Bruce Rosenbloom

Extended Construction in Hillsborough Prompts Public Meeting

A public information session in Hillsborough will be held next week to educate residents on a local construction project that is expected to last for at least eight months. According to a press release from the municipal government, the purpose of the project is to provide a variety of access improvements along Churton Street. Listed improvements include two new bus stops in the vicinity of municipal buildings and sidewalk upgrades that adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has partnered with the town to bring the project to completion, with funding being made...

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Lincoln Center Redevelopment Approved by Chapel Hill Officials

Plans to redevelop the Lincoln Center have been under consideration by the Chapel Hill Town Council since 2015, but enough votes were garnered in a recent meeting to put those plans into action. Dr. Todd LoFrese, an assistant superintendent with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, appeared before council members on Monday to elaborate on projected enrollment for the updated campus. “We are anticipating the enrollment of 250 students,” he announced. “They are not all arriving at the same time, and so we’ve tried to approximate what we think in terms of the number of students that would be arriving and...

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Local Brewery Bouncing Back From Hardships

Beer has brought people together for centuries, but a brewery in Carrboro is fostering social cohesion over more than mere glasses of hearty stouts and crisp ales. After spending over two decades in the real estate industry, David Larsen founded YesterYears Brewery to share his passion of beer-making with the community. “YesterYears started off as […] a 40s, 50s, 60s theme for people to come in and to just forget about the outside world and enjoy time with friends,” he explained. “Our slogan is, ‘Great Beer, Great Friends, Great Memories.'” David’s period-themed pub opened in 2014 with the help...

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Local Aquatic Facility Undergoes Final Stage of Repairs

The Homestead Aquatic Facility in Chapel Hill has been closed since January due to a suspected leak in water lines, but the indefinite hiatus on indoor swimming may soon be coming to an end. A message from Jim Orr, the local director of parks and recreation, was forwarded to town officials last week to provide an update on repairs that are allegedly concluding at the facility. According to Orr, technicians will finish repairing major pipes and reconstructing pool decks this week, with water expected to be back in the pools for a final test as early as Friday. If...

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Sewer Main Replacement Prompts North Wake Street Closure

A portion of North Wake Street in Hillsborough will be closed for three days while contractors complete a sewer main replacement project. According to a news release from the municipal government, the project is scheduled to commence on Tuesday and conclude on Thursday. Motorists traveling along that road will not be permitted between West Queen and West Tryon streets from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on those days. The release also states that special access will be granted to residents who live in houses near the projected work site. Image from Google...

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Congressman Price Holds Listening Session in Chapel Hill

Remarks made by US Representative David Price on the state of the nation drew thunderous applause during a community listening session held in the auditorium of East Chapel Hill High School. “It’s a time that, I think it’s fair to say, none of us have ever experienced in our country’s history — a time of apprehension, concern and resistance,” he declared. Price spoke to a lively crowd of local residents on Saturday as a way to gauge public opinion and relay information to voters on topics such as the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act. “It’s going to...

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UNC Neurologist Plans Lecture for Brain Awareness Week

A presentation on neurocognitive disorders will take place at UNC-Chapel Hill as part of a global campaign facilitated by The Society for Neuroscience and Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. According to a news release from the university, Dr. Daniel Kaufer will lead the presentation with talks on brain maintenance and the stigma that often accompanies mental illness. “I want us to stop using the word ‘dementia,’” declared Kaufer. “The fact is that many people who have been diagnosed with ‘dementia’ really have a neurocognitive disorder caused by one of four proteins.” As the division chief of cognitive neurology and...

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Bike Path in Carrboro to Close During Sewer Repairs

A path for cyclists near the PTA Thrift Shop in Carrboro will be shut down next week while sewer pipe repairs take place. According to a release from the municipal government, repairs will start on Monday and continue through Friday. Cyclists and pedestrians who make use of the path are encouraged to use South Greensboro Street as an alternate route. Town officials approved an easement for the path in 1989 as part of efforts to expand the shop, which has operated since 1952. The path connects West Carr Street to the intersection of West Main Street and Jones Ferry...

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UNC Officials Discuss Surgical Towers and Campus Development

Plans for new surgical towers at UNC Hospitals were presented by university representatives to the Chapel Hill Town Council during a business meeting held earlier in the week. The presentation was made by Anna Wu, the associate vice chancellor for facilities services, who noted that the proposed location of the towers has been modified. “The surgical towers are moving from behind the hospital to a site that is already included in our development plan — to right on Manning Drive across from the cancer center,” she explained. UNC Hospitals received approval from the North Carolina General Assembly last year...

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Chapel Hill Officials to Consult with Residents on American Legion Property

The American Legion sold its post in Chapel Hill to the municipal government last December, but town officials are still deliberating over how to put this new acquisition to use. Town Manager Roger Stancil appeared before the Chapel Hill Town Council earlier in the week to present options for combining residential input with municipal intentions for the property “The council was pretty clear in your motion to buy the property that it was going to be used for a combination of some sort of private sector investment to advance the council’s goals and a park,” he explained. “Part of...

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