions in sleep. The greatest perpetrators of indoor blue light are electronic devices including televisions, phones, tablets, and computers. Poor sleeping patterns will interfere with mood and energy no matter the light-dark cycle.

Low blood levels of vitamin D have also been linked to depression. Many people fail to obtain enough vitamin D no matter the season, and many Americans cannot synthesize Vitamin D during the winter months due to the sun sitting too low in the sky. Although the exact latitude is debated, it is likely that people living north of the 35th parallel will not be able to obtain vitamin D from sunlight from November to March. For those local to Chapelboro, this includes us. A quick and easy way to judge whether the sun is high enough in sky to provide the UVB radiation your skin needs is to take a look at your shadow. If your shadow is longer than you are tall, the sun is too low for the body to produce vitamin D.

Whilst it may be impossible for you to synthesize vitamin D in the winter months, it is important to get at least ten minutes of full sunlight on bare skin on as many days as possible in the warmer months – April through October, for those outside of tropical locales. Obtaining enough vitamin D from the sun does not require the skin to burn or a tan to develop, although a tan may develop depending on skin tone. Those with lighter skin tones do not need as much exposure, whereas those with darker skin tones will likely need to be out longer.

The body can synthesize well over 10,000 IU of vitamin D before the skin begins to turn pink, so obtaining enough during the warmer months of the year can be easy. However, if one is looking to obtain greater amounts of vitamin D during the winter, supplementation is the only option. The Food and Nutrition Board, whom is responsible for the official recommendations of the U.S. Government, recommends that adults get between 600-800 IU per day to maintain optimal blood levels of Vitamin D. Recent research shows that more may be more beneficial, so organizations such as the Endocrine Society recommend 1,500-2,000 IU per day, and the Vitamin D Council recommends 5,000 IU per day.

The Food & Nutrition Board sets the upper limit of daily Vitamin D supplementation at 4,000 IU, whereas the Endocrine Society and the Vitamin D Council set their allowances at 10,000 IU. Vitamin D toxicity, in which the substance begins to have harmful effects on the system, is shown to occur at doses of 40,000 IU daily. If you discuss with your physician and decide a supplement would be beneficial for your health, look for the D3 form of the vitamin rather than D2. Vitamin D3 is more bioavailable. It may be advantageous for absorption to take your supplement with a meal that contains fat.

While fluctuations in mood and energy level are normal as the seasons change, there are strategies to remedy feelings of lethargy and boost energy in the darkest months of the year. Do your best to get outdoors to obtain bright natural light in your eyes. You may bundle up for a walk or find a sunny picnic table to enjoy lunch. If you decide to experiment with a light therapy box, discuss your treatment options with your primary care physician. The same can be said for vitamin D supplementation. Although both may seem harmless, it is important to consult a professional to decide if you are in the right state of health to benefit from such therapies. Keep smiling even through the darkness of winter and be especially grateful for the days when the sun smiles upon you.

References:

The Vitamin D Council

The Mayo Clinic

Mark’s Daily Apple

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Local Harvest: New Year’s Eats http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/food-dining/local-harvest-new-years-eats/ http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/food-dining/local-harvest-new-years-eats/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:28:31 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=124943 I grew up in the eastern part of the state, and a large part of my childhood revolved around my grandparents’ farm in Craven county. The farm had been in my grandfather’s family since one of the King Georges had given his ancestors the land grant, and while it had been growing tobacco, cotton, and […]

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I grew up in the eastern part of the state, and a large part of my childhood revolved around my grandparents’ farm in Craven county. The farm had been in my grandfather’s family since one of the King Georges had given his ancestors the land grant, and while it had been growing tobacco, cotton, and soy for as long as anyone could remember, Papa always tended a smaller kitchen garden close to the house to provide my grandmother with fresh vegetables to cook for the family.

BlackEyedPeasI would guess that my family is no different from many families, especially Southern families, in that our family traditions revolved around the kitchen. At no time of year was this more true than the holiday season. Starting with Thanksgiving, my grandmother would cook almost constantly until New Year’s Day, when she would finish off her month-long smorgasbord with the traditional Southern meal of black-eyed peas (representing pennies), collard greens (dollars), and cornbread (gold bars). I remember quite clearly sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen, my family all encouraging me to eat more, “so you’ll get rich this year!” However, all I would ever consent to eating was a bowl of black eyed peas and my weight in cornbread – despite the fact that the years never brought me anything even resembling gold bars – because I disliked collards!  It wasn’t until years later, when I experimented with cooking collards myself, that I learned that I actually enjoyed the bitterness of the greens.

