The Pirates of Penzance

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The Durham Savoyards are having their 50th anniversary performances of The Pirates of Penzance coming up March 14-17, and 22-24 at the Carolina Theater. UNCtv did a short special on the performance.

Watch The Durham Savoyards on PBS. See more from NC Weekend.

American Tobacco Trail to Begin Construction June 11

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I just got an email I’ve been waiting to receive for years. Here’s what it says…

The long-awaited construction of the American Tobacco Trail from NC 54 to the Chatham County line will begin construction on June 11, 2012.  The contractor, Blythe Construction, will have 395 days to complete the entire project.  The section from Renaissance Parkway to the Chatham County line will be completed in early March of 2013.

More information on this project can be found on the project web page at:

Byron E. Brady, PE, CPESC
Contract Management Supervisor
City of Durham Public Works Department
(919) 560-4326 Ext. 30296

Durham Hosts Meetings about American Tobacco Trail and Bridge Project

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Office of Public Affairs
DURHAM, NC 27701
News Release
For Details, Contact:
Amy Blalock
Sr. Public Affairs Specialist
(919) 560-4123 x 11253
(919) 475-7735 (cell)
For Immediate Release: April 26, 2012

Durham Hosts Meetings about American Tobacco Trail and Bridge Project

Portion of American Tobacco Trail to Close for Approximately 13 Months

DURHAM, N.C. — Durham residents interested in how the upgrades and construction on the AmericanTobacco Trail and Bridge from N.C. Highway 54 to the Chatham County line will alter their exercise, recreation, and travel should plan to attend one of the three public information meetings scheduled in May 2012.
The City of Durham Public Works Department is hosting public information meetings to discuss the project timelines and answer questions that residents may have about the project. Three community meetings are scheduled as follows:
Monday, May 14, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
8306 N.C. Highway 751, Durham
Tuesday, May 15, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Triangle Presbyterian Church Gymnasium
5001 Tudor Place, Durham
Thursday, May 17, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Durham City Hall, Second Floor Committee Room
101 City Hall Plaza, Durham
The project, which will begin June 2012 and end July 2013, includes paving a 10 foot-wide asphalt path on 2.8 miles of existing trail; installing 1.4 miles of new trail, and installing a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Interstate 40. During this improvement project, the trail will be closed from N.C. Highway 54 southward to the Chatham County line. In addition, trail parking on Fayetteville Road near New Hope Church will be closed for the duration of the project. These closings are for public safety while the City contractors work on the trail.
For information about the American Tobacco Trail and Bridge project, visit or contact Ed Venable, civil engineer with the City’s Public Works Department, by email at or at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30223.
A person with a disability may receive an auxiliary aid or service to effectively participate in this meeting by contacting the ADA Coordinator at (919) 560-4197, by TTY at (919) 560-1200, or, as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the meeting date.
About the Public Works Department
The City of Durham Public Works Department provides a wide range of services, including street maintenance, engineering design, de velopment review, and stormwater quality and infrastructure maintenance. The department also oversees street resurfacing and sidewalk projects. The department plans and executes the City’s winter weather and natural disaster plans. Public Works serves as a steward of the City’s physical assets and ensures that residents live in a safe, secure and thriving community. For more information about the Public Works Department, visit the City’s websiteat

Peaceful Schools

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My son’s elementary school, Central Park School for Children started a program three years ago called Peaceful Schools that tackles bullying from a holistic perspective. My son’s teacher recently went on ABC 11 to talk about the program:

From a parent perspective, I really like the program. We haven’t had any problems at all with bullying at my son’s school and this program is a big reason for that. Right now it’s only at Central Park School and the Carolina Friends school, but it looks like they are looking to expand the program soon. I, for one, would be all for it.

