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Tuesday June 15th

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Tom Henkel poses for a photo in his garden on April 12, 2021. Henkel is one of the key organizers of the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town and current member of the environmental stewardship. Since 2014, CHALT has successfully run mayoral and Town Council candidates that share the organization’s values of sustainable development.

Who are Chapel Hill’s PACs, and how do they influence the community?

Last year, the Orange County Board of Commissioners election was shaped by endorsements made by two local PACs: The Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, or CHALT, is a group of community members who advocate for responsible growth and work to preserve Chapel Hill’s college-town character. Save Orange Schools and its affiliated PAC, the Save Orange Schools PAC, formed in 2020 in response to concerns over deteriorating infrastructure in CHCCS. Here's a look into the PACs of Chapel Hill and how they have impacted the community since their creation. 

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One of the buildings that was added to the site when it was repurposed as a radioactive waste decay site. Most of the radioactive waste was stored in this building. Pictured on Thursday Feb 25 2021.

Former youth prison turned radioactive waste decay site operated by UNC

The Chapel Hill Youth Development and Research Unit, now known as Chydaru, was an experimental youth prison that was later repurposed as a radioactive waste decay site. While there was never any radioactive or hazardous waste buried at the site, the facility would take short-lived radioactive waste generated at the University and store it until the waste was no longer radioactive.

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Fourth year pharmacy student Hannah Kim prepares syringes at the end of a day of of vaccinations at the Friday Center on Monday, Mar. 22, 2021.

No vaccine left behind: UNC Health provides surplus COVID-19 vaccines to residents

The vaccination site is currently utilizing an independent Twitter account to notify the Chapel Hill community of excess doses. From Twitter, residents are instructed to call the surplus line, a dedicated phone number used for gathering patient names. The phone line operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, and callers who get through are placed on the vaccine list. 

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CHCCS students, teachers return to in-person instruction for the first time in a year

On Friday morning, about one hundred students returned to Frank Porter Graham Elementary School to finish out their first week of in-person instruction in a year.   The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education voted in early March to offer in-person instruction to all students beginning March 22.  Frank Porter Graham Elementary Principal Karen Galassi-Ferrer said it has been important to think creatively about safety measures, like holding lunch and breakfast outside or placing colorful tape on the ground for students to follow for social distancing. 

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