by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green

Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities

Students from nine Triad universities and colleges will volunteer for service projects on Jan. 18 as park of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Services in partnership with local organizations. Wake Forest University, Winston- Salem State University, Big Brothers Big Sisters and HandsOn of Northwest NC will host a youth read-in in Winston-Salem; Greensboro College and Bennett College will retrofit compact fluorescent light bulbs in the East White Oak Community Center in Greensboro; UNCG students will staff a booth at a local community health fair; Guilford College students will host an annual youth celebration; GTCC students will help High Point Regional Health System assemble cards and blankets for patients; and Davidson Community College students will build raised beds for a new community garden in Lexington.

Ignite Greensboro’s “Let’s Raise A Million” project is open to all volunteers. Volunteers will deploy from East White Oak Community Center, located at 1801 10 th St. in Greensboro, and fan out through neighborhoods, where they will educate residents about environmental and health benefits and offer to change out old light bulbs with more efficient fluorescents. Volunteers are asked to pre-register at www. ignitegreensboro.wordpress. com. Pre-day set up and canvassing will take place on Saturday. Training takes place on Jan. 17 at 4 p.m., but volunteers can show up at noon on Jan. 18 to receive assignments.

King: A Filmed Record…

Montgomery to Memphis, a 1970 documentary directed by Sidney Lumet, will screen at the Main Theatre on the UNC School of the Arts campus in Winston-Salem at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17. Admission is $8.

Darryl Hunt, the Winston- Salem man who was released after spending 18 years in

prison for a crime he did commit, will speak about the Darryl Hunt Project For Freedom and Justice at a meeting of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 18. — JG

US Senate candidate flexes fundraising muscles

Democrat Cal Cunningham, a Lexington lawyer, raised more than $320,000 for the reporting period ending Dec. 31 in his bid to challenge Republican Sen. Richard Burr in the 2010 midterm elections. Cunningham, a former state senator who works for the Kilpatrick Stockton law firm in Winston-Salem, announced his candidacy last month. “I am grateful for the outpouring of support to this campaign since announcing for the United States Senate one month ago,” Cunningham said in a statement. “North Carolinians from all across this state have joined this

effort — and our fight to bring Richard Burr home.” Cunningham, who received the Bronze Star while serving overseas as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, collected more than $180,000 in online contributions. Nearly 750 people contributed to the campaign with 85 percent of those contributions coming from North Carolina residents. Cunningham’s fundraising totals include no personal loans, according to a press release. — KTB

Greensboro police report declining crime rates in 2009

Homicides declined by 28 percent in the Gate City from 2008 to 2009, the Greensboro Police Department reports, while violent crime dropped 4 percent and property crimes were reduced by 3 percent. Chief Tim Bellamy credited residents with the reductions. “Officers and investigators are committed to making Greensboro as safe as possible,” he said. “Ultimately though, it is the

citizens of Greensboro who are responsible for the reduction. The decline suggests to me that citizens are proactive in reporting violations and are increasingly less tolerant of criminal activity in this city.” — JG

Nonprofit helps homeless escape bitter cold temperatures

Two Winston-Salem nonprofits are collaborating for the second year in a row to ensure the area’s homeless can find shelter from the record-breaking cold temperatures that have blanketed the region in recent weeks. The Winston-Salem Rescue Mission is currently in its second year partnering with Bethesda Center for the Homeless to operate the city’s winter overflow shelter. The overflow shelter is located at the Rescue Mission’s Bethel Hall on Oak Street and offers beds for 20 homeless clients. Mike Foster, the Rescue Mission’s development director, said the First

Baptist Churchinitiated a similar effort years ago. After construction of the RescueMission’s New Life Center was completed 18 months ago, space at thenonprofit was freed up to handle overflow from shelters at BethesdaCenter, Samaritan Ministries and the Salvation Army. Bethesda Centercoordinates placement of the homeless at Bethel Hall.

“It’sa pretty good partnership,” Foster said. “There have been nights whenit was full and full early. That was some of those brutally cold nightslast week, but strangely, there hasn’t been as great a demand in recentnights.” The reason for the decreased demand appears to be that anumber of the chronic homeless have transitioned into housing, Fostersaid.

“Based onthe numbers, we’re all doing something right,” Foster said. “Anytimethere’s an opportunity for us to work with Bethesda Center, CrisisControl Ministry and Samaritan to ensure someone gets help, we’re allbehind that.” — KTB

Greensboro transportation guru retires

Last week marked the retirement of J. Douglas Galyon fromthe NC Board of Transportation. Galyon served on the board for morethan 16 years, representing Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange andRockingham counties. A former public affairs director and yarnprocurement director at Guilford Mills, Galyon served on the GreensboroCity Council and the Guilford County Commission. He is

the namesake of the bus and train depot in downtown Greensboro. At-large Greensboro City Councilman Robbie Perkins has called Galyon “one of the foremost transportation planners in the state.” State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti summedup Galyon’s legacy in a press statement: “Doug has been a champion forgreater environmental awareness and expanding transportation optionsfor North Carolinians. He has worked hard to see policies such asComplete Streets and a greater focus on land-use planning become partof the culture of DOT.” — JG

Informational meetings held on 68 Connector and High Point Road

Guilford Countyresidents will have an opportunity to hear information aboutdevelopments in two significant corridors on Thursday.

TheNC Department of Transportation will hold an informational meetingabout the proposed construction of the NC Highway 68 Connector atNorthwest High School in Greensboro. The meeting takes place at 4 p.m.The department proposes to build a four-lane highway between NC Highway68 and US Highway 220 that will serve as the future Interstate 73.Anticipation of the new road has already prompted plans for GTCC’s newaviation campus and a shopping center.

Then,at 6 p.m. the city of Greensboro will hold an informational meetingabout the High Point Road/West Lee Street Corridor Plan at 6 p.m. atthe Greensboro Coliseum’s Special Events Center.

A plan to revitalize the strip is designed to encourage new public and private investment, including streetscaping. — JG

Global warming panel scheduled for Saturday

The League of WomenVoters will host a panel discussion on global climate change at theGreensboro Central Library on Saturday that includes Tancred Miller of the NC Division of Coastal Management, Katherine M. Shea of the School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill and June Blotnick of Clean Air Carolina. The event, which is funded by Oxfam America, will be attended by NC Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford). — JG