Extraordinary Ventures; NC AHEC; Chapel Hill 2020

CHAPEL HILL – Extraordinary Ventures is hosting the 2013 Summer Bridal Showcase on August 17. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. in the Great Hall and on the grounds at Extraordinary Ventures event center on S. Elliot Road.  Vendors will be at the event ranging from The Catering Company of Chapel Hill to A Beautiful Day Bridalwear.

Extraordinary Ventures event center is a beautiful and convenient location for weddings and receptions; it is a non-profit that employs adults with autism and developmental disabilities.

For more information on Extraordinary Ventures click here.


Chapel Hill has been recognized by the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association with a planning innovation award for the 2020 community visioning process.

The Chapel Hill 2020 plan will receive the 2013 North Carolina Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award in the Special theme for their innovations in planning services, education, and public involvement.

The award will be presented on September 19 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

For more information on the award and Chapel Hill’s 2020 plan click here.


Dr. Warren Newton has been named the new director of North CarolinaAreaHealthEducationCenter, effective September 1, 2013.  Dr. Newton was serving as vice dean for education at the UNC School of Medicine.

Dr. Newton was actively involved with AHEC and the expansion of opportunities for medical students and residents.  He will step down from this position, but will continue to serve as the William B. Aycock professor and chair of Family Medicine.  He says he also plans on remaining on the Board of Advisors for the Cecil G. Sheps research center, and professor of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health.



News Around Town: Paradoxos Festival; NCAA Baseball Economic Boost

CHAPEL HILL – The city of Durham is hosting a two-day festival called Paradoxos this week, to help tech startups get off the ground and promote Durham as a tech-friendly locale.

It’ll be at the Carolina Theater this Thursday and Friday—with a Pitch Day on Thursday for startups to present ideas to potential funders, and a TED Talk-like event on Friday called The Next. Thursday evening will feature a party in downtown Durham with live music, local beer and food trucks.

For more information, visit Paradoxos.con.


Chapel Hill is traditionally known as a basketball town, but the local economy also got a big boost from this weekend’s NCAA baseball tournament—to the tune of more than a million dollars, according to the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.

With guests coming to town from New York, Florida and Maryland, local tourism officials estimate that each of the three days of the tournament generated $400,000 per day in local sales.


News Around Town: LUNAFEST At Top Of The Hill; Sugarland Benefit For Tornado Victim

CHAPEL HILL – This Wednesday, Top of the Hill’s Great Room is playing host to LUNAFEST, a “festival of short films by, for, and about women.” LUNAFEST is organized by Team LUNA Chix Chapel Hill Cycling, to raise money for Girls on the Run of the Triangle and the Breast Cancer Fund.

The festival also includes a cocktail reception and raffle prizes. It gets under way at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $20 or $40 for VIP seating.


This Wednesday, Sugarland on Franklin Street is holding a benefit day to raise funds for victims of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, last month. On that day, Sugarland will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from both of its stores to the relief effort.

Thousands of people were affected by the devastating tornado—including the family of a Sugarland employee, whose home was destroyed when it swept through the town.


The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week with a “Golden Event” on Thursday at the Friday Center. At the event, the IFC will honor 50 Heroes and Heroines from its long history, as well as 50 organizations who have made its success possible through the years.

The event will run from 5:30-8:00 p.m. You can RSVP online at IFCWeb.org/RSVP.


News Around Town: Locks Of Love Donation; Kings Highway Park Closed

CHAPEL HILL – On Tuesday, a McDougle Middle School teacher will allow four of her students to cut her hair—for a cause.

For the last three years, Beth Kinney has been growing her hair for Locks of Love, and this Tuesday she’s going to cut it off. All year, her students have been earning tickets for strong class performance—and this week she’ll reach into a hat and choose four students to cut the hair for her donation.

(Marit Nelson of Syd’s Hair Salon will oversee the haircut, to make sure nothing goes wrong.)

