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Arneville grows up

Arneville grows up

By Emma Witman Carrboro Commons Staff Writer The rows of housing along 503 and 505 N. Greensboro St. are affectionately referred to as Arneville, after Arne Gray, who built them. It’s been a tight-knit student community for years, but now it’s heading into a new phase of life — retirement. The properties are currently on the market, and the strongest… Read more →

Northside community lives mostly in memories

Northside community lives mostly in memories

By Megan Gassaway Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Keith Edwards used to live in a community called Northside, but now that community only exists in a box of old pictures and in paintings that hang on her kitchen walls. Edwards points to an old photograph of five African-American children on bicycles. “These kids here – feeling free and knowing that they… Read more →

Ridin' the J Bus: J.R. and his saxophone

Ridin’ the J Bus: J.R. and his saxophone

Michael Bloom Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Back during the Jazz Age in New York City, you took the A Train to get to Harlem. But to get most everywhere in Carrboro, you take the J Bus. In the spirit of Charles Kuralt’s dictum that everyone has a story, Commons reporter Michael Bloom jumped on the J Bus and selected a… Read more →

Carrboro fiesta combines music, cultural awareness

Carrboro fiesta combines music, cultural awareness

By Alex Linder Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Carrboro was host to the sounds of shaking beads, strumming guitars and Spanish sing-along. These are the sounds of the fiesta, and they are becoming more and more common. “I definitely think that traditional Mexican music has a role to play in the future,” said Juan Díes, 48, producer and member of the… Read more →

A closely knit group

A closely knit group

The Stitch ’n Bitch group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at Open Eye Cafe to knit and chat. By Allison Russell Carrboro Commons Co-Editor Beware the “Sweater Curse.” According to the group of women who attend the Carrboro-based knitting group Stitch ’n Bitch, it happens when someone knits an article of clothing for a significant… Read more →

Enough to feed a town

Enough to feed a town

By Louie Horvath Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Above the buzz of the crowd, local area groups performed as part of Carrboro’s 14th annual Community Dinner at McDougle School’s Cafetorium on April 10. The event’s slogan is, “sit down with a stranger, leave with a friend,” and it seemed that all of the participants took that mantra to heart, rarely ceasing… Read more →

'Plutopia' spices up Carrboro

‘Plutopia’ spices up Carrboro

By Trevor Kapp Carrboro Commons Staff Writer As a child growing up in the parish of Saint Andrew in eastern Jamaica, Pluto Richards did not take Tylenol when he had a headache or a cold. Instead, he would wait as his parents went to some nearby bushes to find the right combination of herbs and spices for a healing tea…. Read more →