Durham (like most other triangle cities) uses a process called chloramination to treat its drinking water. Chloramine offers purported benefits over the other allowed option (chlorine) and many municipalities have been switching to it in recent decades.
One concern with chloramination is controlling nitrification. This can be a delicate thing to deal with, and the state of NC requires plants to annually perform these “burn out” periods, during which time only chlorine (and not ammonia) is added to the system. By doing so they can ensure that nitrification is avoided.
The South’s “tastiest town” has a solid showing this year, with four James Beard nominees in the running:
- Giorgios Bakatsias is up for “Outstanding Restauranteur.” Bakatsias may be best known for a restaurant that no longer exists (former Ninth St. landmark George’s Garage), but he’s built an empire of well regarded eateries including Durham’s Parizade, the Nasher cafe, Vin Rouge, and Local 22. He also owns several restaurants elsewhere in NC, and has hinted that something new is in the works.
- Phoebe Lawless of Scratch is competing for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
- Scott Howell of Nana‘s is up for Best Chef in the Southeast.
- Matt Kelly of Vin Rouge (a Bakatsias restaurant as mentioned above) and Mateo [ed: my personal favorite place to eat in Durham right now] is also up for Best Chef in the Southeast.
Winners will be announced March 19 – good luck folks!
A note from councilman Don Moffitt to the bike and ped mailing list
Marvin Williams just announced that the bridge is now officially open.Yay!Don Moffitt
Well lookie here! “Raleigh-Durham” is on the list of “potential Google fiber cities.” When you hover over the area, you’ll see a list of cities including Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, and several smaller surrounding towns.
This comes hot on the heels of the Comcast / Time Warner Cable deal, a merger which would presumably join the two loathed ISPs together into a kind of Voltron of horrible service, virtually non-existent customer support, and monopolistic price gouging.
Outside of Time Warner, Durhamites have had slim pickings when it comes to Internets; Clear used to operate its “4G” broadband here (but was acquired by Sprint), and Frontier Communications still claims to have an offering (using Verizon’s old infrastructure), but I’ve yet to actually see that in the wild (and their pricing seems totally horrible).
What can I say? Fingers crossed. Help us google fiber, you’re our only hope!
Front page of reddit – with the headline “So, this is how Raleigh, NC handles 2.5″ of snow“:
With the blizzard raging, the bread and milk long gone, and society on the verge of collapse, it seems possible that this missive may be my last communication to the outside world. I must type quickly, for night approaches, and there is no telling what horrors await me.
If I don’t make it to the dawn, know that I died as I lived: writing Durham News Odds and Ends for you guys. Because I just love you all so much.
- When he resigned (effective Dec 31), embattled DPS Superintendent Eric Becoats walked away with nearly $300,000 in severance pay. Failure is always an option! And when it comes to school superintendents, I guess it’s a lucrative option. Becoats himself has now started a non-profit which bears his name, while the DPS is on the lookout for a replacement.
- The DPAC is the number 4 most attended theater in the entire US. I kid you not! It’s behind only Radio City Music Hall, Caesars Palace, and Orpheum Theater.
- The city has approved the revised plans for an outdoor patio in the Holland Street alleyway (previously discussed here and here). The developers of a hotel in the Mutual Community Savings Bank building originally wanted a large part of the alleyway closed and ceded to them for this purpose, but after some backlash they submitted a revised plan that leaves ownership with the city but allows the hotel to use the space for outdoor dining.
- Apparently, there’s a thing called “hot yoga,” and there’s now a place on NC54 where you can do it (or have it done to you?). Now, I don’t know what hot yoga is, but it sounds pretty… hot.
- Durham County Library tried to send stuff to space.
- Durham based NC Mutual Life Insurance Co continues to face financial troubles. The company, founded over a century ago by African American entrepreneurs, has struggled for a while now; they sold the NC Mutual building on Chapel Hill St. to Greenfire some years ago as well.
- DBAP renovations are well under way. We’ll see if the weather throws them off schedule…
- Not everybody loves the development on Ninth St. Some existing business owners worry they won’t be able to handle the competition, especially with those swank new private parking lots. Oh, and it sounds like more development is in the works nearby, too.
- The Council appears to be on track to approve $1/hr parking fees for Ninth St.
- Parkwood Fire Department (a non-profit organization contracted by the county) is under scrutiny for handing out massive overtime paychecks. Since it’s not run by the county directly, their books aren’t required to be open to the public.
- The Chesterfield aka Liggett Meyer building on Main St near Brightleaf was sold to a real estate developer who apparently wants to lease it out to academic researchers (aside – boy, I hope they at least consider some street level retail here, that streetscape could use a boost). The building was originally intended to be a part of the West Village mixed use development, but it’s been in a legal limbo for years due to financial complications.
- Golden Belt is for sale. The Indy also has some deets.
- The vacant building which once housed Magnolia Grill was damaged by a fire. Investigators think it was started accidentally by trespassers.
- The Self-Help Kent Corner project held a groundbreaking ceremony. TheDurhamNewsDotCom has photos of the Pathways house moving.
- Gregoria’s Cuban Steakhouse has re-opened at its new location on 2701 Hillsborough Rd. after being closed for nearly a year due to a fire.
- The DPD still can’t catch a break, as they’re facing accusations of illegal surveillance.
- Durham County (outside of the city limits) reports a 20% drop in crime for 2013.
- Pill pushers Perdue Pharma have purchased a parcel of property! They’ll use the 52 acres in Treyburn Corporate Park to make their sweet, sweet drugs.
- Likewise, BioMeriux also grabbed 40 acres to expand its existing plant in Treyburn.
- Another pharma company, Argos Therapeutics, is scoring $600k in incentives from the city to expand its TW Alexander location. They’re also now on the NASDAQ.
- Frontier Communications claims to be making their home broadband offerings less terrible.
- Duke’s suspending lunch food truck operations due to poor results. They’d shoved the trucks into an awkward location, so it’s not really surprising that they did poorly.
- The DPD released the names of several teens who were arrested in connection with the latest Huerta march.
- TROSA moved to Geer St., and had a grand re-opening.
- Charlie Deal, of JuJube and Dos Perros fame, is planning to open an Asian fusion place named Juju this summer near Ninth St.
- Mike Ruffin retired as county manager. Deputy County Manager Lee Worsley is stepping in until the permanent replacement (NCCU’s Wendell Davis) takes the helm.
- The Council approved a 185 home development near Barbee Rd. in south Durham.
- Downtown parking is getting more expensive for long-time residents, who had hoped to be grandfathered into a cheaper rate.
- Want to eat at a four star restaurant in Durham? The Washington Duke’s got you covered.
- Bubba the rogue ram has been sold.
- RTP has unleashed a massive new mixed use development plan, and is even pushing for mass transit to connect the park with local cities and make it more appealing for urbanites who don’t dig driving everywhere.
- Bell’s making poverty a priority. What he specifically intends to do about it is… unclear.
- RDU’s renovated terminal 1 is slated to be re-opened on March 2
- Bell posted a video response to the Huerta protests on youtube.
- There’s interest in renovating and re-opening the Jack Tar motel downtown.
- Duke’s looking at a new bike sharing program.
- … and Durham’s ranked as the #4 best place to live in the US, according to a new report.