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The Jackson Center: Crossing borders with service

The Jackson Center: Crossing borders with service

Chapel Hill resident Dollie Hinch’s first interaction with The Jackson Center was about the practicalities of Thanksgiving dinner through the neighborhood’s monthly newsletter, the Northside News. “The newsletter would arrive at my door, and every issue would have a person answering a question,” Hinch said. “My question was, ‘If you don’t want to cook Thanksgiving dinner, where is a good… Read more →

Y’all Pendyal starts musical journey in Carrboro

Y’all Pendyal starts musical journey in Carrboro

The scene at Johnny’s Gone Fishing was picturesque: a charming coffee shop, a warmly lighted gathering area and the pervasive aroma of fresh coffee. But something was different. Above the whirring of the coffee grinder, above faint murmurs of conversation, you could hear it — the distinct sounds of classic blues. Anuraag Pendyal, 24, and Jim Lande, 63, the two… Read more →

Commentary: Carrboro and Durham: Two hearts, two towns, are better than one

Commentary: Carrboro and Durham: Two hearts, two towns, are better than one

A story of greater consciousness, of a longer social antenna, begins, rather morbidly, with an entombed pharaoh. The credit for this haphazard beginning lies with Gwendolyn Payne, a 16-year-old junior at Durham’s Hillside High School. She interns at The Durham VOICE on behalf of Partners for Youth Opportunity, a nonprofit mentorship program that extends academic support and professional training to… Read more →

Carrboro Board of Aldermen passes resolution welcoming immigrant minors

Carrboro Board of Aldermen passes resolution welcoming immigrant minors

As thousands of migrant children cross the U.S. border seeking refuge from violence in Central America, the town of Carrboro wants them to know they’re welcome. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a resolution Nov. 18 proclaiming the town a welcoming environment for these unaccompanied minors and the families sponsoring them. “It’s, in part, a reaction to other communities’ local… Read more →

Couple extends Celtic celebration to community

Couple extends Celtic celebration to community

Singing, dancing, fiddles and Gaelic phrases welcomed the Celtic New Year at Johnny’s Gone Fishing on Saturday, Nov. 1. Stephanie Johnston, a Celtic musician and dancer, and her husband, Dr. Michael Newton, a Scottish Gaelic scholar and writer, planned and held the celebration in hopes of meeting people who would be interested in Celtic workshops. Celtic languages include traditional Irish and Scottish… Read more →

Community radio station WCOM celebrates 10 years

Community radio station WCOM celebrates 10 years

When Carrboro community radio station WCOM launched in 2004, it was a tiny revolution. WCOM, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last week, was one of the first radio stations to open under the Federal Communications Commission’s low-power FM licensing program, an initiative that began in 2000 to offer more licenses to small community radio stations and allowed Carrboro to carve… Read more →

Creative Carrboro committee one step closer to arts district goal

Creative Carrboro committee one step closer to arts district goal

Carrboro is known for its artistic leanings, but now they’re closer than ever to making it official. The seven-member Creative Carrboro committee, given voice by Recreation and Parks Director Anita Jones-McNair, is researching how best to make Carrboro into an “Arts and Creativity District.” “We want to hear the opinions of the people before we do anything,” said Jones-McNair during… Read more →