Orange County Rape Crisis Center founder Miriam Slifkin said it best: “There is a lot that has been done and done well, but there is a lot left to do.”
Embarking on its 40th year, OCRCC is looking back as it charts its future as an agency of change.
OCRCC was most recently named the Nonprofit Business of the Year by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce for 2013 and has plans to celebrate its legacy in the community.
Meghana Holegadde of Chapel Hill recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
For her Gold Award project, Holegadde constructed bat houses for Prairie Ridge Ecostation, a research center for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The houses will provide shelter for migrating bats and assist researchers in their study of the bats. Holegadde produced fliers and created a website to generate awareness about different bat populations. In addition to providing general information about different types of bats, the flyers and website address issues the bats face and their importance in our ecosystem.
The first public hearing on the budget has some Chapel Hill residents wanting to make affordable housing a priority next fiscal year.
During its Feb. 24 meeting, the Chapel Hill town council began receiving public input on the upcoming budget, and several people spoke in support of the council continuing to fund Habitat for Humanity and other programs that get residents into affordable houses and rental homes.
On a recent Valentine’s Day in Carrboro, a husband brought home to his wife a dozen roses “bundled in red crepe paper and tied up with a pink satin bow” and a small box of “ebony hearts and dense chocolate squares topped with sea salt like cut glass.”
Sounds nice, but nothing special, maybe you are thinking.
But this was a first for this long-time married couple. In the past “each year without fail” she had given him presents on this day, but he had never before reciprocated. And the presents she had given him, “cologne and shaving cream bottles,” were neatly lined up unopened under the sink. “Nearly identical shirts and sweaters” were still hanging in his closet, untouched.
A rain garden initiative is taking root in Chapel Hill thanks to the Friends of Bolin Creek.
The nonprofit organization will be working with area homeowners to build rain gardens in an effort to decrease stormwater runoff, improve water quality, protect land and beautify towns.
Rain gardens are saucer-shaped depressions that are filled with native flood and drought tolerant plants that temporarily catch rainwater and allow it to slowly sink into the ground or be taken up by the plants.
The Lunch Angels strike again, this time paying the past due balances for seven of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 11 elementary schools.
On their latest stop small-business owner Walt Winfrey of Craige Motor Co., Kyle Newman of Craige Motor Co. and Erik Neill of Neill’s Tawkwondo & Fitness visited Carrboro Elementary to pay off past due lunch accounts for students at the school.
But the plans changed when the group realized that they could help more students with the same amount of money.
State Attorney General Roy Cooper gave local students some insight on the details of his job with a visit to Chapel Hill High School earlier this month.
Talking to students in the high school’s honors civics and Advanced Placement U.S. government classes, Cooper discussed several topics, including the expansion of the state’s DNA database, fighting child pornography, and increasing school safety.
Orange County is blessed, they say, with many great writers who call our area home. Of course, many moved here from some other place. Daniel Wallace, for instance, grew up in Alabama, where he set his first novel, “Big Fish.”
Then there are others who grew up with us and then moved someplace else, like Jay Leutze, who now lives in Avery County. It is the scene of his compelling and highly praised “Stand Up this Mountain,” a non-fiction account of a long, complicated, and successful effort to save a treasured mountainside from a quarrying operation.
The fates of the old library and old town hall are still up for debate as the town looks for buyers for one building and considers all of the options for the other.
During its Monday night meeting, the council adopted a resolution that will allow Preservation North Carolina to help market and find a possible buyer for the old Chapel Hill Library at 523 E. Franklin St.
Council members also agreed to authorize the town manager to explore options for the former Chapel Hill Town Hall at 100 W. Rosemary St.
A public information meeting will be held Thursday to discuss the future of the Ephesus Church Road and Fordham Boulevard area.
One of many outreach opportunities for the DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020 project, the forum will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Room B of the Chapel Hill Library at 100 Library Drive.
The Chapel Hill Police Department will begin accepting applications for its Spring Police Academy on Monday.
Set to begin April 9, the Community Police Academy is a three-day event that gives community members an inside look at how the town’s Police Department operates.
Recycling tonnage from Orange County recycling programs including curbside, drop-off, commercial, apartments, schools and government buildings rose 21 percent to 7,690 tons in the six months from July through December 2013 compared to 6,353 tons collected during the same period in 2012. During the same period, waste disposed at convenience centers, county government buildings and county schools was up only 1 percent. Waste disposal data were not available from the towns at press time.
The Board of Orange County Commissioners has decided to conduct public hearings March 18 and April 1 on possible creation of a recycling services tax district to fund curbside recycling in the unincorporated areas of the county (orange bins). The March 18 hearing is at Southern Human Services Center on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill and April 1 at the Department of Social Services (old Walmart building) off Mayo Street in Hillsborough. Both are at 6 p.m., preceding the regular county board meetings.
The council unanimously approved the resolution to initiate funding for preliminary engineering and outreach efforts for the Rogers Road sewer project.
Per the approval of the resolution, the public hearing on the Rogers Road sewer project will reconvene June 16.
“(This date) forces us to keep it on the agenda and to keep us making decisions and that’s something we need to do right now,” said Councilman Lee Storrow.
The town of Chapel Hill has officially severed its ties with Saratov amid heavy anti-homosexual sentiment and legislation throughout Russia.
The council unanimously agreed Monday night that the mostly inert relationship was not in the best interest or support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people in the Russian city.
“This is not a situation where engagement is possible … to create change,” said Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. “It’s to isolate. Pressure from the outside comes in different forms.
Local veterans will be honored six months at a time thanks to the Wall of Honor in the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center.
Unveiled on Jan. 29, the Wall of Honor is composed of a painted mural of the American flag with veteran pictures placed on top. Above the photos is “Wall of Honor.”