Tuesday, 23 May 2017 16:25

Horse's Mouth for May 24, 2017

“This is an issue we wish people wouldn’t call and complain about. It’s illegal and when we get called on it we have to enforce it to a degree because there is liability for us. We are kind of caught in the middle of it. I’m not opposed to a golf cart ordinance, but my concern is we have to be very careful not to implement something that works in one place but not in another.”

— Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle to town commissioners following comments from residents of the Bahia Bay neighborhood asking for an ordinance making it legal to ride golf carts on their neighborhood streets.

“I think it’s the wave of the future and it’s something we’ll have to address sooner or later.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Woody Washam on the growing popularity of golf cart communities.

“One thing I have learned is people will be people.”

— Hoyle on his concerns that an ordinance that restricts golf carts to certain streets would be abused.

“We don’t want them running up and down West Catawba. That’s a suicide mission.”

— Hoyle on kamikaze golf cart drivers.

“Gators run forever.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips suggesting a John Deere Gator utility vehicle that is currently surplus equipment in the public works department could be transformed into a useful item for the parks and recreation department.

“They run until they get hit on the highway.”

— Commissioner Charles Guignard quickly referencing an accident last year in which Phillips, riding a Gator and attempting to cross the road near his home, was seriously injured in a collision with a passing vehicle.

“It’s still running. It’s just warped.”

— Phillips, quickly defending the Gator brand.

“I have a 21-inch mower, so I’ll leave the decisions about tractors to those who know more about it.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell after a lengthy back-and-forth budget review session discussion about Parks and Recreation Department plans to purchase a tractor.

“It’s an automatic renewal, but not at the same price. The deal says they can raise the price, but it also defines the formula they are supposed to use to determine the increase.”

— Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill explaining that he doesn’t think the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department used the correct call volume numbers to determine Huntersville’s annual cost for police dispatch services should increase from $275,000 to $689,000.

“Don’t pay them a damn thing.”

— Phillips, offering a sure-to-get-their attention approach to express the town’s dissatisfaction with the CMPD implementation of the automatic renewal clause that resulted in the $400,000-plus increase.

“I am grateful to so many SwimMAC athletes, parents, staff, and supporters for the opportunity to have led this club. I am also extremely proud of the program that, working together as a team, we have been able to develop over the past 10 years.”

— Outgoing SwimMAC CEO David Marsh.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 16:37

Horse's Mouth for May 17, 2017

“It really was a matter of getting some updated information and facts about the club, the level of participation and the overall agreement. I had some questions in April, and I still had some questions when this came up at the first meeting in May. But right after that meeting, I started getting some answers. And I think all members of the board got the information they were looking for and, tonight, we did the right thing; the best thing for the town.”

—Huntersville Commissioner Dan Boone on the town board*s about-face with regard to a contract extension with the Carolina Rapids soccer club for preferred use of soccer fields at Richard Barry Park.

“We provided some information that I think answered their questions. And I believe they got some feedback from the community.”

— Carolina Rapids Executive Director Thomas Finlay on that additional ※information§ to which Boone referred.

“Life is not about things, but the people you meet.”

— Former Carolina Rapids player Kelly Flanders, a Hopewell High School graduate who now plays at Appalachian State University, about her experience with the soccer club.

“If you approve a capital project, you’d better be responsible enough to pay for the maintenance. It’s a safety issue, and to not appropriate the funds of at least $80,000 to $100,000 this year for maintenance of these facilities I think is asinine.”

— Cornelius PARC Commission Chairman Scott Higgins to Cornelius commissioners, urging them to fund at east part of PARC Director Troy Fitzsimmons’ maintenance fund requests in the next fiscal year budget.

“We’re losing money because we’re waiting on something to be broken before we fix it.”

— Fitzsimmons, telling commissioners that addressing small maintenance issues today before they become costlier ones tomorrow is a prudent expenditure.

“This is a wake-up call.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke, urging his fellow town board members to more fully fund the PARC Department.

“I believe because more people are reading about this, and more conversations are being held, more people are coming forward.”

