Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Durham E-Waste Recycling Event January 11

Durham residents and businesses waiting for the next free opportunity to recycle electronic waste, shred confidential documents, and safely dispose of their Christmas trees should plan to attend the E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event next month.
The event will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium, located at 750 Stadium Dr.
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 cleaner
· Power tools, cordless tools, etc.
· Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems
· This event willnot 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; however, 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.
Christmas trees will also be accepted at this event. Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half and not placed in bags. Residents should also remove all decorations and hardware, including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and stands.
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.

Board members


We would like to thank members of the outgoing 2013 HVNNA board and welcome the new members.

Our new 2014 Board is……

President: Maurice Darden

Vice President: Debbie Lidowski

Treasurer: Martha Wilaby

Secretary: Sandra Johnson

Ast. Secretary: Beth Bader


Thanks to our outgoing president Martha Wilaby and long-time treasurer Glenn Heartwell.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Reminder: Meeting TONIGHT!!!

The last HVNN General meeting for 2013 will be held Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 pm at Harris, Inc (3505 Hillsborough Rd.) There will be a short meeting to conduct business and elections held for the 2014 HVNNA board, then refreshments and a video montage of 2013 in HVNN. Please bring either a dessert or savory to share and non-perishable food items to be donated to a local church food pantry. If you want to carpool or have questions, call Debbie Lidowski @ 919.210.1450.


Items MOST needed for the food pantry!!


Canned Salmon (14.75 oz), Canned Ham (1 lb), Soups (10.75 –20 oz), Cream of Chicken, Other Chicken and Beef Soups, Chowders, Canned Fruit (15 – 20 oz), light syrup or natural fruit juices, Canned Beans: 15 – 16 oz, Kidney, Black & Black Eye, Dried Beans (1 lb), Black and Black Eye, Canned Vegetables (14.25 – 20 oz), Collard Greens, Mixed Greens, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Maseca Corn Flour (2 lb), Boxed Cereals (14 – 18 oz), healthy, low sugar varieties, Shelf Stable Milk (32 oz), Pasta: Other pasta varieties (1 lb), Grits (1 lb 2 oz), Toiletries, Paper Products, Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

message from Durham PD

I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving with friends and family. As the Holidays are fast approaching we are seeing an increase in residential break-ins. I have read recent neighborhood posts regarding the break-ins and these posts have been a big help to get information out to your neighbors.
Under the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting there was an estimated 2,103,787 burglaries across the US in 2012. Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $4.7 billion in property losses in 2012; overall the average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,230. The clearance rate for these Burglaries in 2012 was 12.7%. (http://www.fbi. gov/about- us/cjis/ucr/ crime-in- the-u.s/2012/ crime-in- the-u.s.- 2012/cius_ home) As you can see these are very difficult crimes to solve. The Police Department needs your help in order to apprehend those responsible. Throughout my last year in District 2, I have seen how information we received, from the community, has led to the apprehension and arrest of several criminals. For that I say a BIG thank you!!! We cannot be successful without you all.

Within the past two month, the Criminal Investigation Team, in District 2, has identified 5 different groups committing break-ins and if you have read the most recent Independent Weekly, you will see the Durham County Sheriff’s Department made a significant arrest of a serial break-in suspect.
Although these arrests and suspects have been identified, our break-ins continue. I am asking for your help to be extra vigilant and keep an eye out for suspicious activity. Please call 911 immediately.

