Bruce Rosenbloom

Hillsborough Mayor to Discuss State of Town in Annual Speech

An overarching address will be given in Hillsborough by Mayor Tom Stevens on Monday as part of an annual event that connects residents with town officials. According to a press release from the municipal government, the event will feature a discussion led by Stevens on maintaining the provincial character of the town. Stevens is also expected to conduct a review of town business that took place over the past year while speaking to residents about municipal plans for the future. The address will commence at 7:00 PM on March 27 in the Whitted Human Services Center, but doors will...

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Hillsborough Officials Announce Hearing on Home Expansion Policies

Proponents of property expansion in Hillsborough will have an opportunity to communicate with town officials next month during a hearing on the development of accessory dwellings. According to a press release from the municipal government, the hearing is intended to provide an outlet for public feedback on proposed changes to certain local housing laws. These changes would waive the necessities of public screenings and neighbor notifications for homeowners who wish to build additions and freestanding rental units on their properties. Town officials were instructed in January by the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners to plan the hearing due to public...

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Celebration Marks Opening of Chatham County Agriculture Headquarters

Agriculture aficionados and farm fans have a reason to celebrate today with the grand opening of the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center. According to a press release from the municipal government, over 75 exhibitors will be present at the opening in support of agricultural support and advocacy. Representatives from the Forest Service will also be on site with the iconic Smokey Bear to showcase a firefighting helicopter and educate attendees on fire safety. The purpose of the new center is to consolidate the offices of Chatham County Corporate Extension, Farm Service Agency, and other agricultural organizations under one roof....

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Local Toy Store Plans Closure After 40 Years of Business

The shelves of the oldest toy store in Chapel Hill are lined with colorful stuffed animals, die-cast model cars and classic games that have captivated the imaginations of children for generations. Jeanette Pfaff, the owner of The Children’s Store, has curated this museum of nostalgic wonder for the past 40 years, but her work is coming to an end after a lifetime of selling smiles and joy. “The main reason is that — 40 years — I’m ready to retire,” she offered. Pfaff started her business in 1977 to address an absence of children’s clothing outlets in Chapel Hill,...

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Future of Local Drug Developer Remains Uncertain

A local pharmaceutical company that experienced rising fiscal tides during federal evaluations of its drug candidates is currently navigating troubled waters with the help of a financial services firm. Stock prices for Cempra Pharmaceuticals peaked at $45 per share in 2015 after the antibiotics producer completed patient enrollment for late-stage clinical trials involving a treatment for bacterial pneumonia. Press releases from the company refer to that treatment as solithromycin, a next-generation ketolide antibiotic whose unique structure allows for a greater number of interactions with bacterial ribosomes. The performance of solithromycin was so promising that it received expedited approval by...

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University of North Carolina Honors Select Faculty with Annual Award

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors announced on Monday that selections for the 2017 Awards for Excellence in Teaching have been made. A prize of $12,500 and a commemorative bronze medallion will be awarded to each of the 17 winners during spring graduation ceremonies at their respective campuses. According to Board Chairman Lou Bissette, the selected instructors are “innovative and creative in their teaching approaches and are making a real difference in student learning.” Winners for this year represent a broad range of departments, including criminal justice, music, chemistry, mass communication and engineering science. The Department of...

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UNC Health Care Mistakenly Leaks Patient Forms to Outside Agencies

Women who visited specific branches of UNC Health Care for prenatal examinations may have had their personal information released to outside agencies by mistake. A release was issued on Monday by the university-based medical system that elaborated on which of its former patients are likely to be affected by the alleged breach. Those patients may have passed through the Women’s Clinic of the North Carolina Women’s Hospital or UNC Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Rex Hospital within the last three years. The breach is the apparent result of those clinics mailing the pregnancy home risk screening forms of Medicaid-ineligible patients to...

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Plans for New Neighborhood Presented to Chapel Hill Officials

Plans to nestle a new neighborhood in Carolina North Forest were presented to the Chapel Hill Town Council last week, but getting those plans approved may not be a walk in the park. According to Kay Pearlstein, the local senior planner, several concerns related to the proposed development were voiced by residents during a recent community design commission meeting. “They were concerned about traffic, they believed that Homestead Road needed to be widened, they wanted to see the [transportation impact analysis], they thought it looked dangerous for pedestrians, they wanted to keep the existing zoning, they thought there was...

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Two Arrested on Felony Drug Charges at Local Red Roof Inn

Felony charges were filed against two suspects who were allegedly engaged in narcotics trafficking at the Red Roof Inn on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard over the weekend. According to Capt. Joshua Mecimore of the Chapel Hill Police Department, a noise complaint set events in motion at the hotel that resulted in two arrests and a narcotics investigation. “It was dispatched as a disturbance — loud noises coming from a hotel room,” he explained. “When officers made contact, it looks like they smelled marijuana, established that the folks inside were in possession of marijuana, and then once they were taken into...

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Runners Rally for Local Boy Stricken With Rare Bone Disease

A five-kilometer footrace was held in Chapel Hill last Saturday by the Public School Foundation, but some participants went beyond lacing up their running shoes and clearing the finish line. Lorie Black spent the entire event managing crowds of runners who sough to donate bone marrow to Henry Gilchrist, a local 12-year-old boy who has waged a four-year battle with aplastic anemia. “He was able to get matched with his brother,” she recalled. “We all thought it had cured him, but then it keeps coming back, and they don’t know why.” Gilchrist received his first bone marrow transplant from...

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