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Carrboro DJ celebrates 300th consecutive radio show

Carrboro DJ celebrates 300th consecutive radio show

By Mary Stewart Robins Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Inside Carrboro’s community radio station, WCOM, disc jockey Rocco Nittoli’s smooth and professional voice enlivens the small station and the sleepy Saturday mornings of Carrboro listeners and online fans across the country. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, Nittoli mixes a variety of popular music spanning the past 70 years on… Read more →

Orange County artists participate in 16th annual Open Studio Tour

Orange County artists participate in 16th annual Open Studio Tour

by Meredith Sammons Carrboro Commons Staff Writer For the 16th time since 1995, artists throughout Orange County are participating in the Orange County Open Studio Tour. More than 80 artists from The Orange County Artist Guild will participate in the Open Studio Tour during the first two weekends in November (Nov. 6-7 and Nov. 13-14.  Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday,… Read more →

Shabazz brings his love of poetry to McDougle students

Shabazz brings his love of poetry to McDougle students

By Gloria Lloyd Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Ask students at McDougle Middle School in Carrboro what they think of their guest poetry teacher Phillip Shabazz, and you will invariably receive the same enthusiastic answer:  “I love Mr. Shabazz!” Shabazz is a working poet who lives in Carrboro and has published three books of verse.  Shabazz typically teaches poetry during residencies… Read more →

Fireplace Editions showcases energy efficient products

Fireplace Editions showcases energy efficient products

By Mary Withers Carrboro Commons Co-editor Rebecca Carnes had no intention of being in the fireplace business. Carnes, a former nurse, and her husband Dann, were planning to build an addition onto their house. They realized that there weren’t a lot of local energy efficient fireplace options. They began a business to change that. Fireplace Editions, which moved to Carrboro… Read more →

Internationally acclaimed jump ropers like to stay local

Internationally acclaimed jump ropers like to stay local

By Dean Drescher Carrboro Commons Co-Editor Twenty-five years ago, Ray Fredrick jumped into something big. In the mid-1980s, Fredrick was teaching physical education to elementary school kids in Durham. He had incorporated jump rope into his classes. A jump rope club formed from kids’ interest, and the kids called themselves the “Bouncing Bulldogs” after the school’s mascot. The school burned…. Read more →

Businesses hopeful despite construction challenges

Businesses hopeful despite construction challenges

By Stephanie Bullins Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Even with the approach of the busiest shopping days of the year, many local business owners say they are worried about losing sales because of the Weaver Street reconstruction project. DeeDee Lavinder, who owns The Red Hen, a resale boutique for mothers with young children, said the reconstruction could have negative consequences for… Read more →

Carrboro Music Festival caters to variety of musical tastes

By Mary Withers and Stephanie Bullins Carrboro Commons Co-Editor and Staff Writer The Mighty Gospel Inspirations, a traditional African-American a cappella gospel group, performs “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” at the Carrboro Century Center during the 2010 Carrboro Music Festival. The Light Revolution performs “Across the Universe” at Open Eye Cafe during the 2010 Carrboro Music Festival. Read the full story… Read more →

Despite rain, Carrboro Music Festival a success

Despite rain, Carrboro Music Festival a success

By Patrick Clare Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Endless rain limited the scale of the Carrboro Music Festival, but the annual celebration of Triangle music still proved to be a success. About 60 bands scheduled to perform at nine venues during the Sept. 26 festival were canceled due to the gloomy weather. According to festival coordinator Gerry Williams, the call to… Read more →

Carrboro residents meet at Meetup.com

Carrboro residents meet at Meetup.com

By Gloria Lloyd Carrboro Commons Staff Writer In dog parks and coffee shops, in subjects spanning Buddhism to poetry, Carrboro residents are busy organizing online and congregating offline around their shared interests. While Facebook is a way to keep up with old friends, Meetup.com is a social networking site geared toward meeting new friends. The Meetup website makes it easy… Read more →

 Developer fights to build sustainable, affordable community

Developer fights to build sustainable, affordable community

By Mary Withers Carrboro Commons Co-editor Thirty-nine dilapidated trailers at Pine Grove Mobile Home Park on Fayetteville Road could soon be replaced by 39 new completely sustainable and affordable homes. With features such as a rainwater catch-and-reuse system, a native plant garden, bamboo flooring, recycled countertops and solar panels capable of creating enough energy to run the whole community, the… Read more →