September 2012

Good Neighbor Initiative 2012 Neighborhood Night Out & Block Party

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This event is always a good time and a great way to meet your neighbors (if you live in Northside) and community leaders (if you live anywhere). From Facebook:

The GNI Neighborhood Night Out and Block Party is an annual community event and opportunity to build strong, healthy connections between student and non-student residents of neighborhoods surrounding Downtown Chapel Hill and UNC. The event is free, and includes food (BUNS!, Ben & Jerry's, McAlisters), music, games and prizes for all ages. This event is sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Carolina Union Activities Board (CUAB), Empowerment, Inc., and the Downtown Partnership.

Date: 

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Hargraves Community Center, 216 North Robertson Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Carolina North Public Information Meeting

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A public information meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, to receive comments and feedback on the UNC-Chapel Hill Carolina North Annual Report to the Town of Chapel Hill. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Carolina North is envisioned as a mixed-use academic campus on university-owned property along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, two miles north of the main campus. University and Town representatives signed a development agreement in 2009 that covers the first 20 years of development on the site. The agreement contains guidelines and standards for the development of the first 3 million square feet of a mixed-use research and academic campus on 133 acres.

The annual report lets the Town and public know what development activities have occurred on the Carolina North site in the past year and the ways in which the University is complying with the terms of the development agreement. The report is part of the structure established by the agreement for providing continued town-gown communication. The report will be posted online at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/carolinanorth 

Town Manager Roger Stancil will review the report and the public input before reporting on Sept. 24 to the Town Council on his review of the development agreement and its requirements.

Public input is welcome. Send comments about the annual report or other issues related to Carolina North at any time to carolinanorth@townofchapelhill.org or write Town of Chapel Hill Planning Department, Carolina North, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Detailed information is available online at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=900 and http://carolinanorth.unc.edu/. To be added to a mailing list to receive regular updates about the Carolina North development agreement, please contact info@townofchapelhill.org.

Town of Chapel Hill contact: Catherine Lazorko, 919-969-5055 or clazorko@townofchapelhill.org or UNC-Chapel Hill contact: Susan Hudson, 919-962-8415, susan_hudson@unc.edu

Date: 

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Council Chamber, Chapel Hill Town Hall

Historic Large-Scale Zoning of Eno Economic Development District May Happen Tomorrow Night

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On the heels of summer, while citizens are getting back from other pursuits, the County is poised to solidify an historic rezoning of a community that had the misfortune to be in an Economic Development District that was conceived of theoretically about twenty years ago. The Eno district, one of three, was generally identified as a place for future business zoning in the early 90's. Nothing was done for a couple of decades.

Sample ballots are posted

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Sample ballots are out, and Orange starts mailing out absentee ballots on Tuesday the 11th.

The key to which precincts get which ballot ind the links to the ballots are at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/SampleBallot.asp

there are four styles because of Orange being in two congressional and two state house districts.

Style 4 is used only in Cameron Park

Who lit a fire under the County Commissioners?

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Tonight the County Commissioners abandoned tradition and moved swiftly forward on two issues. Despite opposition from Commissioners Alice Gordon and Barry Jacobs, they approved the unpopular rezoning of the Eno Economic Development District that Mark Marcoplos told us about. And at the urging of Commisioners Valerie Foushee and Pam Hemminger, who will both be leaving the board in December, they unanimously approved a resolution drafted on the spot to endorse and more forward the Rogers Road community center.

Frustrating week

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So far this week, my e-mail to the school board was trapped in their spam filter (and not discovered until after they voted on the subject of the e-mail), and then I went to a public hearing at which the county commissioners did not in fact accept public comment. Not a great week for civic engagement.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! visits the Triangle

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From our own wonderful media access center, The People's Channel:

Returning to the Triangle on the coattails of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, Amy Goodman, award winning journalist and founder of Democracy Now!, will speak at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on September 8, 2012. Ms. Goodman is on a nonstop book tour as the nation prepares for the 2012 presidential election in November.

The proceeds from the event will go to benefit the local media outlets that broadcast her program; The Peoples Channel & Durham Community Media, WNCU and WCOM. The last time Ms. Goodman was last in the Triangle in 2009 she spoke to a sold out crowd benefiting the same local nonprofit media organizations. If her last visit to the Triangle is any indicator, tickets are expected to sell out fast. 

Date: 

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 7:00pm

Location: 

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC

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