Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mungo- Found

You have likely seen fliers for "Mungo" the lost orange cat. He was even mentioned at our December General Meeting. Well, he was found by a neighbor on Stonehedge and after a three weeks on  the loose...He is home safe and sound.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Looking ahead to 2015

Please make your calendars!!

General Meeting Dates

March 10

June 9

September 8

December 8


Steering Meeting Dates

February 10

May 12

August 11

November 10

PAC3 Meeting - this Saturday-December 13

PAC3 Meeting - this Saturday-December 13
PAC 3 Neighbors,

Join us this Saturday, December 13, from 10 am to noon for our monthly
PAC3 meeting. The meeting is held at 1309 Halley Street, Durham, NC
27707 (Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park.)
**Guest Speaker:* Josh Edwards, Strategic Initiatives Manager for the
City of Durham.
*Topic:* "What's Next? for the City's Strategic Plan."
The City of Durham Strategic Plan, updated every two years, is the
City's business plan--a guide used to direct energies in almost every
area of city government. The plan includes five goals:
. Safe and Secure Community
. Thriving, Livable Neighborhoods
. Well-managed City
. Stewardship of City's Physical Assets
. Strong and Diverse Economy

*What's Next?* The City of Durham is currently seeking direction on the
strategic plan's 5 goals and where the City should focus future efforts
through the survey "What's Next?" Citizen input and perspective helps
shape the strategy to reach these goals.
Please take a few minutes right now to offer your input and ideas to
help our community achieve the long-term goals.
Go to: and click on "What's Next Survey."

In addition to the featured topic, the meeting will include reports from
various City Departments and our District 3 Commander, Captain David
Addison. This meeting offers you the opportunity to voice your concerns,
questions and comments.

 See you Saturday!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December General Meeting, Elections, and Holiday Gathering


December General Meeting, Elections, and Holiday Gathering


Date: December 9, 2014

Time: 7:00 P.M.

Location: Harris, Inc.
3505 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705

This is our December general meeting where we will have guest speaker James T. Soukup, director of the Durham 911 center. We also will hold general elections. Please bring a dessert to share with neighbors.
HVNNA will be collection non-perishable food to donate to a local food pantry. Please bring any food you would like to donate.


Monday, November 24, 2014

December meeting

Mark your calendar for the December General meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7pm.

Residents Encouraged to Properly Dispose of Leaves and Other Yard Waste Debris

Residents Encouraged to Properly Dispose of Leaves and Other Yard Waste Debris

Improperly Disposed Leaves Can Clog Stormwater Drains and Contaminate Waterways

​DURHAM, N.C. –  As leaves stop falling and residents perform their final yard maintenance before the spring, the City of Durham is reminding residents to properly dispose of leaves, grass clippings, and other yard waste debris.

When residents and business owners blow leaves into the street, the leaves can clog the City’s storm drains and ultimately cause flooding. Leaves also pollute the community’s waterways by adding too many nutrients to the water.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to follow these tips for proper disposal:
•    Enroll in the City’s yard waste program and place leaves and other yard debris in the brown yard waste cart for curbside collection.
•    Dispose of leaves at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center at 2115 E. Club Blvd., Durham.
•    Mulch leaves in the yard with a lawn mower.
•    Rake leaves and put them in a home compost pile.
•    Hire a landscape maintenance firm that properly disposes of yard waste.
•    Leaf burning is prohibited within Durham city limits.

Leaves may be brought to the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center in biodegradable paper bags, garbage bags, or in trailers covered by a tarp. If residents bring leaves in plastic bags, the leaves must be emptied onto the ground in the appropriate yard waste area and the bags must be properly disposed of by the customer.

For more information about enrolling in the City’s yard waste program, visit the City’s website at or contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200.

To report dumping of yard waste into the City’s drainage system, call (919) 560-7946 or e-mail

For more information about the City’s Stormwater Service Division and why it's important to keep leaves, grass, and litter out of the City’s storm drains, visit,, or call (919) 560-4326.

About the Solid Waste Management Department
The City of Durham's Solid Waste Management Department promotes and supports a high quality of life for the residents of Durham by providing comprehensive, responsive, environmentally-safe, efficient and cost-effective solid waste collection, recycling and disposal programs. Department services include roll-out cart collection, cart delivery and repair service, cardboard collection, yard waste collection, waste reduction and recycling, bulky item pick-up, and disposal services. For more information, visit the City's website at

About the Stormwater Services Division with the Public Works Department
The Stormwater Services Division with the City’s Public Works Department is responsible for enforcing all existing stormwater ordinances and regulations. Activities include storm drainage design and plan review; inspecting and maintaining City-owned drainage systems; education and outreach; stream monitoring; and watershed master planning and restoration. For more about this division, visit the City’s website at

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Steering committee meeting date change

The November steering committee meeting date has changes from Tuesday, November 11 to Wednesday, November 12. John and Barbara Horton will host.

Haloween Party for teens cancelled

The scheduled Halloween Party for teens in the neighborhood has been cancelled this year.

