Friday, February 28, 2014

Crime in our district

From the PAC3 listserv:

Crime Issues in District Three...

Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:28 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Addison, David"


I want to share some information regarding burglaries in our communities. During the last two months, we have observed a spike in burglaries with respect to residential areas. The investigative team for District Three has made some significant arrests with respect to these crimes. As we continue to push this number down, your assistance is needed. As Lieutenant T. Sembly and I participate in community meetings, a common thread has emerged from the residents. We were asked, 'What do we need to do?' Since my assignment as the captain of District Three in September of 2012, I can personally say every officer is committed to doing the best job possible with the resources we have however we need your help.

Crime in our district is not just a police problem, it is also a community problem which requires everyone to get involved. We are discovering some of our criminals are juveniles. We are working with Assistant District Attorney Bennett with Durham's District Attorney' s Office to see what programs can be employed to assist our youth while holding them responsible for the crimes committed. We are also pursuing the habitual adult criminals who have negatively impacted our quality of life.

So the question was, 'What can we do?' My answer is simple and does not require much from you. I need you to continue to be involved and if you are not involved, start! Get to know your neighbors and other members of your community. If you live in an apartment complex, get to know others who live on your floor or in your building. I was asked in a community meeting about profiling individuals by calling 911. If someone is walking through your community and doing nothing else, that is not suspicious. If an individual is looking into cars, pulling on door handles, walking behind homes or soliciting in the community, then call 911. Give us the opportunity to determine why the individual is doing what you reported. Criminal are less likely to commit crimes in an involved community.

Coupled with calling 911 for suspicious activity, make your home or place of business undesirable for criminals. Officer Fair is the Community Resource Officer for District Three and will come to your community or business and provide a free presentation to make your home or office a safer place. If you have a home alarm system, turn it on when you leave to run errands. Make sure the bushes outside of your home or business does not block a window or another access point for a criminal. Check your lighting to make sure ample lights remove dark areas surrounding your home. Close your blinds or curtains when you are away from your residence or business. Criminal often survey by looking through open windows to reduce the time inside your residence because they can see where items of value are located. Remove items from plain view from inside your vehicle. It takes an extra minute or two to employ these safety tips and deter criminals.

Criminals have evolved from the grungy dirty, drug addicted or obvious stereotypes we have grown accustomed to associating to them. They are now driving nice vehicles and looking more presentable so they do not stand out from others in your community. Some witnesses to break-ins told investigators, 'I didn't think he would break in because he was driving a Lexus.' Please do not be lured into believe someone with a shirt and tie or nice clean clothes could not be involved in crimes in our community.

Please continue to invite Lieutenant Sembly and I to your community meetings. We all have a responsibility in reducing the crime in our community. And only together can we make Durham a safer place for everyone. Enjoy your week.


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>

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tree planting opportunities

From the INC listserv:

As part of the Trees Across Durham initiative, the City-County Sustainability Office, Keep Durham Beautiful, and City Urban Forestry Division invite you to help us plant hundreds of trees in the coming weeks.  An updated list of dates and locations is at under “events”.  If you have tools and gloves, bring them, but if not we can supply some.  Here are some dates and times.  We hope to see you there!  If you know you are coming, please email and let her know which event you will attend.  Otherwise, just show up when you can!
Feb 28, 9:30-11:00 Eastway Elementary
March 1, 9:00-12:00  Driver Street near Maureen Joy Charter School
March 1, 2:00-5:00  Ruby Street (between Ruffin and Duke)
March 7, 1:00-3:30  Burton Elementary
March 8, 9:00-12:00  Pearsontown Elementary
March 15, 9:00-12:00  E.K. Powe Elementary
March 21, 10:30-1:00  Rockwood Park (Arbor Day celebration)
March 22, time TBD  Forestview Elementary
March 22, time TBD Juniper Street park
Tobin L. Freid
Sustainability Manager
Durham City-County
(919) 560-7999

Thursday, February 20, 2014

City of Durham Temporarily Changes Water Disinfection Method Beginning February 26

DURHAM, N.C. — Durham residents may notice a slight change in the taste and color of their water during the month of March. Beginning February 26 through March 30, the City of Durham’s Water Management Department will temporarily stop adding ammonia as a part of the water treatment disinfection process in order to meet annual state and federal water requirements. 

