Bruce Rosenbloom

Chatham County Groups Host UNC Students for Public Heath Service

Two organizations in Chatham County have been selected by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health to host graduate-level students as part of a service-learning course program. Those students will spend the next year working to address real-world public health concerns with groups that include the Chatham County Council on Aging and Chatham Health Alliance. Students assigned to the Health Alliance are likely to continue working on the Worksite Wellness Chatham Toolkit, which was conceived earlier this year to mitigate employee obesity. The Council on Aging will acquaint students with the field of geriatrics in a rapidly aging...

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Chatham County Officials Disavow Water Test Flyers

An alleged commercial marketing campaign designed to resemble a community water test is causing confusion among residents of Chatham County. According to the municipal government, this campaign consists of flyers and phone calls that urge recipients to have their tap water or wells tested. The flyers ask recipients to collect water samples with bottles that are attached, but they also state that the tests are “not affiliated with city water or county health departments.” County officials have declared that the people responsible for this campaign are likely to be engaged in the sale of expensive water-related products. Times-Call reported...

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Chapel Hill Officials Approve Time Limit Extension for Parking Meters

Finding a parking spot in Chapel Hill may have gotten more difficult due to a recent decision made by town officials to increase the time limits on downtown parking meters. The Chapel Hill Town Council voted unanimously during a meeting held last month to extend the maximum time allowance of those meters from two hours to three hours. Brenda Jones, the local parking superintendent, noted that “visitors to downtown Chapel Hill who would like to stay for an extended period of time can now breathe a sigh of relief.” This change to the maximum time allowance of parking meters...

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Orange County Ranks First in North Carolina for Health Factors

Residents of Orange County may be among the healthiest in North Carolina according to an annual report on national wellness profiles from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Stacy Shelp, the public information officer of the Orange County Health Department, referred to that report while discussing the two categories in which all counties were assessed. “Orange County once again does fall right at the top of the charts for the county health rankings,” she relayed. “We are ranked number one for health factors and number two for health outcomes.” The report measures the current overall health of nearly every county...

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Financial Advisors Report Gross Cost of Light Rail Project to County Officials

The gross cost of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project was revealed to the Orange County Board of Commissioners by financial advisors during a meeting held earlier in the week. According to Ted Cole, a senior vice president at Davenport & Company, the actual price of the proposed commuter rail system exceeds the sum of capital costs estimated by project managers at GoTriangle. “It’s a capital cost up front of $2.38 billion, but under the current scenario, with the debt that’s assumed and the way that debt has been structured over time with interest expense, you’re looking at about...

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The Scion Group Purchases Student Housing in Chapel Hill

A student housing complex in Chapel Hill has been sold to a real estate firm based in Chicago as part of three property portfolio acquisitions worth over $1.6 billion. The Scion Group announced the purchase of LUX at Central Park along with 16 other properties and the recapitalization of 12 company-owned communities last month. According to a news release from the company, the deals were made through a joint venture that includes investment management organizations in Canada and Singapore. Of the 29 properties acquired by this joint venture, 11 were purchased for $640 million, six were purchased for $385...

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Local Hotel Resumes Operations After Gas Leak

A local hotel was evacuated earlier today due to a gas alarm that triggered a response from the Carrboro Fire Department. That alarm prompted the evacuation of the Hampton Inn on East Main Street at approximately 3:45 PM. According to Fire Chief Susanna Williams, a gas leak in the boiler room of the hotel was the cause of the alarm. Following the evacuation, firefighters worked with hotel staff members to shut off the boiler and ventilate the area. The hotel was cleared by the department to resume with normal operations shortly after 5:45 PM. Williams stated that she sincerely...

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Financial Advisors to Brief Orange County Commissioners on Light Rail Project Cost

A presentation on the total cost of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project will be made tonight during a meeting of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. The services of Davenport & Company were retained by board members in December to clarify the financing mechanisms and risks associated with the project. Those mechanisms and risks will be addressed by financial advisors in the Whitted Human Services Center at 7:00 PM along with cost share and transit tax assumptions. Project managers at GoTriangle are currently working to secure government grants for the proposed commuter rail corridor, whose total cost may...

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Latino Migration Project Selects Chapel Hill for Partnership

A collegiate research program whose mission is to improve public perceptions of the growing Hispanic population in the United States has announced a partnership with Chapel Hill. According to a press release from the municipal government, the town was selected by the Latino Migration Project to receive two years of community planning support. The release also states that program associates will work directly with town officials to facilitate the integration of foreign-born residents with the larger population. Siler City was selected along with Chapel Hill by the program as part of a competitive process that required applicants to elaborate...

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Michelle Johnson to Resign from Carrboro Board of Aldermen

A member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen has announced that she will resign from her position in order to pursue employment opportunities in Portland, Oregon. While reflecting on two decades of residency in North Carolina and two election victories in Carrboro, Michelle Johnson revealed her desire for personal and professional change. “It’s certainly bittersweet,” she admitted. “I’ve been here for 20 years — in Chapel Hill and Carrboro for 20 years — and just feel like it’s time for a change and time to do more race equity work and less social work, which is what I’ve been...

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