Archive for June, 2010

Discussion on school board tonight

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker wants to hear from community leaders about important policy decisions the Wake County Board of Education is making. Before meeting with the Mayor, let’s talk!

We need to discuss…
* What are community members thinking, feeling, and wanting?
* What should be our strategy for the meeting with the Mayor and is there a unified message we want to convey?

Everyone is invited!

Wednesday, June 30th
7 PM – 9 PM
Revelation Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall
805 E. Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Free pizza, drinks, and childcare will be provided.

See original flyer here

Capital Boulevard Workshop video online

Friday, June 25th, 2010

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to participate in last evening’s Capital Boulevard Corridor Workshop at Bobby Murray Chevrolet, the meeting video is available online.

There is a period of time from about 0:30 until 1:20 where participants were working. At 1:20, they discuss their findings. You might want to watch the initial presentation and then skip over to 1:20 to hear the results.

Thanks to everyone who participated. It was an overwhelming response!

Raleigh mayor seeks experts, leaders to analyze school board – Education –

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The East CAC is in the news again as Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker seeks experts to challenge the Wake County School Board’s proposed school assignments.

With an eye toward a potential lawsuit, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker is recruiting Raleigh community leaders and legal experts to scrutinize how students get assigned to schools now that the Wake County school board has eliminated assignments based on socioeconomic diversity.

Meeker, who is married to Wake school board member Anne McLaurin, said legal action could follow, if it appears that the school board’s yet-to-be-released student assignment plan violates the state constitutional rights to a sound education.

“As mayor, this is very disconcerting,” Meeker said. “It’s already hurt Wake County’s reputation.”

Meeker told members of the East Raleigh Citizens Advisory Committee on Monday that he’s trying to enlist experts to see if the school board’s new student assignment plan violates state constitutional law. The new board hopes to approve by the end of next year a new plan that would divide Wake into different zones with students going to schools in their community.

via Raleigh mayor seeks experts, leaders to analyze school board – Education –

Do you know your CAC? | WakeMed Voices

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

WakeMed visited Monday’s East CAC meeting and came away impressed. WakeMed is Wake County’s largest private employer and is located in East Raleigh.

Yesterday evening, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the East Community Advisory Council (CAC) meeting at Lions Park Community Center off Dennis Drive in Raleigh. At WakeMed, we are more committed than ever to being involved with the communities we serve and want to understand community issues from citizens’ perspectives so we can be even better neighbors. This commitment led me to the East CAC meeting to represent our WakeMed Raleigh Campus, which is located in the district.

One thing that Ms. Monackey didn’t mention is that Raleigh’s CACs are chaired and organized solely by community volunteers.

via Do you know your CAC? | WakeMed Voices.

City Council declares Club Envy a nuisance

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Raleigh’s City Council declared Monday that Club Envy (formerly Black Tie) is a public nuisance and should be closed.

City council deems East Raleigh nightclub a nuisance
By Sarah Ovaska – Staff writer

RALEIGH City leaders took aim at a troubled East Raleigh nightclub Monday by moving forward with plans to have Club Envy declared a public nuisance and permanently shuttered.

Raleigh’s city council voted to have its attorney file a public nuisance lawsuit against the club, which previously operated as Black Tie Nightclub in its location across New Bern Avenue from WakeMed Raleigh Campus. The lawsuit should be filed later this week, said Thomas McCormick, Raleigh’s city attorney.

Read more here.

Wake County Animal Center website

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The Wake County Animal Center has a new website where you can view a gallery of pets up for adoption, search for a lost pet, or report a lost pet. Check it out here.

Capital Boulevard Study mentioned in N&O

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Ray Martin of the News and Observer mentioned the upcoming Capital Boulevard Corridor study in yesterday’s Midtown Raleigh News.

Want to help spruce up Capital Boulevard?

If so, the city wants to hear from you at a workshop scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 24.

It’s the official kick-off for a wide-ranging study on how to transform the Capital Boulevard corridor between downtown and the Beltline into an attractive gateway to the Capital City.

Changes are likely to include street improvements, new businesses, upgrades of impaired Pigeon House Creek and additional housing.

If you plan to attend this important meeting next week (and as an East Raleigh resident you should!), please be sure to preregister with the city planning department so they will know how many to expect.

More information about the study (and the registration link) can be found here:

Draft minutes from May 2010 East CAC meeting

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

East CAC Meeting Minutes
May 2010
Submitted by Secretary Sue Sturgis

Chairman Mark Turner called the meeting of the Raleigh East CAC to order shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday, May 17 at Lions Park Community Center. There were about 28 people in attendance. The meeting was streamed on the Internet. The April minutes were approved.

In good news from the community, Mark reported that he took part in a meeting with the management of Raleigh North and the Food Lion shopping center to discuss organizing a neighborhood festival for mid-August.

The East and Mordecai CACs are planning a cleanup of the Cemetery Branch Creek along Brookside Avenue for Saturday, June 5. Everyone’s invited to take part.

East CAC meets Monday, June 21st

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The East CAC will meet on Monday, June 21st at 7 PM at Lions Park Community Center, 516 Dennis Avenue.

This month, our special guest is Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, who will be discussing his vision for East Raleigh in light of the New Bern Avenue and Capital Boulevard studies now taking place. We’ll also hear from our new Raleigh Police Southeast District commander Captain Andy Lull. And we’ll also have representatives from the city’s Inspections department present to answer questions.

As usual, this meeting will be streamed on the Internet for those who cannot make it in person. Watch this space for details.

It should be an informative meeting. Please invite your friends and I hope to see you next Monday, the 21st!

Lions Park playground grand opening

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The grand opening for the Lions Park Playground will take place Monday, June 14th at 1 PM.

The City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department invites you to the Celebration of Lions Park Playground. Please join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 1 PM.

Lions Park
516 Dennis Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27604.

See the flyer here.