Roses and raspberries, Nov. 13

November 12, 2013 

Wenling Guo

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Roses to Justice United for promoting a Declaration of Tenant’s Rights. The community organizing group was scheduled to ask the Carrboro Board of Aldermen to endorse the document as we went to press with today’s paper.

With several apartment complexes in Chapel Hill and Carrboro changing hands recently, renters in some of southern Orange County’s last affordable complexes find themselves in a precarious situation.

As owners upgrade, they are throwing Section 8 tenants out and raising rents on the rest. Section 8 tenants receive a federal subsidy to add to what they can afford to pay their landlord each month. Not all landlords accept the vouchers, for which there is always a long waiting list, and now there are fewer still.

Justice United, a group that typically works behind the scenes of town hall and public hearings, has worked with the Orange County Housing, Human Rights and Community Development Department to put the force of local government behind its campaign.

The Declaration of Tenant’s Rights, already endorsed by other local governments and the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors, won’t stop the market forces driving up prices in our community. But it will make sure tenants and landlords know their rights and responsibilities and let renters know where they can get help when they need it.

Roses to the UNC men’s lacrosse team for showing solidarity with women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

The laxers partnered with the Vs. Cancer Foundation, which raises money to support pediatric oncology research. The players raised more than $15,000 and showed support for Hatchell by shaving their heads at Rams Head Plaza just before Saturday’s homecoming game against the University of Virginia. Half of the money raised will go to the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center here in Chapel Hill.

If you’d like more information or to donate to the Vs. Cancer Foundation, call 336-209-2187 or go to www.vs.cancer.org

Roses from reader Tony Smith to the Carrboro High School field hockey team for making it to the Final Four of the State of North Carolina Public Schools Field Hockey Playoffs for the second year in a row.

“The team is lead by eight seniors, who have played as a unit since the seventh grade,” Smith writes. “These group of young ladies have already won more games than any class in the history of the school. The smallest high school in town continues to do big things. Go Jags!”

This has been a super year for Chapel Hill-Carrboro high school field hockey teams, as sports editor Elliot Warnock reported Sunday. All three schools appeared in the final four, with East Chapel Hill defeating Carrboro in a 2-1 OT thriller to take its sixth consecutive championship and 10th overall title. You can read more about that game in today’s sports pages.

Roses to Wenling Guo, who retired on Oct. 31 after 16 years of teaching at the Chapel Hill Cooperative Preschool’s Infant Toddler site.

Guo and her husband Gang Yue, a professor at UNC, have lived in the area for 20 years. “Her gentle nature and obvious delight in children has made her a favorite of the hundreds of babies and toddlers who have been in her care,” writes the school. “In addition to nurturing children through quiet encouragement and affectionate conversation, she brings her enthusiasm for travel and her love of Chinese language to the classroom through pictures, poetry, and song.”

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