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September 20, 2013 

300 East Main deck now open

The 300 East Main Street parking deck next to the ArtsCenter is open.

Customers of the shopping center complex may park in any surface lot parking space in the front for up to three hours, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is no public parking for non-customers in the surface lot.

Customers and visitors to Carrboro who are not affiliated with the new hotel may park in any non-designated spot in the parking deck with the same three-hour limit.

If you have questions email Main Street Properties at holds online forums, an online forum for progressive perspectives in Orange County, will hold live online candidate forums for the town and school board elections, as well as an informal conversation with the candidates in all three of the county’s uncontested mayoral races.

• Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education: Sunday, Sept. 22, 7-9 p.m.

• Hillsborough Board of Commissioners: Sunday, Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m.

• Carrboro Board of Aldermen: Sunday, Oct. 6, 7-9 p.m.

• Chapel Hill Town Council: Sunday, Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m.

• Conversation With the Mayors: Sunday, Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m.

Each forum will consist of a real-time written conversation between the candidates and the moderator. The forums will take place online at

Hillsborough forum Tuesday

The three candidates for two seats on the Town of Hillsborough Board will speak at the next meeting of the Hillsborough Chamber’s Economic Development Committee at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Orange County Campus of Durham Tech (525 College Park Road). The public is invited to attend.

Candidates Meighan Carmichael, Kathleen Ferguson and Jennifer Weaver have been provided with a set of questions relating to economic development and will take questions from the audience as well.

The candidates are running for two seats being vacated by long-time board members Frances Dancy and Mike Gering. Mayor Tom Stevens is running for re-election and is unopposed. Only Hillsborough residents may vote in this election; no county or state offices are on the ballot.

Voters may continue to register through Oct. 11. Early voting begins Oct. 17 and concludes Nov. 2; same day registration is allowed. Nov. 5 is Election Day.

Landmines expert to speak Tuesday

Chuck Searcy, a Vietnam vet now serving as international adviser for Project RENEW, a mine action program in Quang Tri Province, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the CHICLE Language Institute, 101 E. Weaver St. (Carr Mill annex), third floor).

From 2001 until June 2011 Searcy was a Vietnam country representative for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which in 2001 launched Project RENEW in Quang Tri Province to clean up cluster bombs, landmines and other unexploded ordnance remaining along the DMZ after the war.

Project RENEW has helped reduce deaths and injuries, provided medical assistance, rehabilitation and artificial limbs and income generation to thousands of victims, and safely removed more than 17,000 items of explosive ordnance from around people’s homes, gardens, fish ponds and along roadways.

The meeting is sponsored by the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans For Peace.

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