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The marker near Municipal Road
and Airport Road is not encour
The marker shows Triangle United
Way donations for this year -and the
red bar barely eclipses the halfway
mark. The goal is $26 million. The
total raised so
far: about sl4
For the first
time in its histo
ry, the group
had to extend
their deadline for
until Dec. 13.
made its goal. A lot of locals gave to
New York City-related funds, the Red
Cross, and donated blood.
Psychologically, many feel they have
done their good deeds for the holi
And with a slowing economy, peo
ple are tightening their belts in order
to keep their head above water.
But we cannot forget the charity
groups that do so much social work in
our own neighborhoods.
These organizations raise a majority
of their yearly budgets during the holi
days, when people are in the giving
This year, however, local groups
are finding fewer and fewer givers.
It’s unfortunate that a group like the
Triangle United Way, which gives so
much to the community, faces these
Roughly 300,000 people annually
benefit from United Way-funded pro
grams, which include programs involv
ing education, crisis intervention and
The Triangle United Way is a huge
funding source for 82 social services
groups - 28 of which are in Orange
Since 1995, when the group raised
sls million, they have consistently
raised more and more funds. Last
year, the total was a little over $26 mil
And since 76 percent of donations
come from individuals, the turn of
events since Sept. 11 could put many
of the organizations which rely on
United Way funds in a serious bind.
In fact, some nonprofits already are
making cutbacks in anticipation.
One such aid agency seeing
increased demand and fewer dona
tions is the Inter-Faith Council in
Chapel Hill on Rosemary Street.
During the last three months, the
IFC has seen a 31 percent jump in
people seeking assistance over the
same period last year.
Requests for food are up 56 per
And it is not only the really down
and-out that need a little extra help.
Of the applicants at the IFC, 26
percent more have jobs and 23 per
cent more are first-timers compared to
, With the cost of living so high in the
Chapel Hill area, manv people living
off anything less than il2 an hour
could easily find themselves in eco
How many people have to ask,
“should I pay rent, or buy groceries?”
And that’s where services like the
IFC become a matter of eating or
keeping a roof over one’s head.
In fact, an annual fund-raising event
for the IFC just concluded:
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Participating restaurants donate 10
percent of their total sales from Nov.
13 to the IFC shelter. Last year the
event raised $22,023 in Chapel Hill
Though the final tally is not slated
to be announced until Dec. 31, this
year’s receipts will most likely be
lower than last year. After all, only 75
eateries participated this time around
- compared to 105 last year.
A lot of people are going through
harder times this year, especially con
sidering how high the economy has
been riding in years past.
Social services organizations around
the Triangle provide services where
governments, both federal and local,
fail to meet the need.
They are a crucial backbone of any
town or city -and their contributions
usually go unnoticed for much of the
year. During the holidays, they ask for
a little help from the community.
If you’re able, give what you can. It
can be a little donation or a few cans
of food. These days, local nonprofits
will gladly take anything.
And some of your neighbors could
use a little extra help.
Columnist Jonathan Chaney can be
reached at email@example.com.
Residents Oppose Opening Hunter Hill Road
By Brett Garamella
More than 40 residents filled the seats
at the Chapel Hill Town Hall on Monday
night to voice discontent about a devel
opment proposal they say will change the
character of their neighborhood.
The residents, representing the
Northwood Subdivision, said using
Hunter Hill Road, which runs through
Northwood and the proposed subdivi
sion, to connect the developments
would increase traffic.
But some Chapel Hill town officials
say the access road is needed to make
sure emergency vehicles can enter the
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Jane Holding (left) and Kathleen Jardine prepare salad at the Inter-Faith Council homeless shelter. Jardine
has been working at the shelter for almost 11 years, while Holding has been working there for two years.
Shelter Fills as Economy Struggles
By Lucy Bryan
Sammy Nelson leaned against the
railing on the back porch of the Inter-
Faith Council homeless shelter.
“I’m living here until I get back on
my feet,” he said. “I’m trying to do bet
Nelson, a 30-year-old originally from
Georgia, has been at the IFC shelter for
the past three weeks. He’s been without
a home for the past six months.
Chris Moran, executive director of
the IFC, said that within the past year,
and especially the past few months, an
increasing number of people have found
themselves in financial distress and in
need of the shelter’s services.
“The state of our economy long
before Sept. 11 was beginning to erode
- particularly in our community,”
Moran said the IFC provides food,
clothing, shelter, job referrals, career
UNC, Duke Receive $25,000 Grant for Robertson Projects
By Rachel Clarke
Duke University and UNC received
$25,000 this month to continue breaking
down the barriers caused by decades of
rivalry between the universities.
On Nov. 15, the Robertson Scholars
Fund awarded students and faculty
between SSOO and $4,000 for 12 projects,
all of which involve collaboration between
the Duke and UNC communities.