Some examples of suspicious activity are listed below:
* Cars backed into driveways that don’t belong at the residence
* People being dropped off from a car who don’t belong in the neighborhood. We have seen suspects drop others off to break-in and return when they have the property ready to be loaded into a car.
* Strangers knocking on doors or ringing door bells. Often times burglars will knock on the door before breaking in to see if someone is home.
* Audible alarms from a residence
* A person carrying household property on foot.
* Someone peering into parked cars or removing license plates or car accessories.
* Strangers loitering or driving through the neighborhood: Someone going door to door, trying to open doors or going around to the back.
* Any Unusual or “odd” behavior that seems “out of place” in your neighborhood.
* Youth in neighborhood during school hours
I would also encourage all neighborhoods that do not have a Neighborhood Watch to contact Officer Brown with our Community Resource Unit. For those that do have a Neighborhood Watch Program, please let your communities know that we do offer Security Surveys. A crime prevention officer comes by your residence to give crime prevention advice about lighting, locks, landscaping, etc., to make your home less attractive to criminals. Officer Brown can be reached at Laurence.Brown@ durhamnc. gov or by phone at 919-560-4404.
Some basic ways to make your home less attractive to burglars are as follows (this is not an all-inclusive list):
* Avoid leaving items out in plain sight. This includes bicycles or scooters or power equipment in your driveway or yard as these items are easy to walk away with.
* Keep your garage door closed and locked
* If you purchase a new electronic devise such as a computer or television, don’t leave the box out beside the trash can or recycling bin. To a criminal this is a sign you have expensive items in your home.
* Be aware of leaving your curtains or blinds open. Criminals do look for easy to grab items so they can be in and out quickly. Walk around your own home both in the day and night to see what can be seen from the street as well as outside windows. The reflection or glow at night from a large flat screen TV is an invitation. Consider doing a minor redesign to move items out of view.
* More break-ins occur during the day when folks are not home. If your home seems occupied it is less likely to be a target.
* Think of the environment around your home. Tall shrubs and overgrown trees provide a hiding place for criminals.
* If you go out of town, have a friend/neighbor house sit, pick up mail, and newspapers. Never advertise you are out of town by posting information on social media. Fill out a property check request with your local Police District.
* Get to know your neighbors! A closer knit community is less likely to have break-ins.
* Lock your doors and windows and if you have an alarm system use it.
WRITE DOWN YOUR MAKE MODEL AND SERIAL NUMBER OF ALL ELECTRONICS AS WELL AS HAVING PHOTOS OF JEWELRY! This is one of the only ways Law Enforcement can link property back to the owner.
Please be safe out there and look out for your neighbors!

Lieutenant M.K. Bond
District 2
Durham Police Department
919-560-4582 (*29243)
marianne.bond@ durhamnc. gov

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HVNNA 2013 Winter Newsletter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Hope Valley North Neighborhood Association

 2013 winter Newsletter
 


UPCOMING MEETINGS

The last HVNN General meeting for 2013 will be held Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 pm at Harris, Inc (3505 Hillsborough Rd.)  There will be a short meeting to conduct business and elections held for the 2014 HVNNA board, then refreshments and a video montage of 2013 in HVNN.  Please bring either a dessert or savory to share and non-perishable food items to be donated to a local church food pantry.  If you want to carpool or have questions, call Debbie Lidowski @ 919.210.1450.

 

Items MOST needed for the food pantry!!

Canned Salmon (14.75 oz), Canned Ham (1 lb), Soups (10.75 – 20 oz), Cream of Chicken, Other Chicken and Beef Soups, Chowders, Canned Fruit (15 – 20 oz), light syrup or natural fruit juices, Canned Beans: 15 – 16 oz, Kidney, Black & Black Eye, Dried Beans (1 lb), Black and Black Eye, Canned Vegetables (14.25 – 20 oz), Collard Greens, Mixed Greens, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Maseca Corn Flour (2 lb), Boxed Cereals (14 – 18 oz), healthy, low sugar varieties, Shelf Stable Milk (32 oz), Pasta: Other pasta varieties (1 lb), Grits (1 lb 2 oz), Toiletries, Paper Products, Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels

 

FALL LEAF COLLECTION

The city of Durham does not have a leaf vacuuming program. Residents who rake or blow leaves into the street are subject to a fine. Residents subscribing to the optional yard waste program may place up to 10 biodegradable paper bags at the curb for collection each week on their normal service day. The yard waste cart with a current sticker must be at the curb and filled before paper bags can be used. If a yard waste customer has more than 10 bags, the excess will be collected the following week or residents may call 650-4186 to schedule a bulky brush collection.

