Thursday, December 10, 2015

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Christmas & New Year Holidays

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Christmas & New Year Holidays
Durham Residents Are Asked to Take Note of Changes in Multiple City Services

DURHAM, N.C. – Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, and Friday, January 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays. 

Police, fire, and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency problems or concerns may be directed to (919) 560-4600. Residents are asked to take note of the following changes in other City services and programs.

Solid Waste, Recycling, Yard Waste, and Bulky Item Curbside Collections
The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Friday, December 25. Regular Friday yard waste and bulky items collections will take place on Monday, December 28. The department will also be closed on Friday, January 1. Regular Friday yard waste and bulky items collections will take place on Monday, January 4.

Residents are reminded to place their carts at the curb by 7 a.m. the day of their scheduled collections and to return garbage, recycling, and yard waste containers back to their home, away from street, curb, and sidewalk. As traffic increases during the holiday season, motorists are also asked to be aware of collection crews working in neighborhoods and other high-traffic areas.

Residents are also encouraged to recycle during the holiday season when the amounts of trash generated increases. Paper holiday waste, including wrapping paper (non-metallic only), cardboard boxes, and greeting cards may be placed in the blue recycling cart.

Curbside Christmas Tree Collection
The Solid Waste Management Department will collect Christmas trees from all solid waste customers from December 28 until February 6. Trees should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on residents’ normal household garbage collection day. Residents are asked to leave the tree at the curb for one week before contacting Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 to report a missed tree collection. Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half. Residents should remove all decorations and hardware, including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and stands. Residents are also asked to not place trees in bags. Trees may also be dropped off 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., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to noon at no charge until February 6. Customers are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing. Trees delivered after February 6 will be subject to the usual disposal fees.

Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and Household Hazardous Waste Center
The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1. 

Durham Parks and Recreation
Durham Parks and Recreation will close all recreation centers at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23. DPR will close its administrative office, all recreation centers, and all indoor rental sites on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25. DPR’s recreation centers, indoor pools, and programs will operate under their regular weekend schedules on Saturday, December 26 and Sunday, December 27. The administrative office will reopen under its normal schedule on Monday, December 28.

Recreation centers will also close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 31. The administrative office, all recreation centers, and all indoor rental sites will be closed on Friday, January 1. DPR’s recreation centers, indoor pools, and programs will operate under their regular weekend schedules on Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3. The administrative office will reopen under its normal schedule on Monday, January 4. For more information visit, like, follow, or call (919) 560-4355.

GoDurham, Bull City Connector, and GoDurham ACCESS
GoDurham will operate will operate from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.  on Thursday, December 24 and  Thursday, December 31. GoDurham will not operate on Friday, December 25. On Friday, January 1, GoDurham will operate its Sunday service in which hourly service is provided from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, and Friday, January 1. For more information visit, like, follow, or call (919) 485-RIDE.

The Bull City Connector will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, but will not operate on Friday, December 25. The Bull City Connector will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, but will not operate on Friday, January 1. For more information visit, like, follow, or call (919) 485-RIDE.

GoDurham ACCESS will operate will operate from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  on Thursday, December 24 and  Thursday, December 31. GoDurham ACCESS will not operate on Friday, December 25. On Friday, January 1 GoDurham ACCESS will operate its Sunday service in which hourly service is provided from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, and Friday, January 1. For more information visit or call (919) 560-1551.

Durham One Call
Durham One Call will be closed on Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, and Friday, January 1. Residents may complete an online service request or leave a message at (919) 560-1200. Durham One Call will forward all requests for City services to the appropriate department on the next business day. For information about the City’s holiday schedule and any other services that may be affected, contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

CCAP information

Many homes in Hope Valley North have benefited from the CCAP program through rain gardens, cisterns and stream restorations. Money is still available but homeowners must apply through the CCAP program.


The NC Dept of Environment & Natural Resources (NC DERN), Division of Water Quality has identified nonpoint source pollution as the primary source of degradation of freshwater rivers and streams in NC. The most widespread nonpoint sources of pollution are agriculture, urban runoff and construction.

