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Pittsboro, NC – Active Chatham, a community coalition that advocates for physical activity in Chatham County, is currently accepting grant applications for projects that increase access to physical activity opportunities in the county. These funds were raised from the annual 5K Reindeer Run last December. The total funding amount is $5,400 and one to three projects will receive funding. Organizations and agencies may apply for amounts between $500 to $5,400.

Active Chatham Reindeer RunThe purpose of this grant is to provide physical activity opportunities for public use located entirely within Chatham County. Funds should be used to enhance or increase access to parks, trails, playgrounds and programs that promote physically active lifestyles.

Proposals will be accepted from non-profit organizations, Chatham County Public Schools, individuals, associations, and local businesses. Child Care Centers may apply for funds to promote programs that increase wellness activities that promote physical activity. Proposed projects must be located entirely within Chatham County. Funds must go toward a project that creates or enhances opportunities for physical activity for members of the public.

Applications are due by Monday, September 14, 2015. To find out more information and to download the grant application, visit chathamnc.org/activechatham. Paper grant applications may be found at the Chatham County Public Health Department Administrative Building, located at 80 East Street, Pittsboro, NC.

FMI: Contact Jennifer Park at 919-545-8444 or *protected email* if you have any questions.

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How factually challenged are Pittsboro Matters and mayor Bill Terry? http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/18/how-factually-challenged-are-pittsboro-matters-and-mayor-bill-terry/ http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/18/how-factually-challenged-are-pittsboro-matters-and-mayor-bill-terry/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:14:34 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5052 By *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – I read the lengthy information Gene Galin posted the other day on the Chatham Chatlist about Pittsboro Matters. There was a reference to Mayor Terry’s letter in the material that was published in Chapel…

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By *protected email*

Pittsboro, NC – I read the lengthy information Gene Galin posted the other day on the Chatham Chatlist about Pittsboro Matters. There was a reference to Mayor Terry’s letter in the material that was published in Chapel Hill and later in Chatham County. I have emailed a number of folks whom I know, read the town minutes and surfed social media and it is is now my understanding that Pittsboro Matters posted something that was factually incorrect.

On January 12, 2015 at the end of the meeting Mayor Pro-Tem Pam Baldwin and Commissioner Fiocco question mayor Terry about his letter and statements. The town’s attorney also weighed in on the matter.

Mayor Terry admitted that he was wrong; however, after the admission he published the letter a second time in the Chatham Record.

Mayor Terry’s  second publication of a misleading letter brought this published rebuke in the Chatham Record from the senior leaders on the Town Board, Mayor Pro-Tem Baldwin and Commissioner Michael Fiocco.

You can decide after you read this below how factual Pittsboro Matters is with their non-endorsement publications:

I disagree with many of the recent statements issued by the Mayor regarding Chatham Park. His assertion that the Town does not have a comprehensive plan is factually incorrect. He has acknowledged this fact and yet continues to allow the statement to stand without correction and relies on it to support the suggestion of impropriety.

The Mayor also claims to have discovered, in a review of digital source data, that the resolution for Chatham Park came from the hands of an attorney for the developer. He neglects to mention that the same data shows it was also in the hands of the Town attorney. To omit the latter fact is not only inflammatory, it disparages the legitimate contribution of the landowner and dismisses the role the

Town’s professional staff played preparing the document. His comment as reported in the Chatham Record that he does not take issue with the rezoning itself is a re-affirmation of my understanding as to his position regarding the project and one reason I find his initial refusal to sign the ordinance and subsequent derogatory comments so perplexing.

I attended the ground breaking for Chatham Park when the Mayor spoke and he acknowledged the need for public and private organizations to work together in order for the development to succeed. Chatham Park is a 30 year project. In the course of that time frame, the Town and the development community will participate in countless discussions, negotiations and agreements.

The first agreements  to be undertaken are those enumerated in the Master Plan, Section X. Additional Provisions:

a. Tree Protection Plan

b. Master Signage Plan

c. Master Parking and Loading Plan

d. Master Lighting Plan

e. Master Landscaping Plan

f. Development Phasing Plan

g. Affordable Housing Plan

h. Master Public Facilities Plan to address all of the following:

1) Town Administration

2) Police

3) Fire

4) Schools

5) Parks and Recreation

6) Water Supply and Distribution

7) Sewer Collection and Treatment

i. Master Transit Plan

j. Master Open Space Plan

k. Master Stormwater Manual

l. Master Public Art Plan

Until all of these Elements are approved by the Town, the project will be limited to 5% residential development and 15% non-residential development.

