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TOWN TALK


County Commissioners to discuss health care

Ready to discuss going paperless and county employee insurance plans — the Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Link Government Services Center in Hillsborough. Commissioners will discuss employee health insurance modifications to be made in the coming year. About 950 county employees receive health care benefits from Orange County, said Nicole Clark, human resources director for Orange County.


Orange County Commissioners talk water

Orange County Commissioners talked wells at a Monday night meeting. After David Weekley Homes applied for a permit from the county for a 26-lot residential development, nearby residents were concerned with the well system currently in place. The residential development would be located on 68.5 acres of land just east of the intersection of Mt. Sinai Road and N.C. Hwy. 86 in Chapel Hill.


Be special-savvy this LDOC

The last day of spring classes usually brings hoards of students to downtown Chapel Hill for one last night of fun before finals begin, and many local business owners expect tomorrow to be no different. And local businesses are offering deals — check them out before you head out on the town to celebrate.


Glen Lennox highlights Chapel Hill Town Council agenda

More than 50 people attended Chapel Hill Town Council meeting Monday night to recognize a two-year-long effort between community residents and developers to find a consensus for the Glen Lennox Area Neighborhood Conservation District Plan. “The planning board unanimously and enthusiastically approved the NCD plan,” said Del Snow, chairwoman of the planning board.


	Chapel Hill Transit’s detour Google map details the detours.

President's visit a traffic-stopper

President Obama’s visit to Chapel Hill might cause a surge of patriotism. It will probably cause some die-hard political science students to swoon. But Chapel Hill Transit is warning customers that it will definitely cause road delays and bus detours. Check out the detour schedules from the Chapel Hill Transit press release here.


Carrboro residents oppose Claremont South rezoning

Some Carrboro residents want to keep Carrboro how it is, even for the town’s animals. On Tuesday, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen passed annexation and rezoning permits for the Claremont South development, which has sparked opposition from many Carrboro residents.


Chapel Hill Town Council discusses downtown parking

Chapel Hill residents are advocating for equal parking for all. At Tuesday night’s Chapel Hill Town Council meeting, the council voted to refer a petition from the Community Home Trust regarding parking for affordable housing residents to Town Manager Roger Stancil. The Community Home Trust, a nonprofit organization that sells and preserves affordable homes for lower income families, is asking the town to designate 13 additional parking spots for residents of the affordable housing condos at the 140 West Franklin development. Developers broke ground on the $55 million mixed-use development — located at the corner of West Franklin and Church streets — in January 2011. The project will include 140 condominiums, 26,000 square feet of retail space and 337 parking spaces.


Town Council discusses parking for affordable housing

Chapel Hill residents are advocating for equal parking for all. At Monday night’s Chapel Hill Town Council meeting, the council voted to refer a petition from the Community Home Trust regarding parking for affordable housing residents to Town Manager Roger Stancil.


Chapel Hill to celebrate Earth Action Day

On Saturday, Chapel Hill and Carrboro will come together to harvest a green community. A crowd of over 3,500 local residents, businesses and students will gather in Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill for the fifth annual Earth Action Day festival. The festival, which will take place from noon to 5 p.m., will feature over 80 exhibitors, sustainability and earth inspired art, local food, live music, solar car races and rain barrels for sale. “This is an event that we spend four to six months planning and coordinating,” said Wes Tilghman, Chapel Hill’s festivals and special events supervisor.


"WISE mob" rewards Surplus Sids

Surplus Sid’s provides students with funky costumes and unique alternative items, and it is well on its way to becoming more energy efficient through the WISE program. To celebrate its efforts, Carrboro is holding a cash mob at the East Main Street store on April 21.


County Commissioner Candidates share views with Carrboro

Primary elections are less than a month away, and candidates for the Orange County Commissioners District 1 seats are gearing up. Candidates Penny Rich, Pam Hemminger and Mark Dorosin met Wednesday night at Carrboro Town Hall to answer questions from citizens about their positions on issues.


Carrboro looks to discuss fertilizer tax and climate with state legislature

At a Tuesday night meeting, Board members suggested several topics for the discussion on local legislative priorities, including anti-fracking, proposing a state-wide fertilizer tax and opposing annual rate hikes to finance nuclear power. “For a couple years, I have wanted us to put a surtax on fertilizers and use that to offset what it costs us and what it could cost us to keep it out of Lake Jordan,” said Alderwoman Jacquelyn Gist.


	After student complaints, Franklin Street Pizza and Pasta will keep all-time favorites — like its Broccoli and Cheddar pizza — when it becomes Tomato Jake’s in August.

Franklin Street Pizza and Pasta to leave, favorite dishes to stay

When Franklin Street Pizza & Pasta reopens in August as Tomato Jake’s Pizzeria, it will still offer old favorites such as the pink basil penne pasta and garlic knots. When longtime Franklin Street Pizza and Pasta owner Craig Samuels sold his business to Tomato Jake’s owner Glen Gordon in February, many longtime customers expressed concern and sadness about the change.