January 2018 PAC 2 Meeting Notes

January 8, 2018
Minutes of Meeting
DPS Training Facility
2107 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705

Partners Against Crime – District 2 – January 2018 Meeting Notes

The January 2018 PAC 2 meeting was held Monday, January 8th from 6:00-8:00 p.m., in the cafeteria at the DPS Training Facility, 2107 Hillandale Rd (corner of Hillandale & Carver).  Facilitators were Ginger Blubaugh and Zion Tankard.

6:00-6:10 p.m.
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. Zion welcomed everyone and addressed housekeeping needs, first time guess and birthdays (in which there were none), and gave an overview of the meeting format and short history of PAC2 explaining its almost 25 years of existence in an effort to bring neighborhoods together and reduce crime.  She stated the purpose behind PAC2 has changed over time “where it’s not just focused on crime, but how to bring about healthy communities which takes a partnership effort.”

Zion informed the guest that the 1st part of the meeting will consist of speakers from various departments followed by a special guest (group) speaker.

6:10-6:20 p.m.
Speaker – Wanda Boone, Founder, with T.R.Y., an acronym for “Together for Resilient Youth” shared a very riveting 3 minute video about “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs) followed by a thorough history of and preventative measures addressed by ACEs.  The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) is a research study that has demonstrated an association of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) with health and social problems as an adult.

TRY’s plan is to get to “Plan Zero.” Its focus is to eradicate some of these ACES on children from the age zero and before their 18 birthday.  ACEs include 10 types of childhood trauma such as:

Physical abuse
Sexual abuse
Emotional abuse
Physical neglect
Emotional neglect
Mother treated violently
Household substance abuse
Household mental illness
Parental separation or divorce
Incarcerated household member

Dr. Boone emphasizes that “if a child experiences 4 or more of these ACEs, that’s when you run into difficulty.” She said “the number one key to overcoming ACEs is being connected to someone that you know cares about you.”

According to TRY’s website, their mission: “prevents substance abuse among youth and overtime adults by reducing community risk factors through advocacy, education, mobilization and action.”

TRY’s mailing address is: SUNRISE, 1201 N. Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701,
Website: http://www.durhamtry.org/pages.asp?pageid=101430 
Founders: Earl and Wanda Boone
Email:  wanda.durhamtry@gmail.com

6:20-6:30 p.m.
Zion introduced Annette “Netty” Chandler as a candidate for the PAC2 Secretary position.  Netty gave a brief overview of her background prior to a vote on the position.

Ginger Blubaugh provided kudos to co-facilitator Zion Tankard.

Voting continued and Netty was unanimously confirmed as the PAC2 Secretary.

6:30-7:00 p.m.
Zion passed off the Department Presentations/Citizen Concerns to Ginger Blubaugh.

Ginger encouraged people to: make sure they sign-in; peruse  literature provided by former and current presenters/speakers; newsletters by the Neighborhood Improvement Services (NIS); familiarize themselves with the agenda and the City of Durham website, and; note that February’s coffee with Council has been replaced by three (3) community conversations.  The community conversations are as follows: 1) Public Safety, 2) Education and Jobs, and 3) Housing Transit and Health.  Three (3) different dates, times and venues are set for each and county commissioners may be in attendance at these gatherings.

Ginger introduced the following speakers:

Durham Police Department – Lieutenant Bishop, spokeswoman, states robberies are down and to be aware of your surroundings; assaults went up a little bit, and a suspect was identified with regard to the incident at Main and Hicks.  Lieut. Bishop addressed the incident at Northgate Mall and states that a press release was provided with regard to such. Recent crimes involving the Offer Up app are on the rise and being investigated. Lieut. Bishop advises people to make sure they are in a populated area. Also, be aware that iPhones are being delivered in empty boxes.

Durham Parks and Recreation – Colleen Fear and Elaine Van Hoose spoke about the 3rd Annual Fitness Explosion where talented instructors lead you through exercise and workout routines.

The event will be held:
Friday, January 12 @ I. R. Holmes, Sr. Recreation Center at Campus Hills
(2000 S. Alston Avenue) from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Visit their website at: http://durhamnc.gov/3005/DPR-Fit-Fun-Week

Literature was made available for the following events as well:

Martin Luther King Jr.: Remembering the Legacy through the Arts – Saturday, January 13 from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. @ W.D. Hill Recreation Center – 1308 Fayetteville St. – Volunteers may call 919-560-4292, ext. 27372

DPR Fit & Fun Week at:

Edison Johnson Recreation Center
Holton Carer and Resource Center
I.R.Holmes, Sr. Recreation Center at Campus Hills
CFLRC at Lyon Park
W.D. Hill Recreation Center

Walltown Park Recreation Center – 1308 West Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27705 include:

Builder’s Academy
Car Maintenance 101
Cooking Classes @ Walltown
Intro to Boxing
Kid’s Chorus
Kids & Fitness @ Walltown
Mature Women on Weights
Music Lessons at Walltown
Teen Fitness Programs
Teen Resource Session
Spinning Class
Superhero to the Rescue!

