All posts by Joe Garza

Fox Sighting on Yorkdale

A neighbor on Yorkdale reports of sighting a fox on Yorkdale at 3 PM on Weds.  Animal Control was contacted and stated that it would be normal activity unless the fox was acting drowsy.

There is awareness of a fox or small coyote in the area that will more normally comes out at night as it has been spotted several times.  It will more typically run away when it sees you. A reminder to secure pets at night as a fox will be out looking for an easy meal and it will not discriminate between domestic and wild animals.  At times a fox has preyed on chickens that were being raised by neighbors.

If walking your dog at night always carry a light to make yourself more visible.

Durham County Animal Control Services responds to calls from 8-10 M-F and can be contacted at 919-560-0630.  Outside of those hours Durham County Sheriff should be contacted for emergency services (i.e. animal is threatening) at 919-560-0900.

Campaign Signs to Scrap Exchange

The Scrap Exchange has obtained permission for citizens of Durham to remove the campaign signs from the roads.

Bring used signs to the donation door of The Scrap Exchange at 2050 Chapel Hill Road.

Everyone is welcome to remove signs from the following campaigns:

Ali, Alston, Barnes, Cole McFadden, Freelon, Freeman, Huggins, Kovalick, Middelton, Moffitt, Schewel, Rooks

Thank you for helping keep Durham clean and keeping waste out of the landfill!

Suspicious Person in Stanford Driveway

On Monday morning, 10/09, at around 9 a.m., a neighbor in the 3000 block of Stanford reports that she exited her home through the front door to find an unfamiliar African-American  young man (late teens or early 20s) with a skateboard standing on her driveway not far from her car. They did not exchange words, but she says that the young man nodded to her and took off on his skateboard up the driveway and into the street. The neighbor believes this individual did not enter her driveway via the street, because where she was sitting inside she had a clear view of the street, and she did not notice him until she exited the house.

The neighbor reports that, although she called the police later in the day, they would not take a report because she didn’t call right when it happened.

Keep your eyes open, and if you see anything suspicious, please do not hesitate to call 911.

NNO 2017 Round-Up Video

If you missed our NNO Round-Up or just wanted to relive the event then this video is just for you.  We see many smiling faces on our little cowgirls and cowboys which thrills the heart to see having a good time.  To all our neighbors, the band wanted to let you know that you all can really cook up some great food.

A huge (and well overdue) thank you to all the volunteers that helped with the NNO event setup, greeting table, food table setup and clean up.  This is a community event so one person alone does not make this a success without our volunteers input and hard work.  A special recognition to all the financial donors for their generosity and support to the annual event.

This is part of our submission to the National Association of Town Watch.  We hope you enjoy.

Suspicious Activity-Black SUV-License plate PFD-4220

Earlier today on Oxford Dr. a black SUV with the license plate PFD-4220 was witnessed pulling into a home when there were no cars in the driveway.  A young man of African-American dissent went to the door, rang the doorbell and when no answer was made at the door he proceeded to walk behind the house.

A neighbor who had been watching approached the man who then indicated he was looking for a friend.  To be safe the neighbor reported the incident to the police who indicated they have been looking to question this individual as there have been similar reports of this person making similar attempts at other homes.

If this vehicle is spotted in the neighborhood please contact 911.

National Night Out and Ring Promotion

What a rousing successful night we had for National Night Out.  The music, the food and the ice cream was the best ever.  It was great to meet the new faces and some familiar faces who have returned to NC.

A big congratulations to our drawing winners for the Ring video doorbell.  Ring was a NNO sponsor for this year and I know there were many who wanted to win.  I can’t get you a free one but I can share with you a promotional discount just for our neighborhood starting August 2nd and expiring  August 3.

Below is the information for the 48-hour promo code.

$40 Discount towards Ring, Ring Pro.
$25 Discount towards Floodlight Cam and RVD 2.

Your code is: 51estates40

To place your order please go to (the promo code will automatically be honored in your order. Please make sure that you continue to the checkout page to make sure the order goes through). The discount is going to apply to the Ring Video Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell Pro.  The discount will take off $40 per device/individually.

The discount will also apply to the Floodlight Cam and RVD 2. The discount will take off $25 per device/individually.
The promotion code will activate on Wednesday August 2nd at 12:00AM and expire on Thursday night at 11:59PM.
The promotion code will only work for people who are shipping to 27707

One Week Until National Night Out Pot Luck

We are 1 week away until our premier neighborhood National Night Out event.  This year we are promoting neighborhood awareness Western round up style.


We will have for you:

  • The Parlour ice cream food bus serving up free ice cream
  • Musical entertainment Ninth Street Ramblers
  • Firetrucks and Police vehicles for the kids to experience
  • Pot luck dishes from all your neighbors.
  • Hobby horse craft fun and giveaways for the kids

Need one more incentive?  OK you’ve twist my arm.  We will also be giving away a video doorbell from 2017 National Night Out sponsor Ring.  See and speak to anyone at your door whether you are home or not through your mobile device with this great security doorbell.

The NNO event will be at the Epworth Church outdoor pavilion from 6:30-8:30 PM on Tuesday August 1. RSVPs are not necessary but are very much appreciated.  You may RSVP and/or sign up to help at

More details can be found on the original announcement linked here.  Any neighbor wishing to make a voluntary monetary contribution will be able to at the event greeting table.

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