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Fire on Buckingham

In case you are wondering about the smoke and sirens, there is a house on Buckingham (one street behind HVN toward the golf course) that has been on fire twice today.

BEWARE...people offering to paint house numbers on the curb

Many neighbors received notice of people coming through the neighborhood tomorrow painting numbers on the curb. Numbers on the curb are NOT requirement from the city and this service is often a scam. A crew offering this service in Woodcroft last year took cash in advance and never came back to paint the numbers. EMS and Police cannot see numbers on the curb at night. If you want to be more visible reflective house numbers are a far better way to do it.

As always, if a stranger comes to your door offering a service…BEWARE.

Below is a response from the Durham PD when another neighborhood asked about this
I want to thank you for bringing this to the attention of PAC3. However, I want to make everyone aware of a scam using this same technique which occurred last year. Several homeowners did not receive anything for the monies that were paid. I am not aware of any City of Durham requirement regarding this topic and encourage everyone to employ precaution when solicited for services sim…

Safety Tips from the Durham PD

Burglary Basics:
Make your home look occupied/lived in and make it difficult to break in.

Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors!

Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.

Keep your garage door closed and locked.

Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.

Arrange for the outer perimeter of your home to be maintained if you are going away for an extended time.

Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.

Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors. Install double key locks on doors that contain glass.


Front Entrance

Hopefully you have all noticed the new signs at the front entrance. Many thanks to Martha Wilaby and Debbie Lidowski for researching and writing the grant to Keep Durham Beautiful that helped pay for part of the renovation. Thanks to all those who came out and helped dig up plants, power wash the wall, sand, prime and paint the wall, fix cracks in the brick, deal with Bull CitySigns in getting up the new signs as well as racking leaves and supplying water for the pressure washer.

meeting December 11th

The next general meeting will be held on December 11, 2012 at 7pm at the Harris Inc building at 3505 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705.
For the December meeting this year, rather than a dinner, we will be having desserts and beverages only. Neighbors should bring a dessert to share. The association will provide beverages and paper products.  Also if you are so inclided bring a non-perishable food for a neighborhood food drive. Food will be collected and distributed to those in need.

HVN Game Day at the Fish House


Crime Alert

On November 11th a burglary/break-in occurred in the 2900 block of Buckingham Road. This is one street over from our neighborhood. Please be alert and call the police if you see anything suspicious.

Some holiday safety tips from the Durham Police Department.

If You Are Traveling:

·Get an automatic timer for your lights.
·Ask a neighbor to watch your home and park in your driveway periodically.
·Don’t forget to have mail , newspaper and deliveries stopped.

If You Are Out For The Evening:

·Turn on lights, radio or a TV so that it looks like someone is home.
·Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
·Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from the outside.

If You Are Out Shopping:

·Stay alert and be aware of what is going on around you at all times.
·Park in well-lit areas, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows and place all shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
·Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or …

Chili cook off

This past Sunday we held our second annual chili cook-off. Thanks to all the cooks. A special thanks to Debbie for organizing this year. We are looking for a volunteer to organize in 2013!!

Congrats to the winning cooks:
1st place: Lois Barnett
2nd place: Maurice Darden
3rd place: Debbie Lidowski

HVN Youth Halloween Party

Thanks to the Darden's for hosting and Debbie and Michelle for being chaperones.

UPDATE on meeting tonight

In the current proposed plan, there are NO projects to be funded in Hope Valley North. Given our neighborhoods flooding and erosion issues, we need to get out tonight and make our voice heard.

Our community, which is part of the Third Fork Creek watershed, is plagued with storm water run-off issues. These issues not only contribute to the water quality problems of Jordan Lake that we’ve read about in the newspaper, they affect all of our property values either directly or indirectly.
This past year a dozen of our neighbors voluntarily participated in incentive base city and county programs designed to address neighborhood storm water run-off and improve water quality. Unfortunately, their efforts barely addressed the erosion and degradation of the stream that runs through our neighborhood creating man-made wetlands where mosquitoes and snakes breed.
On Tuesday October 23rd at 7pm in the City Hall Committee Room at 101 City Hall Plaza a public information sessi…

Chili cook-off

We have enough cooks, now we just need people. This Sunday is our second annual chili cook off from 3pm to 5pm on the Shropshire Place cul-de-sac. Come sample chili and remember to bring a beverage, chili topping or side dish. There will be beef, chicken and vegetarian chili.

