Local Business News

As I mentioned above, Grub (at the corner of Gattis and West Chapel Hill St.), owned by neighbors Wendy Woods and Stacy Poston, is now open. Drop by to sample some of their delicious grub. I hear rumors that some of us neighbors want to plan a regular neighborhood rooftop get-together.

Bring your Own Bowl/Mug to Local Yogurt and Joe Van Gogh

Local Yogurt also recently opened, and neighbors will be delighted to hear that you can bring your own bowl and have it weighed before you dish up your yogurt, so your local business support can be even more sustainable! I hear Joe Van Gogh is also open for business—who wants to go for coffee?

Have you tried Willi’s Pepper Sauces?

I recently had the good fortune of stopping by Willi Woodbridge’s Pepper Sauce Shack at 916 Burch. His flavors are fascinating, and range from mild enough for my kids to so hot you’ll need something very cold to chase it with. His 1-to-6 heat scale is fairly accurate. I recommend you start low! Do stop by when you see his table out front; if you like hot sauce, you won’t be disappointed.

Movement Classes

Saturdays from 10-11:15am
The Wellness Station (on Academy Rd)

Dear neighbors, I’d love to see your friendly faces at the Restorative Exercise class I teach every week. Restorative Exercise classes help you build a strong and more supple body, and are especially useful if you spend all day hunched over a keyboard or ferrying small people in cars. Check out my website www.dynamicwellnessnc.com for details.
Thanks! Larissa

Neighborhood Trivia

Photo of The Maples, a large mansion in arts annex

Did you know that there used to be a huge house in the woods near the Arts Annex? The house belonged to Richard Fitzgerald, Durham’s leading brickmaker around 1890, when he and his family moved into the ornate house, called ‘The Maples.’ The Fitzgerald family was a prominent African-American family in Durham, and their wealth was responsible for much of the development of the West End around the turn of the last century (thanks, Open Durham, for the info!). Sadly, The Maples was destroyed by fire sometime before 1924.

Board Highlights (August 2017)

Originally written by Larissa Parson

At our most recent BANA Board meeting, we met with Officer Mock, our DPD Community Engagement Officer (you may have spotted her at national Night Out, too). She’s our contact in the Police Department and serves as a resource for the community for follow-up around crimes. She offered a few online resources (see column opposite) and mentioned a number of personal safety tips. Here are a few of them:

  • Make sure your porch is visible from the street
  • Keep windows and doors locked.
  • Be attentive to your surroundings and know who your neighbors are. Greet each other on the street.
  • Report anything that seems suspicious—call 911 if you’re not sure whether it’s urgent.

We had another successful National Night Out on August 1 this year. If you missed it, our next neighborhood party will be on Halloween, in the park as usual. Hopefully between now and then we’ll have plenty of casual beer gatherings on the roof at Grub.

Board meetings are open to ALL residents of the neighborhood. See the calendar on the sidebar for upcoming meetings.

Important Phone Numbers and Websites

Summer’s Bounty

Originally Written by Lynne Bahrami

Summer continues to roll along and all of those tomatoes and cucumbers are reaching maturity.  It really is a great feeling to see nature’s bounty grow and ripen, but after picking the twentieth tomato and the seventeenth cucumber, even the most creative cooks can grow bored with a tomato sandwich or pickling cucumbers.  Here are some of my favorite late summer cucumber and tomato recipes.

Panzanella salad is a great way to use both tomatoes and cucumbers and can pass as a main dish.  Chop up fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, seed them if desired, add some onion, cubed mozzarella, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cubed bread.  The bread will soak up the flavors of the vegetables and vinegar while adding substance to a simple salad.  The salad is best eaten after sitting for about an hour, but it will still taste great immediately or the next day.

Shirazi salad is a standard Persian salad also made with cucumbers and tomatoes, but with a slightly different flavor than Panzanella.  Start with diced tomatoes and diced seeded cucumber.  Add red onion, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.  Now comes some creativity: add some chopped fresh herbs, any herbs you like.  Mint works well, as do dill or parsley.  Use whatever happens to be taking over the garden bed.  Serve cold to accompany warm grilled kabobs.

Refrigerator tomato jam is a great way to use either ripe tomatoes or green tomatoes.  Peel and seed the tomatoes, cook tomatoes, sugar, salt, and some herbs, basil for a traditional taste or try tarragon for something new, over medium heat, stirring often.  When it reaches the desired consistency, remove from the heat, cool and store in the fridge.  Spread it on crackers, add it to a grilled cheese sandwich, spoon it over fried eggs, or eat it straight out of the jar!

If there is an excess of green tomatoes, the standard choice is fried green tomatoes, but for something sweet, try a Green Tomato Upside Down Cake. This cake is a mirror of a pineapple upside down cake, but with slightly different flavors and, yes, green tomatoes instead of the pineapples.

Extra cucumbers are wonderful sliced in water or for something with a greater kick, try making a Pimm’s Cup.  Start with Pimm’s #1, add sliced cucumbers, sliced strawberries, sliced oranges (or any fruit that is sitting in the fridge), then top with ginger ale, lemon soda, or seltzer.  Pour over ice and enjoy during the hot afternoons or warm evenings.

Except for the Green Tomato Cake, none of these recipes require precise measurements, so use flavorings and quantities that seem right and modify as necessary.

Happy cooking!

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)