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This edition is sponsored by Raleigh Convergence.

Hi y'all,

To be honest, I’m still in a bit of shock from receiving the Community Network Grant from the Facebook Journalism Project.

But I am SO excited to get started. 

Key to The New Neighbor Project’s success is the four community ambassadors.

These four neighbors in the communities of Cary, Knightdale, Southeast Raleigh and Raleigh at large will be paid to tell the stories of these communities in four parts and given a monthly stipend to take on moderating duties of a corresponding Facebook group for newcomers. 

Who is a good fit for this: 
  • Someone with a welcoming personality. Someone who seems to know everyone and truly delights in the place they call home.
  • Someone who cares not just about the lists we’re on but is willing to thoughtfully examine ways we can do better. 
  • Someone who, like our values statement says, believes “y’all means all: We believe in celebrating the diversity of our community and examining ways we can make Raleigh safer and more welcoming to all.”
  • Someone with a community organizing background could thrive at this work, as would an active volunteer.
What isn’t required:
  • A journalism or writing background. Community contributors will be taught journalism as a process. 
  • A certain level of education. 
  • Always availability during the traditional 9 to 5. This is flexible to do on your own time for people with a variety of different roles at work or in caregiving. 
If this is something you’re interested in, please fill out the interest form! If you have more questions, send me a note! 

To new and existing neighbors,
Sarah Day

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Make sure you're ready to vote!

The deadline is approaching to register to vote for the March 3 primary. Here are a few resources to make sure your voice counts.

🗳️ Deadline to know: Register by Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. if you plan to vote on Election Day. [REGISTER]

🗳️ Check if you're registered to vote. [link]

🗳️ Check your address or other registration details. [link]

🗳️ Early voting begins Feb. 13. You can go to any of these sites. 

🗳️ And if you miss the registration deadline, you can still register to vote during early voting and cast your ballot at the same time. [details]

🗳️ A photo ID will not be required to vote in the March 3 primary election.

🗳️ See your sample ballot.

🗳️ Unaffiliated/independent voter? You can choose one party's primary ballot.

🗳️ How to vote absentee. [link]
Black babies in Wake County are nearly 4 times more likely than white babies to die before their first birthday. The News & Observer's new special report looks at this heartbreaking issue: why North Carolina is losing Black babies at higher rates. [read]

+ The N&O also reported on what can be done to help reduce infant deaths. [read]


INDY Week's local beer guide is a virtual tour of Triangle area breweries -- or a checklist of places to visit. [read]

Did you want to start a podcast but couldn't find a location? Enter Triangle Podcast Studio in Cary. [read]

Raleigh-based North Carolina education news site EdNC turns 5. [read]

Raleigh and other local and state leaders have set ambitious climate action goals. Can we meet them? [read]

Tips or topics you're curious about? Tap reply or email
☑️ The Wake Transit Work Plan is up for public comment: The fiscal year 2021 work plan for projects including progress on bus rapid transit, expanded frequency for service, new facilities and more. The comment form is open for feedback until Feb. 29.

In the plan:
  • More frequent service, including:
    • Between Apex and Downtown Raleigh.
    • Along Glenwood Avenue, connecting Downtown Raleigh, Crabtree Mall and Brier Creek areas.
  • Continued work on the Bus Rapid Transit projects.
  • A new Cary bus facility.
  • Build an East Raleigh transfer facility and new park and ride lot.
  • Acquire land and design a Midtown transfer facility near North Hills.
  • More park and ride lots.
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