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NC F&B Podcast

Hospitality industry veterans, Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss, get behind the scenes of North Carolina’s burgeoning food and beverage culture. Hear from local chefs, sommelier’s, distillers, farmers, brewers and the whole lot of them in the NC F&B podcast.

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Adopt-a-Pet: Rudy

Described as a “stately gentleman,” Rudy is a chesnut-colored eight year old dog with the heart of a puppy and the manners of an adult companion. Athletic and a big fan of play, Rudy enjoys his time outside, especially with a human friend. Especially fond of tug-of-war and walking/running around town, he’s the kind of dog who likes to get to know his surroundings. While he was here at the station, he calmly and carefully investigated the area and then came right back for some scratches behind the ears. He clearly knows when it’s playtime (and boy, does he...

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Chamber Announces 2017 Business Excellence Awards Finalists

As the Tar Heels get ready for the Final Four, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce announces the finalists for the 2017 Business Excellence Awards (the BEAs).  The finalists have been chosen from more than 50 nominations by a selection committee of local business and community leaders from diverse industries and experiences. The winners will be recognized at the awards ceremony, 6:30-9 p.m., Friday, May 19. The finalists for the 2017 Business Excellence Awards are: Micro-Enterprise Business of the Year presented by Coastal Credit Union AndiSites Inc. stevenraymiller.com Triangle Acupuncture Clinic Mid-Size Business of the Year Bold Construction Coleman...

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Adopt-A-Pet: Jack

Meet Jack! Along with his brother Ralph and his recently-adopted sister, Jack came to the Orange County Animal Services shelter on March 11. Jack is a male, tan German Shepard mix (on his mother’s side. His father must have been a smaller dog, because Jack certainly has a smaller frame and shorter legs than you’d expect from a German Shepard!) Shelter staff estimate him at about 10 weeks old, and he’s very much still a puppy. Jack is always amazed at his surroundings, and loves to meet new people… especially if he’s being held while doing it. A friendly and reserved...

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The Commentators: Buses, Trains, and Automobiles

Commentary by Tom Farmer You have no doubt heard opponents of the Durham Orange Light Rail Transit line (DOLRT) claim that bus rapid transit (BRT) could provide the same service at a small fraction of the cost of light rail. First, what is BRT? It takes many of the things that make riding light rail transit (LRT) attractive, but uses buses in dedicated exclusive roadways. A true BRT system has stations with shelters and raised platforms like LRT.  Fares are paid in advance to speed loading and buses come at regular intervals.  Most importantly, a true BRT system has...

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Adopt-a-Pet: Zippy

Zippy came to the Goathouse Refuge with three, fluffy, friendly little kittens from Eleanor’s litter. He would love to be adopted with another kitten his age – preferably his brother Moonlight, his sister Snuggles, or both! We find that our kittens are much happier when they are adopted with a friend – they always have someone to play and cuddle with. Zippy’s approximate date of birth is 8/21/16. If you would like to adopt Zippy, or another Goathouse cat, please visit our refuge and meet Zippy and his friends. Then once you have filled out an electronic application, which...

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Hometown Hero: John Santa

This week’s Hometown Hero is John Santa, founder of the “Marathon Jam.” Benefitting the Fisher House at Ft. Bragg, the Jam has the motto “Curatas Per Musica,” Latin for “Healing Through Music.” A non-profit organization that “seeks to improve the lives of injured Veterans, First Responders and their families,” Marathon Jam’s main focus is to hold its annual namesake fundraiser. “It started on my car port in Chapel Hill North Carolina, so we can all take credit for that,” said John Santa. “It has in fact grown to about 20 cities across the country. In 13 years we’ve raised...

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Donate Marrow, Be the Match

Saturday, March 18, the 5K for Education being held in Chapel Hill grants participants an additional opportunity to do a good turn: registration for the “Be the Match” program. Operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, “Be the Match” is the “largest and most diverse’ marrow registry in the world. Over 13 million volunteers for the registry provide their information and are standing by to donate their bone marrow to patients who need it. Patients with diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma, and other life-threatening diseases where a bone marrow transplant may be the only hope for a cure. Patients...

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The Connells will Headline Benefit Concert for Bill Ladd at Cat’s Cradle on March 31

“Bill and his family have been through so much,” said Rob Ladd, organizer of the Cat’s Cradle benefit concert event and brother of Bill Ladd. “Our goal is to help them through this time and also to bring awareness to colon cancer and the importance of being screened.” According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. In fact, 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women will get colorectal cancer in their lifetime. In 2017, an estimated 135,430 people will be diagnosed and 50,260 people will...

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