A class project that got students to talk about what they are thankful for has grown into another project that emphasizes family and reaches out to those who are elderly and alone.
Stephanie Reid’s kindergarten class at Seawell Elementary went into the Thanksgiving holiday discussing what they were thankful. When the class realized that family was a trend among the responses, they began to discuss people with families who live far away and people with no family at all.
This year, Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Wednesday. Recycling makeup day is Saturday for both Dec. 28 and Jan. 4. Have your bin at the curb Saturday by 7 a.m. Solid Waste Convenience Centers will close at noon on Dec. 24 and reopen Thursday at 7 a.m. The Solid Waste Administrative Office, Orange County Landfill and associated services like Hazardous Waste recycling will be closed Dec. 24-26, reopening Dec. 27 at 7 a.m. All county services will be closed New Year’s Day, and reopen Jan. 2 at their usually scheduled times. Check the county web page www.orangecountync.gov for inclement weather instructions.
The author is unknown, yet the message is nonetheless inspiring, “Live each day as if it were your last, and garden as though you’ll live life forever.” This quote is authentic and emulates the message that Laura Baldwin, owner of Garden in the Koop hopes to sow.
“The Crunkleton is the best secret I have.”
Chapel Hill author of “Big Fish,” Daniel Wallace was writing in “Garden & Gun” magazine about a West Franklin Street bar, The Crunkleton.
What is the connection between Shanghai and Carrboro? And what is the place in Shanghai that shows that connection?
Everybody from our towns who gets to go (or has to go) to Shanghai should visit a European-style home in the former “French Concession” of Shanghai. Not many westerners go there. But there is a regular flow of Chinese people to what is called “The former residence of Madame Sun Yat-sen.” Madame Sun, also known as Soong Ching-ling, was married to Sun Yat-sen. He was an early revolutionary who sought to bring down the government of the emperors of the Qing Dynasty.
Members of the public will get their first chance to voice their opinions about a proposed arts and creativity district during a Monday meeting in Town Hall. Town officials and other interested parties will present their vision for an arts district, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Sometimes showing that you care can be as easy as giving a blanket.
Blanket Orange County has been showing people it cares, about 2,198 people over the last nine years to be exact.
Chapel Hill council members-elect Maria Palmer and George Cianciolo were sworn-in last week along with re-elected members Sally Greene and Ed Harrison and mayor Mark Kleinschmidt.
Before family, friends and well-wishers, the newly elected officials took their oaths of office, were seated and performed their first item of business by voting for Greene as the new mayor pro tem.
With a 7-1 vote, the Chapel Hill Town Council last week approved a purchase agreement that will sell town-owned property for $100 for a low-income housing tax credit project.
Councilman Matt Czajkowski was the lone voice of dissent, arguing that the property could be sold to satisfy “multiple other looming financial demands.”
So, there I was, huddled with eight to 10 other poor souls on the stone front veranda of the courthouse in Hillsborough on a below-freezing morning, until a bailiff with a heart opened the front door and let us in. We all had to go through an airport-like security station, where I had to cover up the book club book I’d brought, with the unfortunate-in-a-courtroom name of “Necessary Lies.”
“Art is something that I’ve always known even before I knew what that meant,” said Chapel Hill High art teacher Jack Watson.
Watson’s love of art has led to a nine-year teaching career and a recent project that got him and a colleague published in the November 2013 edition of the national magazine School Arts.
Each of us has our own roots of thanks. This time of year, appreciation is individual and sometimes it takes a moment of awareness to appreciate and remember, and before it is too late, acknowledge.
Through this space, I normally feature people who compose the fabric of a community, locally and perhaps, globally. In recent weeks, it became clear to me that my own community, that of my family, is composed of two threads that have both inspired and served as constant demonstrations of love: my grandmothers.
How would you like to win a free glass of wine at Crook’s Corner every day for a year? Or would you rather win a $1,000 in cash?
Well, the winner of the Crook’s Corner Book Prize is going to get both these prizes. And when the winner is announced Jan. 6, it could be one of our Chapel Hill neighbors.
He began by saying “bonjour,” then “buenos dias.” Some of the kids had looks of confusion on their faces while one child responded with “muy bien.”
Native American storyteller Lloyd Arneach followed by greeting the children in three other languages including Cherokee, before explaining that he wanted to be sure to use the correct language.
“I consider English to be a foreign language,” Arneach explained. “The language of the first Americans has been spoken a lot longer than English.”
After little discussion and lots of praise, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Tom Forcella’s evaluation, extending his contract through June 2017.
The board met in closed session immediately before its regularly scheduled meeting with Forcella to review his self-evaluation for the 2012-13 school year.