Chapel Hill: Opinion

The conversation: Trsih Verne, Jeremy M. Salemson and C.P. McDade

Shopping success

On behalf of the Optimist Club of Chapel Hill, I want to thank the Carrboro Police, the Chapel Hill Police, the Orange County Sherriff’s Office, UNC Department of Public Safety and UNC Hospital Police for their support and participation in our third annual Shop With a Cop Project.

Twenty students from Morris Grove Elementary School were selected by the school staff for participating in the project. Each was paired with an officer and given a $75 gift card by the Optimist Club to shop for gifts for themselves and their families at the Hillsborough Walmart.

We extend special thanks to Officer Heather Barrett and the Morris Grove School staff for coordinating the event. Our thanks also go to Heather Wallace and the Enterprise Foundation for their generous donation that helped fund the project. Their support made it possible for us to expand the project to include four more hardworking students this year.

After returning to the school, the students met Officer Joseph Glenn and his canine partner, Titus, who demonstrated how closely they work together to protect our community. Thanks to each of the 27 officers who gave their free time to build positive relationships with the children of our community.

It was a pleasure to see the smiles on the faces of the students and the officers. At the store other shoppers and store employees also got in on the festive spirit. In addition to the shopping spree, the students also received a Christmas stocking from the Optimist Club. We thank Joel Wagoner, DDS for his donations to help fill the stockings. The police officers gave new bike helmets to those students that bought bikes.

At the end of the bus ride back to school, the general opinion of all participants was, “This was the best field trip ever.” We look forward to next year with a goal to fill every seat on the bus.

Trish Verne


The Optimist Club of Chapel Hill

Get involved with the chamber

I am writing to express my support and gratitude for the exemplary job that the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce offers in its support of local business.

As a business owner in Chapel Hill for the past 18 years, and as a board member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce for 2014, I have enjoyed the support and collaborative nature of the chamber. The Chapel Hill-Chamber of Commerce continues to be a staunch advocate for a pro-business atmosphere within our community. The chamber supports continued business development, and as we know, business development drives job growth, and job growth provides a platform for innovation and continued expansion within our community.

I would like to provide a call to action for business owners throughout our community. If you are currently a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, I salute you and say thank you! The chamber could not offer its services and support without your membership. In addition to your membership, I encourage you to to visit to find out about available opportunities to become actively involved within the Chamber in 2015, while simultaneously having the ability to impact your community.

If you are not a current member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, please consider joining in 2015. Your support dollars will not only provide much needed assistance to an incredibly influential organization, but you will also enjoy the exponential return of that investment in the form of community support and awareness from the Chamber.

I would like to officially thank the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce for everything that it does for the businesses and citizens of Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Happy Holidays!

Jeremy M. Salemson

Corporate Investors Mortgage Group, Inc.

Deputies looking out

During this holiday season Orange County sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling residential neighborhoods in unmarked and unconventional vehicles in addition to marked patrol cars. This in an effort to reduce the number of residential break-ins. Residents are encouraged to call 911 immediately if they observe suspicious vehicles, suspicious persons or suspicious behavior. If it’s concerning to you, it’s concerning to us.

Investigator C.P. McDade

Orange County Sheriff’s Office