Year: 2013

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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Walltown’s “Indigo Blue” adds new twist to classic fairytale

By Wendy Lu

December 1, 2013

“Never give up on hope.” This is the message that the cast and crew of “Indigo Blue” hope their audience will take away with them. From Thurs.,  Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 15, Walltown Children’s Theatre – a Durham-based nonprofit organization that offers acting, singing and dance classes to under-served youth in the Walltown community […]

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EDCI helps make the holiday season bright

By Claire Queally

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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Hillside’s William Logan named DPS Principal of the Year

By Carl Kenney

November 24, 2013

  By Kristen Mayo, Jazmine Dixon and Breana Kea Hillside Chronicle Staff  Writers,  Hillside High School   Hillside Principal William Logan has been awarded the Principal of the Year award for Durham Public Schools. “I felt stunned, appreciated and grateful,” Logan said, after almost shedding tears of joy. Logan was completely surprised about receiving the […]

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Local graffiti artist “Niko’s” take on the “art”

By Ikendia Dixon

November 22, 2013

What started as a subculture on the streets of New York in the 1970s has gained popularity in the decades since. It starts with writing your name on your choice of canvas whether it be a wall, paper, trains, or other place. From there: writing you name evolves into adding your own style, and there […]

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New neighbors for NECD: Committee working on recommendation for DPD headquarters move

By Robert Lewis

Northeast Central Durham residents could have new neighbors. City officials are deciding where the new Durham Police Department headquarters will be built and two of three proposed locations are in NECD. The two locations are 600 East Main Street and Merrick Street where the Fayette Place apartments once stood. Jesse Burwell, Assistant Chief of Durham […]

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Hillside hosts a rally for public schools

By Carl Kenney

November 21, 2013

  By: the Hillside High School Chronicle staff On Monday, Nov. 4 Hillside joined many other schools in North Carolina in a “walk-in” for public education. Parents, teachers and students gathered in front of the school at 6:45 a.m. to rally for public schools. “Public education is at the root of our society’s problems, yet […]

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Matthew Hunt sets high standards as new principal of Northern

By Carl Kenney

Northern Round Table editors-in-chief D.J. Ellis and Brooklynn Cooper sat down with their new principal, Matthew Hunt, for a Q & A session Round Table: What made you want to get into education after being a professional basketball player and a Wall Street banker?   Hunt: I didn’t feel good about any of the things […]

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Hope for the youth in Durham

By Sheila Rosier

November 20, 2013

According to information from the 2006-2010 U.S. Census Bureau, and U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey, there were 44,000, 14-to-24-year-olds in Durham. A report called, “Disconnected Youth in the Research Triangle: An Ominous Problem Hidden in Plain Sight,” was conducted six years ago for the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. It concluded that roughly 40 […]

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One teen’s concern about teen pregnancy, abortions and school

By Carl Kenney

November 19, 2013

By Alexia Squires The Spartan Times Southern High School Teen pregnancy in the United States is common. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, three out of ten American girls will become pregnant at least once before age 20. In addition, many may have mothers who also became pregnant during teen […]

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Enjoying another Homecoming in Durham

By Nautica Lane

Homecoming is an event anticipated by many. People always talk about N.C. A & T’s and N.C. State’s Homecomings and many more in the area. But each year no homecoming can compare to N.C. Central University’s. On Saturday, October 19, N.C. Central kicked of their homecoming weekend with a BANG! Although it was a rainy […]

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Two Durham legacies partner to create community

By Alexandria Sampson

  Within one mile of each other stand two of Durham’s most historical sites. Situated on Fayetteville Street near the Durham Expressway is what was formerly known as St. Joseph’s African Methodist Episcopal Church. Built in 1891, the church played an integral part in the thriving African-American community of Hayti. In 1910, Dr. James E. […]

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Rock the Red at Durham’s World AIDS Da

By India Wagner

December 3 marks the date of the Annual Durham World AIDS Day that will be held at the Holton Career Resource Center. The Partnership for a Healthy Durham is hosting this year’s event with the theme of ‘Rock the RED: Represent Your Culture’. The event is meant to commemorate those who are infected with the […]

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Durham gifted with Winter Fairy Tale performance

By Antwone Price

Durham has become well known as a welcoming place for artists of all types. In that tradition, Mercury Studio on Mangum Street recently hosted Karma Thomas who enraptured Durham residents with her performance of Bulgaria: A Fairly Dark Faerie Tale or, A Mid-Winter’s Dream. About 20 people gathered on November 1 as she read songs […]

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Revamped playground will meet needs

By Naomi Marín-Rosario

The City of Durham, Keep Durham Beautiful, ABC11, Disney, and KaBOOM! partnered on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 to build a new playground, designed by kids, in Oakwood Avenue Park at 411 Holloway Street. Prep day for the installation of the new playground took place on Oct. 31. Volunteers sorted and separated all the new […]

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Let’s get SMART

By Carl Kenney

By Riyah Exum Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church is much more than just a spiritual building. Almost four years ago Orange Grove Church received a grant to start a learning program to help young children with their math, reading and other academic skills. The SMART program is a learning program at Orange Grove that meets […]

