Monthly office hours for the first half of 2020 are here! Join me (and sometimes a special guest) to chat about local issues, ongoing projects, and important new initiatives coming to Carrboro this year. We can also talk politics as we face down this important election year for the region, the state, and the country.
- Sunday, January 12, 2:00-4:00 pm – Gray Squirrel Coffee Company
- Sunday, February 9, 12:00-3:00 pm – Craftboro Brewing Depot – Special guest: Orange County Commissioner Mark Dorosin
- Saturday, March 14, 10:00 am-12:00 pm (POSTPONED) – Lake Hogan Farms Clubhouse – Special guest: Carrboro Council Member Susan Romaine
- Sunday, March 22, 3:00-4:00 pm – Online Office Hours (Zoom)
- Sunday, March 29, 2:30-4:00 pm – Online Office Hours (Zoom)
- Sunday, April 19, 12:00-2:00 pm (POSTPONED) – Martin Luther King Jr Park – Special guest: Chapel Hill Council Member Tai Huynh
- Friday, May 15, 5:00-7:00 – Steel String Brewery
- Saturday, June 20, 1:00-3:00 pm – location to be determined
These dates and times may change. Check this page for updates, or follow along on Twitter or Facebook. And feel free to contact me anytime. Happy new year!
Updated March 28, 2020.
Early voting in Carrboro and Chapel Hill begins on Saturday, October 19, and continues for 2 weeks. Cast your vote early at Carrboro Town Hall, the Seymour Center, or Chapel of the Cross.
- Saturday, Oct. 19: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
- Monday, Oct. 21: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
- Tuesday, Oct. 22: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
- Wednesday, Oct. 23: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
- Thursday, Oct. 24: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
- Friday, Oct. 25: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
- Sunday, Oct. 27: 12:00-4:00 pm
- Monday, Oct. 28: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
- Tuesday, Oct. 29: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
- Wednesday, Oct. 30: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
- Thursday, Oct. 31: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
- Friday, Nov. 1: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
October office hours are here! My very special guest this month is my friend and colleague Alderwoman Barbara Foushee. Join us Saturday, October 12, anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 pm at Open Eye Cafe. Drop by anytime to talk about all things Carrboro—including this new bus shelter.
Updated December 5, 2019.
Summer is here! It’s time to plan ahead for another season of office hours. It’s been a fun and interesting year for office hours so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of you over the next several months.
- Sunday, July 14, 1:00-3:00 pm, Vecino Brewing Co
- Friday, August 23, 12:00-2:00 pm, lunch hour at Mel’s Luncheonette
- Saturday, September 14, 4:00-6:00 pm, Open Eye Cafe
- Saturday, October 12, with special guest Alderwoman Barbara Foushee, 5:30-7:00 pm, Open Eye Cafe
- Sunday, November 17,
2:00-4:00 pm, 12:30-2:30 pm, Johnny’s Gone Fishing
- Friday, December 6, 4:30-6:30 pm, Gray Squirrel Coffee Company
As always, these dates and times may change. Check this page for updates, or follow along on Twitter or Facebook. And feel free to contact me anytime. See you soon!
Come talk about Carrboro!
For this month’s office hours, I’m glad to welcome special guest Joal Hall Broun, the chair of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board and a former Carrboro alderwoman. Joal also serves on the executive committee of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the NAACP. She has worked for all of us locally and regionally in a variety of roles over many years.
Drop by anytime on Saturday, March 30, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm! We’ll be camped out in the Claremont neighborhood clubhouse at 115 Orlando Place. (Many thanks to the Claremont Homeowners Association.)
Updated June 4, 2019.
The new year means a new season of office hours! Want to chat about Carrboro? Join me for any or all. Here are the details:
- Office hours: Saturday, January 12, 2:00-4:00 pm: Looking Glass Cafe
- Happy office hours: Friday, February 8, 5:30-7:30 pm: Vecino Brewing Co
- Office hours with special guest Joal Hall Broun: Saturday, March 30, 11:00 am-1:00 pm: Claremont Clubhouse (115 Orlando Place, Carrboro)
- Office hours: Sunday, April 14, 2:00-4:00 pm: Napoli Cafe & Gelateria
- Happy office hours: Thursday, May 9, 5:30-7:00 pm: Steel String Brewery
- Office hours with special guest Margaret Herring: Saturday,
June 8 June 15, 9:00-11:00 am: Gray Squirrel Coffee Company
These dates, times, and locations may change. So be sure to check this page for updates or follow along on Twitter or Facebook. And office hours or not, feel free to contact me anytime. See you soon!
Chatham County Commissioner Karen Howard
My fall season of community office hours continues with special guest Karen Howard, member of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. Karen represents Chatham County District 1, the northeastern corner of the county nearest to Carrboro and Chapel Hill. She and I serve together on the board of the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Join us on Saturday, October 20, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Looking Glass Cafe.
Drop in at any time. We look forward to seeing you.
Plan ahead for my future office hours:
- Saturday, November 10, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
- Sunday, December 2, 1:00-3:00 pm
Celebrating with then-candidate Karen Stegman
This year, I’m kicking off a new season of community office hours with a special guest. Join me on Sunday, February 25, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm with the wonderful Karen Stegman, who was recently elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council.
Carrboro and Chapel Hill are joined at the hip, and that’s how we like it. Our two towns work closely with each other and with Orange County on a range of important issues, from public transit and land use planning to emergency services and solid waste. Karen and I share particular interests in progressive comprehensive planning that emphasizes smart growth and local and regional pedestrian-bicycle-transit connectivity; social inclusion and racial equity; and environmental protection. As two of Orange County’s three LGBTQ elected officials, Karen and I also take a special interest in showing up for our fellow LGBTQ North Carolinians.
We’ll be available to talk about these topics and more. Drop in at any time. We’re looking forward to seeing you.
Plan ahead for future office hours:
March 18, March 25, 1:00-3:00 pm
- Saturday, April 14, 2:00-4:00 pm
- Sunday, May 6, 1:00-3:00 pm
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On Monday, February 5, Carrboro joins in on the countywide celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth.
Come out to the Century Century to learn from and celebrate with James Williams, former public defender for Orange and Chatham Counties; Michelle Lanier, executive director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission; and Jaki Shelton Green, 2009 Piedmont Laureate and 2003 recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature.
Plan to attend other events throughout Orange County into the spring: http://www.orangecountync.gov/…/frederick_douglass_200th.php.
How about a warm beverage and some public policy on a chilly Saturday afternoon?
Join me and your newest county commissioner, Mia Burroughs, for office hours on Saturday, January 10, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. We’ll settle in at a table at Looking Glass Cafe in Carrboro and start talking shop.
Recent topics of conversation between the Carrboro and Orange County boards include planning for a southern branch library, public transit, sewer service in the Historic Rogers Road Neighborhood, use of economic development funds from the quarter-cent sales tax, affordable housing, solid waste, a potential 2016 bond referendum, and more.
If you’re interested in talking with us about any of these topics, or about other Carrboro-Orange County issues, please join us. We’re looking forward to seeing you.