Archive for August, 2008

September Is Neighborhoods Month

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

I wanted to pass this information along from Community Services. I hope that many Raleigh neighborhoods are able to participate in the events highlighted below.

Since 2004, the Raleigh City Council has proclaimed September as Neighborhoods Month in the City of Raleigh. Each year we highlight various events that express the pride, service and capacity that neighbors have to affect their communities in a positive manner. This year, we are spotlighting four (4) local and national events that your community can take part in as we celebrate our neighborhoods and its residents.

  • September 17 – RCAC Neighborhood Recognition Awards
  • September 19 & 20 – Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange
  • September 20 – National Neighborhood Day
  • September 27 – ServiceNation Day of Action

More details about each event.

Community Services also included the following promotion in a recent mailing:

Community Services Newsletter

Accident Backs Up Traffic on Lineberry; Safety Measures on the Horizon

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

The call was received at 911 at 7:40 AM on August 21, 2008. Another vehicle accident at the intersection on Trailwood Drive and Lineberry Drive. By 8:00 AM, traffic was backed up to well past the second entrance of University Apartments. Several motorist were making U-turns to avoid the intersection. I do not know how many cars were involved or if there were any injuries at this time. If you know anything, please post in the comments.

Additionally, this just fuels the need for a signalized intersection, particularly at peak times. At first, Raleigh Public Works and NCDOT were recommending a flashing signal. But then a new accident report was completed and an NCDOT Regional Traffic Engineer told me, “The traffic signal is recommended based on the increase in the angle type crashes reported at the intersection.

So when can we expect a traffic signal at Trailwood Drive and Lineberry Drive? (more…)

Knowledge You Can Use: Raleigh Neighborhood College – Fall 2008

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Want to learn more about Raleigh’s City Government & Services? For Free? Take this chance and sign-up for Raleigh Neighborhood College. Our neighborhood needs more advocates who have the right tools to get things done. The way to expand your knowledge and tool set about The PROP, Solid Waste Services, City Budget and much more – Raleigh Neighborhood College. Don’t miss this great opportunity.


The Raleigh Neighborhood College, a program offered by the City of Raleigh in partnership with Wake County, is taking applications for its fall session.

The Raleigh Neighborhood College provides citizens with an opportunity to learn about City and County governments and the services provided by both. Students will explore new and enhanced ways of increasing citizen participation. They also will meet and interact with City and County staff members and other Raleigh residents. Students will be provided with the tools to become involved with neighborhood improvement and community organization.

The fall session will last 13 weeks, from Sept. 11 to Dec. 11. Classes will meet on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Classes generally will meet at Peace College but some sessions will take place at City of Raleigh facilities. Dinner will be provided to students at no cost. Only 25 students will be accepted for the fall session.

To obtain more information about the Raleigh Neighborhood College — including an application form — contact the City of Raleigh Community Services Department at 831-6100 or visit the City’s website at

CPLI Applications for Fall 2008 Session

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Are you ready to lead your neighborhood? Have an urge to do more for your neighborhood? Get some free training on neighborhood leadership. Find out more and sign up for CPLI:


The Citizens’ Participation Leadership Institute (CPLI), a free program offered by the City of Raleigh Community Services Department in partnership with Shaw University, is now accepting applications for its fall session.

CPLI is a civic education initiative designed to strengthen individual and collective citizen leadership capacities, and develop skills important to creating more productive and effective interaction with agencies of City government. In order to qualify for the program, applicants must be residents of the city of Raleigh and demonstrate some level of commitment toward neighborhood or community involvement, such as participation in area Citizens Advisory Councils, homeowners associations or neighborhood associations.

The fall session begins Sept. 18 and consists of nine classes held on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shaw University. Dinner will be provided at no cost. An awards banquet will be held at the end of the fall session.

To obtain more information about the Citizens’ Participation Leadership Institute, including an application, contact the City of Raleigh Community Services Department at 831-6100 or visit the City’s website at

DDNA Meeting Notes from August 2008 – with Chief Dolan

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) Meeting on August 16, 2008.

Another great turnout at today’s DDNA meeting. Today we welcomed guest from the Raleigh Police Department, Police Chief Harry Dolan and Lt. Perry, to discuss the new changes coming to the PROP in January 2009 and other concerns from District D.

$200 Reward from Trailwood Hills

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Trailwood Hills Home Owners Association is offering a $200 Reward for anyone who can successfully identify several persons recorded on video, at approximately 11:45 PM on August 3, 2008.  Visit their website,, for more details and to view the still images captured from the cameras.

Surveillance cameras were installed earlier this year to increase pool security and address numerous issues.  Those camera’s might just pay off if police or neighbors can identify several suspects who brought glass into the pool area, left broken glass in and around the pool, and ultimately cost the HOA $1500.00 to drain and refill the pool.  A cost that comes out of the Home Owners dues.

Save the Date: Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange 2008

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Mark your calendars and save the date for Friday & Saturday September 19-20, 2008 at the Raleigh Convention Center (2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601).

From City of Raleigh Community Services Department:

Join other Raleigh residents and citizens for interactive information sessions addressing community issues. Dynamic keynote speakers share neighborhood empowerment successes from other cities. Does Raleigh’s quality of life and other critical issues matter to you? If so, we look forward to your attendance at this year’s conference.

