All posts by Jeff Kanters

Happy Halloween message

Received the below from a dear friend in another state:

Happy Halloween.

 

The TRICK to health, happiness, and success in both your professional and your personal lives is …..

To TREAT Yourself by having:

 

>More sweet experiences -quiet times in front of fireplaces with hot cocoa or a glass of wine, sailboats and sunsets, ballparks and carnivals, breakfast in bed, still time to read that favorite book, laughter with friends, picnics and playgrounds, long soaks in the tub, hot tub moments, and parades.

 

>More memories with friends, family, and loved ones.

 

>More time to be still and to truly watch hummingbirds and butterflies, listen to the wind, watch the clouds.

 

>More time treating yourself with love, kindness, respect, and compassion.

 

>More time with positive energy people at work and at play.

 

>More positive affirmations and less negative self-talk.

 

>More balance of Work and Play.

 

>More doing what you want to do and not just what you have to do every day.

 

>More breathing, moving, laughing, sharing, and caring.

 

May this Halloween be not the least bit Frightful, but a reminder of the gifts of play and joy, celebration and creativity.

 

And please remember, on any day of the year, the importance of role modeling for your children, friends, family, colleagues kindness, compassion, inclusion, acceptance, understanding. The greatest treat you can give and receive is unconditional love. Please spread it everywhere you go.

Stay well and don’t let the Goblins Getcha!!

Hope Valley Elementary Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Event Oct. 28

Dear Neighbors,

Friday, October 28, is the Hope Valley Elementary Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Event. Students will be walking from three starting locations (Epworth United Methodist, Yates Baptist, and the Colonial Townhomes) and police officers will be helping direct traffic. Please allow extra time on Friday morning from 7 to 8 am and watch out for our walkers. Learn more about the event and direct any questions to hopevalleypta@gmail.com. If you have kids at Hope Valley, I hope you will join us in walking to school!

Thanks,

Jocelyn Dawson

BLOCK PARTY BEXLEY CUL DE SAC

University Estate Neighbors on Oxford, Yorkdale, Stanford and Bexley are invited to a block party on the Bexley Avenue 3000 Cul-de-sac block!

DATE: Saturday, October 8th

TIME: 6PM-8PM

BYOB

BYO Chairs

BYO Picnic

MUSIC BY: The one and only String Break

For additional questions see our organizers:

Molly Krueger <mollyjanekrueger@gmail.com>
John Bonvechio <johnzbonvechio@gmail.com>

 

Durham Manis-University Estates Mutual Aide Efforts-COVID-19

Hey Neighbors,

Are you interested in helping to organize a mutual aid project in our local neighborhood? Mutual Aid efforts have existed for decades and involve connecting with neighbors, assessing needs, and pooling resources to help people in any way possible during times of crisis. This is an isolating time and everyone will likely need help at some point. Mutual Aid creates a communications infrastructure so that we can take care of one another (without physically interacting) in the wake of COVID-19.

What Would I Be Doing? 

Come as you are and bring whatever energy and time you have to offer. We are especially looking for residents who can be “block coordinators.” Block coordinators are responsible for checking in with ~6 houses on their block. The block coordinator will help their neighbors fill out a Google intake form that will detail if they have certain needs OR things they can offer other neighbors in need. This block coordinator will be a part of a greater (virtual) team of other block coordinators in our neighborhood who will support one another.  If you can’t be a block coordinator but still want to be involved (share advice, distribute fliers, help us create a neighborhood map, etc.), please reply to this email as well! We welcome any form of help.

We don’t have to go through this alone. If you’re interested in helping organize for our neighborhood in any capacity, please email : dix.mlk.hv.uni.mutual.aid@gmail.com

 and one of us will get back to you. 

PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH NEIGHBORS WHO MAY BE WILLING TO HELP!

PS – If you’re interested in learning more about the Durham Mutual Aid Network, which is organizing this mutual aid work city-wide, check out the following websites!

  1. Facebook: You can check out more information on the facebook page for the Durham Mutual Aid Network: https://www.facebook.com/groups/durhammutualaid/
  2. Intake form to get people plugged into their neighborhood: If you know someone who is in another neighborhood, and they want to get plugged into the mutual aid effort in their neighborhood, they can do so using this form! There is an intake team that goes through these answers and helps connect people to the work in their own neighborhood.: http://tinyurl.com/DurhamOrganizers
  3. Durham-wide map: If you want to see a map of ongoing efforts we know about so far across Durham, you can do that here. (Side note that Data Works NCwill be helping to build this out, so it’ll look really different in the next week or so): http://bit.ly/DurhamMutualAidMap
  4. Durham mutual aid website: And finally, here is the website for the Durham Mutual Aid work. It also is a work in progress and will be updated as the days go on: http://durhammutualaid.org/  

Again, we are truly all in this together.

