Chapel Hill: Opinion

Roses and raspberries, April 9

About 700 people attended last year’s Community Dinner at McDougle Schools in Carrboro, organized by Mildred “Ma Dip” Council and Nerys Levy.
About 700 people attended last year’s Community Dinner at McDougle Schools in Carrboro, organized by Mildred “Ma Dip” Council and Nerys Levy. mschultz@newsobserver.com

Roses to Nerys Levy and Mildred “Ma Dip” Council for getting Carrboro honored by the National League of Cities last month as one of eight cities enhancing and promoting cultural diversity.

The City Cultural Diversity Awards Program was established in 1995 the National Black Caucus of Local Elected officials to promote cultural diversity in community governance through citizen and community participation. The awards honor cities that develop creative and effective programs designed to improve and promote cultural diversity through a collaborative process with city officials, community leaders and residents. Cities honored for 2014 are Seattle, Wash.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Fremont, Calif.; Winston Salem, N.C.; Renton, Wash.; Avondale, Ariz.; Duarte, Calif.; and our own Carrboro.

Carrboro was honored for the annual “Community Dinner” that Levy and Council organize, with countless volunteers, at McDougle Schools to to celebrate the community’s rich cultural diversity. The dinner is an event with more than 650 attendees that crosses economic, racial, religious and ethnic barriers while presenting a wealth of wonderful, culturally diverse food and entertainment from within the Orange County community.

This year’s Community Dinner will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27. To make a donation or find out how you can volunteer, go to communitydinner.org.

Roses to the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill for receiving the Chapel Hill Police Department’s Civilian Service Award on Thursday at the federation offices at 1937 W. Cornwallis Road in Durham.

The Police Department recognizes any employee, volunteer, or citizen who has displayed exceptional volunteer commitment and effort in any capacity for the police department with its Civilian Service Award.

Over the past six years, members of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation have provided a feast for those Chapel Hill Police Department employees who are working on Christmas Day. Members of the federation have also come out on their time off serving dinner and socializing with Police Department employees. Said Chief Chris Blue: "We would like to recognize the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation for their kindness to our department, and offer them our sincere gratitude."

The Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill is the umbrella organization representing the Jewish community of Durham, Orange, Chatham, Person, and Alamance counties. The mission of the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill is to connect Jews in the local community, to help those in need both here and abroad, and to provide and support programs and services that enable current and future generations to lead more meaningful lives inspired by Jewish values.

Roses, again, to Chapel Hill Tigers coach Sherry Norris on being named the Associated Press N.C. Coach of the Year last week.

Norris coached the high school girls basketball team to an undefeated 32-0 season, capped with a 69-56 victory over previously undefeated Hickory for the N.C. High School Athletics Assoication 3A championship.

Norris plans to retire – she also teaches kindergarten – this year, saying at 61 years old, she can no longer work 15-hour days. But as sports editor Elliott Warnock noted in Sunday’s paper, Norris could return as a coach once she sits out the required six months.

Now that sounds like a slam-dunk to us!

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