Bruce Rosenbloom

German Manufacturing Company Sets Up Shop in Pittsboro

One of the leading global manufacturers of application-oriented laboratory instruments announced plans to establish a sales and service headquarters in Pittsboro last week. Fritsch International, a German-based milling and sizing company, will add an office in Chatham Park to its operations footprint that includes locations in Russia, China, and Singapore. Instruments produced by the company are used for industrial process monitoring, particle analysis, sample preparation, quality assurance, and other scientific applications. According to Melissa Fauth, the CEO of the company’s US branch, “quality, social responsibility, balance and environmental consciousness are the cornerstones for [Fritsch].” These cornerstones are apparently what...

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Carrboro Officials Discuss Fiscal Trends Ahead of Budget Review

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen heard a presentation on fiscal trends last week as a prelude to meetings on the town budget scheduled for later this year. The presentation was delivered by David Andrews, the town manager, who advised board members on the status and importance of local revenue streams. “Property taxes and local sales taxes are our two most important players in the revenue budget,” he stated. “They make up 75 percent of total revenues.” According to Andrews, those revenue streams attributed to a rising economic tide in Carrboro, with audited actuals showing an increase in the compound...

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Hillsborough Lifts Boil Water Advisory

****UPDATE: The boil water advisory has been lifted as of 3:15 Thursday afternoon.**** Certain residents in Hillsborough were advised on Wednesday by town officials to boil all water for human consumption until further notice. The advisory came after a construction accident by a private contractor may have altered the pressure in the water distribution system. That accident occurred at noon on Wednesday when a one-inch service line was pulled from a water main near Orange High School Road. Repairs to the line were completed, but utilities crews were unable to turn off the water supply in the process. According...

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County Health Department Promotes Local Initiatives

The Orange County Health Department will continue with initiatives to address public health concerns while taking an active role in local communities. The department released an annual report on data trends and patient satisfaction last Thursday, which prompted director Colleen Bridger to promote those initiatives. “What the health department has done exceptionally well over the last couple of years is form partnerships,” she stated. “These partnerships are what are allowing us to address some of these public health issues at the root cause level.” Organizations partnered with the department include the Family Success Alliance and the Campus and Community Coalition to...

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County Rape Crisis Center Wins Purple Ribbon Award

The Training and Education Committee of the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission awarded a Purple Ribbon of Excellence to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center on Monday. The purpose of the award is to recognize programs related to domestic and sexual violence that exhibit excellence in community education, outreach, and prevention. OCRCC won the award for designing and teaching multiple curricula that target children, adolescents, adults, and professionals that may encounter sexual violence. Over 1,000 programs were presented by OCRCC to nearly 16,000 audience members from August of 2015 to May of 2016, with most of those presentations having...

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Local School Board Opposes Secretary of Education Nominee

The Board of Education for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools approved a resolution last Thursday to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. The resolution claims that DeVos has “a track record that is antithetical to public education” and “a long history of promoting low-performing alternatives.” James Barrett, the chair of the board, concurred with those claims while introducing the resolution to board members. “I am particularly appalled at her lack of involvement in public education,” he stated. DeVos has advocated for the public funding of private schools as the founder of the Federation for American Children,...

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Orange County Water Crisis Prompts Local Outreach Efforts

****UPDATE: The Do Not Use order was lifted Saturday afternoon.**** Outreach efforts to supply residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro with clean drinking water were underway as early as 10:00 AM on Saturday. The efforts followed a major water main break and treatment plant mishap that led to a moratorium on local water use due to supply and contamination issues. Shari Porterfield was among Red Cross personnel at the Hargraves Community Center who distributed cases of bottled water to residents in need. “We got the Chapel Hill Fire Department out here with us [and] the Chapel Hill Police Department...

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Orange County Commissioners Discuss Policies at Retreat

The Orange County Board of Commissioners held a retreat last weekend at Rigmore House in Chapel Hill to discuss local policies as they relate to the current political climate. Mark Dorosin, the chair of the board, said the retreat was held with the future of the county and the wherewithal of the municipal government in mind. “One of the themes of the retreat was resiliency and how do we really — not maintain all of the values and the quality of life that we’ve worked hard to establish here — but also how do we keep that moving forward,”...

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Orange County Health Department Releases Annual Report

The Orange County Health Department released its annual report to the public on Wednesday. Dr. Colleen Bridger, the health director of the facility, cited a number of trends in the data gleaned from the report. “The first is that, overall, we continue to have really high satisfaction among clients who use health services,” stated Bridger. According to the report, the satisfaction rate of medical patients at the facility in 2016 was 89 percent. Bridger also brought attention to rising employee satisfaction rates as a second major trend. “That’s really neat to see both clients and employees being highly satisfied...

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Hillsborough Adopts New Training Course for Police

Town officials in Hillsborough have partnered with a cognitive neuroscientist to train local law enforcement officers on how to process information during dangerous situations. According to local mayor Tom Stevens, the training is related to principles from a driving course that addresses vehicle accidents as the leading cause of fatalities among law enforcement officers. “This is something that came out of the driver training that we’ve been doing for many, many years,” explained Stevens. That course was designed by Duane Hampton, the chief of the Hillsborough Police Department, and Eric Peterson, an SCCA national championship winner who serves as...

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