Public Health & Safety

Community Meeting: S. Greensboro St. Sidewalk in Carrboro

This meeting will be an opportunity to learn more about the current outlook for improving pedestrian safety and comfort on S. Greensboro St., including the construction of a sidewalk. Community members are invited to learn about the cost, funding, design opportunities and challenges, and benefits; discuss the project with Town staff, and provide comments.

  • 7:00pm - Informal drop-in session
  • 7:30pm - Presentation and Q&A
  • 8:00pm - Informal discussions
  • 9:00pm - Adjourn
To RSVP, provide a comment via phone or email, or ask for more information, contact Jeff Brubaker, Carrboro transportation planner, at jbrubaker@townofcarrboro.org or 919-918-7329. 

 

Date: 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro Town Hall, Room 110

Power Politics

A few days of no electricity restores the ability to think in complete sentences ... dare I suggest - even paragraphs?

My street - a mile-long cut-in near Camp New Hope- suffered a downed power line across the road. Very dangerous. Not only was the line down, the pole from whence it came was jutting out at about 45 degrees, as though it wanted to fall but lacked the nerve. It was falling not from ice, but from mud. The ground it sits on just off the road and up a few feet in elevation was giving way. Nerve wracking to drive under and scary to imagine it coming down. From Friday morning until yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, we watched and waited. Though Piedmont trucks were often nearby, we didn't see them in the neighborhood until yesterday afternoon. Not even to evaluate. No cones - nothing.

All-Day Enrollment Blitz Healthcare Signup

The Chapel Hill Public Library will be hosting an all-day enrollment session from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 24, to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. In addition, the library and its community partners will continue to offer regular sessions in their enclosed computer lab for residents to meet one-on-one with Certified Application Counselors throughout the month of March. Reservations and walk-ins will be available during these free, regularly scheduled sessions. Call the library at 919-968-2780 for session times, reservations, and to find out what information to bring in order to get signed up with a healthcare plan.

Certified Application Counselor Kate Douglas Torrey notes, "With the March 31 deadline for 2014 enrollment fast approaching, it is really important for folks without health insurance to sign up, avoid the penalty, and get covered. Did you know that from Oct. 1 through Dec. 23, 89 percent of those who enrolled in North Carolina got some financial assistance - affordable health care is now within reach for many people." Librarian Shannon Bailey adds, "The counselors are doing an amazing job assisting so many citizens, helping them through the process and facilitating signup."

The Chapel Hill Public Library is partnering with UNC Healthcare, the League of Women Voters of Orange-Durham-Chatham, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, and UNC's Student Health Action Coalition. To learn more and stay posted on ACA services at the Library, stop by the library, visit their website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

A department of the Town of Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill Public Library offers connections, choices, and community. To find out more about the library, its collections, programs, and services, visit www.chapelhillpubliclibrary.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Date: 

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 10:00am to 8:00pm

Location: 

Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Heart Month draws to a close

February is heart month, now drawing to its close. Have a heart. Don’t break a heart. Extend your heart to others, to your work, to your professional legacy. Do you love what you do? Is your heart in it? Can you find away to attach your passion to your work? If so, you’re a lucky person, cause when you love what you’re doing, it scarcely feels like work anymore.

Sometimes it’s the work you love. Often it’s the people you work with. Get involved in a volunteer project. March for a charity. Get positive. Stay positive. Have a heart.

And GIVE your heart.  Are you an organ donor? If not, click here and learn more: http://www.donatelifenc.org/.  

Medicaid Expansion Resolution at Town Council, Monday, 2/24

On Monday, 2/24, the Chapel Hill Town Council will debate on passing a resolution calling upon the State Legislature and the Governor to expand Medicaid. This is an opportunity, under the Affordable Care Act, to enroll up to 500,000 uninsured adults in our state whose income is below 138% of the Federal Poverty Line.  Similar resolutions have been past by the Durham City Council and the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

The Resolution points out that our NC State Legislature can at any time accept available federal money to expand Medicaid to our poorest NC citizens. This would provide about 30,000 medical jobs in our state and insure that NC tax dollars stay in NC to serve our citizens and our state economy.

 

Kathleen Murray

Member of Healthcare for all NC 

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