This semester is the first time the
money has been awarded, but the fund
will continue to donate $25,000 to pro
jects in each fall and spring semester,
said Eric Mlyn, the program’s director.
A committee chose the 12 winning
proposals from a group of 47 applica
Chapel Hill Town Manager Cal
Horton stated in a memorandum to the
Chapel Hill Town Council that the town
“recommends a full-access vehicular
connection from Hunter Hill Road.”
Northwood resident Bob Dougherty,
who spoke at the hearing, said having
full vehicular access to the proposed
development - dubbed the Larkspur
Cluster Subdivision - will disrupt the
recreational atmosphere of the neigh
“Opening Hunter Hill Road for
through traffic will have severe conse
quences for our entire neighborhood,”
counseling and medical treatment to
people who are homeless, physically
impaired, financially distraught or vic
tims of abuse.
Last year, the IFC shelter served more
than 75,000 meals, had 1,775 overnight
stays and had 1,200 clinic visits.
Between July and October, the IFC
assisted 39 percent more households
and received 56 percent more food
requests than it did last year, Moran
Jim Cameron, who has helped out at
the shelter for 11 years, said he’s noticed
an increase in attendance. On average,
the shelter prepares for 80 people,
But the numbers are growing, and
Cameron said he expected more than
90 people to show up Tuesday night.
Moran added that until the economy
turns around, the number of people in
severe financial trouble is going to con
tinue to increase.
He also said it is essential that the
tions - more than double the number of
proposals Mlyn expected to get.
The chosen projects include a Judaic
studies seminar, a colloquium in classics
and an initiative to increase the docu
mentation of Islam and the Middle East
in libraries on both campuses.
Journalism Professor Carol Pardun,
who teaches advertising and public rela
tions, said she plans to use her $2,000
grant to take some of her students to
Duke’s advertising history library for a
one-day treasure hunt.
In the process, they will be trained by
Duke’s staff. The students then will partic
ipate in a discussion panel, which all jour
nalism students will be invited to attend.
“In this case, it’s my students using
Duke’s resources,” Pardun said. “But in
“Many of our neighbors use the
streets of our neighborhood for recre
Also included in Horton’s memoran
dum to the council was a recommenda
tion by the Chapel Hill Planning
Department, the Parks and Recreation
Commission, Greenways Commission
and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory
Board to restrict access to include only
pedestrians, bicycles and emergency
Council member Bill Strom said he
agreed with the various groups’ recom
mendation for restricted access to
Hunter Hill Road.
“The arguments for having a pedes-
Chapel Hill community respond to this
problem. “Our community needs to stay
focused,” Moran said. “We have to work
on increasing wages, job training and
our relationships with one another.”
Moran added that the focus on the
Sept. 11 attacks has distracted the com
munity from local issues and the IFC is
finding it necessary to broaden its sup
“We’re trying to be positive and pro
ductive and to consider new methods
for fund raising,” Moran said. “We want
to be more visible in the community.”
Raney Norwood, who has been on
staff at the IFC homeless shelter for 16
years, said that without community sup
port, people like Sammy Nelson would
have no place to sleep and nothing to
eat. “For somebody that doesn’t have
money it’s a blessing from God to have
food and shelter.”
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some other year, it could be the other way,
with Duke students using our resources.”
Duke junior Pavel Molchanov, a mem
ber of the committee that chose the pro
jects, said preference was given to projects
that either involved or direcdy benefited
students. For example, any student study
ing Islam will find more information when
he or she goes to the library because of
projects done with these funds, he said.
Molchanov said the committee didn’t
have money to fund every project they
wanted, but those that were turned
down can always try again next semes
ter. For example, he said, one student
requested $5,000 to bring four speakers
from the aerospace industry to speak.
“We gave her $1,250 for one speaker,
and if that is successful she can come
trian-bicycle connection along Hunter
Hill instead of a vehicular connection
makes perfect sense to me," Strom said.
But many residents said they still are
concerned that further development will
interfere with Northwood’s quiet setting.
“I, as well as my neighbors, are very
concerned about the noise impact that
will result from the use of Hunter Hill
Road as one of the entrances to
Larkspur,” said Northwood resident
Larkspur’s developer said officials
have tried to address die residents’ fears
in an amended proposal that meets town
“We have tried to be a good listener
30 Extra Days Given
To Zoning Violator
By Colin Suker
Orange County officials decided
Monday night to wait 30 more days
before levying a $3,600 zoning fine
against a man who illegally has
housed a trailer on his property since
The Orange County Board of
Commissioners moved to withhold
the civil penalties against Hulan
Bradshaw, of 3714 Mill Creek Road, in
an action described by several com
missioners as keeping with the “holi
Bradshaw has incurred a $3,600
fine, which will be removed if he com
plies with the commissioners by Dec.