Monday, October 27, 2014

more crime in HVN

In recent weeks there have been several burglaries in the neighborhood on Saxony and Shrewsbury. In one instance, thieves broken into the crawlspace of a house and stole copper pipes. Keep an eye out for anything suspicious and call 911 if you see anything that looks wrong.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Crime and Watchful Neighbors

If you read this blog or come to neighborhood meetings, you know that back in June we had a house break-in and in July someone (or a group of people) went through the neighborhood stealing out of about 15 unlocked cars.

Since January 2014, those are the only crimes that show up for Hope Valley North on the Crimemapper database:

Meaning we live in a pretty safe neighborhood. But there are also many near crimes that you don’t hear about. In recent weeks, a strange man was peering in the windows of a house where new neighbors recently moved. Luckily the new homeowners had meet with their neighbors so when one person saw this strange man looking in windows, she did the best thing she could do….she called the police. Who came and caught the man.

Just yesterday, an SUV with two men drove past a house in HVN and saw a nice bicycle on the front porch. They drove back by, parked on the street and one guy jumped out and walked up the driveway to grab the bike. Again an observant neighbor knew that the person taking the bike did not belong and called the police. He prevented the bike from being stolen.

One of the best deterrents to crime is getting to know your neighbors and calling the police if you see someone or something that looks out of place.

We do live near areas of high crime. The townhouses at the end of Colchester have had two assaults and six break-ins since January. In order to get to those townhouses, criminals must drive through our neighborhood. We all need to be watchful for ourselves and our neighbors.

And thanks to those neighbors mentioned above who paid attention when they saw something odd and called the police!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Durham E-Waste Recycling & Shredding Event October 4

Durham E-Waste Recycling & Shredding Event October 4
Free & Convenient Event Open to All Durham Residents & Businesses
DURHAM, N.C. – Durham residents and businesses waiting for the next free opportunity to recycle electronic waste and shred confidential documents should plan to attend the E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event early next month.
The event will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the visitor side of the Durham County Memorial Stadium, located at 750 Stadium Dr. Event staff will be on hand to unload old electronics and paper.
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 cleaners
·         Power tools, cordless tools, etc.
·         Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems
·         This event will not 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; 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 
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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Durham Hosts Third Fork Creek Stream Restoration Meeting Sept. 23

Note: Hope Valley North is in the Third Fork Creek watershed.
DURHAM, N.C. – Durham residents interested in learning how the City of Durham plans to restore a portion of Third Fork Creek to better protect its nearby trail and foot bridges should mark their calendars now for a public information session later this month.
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Southwest Regional Library, located at 3605 Shannon Road, residents will have the opportunity to learn about the concept plan and provide input for the Third Fork Creek Stream Restoration Project. The project will help the City’s Public Works Department identify and select stream stabilization and trail modification strategies in order to reduce sediment buildup on the nearby trail and protect the trail and foot bridges from damaging storm events.
The project area includes Third Fork Creek and the surrounding floodplain between Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Cardinal Drive. Surrey Green, Hope Valley and Hope Valley Farms are a few of the neighborhoods bordering the project area.
“Erosion and dirt piling up on the trail after rain events threaten Third Fork Creek Trail,” said Project Manager Greg Sousa with the Public Works Department’s Stormwater and GIS Services Division. “This restoration will improve the user experience and protect the City’s infrastructure investment in this great community resource.”
For additional information and project updates, visit or contact Sousa at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30271 or by email at Persons who require assistance to attend the meeting should call (919) 560-4197, ext. 21254, TTY (919) 560-1200, or email no later than 48 hours before the event.

Next meeting on September 9

Mark your calendars the next general meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, September 9th. It will be held outside in the Shelley Place cul-de-sac.  Please bring your own chair.

surveyors in the woods

Just a heads up: Over the next few days there will be 1-2 surveyors in the woods behind the odd numbered houses on Stonehedge Ave (between Shelley Pl and the Shrewsbury intersection). They will be looking at the small stream that runs through several properties. The property owners are aware this is happening.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Project Homeless Connect Set for October 10

Durham Project Homeless Connect Set for October 10
Funding, Volunteers and Donations Needed to Serve Hundreds Seeking Help

DURHAM, N.C. - This year's Project Homeless Connect is quickly approaching and event organizers need Durham's support again to serve hundreds of people who will be seeking help.

The Eighth Annual Durham Project Homeless Connect will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, October 10 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham. The annual event is a one-day, one-stop center to provide people experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) homelessness with a broad range of services including housing, employment, health and dental care, mental health care, veterans' and social service benefits, legal services, and more.

According to Program Manager Matthew Schnars with Durham Opening Doors Homeless Prevention & Services in the City of Durham's Community Development Department, organizers are expecting an increase in people seeking help this year. "We've seen an increase in the needs in our community and we expect to see a reflection of that during this year's event," Schnars said. "Since 2007, we have served more than 2,000 people experiencing homelessness and we really need our community's support again this year so we can provide critical and basic services to those in Durham who need it the most."

