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A new CHCCS superintendent, awards, business briefs and more.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS

Near the end of 2016, 140 West Franklin was sold by its Florida-based developer to Asana Partners of Charlotte.

Graduates of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program, Max Shyshnyak and Ann McDowell (far left and third from right, pictured with their respective families), have founded BLOBfish Activity Hub in Pittsboro. BLOBfish is a free online service that helps connect Triangle families with inspiring kids camps.

In January, the Town of Chapel Hill launched its open data platform on chapelhillopendata.org. Users can download and interact with 33 data sets ranging in topic from location of parking meters to police traffic stops and library circulation.

The Bookshop on Franklin Street will close in July after nearly 40 years of serving the community. Expect liquidation sales and reduced stock until closing, with the shop continuing to purchase books until the end of March. And no worries about Elmo, the shop’s cat – a forever home is waiting for him when the doors close.

UNC’s Southern Folklife Collection will partner with Hillsborough’s Yep Roc Records to create digital masters of rare archival recordings like Dolly Parton’s “Puppy Love” from the Wilson Library Special Collections to be distributed by Yep Roc.

Photo by Sarah Arneson

Shannon Media Inc., which owns Chapel Hill Magazine, Durham Magazine and Shannon Digital Media, has acquired Chatham Magazine, which is set to be published six times a year. Former owner Heather Johnson – pictured above (third from left) with Shannon Media’s Brenda Larson, Melissa Crane and Ellen Shannon – will serve as associate publisher of Chatham Magazine.

Be Pure Beauty, founded by April Manring, is open at University Place.

Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty opened a Chapel Hill location on 140 W. Franklin St., Ste. 130 in mid-February.

FUNDRAISING

Fundraising for the Orange County Veterans Memorial has begun in earnest with two significant gifts already received. They include an anonymous gift for $5,000 and one for $10,000 from UNC Health Care. A roughly two-acre site off Homestead Road has been designated as the site for the memorial bounty Commissioners. Above, Major Bud Hampton, USMC (Retired), is seen addressing the crowd during dedication ceremonies. To make an online donation, visit chapelhillveteransmemorial.com/ donations.

ON THE MOVE

Massage and bodywork therapist Jeff Wells and his team have joined Chapel Hill Pilates.

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Dr. Pamela Baldwin (pictured right) is the new superintendent of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. She most recently served as the superintendent of Asheville City Schools and is set to start in April.

Dr. Steven Hart’s practice has joined Studio G Aesthetic & Family Dentistry.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education elected James Barrett as Chair and Rani Dasi as Vice Chair for 2017.

Stacey Yusko will retire from Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels in June to spend more time with her family and transition back to being a volunteer for the organization.

Former UNC assistant professor Dr. Michael Zenn has joined the team at CARE Plastic Surgery in Durham.

GIVING BACK

Whole Foods Market Triangle, including Chapel Hill’s local store, participated in fundraising efforts over the holiday season that involved a 5% day, where each store donated proceeds to a charitable organization, and the Feed 4 More campaign, where customers donated at the register. In January, Whole Foods presented a check for $42,958.49 to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

WHAT AN HONOR

Photo by Maria Park

East Chapel Hill High School student Cecilia Lee performed on her flute for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in February.

Hillsborough was named the 35th Bee City USA, as which the town will help protect pollinators by raising awareness and establishing and enhancing habitats.

Architect Arielle Condoret Schechter won the Best Of Houzz award for service presented by houzz.com for the second year in a row.

IN MEMORIUM

Photo by Jon Gardiner Courtesy of UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC Nobel Laureate Oliver Smithies passed away in January at the age of 91. He was the university’s first full-time faculty member to win a Nobel Prize, which he earned for his work in the field of gene targeting in 2007.