Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The parade was held and went great.

The Parkwood Christmas/Holiday parade was held on Saturday,  December 13. The weather was perfect.  By all accounts it went off without a hitch.  The Board of Directors float ran out of candy canes before the end of the parade, but they did better than last year when they ran out before making the turn onto Revere. A great time seemed to be had by all  and the Krispy Kreme doughnuts at the end also disappeared quickly.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Parkwood parade postponed til Dec 13

Because of the rain,  which is forecast to continue for most of the day,  the parade is being postponed to the rain date next Saturday,  December 13.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Official Minutes of the October, 2014 Parkwood Board of Directors Meeting

Official Minutes of the October 9th, 2014 Regular Board Meeting, Parkwood Association
1417 Seaton Road, Durham NC 27713

A. Welcome Guests
Guests present: Marie Dean.

B. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm. Board Members present: Bill Mitchell, Bill Egan, William Crosmun, Chris Sanford, Eric Syfrett, Martie Mangum, Shannon Green, Joshua Klein, Bhupinder Singh, Pandora Simpson, Lois Cox, Ann-Marie Crosmun, Amanda Simmons, James Black, Michael Brooks, and Matthew Schellenberg. Also Present: Office Manager Pati Barrow.

(1) Approval of the Agenda
Martie Mangum moved to approve the agenda. Motion passed unanimously.

(2) Approval of Minutes of Regular Board of Directors Meeting
Eric Syfrett moved to approve the minutes from the September 11, 2014 regular board meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

C. Election of Officers
As Parkwood Association has a full Board (16 members), the election procedure was one of cast ballots. This was recommended by the Executive Committee to accommodate multiple candidates for one position as well as run-off voting procedures. The following directors were elected as officers for 2014-2015: Bill Mitchell (President), Martie Magnum and William Crosmun (Vice-Presidents), Bill Egan (Treasurer) and Chris Sanford (Secretary).

D. Standing Committee Reports

(1) Executive Committee Report (B. Mitchell)
Bill Mitchell reported that the City had replaced the two park benches that their contractor had damaged while replacing the culvert under Clermont Rd.
Bill Mitchell moved the Board approve the expenditure of $1423.00 to renew the North Carolina Workman’s Comp Insurance premium through Berkley Assigned Risk Services for the period of October 19, 2014 – October 18, 2015. Motion passed unanimously.

(2) Treasurer’s Report (W. Crosmun)
William Crosmun presented the Monthly Financial Report and reported that the budget was available for Directors to view and make necessary comments and recommendations. He recommended that for 2015 the Board increase the Community Activities budget from $8,000.00 to $12,000.00; transfer the funds from the Sidewalk project into a Drainage fund; and increase the Dam Maintenance Reserve from $40,000.00 to $80,000.00.

(3) Standards Committee (B. Mitchell)
Bill Mitchell explained for the new Board members the process the Board went through to comply with the Association’s Bylaws (Article V: Annoyance or Nuisance Regulation, Section 2: Community Standards Committee). .

(4) Parks and Lawns and Ball Field Committee Report (M. Brooks, B. Egan)
Mike Brooks reported there were no scheduled tree removal projects that have not been approved. He asked that Directors spot-check areas in their districts to make sure mowing is performed properly to the correct areas.

He also reported that one area historically maintained by the Association had inadvertently been left out of the initial contract with Rescue Lawn care and that adding to the contract would increase the monthly cost of the contract by $90.00. He moved that the Board authorize adding this section to the contract and increase the monthly cost of the contract by $90. The motion carried by a vote of 10-4 with 2 abstentions.

Bill Egan reported that he met with the Softball / Field staff from NCCU and worked out a plan for improving the turf in the outfield. Under the plan, the Parkwood Association will pay for the top soil and NCCU will donate the seed and the labor to spread the soil and seed. Work is expected to take place after the Fall season concludes in November.

E. Special Committee Reports

(1) Collections Committee (A.M. Crosmun)
Ann Marie Crosmun reported that 68 Homeowner accounts were delinquent last month and 57 were delinquent this month.

(2) Community Activities Committee (P. Simpson)
Holiday Parade: Mike Brooks reported the committee is far ahead with their progress on the parade planning and are within budget. However, they desperately need volunteers, especially on Parade Day, Saturday, December 6th starting at noon. The committee will meet weekly until the parade.

Other Events: Pandora Simpson reported the Community Yard Sale & Flea Market will take place on October 11th. The Octoberfest event is scheduled for October 25th from 4-6pm to coincide with Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department’s Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser which will be from 5-8pm. Volunteers are needed, please contact the Chief to sign up.

(3) Community Safety Committee. Nothing to report.

