Archive for May, 2011

May 2011 East CAC audio

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The audio from last night’s East CAC meeting has been posted. You may listen to it here:
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Draft minutes from April 2011 East CAC meeting

Monday, May 16th, 2011

East CAC Meeting Minutes
April 2011
Submitted by Secretary Sue Sturgis

Raleigh’s East Citizens Advisory Council held its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 19, 2011 at the Lions Park Community Center. About 30 people were there, with about a half-dozen attending for the first time. Chairman Mark Turner recorded the meeting, with video available at The March 2011 minutes were approved without changes.

Mark noted that the community was dealing with the aftermath of the April 16 tornado that caused significant destruction in the ECAC area behind the Food Lion shopping center on Raleigh Boulevard, hitting especially hard in the Lockwood neighborhood that encompasses North King Charles, Marlborough, Millbank, Euston and Brighton.

SUCCESS REPORTS: Mark reported driving down Milburnie Road today and seeing that a lot of fallen trees have already been cleaned up. It’s clear that crews have been working hard.

Charlene Willard, Raleigh Community Services Department’s liaison to the ECAC, reported that her department would coordinate a volunteer relief effort to help with storm cleanup once Parks & Recreation finished assessing conditions. There’s an online volunteer signup available at; within a few hours of the site’s launch, 275 people had registered to help.

In other good news from the ECAC, Mark was invited to talk about his work as a blogger to participants in Raleigh Digital Connectors. A partnership between the city and One Economy, a global nonprofit that works to bring technology to underserved communities, the Digital Connectors program offers technology training for youth from diverse backgrounds between the ages of 14 through 21.

East CAC meets Monday

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The East CAC will hold its May 2011 meeting on Monday, May 16th at 7 PM at Lions Park Community Center, 516 Dennis Avenue.

Raleigh was just named most sustainable mid-size city by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We’ll have John Burns and Benson Kirkman, members of Raleigh’s Environmental Advisory Board, here to discuss Raleigh’s sustainability efforts.

We’ll also set some time aside at our meeting to discuss last month’s
devastating tornado and how it affected our neighborhoods. Share your stories about where you were, how you were affected, and how you are faring now. We’ll have a group of N.C. architects, including some with expertise in post-disaster recovery, present to discuss the aftermath of last month’s tornado. They will be available to listen to residents’ concerns and offer advice on issues including working with contractors, tapping into available resources, and community preservation.

As usual, our meeting will be streamed online at

Below is our full agenda. See you there!

Belvidere Park aerial photo from 1957

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Belvidere Park in 1957

Belvidere Park neighbor Joe Valles obtained an aerial photograph of the Belvidere Park neighborhood from Bill Clark, the owner of the car wash on Dennis Avenue. The picture was taken by Tom Oglesby from his plane in 1957. A long-time resident of Mordecai, Tom passed away last year.