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Local coffee shop has eyes everywhere

Local coffee shop has eyes everywhere

By Katie Spencer Carrboro Commons Writer In the green mountains of Honduras, Chapel Hill resident Hunter Barbee found the familiar logo of his favorite coffee shop. And it wasn’t Starbucks. It was Carrboro’s own Open Eye Cafe. Scott Conary and Guillermo Calderon talk coffee at Finca Santa Rosa in Copan, Honduras. Conary spent a couple of days in August training… Read more →

Youth poetry contest set to spark creativity

Youth poetry contest set to spark creativity

by Stephanie Kane Carrboro Commons Writer In an initiative to promote youth in the arts, the Town of Carrboro is conducting its first Carrboro Youth Poetry Contest. Submissions are due by April 4. Recreation supervisors Dana Hughes (left) and Kim Andrews have developed programs to support writing and poetry among Carrboro citizens. Staff photo by Stephanie Kane Three winners from… Read more →

Cohousing: More than a neighborhood

Cohousing: More than a neighborhood

Arcadia, photographed from the air by Arcadia resident, pilot and Carrboro Citizen publisher Robert Dickson. by Allie Maupin Carrboro Commons Writer With its landscaped footpaths and open space, Arcadia feels more like a small country hamlet than a residential neighborhood off busy Hillsborough Road in Carrboro. The custom-built homes are positioned on small lots in close proximity to each other… Read more →

Students from Carrboro contribute to Dance Marathon

Students from Carrboro contribute to Dance Marathon

by Kate Searcy Carrboro Commons Writer Out of the almost 1,100 dancers hopping, skipping and twisting to the beat the night of Feb. 22 at the Dance Marathon in Fetzer Gymnasium, about a dozen have something in common with one another besides the love of dance — they are all from Carrboro. “I’ve been pretty busy just being out-of-control excited,”… Read more →

East meets South at Country Junction

East meets South at Country Junction

Elwood and Sandy Fearrington enjoy a late breakfast at Country Junction on Weaver Street. The retired couple drives to Carrboro from their home near Jordan Lake for this “little treat,” Sandy said. Staff photo by Leah Szarek by Leah Szarek Carrboro Commons Writer The Moulin Rouge print on the wall says French bistro. The porthole windows suggest a fresh catch…. Read more →

Greenbridge splits Chapel Hill and Carrboro

Greenbridge splits Chapel Hill and Carrboro

by Kennedy Carruthers Carrboro Commons Writer One would think that North Carolina’s most sustainable building would be applauded by Carrboro residents. But for some concerned Carrboro residents, the Greenbridge development’s sustainable features have not outweighed its downsides. “I see no positive side of this for the town,” Alderman Jacquie Gist said of the Greenbridge development. UNC-Chapel Hill senior Jenna Nash,… Read more →

Carrboro’s Monet showcases photos

Carrboro’s Monet showcases photos

By Allison McNeill Carrboro Commons Writer “One publication in National Geographic would be worth 20 scientific publications,” says Dave Otto, a photographer and retired research scientist. Otto’s exhibit of nature photos from the Bolin Creek area opened at Carrboro Town Hall Feb. 8, and the photographer is thrilled. Dave Otto, photographer, has fond memories of the day he took “Monet… Read more →

Trinidad native brings Caribbean music to Carrboro

Trinidad native brings Caribbean music to Carrboro

by Shera Everette Carrboro Commons Writer As a fire blazed in the background and conversations filled the dimly-lit room on Feb. 22, diners at Bahama Breeze Island Grille in Raleigh were treated to sounds from the Caribbean. Mickey Mills of Carrboro captivates the crowd at Bahama Breeze Island Grille in Raleigh with music from the Islands, mix of reggae and… Read more →

Greenhouse renovation benefits elementary students

Greenhouse renovation benefits elementary students

by Morgan Siem Carrboro Commons Writer Visitors to Frank Porter Graham Elementary School might notice a change of scenery at the “Home of the Lions.” Along the sidewalk of painted lion paws is the greenhouse, which until last week was in obvious disrepair. Now it is ready to welcome classes of young scientists after being renovated on Saturday. Luke Martin,… Read more →

Nia class gives Carrboro new exercise option

Nia class gives Carrboro new exercise option

by Sean Umstead Carrboro Commons Writer Ninja flying through space may sound intimidating to most, but Kate Finlayson may have the answer in an alternative exercise built for anyone. Finlayson, a Pittsboro resident, teaches Nia at the Carrboro Century Center. Nia is a fusion exercise that combines teachings of nine different disciplines including Yoga, modern dance and Tae Chi. Instructor… Read more →