Dave Otto (left) and Richard Ellington (right), combine life experiences and photography to co-author a book on recent Carrboro history.

Exhibit features town’s change

Sharing a common passion about a small town’s culture and identity, two men with different interests and backgrounds are once again documenting the evolution of Carrboro through words and pictures. Richard Ellington was born and raised in Carrboro and worked in information technology for 43 years. Dave Otto was born and raised in Massachusetts and worked as a research psychologist… Read more →

Jenny Chan and Francis Chan in Jade Palace

Carrboro Asian restaurants: Jade Palace, where history and culture intersect

  If you had walked into Jade Palace 33 years ago, you would have been greeted by Jenny Chan’s smiling face. If the month was February, you would have been entertained by her husband, Francis Chan, in a lion dance headdress. Jenny and Francis Chan are the founders of Jade Palace, one of the only three Asian restaurants in downtown… Read more →

Dennis and Patricia Caren from California said they enjoyed spending time with their grandson Baxter while eating locally made ice cream at Market Street Coffee and Ice Cream. “Local Matters” intends to increase visitor awareness of Carrboro’s local business economy.  (Staff photo by Eric Surber)

“Local Matters” brings new business alliance

  Local business owners will launch a “Local Matters” campaign in early October that will create a business alliance and encourage people to support the local economy. The campaign follows recommendations from Think Local First Carrboro Think Tank (TLFCTT), which was appointed by the Board of Aldermen in July to find a way to educate, engage and excite both consumers… Read more →

In this photograph from last year's Carrboro Music Fest by photographer Alicia Stemper, dancers enjoy the music at one of the many venues. This year's music fest is slated for Sept. 27-28.

Booming business accompanies Carrboro Music Festival

Every year, the Carrboro Music Festival is accompanied by the beat of footsteps along the crowded downtown streets. And local businesses are keeping tune. Many of them say it’s their best day of the year. “We’ve had record-breaking days in the past,” said Jared Fruth, an employee at Jessee’s Coffee & Bar, one of the festival venues. “It’s a madhouse…. Read more →

Gerry Williams, second from left, back row, was honored at Tuesday night's meeting of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. (Staff photo by Samantha McCormick)

Surprise announcement salutes Carrboro couple

In a surprise announcement at Tuesday’s Carrboro Board of Aldermen meeting, the town leaders passed a resolution of appreciation, declaring Sept. 28, “Gerry Williams and Janet Place Day.” The special honor for the couple salutes Gerry and Janet’s 17 years of service to the town, coordinating the Carrboro Music Festival. Mayor Lydia Lavelle and Recreation and Parks Dept. Community Events… Read more →

About 1,500 people attended the Carrboro Open Streets festival on Saturday. The event promoted recreational activities such as making smoothies on bicycles and dancing in the streets. (Staff photo by Cristobal Palmer)

Carrboro Open Streets continues its success in second year

On Saturday, April 12, the second annual Carrboro Open Streets festival was held on Weaver Street, emptying the road of its usual traffic and opening it up to residents to participate in various activities. Weaver Street was a sight of celebration on the beautiful, sunny Saturday morning.  Families flocked around with their strollers while children drew with sidewalk chalk, tossed… Read more →

Emily Leidolf, Abby Lantz and Amanda Truesdale (left to right) take out their boat on University Lake for an afternoon practice.

University Lake to remain home to UNC rowing team

Thirty years after the establishment of UNC-Chapel Hill’s rowing team, the women’s varsity team continues to call University Lake home, despite recent suggestions that the team should find a larger practice space. Formerly owned by UNC-CH, University Lake, located in Carrboro, is now owned by the Orange Water and Sewer Authority. The lake serves as the town’s primary water supply… Read more →

East Weaver St. in downtown Carrboro.  This is the target street for many on the potential new traffic policies. (Staff photo by Sarah Woronoff)

Aldermen hear proposals to slow downtown traffic

Last month, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen heard ideas from the Transportation Advisory Board on how to slow traffic in downtown Carrboro.  One of these ideas was the concept of implementing a “woonerf” on East Weaver St. A “woonerf” is a Dutch term for a street where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over motorists. Methods of implementing this include… Read more →