Carrboro Mayor To Wed At Town Commons

Cupcakes and civil rights come together in Carrboro this Saturday, when Mayor Lydia Lavelle will legally wed her long-time partner Alicia Stemper.

“Alicia and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary, but little did we dream two weeks ago that soon we’d be able to make it absolutely legal,” says Lavelle.

The couple was the first in line for a marriage license at the Orange County Register of Deeds office on the morning of October 13, after a court ruling struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

However, the two have been together for more than a decade and Lavelle says they’ve considered themselves married for quite some time now.

“We kind of look at it as renewing our vows,” says Lavelle. “We did have what we consider our wedding a little over 10 years ago. But we decided we wanted to share our re-commitment to each other with the Town of Carrboro and do it at Carrboro Town Commons.”

Now they’ll officially tie the knot and celebrate in true Carrboro style.

“All friends and community members who want to support us are welcome,” says Lavelle. “It’s going to be a short but sweet ceremony. We’re going to redo what we did before, then after that we’ll be there to shake hands and give everyone cupcakes for attending.”

The ceremony begins at 5 o’clock on Saturday at Carrboro Town Commons.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/carrboro-mayor-wed-town-commons/

This Sunday, Drink! (It’s For A Good Cause.)

Sunday afternoon, head to downtown Carrboro for the fourth annual “Homebrew for Hunger” festival!

The annual event features more than 100 different beers from dozens of local homebrewers and craft breweries, with brews ranging from the traditional to the you’ve-never-tasted-beer-like-this-before. (“Mango Red Chili Cream Ale”? They’ve got that.) It’s all to raise money for a great cause: proceeds will benefit PORCH, an all-volunteer local hunger relief organization that collects and distributes food to families in need in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Learn more about PORCH and find out how you can help the cause.

This year’s event is co-sponsored by Fifth Season Gardening, Steel String Brewery, Beer Study, and the Splinter Group. The last three “Homebrew for Hunger” events all sold out – and raised more than $25,000 for local hunger relief.

Get a list of available brews at this year’s event.

Homebrew for Hunger co-organizer Richard Quinn (of Fifth Season Gardening) and Steve Balcom (of the Splinter Group, who’s co-sponsoring the event) joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck on the air Friday.

 

This year’s event will take place on Sunday from 1-5 pm in front of Fifth Season Gardening Company, near the corner of Main and Greensboro Streets in downtown Carrboro. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and they sell out quickly.

For tickets, click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/non-profit-news/sunday-drink-good-cause/

A Dactylic Affair: West End Poetry Festival

This weekend, downtown Carrboro hosts the 2014 West End Poetry Festival, bringing together local poets along with nationally known writers.

The event gets under way on Friday at 6:30 with a reception and a reading at Flyleaf Books – but the big event is Saturday, from noon to 8:30, at Carrboro’s Century Center. On the agenda are workshops, panel sessions, an open mic, another reception, and finally, a reading featuring former North Carolina poet laureate Cathy Smith Bowers and Carrboro’s current poet laureate, Celisa Steele.

View the complete schedule of events.

Celisa Steele joined Ron Stutts on the air Friday to talk about the West End Poetry Festival.

That was Carrboro poet laureate Celisa Steele, talking with Ron Stutts about the West End Poetry Festival. Again, it all happens at the Century Center at the corner of Greensboro and Weaver Street, from noon to 8:30 today.

http://chapelboro.com/news/arts/dactylic-affair-west-end-poetry-festival/

It’s Carrboro 2K14: Classic Song Gets An Update

Hey, remember “It’s Carrboro”?

Brian Risk and Billy Sugarfix’s rap song celebrating the Paris of the Piedmont came out in 2006, and it’s still getting hits on YouTube today.

But it’s a new day and a new decade – so Risk and Sugarfix have updated the lyrics, and they’ve just released “It’s Carrboro 2014,” complete with an all-new video (directed by Richard Jaimeyfield) featuring dozens of local residents and businesses.

Check it out right here:

Lyrics include:

The Board of Aldermen stands for marriage equality
It’s Carrboro! You can be who you wanna be
They’re off to Moral Monday to show they ain’t joking
Even if it means they end up in the pokey!

Let’s see Morganton do that.

http://chapelboro.com/news/entertainment/carrboro-2k14-classic-song-gets-update/

The 2014 Inter-City Visit, As Told By Aaron Keck: Tuesday Evening

The second and final day of the 2014 ICV wrapped up Tuesday for nearly 100 Orange County residents, including WCHL’s Aaron Keck, who is making his second-consecutive trip with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s ICV has taken the group to Athens, Georgia, with a stop in Greenville, South Carolina on the way. Athens is a college town much like Chapel Hill-Carrboro with the campus of the University of Georgia abutting the City.

Aaron joined Ran Northam on the WCHL Tuesday Evening News to tell the latest about the trip.

***Listen to the Interview***

 

Have you missed any of Aaron’s updates from Athens?
Monday Morning | Monday Evening | Tuesday Morning | Tuesday Evening

While in Athens, Aaron has also been writing a column.
Dispatch From Athens: Part I | Part II | Part III

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/2014-inter-city-visit-told-aaron-keck-tuesday-evening/

The 2014 Inter-City Visit, As Told By Aaron Keck: Tuesday Morning

The second and final day of the 2014 ICV is already upon the nearly 100 Orange County residents, including WCHL’s Aaron Keck, who is making his second-consecutive trip with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s ICV has taken the group to Athens, Georgia, with a stop in Greenville, South Carolina on the way. Athens is a college town much like Chapel Hill-Carrboro with the campus of the University of Georgia abutting the City.