Following the success of the NC Agricultural Cost-Share Assistance Program to address agriculture’s contribution to nonpoint source water pollution concerns, the Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) was developed to address the urban contributions to nonpoint source pollution. Through authorizing legislation, Session Law 2006-78, the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission identified 15 CCAP Best Management Practices (BMP), developed program rules and established an average cost list.

The CCAP is a voluntary program that targets urban, suburban and rural landowners to help them reduce their contribution to nonpoint source pollution. CCAP will not be used to aid new development, nor meet requirements of existing regulations. The CCAP will reimburse up to 75% of the average cost of the installation of qualifying BMP’s.

Current CCAP BMP’s include:
  • Backyard RainGarden
  • Backyard Wetland
  • Cistern
  • Critical Area Planting
  • Bioretension Area
  • Stormwater Wetland
  • Well Closure - hand dug only
  • Impervious Surface Conversion
  • Riparian Buffer
  • Stream Restoration
  • Diversion
  • Grassed Swale
  • Pet Waste Receptacle
  • Permeable Pavement (select portions of NC only)
Staff Contact: Mike Dupree
Phone: 919-560-0558
mdupree@dconc.gov



http://dconc.gov/government/departments-f-z/soil-water-conservation-district/community-conservation-assistance-program

HVNNA meeting dates for 2016

Mark your 2016 calendar:

February 9 – steering committee meeting
March 8 – general meeting
May 10 – steering committee meeting
June 14 – general meeting
August 2 –    National Night Out
August 9 – steering committee meeting
September 13 – general meeting
November 8 – steering committee meeting

December 13 – general meeting

December meeting and holiday gathering

Don't forget the December meeting and holiday gathering tomorrow night!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Thanksgiving donations

Written by Kelly Foster:

I would like to thank the following neighbors for their contributions of $16.00 each. Those who couldn't give the $16.00 gave something. All contributions were made from the heart and were well receive for the purchasing of 10 nice sized turkeys for the Durham Rescue Mission's Thanksgiving dinner.

Families involved:
Darden
Lidowski
Ghazawan
Duncan
Henderson
C. Bailey
Foster
S. Scott
E. Bailey
Johnson

Turkeys delivered by K. Foster and S. Duncan.

Friday, December 4, 2015

December General Meeting, Election, and Holiday Gathering

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Time: 6:30p food/socializing, 7:00pm start of meeting
Location: Piper's Deli, 3219 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC

This is our December business meeting where we will have guest speaker Michael DuPree to talk about the CCAP program and money still available to our neighborhood. We will hold general elections.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

loose dogs

We have heard several complains about a loose and aggressive brown dog on Winchester. This is just a reminder, when you see a loose dog, call 911

The Durham County Animal Services office is located at 3005 Glenn Road and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This office should be contacted for information purposes only at 919-560-0630. For emergency situations requiring the response of an animal services officer, please call 911 or the Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center at 919-560-0900.

No leaves in the street

Repost from Keep Durham Beautiful website (2013)
http://keepdurhambeautiful.org/2013/02/keep-it-neatno-leaves-and-grass-in-the-street/