— Ocular melanoma research team liaison Dr. Michael Brennan on a greater awareness of the group’s investigation into an OM cluster associated with western Huntersville contributing to more potential victims coming forward.

“I looked up to them and thought, ‘that’s what I want to be when I’m their age.’”

— Hough High School senior soccer player Elise Gallo upon, as a freshman, watching then-star senior players Courtney Carroll and Marnie Merritt lead the Huskies to a state championship three years ago.

“Probably the most talented group of guys to come through here. It’s a special group. I hate to see them go.”

— Hough High baseball coach Jimmy Cochran on the loss of his talented senior class following a season-ending playoff loss to North Davidson. The seniors were part of 84 varsity wins over the last four years.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 05:56

Horse's Mouth for May 10, 2017

“We’ll look at all the proposals and those that meet our criteria will advance in the process.”

— Huntersville Interim Town Manager Gerry Vincent identifying the initial phase of review the four bids for Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center management services will undergo.

“We may have ruffled some feathers.”

— Vincent, currently involved in negotiations with Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department about changes in extra-territorial police coverage, inferring that one issue may have spilled into another as the town continues to wait for CMPD to provide a new estimate for police dispatch service costs.

“For the reasons stated above, we affirm the order of the trial court, granting summary judgment in favor of defendants.”

— Closing statement in a 24-page opinion issued last week by the North Carolina Court of Appeals ending the latest legal challenge to the managed lane project on Interstate 77 mounted by the group.

“We are deeply disappointed by these decisions. WidenI77 will meet as a group and discuss our next options.”

— Statement on WidenI77’s website in reaction to the appeals court ruling.

“Those are probably the two most important numbers in the budget process. Those are where all the spending is in terms of the core costs. ... Year after year, for the dozen years I’ve been here, we have property value, which means property tax revenue, increasing by 1.4 percent and we have sales tax revenue increasing at 2.4 percent and personnel and operating three and four times the growth in revenue.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy during the May 1 town board meeting after Town Manager Anthony Roberts presented his recommended budget for fiscal year 2018. Gilroy insists the town’s growth in operations and personnel costs is outpacing its revenue growth in areas other than property taxes by a 2-to-1 margin.

“Here is where we rely on the tax rate and the county bails us out after a few years by increasing everybody’s property value (through revaluation). Families are living in the same house, but they’re writing a bigger check because the county tells them their house is worth more.”

— Gilroy on the role he perceives property tax revaluations play in helping Cornelius meet budget growth.

“I believe that in the past and likely in the future, towns have and will seek to be as revenue neutral as possible. ... There is, however, no perfect offset. Those with significant property revaluations would still pay more, while those with little or no valuation increases would enjoy a tax decrease.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke suggesting the town has been effective in minimizing the impact of revaluations on property owners.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 16:48

Horse's Mouth for May 3, 2017

“I know you’re thinking, ‘I wish I had gone when he offered it.’”

— Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis to resident Kim Campbell before she spoke during Monday night’s public hearing for a proposed Quik Trip convenience store. Travis did invite speakers to address the issue during the public comments section of the meeting some 90 minutes earlier.

“I’m not impressed with the Circle K buffering so far. What I worry about is we’ve got some decent architecture on this building, but it’s still a gas station and there are still some angles from high-traffic streets ... where we’re going to see the gas station. When I look at this sketch and I look at the Circle K, I think that’s the 2030 version of what that tree might look like.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy during the Quik Trip public hearing, comparing the landscape buffering in the sketch to the as-yet incomplete landscaping at a recently opened and similarly designed Circle K on Bailey Road at N.C. 115.

“This is a big deal for us, and for Huntersville and for the entire Lake Norman area. The choice came down to us and Charlotte. The band preferred an outdoor venue and we had what they wanted. Now people around here don’t have to go to Charlotte to see them.”

— Primal Brewer founding partner Ray Steimel about the brewpub’s Lake Street Dive concert in June.

“There’s a great flexibility in going into a space like that, knowing some of the things you want to do but not all the things you want to do. Within the academic heritage and tradition of Davidson, you need all the flexibility you can build into it.”

