Bruce Rosenbloom

Revised Living Wage Policy Approved by Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

The Board of Education for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools unanimously approved a revised living wage policy for full-time employees and contractors on January 19. The policy aims to keep district salaries congruent with living wage estimates from Orange County Living Wage, a non-profit group that encourages voluntary payroll compliance from employers. Those estimates came from a formula devised in 1997 by House the Homeless, a Texas-based advocacy organization that held mass protests near post offices across the country in 2001. According to that formula, the local living wage rate is $13.15 per hour, which rose from $12.75 per hour...

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Lincoln Center in Chapel Hill Under Consideration for Redevelopment

The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Wednesday to consider a proposal to redevelop the Lincoln Center, an administrative campus under the jurisdiction of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. The campus was known as Lincoln High School in 1950 when it became an all-black educational institution, but national desegregation efforts led to its repurposing in 1966. James Barrett, the chair of the Chapel Hill Board of Education, noted the importance of the campus and the alternative education that it currently provides to struggling students. “The historically black high school was located there,” explained Barrett. “We [now] have Phoenix Academy, which...

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Knife Attack in Chapel Hill Leads to Arrest and Injuries

A Chapel Hill resident was arrested last Saturday near the 140 West Franklin apartment complex for allegedly committing a felony assault with a knife on multiple victims. According to an arrest report from the Chapel Hill Police Department, Heath Andre Brittian was charged with communicating threats as well as assault with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. Capt. Joshua Mecimore, a public affairs officer with the Chapel Hill Police Department, cited that Brittain and the victims may have known each other. “It looks like this was some sort of ongoing dispute between […] at least a group of...

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Traffic Light Upgrade Eases Congestion at Chapel Hill Intersection

An upgraded traffic light in Chapel Hill was installed at the intersection of East Franklin and Raleigh streets to address a problem that is well-known to motorists who frequent those roads. The upgrade was facilitated by Kumar Neppalli, the traffic engineering manager of Chapel Hill, and installed by members of the Chapel Hill Public Works Department. “Recently, we got approval from the state to change the signal,” noted Neppalli Before the light was upgraded, motorists wishing to travel west onto East Franklin Street from Raleigh Street were forced to wait for a break in traffic that would rarely present...

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Alleged Drunk Driver with Cocaine in Stolen Vehicle Arrested in Chapel Hill

A car chase in Chapel Hill on January 14 led to a felony arrest of a Virginia resident and the seizure of nearly half a gram of cocaine by law enforcement officers. According to Capt. Joshua Mecimore, a public affairs officer with the Chapel Police Department, the chase started when emergency dispatchers were notified of an erratic motorist. “Someone saw this vehicle driving in a reckless manner and called 911 to report it,” stated Mecimore. That motorist may have been Tommy Lee Randolph, who was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle under the influence of alcohol. “An Orange County deputy...

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Carrboro Considers Body Cameras for Police

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen will meet next month to discuss the suitability and cost of body-worn cameras for the Carrboro Police Department. According to Lydia Lavelle, the mayor of Carrboro, board members are eager to receive input from residents as to whether these cameras would be a wise investment for the town. “Our board talked about it for a long time,” stated Lavelle. “We really want to hear from the public about this.” Lavelle noted that board members had drafted a policy for body-worn police cameras in 2015, but were forced to reconsider that policy after the ratification of...

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New Town Property Task Force Considered by Chapel Hill

The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet on January 18 to consider the establishment of a task force with a purpose of evaluating properties owned by the municipal government. Pam Hemminger, the mayor of Chapel Hill, explained that the proposed task force would reconcile the potential use of those properties with the needs of the town. “It’s actually taking a look at the properties and seeing if there’s some strategic ideas to be thinking about,” noted Hemminger. If established, the task force would contribute to the goals of Chapel Hill 2020, a comprehensive plan for local development that was...

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Chapel Hill Public Library to Host Introduction to Open Data Portal

The Chapel Hill Public Library will host an introduction to an online portal for public data on January 14 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. According to Susan Brown, the director of the library, the portal was created at the behest of the Chapel Hill Town Council to foster civic engagement and promote government transparency. “The council has long had an interest in more civic engagement, so we did this open data portal,” stated Brown. She noted that open data expertise during the development of the portal was provided by Scott Clark, the town’s executive director for technology and...

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Bioscience Company Founded by UNC Professor Secures Funding

A bioscience company founded in part by Dr. Andrew Wang, a physician scientist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UNC, has secured millions of dollars in funding to facilitate the development of cancer diagnostics technology. “Our goal is to have instant feedback to cancer treatment,” explained Wang.”[We want] cancer patients to have a diagnostic device.” Wang founded Capio Biosciences with Dr. Seungpyo Hong after they attended a meeting held by the American Association for Cancer Research in 2010. That meeting led both professors to consider applications for the detection of circulating tumor cells. “Seungpyo was responsible for […]...

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Aquatic Facility in Chapel Hill to Close Indefinitely

The Homestead Aquatic Center in Chapel Hill will close indefinitely on January 17 due to a suspected leak in water lines that may have been present since last November. The leak was suspected by staff members at the facility when a spike in water consumption led to a request for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority to conduct a meter inspection. When OWASA concluded that all meters at the facility were functioning correctly, divers from Aquatic Resource Group in Charlotte were hired to inspect the surface area of each pool for cracks. No cracks were detected, which led the...

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