Archive for the ‘Neighbors’ Category

How to help the recent fire victims

Friday, December 16th, 2011

As you may have heard, a family living at Raleigh North apartments suffered a fire early Wednesday morning, sending two of the kids to the hospital for extreme smoke inhalation. The family lost all their possessions and are in need of assistance from the community.

Here are the sizes for the children and mom in case there’s anything you can donate. They will be staying with a family member for the time being but may also be looking for affordable housing in the area soon.

If you’re able to help in any way, please contact Michelle (michellegill1981 at hotmail dot com or 919-758-2000) as soon as possible.

Zadeek (18 mos, boy) 2T/3T clothing, shoe size 5W
Tizade (4 1/2, boy) 5T clothing, shoe size 7
Sonia (8, girl) 10/12 clothing, shoe size 7
Yadia (10, girl) 12/14 clothing, shoe size 9 1/2-10
Mom, L-XL 12/14 clothing, 14/16 pants, shoe size 11

Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

I highly recommend attending the Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange. It’s a great way to make our community stronger.

Find out more about the Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange here.

The Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange promises to be especially informative this year, with Wake Schools Superintendent Tony Tata to deliver the keynote speech. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat now for the Exchange, to be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at the McKimmon Center. The attachment contains all the details plus a registration form to print out and mail. If you prefer, you can register online at

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2011 Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange!

Raleigh Digital Connectors video

Monday, March 28th, 2011

The City of Raleigh put together a flashy YouTube video describing the Raleigh Digital Connectors program. You can watch the informative video (featuring Powell Elementary principal Chas Miller) here:

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.

Seeking nominees for Neighborhood Recognition Awards

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

The East CAC is now accepting nominations for the Neighborhood Recognition Awards. If you know a worthy individual, non-profit organization, institution, or group in our CAC who deserves to be recognized, please send your nominations to cac-leadership at We’ll take nominations at Monday’s meeting as well.

See below for more information. Thanks!

East CAC

Ann Monte: Neighbor of the Month for March 2009

Friday, March 27th, 2009

An interview with Ann Monte, our NEIGHBOR OF THE MONTH for March 2009.

What neighborhood do you live in?
Longview Gardens.

How long have you lived here?
I bought my home in 1995 after living in North Raleigh for a year and a half.

Do you have special interests or hobbies? 
I have perfected the art of puttering around the house and to that end enjoy working with stained and etched glass, gardening, tending to my chickens, working with my bees as well as biking, flat water kayaking, walking and library volunteering.

What attracted you to this neighborhood and what do you think is the best thing about living here? 
I found this neighborhood to have the charm of older homes with the added benefit of being situated on  nice sized lots, close to downtown, (within easy walking distance of grocery stores, a good library and public transit – Yes!)  Several of the homes in my area have had only two owners so there is still a connection with the people who this area was developed to serve.

Brenda Pulley update #3

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Saturday morning I took the last of the donations over to Brenda Pulley, recruiting my neighbor Marcus to assist. Her apartment looked much different from when I’d seen it before. Her son has provided her with living room furniture and another bed. Marcus and I put her bed together and moved in a dresser, chest of drawers, and recliner that Marcus donated. Brenda was most appreciative and seems to be getting settled nicely.

Brenda doesn’t seem to need much more at this point. She did say that a small table for the kitchen might be nice (2′ -3′ tall by 3′ long by 2′ deep would be ideal) so she would have a place to put her coffee pot and other kitchen supplies. She might use another, similar-sized table in the kitchen, too.

Brenda has used her donations wisely: she’s already paid her rent through May. She sounded quite happy to be returning to work again tomorrow after being off a month. Most of all, she was very appreciative of all that’s been done for her.

When I started collecting things for Brenda, I just wanted to help get her life back to normal as quickly as possible. While there is no replacing her lost husband, I feel like our efforts have gone a long way towards picking her back up. Thanks for all your help!

Brenda Pulley update #2

Friday, March 20th, 2009

As you may know, before Monday’s CAC meeting I delivered a van full of donations to Brenda Pulley. I’m pleased to say she had things for her place the moment she walked in.

Things she has: clothes/shoes, queen mattress/box springs, another bed (unknown size), kitchen table w/chairs, rocking chair, office chair, 19″ TV, microwave, coffee pot, dish rack, two cooking pots, dishes, some cleaning supplies, glasses, towels, sheets, and vacuum.

Things she’s been pledged: bed frame, dresser, chest of drawers, lamps, and night stand.

Things she could still use: welcome mats (2 inside, 2 outside), broom/dustpan, curtains, clock radio, oven mitts, salt and pepper shakers, frying pan, TV stand, and money. Maybe more clothes or coats, too.

I’ll be delivering more donations Saturday (and Sunday, if needed), so there’s still time to donate. If you’d like to offer anything contact me and I’ll coordinate getting it to Brenda. Thanks!

Update on Brenda Pulley

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

I spoke with Brenda Pulley again yesterday afternoon. She will be moving in to her new apartment on Monday and still needs various items. So far I’ve gotten clothes, shoes, vacuum, a rocking chair, an office chair, some dishes, and cash donations.

I also have pledges for these:
More clothes
Queen size mattress & box spring (no frame)
Older 19″ tv
Kitchen table with chairs
Rattan 2 seat couch
Crock pot
Stove pot
Upholstered chair

I will be visiting her on Monday to drop these off, after which I should have a better idea of what she still needs. Thanks for all of your generosity!

Donations needed for Brenda Pulley

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

As you may have heard, a neighbor of ours on Millbank Street died in a
house fire February 21st. Elvis Pulley died tragically when the kerosene
heater he was refueling exploded.

Now his widow, Brenda Pulley, has literally nothing left. Not only has
she lost her husband, she has no furniture, clothes, or household items
of any sort. She does not even have a roof over her head, as their home
was destroyed by the fire.

If you have any items you wish to donate, whether it be furniture,
clothing, appliances – whatever, contact me and I will see that it gets
to her. If items need to be picked up, that can be arranged, too. You
can also bring items to our March 16th CAC meeting if that is more
convenient for you.

Please, let’s all do what we can to help Brenda put her life back together.

Mark Turner
East CAC

P.S. I’m told Brenda wears a size six clothes and size 6 1/2 shoes.