October 2008

Handicapping the various airport scenarios

Okay, here’s where I’m thinking things stand regarding an airport anywhere in Orange County, and just for a chuckle, I’ve handicapped the scenarios as I see them. Note: I do not have insider information from anyone in any form, just conjecture based on history and a large dollop of cynicism.

1. Horace Williams Airport remains open, where it is, for at least another 7-10 years and likely beyond. REVISED 3/24/11: Odds 95 in 100.

My notes from the Airport meeting at White Cross

I attended the meeting at the White Cross community center, in Southern Orange County. There was a good turnout of people. The community center is a building housing gymnasium / basketball court and space surrounding it for spectators.  The room was full of attendees.  

The group that arranged the meeting is called “Preserve Rural Orange”; they are just getting organized to oppose the airport.  They were handing out ‘No Airport” signs and bumper stickers at the meeting and asking for donations to offset the cost of printing.


From the IFC calendar:

"RSVVP" stands for "Restaurants Sharing 10 Percent" (The V's are Roman numeral 5's, so V+V=10). Participating restaurants contribute 10% of their total proceeds on that day to benefit the IFC, Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina and the Urban Ministries of Durham Community Kitchen to fight hunger in the Triangle.

Now you have an excuse to go out and eat! Breakfast, lunch or dinner, it doesn't matter. Visit an old favorite, or give a new restaurant a try. Tell your friends and family to not only feed themselves, but feed others in the community at the same time! Read more at www.rsvvp.org.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 1:00am to 6:00pm

Buy Nothing Day

From Internationalist Books & Community Center:

The yearly protest of consumerism, inspired by Adbusters magazine, will feature a day of sharing skills and resources.  We'll be open for our regular hours, but no money will be exchanged.  Help oppose the 
brutally exploitative and wasteful consumer economy by boycotting the biggest shopping day of the year and forging connections with other like-minded people!  More details to come soon.


Friday, November 28, 2008 - 6:00am to 3:00pm


Internationalist Books, 405 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Centennial Art History Timeline of CHC Schools

Via e-mail:

CHCCS to hold Art History Timeline

Students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools have been drawing and painting remembrances of the school district’s 100-year history in anticipation of the Centennial Art History Timeline.  The art show will open to the public on Wednesday, November 5, from 6-8 pm at Lincoln Center .

Guests will enter Lincoln Center and discover a “time warp” that will transport them back in time.  They will then view works of art in chronological order that were created by students in the district’s schools and after-school programs.  Events to be depicted include the opening of the district's 17 schools, various developments in school desegregation and a fire that destroyed Chapel Hill High School in 1942.

In addition to the visual art, students from the district’s drama and music programs also will be on hand.  Drama students will transform themselves into characters from the district history in a “wax museum” format to greet guests.  Students from music combos at the district’s three high schools will perform in the Boardroom, where refreshments will be served.  The district’s Centennial Video will play in the Superintendent’s Conference Room, and displays of books for the upcoming Centennial Book Chat will be available for review.


The event is being produced by Arts Coordinator Theresa Grywalski and the Centennial Planning Committee.  The show is free and open to the public.



Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Lincoln Center, 750 Merrit Mill Road, Chapel Hill

5th Annual "Build-A-Home" EmPOWERment Fundraiser

Via Evite:

for the
5th Annual "Build-A-Home" Fundraiser
December 3, 2008
Puzzle Pieces (Tickets) are 25.00
**Live music provided by Holden Thorp and Terri Houston, hors d'oeuvres, live/silent auctions**





Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 12:30pm


Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill

ReCYCLEry "Bike Karma" bicycle drive at Performance

Do you have a bicycle to donate to the ReCYCLEry? Do your neighbors have bikes lying around, unused and deteriorating? If so, come on out to the ReCYCLEry Bike Drive on Saturday, November 15th, and bring them all! Performance Bikes has generously offered to host the Bike Drive at their convenient downtown Carrboro location, 404 East Main Street next to the Arts Center. Come back soon for official posted hours.

If you can't make it down on the fifteenth, we'll finally be posting donation information to recyclery.info in the next day or two. The best year-round time to donate is during our Sunday workshop, held on Sundays from 12-5pm at the ReCYCLEry and you can always call 919.932.1335 for more information or alternative times. Sunday workshops, like all of our programs, are weather dependent -- we open if there is not steady rain and the temperature is over 55 degrees.


Performance Bikes, 404 East Main Street, Carrboro, 27510

Cruiser Tuesday - Election Day, November 4th, 2008

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

What:    Cruiser Tuesday dress up and ride

Where:    Starting at Johnny's Sporting Goods, 901 West Main St., Carrboro and ending up at Southern Rail and The Station to watch election results

When:      7:00pm gathering, 7:30pm ride

Theme:    Hope and change! Bring your flashy lights...

More info:    It's a social cycling mobile dancing costume party. Usually there's a theme, and quite often a Pabst tasting. It's NOT a "critical mass" type ride; we obey all street lights and traffic rules and do not block motorists. All bikes and skill levels are welcome. Check out this article describing how Matthew Lee brought it to the Triangle. Matthew also has a Cruiser Tuesday blog.