 

DUES

Just a reminder, the association dues are $25.00 per year. Your paid dues are needed to help with the cost of various community projects. Some community projects include: neighborhood cookouts and benevolence fund.

 

The $25.00 annual dues are due in January each year. 

Dues may be submitted by check to your block captain at the next meeting, or by mail to:

HVNNA

P.O. Box 51283

Durham, NC 27717

NEIGHBORHOOD E-MAIL LIST

In order to facilitate better communication and keep us all better informed, we have set up an e-mail list for the neighborhood at Yahoo Groups.

Join the group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HVNNA/

 

NC JAZZ CONCERT

Reggie Leatherberry, longtime HVN neighbor and President of the NC Jazz Ensemble will be performing with his group Sunday, December 15th at 4pm at the Hayti Heritage Center.  Tickets will be $15. and can be purchased from either the Hayti Heritage Center or by contacting Mr. Leatherberry at 919.489.2613.  Contact Debbie Lidowski @ 919.210.1450 if you would be interested in joining other neighbors in a pre-concert social gathering.

 

GIVING THANKS

Kelly Foster would like to give a thank you shout out to the following families:

The Duncan family, Love family, Henderson family, S. Scott family, Horton family, Lidowsky family and her own family.  On Saturday, 11/23/13, Sandra Duncan & Kelly Foster delivered 6 turkeys, cans of string beans and stuffing to go with the turkeys to the Durham Rescue Mission to help the hundreds of families that will be fed this year.  Kelly states she will do this every other year as she did in 2012, hopefully in 2015 you will join in with some of your neighbors to make this effort bigger!

 

HOLIDAY FAMILY PORTRAIT

Make the holiday greeting card rush be a little easier and brighter when you sign-up for a photo package that includes a 30 minute picture taking session, photo editing, a digital copy of your photos, and optional plain prints or photo holiday stationary (which would include envelopes and loads of templates to choose from) --- Pricing will range from $20-$40, depending on how many prints or cards you would desire.  It's a no fuss holiday cheer that you can check off your Christmas to-do list today!  Don't hesitate to sign up soon!  Contact Rhea Lidowski @ 919.210.4965 or by e-mail rhea.lidowski@gmail.com  If you don't like the photos, you don't have to pay! 

 

BLOG

Don't forget to check our neighborhood blog for the latest posting (hvnna.blogspot.com).  You can complete the "follow by e-mail box" and get pinged each time something new is posted.  If you have never been to the blog go check it out!  It has lots of pictures and good info.

 

TALENTED NEIGHBORS

HVNN is blessed with many talented and giving neighbors!  If you see Kelly Foster or Estelle Henderson please take the time to thank them for giving of their time and talents to benefit our community.  While the rest of us drove by the leaf covered Chapel Hill entrance, Kelly grabbed her rake and spent several hours raking and bagging the leaves there.  Estelle, remembering how dated our Holiday wreaths are that have hung at the Chapel Hill entrance for years offered to refurbish them.  They look awesome!  We can't wait to put them up.  And if you are a parent of a HVNN teenager then please thank Maurice and Betty Darden for hosting your children at their home for a Halloween party this year and last year.  And  someone used their blower to touch up the front entrance after the last batch of leaves fell from the giant oak that graces the entrance.  Don't know who you are but THANKS!

 

