Bruce Rosenbloom

Proposed Chapel Hill Housing Development Under Review

Plans for a proposed residential complex near the intersection of Amity Court and West Rosemary Street were reviewed last week by the Chapel Hill Community Design Commission. During the review, board members heard from Jared Martinson, an architect from Durham-based design firm MHAworks, on the multigenerational impact of the project. For the past two years, Martinson has pitched plan revisions to board members on behalf of developer Larry Short, who seeks to combine affordable housing with retail space. According to Martinson, this combination is the result of community input gleaned from meetings held earlier in the year, with participants...

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Hillsborough Holds Winter Solstice Celebration

Hillsborough residents in search of seasonal festivities have an opportunity to celebrate the winter solstice on Wednesday during the town’s second annual lantern walk. According to Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, the origins of the town’s latest local tradition lie with the Stickwork sculpture erected last year by Patrick Dougherty. Solstice observers and yuletide merrymakers are encouraged by Stevens to participate in the event, which falls in step with the ancient act of beating back the darkness of winter. Nearly 2,000 lanterns were carried over the banks of the Eno River by event-goers last year – a holiday spectacle that...

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Detour Set for Cameron Ave Tree Removal

Motorists in Chapel Hill may experience delays near the heart of the town from now until January 7 due to an area beautification project. The project entails the removal of four trees along West Cameron Avenue between South Graham and Kenan streets. Traffic will be diverted from that road segment onto Franklin and other adjacent streets during the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM through Thursday of this week. Four trees on Franklin Street are also scheduled to be removed during the first week of January, but no detours for that operation have been announced by the municipal government....

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Vehicle Intrusions Prompt Police Advisory

The Hillsborough Police Department is advising residents to keep their cars locked after a recent influx of vehicle intrusion reports. The reports suggest that thieves are targeting unlocked vehicles after hours near the Cornwallis Hills, Gatemoore and Beckett’s Ridge neighborhoods. Automobile owners in and around these areas who wish to prevent thievery should ensure that their vehicles remain locked when...

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Orange County Commissioners Approve Funding Increase for Non-profit Groups

A funding increase initiative for local non-profit groups was approved by the Board of Orange County Commissioners during a meeting held last Tuesday. Provisions for the increase were summarized by Chairperson Mark Dorosin, who explained that “a 1.2 percent target of general fund expenditures […] for funding outside agency operations” was the crux of the recommendation. Commissioners considered the opinions of two county residents, Hathaway Pendergrass and Riley Ruske, during their analysis of the measure. Pendergrass, who presides over the board of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, claimed that “allowing more options for capital funding” of non-profit groups...

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FTA Approves Light Rail Stop at NCCU

Plans for a new stop on the proposed light rail connector between Durham and Chapel Hill were approved this week by the Federal Transit Administration. This decision brings the total number of stations to be constructed along the connector up to 18, with the latest stop intended to accommodate North Carolina Central University. Dr. Johnson Akinleye, the acting NCCU chancellor and provost, stated that his institution was “pleased to join the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project” in a recent press release that touted the projected benefits of the connector. These benefits will not come without cost, as GoTriangle, the...

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Hillsborough Woman Charged with Insurance Fraud

An Orange County woman has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud in connection with an automobile accident that occurred earlier in the year. Events surrounding the arrest were set in motion on August 28 when Vickie King Lee, a resident of Hillsborough, allegedly reported preexisting injuries to her insurance company after her involvement in a vehicle collision. Those reports were enough for law enforcement offers at the North Carolina Department of Insurance to take notice. Lee was arrested within the county on December 14 after her case was investigated. Her bond was set at $2,500, and her case...

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UNC-Chapel Hill Tops “Best Value in Public Colleges” List

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has topped a noteworthy list of schools that provide a stellar education without burdening students with insurmountable financial difficulties. For the sixteenth year in a row, Kiplinger, a business news publisher that produces the most widely read economic forecasting periodical in the world, recognized the stomping grounds of Tar Heels for its superior value when compared to 300 other public colleges. Kiplinger determines the rankings of schools on this list by weighing the yearly costs of in-state tuition against financial aid allotments and the average amount of debt incurred by graduates....

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Tobacco Control Spending Fizzles in North Carolina

North Carolina is spending $1.1 million on tobacco control programs, but the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit advocacy group, claims that the state may not be doing enough to educate residents on the risks of smoking. The group recently issued a report that hinges on three sets of data: money allocated to states as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, money spent by states on tobacco control programs, and CDC spending recommendations for those programs in each state. John Schachter, the group’s director of state communications, explained that a national gross of “over $26 billion” was...

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Police Seize 58 Grams of Heroin in Chapel Hill

Over 58 grams of heroin were seized by the Chapel Hill Police Department on Monday afternoon from a hotel rendezvous that put the life of a Pittsboro resident in jeopardy. According to police reports, the victim contacted a woman online who agreed to visit him at the Red Roof Inn on Fordham Blvd in Chapel Hill. After arriving at the hotel, he was robbed at knifepoint. The alleged assailant, Devyn Linn Ford, of Martinsburg, WV, was apprehended along with two other suspects: Kylee Dawn Ford, of Chapel Hill, NC, and Davonte Leon Graves, of Durham, NC. Hotel employees aided officers in...

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