These recipes are adapted from the foods served in my grandmother’s kitchen years ago, which I’m fairly sure are similar to the meal being served in homes all over the South on New Year’s Day. The black-eyed peas are a long-cooking but low-maintenance recipe. My collards are somewhat less traditional; my grandmother would cook collards for hours with a ham hock and serve them with the pot liquor. I’m not one to knock tradition, but these collards have become a staple in my house because they make for an easy weekday vegetable side in addition to being appropriate for New Year’s Day. Steaming the collards before sauteeing them makes them more tender, but still leaves some bite to the greens when they are served, preferably with some red pepper flakes and a dash of apple cider vinegar. It should also be noted that the New Year’s Day meal isn’t complete without a warm batch of cornbread baked in a skillet. I’m not much of a baker, so I use Alton Brown’s creamed corn cornbread recipe, although I omit the sugar; I’ll play with collard recipes, but I’m not about to knock tradition and sweeten my cornbread!

That said, here’s wishing you a sweet and prosperous 2015!

Black-Eyed Peas

1 bag of dried black-eyed peas, soaked in water overnight

1 smoked ham hock

Salt and pepper

White onion (optional)

Scallions (optional)

  1. Drain and wash peas and place them into a large cast iron Dutch oven or stock pot with the ham hock. Cover with water, add salt and pepper to taste, and simmer over medium low heat for 3-4 hours, or until the peas are tender. Keep an eye on the water level in the pot; the peas will soak up water as they cook. Replenish the water as needed.
  2. Remove the ham hock. Discard the skin and fat from the hock, and pull the meat off the bone in bite-sized pieces. Return the meat to the peas.
  3. Serve hot. Top with diced onions or scallions if desired.

 

Quick Collard Greens

1 large bunch collard greens

1 Tbsp bacon grease

Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes

Apple cider vinegar (optional)

  1. Remove the tough stem from the collard greens and discard. Roughly chop the greens into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Using a steamer basket or rice steamer, steam the greens for about 5 minutes, or until the collards are bright green and just beginning to become tender.
  3. In a large skillet (I prefer cast iron), heat the bacon grease over medium high heat. Transfer the collards to the skillet, sauteeing them for about 15 minutes, or until wilted and tender.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste. For some heat, you can add red chili flakes, and we like to add a splash of apple cider vinegar to brighten the flavor.

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December Short List Winner – Best Place To Buy Unique Gifts http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/short-list-lifestyle/december-short-list-winner-best-place-buy-unique-gifts/ http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/short-list-lifestyle/december-short-list-winner-best-place-buy-unique-gifts/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:58:36 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=124807 The votes are in, and it’s official: the winner of December's Chapelboro Short List for “Best Place To Buy Unique Gifts” is...

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The votes are in, and it’s official: the winner of December’s Chapelboro Short List for “Best Place To Buy Unique Gifts” is Cameron’s!

 

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After more than thirty years in University Mall, Cameron’s re-opened last year as the anchor of the new 300 East Main Street development in Carrboro. But while the location may have changed, Cameron’s remains the same gift hub it’s always been for the community. They sell everything from elegant jewelry and clothing to the silliest of knickknacks. It’s the perfect one-stop shop for the holiday season and beyond, a place where you can find a personalized gift for everyone on your list.

Also on the Short List

Ackland Art Museum Shop

SONY DSCUNC’s Ackland Art Museum is filled with priceless art. But if you want to bring the art home (at a much more reasonable price), the Museum Shop is right around the corner! With a wide range of beautiful products related to the changing exhibitions, they offer great gift ideas for art lovers and novices alike.

Chatelaine’s

1609998_697761746948572_8029857434412264210_nNestled into Carr Mill Mall, Chatelaine’s is a perfect local place to shop for fine estate jewelry. They feature unique pieces from the past, with more variety and artistry than many new jewelry stores. They even provide repairs and refurbishing!