Play More Magazine – DPRPlayMore.org

2018 Tennis Lessons
Fastpitch Divas Rules Workshop
Parent’s Night Out

Neighborhood Improvement Services (NIS) Department – Robin Dixon (Districts 2 and 5 Coordinator)  indicated she will have an announcement in March 2018 about events coming up in April, the Diabetes Walk, and a fundraiser in September.  NIS’ physical address is: 807 E Main Street, Suite 2-300, Durham, NC 27701, Phone #: 919-560-1647, ext. 34245, or
email: robin.dixon@durhamnc.gov
website: https://durhamnc.gov/570/Neighborhood-Improvement-Services

There was a Q&A time period after each candidate’s presentation. Questions from the audience included, but were not limited to: code enforcement, fire safety, etc.

Code Enforcement – Rob Damman was acknowledged and there was a Q&A time period. A question from the audience was about a neighbor who purchased a little house on a platform on wheels, 16 to 20 ft long, 15 ft high, unattractive, silver and described as a large “outhouse” placed in the backyard in the neighborhood.  The member of the audience posed the question: “How do we find out what is allowed and what is not allowed?  Mr. Damman recommended that they contact “Durham One Call.”  He stated the caller would be referred to the proper department/division.  He went on to say that in most cases, Code Enforcement would examine the structure to determine if it meets minimum housing standards among other things; however, he believed this matter was more likely a zoning or city county inspection issue.

Fire Education Officer – Carol Reardon provided a wealth of information and tips on some of the hazards during the winter (when it’s cold). Ms. Reardon states the number one cause of fires is “cooking,” nationwide and in Durham.  There have been 10 working structure fires and 484 calls for the month.  She answered questions with regard to fire prevention, fire extinguishers, and smoke alarms (noting the fire department receives grants for smoke alarms); therefore, smoke alarms are free to the public. The Fire Department will install smoke alarms for free — whether it is an apartment or house.  Ms. Reardon provided patrons with night lights and cooking sticks for pulling out hot racks or trays from the oven.  The Fire Department works with seniors on fire prevention and fall prevention.  Her contact information is 919-560-4242, ext. 19242. (https://durhamnc.gov/620/Fire-Department)

The audience asked an array of questions and was provided in-depth and valuable information about smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, the path of fires, their causes, and carbon monoxide (CO) leaks, to name a few.  More important was information on how to prevent fire extinguisher failures and the best place to store one.  Ms. Reardon suggests that you “turn the fire extinguisher upside down a few of times to break up the agent inside.”  Generally, your palm should do the trick; however, and you should check the extinguisher every six months to a year.  She highly recommends an ABC fire extinguisher with a metal handle available at Costco.

Every household extinguisher is labeled A, B, or C, which tells you the types of fires the extinguisher is effective against. A is ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, and cloth; B is flammable liquids, such as gasoline or cooking oil; and C is live electricity.

To understand the types of fire extinguishers, you need to first understand the common types of fires. Household fires fall under three classifications, depending on the type of fuel burning: A, B, and C.

Class A: Solid combustibles that are not metals, like wood, paper, cloth,                          plastics, rubber.
Class B: Flammable liquids like gasoline, oil, grease, and paints.
Class C: Electrical equipment, like appliances and outlets.

Household extinguishers fight specific types of fires. It’s important to know the type of fire that has started before you use a fire extinguisher on it; different extinguishers use different chemical fueling agents to fight fires and are effective only on specific types of fuel. If you use the wrong type of extinguisher, you can actually make a fire worse.  Ms. Reardon highly recommends an ABC fire extinguisher with a metal handle available at Costco and to store it “somewhere you can find it.”  . 

Department of Public Health – Joyce Page and Natalie Rich –
Joyce Page spoke about the Men’s Health Council and distributed
flyers inviting people to hear keynote speaker Dr. Kevin L. Thomas, Cardiologist and Heart Rhythm Specialist at Durham County Department of Public Health, Human Resources Bldg, Conference Room A, 414 East Main St., Durham NC 27701 on Thursday, February 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 7: 30 p.m.

To register contact Joyce Page @ 919-560-7109 or  jpage@dconc.gov

Natalie Rich spoke about smoke-free spaces and tobacco prevention policies and the following two areas:

1) Policy in Durham – Durham County Board of Health Smoking Rules as of 2016:  It covers outdoor public spaces.  It states that smoking, including e-cigarette use is prohibited in the following places:

Durham County Government Grounds (such as the Human Services Building, Courthouse etc.)

