Friday, January 31, 2014

Durham APS offering $20 spay/neuter vouchers

Spay/Neuter Your Cats & Dogs to Prevent Thousands of Homeless Puppies & Kittens.
February 1st – 28th while resources last
DURHAM, NC – The Animal Protection Society of Durham will be offering spay/neuter vouchers for a suggested donation of $20 redeemable at a participating veterinary hospital. APS staff will make the appointments when voucher is received.
DURHAM COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY. (Please bring State Issued I.D.)
Offer available while resources last.
Why spay/neuter your companion animal?
Each year, 6-8 million dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are left at animal shelters around the country. Sadly, 3-4 million of those animals have to be euthanized. Spay/Neuter surgeries are our best hope for preventing the deaths of millions of innocent animals. Take a moment to learn the facts and myths about Spay/Neuter.
Good for Your Pet
  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostrate disease.
Good for You
  • Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
  • Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.
  • Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Estrus lasts an average of six to twelve days, often twice a year, in dogs and an average of seven days, three or more times a year, in cats.
  • Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
  • Spaying and neutering makes pets less likely to bite.
  • Un-sterilized animals often exhibit more behavioral and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.
  • Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.
Good for the Community
  • By reducing the number of unwanted animals, Spay/Neuter programs reduce burdens on shelters and save tax dollars.
  • Stray and homeless animals may bite or attack, get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns.
  • Stray animals may also scare away or kill birds and wildlife.
For more information, please call Stephanie Kirby at (919) 560-0640 x.221 or email
The mission of the APS of Durham is to educate the public about the humane care, treatment and well-being of all animals, to help stop pet overpopulation through the promotion of spay/neuter programs, and to find suitable adoptive homes for the animals in our care.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Solarize Durham Information Session

Solarize Durham Information Session
Thursday, January 30
6:30 p.m.
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
4907 Garrett Road, Durham

Climate and energy nonprofit NC WARN has brought to Durham a highly successful program to expand solar power on homes and businesses.

Solarize Durham helps homeowners generate most of their own electricity and sell excess power back to Duke Energy. Power bill savings start the day the system is installed, locking in low-cost clean energy for 25 years or more.

Through bulk purchasing and neighbor-to-neighbor marketing, Solarize Durham cuts pricing by up to 32% from retail solar prices that have already fallen by 80% in recent years.
The more customers participate, the lower the price. An average-sized home might use a 3- to 5-kilowatt system.

Example: 3-kilowatt system (installed price)
Tier 1
(approx. 1-12 homes)
Tier 2
(approx. 13-25)
Tier 3
(approx. 26-50)
Tier 4
(approx. 51-75)
Tier 5
(approx. 76+)
Net price for 3 kilowatts at Tier 1 after 30% Federal and 35% state tax credits: $4,116

Solarize Durham uses high-quality equipment endorsed by the NC Solar Center and installed by one of North Carolina’s leading solar companies, locally-based Yes! Solar Solutions.
Solarize Durham will help determine if your house is suitable for solar – at no charge.
The Solarize model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the NC Solar Center.
Solarize Durham is pioneering a way to make solar power accessible to low-income homeowners. Your participation helps share solar savings with others!

Increase in break-ins along American Tobacco Trail

From PAC3 Listserv:

Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:31 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Addison, David"


Captain Andrews and I have noticed an increase in breaks in to motor vehicles in the parking areas along the American Tobacco Trail. We are sharing this information with you, so you can take extra steps to reduce the opportunities for criminals. These incidents are not unique to our community. Other municipalities are investigating similar crimes along their trails.

If you are leaving from home to use the trail for exercise or enjoyment, only bring what you need along with you. Usually, I will bring identification, a water bottle, a phone and for those listen to either music or audio files, an mp3 player or other device. The thieves looking into cars along the trail are stealing items in plain view or can see something which may give an indication that something is hidden inside the vehicle. Something which sparks a suspects' interest are power cords to smartphones or other electronic devices. If they see the cord, they believe the electronic device in somewhere in the vehicle. Please remove anything that can be seen from inside your vehicle.

Please be very aware of your surroundings! Criminals are often park their cars in some of these locations and watching you when you arrive and when you leave. So if you put your purse or valuables in your trunk once you arrive, there is a possibility the suspects will see you. Also when you leave, some people will get their purse or valuables out of the trunk and put them in the car. Criminals see this and will remember your vehicle the next time you return.

