Local briefs

Aug. 08, 2013 @ 12:46 PM

Synagogue names new education director
CHAPEL HILL -- The Kehillah Synagogue has tapped Sherri Morris as education director.
Morris served as director of congregational learning at Congregation Beth El in South Orange, N.J., from 2007-2013.  During her tenure, she grew enrollment in the Jewish Learning Center from 82 to 137 students through innovative, community building programs.
She holds a master’s degree in Jewish education from the William Davidson School of Education at Jewish Theological Seminary (2007). 
Prior to work in Jewish education, Morris was partner in a CPA firm in New Jersey.
The Kehillah Synagogue is an inclusive and engaged Jewish community at 1200 Mason Farm Road.

Water improvements project on Orange Grove Road underway
The Town of Hillsborough is continuing a water improvements project along Orange Grove Road. Work started this week.
Motorists are advised to be aware of possible lane closures at times between Mayo Street and Patriots Pointe Drive, the location of Patriots Pointe Apartments. The work could take six to eight months to complete.
Hillsborough utilities crews will install a new 8-inch water line in this third phase of water service improvements in the area. The project’s first phase was completed in spring 2012, with the installation of a new water line on Exchange Park Lane to Mayo Street. Last fall, a new booster pump station was installed at Mayo Street under Phase 2. Town crews are constructing most of the project.

NCAHEC names new director
CHAPEL HILL – For more than four decades, the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (NC AHEC) Program has worked to improve the overall health of the state’s communities. The UNC School of Medicine recently announced that Warren Newton will continue the NC AHEC legacy as director, effective Sept. 1.
“As a family physician, scholar and teacher, Dr. Newton has an impressive track record of leadership both statewide and nationally in both care redesign and education,” said William L. Roper, dean of the UNC School of Medicine. “He also has founded and led many statewide health initiatives, working closely with health care leaders and professionals across the spectrum. His readiness to collaborate, coupled with a passion for new models of care, will serve AHEC well.”
In his previous role as vice dean for education at the UNC School of Medicine, Newton was actively involved with AHEC and the expansion of opportunities for medical students, residents and practice support across the state.
Newton will step down from his role as vice dean for education, but will continue to serve as the William B. Aycock Professor and chair of family medicine at the school.

Hillsborough police installing prescription drug drop box
Residents soon be able to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted medication in a safe and easy way through a prescription drug drop box at the Hillsborough police station.
The permanent drop box is being installed in the Hillsborough Police Department’s lobby through a collaboration between the department and the Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Aug. 16.
The drop box is intended to prevent drug abuse and addiction by reducing the amount of excess medication in the community. According to a 2012 Monitoring the Future survey, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are among the most commonly abused drugs by 12th-graders, after alcohol, marijuana and tobacco.
In 2011, 1,140 N.C. residents died as a result of unintentional poisonings, with about 80 percent of those deaths related to prescription drugs, according to the N.C. Division of Public Health. Unintentional poisonings are expected to surpass motor vehicle crashes in leading injury deaths in the state by 2017 if current trends continue.
The Hillsborough police station is located at 127 N. Churton St. Expired, unused and unwanted medication may be turned in for safe disposal from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Liquid medications must be in original containers. Pill medications must be in original containers or a sealable bag. Needles will not be accepted.

Hillsborough wants to hear from dog owners on park
Do you have a dog? Do you use the Hillsborough dog park at Gold Park? The Town of Hillsborough wants your thoughts on how improve it.
The town is conducting a survey through Aug. 16 to understand how to make the dog park more user-friendly. An online version is available on the town’s website. Paper copies are available at the dog park and at Paws at the Corner, 250 S. Nash St.
The fenced dog park, which opened in April 2009 with Gold Park, is lightly used. A survey conducted that fall indicated users wanted trees and shade inside the fence as well as waste bags, the trash can and water moved inside the fence.
As the town works toward implementing these improvements, it is considering additional fence configurations. The dog park currently is configured with a center fence to provide two separate areas. An adjacent covered picnic area is outside the fencing. The survey asks dog owners to rate possible fencing options in addition to keeping the current configuration.
The survey also asks dog owners to share any reasons they have for not frequenting the park regularly.

Elderberry Festival coming up
CARRBORO -- The Elderberry Festival will be held on East Main Street in Carrboro on Aug. 24 from 1 – 10 p.m. Bring the entire family for lots of fun.
There will be arts and crafters, 17 performing bands on three stages,
book signings, local food, health foods, elderberries and more. For information visit:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elderberry-Festival/190709990978632 or
call 919-602-2082.