“Untold Stories Of Pearl Harbor”

Franklin Roosevelt described it as “a date which will live in infamy”…but there’s still a great deal about Pearl Harbor that isn’t widely known.

Chapel Hill High School history teacher and author Bill Melega is giving a free lecture on “The Untold Stories of Pearl Harbor” Saturday, January 23, from 10:30 am to noon at the SECU Family House in Chapel Hill. Melega will share personal stories of survivors, talk about the events leading up to the attack, and answer frequently asked questions.

Bill Melega (and Sondra Komada of the SECU Family House) spoke this week with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.

 

Melega is the author of “Bringing the Great War Home, Volume IV,” part of a series on World War I, as well as an SAT review book for Barron’s Publishing. He’s also been widely recognized for his teaching skills: he was CHHS Teacher of the Year in 2007-08, and in 2010 he was named the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Teacher of the Year.

The lecture is free, but space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Sondra Komada: sondra@secufamilyhouse.org.

Located at 123 Old Mason Farm Road, the SECU Family House provides low-cost housing for patients at UNC Hospitals, as well as their families.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/untold-stories-of-pearl-harbor

SECU Family House Is Home For Thousands

More than 2,000 people call it home each year – and more than a few of them say it’s been a literal lifesaver.

It’s the SECU Family House on Old Mason Farm Road, with 40 rooms to house out-of-town patients (and their families) receiving treatment at UNC Hospitals. It housed 2,271 people in the last fiscal year, all of them coming in from at least 40 miles away.

SECU Family House 2015 - Interior

It costs about $82 each night to operate a room – but with the help of donations from generous organizations and community members, the Family House is able to charge families only $35 per night, far less than the cost of a hotel. (The Family House operates on a pay-what-you-can model, so some families pay even less.)

Sondra Komada of the SECU Family House stopped by WCHL and spoke with Aaron Keck – joined by Kara Ross of Jacksonville and her mother Kris Murtagh. Ross and Murtagh are staying at the house – Murtagh coming all the way from Pennsylvania – while Ross is undergoing cancer treatment at UNC.

 

The Family House is currently raising funds through the “40 in 40 Challenge”: through December 1, every dollar raised up to $40,000 will be matched by another donor, for a total of up to $80,000.

For more information on the SECU Family House – and how you can become a volunteer or donor – visit SECUFamilyHouse.org.

http://chapelboro.com/news/non-profit-news/secu-family-house-is-home-for-thousands

UNC Police Make Arrest In SECU Assault Case

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Department of Public Safety arrested Rafael Sierra Gaona, 55, early Tuesday morning on charges of second-degree rape related to an incident that occurred at the State Employees Credit Union House on Mason Farm Road Friday evening.

DPS sent out a message to campus through Alert Carolina on Saturday warning people of the incident. According to DPS spokesperson, Randy Young, the victim was not a UNC student nor affiliated with the University.

Janice McAdams, SECU Family House executive director, released a statement to WCHL Tuesday:

“At the SECU Family House, our mission is to care for families as they cope with serious illness.  We are grieved by the events that occurred Friday evening.  This is a deplorable act. It violates the sense of community and safety that has been the hallmark of SECU Family House the last 5 years.

We are not at liberty to disclose facts of the case that might compromise the police investigation.  However, we are truly grateful to law enforcement and the community for their help in finding this person.

SECU Family House continues to be a safe place for families, visitors, and volunteers.”

The SECU Family House provides a place to stay for families of patients who are being treated for critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/warrants-issued-for-secu-assault

DPS Seeking Family House Assault Suspect

CHAPEL HILL – UNC’s Department of Public Safety is searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting an individual at the SECU Family House on Old Mason Farm Road.

DPS sent out a message to campus through Alert Carolina on Saturday warning people of the incident that took place on Friday. According to DPS spokesperson, Randy Young, the victim was not a UNC student nor affiliated with the University. He said no other details were available at the time.

SECU Family House spokesperson, Janice McAdams, released a statement saying the incident involved a family and was not the result of a break-in. On Twitter, the SECU Family House said “it continues to be a safe place for our employees, guests, volunteers, and friends.”

DPS is searching for a man in his 30s, about 5’4” tall with dark hair and a buzz cut. When last seen, he was wearing khaki pants and a dark short-sleeve shirt. He has tattoos on his inner and outer left forearm and upper right arm, and he has a small scar on the left side of his chest.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the UNC Department of Public Safety at 919-843-6165 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls will remain anonymous and a cash reward could be available for anyone assisting in an arrest.

The SECU Family House provides a place to stay for families of patients who are being treated for critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/dps-seeking-family-house-assault-suspect