Spring BANA Meeting- New Board Members & Monthly Meeting Schedule


By Annie Thornhill

This spring, BANA hosted its Annual Board meeting to coincide with a street fair! Neighbors gathered for an hour to elect new Board members, vote on a neighborhood t-shirt design, and discuss community garden and clean up. Afterwards, we shared many hours together on a beautiful day with food, yoga, bounce house and conversations among neighbors.

Thanks to Larissa Parson and Lynne Bahrami for organizing!


2016 BANA Elected Officers

  • Lynne Bahrami – President
  • Caroline Asher – Vice President
  • James and Rebecca Stenstrom – Secretary
  • Rachael and Alex Tiley – Treasurer
  • Doug Coonley – At-large
  • Larissa Parson – At-large
  • Kay Alexander – At-large
  • Meytal Barak – At-large
  • Tom DelViscio – At-large
  • Juliana Wilson – At-large


Moving forward, BANA Meetings will be held on the second Monday of the month.  The next meeting is Monday, July 11, at 7pm @ 920 Burch Ave.




ELECTION:  November 8, 2016

By Lynne M. Bahrami
November 8, 2016, is a date that will go down in history.  In addition to the election of the 58th president of the United States of America, Burch Avenue voters will also weigh their opinions on one United States Senator, one member of the House of Representatives, and the Governor of North Carolina, among others.
There are ample opportunities to vote in this election.  Early voting begins Thursday, October 20, 2016, and runs through Saturday, November 5, 2016.  On most days early voting begins at 9am and runs until 7:30pm.  From October 20 through October 26, the closest election site is the Durham County Board of Elections, which is located at 201 N. Roxboro St., in downtown Durham.  FromOctober 27 through November 5, the closest site is the Devil’s Den located at 309 Oregon Drive on Duke’s Campus.  The Board of Elections site will continue to be open during this time as well. 
If you miss early voting, on Election Day, the polls are open from 6:30am and close at 7:30pm.  Burch Avenue residents will vote at the Durham School of the Arts located at 401 North Duke Street.
Please be sure to exercise your hard fought right to vote! 
If you have any questions about voting or need a ride to a voting location, please contact Lynne Bahrami at lynnemarjon@yahoo.com, or stop by her house at 834 Burch Avenue to make arrangements.
Hilary Clinton (D)
Donald Trump (R)
Gary Johnson (L)
Jill Stein (G)
United States Senator
Deborah Ross (D)
Richard Burr (R)
Sean Haugh (L)
United States House of Representatives, District 1
G.K. Butterfield (D)
H. Powell Dew Jr. (R)
J. J. Summerell (L)
North Carolina Governor
Roy Cooper (D)
Pat McCrory (R)
Lon Cecil (L)

Fall Park Clean-Up Day Saturday, Oct 22st at 9:30am

By Girija Mahan

Join us for Fall Park Clean-Up Day!
Saturday, October 22nd from 9:30am – 12:30pm

Come one, come all as we spruce up the Burch Avenue Park for our upcoming Halloween celebrations! Activities include: Raking, raking, and raking, painting benches, yanking out weeds, picking up trash, and piling up branches.

BANA Halloween 2016!

By Annie Thornhill

It’s time for another exciting Burch Avenue Neighborhood Halloween Fest! Join us from 5:30 – 6:30pm on Monday, October 31st to celebrate Halloween. Starting at 5:30pm we’ll have games in the park, a costume bin for those that don’t have costumes ready, spooky stories, and food from local eateries. At 5:45 we’ll have an apple eating contest and the our now-annual costume parade and contest. This year there will be prizes for individuals and households (think families, roommates, pets, etc!) so start planning now. Around 6:30pm we’ll close out the festivities so that folks can begin trick-or-treating in the ‘hood.

See you on Halloween!

Mural Durham- Saturday, October 22nd from 1-4pm

By Amy Unell 

Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 1-4pm

Stop by anytime from 1-4pm to see Durham artists in action for an awesome afternoon of local food, music and live graffiti/mural painting at the Art Annex, a hidden gem maker space in Burch Avenue neighborhood and Duke campus on 404 Gattis Street.

