Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art Presents Modern Masterpieces Exhibition

An exhibition featuring more than 50 masterpieces by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro and others will be presented at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, beginning Nov. 4.

Durham-based McKinney Taps CP+B's Patel As New Media Chief

McKinney, the Durham, NC-based unit of South Korea’s Cheil Worldwide, has named a new media chief, Swapnil Patel, who joins from MDC Partners Crispin Porter + Bogusky, where he was group media director.

More Than 3,000 Cast Ballots in Early Days of Duke's One-Stop Voting Site

More than 3,135 people have voted on Duke's West Campus since the early voting site opened Oct. 18. At that rate, the number of votes cast there will exceed the total (roughly 9,300) ballots cast when Duke first established a one-stop voting site during the 2008 general election.

Jesse Jackson Rallies NCCU Students to Vote

Civil rights veteran the Rev. Jesse Jackson motivated N.C. Central University students Friday morning at a Get Out the Vote rally that ended with a march up the street to the student union, where NCCU students participated in early voting.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Durham Man Receives YouTube Attention for Durham Bridge Videos

Durham resident Jürgen Henn has attracted attention from viewers recently for his YouTube channel's videos trucks smashing into a low-clearance underpass.

New Name, New Lease for Durham Pharma

Tergus Pharma, a Triangle-based firm formerly called Analytical Solutions, has signed a new lease on an 11,563 square-foot space at 2810 Meridian Parkway in Durham to go along with its new name.

Duke School of Nursing Constructing New Building

After nearing doubling its enrollment in six years, the Duke University School of Nursing is launching construction of a new $20.2 million building addition.

Duke Nobel Winner to Give Public Talk Nov. 1

Robert J. Lefkowitz, the Duke University researcher who won the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry this month, will give a free public talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Bryan Center’s Griffith Theater on research, scientific mentoring and other topics.

Triangle Business Names Area's Healthiest Employers

Triangle Business Journal on Wednesday unveiled the winners of its second annual Healthiest Employers of the Triangle awards. Several Durham businesses were winners, including Alston & Bird LLP, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina, Coastal Federal Credit Union, Durham Regional Hospital and Williams Mullen.

New Wine Shop Opens In Downtown Durham

Cave Taureau, Durham's new wine shop, has opened it's doors on 339 W. Main St. The business is owned by majority partner and store manager Noel Sherr, and minority owners Wes Rountree and Nathan Vandergrift.

Durham's Casbah Hires New Talent Buyer

The Durham rock club Casbah has hired Elysse Thebner as his replacement as its new talent buyer. Thebner is a fixture in the local music community, playing with bands and promoting shows with Ampersand Booking.

Durham Cooks Win NC State Fair Competitions

Durham is home to several winners of the N.C. State Fair Special Cooking Competitions held during the fair in Raleigh. Winning cooks from Durham include:

  • Marci Rakshys who won first place and $200 in the N.C. Apple Growers Association Apple Recipe Contest for her recipe, Grilled Granny Smith Apple Caprese. 
  • Silke Bourgeois took home second place in the Incredible Edible Egg Appetizer/Picnic Recipe Contest for Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Feta and Chickpeas
  • Rebecca Lobach won second place in the Karo Creative Cookie & Dessert Contest for her Caramel Crunch Turtle Cookies
  • Robert Bourgeois took home second place in the Anything But Ordinary! Sweet Potato Recipe Contest for his Vegetable and Sweet Potato Casserole.

Nasher Museum receives $5 million gift

Nancy A. Nasher and her husband David J. Haemisegger have given $5 million to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to create two new endowments for a visiting curatorship and the acquisition of modern art, school officials announced Wednesday.

New Bus Connects Nightlife in Durham and Raleigh

The Bridge Bus, a locally owned bus company that connects nightlife between Durham and Raleigh, will begin running this weekend with pickup starting at 5 PM and ending at 1:50 AM.

Whitted Proposals Heading to Commissioners

County Commissioners will get a chance to weigh in early in November about whether the government should make a deal with an Atlanta developer who wants to renovate and re-use the old Whitted Junior High School.

Artist Plans Public Project With Durham Opening

Artist Wendy Kowalski, who is best known for her brightly colored paintings, plans to unveil her first large metal sculptures and her first public art project in an event at Motorco Music Hall in Durham.

