Ellen Werner

Ellen is a writer-photographer for the Carrboro Commons and a journalism student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Carrboro gets psyched to go solar

Carrboro gets psyched to go solar

Almost 12 years ago, Carrboro resident Randee Haven-O’Donnell had an idea: installing solar panels on the homes in her cul-de-sac. Unfortunately for Haven-O’Donnell, the unfavorable orientation of the houses combined with the lack of suitable technology and cost-effective methods prevented her from pursuing this alternative energy option. Haven-O’Donnell is a certified environmental educator, and she now serves on Carrboro’s Board… Read more →

Yoga and Pilates and barre- oh my! Local fitness studio offers students a fusion of three techniques

Yoga and Pilates and barre- oh my! Local fitness studio offers students a fusion of three techniques

On the sidewalk in front of an inconspicuous blue door, nestled between two colorful storefronts on Carrboro’s E. Main Street, sits a sign. “Meet your new addiction. Barre,” it reads. A photo of a group of women gripping a pole with legs extended in the air rests beneath the words. The sign may confuse someone unfamiliar with barre, a new… Read more →

Forget candy and flowers; local residents celebrate their love for Carrboro this month

Forget candy and flowers; local residents celebrate their love for Carrboro this month

Red, decorated heart cutouts hung from the ceiling at the headquarters for TABLE, a nonprofit hunger-relief organization based in Carrboro. Picked over cookies sat on the front table, left over from a celebration early last week. The scene resembled an elementary school Valentine’s Day party—minus the shelves stocked with non-perishable goods ranging from Campbell’s soup to Welch’s grape jelly. But… Read more →

Northside paper connects community

Northside paper connects community

If a resident of Northside, the historically African-American Chapel Hill neighborhood, has a question they need answered, they can ask a neighbor, call a relative or write in to the community paper, the Northside News, where longtime resident and community leader Keith Edwards has her own “Ask Keith!” column. Alexander Stephens, who was involved with creating the Northside News in… Read more →