Flo Rida Crashes Chapel Hill for the Night (And Other News Bites)

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Flo Rida crashed the Chapel Hill house party of some UNC seniors along with radio station Pulse FM for the UNC vs. Duke game in March.

Susan and Jim Kitchen attended the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards in February at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Jim, an Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, and Susan, the Founder/CEO of Race Smart, also attended the MusiCares event prior to the ceremony
that honored Lionel Richie and featured performances by Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, John Legend, Ellie Goulding, Usher and others.

Susan and Jim Kitchen


The Carolina Inn’s award-winning Crossroads Chapel Hill is one of only two restaurants in North Carolina to receive a Forbes Four-Star rating for 2016. This is the 16th straight year that the restaurant has been awarded Four Stars.

Former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach and current UNC women’s soccer head coach Anson Dorrance has been named the 2016 winner of the Werner Fricker Builder Award. As U.S. Soccer’s highest honor, the award is given to an individual who has dedicated at least 20 years of service to the sport, working to establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the U.S.

Tar Heel great Antawn Jamison has been named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. He and the other eight inductees will be enshrined during the 53rd annual banquet in May in Raleigh.

Michael Barefoot, founder of Southern Season, was recently honored and inducted into the Specialty Food Association’s prestigious Hall of Fame.

Il Palio executive chef Teddy Diggs was named one of the top “16 Chefs to Watch in 2016” by Restaurant Hospitality.

Johnny Wehmann of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston was selected to participate in the 2016 Leadership Academy class for the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®. He will be representing the Orange Chatham Association of Realtors.

Jessica Ferreira, a 2012 graduate of Chapel Hill High School, received one of four $30,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarships awarded for 2016 from the Young Menswear Association. The Savannah College of Art and Design student was recognized for her made-to-order 3D-printed footwear collection, titled “Shoes with Real Souls,” comprised of shoes made to fit the exact measurements of a person’s foot, detected by body scanning technology. Jessica is the daughter of Paulo Ferreira and Mirna Ferreira.


Norwegian professional squash player and 2010 East Chapel Hill High School grad Adrian Ostbye won the Norwegian National Championship in January. Adrian says he discovered squash his senior year at East Chapel Hill, where he played varsity tennis. He started playing in the Professional Squash Association after graduating from Western University in London, Ontario, with a degree in economics.

Carrboro High School swimmer Will Macmillan won Most Outstanding Swimmer at the NCHSAA 1A/2A State Swim Meet and broke two swim meet records in the process.

Chapel Hill High School swimmer Claire DeSelm was named a recipient of the NCHSAA Performance of the Week award. It was her spectacular performance in the NCHSAA 3A Eastern Regionals, placing first in the 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 400-yard freestyle relay and a second place team effort in the 200-yard medley relay that earned her the honor.


Holly Fraccaro of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties has been named executive officer by the Professional Women in Building Council of the National Association of Home Builders.

Briar Chapel broke ground on the first of its four commercial segments. When finished, it will feature custom-designed shopping, restaurants, education (like a future Central Carolina Community College campus) and health care services.

During the Duke vs. UNC game in February, Facebook winner Ryan Cooke participated in a series of foul shots (two while blindfolded!). Unfortunately, Ryan and fiancee Kelly O’Dell did not go home with the Diamonds Direct Crabtree $6,500-valued grand prize, but they had a great time at the game. Above, Ryan and Kelly (center) with Lev Shnaidman, Megan Farrell, Almog Mashiach and Lisa Johnson of Diamonds Direct.

Chapel Hill Needlepoint has moved to its new location in Midtown Market between Flyleaf Books and SallyMack.

Artisan Pizza Kitchen is now under the ownership of Grey Rogers, along with family members Wilson and Patty Rogers. The three have been making subtle changes to the eatery since taking over last fall through working with the staff and getting to know the customers.

Schoolkids Records bought and took over CD Alley on West Franklin Street on March 1. Schoolkids, which left Chapel Hill in 2008, now has three locations.

Culinary husband-and-wife team Cassie Piercy and Ray Card have joined the Giorgios Group, having recently relocated from San Francisco. Cassie is the new general manager for City Kitchen, and Ray serves as the chef de cuisine for the restaurant group.

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen received lots of love in a three-page feature by Marian Bull in the Winter 2015 issue of Lucky Peach.

The Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce selected Ashton Woods as Hillsborough’s Business of the Year. Beyond its stunning Waterstone communities, Ashton Woods’ extensive involvement with the town has included sponsoring the Riverwalk Movie Series, a free family-friendly movie series in the summer.

In January, Greg Fitch of Fearrington Village began his term as president of the Botanical Garden Foundation, the support and conservation arm of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. He’ll work with newly appointed garden director Damon Waitt who starts April 13 after years at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.

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