Wednesday, May 29, 2013

June meeting to be held in the Neighborhood

Our next neighborhood association meeting will be held on June 11th from 7:00 to 8:00pm in the Shelly Place cul-de-sac. Bring your lawn chair and there will be free hot dogs!

We will be talking about the front entrance, our participation in Neighborhood Night Out, new speed bumps and more...

In case of rain, we will meet at Harris Inc (our usual meeting place).

Friday, May 24, 2013

Message from the Durham Police Department

As Summer Approaches...

Thu May 23, 2013 8:52 am (PDT) . Posted by:

"Addison, David"

Everyone,

As we breach the summer months, please remember to stay vigilant
regarding suspects/criminals in our community.

Customarily, we have an increase in criminal activity as the
temperatures rise but there are things we can do to reduce the
opportunities for criminals. Many families will take vacations during
the summer when the kids are out of school. Please do not advertise
your vacations on social media outlets. Living in an instant medium, we
want to share our experiences with those we love usually when it
happens. When you post a picture of you and your loved ones from your
vacation spot, it informs criminals regarding the possibility of no one
being home. Share your pictures via social media when you return
letting everyone know what you did last week. Also have someone to
collect your mail and newspapers in your absence. Do not give the
appearance that you are not home.

Be conscious of individuals walking through our communities. Some
criminals have become more savvy and employing backpacks and bicycles as
part of their disguise. They will survey your residence by looking
through open windows for items of value. Their usual point of entry is
the rear of the residence facing a wood line or where they cannot be
seen. After going through an unlocked window or prying a window open,
they are able to take what they observe through the window along with
other items which could not be seen. They casually walk out the front
door and get on their bike or an awaiting vehicle. So before leaving
your residence, please close your blinds and set your alarm. You may
think, I will only be gone for a couple minutes but in under six minutes
a criminal can enter, steal your items and leave your residence.

Together, we can keep crime down and criminals away. We have shared
several success stories when the community is involved by calling 911
regarding suspicious persons or activities. I thank you for your
diligence however we have more work to do. Please continue to call 911
giving descriptions of suspicious persons or activities. The more
information provided, the greater the success rate of officers locating,
identifying and arresting criminals.

Officers will continue to drive through your neighborhoods between
answering calls to interact with you while keeping criminals away. We
look forward to continuing to serve all of you. Enjoy your weekend!!!

Thanks...

Captain David W. Addison
Commander, District Three

Durham Police Department

8 Consultant Place

Durham, NC 27707

919-560-4583 ext. 29352 desk

919-225-0010 cell

919-560-4827 fax

www.durhampolice. com <http://www.durhampo lice.com/>

david.addison@ durhamnc. gov

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Durham Hosts “Get Your Grass Off Gas” Event on June 15

Durham residents looking to trade in their old gas-guzzling mowers and other yard equipment should mark their calendars now for two events providing steep discounts on cleaner and greener electric versions.

The Durham City-County Sustainability Office is partnering with Black & Decker® to host the 3rd Annual “Get Your Grass Off Gas” events. At these two events, residents can purchase discounted electric yard and garden equipment to help get polluting gasoline-powered equipment “off the grass” and into the recycling bin. Discounts will range from 20 to 45 percent off depending on the model. Equipment available includes lawnmowers, trimmers, edgers, blowers, vacuums, and loppers. People who do not have older equipment to trade in can still purchase electric models at the events, but with a smaller discount.

Residents can stop by the Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr., on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or Jordan High School, 6806 Garrett Rd., on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to recycle their old gas equipment and purchase new, discounted electric equipment. Both events will be held rain or shine.

According to Tobin Freid, manager of the Durham City-County Sustainability Office, small engines from gas-powered lawn equipment are actually big polluters of the air. “Most people do not associate air pollution with mowing the lawn, yet emissions from gasoline-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, and similar outdoor power equipment are a significant source of pollution,” Freid said. “The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that using a standard gas-powered lawn mower for one hour produces as much smog-forming pollution as driving an average car almost 200 miles.”

New manufacturing rules began to address such pollution sources in 2011 and 2012 models. However, older equipment still in use in just about every yard in Durham emits high levels of carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. “Not only do these small engines emit this toxic gas, they also emit tiny particles that cause lung and heart problems, as well as hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, which are pollutants that contribute to the formation of ozone and smog,” Freid said. “Ground-level ozone is a pollutant that irritates lungs and can affect breathing. Gas-powered yard equipment users inadvertently contribute to the problem by carelessly handling fuel and by not maintaining their equipment properly.”

Residents who want to make a difference in Durham’s air quality and take advantage of these opportunities to purchase cleaner equipment should visit http://www.GreenerDurham.net for more information on models and prices and to pre-register to reserve specific electric equipment. Pre-registration is not required, however event organizers cannot guarantee a particular model will be available on either day without pre-registration.

All gas-powered equipment brought in to recycle at either event must be drained of fluids before being dropped off. Used motor oil can be dropped off at the City of Durham’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.
Assisting residents in switching from polluting equipment to cleaner equipment aligns with the Environmental Stewardship Goals in the City of Durham and County of Durham Strategic Plans as well as the City-County Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan.

For more information about either of these trade-in events, contact Freid at (919) 560-7999 or by email at tfreid@dconc.gov.
Residents may also learn more by liking the Durham City-County Sustainability Office’s Facebook page at http://www.Facebook.com/GreenerDurham.net or by following Greener Durham on Twitter @Greener Durham.
For more information about Black & Decker, visit http://www.BlackandDecker.com.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

steering meeting reminder- May 14

Reminder -- steering committee meeting on Tuesday, May 14 at 7pm. The meeting will be held at John and Kelly Foster's house.