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Hope Valley Rd-University Drive Proposed Roundabout DOT Meeting

The  N.C.  Department  of  Transportation  will  hold  a  public meeting  regarding  the  proposed installation of a roundabout at Hope Valley Road (N.C. 751) and University Drive (S.R. 1183), in Durham.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 25 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Epworth United Methodist Church, located at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road in Durham.

Further details in the linked announcement below.

Roudabout at Hope Valley Rd & University Dr Public Notice – U-5745_Public_Notice

National Night Out Round-Up Update

We are happy to announce an addition to the National Night Out Round-Up festivities for the University Estates community with special live entertainment from local music favorite

  Ninth Street Ramblers

With “The Parlour” ice cream bus dishing out free ice cream this is going to be a fun time and we hope all our neighbors will be able to join us on Tuesday August 1 (my apologies for not providing the date on the original announcement), 6:30-8:30 PM at the Epworth Church Pavilion.

Additional details can be found at

Please RSVP by clicking on the SignUp Genius logo or go to


National Night Out 2017 Round-Up


We are proud to invite all University Estate Durham neighbors and friends to this year’s NNO Round-Up themed celebration.  Corral you little buckaroos and come meet your neighbors as we promote community safety and awareness against crime on Tuesday August 1.

This will be a pot-luck event so all neighbors are encouraged to bring their favorite entree or side dish to share with your community members and public safety responders.  Drinks will be provided at the event.

We will have a special food guest this year as we present free to you “The Parlour” food bus.  The Parlour has been scooping the most delicious handmade ice cream in their downtown location since 2013.

More event details will be announced.

Place and Time:
Epworth Church Pavilion
6:30-8:30 PM
Tuesday August 1

Special Entertainment
  Ninth Street Ramblers

Volunteer and Donations:
Our NNO event is successful each year due to the hours of volunteer work before and during the event. We will be in need of some volunteers during the event if you can help. Look for the volunteer sign-up slots when you RSVP.

To help cover costs for our annual event we graciously receive private monetary contributions from generous neighbors. If you would like to contribute to this year’s event please contact this year’s NNO coordinator.
To RSVP for the event please select the “Sign Up!” button below or go to the address:
 or go to

Summer Block Captain Meeting and National Night Out Planning

The summer block captain meeting will be held on June 21 at 7 PM at Epworth Church.

Block Captain for Stanford Dr.
We are in search of volunteer(s) who may be interested in serving as a block captain for the 3100 and/or 3200 block of Stanford Dr.  Anyone who may be interested is welcome to attend the Summer block captain meeting to learn more.

National Night Out Planning
We will also begin planning for the 2017 National Night Out event scheduled for August 1.  University Estates year after year is recognized as a National Award winner for the community involvement in National Night Out.  Anyone wishing to participate as part of the planning committee is welcome to attend the block captain meeting.

Criminal Suspect Observed on Oxford Dr.

There was a delayed incident reported this evening of a criminal suspect on Tuesday before noon seen quickly going in and out of properties on the 3100 block of Oxford.

The neighbor reported noticing a guy walking up the Oxford Dr. hill from Princeton.  He didn’t think too much about it until he observed the person darted into a driveway and came out pretty quickly. He then passed the neighbors home and where he was watched from a window and saw him again go up the driveway of a adjacent to Kara and Jack’s home and into the backyard. The neighbor went out immediately and shouted to the person to come to out so the neighbor could talk to him.  The person took off and darted across another yard and then west on Bexley. The police were called and they had three cars on the street in about ten minutes looking for the person.

The description of the person was a slender light skinned African-American or of near Eastern descent. He had on what might have been a workout outfit, dark blue with some red piping and he had white earbuds on.

A reminder that when your at work criminals are also at work looking for easy opportunity to access homes.  Keep your doors and windows secured when away from your home.  An armed alarm system is the best deterrent to protect your home.

Attempted Break In – Yorkdale

Police were called into the area today when a home owner on Yorkdale heard someone attempting to break in their home. Police were noticed patrolling the area around 1 PM actively looking.

No other details are available at this time. Please take precautions with securing doors and windows to prevent easy access.

Watch Advisory: Suspicious Truck Seen Canvassing Neighborhood

Greetings Neighbors.  I hope everyone is staying safe and warm during our snow weekend.

On the topic of safe we wanted to pass on a warning that our neighborhood may be being watched by persons looking for easy homes to target.  One of our reliable neighbors reported that last week on Tuesday during the night a suspicious truck was noticed going up and down Oxford and passed their house at least 8 times.  Since a window was opened at the home a voice possible speaking on a cell phone was overheard coming from the truck and the person stated “there was a woman in that house”.  The police were called and while on the phone with the police the truck was seen one more time.  Eventually a squad car did come and patrol the street but we don’t know if the police found the truck or not.

With that said we wanted to have all neighbors aware of the incident and to be sure to secure your home when away and when at home especially at night.  Criminals will at times enter your home even if you are at home if they see an easy entrance.  Consider an alarm system if you don’t have one and if you do have an alarm do not forget to arm it.

University Estates Honored with NNO 2016 Community Award

award-clipartUniversity Estates Durham has received the 2016 National Night Out Neighborhood/Community award.  UED was one of 7 communities in the entire United States to have this honored bestowed.  Despite the weather challenges and setup challenges this community was able to come together when needed most and have a most successful event.  I am so proud of all the volunteers and organizers.

We will certainly need to celebrate the accomplishment.

We would also like to recognize the Durham community of Earl Road which also was honored for 2016.  (See the complete list of communities awarded below.)