(4) Community Center Committee (M. Mangum)
Martie Mangum reported there is a new Community Center use agreement that allows for Parkwood residents to use the center for free, provided it isn’t already rented out. He stated that The Community Center budget for 2014 has approximately $5800.00 remaining which the committee would like to see being allocated to any of the following Community Center projects: Installation of gutters, fixing the front spigot, signage, or potentially expanding the meeting room.

Martie moved that the Board approve selling 7 metal filing cabinets and 3 collapsible tables from the Community Center at the Flea market, as they are no longer being used, and that the Community Center committee establish the prices of the items. The motion carried by a vote of 15-1.

Martie announced that he has stepped down as chair of the Community Center committee and that the committee chose Marsha Brooks as its new chair.

F. Interesting Topics Discussed in Parkwood Google Group
Mike Brooks reported that to date there are 670 members.

G. Unfinished Business - None.

H. New Business

(1) Playgrounds: Matt Schellenberg presented a report on the condition of Parkwood’s playgrounds. It included a request to create a Playground committee for the purpose of establishing priorities for repairing and maintaining the playgrounds as well as determining use by the community.

Eric Syfrett moved the board create a Playground Committee (chair to be determined) separate from Parks and Lawns with its own line item in the budget to allow for allocation of funds for repairs. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Martie Mangum moved that the board approve expenditure not to exceed $500.00 to make needed repairs to swings at Hidden Park. Motion passed by unanimous vote.

(2) Celebrations: Bill Egan announced that Parkwood United Methodist Church will be celebrating its 53rd anniversary. Mike Brooks announced the Mosque would also be having a celebration October 11th from 2-6 pm.

I. Adjournment
Amanda Simmons moved the meeting adjourn. Passed by unanimous vote. Meeting adjourned at 9:11pm.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Web-savvy Parkwood residents, get involved!

The Parkwood Web Committee is in the process of developing a brand new Things To Do page on the website and we need your help.

The idea is to post things to the page that are going on in the community in one of these categories: Community Activities, Dining, Shopping, and Outdoors. Think of it as a blog about what makes Parkwood a special place to live. But we need your help to generate new and exciting content for the page!

Please email the Parkwood Office if you're interested ( We will be scheduling a training session for the project soon (early next week), so don't delay!

Calling All Cooks, Bakers, etc.

The December issue of the InsideOUT will include recipes from Parkwood residents. What do you make this time of year for family and friends? We're looking for all types of recipes: budget-busters, gut-busters, cook-ahead, budget-friendly, family favorites, etc.
Send your favorite recipe to the Parkwood office at by Monday, November 24th. Recipes not making the print issue will be considered for posting online on the Parkwood website.

Opportunity to Serve on Board of Directors - District 3

A Director from District 3 has resigned from the Board. Per Article VII, Section 3 of the Parkwood Bylaws (see text below), the Board will be seeking a volunteer to serve as a Director from District 3.   The appointment will expire in September 2015.  
Interested residents who own a home in District 3 can contact the Board of Directors via e-mail at  Please include information about how long you’ve lived in Parkwood, your reason for wanting to serve, and your contact information. 
The position will be up for appointment at the December 11th Directors meeting.

Bylaws- Article VII, Section 3. Vacancy: Vacancies on the Board shall be filled by remaining Directors but such action shall be effective only until the next ensuing Annual Meeting at which time any remaining unexpired term shall be filled by election. In the event that the Board establishes election of Directors by districts, the residence of the Director shall be in the same district as was the residence of the Director who created the vacancy; provided however, that if the Board after publicizing the vacancy within the affected district and making a bonafide effort to fill the vacancy from within that district within a reasonable time, the vacancy may be filled on an at-large basis.

Bill Mitchell, President
Parkwood Association

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Parade Day, December 6th, is Around the Corner..Information You Need to Know

While the annual Holiday parade is a few weeks away,  (December 6th, 2pm) it might be a good idea to see if your street will be involved in parade line-up, park & view, or the actual parade route.

Here is a link to the parade day info (mostly for participants, but it might be helpful for non-participants as well) and guide to involved areas for the event.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Parkwood Halloween Photos

Here are the photos submitted or taken showing off Parkwood's Halloween decorating shenanigans

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Interim Procedure for Enforcing Community Standards posted online

According to Parkwood's Bylaws, community standards are to be enforced by a Community Standards Committee (CSC). As the Association does not have enough volunteers for the CSC, the Board of Directors passed a resolution in October 2014 creating an interim procedure for enforcing Article 5 of the Bylaws (community standards) until a change can be made and approved by the membership of the Association.

The resolution has been posted on the Parkwood Association website :

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Get Ready for the Only Holiday Parade in the City of Durham!

The 2014 Annual Christmas/Holiday Parade for the Parkwood Community in Durham is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th (rain date Dec. 13) from 2-5pm. It is sponsored by the Parkwood Association and the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department; with the help and participation of many community volunteers. 

