Friday, December 11, 2009

HighStrung Bluegrass Band - Claus Hammer

TheDDLP's own Bob and Charlie along with the other members of HighStrung Bluegrass Band have released a Bluegrass Christmas CD.
Check out this promo video for Claus Hammer!

Happy Holidays!

Visit: for more info about the release of HighStrung's Christmas CD, Claus Hammer

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Leaves and Crime Fall as Winter Settles In

Crime has fallen since September when two burglaries were reported, one at the Lawndale Swim & Tennis Club and one on Kenmore Street. There were no incidents reported during October except for one traffic accident on Normandy Road, and so far no incidents have been reported during November. Hopefully the holiday season will continue to be peaceful and quiet.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Crime Problems in Our Next-Door Neighborhood

There have been articles in the News & Record for the past two days about break-ins in the New Irving Park neighborhood. Fortunately, our neighborhood is not having the same problems.

No crime reports of any kind have been posted for the month of October for the DDLP. We did have two burglaries in September, one on Kenmore and one at the Lawndale Swim & Tennis Club.

The current crime wave in New Irving Park was discussed at the DDLP neighborhood watch meeting on October 7. Officer Jim Cayton, our community resource officer, and Officer Brian Dodd attended that meeting.

Officer Cayton has been working the burglaries in New Irving Park and noted that the burglars are taking advantage of homes with long driveways that curve around to the back of the house and homes with carports because both offer concealment opportunities. The thieves know they have no more than five to ten minutes to get in and out, so they break in quickly, usually by kicking in a door or breaking a window, and grab jewelry and flat screen TVs. In one case, Officer Cayton arrived at the scene of a burglary ONE MINUTE after it was reported and the perpetrator(s) were already gone. One minute.

Officer Cayton reminded us that criminals look for seclusion and easy to sell items and asked us to look around our homes for ways to reduce easy access to entry points and target items. Alarms are a tool that may limit what a thief can take by shortening the time he has in the home. Officer Cayton has an alarm system, but he mainly relies on the alarm to warn him of a break in while he's sleeping. He recommends keeping an inventory of our valuables with photos and appraisals.

Our eyes are more important than any other crime prevention tool. Call the police if you see a car in your neighbor's driveway that doesn't belong there.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Greensboro News and Record recognizes TheDDLP

Greensboro News and Record
Guilford Record section of the Sunday edition (08/16/09)
Guilford North
Community Scrapbook - page 3

The Guilford Record section of the August 16th, 2009 Greensboro News and Record newspaper
has a photo and a brief description about our
TheDDLP National Night Out 2009 event.

TheDDLP gets a little publicity in our own hometown newspaper.

Pretty Cool!!!

*the paper got the date wrong (08/04/09) and attributed me as the photographer.
Thanks to Mary Moore for taking the picture.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Woodstock 1969 - 40th Anniversary

Where were you this week in 1969?
I remember it very well.
I was mesmerized by the pictures from Woodstock in Life magazine.
I was listening to Santana 45rpm recordings.

I've maintained a presence on the internet as a Santana fan for a number of years.

A European company is impressed with my Santana pages and offers up this Documentary for our consideration.

I recommend a new Documentary DVD about the Woodstock concert.

Check out this release from Wienerworld:

I'll have a review of this newly released Documentary in the coming days.
Lots of good Rock and Roll stuff happening this week.
1. Happy 100th Birthday to Leo Fender - the father of the Fender amplifier and guitar
2. Woodstock Arts and Music Fair - 1969 over 300,000 people attend

Sunday, August 9, 2009

National Night Out 2009 pictures

Here's a few pictures from our National Night Out event.
I'll have an online gallery setup in a few days and put a bunch more of the pics from that evening up there.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Successful 2009 National Night Out event

High Strung Bluegrass Band at TheDDLP 2009 National Night Out

Here's some video from our National Night Out event this past Tuesday night.
TheDDLP residents, Bob Worrell on the guitar in the back right and Charlie Heavner on the drum in the back left.

More info about the event to follow.

