Fracking will affect air & water quality in the Triangle

Triangle residents may not realize that fracking areas run through Wake, Durham, Chatham, Orange, and Lee counties, affecting the water supply of 2.4 million people.  This map shows watersheds and fracking areas (slide 2 at this link).

North Carolina has the least separation between water and natural gas layers of rock, where fracking fluids could irreversibly pollute the water supply.  Some fracking fluids contain 93 times more benzene than diesel.   ProPublica identified 1,000+ documented cases of water contamination nationwide near fracking sites prior to 2009.   In Houston, there is more air pollution from fracking than cars!  A Texas hospital reported asthma rates 3x higher than the state average in counties with drilling sites, with one-quarter of children having asthma.  A new shale health office has opened in Pennsylvania.  For 387 mostly temporary jobs and a five year supply of low-priced natural gas in NC, the current legislature is willing to sell out our air and water quality.

I am afraid we will open a Pandora’s Box if we allow fracking in our state. Health problems seen at the new shale health clinic in PA are suspiciously similar to those that caused the mayor of Dish, TX to move out of his own town where he allowed fracking – the severe nosebleeds of his kids. All the different Ethyl Methyl Deathyl chemicals fracking puts into the air are not a happy addition to our already ozone-polluted air in NC. The industry will have jurisdiction over municipalities on this, where municipalities have no control. Our watersheds are exactly where the shale rock is located.

If other states have not been able to make fracking work without creating health problems, what makes us think it can be done safely in ours?

Governor Perdue’s veto early this week is the only thing that can stop this.

What are your thoughts? Is North Carolina different from PA and TX? Is Governor Perdue going to make the right decision? Let us know in the Comments below.

http://chapelboro.com/columns/the-commentators/fracking-will-affect-air-water-quality-in-the-triangle/

Why to Consider Building A New Home In Todays Market

In this short video, Nick Tennyson, Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties outlines why building a new home rather buying an existing home is well worth considering. 

http://chapelboro.com/columns/the-chapel-hill-real-estate-and-mortgage-source/why-to-consider-building-a-new-home-in-todays-market/

MAYBE A FUTURE PRESIDENT, WITH YOUR HELP

What do President Bill Clinton, Michael Jordan, Senator George Mitchell, Bill Cosby, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, General Wesley Clark, and Denzel Washington all have in common? 
 
As children, they all belonged to Boys & Girls Clubs like the one organizers hope to open at the Pine Knolls Community Center in Chapel Hill next year. www.bgcepnc.org 
Their first major fundraiser – “Dancing with the Stars of Carolina” – will be held at the Carolina Inn on August 27th.
 
Boys and Girls Clubs provide children from challenging circumstances with the programming, mentors, and caring adults needed to help them as they grow into outstanding young men and women. http://www.bgca.org/Pages/index.aspx
 
Actor Denzel Washington, who is a strong advocate for the Boys & Girls Clubs across America, said the club to which he belonged was “where I learned how to play ball, how to focus and set my mind on a goal, where I learned about consequences and where I learned how to be a man.” 

The Boys & Girls Clubs’ key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; and fitness and recreation.
 
The need for Boys & Girls Clubs is even greater now that federal budgets for after-school programs and programs for at-risk youth have been cut. Although even in the best years, government funding can never do it all. As Boys & Girls Club alum Bill Clinton has said, “There will never be enough money or effort to come out of Washington that can substitute for the relationships you will build at the Boys & Girls Club.” 

That’s exactly why Ben Perry of East West Partners in Chapel Hill decided to spearhead the effort to start a club here in Chapel Hill. “I noticed that there were Boys & Girls Clubs in Durham County, Chatham, Alamance, and seven in Wake, but none in Orange. The more I thought about it, the more I became dedicated to making sure we start one for the young people here in Orange County.”

You can help make this happen. 
 
How? Well, you can start by attending their “Dancing with the Stars of Carolina” fundraiser on August 27th at the Carolina Inn. Tickets are just $125 for a night of entertainment provided by local “stars” including Tammy Davis, Annise Ginyard (yes, Marcus’ mom), Freddy Kiger, UNC/Pittsburgh Steelers player Corey Holliday, and WCHL’s own Ron Stutts. For more information go to: www.dancingwiththestarsofcarolina.com.
 
Who knows, maybe one day a future president will say, “When I was at the Boys & Girls Club of Chapel Hill….”

UPDATE: on Dancing With the Stars of Carolina. UNC Womens’ Basketball and Hall of Fame Coach, Sylvia Hatchell and her husband, Sammie, will be demonstrating their shagging skills in a special dance presentation to their favorite song. Also, Assistant UNC Football Coach Charlie Williams’ wife, Lisa, will be joining the lineup of celebrity dancers.

http://chapelboro.com/columns/the-non-profit-corner/maybe-a-future-president-with-your-help/

Triangle Restaurant Week

Triangle Restaurant Week (TRW) launches today with over 70 restaurants participating in Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties. Sure you could drive those nine utterly un-scenic miles to check out the participating locations in Durham (groan) or see what’s on offer in Raleigh and spend more money on gas than your dinner bill. But let’s face it, you’d enjoy that bottle of wine so much more if home was just a couple miles down the road. Chapelboro residents have 8 options worth a little exploration this week. 

 
Carolina Brewery – Chapel Hill, $15 lunch menu & $20 dinner menu
Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn – Chapel Hill,  $30 dinner menu
Il Palio Ristorante – Chapel Hill, $30 dinner menu
Jujube – Chapel Hill, $15 lunch menu & $30 dinner menu
One Restaurant – Chapel Hill, $30 dinner menu
Shula’s 347 Grill at the Sheraton – Chapel Hill, $30 dinner menu
Tyler’s Taproom – Carrboro, $20 dinner menu
Weathervane – Chapel Hill, $30 dinner menu
 
The deets:
Triangle Restaurant Week lasts from June 6-12. Participating restaurants will offer a three-course, fixed price lunch ($15) or dinner ($20 or $30 depending on the restaurant); not all restaurants are participating in both lunch or dinner so be sure to call ahead. In some cases the TRW website lists the available menu selections, so be sure to check out the Triangle Restaurant Week site before making your selection, some menus are more compelling than others. No coupons necessary, but diners are encouraged to call restaurants in advance for guaranteed seating. 
 
http://chapelboro.com/columns/orange-zest/triangle-restaurant-week/