Monday, September 15, 2014

Crime and Watchful Neighbors


If you read this blog or come to neighborhood meetings, you know that back in June we had a house break-in and in July someone (or a group of people) went through the neighborhood stealing out of about 15 unlocked cars.

Since January 2014, those are the only crimes that show up for Hope Valley North on the Crimemapper database: http://gisweb.durhamnc.gov/gis_apps/crimedata/dsp_entryform.cfm

Meaning we live in a pretty safe neighborhood. But there are also many near crimes that you don’t hear about. In recent weeks, a strange man was peering in the windows of a house where new neighbors recently moved. Luckily the new homeowners had meet with their neighbors so when one person saw this strange man looking in windows, she did the best thing she could do….she called the police. Who came and caught the man.

Just yesterday, an SUV with two men drove past a house in HVN and saw a nice bicycle on the front porch. They drove back by, parked on the street and one guy jumped out and walked up the driveway to grab the bike. Again an observant neighbor knew that the person taking the bike did not belong and called the police. He prevented the bike from being stolen.

One of the best deterrents to crime is getting to know your neighbors and calling the police if you see someone or something that looks out of place.

We do live near areas of high crime. The townhouses at the end of Colchester have had two assaults and six break-ins since January. In order to get to those townhouses, criminals must drive through our neighborhood. We all need to be watchful for ourselves and our neighbors.

And thanks to those neighbors mentioned above who paid attention when they saw something odd and called the police!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Durham E-Waste Recycling & Shredding Event October 4

Durham E-Waste Recycling & Shredding Event October 4
Free & Convenient Event Open to All Durham Residents & Businesses
 
DURHAM, N.C. – Durham residents and businesses waiting for the next free opportunity to recycle electronic waste and shred confidential documents should plan to attend the E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event early next month.
 
The event will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the visitor side of the Durham County Memorial Stadium, located at 750 Stadium Dr. Event staff will be on hand to unload old electronics and paper.
 
The event, co-sponsored by the City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department, Sonoco Recycling, Shimar Recycling, Synergy Recycling and Durham County Government, will accept nearly all electronic devices with a cord, including:
·         Computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, etc.
·         Televisions, stereo equipment, tape players, receivers, amplifiers, record players, etc.
·         Kitchen electronics, such as microwaves, mixers, blenders, choppers, etc.
·         Telephones, cell phones, and fax machines
·         Hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks and vacuum cleaners
·         Power tools, cordless tools, etc.
·         Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems
·         This event will not accept large appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners, or any other appliances that contain Freon
 
Confidential paper shredding will also be provided on site. Requirements for shredding include:
·         Paper may contain paper clips and staples; hanging file folders will not be accepted 
·         Only paper should be brought for shredding; CDs, DVDs and other non-paper items will not be accepted 
·         All paper should be loose and not in binders or other binding items made of non-paper
·         Residents may be present to observe their confidential document shredding if the amount to be shredded can fit into one 96-gallon roll cart (approximately 240 pounds of material or approximately eight small, banker boxes of material)
·         Participants with larger quantities will have items placed in boxes to be shredded off-site at Shimar Recycling’s secure facility 
 
Durham residents who can’t make this event can still safely and conveniently recycle their old electronics at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station), located at 2115 E. Club Blvd. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon. For information about items accepted at this event or the City’s recycling facilities, contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 or visit http://DurhamNC.gov/ich/op/swmd/Pages/wr_transfer.aspx
 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Durham Hosts Third Fork Creek Stream Restoration Meeting Sept. 23

Note: Hope Valley North is in the Third Fork Creek watershed.
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DURHAM, N.C. – Durham residents interested in learning how the City of Durham plans to restore a portion of Third Fork Creek to better protect its nearby trail and foot bridges should mark their calendars now for a public information session later this month.
 
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Southwest Regional Library, located at 3605 Shannon Road, residents will have the opportunity to learn about the concept plan and provide input for the Third Fork Creek Stream Restoration Project. The project will help the City’s Public Works Department identify and select stream stabilization and trail modification strategies in order to reduce sediment buildup on the nearby trail and protect the trail and foot bridges from damaging storm events.
 
The project area includes Third Fork Creek and the surrounding floodplain between Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Cardinal Drive. Surrey Green, Hope Valley and Hope Valley Farms are a few of the neighborhoods bordering the project area.
 
“Erosion and dirt piling up on the trail after rain events threaten Third Fork Creek Trail,” said Project Manager Greg Sousa with the Public Works Department’s Stormwater and GIS Services Division. “This restoration will improve the user experience and protect the City’s infrastructure investment in this great community resource.”
 
For additional information and project updates, visit http://bit.ly/thirdfork or contact Sousa at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30271 or by email at Gregory.Sousa@DurhamNC.gov. Persons who require assistance to attend the meeting should call (919) 560-4197, ext. 21254, TTY (919) 560-1200, or email ADA@DurhamNC.gov no later than 48 hours before the event.
 

Next meeting on September 9

Mark your calendars the next general meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, September 9th. It will be held outside in the Shelley Place cul-de-sac.  Please bring your own chair.

surveyors in the woods

Just a heads up: Over the next few days there will be 1-2 surveyors in the woods behind the odd numbered houses on Stonehedge Ave (between Shelley Pl and the Shrewsbury intersection). They will be looking at the small stream that runs through several properties. The property owners are aware this is happening.

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 www.durhamopeningdoors.org<http://www.durhamopeningdoors.org> 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 www.durhamopeningdoors.org<http://www.durhamopeningdoors.org>. 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 Matthew.Schnars@DurhamNC.gov<mailto:Matthew.Schnars@DurhamNC.gov>, or visit http://www.DurhamTenYearPlan.com, like on Facebook at http://facebook.com/phcdnc, follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/phcdnc, or follow on Instagram at http://instagram.com/phcdnc#<http://instagram.com/phcdnc>.

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 http://DurhamNC.gov/ich/cb/cdd/Pages/Home.aspx.

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.