Keep Durham Beautiful encourages responsible leaf management.
It’s so tempting to just blow or rake leaves directly into the street and out of your yards. You’re probably thinking, why keep leaves and grass clippings off the street? The answer is simple…it’s very bad for our water quality and can create hazardous street conditions. Leaves and grass clippings clog storm drains, causing flooding during storms both in the streets and in our waterways.
Leaves in storm drains also contribute unwanted nutrients into streams and lakes, which ultimately decreases our water quality. Storm drains empty directly into nearby surface waters without treatment, making it imperative that only rainwater enters them.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you to properly dispose of your leaves, keep in mind that leaves in our streets causes our community to look untidy. More importantly, City of Durham’s street sweepers could come along and suck up the leaves. This may seem helpful, but in fact, the leaves make the sweepers less efficient by forcing them to work harder to collect litter and debris beneath the leaves. Debris collected by street sweepers is not compostable in the same way that leaves are. As a result of litter contamination, it is considered “municipal solid waste” and must go into the landfill with other trash.
Durham street sweepers collected 6.4 million pounds of debris last year. While this is an important way to clear litter and debris from our streets, it is no substitute for prevention. Residents can help by keeping the street and drains near their property clean and clear of litter, leaves and grass clippings.
How can you dispose of leaves properly?
  • Compost your leaves on your own property. In mowing season, leave grass clippings on your lawn to act as fertilizer.
  • Hire a yard service that properly disposes of leaves.
  • Take your leaves to the City of Durham transfer station for a prorated fee of $26.50 per ton.
  • City residents can become yard waste customers and rent a cart for a $78 annual fee. Yard waste customers may place up to ten additional biodegradable brown bags filled with leaves alongside yard waste carts each week.
  • County residents with a current 2013 decal can dispose of yard waste at the Bahama, Redwood, and Parkwood Convenience Sites. Visit the County’s website at www.dconc.gov/recycling for more information.
  • Remember, burning leaves is not allowed in the City or County due to fire hazard and air quality concerns.
Leaves and other yard waste collected from City yard waste customers are ground up for volume reduction and transported to another compost facility that turns them into valuable products such as fertilizer amendments.
For information about composting leaves on your property, renting a yard waste cart, or visiting the transfer station, contact the City’s Solid Waste Management Department at (919) 560-4186 or visit www.DurhamNC.gov.
If you would like to help even more, you can check out a kit and volunteer to label storm drains in your neighborhood with anti-pollution messages. Contact the City of Durham Stormwater Services and GIS Division (919) 560-4326, ext. 30235 or StormwaterEducation@DurhamNC.gov to get started.
About Keep Durham Beautiful
Keep Durham Beautiful, a non-profit affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, engages and inspires individuals to take greater responsibility for their community environment. To learn more, visit www.KeepDurhamBeautiful.org to sign up for our newsletter. Be sure to like us at www.facebook.com/KeepDurhamBeautiful or follow us at  www.twitter.com/DurhamBeautiful.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Recent District 3 Trends- from the DPD

Good afternoon-

Recently, there have been a couple of trends that you should be aware of:

1. This month there were a few situations where residents left doors or windows unsecured and had items taken over night or while they were elsewhere in the house or yard. This is just a reminder- no matter what you are doing, please make sure that your home is sufficiently secured before you leave the room. I know that in this weather, it is tempting to open screen doors or windows. Please be aware when you do so and secure them when you leave the area.

2. In several situations, we have a person or a couple of persons knocking on the front door prior to going around to force a rear door. If someone knocks on your door please respond so that they know someone is home. In these situations, the persons have not wanted to interact with residents so they fled.

If you do see anything or anyone who seems out of place, please do not hesitate to call 911 and report it. We appreciate all of the information you may provide.

Thank you.

Lt. Mark Morais
Acting Commander- District 3 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

HVNNA new address

HVNNA has a new PO Box number.

New address is:

HVNNA
PO Box 51006

Durham, NC 27717

steering committer reminder

When: Tuesday, November 10 at 7pm
Where: Doretha's house

Please be prompt.

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

car used in recent burglaries-Red Toyota Camry

-----message from the police-------------------------
Greetings;

In reference to the recent Hope Valley burglaries. A Red Toyota Camry bearing North Carolina registration DCE 8524 was seen this morning leaving the scene of a break in on Knightsbridge Court. The car pulled up let two people out and came back a few minutes later to pick them up. The vehicle was spotted again on Devon and Buckingham Road. Durham Police immediately flooded the area in an effort to locate the vehicle and its occupants but were unsuccessful. If you see this vehicle in the area or if you notice suspicious activity in your neighborhood please call 911 immediately.

Thank you.

