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Dividing a small pot

Frank McCourt’s memoir “Angela’s Ashes” shares the experiences of a family that coexists with poverty, not letting it impede them as they live their lives. In one scene, a father is ready to go from Ireland to England to find work to support the family. (Forgive me if I’ve gotten some of the details wrong; […]

Gym jumps through hoops

Chapel Hill now has two town-owned buildings that can’t be rented out due to overdue maintenance. The Chapel Hill Museum building at 523 E. Franklin St. was shuttered in June 2011 because the town did not have the approximately $800,000 to do the repairs. And last week, Orange County Gymnastics learned it would have to […]

Fiscally happy New Year

Town manager Roger Stancil must have eaten his New Year’s Day Hoppin’ John on behalf of the town this year. When Town Council resumes meetings tonight, council members will vote on whether to accept money from several sources. The consent agenda asks council to accept $5,000 from OWASA toward Code Red, a service that notifies […]

Library belt-tightening

Does the library expansion construction contract with Clancy & Theys call for providing lunches to the construction crew? Because food is the only general commodity that has gone up in price noticeably since October 2008, when the contract was last drawn up. Yet the renegotiated contract, which appears on tonight’s consent agenda, has scaled back […]

Reverse charges

Words I never thought I’d hear a lawyer utter: “Vagueness is your friend.” That sentiment came from Sally Greene during Monday night’s final council meeting of the fiscal year during the discussion on whether to charge Orange County residents who live outside of Chapel Hill for a library card. At the May 25 meeting, the […]

Season finale

The Town Council season finale airs tonight, beginning at 7. Among the topics up for discussion is whether and how much to charge for library cards. Last month, council preliminarily rejected Orange County’s contribution to the library and, instead, left open the option of charging out-of-town users for library cards. At present, about 1,400 out-of-county […]

Card charge

The library figured prominently in the budget discussion at Monday night’s Town Council meeting. You may recall that Sally Greene was away on a family emergency the night council rejected the county’s contribution and approved charging for cards. She clearly disagreed with the council’s move, and she voted for the budget Monday night only on […]

Charge for the card

Town Council reached the end of its rope last Wednesday night when it came to the county’s unwillingness to make a larger contribution toward the town’s library budget. Laurin Easthom and Matt Czajkowski led the call to begin charging non-town residents a fee for a library card to check out books. (Everyone could still use […]

Library lotto

Finally, the county has put pen to paper about its contribution to the Chapel Hill Public Library. Unfortunately, the paper was not from a checkbook. Instead, the Orange County manager penned, with flourish and a year’s supply of “Whereas-es,” a document that spells out what it might contribute, under the right circumstances. The signature lines […]

Bookstore is not a library

While I was shopping in Dillard’s one day last month, Mr. Dillard himself and a regional manager were roaming the store. As I paid for my purchase, the salesclerk commented how fortuitous it was that the entourage happened by in time to see a customer buying something. Truth be told, the store was not exactly […]