Swap-O-Rama-Rama highlights Scrap Exchange year of growth

Swap-O-Rama-Rama highlights Scrap Exchange year of growth

A long, red scrap of cloth and an old mirror wrapped in lights comprised the red-carpet centerpiece for an event Saturday, Feb. 15, that exemplified the Durham Scrap Exchange’s mission of creative reuse — the Swap-O-Rama-Rama. In return for a suggested donation of $10 and their own bag of old clothes, participants could peruse rows of clothing and shoes, then… Read more →

Health Culp and Tracy Olsen work quickly to check out the longest ever line of customers in TROSA’s new thrift store.  “It’s been busy,” Culp said. “A lot of nice customers, a lot of support.”

TROSA thrift store moves, bringing bigger profits

An investment in a larger space for the Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA) thrift store  may mean double the revenue toward the organization’s bottom line, said Jeff Stern, TROSA’s director of special projects. That means more opportunities for folks like Sissy Hosay to learn a new trade and start a new life at no cost. Hosay works in… Read more →

TROSA resident Genna Vega (left) prepares to strike a ball held up by Duke volleyball player Alyse Whitaker. Vega, a TROSA resident whose niece played volleyball at Duke, participated in the Duke volleyball clinic on Jan. 31, 2014.

Duke volleyball makes recovery a team sport

Jolene Nagel stood by the net, dressed in a royal blue Duke jacket and holding a whistle in her hand. As Friday’s late afternoon light filtered through the gym windows, Nagel, Duke’s volleyball coach, peered at the attentive faces surrounding her. This was a different crowd, yet a familiar one. “What we’re going to try to do is go through… Read more →

Carmen O’Neal poses with Lilly’s newest artwork.

A slice of uniqueness in downtown Durham

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 lot of places including schools,… 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 →