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Re: “Durham Bulls' stalwart Jon Weber signs with New York Yankees

Stranger things have happened. LF is wide open in the Bronx. Weber is a professional hitter. If he comes to camp and plays like every day is his last, he can take control and make a strong play for the job. Yanks are loaded. They are looking for a cheap, hard nosed, balls to the wall guy to take the position in ST. Best of luck to Mr. Weber. This is easily his best chance at the big time. And what a chance it is.

Posted by Ken on 01/14/2010 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Miley Cyrus Likes Bob Iver

she said BON iver. which is kind of weird for miley to like descentmusic, especially neo-soul music.

Posted by ken on 01/12/2010 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Keep Hillsborough Street funky

Regarding the last reader comment....

Should we not improve Hillsborough Street along the NCSU, St. Mary's and Meredith campus fringe...or for that matter, make any improvements in Downtown or improvements within the beltline and rather put all north Raleigh tax dollars in North Raleigh?????...

...here is one persons perspective: I was born in Raleigh and have lived in the same inner-beltline home for almost 30 years.. my neighborhood has been well established since the 1950's with few new streets, a stable number of families with children, stable record of criminal activity, some new homes due to tear downs, I still drink about the same amount of water, but overall most is still much the same. Over the years I have paid my share of increased taxes, our water systems and sewer systems have expanded and upgraded for new suburban sprawl, highway systems have expanded to accommodate for suburban growth, new parks facilities, firestations, schools, police substations all needed to accommodate increased growth and expansion. People have every right to live in older inner beltline communities or to live on larger lots in larger homes in the suburbs... this is not a "we" vs "they" situation. This is what makes up a well rounded successful community. A vibrant and active heart of our city is important to the overall growth and character. New and older, some historic neighborhoods, mega malls and mega downtown entertainment .. all keep our community balanced and make our region a desirable place to live.... everyone benefits from Hillsborough Street improvements in the long run. If there is not a sidewalk in north Raleigh where there is a high level of pedestrian activity and you think there should be one.. call the transportation department and see where it is on the list or make a case to put one where it is needed.

I hope you enjoy the roundabouts and improvements within the beltline, they are as much yours as mine..

Ken Maness kmaness@nc.rr.com

see www.raleighnc.gov/endinghomemess to make a contribution to the faith based support circle program to help those most in need throughout the community.

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Posted by MrKen on 06/04/2009 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Keep Hillsborough Street funky

Site of the Hillsborough / Morgan Roundabout

Fallen Officer: Officer Denise Holden

Officer Holden was killed in an accident while responding to an officer needs assistance call at 0300 hours. Her vehicle left the roadway at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Morgan Street and struck a telephone pole. She succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the accident while rescue crews attempted to extricate her.

Officer Holden had been with the agency for seven months and was survived by her parents and sister.

End of Watch: August 4, 1995

Posted by MrKen on 05/29/2009 at 1:22 AM

Re: “Keep Hillsborough Street funky

Hello Bob, nice article.. as one who in the early 70's participated in many H'boro events as a School of Design grad and coincidentally Peter's father a great man Fred was one of my prof's..(ref. earlier comment Peter E.) Maybe some more trivia to add to your great article..

I went on from those days at the Design School to work with Downtown and Inner-City Planning for many years.. to Administer the Roundabout Study with our lead consultant Roger Henderson / Kimley Horne. In addition to the overall comprehensive street improvement program, the plan gave option for a few perhaps independent / self contained roundabouts that could be built initially to help the community grow to accept driving in circles as a viable option to a traffic light.

We sited and constructed the first one soon after the study was completed.. on Pullen Rd. in front of the Design School adjacent to Pullen Park with NCSU participation (NCSU was anxious to remove the daily University-staffed traffic cop director from the street during afternoon rush hour) that roundabout has survived and has been a great success despite early criticisizszxms (your're the speller Bob) ...skeptics with questions including.. "drivers round here just don't know how to drive round these thangs andl just slam into each another" or "a big rig just can't get by that littl round road".. well.. people are smarter than some think and trucks can and do with the mountable curb that Roger recommended just for that purpose.

