Sam Bermas-Dawes

NFL Funding New UNC Study Looking at CTE

Kevin Guskiewicz, dean of the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, has studied traumatic brain injury in former-athletes for nearly two decades, after founding the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes in 2001. Now, the center’s research into CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, will take a huge step forward as a result of a new study announced last week funded by a grant from the NFL. In partnership with the Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, UNC will help manage a project tracking 2,500 former-NFL players. They will look for signs of...

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Orange County Sheriff’s Office the Latest to Receive Body Cameras

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will soon receive body cameras, after the Orange County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a contract agreement with vendor Motorola in a November 13 board meeting. The contract is worth around $280,000, $20,000 dollars under estimated costs, and covers hardware, software and the storage of the data. The agreement will undergo a final review by County Attorney John Roberts, but Chief of Operations for the Sheriff’s Office Jamison Sykes said at the meeting that he thinks the body camera will be in the field by the end of January. Sykes said the...

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Local Fitness Start-Up Might Step into the Big Leagues

Billed as “the MoviePass of travel fitness,” a new local start-up looks to provide the convenience of your local gym while you traveling. The story of Chapel Hill-based start-up LocalFit begins with five former college — or professional — athletes with a shared experience: they all had found it difficult to find good gym and fitness club options while traveling. The group came together in September 2017 at Chapel Hill start-up incubator Launch, and now LocalFit is almost two month into their full production launch. Members pay a monthly subscription of $9.95 and receive a LocalFit card in the...

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Updates on Light Rail, and Public Input too

GoTriangle will host its last open house on November 19 to collect public comments on the light rail and highlight changes brought to the project so far. The event, originally scheduled for earlier this week, was delayed because of the issues surrounding the water main break. The location and time will remain 5 to 7 p.m. at Extraordinary Ventures on S. Elliot Road in Chapel Hill. Changes to the Durham-Orange Light Rail project were laid out before the Orange County Board of County Commissioners on November 1 in a quarterly update meeting. Interim project director John Tallmadge spoke about...

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Chapel Hill, Orange County Expand Funding for Launch, Inc

The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously agreed to expand funding for start-up incubator Launch Inc. last week, matching the financial commitments made by Orange County and providing for new co-working space and programming. Started in 2012 with funding through the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Launch has grown into a stand-alone non-profit. It provides office space, opportunities for networking and programming for new start-ups in the area. At last week’s town council meeting, council members praised Launch, citing the potential for economic growth and job creation that is incentivized to stay right here in the local area. Councilmember Michael Parker...

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Commemorative Marker in the Works for ‘Chapel Hill Nine’

On a cold, snowy day in 1960, nine black Chapel Hill teenagers, not yet old enough to vote at the time, sat down at a table in a Franklin Street drug store, and refused to leave when they were denied service because of the color of their skin. Now, nearly 60 years later, a task force created by the town council made recommendations for a commemorative marker to remember that day, which saw the first sit-in of Chapel Hill’s civil rights’ movement and sparked a decade of protests against segregation in Chapel Hill, according to local historians. The Historic...

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10 Local Non-Profits Win IMPACT Award from GSK

International healthcare company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced their IMPACT Award winners this week. The award, in its tenth year in the Triangle area, recognizes contributions to community health around GSK’s corporate campuses in Philadelphia, Penn., and RTP. The 10 winners of the award receive $40,000 to support their continued work. This year, the winners in our area were: Bridge II Sports  @Bridge2Sports Chatham County Council on Aging, Inc.  @ChathamCOA Durham CAN – Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods @DurhamCAN Durham P.R.O.U.D. Program @DurhamPROUD El Centro Hispano, Inc. @CentroHispanoNC Inter-Faith Council for Social Service @IFCforSS StepUp Ministry  @stepupministry The Daniel Center for Math and Science @thedanielcenter The...

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