Dwindling attendance numbers prompted the City of Durham to revamp its Holiday tradition in 2010; changing it from a holiday parade to a Family Fun Festival. However, the Parkwood Parade tradition continues to grow larger and get better every year. The parade features bands, marching groups, fire trucks, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and many other groups from Durham and surrounding communities.

Santa is once again being played by Louis Overman – a former Parkwood resident who has been Parkwood’s Santa for 35 years. Returning for an 11th year as Mrs. Claus will be Parkwood resident Lynn Berkes. Grand Marshal for this year’s parade will be none other than Mr. Parkwood himself, Sol Ellis! Sol Ellis is a founding member of the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department, is an ‘Original Parkwoodian,’ and if you’re also an ‘Original’ homeowner here, he probably sold you your house.

The central location to plug into your GPS for the event is 1417 Seaton Road, Durham, NC 27713.

Reserve your space as part of Durham’s biggest holiday parade. There is no charge to any organization to participate in the Parkwood parade. Kick off the holidays with the sights and sounds of the season!

A new addition to Parade festivities will be a “Breakfast with Santa” fundraiser for Toys for Tots, Saturday, December 6th (will be in morning…time TBA) at Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department, 1409 Seaton Road, Durham NC 27713. Admission is $5.00 per person with a new, wrapped toy; $7.00 without toy.

Parade check-in starts at 12:30 PM at 5100 Revere Road (the shopping center parking lot). Registration cutoff is 1:45 to allow time for transport to the south end of Parkwood Lake, where the parade will begin (ending at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department). If you would like to participate in this year’s celebration, please contact Betty Ertell (919) 544-1324 or the Parkwood Association office at 919-544-2161

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Parkwood Elementary brings home National Healthy School Award

According to the Herald Sun, "Parkwood Elementary teachers eliminated sugary beverages from their lounge vending machine" to help inspire the students, who won a Bronze National Healthy School award!  Congratulations, Parkwood Elementary!

Monday, September 29, 2014

October Events in Parkwood

Community Activities in Parkwood need the assistance of Parkwood residents to make things happen!

 Community Activity Committee meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 1417 Seaton Road. Meetings start at 7pm.

 The activities calendar for Parkwood continues to fill up with fun things to do over the coming months:

 Community Yard Sale: - Oct. 11th, 8am-12pm - Parkwood community yard sale. ‘you name it, we’ve got it.’ If you are interested in participating please contact Pandora Simpson at 919-605-5272. She is the main coordinator of the event and would love to add your address to the yard sale map. The event will be advertised on Craigslist as well as other community calendars. Ask her about flyers which will be available for you to help advertise to get the word out.

Octoberfest--Oct 25th 4-8pm .... Time for early Halloween fun in Parkwood! Get ready for a fall fest from 4-8pm with great food to eat from the Methodist Men and other vendors; cotton candy, a costume contest with prizes, Moonbounce for the little ones, etc. You can also enjoy a great meal at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner from 5-8pm.

**volunteers are needed to help with the spaghetti dinner** contact Chief Reggie Villines at to say you'll help!

If you're in town for the Parkwood Reunion, this will be a delightful way to spend time with your family while supporting Parkwood and Durham organizations.

The Old Time Music Jam continues - but indoors. Mondays 6:30 -8pm. Bring your instrument, let those silver tonsils ring, or just bring your ears to listen! You’ll find them in the community center, 1417 Seaton Road.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Old Time Music Jam has changed their location

Now that the weather has gotten cooler, the Monday evening  Old Time Music Jam will meet in the community center at 1417 Seaton Road.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Durham Bike and Hike map

While the Parkwood HOA office cannot stock these type guides physically, I thought it might be nice to have it for you online.

Durham Bike & Hike Map

My physical copy is from 2012 and there have been updates to the trais over the past 2 years. Hopefully the electronic version has all available trails noted.


Pati Barrow
Parkwood Association

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mark Your Calendar for October 9th

At the 2014 Annual meeting, an article about a long-standing sidewalk issue was mentioned. Members of the Association followed up and here’s Parkwood’s current options from Dale McKeel,

Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, Department of Transportation:

Dear Parkwood Association:

Thank you for contacting me about the Parkwood sidewalks and the decision by the Durham City Council that was discussed in a newspaper article earlier this week.

There will be a letter from the City with more information about this decision, and possible next steps, that will be sent soon.

In the meantime, here is some information for you and the neighborhood to consider:

  • The petition sidewalk item will not be on the City Council agenda on Monday night (Sept 15).  There is not an opportunity for public comment at regular (night-time) City Council meetings for items that are not on the agenda.  If you were to show up Monday, you would not have an opportunity to speak.

  • The best time for you to offer comments would be when City staff brings these items back to the City Council. Presumably, the first opportunity would be when City Council considers taking formal action to rescind the previous action ordering the sidewalk assessments.  A date has not yet been set for that agenda item, but the City can notify the neighborhood well in advance once that is scheduled.