Keith,

Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
District 3
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)

Friday, October 2, 2015

City of Durham Preparing for Hurricane Joaquin

City of Durham Preparing for Hurricane Joaquin
 
DURHAM, N.C. –The City of Durham is busy preparing to keep operations running smoothly as several weather systems converge on the Triangle including Hurricane Joaquin. Residents are encouraged to like the City’s Facebook page and follow the City’s Twitter feed to get up-to-date information about roads, programs, services and more.
 
The City’s Public Works Department is working to clear clogged stormwater drains and ensure all equipment and crews are prepped and ready to respond if needed. Residents are asked to help by proactively removing debris that may be clogging storm drains near their homes or businesses. The department will also be putting out signage if roadways flood to help warn motorists as well as coordinating with the local NCDOT maintenance office to ensure that State-maintained roads within the city limits are passable.
 
The City’s General Services Department Urban Forestry Division and Landscape Services Division will be on-call during this event to help remove downed trees on City streets and public rights-of-way. Today, crews are prepping all equipment, such as chainsaws, bucket trucks, and knuckle loaders. The City’s Public Works Department, Solid Waste Management Department and Neighborhood Improvement Services Department will support Urban Forestry’s efforts to help remove larger debris as needed.
 
To report downed trees on City-maintained streets, residents should contact the Durham Emergency Communications Center non-emergency line at (919) 560-4600 unless the downed tree presents an immediate, life-threatening hazard; then call 9-1-1.
 
Residents and property owners are responsible for downed tree removal on private property, driveways, apartment access roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. The clearing of private streets is also the responsibility of the homeowners within that subdivision. Residents are urged to not touch downed trees or branches that are tangled up with power lines. Power outages and any downed power lines should be reported directly to Duke Energy Carolinas at 1-800-POWERON or 1-800-769-3766 (English), or 1-800-4APAGON or 1-800-427-2466 (EspaƱol).
 
The Durham Police Department is urging motorists and pedestrians to avoid driving or walking through flooded streets since most storm-related deaths are caused by flooding. If residents see standing water, they are advised to not try to walk or drive through it.
 
For weather-related updates for any Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities, recreation centers or special events, call the DPR weather line at (919) 560-4636 and select option #8. Updates will also be available on DPR’s website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
 
To plan for an emergency, Durham residents should:
·         Be sure emergency supply kits have enough bottled water and non-perishable food to sustain each family member for three to seven days. Include a weather radio, flashlight, extra batteries, toiletries, change of clothes, blankets or sleeping bag, rain gear and appropriate footwear. Also include copies of important documents, such as birth certificates and insurance policies.
·         Plan for pets by gathering supplies and putting them in an easily-accessible container.
·         Prepare homes by cleaning out gutters and clearing property of debris that could damage buildings in strong winds.
·         Determine if you are in a flood plain or flood-prone area and know evacuation routes. Listen to local officials and evacuate as instructed.
·         Stay tuned to local news for the latest advisories from the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center (NHC) as well as State and local emergency management officials.
 

Friday, August 7, 2015

PAC 3 meeting this Saturday

---------------------forward from PAC3 listserv---------------------------------------


To All District 3 Neighbors,

Please join us _this Saturday, August 8th, 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.)

The meeting agenda will include:
Topic / Guest Speaker: "Getting around Durham by Bike or Foot,"
presented by Deputy JP Carroll. Biking and walking are two of the
easiest means of transportation and exercise. For many, the biggest
obstacle to biking or walking more is finding a safe route and
maneuvering vehicular traffic.

Find out more at:

www.bikewalkdurham.org/
www.gotriangle.org/bike-walk/cyclist-resources/
www.WatchForMeNC.org/

City Department Reports: As always the meeting will include reports from
various City Departments and our District 3 Commander, Captain David
Addison, offering you the opportunity to voice your concerns, questions
and comments. The complete meeting agenda is attached.

Ps to Neighborhood Listserv Moderators: Please forward to your
neighborhood listserv or website.

Join us this Saturday. We look forward to seeing you.