— Davidson College alumnus Ed Van Deman, whose $1 million gift to the college will fund [email protected], an innovative business incubator creating a connection between the campus and the Lake Norman community.

“This is the part of the year where I’d rather you not ask me.”

— Huntersville Finance Director Jackie Huffman telling Mayor John Aneralla that, with numbers from the last one-third of the town’s current fiscal year still unknown, she didn’t feel comfortable predicting final revenue figures.

“My cows are happy.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips, illustrating the plus side of local businesses working together, discussing using grain from the 11 Lakes Brewing in Cornelius to feed his livestock.

“Right, and they are in violation, and they know it.”

— Huntersville Planning Director Jack Simoneau acknowledging Commissioner Charles Guignard’s claim that some Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools facilities in Huntersville regularly violate town rules about constantly changing electric display signs.

“Some teams blew some smoke to make me think maybe I’d be drafted.”

— Former Lake Norman Charter and Coastal Carolina football star Alex Scearce, who was not selected during last week’s NFL Draft, has signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:35

Horse's Mouth for April 26, 2017

“The horticulture program at North Meck is taking a pause ... but it will be back as Agricultural Science.”

— Matthew Hayes, superintendent of the North Learning Community for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, describing plans for one of the Career and Training Education programs at North Mecklenburg High School.

“We understand the program has a significant history and traditional place in the community and we want to make sure that tradition continues.”

— Hayes about the long-running agriculture and horticulture program at North Meck.

“Nobody bleeds blue and white more than I do. I have a true passion for making sure North Meck always serves the people in this area.

— Hayes, who was principal at North Meck for several years before accepting the area superintendent’s post, summarizing his personal connections to the school.

“We’ve been on a rollercoaster ride.”

— Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill describing years of up and down negotiations with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department concerning law enforcement responsibilities in the town’s extra-territorial jurisdiction.

“We tried to do this peacefully and quietly, but couldn’t get an agreement in place. It kept being put off year after year.”

— Spruill about efforts to change the status of ETJ police


“This shouldn’t be a money issue, but a public service issue.”

— Spruill, emphasizing that his department is better positioned to serve areas around Huntersville.

“They seemed to be intertwined, and they shouldn’t be.”

— Huntersville Interim Town Manager Gerry Vincent acknowledging that ongoing talks with CMPD about a new dispatch services contract may be a peripheral issue in ETJ coverage negotiations.

“They will be offering complimentary genetic counseling to the Huntersville OM population and recommending the number and type of blood tests to perform.”

— Dr. Michael Brennan explaining the services personnel from Carolinas HealthCare Systems will provide to enhance the investigation of a local cluster of ocular melanoma cases.

“There may be some other cases to evaluate and some additional work for John Cassels, but we need to take a closer look.”

— Brennan, explaining that if new patients are identified that match the cohort criteria, they will be added to the research that began earlier this month with Cassels’ geospatial analysis.

“I think this can be attributed in part to greater awareness in the area and more community conversations.”

— Brennan saying that the potential discovery of additional OM cases in the area could be a direct result of community involvement.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:40

Horse's Mouth for April 19, 2017

“You are seeing the heart of this community. They will stand by people in their weakest moments, and I don’t know that I can describe a weaker moment than losing a child.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Charles Guignard praising the widespread community effort involved in securing a coordinated research program to investigate a cluster of rare eye cancer cases.

“I’d say it was absolutely productive.”

— Environmental scientist John Cassels summarizing his research in Huntersville that included interviews with patients and families impacted by ocular melanoma and the collection of information about environmental and historical factors.

“The families appear to be happy that we are involved — happy that someone is listening.”

— Cassels describing the response he received in conducting his geospatial analysis.

“I’ll be looking at their life stories and put together a space-time cube for each patient as part of the creation of a correlation matrix looking to identify connections.”

— Cassels describing the next phase of his project.

“I feel privileged to be a part of it.”

— Dr. Michael Brennan, who has coordinated a consortium of medical professionals and researchers now involved in the Huntersville research, describing his connection to the local project to town commissioners.

