Bruce Rosenbloom

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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Hillsborough Officials Issue Open Letter to Residents

An open letter to residents in Hillsborough was disseminated on Monday in a news release from town officials. Those officials are Tom Stevens, the mayor of Hillsborough, and all five members of the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners. In the letter, Stevens and the municipal leadership team react to what they call “a litany of executive orders, appointments, and announcements that portend unsettling changes in how government communicates and engages with the public.” With these events in mind, they state that their aspiration is for the municipality of Hillsborough “to serve as an example of what good local government —...

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Federal Loans Considered for Durham-Orange Light Rail Project

Financing options for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project were presented to the Orange County Board of Commissioners last week during a regular meeting. The presentation was made by Danny Rogers on behalf of GoTriangle, a state-sponsored public transit authority that started research on regional rail systems in 1992. “We want to make sure that we figure out how to use the funds that [are] available to us more efficiently,” stated Rogers. Local voters ratified a half-cent sales tax in 2011 to fund transportation initiatives like the project, which aims to install a commuter train corridor between Durham and...

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Orange County Considers Bus Rapid Transit System for Chapel Hill

The Orange County Board of Commissioners heard a proposal on Tuesday for a bus rapid transit system that would provide service to residents of Carrboro and Chapel Hill. The proposal was pitched by Brian Litchfield, the director of Chapel Hill Transit, who explained that the service corridor under consideration is intended to benefit commuters. “It starts at the existing Eubanks park-and-ride and then moves down Martin Luther King [Junior] Boulevard through downtown Chapel Hill […] out to the Southern Village park-and-ride.” Three options were presented to commissioners by Litchfield, with each option incorporating a special lane that would keep buses...

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Chapel Hill Rejects Internet Filters for Public Library

The Chapel Hill Town Council rejected a motion on Monday night to purchase software that would censor pornographic internet content on computers at the Chapel Hill Public Library. The rejection was unanimous by council members, who heard from Brian Sturm, the chair of the Chapel Hill Public Library Board of Trustees, on why the software was under consideration. “From the board’s perspective, this came down to a decision between increased money for digital inclusion versus a slightly smaller information sphere for existing users,” stated Sturm. The Chapel Hill Public Library provides ungoverned access to that information sphere, but Susan...

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