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Redevelopment stalls on 300 E. Main St.

Redevelopment stalls on 300 E. Main St.

By Hannah Sharpe Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Carrboro residents have always held that quirky, eclectic vibe defining their community close to their hearts. So when the biggest redevelopment project the town has ever faced proposed to alter that vibe, there were considerable concerns for residents to address. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen decided to delay its decision to approve modifications… Read more →

Dear Carrboro: a letter from the editors

Dear Carrboro: a letter from the editors

By Caroline McMillan and Lindsay Britt Carrboro Commons editors-in-chief To whom we greet with open arms: There aren’t many towns where you’ll find a sandcastle outside a grocery store, a no-strings-attached “free market” or the first national Hula Hoop conference. And there aren’t many towns chock-full of educated, accomplished residents who can boast of communal oak trees and miles of… Read more →

Carrboro Music Festival bigger and greener

Carrboro Music Festival bigger and greener

Gerry Williams, left, Carrboro Music Festival coordinator, and Kim Andrews, Recreation supervisor from the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department, hold up this year’s poster for the annual music festival set for Sunday, Sept. 28, all throughout the town. Staff photo by Lyndal Wilson By Lyndal Wilson Carrboro Commons Staff Writer The annual Carrboro Music Festival is back this month for… Read more →

Moonlighting musician set to play at music festival

Moonlighting musician set to play at music festival

Charles Cleaver practices his accordion in his backyard in Chapel Hill to prepare for the upcoming festival. He said playing his accordion gets him warmed-up for his shows. Staff photo Anshu Gupta) By Anshu Gupta Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Although he’s no stranger to music, Charles Cleaver will be meeting the Carrboro Music Festival for the first time. Cleaver, a… Read more →

Local filmmaker contributes talent to community

Local filmmaker contributes talent to community

Tinkham shoots a scene for a short film using a 16 mm film camera. Cinematography, he says, is one of his favorite parts of the filmmaking process. Photo courtesy of Todd Tinkham Photo by Mary Cates By Hillary Vandewart Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Todd Tinkham always knew he wanted to be a filmmaker, he just didn’t know the first thing… Read more →

Society must adjust to the “browning of America”

Society must adjust to the “browning of America”

By Stefani Price Carrboro Commons Staff Writer America is becoming a “majority of minorities,” said an award-winning investigative reporter and author. Paul Cuadros, who is also an assistant professor of journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, told a group at The Chapel Hill Institute for Cultural and Language Education (CHICLE) about the North Carolina Community College System’s changes in policy regarding the… Read more →

El Centro Latino hires new executive director

El Centro Latino hires new executive director

By Dioni L. Wise Carrboro Commons Staff Writer El Centro Latino admits any new face who enters its doors. And on Sept. 2, the non-profit welcomed the new executive director, Victor Meléndez. Meléndez, a 58-year-old native of Puerto Rico, is the fifth person to hold the post since El Centro Latino opened in July 2000. He replaced Ben Balderas who… Read more →

Inaugural Dog Show Expo free to public

Inaugural Dog Show Expo free to public

By Brittany Jackson Carrboro Commons Staff Writer There is something for every four-legged and two-legged creature – dogs and dog lovers, that is – at the first-ever Dog Show Expo of Carrboro at the Hank Anderson Park dog park. Picture Caption: Daphne Charlot, 8, plays with her beagle, Besse, at the Hank Anderson Park dog park. Daphne and her mother… Read more →

Carrboro High principal enthusiastic to be a Jaguar

Carrboro High principal enthusiastic to be a Jaguar

By Kelsey Hamilton Carrboro Commons Staff Writer With the start of the second year at Carrboro High School, Carrboro students were not only the new excited faces. Carrboro High is the new high school in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Principal Kelly Batten says he is excited to begin his first year at Carrboro High School. He is ready to… Read more →

Orange County Social Club: like a second home

Orange County Social Club: like a second home

By Heather Mandelkehr Carrboro Commons Staff Writer The Orange County Social Club, sandwiched between Friendly Barber Shop and ACME on East Main Street, seems to be an ordinary storefront with tinted windows and plants outside the doorway. Orange County Social Club owner Tricia Mesigian bartends on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Mesigian says that the close-knit relationship of both the… Read more →