In addition, Chatham Park must also submit a Development Agreement to the Town for consideration. I expect Chatham Park’s attorneys to take the lead on this document just as I expect the Town’s review to contribute to the document until it is an acceptable agreement.

The creation, analysis and codification of these provisions will require involvement of professionals, academics and lay persons representing numerous disciplines from both the private and public sectors.

This will be a long and evolving process and will demand cordial, informed and creative discourse. The Town’s focus must remain on creating an environment where the public and private interests are honored and know that only when each contribute may both be achieved. These are not mutually exclusive interests. This is good governance.

The Mayor and I have worked for many years together on behalf of the Town and I look forward to moving beyond this discussion and on to the work at hand.

Commissioner Michael A. Fiocco

Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Baldwin

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Top Shelf Fishin’ Festival at Jordan Lake on October 3 http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/18/top-shelf-fishin-festival-at-jordan-lake-on-october-3/ http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/18/top-shelf-fishin-festival-at-jordan-lake-on-october-3/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:41:14 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5048 Pittsboro, NC – Operation North State, one of North Carolina’s most successful and fastest growing military support services organizations will be hosting the 1st Annual Top Shelf Fishin’ Festival on Jordan Lake, Saturday – October 3. Operation North State, an…

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Pittsboro, NC – Operation North State, one of North Carolina’s most successful and fastest growing military support services organizations will be hosting the 1st Annual Top Shelf Fishin’ Festival on Jordan Lake, SaturdayOctober 3. Operation North State, an all-volunteer organization based in Winston-Salem with volunteers located throughout the state is in its third season of hosting wounded warriors and disabled veterans to a great day of fishing and fellowship utilizing its Top Shelf Fishin’ Festivals. FYI: Fishin’ Festivals venues for 2016 are Lake Norman, Badin Lake, Randleman Lake (Richard Petty), New Bern, Jordan Lake and Ocean Crest Pier at Oak Island.

Top Shelf Fishin FestivalIn 2013, ONS hosted one Fishin’ Festival; at the request of the wounded warriors and disabled veterans asking for more, ONS expanded to two Fishin’ Festivals last year and to facilitate growing requests to go fishing even more, ONS is hosting six Festivals this year. There is nothing else like the Fishin’ Festivals  in the country utilizing 6 different fishing venues in one state.  Fifty wounded warriors and disabled veterans will be attending Jordan Lake from all over the state; and, they will catch fish! Fifty of the area’s best bass and crappie fishermen will be providing their boaters, equipment, tackle and expertise. The wounded warriors and disabled had requested the opportunity to fish Jordan Lake and are so excited to be attending in October. We already have a waiting list! Help us show them a great time and heartfelt appreciation from the Chatham County / Jordan Lake Community.

Operation North State is requesting the Chatham County / Jordan Lake Community’s “grassroots” support;  no donation is too small – it all adds up. Volunteers are needed, assistance is needed in helping spread the word; donations (products, services and cash) are needed for door prizes, to fund the Festival’s  t-shirt and purchase items for the dinner. Covered dishes are always a huge hit.  Involve your family, friends, co-workers, clubs, service organizations, our youth, seniors – EVERYONE.  Operation North State is all about showing support for North Carolina’s deployed troops and veterans-in-needs. Lend us a hand if you can; you will be in great company. This Facebook link will provide you details and an overview of the 1st Annual Jordan Lake Top Shelf Fishin’ Festival.

The Fishin’  Festival is approximately a $32,000 day a retail value; currently, support for the event financially and with in-kind donations is awesome and coming in quite nicely. $5,000 completely funds the Festival – help if you can.  Every dollar and covered dish adds up to make this a great day for these Special  Americans!

Bells Baptist Church is the gathering location for this event and the dinner and awards event following the day of fishing.  More details will be provided on how local people can support this great event.  Donations of side dishes, bottles of water, soft drinks will be needed.  Bells Church will be providing the meat.

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Pittsboro, NC – On August 7, Pittsboro Matters has threatened the owner of the Chatham Online Bulletin Board with lawsuit over the headline “Pittsboro Matters “Endorses” candidates Bonitz, Foley & Terry for Pittsboro town council.” It’s the policy of the bulletin board owner to have his attorney review any threats of potential law suits and to act in accordance to his attorney’s advice. He also reserves the right to make all law suit threats public.

