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Wheeler Park Community Getting Organized

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Wheeler Park

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The Wheeler Park Community/Neighborhood will host an organizational meeting on Thursday, February 24, 2011. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm and will be at Carolina Pines Park in the large meeting room. The purpose of this meeting is  to address several topics and concerns.  The following are some of the identified topics/concerns: (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…)

Raleigh Honors Landlord, Other Citizens

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the Neighborhood Recognition Awards held at the McKimmon Center last night (October 20, 2010). The awards recipients are selected by each of Raleigh’s Citizens Advisory Councils (CAC). The officers of the 18 Citizens Advisory Councils make up Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC).

Each CAC nominates individuals, groups, nonprofits, grassroots organizations, and businesses for the Neighborhood Recognition Awards. Last night was a chance to recognize those individuals, groups, and businesses.

The SouthWest CAC recognized Bill Dumont, a landlord working closely with the Caraleigh community. Mildred Flynn helped me present the award to Bill. He talked about (more…)

Citizen Leader Shares 30 Year Legacy

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The City of Raleigh recently highlighted a community leader on that’s been on the front lines of activism for over 30 years. The goal: to make Raleigh better.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with this person in the Raleigh community for that last 8 years. I’ve been inspired by this person, I’ve learned from them, and I’ve helped them a time or two. Although she may not like to be recognized publicly too often, Mary Bell Pate deserves a chance to be highlighted as a successful citizen leader in Raleigh and share her wisdom with others. (more…)

Raleigh Neighborhood Recognition Awards

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The Raleigh Citizens Adviosry Council (RCAC) hosts an annual Neighborhood Recognition Awards ceremony. This year, the awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the McKimmon Center on Gorman Street. The evening will begin with a reception starting at 6 pm, followed by an awards ceremony at 7 pm.  The reception includes live jazz music. Friends, family, and neighbors are encouraged to share in the occasion.

During the past meetings of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), we selected and voted on (more…)

Get a Prize for Community Innovations

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Announcing a Prize Contest for Community Innovations (by NUSA)

NUSA (Neighborhoods USA) is very pleased to let members know about an inaugural global prize contest for community innovations. This contest is sponsored by the Community Tool Box (, which is partnering with NUSA to distribute information about this contest to NUSA members and friends.

The prize offered by the Community Tool Box, called the 2010 “Out of the Box” prize, will recognize and honor the most promising initiatives that strengthen community development and community health. (more…)

Motivating Without Money, Donna Warner Keynotes at Neighborhood Exchange

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The final part of the Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange was the afternoon keynote. I presented twice before the keynote with other neighborhood leaders at a session on High tech / low tech ways to help your neighborhood flourish. Donna Warner, an instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Government, gave the event keynote to over 150 attendees.

Donna Warner, keynotes at neighborhood exchange

The topic was Motivating Without Money. Warner started off by telling us about governing in  communities. Motivating without money is an important issue, but the reality is, (more…)

Transit Try-A-Thon 2010 Starts September 27th

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Get ready for Transit Try-a-thon, see the details below:

Transit Try-a-thon

CAT: September 27-October 1

  • September 27th,  Monday -Try Transit Week Kickoff – Mayor Meeker will kick off the week at Moore Square Station
  • September 28th, Tuesday – Rack and Ride Day – Bike to a bus stop and RIDE FOR FREE (first come, first serve) Visit us at the Duke Medical Plaza Knightdale Park and Ride from 4-6pm for a special event!
  • September 29th, Wednesday – Stuff the Bus Food Drive – Come help us stuff a bus for the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. Donate 3 canned goods (no glass containers) to be stuffed into a cat bus and receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, no purchase necessary! Only one coupon per participant, and participant must be present. Donations will be collected at the following participating Raleigh Chick-fil-A locations: (more…)

High tech / low tech ways to help your neighborhood flourish

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

I had the privilege to present along side Eugene Weeks and Mark Turner, two outstanding community leaders, at today’s Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange. The neighborhood exchange was held on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the McKimmon Conference Center and is a chance for citizens across Raleigh to interact, attend a variety of sessions, and share information. My favorite part is the cross-pollination and idea swapping that occurs. It’s a vibrant event where neighbors learn from each other, then take these ideas and apply them to their individual neighborhoods.

Eugene Weeks talked about getting feet on the street, meeting neighbors, and implementing a yard of the month that motivated his neighbors to spruce up their yards. He walked attendees through some “low tech” ways that allows his community to thrive. they use yard signs to attrach people to their meetings. Block captains help distribute flyers. Weeks said that one way to motivate is to have people spread the word. Folks tell people: “you missed a good meeting” or “aren’t you concerned about crime?” (more…)

Free Community Voice Mail Program in Wake County

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

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We [Community Services] will periodically highlight helpful services and information for you to share.

Free Community Voice Mail Program in Wake County

If you do not have a phone, you may be able to receive a free voice mail service known as Community Voice Mail. This provides a way for family, friends, health care workers, employers and others to call and leave a message for you. (more…)