A 2nd option to grow community acceptance of roundabouts is the Hillsboro / Morgan roundabout, under construction now.. we worked with Mike Bolton for years on options for his property.. this roundabout will be a great addition which can hopefully be a stimulant to that project and other area improvements. We must remember that this intersection was the site of the death of a Raleigh police officer and one unfortunate reason that this particular roundabout was seen as an option here.. improving the safety of this intersection. A potential new road connection to Western Blvd had also been considered for several locations in this area to give some additional options to take through traffic from Hillsborough to Western.

A third top priority intersection is the belltower intersection which includes a cluster of roundabouts extending to Cameron Village.. this intersection has always been a catastrophe. I was almost hit on my bicycle here by a City Bus as a student in the 70's.. I still chill from the thought of the bus speeding by within a half inch of my handlebars. Bob, I'm all for your recommendation to keep Hillsborough Street Funky and think we are headed in the right direction to do just that...

...btw.. is Mitch Hazouri still around????.. he used to call and visit often and always shared his visions for Hillsborough Street..of compact development with high pedestrian activity that he had seen on his many trips. Mitch sponsored the "Bulls" little league team my son played on with many other sons of area families.. Mitch's Tavern is one of those iconical places (is this a word Bob?) / like PR that add to the Funkiness that we want to grow and preserve.. by the way.. let's bring back the "Wolves Den"...that was across from the Bell Tower...one of my most favorite places during Design School late nighters -- all-nighters.

Sorry I'm rambling but Hillsborough Street brings back so many memories... raids on Peace & Meredith as I was recruited by the throngs of guys running by while in my Gold Dorm room.. among the best of memories.. I went on to marry one of those ladies down the road ..from the Rex School of Nursing.. about 35 years now... oh my..

Thanks for such a great article.

Ken Maness / kmaness@nc.rr.com

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Posted by MrKen on 05/29/2009 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Poor? Join the 37 million Americans just like you.

Raleigh / Wake is one of the fastest growing / most affluent communities in the US. Most don't know & aren't aware that among us, with us being the almost 900,000 persons living in Wake County, there are about 78,000 persons at risk of homelessness and living in poverty and on average over 1,000 persons who do not have a home each night, homeless, and among those about 300 children and 125 veterans. We all need to become more aware of those most in need each day. Columns written in newspapers dedicated to bringing this to our attention are vanishing, all should thank the writer of this column for the many years he has dedicated to help increase our awareness of those most vulnerable and how we may take action to help. Perhaps one way is to become involved with community efforts like the Ending Homelessness www.raleighnc.gov/endinghomelessness this group is dedicated not only to helping those who are homeless but also preventing it for those most at risk and living each day in poverty. Affordable Housing is a key component which we all must fight for, especially for those among us living each day in poverty.

Posted by MrKen on 02/19/2009 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Last call for Charles Meeker?

I was very pleased to see Mayor Meeker mention Affordable Housing as a top priority issue in the Comprehensive Plan at his State of the City address. With a projection of almost 10,000 new residents moving to our community each year, almost 1,000 of these persons will be members of households living on very low wage jobs at or below 30% of our Area Median Income(AMI $75K, 30%AMI=$22.5K)... all jobs which are necessary and contributing to the well being of our community. These persons are presently on average paying more than half of their incomes for housing, leaving little for childcare, food, insurance and many basic household needs. According to Wake County web site 9% of our county population live on these poverty level wages, about 78,000 persons. We will never meet the growing need for affordable housing unless we change the way we do business. Hopefully with Mayor Meekers enlightened vision and leadership that he and the City Council have shown, we have reached the point that Raleigh / Wake County will be able to do something about the crisis of Affordable Housing for those households at our lowest incomes, working very hard and in need of our support to find housing they need and stay in the housing they have. We will never be able to End Homelessness unless we have homes for persons to move into... see and support us at www.raleighnc.gov/endinghomelessness

Posted by MrKen on 02/06/2009 at 10:58 PM

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