Below is content of the email from the Pittsboro Matters’ attorney, Robert Hornik of Chapel Hill, NC.

On 8/7/2015 3:32 PM, Robert Hornik wrote:

August 7, 2015

Mr. Galin:

Please see the attached sent on behalf of my client, Pittsboro Matters, Inc.

Thank you,
Bob Hornik

THE BROUGH LAW FIRM, PLLC

Bob Hornik

1526 East Franklin Street
Suite 200
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Tel.: (919)  929-3905
Fax: (919) 942-5742
*protected email*
Web site: http://www.broughlawfirm.com

This is what the attached letter read –

re: Demand to Cease and Desist/Correct Headline Regarding Pittsboro Matters, Inc.

Dear Mr. Galin:

I write this letter to you on behalf of my client, Pittsboro Matters, Inc., regarding a headline published yesterday, August 6, 2015 on your Chatham Bulletin Board website, which reads as follows: “Pittsboro Matters “Endorses” candidates Bonitz, Foley & Terry for town council” (copy attached).

The headline which you published is untrue and you, as the owner/moderator of the Chatham County Online Bulletin Board, know, or should know, the headline is untrue.

As you know, Pittsboro Matters, Inc. is a 501C(3) not-for-profit corporation and, as such, may not engage in political activity such as “endorsing” candidates. Your false and reckless headline could jeopardize Pittsboro Matters’ tax exempt status.

Therefore, on behalf of my clients, we demand that (1) you cease and desist from further publication of material indicating that Pittsboro Matters, Inc. has “endorsed” any electoral candidate, and (2) issue a retraction/correction of the headline.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
THE BROUGH LAW FIRM, LLC

Robert E. Hornik, Jr.

Here is my response –

From: CJ Editor
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 7:26 AM
To: *protected email*
Subject: Re: Pittsboro Matters – Cease and Desist/Retraction

Mr. Hornik –

I have sent a copy of your email to our attorney for review and recommended action.

What headline would your client, Pittsboro Matters, like to see?

Here is their follow-up email –

Mr. Galin:

What my client prefers is a written retraction, in which you state that you erroneously wrote that Pittsboro Matters was endorsing candidates. In fact, Pittsboro Matters provided a factual summary of the statements and votes of the candidates concerning Chatham Park and an assessment, based on that summary, that  the race appeared to be a referendum on Chatham Park.

As Pittsboro Matters clearly and unequivocally stated in its explanation of its basis for providing the summary, Pittsboro Matters is not,  and will not be, “endorsing” candidates in this race,  because doing so would be prohibited by their 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

Additionally, the  headline should be corrected to read as follows: “Pittsboro Matters sees Pittsboro Election As a Referendum on Chatham Park Approvals.”

Thank you very much for your prompt attention to this matter.

Bob Hornik

THE BROUGH LAW FIRM, PLLC

Bob Hornik

1526 East Franklin Street
Suite 200
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Tel.: (919)  929-3905
Fax: (919) 942-5742
*protected email*
Web site: http://www.broughlawfirm.com

Mr. Galin forwarded this response from Pittsboro Matters to his attorney for review and advice.

Below is the copy of the post on the Chatham Online Bulletin Board that included the email Pittsboro Matters sent out that seemingly “approved” of three candidates for the Pittsboro town board.

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With a bunch of legalese gobbledygook Jeff Starkweather and friends at Pittsboro Matters deny it but it’s pretty evident that…
*Pittsboro Matters “Endorses” candidates Bonitz, Foley & Terry for Pittsboro town council*

From: Pittsboro Matters
Date: Jul 25, 2015, 11:36:52 AM
Subject: Election News and Analysis
Who’s Running in Pittsboro 2015?

A Referendum on Chatham Park Approvals

Town Board elections are always a referendum on the actions of the incumbent board members when they are running for re-election. That is even more the case in Pittsboro’s November 3 municipal election because there is one issue that has totally dominated the actions of the current town board for the last two years. That issue clearly divides the eight candidates, including four incumbents, now seeking three town board seats (out of five total board members). The issue is the current Town Board majority’s continued rubber-stamping of a “blank slate” master plan for Chatham Park, which put the Cary developers, Chatham Park Investors, in the driver’s seat for Pittsboro and Chatham County’s future.

