Thursday, March 29, 2012

Me-Ality Body Scan Kiosk to Open at Southpoint

Me-Ality, a free body scanning service designed to create a personalized list of sizes and brands for consumers, is slated to open a kiosk at The Streets at Southpoint in April.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Latino Community Credit Union Honored for Service to Underserved Populations

The Durham-based Latino Community Credit Union was honored with the Desjardin Adult Financial Education Award in recognition of service to underserved populations by the Credit Union National Association. The credit union also recieved the Credit Union Times’ Trailblazer Award for Service to the Underserved. The Latino Community Credit Union has a free financial literacy program that includes workshops on topics including saving and budgeting, building credit, buying a vehicle, and purchasing a home.

Duke's Nicholas School Professor Earns Top Science Paper Honors

A peer-reviewed study by Heather Stapleton, assistant professor of environmental chemistry at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has been named the top Science Paper of 2011 by the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The study identifies the presence of banned or potentially harmful flame-retardant chemicals in baby products.

Granda Named First Director of Duke's Center for Civic Engagement

Megan Granda has been named Duke's first executive director for the Center for Civic Engagement, the university's umbrella organization for civic engagement. Granda is the former executive director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

NAACP of Durham Celebrates 95th Anniversary

The Durham Branch of the NAACP has entered its 95th year of service in the Durham community. Many of the charter members of the Durham Branch are important figures in the history of the city including E.R. Merrick, Julia Warren, S.L. Warren and W.D. Hill among others.

Doolin’s Irish Pub & Café Opens off Shannon Road

Doolin’s Irish Pub & Café has opened in Suite 125 of the SouthCourt building off of Shannon Road in southern Durham. Doolin’s serves traditional Irish fare from 11AM - close of business M-Th, 11AM - 2AM F-Sa, is closed on Sundays.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blue Devils Women Advance to Sweet 16

The Blue Devils women have advanced to the next round of the NCAA basketball tournament; this is the 14th time in 15 years that the Duke women's team will compete in the Sweet 16.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Food for Life Supreme Opens Sit-Down Location on Guess Road

Food for Life Supreme Restaurant has opened a sit-down location at 3314 Guess Road. The restaurant, which was previously located in a smaller, carry-out location on Chapel Hill street for four years, offers “transitional dining” choices for those who want to make healthier food choices.

Duke Freshman Austin Rivers Earns All-American Honors

Duke freshman Austin Rivers was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America third team, becoming the first Duke freshman to earn All-America honors.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Fleischer Promoted to Real Estate Manager for the City of Durham

David Fleischer has been promoted to Real Estate Manager for the City of Durham's Real Estate Division of the General Services Department. Fleischer brings more than 25 years of experience in all facets of real estate to the role in addition to his more than seven years of service with the Real Estate Division which is responsible for feasibility studies, disposition and acquisition of real property, and property management.

Duke Junior Wins NC Division of Startup Madness

Duke junior Jake Stauch won the $5,000 first prize at Durham's Startup Madness competition in the North Carolina schools category for his neuro-marketing company Neurospire.

Golf Course at Treyburn Country Club to Reopen

The Tom Fazio-designed golf course at Treyburn Country Club will reopen after a renovation that took nearly a year. Improvements to the course include the redesign of bunkers to increase relevance, the addition of new bunkers of certain holes, the installation of new drainage on each of the 18 rebuilt holes and the selection of a tolerant 96-2 blend of bent grass for the greens.

Durham Man Wins Tobacco Road Half-Marathon

Ronald Kirui of Durham placed second in the third annual Tobacco Road Marathon with a time of 2:46.43 and won the men's half-marathon with a time of 1:08:43.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

McKinney Wins Five Industry Awards

Durham advertising agency McKinney has won five Effie Awards, a prestigious industry awards program recognizing the most effective advertising efforts in the United States each year. The Effie Award winning programs include: Sherwin-Williams Color Chips in Household Furnishings & Appliances, EAS Unstoppable Tour in Energy/Nutrition Products & Services, UMD SPENT in Media Idea and UMD SPENT in Media Innovation.

Fuji Steakhouse to Open at Southpoint Crossing

Fuji Steakhouse, is slated to open in 6,400 square feet at Southpoint Crossing, a shopping center located near the intersection of N.C. 54 and Fayetteville Road.

Duke Composer Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Letters

Stephen Jaffe, Mary and James H. Semans Professor of Music Composition at Duke University, is one of ten new members to be inducted into The American Academy of Arts and Letters in May 2012. Jaffe’s music has been featured at major concerts and festivals including the Nottingham, Tanglewood, and Oregon Bach Festivals, and presented by the Slovenska Filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), the National Symphony, the San Francisco, North Carolina and New Jersey Symphonies, Berlin's Spectrum Concerts, London's Lontano, and many others.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

AW North Carolina Expands, Adds 250 Jobs

AW North Carolina, a Durham company that makes transmissions for Toyotas, will add as many as 250 jobs  at its plant in the Treyburn Industrial Park as it ramps up production as part of a multimillion-dollar expansion program. AW North Carolina will invest $14 million in the plant which currently employs 1,500 people.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Beach Sets World Record at 2012 NCAA Indoor Heptathlon

Duke University's Curtis Beach broke one world record and six personal records at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Heptathlon in Nampa, Idaho. Beach broke his own previous world record in the 1,000 meters by running a time of 2:23.63. The 6,138 points that resulted in his overall Heptathlon win, placed Beach third on the all-time collegiate heptathlon list and also broke the all-time Duke and ACC record for the event.

