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Side street goes one-way

Public works crews have installed one-way street signs for an unusual reason: cutting down on crime.

The Raleigh City Council recently approved the change for a one-block section of North Carver Street, just north of New Bern Avenue. The new signs – along with barricades blocking the left-turn lane from New Bern – went up last week.

Police suggested the change to southbound-only traffic after noticing a high level of crime in the area. The one-way configuration restricts access to the surrounding neighborhood from New Bern Avenue and a cluster of convenience stores.

“Converting to a one-way would provide RPD with a much more effective control of the crime along this block,” a memo to the council said. “Traffic engineering staff reviewed the request and determined that it would be feasible without any serious effects on the motoring public.”

Carver Street will remain a two-way road north of Boyer Street. Staff writer Colin Campbell

National Pawn will donate instruments to schools

National Pawn owner Bob Moulton is donating more than 100 instruments to the Wake County Public School System’s middle school band programs to help budding musicians. In addition, National Pawn will present a check for $2,000 to the school district to offset future repair and maintenance costs for their instruments.

In 2011 National Pawn began the tradition to gather new and gently used instruments and donate them to middle school band programs. A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday during a district-wide meeting of arts educators at Enloe High School. Band directors and school officials will be on hand to accept the gift.

“I am a proud former ‘band geek’ who knows first-hand what it is like to want to learn how to play, but not have an instrument,” Moulton said. “My parents could not afford to buy or rent me a new instrument, so my first instrument was a beat-up cornet purchased at a yard sale for $15. It was barely adequate to say the least. A year later I was able to purchase a better one at a pawn store in Durham. I want to help as many students as I can to realize their dreams of becoming musicians.”

This is the third annual donation of instruments to all three Triangle school districts from Moulton. Last year he donated a total of more than 400 instruments and $6,000 to the districts. In addition to the Triangle, last year the program was expanded to include the New Hanover County Schools. Staff reports

Forbes ranks Raleigh

Forbes acknowledged its abiding admiration of Raleigh in presenting its 15th annual list of the Best Places for Business and Careers. Referring to Raleigh as a perennial top finisher, Forbes placed the Capital City in third place, touting its educated residents due to the proximity of Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. State University.

“People continue to flock to Raleigh, which had the second highest rate of net migration of any metro area over the past five years,” the article said.

Des Moines, Iowa, was first in the listing based on its combination of low business costs and educated work force. Provo, Utah, was second because of its strong economy. Its metro area had the country’s top job growth of 5 percent.

North Carolina placed three cities in the listing’s upper echelon. Durham was ranked 10th and Charlotte 19th. Staff reports

Raleigh Police Foundation will hold memorial ride

The public is invited to participate in the 4th annual Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation’s Five-O 50K and 100K Memorial Bicycle Rides on Saturday, Aug. 24, starting at Trek Raleigh at 10911 Raven Ridge Road.

Both courses will lead participants over beautiful open roads in North Raleigh. Rest stops and support vehicles will be stationed along the route. Last year’s event attracted more than 400 riders. This year’s goal is to involve more than 600 cyclists.

For on-line registration go to SportOften.com or www.RPDmemorial.org. Advance registration is $35 per cyclist, or $40 the day of the ride. The registration fees are tax deductible. Proceeds will benefit the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation’s efforts in designing, creating and building a memorial to honor Raleigh police officers who have died in the line of duty.

Registration and gift pickup for the 100K bicycle ride will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 24, with the start at 8 a.m. Registration and gift pickup for the 50K ride will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the start at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the rides.

For more information, contact Dennis Lane Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation at 919-369-7491 or email dennis@rpdmemorial.org.