As a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, Pittsboro Matters will not endorse candidates for election. However, our educational mission allows us to keep you informed on candidates’ positions and actions. We explain this further at the bottom of this article.

Only Three Candidates Clearly Oppose Chatham Park Plans

Three candidates running for three seats on the Town Board have voiced clear and specific opposition to the current Chatham Park Master plan.

In announcing his candidacy on Facebook, environmental professional John Bonitz said he was running to “return to governance by the people, rather than by developers,” and he asked his friends to join him in this “referendum.” Bonitz testified twice in public hearings to oppose a master plan that ignored objections raised by citizens and the Lawrence Group consultant.

Bonitz made his Chatham Park views even clearer when he wrote that a January 9, 2015 letter to the editor of the Raleigh News and Observer from Mayor Bill Terry “struck a deep nerve in me and was a big part of my motivation to serve Pittsboro, now and in the future.” The Mayor’s letter explained why he had refused to sign the rezoning approval as Mayors normally do; Mayor Terry accused Chatham Park Investors of deceiving the Town in order to obtain another rubber-stamped approval of the proposed master plan. See Bill Terry letter to the editor

The other two candidates raising objections to the Chatham Park master plan are incumbent Commissioner Bett Wilson Foley (who has consistently raised concerns about the master plan) and incumbent Mayor Bill Terry (who decided not to seek re-election as Mayor and instead opted to seek a Town Board seat where he would have a vote and the possibility of joining a new majority committed to addressing concerns about Chatham Park.) “I was willing to run for a Commissioner’s seat and be that third person dedicated to eliminating what I believe to be the inappropriate and excessive influence of the developers of Chatham Park on the administration of the Town government,” he said in the local media. “It is my judgment that this criterion was met when John Bonitz and Bett Wilson-Foley filed for Commissioner seats.”

Four Other Candidates Voted FOR or Spoke in Favor of Current Master Plan

Town board incumbents Jay Farrell and Beth Turner are seeking re-election; both have consistently voted to approve all of Chatham Park Investors’ planning requests. A recently appointed town planning board member Oakley Bennett, who voted twice in support of Chatham Park, is also seeking election to the Town Board. He voted to recommend approval of both the Chatham Park master plan and the revised Planned Development District Ordinance as proposed by Chatham Park Investors. “I’m for Chatham Park and economic growth in our town and ETJ,” Bennett recently wrote on the Chatham Bulletin Board list serve, adding that while the master plan isn’t perfect, “the BOC (Board of Commissioners) and the developers worked together on it.”

Also seeking election to the Town Board is Heather Johnson, local conservative activist and downtown business services owner, who testified at a November 25, 2013 Town Board meeting in support of the first Chatham Park master plan proposal because she claimed it would directly benefit her business.

Voller Associate Also Running But Silent on Chatham Park

Also running is Casey Mann, a former NC Democratic Party operative and close political and business ally of former Mayor Randy Voller. (It was Voller who unsuccessfully pushed for a rushed vote on the Chatham Park master plan in November 2013 and has been championing CPI plans ever since.) Mann is new to Pittsboro and has been a Chatham registered voter for less than a year (since September 23, 2014). Voller had hired her to be Executive Director of the State Democratic Party in February 2014; she resigned that position a year later when Voller declined to seek re-election as party chair. ) Mann’s LinkedIn resume shows that her only experience related to local and state government has been as a political party operative and campaign organizer.

Mann’s statement announcing her candidacy omitted any reference to Chatham Park or development and she declined to share her views on Chatham Park with the local media. She has spoken one time at a Pittsboro Town Board meeting to make a personal request unrelated to Chatham Park. Her candidacy does raise a possible conflict of interest concerning her board membership on the community development corporation (CDC) Sustainable Prosperity, which was founded by Voller and over which he still serves as President. Mann recently made a presentation to the County Commissioners on behalf of the CDC seeking public funds and support for a proposed affordable housing project on land the CDC owns in the town. Former Mayor Voller recently wrote that the CDC also wants to do local projects on sustainable energy, water reuse, the provision of clean drinking water, management of solid waste and wastewater, downtown revitalization, social and health welfare, and jobs that pay living wages. It is hard to see how this CDC could do such projects locally without support of the Pittsboro Town Board and cooperation with Chatham Park.

Mayoral Candidates Decline to Provide Statements on Chatham Park

Two candidates are seeking election to the Mayor’s seat: retired Pittsboro real estate attorney Cindy Perry and Pittsboro Ford employee Averisto (Al) Mendez. They have not made statements about their views on the current Chatham Park master plan.

