August 2008

Former School Board member convicted

Former Orange County School Board Member Dennis Whitling is now on probation and owes $106,138.24 in penalties after being convicted of embezzling funds from a former employer. His jail sentence was suspended but he'll also have to do at least 100 hours of community service.

Democratic Convention Watching Party


Carrboro Change Crew Convention Watch Party (Convention Watch Party)

Thursday, August 28 at 8:00 PM
The Station (Carrboro, NC)
Please join the Carrboro Change Crew to watch Senator Barack Obama accept our party's nomination for President on August 28th.We are gathering at the Station...



Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 4:00pm


The Station at Southern Rail, Carrboro

New documentary about WCOM

Elon University students created a 15-minute documentary film about WCOM and Low Power FM stations called "103.5: A Radio Community."

The film has also been submitted into the Carrboro Film Festival, but you can watch it right here...

"Traces of the Trade" film, discussion, & panel

From Chapel Hill Town Council Member Sally Greene's blog:

A couple of months ago, Al blogged about "Traces of the Trade," a documentary made by a descendant of the DeWolf family of Rhode Island, "the largest slave trading family in U.S. history" according to the film. The documentary follows the steps of the filmmaker Katrina Browne and a handful of other descendants as they retrace the paths over which this trading took place: from Bristol, Rhode Island to Ghana to the Caribbean.

The film premiered at Sundance and has been shown on PBS (see trailer). And because the family included a good number of Episcopal priests, it has been taken up by the Episcopal Church nationally as part of the church's ongoing work of reconciliation with its complicity with slavery and racism.

On Sept. 6, as part of a conversation sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina at St. Matthew's church in Hillsborough, the film will be shown. After the film, I'll be part of a panel discussion--in which I'll be bringing our own Thomas Ruffin to the table.


Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 5:00am to 12:30pm


St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Hillsborough

If We're Ever Going To Get Serious About Developing Alternative Transportation Modes...

The Durcham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is beginning the process of seeking public comments on the various transportation Alternatives which it will incorporate into its 2035 plans to be submitted to the federal government later this year. These meetings will be the last opportunities for public comment before the plans are finalized and submitted so now is the time to make your voices heard.

Chapel Hill News Leaving Franklin Street?

Fiona Morgan, over at the Indy, reports that the N&O's parent company McClatchy has the Chapel Hill News building up for sale.
"I think if we got the right price, we'd be interested in talking with somebody," John Drescher, The N&O's executive editor, said in an interview.
Is this inevitable? Can the Carrboro Citizen pick up the slack? Is it time for more startup papers to run tight ships with old school newspaper values? I for one am pretty sad it has come to this but am not surprised one bit. For more details see another recent article by Morgan called What's Up? More bad news at The N&O.

Hi Mom! Film Festival

Hi Mom! is a free-to-enter, cheap-to-attend volunteer run festival of short films, now in year number 10. We see it as an important and fun contribution to the local vibrant culture. Our outdoor show is co-sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill, an attempt by them to help utilize the parking deck plaza for events. It may be noted that we are one of the few groups to ever use the space - we've put on an outdoor show there for 5 years now and usually have had crowds of 200 - 350. This is the first year the town has "co-sponsored" that show, they are giving us chairs to use so we don't have to rent them, and I think waiving the fee we normally pay ($75 I think).



Official info:

The Hi Mom! Film Fest announces its 10th annual festival of short films, videos and animations, Friday and Saturday September 5th and 6th, 2008 in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Hi Mom! features a diverse mix of styles, techniques and genres by inspired filmmakers from around the world. Each film in this year’s lineup asserts its own brand of cine-skill that will inspire, provoke, inform, amuse and other terms you learned in psych class. As always, the pancakes will be free!


51 short films in 4 fantastic screening blocks! Behold:


Outdoor Block - a family-friendly fun mix of films atop the downtown Chapel Hill Wallace Parking Deck (located behind post office), 8pm, Friday 9/5. *Rain location is The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.


Late Night Madness - a rude and raunchy no-prudes-allowed block, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, 11pm, Friday 9/5.


Matineevening - our thought provoking and poignant block at dusk, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, 6pm, Saturday 9/6.


Primetime HM! - our featured block of eclectic and fun shorts, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, 9pm, Saturday 9/6.

Afterparty at Nightlight! A full-throttle collision between sight and sound. Featuring Americans in France, Billy Triple Sugarfix, and lots of crazy videos and dance music. Sat - 11 until?


While individual block tickets will be available, Hi Mom! is offering a 10th anniversary "#10 for $10" ticket special! A $10 festival pass gets you into all shows! Visit to buy your ticket now, to review the lineup, and for more info.


>>> Hi Mom! is proud to be sponsored by a dedicated group of local businesses and the Town of Chapel Hill. >>>


Friday, September 5, 2008 - 4:00pm to Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 7:00pm


Chapel Hill & Carrboro



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