Valley North Neighborhood Association
2013 winter Newsletter
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!!
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.
The $25.00 annual dues are due in January each year.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org If you don't like the photos, you don't have to pay!
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.
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!
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 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.