Public Meeting on Proposed Boys and Girls Club Facility in Pine Knolls

Public Meeting on Proposed Boys and Girls Club Facility
Posted Date: 8/10/2011

A public forum will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Pine Knolls Community Building, 107 Johnson St., to discuss a proposal to build a Boys and Girls Club facility on Johnson Street. The Pines Community Association has worked closely with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Eastern Piedmont to plan the Boys and Girls Club at the Pine Knolls Community Center. Plans include renovating the existing Pine Knolls Community building at 107 Johnson St. and building a new facility on Town-owned lots at 107A and 107B Johnson St.

The Town Council must approve the use of Town land for this purpose. When making such a decision the Council typically considers a wide range of issues, including the potential effect of the project on the surrounding community. Residents are invited to share their thoughts, opinions, and suggestions about this proposal to build a Boys and Girls Club facility in the Pine Knolls neighborhood.

If you cannot attend the meeting, please share your thoughts by email, telephone, or mail.
Telephone: 919-968-2819
Mail: Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, 200 Plant Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

If you would like to be included on an email distribution list dealing with the Boys and Girls Club project, send an email to

Proposed Site for Boys and Girls Club in Pine Knolls

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Pine Knolls Community Building, 107 Johnson St., Chapel Hill

Overcrowded Schools, New Home Construction, and Existing Inventory

It's being reported that school overcrowding "threatens" a moratorium on construction of new homes in Chapel Hill and/or Orange County. Meanwhile, the number of "for sale" signs for existing homes in our neighborhoods are proliferating, as old listings languish and new listings appear.

I was unable to find (after an admittedly quick search) current stats for the number of houses on sale in the various school districts or for the average time a house sits on the market -- probably not numbers that local realtors consider very happy. (Did find reference to an approx. 9% vacancy rate for Chapel Hill, but not certain what that includes -- commercial? residential? both?)

However, it doesn't take a lot of scrutiny to know that there are an unprecedented number of existing houses for sale -- far more than are likely to be built new in the next year, I'd bet. And in the likely event that every one of those houses -- or even half of them -- were sold to families with children by September, the schools would have a difficult time accommodating them.

Carol Woods forum for School Board candidates

Dear Candidates for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education, The Carol Woods Retirement Community Public Forums Committee invites you to a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 11, 3-4:30pm in our Assembly Hall, at 750 Weaver Dairy Road. Carol Woods has some 450 residents and always has a very high voter turnout. Though retirees, residents are still heavily engaged in community activities, and there are usually 150-200 attendees at our forums. At the forum all candidates will be asked to speak briefly, but the majority of the time will be given over to questions from the audience. Closer to the date I will be sending you directions to our campus and also details of the format. We will appreciate your calendaring this date to be here and providing your confirmation by email. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our campus.

Roz McGee, Carol Woods Community Relations Public Forums


Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Carol Woods Assembly Hall


In Atlanta last April, a woman named Raquel Nelson, with her three children in tow, jaywalked. They were hit by a car and her four-year-old son was killed. Astonishingly, she was convicted of vehicular homicide, although public outrage has helped her secure a new trial.

This is an extreme example of something we see in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and around the country: blaming the victim when our automobile-dominated transportation system, which is inherently lethal, kills or injures someone just trying to walk from one place to another in the urban environment.

Raquel Nelson did nothing wrong when she jaywalked. In all likelihood, the motorist driving the car that killed her son was breaking the speed limit. But even if, although I find this hard to imagine, the driver was doing everything they could reasonably be expected to do, the proper conclusion in that case is that no one is to blame. It is just another tragic instance in which our insane transportation system proved to be far too dangerous.

Access to the Chapel Hill Public Library by Certain CHCCS Students

Below is the body of an email sent by me this morning to members of the Chapel Hill - Carrboro City School  (CHCCS) Board, the CHCCS Public Foundation, and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen.



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