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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.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors During Social Distancing

During this time of social distancing a group of thoughtful neighbors want to make sure those neighbors in a high-risk group in our neighborhood have assistance if it is needed.

If you are in need of assistance or if you are in a low-risk group and are willing to offer help please select the link below.  Complete the form and send to the contact information on the form so that neighbors can be matched up as best as possible.

Neighbors helping neighbors is what makes this a strong community.

Help for our University Estate Neighbors

Durham Suspends Curbside Yard Waste Effective March 30

Durham Suspends Curbside Yard Waste and Bulky Services Effective March 30

Thursday, March 26: Starting March 30, curbside collection for yard waste and bulky items are temporarily suspended to focus on garbage and recycling collection, which help to maintain the public health and safety of residents.

Beginning Monday, March 30, the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department will only offer curbside collections for trash and recycling.

Curbside collections for yard waste and bulky items are temporarily suspended to enable the department to focus its resources on garbage and recycling collections, which helps to maintain the public health and safety of residents.

This temporary change is needed since yard waste and bulky items require larger crews where employees cannot maintain social distancing.

Customers are asked to stop placing yard waste carts and bulky items on their curb on March 30.

Yard Waste subscribers will not be billed for the time that their services are suspended.

View additional COVID-19 updates from the Solid Waste Management Department.

Garage Sale 3105 Oxford Drive

There will be a garage sale Saturday, November 9th from 8am-12. Please feel free to come by 3105 Oxford Drive for the sale. We will have birds, small appliances, gifts, Xmas tree, lights, pottery, bakeware, luggage, travel bags, and various other items.
Please be mindful of the extra traffic that day as well. Thanks

Additional Road Closure on University Drive starts July 15

Greetings Neighbors.  Wanted to keep the neighborhood informed of an additional road closure on University Drive that will start on July 15 and last for about 90 days.  The closure will start near the intersection of James Street (the street between Nana’s and NuvoTaco).  This construction will replace a pipe culvert.  Please plan your drive routes accordingly.

 

Beagle found, Reynolds Ave., Hope Valley

We were notified and asked to distribute to the neighborhood a report of a little beagle that wandered into a yard in the Hope Valley – Reynolds Ave area. The homeowner is holding on to her until they can find her humans. No identification on her collar but she will be taking her to check for a microchip this afternoon if no one has picked her up before then. She appears to have just recently gone to the vet (shaved leg). I’m sure someone is missing her dearly. Please let us know if she’s yours or if she looks familiar and we can pass on the contact information.

Big Dog Roaming Around

He’s not doing well roaming around but is coming to a place where he’s being fed. Please don’t feed him if you see him because a trap is being set where the food is being put out. If you see him call the number under the picture.

Road Closure at University Dr and Hope Valley Rd Intersection

Hello neighbors.  No doubt by now you may have noticed some signage that has gone up from NCDOT regarding the closure of the intersection at University Dr. and Hope Valley Rd. (NC-751) and more signs were being installed today (though they are covered at the moment).  The closure will be due to the start of the construction of the roundabout that will be installed at the intersection instead of having traffic lights.

I am sure many of our neighbors are concerned as to how the traffic flow will impact our neighborhood for not only thru traffic but also local traffic.  An inquiry was submitted to NCDOT and below is the response that was provided.

The length of the closure will be for approximately eight months, from 3/4/2019 to 11/1/2019. Here are the detours:

– University Drive (from east to west): Turn right onto Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, exit off to Academy Rd, turn left on Academy Rd, and turn right to continue on University Drive.
– Hope Valley Road (from north to south): Turn right onto University Dr. Turn left to Old Chapel Hill Road. Turn left onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Pkwy., then turn right to continue on Hope Valley Road.

All local access will remain for all local roads in the neighborhood, such as Cornwallis Rd, Stuart Dr, and Bexley Ave. You will simply not be able to cross the intersection of Hope Valley and University at the Epworth United Methodist Church due to the construction.

Here is a link to the press release that was sent out on 2/18/2019 that you can share: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2019/2019-02-18-durham-intersection-pipe-replacement.aspx

To be completely upfront there is no real way to know what to expect come Monday and how much traffic may try to come through our streets.  Hopefully any spike in increased traffic will be temporary as drivers learn the correct detour routes.