Six Durham Academy Athletes Commit to Colleges, and Other Recent News

Six Durham Academy Athletes Commit to Colleges, and Other Recent News


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Business Briefs

San Jose-based software company Nutanix opened its largest east coast office in the Chesterfield Building, located on West Main Street.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing approved a new chapter at Durham Technical Community College in November, making Durham Tech the first North Carolina community college to have a local chapter of the national organization.

Wildflower Cottage for Children, a Reggio-inspired childcare business, opened in January on West Cornwallis Road. Founder Krissy Snyder will serve as the executive director.

JB Duke Hotel, located on Science Drive, opened in January. The new sister hotel to the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club features 198 guestrooms and 20,850 square feet of meeting and event spaces.

In December, Maryland-based public health research company Social & Scientific Systems Inc. opened new offices in Durham on Emperor Boulevard.

Jennings Brody’s new children’s store, Tiny, is open on Parrish Street beside Chet Miller.

After 11 years, Bull City Arts Collaborative has closed its Foster Street location. Letterpress print shop and book production studio Horse & Buggy Press has moved to Broad Street.

Siblings Peter Pieraccini of Durham and Catherine Enright of New York have started Exoceuticals, with manufacturing and distribution operations based in Durham. The company’s product, eXO, is a skin care line based on research by Peter’s biotech firm Zen Bio Inc.

Fiber artist and surface designer Brooke Heuts has launched Grey Goods Studio, offering unique textiles and home goods through

In the News

Durham Distillery was the runner-up in USA Today’s “Best Craft Gin Distillery” category of the 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for 2016.

In January, City of Durham launched Bull City Today, a daily video series updating the public on all things Durham. listed Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Museum of Life and Science as two of the 25 best things to do in North Carolina. named Durham-Chapel Hill the 11th largest metro market in the U.S. in the website’s “2017 National Housing Forecast.”

Citi IO listed Durham as one of the top 10 best American cities for working moms based on figures like median salary for full-time female workers ($43,554) and medium home price ($225,000).

What an Honor

Photo Courtesy Durham Academy

The following Durham Academy athletes have committed to play at the collegiate level in 2017:
Madison Dunk, Duke University (lacrosse)
Hannah Pope, UNC-Chapel Hill (lacrosse)
Jorden Davis, Roanoke College (basketball)
Christy Cutshaw, University of Michigan (diving)
Quade Lukes, Elon University (golf )
Lydia Carbuccia, East Carolina University (lacrosse)

The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation granted Durham Tech Foundation $3,500 to support the college’s Harvest Food Pantry Initiative that provides sustainable, healthy options to students, faculty and staff through food pantry supplies and food education programming.

City of Durham Mayor Bill Bell was named to The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the highest honors the Governor can confer, for exemplary service and outstanding contribution to North Carolina.

Christian Benitez, a senior in the Emily Krzyzewski Center’s Scholars to College program, is the first scholar to head to Duke University. →

The Durham-Chapel Hill area was listed at No. 10 on GoodCall’s list of “Top 100 Places for Women Entrepreneurs” based on networking potential, business climate, educational values and economic health.

And the Award Goes to…

Dana Corcoran, principal of Immaculata Catholic School, was awarded the 2016 Dandy Award from the National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion.

Dr. Mary Ann Danowitz, dean of N.C. State University’s College of Education, presented Dr. Bill Ingram, Durham Technical Community College president, with the 2016 I.E. Ready Distinguished Leader Award for his service, leadership and impact in the community college sector.

In September, BuildSense won the USGBC North Carolina Sustainable Business “Talking Walls” Award for representing excellence in sustainability, leadership and innovation.

Nonprofits Book Harvest, SEEDS and Student U were recognized as GSK IMPACT Award winners, receiving $40,000 each, for the organizations’ work towards building a healthy community.

Director of Durham Technical Community College’s Small Business Center, LaShon Harley, received North Carolina Community College System Small Business Center Network’s Innovation Award for Programs and Seminars for her work with the Food Business Summit, which delivered entrepreneurial training to participants.

Take Action

American Dance Festival is accepting submissions for its 2017 Movies by Movers festival until Feb. 12.

Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas will host Durham Second Tuesdays each month to help rally around marginalized groups, donating a portion of sales to the nonprofits that support them.

New Developments

The Jack Tar Hotel, currently being renovated by Austin Lawrence Partners and Center Studio Architecture, is set to open as the Unscripted Durham Hotel in the spring, featuring 74 hotel rooms, a rooftop deck and retail space.

Durham County Library’s Main Library closed in January for a massive renovation that is projected to wrap up in late 2018. A comprehensive literacy and technology center, an expanded North Carolina Collection and a public outdoor plaza, among other advancements, will be added to the 36-year-old structure. MakerLab’s STEAM education opportunities, the North Carolina Collection and Friends of the Library book sales will relocate to Northgate Mall during construction.

On the Move

In December, Duke University named Vincent Price its 10th president. Most recently, he served as provost of University of Pennsylvania. He will succeed Richard Brodhead in July.

Hoyt Tessener joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in December. Hoyt brings 28 years and more than 100 trials worth of experience to the practice.

Dr. Michael R. Zenn, most recently of Duke University Medical Center, joined the CARE Plastic Surgery practice of Dr. Brian S. Coan in January.

Doing Good

Immaculata Catholic School children served the community on Giving Tuesday, which involved collectively bagging 300 lunches for distribution at Urban Ministries of Durham.

Durham Living Wage Project reached a milestone of 100 certified living wage employers in November last year.

Northgate News

Total Fitness Studio – owned and operated by Iris Reese – opened at Northgate Mall in November.

Educational assessment company Measurement Incorporated, too, has opened up shop at Northgate with a new 20,750-square-foot location adjoining the Sears’ first floor.

Macy’s will close in spring of 2017.

Hosted by Carolina Friends School, Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Lakewood Avenue Children’s School and UNC School of Education, Wonder of Learning: The Hundreds of Languages of Children – an international, 7,000-square-foot exhibit – is on display on weekends at the mall until May.

Photo Courtesy Chioke Brown / NCCU

In Memoriam

North Carolina Central University’s first permanent female chancellor, Dr. Debra Saunders-White, passed away November 26, 2016, at the age of 59.