“Starting this summer, you’ll need to decide about issuing some bond money in 2019, and that’s fiscal year 2019 that begins July 1, 2018.”

— Huntersville Finance Director Jackie Huffman telling commissioners that the time frame for decisions on how to fund many of the projects on the town’s list of future capital improvements — including the option of accessing funds remaining from the town’s 2012 bond package — is not far away.

“This is a partnership that can’t be defined just by numbers.”

— Thomas Finlay, executive director of the Carolina Rapids soccer club, referencing the long-term arrangement between The Town of Huntersville and his organization regarding field usage at Richard Barry Park.

“It’s park and recreation, not park and revenue.”

— Finlay reminding Huntersville commissioners that the town department was created to provide services for residents, not as an income producer.

“Decisions are easy when you know what your values are.”

— Finlay, saying the slogan used in the Carolina Rapids program was also applicable to the decision Huntersville commissioners must make about renewing the sponsorship arrangement.

“We want 15 or 20 years. ... We want to be married to the town. Five years is just a friendship.”

— Finlay, in response to questions about a possible shorter-term agreement, explaining that the Carolina Rapids program wants a long-term partnership with the town. He added that a 10-year term was proposed because that’s the term of the town’s lease with the county for the Barry Park land.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:45

Horse's Mouth for April 12, 2017

“Understanding at least part of what they have dealt with, I wanted to be here to see how far they have come, and I wanted to be here to help them see that everything they have done has led to this.”

— Medical oncologist and melanoma specialist Dr. Marlana Orloff, who was involved in treating three of the patients in Huntersville*s ocular melanoma cluster, referencing the years-long effort by local patients and families to secure an examination of the local cases.

"We’ll keep fighting the fight ... keep doing everything we can to try to save other lives.”

— Robin Legg, the mother of OM victim Meredith Legg Stapleton and among those seeking more research into Huntersville*s OM cases for the last four years, stating her intentions at the conclusion of her Sunday afternoon interview with researchers.

“The approach to evaluating a cluster of cancer cases does — and does not — have an agreed upon path, but this multi-prong method using geospatial, genetics and tissue testing could became an approach applied in other areas."

— Orloff citing how the research that started this week in Huntersville could become a model for other cancer investigations.

“I’m asking the patients and the families about everything, from the beginning of their lives to the moment of diagnosis.”

— Environmental scientist John Cassels explaining the range of information he is compiling as part of his geospatial analysis related to Huntersville*s OM cluster.

“Locations are a part of this, but it’s not just places on a map, it’s points in space and time and other details relevant to each patient's experience.”

— Cassels providing a brief summary of the specific details and timelines he is putting together in the search for links between local OM patients.

“I feel close to this. My mother died of a brain tumor and I know what it’s like to want to know more, to want to have a better understanding of why something happened. This is a way for me to help give something back.”

— Cassels sharing some of his personal feelings about his role in the local research project.

“He actually went twice, once on each side.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Melinda Bales telling David Clay, executive director of Historic Latta Plantation, how much her son enjoyed the Civil War re-enactment programs the facility offers.

“They used math, but they used the wrong numbers.”

— Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill explaining why he believes the estimate provided by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for a renewal of emergency dispatch services was high. Spruill said the calculation was based on the total number of calls originating in Huntersville, including check-in calls from officers, and not just on the number of calls for service.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:33

Horse's Mouth for Apri 5, 2017

“What I’d really like to see is a comparison between the soil, water and air at Hopewell and maybe three other random places in town before we move forward on genetics and so forth. I think that’s really our responsibility as a town, to make sure the environment is safe.”

— Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla during Monday night’s town board meeting regarding how to best spend state ocular melanoma research grant money, referencing the overall nature of research proposals and avenues of study suggested by medical specialists. The suggestion is opposite what was recommended by a firm hired to conduct such environmental testing and medical professionals looking into the Huntersville OM cluster.

“Are there any Tar Heel fans in the audience?”

— Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis at the start of Monday night’s town board meeting, referencing the NCAA men’s basketball championship game scheduled to begin later in the evening.