Monday, August 3, 2009

More National Night Out news

The 2nd annual DDLP National Night Out event is Tuesday evening.
We are looking forward to a large turnout and lots of fun!

Target is our corporate sponsor.
They'll be giving away freebies and other goodies.

They'll be Hot Dogs, Watermelons, Ice Cream and other good eats BUT bring your own food and drinks if you want to have a picnic on something other than hot dogs.

Also, Greensboro Police, Fire Department and other public service members will be at our event.

*Last year, WFMY TV News 2 did a live remote broadcast with Eric Chilton. So, come on down and see if you can get on TV.

Live Music this year! - The High Strung Bluegrass Band will perform. Check out their site for details about this exciting band:

High Strung Bluegrass Band's site

Donations are gladly accepted as a bunch of us are contributing time and resources to pull off this event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

National Night Out 2009

Come on out to TheDDLP's 2nd annual National Night Out!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Annual Copperhead snake sighting/post

Hi Folks, A Canterbury/Kenmore St. neighbor sent over a picture of a recently "retired" Copperhead snake. This sighting is from mid-June so sorry for the late post.

I've got a buddy that's been a Guilford County EMS Tech for 30 years now and here's what he has to say about Copperhead snake bites...*I paraphrase:

"There has been an increase in Copperhead snake sightings this year. But, I have not seen a snake bite on my unit or in the Emergency Departments at the local hospitals this year. 80-90% of Copperhead bites do not inject enough venom to be lethal. I do not know of any EMS services that carry antivenom. If there was antivenom onboard, it would not be a recommended treatment in an emergency situation. It is suggested that if you get bitten by a snake that you try and bag the dead snake and bring it in for examination."

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth Of July!

Just a couple of shots from this evening's Grimsley High School fireworks show.

I took these pics from the Proximity hotel vantage.

What a beautiful day it's been and a very pleasant evening for viewing fireworks.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer Door-to-Door sales

Well, it's that time of year again...Schools out and kids are looking for summer work.
One way is through Door-to-Door sales.

We had a recent visit in the neighborhood by 2 young men trying to sell home alarm systems.

They looked official with Honeywell corp. polo shirts and APX badges, clipboards and laminated product info sheets.

Turns out that Honeywell makes security systems for a lot of different companies, APX being one of them.

I've been in contact with another blogger and he specializes in researching Door-to-Door Alarm system sales.
He's got some great info about the Honeywell/APX sales tactics and other general info about the industry.

Check out the info at this link if you want to get more details on what their doing in the neighborhood:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

TheDDLP Spring 2009 Neighborhood Watch meeting

We had a great turn out for the Spring 2009 Neighborhood Watch meeting for TheDDLP.
I counted 35 adults.
Officer Cayton and Officer Blaylock were our speakers.

Joan presided over the meeting.

Officer Cayton gave us a crime incident report for the period between February 2009 and May 2009. He and Office Blaylock were very encouraged by the low incident numbers and the fact that we've been calling to report suspicious activity.

Hot Topics for the meeting were:
1. Vandalism - mostly attempts to break into cars
2. Traffic - speeding vehicles (cars and buses) possible actions to take
3. We need donations as we prepare for our 2nd annual National Night Out - details to follow
4. Gang activity - just an update on what's happening in Greensboro
5. Some folks approached me about not getting Blog or Mail List updates. I'm working with them on making sure that they have been added to the Distribution List.

Hester will have a detailed post about the meeting as she was designated as meeting secretary and took notes.

Here's a picture from the Spring 2009 Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring 2009 Neighborhood Watch Yard Sale

On Saturady, April 4th, we had the Neighborhood Watch Yard Sale. Thanks to everyone that donated "treasures" for the sale. We made $107.25 from the sale to go toward the National Neighbors Night Out Get Together in August. Thanks to Mary Speaker for helping. Could not have done it without her. Mary, as Treasurer, is maintaining & accounting for all funds collected & spent for the good of the Neighborhood Watch.