If Bradshaw does not remove the
trailer by Dec. 19, the commissioners
will require him to pay the fine and
also will fine him an additional SIOO
each day that it remains on the proper
But Commissioner Barryjacobs said
the decision had less to do with the spir
it of the season and more to do with the
often sluggish process of bureaucracy
that might be hindering Bradshaw from
removing the trailer.
“When dealing with the government
it’s often frustrating, and we feel it’s bet
ter to give (people) the benefit of the
doubt,” Jacobs said.
According to a report by the Orange
County Department of Planning,
Bradshaw was responsible for a “con
tinuing zoning violation pertaining to
the storage of an unanchored, unse
Local Residents Challenge
By Adrienne Clark
And Jenny Huang
Lancaster Drive residents fired com
plaints at the Chapel Hill Town Council
on Monday night, claiming that a pro
posed Meadowmont park would disrupt
The residents said they think a nature
trail, which would be built in conjunction
with the park, would bring an increase in
traffic flow to their neighborhood. The
council will vote on the park Nov. 26.
Discussion between residents and
council members began when the town
and a development company jointly filed
an application to modify a special-use per
mit The modified permit would allow
the park to be built in the Meadowmont
mixed-use development which is now
The land that would be home to the
park is a 70.45-acre parcel of land that
lies north of UNC’s Paul J. Rizzo
The proposal includes a 4-foot-wide,
natural-surface hiking trail with pedestrian
access off Lancaster Drive. But some resi
dents who attended the meeting said the
back for more money,” he said.
Mlyn said the committee also looked
for proposals that might continue. “We
look for proposals that might lead to
something more permanent”
Mlyn said this grant system is an
innovation in higher education. “This is
the first time joint projects between
Duke and UNC have been funded this
way," he said. “I think this collaboration
fund is 100 percent unique.”
The fund is a division of the Robertson
Scholars program, a merit-based scholar
ship program. The first class of under
graduate Robertson Scholars entered
both universities in August, with 15 stu
dents at UNC and 15 students at Duke.
By 2005 the program will have 120 stu
dents enrolled between the two universi
Wednesday, November 21, 2001
and a good neighbor with the people in
Northwood, particularly those who have
had concerns about what we are doing,”
said Carol Zinn, who represented the
developer at the hearing.
Northwood resident Jay Smith said
he and his neighbors plan to stay com
mitted to their cause.
“If you tear down the last barrier sep
arating us from the traffic and the com
motion ... you’ll sacrifice the safety and
the seclusion that gives Northwood its
special character and then hope to make
it uniquely desirable.”
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cured single-wide manufactured home
on property with a residence located on
If no effort has been made to resolve
the violation within 30 days, the fine will
be imposed, the report states.
Two homes presendy are located on
Bradshaw’s lot, but county zoning reg
ulations state that only one principal
structure is permitted on one lot of
The department responded to the
initial complaint filed Feb. 21 by send
ing a notice of violation to Bradshaw on
The planning department also sent
out two subsequent notices.
At the board meeting, Tom King, the
zoning enforcement officer who has
been handling the Bradshaw case, said
Bradshaw had expressed some interest
in moving the trailer to another proper
Bradshaw did not attend the meeting
and could not be reached for comment
Planning department inspectors con
firmed the continuing violation at the
Bradshaw property on four separate on
site inspections, the last one being Oct.
King said the board’s decision is rep
resentative of the flexibility local gov
ernment gives people.
“The motion is to give him one last
chance to meet regulation,” King said.
“We’re not here just to penalize peo
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pedestrian access would create a safety
hazard because more cars would use
Lancaster Drive if the access is added.
“My concern is that this walkway will
disrupt the peace and tranquility of our
entire neighborhood,” said Carolyn
Costello, a resident of Lancaster Drive.
Dan Shefty, also a Lancaster Drive res
ident, said he welcomes the park but not
the increased traffic that might follow. “We
would love the access, we just don’t want
cars parked on the street,” Shefty said.
Planning Board Representative John
Hopkins, who spoke at the council
meeting, said he recognizes the problem
the walkway might cause but doesn’t
think it will be an issue. “The addition of
a trail head on Lancaster Drive would
encourage parking on the street," he
said. “This park should be accessible but
shouldn’t present dangers.”
Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary
Waldorf said she wants safety issues to
be considered. “I hope we approve the
park,” she said. “But we also need to ini
tiate a process to investigate the safety
measures that need to be taken.”
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ties, with the students taking classes and
living at both campuses.
The program also sponsors a free
daily bus service between Duke and
UNC, which Pardun said she hopes stu
dents will use to attend the advertising
history panel discussion.
Molchanov said the committee sup
ported proposals that planned to incor
porate the Robertson bus because they
wanted to encourage face-to-face inter
action between the two universities.
He said, “We chose projects that
wouldn’t limit themselves to the ivory
tower, so to speak - ones that would
actually reach the students.”
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