Pittsboro Matters will Keep You Factually Informed But will Not Endorse Candidates

Pittsboro Matters as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit cannot endorse candidates in local political races. Nor can it actively support any candidate for a partisan or non-partisan local government race. We do not intend to do that. However, we have a right and obligation to educate and inform our members, supporters and the public about issues related to our mission: the preservation of the local economy, environment and culture of their community. Without question the town board’s two year-long and ongoing deliberations and decisions concerning the proposed 8,000 plus acre, 55,000 resident Chatham Park is directly related to that mission.

We plan to keep our members, supporters and the public informed throughout the election process about the qualifications, statements, positions, and relevant organizational associations of primarily the eight candidates running for three town board seats. It is clear from the events of the past year, it is the three member majority of the town board that can decide Pittsboro’s fate concerning Chatham Park and other policy decisions related to the preservation of the local economy, environment and culture of our community. We plan to stick strictly to reporting public facts, which can speak for themselves. Of course, we will continue to give our views about Chatham Park and other policy plans related to our mission as they are presented to and deliberated by the town board. But we will not suggest whom you should vote for. That is up to each voter to make up their own minds, hopefully based on facts as they relate to each candidates’ policy positions and actions.

Of course, anyone associated with or supporting Pittsboro Matters is free to publicly express their views about the candidates and even actively support candidates, in their roles as individual residents, but we ask everyone who does that to make clear they are not doing this on behalf of Pittsboro Matters. Thank you.

We’re deeply grateful for all who have previously made a donation. If you would like to support our ongoing legal battle, please consider making a donation now, online or by mail to:
Pittsboro Matters
PO Box 1001
Pittsboro NC 27312

Your help will make a difference as we continue to press forward with the Town and in the courts. Together we will succeed. Thanks again for all you do for our amazing community.

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The current Pittsboro Matters Board of Directors includes:
Jeffrey Starkweather, Co-founder, Vice Chair – *protected email* (919-417-0969)
Amanda Robertson, Co-founder, Chair – *protected email*
Elaine Chiosso, Secretary – *protected email*
Dee Reid, Communications Officer – *protected email*
Peter Theye, Board Member – *protected email*
Mike Watkins, Treasurer – *protected email*

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Hottest Chatham Online bulletin board topics – Week of August 10, 2015 http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/18/hottest-chatham-online-bulletin-board-topics-week-of-august-10-2015/ http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/18/hottest-chatham-online-bulletin-board-topics-week-of-august-10-2015/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:54:26 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5043 Pittsboro, NC – Here are the hottest Chatham Online bulletin board topics from last week. 1. Randy Voller’s candidate, Casey Mann, announces for Pittsboro Town Council  (Read 5430 times) at http://chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard/index.php/topic,32748.0.html 2. Pittsboro Matters sees Pittsboro Election As a Referendum…

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Pittsboro, NC – Here are the hottest Chatham Online bulletin board topics from last week.

Chatham Park1. Randy Voller’s candidate, Casey Mann, announces for Pittsboro Town Council  (Read 5430 times) at
http://chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard/index.php/topic,32748.0.html

2. Pittsboro Matters sees Pittsboro Election As a Referendum on Chatham Park Approv  (Read 2674 times) at
http://chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard/index.php/topic,32842.0.html

3. Pittsboro Matters threatens lawsuit over Chatham Online Bulletin Board Headline  (Read 2106 times) at
http://chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard/index.php/topic,32856.0.html

4. Pittsboro town board candidate, Casey Mann wants to raise Chatham County taxes  (Read 2027 times) at
http://chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard/index.php/topic,32827.0.html

5. Pittsboro Matters Board of Directors  (Read 906 times) at
http://chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard/index.php/topic,32853.0.html

6. Jeffrey Starkweather is a wart on the community  (Read 858 times) at
http://chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard/index.php/topic,32861.0.html

7. Chatham Park investor Jim Goodnight ranks #28 on new Forbes Richest in Tech list  (Read 671 times) at
http://chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard/index.php/topic,32843.0.html

8. This bird is for you Mr Green f150  (Read 617 times) at
http://chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard/index.php/topic,32855.0.html

9. Pittsboro to change name to Chatham Park  (Read 462 times) at
http://chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard/index.php/topic,32850.0.html

