Archive for July, 2010

Raleigh Announces New Website August 1

Friday, July 30th, 2010

After much discussion, pilot groups, testing, and patience, the new website for the City of Raleigh that I’ve heard so much about is finally becoming a reality in August. One of the highlights includes the Raleigh Beehive, a self-help web portal, that sounds like it will be interesting and useful to citizens. The one thing I’ll be on the lookout for is more support for the Citizen Advisory Councils (CACs). We are in desperate needs of better communication tools and online community building. See the press release on the new website below:

Raleigh Launches New Web Portal Aug. 1

On Aug. 1, the City of Raleigh’s web portal will change – completely!  The site has been re-created to be of greater value to residents and to make it a more enjoyable and productive place to visit. It promises to make it much easier to keep up to the minute on City news and events; register for classes; file for a permit or do any business with your City. (more…)

Is NCDOT destroying Avent Ferry Road?

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Anyone who has been down Avent Ferry Road during the past two weeks might have noticed the road is in the process of being resurfaced; to the price tag of $4 million dollars. I’m super stoked about the project, as I avoided the pot-hole laden, right-hand, North bound lane like the plague before the project started. I imagine that frequent users of Avent Ferry welcome the resurfacing project as well.

You might remember in an earlier interview with Eric Lamb, Transportation Services Division, City of Raleigh Public Works Department, he told us that Avent Ferry Road was scheduled for resurfacing this summer. I would argue that NCDOT, the authority responsible for Avent Ferry Road maintenance, is missing a huge opportunity to improve the road and make it a complete street, satisfying much needed pedestrian amenities and making it safer for pedestrians crossing a five-lane road. (more…)

Exploring Walnut Creek Greenway

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Over the past few weekends, when the weather was a little less hot and humid, I started to explore the Walnut Creek Greenway which runs East-West between I-40 and Tryon Road. There is a new trailhead that now connects to Lake Wheeler Road across from the Farmer’s Market. I was on the trail this past weekend before it got too terribly hot. The Walnut Creek Greenway is a hidden gem for those that haven’t found it yet.

Start your exploration near the Farmer's Market

Start your exploration near the Farmer's Market

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Win Big By Donating to NeighborWoods

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The NeighborWoods Street Tree Program has been plugging away since 2003 and this year we’re celebrating the delivery of our 10,000th tree!  You can have the honor of making THE donation that purchases the 10,000th tree.  Any citizen who makes a donation of $25 or more between now and October 1st will be entered into a drawing.  One lucky winner will be eligible to participate in the tree planting with Mayor Meeker at Nash Square, dedicate a plaque with their name, receive an REI gift card and bike tune- up, enjoy a Whole Foods gift card, and win a gift certificate to the Busy Bee Cafe!

To enter to win please send your donation of $25 or more to (more…)

The Green Chair Project – Sharing Comfort

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
The Green Chair Project

The Green Chair Project

We did a post last week about sharing with your neighbors. This week, we’ve found a different way that combines sharing with recycling and adds a touch of green, that we thought you might be interested in.

It’s called the Green Chair Project. From the looks of it, the project provides a way to get rid of gently used household furnishings with people who need or can’t afford those items. It sounds like a great idea. The City of Raleigh offers an appliance recycling program, but if the items are still working, the Green Chair Project sounds like (more…)

Stotts Lawn Care Keeps Lineberry Looking Good

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

We get lots of requests for recommendations on the Lineberry Alliance mailing list. It’s no surprise that we have people, with businesses,  that live in our own neighborhood  providing some of the services many of us use -or- are looking for. One such service that’s available from one of our neighbors in Trailwood Springs is a Stotts Lawn Care. See the information below for more details about the services this local business provides.

The following information was provided by Stotts Lawn Care:

Professional . Dependable. Affordable.

Stotts Lawn Care offers basic lawn care maintenance at affordable rates and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction!  We have many happy customers throughout the Lineberry/Trailwood communities and surrounding areas who entrust us with their lawns every week.

Weekly & Bi-Weekly Services Available.

Services Offered Include: (more…)

What’s happening at Lake Johnson?

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Have you been over to Lake Johnson lately and wondered what’s going on? Why is the parking lot on Lake Dam Road closed and what’s up with some of the trail being blocked off? See the announcement below from the City of Raleigh for details and timelines.

CITY OF RALEIGH TO RAISE LAKE JOHNSON DAM

Lake Johnson Dam will be raised one to two feet to increase the facility’s capacity to handle severe rain events. The work is part of the City of Raleigh’s improvements to the dam. Work has begun on the dam rehabilitation project, with completion set for next spring.

In June 2006, rains from Tropical Storm Alberto damaged the spillway structure of Lake Johnson Dam. (more…)

Sharing with your neighbors

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Has anyone tried out the new service called NeighborGoods? The service looks like it connects people who need to borrow and rent “neighborly” items with others in the community that have the items. Rakes, shovels, lawn mowers, bikes, vacuum cleaners, etc. In theory, this sounds like it would be a really beneficial service, something that we attempt to do sometimes on our mailing list. The service could save money people money and make better use of idle resources.

I wrote an open thread post on opensource.com about this, Would you share with your neighbors?, with some interesting (more…)

SWCAC July Cookout, Look Ahead to August

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
SWCAC Cookout

SWCAC Cookout at Carolina Pines

Members of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) gathered under the outdoor pavilion at Carolina Pines Park to enjoy an evening of being neighbors. On Monday, July 12 we exchanged our regular monthly meeting (more…)

New Ped and Bike Map Shows Raleigh’s Progress

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

A new interactive map that overlays existing Google Maps has been published on the web, showing the future of Raleigh’s bike system. In our case, the future seems far away.  The site takes the existing Google bike layer, which includes other Triangle spots like Durham and Cary, and lets the user add different layers of Raleigh’s bike plan.

Don’t take my word for it. Go see for yourself and check out the different layers and future bike plans at (more…)