PAC3 Co-Facilitators
JoAnn Comis jcomis@mindspring.com 919-225-5176
Mike Mayo mikewmayo@gmail.com 973- 722-4772

Monday, August 3, 2015

NNO is tomorrow!!

National Night out is tomorrow.  Come on out and meet your neighbors. 
Bring your own chair. 
Volunteers still needed. 
Please leave dogs and other pets at home. 

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DATE:       August 4, 2015 (rain or shine)
Time:       6:00 p.m. to 8:00 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 
  • Meet city officials, law enforcement, Red Cross, Fire Department and more!!



County Vehicle Parade (lead by DPD SWAT vehicle and DFD Fire Truck) will start at Stropshire cul-de-sac at 6pm drive down Colchester, Stonehedge, and Suffolk to turn right on Shrewsbury and left onto Winchester. Let’s line the streets to cheers them on along the way.

This event is held by and for the community and it needs volunteers to continue. If you can help cook food or serve drinks, clean up afterward or sit at the sign in table, any help will be appreciated, please contact Maurice Darden at 919-632-3166.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Durham's outdoor watering schedule

Landscape irrigation makes up a large portion of our consumption, particularly during the warmer months of the year. In fact, irrigation during summer months can increase demand on the treatment plants between 20 and 40 percent. By improving the efficiency of our irrigation practices, we can reduce consumption, save money, and preserve this precious resource.
 
The most significant aspect of the new requirements is a specific irrigation schedule. The outdoor irrigation schedule applies to all spray irrigation systems and allows customers to irrigate according to the following schedule:
•  Odd-numbered addresses may water once on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays either before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.  
•  Even-numbered addresses may water once on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays either before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
•  No watering may occur between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on allowed watering days. 
•  No customers are permitted to water on Mondays. 

•  Temporary licenses will be allowed to establish new landscapes

Monday, July 20, 2015

National Night Out

You are invited to Hope Valley North’s fourth annual National Night Out


DATE:       August 4, 2015 (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 
  • Meet city officials, law enforcement, Red Cross, Fire Department and more!!




County Vehicle Parade (lead by DPD SWAT vehicle and DFD Fire Truck) will start at Stropshire cul-de-sac at 6pm drive down Colchester, Stonehedge, and Suffolk to turn right on Shrewsbury and left onto Winchester. Let’s line the streets to cheers them on along the way.

Community Conversation on Police & Community Relations Forum

The Community Conversation on Police & Community Relations Forum will be
held from 6:30PM until 8:30PM on Monday, July 20, 2015 at Holton Career and
Resource Center, 401 North Driver Street, Durham, NC 27703.

The event is designed to allow the residents of Durham to voice their
concerns and to offer positive solutions for the improved relations between
the community and law enforcement officials.

Angela Lee, the executive director of the Hayti Heritage Center, will serve
as the moderator of a panel discussion that will open the session. Lee will
guide an interactive conversation between police officials, community
activists, and civic leaders. I have been invited to represent the Civilian
Police Review Board.

Using a balanced approach to the discussion of multiple issues, the panel
will utilize the first 30 minutes of the program. Following the panel
dialogue, individual audience members will be asked to offer suggestions and
solutions that would improve the overall relationship and the cooperation
between law enforcement and citizens.

The suggestions and solutions offered will be received and documented for
improvements that can make Durham a model city in the area of police and
community relations.

The event is a collaborative venture between the Durham City Council, Board
of County Commissioners, DPS Board of Education and the community at-large.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Durham 9-1-1 Access Restored to Verizon Wireless Customers



DURHAM, N.C. - Verizon Wireless customers can now dial 9-1-1 for emergency assistance. According to James Soukup, director of the Durham Emergency Communications Center<http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/911/Pages/Home.aspx>, Verizon Wireless has fixed the issued that affected their network earlier today. No other wireless carriers had any issues, and all landline-placed 9-1-1 calls also worked properly during this time. Although carrier malfunctions rarely happen, residents are reminded that the Durham Emergency Communications Center may be reached directly at the non-emergency number, 919-560-4600, should they be unable to reach 9-1-1.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Durham 9-1-1 Access Unavailable to Verizon Wireless Customers

DURHAM, N.C. – Currently, Verizon Wireless customers are receiving a busy signal when dialing 9-1-1. Verizon Wireless is now working to fix the issue with their network.

