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Unique seafood store is Carrboro's best-kept secret

Unique seafood store is Carrboro’s best-kept secret

 By Shweta Mishra Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Tom Robinson’s Seafood is a concrete flat roof building on 207 Roberson Street, just behind Armadillo Grill in Carrboro. Perhaps Robinson’s inspiration for the market was his grandfather, who put himself through school at UNC-Chapel Hill by bringing in coastal fish on a train to sell every week. When Robinson died in 2009… Read more →

Carrboro's original layout designer wary of town growth

Carrboro’s original layout designer wary of town growth

By Sarah Ang Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Lucy Davis is wary of the long-range effects the new developments at 300 East Main Street will have on the town’s overall ambiance. “[Carrboro]’s evolving the way we thought it would be, by and large,” Davis said. ” Some of the really large buildings they’re building – I don’t know that we envisioned… Read more →

Steel String Brewery: last piece to the puzzle

Steel String Brewery: last piece to the puzzle

By Seth Muller Carrboro Commons Staff Writer It started with home-brewing friends sitting around a table, dreaming of starting their own microbrewery. Now those same friends are discussing when they can tear up the blacktop on Greensboro Street for a water line to their new business venture, the Steel String Brewery. Cody Maltais, Andrew Scharfenberg, Will Isley and Eric Knight… Read more →

Farmer Foodshare receives $450,000 grant

Farmer Foodshare receives $450,000 grant

By Cheney Gardner Carrboro Commons Co-Editor It’s a cool September morning at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and Patrick Mateer is busy looking through three boxes of fresh eggplants. Mateer is the volunteer lead coordinator at the market for Farmer Foodshare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting food insecurity in North Carolina. Margaret Gifford, the founder and executive director of Farmer… Read more →

Farm gives Karen community space of their own

Farm gives Karen community space of their own

By Jacqueline Kantor Carrboro Commons Co-Editor A few miles drive along Jones Ferry Road from downtown Carrboro sits the 269-acre donation to the Triangle Land Conservancy, the Elinor Irvin Nature Preserve. Down the gravel driveway to the left is a fenced-in plot of produce, backed by a large, open-air pavilion. Boxes of vegetables for this week’s shipment of CSAs (community-supported… Read more →

Arabic langauge classes make a comeback

Arabic langauge classes make a comeback

By Dylan Campfield Carrboro Commons Staff Writer   After being put on the back burner, Arabic language classes are once again being offered by CHICLE, the Chapel Hill Institute of Cultural and Language Education located on East Weaver Street in Carrboro. Having offered Arabic in the past, CHICLE decided to remove Arabic from their list of programs due to low… Read more →

At the DNC: listening to my president

Editor’s Note: “Our woman at the DNC,” Jessica Coates, is sending real-time observations and tweets (@jessicalcoates) to the Carrboro Commons and Durham VOICE. Coates is a rising senior at South Mecklenburg High School and a future journalism major at UNC-CH.   By Jessica Coates Special Correspondent The Durham VOICE and Carrboro Commons Surprisingly, I wasn’t crying and shaking with joy… Read more →

Rain dampens but doesn’t extinguish the DNC spirit

Editor’s Note: “Our woman at the DNC,” Jessica Coates, is sending real-time observations and tweets (@jessicalcoates) to the Carrboro Commons and Durham VOICE. Coates is a rising senior at South Mecklenburg High School and a future journalism major at UNC-CH.   By Jessica Coates Special Correspondent The Durham VOICE and Carrboro Commons “First of all, I have bad news to… Read more →

The DNC: You can feel the difference

The DNC: You can feel the difference

Editor’s Note: “Our woman at the DNC,” Jessica Coates, is sending real-time observations and tweets (@jessicalcoates) to the Carrboro Commons and Durham VOICE. Coates is a rising senior at South Mecklenburg High School and a future journalism major at UNC-CH.   By Jessica Coates Special Correspondent The Durham VOICE and Carrboro Commons Tuesday night, Sept. 4. I somehow have schmoozed… Read more →

Live from the DNC: Let the games begin!

Live from the DNC: Let the games begin!

by Jessica Coates Special Correspondent the Carrboro Commons I cannot stop pinching myself, checking to make sure that I’m not dreaming. I will never fully comprehend how a regular high school kid like myself could be lucky enough to end up in the heart of the DNC commotion — but here I am, in the basement of the Charlotte Convention… Read more →