For more information call Debbie at 919-210-1450 or email Martha at

IMPORTANT meeting on Tuesday

Our community, which is part of the Third Fork Creek watershed, is plagued with storm water run-off issues. These issues not only contribute to the water quality problems of Jordan Lake that we’ve read about in the newspaper, they affect all of our property values either directly or indirectly.
This past year a dozen of our neighbors voluntarily participated in incentive base city and county programs designed to address neighborhood storm water run-off and improve water quality. Unfortunately, their efforts barely addressed the erosion and degradation of the stream that runs through our neighborhood creating man-made wetlands where mosquitoes and snakes breed.
On Tuesday October 23rd at 7pm in the City Hall Committee Room at 101 City Hall Plaza a public information session will be held for the purpose of presenting the results of a Watershed Improvement plan to improve the health of Third Fork Creek and two other watersheds. They will be gathering input from residence and we need to be …

Chili cook off....or not

We still need a few more cooks for the chili cook off to happen. Call Debbie if you can make chili, otherwise we may need to cancel.

Debbie: (919)210-1450 

Watershed Improvement Plans Information Session

This could have implication for our neighborhood as we are in the Third Fork Creek watershed. It would be great to have as many neighbors as possible attend this.

From the City Website Thursday, October 4, 2012 Durham Hosts Watershed Improvement Plans Information Session October 23 Meeting to Present Final Results of Plans to Improve Health of Three Watersheds ​DURHAM, N.C. — Durham residents interested in the future health of Third Fork Creek, Northeast Creek, and Crooked Creek will soon get a chance to learn more about how the City of Durham plans to improve the health of these three watersheds using prioritized projects and customized strategies.

The public information session will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Committee Room, 101 City Hall Plaza.

The purpose of the meeting is to present the results from the draft watershed improvement plans that were developed for each creek’s watershed and gather input from residents. According…

Chili update

Fall is here and it’s time to welcome the cooler weather with our second annual HVN chili cook off. It is tentatively scheduled for Sunday afternoon, October 28 from 3 to 5pm. We need at least 6-8 contestants to make chili for the event to happen.
Do you have a chili recipe that can dethrone the reigning champ? If so, contact Debbie Lidowski by cell (919)210-1450 or email before 10/14.
Contestants will make a pot of chili for sampling. Other will need to sign up to bring chips, cornbread, beverages or toppings (cheese, jalapeƱos, etc). Contact Debbie to sign up to make chili or to bring a side or topping. There will be games from the kids.
If we cannot get enough cooks by 10/14, this event will be cancelled. Don’t let that happen, sign up today!!

Save the date! - second annual chili cook

We are planning our second annual chili cook off for October 27th from 3pm to 5pm on the Shropshire Place cul-de-sac. We will be seeking 10-12 people to cook chili for the completion. Everyone else who comes should bring a beverage, chili topping or side dish. There will be more details to come in the next newsletter (coming out soon). But save the date!! If you would like to volunteer to be one of the chili cookers, please call Debbie at 919-210-1450 or email me at

We won!!

We applied for a grant from Keep Durham Beautiful to renovate our front entrance. Well, we won!! We will be reimbursed $400 of our renovation costs. Most of this will likely go to new signs and paint. But we will also work on landscaping too. In fact, you may have noticed changes have already. It started with two large Holly bushes being removed. There will be more information to come and we will be organizing some neighborhood work days so please come out and help us improve the looks of our neighborhood.

By next summer the picture below should look very different!