HOUSING BOARD

On November 20, 2013, thirteen HVN neighbors attended the Durham Housing Appeals Board monthly meeting to voice their concerns regarding the deteriorating physical condition of 3614 Shrewsbury. After viewing a video of the property and house provided by the zoning officer and pictures taken by our homeowner’s association, the board found the owner to be in violation of several Durham zoning codes. They unanimously voted for remediation of the house and approved $8,000 for a new roof. They gave it priority status and did not rule out additional action once an inside inspection was completed. It has taken three years for a hearing judgment. The strong support shown by our neighbors, who gave us an evening of their time, impressed the Housing Appeals Board and influenced their decision to make this a priority case. We could not have made our case without the dedication of the Neighborhood Improvement department. If you need clarification of zoning codes you can view Neighborhood Improvement Services "Code of Ordinances" for the city of Durham. In your internet web browser type:  www.durhamnc.gov  Place your cursor over "City Services". A list will drop down, click on "City Code of Ordinance" and Municode page will open. NIS is committed to eradicating blight, to ensuring safer neighborhoods, and to enhancing neighborhood revitalization. Besides enforcing housing codes, NIS will remove and dispose abandoned vehicles and remove trash and undergrowth from property. The cost is passed on to the property owner.

 

 

ELECTIONS

Elections are held at the December general meeting. We need people to come out and vote. It is time for all HVNNA residents to think about contributing to the association by submitting your name (or a neighbor’s name) as a candidate for one of the board offices.

 

DURHAM PARKS AND RECS

Holiday Fun Fest (FREE)

Saturday, December 7

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St.

 Mark the beginning of the holiday season at Durham’s Holiday Fun Fest. There will be a host of activities and events for the entire family including snow sledding, train rides, Santa, pony rides, arts and crafts, face painting, inflatable play areas, entertainment and more.

 

To volunteer, email your interest to DPRVolunteers@durhamnc.gov. Be sure to mention the time that you will be able to volunteer.

 

Christmas Open House (FREE)

Sunday, December 8

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd.

 Join us for our annual winter event. We will have refreshments and traditional decorations, plus activities such as wool spinning, an old time tool demonstration, a display of heritage breed animals from Bull City Farm, and grinding demonstrations at the mill. No need to register, just come on out, rain or shine! All ages welcome!

 For details call (919) 471-1623 and select option 2.

 

Senior Holiday Party (#12282)

Tuesday, December 10

4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd.

 Cost: $15 City Resident and $20 Non City Resident

 Mature adults 55 or better will enjoy an evening of food, fellowship, dancing and fun at Durham’s Annual Senior Holiday Party. Entertainment will be provided by Sweet Dreams featuring Bertha Young. WRAL's News Anchor Ken Smith will serve as emcee.  Participants will also receive a special gift.

 Transportation is available upon request. Participant should inquire about transportation when they purchase their ticket.  For details call 919-560-4355.

 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Housing Appeals Board


Attention Fellow Neighbors of Hope Valley North

There will be a hearing of the Housing Appeals Board concerning the sub standard conditions of the house located on:

3614 Shrewsberry St.

The purpose of this hearing is to determine if the condition of this building meets housing code set forth by the city of Durham. If it does not then the city will take action to bring it up to code; therefore helping our neighborhood to maintain property values.

We need all our neighbors to attend this hearing and voice their opinions and their concerns about this house.

The meeting takes place Wednesday November 20th promptly at 5:30pm (please plan on arriving around 5:15pm)

807 E. Main St. Durham

3rd Floor- Suite 2 -300 (building #2 in the Golden Belt Building Complex)

Parking: There is a Parking lot off of Main St. which is in front of the building  or you can park in the lot off of Franklin St. which is in the back of the building.

For further information or to car pool call 919-210-1450

Friday, November 8, 2013

Steering committee meeting 11/12/13

Reminder: Our next steering committee meeting is next Tuesday (11/12/13) at 7pm at John Horton's House.

Monday, November 4, 2013

North Carolina Jazz Ensemble concert 12/15/13

Hope Valley North’s own Reggie Leatherberry, president of the North Carolina Jazz Ensemble will be in concert at the Hayti Cultural Center at 4:00 pm on December 15.

The Jazz Ensemble, a big band jazz group, travels across the state doing performances and providing students with an introduction to everything about jazz.

Tickets will be $15 each. Reggie will have some and they will also be available at Hayti.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Durham County Operation Medicine Drop!

 
Do you have expired and unused medicine for you or your pets, vitamins, dietary supplements or over-the counter medications just lying around your house? Don’t flush them or throw them in the trash! Safely discard them and help preserve our waterways, prevent overdoses, misuse of medicines and decrease crime.

