Residents Celebrate Barred Owl Creek Neighborhood
There’s a new neighborhood in Carrboro! Named Barred Owl Creek, it is a series of subdivisions formerly designated Plantation Acres until a unanimous vote on Oct. 13 by the Town Council approving the renaming.
Residents first petitioned the Council in June about how to make the change, saying the name was emblematic of slavery and doesn’t represent who they are or want to be in the future. Throughout the process, the group conducted extensive research into the history of the area. Plantation Acres was the first of these subdivisions, formed in 1957 during the Jim Crow era.
“It was something we could do during COVID,” said Marcia Cordova-Roth. “We were all home and isolated, at a time of great upheaval in our country, wondering how we can make a difference. And we had each been wanting to make this change for some time. Now the time was right.”
The renaming process involved soliciting ideas for names from neighbors, conducting multiple surveys to identify the top choices, and developing and distributing a petition. An online form for obtaining signatures was used; there was no door-to-door soliciting because of COVID-19.
In total, 107 residents signed the online petition seeking the change — over half of the households in the neighborhood that stretches from Simpson Street to Old Fayetteville Road, and from West Main Street to Hillsborough Road.
“We completely underestimated how much effort this would require collectively, but it was worth it in the end,” said resident Victor Jimenez.
Access the Council’s agenda materials at https://bit.ly/3dT71hI
Photo: Carrie Keymel, Marcia Cordova-Roth, Elyza HaLev and Victor Jimenez reflect on the community process to rename their neighborhood. The key group on the renaming efforts also included Eva Canoutas, Gordon Chadwick and Sergio Jimenez.
Town Council Update
View the Oct. 27 Meeting Agenda and Oct. 20 Meeting Summary including Resolution on Reparations for Black Carrboro.
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Free COVID-19 Testing
The Orange County Health Department (OCHD) will begin offering daily weekday COVID-19 testing in Hillsborough, starting Monday, Oct. 26.
The testing will be offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday in the parking lot in front of the Whitted Human Services Center, 300 W. Tryon St. No testing will be offered at the site on Election Day, Nov. 3. Pre-registration is encouraged and may be done online. Be sure to select Orange County when registering.
Regular testing events offered in the county are:
- Daily ― 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Whitted Human Services Center in Hillsborough.
- Every Wednesday ― Alternating each Wednesday between two sites in Chapel Hill: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the R-7 Parking Lot, 725 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. or 4 to 8 p.m. at the Nash Parking Lot on Wilson Street. See the county’s COVID-19 Testing page for each week’s location.
- Third Saturday of each month ― 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lattisville Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1701 Jimmy Ed Road in Hurdle Mills. Free flu shots will be offered at this event.
- Fourth Saturday of each month ― noon to 4 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St. in Chapel Hill. Free flu shots will be offered at this event.
Testing is drive through or walk up. Anyone can receive a test regardless of whether they are showing symptoms or are a close contact of someone positive for the virus. Registration is offered on site, and the nasal swab tests are billed to insurance or provided free to those without insurance.
Read more at http://www.townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1475
Carrboro Connects: Creating Community Together!
The Town of Carrboro is launching our first comprehensive plan, Carrboro Connects: Creating Community Together!
Through Carrboro Connects we will be exploring our community’s needs and priorities surrounding topics such as climate action, race and equity, affordable housing, economic sustainability, recreation and culture, and ways to create a stronger and more inclusive Carrboro. And we can’t do this without hearing and learning from all our residents, organizations, businesses and other stakeholders. The comprehensive plan will become our Town’s guide for reaching and realizing our vision and goals over the next 20 years or more.
Don’t miss a beat! Here are two ways to get involved:
- Visit www.carrboroconnects.org today. Learn more about the plan and register to share ideas, ask questions, and receive updates as the project continues.
- Mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. when we hope you can join us for the Comprehensive Plan Kickoff via Zoom. Tell your family, friends, and neighbors and stay tuned for more details!