General Meeting reminder

The Next General Meeting is in a few weeks: Septemeber 11, 2012 @ 7:00 pm Harris Inc 3505 Hillsborough Rd Durham, NC 27705

Voluntary Simplicity - Starting in September at South Regional Libr

Voluntary Simplicity - Starting in September at South Regional Library
Looking for a simpler life? Learn the meaning of voluntary simplicity and reflect on how our choices affect us and our world in this six-session course.  Come find out whether the Voluntary Simplicity course is right for you at the no-obligation introduction.
Introduction:                 Tuesday, September 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Course (six weeks):      Tuesdays, September 18-October 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location:                      South Regional Library Cost:                            Free
Registration for the course is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, go to, scroll down, and click on the name of the month or call (919) 560-7410.


Saturday and Sunday
September 8 and 9
noon – 3 p.m. Please join us for a two-day festival in our newest garden area.
- Make a seed bomb – create a vegetable print – learn about bees, chickens, compost and sustainable gardening.
- Enjoy a garden story, dance to live music, taste samples of garden produce.
- Talk to the experts from Bountiful Backyards, Durham County Master Gardeners, DIG youth from SEEDS, This and That Jam, the Durham Beekeepers Association, Carolina Coops, Interfaith Food Shuttle, and more.
- Tours at 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9, noon-3 p.m.
Location: The Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Please follow signs from the lower parking lot on the opposite side from the Gothic gates. We will also have greeters to help guide you there.
Parking fees apply after 1 p.m.
Pollinator Gardens, with Debbie R…

North Durham Rotary Yard Sale Fundraiser

Northgate is pleased to announce the North Durham Rotary Club will hold a public Yard SaleSaturday, August 25, 2012 from 10:00am-6:00pm on The Plaza at Northgate in space #710 near Stadium 10 at Northgate Theatres. This event will raise funds to support North Durham Rotary’s grants and outreach programs that support needs in both the local and international community.
Open to the public, a multitude of well-priced items including clothing, exercise equipment, tools, books, house wares, furniture and sundry home and personal items will be available for sale at very low prices. 
The North Durham Rotary Club Yard Sale Saturday, August 25 from 10:00am-6:00pm will be held at space #710 on The Plaza at Northgate. Northgate Mall is located at 1058 West Club Boulevard, Durham.

We made the newspaper!!

National Night Out brings in the crowds The Herald Sun
The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

Sister's Seanae (L) and Jasmine Thomas (R) with Jadiah Ballentine (center) are marching down Shrewsbury Street ,Tuesday August 07, 2012, during the National Night Out, in the Hope Valley North Neighborhood. slideshow By KEITH UPCHURCH; 919-419-6612

DURHAM – Two-year-old Danny Rollman swung his head around fast when a shiny, red Durham fire truck pulled up in his neighborhood Tuesday evening.

“Truck!” he said, with dilated pupils and an open mouth.

The fire truck signaled the start of a parade for the Hope Valley North neighborhood as part of its celebration of National Night Out, a crime prevention event held in neighborhoods across the nation.

Danny’s mother, Jennifer Rollman, has lived in the southwestern Durham neighborhood about three years and thinks the event is a good way to get to know other residents.

“There have been a lot of break-ins in the neighborhood, and …


Don't forget about Neighborhood Night Out tonight!! Parade and 5:30pm. Cook out at 6:00pm.

Break-in in our neighborhood

One of our HVN neighbors had their house broken into while out of town on vacation last week. Here are some tips to prevent residential burglaries.
1. Make sure that all exterior doors have sturdy, well installed dead bolt locks. Regular key-in the knob locks alone are not enough. 2. Sliding glass doors can be secured by installing commercial locks or putting a broomstick handle or dowel in the inside track to jam the door. To prevent the door from being lifted off the track, drill a hole through the sliding door frame and the fixed frame and insert a pin in the hole. 3. Lock double–hung windows with key locks or "pin" your windows by drilling a small hole at a 45 degree angle between the inner and outer frames, then insert a nail that can be removed only from the inside. 4. Instead of hiding keys around the outside of your home, give a neighbor you trust an extra key for emergencies. 5. When you move into a new home re-key the locks on all exterior doors immediately. 6. Burglars…

