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Wednesday March 29th

Chapel Hill

DTH Photo Illustration. Chapel Hill Transit buses now have live tracking again. Riders can check bus locations in real-time using applications such as TransLoc.

Bus tracking returns to Chapel Hill after delay, community now able to rely on GPS routing

After a "frustrating" year, Chapel Hill Transit users in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area can once again track buses. The GPS routing information for transit users returned on March 13 while UNC students were on Spring Break, according to the Town of Chapel Hill. Tracking on apps like TransLoc, which gets real-time information from NextBus, will now work for customers. 

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The Chapel Hill Public Library is open to visitors who can experience its new, inclusive services with the theme “Neurodiversity and Nature” on Friday, March 24, 2023.

Chapel Hill Public Library introduces sensory resources to serve neurodiverse community

In an effort to make the space more inclusive, the Chapel Hill Public Library is launching an initiative that offers nature-themed, sensory-friendly resources. The initiative, called "Neurodiversity and Nature," is catered toward children and adults with diverse cognitive needs, including sensory processing differences, dementia and memory loss, ADHD, intellectual or developmental disabilities and autism.  

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Chapel Hill Town Hall stands on Sunday, March 19, 2023. From now until April 1, Chapel Hill residents, UNC students, and those who live in surrounding areas can apply to be a member of the Town’s advisory boards.

Chapel Hill Town Council hears opposition to development that would replace The Purple Bowl

At the Chapel Hill Town Council meeting on Wednesday, there were seven items on the agenda, including a discussion on the redevelopment of the affordable housing complex Trinity Court, two concept plan reviews, appointments to three Town boards and other land use items. The Town Council also heard from numerous community residents and UNC students during public comment regarding the preservation of The Purple Bowl in Chapel Hill. 

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DTH Photo Illustration. The Town of Chapel Hill recently released "TOWNtalk the podcast," which focuses on various Town staff, what they do, how they do it and why their roles are important for the community. 

"TOWNtalk" podcast shines a light on Chapel Hill Town services

The Town of Chapel Hill recently released "TOWNtalk the podcast." Ran Northam, communications manager for the Town of Chapel Hill, said he, Alex Carrasquillo, the community safety public information officer for the Town and Public Information Officer Christina Strauch created "TOWNtalk" in an effort to educate the public and shine a light on staff members. 

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'Dehumanizing' experiences lead disabled student to demand improved bus accessibility

After a series of accessibility-related issues with Chapel Hill Transit, UNC junior Sarah Ferguson reached out about her negative experiences with bus operators.  CHT invited her to their bus garage so they can learn to better accommodate her wheelchair's Firefly attachment — a visit she will make in the future. “It’s not worth it for me to take a bus and risk ending up in a situation where I'm humiliated and dehumanized,” she said.

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A piano and photos on display at The Jackson Center on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023.

Marian Cheek Jackson Center preserves Chapel Hill's Black history, provides resources

Rev. Troy Harrison of St. Joseph CME Church and UNC Professor Della Pollock founded the Marian Cheek Jackson Center in 2007 to preserve the oral history of the Northside neighborhood.  The center's goals have since evolved to include fostering housing justice for the Northside community, preserving civil rights and local history through education and cultivating a sense of community between neighbors. “Something that any of us can do to support retention is just to get to know our neighbors,” Christine Abernathy, director of housing justice at MCJC, said.

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