Locks of Love provides hairpieces to kids under 21 who suffer from long-term hair loss. Many of those kids are cancer patients, an experience Kinney knows first-hand: last October marked her fifth year of being breast cancer-free.


Three McDougle Middle School students are heading to Washington, DC, this month to compete in a national history competition.

Caroline Murphey, Sydney Dye and Katie McLeod recently took second place in the state in the North Carolina History Day competition. That qualified them to move on to represent the state in the national History Day competition, which takes place in Washington from June 9-13.


The Town of Hillsborough has closed Kings Highway Park, along the Eno River, to allow contractors to repair the dam at Lake Ben Johnston. Work is expected to last until November; in the meantime, Hillsborough officials are asking people not to visit the park.


News Around Town: OC Animal Services Open House; Guardians Of The Hill 5K

CHAPEL HILL – Orange County Animal Services is hosting its fourth annual Open House this Saturday, June 1, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center on Eubanks Road. This year’s open house will feature tours of the facility, canine demonstrations, scavenger hunts, face painting, free food and more. Other animal organizations will be there as well—including CLAWS, Inc., which will bring along some of their birds of prey.

The Open House marks the beginning of Cat Adoption Month: all June, Orange County Animal Services will feature adoption specials on select cats and kittens. Animals will be available for adoption at the Animal Services Center during the open house.

All members of the public are invited to the open house this Saturday. Park in the Eubanks Road Park and Ride lot if you’re not picking up or dropping off an animal; a shuttle will be available to take people to and from the facility.


The Chapel Hill Police Department is sponsoring a 5K race on Saturday, June 15, to benefit Special Olympics of North Carolina.

The race is called “Guardians of the Hill,” and the Chapel Hill PD is planning to make it an annual event. It’ll take place at Southern Community Park in Southern Village, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

To register, visit www.SportOften.com. Registration fees are $25 per individual or $30 for a family.


Jones Angell Play-By-Play For EV Spectrum Skills Camp; NC Symphony Southern Village

CHAPEL HILL – This Friday, Jones Angell, the Voice of the Tar Heels, will be at Carmichael Arena to provide the play-by-play for a truly extraordinary basketball game.

Angell will be calling the final basketball game of the EV Spectrum Skills Camp—a wee klong camp for about 20 young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, held by Extraordinary Ventures in Chapel Hill.

The game will be at Carmichael Arena on Friday morning, May 31, with an awards banquet afterwards at Extraordinary Ventures on South Elliott Road.


This Friday, the North Carolina Symphony will perform a free concert on the Village Green at Southern Village.

It’s the Symphony’s 14th annual performance at Southern Village. This year’s program will be “At The Movies,” featuring music from “Indiana Jones,” “Titanic,” and more. It’s all part of the Southern Village Summer Music Series, which runs through October with concerts every week.

Friday’s free performance of the North Carolina Symphony will begin at 7:30 p.m.


News Around Town: Pesticide Disposal Collections; Ronald McDonald 25 Year Anniv.

CHAPEL HILL – Orange County Cooperative Extension is hosting a Pesticide Disposal Collection Day on Wednesday, May 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Agriculture Building, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough. Bring along any pesticides that you need to dispose of and they’ll do it, safely and free.

Pesticides must be in their original containers and clearly labeled, though; otherwise they won’t be able to accept it. For more information, call the Cooperative Extension Service at 919-245-2050.


The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill celebrated a milestone earlier this month, holding a birthday celebration to mark 25 years in operation, providing housing for the families of children receiving care at local hospitals. Since it opened 25 years ago, the Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald House has served more than 34,000 families, providing more than $7 million in housing and food.


A New York theater ensemble called The TEAM is in Chapel Hill this week, developing a new performance piece in residence with PlayMakers Repertory Company. The piece will actually be a year-long project, in which each of the five members in the ensemble will commit to learning a new skill—anything from a new language to a new instrument.

This Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., they’ll present their work in progress at Frey Rehearsal Hall in UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road. It’s free and open to the public, but you can reserve seats in advance by calling PlayMakers at 919-962-7529.


OC Child Abuse Prevention; 3 Heels Named Dick Howser SF; Our Local Deal Turns 2

CHAPEL HILL – The Orange County 4-H Cooperative Extension Service along with the Chapel Hill Carrboro YMCA invites residents to participate in the Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training.

It’s a free, three-hour training designed to educate adults about how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, while placing emphasis on child safety.

The training class will take place on Thursday, May 30, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Food Lab at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.

The training seeks to educate and prepare the community to deal with and prevent child sexual abuse. It’s the only nationally available program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors.

The program is geared toward sports leagues, day care centers, after school programs, children’s clubs, church groups, and other adults who are interested.

To register for this training, please contact Sheronda Witter at 919.245.2057 or send an e-mail to sheronda_witter@ncsu.edu.

For more information about Stewards of Children or Darkness to Light initiatives, please visit www.CHCYMCA.org/D2L


The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced the 40 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy Thursday.

The three Tar Heels were named among the group are Juniors Kent Emanuel and Colin Moran, and senior Cody Stubbs.

UNC is one of three schools with three representatives on the semifinal list along with Vanderbilt and LSU.

The Dick Howser Trophy is annually given to the top player in college baseball and is based on two rounds of national voting. The finalists will be announced Thursday, June 6. The winner will be announced Saturday, June 15 during the opening day of the 2013 College World Series.


OurLocalDeal.com—the partnership between the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and 97.9 FM WCHL, is celebrating its second anniversary.

OurLocalDeal.com has generated $500,000 in revenue for local merchants.

It’s a local daily deal source and has sold 43,567 vouchers for more than 320 local businesses since its debut in 2011.

Like Groupon or LivingSocial, local businesses offer community members a product or service at 50 percent off or more through OurLocalDeal.com.  The consumer prints the voucher or displays it on a smartphone and redeems it as soon as the next day.  The consumer can also share the deal with friends and colleagues, receiving the product or service for free, if four of their friends also purchase the deal.

Unlike Groupon and LivingSocial, OurLocalDeal is hyper-local and focused on exclusively serving and supporting our community’s businesses, giving them a better chance at developing repeat customers, while giving great deals to local shoppers.  Additionally, OurLocalDeal is unique in that each business receives radio exposure and each deal is pushed out through multiple social media outlets.

For more information on the merchant’s perspective, contact Marc Pons of Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center and Big Al’s Cheap Tires at 919-932-7650 or at mpons@chapelhilltire.com or Scott Maitland of Top of the Hill at 919-929-8676, ext. 1009 or scott@thetopofthehill.com

If you are a business interested in offering a deal to the greater Chapel Hill community, please contact Donnabeth Leffler at dleffler@whcl.com.  To sign up to receive deals, please visit OurLocalDeal.com.

For more information about OurLocalDeal.com, please contact Meg Branson at 919.357.9977 or at mbranson@carolinachamber.org.


MLK Pre-Construction; OCPL Fine Forgiveness; H’Boro Sidewalks And Greenways

ORANGE COUNTY – Motorists driving south on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Chapel Hill should expect delays due to lane closures this week.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is performing maintenance activities in areas of the road to prepare for an upcoming resurfacing project. The project was scheduled to begin Monday, but did not due to rain. More rain is expected Tuesday and could have the same effect. However, rain days were built into the project and at this time it is not scheduled to go past Friday.

Delays are scheduled during non-peak traffic times between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

For real-time travel information, you can call 511 or click here.


The Orange County Public Library is offering a fine forgiveness and free replacement library cards now through May 12.

“No matter how late,” all fines will be waived when you return overdue books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines. If you can’t find your library card, you can also get a free replacement until the 12th. Any other time, a replacement card is $2.

You can take advantage of both of these money-saving events at the Main Library in Hillsborough, the Cybrary, and the Carrboro Branch.