  • The second option would be for you to sign up to make general comments during the next available work session (usually held on Thursday afternoon).  Based on the Council’s meeting calendar, if you contacted Terry Capers in the City Manager's office and asked to speak at the next available work session, you would be added to the agenda for October 9th.  Ms. Capers can be reached at 919-560-4222 ext 11233 or

  • Finally, if you desire to share your concerns with Council as quickly as possible, you can send an email to the Council members.  You can email the entire City Council, including the Mayor, at

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Staying Safe in the Community

Warmer weather tends to lead to more crime.. it is important to keep certain home safety tips in mind.

**Excerpts from Durham Police Department Neighborhood Safety Meetings**

1) If you feel a suspicious activity is worth posting on [the Parkwood] google group, then please call 911. Criminals will test your responses to their actions, and if no police come out, they know that you won't do anything to protect yourself and your property.

2) If someone knocks on your door. ALWAYS answer the door. You do not have to physically open the door to answer it. If you are home alone and feeling intimidated, you can call out another individual's name--e.g., "Hey, John, there's someone at the door!" Never let people believe that your house is unoccupied when it is not.

3) Always ask for IDs from solicitors. Additionally, homeowners can put up “No Solicitation” signs on their own property and can call the police if someone refuses to leave.

4) Get to know the individuals who patrol your community. Safety meetings with the Durham Police Department and the “Common Grounds” group are great places to meet your patrolling officers.

5) Keep an eye out for "house tags". Strange spray paint or chalk markings on your property might be indicative of a future attempt to break in a house which appears unoccupied or inadequately secured. ANY SORT of strange tags should be handled by immediately calling the police (911).

6) Carefully manage your own property/valuables. A purse on a car seat or a car with the keys in it can be an obvious invitation to criminals.

7) Canvas your own house. Take the time to walk around your property and think like a burglar. Can you break into your own house? A break-in typically happens in 2 seconds.

8) If you suspect that your house has been broken into do not enter the house. Go to a safe place
(neighbor's house, etc.) and call the police. Entering the house could put you into danger.

9) If you are going on vacation, you may request a "directed patrol" from the police by calling the

10) Keep potential burglars guessing with safety measures. An impressive barking dog speaker with a motion detector which works through walls can be purchased for ~$79. A security bar can be
purchased for ~$20 at Lowe's. These bars have one end under the doorknob and one end on the floor to make breaking down a door a lengthy and difficult process. Have blinds on your windows--don't let people see what you own! If money is an issue, the dollar store even has alarms that will make loud warning sounds if someone opens the door.

11) It is extremely important to engrave your property with something to identify it (the police strongly suggest using your driver's license number). Put this engraving somewhere the burglars won't look, otherwise they might tamper with it.

12) Write down the serial numbers of your valuables and send the list to yourself in an email so that you can always access it.

While this is a lengthy list to remember, the most important step is easy to recall:
If you feel a suspicious activity is worth posting on [the parkwood] google group, then please call 911!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Parkwood Community Needs You!

You can play an important role in helping to maintain Parkwood's residential property values and your standard of living...

 Article 5, Section 1 of the Parkwood HOA By-Laws directs that homeowners are responsible for maintaining their property "in such a manner that safety of other individuals and their property is not threatened and that the aesthetic qualities of the neighborhood are preserved."

Responsibility for enforcing these standards is to be handled by a "Community Standards Committee (CSC)", a group of non-board members, which are appointed by the Board to serve in this capacity.

The Community Standards Committee is responsible for:
a) Investigating complaints made against Parkwood homeowners and determining when homes or properties are judged to be in violation of Community Standards. Complaints are registered and maintained by the Parkwood Association Corporate Secretary. CSC members shall have the right, whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation of Community Standards exists, to enter upon the property where a possible violation of Community Standards exists and investigate the complaint, as an agent of the Association.
b) Notifying homeowner when they have been determined to be in violation of Community Standards. Such notices shall state the particulars of the violation and give notice of a hearing if they fail to correct the problem by a specific date.
c) Holding hearings on complaint issues if a homeowner does not address the violation.
d) Reporting at monthly Board meetings on the state of standards issues.

We are currently taking applications for volunteers who wish to serve on this committee. The by-laws require:
"CSC members shall be Association members in good standing named by the Parkwood Association Board who choose to volunteer their services. Members cannot be current Parkwood Association Board members. The CSC panel shall include *at least* three appointees."

More information is available re: the CSC here.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

What Events Would You Like to See on the Calendar in Parkwood?

Pandora Simpson is the Chair of Community Activities for Parkwood Association, and she wants your ideas for events in the Parkwood community. She also needs volunteers for her committee! 

Submit your ideas and contact information to and watch the community calendar for her activities committee meeting announcements .