Volunteers Need to Help Build Trails in Briar Chapel

February 2, 2008
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Volunteers Need to Help Build Trails in Briar Chapel

Next Saturday (2/9), the Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC) will continue to make progress on the emerging network of trails in Briar Chapel. Plenty of volunteers are needed in order to complete the first phase of trails, which are slated to open this Spring. Approximately 15-20 miles of trail will ultimately be built as the construction advances through the subdivision.

If you're interested, meet at the Exxon station at the intersection of Andrews Store Road and U.S. 15-501 between Chapel Hill and...

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** Here is my Bio

February 1, 2008
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** Here is my Bio

Patrick Barnes, Commissioner (District 1)274 McCoy Road Apex, NC 27523Home: (919) 362-5950Business: (919) 362-7270patrickbarnes@bellsouth.netPatrick Barnes and his wife, Becky, reside in the Bell's community, located in New Hope Township, near Jordan L...

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Briar Chapel Middle School Occupation Date Moved Up

January 30, 2008
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Briar Chapel Middle School Occupation Date Moved Up


The Chatham County Board of Education (BOE) held a meeting on Monday, January 28, 2008, at Chatham Middle School.

At this meeting, the BOE held a discussion about the Briar Chapel middle school site - they want to ensure that the new school is ready for use as the 2010 school year begins. As a result, the architects will move the occupation date of the new middle school from June 2010 to April 2010.

This is encouraging news, especially considering...

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Woods Charter School Exterior Almost Complete in Briar Chapel

January 28, 2008
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Woods Charter School Exterior Almost Complete in Briar Chapel

The new Woods Charter school in Briar Chapel is progressing along very well. The Elementary wing (below) has nearly all of its windows installed. Inside, workers are busy putting up insulation and drywall.

Although the new school will allow them to increase enrollment, there may be a waiting list again for students wishing to get in to this school (ranked 6th on SAT scores in North Carolina). Therefore, if you plan to live in Briar Chapel, I suggest that you start familiarizing yourself with the application and admissions process now.

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Jan 28, 2008: Campaign "Jump Start" funding appeal

January 28, 2008
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Jan 28, 2008: Campaign "Jump Start" funding appeal

I would appreciate your financial help with getting my campaign rolling. Please forward your contribution today!Campaign to Re-elect Mike CrossPO Box 173Moncure, NC 27559I report ALL contributions.

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January 9, 2008: Campaign 2008 — kickoff letter

January 16, 2008
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January 9, 2008:  Campaign 2008 — kickoff letter

Dear Friend and Supporter, I am writing to share with you my plan to seek a second term on the Chatham County Board of County Commissioners. I appreciate the help and support you gave me in 2004, and I would like to begin my 2008 campaign by...

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Briar Chapel Among Recommended Economic Development Nodes

January 11, 2008
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Briar Chapel Among Recommended Economic Development Nodes

On January 7th, a Chatham County task force recommended that the county put commercial development in major corridor areas and preserve the county's rural character. Briar Chapel was listed among the economic development nodes recommended by the panel.

This means that future residents of Briar Chapel will have convenient access to a variety of retail stores and services. In addition, building standards will promote walkability, which will help reduce traffic and pollution. Likewise, the standards will likely require a number of features that...

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Update to Briar Chapel Development Timeline

January 2, 2008
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I just learned that the pre-sales event I mentioned in a previous post has been postponed until early-May. This will likely coincide with the Green Home Tour put on by the Durham/Wake Home Builders Association.

If you are interested in living in Briar Chapel, you need to start preparing for this event NOW. Give me a call at 919-360-1285 so that we can discuss the possibility of putting your existing home on the market, and start the process of getting you pre-qualified. The earlier you're prepared, the better chance you have to purchase the lot and/or...

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2008 Will Be Good Year

January 1, 2008
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Happy New Year!!! Guess what I did today? I spent an hour walking around Briar Chapel with my family! What a great way to get some exercise, spend quality time with the ones you love, and dream about what the future will hold.

I believe that 2008 is going to be a great year for those of you who are looking forward to living in Briar Chapel. Stay tuned for more details about the grand opening, which is only a few months away...

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Storage Buildings Being Removed

December 9, 2007
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The storage buildings that are located adjacent to the entrance for Briar Chapel on 15-501 are in the process of being removed. This, in combination with the new stone wall and wooden fence, has significantly enhanced the view near one of the main arteries of the development.

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Briar Chapel Billboard Near South Square in Durham

November 30, 2007
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Briar Chapel Billboard Near South Square in Durham

I snapped the following photo of Briar Chapel's new billboard in Durham (near South Square in front of the Target store). This went up right around the time when the holding page for the new website appeared. Surely, this is a sign of good things to come!

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October 31, 2007: – It’s Time We Get Serious…about OUR TAXES…and OUR VOTES!

October 27, 2007
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October 31, 2007:  – It’s Time We Get Serious…about OUR TAXES…and OUR VOTES!

(this is the text of a full page ad I took out in the Chatham Record in support of the Land Transfer Tax). It will soon be time for us to vote “For” or “Against” the 0.4% Land Transfer Tax and I want you to understand what we will be voting for...

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