 

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Why such outrage at Pittsboro Matters and Chatham Commissioners giving away other people’s money? http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/18/why-such-outrage-at-pittsboro-matters-and-chatham-commissioners-giving-other-peoples-money/ http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/18/why-such-outrage-at-pittsboro-matters-and-chatham-commissioners-giving-other-peoples-money/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:20:19 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5036 by Taylor Kish Pittsboro, NC – Pittsboro Matters altruistic?  Oh, give me a break! Several (now anonymous) “leaders” of Pittsboro Matters have been identified as benefiting financially and otherwise from their involvement in Pittsboro Matters. (Before they hid their membership…

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Pittsboro, NC – Pittsboro Matters altruistic?  Oh, give me a break!

Several (now anonymous) “leaders” of Pittsboro Matters have been identified as benefiting financially and otherwise from their involvement in Pittsboro Matters. (Before they hid their membership list.)  Businesses and a real estate developer demanding Chatham Park be held to arbitrary, burdensome, and extra-legal ideals those same businesses and developer would never think of applying to themselves.

Grant MoneySeveral Pittsboro Matters members are direct recipients of government handouts (taxpayer money) to keep their businesses afloat.

Ask to see their membership list and sources of funding. You will be stunned. But, don’t worry about being stunned. Their membership list is now secret and their books are locked down tight. They have everything to hide.

Pittsboro Matters lawyers get paid to agitate, threaten, write letters, etc.  Your donations support threatening the Chatham Chatlist moderator.  Be proud. (Satire intended.) They are not afraid of losing their 501C3 status. Their attack on the Chatham Chatlist moderator is a direct attempt to shut him up and intimidate. It is censorship. Bullying. Jack-booted thuggish behavior.  That is why they went anonymous. That is what they do to someone who disagrees with them and dares use their real name. Democrats! Pittsboro Matters must be losing because that is when extremist community agitators get more outrageous. Next, PM will be demanding the Chatham Chatlist moderator be fired.

This is the kind of attention these nasty, mean people crave and why they bully people who mean them no harm. These democrat leaders are losers in real life but top of the pathetic heap in the democrat party. They must silence the truth.

The Haw River Assembly gets money from all kinds of sources including socialist organizations dedicated to the destruction of the United States.

Just because an organization says they support clean water does not mean they actually do!  Who can you name who wants dirty air, water, or soil? Don’t be absurd!

Commissioners Diana Hales and Karen Crawford have learned the lessons of the larger democrat party, “I will do what I want with taxpayer money.  Who is going to stop me?”  So they scheme and rush to give $30,000 to an organization, Chatham Arts Council, which supported their candidacies for  commissioners.  It is not your money!  It was taken from taxpayers with overvalued property taxes. Chatham County Commissioners and democrat county employees rush to grab control of all privately owned property in all Chatham County using zoning laws so they have the power to say what you can and cannot do with your property. It is a power grab from taxpayers.  From you!

Voting democrat means you support what these totalitarians do locally as well as the national party.

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Back to school for Chatham County students http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/14/back-to-school-for-chatham-county-students/ http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/14/back-to-school-for-chatham-county-students/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 04:37:53 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5033 Pittsboro, NC — On Monday, August 24, 2015 approximately 8500 students will return to Chatham County Schools. Administrators and leaders from across the district met for a Summer Leadership Institute in early August to prepare for the coming school year.…

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Pittsboro, NC — On Monday, August 24, 2015 approximately 8500 students will return to Chatham County Schools. Administrators and leaders from across the district met for a Summer Leadership Institute in early August to prepare for the coming school year.

Back to SchoolOver the summer, new principals were introduced to North Chatham Elementary and Jordan-Matthews High School. North Chatham welcomed Carla Murray, former Assistant Principal at Siler City Elementary. Jordan-Matthews will be led by Tripp Crayton, formerly an administrator in Wake County.

The district released a brand new website at the end of July. The new site features timely information in a clean, jargon-free format. Each school has a new site as well. Uniformity across the sites will help parents navigate popular searches. Stay tuned for information later this fall on how to customize the experience.

Changes to the start and end times for K-8 schools were made over the summer in an effort to provide additional time for instruction. Margaret B. Pollard Middle School will begin at 8:10 AM and end at 3:10 PM. All other K-8 schools will begin at 7:55 AM and end at 2:55 PM.