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New voting laws likely to reduce voting turnout

By Carl Kenney

By Riyah Exum, Municipal Elections took place on Nov. 5 for mayor and city council. Durham County Board of Elections has confirmed that William “Bill” Bell will be mayor for a third term. However, new changes to voter’s registration may impact future voters in upcoming elections. New voting residents will now be required to show […]

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Durham approves urban bowhunting of deer

By Carl Kenney

November 14, 2013

By Evey Wilson Special to the Durham VOICE The Back Story Eric Steinbicker, a dentist in Mebane, N.C. spearheaded the issue of urban bow deer hunting in Durham. “It was my idea,” Steinbicker said, “I grew up in the area and knew there were a lot of deer being killed.” As a hunter, he wants […]

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Former gang leader campaigns for change

By Melissa Key

November 13, 2013

  Once a drug dealer and the leader of a Durham gang, Otis Lyons now leads a movement called Campaign 4 Change to stop young people from falling into his former lifestyle. “A lot of kids that’s acting up they tell people that’s trying to help, ‘You don’t understand. You don’t live my life. You […]

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Legendary coach Herman Boone remains the same

By Aaron Dodson

  Throughout the years, Ike Boone has gotten accustomed to telling his story. So on the night of his 78th birthday, he did just that — recounting memories revolving around growing up in Rocky Mount and attending North Carolina Central University, then named North Carolina College at Durham. But while telling his story, a ringing […]

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Two legacies, one mission

By Robert Bryan

This is a story about legacies. The first is a legacy of a woman, who in her life developed a sense of community for many, helped raised up those who had fallen on hard times and provided smiles for hundreds of people she encountered. The other legacy is of an organization that has helped to […]

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A slice of uniqueness in downtown Durham

By Claire Queally

In a world filled with chain restaurants, it can be tough to find local establishments. At Lilly’s Pizza, however, it’s not only about using local ingredients – it’s about maintaining a unique feel and giving back to the Durham community. “As far as the community is concerned, we make a lot of donations to a […]

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Learning from Grandfather’s example

By Edward L. Hinton

My granddad, Pastor Sylvester Williams, didn’t always want to be a pastor. He really didn’t know what he was going to be when he was my age. Williams had a different approach to life growing up. “When I was growing up, I wanted to be a professional hobo,” he said. A hobo is slang for […]

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Reid honored for work at Global Scholars Academy

By Carl Kenney

October 29, 2013

One recent Wednesday afternoon when N.C. Central University senior quarterback Jordan Reid walked into the Global Scholars Academy, he expected to be speaking to the students on how to prevent and respond to bullying. He didn’t know a surprise celebration awaited him for being named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. To be nominated […]

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Resources available for fathers

By Sheila Rosier

Imagine receiving child support, but not having enough money to make ends meet. Imagine going through a custody battle without knowing your legal rights. Imagine wanting to be a better father, but not knowing how or where to begin. Now, imagine not knowing where to turn to get help. Durham lost a young, apparently desperate […]

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Learning through extracurricular activities

By Sharif Ruebin

October 28, 2013

Aside from the cramming sessions before exams and constant deadlines for school work, it is important for students to find an extracurricular outlet. Having good grades is great, but it isn’t everything. Being able to do what you enjoy outside of school is also important. Many times students think about what they are good at […]

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Chiropractor leaves community footprints

By Carlton Koonce

October 22, 2013

Imagine silence. Except for a ticking clock, all that is heard is Dr. Eldee Brown Sr. speaking: “My grandparents came from Africa and were sold as slaves in Fayetteville.” I heard those haunting words as I learned state’s oldest currently active-licensed chiropractor’s story. Brown will be 97 years old in April. From his humble beginnings, […]

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Durham History Hub: A museum created by the community for the community

By Melissa Key

October 21, 2013

  The creation of a museum of Durham history has been discussed since the 1940s, and on Oct. 12, that concept became a reality as the city came together to celebrate the opening of the Durham History Hub at 500 West Main St. The opening day celebration was a reflection of the museum’s creation, with […]

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EDCI Zumba classes get Durham parents moving to new rhythms

By Wendy Lu

For one hour each week, parents in East Durham who struggle to find time to exercise don’t have to juggle parenting with working out. EDCI (East Durham Children’s Initiative) began a series of Zumba dance classes on Oct. 1 for parents whose families live in East Durham, but anyone based in the area is welcome […]

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A new kind of trick-or-treating

By Claire Queally

Looking for a new way to trick-or-treat? This Halloween, join your neighbors in East Durham for Trunk or Treat – a community-wide celebration that combines traditional trick-or-treating with book giveaways. The event is hosted at the office of East Durham Children’s Initiative, and is facilitated by Communities in Partnership and Old East Durham. “Communities in […]

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Dog owners and lovers come together for a day at the park

