Bruce Rosenbloom

Internationally Acclaimed Carrboro Artist Dies of Cancer

A local artist has died, but his work lives on in some of the most prominent galleries and exhibits around the world. Jesse Kalisher was a photographer who received his first camera from his father, Simpson, on his sixth birthday. After coming of age, he embarked on an eleven-year stint in advertising that ended with a venture to Vietnam. His passion for picture-taking was rekindled there when he viewed village life through the lens of a compact camera. Kalisher considered himself to be an observer whose camera was “a vehicle for capturing what actually exists in life.” His photographs...

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Gourmet Burger Bar Coming to Downtown Chapel Hill

Sumptuous gourmet hamburgers and select craft beers are coming to Franklin Street in January with the arrival of Hops Burger Bar in Chapel Hill. The restaurant has roots in Greensboro, North Carolina, where two of the acclaimed eateries currently serve certified Angus beef alongside crisp ales. Co-owners Chris Martin, Dave Essa and Jason Paul will set up shop at 140 West Franklin Plaza, which is across the street from the new Target store. TripAdvisor, Inc ranked the outlet as the top hamburger restaurant in the country due to its impressive following and convention-defying menu options. A different hamburger is...

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Target Store Opens for Business in Chapel Hill

A new discount store in downtown Chapel Hill is hitting the mark with its amenities and location. Target Corp. opened its latest outlet yesterday below Carolina Square on Franklin Street. Store Manager Ryan Kelley explained that the store is intended to corner a different market. “What Target’s been doing the last few years is, we’re really trying to get a footprint and just different demographics that we’ve never exposed before, so you’re going to see, in the next two years, Target’s going to open up almost 100 of our small-format stores all throughout campuses throughout the nation,” he stated....

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Orange County Representative Gives Synopsis of State Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly stopped in its tracks last month, but Rep. Graig Meyer (D, NC-50) is claiming that state policymakers have much more ground to cover. Meyer and his colleagues agreed to hold two special legislative sessions later this year after a six-month stint of lawmaking that concluded on June 30. Although many topics were discussed during that session, Meyer offered his thoughts on important subjects that were not broached by either of the primary political parties. “What’s amazing to me are the things that Republicans and Democrats agree need to happen; every rural representative in the...

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Chapel Hill Officials Consider New Purpose for Old Town Hall

The old town hall in Chapel Hill has hosted the homeless for years, but municipal officials are mulling over plans to repurpose the historic building. A committee was established last year to brief the Chapel Hill Town Council on potential uses for the property, which will soon be left vacant. Megan Dale, a municipal analyst and staff liaison to that committee, summarized the situation last month to council members during a meeting. “There was a petition — about this time last year — that came before the council that asked that the council consider colocating the Orange County Visitor’s...

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Chapel Hill Police Issue Alert as Unlawful Vehicle Entry Reports Mount

Larceny-theft rates are increasing along with average daily temperatures in Chapel Hill as thieves take advantage of summertime complacency among vehicle owners. According to Ran Northam, a municipal safety communications specialist, unsecured cars with conspicuous cargo are being targeted by burglars skulking through remote areas. “Police officers are certainly doing their due diligence; they’re always out and about and looking through neighborhoods, but this really is a push to our residents and visitors of the area to do their part — to keep your doors locked, to keep your windows rolled up, hide your valuables,” he relayed. A news...

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Local Outreach Program Brings Natural Wonders to UNC Children’s Hospital

The road to recovery for hospital patients does not run through the great outdoors, but a local outreach program wants to change that by bringing pieces of the natural world to the pediatric ward. Wonder Connection is a donor-funded initiative that pairs the resources of the North Carolina Botanical Garden with the needs of local Ronald McDonald Houses and the UNC Children’s Hospital. Program Manager Katie Stoudemire was present at that hospital on Tuesday to unveil a mock butterfly garden designed for pediatric patients that cannot stray far from their primary care teams. “We wanted to incorporate lots of...

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North Carolina Lawmakers Pass Standing Orders Against Opioid Misuse

State lawmakers have ratified a bill to help prevent heroin and other opioids from coursing through the veins of North Carolina. House Bill 243 targets the misuse of certain controlled substances by establishing laws that physicians and pharmacies must follow. According to Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood, those laws will help his deputies combat a deadly epidemic. “This is the plague of this century and we’re dealing with it in the best way we can, but we realized early on that we didn’t have enough jails, police officers, deputies and troopers to attack this alone,” he relayed. “It’s really...

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Students at Durham Tech Partner with NASA on Stratosphere Studies

Students at Durham Technical Community College have been cleared to support aerospace engineers at NASA through a program that is truly out of this world. The High Altitude Student Platform launches every year from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility with assistance from the NASA Balloon Office Program. One of the payloads scheduled to travel into the stratosphere with that platform this fall is under development by a team of students based at Durham Tech. Those students are currently tinkering with a device intended to collect sulfur dioxide and atmospheric gas as the platform climbs to 23 miles above ground...

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UNC-Chapel Hill Appoints New Director to Southern Studies Center

The states below the Mason-Dixon line in America are rich in heritage and notable for change, but a local university department that studies them is also changing. The Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill has appointed Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery to succeed Dr. Kenneth Janken as its newest director. Lowery is a professor of history who is known for writing Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South and co-producing a variety of films about issues faced by Native Americans. She expressed excitement at the prospect of making CSAS a regional hub for “multidisciplinary, participatory...

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