Johnny's Sporting Goods, Carrboro

WXYC News Election Eve Eve Special

Via e-mail:

WXYC News Election Eve Eve Special, Sunday  November 2d, 5 PM

This Sunday, November 2d, at 5 PM, political reporter and analyst  Chris Brook will be joining me for a special Election Eve Eve edition  of WXYC News. We'll have the (almost) final word on developments in  the Presidential race, and Chris's overview of the battleground  states, including our own home state, North Carolina. We'll also be  talking about the NC Senate and Gubernatorial races, and we'll wind  up the hour with a review of what to look for on Election Night and  Chris's final predictions of election results. We hope you'll tune in.

Rick Igou


Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 12:00pm

Homegrown Halloween

Announcement from the Downtown Partnership:

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership                  October 31, 2008
Homegrown Halloween in Chapel Hill is an effort to return Halloween on Franklin Street to its roots as a small town community gathering and reduce crowd sizes that have become unmanageable. The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill are committed to focusing on the safety of the downtown community. Below are details on town operations for Halloween.  For complete details please click here.
Thank you to the Chapel Hill Police Department and the many other town staff and departments who make extraordinary efforts to maintain a safe environment in Chapel Hill for Halloween visitors and everyone in our community!
If you have any questions please contact:
--Officer Phil Smith, Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760 ext.134 or psmith@townofchapelhill.org
--Catherine Lazorko, Chapel Hill Public Information Officer  at (919) 968-2743 or publicaffairs@townofchapelhill.org
--Meg McGurk, Assistant Director at the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at (919) 967-9440 or meg@downtownchapelhill.com  
General Information about Halloween:
 Street Closures in the Town of Chapel Hill:
 -Southbound traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd will be merged into one lane prior to the intersection of Estes Drive. VIEW MAP

-Westbound traffic on E. Franklin Street will be merged into one lane prior to the intersection of Estes Drive. VIEW MAP
-Westbound lanes on South Road will be detoured onto Ridge Road to Manning Drive. VIEW MAP
- Westbound traffic on Manning Drive will be detoured south onto S. Columbia Street. Northbound traffic on S. Columbia Street will be detoured east onto Manning Drive. S. Columbia Street will be closed to northbound traffic at Manning Drive.
Street Closures in Downtown Chapel Hill:
The closed area of Downtown Chapel Hill will be larger in order to accommodate the size of the crowd. No vehicular traffic will be allowed in the closed area once the streets are closed.  There will also be limited access to the residential areas immediately around the Central Business District.    
Closed Area:
· Franklin Street - from Raleigh Street to Roberson Street
· Columbia Street from Cameron Avenue to Rosemary Street
· Raleigh Street From Cameron Avenue to East Franklin Street
Parking Downtown on Halloween:
-As always, there will be little to NO PARKING available close to downtown, and there will be no place for charter buses to drop off or pick up passengers.
- Parking meters on the 100 block of East Franklin Street, all of West Franklin, Henderson and North Columbia Streets will be bagged for No Parking starting at 3:30 P.M.
-Vehicles parked on streets to be closed will be towed beginning at 6 p.m.
-Vehicles that are illegally parked will be ticketed and towed, with a minimum recovery cost of $103.
Prohibited Items in the Closed Areas:
Items, even as part of a costume, which can be used as weapons or could reasonably be mistaken as weapons will be confiscated. This includes items made of wood, metal, cardboard or hard plastic.
Town ordinances and State statutes prohibit the following items in the closed area:
·Alcoholic Beverages
·Glass Bottles
·Fireworks and Explosives
·Flammable Substances
· Coolers

Downtown Merchant Restrictions:
-Downtown restaurants and bars will close their doors at 1 a.m. to new patrons.
-Patrons will be charged a minimum $5 cover charge not attending a private event.
-Downtown convenience stores that sell alcohol will either close their doors or stop selling alcohol at 1 a.m.
Public Transit Options on Halloween:
-There will be NO BUS SHUTTLES operating from park and ride lots.
- Safe Ride buses will operate from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Safe Ride is a service funded by the University for the safety of students. Safe Ride buses will attempt to operate the normal printed schedule along the detoured routes. Safe Rides will not serve Downtown/Franklin Street area. For Safe Ride map and schedule details click here.
-Chapel Hill Transit riders should be aware that some regular bus routes will be changed on Halloween. For details on changed routes please click here.

Information for Downtown Residents:
The Town of Chapel Hill will make every effort to keep people who are attending the event from parking in downtown neighborhoods.
- Access to  neighborhoods will be limited by barricades and police personnel at the roads leading into neighborhoods. This will begin early in the evening.
-Residents of the neighborhood will be able to drive in and out of the enclosed area. Residents should tell the officer at the barricade their address.
-Residents guests will also be able to enter and leave. They will need to tell the officer at the barricade exactly where they are going.
- Illegally parked vehicles (even of residents, guests) will be ticketed and towed.
-Traffic will be congested and getting past the barricades may be a slow process. We recommend that you plan accordingly.
Contact Information:
--Officer Phil Smith, Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760 ext.134 or
--Catherine Lazorko, Chapel Hill Public Information Officer  at (919) 968-2743 or publicaffairs@townofchapelhill.org
--Meg McGurk, Assistant Director at the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at (919) 967-9440 or meg@downtownchapelhill.com  


Friday, October 31, 2008 - 6:00pm


Franklin Street, Chapel Hill



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