Until further notice, Verizon Wireless customers in need of emergency assistance should call the Durham Emergency Communications Center non-emergency number at (919) 560-4600 if a busy signal is received when dialing 9-1-1.


According to James Soukup, director of the Durham Emergency Communications Center, no other wireless carriers are having issues, and all landline-placed 9-1-1 calls are working. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

meeting Tuesday night

Our next meeting is Tuesday night (6/9) at 7 pm in the Shelly Place cul-de-sac. For those interested we will also have a tour of the stream restoration project on Stonehedge at 6:30 pm. Meet at Shelly Place at 6:30 pm for the tour before the meeting.

Monday, June 1, 2015

crime alert

In the past few weeks in Hope Valley North, there has been a house burglary during the day, a storage area broken into overnight, theft of property out of two yards and a dead animal put in a neighbor's mailbox. If and when you see anything suspicious, please call 911.

There is a neighborhood meeting in June 9th at 7pm in the Shelly Place cul-de-sac. Come out an get to know your neighbors. We need to watch out for each other.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

South Durham COP program


After a series of crimes in SW Durham, the Parkwood Association asked the Durham Police Department (DPD) to increase the number of officers patrolling South Durham. DPD’s response was that they lacked the manpower to increase patrols.

                Our goal is to give existing officers more time to actively patrol our area by reducing the time they spend on non-emergency services. We are working with the DPD to recruit citizen volunteers for an existing DPD-sponsored program, the Citizen Observer Patrol (COP).

                The COP program uses trained citizen volunteers during daylight hours to perform non-emergency services that that police officers would otherwise do.

                The South Durham COP program, covering Districts 3 and 4, only has enough volunteers to patrol one day a week. According to the DPD COP coordinator, with 17 additional volunteers, this program could have volunteers on patrol every day of the week.

                COP volunteers wear uniforms and patrol during daylight hours in specially-marked cars. They carry assigned hand-held radios linked directly to the central police dispatcher (which gives them direct contact with all uniformed police on patrol) to report suspicious individuals and activities, crimes in progress, abandoned vehicles, and request EMS. COP volunteers help reduce the DPD’s response time.

                We believe that we can recruit these 17 volunteers if the communities in South Durham come together to make their homeowners aware of the COP program and encourage them to attend an April 25, 2015 COP recruitment meeting, where individuals can discuss the program with Officer Suitt (the DPD COP coordinator), other police officers from Police Districts 3 and 4, and current COP volunteers. The meeting will be from 10 to 11am at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department, 1409 Seaton Rd, Durham, NC 27713.

                We hope that you will join us in this effort to provide better police protection for South Durham by distributing the attached sheet on the COP program to the residents in your community, sharing on your neighborhood websites or email lists, and encouraging neighbors to attend the recruitment meeting and volunteer to become a COP.

                If you need more information or have suggestions, please contact the Parkwood Association office (pa.office@parkwoodnc.org, 919-544-2161).

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sign up for community yard sale- May 2

Spring Fling is coming up on May 2. Spring Fling consists of a huge plant sale, food sales and community yard sales.

The yard sales will be held in the neighbors' yards. All will begin at 7:00 a.m. and continue until 11:00 a.m. But we need people to sign up to have yard sale. You need to register with Glenn Heartwell. She can be reached at 919-490-0784 or heartwellg@msn.com

Registration costs $5 and for that fee, HVNNA will provide all the advertising and yard sale signs at both entrances and on each street where a yard sale is held.

After this year, spring fling will no longer be held annually but only every other year. This is your chance to clean out your clothes and garage and make some money. Please contact Glenn for more information.

left over Halloween candy?

Here are a few ideas for what to do with it (other than eat it yourself): http://www.wral.com/candy-overload-4-local-places-to-donate-your...