Archive for December, 2010

Scaling Back in 2011

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The following message was sent to the Lineberry Alliance list on 12.20.10. I must say thanks who have helped make the Lineberry Alliance what it is today and also to those that will take it to the next level.

Hi neighbors,

I wanted to send this note to you before the holidays got into full swing. In 2011, I plan on scaling back my participation in the Lineberry Alliance. I’m very proud of the work we’ve done so far. We’ve figured out that if our neighborhoods can work together and share successes & challenges, that we can make our part of the world a better place.

I have a project that looks really fun and is an opportunity for me help make the larger area we live in more recognized. (more…)

‘Tis the Season for …. 13 tips

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

’tis the season….Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, New Years, birthdays, traveling, visitors, break-ins…

Yep, I said it.  The B word.  BREAK-INS.

Unfortunately this is the time of year that as many of us prepare for Christmas, traveling, celebrating with family and friends, someone else is preparing to make our holiday one we won’t forget.

There are times you can do everything right and someone will still break into your house.  However, there are many things that you can do that will make a potential burglar think twice and possibly even deter them.  Here are a few tips as we get ready to say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011: (more…)

SWCAC Looking to 2011

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The SouthWest Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) starting looking forward to 2011, eyeing goals for the new year, at their monthly meeting on Monday, December 13, 2010. This month, we hosted our friends from the West CAC to discuss items of interest to both groups. The agenda included the usual parks report and Raleigh Police Department (RPD) call log with joint CAC items for boundary discussions and rezoning case Z-1-11.

Toward the end of the meeting, SWCAC attendees discussed goals for 2011 that included an awareness campaign to target neighborhoods currently not active in the CAC and getting more businesses involved with the CAC. More details on this a little later. About 25 residents from both the West CAC and SWCAC gathered to discuss the topics. (more…)

PRR-Watch Holiday Lights Brighten the Neighborhood

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community watch - prr-watch.org

Raleigh, NC – The Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch, building a safe and informed family community, held their annual Holiday Lights event on Sunday, December 12 from 7pm – 8:30pm. Neighbors got to explore the outside light display at 2144 Balboa Road and got an exclusive tour of the holiday decorations.

Poole's House

Light display on Balboa Road

The view from the street, shown above, is fabulous. (more…)

Lineberry Bus Stop Upgrades to a Shelter

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Have you seen the new bus stop on Lineberry Drive? We got some upgrades at the bus stop near Lineberry Drive and Trailwood Drive on CAT route 11 (Avent Ferry route).

Lineberry bus stop

Lineberry bus stop

I was curious about what was going on and what sparked the enhancement from a single bench to a full on shelter and waiting pad. I was able to get up with Aaron Hair, Planner I with the City of Raleigh to get the details. We put Aaron on the hot seat for a quick interview on these upgrades and other Capital Area Transit (CAT) services:

1) What upgrades are happening to the bus stop near Lineberry Drive and Trailwood Drive on CAT route 11 (Avent Ferry route)?

The City of Raleigh is installing a (more…)

Lake Wheeler Road Improvements on CAMPO’s List

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

$2.1 million being pumped into the Lake Wheeler Road corridor? Am I reading this right?

This news is back from October 19, but relevant to our area. Neighbors have been asking for pedestrian improvements to the Lake Wheeler Road corridor for years, but we keep hitting road blocks. Some believe that the lack of a master plan for the road is one problem. Long-term plans have included a 5-lane option, a 4-lane with a median option, and even a 3-lane option for road expansion.

The requests and dialog that I’ve seen go to City Council haven’t focused on expanding the road so that our neighbors to the South can get to downtown and I-40 faster–we’ve been asking for sidewalks and crosswalks. Have you tried to walk to Carolina Pines Park from our neighborhoods? Good luck crossing Lake Wheeler Road.

Lake Wheeler Road

Lake Wheeler Road

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The NeighborGoods experiment: Does sharing locally work?

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Back in July, I wrote a post about Sharing with your neighbors that focused on the site NeighborGoods.net. The service 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 October, I interviewed the founder and CEO of NeighborGoods.net, Micki Krimmel, for opensource.com. Since then, I’ve been thinking about firing up the service for my neighborhood here in Raleigh.

To kick off the month of December, I decided to (more…)