Archive for April, 2010

Best Practices and Tips on Building Community Outreach

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Tonight, I got a chance to present on community outreach to a motivated group of future community leaders at a session of the Citizens Leadership Academy (CLA), a free series of classes offered by the City of Raleigh Community Services Department.  I presented with Arlene Sanders from the Historic Oakwood neighborhood and provided insight from the past 8 years that I’ve been involved with my community.

The Community Outreach session of the CLA is part of a the Effective Communication module, which “explores the techniques for effectively communicating with individuals and groups.” (more…)

Perry, Draughon attend Trailwood Hills annual meeting

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Trailwood Hills annual homeowners meeting took place on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.  We had Captain Perry, who is the Captain for our District, and Officer Draughon, who is Raleigh’s PROP Officer, attend. They spoke to various issues involving PROP and the new nuisance party ordinance.  It was very informative and if you would like to see the criteria for what constitutes a violation within PROP and what constitutes a nuisance party, you can check out the blog entry: Noise and Party Ordinance Information.  Please check out the criteria when you get a chance so that you can better understand how the process works and what triggers the process. (more…)

Sierra Drive Traffic Calming

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Guest Blog: Help improve the safety on Sierra Dirve

I have been working with my Civics and Economics class to get a three-way stop at the intersection of Sierra and Lawrence. This is a dangerous intersection, as some of you may know. There is a hill with blind spots in both directions and parked cars add to the poor visibility at the intersection. We are working on getting a petition signed to install a 3-way stop sign. If you are interested in signing the petition, please e-mail me directly.

Landlord Training Slotted for May 12

Monday, April 26th, 2010

From the city of Raleigh e-newsletter:

The City of Raleigh’s next landlord training class will be held on May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Housing Authority’s multipurpose community room, 971 Harp St. The one-day course offers useful information to rental property owners and managers, real estate agents, lawyers and others who deal with or have an interest in rental issues.

The North Carolina State Bar and the N.C. Real Estate Commission offer continuing education credits for lawyers and real estate agents who take the class.

The landlord training course covers such topics as screening rental applicants, strengthening rental agreements and taking legal steps to resolve problems. (more…)

Shred-a-thons April 17 & April 24 in Wake County

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Events are for April 17 and April 24, 2010.

Local sponsors are donating their time and resources to sponsor a free shred-a-thon in your area. Shred-a-thons are a perfect way to destroy old tax records, checks, employment records or credit applications. You do NOT need to remove staples and paper clips from the documents. It usually takes about 10 minutes to drop off your documents and get them shredded. Please pass along this information to co-workers, neighbors and friends. It is a free service for individuals with personal documents offered to help prevent identity theft.  (more…)

Reducing your Tax Bill in 2009

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Did you know the IRS Tax Code has over 2,800,000 pages? This is why many people would love to simplify the tax system. But until that happens, when mid-April rolls around, we are all reminded that we need to report our income to Uncle Sam.  With the tax deadline rapidly approaching (this Thursday April 15th), we wanted to remind our neighbors of a few tax tips specific to your situations, that could lower the tax bill on your 2009 tax returns. (more…)

Eric Lamb Talks Raleigh Rail, Resurfacing Avent Ferry, and More

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I got a chance to catch up with Eric Lamb, Manager, Transportation Services Division, City of Raleigh Public Works Department or as I like to call him, guru of all things transit-related. If he doesn’t know the answer to something, he’ll be sure to find out. Eric is probably one of the most outgoing and knowledgeable city staffers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. When I asked him to do a five questions interview for the blog, he was on it. I was curious about a few things from all the chatter about rail in Raleigh to Neighborhood Traffic Management (does this mean speed bumps on your neighborhood streets?). Let’s see what Eric has to say:

Image provided by Eric Lamb

Image provided by Eric Lamb

1) There is a lot of talk about rail. Is the City of Raleigh ready for rail? What are the current financing options being discussed?

First, some full disclosure: I love trains.  When I travel to other cities, I spend part of my free time exploring their transit systems (and my generous family puts up with me).  I recently had the pleasure of exploring the London Underground system, which was both spectacular and overwhelming.  (more…)

Homeless Camp off Lake Wheeler Voluntarily Vacated

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community watch -

Residents from the Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch reported a homeless camp in the woods off Lake Wheeler Road to Raleigh Police Department (RPD) in early March 2010.  As you were coming from the Farmer’s Market, right after you cross the bridge over I-40 (West), the camp was on the right in the woods.   (more…)

Changes Coming to SWCAC

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

The agenda for the SouthWest Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) was posted today (PDF). Current Chair, Mary Belle Pate, announced at last months’ meeting, that after 30 years at the helm, it was time to pass on the reigns. She appointed Mildred Flynn of the Caraleigh community to form a nominating committee to seek out a new Chair and Vice-chair. (more…)

Survey: Do We Need Our Community Forums?

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

There was a recent discussion on our mailing list about our online community forums, currently at They are very underutilized by our community. From what I can tell, one of the most useful features is the “neighbors recommend” section where we can suggest local businesses for home repairs, lawn care, plumbing, and more. Some feedback was gathered and many folks made suggestions like using our FaceBook group or going over to a Yahoo! group. It’s time to see what the community wants.