Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Project Homeless Connect Set for October 10

Durham Project Homeless Connect Set for October 10
Funding, Volunteers and Donations Needed to Serve Hundreds Seeking Help

DURHAM, N.C. - This year's Project Homeless Connect is quickly approaching and event organizers need Durham's support again to serve hundreds of people who will be seeking help.

The Eighth Annual Durham Project Homeless Connect will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, October 10 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham. The annual event is a one-day, one-stop center to provide people experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) homelessness with a broad range of services including housing, employment, health and dental care, mental health care, veterans' and social service benefits, legal services, and more.

According to Program Manager Matthew Schnars with Durham Opening Doors Homeless Prevention & Services in the City of Durham's Community Development Department, organizers are expecting an increase in people seeking help this year. "We've seen an increase in the needs in our community and we expect to see a reflection of that during this year's event," Schnars said. "Since 2007, we have served more than 2,000 people experiencing homelessness and we really need our community's support again this year so we can provide critical and basic services to those in Durham who need it the most."

According to Schnars, approximately 200 volunteers are needed for this year's event with positions available for all schedules, abilities, and interests. Volunteers can help on the day of the event or from 1-4 p.m. the day before with event set-up. Bilingual volunteers fluent in Spanish are also needed. People interested in volunteering should register at<> by 5 p.m. Friday, October 3.
Funding for food is needed as well as hygiene and clothing items, which will be distributed to participants at the conclusion of the event. Hygiene supplies such as soap, lotion, disposable razors, shaving cream, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lip balm, tissue packets, shampoo and feminine hygiene products are needed. Clothing supplies, such as new or gently used coats and gloves as well as new undergarments and new socks are also needed.

If neighborhoods, businesses, schools or churches would like to organize a drive for these needed items, they should register at<>. The requested deadline for completion of these drives is 5 p.m. Friday, October 3.

This year's event is being organized by the City's Community Development Department in partnership with over 20 organizations from all sectors of the Durham community including non-profits, faith-based organizations, universities, and local businesses.

For more information about the 2014 Project Homeless Connect, contact Schnars at (919) 560-4570, ext. 22249 or by email at<>, or visit, like on Facebook at, follow on Twitter at, or follow on Instagram at<>.

About the Community Development Department
The City of Durham's Community Development Department is responsible for coordinating the City's housing resources and various housing assistance programs as well as promoting affordable housing by working with investors and community housing development organizations. The department also provides assistance with the abatement of lead in older homes and administers the City's entitlement programs from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Guided by the City's Strategic Plan, the department helps to ensure that the City has thriving, livable neighborhoods by enhancing housing quality and affordability for Durham residents. To learn more, visit

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hope Valley Elementary and Durham Academy Area Drivers

From the Valley Brook Neighborhood watch:

Neighbors and those of who are transporting in this immediate area for school [Hope Valley Elementary and Durham Academy].

In the past couple of weeks a group of 8 juvenile black males (10 yrs - 17 yrs) have been walking down Dixon Rd. and University Dr. (between 2 pm & 5 pm) in the streets taking up a full lane thus forcing vehicles out of their lanes, as vehicles pass they are jumping out at kicking and slapping them.
If encountered, it's not an isolated incident - PLEASE report to 911.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Missing Person- Kent Torrey Hinkson

Kent Torrey Hinkson has been missing since Monday, August 5. He was last seen at his home in Woodcroft. His car was found nearby at the Mews Apartments, behind the Shannon Road Post Office.

He is white, has blue eyes, gray hair and a gray mustache and goatee and is about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He wears prescription glasses and may also be wearing a black leather hat, Durham police said.

Anyone with information about his disappearance or whereabouts is asked to call Durham police Investigator M. Richards at 919-560-4440, extension 29335.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

National Night Out - August 5

You are invited to National Night Out

Hope Valley North’s third annual NNO

DATE:       August 5, 2014 (rain or shine)

Time:       6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location:  Winchester Ct


Event Specifics:

·        Free hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments

·        Bring Your Own Chair

·        Leave your porch light on at home!

·        Sign in for a name tag and raffle tickets to win prizes

  • Bring school supplies to donate to the Crayons2Calculators program- 10 most needed items: Crayons (boxes), Glue Sticks, Markers (boxes), Pencils (packs), Erasers, Highlighters, Clipboards , Copy Paper – reams , Spiral Notebooks, Composition Books 

Activities include: Meeting city officials and law enforcement, visiting with local vendors, visiting with EMS, Red Cross, and Durham Fire Department, music and line dancing, see the Google car, Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions, and Children’s Activity Area (bring a towel)


Community Parade (lead by DPD SWAT vechile and DFD Fire Truck) will start at Stropshire cul-de-sac at 6pm. Meet there or join along the route from Stropshire turn right on Stonehedge, straight on Suffolk, turn right onto Shrewsbury and left onto Winchester (follow the signs)!

Monday, July 21, 2014

E-Conservation Home Energy Assessment and Retrofit Program

The new energy retrofit program,  E-Conservation Home Energy Assessment and Retrofit Program, offered by Durham County Cooperative Extension has fewer restrictions than NERP had.  To qualify, the home must be
·         less than 2200 sq. ft.,
·         built before 2006, and
·         be in Durham County.
Qualified homeowners get help with
·         air sealing and caulking cracks, crevices, window or doors frames,
·         replacing incandescent lights with CFLs,
·         insulating a water heater, and
·         repairing loose air ducts.
What qualified homeowners have to do
  • attend an E-Conservation workshop (and receive a free starter energy kit whether or not you qualify for the program),
  • agree to pay the first $100.00 of the overall $800.00 grant cost to the assigned energy contractor,
·         be present for the assessment,
·         allow the E-conservation program to monitor their energy use,
·         allow later check-up visits, and
  • sign a waiver. 
Step 1 - Register for the E-Conservation Workshop
Event:            E-Conservation Workshop
Time:              Monday, July 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Place:            South Regional Library, 4505 South Alston Ave.
Cost:              Free!
Register:        Go to, scroll down, and click on View full South Regional calendar.
**You can come to the workshop even if you don’t qualify for the E-Conservation Home Energy Assessment and Retrofit Program.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Car break-ins last night

Last night at least 15 cars in Hope Valley North (HVN) were riffed through and had cash and electronics stolen. The thieves went into unlocked cars all throughout HVN.

If you saw or heard anything last night please call the police department and let them know. If you discover your car was broken into, please call the police and report it. If we don’t let the police know what is going on, they can’t help us.

Lock your doors
While this piece of advice should be obvious, but 15 cars last night were targeted because the door was unlocked.
Don’t leave valuables in the car
If it’s not in the car, the thieves can’t take it from the car.
Conceal your stuff
If you do leave valuables in your car; stow your electronics and accessories well out of sight. The evidence alone might be enough to pique the interest of thieves, so hide that too, including power plugs, iPod adapters, and gps windshield suction-cup mounts.
 Park in your driveway and under a light
It’s more inconspicuous to break into cars on the street than to explain why you are in a stranger’s driveway at night.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


There was a break-in during the day at a house on Suffolk Street on June 19th. The homeowner came home to find several youth leaving the house through a back window. Items taken include: plays-stations, laptops, other electronics and jewelry. Police were called but suspects have not yet been caught.

Early the same week, there were two burglaries in the townhouses at the end of Colchester Street.

Durham Crimestoppers is offering a reward!! CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of persons wanted for felony crimes.  If you have information about this break-in, call Durham Crimestoppers at 919-683-1200. All information is confidential and callers will remain anonymous.