February 2008

Bolin Creek Greenway

Disclaimer: I'm married to one of the Town employees who has been doing the work mentioned here.


Regular users of the Bolin Creek Greenway will have noticed that a lot of tree work and clearing of invasive species (such as privet) has been done lately along the trail and in the woods. The tree work has been for removal or felling of dead, dying, or heavily damaged trees, many of which have been left to decay naturally in the woods.

At least one councilman has expressed severe reservations about the work, calling it senseless, indiscriminate, and a mis-step.


Rumblings at Eastgate?

The CH Herald reports that Somerhill Gallery's lease has been terminated: Owner Joe Rowand received a notice that his lease was being terminated by center owner Federal Realty two weeks ago. "There was no rationale given," Rowand said Tuesday of the notice, which gave him 45 days to vacate the location. "It was a three-paragraph notice of termination. If you dig deeper, there are other merchants here that have been told they are not being renewed."

Is the implication that Federal Realty, having upgraded the mall area, now wants to churn the tenant population to charge higher rent? Anyone know any thing about this? Aside from my own admiration of Somerhill and my feeling that it's an asset to both mall and town, I have to wonder about efforts to change the nature of Eastgate in a volatile and perhaps failing economy. Has Federal Realty not noticed the unoccupied spaces on Franklin St. and University Mall?

North Carolina Environment Justice Network Quarterly Summit Meeting

North Carolina Environment Justice Network Quarterly Summit Meeting — will be held at the Faith Tabernacle Oasis of Love Church on Saturday, March 1 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with speakers discussing landfill issues, water and sewage issues and the concerns of Smithfield Foods workers.


Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 4:30am to 10:30am


Faith Tabernacle Oasis of Love Church

Camp Wellstone

Camp Wellstone is coming to North Carolina, March 28-30, 2008. Reserve your space today! Don't miss out on this exciting training opportunity to gear up for the 2008 elections. This 2.5 day training, based on the late Senator Paul Wellstone's model, combines lectures from highly experienced trainers, stimulating exercises, and interactive simulations. We're counting on you to organize around issues that matter and elect progressive candidates to office.

Register for one of the following tracks:
Citizen activism--learn how to win on issues and build community power.
Working on a Campaign--learn how to run successful electoral campaigns.
Being a Candidate--learn the skills needed for running for office yourself.
(Click here to find out which track is right for you!)

The cost of Camp Wellstone is a sliding scale based on ability to pay. Rates are as follows: $200 (full cost), $100 (50% of training cost), or $50 (25% of training cost). This fee includes materials, a copy of our book Politics the Wellstone Way, and three meals during the weekend. We are not able to guarantee your space at the Camp unless payment is received two weeks prior to the start date.

This Camp will be held at the McKimmon Center on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Camp runs from 3-9pm Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday, and 9am-3:30pm Sunday. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations.

Don't delay; this Camp will fill quickly, so sign up today!

If you have any questions about this training, please contact Jen Haut at jennifer@wellstone.org or at 651.414.6037.

For more information visit www.wellstone.org.


Friday, March 28, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 1:00pm


McKimmon Center, NCSU, Raleigh

Concierge Medicine comming to Chapel Hill

My GP doctor of 18 years and his practice, Chapel Hill Family Medicine, are converting to "concierge medicine", sometimes known as boutique medicine. What this means is that to stay with my doctor, whom I like, it will cost me $1500 per year, $1000 which goes to him and $500 which goes to MDVIP, the company which franchises this service. My doctor will reduce his patient load to a maximum of 600 patients. MDVIP limits its franchises to experienced established practices in high income areas.

What this buys is 24 hour access to your doctor, extended preventative medicine including expanded physical, all you records on a cd.. etc.. or to put it another way, high quality individual attention that should be available anyway.

Revisting Assumptions

I applaud the Mayor and Council for meeting to examine the assumptions that they have held about growth and planning development in Chapel Hill as described in the 2/28 Herald Sun Article below:

         Council revisits assumptions on high density projects



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