January 2008

Commissioner candidates emerging

Filing for the Orange County Board of Commissioners election begins February 11th. Of the folks rumored to be considering a run, Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board Chair Pam Hemminger has been at the top of the list, and on Monday the Orange Chat blog made it official. Another likely candidate is Bernadette Pelissier of the Orange-Chatham Sierra Club (and formerly of the OWASA Board). I've also heard rumbling about an African American challenger from the county, and of course incumbent Valerie Foushee is expected to run for re-relection as well.

An interesting question emerges about which candidates will run in their respective districts, and which will go for the at-large seat. District 1 (Chapel Hill & Carrboro) will be electing 2 seats, while the rest of the county will elect one person from District 2.

With Moses Carey Jr. running for state Senate and two additional seats on the county Board of Commissioners, we'll have some new faces on the board next year.

Women's Center Annual Art Show


Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands

LEAP DAY 2008 -- Purchase Your Tickets Now!

One Special Day...Three Special Events....

You are cordially invited to the 24th annual Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands Crafts Artisans Show which will be held on Friday, February 29, 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel, 1 Europa Drive in Chapel Hill.

This all-day event will celebrate the work and vision of North Carolinan women artisans, and will include a Luncheon and Cocktail party to benefit the programs and services of The Women's Center.

Local Olympian, Joan Nesbit Mabe, will be the featured Luncheon speaker. Work by local craftswomen will be on sale all day and evening. Purchase your mother's day, wedding and graduation gifts here! Sales will continue during a NEW evening cocktail party.

Friday, February 29, 2008
Luncheon: 12 - 1pm
NEW! Cocktail Party: 5-7pm
Craft Art for Sale: 10:30am-2:30pm and 5-7pm

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
Olympic runner and local resident, Joan Nesbit Mabe, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Joan is a three time NCAA All-American in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track; a member of the 1996 Olympic team; the current US masters record holder in the 1,500m and indoor mile; and a world record holder for 45-49 age group in the indoor mile. With all of these athletic accomplishments, she still states that her greatest lifetime achievements are her three daughters. Joan dedicates her time to her community of Chapel Hill by coaching "See Jane Run" - a group for mothers who run; The Chapel Hill Carrboro Pacers - a youth running group for ages 7-15; and The Carrboro Athletics Club - an elite training group for men and women.

Proceeds from Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands supports the work of The Women's Center.


Friday, February 29, 2008 - 5:30am to 2:00pm


Sheraton Hotel, Europa Drive

Human Relations Month Kick-Off Features Dance, Music and Discussion

Event celebrates human rights and relations, brings attention to pressing issues.

Join the County Human Relations Commission in celebrating Human Relations Month at a kick-off event from 2:30-5P on Sunday, January 27, at the Carrboro Century Center (100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro). The event will include a presentation on healthcare inequities by local advocates Shannon and Anthony Fleg and a performance by the Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble. Refreshments will be served at this family event. For more information, contact James Spivey at the County Human Rights and Relations Department, (919) 960-3875.



Carrboro Century Center

Will the new waste-transfer search be any different than the last?

The County Commissioners are starting the new search process to site a proposed waste transfer station, just as they received official notice of an environmental justice complaint filed with the EPA in 2007 by the landfill neighbors.

Before getting to the search the board met in closed session to discuss a newly received notification from the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Civil Rights that a formal complaint had been filed.

The complaint alleges racial discrimination on the part of the county, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, the Orange Water and Sewer Authority and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

County Attorney Geoff Gledhill said officials will not publicly discuss Eubanks Road until they decide on the board's response.

To avoid similar protests this time, the board will serve as the search committee but will work with Olver Inc., a Charlotte-based consulting firm that specializes in environmental issues and waste facilities.


Plan now to gather with thousands -- perhaps tens of thousands -- of North Carolinians in support of a progressive agenda for the state. The second annual HKonJ -- Historic Thousands on Jones Street in Raleigh -- will be held Saturday, February 9 at Chavis Park, 505 Martin Luther King Blvd., Raleigh beginning at 11:30 a.m., with a march to the State Legislative Building planned for 12:30 p.m.

See the HKonJ site for more information, agenda, flyer, etc.

(Updated 2/7/08.)


Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 6:30am to 9:00am


Chavis Park, 505 Martin Luther King Blvd., Raleigh, NC

Let it crumble?

UNC's Martin Doyle is the lead author of a paper in this week's Science with the subhead

Targeted decommissioning of deteriorated and obsolete infrastructure can provide opportunities for restoring degraded ecosystems.

Discovery News gives the pop-sci (but free) treatment, citing UMd's Margaret Palmer:

Removing unused or under-used roads, breeching certain levees and converting old military bases to wildlife refuges are "no-brainers," Palmer said. Science shows clear benefits for wildlife and human safety by removing these structures, she said.

So what local infrastructure would you rather be without? Horace Williams Airport? The Eubanks Road landfill?

He was a poem

Monday Jan. 21 * 7 p.m.
The Stone Center Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum

The program will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through music and poetry, with performances by:

KIM ARRINGTON, a Durham-based singer and spoken word artist
RON BAXTER, a local jazz musician
DONOVAN LIVINGSTON, a UNC junior and spoken word artist
MICHAEL SIMANGA and LITA HOOPER, Atlanta-based poets and authors
BRADLEY SIMMONS, director of the Duke University Djembe Ensemble

Refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.
Limited free parking available; please call the Stone Center at 962-9001 for more information.

Sponsors: The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, and the University Library


Monday, January 21, 2008 - 2:00pm


UNC Sonja Haynes Stone Center - Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum

MLK Keynote: Ruby Dee

Tues. Jan. 22, 7 p.m. ** Memorial Hall

Actress and activist Ruby Dee will deliver the keynote address at this year's 23rd annual University-Community Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Her speech will be in Memorial Hall on East Cameron Avenue 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Jan. 22. Tickets are FREE. Seating is reserved, and tickets are limited to two per person. They must be picked up at the Memorial Hall Box Office. For ticket information, call (919) 843-3333.

For information about the other activities during the week, visit www.unc.edu/diversity/mlk.

Sponsors: The Chancellor's Committee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, Carolina Union Activities Board, Student Government, Martin Luther King, Jr. Established Lecture Fund, Black Student Movement and Residence Hall Association


Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 2:00pm


UNC Memorial Hall

MLK Day events

I am filling up our calendar with all the major events related to Martin Luther King day that I can find. Do you know of others? Just go to http://orangepolitics.org/node/add/event to add it.

Tag your entry MLK Day and we'll have a nice collection of events at http://orangepolitics.org/tags/mlk-day.

Annual MLK Rally, March, & Service

The annual community celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., a rally with speeches and song, will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Peace & Justice Plaza at the Franklin Street Post Office. At 10:30 a.m., participants will march west on Franklin Street to First Baptist Church of Chapel Hill, located at 106 N. Roberson St., for the annual service commemorating King’s life.

The Rev. Curtis Gatewood, former president of the Durham Chapter of the NAACP, is the featured speaker at the 11 a.m. service.


Monday, January 21, 2008 - 4:30am to 8:00am


Franklin Street Post Office



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