Monday, March 17, 2014

Operation Medicine Drop- March 22

Operation Medicine Drop – March 22, 2014

​The Durham Police Department, in conjunction with Safe Kids Durham County, will be sponsoring Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, March 22 at four locations. Operation Medicine Drop allows people to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications. The program’s purpose is to help prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse.

Operation Medicine Drop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:
• Kerr Drugs, 1812 Holloway St.
• Kroger, 3457 Hillsborough Rd.
• Triangle Pharmacy/Ace Hardware, 4711 Hope Valley Rd.
• Kroger, 202 West NC Highway 54

Officers at these locations will supervise the collection and maintain security of any collected materials. The collected materials will be destroyed in an environmentally friendly manner. For information about Operation Medicine Drop, go to

Saturday, March 15, 2014

PAC3 Crime Update

From the PAC3 list:


I want to thank all of you who participated in driving our crime down in District Three. Every month, we are tasked with identifying new criminals who attempt to use our community for their profit. Your calls have netted excellent results! Last month, District Three's Criminal Investigative Unit along with patrol officers arrested forty four individuals which included 208 felony warrants and 81 misdemeanor warrants. Unfortunately, some of these criminals were repeat offenders who were arrested and upon release on bond committed another crime in our community.

Your calls allowed us to catch several suspects either committing the crime or just after committing the crime. Unfortunately, we are still investigating cases where neighbors who saw suspects and never called 911 or the homeowner to see if the person belong inside their residence. Over fourteen percent of the crimes during the month of February of 2014 involved juveniles. These juveniles are usually accompanied by a person over the age of sixteen. We are continuing to work with Assistant District Attorney Fungia Bennett to resolve those cases and offer assistance when appropriate to the offender and their respective families.

We saw a sharp decrease in larcenies from motor vehicles during the month of February. Lt. Sembly and I attended several communities meetings and spoke with many residents regarding this crime issue. By simply removing items from the view of suspects, either when you arrive home or before arriving at your destination, is a huge deterrent. Please continue to take the extra thirty seconds to remove items from the visibility of anyone passing by your vehicle.

During our monthly Partners Against Crime meeting, we were happy to share the spike observed in burglaries has come down. Your calls, coupled with several arrested made across our district by investigators and patrol officers has made a difference. Our goal is to bring that number down even further. Lt. Sembly and I are driving through your communities and speaking with residents about the importance of calling 911 when you observe a suspicious person or activity. Give us the opportunity to investigate.

As the seasons change and crime levels rise and fall, we shall take each challenge head on, together. Our success is exactly that, our success. Your calls are making a difference. Taking the extra time to remove items from your car is making a difference. Reducing opportunities for criminals to impact our community is making a difference. Together, we are making a difference.

Enjoy your weekend!!

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<><>

Monday, March 10, 2014

Alternative for students on suspension

What is Rebound?

Rebound is a strengths-focused program for middle- and high-school students on short-term suspension in Durham, NC.
Many students on suspension have nowhere safe and nurturing to go during the time they would otherwise be at school. Rebound provides an all-day, comprehensive program of activities for students on suspension.


Rebound provides services to Durham County youth on short-term suspension from school by focusing on their strengths and resilience so that they may develop the skills, supports, and strategies needed to reconnect with their schools, communities, and families and achieve their goals.


The Rebound program provides a supportive environment for middle- and high-school students to achieve the following goals:
  • Stay up-to-date with schoolwork during short-term suspension
  • Identify root causes of suspension, including student behavior and systemic issues
  • Address root causes of suspension in order to
    • prevent juvenile crime (and other risky behaviors) during out of school time and
    • prevent future suspensions
  • Develop sources of resilience in youth by
    • gaining self-knowledge and improving self-esteem
    • identifying personal strengths and goals
    • increasing skills in leadership, conflict management and effective communication skills
  • Promote social connectedness by reconnecting youth with families, school staff, and the larger community
Read more about a typical day at Rebound.