We will start planning the activities for the National Neighbors Night Out in August very soon. Block Captains will be notified of planning meetings & will need volunteer from all streets to help plan & organize this event. Please contact your block captain if you can help.

More news to come....
Joan Johnson

Monday, March 30, 2009

Microsoft Windows Users and Conficker

Being in the I.T. business, I wanted to post some info about the upcoming April 01, 2009 computer worm event called, Conficker, ak.a. Downadup for everybody in TheDDLP.

I got a call from Microsoft today. I've got some Public release information from Microsoft.

I've been researching this issue for a few months, now.

My general take on the April Fool's Conficker event is that it probly won't impact most Home Users of Windows.

However, it is good to stay up to date with your Windows Automatic Updates, use a commercial AntiVirus software product, and exercise safe computing practices.

Here are some links to help you understand more about Conficker and your possible exposure.




*Pay close attention to this one at F-Secure.
Due to all the hype, there are tons of bogus Repair/Removal sites popping up.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

Today at 8:30pm turn your lights out for an hour.
For more info, click on the banner below or go to:
saw this in the paper today.
seems like a good idea.

Monday, March 2, 2009

March 2009 - in like a lion

Monday 03/02/09 2:00pm

Some pics of the March 2009 snow from TheDDLP.
Let me know if you've got some cool shots and we'll work out the details.
I hung out with some neighbors in the street this afternoon.
The air seemed so pure to breathe in.
It was a perfect Winter afternoon to hang with neighbors!

Sunday Night 10:30pm or so

Monday afternoon 2:00pm

Monday afternoon 5:00pm

TheDDLP email distribution list has been active today with info about sections of TheDDLP that have experienced a loss of power to homes. Duke Energy continues to restore power to sections of TheDDLP.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

January Crime Summary

As reported earlier, January began with the vandalism of an auto on Normandy Road and an auto theft from a Vernon Street address. The month ended with the burglary of a residence on Pershing Court.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Presidential Inauguration Day - Jan. 20, 2009

If you're not near a TV this coming Tuesday and are near a computer with Internet access, you can watch the inauguration at Check out the link below:

Here's a link to a Live webcam pointed down at the Mall. Check out the crowd as it grows between now and Tuesday.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

2008 Crime Report Totals

13 Larceny reports: Wilshire (7); Pershing (2); Dublin (1); Joyner Elementary (1); Kenmore (1); Lawndale Swim & Tennis (1).
11 Burglary reports: Lawndale Swim & Tennis (3); Normandy (3); Dublin (2); Wilshire (2); Canterbury (1).
6 Vandalism reports: Wilshire (3); Joyner Elementary (1); Normandy (1); Shamrock (1).
1 Credit Card Fraud report: Cloverdale.
31 Total

In comparison, 2007 had 7 Larceny reports, 4 Burglary reports, 5 Vandalism reports, 2 Fraud reports, 4 Missing Person reports ( 3 were for a juvenile from one address), and 1 Threatening Phone Call report for a total of 23 reports.

Looking at the three main problems in the neighborhood, Larceny, Burglary and Vandalism, there were almost twice as many reports in 2008 as there were in 2007. 

January Crimes Target Vehicles

So far in January, two crimes have been reported on the P2C website. An automobile was vandalized at Joyner Elementary sometime between the 7th, when it was last known to be OK, and the 12th, when the incident was reported. And on the 9th, a car was stolen on Vernon Street.

Friday, January 2, 2009 - helping others

Just a note about helping others and efforts in 2009

Jack Reynolds and I went to Guilford College.
He's got a few more years on me so we weren't there at the same time. Nonetheless, we have a kinship and I've enjoyed spending time with him.

He has a financial interest in the downtown Greensboro restaurant, Solaris.

We eat there often and during our conversations Jack has mentioned his brother-in-law's work in Haiti. I volunteered some of my skills to this effort and am a better man for it. I helped with some fund raising video. Here's a link to the web site:

I thought that I would share this youtube of professional video that was just produced for the organization.

Jack was excited to hear that I wanted to post this info to the Blog.

For your consideration as we start into 2009: