Bruce Rosenbloom

Chapel Hill Couple Taps into Asheville Craft Beer Scene

A husband and wife in Chapel Hill are tapping into the craft beer industry with their recent purchase of French Broad Brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. Paul Casey spent over 20 years with QuintilesIMS before retiring as a vice president, but his entrepreneurial inclinations put him back to work shortly thereafter. “I wanted to go out and pursue my own opportunities, and so, through the course of 2016, started looking at different businesses to buy into, and looked at a couple of different industries, and ended up on the craft brewery industry in late 2016,” he relayed. After exploring...

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Summer Meal Program Feeds K-12 Students in Chapel Hill and Carrboro

School is nearly out for the summer in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, but cafeteria workers are ready to remain in service for students of the local district that rely on federal lunches. That service is part of a program called Food for the Summer, which was coordinated by Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger to keep children from going hungry during vacation season. “It’s an 11-week summer again, and for kids who aren’t in camps and who don’t have as much opportunity to do those kinds of fun things during the summer; it’s a really long summer, and especially a...

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Credit Card Skimmers Found in Pumps at Carrboro Gas Station

Credit card skimmers have been discovered inside gas pumps at the Circle K near 102 North Carolina Highway 54 for the third time in nearly three months. According to Capt. Chris Atack of the Carrboro Police Department, the most recent discovery was made after the North Carolina Department of Agriculture inspected that location last month. “In May, we had the same investigator that had the initial case [in March] discover a skimmer at this Circle K on NC 54,” he recalled. “Our officers over the weekend were being vigilant and actually physically inspected the pumps at the same gas station,...

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UNC-Chapel Hill Students Receive Grants from National Security Education Program

A federal workforce enhancement program has granted scholarships to two students at UNC-Chapel Hill as part of its mission to promote global awareness within the ranks of government agencies. The National Security Education Program has nine initiatives that encourage students to pursue language training and employment opportunities that are conducive to national security. One of those initiatives is the David L. Boren Scholarship, which provides undergraduate students with up to $20,000 in exchange for one year of work in national security positions. Graduate students are eligible for the David L. Boren Fellowship, which is another initiative that offers up...

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Nonprofit Meal House Approved in Carrboro Despite Objections from Local Businesses

A plan to expand a social services outlet near the center of Carrboro has been approved by town officials, but local business owners claim that the expansion may create problems. Those claims were presented last week to the Carrboro Board of Alderman by Nathan Milian, who spoke on behalf of over 20 commercial tenants in Carr Mill Mall. “We want to really reiterate our objection to the change of zoning that would allow for the addition of a food kitchen to our downtown and, more specifically, on this site,” he stated. “We have a clear difference of opinion as...

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Entrepreneur Network at UNC-Chapel Hill Attracts Students and Companies

Changing the world is no small feat, but a network at UNC-Chapel Hill is encouraging students to do just that by imbuing them with an entrepreneurial mindset. Speaking in her capacity as vice chancellor for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development, Judith Cone explained the premise of that network. “We feel very strongly that it’s important that we not only do basic research and teaching, but that we convert as many ideas as we can into practical benefit for the good of people in North Carolina and around the world,” she stated. Innovate Carolina was formed in 2010 to facilitate...

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held in Chapel Hill for Orange County Veterans Memorial

Undercurrents of pride and patriotism were palpable as deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office posted the colors before a sweltering crowd of supporters under the spring sun. It was a crowd that Rev. Albert Williams soothed shortly thereafter with a prayer that marked the commencement of a groundbreaking ceremony for the Orange County Veterans Memorial. “We thank you for this memorial celebration; we thank you for the men and women who, over the years, have given their lives, that we might have a sense of freedom,” he prayed. The ceremony was held on a parcel of land near...

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Passport Applications Now Accepted at Orange County Register of Deeds

Residents of Orange County with a desire to see the world are now able to obtain their travel passports at the Register of Deeds under new municipal regulations. Passport service is available at 228 South Churton Street, Suite 300 by appointment only from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM on weekdays. Register of Deeds Mark Chilton noted that his staff members are “excited to bring this new service to Hillsborough and look forward to helping Orange County residents.” Passport applicants over the age of 16 can expect to pay initial application fees that total...

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Sidewalk Construction Planned for South Cameron Street in Hillsborough

Pedestrians that frequent South Cameron Street in Hillsborough will benefit from a new sidewalk that is expected to be built along that road over the next month. Municipal planners predict that construction on the sidewalk will last until June 30 and render certain parking spaces inaccessible while labor is underway. A larger infrastructure overhaul project is also taking place in Hillsborough that will add functional improvements to downtown streetscapes. That project began in April with the support of the North Carolina Department of Transportation and may take more than eight months to complete. Image by Google...

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Orange County Peace Officers Receive Jiu-Jitsu Training from Ryron Gracie

Law enforcement officers in Orange County are now even more capable of rolling with the punches after receiving proprietary jiu-jitsu training from a member of the storied Gracie family. According to Jonathan Daniel, an investigator with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the training was organized by Sunny Yu, a principal instructor at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Durham. “Sunny brought in all this information, met with the chief, sat down and talked to him and the sheriff and [said], ‘Here’s the certified training — it’s tried and true, it’s been proven, it’s only for military and law enforcement officers,'” he relayed. “[The...

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