Please contact Ben Berolzheimer at email@example.com or 919-918-7330 with any questions. Thank you for your participation and help in shaping Carrboro’s future!”
UPDATED Call To Artists: Black Lives Matter/End Racism Now Mural Project
What initially was envisioned as a community activity to bring people together to create a mural has continued to evolve. We have received feedback from community members and local artists and we have heard you. Therefore, the Black Lives Matter/End Racism Now Mural Project slated for the CommunityWorx building has been allocated additional funding to provide compensation for the coordinating muralist and student artist(s) in addition to funding that had already been allocated for supplies and equipment.
The Town of Carrboro is seeking student artists and muralist to work together on the creation of a new mural to depict Black Lives Matter/End Racism Now. The mural will be located on the east side of the CommunityWorx building located at 125 West Main St. in Downtown Carrboro.
Learn more at https://www.townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1452
Celebrate Halloween Safely
The Town of Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources is excited to share to fun, socially-distant activities for the community to safely enjoy for Halloween! With traditional activities, such as trick-or-treating being discouraged this year, please consider these alternative activities:
- Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest
- Virtual Halloween Costume Contest
- Kids Hallo
- ween Prize Bag Pick-up
- Virtual Stories Under the Stars
See the event details at http://townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1477
Early Voting Underway
Early voting continues through Oct. 31 in Orange County. Orange County residents may choose to vote at any one of six early voting sites offered in the county, including Carrboro Town Hall at 301 W. Main St.
- Weekdays ― 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Saturdays ― 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sundays ― noon to 5 p.m.
Read more at http://townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1463
203 Project Updates
Earlier this month, the Town Council held a public hearing to receive public comment on the 203 South Greensboro Project as it proceeds with the development of a schematic design.
The Town has scheduled drop-in sessions to offer information about The 203 Project, which includes department programming space, the Orange County Southern Branch Library, WCOM, and more. Town staff will be available to provide information and answer questions about the project. The next session (via videoconference) is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30.
Yard Waste and Loose Leaf Collection
Yard waste and loose leaves are collected year-round on Mondays. Residents from Hillsborough Road, Greensboro Street, Hanna Street, and points south will have yard waste collection on first and third Monday of each month. All points north of Hillsborough Road, Greensboro Street, and Hanna Street have yard waste collection on the second and fourth Monday of the month.
Yard waste (branches, grass, leaves, shrubbery, trimmings, and weeds) may either be placed in 95-gallon water-tight roll-out yard waste container or raked in a pile curbside for collection. No plastic or paper bags are allowed. Do not place yard waste in drainage ditch, sidewalk, bike lane, or in street. Yard waste containers may be purchased at Carrboro Town Hall.
- To view a complete list of collection guidelines or to view your yard waste collection schedule please visit http://www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/2230/Yard-Waste-Loose-Leaf-Collection
- If you have questions or concerns regarding our yard waste collection please contact Public Works Department at (919) 918-7425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Free Leaf Compost - The Town of Carrboro provides free leaf compost to residents. The compost is located at 7917 Old NC 86 and is accessible during daylight hours.
Notice of Public Hearing
The Town of Carrboro plans to apply to the North Carolina Department of Commerce for $900,000 in Federal Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds, which the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated to the State.
More at https://www.townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1466
West End Poetry Festival
The 15th Annual West End Poetry Festival was presented by the Carrboro Poets Council Oct. 16-17, 2020. The event was presented in a virtual format with live interactive sessions held via Zoom and pre-recorded readings via YouTube. The event was kicked off on Friday evening with an interactive workshop with Chapel Hill Poet Laureate CJ Suitt. The event continued on Saturday with a Virtual Open Mic, the reading of the Community Poem that was created from individual lines/verses submitted by the public, and it concluded with readings from a number of featured poets, including Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner.
If you missed the community poem, you can hear this and find other featured events at http://www.westendpoetryfestival.org/