According to Schnars, approximately 200 volunteers are needed for this year's event with positions available for all schedules, abilities, and interests. Volunteers can help on the day of the event or from 1-4 p.m. the day before with event set-up. Bilingual volunteers fluent in Spanish are also needed. People interested in volunteering should register at<> by 5 p.m. Friday, October 3.
Funding for food is needed as well as hygiene and clothing items, which will be distributed to participants at the conclusion of the event. Hygiene supplies such as soap, lotion, disposable razors, shaving cream, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lip balm, tissue packets, shampoo and feminine hygiene products are needed. Clothing supplies, such as new or gently used coats and gloves as well as new undergarments and new socks are also needed.

If neighborhoods, businesses, schools or churches would like to organize a drive for these needed items, they should register at<>. The requested deadline for completion of these drives is 5 p.m. Friday, October 3.

This year's event is being organized by the City's Community Development Department in partnership with over 20 organizations from all sectors of the Durham community including non-profits, faith-based organizations, universities, and local businesses.

For more information about the 2014 Project Homeless Connect, contact Schnars at (919) 560-4570, ext. 22249 or by email at<>, or visit, like on Facebook at, follow on Twitter at, or follow on Instagram at<>.

About the Community Development Department
The City of Durham's Community Development Department is responsible for coordinating the City's housing resources and various housing assistance programs as well as promoting affordable housing by working with investors and community housing development organizations. The department also provides assistance with the abatement of lead in older homes and administers the City's entitlement programs from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Guided by the City's Strategic Plan, the department helps to ensure that the City has thriving, livable neighborhoods by enhancing housing quality and affordability for Durham residents. To learn more, visit

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hope Valley Elementary and Durham Academy Area Drivers

From the Valley Brook Neighborhood watch:

Neighbors and those of who are transporting in this immediate area for school [Hope Valley Elementary and Durham Academy].

In the past couple of weeks a group of 8 juvenile black males (10 yrs - 17 yrs) have been walking down Dixon Rd. and University Dr. (between 2 pm & 5 pm) in the streets taking up a full lane thus forcing vehicles out of their lanes, as vehicles pass they are jumping out at kicking and slapping them.
If encountered, it's not an isolated incident - PLEASE report to 911.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Missing Person- Kent Torrey Hinkson

Kent Torrey Hinkson has been missing since Monday, August 5. He was last seen at his home in Woodcroft. His car was found nearby at the Mews Apartments, behind the Shannon Road Post Office.

He is white, has blue eyes, gray hair and a gray mustache and goatee and is about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He wears prescription glasses and may also be wearing a black leather hat, Durham police said.

Anyone with information about his disappearance or whereabouts is asked to call Durham police Investigator M. Richards at 919-560-4440, extension 29335.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

National Night Out - August 5

You are invited to National Night Out

Hope Valley North’s third annual NNO

DATE:       August 5, 2014 (rain or shine)

Time:       6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location:  Winchester Ct


Event Specifics:

·        Free hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments

·        Bring Your Own Chair

·        Leave your porch light on at home!

·        Sign in for a name tag and raffle tickets to win prizes

  • Bring school supplies to donate to the Crayons2Calculators program- 10 most needed items: Crayons (boxes), Glue Sticks, Markers (boxes), Pencils (packs), Erasers, Highlighters, Clipboards , Copy Paper – reams , Spiral Notebooks, Composition Books 

Activities include: Meeting city officials and law enforcement, visiting with local vendors, visiting with EMS, Red Cross, and Durham Fire Department, music and line dancing, see the Google car, Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions, and Children’s Activity Area (bring a towel)


Community Parade (lead by DPD SWAT vechile and DFD Fire Truck) will start at Stropshire cul-de-sac at 6pm. Meet there or join along the route from Stropshire turn right on Stonehedge, straight on Suffolk, turn right onto Shrewsbury and left onto Winchester (follow the signs)!

Monday, July 21, 2014

E-Conservation Home Energy Assessment and Retrofit Program

The new energy retrofit program,  E-Conservation Home Energy Assessment and Retrofit Program, offered by Durham County Cooperative Extension has fewer restrictions than NERP had.  To qualify, the home must be
·         less than 2200 sq. ft.,
·         built before 2006, and
·         be in Durham County.
Qualified homeowners get help with
·         air sealing and caulking cracks, crevices, window or doors frames,
·         replacing incandescent lights with CFLs,
·         insulating a water heater, and
·         repairing loose air ducts.
What qualified homeowners have to do
  • attend an E-Conservation workshop (and receive a free starter energy kit whether or not you qualify for the program),
  • agree to pay the first $100.00 of the overall $800.00 grant cost to the assigned energy contractor,
·         be present for the assessment,
·         allow the E-conservation program to monitor their energy use,
·         allow later check-up visits, and
  • sign a waiver. 
Step 1 - Register for the E-Conservation Workshop
Event:            E-Conservation Workshop
Time:              Monday, July 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Place:            South Regional Library, 4505 South Alston Ave.
Cost:              Free!
Register:        Go to, scroll down, and click on View full South Regional calendar.
**You can come to the workshop even if you don’t qualify for the E-Conservation Home Energy Assessment and Retrofit Program.

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...