Archive for December, 2009

Neighbors Collaborate to Tackle City Issues

Monday, December 21st, 2009

On Monday, December 14, 2009, I lead a design thinking session at the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) meeting at Carolina Pines park in Raleigh, NC. Our goal for this meeting? To solve neighborhood problems the open source way. I told the SWCAC Chair, Mary Belle Pate, that I wanted to foster participation, collaboration, and shared benefit to tackle these topics. What I didn’t anticipate was the shared knowledge and community that came out of the hour-long session.

10 Tips for a Safer Holiday

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

The Lineberry area has had a rash of home and car break-ins starting November 18, 2009. There have been at-least 10 residential break-ins over the last 3-4 weeks. Before I provide a few tips, let’s start with the basics. If you see anyone that you do not recognize in your or your neighbors yard, call 911 immediately. Don’t assume that they belong there, even if it looks like a service vehicle. Don’t wait until your neighbor comes home, report suspicious activity right away. (more…)

DDNA Meeting Notes November 2009

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) meeting held on November 21, 2009 at Renaissance Park. Special guests included Captain Perry (Raleigh Police Department), Kristen Rosselli (Community Services Department Director), and
Tom Stafford (Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, at North Carolina State University).

Meeting Notes

The meeting opened with Captain Perry speaking about the PROP – he spoke of the delays in getting the system set-up, but now it is fully operational. The first citation was written on 8/17/09. To date, 147 tickets have been written: 121 for house parties and 16 for vehicles

Fines are $100 for the first offense, $300 for the second; these count toward strikes on the property (if it is a rental, toward PROP). Geographic breakdown is as follows: (more…)

Paul Landay Memorial Bench

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Last week, the Paul Landay Memorial Bench was installed in the small dog area of the Carolina Pines Dog Park. Paul passed away in August of 2009 and lived on Leadenhall Way in Trailwood Springs for many years and was very involved in our community. Paul enjoyed his mornings with his dog, Max, at the Carolina Pines Dog Park and gave of his time to keep it clean and nice for all who visited.

Paul Landay Memorial Bench

Paul Landay Memorial Bench

In Paul’s memory, a memorial bench was installed at the dog park. The Trailwood Springs community would like to thank all who contributed towards the purchase of the bench. (more…)

Raleigh’s Environmental Award Program

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

A message about the upcoming 2010 environmental awards offered by the city of Raleigh:

“In an effort to recognize outstanding work in sustainable development and environmental stewardship, the City of Raleigh has created the Raleigh Environmental Awards.

The program will award individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the environment. There are two types of awards.”

Find out more about the City of Raleigh Environmental Awards Program at and read the brochure [PDF].

SWCAC December 2009 Agenda

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The December 2009 agenda for the South West Citizen Advisory Council (SWCAC) is below. The meeting will be held on Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:00 PM at Carolina Pines.

Special note – please bring new socks and/or underwear for either men or women to this meeting. they will be our holiday gifts to our neighbors, the men of the healing place for men and the women of the healing place for women.

  1. Police report and safety suggestions – Officer Upchurch
  2. Parks & Recreation activities – Nickey Brewster
  3. The Healing Place – Executive Director Dennis Parnell will explain the purpose of our valuable neighbor, The Healing Place for Men, and The Healing Place for Women, located in northwest Raleigh, and then update us on their accomplishments.
  4. A major strategy session on the following topics: (more…)