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Office Hours With Special Guest Karen Howard

Chatham County Commissioner Karen Howard

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

Joint Office Hours With Council Member Karen Stegman

Karen Stegman and Damon Seils

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:

  • Sunday, 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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Carrboro Celebrates Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass, (Blake Chamberlain, Social Visionaries Re-imagined)

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.

Joint Office Hours With Commissioner Mia Burroughs

Damon Seils and Mia Burroughs

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.