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’ve been thinking about this Home & Garden issue for a year. We came across the Patel family’s beautiful modern home last spring and immediately knew photographer Beth Mann had to capture it at the height of summer. It wasn’t hard to convince the family to have friends and neighbors over for a swim at their pool – they regularly gather together for dinner. The Patels – whose story begins on page 66 – were kind enough to invite me to one of their neighborhood pizza nights and, though I had to take a rain check, I felt welcomed into a tight-knit group. And don’t miss reading about the Estes Hills Elementary School garden on page 60. Started by Gifted Specialist Kathleen Eveleigh, the plot of land just behind the school has blossomed into a rich, hands-on learning experience for kids. It’s brought together dedicated parent volunteers and even members of the Chapel Hill Garden Club with no affiliation to the school. The garden’s bounty is shared with families and community members who may not have access to fresh produce. I know I speak for everyone when I say that we feel privileged to be stewards of the community. It’s my absolute pleasure to share the best of Chapel Hill and the people who make our town so special in each issue. In the final days before we put this issue to press, our staff started working from home and practicing “social distancing,” as schools closed and restaurants resorted to takeout orders only. At press time, we didn’t know how or when the disruptions to our lives would end, but one thing is certain – we’re going to continue to celebrate and support our incredible, resilient community. CHM

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