Theft of two Service Dogs Notice

Durham Police Asking for Information About Dog Theft DURHAM, N.C. – Durham police are trying to locate two stolen service dogs who were taken from 1518 Morning Glory Ave. on December 18, 2018. One of the dogs has a microchip. Photos of the dogs are below. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator G.T. Novotny at (919) 560-4281, ext. 29121 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.
 

Armed Robbery Dixon Rd and Princeton Avenue approx 9:30 PM Sunday

At approximately 9:30 PM, two dark males in a cherokee type vehicle, older model followed
a female who had disembarked from the bus on University Dr.

She confirmed that
they had been sitting in the parking lot of the Shell station and then followed
her down Dixon Rd.. She proceeded down Princeton Avenue, when one of the males
wearing a maroon jacket with a hoodie and black pants, at least 5’9” adult was
dropped off by the driver at the corner of Dixon Rd. and Princeton Avenue, he
robbed her at gun point at the 2700 block area. The driver immediately returned
and picked him up.

They drove down Dixon Road and proceeded north across
University Drive/751. Call 9-1-1 or the non- emergency number 919-560-4600, if
you witnessed any suspicious activity at our corner Shell station (University
Dr. and Dixon Rd.) recently or if you may have seen or see these individuals.
Should you see or know these men, DO NOT follow or approach – they are armed
and should be considered dangerous. Call 9-1-1.

Should you frequent the Shell
station at any time, especially if your walking at night – be aware of your surroundings
and alert for suspicious individuals and behaviors. Don’t be paranoid, just be
aware. Be Aware and Be Safe Police have been informed and notified.

 

Durham Big Sweep and Neighborhood Cleanup Update

Durham’s Annual Big Sweep Litter Cleanup Set for October 6

Volunteers Needed for Cleanup Sites Across Durham

DURHAM, N.C. – Recent rains from Hurricane Florence have left litter strewn along creeks and roadsides throughout Durham. Residents ready to help protect fish and wildlife from harmful litter while also boosting the appearance of the community are invited to volunteer now for Durham Big Sweep 2018.

Last year’s annual fall cleanup removed more than 30,000 pounds of trash and recyclables that would have otherwise washed downstream into drinking water reservoirs. Volunteers can sign up now at www.durhambigsweep.org to join an existing cleanup or to register a cleanup site with their own group. If volunteers cannot participate on Saturday, October 6, they are encouraged to pick another day in September or October to roll up their sleeves and help clean up Durham.

According to Keep Durham Beautiful Executive Director Tania Dautlick, 5,100 volunteers have picked up over 160,000 pounds of litter since the inception of Durham Big Sweep in 2000. “We can reduce litter,” said Dautlick. “We are a community that takes tremendous pride in everything Durham. We can all do our part to transform litter hot spots into green spots.”

The Durham Big Sweep 2018, coordinated by the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the City of Durham Public Works Department Stormwater & GIS Services Division, focuses on removing litter before it can negatively impact water quality and harm wildlife.

Volunteers will receive supplies including gloves, trash bags, litter grabbers, and vests. Additional support for Durham Big Sweep 2018 is provided by the Durham County General Services Department and the City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department.

For more event information and volunteer opportunity details, contact Keep Durham Beautiful at info@keepdurhambeautiful.org or (919) 560-4197

About the Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District
The Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District seeks to conserve, enhance and promote the natural resources of Durham County by providing technical assistance, environmental education information and economic incentives to County citizens and by exhibiting a diversified program to meet its changing needs. For more information, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

About Keep Durham Beautiful

Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Instagram, flickr, and Twitter.

About the Public Works Department Stormwater and GIS Services Division

The Stormwater and GIS Services Division with the City of Durham Public Works Department is guided by the City’s Strategic Plan goals of stewardship of the City’s physical and environmental assets and innovative and high-performing organization. Activities include storm drainage design and plans review; inspecting and maintaining City-owned drainage systems; enforcing stormwater ordinances and regulations; education and outreach; stream monitoring, restoration, and watershed master planning; maintaining multiple layers of the City’s geographic information; and stormwater billing. To learn more visit the division’s web page, like on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.