Durham Scout Earns Eagle Rank

Joseph Byrum Linnartz of Durham Troop 412 has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouting. For his Eagle project, Linnartz led a crew that landscaped a raised-bed garden at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill.

Ho-B Max Becomes Permanent Northgate Tenant

Ho-B Max, a retailer offering battery-operated, electronic hobby items including airplanes, cars, boats, helicopters, rockets, tanks, and trains, as well as repairs, and replacement parts, is setting up a permanent shop at Northgate Mall after taking up temporary residence during the holiday season.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Southpoint Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Streets at Southpoint will celebrate 10 years as Durham's super-regional shopping center this weekend. The 1.3-million-square-foot center boasts 150 stores, 12 of which are exclusive to the Triangle - management expects to add at least seven more exclusive retailers by the end of the year. The Streets at Southpoint welcomes nearly 250,000 visitors per week.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

RTI Taps Wayne Holden as its Next President & CEO

The Research Triangle Park Institute has named Wayne Holden as its next president and CEO. A seven-year veteran of the organization, Holden is the Research Triangle Park Institute's fourth chief executive since it was founded in 1958.

Madewell Coming to Streets at Southpoint

Madewell, a retailer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories and sister store to J. Crew, will join the lineup of new stores at the Streets at Southpoing opening this summer.

Golfweek Recognizes Duke Women as "Team of the Week"

The Duke women’s golf team has been recognized this week by Golfweek as the “Team of the Week” after their three-stroke victory at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

McRoy Named Washington Duke Inn's New Sales Manager

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club welcomes Christopher McRoy as its new sales manager. McRoy, an Inn employee since 2005, will be responsible for generating group sales, developing new accounts as well as participating in and networking at industry and civic organizations.

Rivers Named to All-ACC First Team

Duke Blue Devil guard Austin Rivers was named to the All-ACC first team as voted upon by the league's media. Rivers became just the seventh freshman in league history named to the all-conference first team. Juniors Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee also received All-ACC recognition for the first time in their careers with third team honors.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Polley Named American Tobacco Campus Property Manager

Rick Polley has been named the new property manager for downtown Durham's American Tobacco campus. Polley previously served as the director of asset management at Kane Realty Corp., a broker at Fonville Morisey and vice president of real estate portfolio leasing manager at BB&T.

Swansey Becomes Youngest Ever Champion of Duke Spelling Bee

Duke Regional Spelling Bee champion 10-year-old Ned Swansey of E.K. Powe Elementary School became the competition's youngest-ever winner, securing a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling “moorage.” The bee went for 33 rounds - the longest stretch in the competition's history.

City of Durham's Purchasing Division Awarded Professional Honor

The City of Durham’s Purchasing Division has been awarded the Sustained Professional Purchasing Award (SPPA) for 2011. The award recognizes sustained excellence in purchasing standards during the previous calendar year and is the highest award a purchasing department or division can obtain within the Carolinas Association of Governmental Purchasing (CAGP). The criteria for the award include the use of technology, minority outreach, staff certification, customer training, vendor training, and the use of recycled products.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Herald-Sun Wins Eight NC Press Association Awards

The Herald-Sun was honored with eight North Carolina Press Association awards for 2011 including: first place for sports coverage in the 12, 500-34,999 circulation division, second place for best video, second place in the multimedia project category, and third place in the features design category. Individual awards went to staff photographer Bernard Thomas, first place in the sports photography category for the12,500-34,999 circulation division; Neil Offen placed second and John McCann third in the lighter columns category; and Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan placed second in the criticism category.

Duke Prof Appointed to National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council

Randall A. Kramer, professor of environmental economics and global health at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and deputy director of the Duke Global Health Institute, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council. The council advises the secretary, the director of the National Institutes of Health and director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences on scientific program priorities related to environmental health research. Kramer will serve a three-year term.

Andrews Reappointed to Second Term as Dean of Duke School of Medicine

Dr. Nancy C. Andrews has been reappointed to a second five-year term as dean of the Duke School of Medicine. Andrews is also the vice chancellor for academic affairs for Duke Medicine a a professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Pharmacology & Cancer Biology. A pediatric hematologist/oncologist by training, Andrews came to Duke in 2007 following a career as a physician/scientist at Harvard Medical School, where she also was dean for basic sciences and graduate studies.

Duke Coach P Named ACC Coach of the Year

Duke women’s basketball head coach Joanne P. McCallie has been selected the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. This is her fifth season with the Blue Devils.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Krispy Krunchy Chicken Coming to Northgate Mall

Krispy Krunchy Chicken will open at Northgate Mall in mid-March. The 464-square foot space will feature a got-to-have variety of chicken wings cooked daily, traditional and crispy, accompanied by a smoking mix of Cajun-inspired sides such as red beans and rice, jambalaya, corn on the cob and honey biscuits.

MADD Honors 8 Durham Night Hawks

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honored eight Durham Night Hawks, troopers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol's Durham office, for going beyond their job requirement in making the state's roads safer. The honorees are: Sgt. Maurice DeValle, Sgt. Matthew Young and Troopers Michael Potts, Jerimy Mathis, Michael Mitchell, Justin Mitchell, Melissa Dorando and David Haithcock

LabourLove Gallery to Be Featured on "North Carolina Weekend"

Golden Belt's LabourLove Gallery will be featured on UNC-TV's North Carolina Weekend. The edition featuring North Carolina art will be available online after it airs the week of March 1.