During this time, only chlorine will be used for disinfection. The department’s Water and Sewer Maintenance Division will also begin flushing the entire water system to allow chlorine to disperse throughout the system. System flushing will begin in the evening of Sunday, March 2.  Although most of the flushing will be conducted Sundays through Thursdays between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. to minimize the impact, customers should expect to see crews flushing during regular business hours as well. During the four-week flushing process, there will be eight two-man crews working from the center of the city out.

During this process, residents may notice slight discoloration in their water when crews are working in their neighborhoods. Residents receiving kidney dialysis treatment as well as aquarium and pond owners should continue to take special precautions to remove traces of ammonia and chlorine from the water prior to using it. Residents should also check their water before washing white clothing. If water discoloration occurs, customers should run their water for a few minutes until it becomes clear. If water discoloration persists, contact the Water and Sewer Maintenance Division at (919) 560-4344. Customers may also wish to collect water for drinking in a container and store in the refrigerator; the chlorine taste and odor will dissipate upon standing for a few hours.

Durham has been using chloramination as the disinfection process since January 2002. Chloramination uses both ammonia and chlorine to disinfect water and reduces the formation of disinfection by-products in the water distribution system. City water treatment plant staff will resume adding ammonia into the disinfection process on March 31.

Several other neighboring water providers, including Cary, Apex, Raleigh, and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA), will be carrying out the same temporary disinfection process change and system flushing during this time period. 

For more information on the disinfection process, contact the City’s Water Management Department at (919) 560-4381 Questions related to the flushing program should be directed to the City’s Water and Sewer Maintenance Division at (919) 560-4344.Information about the City’s water treatment and disinfection process may also be found on the City’s website at
About the Water Management Department
The Water Management Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Durham's water supply, water treatment and water reclamation (wastewater treatment) facilities, the collection and distribution systems (including meter reading), and customer billing services. The department has a wide variety of support divisions and programs to maintain the existing infrastructure that provide these integral services and strive to be a responsible steward of the City’s physical assets. For information, visit or “like” Durham Saves Water at

2014 Legal Eagle Law Camp - Registration Limited to 36 Students

Reposted from the PAC2 list:

Each summer, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law hosts a
weeklong Legal Eagle Law Camp for middle and high school students. The
summer 2014 session of Law Camp will be held June 23-27, 2014, from 9 a.m. -
4 p.m. (Friday June 27, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Registration is $120 per child and
scholarships are available; registration is limited to the first 36
participants to register.

The Camp is designed to expose students to the field of law. Participants
get an inside look at the legal system and the courts, meet local attorneys
and judges, visit the Durham courthouse, learn about legal research using
the NCCU Law Library, take part in a mock trial and find out what it's like
to prepare for law school. Interactive sessions with current NCCU law
students, faculty and administrators are a feature of the Camp.

The Camp is co-sponsored by Durham Public Schools Community Education
Program, but enrollment is not limited to Durham Public Schools students or
Durham County residents.

Questions about Camp, call 919-530-7166. For information about registration
or payment, please call 919-560-9488. For more information,

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This weather is for the birds!

Don't forget to put out food for the birds. They need a bit of extra in this cold weather.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Steering committee meeting 2/11/14

Reminder to block captains (and anyone else interested):

The next steering committee meeting will be held at Maurice's house on Tuesday (2/11) at 7pm.

Community wide yard sale

HVN will be organizing a community wide yard sale on Saturday, April 26. If you are interested in participating put the date on your calendar and contact Glenn Heartwell at 919-490-0784 or  A minimal registration fee of $5.00 will provide you with free advertising through Craig’s List, list serves, fliers and signage as well as a start on a community map to be distributed at both entrances of the neighborhood.

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...