Bruce Rosenbloom

American Legion Property Task Force Recruitment Continues in Chapel Hill

The transfer of property once owned by the American Legion to the municipal government in Chapel Hill is underway, but participation in the business at hand will not be limited to town officials. According to Mayor Pam Hemminger, residents are being sought to join a task force that will make recommendations to the Chapel Hill Town Council on the development of the property. “We’re looking for people in the different categories we have out there, but mostly for people who are interested in the bigger picture — a multitude of things going on there — and not just one...

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Berkshire Group Buys Apartment Complex in Chapel Hill

A real estate investment company based in Boston has spent over $70 million to add a newly developed apartment complex in Chapel Hill to its regional asset portfolio. The sale of Alexan Chapel Hill was announced on Monday, with ownership of the 265-unit residential property having been transferred from East West Partners to Berkshire Group. According to Ben Perry, a project manager at East West Partners, the upscale community was built with outside investors in mind, but a favorable market facilitated its sale. “We were always going to have to either bring in new investors or refinance it or...

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UNC-Chapel Hill Hosts Women in Tech Week

Several events to promote women who opt for careers in the technology industry will be held at UNC-Chapel Hill as part of the Department of Computer Science’s Women in Tech Week. The five-day promotion was conceived by Kaylee Llewellyn, a junior majoring in computer science who won the University Award for the Advancement of Women earlier this month. According to Llewellyn, the purpose of the week is to “start a conversation about ways to support women in tech and make the tech environment at UNC a more open and accepting community.” Functions planned for the week include a a...

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Construction Approved for First Phase of New Hillsborough Neighborhood

Barriers to construction have been lifted for a housing developer with a plan to build hundreds of new apartments and townhomes in the heart of Hillsborough. According to Mayor Tom Stevens, members of the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners have been ruminating on this type of development for years. “One of the things that we decided 10 years ago was, rather than have developments that kept spreading out on the outskirts and into the farmland, was to bring it to the center of town,” he relayed. “Here’s a big piece of property that was right in the center of town,...

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UNC Oncologists Publish Benchmark Study on Prostate Cancer Treatments

All men have the potential to develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives, but a recent study by oncologists at UNC-Chapel Hill is likely to assist patients diagnosed with the disease. According to Dr. Ronald Chen, a researcher at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the study focuses on side effects related to the most current treatments for prostate cancer. “Patients until yesterday were using information to form their decisions — and doctors, too — based on really old types of treatment, and technology has evolved dramatically over time,” he explained. “Radiation has changed, surgery has changed,...

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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 with the grand opening Saturday of the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center. According to a press release from the county, over 75 exhibitors were scheduled to be present at the opening in support of agricultural support and advocacy. Representatives from the Forest Service are set to 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...

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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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