The Durham Police Department&# 39;s Investigative Units for District Three and District Four along with other facets of our department are working to identify suspects related to these crimes. We have units conducting operations to identify and arrest suspects. This is where we need your assistance. Please call 911 for any suspicious persons or activities you observe. If you see someone loitering around the parking lot and looking into cars, give us a call providing a description of the individual.

Please share this email with your family, friends and coworker. Together, we are making Durham a safer community.


Captain David W. Addison
Commander, District Three
Durham Police Department
8 Consultant Place
Durham, NC 27707
919-560-4583 ext. 29352 desk
919-937-8844 cell
919-560-4827 fax
www.durhampolice. com<http://www.durhampo>
david.addison@ durhamnc. gov<mailto:david.addison@ durhamnc. gov>

Monday, January 27, 2014

First Coffee with Council Session of 2014 to be Held February 8

The first Coffee with Council session of 2014 will be held on February 8. The session is the first of five that will be held over the next couple of months. It will take place from 10 a.m. until noon at the Lyon Park Community Family Life and Recreation Center. During the sessions, residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback to council members on budget priorities for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Resident Spotlight from Hope Valley Living Magazine

Jazz Musician Reggie Leatherberry

Written by Hope Valley resident, Beth Bader

Reggie Leatherberry plays three instruments well: the flute and
the alto and tenor saxophones. But he is best known to the
musicians he plays with, his family and friends, and his audiences
for his eloquence on the tenor saxophone. Reggie plays
his tenor sax in four groups: the North Carolina Jazz Ensemble
(NCJE), Moon and the Stars, the Ed Moon Trio, and his own
ensemble, The Reggie Leatherberry Quintet featuring vocalist
Wen DeVear. Reggie also is a member of the Music Ministry at
Union Baptist Church on Roxboro St., Durham NC.

The NCJE travels all over the state playing big band jazz.
Moon and the Stars are eclectic in the music they play – different
styles of jazz as well as popular favorites. Reggie’s
Quintet plays mostly jazz. Moon and the Stars, the Ed Moon
Trio, and Reggie’s Quintet play at music venues and also at
a large variety of events – parties, corporate events, wedding
receptions, family reunions, social events of graduate chapters
of sororities and fraternities, etc. They play all over the Triangle
and as far away as Greensboro.

Reggie has also played with other groups such as Johnny White
and the Elite Band – with which he also played the alto saxophone
and the flute -- with Charley’s Show and Dance Band
– and with the FLEX Band of Durham. He says that his jazz
idol is Stanley Turrentine. While Reggie likes other jazz greats,
Turrentine is his idol because he also plays the tenor saxophone.
Reggie’s roles in all the groups he plays with now are important,
but by far his biggest role is as President of the NC Jazz
Ensemble, an eighteen-member big band founded by Bassist
Oliver Hodge and Saxophonist Stanley Baird. He carries out
leadership responsibilities as he organizes the band’s appearances
and rehearsals. He also helps identify possible funding
sources. The band’s fundraising efforts are targeted at arts
councils – state and county -- and private foundations. One
grant sponsored Ensemble travels through the state to areas
that would not normally be able to experience live big band
music like that performed by bands like Duke Ellington,
Count Basie and Glen Miller.

Presently the NCJE is working on a proposal to Glaxo Smith
Kline, which would allow the Ensemble to provide music education
and appreciation in schools. The Ensemble will also be
giving a concert at the Hayti Heritage Center on December
15, and the Ed Moon Trio (Ed Moon – bass, Emilie Scott –
piano, and Reggie – saxophone and flute) will be playing at the
Irregardless Café on November 2 and December 31. The trio
adds the Drummer, Bill Hayes and Guitarist, Lou Pedro at
9:30 and become Moon and The Stars. They play dance music
until 11:00. Reggie said that while jazz is very popular, audience
development is his most difficult task!

Reggie’s father, a physics major at NCA&T, taught high school
math and French. He took a job in Oxford, NC as assistant
superintendent where he also directed the band. He later
returned to the public school system where he resumed teaching
math and directed the band before he became a principal.

