Hillsborough Street businesses want closing delayed
RALEIGH Hillsborough Street businesses are asking developer John Kane to delay a planned two-week street closing.
Business owners have scheduled meetings with Kane and city officials this week to discuss the closure, which is needed to move utility lines for Kane’s Stanhope Center apartment development.
Kane scheduled the closure from Dec. 19 to Jan. 5 to coincide with N.C. State’s winter break and minimize traffic woes. But for shops hoping to lure last-minute Christmas shoppers, the timing is a tough pill to swallow.
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“Christmas Eve is perennially one of our strongest sales days, and the surrounding week is very brisk as well,” Brian Shaw, owner of Nice Price Books, wrote to city council members. “Even moving the closure back one week, to Dec. 26, would make a tremendous difference in business.”
With construction happening round-the-clock, it’s unlikely the work can be compressed into one week. A delay would keep the road closed as students return, with spring semester classes starting on Jan. 6.
Kane says he wants to help the affected businesses, which also include Cup A Joe, Guru Guitars, Reader’s Corner and College Beverage. “We look forward to working through this with you and will make every effort within our control to minimize the impact on your business and the other merchants in the area,” Kane told the businesses in an email.
Businesses are also upset that they weren’t informed of the plans before the Raleigh City Council voted on the closure earlier this month; many learned of the closure in the newspaper the day of the vote.
Councilman Russ Stephenson wrote in an email to city staff that the lack of notice was troubling, though Stephenson joined the rest of the council in approving the closure without any discussion.
“For businesses that depend on non-student holiday sales, the timing of this closing couldn’t be worse,” he said. “Based on the news report, affected businesses were not consulted before the closing decision was made.”
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Roper joins White House tech team
RALEIGH City Hall’s chief information officer was recently tapped by the Obama administration to help fix Detroit.
Gail Roper is among five city government technology experts from around the country on the two-day visit to Detroit. The White House has charged the group with providing recommendations about how the beleaguered Motor City can use technology to help boost the economy, stimulate innovation, streamline government processes and cut costs.
Roper’s counterparts for the visit hail from Boston, Chicago, New Orleans and Louisville, Ky.
“It is an honor to be included on this team,” Roper said in a news release. “Municipal leaders have a long history of collaboration and sharing lessons learned.”
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Operation Christmas Child accepts donations
RALEIGH This holiday season, Triangle residents are joining millions of people across the U.S. and around the world to fill empty shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for 9.8 million impoverished children.
During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25, 25 collection sites in the Triangle area, including three new drop-off locations, will receive the packed boxes. The shoebox gifts are then processed, prepared and delivered to children in more than 100 countries.
This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes that Triangle residents will contribute 80,000 gifts to the global collection goal of 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 100 million shoebox gifts and delivered them to needy children.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, or to find the nearest drop-off site, call 704-583-1463 or visit samaritanspurse.org.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.
Using special tracking technology, participants can also “follow” their shoebox and discover the country where their gift will be delivered to a child in need. To register a shoebox gift, use the donation form online. During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, the drop-off collection center in Raleigh is Trinity Baptist Church, 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Operating hours are noon-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.
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Two schools receive garden grants
RALEIGH Moe’s Southwest Grill and the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education recently awarded two Triangle elementary schools, Brentwood Elementary and Willow Springs Elementary, $500 grants to create or expand on-site gardening programs as part of the Moe’s and Poe Garden Project. Moe’s President Paul Damico joined Poe Center Executive Director Ann Rollins and Brentwood Elementary schoolchildren last Wednesday to break ground on its new garden.
Damico also announced that Moe’s Triangle stores will continue their support of the popular garden grant program for a second year, kicking off in early 2014.
Gardens introduce children to planting, watering and harvesting to create a lifelong love of where food comes from, which then helps children make smarter choices about the food they eat. The garden grants will enable these schools to teach children the seed-to-plate process with hands-on interaction.
The Moe’s and Poe Garden Project invited the Triangle community to nominate any local elementary school to receive one of the two grants over the summer. Following the public submission period, which ended Aug. 31, Poe Center staff selected 10 finalist schools (five without an existing garden, five with a garden to improve). The finalists were revealed on the Moe’s Triangle Facebook page, and a public vote determined the two winners.
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Repair project delayed on Lead Mine Road
RALEIGH The start of a pipe replacement project that will close through traffic on Lead Mine Road between Lynn Road and Millbrook Road in North Raleigh has been delayed until this week.
By starting the project on Monday, Nov. 18, crews will have more time to work around utility lines that are buried near the stormwater drainage pipe being replaced between Tilden Park Drive and Ashley Ridge Drive. The revised schedule has the road reopening by Friday, Nov. 22.
A signed detour will be in place. Northbound drivers will turn left on Millbrook Road, then right on Creedmoor Road and right onto Lynn Road to get back to Lead Mine Road. Motorists going southbound on Lead Mine Road will turn right on Lynn Road, left on Creedmoor Road and left on Millbrook Road to get around the closure.
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Athens Drive Principal to retire
RALEIGH Athens Drive High School Principal William Crockett announced earlier this month that he will retire at the end of 2013.
Wake schools are gathering input through a series of meetings with parents, teachers and students about the kind of principal they would like to see replace Crockett. A meeting for parents and community members will be held Monday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria at 1420 Athens Drive.
The information officials collect will be used to develop a profile that will be used during the applicant screening and interview process, Wake Central Area Superintendent Rose Anne Gonzalez said in a letter to parents.
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