Aaron joined Ron Stutts on the WCHL Tuesday Morning News to tell the latest about the trip.

***Listen to the Interview***

Have you missed any of Aaron’s updates from Athens?
Monday Morning | Monday Evening | Tuesday Morning | Tuesday Evening

While in Athens, Aaron has also been writing a column.
Dispatch From Athens: Part I | Part II | Part III

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/2014-inter-city-visit-told-aaron-keck-tuesday-morning/

CHPD, CPD Quickly Nab Young Car Thieves

Story updated September 23, 2014, 6:54 a.m.

Joint efforts of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro Police departments led to the speedy recovery of a stolen car Sunday night, along with the arrest of two young car thieves.

Chapel Hill Police Public Information Sergeant Brian Walker says employees at the valet stand at 450 West Franklin Street near Carolina Brewery noticed multiple car keys missing just before 10:00 p.m.

“Officers checked the parking lot where the vehicles are kept,” Sgt. Walker says. “One of the vehicles whose keys had been taken had also been taken. It was a 2013 BMW 528i.”

2013 BMW 528i (Stock photo - this was not the car that was stolen)

2013 BMW 528i (Stock photo – this was not the car that was stolen)

He says officers immediately put out a BOLO (Be on the Lookout), which notifies all nearby agencies of the incident.

Jesse Mutua

Jesse Mutua

“Within just an hour or two, (the) Carrboro Police Department encountered that vehicle inside Carrboro,” Sgt. Walker says. “When they attempted to stop the vehicle, the two gentlemen inside the vehicle jumped from the vehicle and fled. They were taken into custody shortly after that by Carrboro and Chapel Hill officers.”

Sgt. Walker says the car was not damaged, according to the report.

Raekwon Ortiz Snipes

Raekwon Ortiz Snipes

Jesse Mutua, 19, of Carrboro and Raekwon Ortiz Snipes, 18, of Chapel Hill were arrested. They were each charged with three misdemeanor counts of larceny and one felony count of motor vehicle theft. Sgt. Walker says the additional larceny charges were for other keys that were found in their possession, but no other vehicles were reported missing.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, this is the third time Mutua has been arrested. He was previously charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny involving a motor vehicle in January of last year, as well as felony breaking and entering last December.

Each of the men arrested were held at Orange County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. Their first appearance in court is scheduled for Monday at 2:00 p.m.

Sgt. Walker says both police departments were proud of the speed at which this case was resolved.

“Carrboro Police and our officers, we might wear different uniforms, but we have the same goal,” Sgt. Walker says. “That’s exactly what this was. This was good teamwork that resulted in an excellent outcome in this case.”

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chpd-cpd-quickly-nab-young-carjackers/

Carrboro’s Lloyd Farm Developers Plan Public Input Meeting

Developers who want to build on one of the largest lots of commercial land left in Carrboro are calling a community meeting to discuss the plan for the proposed Lloyd Farm project.

Argus Development Group wants to build a shopping center across from Carrboro Plaza at the corner of Highway 54 West and Old Fayetteville Road.

The 40 acre plot is currently occupied by farmland and trees. The developer is proposing to bring a Harris Teeter grocery store, as well as a bank, pharmacy, restaurant  and other retail to the edge of the property, while the interior of the site would include 293 apartments and 15 town homes.

Developers will meet with members of the public at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10, in Carrboro Town Hall to discuss the plan. You can read more about the project here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/development/carrboros-lloyd-farm-developers-plan-public-input-meeting/

Carrboro Kicks Off Local Government Meetings

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen officially kicks off the local government meetings again with a Tuesday night meeting at Carrboro Town Hall.

Aldermen will discuss an amendment to the Town’s budget moving $20,000 from the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority (CTDA) to the Recreation and Parks department for community events. The Board will also discuss the purchase of a hybrid solid waste truck, modifying the current Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Grant Project Ordinance. And, Carrboro’s history may soon be gathered by one volunteer. The BoA will hear a resolution to appoint a Town Historian.

To see the complete agenda for Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting, click here. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Carrboro Town Hall.

http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/carrboro-kicks-local-government-meetings/

Pedestrian Struck In Carrboro

3:39 p.m. update: Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack said in a release that the investigation was concluded without any charges filed against the driver. The identity of the victim was still not being released, and his condition was unknown.

Story originally posted August 29, 2014, 10:22 a.m.

A pedestrian was sent to the hospital with possible life-threatening injuries Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle on Jones Ferry Road near Davie Road.

“The driver was going the posted speed limit and was driving appropriately,” says Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack. “At this point, we don’t have any charges.”

The incident took place at around 11:20 p.m. Thursday.

As of Friday morning, Cpt. Atack says the condition of the pedestrian was unknown.

“We didn’t have exact information on the scene of the identity of the victim,” Cpt Atack says. “We’re reasonably confident that at this point we have the person identified, but we’re still trying to confirm that.”

Cpt. Atack says if anyone has additional information about the incident, please call the Carrboro Police Department at 919-918-7397.

http://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/pedestrian-struck-carrboro/