June 2009

Chapel Hill 2020: What Do You See?

Visioning Forums

The Town of Chapel Hill visioning project is designed to engage the Chapel Hill community through a range of outreach efforts to both inform and gather public comment on community values and future growth.

The information will assist the Sustainable Community Visioning Task Force, a group of volunteer citizens appointed by the Town Council to prepare recommendations on what growth should look like over the next 10 years.

The visioning forums are just one of a number of ways that the Sustainable Community Visioning Task Force will be obtaining information about the community over the next 7 months.

As part of this initial outreach, Chapel Hill residents are invited to attend community forums, draw on visioning walls, and participate in online surveys as part of "Chapel Hill 2020," a community visioning project scheduled June 1-7.   

How Proud the N&O Must Be

Why do I bother participating in OrangeChat, the News & Observer's blog on Orange County?


The reporting is fine, but the comments are terrible.  It is mostly a bunch of snarking from John "Elvisboy77" Kramer and a few others.  The comments are only occassionally enlightening or penetrating.  The ones worth reading are so few and far between that it hardly seems worth bothering with.

For example, two days ago Mark Schultz posted a blurb about Elizabeth Edwards opening a store in downtown Chapel Hill:


What's the response?  Let's hit some highlights:

What she NEEDS

Color Photos, Painting, and Klezmer at Carrboro Creative Coworking

Beautiful Paintings Come to Carrboro Creative Coworking Friday June 12 at 6pm for a group show of color photography and the fine sounds of Gmish's Klezmer music. Photographers include Abby Laddybug, Brad Crittenden, Matt Fields, and Albert Yee. Plus a graffiti inspired triptych by Joshua Sanie. You'll also get to meet our creative coworkers. They're software developers, designers, writers, and more. Its all part of the 2nd Friday Art walk here in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Where: 205 Lloyd Street, Suite 101, Carrboro, NC 27510 When: June 12, 2009, 6pm - 9pm

(Here is a small taste of Gimish! This is going to be fun!)


Friday, June 12, 2009 - 4:51am


Carrboro Creative Coworking 205 Lloyd Street Suite 101 Carrboro, NC 27510

Public Education Session-Carolina North

I feel a little behind on the latest Carolina North stuff so I'm going to TRY to attend this session tonight. (Never make promises when responsible for an infant.) I can only stay until 8 and can't live-blog (but might tweet).  I hope too see some of y'all there.


Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 3:00pm


Council Chambers, Chapel Hill Town Hall

OCDP Forum on Voter Owned Elections at Chapel Hill Town Hall

The Orange County Democratic Party is hosting an information forum on Chapel Hill's new system of Voter Owned Elections. The party invites all residents to learn how potential candidates for public office can use this publicly financed system to help finance the costs of running for office. Introductory remarks will be made by Gene Nichol, former Dean of the UNC Law School. There will be additional presentations by Common Cause, Democracy North Carolina and a panel discussion.

The forum will be held Tuesday evening, June 23rd, at the Chapel Hill Town Council Chambers at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and will begin at 7pm. This event will last about an hour.

Carrboro residents are encouraged to attend as well to learn how this system works.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 3:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC

Time to Support OP

Hey all you OP posters,

Unless Ruby hasn't updated the chart, the contributions for helping her support this site have dried up more than our water supplies did last year.  With what might be a very interesting election season coming up and with some critical issues facing the towns and county (growth, density, taxes, transfer station siting) I expect that this site will become very busy and a popular spot for some very interesting (heated?) discussions.  For all those who enjoy posting here (and even the lurkers), if you value this site you should realize that it is unfair to expect Ruby to bear the financial burden of keeping it going.  If you haven't yet contributed (there is usually a link at the bottom of the pages) please consider doing so today.  I'm sure Ruby will appreciate it and we can all continue to enjoy the site knowing that we pitched in to help.  Thanks.

Big Green Bus visits Carrboro

The Big Green BusThe Big Green Bus visits Carrboro
Monday, June 22 3-7pm

The bus will be parked here, a block from Weaver Street Market on Roberson Street, behind the Armadillo Grill and next to the Fire & Rescue Building.

Taking the all-American road-trip to the next level, 15 Dartmouth College students embark on a cross-country summer adventure to educate America about sustainability and green living. Dartmouth’s Big Green Bus, once a rag-tag creation of the university’s engineering and ultimate Frisbee communities, is unveiling a coach bus specially-converted to run on waste vegetable oil. This year’s bus has been transformed into a state-of-the-art “green” mobile classroom for sustainable living, suited for the more than 40 educational stops planned across the country.

For more information, see the Big Green Bus website.


Monday, June 22, 2009 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Carr Mill Mall Cop and Weaver Street Lawn Policies--What's The Deal?

Hi, I'm new to this site (which I was pleased to discover via google), and I have some questions regarding Carr Mill Mall/Weaver Street Market's policies.

Town Hall Democrats Host Senator Kinnaird Tuesday June 30

On Tuesday June 30 at 8PM the Town Hall precinct of the Orange County Democratic Party, along with the Lion's Club, OWASA, Carrboro, and North Carrboro precincts, will host state Senator Ellie Kinnaird in the boardroom of the Carrboro Town Hall.  Senator Kinnaird served as mayor of Carrboro from 1987 through 1996 and has represented us in the state Senate since 1996, all the while speaking with a strong progressive voice on issues ranging from the death penalty to electoral reform to environmental protection.  Senator Kinnaird will speak about how the legislature is navigating its way through the current economic crisis and field your questions. 
We hope to see you on Tuesday the 30th for this great opportunity to speak with your representative in an intimate setting.
Until then,
Christopher Brook
Town Hall Precinct
Orange County Democratic Party


Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Carrboro Town Hall Board Room

RIP The Varsity, and . . .

WCHL is reporting Bruce Stone's official announcement that he's closing the Varsity theater.   He provided them a written statement that's likely to appear shortly in the newspapers as well.

Some excerpts regarding the film industry and Stone's situation with the Varsity:  "This is a business decision, a bottom-line decision. . . . The Varsity especially has been struggling for over two years, with no prospect of an upturn any time soon. . .  with the summers being especially difficult... Our landlord has been understanding and supportive throughout our tenure."

Of particular note, however, are his comments about the downtown situation:



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