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2014 Year in Review http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/2014-year-review/ http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/2014-year-review/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:00:44 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=122975 2014 is drawing to a close, so today we bring you our top news stories of the year. From the exciting to the sad to the very strange, here are the stories that captured Orange County’s interest in 2014.  January: UNC Breakthrough: Harnessing Solar Energy For Use At Night Willingham: “I’m Telling The Truth” Dillard’s Closes In […]

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2014 is drawing to a close, so today we bring you our top news stories of the year. From the exciting to the sad to the very strange, here are the stories that captured Orange County’s interest in 2014. 

January:

UNC Breakthrough: Harnessing Solar Energy For Use At Night

Willingham: “I’m Telling The Truth”

Dillard’s Closes In University Mall

Michael McAdoo Says Tutors Steered Him To Fraudulent Classes

CHCCS Board Votes To Expand Mandarin Program

 

February:

East Chapel Hill Student Diessnow12

Snowfall Causes Massive Traffic Jams, Cancellations

Students Storm Franklin Street Following Duke Win

Former UNC Dean: Academic Issue Reaches Further Than Revenue Sports

Efland Man Charged With Possession Of Stolen Saddles

 

March:

Six Vie To Be Orange County’s Top Lawman

After Losing Carrboro Lease, DSI Comedy Plans Move To Chapel Hill

Suspect In Custody After Knife Incident Locks Down UNC Campus

Tar Heels Lose To Iowa State In NCAA Tournament

Woman Cited for “Twerkin’ It” In The Middle Of Franklin Street

 

April:

UNC’s Diamond DeShields Transfers To Tennessee

Diamond Deshields (Courtesy of GoHeels.com)

Diamond Deshields (Courtesy of GoHeels.com)

Roses In University Mall To Close

Willingham To Leave UNC

Dr. Bruce Cairns Becomes UNC Faculty Chair

Squirrel Hunting From Cars Reported In Carrboro

 

May:

Blackwood And Caldwell Head To Run-Off For Sheriff

Specialist Blames Former Deans For UNC Academic Scandal

Orange County Schools Superintendent Martin Let Go

Community Mourns Passing Of Merritt’s Owner Robin Britt

UNC Fires Professor Convicted Of Drug Charges

 

June:

McCants Claims He Took Fake Classes, Williams Knew

Moral Monday, Halifax Mall. June 2, 2014. Photo: Alex Curley

Moral Monday, Halifax Mall. June 2, 2014.
Photo: Alex Curley

Sutton’s Sells Pharmacy Business To CVS

UNC Student Pharr Dies

Eleven Cited At Moral Monday Protests

Chapel Hill Singer Wows “America’s Got Talent”

 

July:

Professor Feng Liu Dies After Robbery

Blackwood Wins Run-Off For Orange County Sheriff

Former UNC Player Gives Back To Homeland

Chapel Hill Man Accused Of Biting Girlfriend’s Tongue

UNC Surgeons Open Burn Unit In Malawi

 

August:

Assault At Aloft Hotel During UNC Football Training Camp

Citizens at the Chapel Hill Public Library view the armored vehicle owned by the Chapel Hill Police Dept., Oct. 4, 2014.

Citizens at the Chapel Hill Public Library view the armored vehicle owned by the Chapel Hill Police Dept., Oct. 4, 2014.

Time-Out Restaurant Finds New Home

OC Leads NC In Military Surplus Armored Vehicles

Johnny T-Shirt Owner Helpingstine Dies

Lineberger Researchers Make Cancer Breakthrough 

 

September:

CHHS Assistant Principal Reassigned After Incident

Would-Be Jumper On Hampton Inn Roof

CHPD Releases New Hedgepeth Investigation Details

Police Quickly Nab Young Carjackers

ECU Shatters Records In UNC Defeat

 

October:

Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Legal In NC

Photo by Rachel Nash.

Photo by Rachel Nash.

