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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 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, Micki Krimmel, for 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…)

Lake Wheeler Vet Family Day on December 20

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Guest post from Dr. Sandra M. Grant, DVM, Lake Wheeler Veterinary Hospital

Lake Wheeler Veterinary Hospital is hosting a family day/client appreciation day on December 20, 2010 from 9am – 5pm. Bring the pets and your family. There will be a local pet transport company represented, teamworks dog training, and a number of other fun activities. The fire department and police department have been invited to attend.

Critter Coach will be at family day/client appreciation day from 2-5pm.


Raleighwood sign lights up Hillsborough Street

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Found this great post over on Goodnight Raleigh! I think it’s great and wouldn’t mind if something like this had a permanent home in our city.

“A few months ago, some 1920s-era storefronts and an old rental house across from Cup-a-Joe on Hillsborough Street were knocked down. In their place, a gigantic mound of dirt was left. It’s been the subject of speculation amongst passersby and coffee shop patrons, but I don’t think anything has been publicly stated outlining exactly what the miniature mountain is all about.

When driving by last night, I noticed…”


Read the entire entry on Goodnight Raleigh: ‘Raleighwood’ Sign Appears on Hillsborough Street

Re-Imagining Capital Boulevard

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Picture this.  It’s a rainy, dark evening and our family has driven two cars all the way from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Raleigh, our new home.  I advise our son in the front car to stay in the right lane as we drive south on Capital Boulevard into the city, since we don’t know the lay of the land.  It isn’t long before we’re confused.  With every mile, our lane disappears and we’re forced to the left.  This is the strangest traffic pattern we’ve encountered in a long time, and we ask ourselves, This is where we’re going to be living now?


Sick of the Signs, but I Cast my Vote

Monday, November 1st, 2010

First of all, if you don’t read anything else on this post, read this: exercise your right to vote. Get out and vote if you haven’t already. You probably work hard for a living and may not have time to pay attention to all the drama that is our political scene. To be honest, I pay attention–most of the time. I have a family, a full time job, a full time volunteer effort, and I’m training for my first marathon. I’m busy. But I’m casting my vote on November 2. You should too–because there is a lot at stake.

Now to a rant that’s been bothering me. Maybe you feel the same way?

Political signs. They are everywhere and they are annoying.

This isn’t a rant about all the (more…)

Great Schools in Wake Sponsoring Free Public Forum (Oct 16)

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The following announcement is from Great Schools in Wake County,  part of Wake Up Wake County.

This Saturday, October 16. 2010. at the McKimmon Center from 8:00 to 12:30, Great Schools in Wake is sponsoring a free Public Forum. This is your chance to learn about “Costs and Consequences: What’s at Stake for Wake.”

Presenters include former school board member (more…)

Get to the NC State Fair via CAT Services

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The North Carolina State Fair starts this Thursday, October 14. It’s always a good time whether you go for games, rides, food, or shows. See the information below on how to leverage Capital Area Transit services to avoid the parking and traffic hassles.


Avoid the traffic and parking hassles at the North Carolina State Fair by riding Capital Area Transit’s (CAT) State Fair Shuttle Service. CAT will offer daily service from two Park & Ride locations and fixed-route service along Hillsborough Street to the North Carolina State Fair on Oct. 14 through Oct. 24.

The shuttles will operate every 20 to 30 minutes each day of the fair. All passengers will be dropped off at (more…)

Picking Up Bizarre Litter Could Pay Off

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Keep America Beautiful
Enter the Most Unusual Litter Contest to Win Cash Prizes

RALEIGH, NC – Keep NC Beautiful (KNCB) ( announces its biannual Most Unusual Litter Contest. The contest is open to anyone who participates in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s fall Litter Sweep or any clean-up drive.

Winning entries are awarded 1st place cash prize of $250, 2nd place $100 and 3rd place $50. It’s easy to enter the contest–find unusual litter during a litter pickup, take a picture of it and complete the entry form.  All entry forms are due by Oct. 31 and can be downloaded at

Most unusual litter must be found 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…)

“Live it Up” on Hillsborough Street this Saturday (Sept 25th)

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Looking for something to do this weekend? Haven’t seen what’s new on Hillsborough Street lately? Then you and your family should “Live it Up” with a full day of activities and live bands.

Nina Szlosberg, Chair, Hillsborough Street Partnership invites you to join the festivities this Saturday:

I am writing to invite you to celebrate our new Hillsborough Street at a big street festival (more…)