Bruce Rosenbloom

Orange County Ranks First in North Carolina for Health Factors

Residents of Orange County may be among the healthiest in North Carolina according to an annual report on national wellness profiles from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Stacy Shelp, the public information officer of the Orange County Health Department, referred to that report while discussing the two categories in which all counties were assessed. “Orange County once again does fall right at the top of the charts for the county health rankings,” she relayed. “We are ranked number one for health factors and number two for health outcomes.” The report measures the current overall health of nearly every county...

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Financial Advisors Report Gross Cost of Light Rail Project to County Officials

The gross cost of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project was revealed to the Orange County Board of Commissioners by financial advisors during a meeting held earlier in the week. According to Ted Cole, a senior vice president at Davenport & Company, the actual price of the proposed commuter rail system exceeds the sum of capital costs estimated by project managers at GoTriangle. “It’s a capital cost up front of $2.38 billion, but under the current scenario, with the debt that’s assumed and the way that debt has been structured over time with interest expense, you’re looking at about...

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The Scion Group Purchases Student Housing in Chapel Hill

A student housing complex in Chapel Hill has been sold to a real estate firm based in Chicago as part of three property portfolio acquisitions worth over $1.6 billion. The Scion Group announced the purchase of LUX at Central Park along with 16 other properties and the recapitalization of 12 company-owned communities last month. According to a news release from the company, the deals were made through a joint venture that includes investment management organizations in Canada and Singapore. Of the 29 properties acquired by this joint venture, 11 were purchased for $640 million, six were purchased for $385...

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Local Hotel Resumes Operations After Gas Leak

A local hotel was evacuated earlier today due to a gas alarm that triggered a response from the Carrboro Fire Department. That alarm prompted the evacuation of the Hampton Inn on East Main Street at approximately 3:45 PM. According to Fire Chief Susanna Williams, a gas leak in the boiler room of the hotel was the cause of the alarm. Following the evacuation, firefighters worked with hotel staff members to shut off the boiler and ventilate the area. The hotel was cleared by the department to resume with normal operations shortly after 5:45 PM. Williams stated that she sincerely...

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Financial Advisors to Brief Orange County Commissioners on Light Rail Project Cost

A presentation on the total cost of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project will be made tonight during a meeting of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. The services of Davenport & Company were retained by board members in December to clarify the financing mechanisms and risks associated with the project. Those mechanisms and risks will be addressed by financial advisors in the Whitted Human Services Center at 7:00 PM along with cost share and transit tax assumptions. Project managers at GoTriangle are currently working to secure government grants for the proposed commuter rail corridor, whose total cost may...

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Latino Migration Project Selects Chapel Hill for Partnership

A collegiate research program whose mission is to improve public perceptions of the growing Hispanic population in the United States has announced a partnership with Chapel Hill. According to a press release from the municipal government, the town was selected by the Latino Migration Project to receive two years of community planning support. The release also states that program associates will work directly with town officials to facilitate the integration of foreign-born residents with the larger population. Siler City was selected along with Chapel Hill by the program as part of a competitive process that required applicants to elaborate...

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Michelle Johnson to Resign from Carrboro Board of Aldermen

A member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen has announced that she will resign from her position in order to pursue employment opportunities in Portland, Oregon. While reflecting on two decades of residency in North Carolina and two election victories in Carrboro, Michelle Johnson revealed her desire for personal and professional change. “It’s certainly bittersweet,” she admitted. “I’ve been here for 20 years — in Chapel Hill and Carrboro for 20 years — and just feel like it’s time for a change and time to do more race equity work and less social work, which is what I’ve been...

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Orange County Arts Commission Announces New Grants Process

A grant of nearly $60,000 will be distributed among local artists and nonprofit groups by the Orange County Arts Commission to promote high-quality arts activities. Purveyors of those activities may be eligible to apply for a portion of that grant as individual residents or as organizations that have operated for over one year. Briefings on the application process will be held at the Link Government Services Conference Room on April 6 and the Chapel Hill Public Library on April 18. Both briefings will start at 6:00 PM and are intended to educate applicants on significant changes that were made...

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North Carolina Senator Files Bill to Outlaw Phone Calls While Driving

A bill drafted by North Carolina legislators has the potential to criminalize the act of using a hand-held communications device while operating a motor vehicle. Senate Bill 393, which is also known as the Brian Garlock Act, would make that act a misdemeanor punishable by “a fine of not less than $200 and the costs of court.” The bill was filed in 2015 by Sens. Jeff Tarte and Stan Bingham, but a delay in protocol led to its reintroduction to the legislature last week with revised language. Attempts to govern the telephone usage of state motorists have been made...

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Chapel Hill Shooting Victim in Stable Condition

A shooting victim that sustained multiple bullet wounds yesterday in Chapel Hill is in stable condition according to a press release from the Chapel Hill Police Department. The release states that the victim incurred ballistic trauma to his left hand and upper left thigh on Friday morning at the Wallace Parking Deck on East Rosemary Street. UNC Hospitals received and treated the unnamed victim shortly after the incident, which is currently being investigated by the Chapel Hill Police Department. Residents with information that could lead to an arrest in this case are encouraged to submit anonymous tips to Crime...

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