Tuesday, January 31, 2012

We did it!!

We topped the magic number of 500!! The first step to a new speed bump is a car counter. In the past, we have not had enough traffic to top the 500 cars needed to even be considered. Well we did it. We actually had over 600 cars counted, so thanks to all of you who made a special effort to drive out the back entrance and run over the counter line!!! And thanks to Debbie for staying on top of things with the city.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Home Energy Savings Program

Durham’s Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) is designed to help households save energy through targeted home improvements. Approximately 200 homes will receive subsidized, professional retrofits through the program. HESP is being offered for a limited time only, on a first come-first serve basis.
Participating homes will save an estimated 20 percent of their home energy use. Participants pay $400 and HESP will pay up to an additional $1,600 per house.
To qualify​​, homes must be 1) 1 or 2 story and 2) 2,300 square feet or less. 
The work done on qualifying homes includes the following: 
 Sealing air leaks in the attic floor and the crawlspace ceiling
Installing attic insulationInstalling high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators 
Installing carbon monoxide detectors.
Installing programmable thermostats

For information and to see if your home qualifies, click here.

Street light update

We have almost 20 new street lights going in around the neighborhood. According to the city, they should all be installed by the end of March!!

How hard is it to find a meeting spot?

Well, turns out to be harder than anticipated. For years, we met at the library, but since the renovation they only have one meeting room large enough to hold more than eight people. There is a library sponsored program in there every Tuesday for the foreseeable future. They will also have the space reserved every Thursday from February to April with tax prep help. The library closes early on Wednesday and the odds of getting people out on Monday or Friday are not good.

We have been bouncing around between a few churches since we can’t get the library recently, but we would really like to have a nice space with plenty of parking where we can get on the calendar for the whole year and know where we will be meeting in the future

Well, we have found that space, but it is a bit farther away. It’s Harris Inc. at 3505 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705. We have all our meetings for the entire year already booked on their calendar. It is about 7 miles from our neighborhood, but it is a nice space and I hope people will come out.

So the CCAP meeting on February 7th will be held there. Again the address is Harris Inc., 3505 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705. If you want to carpool, let me know and we can arrange it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What are those lines across the road??

There are lines across the road toward the back entrance of the neighborhood (on Stonehedge Ave). It is a car counter. We are once again trying to get a few more speed bumps in Hope Valley North. We currently have three speed bumps on Suffolk and Stonehedge, but once you get past the third speed bump people speed like crazy out that back entrance (or use Shrewsbury to avoid the speedbumps all together). We tried this once before and didn't get a high enough car count. We MUST get at least 500 cars to cross the car counter. Last time we got around 470. So please, please, please drive out the back entrance for the next day or so and help get the car count up over 500.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Computer Classes at Southwest Durham Library

There are a series a of computer classes being offered at the Durham Public Library. They are free to the public but do require registration. For more information visit durhamcountylibrary.org
 Debbie is taking several and if you would like to carpool or take a class with her, give her a call (210-1450). All of these classes are offered at the Southwest Regional Library - Durham County Library at Southwest Adult Computer Area. Debbie is registered for the following classes:
When: Monday, February 6 – 10am
Computer Basics.
When: Monday, February 6 - noon
Internet Basics. Learn the basics of navigating the web, including some basic search and safety information.
When: Monday, February 7 – 1p
Introduction to email
When: Monday, February 7 – 3p
Microsoft Word Basics

911 Center Non-Emergency Number

Barking dogs, loud music, burglaries occurring hours or days earlier and vandalism to public or private property are just a few examples of the types of calls that can now be reported to Durham’s new, non-emergency phone number.
The new number,
(919) 560-4600, was established by the Durham Emergency Communication Center (DECC) to free up 911 lines for life threatening or in-progress emergencies.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Free Radon testing kits

Radon – A Silent Killer
Posted January 4th, 2012 in Home & Family

January is National Radon Action Month.  The Durham County Cooperative Extension Service is partnering with the NC Radon Program to provide county residents a free radon test kit. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas.  Radon is released harmlessly from the ground into outdoor air, but it can accumulate and reach harmful levels when trapped in homes and buildings.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Since radon does not have an odor and is invisible, people tend to downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer within the walls of their home.
Some homes in this county have tested high for radon. Houses in the same neighborhood can have very different levels, so every home should be tested. Testing homes for radon is simple and inexpensive. Radon test kits are available for free during January from the NC Radon Program. Kits can also be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores. Should your home be found to have elevated levels of radon, the problem can be fixed by qualified contractors for a cost similar to that of many other home repairs. In our area, the cost can be from $1,000 to $2,500 depending on the home.
The NC Radon Program and the Cooperative Extension Service urges residents to take action during this year’s National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for radon. Radon can pose a serious threat to our community’s health, but there is a straightforward solution. For more information on radon and to receive your free radon test kit, please contact Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, Deborah McGiffin, at the Durham Cooperative Extension office at 919-560-0521, or visit the NC Radon Program’s website at www.ncradon.org.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Durham Residents Invited to Join the City Council for Coffee and Conversation

Several residents of HVN are planning to attend the March 10th meeting. Please plan to come out and have your voice heard and our neighborhood represented!! Want to car pool? Leave a comment on this post.


