Thursday, June 25, 2015

Durham 9-1-1 Access Restored to Verizon Wireless Customers

DURHAM, N.C. - Verizon Wireless customers can now dial 9-1-1 for emergency assistance. According to James Soukup, director of the Durham Emergency Communications Center<>, Verizon Wireless has fixed the issued that affected their network earlier today. No other wireless carriers had any issues, and all landline-placed 9-1-1 calls also worked properly during this time. Although carrier malfunctions rarely happen, residents are reminded that the Durham Emergency Communications Center may be reached directly at the non-emergency number, 919-560-4600, should they be unable to reach 9-1-1.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Durham 9-1-1 Access Unavailable to Verizon Wireless Customers

DURHAM, N.C. – Currently, Verizon Wireless customers are receiving a busy signal when dialing 9-1-1. Verizon Wireless is now working to fix the issue with their network.

Until further notice, Verizon Wireless customers in need of emergency assistance should call the Durham Emergency Communications Center non-emergency number at (919) 560-4600 if a busy signal is received when dialing 9-1-1.

According to James Soukup, director of the Durham Emergency Communications Center, no other wireless carriers are having issues, and all landline-placed 9-1-1 calls are working. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

meeting Tuesday night

Our next meeting is Tuesday night (6/9) at 7 pm in the Shelly Place cul-de-sac. For those interested we will also have a tour of the stream restoration project on Stonehedge at 6:30 pm. Meet at Shelly Place at 6:30 pm for the tour before the meeting.

Monday, June 1, 2015

crime alert

In the past few weeks in Hope Valley North, there has been a house burglary during the day, a storage area broken into overnight, theft of property out of two yards and a dead animal put in a neighbor's mailbox. If and when you see anything suspicious, please call 911.

There is a neighborhood meeting in June 9th at 7pm in the Shelly Place cul-de-sac. Come out an get to know your neighbors. We need to watch out for each other.

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 (, 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

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 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 for more information and ideas for saving water.