Roses and Raspberries, Dec. 11

December 10, 2013 

Roses from Carrboro Planning Board Chairwoman Bethany Chaney to the seventh-grade General Science students of Ruben Giral at McDougle Middle School for taking the initiative and the time to attend and speak at the Carrboro Advisory Board’s Joint Review meeting on Dec. 5.

Moved by a class project about green-featured housing, and notably unprompted by their teacher, several students wrote or signed on to letters to the Planning Board asking for changes in town policy to encourage energy savings and to slow global warning.

“It just so happened the advisory boards (planning, transportation, environmental, etc.) were soon to be hearing from Town staff about Carrboro’s Strategic Energy and Climate Action Planning, and so we tracked down the teacher and invited his students to the meeting,” Chaney writes.

“About a dozen took us up on the offer, and with their parents and Mr. Giral in tow, listened to the presentation and enthusiastically participated in the discussion that followed. They encouraged the town to engage with young people about energy issues as we continue to shape our plans, and they especially called for ways to encourage green roofs on every home. (One equally enthusiastic parent said, “That’s one way to keep the deer out of our gardens!”)

“Advisory Board members, town staff, and Aldermen Sammy Slade and Randee Haven-O’Donnell (herself a science teacher) were all incredibly touched and inspired by the energy, honesty and intelligence of these terrific students, and I can assure you their recommendations and comments will be taken under strong advisement!” Chaney continued. “Please give them a shout-out, and also their parents, who made sure they had the transportation to attend the meeting. Mr. Giral himself can be singled out for encouraging young people to be civically engaged, no matter what side of an issue they stand on. He’s an impressive guy.”

Roses from Lisa Josephs, PORCH board member to all those who made Chapel Hill’s third annual Homebrew for Hunger festival on Nov. 16 a huge success.

Organized by Richard Quinn, owner of Fifth Season Gardening Co., the sold-out crowds at West End Public had an opportunity to learn about and taste 60 beers from over 30 local home brewers. They were joined by several local craft breweries including Starpoint Brewing, Mystery Brewing, Steel String Craft Brewery, Olde Hickory Brewery and Carolina Brewery.

All proceeds from Homebrew for Hunger 2013 benefited PORCH, an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization. With the help of hundreds of brewers and beer lovers, about $9,500 was raised for PORCH’s Food for Families program, which delivers fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs and ground beef directly into the hands of 230 local families living in poverty. That’s a fun way to support a worthy cause!

Roses to the the Galloway Ridge Charitable Fund, which has awarded $60,000 in community grants to Chatham County not-for-profits and public schools.

Grant funds, 100 percent supported by Galloway Ridge residents’ donations, will support food, shelter and medical needs as well as education, literacy, arts and culture and recreation.

Awardees are: Boys and Girls Clubs of Eastern Piedmont (Siler City location), Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy, Chatham County Arts Council, Chatham County Council on Aging, Chatham County Literacy Council, Chatham Soccer League, CORA, Deep River Park Association, Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services, El Futuro, Hispanic Liaison, Horton Middle School PTSA, Perry Harrison Elementary School, St. Julia Catholic Church, Sisters’ Voices, Inc. and Western Chatham Food Pantry.

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