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Carrboro Film Fest features local short films

Carrboro Film Fest features local short films

By Gary Popp Carrboro Commons Staff Writer The Carrboro Film Festival, now in its fourth year, will kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, and will run until 7 p.m. The festival is held at Carrboro Century Center at 100 N. Greensboro St. While the event celebrates the work of the filmmakers, it is a behind-the-scenes effort of… Read more →

"Sounds of the Mill" debuts with Cliff Collins

“Sounds of the Mill” debuts with Cliff Collins

By Jock Lauterer Faculty Adviser the Carrboro Commons For her final project last semester, Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Kelsey Kusterer conducted a series of oral history interviews with Carrboro notables including Cliff Collins, Jeackie Helvey, Jay Parker, Ellie Kinnaird, Don Basnight and Rob Hogan. Over the coming weeks, the Commons will be presenting  Kusterer’s audio interviews. This week’s installment features… Read more →

Sammy Slade brings new voice, energy to Board of Aldermen

Sammy Slade brings new voice, energy to Board of Aldermen

By Powell Latimer Carrboro Commons Co-Editor If you’re going to catch up with Sammy Slade, it’s best to be mobile. Slade isn’t the type to sit still for very long; he’s got too much to do. Ask him any question and he’ll rattle off a list of organizations and projects he’s involved in, and list the things he’s doing with… Read more →

15th annual Open Studio Tour offers a unique experience

15th annual Open Studio Tour offers a unique experience

By Abigail Jennings Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Seventy-four local artists opened up their homes and studios for two weekends this month, giving community members the opportunity to view and buy their creative works. Orange County held its 15th Annual Open Studio Tour on Nov. 7-8 and Nov. 14-15. Gordon Jameson, the artist liaison of the Board of the Orange County… Read more →

New business group launches Buy Local Week

New business group launches Buy Local Week

By Alison Shay Carrboro Commons Co-Editor Just in time for the holiday shopping season, a new organization will launch its first project in an effort to help build the business community and encourage Carrboro’s residents to shop locally. Buy Local Week, Dec. 5-12, will mark the first project by Carrboro’s new group, LocalMotive. What started out as a core group… Read more →

Carrboro a magnet for resale stores

Carrboro a magnet for resale stores

By Jacki Huntington Staff Writer Carrboro Commons The typical thrift shopper is not so typical. At Club Nova’s thrift shop at 103 West Main Street, where shoes go for less than $3, the crowd is a roughly even spread of races, ages and genders, according to co-manager Ed Hudgins. The same can be said of thrift shops themselves. Carrboro boasts… Read more →

From Jaguars to Lions: CHS football players mentor FPG kids

From Jaguars to Lions: CHS football players mentor FPG kids

By Megan Ballard Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Jaguars lending a “paw” to lions is not something you hear about every day, but this is the new program in Carrboro schools.  Fourteen football players at Carrboro High School, the Jaguars, are mentoring fifth grade “Lions” from Frank Porter Graham Elementary School. The program was started this year after a summer spent… Read more →

Jessee's: two former roasters become owners

Jessee’s: two former roasters become owners

By Abigail Jennings Carrboro Commons Staff Writer After years of working for other people as coffee roasters, the husband and wife team Jon and Chyenna Jessee are proud to have their own coffee shop, Jessee’s Coffee & Bar, which is located at 401 E. Main Street. “We do good food and great coffee,” Jon Jessee said. “Some places have good… Read more →

Halloween in Carrboro a safe alternative to Franklin Street for teens

By Jacki Huntington Carrboro Commons Staff Writer While thousands roamed Franklin Street in costumes on Saturday night, Halloween scenes in Carrboro were more subdued—but no less entertaining. In an effort to provide safe and fun Halloween alternative for area teens, The Carrboro ArtsCenter hosted its first annual Fright Night. The event included old horror movies, a dance floor, refreshments, costume… Read more →

Haven-O’Donnell celebrates as she keeps alderman seat

By Alison Shay, Carrboro Commons Co-Editor and Gary Popp, UNC Staff Writer   The photos in the following slide show were taken by Gary Popp and Alison Shay and edited by Alison Shay. The audio is a sound-recording of Haven-O’Donnell’s toast at an election night party.    “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you set your mind to it,”… Read more →