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Posted on: March 5, 2021

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Carrboro This Week March 6


Frontline Essential Workers Now Eligible for Vaccination

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. announced that additional frontline essential workers in Group 3 will be eligible for vaccinations beginning March 3.

The expedited timeline follows the approval of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine and an expected increase in vaccine supply to North Carolina.

“The state and our providers continue to work extremely hard to get people vaccinated in a way that’s fast and fair,” said Gov. Cooper. “The third vaccine and improving vaccine supply will help us get more people vaccinated more quickly. Our essential frontline workers have remained on the job throughout this pandemic and I am grateful for their work.”



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More information at 


Carrboro Connects March 18 Meeting

Carrboro Connects Community Workshop

Participate in the Carrboro Connects Community Workshop to listen, learn and share input into Carrboro’s first comprehensive plan.

Carrboro Connects is a comprehensive planning effort that is addressing climate action, race and equity, affordable housing, and economic and fiscal sustainability. At the Community Workshop you’ll be able to meet your neighbors to exchange ideas and make Carrboro a stronger and more inclusive community.



Learn About Stream Restoration

Watch our YouTube video about a recent stream restoration project at

The Town received a 2020 Legacy Tree Fund Grant from the NC Urban Forest Council to restore a stream buffer in Henry “Hank” Anderson III Community Park. 

Attend a virtual presentation from 11 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, March 6, to learn more about the stream restoration project and how it will help Carrboro meet ecosystem protection and enhancement goals of the 2017 Community Climate Action Plan. This plan is posted for review at 

After the presentation, residents are invited to participate in a live stream restoration question-and-answer session with staff from the Town of Carrboro's Planning Department and Stormwater Utility. 

Contact Laura Janway at or 919-918-7342 for a link to the virtual meeting.


Town of Carrboro Awards Business Loan to Tesoro

The Town of Carrboro has awarded a $60,000 business loan through its Revolving Loan Fund to Tesoro, a pasta-focused neighborhood restaurant slated to open this spring at 100 E. Weaver St. 

The application from David Peretin, a managing member of Tesoro, was reviewed and recommended for approval by the Economic Sustainability Commission pending appropriate collateral to guarantee the loan. The Town Council approved the recommendation on March 2. 

The application describes Tesoro’s vision to create a welcoming gathering place for all members of the community providing comforting food and service in a charming, quaint setting. 

Learn more about the Town’s Revolving Loan Fund at 


Mayor Lydia Lavelle

March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month in the Town of Carrboro, as proclaimed by Mayor Lydia Lavelle.  

All residents are encouraged to celebrate this observance, to learn more about the important achievements of women throughout history, and to find inspiration in the stories of the courageous and steadfast women who fought to achieve equity and justice, and in doing so, changed the world.   

“Carrboro is proud to recognize and honor the history and contributions of women in Carrboro and throughout the nation,” Mayor Lavelle said. 

Some interesting facts about women in Carrboro include: 

  • According to Census.Gov (, Carrboro, North Carolina in 2019 had a population of 21,190, of which 54.3% identified as female.
  • Since the town’s founding, women have played significant roles in Carrboro’s economic, cultural, and political development. 
  • In Carrboro’s earliest days, while men worked in the local mills, women and girls known as “Toppers” or “Loopers” installed looping machines in their homes, allowing them to support the production of clothing while also tending to domestic responsibilities.
  • In 1975, Ruth West was the first woman elected as Mayor of Carrboro.

Read Mayor Lavelle's full proclamation at


Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Meeting agendas and updates are issued from the Town Clerk’s Office. To receive these by email or text, sign up for Carrboro Town News at 

Civic involvement is a valued tradition in our community.  Reach the Town Council with your ideas, views and questions at 

Coming Up
The Town Council will meet virtually at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, to consider an agenda that will be posted at    

To view, livestream at OR OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro). To speak at the meeting email 

Past Meeting 
The Carrboro Town Council met virtually Tuesday, March 2, and took the following actions on the agenda at 

  • Maple Avenue Right of Way Public Hearing: The Council rescheduled a public hearing to April 6 on a request to permanently close a portion of the Maple Avenue right-of-way.
  • Business Revolving Loan Application: The Council approved a revolving loan application for $60,000 to Tesoro, a pasta-based restaurant coming to Weaver Street this spring. 
  • Public Hearing for a Conditional Use Permit for a Watershed Residential Subdivision at 721 Jones Ferry Road: The Council opened a public hearing and continued it until March 9. Mr. Phil Szostak has submitted a conditional use permit application to subdivide a 6.79 acre lot at 721 Jones Ferry Road to create a second lot. 

About the Town Council
The Town Council is the legislative and policy-making body for Carrboro, consisting of seven elected members: Mayor Lydia Lavelle, Mayor Pro Tempore Barbara Foushee, Council Member Jacquelyn Gist, Council Member Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Council Member Susan Romaine, Council Member Damon Seils, and Council Member Sammy Slade. More information is available at 



Community Food Distribution

See teamwork in action and find the highlights of the February 2021 Food Distribution at

The next food distribution in Carrboro will be held on the morning of Thursday, March 25, at Hank Anderson Community Park. Please note the location change. More details to come.

Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Workshop will be offered as a virtual zoom event from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 8.

The Paycheck Protection Program is providing small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead.

Register at  

Please share the flyers: 


Rec Program

Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Monthly Newsletter

View a copy of the March newsletter at 


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