Daniela Ocampo

Criticism of Chapel Hill Town Council Candidate Causes Social Media Controversy

Chapel Hill residents defended candidate for Town Council Hongbin Gu on the Facebook page Orange County Local where a resident posted that it was “stunning” that “homegrown Americans” were facing immigrant opponents for political office. Gu is an immigrant from China, has lived in the US for 22 years and became a citizen in 2015. She has a Ph. D in mathematical psychology and researches autism in the psychiatry department at the UNC School of Medicine. According to the Durham Herald-Sun, which originally posted a story on the controversy, resident Douglas Roberts wrote, “She’s not US born,” and “What’s happened...

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El Centro Hispano and Town of Carrboro Team Up to Assist DACA Recipients

The Town of Carrboro, El Centro Hispano and community organizers joined to help DACA recipients through the renewal process this past month. Through information sessions and clinics, DACA recipients were guided through the process and many received funding to sponsor the $495 process. “Part of what we were trying to work on when the decision was made to end DACA was to find ways we can help these young people renew if they could, or just give any kind of support,” said Eliazar Posada, community engagement advocate for El Centro Hispano. Posada says even if residents can not renew,...

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Study Finds Arts and Culture Generated $130+ Million in Economic Activity for Orange County in 2015

The Orange County Arts Commission announced on Monday that the nonprofit arts and culture sector generated $130.3 million in direct economic activity, supported 5,001 full-time jobs and generated $12.5 million in local and state government revenue. These numbers come from a study called the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in North Carolina. The study is conducted every five years by Americans for the Arts in partnership with other nonprofit and culture organizations around the country. “The study shows that the arts are a tool for Orange County,...

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Orange County to Match Donations for Future Veteran’s Memorial

The Orange County Board of Commissioners have included $15,000 in the 2017-18 budget to go toward matching donations made to the future Orange County Veteran’s Memorial. Every time a resident makes a tax deductible donation towards the memorial, the county will match each donation with money from this fund. Chair of the Orange County Commissioners Mark Dorosin says getting the public involved in projects like this one encourages support. “We actually got a report on Tuesday night from the committee that’s organizing that’s saying that fundraising is really starting to flow very well, that the county match-grant has been...

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Chatham County Sherriff Announces Body Camera Plans

Chatham County deputies will be introducing body cameras to their equipment beginning early next year. Sheriff Mike Roberson says the cameras will be introduced gradually within three years with the ultimate goal being to equip all deputies with cameras, including those who work in the Detention and Justice Centers. “Body cameras are just a natural progression of our in car cameras that we already have and we are supplementing that to capture more evidence from multiple perspectives. Obviously no system is perfect but body cameras are a big step towards increasing transparency, accountability and trust,” said Roberson. Roberson says...

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Chapel Hill Selected as Stop for This Year’s NC Mountains to Coast Ride

For the past 18 years, bikers from all 50 states and more than eight countries have joined together each year for North Carolina’s only cross-state, fully supported bicycle tour from the North Carolina mountains all the way to the coast. This year, Chapel Hill was selected as one of eight stops along the Cycle NC Mountains to Coast Ride, which will bring more than 1,000 people to Chapel Hill on October 3 and 4. The ride will start in Jefferson and conclude in Swansboro, with Chapel Hill serving as the finish line of the third leg of the journey....

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Chatham Sheriff Among Special Olympics Fundraisers Who Rappel ‘Over the Edge’

Those who fundraised for the Special Olympics had the opportunity to rappel down the Wells Fargo Capitol Center in Raleigh this weekend for an event called Over the Edge. “Basically anybody that raised $1,000 can rappel, and I think there’s still some open spots, they have 200 slots. We’ve raised already $2,600, which is pretty awesome for our community to support that,” Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson said in the days leading up to the event on Saturday. “We’re going to rappel 30 stories down a building in Raleigh, and it’s a little scary to me to be honest...

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UNC Dental Students Honor Memory of Slain Students with Annual Service Day

Thursday was DEAH DAY, or Directing Efforts And Honoring Deah And Yusor, an annual day of service established by UNC Dental Students. Dental students took off classes and clinics to do several types of service around the community to honor the memory of Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha. Dean of the School of Dentistry Scott De Rossi said there was 400 dental students participating at over 50 sites in the area. “We lost two of our young members of our dental school community, Deah and his wife Yusor, several years ago and as a result the students really bounded...

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Carrboro, El Centro Hosting DACA Renewal Meeting Thursday Night

The Town of Carrboro, El Centro Hispano and community organizers are holding an information session for DACA recipients tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Carrboro’s Town Hall. During the session, Carrboro representatives and immigration lawyers will work with DACA recipients to identify what documents are needed for renewal, provide forms for renewal and answer any questions. The information session will be followed by a free DACA Renewal Clinic this Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall in Carrboro where the documents and forms covered during the session are necessary. Scholarships for the DACA application renewal fee...

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Orange County Holds Rabies Vaccinations Clinic Amidst County’s Seventh Positive Rabies Test

Orange County Animal Services just received its seventh positive rabies test this year, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. The incident occurred last week and involved a Mebane resident who found a fox aggressively interacting with her dog, and then found the same fox dead in a nearby donkey pin the next day. The dog at the property had received its current rabies vaccinations and was able to also receive a booster rabies vaccination after the incident. The law in North Carolina requires all dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months to have a...

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