Wainstein Report Confirms Academic Scandal

Chapel Hill Firefighter Delivers Own Baby 

Classic Carrboro Song Gets An Update

Nine UNC Officials Facing Discipline

 

November:

Student Arrested In Social Media Bomb Threat

Accrediting Agency Launches UNC Probe

Chapel Hill Real Estate Priciest In NC

Town Council Greenlights Ephesus-Fordham Road Plan

Tar Heels Reclaim Victory Bell From Duke

 

December:

Chapel Hill Ranked Third-Best College Town

Local Business Leader Seagroves Dies

Chapel Hill Plane Crashes In Maryland, Killing 6

34 UNC Centers and Institutes Could Be on the Chopping Block

Chapel Hill Ranks On “Most Unequal Cities” List

 

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Merry Christmas! http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/merry-christmas-2/ http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/merry-christmas-2/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:00:25 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=124104 Twas the Night before Christmas, and all Orange County Did pause to reflect on another year’s bounty. They all raised their drinks (whether virgin or boozy), And toasted each other, “Well, that was a doozy.” We started off swell in two thousand fourteen, From the Boro of Carr to the Dome named for Dean, And […]

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Twas the Night before Christmas, and all Orange County
Did pause to reflect on another year’s bounty.
They all raised their drinks (whether virgin or boozy),
And toasted each other, “Well, that was a doozy.”

We started off swell in two thousand fourteen,
From the Boro of Carr to the Dome named for Dean,
And then roller-coastered our way through the year –
No wonder we’re all in the mood for some cheer!

As soon as it seemed like the year had got going,
One Wednesday it simply refused to stop snowing.
The cars inched along (or gave up) as it snowed;
The roads looked like something right out of The Road.

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A second storm followed: political ads.
On Hagan! On Tillis! They piled up in scads.
And locally, after the fuss had died down,
We finally had a new Sheriff in town!

Three phrases provoked disagreement, not boredom:
“Form-based code,” and “Renewal” and “Ephesus-Fordham.”
Then a judge brought rejoicing to (most of) the polity
By ruling in favor of marriage equality.

For Carol and Bubba, a year under fire,
With Wainstein’s report raising questions and ire.
Here’s hoping the new year will bring a display
Of peace and good will from the NCAA…

Brice Johnson reacts with Joel James against ECU (Todd Melet)

McCants notwithstanding, each Tar Heel heart seeks
For Coach Roy and Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks,
Marcus Paige and the rest to embark on a journey
That ends up in April with winning the tourney.

And now, as we gather ‘round tree or menorah,
Let’s all give a cheer for Coach Larry Fedora.
His defense was dismal, his offense adroit,
But they still routed Duke, and they still have Detroit!

Though the year has been bumpy, all’s well that ends well.
Chapelboro.com, WCHL,
And all of us wish you, our audience dear,
Merry Christmas, and here’s to a better New Year!

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Short List Voting: Best Place To Buy Unique Gifts http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/short-list-lifestyle/short-list-voting-best-place-buy-unique-gifts/ http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/short-list-lifestyle/short-list-voting-best-place-buy-unique-gifts/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:00:39 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=123012 Plenty of sites and publications offer “best of” lists and top ten awards, but how many let YOU vote on the best businesses and locations around your town? After all, it is YOUR town. Who else is more qualified to choose? Chapelboro.com’s Short List is a monthly award decided entirely by the readers and residents in YOUR […]

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Plenty of sites and publications offer “best of” lists and top ten awards, but how many let YOU vote on the best businesses and locations around your town? After all, it is YOUR town. Who else is more qualified to choose?

Chapelboro.com’s Short List is a monthly award decided entirely by the readers and residents in YOUR community. We’ve been collecting your submissions for the month of December for “Best Place To Buy Unique Gifts,” and now it’s time to vote on the top spots! We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, December 29th! The voting period goes from December 16th to the 28th.

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short list winnersPlenty of sites and publications offer “best of” lists and top ten awards, but how many let YOU vote on the best businesses and locations around your town? After all, it is YOUR town. Who else is more qualified to choose? Chapelboro.com’s Short List is a monthly award decided entirely by the readers and residents in our community. This month, the category is the “Best Place To Buy Unique Gifts.” In the form below, submit all the locations that YOU think deserve to be on the Short List – the local shops where you find one-of-a-kind gifts. Submissions will last until Tuesday, December 16th – we’ll compile your entries and let the community vote on the best! Check back December 16th to vote!

The call for submissions has ended this month!

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