Salsa Night With DJ Juan Pachanga

Cafe Symmetry Presents Salsa Night With DJ Juan Pachanga on Friday, September 25.

Come to Cafe Symmetry in Carrboro for their first Salsa Lesson Latin Dance Party.  Salsa lessons from 9:30 to 10:30 PM.  Latin dancing from 10:30 PM till 1:00 AM or last call.

Carrboro Day Canceled Due to Weather

***Carrboro Day has been canceled due to the threat of in element weather.***

Weather permitting, Carrboro Day will take place Sunday, May 1.

Join neighbors and friends to learn about and celebrate the unique qualities that make our town special.

Enjoy old Carrboro stories and photos, poetry readings, music and dancing, interactive field games, crafts, family activities and more.

The event starts at 1:00 p.m. on the Carrboro Town Hall grounds.

In the event of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. A decision will be made on Sunday morning.

If the decision is made to cancel the event, a message will be placed on the Department’s Weather Information Line at 919-918-7373 by 10:30 a.m.

Carrboro Police Cruiser Struck While on Roadside

Two motorists were transported to UNC Hospitals on Wednesday night after their vehicle struck a Carrboro Police vehicle.

Police say two officers were assisting a disabled motorist on NC 54 when a Mercury Milan struck the rearmost cruiser.

The accident caused moderate damage to both vehicles and two passengers in the Mercury were transported for treatment of unspecified injuries, according to authorities.

No officer was in the vehicle that was struck at the time of the accident, but the officer’s service dog Titus was inside. Titus was uninjured.

Police say this incident shows the importance of following North Carolina’s Move Over Law, which requires motorists to move to a left lane, when available, to protect first responders and public service workers who are working near roadways.

There is no word from authorities at this time on any charges being filed against the driver of the Mercury. The State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

Carrboro Lets Residents Play In The Streets

Carrboro is giving everyone permission to ignore the advice of their parents and play in the road during Open Streets.

April 10 will be the fourth year of the event, which is meant to build community through activities.

It will be held on Weaver Street and the public is  invited to dance, do yoga, ride their bikes, climb a rock wall, make smoothies on a bike blender, and participate in many other activities set to take place in the middle of the street.

The event starts at noon. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

Tandem To Open in Carrboro Friday

Another new restaurant is coming to Carrboro.  Tandem, serving modern American cuisine, will open Friday.

Tandem replaces Cafe Symmetry.

The restaurant will serve dinner during their Grand Opening weekend.  Tandem is open from 5 PM until 10:30 PM on Friday and Saturday.  They will be open from 5 PM until 9 PM on Sunday.

Their regular hours begin on Tuesday, April 13.  Tuesday and Wednesday 11 AM to 10 PM, with the bar open late night.  Thursday and Saturday 11 AM to 10:30 PM with the bar open late night.  Sunday, Tandem will be open from 10:30 AM to 9PM.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Younes Sabouh and Emma Dunbar.  They worked together for four years at Chapel Hill’s City Kitchen.

Chef Younes hails from Morocco and learned from the finest French chefs throughout Europe before moving to the Triangle to work for Scott Crawford at Herons Restaurant at The Umstead in Cary. Most recently he was Executive Chef and created the menu at City Kitchen in Chapel Hill for Giorgio’s Restaurant Group. Emma Dunbar has an equally impressive resume in front of the house, working for two world-class hotel groups before being named GM at City Kitchen.

Visit Tandem’s website for more.

Another nearby nightlife destination in Carrboro, The Station, reopened on Thursday.

Chapel Hill – Carrboro Meals on Wheels Celebrates 40 Years

Chapel Hill – Carrboro Meals on Wheels celebrated its 40th anniversary with a luncheon honoring longtime volunteers on Wednesday.

Pam Drake, Nell and CL Morton, Jane Walker, Susan Sellet, Jeanie Arnel and Mary Alice Eckman were among the volunteers honored. Arnel was the director of the local MOW for 30 years.

Stacy Yusko has served as the nonprofit’s executive director since 2006, after starting as a volunteer in 1998, and she said in a release that the organization is excited about its past and future.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the continued growth and expansion of this organization. In 2016 we are focusing on a rebranding strategy and on an increased community effort to recruit local volunteers. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of the folks that began the program in 1976.”

Chapel Hill – Carrboro Meals on Wheels volunteers donated 17,000 hours of time delivering 41,000 meals to over 270 clients in 2015, according to the release.

If you would like to volunteer as a driver, baker or with administrative support, visit the group’s website.

No, No, No Signs at Carr Mill Mall

Hey Carrboro!

Why do you want me to be so fat?

I’m trying to lose some weight here.  With so many good restaurants opening in my downtown neighborhood, this is getting harder all the time.

Rise Biscuits & Donuts just opened two blocks from my house with an amazing display of fabulous treats.  How is that helping?  And that Pizzeria Mercato with that selection so close to my house?  That’s not making it any easier.

Of course, there are all the old standbys.  My good friends at Amante Gourmet Pizza are exactly how I got so fat in the first place.  They really should stop making such fine pizza from such quality ingredients.  Jade Palace with such amazingly good Chinese food has been loading me up for the 24 years I have lived nearby.

