Month: November 2013

Public hearing on Chatham County’s updated capital improvement plan set for November 18

On November 4, the Chatham County Manager’s Office presented a proposed seven-year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for 2015-21 that includes revisions to several existing projects, including adding more school roof replacements and moving up a new office for Solid Waste & Recycling. Chatham County invites residents to comment on the plan during a public hearing on Nov. 18 at 6 pm in the Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro. After the public hearing, commissioners will discuss the proposed CIP during a work session on Nov. 19, which begins at 1 pm in the Historic Courthouse.

Arguments about Chatham Park are the same as those about Fearrington in the 1970s

The various comments on Chatham Park, its development and planning are inspiring. A wide range of perspectives offer better understanding of the process. Al Cooke described a very broad picture and time line in his Chatlist post today. I am grateful for his comments. There are, obviously, people who do not want it in Pittsboro or in Chatham. As Al pointed out, he is surprised that we are not already developed in a fashion similar to Cary and Apex. I recall the debates about Fearrington when it was started in the late 1970’s. I find it humorous that the same arguments were used then as today. It is too large. There will be too many people. They aren’t like us. The traffic will be a problem not solved by our roads and highways.

Climbing a new mountain peak

“Life is like a mountain range,” Ping Fu told a group of UNC-Chapel Hill students last week. Fu is the founder of Geomagic, Inc., which developed the computer code that made 3-D printing possible. Earlier this year she sold Geomagic to Spartanburg, S. C., based 3D Systems Corp., a manufacturer of 3-D printing machines, for a reported $55 million.

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ShopSmart: Great sites for gifts under $25

Finding the perfect holiday gift on a budget can be tough, so ShopSmart’s team of expert shoppers set out to find online retailers with great gift ideas that cost $25 or less. The December 2013 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, features 25 websites that offer gifts at a wide range of prices and make it easy to find inexpensive, quality options.

Lessons from Disney World for Obamacare

What does Disney World have to do with Obamacare? There is an answer, but you will have to read on a little bit to get there. First, there is this grandfather’s testimonial about a wonderful experience at Disney World last week. Watching grandchildren experience the magic of the Disney kingdom was a treat of a lifetime.

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