All posts for the month December, 2011

2011 highlights

A sign in the window of the tax office at Town Hall, where about a dozen of us were waiting to pay our taxes yesterday around lunchtime, lists various products the town sells to market itself: flags, tote bags, books and ball caps. As I totaled up my various tax bills – vehicle, business, real […]

Deck the bushes

Instead of studying the night before his last final exam, a UNC student drove to Winston-Salem to show his girlfriend the Christmas lights display at Tanglewood Park. He said it was well worth the long wait to get in and the $10-per-car fee ($15 on weekends). The holiday spirit eludes me this year, and a […]


What does it take to get kicked off a volunteer committee? Ruby Sinreich found out recently when she was called on the carpet for some inappropriate tweets she sent during a CH2020 meeting. Sinreich was the co-chair of the outreach committee, and feeling frustrated during a CH2020 meeting, she tweeted publicly a derogatory comment that […]

Parade notes

When I saw a silver Osprey-like plane fly over Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at quarter to 10 Saturday morning, I thought, This holiday parade will be like no other. And in one sense, it wasn’t: There were no visible politicians in it. They may have been there: A few sedan-style cars drove by with […]

Food trek

The Holiday House Tour runs this weekend, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the Christmas, make that Holiday, Parade starts its march down Franklin Street from Morehead Planetarium to Carrboro’s Town Hall at 10 a.m. Saturday. Parking is free downtown all day Saturday through Dec. 24. So why not make a day of […]

Seating chart

Mark Kleinschmidt started his second term as mayor by shaking things up a bit. But the tech crew almost upstaged him by turning the mikes on before the meeting started. Those of us watching at home saw the agenda on the screen but heard council members chatting. No gossip to report, and eventually the audio […]

New team

Recently I spent a day in a room full of one-percenters who were serving on an advisory board for an organization that does good works globally. I was not on the board, but I wished I could make a training video of the discussion process. Board members all had degrees from top universities and were […]

Quiet business

Just as the Tar Heels have a harder time scoring without Kendall Marshall’s assists, Chapel Hill businesses could use an occasional feed – in the form of publicity. The Town of Chapel Hill may say it’s open for business, but it apparently doesn’t want anyone to know what those businesses are. A sign ordinance passed […]