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Commentary: Durham and Carrboro: Two hearts, two towns, are better than one

Commentary: Durham and Carrboro: Two hearts, two towns, are better than one

A story of greater consciousness, of a longer social antenna, begins, rather morbidly, with an entombed pharaoh. The credit for this haphazard beginning lies with Gwendolyn Payne, a 16-year-old junior at Durham’s Hillside High School. She interns at The Durham VOICE on behalf of Partners for Youth Opportunity, a nonprofit mentorship program that extends academic support and professional training to… Read more →

TROSA's lots offer Christmas trees for a cause

TROSA’s lots offer Christmas trees for a cause

Years of success for Holidays by TROSA have encouraged the Durham nonprofit to expand this year’s offering of holiday trees, as this year a ninth location has been added at 3500 N Roxboro St. TROSA—Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, Inc.—is a two-year residential substance abuse recovery program that offers vocational training for its 505 residents as a component of… Read more →

Kidznotes: Growing bigger and brighter in Durham

Kidznotes: Growing bigger and brighter in Durham

“Hands Up! Instruments Up!” Instructor Omar Ruiz-Lopez says to the group of young musicians. The section of Kidznotes waits expectantly for Ruiz-Lopez to raise his hands before raising their violins and playing the first note of the song of the day: “Fiddles on Fire.” Kidznotes, a free orchestral community program for children K-8 grade, is still growing, as students and… Read more →

Fayetteville Elementary makes sure no child is left behind

Fayetteville Elementary makes sure no child is left behind

With winter right around the corner, Fayetteville Elementary School hopes to help every student in need. “We try to make sure no student is forgotten and has food, warm clothing, and any other school materials they need,” said Charlotte Wilson, the school’s assistant principal. The school has a long list of charities that donate clothes, school supplies and non-perishable food…. Read more →

Making every day Thanksgiving Day

Making every day Thanksgiving Day

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? Most people think of turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and other popular fixings. Food is one of the highlights of Thanksgiving, but some people have become so caught up in what is on their plates that they have forgotten what the holiday is about…. Read more →

Leaning into archeology

Leaning into archeology

I am Gwendolynn Payne, and I am 16-years-old and a junior at Hillside High School. I enjoy history and science classes over any other classes I have. I gained an interest in archaeology during my freshman year while taking a World History class. We had to do an end of the year project on a topic of our choice, as… Read more →

Phoenix Fest celebrates art, music, food, community

Phoenix Fest celebrates art, music, food, community

The annual Phoenix Fest took place Saturday, Oct. 4, on Fayetteville Street just outside of the Phoenix Square Shopping Center. The festival is a yearly event that allows people to network and socialize. “This goes on every year,” said Michelle Jackson, a vendor at the festival. “I own a business in the complex; I try and register every year.” The… Read more →

Positivity rules the day: the community comes together to solve homelessness in Durham

Positivity rules the day: the community comes together to solve homelessness in Durham

Durham’s seventh annual Project Homeless Connect linked people experiencing homelessness, or those experiencing lower incomes to “the care they need to move forward.” The event brought out hundreds of guests and volunteers to Durham Bulls Athletic Park Friday, Oct. 10, all determined to end homelessness in the rapidly growing city. Organizers want to make it possible for people to do in one… Read more →