Kelly Fahey

UNC Announces New University Librarian and Vice Provost

UNC has selected Elaine L. Westbrooks as its new University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries. The decision has been approved by the University’s Board of Trustees, and will come into effect August 15. Prior to coming to Chapel Hill, Westbrooks was the Associate University Librarian for Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “Chancellor Carol Folt and I are excited to welcome Elaine to Carolina,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr. “She brings more than 19 years of higher education library experience to her role, where she will oversee one of...

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Grand Opening Scheduled for Metro-Target

The grand opening for the new Metro-Target located in Carolina Square on Franklin Street is scheduled for this Sunday at 8 a.m. Complimentary reusable shopping bags will be handed out to the first 1,000 customers. The grand opening follows a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, which is not open to the public, and a soft opening on Wednesday. The layout of the new Metro-Target offers a more downtown-focused design than a Super Target. Chapel Hill mayor Pam Hemminger spoke on this. “They actually have a pickup window too,” Hemminger said. “You can order online and walk over and pick...

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Kenan Trust Helps Launch Health Initiative

The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust has awarded the UNC School of Medicine $1.5 million to launch the UNC Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative. According to the initiative’s director, Dr. Meg Zomorodi, it will help establish clinical experiences for students while still serving the community. “We want to place students and have them learn from the providers in these rural settings but we also want to give back to the community,” said Zomorodi. “The students will do that through projects that they’ll work alongside with the primary care practices to do.” The trust launches a three-year pilot program which...

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Hydrilla Treatment Underway in Eno

The Town of Hillsborough has begun a treatment called Sonar Genesis to fight the spread of Hydrilla, an invasive water plant found in the Eno River. Hydrilla creates thick mats that coat the surface of the water, impeding on recreational activities and the health of fish and wildlife. According to Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, the plant’s effects have been palpable. “When you walk across the river, walk across a bridge you can see it fill up the water,” says Stevens. “It really is a mess.” The decision to use Sonar Genesis comes after a two-year pilot program which saw...

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“Brunch Bill” To Impact More Than Brunch

Chapel Hill Town Council will discuss the legislation that has been coined the “brunch-bill” in a special session next Monday, but according to the President of the Distillery association of North Carolina and Chairman of the Licensed Beverage Committee for the North Carolina restaurant Association Scott Maitland, this bill’s impact will far surpass earlier alcohol sales on Sunday. “It is also a real signal that we are starting to move towards a much more modern approach,” says Maitland, “and we are looking to update a system that has quite frankly remained relatively unchanged for 80 years.” Maitland also owns...

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Orange County Health Department Receives Accreditation

The North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board has awarded the Orange County Health Department with a renewed accreditation status. According to Orange County Health Department’s Finance and Administrative Services Division Director Rebecca Crawford, the accreditation process is crucial for health departments statewide. “What the accreditation process does is standardize across the state all of the levels that health departments need to meet in order to best serve their clients,” says Crawford. The accreditation site visit team made specific mention of the Family Success Alliance, which has had a significant impact on impoverished and high need communities in Orange...

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Poll Shows Tillis, Health Care Repeal Unpopular in NC

Over half of voters in North Carolina disapprove of the Senate Republicans health care repeal bill, according to a recent poll by Public Policy Polling. Nearly half of voters claim that Senator Thom Tillis’ support of the repeal would make them less likely to vote to re-elect him in 2020, as opposed to 28 percent of voters who said it would make them more likely to vote to re-elect Tillis. The poll shows that as of now, Thom Tillis would narrowly lose re-election by four points to “his Democratic opponent.” Healthcare is certainly a large factor in this, as...

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Chapel Hill Residential Parking Permits Expire This Month

Parking permits for Chapel Hill residential parking districts are scheduled to expire on July 31st. Residents who live on a street where parking is prohibited and have no practical way of parking off the street may apply for a new permit as of July 3. The fee for a residential parking permit is $25 per year, except for residents age 65 or older, whose fees will be...

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Orange County Encouraging Mosquito Prevention

The Orange County Health Department is helping in the fight against mosquitoes and mosquito born-illnesses by giving away mosquito dunks at any of its three locations. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Daniel Kashdan spoke on the importance of mosquito prevention. “The reason we need to be taking these steps against mosquito and tick bites is because there are a lot of mosquito born illnesses like Zika, Chikingunya and the West Nile virus that the mosquitoes spread,” said Kashdan. A mosquito dunk is put in standing water to kill larvae before they mature into biting adults without harming humans or other animals....

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Local Officials Offer July 4th Safety Tips

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the Town of Chapel Hill are urging residents to follow safety tips this July Fourth. According to Fire Marshall Tommy Gregory, the safest way to celebrate is by attending the public fireworks display at Kenan Stadium rather than attempting to host your own. “Small, consumer fireworks burn at very hot temperatures and can be extremely dangerous with the potential to cause life-changing injuries,” says Gregory. “If you do use sparklers and other fireworks that are legal in Chapel Hill, do so in a safe space with adequate options to extinguish them.”...

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