City of Durham Grounds (such as the City Hall, Police Department, etc.)

City and County bus stops (including a radius extending 100 feet from the bus stop but excluding private property within that radius)

City of Durham Parks System including all recreation centers, playgrounds and athletic fields;

Durham County Trails and Parks;

Durham County Transportation Center and Durham Train Station (except as specifically designated);

Sidewalks that are owned, leased, maintained or occupied by the City or County of Durham and about the grounds of Durham County, the City of Durham, any public school or hospital.

The Board of Health is on an “education-base enforcement program” because they are still working on getting all their signs put up across Durham to let people know this is the policy.  Ms. Rich distributed information about second hand smoke and other resources.

2) Resources – HUD Smoke Free Public Housing Proposed Rule – all public housing must be smoke free this year.  This is a Federal law. All 15 Durham Housing Authority-owned properties must be smoke-free by May 2018.

Handouts distributed include:

*  Ready to quit smoking? (1-800-QUIT-NOW | QuitlineNC.com)
*  Secondhand Smoke Hurts Everyone
*  Smoke-Free Policy (HUD Fact Sheet)
*  Available classes

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:
Natalie Rich, MPH, Tobacco Health Education Specialist @ 919-560-7895 or nrich@dconc.gov

7:00-7:05 p.m.
Zion introduced Bull City United

7:05-7:50 p.m.
Bull City United – speakers David Johnson, Convellus Parker, Dwight (DJ) Bagley, and Keshia Gray shared their personal stories and background

Bull City United is a violence reduction program based in the Durham County Department of Public Health. Using the Cure Violence model, Bull City United team members rely on their experiences and relationships to serve as trusted messengers who connect with high risk individuals in order to resolve conflicts and promote peace.

Bull City United violence interrupters find and mediate conflicts to prevent them from becoming violent. Bull City United outreach workers identify and work with high risk individuals to connect them to jobs, education, and other services. Bull City United team members work with the community to send the message that violent behavior can be changed.

Bull City United is a movement of people in Durham who understand that violence is a behavior that can be changed. Through regularly scheduled activities, like the Week of Peace, peace rallies, and community events, everyone in Durham can get involved in promoting the message: “Peace is a Lifestyle.”

Join Bull City United for a Week of Peace to promote non-violence in Durham. This Week of Peace is dedicated to the lives lost during 2017 and our hope for peace in 2018. During the Week of Peace, neighborhood peace events will be held in eight different Durham neighborhoods that were plagued by gun violence during 2017. The focus of these candlelight vigils will be to mourn the lives that have been lost and damaged by violence this year, and to pledge as a community to live non-violently during 2018

2018 Week of Peace – Neighborhood Peace Events:
January 1 – West End Neighborhood – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Corner of Gunter Street
    and Moreland Avenue
January 2 – Stokesdale Neighborhood – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Corner of Linwood
    Avenue and Grant Street
January 10 – Cornwallis Neighborhood – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 3000 E. Weaver Street
January 11 – North Durham – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 200 North Alston Avenue
    (East End Park)
January 12 – Edgemont Neighborhood – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 201 S. Elm Street
    (Corner of S. Elm & Angier)
January 13 – Liberty Street Housing Community – 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – 100 Block of
    Commerce Street
January 13 – Southside Community – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 100 East Umstead Street
January 14 – McDougald Terrace Housing Community – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 42 B
    Ridgeway (BCU Office – courtyard behind building)

Bull City United is located at 414 East Main Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701  (919) 695-5092, Website:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BullCityUnited32/

See their story featured on ABC 11 News in December 2016 entitled:
“Group plans ‘Week of Peace’ to combat Durham violence”

7:50-8:00 p.m.
Closing Comments (Zion)

You can access more information by clicking on the hyperlinks below:

Parks and Rec Dept: You can find the Play More Magazine at:
http://durhamnc.gov/2786/Play-More or just log onto the Parks & Rec site at http://durhamnc.gov/753/Parks-Recreation and click “Play More” on the left – or browse through all the other tabs on that page for lots more information.

Durham Police Dept: Crime statistics and notable arrests are available for viewing at http://durhamnc.gov/719/Crime-Statistics, District 2 Commanders Update. ­

To see the PAC Newsletters from NISclick: 
or copy/paste into browser.

Remember that you can find LOTS of great information on the City  (http://durhamnc.gov/) and County (http://dconc.gov/) websites… be sure to check them out often!

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:00 pm.

(Minutes prepared 1/10 by Netty Chandler, Secretary. If you have corrections or comments, feel free to e-mail and Ginger Blubaugh, co-facilitator directly at snaps494@yahoo.com)