“Oh really? I’m surprised you’re here?”

— Travis on raised hands.

“They’re only here for awhile.”

— Commissioner Michael Miltich.

“I’m going to pass for the Carolina game.”

— Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts declining his turn at the microphone when asked by Travis if he had a manager’s report.

“I want the best, but I’m pretty happy with Robbins Park.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Woody Washam responding to fellow Commissioner Dave Gilroy telling Classica Homes President Bill Saint, “We want the best.” They were commenting on Classica’s approved 22-home subdivision on Washam Potts Road and the amount of open space reserved. Classica is the primary builder of the Robbins Park neighborhood in Cornelius.

“I don’t believe that’s a fair comparison.”

— Cornelius Planning Director Wayne Herron on the pole sign in front of the former Anchorage Marine on Statesville Road, which will be redeveloped as Boatyard Eats, a dining and outdoor entertainment venue.

“It’s in the eye of the beholder.”

— Travis regarding the sign.

“To answer your question, yes the fence will come down. It’s probably the first thing that will come down.”

— Boatyard Eats developer David Stockwell to Commissioner Jim Duke on the chain link fence topped with barbed wire around the Anchorage Marine site.

“I think we’re all super excited about this.”

— Gilroy on Boatyard Eats.

“This is designed to ebb and flow and be reactive to what the community wants. This concept won’t be the same in year three as it was in the ribbon cutting.”

— Stockwell, on the evolutionary nature of the Boatyard Eats project.

“Congratulations, David. Job well done. Hurry up!”

— Chuck Travis to Stockwell after Boatyard Eats was approved by the town board.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 15:49

Horse's Mouth for March 29, 2017

“Most fun I’ve had watching a game, for sure.”

— Cole Maye on watching his brother, Luke, make the game-winning shot against Kentucky to put the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four while in his dorm room at the University of Florida. Cole is a freshman relief pitcher for the Gators baseball team.

“There are times I think it looks pretty good and other times I’m like, ‘what’s he doing?’”

— Cole Maye on his brother’s new bearded look.

“It’s hard to cheer for that team, that school. If it had been any other player ... but since it’s Luke, my old teammate, I had nothing but joy.”

— Tucker Thompson, Luke Maye’s Hough High School teammate who plays for North Carolina State University.

“It was a great feeling. I thank my teammates so much and my coach for putting me in that situation. I’m just very blessed to have this opportunity.”

— Luke Maye to the media following the win over Kentucky. He scored 17 points in 20 minutes for a new career-high for the second straight game on his way to NCAA Regional MVP honors.

“He’s got a big role with our team, and I think it’ll just get bigger and bigger over his career.”

— Tar Heels’ coach Roy Williams on Maye and his future.

“Last year it was like the world was coming to an end because Jackie was leaving.”

— Cornelius Town Commissioner Dave Gilroy during last month’s budget and planning retreat, voicing his displeasure over last year’s one-cent property tax increase and overall personnel costs. Long-time Finance Director Jackie Huffman had announced her move to Huntersville just prior to the retreat, in part because of a higher salary.

“Why so grumpy, Dave?”

— Cornelius Town Commissioner Jim Duke to Gilroy on the second morning session of last month’s retreat as the board discussed the “80-20” report given by Town Manager Anthony Roberts, which highlights the town’s 80 percent in fixed costs and 20 percent discretionary expenses.

“I apologize for my grumpiness, but it’s my grumpiest morning of the year. When they break out the 80/20, it’s my grumpiest morning of the year.”

— Gilroy shortly before the retreat was adjourned.

“We’re getting professionals and paying them part-time wages.”

— Huntersville Fire Chief Jim Dotoli, citing the high caliber of the part-time fire staff the department uses as a reason for his request for a 50-cent per hour pay raise.

“Someone has to have one, and he’s mine.”

— Dotoli, citing recently retired Huntersville Chief Larry Irvin as his mentor.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:07

Horse's Mouth for March 22, 2017

“Even without the project, NCDOT can and will eventually remove left turns if they consistently see backups on I-77.”