National Night Out- August 7th

National Night Out
Tuesday August 7, 2012
Join us for the first NNO celebration in Hope Valley North!
We will have FREE food, a parade, music, a bike raffle, police, fire truck, EMS, an alarm company representative as well as games and face painting for the kids!
·5:30- Children participating in parade meet at Hendricks Ct. to decorate bikes, wagons, tricycles (supplies provided-all kids welcomed and strongly encouraged to participate!)
·6:00- Parade starts (Start at Hendricks Ct. then ends at Winchester Ct.)-Escorted by Durham Police Car
·6:30- Cook-Out starts-FREE Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips, Drinks and Ice Cold Watermelon!
·7:00- FREE Raffle for the “LANDSHARK” Bike
Free Raffle to win this awesome Bike!
(You have to be at the event to register and in order to be eligible to win)
Below is a picture of a landshark bicycle generously donated by Harris Inc. to be will be raffled (free) at our event.

Duke Heart Center and Northgate Mall Team Up for Senior Wellness Expo Friday, July 20, 2012

Duke Heart Center and Northgate Mall have lined up more than 40 exhibitors to participate in its Senior Wellness Expo, Friday, July 20, 2012 from 8:30am-1:00pm at Northgate Mall’s Center Court, 1058 West Club Boulevard, Durham. This event is free and open to the public.“Whether you want to learn more about prescription drugs, home health care, disease prevention, or get tips on how to keep fit, this event will help you learn more about ways to preserve your health,” said Leatrice Short, Duke Heart Center Outreach Coordinator and organizer of the event. “This Expo will provide a one-stop experience for people who want to talk to health care and wellness professionals and learn about an array of area services.”Exhibitors include Kroger, Duke Heart Center, Durham Regional Hospital, Senior PharmAssist, Durham Center for Senior Life, Duke Stroke Center, Croasdaile Village, AAA, Minority Women’s Health Project, Royal Alert, AARP, EPA, Meals on Wheels and dozens more. Schedule: Free Educatio…

Cars being egged in HVNNA

We know of at least one incident on Stonehedge Ave. where a car has been egged and a police report was filed. We have heard that other cars were egged. If this has happened to you, please file a police report so authorities realize there is a pattern.

Having your car egged is no joke. Damage to the paint is due primarily to the contents of the egg and not the impact. Eggs contain sulfur which is a component of two amino acids in both the egg yolk and white and can cause serious paint damage.

next garden club meeting on July 9th

The next garden club meeting will be at 7pm on July 9th. Meeting to take place at Martha's house. Email for more details or call Debbie at 919-210-1450.

Durham police warn of door-to-door security sales scam (from

Durham police are warning residents to be aware of a possible door-to-door scam involving people claiming to be with alarm companies.
Investigators say they've received several reports recently in which a so-called salesperson claims to be selling security systems of offering existing customers upgrades.
Residents say they've also been visited by people claiming to be from an alarm company telling them they need their systems upgraded or repaired. In those cases, the visitors also references break-ins in the area.
Police say they don't have a specific number of incidents nor descriptions of any possible suspects. But they say they've received reports of the possible scam in the Old North Durham, Lakewood and Forest Hills neighborhoods. They've also had calls on Collier Road near Old Chapel Hill Road and Down Street.
The Federal Trade Commission, which warns of such scams on its website, urges people to be cautious and to always ask for proper identification before…

door-to-door scams

A concerned neighbor called police today (June 27th) about a young man going door-to-door, claiming to work for a computer company. He asked a lot of personal questions and the neighbor grew suspicious. The police are concerned he may be looking around and planning to come back and break into houses. Do NOT let strangers in your house or answer personal question of people you do not know.

It's a boy!!

Congratulations to the Roleman's on their new baby boy!!

Frances "Carol" Langley

Condolences to one of our long-time neighbors on Saxony, Robin Langley. Her mother, Frances Langley, who lived with her, passed away Sunday morning (6-10-12).

General Meeting this Tuesday

General Meeting this Tuesday June 12, 2012 @ 7:00 pm Harris Inc 3505 Hillsborough Rd Durham, NC 27705
We will have a guest Speaker (Lynwood Best) from Neighborhood Improvement Services.