For more information, click here.


The Town of Hillsborough is preparing to design and construct its sidewalks in its CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) Sidewalk Connections Project and is seeking from engineers.

The project needs NCDOT Pre-qualified private engineer firms who can construct a series of sidewalks and a portion of paved greenway to connect various neighborhoods to the Riverwalk Greenway in a safe manner.

CMAQ is funding the project; letters of interest are due by 1:30 p.m. June 3.

For more information, click here.


News Around Town: Chapel Hill Teen Week; Summer Road Construction

CHAPLE HILL – During the First Annual Chapel Hill Teen Week the Town of Chapel Hill will celebrate youth identity, youth voices, and youth driven activities April 8-13.

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt formally stated the second week of April as Chapel Hill Teen Week.

The goal of Chapel Hill Teen Week is to emphasize the diversity of Chapel Hill’s teenage population.

Participants will receive free raffle tickets for an opportunity to win prizes such as UNC-CH gear, gift cards to local restaurants, and a private Bevello shopping experience with up to ten friends.

Events will take place at Street Scene Teen Center under the Post Office at 179 E. Franklin St. The events start at 6:30 p.m. and are as follows:

April 8- Café and Trivia Night
April 9- A Cappella Sing Off and Battle of the Fans
April 10- Unified Theatre Performance
April 11- Unity Club: Zombies vs. Humans
April 12- Improv Comedy Night
April 13- Youth Fest

Youth Fest will wrap up Chapel Hill Teen Week. It will take place on the Wallace Plaza on Rosemary Street behind Street Scene. There will be live performers at this event including the Emerging Artists Series, Sacrificial Poets, UNC Wordsmiths, and then Dominant Young Souls Dance Group. There are spots available for other performers as well.

For information about Teen Week events, “Like” CHC Teen Week on Facebook or “Follow” @CHCTeenWeek on Twitter.

To host an outreach table at Youth Fest or support Teen Week by donating food or raffle items, contact Samathryn Witham Cleveland at samathryn@gmail.com or 216-374-3752.


This summer in the Southern section of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community there will be numerous road construction projects which will eventually allow transportation benefits valued at over $11 million.

The 2013 summer Road Construction Project includes the OWASA/UNC East Cameron water main installation, widening South Columbia St., widening a section of the Smith Level Rd. in Carrboro, extending the Morgan Creek Trail, and completion of Ridge Road construction between Manning Drive and Boshamer Stadium.

The OSAWA/UNC East Cameron project will install a single water main to replace three 60 to 85-year old water mains spanning about 800 feet of East Cameron Ave. There will also be two new UNC Chilled water mains installed. Construction for this will begin mid-May following spring commencement and will likely last three months.

A 0.8 mile widening will take place on S. Columbia St. to allow for a center lane and bus pullouts. Sidewalks and bike lanes will also be added. The project began in November and is likely to be completed in July 2014.

The Smith Level Rd. will be widened between Rock Haven Rd. and the bridge over Morgan Creek to include bike lanes, sidewalks, and turn lanes. The project recently began and will likely be finished in June 2014.

The Morgan Creek Trail project will include a 1,200 foot extension with two bridges and an underpass of Culbreth Rd. The Eastern end of Culbreth Rd. will be closed from June 8 until August 25, 2013 in order to construct the pedestrian tunnel.

A few hundred feet of curb will be replaced on Ridge Road.

The Town of Chapel Hill offers an e-mail service to give road condition updates as well as other traffic news. To sign up for these emails, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/signup and click on the box “Traffic Advisories. Next enter your e-mail, click the subscribe button, and enable your spam filter to allow emails from info@townofchapelhill.org

For more information, contact Deputy Chief Robert Bosworth at 919-968-2814 orrbosworth@townofchapelhill.org or Public Information Officer Catherine Lazorko at 919-969-5055 or clazorko@townofchapelhill.org.