Please note that the school day will be starting earlier this year

Meal Prices for the 2015-2016 School Year are: Breakfast – $1.00; Lunch – $2.65. School Nutrition Services proudly produces and serves tasty, nutritionally-balanced meals to the students of Chatham County. Breakfast and lunch menus are made up of low-fat protein choices which are never fried, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and low-fat milk. All students and parents are invited to join us for lunch and/or breakfast to see how school meals have evolved. Forms for free and reduced lunch will be available on the first day of school or by contacting the front office of your school.

Chatham County Schools offers a variety of athletic teams for seventh through twelfth graders. All student athletes must have a physical exam form signed by a doctor and insurance verification before they can practice. Fall sports for students in middle school generally begin shortly after school starts.

Employees from across the district will gather at Jordan-Matthews High School on Friday, August 21 for the annual Employee Convocation. The theme for this school year is “Charting a Course for Success”. Throughout the year, the school district will engage with students, parents, employees, and community members to refine the strategic plan. The district remains committed to providing the very best educational opportunities for our students and community.

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Central Carolina Community College ranked among best in state, nation http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/13/central-carolina-community-college-ranked-among-best-in-state-nation/ http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/13/central-carolina-community-college-ranked-among-best-in-state-nation/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:05:17 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5030 Sanford, NC – Central Carolina Community College has been ranked among the best in two categories in the latest BestColleges.com rankings. CCCC is ranked ninth among the two-year schools in the Best Colleges in North Carolina rankings and is ranked…

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Sanford, NC – Central Carolina Community College has been ranked among the best in two categories in the latest BestColleges.com rankings.

CCCC is ranked ninth among the two-year schools in the Best Colleges in North Carolina rankings and is ranked ninth among the online associate degree programs in the Most Affordable Online Colleges in the United States rankings.

CCCC banners“We are very excited to receive these recognitions about the value and quality of an education at CCCC,” said CCCC Board of Trustees Chairman Julian Philpott. “These recognitions demonstrate the hard work and commitment of the trustees, administration, faculty, and staff to deliver outstanding educational value to the students who come to CCCC to receive their degrees and certificates. On behalf of all the CCCC trustees, I want to congratulate everyone who has worked so diligently to make CCCC the outstanding educational institution it has become.“

CCCC President Dr. T. Eston Marchant says that the college is very proud to be included in this year’s ranking of the best colleges in North Carolina. “This, along with our outstanding results on the state’s Performance Measures, demonstrates the dedication our faculty and staff have to teaching and learning,” he said.

CCCC is one of only four of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges to have met or exceeded the excellence level in at least four areas of the 2015 Performance Measures for Student Success report announced in June by the N.C. Community College System.

In BestColleges.com ranking of best schools in North Carolina, the website notes: “These rankings are based on a series of performance metrics used to evaluate schools, as well as reports provided by schools to the National Center for Education Statistics.”

BestColleges.com wrote about the online associate degree programs rankings: “A cheap education is by no means a lesser education. While average tuition cost for two-year schools has risen 3.3% nationally since the 2013-14 academic year, the schools on our list have kept their online programs affordable without losing quality.”

Dr. Linda Scuiletti, CCCC Associate Vice President, Student Learning & Strategic Planning, noted that these recognitions demonstrate that the college’s first-rate faculty and staff are committed to facilitating student success. “At Central Carolina, every employee is passionate about supporting the learning process, and it shows,” she said.

“This college is a special place. We live out our mission day-by-day as a catalyst for individual, community, and economic development,” said Dr. Brian S. Merritt, CCCC Vice President of Student Learning and Chief Academic Officer. “Our students are empowered with accessible learning opportunities, and they make the most of their experiences here! I am so proud of Central Carolina!”

“CCCC is one of the best community colleges in the state not only because of our robust associate degree offerings, but also because of our partnerships with business and industry that create opportunities for our students to pursue short-term training options, apprenticeships, and co-ops,” said Dr. Pamela G. Senegal, CCCC Vice President of Economic and Community Development. “Students leave CCCC not only with a credential that is valued in the workplace, but they also leave with the overall skills to succeed far into the future.”

Amanda Carter, CCCC Center for Teaching & Learning Director, said that the college allows students to complete online associate degrees and transfer to a four-year university. “As both a director and graduate of Central Carolina Community College, I know the importance of finding affordable options to meet each individual’s educational goals,” said Carter. “CCCC’s online courses are educationally equivalent to the universities, but are available at a fraction of cost.”

