Bruce Rosenbloom

Hyatt Announces Opening Date for New Hotel in Chapel Hill

Hyatt will open a new hotel at Southern Village in Chapel Hill this spring according to a press release issued last week by the multinational corporation. The release claims that the 110-room Hyatt Place hotel will offer 30 new jobs to residents of Orange County and generate nearly $260,000 in annual property tax revenue. The hotel will feature a sculpture by local award-winning artist Jeff Hackney as well as water-saving fixtures and lighting control systems that reinforce sustainability models. D. R. Bryan, the principal owner of Southern Village, touted the hotel as “an economic development project” with benefits for...

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Illegal Alcohol Sales Trending Downward in Chapel Hill

The Chapel Hill Police Department conducted an operation over the weekend to identify and cite local businesses with the propensity to sell alcoholic beverages to minors. According to Capt. Joshua Mecimore, the public information officer of the department, actual minors were used in the operation to see if spirits could be purchased illegally. “What we do in those compliance checks is that we have underage buyers that are going into stores to try to purchase alcohol for us,” he stated. Out of 41 businesses surveyed in the operation, five had employees that agreed to sell alcoholic beverages to the...

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Local Researchers Develop New Cancer-Fighting Technique

A team of biomedical engineers working within a joint department of North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had their research published two weeks ago. According to Dr. Zhen Gu, the team’s senior author, the research focuses on using blood platelets to minimize the spread of cancer cells after surgical treatments. “We just leverage the physiological properties of the platelets, because the platelets just naturally accumulate in the [surgical] sites,” he cited. Residual cancer cells that circulate after the excision of malignant tumors remain a threat to cancer patients, but Gu’s team may...

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Local Restaurant Hosts Community Meal to Support Refugees

A community luncheon was held at Vimala’s Curryblossom Café last Sunday to recognize refugees and other immigrants that have resettled in Chapel Hill. Along with café owner Vimala Rajendran, the event was made possible by the Refugee Community Partnership of Carrboro and Love Chapel Hill, a contemporary Christian ministry. Matt LeRoy, the teaching pastor of Love Chapel Hill, claimed that his congregation was compelled to sponsor the dinner based on their interpretation of Christianity. “The table is always a symbol of alignment,” he explained. “We wanted to invite our neighbors to the table, to humbly come to the table...

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Carrboro Officials Review Fiscal Plan for Light Rail Project

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen heard a presentation from GoTriangle employees last Tuesday on fiscal plans for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project. The presentation was delivered by Danny Rogers, a project director in the Capital Development department, and John Tallmadge, the director of the Regional Service Development department. Rogers explained that the relationship between the cost of the project and the wherewithal of local revenue streams is what led planners to consider a long-term payment plan. “In order to make our financial plan, we had to stretch out how long it took to construct it so our expenditures...

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Durham Tech President Wins Award from Campus Compact

Dr. William Ingram, the president of Durham Technical Community College, was presented with the Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award last week during a ceremony at North Carolina A&T State University. The award was created in 2012 to recognize presidential leaders within the North Carolina Campus Compact who pursue institutional missions that demonstrate commitment to the public purposes of higher education. Ingram started at the college in 1983 as director of the Continuing Education department and rose to the position of president after 25 years of institutional service in various roles that include chief instructional officer. As president, Ingram...

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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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