Tuesday, April 21, 2015

South Durham COP program

After a series of crimes in SW Durham, the Parkwood Association asked the Durham Police Department (DPD) to increase the number of officers patrolling South Durham. DPD’s response was that they lacked the manpower to increase patrols.

                Our goal is to give existing officers more time to actively patrol our area by reducing the time they spend on non-emergency services. We are working with the DPD to recruit citizen volunteers for an existing DPD-sponsored program, the Citizen Observer Patrol (COP).

                The COP program uses trained citizen volunteers during daylight hours to perform non-emergency services that that police officers would otherwise do.

                The South Durham COP program, covering Districts 3 and 4, only has enough volunteers to patrol one day a week. According to the DPD COP coordinator, with 17 additional volunteers, this program could have volunteers on patrol every day of the week.

                COP volunteers wear uniforms and patrol during daylight hours in specially-marked cars. They carry assigned hand-held radios linked directly to the central police dispatcher (which gives them direct contact with all uniformed police on patrol) to report suspicious individuals and activities, crimes in progress, abandoned vehicles, and request EMS. COP volunteers help reduce the DPD’s response time.

                We believe that we can recruit these 17 volunteers if the communities in South Durham come together to make their homeowners aware of the COP program and encourage them to attend an April 25, 2015 COP recruitment meeting, where individuals can discuss the program with Officer Suitt (the DPD COP coordinator), other police officers from Police Districts 3 and 4, and current COP volunteers. The meeting will be from 10 to 11am at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department, 1409 Seaton Rd, Durham, NC 27713.

                We hope that you will join us in this effort to provide better police protection for South Durham by distributing the attached sheet on the COP program to the residents in your community, sharing on your neighborhood websites or email lists, and encouraging neighbors to attend the recruitment meeting and volunteer to become a COP.

                If you need more information or have suggestions, please contact the Parkwood Association office (pa.office@parkwoodnc.org, 919-544-2161).

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sign up for community yard sale- May 2

Spring Fling is coming up on May 2. Spring Fling consists of a huge plant sale, food sales and community yard sales.

The yard sales will be held in the neighbors' yards. All will begin at 7:00 a.m. and continue until 11:00 a.m. But we need people to sign up to have yard sale. You need to register with Glenn Heartwell. She can be reached at 919-490-0784 or heartwellg@msn.com

Registration costs $5 and for that fee, HVNNA will provide all the advertising and yard sale signs at both entrances and on each street where a yard sale is held.

After this year, spring fling will no longer be held annually but only every other year. This is your chance to clean out your clothes and garage and make some money. Please contact Glenn for more information.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Durham Joins National Water Conservation Challenge

Durham Joins National Water Conservation Challenge
Residents Encouraged to Take the Pledge During April
DURHAM, N.C. — During the month of April, you can save water, save money, earn prizes and help Durham win the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell and the City’s Water Management Department are encouraging residents to visit http://www.MyWaterPledge.com to sign up for the Wyland Foundation’s Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
The challenge, in its fourth year, is a competition between cities across the United States to see who can be the most water-wise. Mayors and civic leaders are challenging their residents to conserve water, energy and other natural resources on behalf of their city. Last year, Durham finished in fifth place, and Mayor Bell hopes to beat that ranking this year. “As Durham continues to grow, our water resources will be stretched to meet increases in demand,” Bell said. “By participating in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, residents can pledge to make Durham a more sustainable community both now and in the future.”
Cities with the highest percentage of participants are entered for a chance to win hundreds of environmentally friendly prizes, including a Toyota Prius Plug-In, water-saving fixtures and gift certificates. Residents can also visit http://www.DurhamSavesWater.org for more information and ideas for saving water.

Monday, March 16, 2015

COP interest meeting on Saturday April 25th, 10am

 Email about the Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) program:

Monday, March 9, 2015

General meeting 3/10/15 @ 7pm

The general neighborhood meeting will be held at the SW Durham Library on Shannon Rd on tomorrow night, Tuesday (3/10) at 7:00 p.m. Please come out. We will be talking about a number of things including the upcoming spring fling, a new neighborhood CCAP project and crime. We will have a police officer speaking about the recent crime in the neighborhood.


Speaking of crime, someone keeps stealing the meeting reminder signs. We put up reminder signs at the beginning of last week and they were stolen. We made new ones and put them up at the end of the week and again they were stolen. If anyone knows who did this or saw anything suspicious please contact Mo at 919- 632- 3166.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Durham YouthWork Internship Program Hiring Summer Interns

Durham YouthWork Internship Program Hiring Summer Interns
Employment Opportunities for Ages 14-to-21; Applications Accepted Until April 6th 
DURHAM, N.C. – Durham youth, ages 14-to-21, who want to explore a career, earn money and gain valuable work experience this summer are invited to apply to the Durham YouthWork Internship Program (DYIP).
The DYIP, a program of the Durham Workforce Development Board which is administered by the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, is now accepting applications until Monday, April 6, 2015. Approximately 300 summer employment opportunities will be available this year. Youth selected for internships will begin work in mid-June with job assignments typically lasting between six and eight weeks. Participants will also take part in a job skills workshop led by professionals from local businesses and organizations.
Internship placements within the City include the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the Public Works Department. Other partners include Durham County Government, Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College, North Carolina Central University as well as local businesses and non-profit organizations.
Potential applicants may review job listings online to determine their eligibility and apply for DYIP positions by visiting http://agency.governmentjobs.com/durhamnc/default.cfm. The position names are listed as “Internship – Durham YouthWork Internship Program.” Applicants must submit one application for each position desired. If there are questions about the application process, applicants or their parents should contact James Dickens at (919) 560-4965, ext. 15217 or by email at DurhamYouthWork@DurhamNC.gov.
The DYIP is also seeking businesses interested in hiring youth for the summer and/or afterschool internships. Businesses interested in participating should contact Malinda Todd at (919) 560-4965, ext.15220 or by email at Malinda.Todd@DurhamNC.gov.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Durham Offers Free Bulky Brush Removal Until March 13

DURHAM, N.C. – Last week’s winter storm brought more than heavy snow, treacherous driving conditions and wide-spread power outages. It also brought a considerable amount of downed trees, limbs and other debris to yards across the city.
To help city residents clean up this storm debris, the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department is offering free curbside pick-up for bulky brush debris until Friday, March 13. Residents are asked to place up to three cubic yards of brush, which is just over three roll-out carts in size, neatly on their curb on their normal garbage collection day.
If residents have more than three cubic feet of bulky brush debris, they are asked to contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 before March 13 to arrange for a special collection. After March 13, bulky brush debris collection will revert back to being an on-call service with applicable fees.
The City’s yard waste customers will not have this free collection count toward their two free annual collections of bulky brush debris. For more information on the City’s yard waste collection service, visit http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/swmd/Pages/yard2.aspx.
Residents can also bring their bulky brush debris to the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station), located 2115 E. Club Blvd., where fees will be waived for non-commercial customers until noon on Saturday, March 14. City residents may also bring their trash and recycling to the Center at no cost until Friday, March 6.
Residents with any additional questions about these services should contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200.