For more information, contact the City of Raleigh Community Services Department at (919) 831-6100.

Did You Hear the Sirens?

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

National Night Out 2008 was a BLAST!!!!!!!!!!!!   

Where to start…watermelon, ice cold water, door prizes, goody bags, a jail, Bubba, a DJ, games, a watermelon cake raffle, policemen, firemen, kids in costumes, neighbors, neighbors and more neighbors!   

We were once again blessed with one of the hottest days of the year, but that didn’t stop the people from coming out. 

Sheila did an awesome job coordinating the event this year.  She started early in June inviting Raleigh Police Department, Raleigh Fire Department, Wake County Sheriff’s Office, and even a couple of TV stations.  She coordinated with the NNO national team snaring some fans, whistles and Frisbees.  She worked her magic locally and secured door prizes and goody bag items from Food Lion, Grocery Boy Jr., Lowes, The Peddlar Steakhouse, Target, Wal-Mart, Southeastern Acoustics, and Capitol Coffee. 

There was BINGO, Name that Tune, Dancing, pictures with Bubba.  You could investigate the police car and the fire engine.  The kids had a costume contest and won trophies, gift cards and more.  Poor Bubba, with his jail issue stripes was forced to sit in jail.   

They gave me a mic, which was both good and bad.  I asked the kids about the fire truck tour they took and what firemen wear.  Zander let us know what kind of sound a firetruck makes. 

Our local law enforcement talked for a few minutes, answering questions and getting us caught up on what was going on around the city.  We got a lesson in gang identification.  The Sheriff’s Office passed out ID kits to the parents. 

The firemen got a call about five minutes after pulling in.  We (ok I) requested they leave with siren and they did!  The greatest thing was about 30 minutes later they came back and stayed the rest of the night!  It was awesome!  One of them is a pretty good Name That Tune player. 

I loved seeing the people.  There were over 50 neighbors in attendance.  For some, this was their first Community Watch event.  One couple had lived in the neighborhood for 40 years!  One of the first timers even signed up to be a Block Captain. 

It was evident by the attendance, donations and the linking of MVP cards that our Community Watch is supported by the people that live in the area.   

The best part of the night?  Next to the people, it had to be when the law enforcement/fire vehicles pulled out with lights and sirens blaring!  Bet that had some people wishing they were down there with us! 

Every year this event gets bigger for us.  I’m looking forward to National Night Out 2009! 

Camden Crossing Neighborhood Information

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Camden Crossing Home Owners Association Board has been acting upon several recommendations that were previously posted in this blog.

They have been actively looking for someone who would be interested in updating the website on a regular basis.  If this is something you are interested in participating in, please contact Dawn Hatcher, community manager, at 919-459-1860.

The board also approved the installation of a new dog bag and waste receptacle on Trailwood Hills at the intersection with Barrymore Street.  This has already been installed and has had a very high rate of use.  In my walks around the neighborhoods with my dog, I also noticed that the Trailwood Hills community installed two new bag stations, one along Alder Ridge between Laurel Falls and Farlow Gap, and one along Laurel Falls, near the intersection with Trailwood Hills, at the community pool.  As a reminder, please remember to always bring a bag with you when walking your pets, and pick up behind them.  Help keep our neighborhood clean, and be a responsible pet owner.  You could also carry an extra bag with you and kindly offer it to others, as I often do, who may need a little reminder about how to be responsible themselves.

 Finally, the board sent out a newsletter a few months ago detailing some useful information.  This type of communication was very timely, and discussed rules about the pool, as well as street parking.  It is my hope that these letters can become a consistent form of communication.

If anyone has any further recommendations about the Camden Crossing HOA or if you would like to be placed on the agenda for an upcoming Board meeting, please contact Dawn Hatcher at the above phone number.

Stop signs on Lineberry and mulch piles Tryon

Monday, August 4th, 2008

My hat is off to Councilman Crowder, Ivan Dickey (Assistant Superintendent of Parks), and Mike Kennon (Transportation Operations Manager).  
A letter was written to Thomas Crowder mentioning the need to level the large mulch piles on Tryon in order to increase the visibility for people to see when turning from Tryon on Trailwood Hills Drive.  Thomas acted immediately, and within a few days, both items were responded to.  Ivan Dickey and his crew already took care of the mulch piles….excellent response time.  Ivan wrote “We had a crew out on Tryon Rd Friday July 18th to spread the mulch piles. We will continue mulching once we spray out the weeds and we should be complete some time next month if not sooner.  I will insure we do not create any obstruction. (7/30/08)”
It was also mentioned that most roads that intersect with Lineberry between Trailwood and Sierra do not have stop signs, decreasing the safety for those pedestrians using the sidewalks.  Mike Kennon wrote me back indicating “We will review the streets along Lineberry and install stop signs where private streets meet public streets.  These signs should be installed early next week. (7/31/08)”
Hopefully these measures increase the safety in our neighborhood.  I am highly impressed with the timely response of our city employees.  Keep an eye out for those new stop signs….they will be in places where we should have been stopping anyways.