Rougemont Resident Launches Goats' Milk Soap Making Business

Todd Hinson has changed career directions and is now operating Red Mountain Goodness, making soap from goats’ milk in his home kitchen in Rougemont in northern Durham County to be sold in stores in the state.

McKinney Announces Head of Account Planning

McKinney has announced that Walt Barron has been named senior vice president, head of account planning.

Dillard’s Bar-B-Que property sold to M.M. Fowler

The property that housed Dillard’s Bar-B-Que, the long-time barbecue restaurant on Fayetteville Street that closed last year, has been sold to M.M. Fowler, a Durham-based company that owns a chain of convenience stores and fuel stations. A plan has been filed with Durham City-County Planning to redevelop the site into a convenience store with fuel sales.

RTI president appointed to United Way board

RTI International’s president and CEO E. Wayne Holden has been appointed to United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Board of Directors.

Director of Durham Symphony Orchestra Agrees to Work with Sister City

William Henry Curry, director of the Durham Symphony Orchestra, and Pavel Yakovlevich Gershtyn, director of the Kostroma City Symphony Orchestra, made an informal agreement to work together after Gershtyn told Curry about a musical exchange program in Kostroma, Russia.

Habitat for Humanity of Durham Names Development Director

Habitat for Humanity of Durham announced today that Sandy Sweitzer has been named director of development. Sweitzer brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, with 14 years of leadership in Durham.

Duke Takes 1st Place in ACC Coastal Division

Duke Football became bowl-eligible for the first time since 1994 in Saturday's 33-30 win over the University of North Carolina.

Clean Energy Durham Founder Honored

Judy Kincaid, executive director of Clean Energy Durham and one of its founders, was presented with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at The NC Sustainable Energy Association annual Making Energy Work conference in Charlotte.

Petes Receives Genetics Award

Duke University professor Thomas Petes has been named the 2013 recipient of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics from the Genetics Society of America.

Fuchs Inducted as Fellow into American Academy of Nursing

Mary Ann Fuchs, Vice President of Patient care and Chief Nurse Executive at Duke University Health System, has been officially inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. Induction as a fellow is one of the highest honors a nurse can receive, and it is bestowed upon nursing leaders at the academy’s invitation.

Durham County Approves $600K in Hotel Incentives

Durham County commissioners approved a $605,000 economic incentive offer to Gentian Group to convert the Mutual Community Savings Bank at 315 E. Chapel Hill St. into Holland Hotel, a 54-room boutique hotel.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Durham Drug Developer BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Set to Buy Presidio Pharmaceuticals

Durham-based drug developer BioCryst Pharmaceuticals is buying San Francisco-based Presidio Pharmaceuticals in an attempt to develop new treatments for hepatitis C.

Deal Likely With Developer for Ninth Street Work

Durham City Council members are likely to approve a $1.8 million proposal for paying Chartwell Property Group, a Ninth Street developer, to upgrade sidewalks, streetlights and other infrastructure in the commercial district.

Cuffe Joins Duke Cross Country, Track & Field Staffs

The Duke University cross country and track & field programs have announced the addition of Tom Cuffe to the coaching staff for the 2012-13 seasons. Cuffe will serve as an assistant women's cross country coach as well as an assistant for the men's and women's track & field teams.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Former Durham Hotel Property Sold to Education Realty Trust

Education Realty Trust, a Memphis, Tenn.-based developer of collegiate housing has bought a former hotel near the Durham police headquarters on West Chapel Hill Street for more than $3.4 million and is reportedly planning to develop apartments there.

Durham's Buystand Launches Beta Website

Durham-based start-up Buystand has launched the beta version of its e-commerce website where consumers can make offers on outdoor sporting goods and be matched with more than 100 retailers who will consider their offers. Buystand's CEO is Joe Davy, a 23-year-old graduate of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC.

Alpacas Coming to Durham Museum

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC is expanding by welcoming baby alpacas, and their mothers.  They will be available for museum goers to see starting Saturday, October 20th which begins a week-long celebration of their arrival.

Another Firm Exploring Buying Former Durham Cigarette Factory

BGL Real Estate Advisors, a subsidiary of Cleveland, OH-based Brown Gibbons Lang & Co., is exploring buying the former Chesterfield cigarette factory at the corner of Duke and Main streets in Downtown Durham.