Bruce Rosenbloom

Chapel Hill Officials Consider Plans for a Mixed-use Center on North Estes Drive

A planned community may be coming to Chapel Hill, but not before its prospective developer revises a concept plan to which town officials recently objected. That plan was presented to the Chapel Hill Town Council last week by Scott Murray on behalf of Caliber Partners LLC, a commercial real estate firm based in Charlotte. A grocery store was originally intended to anchor the proposed neighborhood, but Murray explained that external pressures forced planners to reconsider that idea. “The grocery that we had hoped to locate on the site has since proven to be nonexistent, frankly, and with the events...

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Sewer Repairs Shut Down Portion of Prestwick Road in Chapel Hill

Traffic along Prestwick Road in Chapel Hill will be restricted for at least two months due to a sewer repair project planned by the Orange Water and Sewer Authority. Restrictions go into effect this week as crews with Carolina Civilworks Inc. begin digging in the vicinity of Aloft Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Fire Department Station Two. Motorists will be denied access to a section of Prestwick Road between Hamilton Road and Elements Restaurant until the completion of the project in September. A news release from the municipal government is advising residents that a large black pipe surrounded by...

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Demolitions Continue Along Churton Street in Hillsborough

Downtown demolitions in Hillsborough are proceeding as part of an infrastructure overhaul project intended to provide additional accessibility options for disabled people. Motorists that traveled along North Churton Street between West King Street and Brick Alley last week were treated to the sight of an excavator dismantling a nearby sidewalk. Other construction vehicles will accompany that excavator this week to prepare the site for the installation of new stormwater pipes and finish stripping the asphalt from the road. Traffic in the vicinity will be subject to lane shifts on weekdays between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM...

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NFL Funds Concussion Study Led by UNC-Chapel Hill

The NFL is making plays against the effects of sports-related concussions by funding an international study to be led by researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill. According to Dr. Johna Register-Mihalik, a co-principal investigator at UNC, that study will focus on therapeutic interventions and return-to-play protocols. “A group of international experts got together and thought about how can we better solve this problem of concussion or contribute better to the management and treatment, and that’s really the genesis of this project,” she offered. “It was really born out of that collaborative spirit, and we’re really excited to be involved in these...

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Construction Projects Affect Traffic and Water Service in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough

Two construction projects scheduled to start this week in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough will impose traffic delays and water service disruptions upon motorists and local businesses. The disruption in water service will occur in Hillsborough between the hours of 11:00 PM on Sunday and 3:00 AM on Monday while a fire hydrant outside Antonia’s Restaurant is replaced. During those hours, businesses on the west side of South Churton Street between West King Street and West Margaret Lane will not have access to running water. A water pipe under Hillsborough Street in Chapel Hill is also scheduled to be replaced,...

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Comedy Club in Chapel Hill Hosts Meeting on Community Resilience

The stage is set at DSI Comedy Theater in Chapel Hill for a community event that will focus less on laughs and more on coping with recent catastrophes. According to Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue, the event is being planned by a committee formed over two years ago in the wake of three local murders. “We started out being called the Muslim Inclusion Committee,” he recalled. “[There are] a number of community stakeholders there — there’s town staff, there’s some local religious leaders, there’s some disaster and crisis specialists, all of whom are community members who felt a...

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Orange County Commissioners to Adopt Recommended Budget for New Fiscal Year

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will convene this evening to vote on spending nearly $220 million over the course of the next fiscal year. That figure represents the estimated expenditures in a proposed budget recommended by Orange County Manager Bonnie Hammersley for board member approval. Those expenditures were briefed to board members last week by Assistant County Manager Paul Laughton, who offered an itemized look at educational spending. “Current expense appropriation for local school districts total $80,745,847, and equates to a per-pupil allocation of $3,991,” he cited. “The current expense appropriation for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is $48,530,521;...

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UNC Researchers Link Prostate Cancer Treatment Preferences To Race

Oncologists at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are seeing trends in terms of black and white after studying the treatment preferences of prostate cancer patients. Those studies were led by Dr. Ronald Chen, who explained that race plays a role in the way that patients diagnosed with prostate cancer perceive and address their disease. “In African-American men, they are almost twice as likely as Caucasian men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer,” he relayed. “They’re more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer, but, on the other hand, African-American men tend to choose less aggressive treatment and...

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Tree Maintenance Closes Portions of Riverwalk in Hillsborough

Two sections of Riverwalk in Hillsborough will be closed on Monday while contractors remove dead and damaged tree limbs that may threaten the safety of local hikers. Thinning operations will commence at 8:00 AM between the trail connection on Fairbault Lane and the Eno River Parking Deck on Nash and Kollock Street. Work will continue later that afternoon between the trail connection on South Cameron Street and the Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trailhead on Elizabeth Brady Road. Residents are encouraged to contact Stephanie Trueblood, the municipal public space manager, at 919-296-9481 for additional information. Image from...

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Detour on Old NC 86 Slows Traffic Between Carrboro and Hillsborough

The commute between Hillsborough and Carrboro on Old North Carolina Highway 86 is about to get longer over the next three weeks due to an underground pipe replacement project. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, a portion of that highway between Eubanks and Homestead roads will be closed while the project is completed. Motorists traveling along Old North Carolina Highway 86 between June 19 and July 7 will be diverted onto those roads as maintenance crews lay two new pipes under the thoroughfare. The department is advising affected drivers to watch signs for construction information, obey the...

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