Archive for October, 2009

PRR-Watch Fall 2009 Newsletter

Friday, October 30th, 2009


Raleigh, NC – The Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch, building a safe and informed family community, released their Fall 2009 newsletter this week. Features include upcoming meeting dates, including the annual cookie exchange on November 10, 2009, upcoming events, and trick or treat safety tips. Also included in the newsletter are holiday safety reminders that can help you have a safer holiday season.

The newsletter is available on our website. [PDF] Community watch captains will deliver the flyers the week of October 26, 2009. If you live in the Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate community watch area (triangulated by Lake Wheeler Road, Lineberry Drive, and Lawrence Drive, on the south side of I-40/I-440) and would like to become more involved, such as being a block captain, please contact the chairs.. Have a fun and safe Halloween.

Ride Along Part II, The Tabitha Chronicles

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

You may have read about Jason Hibbets’ ride along with Raleigh Police Department (RPD) and the 5 Crime Fighting Tips he provided. I had a similar, but totally different experience that I’d like to share.

I rode with Office Camacho. Officer Camacho has been with the RPD for five years. He mentioned several time how much he likes his job. It was quite evident during the night. I also was amazed by the multi-tasking that these officers do. I could not keep up with all the chatter coming in over the different channels.

Tabitha, ready for her shift with RPD

Tabitha, ready for her shift with RPD

Officer Camacho’s beat encompasses the eastern most portion of the Southwest District. We started the night by responding to a possible drug dealing call at Walnut Terrace. No drugs were found, but we did pour out a couple of beers. You may wonder why I say “we.” On every call we made, I was allowed to get out of the car and follow Officer Camacho. There were times that my heart was beating a little fast. (more…)

RPD Ride Along – 5 Crime Fighting Tips

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The Friday night shift on October 23, 2009 started at 7:00 PM. The North Carolina State fair was attracting about 90,000 people to the fair grounds in west Raleigh. Numerous law enforcement officials from different agencies were working at the fair. Tabitha Groelle, President of Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch, joined me to ride the beats of District 26 in south west Raleigh. We arrived at the Raleigh Police Department (RPD) substation off of Blue Ridge Road a little after 6:00 PM. While we waited for roll call, we signed a wavier and secured our bullet proof vests. Then we were each assigned to an officer and took the streets in a patrol car. This is where my adventure begins.

RPD Ride Along

RPD on the scene

Before I tell you about the eye-opening evening, I’d like to share some of the take-aways from my experience. I’ve summarized this into five tips that I hope will help you be a better crime fighting citizen.

5 Crime Fighting Tips

  1. Be observant. Too many people don’t pay attention to their surroundings. As I listened to the calls coming in and the lackluster descriptions, I learned that, in general, people aren’t really paying attention to what’s going on around them. We are too focused on our gadgets, our to-do lists, and other things. When you’re in your neighborhood, out shopping, or out and about, pay attention to what’s happening around you. Take special notice of things that look out of place and take a snapshot in your head. (more…)

Hillsborough Street Ten Year Celebration

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

The Hillsborough Street Ten Year Celebration, featuring special guest Dan Burden, Walkable Communities Inc., will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2009. Here is all the information you need, it’s critical that we continue to support the Hillsborough Street businesses during the revitalization efforts currently underway.

Event information

Join the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation and the Hillsborough Street Partnership as we celebrate ten years of partnership, community and service. Construction is now underway on the New Vision for Hillsborough Street that began ten years ago and has grown and blossomed in the years since. We invite you to help celebrate the accomplishments, learn about the present and help chart the future of the Hillsborough Street community. (more…)

Recycle and Win

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

I was excited to get my recycle and win sticker and information in the mail today. Earlier this month, the City of Raleigh announced a partnership with Coca-Cola and Harris Teeter to promote increased recycling throughout the city. If you recycle correctly and place the sticker on your recycle box, you could win prizes.



America Recycles Day: November 14, 2009

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

City of Raleigh: America Recycles Day


Saturday, November. 14, 2009

What is it?

Bring your old documents to get them shredded and recycled. See them shredded before your own eyes.

  • Recycling and waste reduction information.
  • Fun and games.
  • Extra recyclables around? Bring them!
  • We’ll also take your household alkaline batteries (separate from paper).

Where do I go?

