Daniela Ocampo

Affordable Housing Wait List to Prioritize Homeless

The Orange County Housing Authority will open the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher for homeless only beginning Saturday, August 12, until Thursday, August 17. Interim Housing Human Rights and Community Development Director Annette Moore said many families have been waiting to receive these vouchers for a long time. “We have people already who have come that have been in tents and in their cars, and they’re ready to get this process started and so are we,” said Moore. To be eligible, applicants must fit under the Orange County Housing Authority Administrative Plan definition of homeless: “An individual or family...

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New Bridge for Old Greensboro Road

The Old Greensboro Road Bridge that passes over Phils Creek between Jones Ferry and Neville Road in Chapel Hill will be replaced with a new bridge. The N.C. Department of Transportation Board of Transportation has awarded $984,000 for the project which will begin in October and is scheduled for final completion in March 2018. “The work includes elevating the bridge by two feet and adding new bicycle lanes in each direction,” said Division 7 Board Member and Chairman Michael Fox. “This will increase safety by improving sight-distance as well as improve connectivity for drivers and bicycle riders in this...

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Compass Center Trains Hairstylists to Recognize Signs of Domestic Violence

Compass Center for Women and Families, a nonprofit that provides domestic violence, self-sufficiency and youth health services, launched CUT IT OUT® beginning in July, a national curriculum that trains salon professionals in recognizing warning signs of domestic abuse. Stylists at Mina’s Studio in Chapel Hill have already completed the free one-hour training. “The Compass Center was gracious enough to come in and educate our stylists more about sort of how abusive relationships go, the difficulties of people getting out of abusive relationships and what we as stylists should and shouldn’t do when we think or know that we have...

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Police and Community Come Together Tonight for National Night Out

Tonight is the 34 Annual National Night Out. From 6 to 8 p.m. people in neighborhoods across the nation are encouraged to go outside, come together and get to know one another to build a stronger sense of community. Many local neighborhoods will be hosting special events such as block parties, cookouts, and visits from police. “The best crime prevention is knowing what’s normal in your neighborhood and knowing who your neighbors are and being able to connect and agree that you’ll look out for each other,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue. National Night Out is designed...

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Rams Plaza Sells for $21.55 Million

Chapel Hill retail center Rams Plaza off Fordham Boulevard has sold to new owners for more than $21 million, following $2 million renovations made to the plaza. This purchase is the first out-of-state retail investment that the buyer, an affiliate of Austin Sumner Properties of Athens, Georgia, has made, according to the Triangle Business Journal. Previous owners were real estate developers The Kalikow Group of New York, Breakers Capital Partners of Miami and Argus Development Group of Charlotte. The businesses jointly bought the plaza in 2011 for $13 million. Following the purchase, Rams Plaza Associates LLC began building and...

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Durham Tech Students To 3-D Print Prosthetics for Children

Durham Tech students have joined Helping Hands, a Chapel Hill based non-profit, in creating and donating prosthetic hands to children born with limb development issues. Anatomy and Physiology Instructor at Durham Tech, Steven Leadon, says he thought becoming involved was a great opportunity for his students when the founder of The Helping Hand Project came to Durham Tech in January to recruit students. “We felt that this was something that would benefit our students, learning how to use a 3-D printer, and would be a cause that would be very worthy, so it seemed to be a win-win in...

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Chatham Board of Commissioners Extend Oil and Gas Moratorium

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on July 17 and voted unanimously to extend the moratorium on oil and gas development in the county for one more year. This moratorium focuses on hydraulic fracking, a shale gas drilling and extraction method. In 2012, then Governor Pat McCrory lifted a moratorium on fracking in NC, causing Chatham County to take local action. Chatham County’s fracking moratorium was set in place in August 2015 because of many health, safety and environmental concerns, and so that the county could have an opportunity to further researches its effects. The...

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New UNC Research Could Help Treat ALS

A new discovery made by researchers at UNC School of Medicine and NC State could lead to treatment and prevention for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS is a disease that gained more awareness in the past five years, which many say  is thanks to the viral online Ice Bucket Challenge. Senior author of new ALS research at UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Todd Cohen agrees. “The ice bucket challenge tapped into something that I would have not predicted, so I think that social awareness about this disease has this amazing power to put it on everyone’s radar”,...

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New 25 Year Plan for Chatham Open for Public Comment

Chatham residents now have an opportunity to give their comments and opinions on the final draft of a 25-year plan for the county. Since Chatham County is the seventh fastest growing county in North Carolina and expected to continue to grow, this Comprehensive Plan sets forth goals, identifies key partnerships, and recommends steps for the County to take over the next 25 years. The plan aims to address how several the county’s most important elements will develop including transportation, agriculture, environmental protection, water infrastructure, affordable housing, economic development, parks and recreation and land use. In the fall of 2015,...

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Two Residents Treated for Smoke Inhalation After Fire in Meadowmont

The Chapel Hill fire department responded to a residential kitchen fire at Meadowmont on Monday at 8:04 PM. Residents of the home successfully extinguished the fire, according to a release from the town, which was limited to the stove area, with an at home fire extinguisher as Chapel Hill Fire Department arrived at the scene. The two residents who were inside the home were treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene but were otherwise unharmed. A second engine company assisted in evacuating the heavy smoke that was a result of the fire. A total of nine fire personnel...

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