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New restaurant to showcase Indian flavors and local farmers

New restaurant to showcase Indian flavors and local farmers

By Catherine Rierson Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Opening her kitchen to both strangers and long-time friends, Vimala Rajendran has hosted weekly community dinners in her home since 1993, exhibiting the fusion of a love for authentic and local food and the value of community. But come mid-April she’ll be moving the enterprise out of her kitchen and onto Franklin Street…. Read more →

New organizations to strengthen Latino community

New organizations to strengthen Latino community

By Katy Millberg Carrboro Commons Latino Beat Editor Two organizations, the Latino Community Credit Union and El Centro Hispano, are planning to open their doors in Carrboro this spring. LCCU has rented space on N.C. Hwy 54 in West Carrboro in Carrboro Plaza. El Centro Hispano is still looking for space and hopes to find a location near LCCU. The… Read more →

Goat Patrol serves as weed-removal alternative

Goat Patrol serves as weed-removal alternative

By Elizabeth Jensen Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Alix Bowman pulled her car up to the barn shortly after 9:30 a.m. Sixteen bleating goats met her at the gate. It was time for breakfast. “They are pretty spoiled,” she said. “When I buy hay for them they don’t like, I hear about it all week.” Bowman has been hiring out the… Read more →

Faith-based organization fights the death penalty

Faith-based organization fights the death penalty

By Tori Hamby Carrboro Commons Staff Writer When Ronald Frye was a boy, he was given away by his mother to a complete stranger in a diner. During the rest of Frye’s childhood, the stranger and her boyfriend whipped Frye so badly that police in Newton used images of his scarred back in educational materials about how to spot child… Read more →

Chapel Hill doctors aid Haitian quake relief

Chapel Hill doctors aid Haitian quake relief

By Justice Warren Carrboro Commons Staff Writer For weeks now, many Americans have been bombarded by images of disaster and relief caused by the earthquake in Haiti.  For two Chapel Hill doctors, these images were experienced first hand. Drs. Pat Guiteras and Frank Tew, both 67, insist that these images only tell part of the story about the victims’ lives…. Read more →

Atheist finds support in social group

Atheist finds support in social group

By Terri Flagg Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Dustin Hill doesn’t lie, cheat, steal or worship the devil. But people sometimes assume he does, since Hill is an atheist. Hill has struggled for years with the social isolation resulting from his non-belief. “It damaged a lot of my relationships,” said Hill, 28, of Carrboro. “It ended most of them. Once I… Read more →

High school art students exhibit for a cause

High school art students exhibit for a cause

By Latisha Catchatoorian Carrboro Commons Staff Writer the Carrboro Commons Jack Watson, an art teacher at Chapel Hill High School, had an idea. Take the events of Haiti and turn them into inspiration for a class art project. Take that art project and turn it into a fundraiser for the earthquake-ravaged country. At least $800 has been raised for the… Read more →

Art brings snapshots of Mexico

Art brings snapshots of Mexico

By Tori Hamby Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Although many Carrboro residents may never travel to Mexico, independent photographer Jerry Markatos provides them with a window into everyday Mexican life through his art. Markatos’ photographs are part of an art exhibit titled “Artists as Witnesses: Two Views of the Latino Experience.” The exhibit, located in the Carrboro Branch Library and McDougle… Read more →