Central Carolina Community College is a public coeducational institution with campuses and centers in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties. The college offers a wide variety of associate degree programs, as well as diplomas and certificates in curriculum, continuing education, and adult basic education. Some programs are offered entirely, or in part, via online distance education. For more information about CCCC, visit www.cccc.edu.

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Chatham seeks members for Comprehensive Land Use Plan committee http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/13/chatham-seeks-members-for-comprehensive-land-use-plan-committee/ http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/13/chatham-seeks-members-for-comprehensive-land-use-plan-committee/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:47:54 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5027 Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Board of Commissioners has authorized the development of a comprehensive plan, which includes formation of a Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee to oversee the process.  The comprehensive plan will serve as a 25-year vision document…

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Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Board of Commissioners has authorized the development of a comprehensive plan, which includes formation of a Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee to oversee the process.  The comprehensive plan will serve as a 25-year vision document for the county. The deadline to apply for the committee is August 24, 2015.

Land Use PlanDevelopment of a comprehensive plan will involve substantial community input from the community and coordination with various county and municipal entities.  The plan will bring together several existing smaller plans and related policies, with the end goal of creating a unified planning vision.

According to the request for proposals, the purpose of the plan is to be forward thinking and address anticipated growth in a way that preserves the community character, fosters economic development and recognizes the county’s natural assets.

A steering committee will lead the comprehensive plan development process, working closely with a consultant to be selected through a competitive selection process.  The entire process is expected to take two years, once a consultant is in place.

The steering committee will be involved in extensive work during this period, so a commitment to evening meetings should be expected on and off throughout. The committee will coordinate with county and town departments, other governmental agencies, the private sector, citizens groups and the general public.

The Board of Commissioners will appoint three at-large members of the Steering Committee.  Other members will include representatives from several of Chatham County’s advisory boards and committees.

If interested in serving on the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, complete and submit a Chatham County volunteer application form no later than Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

An online form can be found at chathamnc.org. Look for the QUICK LINKS box near the top right of the page and select the second option (Board & Committee Application). To get an email or printed copy of the application form, contact Debra Henzey at *protected email* or 919-542-8258.

For more information on the role of the steering committee, contact Hillary Pace at *protected email*

 

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Chatham Board of Education meeting agenda – 8/17/2015 http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/13/chatham-board-of-education-meeting-agenda-8172015/ http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/13/chatham-board-of-education-meeting-agenda-8172015/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:41:14 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5024 Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Board of Education will meet at the Chatham County Schools Central Service Building Board Room in Pittsboro for it’s school board meeting. The meeting will begin at 4:15 p.m. with a motion to move to closed…

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Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Board of Education will meet at the Chatham County Schools Central Service Building Board Room in Pittsboro for it’s school board meeting. The meeting will begin at 4:15 p.m. with a motion to move to closed session for the purpose of hearing student transfer appeals.  At the conclusion of the appeals, the Board will return to open session to conduct the open session agenda items.

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300I. Call to Order
II. Closed Session
A. Attorney/Client Discussion: 143-318.11 (a)(3)
B. Personnel: 143-318-11 (a)(6)
C. Student Records: 143-318.11 (a)(1)
D. Student Transfer Appeals
III. Return to Open Session
IV. Welcome of Visitors
V. Moment of Silence
VI. Pledge of Allegiance
VII. Adoption of Agenda
VIII. Public Comments
IX. Consent Agenda
A. Minutes of July 20 & 29, 2015 Regular Session
B. Contract Amendment
C. Instructional Time Consideration
X. Superintendent’s Announcements/Comments
A. Highlights from the 2015 Summer Leadership Institute
B. Recognition of 2014-2015 Bookkeeper of the Year
XI. New Business
A. Bus Driver Salary Adjustment Proposal
B. K-3 Teacher/Instructional Assistant Consideration
C. Regulation 5015-R (School Volunteers)
D. N.C. School Boards Action Center 2015-16 Contributions
E. 2014-2015 Budget Amendment
XII. Old Business
XIII. Closed Session
A. Attorney/Client Discussion: 143-318.11 (a)(3)
B. Personnel: 143-318-11 (a)(6)
C. Student Records: 143-318.11 (a)(1)
D. Approval of July 20 & 29, 2015 Closed Minutes
XIV. Return to Open Session
XV. Personnel Agenda August 17, 2015
XVI. Adjournment

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