Public Health & Safety
The Town of Chapel Hill Special Topics sessions continue
for the community with a presentation on large crowd management at noon
Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin
Luther King Jr. Blvd. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Chapel Hill public safety leadership has gained attention for its
unique ability to manage large crowd celebrations. Police Chief Chris
Blue and Fire Chief Dan Jones will discuss some of the strategies that
Chapel Hill employs to manage such large scale events.
From Halloween to NCAA basketball championships, large crowds in
downtown Chapel Hill can easily soar to the tens of thousands of people.
Enormous crowds confined in a
congested half-mile stretch of Franklin Street can present public
safety concerns related to personal and property crime, crowd panic and
large scale civil disorders. Additional concerns focus on alcohol
poisoning, injuries and gang-related violence.
The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
Chief Blue began work with the Town of Chapel Hill in 1997. A UNC
graduate who grew up in Chapel Hill, he is married with two daughters.
Chief Jones came to Chapel Hill from Florida in 1990 to become
fire chief. He has 38 years of experience in the fire service, rising
through the ranks. His wife and daughter are teachers, and his
son-in-law is a police officer.
The Special Topics series began during the Chapel Hill 2020
comprehensive planning process as a way to share information with
interested residents who want to
know more about issues, trends and studies that affect the future. For
past topics, see www.townofchapelhill.org/video
The public event will be aired live on Chapel Hill Government TV-18 and streamed on the Town of Chapel Hill website at www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1850. For more information about the special topic series, contact Catherine Lazorko at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-969-5055.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 12:00pm
Council Chamber, Chapel Hill Town Hall
A friend of mine who is a teacher at a local high school asked me to post the following story. My friend requested that I share this without any identifying information so as not to compromise student trust and confidentiality.
One of my students (a 16 year old) is on the email list for Expressions, the shop on Franklin Street. Over Labor Day Weekend, he received an email stating that if he came in to the store and said the words "purple bud" he would get a good sized free sample of some brand of Spice -- synthetic weed. He did. This particular brand of synthetic weed is "legal" only because the laws regulating most synthetic weed as a class one scheduled narcotic haven't quite caught up to the chemicals that are sprayed on the plants. Apparently, North Carolina has recently joined an initiative with 28 other states banning these forms of synthetic marijuana.
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.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Hargraves Community Center, 216 North Robertson Street, Chapel Hill, NC
This month the Town of Chapel Hill followed up on their promise to help create a community center for the Rogers Road neighborhood by... shutting down the center that neighbors set up for themselves for code violations! What?
Did anyone at Town Hall think twice before doing this? Did anyone think 'given our huge debt to this community and our stated goal of supporting a community center there, how can we help improve this center and bring it up to code?'
No, as if they were computers instead of humans, they kicked the Rogers-Eubank Neighborhood Association out of their home. What were they thinking?
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