Chilton, OCRCC Among Honorees At Chamber Mtg
CHAPEL HILL – About 400 political and business leaders gathered at the Friday Center on Thursday for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, to honor outstanding local businesses, nonprofits, and individuals.
Meg McGurk of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership set the tone in her keynote address. “Downtown has reached a tipping point,” she told the attendees. “The private sector is investing in downtown on unprecedented levels, the public sector has taken a new pride in engaging in our downtown…(and) you are the ones that are making that change happen.”
The highlight of the annual meeting was the awarding of the Chamber’s annual Business of the Year honors:
• The Micro-Enterprise Business of the Year award went to Sweeps, a company that matches UNC students with locals in need of moving, cleaning, tutoring, and other odd jobs.
• Vimala’s Curryblossom Café beat out 140 West Franklin and the newly expanded PTA Thrift Shop for the Mid-Size Business of the Year award.
• The Large Business of the Year honor went to ARCA, an international manufacturer and distributer with global headquarters in Mebane.
• The Orange County Rape Crisis Center won the Chamber’s Nonprofit of the Year award.
And the Chamber also recognized three individuals as well. Longtime volunteer Irene Briggaman won the Ambassador of the Year award; UNC Executive Director of Real Estate Gordon Merklein won the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service award for his work not only with UNC, but also with various local service organizations. And outgoing Chamber board chair Paige Zinn recognized former Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton with the Chamber’s award for Leadership in Public-Private Partnership.
“Mark has demonstrated that you can support economic and community development without forswearing your interest in the environment and social justice,” Zinn said of Chilton.
Attendees at the meeting included state government officials, the three mayors of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough, and all but one member of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.
News Around Town: National Humanities; Medicine Drop; 140 West Grand Opening
CHAPEL HILL – The second annual conference on Human Rights and the Humanities will take place at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park this Thursday and Friday.
The keynote address on Thursday evening will be from historian, author and Canadian politician Michael Ignatieff. Following this address about human rights, sovereignty and globalization, NHC trustee emerita Jean Bethke Elshtain will respond.
On Friday, the conference continues with speakers from leading universities in Israel, Germany, China, and throughout the United States.
The conference will be free to the public on Thursday evening starting at 7:00. On Friday afternoon, $20 for adults and $10 dollars for students and seniors provides entry to the full conference, including meals.
Operation Medicine Drop is from 3 to 6 p.m. today, at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 501 Hampton Pointe Blvd. in Hillsborough.
The Hillsborough Police Department is partnering with Safe Kids North Carolina, Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth, and Wal-Mart to sponsor the event, which is offering residents a safe and secure way to get rid of old or unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Almost 4500 people have died from prescription drug poisoning since 1999 in North Carolina, making unintentional poisonings the second leading cause of injury death in the state.
The service is free and anonymous and will help prevent accidental poisonings, drug abuse, and water contamination from flushing medicine.
The Grand Opening of the 140 West Franklin Plaza
and dedication of Exhale
, Chapel Hill’s newest public art installation, will take place Friday, April 26.
Exhale was created by the internationally renowned landscape architect Mikyoung Kim, and is an impressive sculpture featuring vivid lighting and fog effects as an interactive component. 140 Franklin Plaza features 26,000 sq. ft of outdoor public space and another 26,000 sq ft of retail space, and is intended to be Chapel Hill’s ultimate gathering place.
The event will feature live music by Jasmé Kelly, who has a unique, blended sound of R&B, rock and soul music. Also, the Studio A DanceArts will perform a dance commissioned by the Town of Chapel Hill to celebrate Exhale. Mikyoung Kim will be present to talk about her artwork and the overall plaza design.
The event is taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at 140 Franklin Street Plaza.
News Around Town: Smith Level Construction; OC Library Closure; 140 W Franklin
CHAPEL HILL – A nearly one-mile stretch of Smith Level Road in Carrboro will soon see major improvements, but not before the public has a chance to weigh in on the proposed work.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. to discuss the widening plans that include bike lanes, sidewalks, and turn lanes with a center median. A roundabout is also planned at the intersection of Rock Haven Road and Smith Level Road.
Monday’s meeting will take place at Carrboro Town Hall. An NCDOT representative as well as the project contractor will be in attendance to answer any questions about the project and the expected timeline.
The Orange County Main Library and the Cybrary Branch will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday to allow the staff to devote time to developing its strategic plan.
A series of public input sessions and an online survey were conducted and will be discussed when designing the strategic plan.
For more information, call the OC Main Library at 919-245-2525.
The grand opening of 140 West Franklin Street is two months away and Ram Realty Services recently announced the sale of its 100th luxury home.
The development includes 140 homes in all as well as 26,000 square feet of street-level retail, a public plaza, and two levels of covered parking.
The project that has shut down a portion of Church Street as well as closing a lane of Franklin Street also includes 18 affordable homes that are being sold through a partnership with the Town by Community Home Trust.
A public grand opening and dedication ceremony of 140 West Franklin will be held Friday, April 26.