Fall Festival and Play Streets

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The North Street Community had their first Fall Festival and Play Streets. Children and adults dressed in Halloween costumes and enjoyed games such as; Yoga, Bocce ball, Lawn Darts and Corn Hole.  The community delighted in food cook on the community grill and music until 10:00PM.  Ms. Deirtra Spellman from Parks and Recreation came out to teach the Bocce Ball and Corn Hole to the residents.

October 2017 District 1 Clean-ups

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The City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department partnered with the Greyson Green Neighborhood and the Milan Woods Neighborhood this month for a neighborhood cleanup.  The Impact Team collected all bulk trash that was placed at the curb by residents after extensive outreach to spread the word by neighbors. 

Durham’s Human Relations Division Accepts Disability-Based Complaint

The Human Relations Division accepted a complaint based on a landlord’s alleged discriminatory treatment of a person with a disability.  The disability affects the resident’s ability to use her arms and her legs.  As such, she uses a wheelchair.  When the resident requested permission to install a ramp outside of her dwelling and grab bars within her dwelling, the landlord allegedly refused even though the resident agreed to cover the cost to install these elements of accessibility.

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October City Hall on the Go Citizenship and Government

CHOTG Citizenship and Government outdoor class is to enlighten students about civic pride, government and inspire them to become active members in their community.  Students are relaxed outside of the normal classroom and encouraged to ask questions of the presenter’s personal and professional experiences and why they became involved in government.

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City of Durham Transportation Director, Terry Bellamy talks with 80 students at Research Triangle Charter Academy located at 2418 Ellis Road.

 

Holt Elementary School Inauguration Ceremony

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Sheila Bullock, Sr. Executive Assistant in the City Clerk’s Office was the guest at Holt Elementary School’s Afterschool Inauguration Ceremony. Ms. Bullock administered the oath of office to the newly elected student council.

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Durham Hosts ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event October 21

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste), shred confidential documents and drop-off of their reusable household goods should attend the City of Durham’s ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event next month.

The event will be on Saturday, October 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on the visitors side parking lot, located at 750 Stadium Dr. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics, paper, clothing, etc.

 

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Coffee with a Cop

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Captain Gaddy (District 3) and Ms. Hazeline Umstead of Lyon Park Neighborhood Association celebrated Coffee with a Cop Day on October 4, 2017.

Coffee with a Cop Day is a national initiative designed to help break down the barriers between residents and officers, build trust, and to discover mutual goals for the community. This is an opportunity for residents to speak with Durham officers in a friendly, casual atmosphere without agendas, presentations or speeches.

 

City of Durham Human Relations Division Resolves Two “Design and Construction” Fair Housing Cases:  Corrective Action Required By Property Owners

In June, the City of Durham Human Relations Division conciliated a housing discrimination complaint filed against the owner/developer of a newly constructed multifamily complex.  The complaint alleged that the ground floor units were not accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Pursuant to the terms of the settlement agreement, the property owners must complete various  corrective actions to ensure accessibility to those with disabilities (including wheelchairs). In addition to making these corrective actions to the property, the owners also agreed to remit $10,000 to the complainant.

 

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September City Hall on the Go Citizenship and Government

CHOTG Citizenship and Government outdoor class is to enlighten students about civic pride, government and inspire them to become active members in their community.  Students are relaxed outside of the normal classroom and encouraged to ask questions of the presenter’s personal and professional experiences and why they became involved in government.

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Durham City Budget Director, Bertha Johnson spoke with 83 students at Carter Community Charter School located at 1955 W Cornwallis Road.

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Durham Announces Partners for Innovation Partnership Program

Four local startup companies will now get their chance to bring new ideas into City Hall and test out their innovative solutions to Bull City challenges. 

The City of Durham Office of Performance and Innovation has chosen four partners for the 2017 Innovate Durham program, a pilot that gives startups and entrepreneurs a way to test their products or services using City data and infrastructure. The City received 34 applications from companies interested in participating in the program. A review committee narrowed the field down to four participants who each bring a unique, innovative solution to the program.

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