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
Duke Hospital (Front Lobby)
2301 Erwin Rd.
Kerry Drugs
1812 Holloway Street
3457 Hillsborough Rd.
202 W NC Highway 54
Triangle Pharmacy/Ace Hardware
4711 Hope Valley Rd
Duke Cancer Center
20 Medicine Circle Drive

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!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Help your trick-or-treaters stay safe

Help your trick-or-treaters stay safe
By Attorney General Roy Cooper

Halloween can be a fun and creative time for families, but we also want it to be safe. Planning your kids' trick-or-treat routes and checking their costumes and candy carefully are the keys to celebrating Halloween safely. If you're a homeowner who expects trick-or-treaters to visit, take some simple steps to help keep neighborhood kids out of harm's way.

Tips for trick-or-treaters
* If your children plan to trick-or-treat, make sure they stick to neighborhoods they know well and visit only well-lit houses.
* A parent or other responsible adult should always accompany young children. Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group, and set a curfew.
* Plan the route your kids will take and tell them how you expect them to behave. Make sure kids know not to enter a house or get in a car without your permission.
* Check the sex offender registry at www.ncdoj.gov<http://www.ncdoj. gov/> when planning your child's trick-or-treat route. You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders' addresses in your neighborhood, and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby. You can also download the free NC Sex Offender Registry mobile application<http://www.ncdoj. gov/Protect- Yourself/ Find-Sex- Offenders/ Sex-Offender- Mobile-Applicati on.aspx> (currently available for iPhone(r), iPad(r) and iPod touch(r) and coming soon for Android devices) to search for offenders by GPS location or street address from wherever you are.
* Trick-or-treaters should always carry a flashlight with fresh batteries, and all children need to know their home number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
* Remind children to walk, not run, from house to house and to stick to sidewalks rather than cut across yards. If your neighborhood lacks sidewalks, make sure your kids know to walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.

Tips on costumes
* Help your child choose a costume that is brightly colored or will reflect light, or add reflective tape.
* Make sure that costumes and shoes fit well to prevent trips and falls.
* Select costumes with labels that say flame resistant or fire-retardant.
* Consider non-toxic, hypoallergenic makeup or a hat instead of a mask that can block eyesight.
* Choose costume props that are safe and won't cause injury; for example, a sword or broomstick made from cardboard.
* Tape or pin your child's name, address and phone number to his or her costume.

Tips on treats
* Check all treats before your children eat anything. If your children are old enough to trick-or-treat without you, make it clear that they must bring all candy home for your inspection before they eat even one piece.
* Throw away any candy that's unwrapped or partially wrapped, or has a strange odor, color or texture.
* To keep kids from munching on candy while they trick-or-treat, make sure they eat a good meal first or send a snack with them.
* Tell children not to accept any unwrapped food or open drinks they may be offered.

Tips for homeowners
* Remove tripping hazards such as flowerpots, tree limbs or garden hoses from around your porch and yard before neighborhood children come knocking.
* Turn on your porch light to let trick-or-treaters know they're welcome.
* Make sure your pets are secured.
* Place jack-o-lanterns with lit candles out of the reach of kids and away from anything flammable.
* If you plan to be away for trick-or-treating or a Halloween party, don't advertise the fact that your home will be unoccupied on social networking sites like Facebook.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Durham County Offers $10 Rabies Shots for Pets

Durham, NC -  Need to protect your pet from rabies? The Durham County Sheriff's Animal Services Division is offering rabies vaccines every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary to obtain the vaccination, but you will need your photo identification to complete the transaction. The modest $10 fee for the service must be paid in cash only. The Animal Services office is located at 3005 Glenn Road.
For more information, please call 919-560-0630.

A Free Health Screening Clinic and More!

Touched by Grace
A Free Health Screening Clinic and More!
Where: Grace Lutheran Church
824 N. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919.682.6030
When: 12 October from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
All Services Are Offered Free of Charge
for Adults and Children

Appointments made during morning registration for:
  • Medical screenings – blood pressure, height, weight
  • CPR class
  • Vision screenings
  • Haircuts

** Interpreters will be available
** Child care/activities will be provided

No appointment-required:
  • Meal – lunch will be provided for all guests
  • Food pantry – one bag of nonperishable groceries per family
  • Clothing for adults and children
  • Prayer partners
The following is a quick overview of the offerings at the health fair:
  • Nurse screenings for diabetes, high blood pressure and other health conditions
  • Vision screenings for both children and for adults
  • Linkages to follow up health services for identified needs
  • Duke Medical Center is donating medical providers to teach the CPR course to parents. One class will be held at 10am, and the second at 11am, both in the church facility.
  • Translators will be available for Spanish speaking families
  • Child care is provided
  • A meal will be provided: chili lunch and all the fixings.
  • Clothing and bags of food will be available for all families who attend Touched by Grace.

Bring your trash cans in. No pick-up this week.

The City of Durham  Solid Waste Management Department  has suspended trash and recycling collections on Thursday, January 18. Road and weat...