Carrboro

Chapel Hill and Carrboro Citizens' Police Forums

This coming Saturday (October 4) and next Monday (October 6), Chapel Hill Police and Carrboro Police respectively, along with representatives from their funding agencies, will be holding Public Forums, at which citizens will be invited to offer thoughts on the way they wish to be policed. I will be unable to attend the Carrboro Forum as I will be working. But I have written a letter to the organizers, a letter which is (amazingly) quite self-explanatory:

"Dear Carrboro Alderpeople, Chief Horton and David Andrews [Carrboro Town Manager],

I understand there is to be a Public Forum on Policing in Carrboro, held on October 6, at 7.00pm. I will not be able to attend, as much as I have expressed interest in this subject.

I am a shift worker, and like most shift workers, I need at least three weeks notice to be able to accommodate events to my work schedule.

Carrboro's Really Really Free Market 10 Year Anniversary

Carrboro's Really Really Free Market Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Saturday, October 4, 2pm
Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St. in Carrboro
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://reallyfreecarrboro.info

On October 4, 2014,  the Carrboro Really Really Free Market, the longest running event of its kind, celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary. Held on the first Saturday of each month, the free market creates a space where hundreds gather to share skills, food, performances and goods without bartering or exchanging currency.

Really Really Free Market supporter Heather Graves said, "The Really Really Free Market is a decade long self-organizing phenomena. There's no formal leadership, board, or organizing body: in the three years I've been involved, the only meetings have been to organize the 10 year celebration."

Anyone is welcome to participate, and the 10 year anniversary has a myriad of activities already planned. Workshops on harm reduction, radical history in North Carolina, and self-defense are confirmed. A children's track of games and story telling will coincide with a variety of  puppet shows, music, and dancing throughout the day. Two local groups that often share food, Food Not Bombs and Prayers and Pancakes, will also be there. Artisans are offering knitting and crocheting workshops and an upcycling DIY area for sewing and alterations in preparation for a Found It at the Free Market fashion show. The Recyclery will be fixing bikes on site all day. There will also be tables of the best in anarchist 'zines from around the world. As well as bringing the usual goods to give away, all guests are encouraged to share a skill or passion. People looking for a way to plug into the 10 year celebration can consult the wish list posted on the Really Really Free Market website.

"We're having a birthday cake contest and a piñata contest! For the next two weeks, look throughout town for piñatas stuffed with instructions on how to make your own," Graves said. "And as for the celebration: expect surprises. We are."

Date: 

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 2:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W Main Street, Carrboro

Covering Board of Aldermen, Orange County at large -- Again!

It isn't "Throwback Thursday" yet it feels like old times. I'm covering the Board of Aldermen (after a more-than-a-decade pause) and Orange County/Northern Chatham at large once again. This time, for the Chapel Hill News | News & Observer. I won't be covering affordable housing for the time being as I continue as Chair of the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners until January, but of course I can pass those stories along and encourage good coverage (like any good reporter would).  This is freelance work, not full time, but I'm so glad to at least have my toes in the waters of local coverage once again.

First story should appear on Wednesday. If you have news about Carrboro or the County at large, please send it my way!

Email to  [email protected] or Tweet to @jeanbolduc

 

Town of Carrboro Community Forum on Policing

On October 6, the Town of Carrboro will hold a community forum on policing in Carrboro. The public is invited to bring questions and/or comments for Police Chief Walter Horton, Town Manager David Andrews, members of the Board of Aldermen, and other Town employees regarding policing in Carrboro. Attendees can expect to:

  • learn what kinds of policing issues are of concern to different people in our community;
  • gain insights into Carrboro’s current approaches to policing;
  • raise and consider ideas for how policing here can best reflect Carrboro’s values; and
  • open or improve channels of communication so that the conversation can continue.

Date: 

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Town Hall, 301 W Main Street, Carrboro

Lloyd Property Public Meeting

Developers proposing a 40-acre commercial development on the Lloyd property in Carrboro (at the corner of Highway 54 West and Old Fayetteville Road) will host a public meeting to receive input on their latest proposal.

Date: 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro Town Hall

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