To find out more:

City of Durham to Collect Winter Storm Debris

DURHAM, N.C. – Due to last week’s winter storm, which left a significant amount of storm debris throughout the community, the City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department will be collecting storm debris at no charge for non-yard waste customers who receive household garbage collection.
To schedule one free curbside storm debris collection, customers should contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 by Friday, March 14, 2014, at 3 p.m. Storm debris should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on a residents’ normal household garbage collection day. Debris longer than six feet should be cut in half and not placed into bags.
Residential customers may also drop off storm debris at the City’s Waste Disposal & Recycling Center at 2115 E. Club Blvd., Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at no charge until March 14. Residents are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing. Strom debris delivered after March 14 will be subject to the usual disposal fees.
Regular yard waste customers do not have to contact Durham One Call to receive their normal collection service. Additional questions regarding this one-time free service should be directed to Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Keep Durham Beautiful to distribute free tree seedlings at Sunday’s Food Truck Rodeo

I'm not sure we actually NEED more trees in HVN, but in case you want one (or they can be planted elsewhere in Durham County):

Keep Durham Beautiful will distribute Free Tree Seedlings this Sunday March 9, noon to 4 pm, while supplies last, with help from Durham County Master Gardener Volunteers. Find us at Durham Central Park at the Food Truck Rodeo!

The 1200 seedlings have been provided by the City of Durham Urban Forestry Department and Durham County through “Trees Across Durham,” a joint initiative out of the City and County strategic plans.

Trees Across Durham is a broad-based partnership dedicated to making Durham a healthier and greener community now and in the future through the planting and protection of trees; the education of tree care-takers and the general public about how to maintain healthy trees; and the measurement and communication of the benefits trees provide to the environment and community. For more information about Trees Across Durham, visit

The 9 varieties we’ll have include:
River Birch
Water tupelo
Cherrybark oak
Flowering crabapple
Pignut hickory

Anyone is welcome to stop by the Keep Durham Beautiful tent to pick up a tree or to ask tree-related questions. Trees must be planted within Durham County and should be planted right away for best results.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

General meeting on 3/11/14

We have a general meeting on Tuesday, March 11th at 7:00pm. The meeting will take place at the SW Durham Library on Shannon Road. Refreshment provided.


Durham's Creek Week Offers Wastewater Plant Tours, Cleanups & Nature Activities

 DURHAM, N.C. - Durham residents interested in learning more about local water resources should mark their calendars now to attend a Creek Week event the week of March 15-22, 2014.

Activities are planned to help clean up creeks, educate about pollution issues facing local streams and lakes, and guide people to encounter nature along waterways. New this year, weekday tours of wastewater treatment plants will offer participants a glimpse into "reclaiming" the water flushed down toilets and washed down sink and shower drains. The reclaimed water is released into local creeks, mixing with stormwater runoff that washes directly into creeks without any cleaning.

"With all of the news about dangerous chemicals spilling into our rivers, it's more important than ever that we all learn the everyday things we can do for clean water," said Laura Webb Smith, public education coordinator for the Stormwater and GIS Services Division of the City's Public Works Department. "Creek Week offers concrete ways to get involved in protecting our water resources."

Creek Week events include a rain garden workshop, environmental education programs for kids and adults, canoe rides, nature walks, and volunteer opportunities. Residents interested in learning more should visit or contact Smith at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30235 or by email at

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Monday, March 3, 2014

trash pickup tomorrow

The City’s Solid Waste Management Department has suspended solid waste, recycling, yard waste, and bulky items collections today. The department will make up Monday’s collection on Tuesday, road conditions permitting. Monday customers who did not receive collection today should leave their carts on the curb for collection tomorrow. Tuesday customers should still place their carts at the curb by 7 a.m. Any questions or concerns regarding solid waste collection schedule changes should be directed to Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200.

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

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