Durham residents interested in giving their input directly to the City Council on the City of Durham’s 2012-2013 fiscal year budget should mark their calendars now to attend one of five  “Coffee with Council” community meetings to be held throughout February and March.

Hosted by the Durham City Council, the Coffee with Council sessions are a series of face-to-face meetings designed to give residents the opportunity to provide direct feedback to council members on budget priorities for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The sessions also include a presentation on the City’s budget outlook for the upcoming fiscal year. Residents who have ideas or comments on the use of City resources are welcome to attend any of the meetings scheduled below:
·         Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to noon – Campus Hill Recreation Center, 2000 S. Alston Ave. (PAC 4)
·         Saturday, February 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Holton Career and Resource Center’s Child Care Center, Second Floor, 401 N. Driver St. (PAC 1)
·         Thursday, March 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – City Hall Committee Room, Second Floor, 101 City Hall Plaza (PAC 5; Spanish translation will be provided)
·         Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to noon – Lyon Park Community Family Life and Recreation Center, 1309 Halley St. (PAC 3)
·         Monday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Durham Public Schools Resource Center, 2107 Hillandale Road (PAC 2)

There will also be two budget public hearings held in conjunction with regularly scheduled City Council meetings. The first public hearing will be held on Monday, March 5 and the second public hearing will be held on Monday, June 4.

In addition to the five Coffee with Council meetings, there will also be a Community Engagement Workshop on Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holton Career and Resource Center, located at 401 N. Driver St. This interactive workshop is intended to engage residents in conversation about the City government’s budget priorities and how these will align with the City’s Strategic Plan goals and initiatives. Space will be limited to the first 100 residents and reservations are required. A light breakfast will be provided for workshop attendees. To R.S.V.P. for this workshop, residents should contact Vivienne Bass at Vivienne.Bass@DurhamNC.gov or call (919) 560-4111, ext. 20225.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Get free money to help stop your yard from eroding away

The Community Conservation Assistance Program will reimburse qualifying homeowners up to 75% of the average cost of a rain garden or several other options to stop soil erosion. The goal of the CCAP is to reduce water pollution. To do this, they are encouraging landowners to use Best Management Practices to prevent eroded soil from entering our streams and storm drains. If you have heavy soil erosion or a gutter that empties directly into a storm drain, stream or other body of water, it could be worth looking into this program.

We will be hosting a meeting with CCAP representative Michael DuPree on February 7th at the Shannon Rd library at 7pm. Please come learn more about the program.

There are funds available this year, but they may not be there next year. Two neighbors have already taken advantage of this program.

For more information, go to http://www.co.durham.nc.us/departments/swcd/CCAP.html

Sunday, January 15, 2012

What are those white flags?

Have you noticed white flags popping up around the neighborhood? They mark the location of future street lights. Last fall, residents of each street signed a petition asking the city for more street lights and they finally in the process of being installed.

The passing of a neighbor

Avis Sylvia lived in Hope Valley North for many years was a regular at HOA meeting until her illness in recent years. She will be missed......

Avis L. Sylvia, Ph.D.

DURHAM — Avis L. Sylvia, Ph.D., 73, died January 11, 2012, in Durham, surrounded by her mother and immediate family, after a long battle with cancer.

Sylvia was most recently a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at North Carolina State University. From 1974 to 1991, she worked in various capacities as both an instructor and researcher at Duke University, where she was awarded numerous grants and authored or co-authored more than 30 published papers on blood disease and the mechanisms of aging.

Born in Westerly, Rhode Island, she is survived by her mother, Muriel Sylvia, of Durham; sister, Brenda Autry and her husband, Robert, of Marco Island, Florida; sister, Una Briggs and her husband, Robert, of Joliet, Illinois; two nieces; and two nephews, their families; along with many close friends and former students who loved her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Duke Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, North Carolina.

Read more: The Herald-Sun - January 13 2012
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Bring your trash cans in. No pick-up this week.

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