Check out DukeCreate FREE workshops taught by Durham artists including ceramics and screen printing, plus hands-on painting, crafts and dance. Adults, kids, all are welcome! This will be the first of monthly workshops open to the community. The next community arts session is 11/12 from 2-4pm. See you on October 22nd!

Mural Durham connects Durham through creativity, one mural at a time. MuralDurham.com

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By Annie Thornhill

Congratulations to neighbors on the following exciting events!

  • John Froelich and Jennifer Lischer were married at Immaculata Church on Saturday, April 30, 2016. We welcome the whole family (JJ, Jenny and Elizabeth) into the neighborhood!
  • Caroline and Ryan Asher are excited to announce the arrival of their son, Bennett Stroud Asher, born on April 28. They are looking forward to him being a part of the growing number of BANA babies!

Postman Extraordinaire

By Mark Eckert

Who is the one person who knows everybody in our neighborhood? Why Bennie Cain, Jr., of course, who has been the postman for the Burch Ave area for nearly 15 years. He can tell you who lives where around here.

Born and raised near Mt. Olive in Wayne County, Bennie joined the Marine Corps after high school. After serving four years, he left the corps and moved toNew Jersey. In 1988, Bennie started as a part-time employee of the postal service but was encouraged to apply to become a carrier. Bennie returned to North Carolina and settled in Durham in 1990. Bennie and his wife Rachel have three grown children and three grandchildren ages 18, 12 and 10. He enjoys working on old cars and owns a 1979 El Camino and 1971 Chevy pickup.

Bennie said it was his first supervisor at the US Postal Service in New Jersey who encouraged him to apply to be a mail carrier. “I think he knew that I like to meet and talk to people,” Bennie explained. He also takes his job seriously. “I deliver the mail the way I want my mail delivered.”

Bennie said he got his biggest thrill as a mailman the first time he had a customer sign a “3849” – the form used for registered delivery. “I knew then I was really a mailman,” he said.

Bennie delivers mail in our neighborhood and to some apartments across Duke University Rd. He is one of the few carriers in Durham who walks his entire route. Bennie estimates he walks about 12 miles a day delivering the mail.

Bennie retires this year after a long and distinguished career. We’ll miss you Bennie!


Helping Ms. Geneva

By Annie Thornhill

Thanks so much to the many many neighbors who contributed cash, checks, gift cards and clothes for Ms. Geneva Bell and her grandson who are rebuilding their life after a fire destroyed their home on Exum earlier this month.

After several weeks of taking collections, we were able to present Ms. Geneva with a total of more than $2,000 and several suitcases filled with clothes and toiletries. She was so grateful.

Their needs are still great, needing nearly all kinds of FURNITURE to rebuild their home. They don’t need any more linens, toiletries or clothes.

Some needed items include:
• Beds and mattresses
• Dining chairs
• Couch
• Chairs
• Desks
• Coffee tables

And of course, money is always useful! If you want to contribution any furniture or donate cash, check or gift card, please contact me at aythornhill@gmail.com or call me at 919-627-8056 and I will connect you to Ms. Geneva’s family.

Thank you so much for your incredible generosity and kindness! I am so proud to be a member of this neighborhood.

Bull City Play Streets 4/24 after the BANA Meeting!

By Larissa Parsons

Once again, the Burch Avenue Neighborhood Association will be hosting a Bull City Play Streets event this spring! Bull City Play Streets is an event that encourages everyone in the community to get outside and play more, so stick around after the meeting on 4/24 to have some fun with your neighbors. The Co-op will bring healthy food and provide prizes for some of the games, like our egg-balancing contest. There will be a bounce house, cornhole, and all kinds of other games that are fun for both adults and kids. We’ll even have a lesson for adults on how to build up the strength to do the monkey bars!

BANA Annual Meeting & Street Fair: Sunday April 24 at 1pm

By Annie Thornhill

Every year BANA holds an annual meeting at which we nominate new officers, pay dues (a whopping dollar!), discuss issues that matter, and spend some quality time together.

This year we’ll have our annual meeting for about an hour and then have a street fair including games for people of all ages and a cook out.

To nominate someone (including yourself!) to run for BANA office or to put an issue on the agenda, contact at lynnemarjon@yahoo.com .