Archive for July, 2009

Dirt Piles Up Frustrations on Trailwood

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Numerous residents have been concerned about the left over dirt piles that line both sides of Trailwood Drive from Avent Ferry Road to the fire station since the North Carolina Department Of Transportation (NCDOT) completed a 2-foot shoulder extension on Trailwood over a month ago. The piles have been there so long that grass has started to grow in most areas. NCDOT officials (via email communications with concerned citizens) site rain delays as the reason they haven’t been able to complete the work. Many residents were concerned about the pedestrian and bicycle traffic which frequently uses the shoulder on Trailwood Drive. According to one citizen observation, some motorists are using the new 2-foot shoulder as part of the travel lane and this has essentially closed the soft shoulder to bike and pedestrian traffic. (more…)

PRR-Watch Prepares for 2009 National Night Out

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Raleigh, NC – The Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch, building a safe and informed family community, is continuing to make preparations for this years National Night Out™ event on August 4, 2009 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The organization has now made available an information flyer and an FAQ sheet on the Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch website:

NNO 2009 logo

What started out as a watermelon social several years ago has blossomed into an annual event where neighbors get a chance to meet the men and woman who work from the Fire, Police, and EMS departments in our area.

Children (5th grade and younger) can win prizes in our costume contest. Watermelon, cake, and goody bags will be provided. Be there for your chance to win door prizes or take a chance in our cake raffle.

Bring a neighbor! Make a small donation to the Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch program (non-profit organization) while your there. Come out and have a good time.

Front Yard Parking Goes to Planning Commission

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

At last night City Council meeting (7/21/09) citizens for and against the proposed text change TC-7-09 Front Yard Parking (FYP) spoke at the public hearing.  After the hearing was closed, the Mayor moved the text change to the Planning Commission for consideration.

District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) neighborhood leaders came out to the public hearing last night in support of the Front Yard Parking text change.  DDNA discussed the issue at their last meeting.

Mark Vander Borgh gave an outstanding presentation on the environmental impacts and financial cost to taxpayers when cars are allowed to park on front lawns. Mark highlighted that the proposed text change is aimed at addressing habitual parking habits, not the occasional ones. His presentation focused on the environmental impacts to the yard and to water quality issues.  The presentation had numerous pictures that clearly proved his message. (more…)

DDNA Meeting Notes from July 2009

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) meeting (Raleigh, NC) — Over 20 citizens from around District D attended the monthly District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) meeting on the morning of Saturday July 18, 2009. The group, lead by Councilor Thomas Crowder (District D), meets on the third Saturday of each month to discuss issues in our neighborhoods and matters from City Council that impact our neighborhoods. On this months agenda, 2030 Comprehensive Plan Draft update, text changes (including Front Year Parking), and neighborhood concerns. (more…)

Captain Perry Visits SWCAC

Monday, July 13th, 2009

A crowd of over 40 citizens joined at Carolina Pines Community Center to participate in the July 13, 2009 meeting of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC).  The agenda included newly appointed Captain Perry from the South West District of the Raleigh Police Department (RPD) and overviews of City of Raleigh ordinances that recently went into effect.
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All aboard for the Hillsborough CAC Trolley Tour & Open House

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

This Sunday, July 12th, 2009, jump aboard for the Hillsborough CAC Trolley Tour & Open House.

  • 1st Trolley Tour departs @ 3 p.m.
  • 2nd Trolley Tour departs @ 5:30 p.m.

The Trolley Tours will feature the Pullen Park, Cameron Park, Cameron Village and West Morgan neighborhoods as well as NC State.  Tours will be guided by folks from our neighborhoods.  Both Trolley Tours will depart from the parking lot across from the Velvet Cloak Inn, 1505 Hillsborough St. Each tour will last approximately an hour.

Between tours, the Hillsborough CAC and folks from all four neighborhoods will host an Open House from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the AFL-CIO State offices at 1408 Hillsborough St.  Stick around after the first tour or come early for the second tour to enjoy food, refreshments and neighbors!

Kids welcome!   The tours and the open house event are free, however, due to limited trolley space we ask that folks RSVP for the tours.  Contact Gail Brock to RSVP for the trolley, and please specify which tour you plan to attend.

For any additional questions or to volunteer to help with the event, call Ana Duncan Pardo at (919) 818-5933.

Hatem & Kane Call for Bold Leadership

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

On Thursday, July 2, 2009, Emerging Tar Heel Leaders and WakeUP Wake County hosted a forum on “Growth and Development in the Triangle” at Sitti in downtown Raleigh. The expectations 40-50 people blossomed into over 100 folks, and the forum was moved into the courtyard outside. Panelists included Greg Hatem of Empire Properties, John Kane of Kane Realty, Mitch Silver, City of Raleigh Planning Director, and Melanie Wilson, former Wake County Planning Director. Each panelists provided their perspective on numerous growth issues. The message was clear from Hatem and Kane – if the growth issues we are talking about today are to be handled with a planned, sustainable approach, we need strong, bold leaders to start making wise decisions that aren’t being made today.

Hatem mentioned that developers like Kane and himself have local interests and want to see Raleigh succeed as our capital city and become a better place for all citizens. (more…)

Save the date – National Night Out

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Raleigh, NC – The Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch, building a safe and informed family community, requests its members to save the date for National Night Out™ 2009. The event will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. More information will be provided as the event approaches. In the meantime, you can read about last years event in this post: Did You Hear the Sirens?