Participate in Operation Medicine Drop October 26, 2013 from 10am-2pm at various locations throughout Durham County. For drop off locations visit: www.ncsafekids.org
 
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Duke Hospital (Front Lobby)
2301 Erwin Rd.
Durham
Durham
27710
25-OCT-2013
6:30AM
00-9:30AM
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Kerry Drugs
1812 Holloway Street
Durham
Durham
27701
26-OCT-2013
10:00AM
-02:00PM
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Kroger
3457 Hillsborough Rd.
Durham
Durham
27704
26-OCT-2013
10:00AM
-02:00PM
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Kroger
202 W NC Highway 54
Durham
Durham
27713
26-OCT-2013
10:00AM
-02:00PM
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Triangle Pharmacy/Ace Hardware
4711 Hope Valley Rd
Durham
Durham
27707
26-OCT-2013
10:00AM
-02:00PM
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Duke Cancer Center
20 Medicine Circle Drive
Durham
Durham
27710
25-OCT-2013
10:00AM
-02:30PM

Friday, October 25, 2013

Charge Ahead to a Greener Durham

Get ready to Charge Ahead to a Greener Durham in the coming year! Charge Ahead Durham is a fun, new program that makes it easy for you take actions in your everyday life to help the environment, save money, and improve your overall well-being. We will provide actions and clear guidance on steps you can take to save energy, conserve water, reduce waste, and connect with nature. You report back on what you've done and get entered to win awesome prizes every week. We will be launching in January, but you can sign up now to get notified when the program starts. Whether your motives are leaving a better world for your children, saving money or simplifying your life, Charge Ahead Durham has something for you. Go to www.ChargeAheadDurham.org to sign up now!

Charge Ahead Durham is designed to involve people from all walks of life and on all levels of current environmental awareness. If you would like to participate, but think you might want some extra help from someone in your neighborhood to implement some of the projects (e.g. you have mobility issues, have limited access to the internet, need transportation to natural areas, etc.), contact the City-County Sustainability Office at 919-560-7993 or sustainability@dconc.gov.

Durham E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event Saturday

Durham E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event Saturday
Free, Convenient Event Open to All Durham Residents and Businesses
What: E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event
Who: City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department, Sonoco Recycling, Shimar Recycling, Synergy Recycling, and Durham County Government
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Durham County Memorial Stadium
750 Stadium Drive
Durham, N.C. 27704
Fast Facts:
· The event will accept nearly all electronic devices with a cord, including:
o Computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, etc.
o Televisions, stereo equipment, tape players, receivers, amplifiers, record players, etc.
o Kitchen electronics, such as microwaves, mixers, blenders, choppers, etc.
o Telephones, cell phones, and fax machines
o Hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks and vacuum cleaner
o Power tools, cordless tools, etc.
o Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems
o This event willnot 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:
o Paper may contain paper clips and staples; however, hanging file folders will not be accepted.
o Only paper should be brought for shredding. CDs, DVDs, and other non-paper items will not be accepted.
o All paper should be loose and not in binders or other binding items made of non-paper.
o 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).
o Participants with larger quantities will have items placed in boxes to be shredded off-site at Shimar Recycling’s secure facility.
· Event attendees will not have to leave their vehicles to unload all of their old electronics and paper since staff will be on hand to unload these items.
· 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.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

City may start charging for Ninth Street Parking

From Ninth Street Dance:

Help Keep Ninth Street Parking FREE
In a November 4th public meeting, the city council will consider a staff recommendation to begin charging for parking in the Ninth Street area. Details are still sketchy, but meters may go into the main parking lot on Ninth Street as early as March 1, 2014; street parking would also be metered at a later date. If you don't want to have to pay to park when you come to class or shop on Ninth Street, please e-mail Mayor Bell and the city council before Nov. 4.
 
You can find a sample e-mail message and contact info here; feel free to modify it as you wish. Thanks!