Monday, March 28, 2016

Trees Across Durham survey

Trees Across Durham (TAD), a City-County-Community collaboration, would appreciate your help in completing 5-minute online survey on neighborhood trees. The survey seeks Durham residents' opinions on urban trees and the value they place on having trees in their neighborhood. Results from this survey will be used to better inform TAD's resources with the needs of the community. The survey is available in both English and Spanish at the link below. Thank you and we appreciate your help in advance! 

Link to survey: 

Para completar la encuesta en español, use el enlace siguiente y seleccione su idioma del  menú desplegable.

Tobin L. Freid
Sustainability Manager
Durham City & County
(919) 560-7999
Please note my new email address:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


The HVNNA is meeting tonight at Piper's Deli at 7pm. See you there.


In most places, not picking up your dog's business after a walk will get you an eye roll or a dirty look. In Durham County now, it could make you a few hundred dollars poorer.

Monday night, Elois Johnson sat in the audience of the Durham County Board of Commissioners waiting to see a vote that is six years in the making for her. For six years, she's been pleading with city and county leaders to find a way to punish pet owners who don't clean up after their pets have relieved themselves.

For her, it's not just a matter of that annoying worry of watching where you step, it's about public health.

"It's contaminating our soil, our water, affecting our children and it's just making it unhealthy period," Johnson said.

Monday night, Durham commissioners agreed and with a unanimous vote, welcomed the new ordinance.

"Joy, relief, happiness," is how Johnson said she feels after finally seeing her hard work pay off.

No word yet on exactly how much a fine would be if you're caught without a bag and with a mess. But board members say it could range between $250 and $500.

That amount and how it will vary per violation will be worked out over the next six months as the board gives the public that much of a grace period before imposing any fines.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Monthly Meeting of PAC3 Residents, this Saturday, March 12

To All District 3 Neighbors,

Please join us this Saturday, March 12, 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.)

This meeting provides a wealth of information and is a great forum for citizens to interact the with law enforcement and other Durham City and County departments. If you have a neighborhood concern, bring it! If you've never been to a PAC 3 meeting, come see what you're missing!

The meeting agenda will include:

Guest Speaker:Aaron Cain,AICP, Planning Supervisor, City-County Planning Dept.
Topic: The planning principles, regulations and processes in Durham.
Learn how you can inform planning procedures? How are development
decisions made?

Police and City Department Reports: As always the meeting will include reports from various City Departments and our District 3 Commander, Capt Robert Gaddy,Jr., offering you the opportunity to voice your concerns, questions and comments.

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

PAC3 Co-Facilitators
JoAnn Comis 919-225-5176
Mike Mayo 973- 722-4772

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Creek Week starts this weekend

MARCH 12-19, 2016

Creek Week is a time to discover and clean up our local streams. It has been celebrated in Durham since 2009, with 1,646 volunteers collecting 106,420 pounds of litter to date.
Follow us on social media at and with #CreekWeek16. Contact Laura Smith at or 919-560-4326, ext. 30235 to get involved.

Saturday, March 12
  • Eno River Cleanup, 9 am  – Help spruce up a newly protected property near Eno River State Park and the Mountains to Sea Trail. to sign up and get directions.
  • Goose Creek Cleanup, 9 am – 2615 Harvard Ave, park in LEAP Academy parking lot, Contact: Dan Allums 703-638-2680,
  • New Hope Creek Cleanup, 9 am –  Meet just above the Waterfowl Impoundment off Rt. 54. Registration is now open Email for more info.
  • Third Fork Creek in Long Meadow Cleanup, 10 am –  Meet on Ward St. Email for more info.
  • Bird Walk at Beaver Marsh – Duke professor Nicki Cagle leads a bilingual bird walk focusing on migratory birds at the Beaver Marsh, a true urban nature gem. See www.ellerbecreekorg for details and to register. 
  • Bird Walk at Sandy Creek Park – Beginner to advanced birders are welcome on this bird walk at one of the premiere birding spots in the Traingle. RSVP and more info:
  • Eno River Paddle, 10 a.m. – Join Frog Hollow and Eno River Association on a paddle from West Point on the Eno to Penny’s Bend. $50/$40 Eno River Assoc. members. Register at or call 919-416-1200.
Sunday, March 13 
  • Canoe cleanup at the mouth of Ellerbe Creek, 10 a.m. To sign up call 919-416-1200 or email  Canoes provided.
  • Third Fork Creek Trail cleanup, 1 p.m. Meet at 1100 MLK Pkwy (Public Works). For more info contact Mary Davis at or 404-213-3122. 
  • Food Truck Rodeo – Visit the Keep Durham Beautiful table at Durham Central Park’s Food Truck Rodeo from 12-4 p.m. to pick up free tree seedlings and your Passport to fun for all the Creek Week activities. 
  • Source of the Eno Pilgrimage – Join Riverdave on the Eno River Association’s annual pilgrimage to the spot where the Neuse, Cape Fear and Roanoke River basins converge. See Please register by email at

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Early voting starts today

Early voting for the March 15 election starts 3/3/16. We have two convenient locations to vote early:

The schedule is:
Thursday, March 03, 2016
9am - 7 pm
Friday, March 04, 2016
9am - 7 pm
Saturday, March 05, 2016
9am - 5 pm
Sunday, March 06, 2016
12pm - 5pm
Monday, March 07, 2016
9am - 7 pm
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
9am - 7 pm
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
9am - 7 pm
Thursday, March 10, 2016
9am - 7 pm
Friday, March 11, 2016
9am - 7 pm
Saturday, March 12, 2016
9am - 1 pm

Not Registered?
You can still register to vote and vote on the same day during early voting. (See to check your registration.)

Voter ID?
This election technically requires a valid drivers licence or other picture ID.  If you lack one, there are alternatives in the law. ( for details on ID.)

Primary election?
The March 15 election has three parts:
  • The Partisan Primary election for most elected offices. If you are a registered independent, you can choose a party to vote with. Remember that Durham is a very Democratic county so some primary elections will decide who wins in November.
  • Durham Public School Board elections.
  • Connect NC Bond Referendum vote.
Sample ballots for your precinct and party and more information can be found at:

The following local organizations have endorsed various candidates:
  • IndyWeek newspaper (here) – Candidate questionnaires (here)
  • Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People (here)
  • People's Alliance PAC (here) – Candidate questionnaires (here)
  • Friends of Durham – (here) (This site is out of date. They may have something to say in the fall.)

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...