A Food Town

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Living in Durham the past 12 years my wife and I have seen the appearance of a bunch of new, trendy restaurants. We’ve remarked to each other on numerous occasions how Durham has become somewhat of a food town. Well, it seems that we’re not the only ones that recognized that. The New York Times yesterday came out with an article titled “Durham, a Tobacco Town, Turns to Local Food“. It’s a good article, and along with the accompanying slide show, gives a very good overview of the local food scene in Durham. I highly recommend reading it. My only complaint is that they didn’t mention probably our favorite restaurant in downtown Durham: Toast. But, still, I’m very glad we’re being recognized nationally for something other than tobacco.

H1N1 Clinics Held at Local Schools this Saturday

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The Durham County Health Department will be holding 3 H1N1 Vaccination Walk-in Clinics at local schools this Saturday, January 9 from 10am to 3pm.  The schools are Hillside High School, Riverside High, and Neal Middle School. More information can be found at

If you haven’t already gotten an H1N1 vaccination this is a good opportunity to get one. My wife & I managed to get one at our local pharmacy (Triangle Pharmacy on Hwy 54) a few weeks back and it literally took us more time to fill out the forms than to get the shot.

I would highly recommend getting a shot. My son’s violin teacher has already had H1N1 as well as one of my son’s schoolmate. Getting the vaccine will definitely help your chances of avoiding the virus.

Durham Symphony’s 2009-2010 Young Artists Competition

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The Durham Symphony will be holding their annual Young Artists Competition at the Durham Arts Council on December 12, 2009.  Applications are due by November 27, 2009.  This competition allows classical musicians ages 13-21 to compete to play solo with the Durham Symphony in their 2010 spring concert.  This will be the Durham Symphony’s first Young Artists concert with their new conductor William Henry Curry.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in this competition, please send them over to the Durham Symphony website for full details.

Mikado Sing-Through

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The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. presents

Gilbert & Sullivan’s


and invites you to join in a public


at the Durham Arts Council building

120 Morris Street, Durham NC 27701

Sunday, November 1, 2009

2pm to 5pm

Scores will be available for loan or sale ($25).



2010 Performances: March 18, 19, 20, 21
at the Carolina Theatre
309 West Morgan Street, Durham NC 27701

January 2010 at the DAC
by appointment
Sunday, January 3 from 1pm to 6pm
Monday, January 4 from 7:30pm to 9:15pm
Callbacks: Tuesday, January 5 at 7:30pm

To schedule an audition or receive more information, contact
or 919-491-2364

Audition guidelines, preferred selections, and complete show and ticket information are available at

Give Back Night at Chili’s for the Durham Symphony

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The Durham Symphony‘s fall season will soon be starting up but they are already doing fundraising.  Last week they held a fundraiser at the Nasher Museum.  Tonight, however, the Chili’s restaurant at Garret and 15-501 will give 10% of your order total to the Durham Symphony if you eat there and present this flyer:

This is the Chili’s restaurant at 4600 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd in Durham.

So, if you don’t already have dinner plans this evening, please print out the flyer, take it with you and have dinner at Chili’s.  I’m sure the Durham Symphony would appreciate it.

Verizon leaving Durham

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Durham, unfortuantely, has been somewhat at a disadvantage to the rest of the Triangle area with respect to DSL service. Verizon’s DSL service has always been fairly bad. Friends of mine that have worked at ISPs in the area have been universal in their dislike of Verizon’s DSL service.  Other areas of the triangle have been getting some competition to Time Warner Cable’s internet with the rollout of AT&T’s UVerse service which provides internet and cable over fiber optic lines.  I had hoped that Durham would get Verizon’s equivalent FiOS which is also a fiber to the home service.  However, it looks like Verizon has decided to pull the plug and sell all its customers in NC (and other states) to Frontier Communications. Whether this is good or bad for Durham remains to be seen, however a similar divestment in the north east has not gone very well. So, we’ll have to see how things go. I wish we could get something similar to Wilson’s Greenlight here in Durham as I think it would really differentiate us and encourage more people to consider moving to Durham, but I don’t hold out any hope that our elected leaders can be that forward thinking.

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