Chuck Morton

Carrboro’s Chuck Morton

Weaver Street Market with that buffet line.  I can do some serious diet damage there.  Of course, all of these places offer healthy choices that I seldom choose.  All of that good stuff with all that fat and calories, that’s what I seem to go for every time.

There are so many excellent food trucks nearby, each with wonderful food at attractive prices.  The new Monterrey location at Carrboro Plaza has become somewhat of an addiction for myself and Mrs. Wife.

That Wendy’s, open late with a drive-thru, that’s probably a few pounds on my waist right there.

Carrboro Pizza Oven is always there to temp me with instant slices.  Venable has gourmet selections all just a few blocks away.  Now, CrossTies Barbecue is opening there as well.  I like barbecue so that will likely compound the problem.

Of course, these last three are at Carr Mill Mall.  Which I avoid where possible.  My habitually bare feet are not welcome by mall management.  I’m frequently offended by the rude signs that the Carr Mill management tends to post around the property.

I notice the CrossTies sign is not yet up.  But, their name already appears on a very rude and stupid sign around the property.

This makes me less likely to go there.

Those signs saying “No, no, no, no, no,” are an indication that Carr Mill management does not get Carrboro.

They just do not get me.

As a result, even though they are close and convenient, and offering things I might buy, they don’t get my money.  There are many other good choices that I would rather purchase as they do not insult me with rude and stupid signs in the parking lot.

Now, I wish I hadn’t started talking about this, because it’s making me hungry.  Have you had lunch yet, Ron?


— Chuck Morton

Government Schedule Changes for Easter Weekend

Most government offices throughout our community will be closed on Friday due to the Good Friday.

Orange County administrative offices are closed.

The recycling, landfill and solid waste convenience centers offices on Eubanks Road will be closed, but curbside recycling in the county will go on as regularly scheduled. The Orange County solid waste convenience centers will be open on Friday and closed on Sunday.

The Seymour Center and Passmore Center will be closed Friday before opening during regular hours on Saturday.

Carrboro solid waste collection will not be held on Friday.

Trash collection in Chapel Hill will not be affected but there will be no curbside yard waste collection.

Chapel Hill Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule on Good Friday.

OWASA offices will be closed on Friday.

More from Orange County, Carrboro and Chapel Hill schedules over the holiday weekend.

Carrboro Board of Aldermen Call Special Meeting Over HB2

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen has called a special meeting for one o’clock Saturday afternoon at Carrboro Town Hall.

A notification of the meeting says it has been called to “consider a resolution concerning Session Law 2016-3 (House Bill 2).”

HB2 was passed through the North Carolina legislature on Wednesday to repeal a Charlotte City Council ordinance that extended the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to members of the LGBT community.

The bill, which was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory on Wednesday night after being introduced on Wednesday morning, also repeals local ordinances with similar protections across North Carolina and eliminates the ability of local governments to enact other policies, including living wage ordinances.

The most controversial piece of the Charlotte ordinance was the section that allowed transgender individuals to use the restroom of their gender identity rather than their biological sex.

Democratic Senator Dan Blue said Republicans “played on the fears of the citizenry unjustly and unfairly,” during debate on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

Business Excellence Award Finalists Announced


The Chapel Hill – Carrboro Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the Business Excellence Awards.

The finalists have been chosen from over 80 nominations by a selection committee of over 20 local business leaders and community activists, according to a release.

The finalists for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards are:

Micro-Enterprise of the Year (0-5 employees):
– Balloons & Tunes
– Sharon Hill International
– i9 Sports of South Durham & South Orange Counties

Mid-Size Business of the Year (6-50 employees) presented by Bank of North Carolina:
– Kidzu Children’s Museum
– Dispute Settlement Center
– DSI Comedy Theater

Large Business of the Year (51+ employees) presented by SunTrust:
– The Carolina Inn
– Kalisher
– UNC Health Care Hillsborough Campus

Non-Profit of the Year presented by Triangle Community Foundation:
– Community Home Trust
– Habitat for Humanity Orange County

New Business of the Year
– Vinyl Perk
– Silverspot Cinema
– Sally Mack

Innovation Award
– Riithink
– Seal the Season
– Silverspot Cinema

Community Impact
– Club Nova Community, Inc.
– Strowd Roses
– Chapel Hill SCORE

University Born Business
– Sweeps
– Coursicle
– PHE, Inc

Business Woman of the Year
– Jan Bolick, WCHL
– Sharon Hill, Sharon Hill International
– Sylvia Sloan Black, Black Star Strategies

Young Professional of the Year
– Chris Ehrenfeld, Domicile Realty
– Zach Ward, DSI Comedy
– Antonio McBroom, Ben & Jerry’s

The winners wills be recognized at the awards ceremony from 6:30 – nine o’clock Friday night, May 13, at PlayMakers Repertory Company on Country Club Road.

More information on the awards and tickets is available at the chamber’s website.

Nominations are still being accepted for the chamber’s People’s Choice Awards through March 13. These voter-chosen winners will also be announced at the BEA awards ceremony on May 13.