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Center fights for Carrboro day laborers' human rights

Center fights for Carrboro day laborers’ human rights

By Latisha Catchatoorian Carrboro Commons Staff Writer On a sunny, yet chilly day, Latino men are huddled outside of Abbey Court Condominiums or the BP gas station across the street on Jones Ferry Road.  Some of these day laborers are residents of Abbey Court, which also serves as the location of The Chapel Hill and Carrboro Human Rights Center, led… Read more →

Service puppies ready to graduate

Service puppies ready to graduate

By Elizabeth Jensen Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Ayla, a golden retriever, can open refrigerators, turn on light switches, open and close doors, help take off clothing, pick up dropped objects and call for help. She’s learned these skills at Eyes Ears Nose and Paws, a training center for assistance dogs at 209 Lloyd St., Suite 320. Gretchen Aylsworth is Ayla’s… Read more →

Roulette Vintage gets dolled up for Valentine's Day

Roulette Vintage gets dolled up for Valentine’s Day

By Alyssa Griffith Carrboro Commons Editor Roulette Vintage store co-owners Rebecca Moore and Kara LaFleur believe every piece of clothing in their store has a story. “The clothes we sell are alive. Someone lived in them and loved them enough to save them,” Moore said. “If we didn’t believe that, we wouldn’t have opened our store in the first place.”… Read more →

Farm's after-school program puts kids in touch with land

Farm’s after-school program puts kids in touch with land

By Terri Flagg Carrboro Commons Staff Writer It’s a cold, wet, February afternoon, but Marianne Prince’s kitchen on Cathy Road in Carrboro is warm, filled with the aroma of freshly baked cornbread and the sound of children’s laughter. It’s snack time at the Quite Contrary Farm after-school program.  The five children attending gobble their treats, anxious to head outside.  The… Read more →

Carrboro residents push for light rail options in long range plan

Carrboro residents push for light rail options in long range plan

By Terri Flagg Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Carrboro restauranteur Mike Benson, 43, admits his motives for speaking out about local light rail development have evolved since his more free-wheeling days about a decade ago. “The interest in light rail in that time was going to a Durham Bulls game without getting a DUI,” said Benson, who owns the train themed… Read more →

More businesses to join Carrboro's 2nd Friday Artwalk

More businesses to join Carrboro’s 2nd Friday Artwalk

By Justice Warren Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Carrboro’s 2ndFriday Artwalk will undergo some changes from the Carrboro Arts Committee to make the event more accessible to locals. The Artwalk, now in its ninth year, is a monthly event in Carrboro and Chapel Hill where artists display their work in galleries, stores, restaurants and clubs, giving artists a chance to show… Read more →

MacVane's business grew from a roadside bakery stand

MacVane’s business grew from a roadside bakery stand

By Alyssa Griffith Carrboro Commons Editor What began as Joy MacVane’s roadside stand piled with free homemade cookies is now TABLE, Inc. a prospering nonprofit business. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce recognized TABLE, Inc. and founder MacVane as the 2009 Business of the Year in the newcomer business category on Thursday at the Chamber’s 2010 Annual Meeting. The Business… Read more →

Preserving culinary culture from Burma

Preserving culinary culture from Burma

By Elizabeth Jensen Carrboro Commons Staff Writer When Mikyin Thein came to the United States as a Burmese refugee 10 years ago, she missed the food from home. She wanted to open an Asian market where she and other Asian immigrants could get ingredients to make the meals they enjoy. One such dish is moh hin gha, a Burmese curry… Read more →