Oak Park Shopping Center
6001 Glenwood Avenue
9:00 a.m. – Noon


  • ProShred Security for providing free shredding
  • Connell Realty, management of Oak Ridge Shopping Center for hosting the event

Walnut Creek Greenway Tours

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Tours to Explore the Capital Area Greenway System from Lake Johnson to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center and Beyond

Benson Kirkman and Anne Franklin, with the help of Bill Flournoy and Norman Camp, are organizing a series of tours that will provide early information-gathering in preparation for an annual celebration of Walnut Creek which will begin in September 2011. They’d like to build a cadre of people who know the whole trail first-hand. Get involved early, plan to join them for all or several of these tours.

They’ll be exploring opportunities and challenges for anyone who travels the path.
Some sections are unfinished. We hope that our efforts may result in the completion of the Walnut Creek Greenway from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River. The largest features are Lake Johnson, Pullen Park, the Dorothea Dix Campus, Chavis Park, and the Walnut Creek Wetland Center. One major tributary’s path is also included.

They’ll provide maps, other tools, and a snack. You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes and carry a water bottle or whatever drink you like. Some tours will include travels by car. Your job will be to do notes, photographs, or drawings to share that capture what you notice during the walk.

The tours are ‘rain or shine’ events unless there is a major storm.

Please call or email Anne Franklin about which tours you will attend: 919-829-5851 or They will appreciate a 24 hour notice if you are unable to attend any tours to which you commit. Let them know if they may assist with accessibility.

October 24, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, walk to the confluence of Rocky Branch and Walnut Creek near the CAT Bus Garage and return.

October 31, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the fishing piers on Lake Raleigh on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. This will combine walking and driving and end back at the piers.

November 7, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the CAT Bus Garage, walk along Rocky Branch, through the Dix Campus and through the NCSU Main Campus. We’ll shuttle back to the start point.

November 14, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30
Meet at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, walk east to Rose Lane and return.

November 21, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the Lake Johnson Boat House, walk to Trailwood Drive and return.

Thanks to Anne Franklin for submitting this information and organizing these explorations of the Walnut Creek greenway system.

RNE: Community Organizing – ABCD

Monday, October 19th, 2009

This is the fourth article covering the sessions from the Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange highlighting Asset Based Community Development. We first told you about ABCD in the Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange keynote address.  The exchange was held on September 19, 2009.  Previous reviews of the neighborhood exchange sessions included teen topics, diversity in communities, and being in a new community. From the Community Organizing workshop description: “Appreciating and mobilizing individual and neighborhood talents, skills, and assets is the foundation for building strong communities.”  Presenters were Duane Beck and Raleigh Community Services Department.

In a community, assets are the ability that people bring.  Examples of assets could be your neighbors, groups, businesses, or the City of Raleigh.  The community really benefits when different assets come together.  Asset-based communities are motivated by what they don’t have, using their assets to get what they want.

Five guiding principles

  1. Everyone has assets (retiree’s, youths, etc.).
  2. Discover what people care enough about to act.  A list of things to change, improve, create.
  3. Mobilize groups to act.  For example, clubs (garden, book, youth tutors) or community festival committees.
  4. There are different roles for people and programs
  5. Lead by stepping back.  Community leaders don’t have to do everything themselves.

There was also a questionnaire provided at the session to help communities determine what their assets are and focus what they should work on.

Community Building Questionnaire

Street Address:

  • What do you like most about your community? [List 3]
  • What would you like to see improved in your community? [List 3]
  • Which of these are you willing to work on? [Select 2]

A Greasy Pilot

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Start saving your cooking grease for the new pilot starting on November1, 2009. This is also a great time to remind you that grease should never be put down the drain. It’s one of the leading causes for sewer back-ups: “Sewer back-ups and overflows are frequently caused by improper materials such as fats, oils and grease being placed into the sewer system by the City’s customers.” (Source: Check out the pilot program information below:



Starting on Nov. 1, the City of Raleigh will provide curbside collection of cooking oil and grease in a pilot program designed to help prevent sewer overflows. Residents in the Capital City will be able to dispose of these products by setting them on the curb along with their garbage, recycling and yard waste. Places of worship in the Capital City also will be able to participate in the pilot program, which will last through the holidays until Jan. 15.

The City will collect the unwanted cooking oil and grease at no charge. The service will not be offered to commercial establishments in Raleigh. (more…)

DDNA Meeting Notes October 2009

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Over 30 people attended the monthly meeting of the District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) on the morning of October 17, 2009. After introductions, we talked about who we would like to have as special guests for future meetings. Upcoming guests include Captain Perry, Tom Stafford, and Kristen Rosselli. The group reviewed some upcoming items for City Council, had introductions from the Downtown Living Advocates, Renaissance Park neighborhood, and member announcements.

The November meeting for DDNA will be held at Renaissance Park. Elizabeth Byrd to coordinate pot luck breakfast. (more…)