By Ashley Broder

If you walked by Durham Central Park on Oct. 6, you probably asked yourself, “Who let the dogs out?” Hundreds of dog owners and lovers alike came together for Durham Parks and Recreation’s 10th Annual Woofstock, an event celebrating canines and canine recreation. “Durham Parks and Recreation’s mission is to provide opportunities for our community […]

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Adrianna Poole and Kiera Jacobs more than teammates

By Aaron Dodson

When Adrianna Poole and her family moved from Ohio to North Carolina three years ago, the timing couldn’t have been any better for the young basketball player. The move occurred in the middle Poole’s freshman year of high school, just before the start of the winter basketball season at Riverside High School in Durham. And […]

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A chance for youth to lead

By Nautica Lane

Many parents want their child to be a leader and not a follower. Junior Leadership Durham Inc. is a non-profit program training high school sophomore students in becoming strong leaders and has been around since 2003. JLD promotes teamwork, helps in the development of leadership skills and encourages self-confidence and personal growth. In the program […]

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Hillside and Hillside New Tech contemplate a merger

By Kayla Tate

A proposed merger between Hillside and Hillside New Tech could take place during the 2014-15 school year with a final decision to be made by Jan. 1. Hillside New Tech is a separate school within Hillside High School that uses technology in order for their students to complete the majority of their work. This school […]

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Early College no easy ride, but it’s worth the effort

By Brandi Arledge

Some high school students who enroll in the Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School might think they can coast, but the first lesson they’ll be learning is that coasting is not in the curriculum. Desiree’ Lewis, a senior in Early College double majoring in psychology and Spanish with a minor in business and liberal […]

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Pauli Murray Project protects the memory of a local legacy

By Alex Sampson

Some know her as a civil rights activist, feminist and the first African American ordained Episcopal priest. Others know her as a LGBT icon, lawyer, poet and author. Regardless of what society knows her as, those that attended the fundraiser for the Pauli Murray Project on Oct. 1 agreed on one thing: Rev. Dr. Pauli […]

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In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By India Wagner

By India Wagner, NCCU Reporter October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and organizations in Durham are working to bring awareness and assistance to people living in this situation. N.C. Central University’s School of Law hosted a discussion on expectations in civil and criminal cases related to domestic violence on October 8th. The program, “Going to […]

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It must be the sneakers

By Ikendia Dixon

October 4, 2013

  “Give me two pair, I need two pair,” raps Nelly in his song “Air Force Ones” which is also Nike’s number one selling sneaker to this day. The economics of the sneaker culture is supply and demand in its simplest form. When exclusive Jordans or other sneakers retail, sneakerheads flock to malls, retail stores […]

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A real food revolution: edible backyards

By Riyah Exum

  Northeast Central Durham is easily associated with the term “food desert.” Food deserts are typically found in low socioeconomic communities. Places classified as this have no options for healthy affordable food. Bountiful Backyards is an edible landscaping company in Durham, NC. They have planted over 1500 fruit trees and berry bushes over the Triangle […]

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Liberty Arts campaigns to plan Bull City Sculpture Show

By Naomi Marín-Rosario

Liberty Arts metal artist and board president Jackie MacLeod gets her inspiration from artwork all around Durham and that has led to a campaign that, if successful, will shower Durham with more large scuptures for about six months next year. “Picture all the cool things in Downtown Durham like the Lucky Strike Tower, Durham Central […]

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City has few options to deal with neglected homes

By Antwone Price

Northeast Central Durham contains a mix of housing: newer homes, historic homes, apartments and neglected homes. For homeowners or renters, living next to a neglected, vacant house causes challenges and the city is limited in what it can do to change this. Rick Hester, Assistant Director/Housing Code Administrator for Durham County says that neglected housing […]

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Fighting a drug and prison war without ammunition

By Sheila Rosier

He had a vision to help those that are in dire need to be saved from the streets, and from themselves. He had the determination to clean Durham up, one street at a time, starting with Angier Avenue. He had the drive to see to it that every man that walks through the doors of […]

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At 10th Harvest Dinner, SEEDS shows local gardening can help tie communities together

By Wendy Lu

October 3, 2013

Sorghum-glazed pork belly with micro-mustards. Black walnut sausage with caramelized onion confiture and sourdough toast. Candied fig and goat cheese ice cream. These dishes may sound like gourmet entrées from Food Network, but they can be found on the menus of restaurants right here in the Triangle. On Sept. 19, SEEDS hosted its 10th Annual […]

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Greene finds home at John Avery Boys and Girls Club

By Aaron Dodson

October 2, 2013

After sending in the play to the offense of the Durham Titans, coach Greg Greene, coordinator of the John Avery Boys and Girls Club football program paced nervously on the sideline before backing up all the way to the end of the coaching box. Despite having run the table in an undefeated regular season, Greene’s […]

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Genesis Home: Providing Hope for the Homeless

By Melissa Key

In May, Shameka Pickett and her two teenage sons could no longer afford housing at the Budget Inn. They were homeless. Five months later, the Picketts are transitioning out of Genesis Home, a temporary housing facility at 300 N. Queen St., and moving into a three-bedroom townhouse. Pickett recalled moving to Genesis Home, saying, “We […]

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