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Burmese refugees finding a home in Carrboro

Burmese refugees finding a home in Carrboro

By Tom Nading Carrboro Commons Staff Writer More than 400 Burmese refugees have settled in Carrboro, leaving behind the oppressive military junta that controls Burma and marginalizes minority groups, says Morgan Price, resource coordinator for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants office in Raleigh. Naw Meet (left) and her eldest son, a student at Chapel Hill High School, shop… Read more →

Public to discuss fate of anti-lingering ordinance

Public to discuss fate of anti-lingering ordinance

By Elisabeth Arriero Carrboro Commons Staff Writer An anti-lingering ordinance created last year will be the focus of a public hearing March 24, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen decided at their regular meeting on Feb. 10. Several day laborers wait on the corner of Davie and Jones Ferry roads Monday at 8 a.m. hoping for contractual work. According to Carrboro’s… Read more →

Carrboro couple opens craft stand to make ends meet

Carrboro couple opens craft stand to make ends meet

By Carly Brantmeyer Carrboro Commons Photo Editor To make ends meet, Ruperto and Luci, a couple from Guerrero, Mexico, have planted a seed in Carrboro selling handmade, Mexican-inspired crafts. UNC-Chapel Hill juniors Courtney Cox and Erin Smith, stop to pick out flowers, Thursday, at Ruperto and Luci’s outdoor flower stand in Carrboro. Photojournalism student Smith said, “Courtney and I have… Read more →

Carrboro preschool teaches toddlers Spanish

Carrboro preschool teaches toddlers Spanish

By Katie Reich Carrboro Commons Staff Writer One Carrboro school, Mi Escuelita, is breaking down language and cultural barriers with the Hispanic community through a Spanish immersion program for children ages 1 to 5. Maria Antonia Garcia, a Chapel Hill resident, teaches the one to two-year-olds in the Spanish immersion program at Mi Escuelita preschool in Carrboro. The walls of… Read more →

Children learn to farm, care for chickens at camp

Children learn to farm, care for chickens at camp

by Corey Inscoe Carrboro Commons Co-Editor “Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” Children will have the chance to find out exactly how Mary’s garden grows this year at the Quite Contrary Farms Carrboro kid camp. Marianne Prince holds her rooster, Basil, outside of her garden at Quite Contrary Farm, where she will be holding the first Carrboro… Read more →

Carrboro Century Center plays classic films

Carrboro Century Center plays classic films

By Becky Wessels Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Carrboro finally has a movie theater with Century Center Cinema. The Carrboro Century Center, at 100 N. Greensboro St., transforms into a movie theater the last Saturday of each month, from September to April. For only $4, moviegoers can enjoy popcorn and soda while watching films like the 1942 classics “Casablanca” and “Citizen… Read more →

Forum delves into lives of black North Carolina writers

Forum delves into lives of black North Carolina writers

By Erica Satten Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Eight of the most famous African American writers in the history of the United States before World War I came from North Carolina. William L. Andrews, distinguished professor of English at UNC-CH, holds his book, “The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature.” Andrews will lead the Community Book Forum at the Carrboro… Read more →

Local resale store attracts parents of young children

Local resale store attracts parents of young children

By Amelia Black and Virginia McIlwain Carrboro Commons Staff Writers Shopping around for an affordable crib or stroller? Searching for maternity wear or a unique gift for an expecting mother? The Red Hen, Carrboro’s own “resale and gift boutique” for parents and their young children, probably has just the thing you’re looking for. Anna Lorenz and her 2-year-old daughter, Clare,… Read more →

Teens take weekend to write, direct and act in plays

Teens take weekend to write, direct and act in plays

By Allison Miller Carrboro Commons Co-Editor Upstairs in an attic room, four teenagers hold scripts, discussing and fighting over a plastic box sitting on the blue-carpeted floor. Christian Persico, a Carrboro High School sophomore rehearses “All Dreid Up,” one of the four one-act plays in the February 48. He grabs the box, a prop which his character believes can give… Read more →

Rita’s in Carrboro’s Carr Mill Mall offers frozen treats

Rita’s in Carrboro’s Carr Mill Mall offers frozen treats

By Kafi Robinson Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Despite the wintery weather, facing the area lately, Carrboro residents have extended a warm welcome to Rita’s, which opened its new Carr Mill Mall on Dec. 7. Geoff Henslee, 23, of Durham, is the manager of Rita’s in Carr Mill Mall. He says that customers in Carrboro enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the… Read more →