Anna Starnes


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Nicoll Villatoro holding a picture of her father, Johnny Danilo Villatoro, as Marcia Owen of the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham speaks to her sister, Greyci Villatoro.

Coalition helps those left behind

The Villatoro living room presents a typical family gathering with kids and adults laughing with one another while lounging on plush, comfy couches. The animated discussions are undercut, however, by solemn reminiscing about a missing family member. Brother to some in the room and a father to others, Johnny Danilo Villatoro was murdered in December. Villatoro, 35, was shot and… Read more →

Tom Higgins, energy education director displays a visual aid used in Clean Energy Durham’s Pete Street workshops. The board demonstrates how air escapes a home and how residents can stop these leaks to save energy and money.

Staff photo by Anna Starnes

Pete Street program helps residents cut energy costs

Clean Energy Durham, a nonprofit organization focused on cutting energy usage and costs in neighborhoods throughout North Carolina, is working to promote energy efficiency through interactive workshops. Last year, employees produced a teaching program called Pete Street, which the organization sells to different communities in the state. So far, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wilson and Siler City are all licensed to… Read more →