CHAPEL HILL – Thursday we’ll know who our next state representative will be.
When former State Senator Ellie Kinnaird resigned in August, it set in motion a chain of events that has led up to filling the now vacant North Carolina District 50 House of Representatives seat.
Someone will be chosen from a field of seven candidates to fill the position vacated by Valerie Foushee, which represents parts of Orange and Durham Counties.
In September, Foushee was appointed to the Senate District 23 seat, which was formerly held by Kinnaird, who resigned after 9 terms. Kinnaird said that her time could be better spent outside the legislature lobbying for issues she feels strongly about, such as voter registration.
Five Orange County residents announced their intention to seek the House: Tommy McNeill; Chapel Hill Town Council member Laurin Easthom, who is not running for re-election to the Council; attorney Drew Nelson; Orange County Commissioner Bernadette Pelissier; and Graig Meyer, Director of Student Equity and Volunteer Services for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools System.
Two residents from Durham County are up for consideration: Travis Phelps, Foushee’s primary opponent from the House race last year; and Danielle Adams, a soil and water conservation supervisor.
Adams is currently seeking the North Carolina 6th Congressional District nomination as well.
A selection committee made up of four Democratic officials is charged with nominating the new House Representative on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Orange County Public Library at 7:00 p.m.
WCHL’s Elizabeth Friend will be there to speak with our newly-named Representative.
You can tune into the WCHL Friday Morning News for a full recap.http://chapelboro.com/news/state-government/new-nc-house-50-representative-to-be-named-thursday/
ORANGE COUNTY-The Orange County Public Library is welcoming local residents of all ages to use the summer months to dive into a new book.
On June 1, the library will begin registration for its “Dig Into Reading” summer program. Different literary selections are available for childrens, teens, and adults. All participants must have a current Orange County Public Library card, and any OC resident can obtain one free of charge. The program will also include the opportunity for its younger readers to earn prizes such as bookmarks and stickers. Teens and adults will also be able to enter drawings for prizes, such as gift certificates and Kindle Fire e-reader tablets.
Registration for “Dig Into Reading” will run through the end of July. For more information, click here.
Members of the Hillsborough Arts Council would like to remind local residents that their meetings are open to the public. During the meetings, local residents have the opportunity to learn about what the Council does, give feedback on its current programs, or suggest new programs. The Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month, and the next meeting is set for the evening of June 4 beginning at 6:30 at 102 N Churton Street in Hillsborough.
The Hillsborough Arts Council members would also like to announce that they are accepting applications for those who would like to set up vendor booths during this season’s Last Fridays events. On the last Friday of each month from April to September, the Council hosts a gala event on the front lawn of Hillsborough’s historic Old Courthouse, including a different local band each week. Non-profit organizations are eligible to participate as vendors, along with local artists. All applications for a particular month’s Last Friday event must be submitted by the 21st of that month. To fill out an application, click here.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/time-to-dig-into-reading-hillsborough-arts-council-accepting-last-fridays-applications/
CHAPEL HILL – Twenty works of art using recycled, re-purposed or cast-off materials are on display at University Mall until August 23 as part of the Fifth Annual Scrapel Hill Art Competition and Exhibit.
Thursday, the competition and exhibit will be recognized with an artists reception and awards ceremony from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the UMall stage.
The event is free and open to the public. This year’s competition features a new category in which interactivity has spurred new surprises for the artist to create for the viewer.
First place, second place, and “Best Interactive Artwork” will be announced Thursday, as chosen by distinguished jurors Gerald Bolas, Director of the Raleigh Arts Commission, and Linda Dougherty, Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art. A people’s choice award will be given at a closing reception on August 23.
Fedora and Williams teamed together for the second year and finished 12th shooting 2-under par. Miami’s Al Golden and Gino Torretta shot -11 and won the first-place prize of $125,000.
According to its website, The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge is the country’s premier head coach and celebrity charity golf event featuring NCAA head coaches and former athletes and celebrities from the same school competing against their rivals for a share of a $520,000 scholarship purse.
The Orange County Public Library has introduced Encore as its new cataloging system.
All from one location, you can now search the library’s print, digital, and audiovisual collections. It also gives enhanced details such as summaries, reviews, and excerpts, when available.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/scrapel-hill-chick-fil-a-bowl-challenge-ocpls-new-cataloging-system/
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 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.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/mlk-pre-construction-ocpl-fine-forgiveness-hboro-sidewalks-and-greenways/
CHAPEL HILL – The Orange County Public Library is seeking feedback from the public for its strategic plan that will guide it through the next three to five years.
A series of focus groups will take place on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. centering on older adults and members of the County’s Latino and refugee communities. Each session will last about an hour.
The first begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Seymour Senior Center on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill with the focus on older adults. The second revolves around the same topic and begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Orange Senior Center on Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.
The third session focuses on immigrants and refugees. It begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Human Rights Center on Barnes Street in Carrboro. Spanish, Burmese, and Karen interpreters will be available.
Fredrickson is a principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at UNC. She focuses on positive emotions and human flourishing.
The reading takes place Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Bull’s Head Bookshop at UNC. You can pick up a hardcover copy of her book for five dollars off the suggested price at Bull’s Head.
The Kehillah Synagogue hosts its Annual Passover Seder Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. inviting all members of the Jewish community to join.
Passover marks the birth of the Jewish people as a nation led out of slavery in Egypt by Moses more than 3,000 years ago. Rabbi Jennifer Feldman will lead the Seder.
More than 120 people are expected to attend this year.
Kehillah Synagogue is located on Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill. The cost is $45 and children under ten years old can get in for $24. Three percent of the contribution will be made to MAZON in keeping with the tradition of Passover that all who are hungry may come and eat.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town-ocpl-strategic-plan-love-2-0-annual-passover-seder/