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After-school program helps kids at Shepherd’s House Church

By Yenifer Mendoza-Chicas

February 21, 2014

Dozens of children in eastern Durham head to Shepherd’s House Church, 107 N. Driver St.,  twice a week to learn about science, nutrition, and more. The church’s program meets for two hours every Tuesday and Thursday. “We have changed our focus,” said the Reverend Amanda Wilson, the program’s director. “We not only focus on homework, […]

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Northern High Spanish Honors Society tutors elementary students

By Brittany Whitaker

February 14, 2014

Being able to share a bond with others who enjoy speaking Spanish is a privilege. It is also nice to have the honor completing senior year with cords at graduation. The requirements for National Spanish Honor Society are a 3.0 GPA or higher in Spanish I and II and being able to attend all the […]

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Finding black history in the backyard

By Carlton Koonce

February 10, 2014

Here is part of my typical, highly scientific February checklist. Watch the Super Bowl, or at least some ACC basketball, with sticky, saucy hands. Check. Pick up some fancy chocolates and a fluffy bear for my Valentine’s Day. Check. Brushing up on local African-American history? That’s a lot easier than one might think. Every town […]

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Jerry Stackhouse films a commercial at Hillside

By Tatyana Hicks

February 8, 2014

Former UNC student and professional basketball player Jerry Stackhouse visited Hillside to film a commercial for the Carolina College Advising Corps last month. The Carolina College Advising Corps is a program designed to help schools with a high population of low-income minority students who usually don’t go to college.   There are at least 31 college […]

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Boys and Girls Club going high tech

By Myava Mitchell

  Hundreds of children are learning how to navigate Microsoft and research homework online, thanks to the “Club Tech” after-school program at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham. “This is tremendous in that many kids that we see still don’t have computers at home, or computers that are connected to the internet,” […]

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Angier Driver Streetscape on the move

By Yenifer Mendoza-Chicas

  When driving down Angier Avenue and Driver Street in Durham you will see construction signs and “road closed” — signs that indicate a $3.5 million street renovation project is underway. The city’s project will repave streets, as well as add benches, sidewalks and crosswalks. The project will also include handicapped accessible ramps. Construction started […]

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Faith Summit still helps fight child poverty a year later

By Lynsay Williams

February 5, 2014

A year after the Faith Summit on Child Poverty, leaders reflect on what happened in 2013 and what is planned for 2014. The summit in January 2013 drew more than double the people it was expected to, with almost 500 people registering for the program. Last year­, two organizations – End Poverty Durham and Durham’s […]

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Durham Tech food pantry feeds hundreds

By Alyssa Armstrong

What began as a small community garden, has grown to provide food for hundreds of students at Durham Technical Community College. The Campus Harvest Food pantry, modeled after similar programs at other universities, was long in the works before it opened in January 2013. The main goal of the pantry aimed to get students out […]

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Watchful eyes key to crime prevention

By Zach Potter

When Evit Blackmon, 39, moved to Durham with his wife Yolanda in 2008, he did not expect to take the reins of the neighborhood watch in his community. But two years ago, after a breaking and entering incident occurred a little too close to home, he did just that. “We’re simply homeowners that care about […]

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Streetscaping project expected to revamp downtown Durham

By Holly West

The Angier-Driver Streetscaping Project is well under way and not even the cold, wet weather can interfere. On a rainy Monday morning, construction workers Carlton Day and Steve Clayton worked on installing telephone lines at the intersection of Angier Avenue and Driver Street in downtown Durham. Their work is part of a nearly $4 million […]

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Joe’s Diner is so much more than just hot dogs

By Terumi Dowdy

  The home of the one pound hot dog is the heart of the Northeast Durham community. The doors are always open at Joe’s Diner. The restaurant’s famous “Bull Burger” sizzles on the grill. Voices praise the chef. As customers enjoy their meals, the diner’s owner, Joseph Bushfan, walks around giving thumbs up. “I started […]

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Samuel and Sons Barbershop: a real come-back story

By Jamar Negron

Almost three years after a devastating fire destroyed his business, Samuel Jenkins is back on his feet. His barbershop, Samuel and Sons, 2110 Angier Ave., was consumed in flames on Jan. 2, 2011, leaving almost $200,000 worth of damage. Jenkins said rising from the ashes was a challenge. “Everywhere I would look, it looked like […]

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JABGC Toy and Coat Drive called a success

By Nautica Lane

On Saturday, December 21, 2013 The John Avery Boys & Girls Club held their first annual Toy and Coat Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event was presented by NINETY SIX and held at the LeRoy T. Walker Physical Education and Recreation Complex at North Carolina Central University. Walking into the building that […]

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Getting to know the neighbors next door

By Sharif Ruebin

“The neighborhood is one of the most important and useful communities in a person’s life.” That statement is the mission of the neighborhood social media company, Nextdoor. I found out about Nextdoor from a post card sent to my grandmother asking her to join. The thing that separates this new social media network from others […]

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At the New Greater Zion Wall House of Miracles

By Kelly Creedon

January 21, 2014

      A photo essay by Kelly Creedon, UNC grad student. Driving down North Alston Avenue in East Durham, there is a small sign posted on the corner of Hopkins Street that reads in bright red letters “New Greater Zion Wall House of Miracles.” About two blocks down on the right stands a simple […]

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John Avery Toy Drive makes the season jolly

By Nautica Lane

December 19, 2013

Do you want to give back to your community but feel like you can’t because you don’t know how? If so, come join the John Avery Boys & Girls Club for its first annual Toy and Coat Drive. The free event, presented by the Raleigh-based marketing firm NINETY SIX, is Saturday, December 21 from 10 […]

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EDCI brings families together with Story Hour, both in English and Spanish

By Ashley Broder

December 2, 2013

Parents and children of Durham are coming together once again with the help of the East Durham Children’s Initiative. On a regular basis, EDCI hosts Story Hours where parents can bring their kids for an hour of stories and fun. EDCI not only caters to English-speakers, but Spanish speakers as well. There are three Story […]

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EDCI helps make the holiday season bright

By Claire Queally

December 1, 2013

The holiday season has officially begun at East Durham Children’s Initiative. They’re busy planning the second annual Holiday Zone – an event guaranteed to make many children in the community smile. This year, EDCI invited over 150 parents to come choose complimentary gifts for their children. Gifts are donated by local individuals and organizations, and […]

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Sharing a piece of the pie

By Carlton Koonce

A lack of sleep and worry kept him up at nights. After 13 years as an active duty Army man, Hakeem Moore, a 35-year-old veteran and father of three, found he just couldn’t “turn off” things he’d seen during his 15 months in Baghdad.   Bombs going off, rocket-propelled grenade (RPGs) explosions and people getting […]

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All on the same team

By Sharif Ruebin

November 25, 2013

“To win a championship, you have to play as a team.” That’s what Phillip Robinson-Hayes, an Early College senior, says. The same principle can be used with giving back to others in need. It is very important for people to give back to their communities. As a neighborhood, we’re all on the same team. A […]

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