Reggie’s Dad felt strongly that all of his five boys should learn
how to play major instruments. Reggie began his musical career
in his early years playing the Tonette, a kind of recorder. Then
when he was ten years old, he began to take formal music lessons,
starting with the clarinet and subsequently picking up the
saxophone. He reports that he -- like most other kids who are
learning to play instruments – had to be nagged to practice. The
one difference for him was that he couldn’t fake practicing since
he lived full-time with his teacher – that is, his Dad. Reggie
continued playing the saxophone through high school and for
two years at North Carolina Central University.

Reggie was drafted into the U.S. Army in the ‘60s, even though
he was attending Central at the time. After basic training at
Ft. Gordon, Georgia, Reggie was sent to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for
artillery training. While at Ft. Sill, Reggie would sign out a saxophone
from the service club to play for his own entertainment.

After participating in a “jam” session, he was invited to join a
band led by a lieutenant from another unit on post. Since Reggie
didn’t have transportation, the lieutenant would leave his car
so that Reggie could attend rehearsals at his off-post apartment.

When Reggie was drafted, he and his friend were told that they
could volunteer to go to Germany and thus avoid the Vietnam
War. Unfortunately, they discovered the lie when, after being
sent to Germany, Reggie was reassigned to an infantry brigade
at Fort Benning, Georgia to be trained for combat in Vietnam.

Reggie served the last six months of his military service in Vietnam.
When Reggie was discharged from the Army, he entered
Durham Tech to study electronics. His father, along with all of
his other education and career endeavors, had studied electronics
at A&T, so Reggie followed in his footsteps.

Reggie said that a friend of his from his classes at Tech invited
him to go along to an interview the friend had at the UNC
Chemistry Department for a position providing electronics
support for teaching and research labs in Venable Hall
there. The friend didn’t get the job, but Reggie did, and he has
worked at UNC ever since. Now officially "retired," Reggie
only works part-time. He says they keep calling him back, and
he can’t resist supporting the work of the students and professors
in the labs.

Father of three daughters, Nikki, LeKeisha and Tonisha, and
four grandchildren, Reggie has worked over the years to pass
along his love of music and his talent to his family. One of his
grandsons plays saxophone and one plays the clarinet. The two
granddaughters don’t play musical instruments yet. Reggie’s
wife, Margaret, is not a musician, but she supports his and the
grandchildren’s many activities patiently and whole-heartedly,
and puts up with Reggie’s busy schedule. The day after this
interview, one of the grandsons was scheduled to play in a football
game and his granddaughter performed as a cheerleader.

Reggie had an important NCJE rehearsal that conflicted, so his
wife cheerfully accepted the grandparental support role.

Reggie’s life, as well as the lives of his family and friends, is
full of his music. Although all of his brothers were also taught
to play a musical instrument, none of them are still playing
their instruments; Reggie is the only one. It seems, though,
that he is doing enough to cover all of them. His favorite
musical memories are playing with his father, who passed away
in 1986. Dad is surely very honored and very proud of his son’s
enormous talents and the way he shares them through his
many musical involvements!

Thank you, Reggie for sharing your story with us! There are many
artistic people in Hope Valley that we would love to feature. Please
e-mail if you would like to be featured
or know of someone we should contact. Thanks!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Social Event in 2014

Saturday, April 26- HVNNA will hold its third annual Spring Fling on Shelly Pl cul-de-sac in conjunction with neighborhood yard sales

Tuesday, August 5- HVNNA will participant in National Night Out on Herrick Place cul-de-sac

Friday, October 31- Neighborhood Youth Halloween Party on Shelly Place

Tuesday, December 9- Holiday party at Harris Inc., 3505 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705

Monday, January 20, 2014


Annual dues of $25 are due in January of each year. They can be received by your block captain or mailed to our HVNNA treasurer Martha Wilaby at the following address:

P.O. Box 51283
Durham, NC 27717

Check should be made payable to HVNNA

Your dues pay for improvements to our front entrance, refreshments at our events, welcome baskets to recognize new neighbors and new babies, bereavement/hospitalizations and printing costs of newsletters, fliers and signs. Support your community by paying your dues.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Mark your calendar

2014 General Meeting dates

March 11

June 10

September 9

December 9


Steering Committee dates


February 11

May 13

August 12

November 11

Meetings take place at 7pm.

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...