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for Independent Weekly Vol. 27 Issue 47, November 2010
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New Hill Community Association is the winner of a 2010 Indy Citizen Award for their positive contribution to society in the Triangle area. The association is fighting Western Wake Partners who want to put a wastewater treatment plant in the tiny, unincorporated, historically African-American town. Both black and white residents have joined forces to fight the project. The project would serve Cary, Apex, and Morrisville, but not New Hill and there are options to place the plant away from residents which are not being considered.
Philanthropist Dan Hill is the winner of a 2010 Indy Citizen Award for his positive contribution to society in the Triangle area. Hill is responsible for helping to revive the East Durham business district. Hill has helped bring in the TROSA Grocery, Godspeed Internet Café, and Joe’s dinner to the deserted district. The success of the shopping center where the businesses are located has helped restore pride in the neighborhood and provide food to residents who did not have a grocery store nearby.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission ruled that a pet’s life has no value beyond the cost of a new dog of the same type. A pet has no intrinsic value. The ruling was made after NC State was accused of accidentally killing a dog and the owner’s sued. Pet owners, Herbert and Nancy Shera will appeal the ruling. Their lawyer noted several mistakes that occurred during the trial and ruling and he is optimistic the ruling will be overturned.
The NC Dream Team are winners of a 2010 Indy Citizen Award for their positive contribution to society in the Triangle area. The group is made up on undocumented immigrants who are risking deportation to fight for the DREAM Act. Members of the group discuss the difficulties they experience growing up as undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US by their parents and who had no say over their move.
Amber Smith is the winner of a 2010 Indy Citizen Award for her positive contribution to society in the Triangle area. Amber Smith is the founder of ME3 which matches people with volunteering opportunities. ME3 also fosters the spirit of volunteerism in high school, offering a Community Leadership and Service course. The course helps students work on projects which benefit their local communities.