— Cornelius Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant on a compromise being worked out between the town and the North Carolina Department of Transportation on improvements around the intersection of West Catawba Avenue and Torrence Chapel Road/Liverpool Parkway.

“I leave with regret, but it is essential for health reasons I have to be with my family in England, and I look forward to fond memories of friends such as the present commissioners. … I bid you a fond farewell and thank you for all you have meant to me.”

— Long-time Cornelius resident and England native Alwyn Smith, a regular speaker at Cornelius Town Board meetings and volunteer on various town committees.

“Sometimes you just have to look at the experts and say ‘you don’t know what you’re talking about.’”

— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell summarizing some of his thoughts about the long-term plans for N.C. 73 improvements.

“I don’t see anybody from Huntersville who’s not already here.”

— Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla, addressing an overflow crowd and jokingly explaining his reasons for opening Monday’s Town Board meeting a few minutes early.

“Splitting the baby.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Melinda Bales’ description of her last-minute compromise for solving a rezoning versus road plan controversy by suggesting the town buy the property and hold it until the state finalizes road plans.

“The purpose of zoning is to consider the needs of the whole community. This is right smack in the middle of something the community needs.”

— Huntersville resident John Ryan citing the value of zoning guidelines and long-term planning for the greater good during comments opposing the rezoning of property where a re-aligned N.C. 73 could be located.

“Some of the stuff we have going on is amazing.”

— Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts at this month’s town planning and zoning retreat on the plethora of commercial projects being planned, proposed and constructed in the town.

“Things are popping. Things are moving.”

— Cornelius Town Planner Wayne Herron on the town’s commercial development.

“He had a great legacy there. … It was great while it lasted, and he enjoyed it, and he’ll always have those memories. It’s fine. He’s always going to coach. We’ll do this until we’re old. We love just coaching and being around kids and helping kids out. It’s nice to be able to come home and do this.”

— Former Davidson Day and current University of West Virginia quarterback Will Grier on his father, Chad’s, football coaching legacy at Davidson Day.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 16:40

Horse's Mouth for March 15, 2017

“I was 50 years old when I started serving as a commissioner, and I just turned 58. It’s been eight years I’ve been coming to the budget retreats, and it’s been a real pleasure.”

— Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, making his opening remarks to the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners at the town’s budget and planning retreat in Winston-Salem last week.

“The last time we were here we made a bold decision to increase our tax rate.”

— Travis, reminding commissioners of the budget focus from last year’s retreat prior to listing a number of accomplishments of the town in the prior year.

“We must move down the path of a new bond.”

— Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts to commissioners during a discussion of the town’s longer range capital improvement program.

“Tax rates you can drop very fast, but it takes a long time to raise them politically. We have needs that exceed that $20 million.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke on the possible effect of reducing property tax rates following the 2019 revaluation, which is expected to show an increase in overall property values by as much as 20 percent.

“It is difficult to describe. Some days it is overwhelming to think about the reasons this came about, and other days it is humbling to realize how far it has come.”

— Cami Meador, a member of the Angels of ’97 board of directors who was 14 when her older sister, Mandi, an original “Angel,” died in a car crash.

“When this started, I think it was a type of emotional escape, a way to feel like you could control some aspect of your life, a way to do something. But now, as a mother myself with a better perspective on what my mother and other families endured, understanding the way everyone somehow came together to create something so positive, it’s amazing.”

— Meador.

“In the absence of target chemicals, a soil testing work plan cannot be prepared and no soil sampling or other media testing is advised based on currently available information.”

— A report to the Town of Huntersville by consultant Hart-Hickman on the relative value of environmental testing in the area around Hopewell High School in the search for a cause of an ocular melanoma cluster.

“I was 100 percent in favor of digging dirt and testing the air and water, but we don’t know what to look for. The genetic testing could provide a better starting point, a way to see what the 10, or 12, or more people have in common.”

— Kenny Colbert, father of Kenan Colbert Koll, a Hopewell High School graduate who died of ocular melanoma complications in 2014 at age 28.