New homeowners Caryn Braunstein and Emmanuel Rittner stand in front of their new home on 213 S. Driver St. Photo by: Preservation North Carolina

Project RED Offers New Homes, New Beginnings

It’s been two years since the launch of Project RED (Revitalize East Durham)and two homes have already been sold. Homes on Hart Street and South Driver Street now belong to first-time homeowners. “Owning my own home has given me a sense of accomplishment,” said Kenny Parella, one of the homeowners. “I believed, for most of my life, that I would… Read more →

Teacher Regina Diaz and student Mose Cannon read a book as Matthew Graves retrieves a basketball.

75 years of growth, and counting

The John Avery Boys and Girls Club will kick-off a week-long celebration Sept. 28 in recognition of its 75th anniversary. It all began on March 16, 1939,  when a Durham Juvenile Court judge urged the Durham Committee on Negro Affairs to address the issue of juvenile delinquency. Two months later, a Boys Club was formed which (after 47 years, a… Read more →

Coach Wynn demonstrates movement for the team.

Hillside High School Dancers prep for new season

Band season is in full swing for many high schools and colleges nationwide, and one Durham band is particularly anxious for the upcoming season. The Hillside High School Marching Band Dancers (“Sparkle”) are ready for the Friday night lights. Students practice about three to four times a week. There’s stand practice where the ladies perform in the bleachers as the… Read more →

Haitham Afifi works behind the counter of his restaurant.

Restaurant remains culinary hotspot in NECD

Known for its southern cooking, Go Fish and Chicken is a neighborhood favorite in Northeast Central Durham. Last year the restaurant was highlighted in The Voice as one of the best eateries in Durham to dine in. Is it still a one of tastiest places to eat? “I love eating here,” said Jarrel Turrentine, who was dining in the restaurant…. Read more →

A community block party for Northeast Central Durham drew a crowd to North Driver Street for food, fun and activities. Photo by Adrienne Stephens.

Block party unites Northeast Central Durham

  Hundreds of people gathered Sept. 6 in Northeast Central Durham to support each other and shed a positive light on the community. What better way to do so than with a block party? The block party focused on children, engaging them in different activities such as Zumba, face painting, and bike riding. They also took turns jumping around in… Read more →

New organization of local activists forms after national moment of silence for Ferguson

New organization of local activists forms after national moment of silence for Ferguson

About 300 people gathered in front of the old downtown courthouse on Aug. 14. They were assembling for the National Moment of Silence—commemorating the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, who was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer five days earlier. It was a solemn meeting, where organizers and attendees spoke about police treatment in Ferguson and the effects of… Read more →

Time to worry about voter IDs? Opinions differ

Time to worry about voter IDs? Opinions differ

 While NC Board of Elections says “Nay,” NAACP says “Yay” You don’t need an ID to vote in the 2014 election, but the State Board of Elections has begun offering free voter IDs in preparation for laws taking effect in 2016. House Bill 589 will require all North Carolina voters to show picture identification to vote beginning in 2016. “We don’t… Read more →

Global Scholars Academy Gives Back

Global Scholars Academy Gives Back

In August the Global Scholars Academy had a field trip with select student to Chapel Hill to participate in the first UNC Orientation Team/Bike Building Workshop. Grades three through seven were given the opportunity to write an essay titled “Exploring the World on My New Bike”, and 30 Students – 15 boys and 15 girls – were then selected. The… Read more →