Oct 16

Roanoke Recap – Oct. 16, 2020

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 10:56 AM by Melinda Mayo

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GO Fest Activities to Be Held This Weekend

The 2020 GO Fest will be held this weekend, Oct. 16-18. However, out of respect to COVID-19 precautions, this year GO Fest cannot happen in the traditional sense. Instead, to keep the spirit of GO Fest alive, the event will offer activities including a benefit concert, epic team challenge, gear raffles, and small-scale outings spread throughout the region. Click here to learn more.

Bank On Financial Wellness Series Begins in October

Bank On Roanoke Valley announces its next round of the Bank On Financial Wellness Series, which runs from October 2020 to March 2021. The series meets virtually on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on GoToMeeting. Classes are limited to 15 participants, and seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Financial professionals will teach the workshops, and empower your decision making and financial confidence through goal setting and consistent check-ins. Participants who attend all classes and meet their financial goals are eligible to receive rewards and incentives. To learn how to enroll, contact Brandon Meginley at brandon.meginley@roanokeva.gov or call 540-853-1120.

More Than $8 Million Provided to Community for COVID-19 Recovery

The City of Roanoke continues to provide financial support for the Community and its COVID-19 recovery. Based upon an extensive community-led effort, more than $10 million in CARES Act funding has been authorized to support the community.  Read more here.

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Recognizes Roanoke for Work Supporting Healthy Development

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced that it is recognizing Roanoke’s Star City Reads initiative as a Pacesetter recipient for its work promoting healthy development in 2019.  Roanoke was announced as a Pacesetter finalist in July, recognized for filing stories that were highly rated by peer reviewers from GLR Network communities. More information is available here

Oct 02

Roanoke Recap – Oct. 2, 2020

Posted on October 2, 2020 at 12:06 PM by Melinda Mayo

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City of Roanoke Provides Response to Recent Increase in Gun Violence

On Thursday, Oct. 1, Mayor Sherman P. Lea, Vice-Mayor Joe Cobb, Roanoke Police Chief Sam Roman, and U.S. Marshal Tom Foster held a press conference addressing the recent increase in gun violence in the City of Roanoke.  Read more here.

City Council Invites Nominations for 2020 Citizen of the Year

Roanoke City Council invites nominations for the 2020 Citizen of the Year. Information describing the criteria and nomination form are available on the City’s website and in the City Clerk’s Office, Room 456, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Ave. SW, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  More information is available here

City to Resume Parking Enforcement

Enforcement of on-street parking regulations will resume for City streets beginning Monday, Oct. 19. In addition, the Center in the Square and Tower parking garages will return to normal operating hours and fee schedules on Monday, Oct. 19. Click here to learn more

HUD Awards $3.7 Million to Protect Roanoke Residents from Lead, Other Home Health and Safety Hazards

Last week, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joseph J. DeFelice announced that $3,718,733 has been awarded to the City of Roanoke, Virginia to protect children and families from lead-based paint and home health hazards. The funding, which will support the City’s Lead Safe Roanoke Program, is part of nearly $165 million awarded nationwide to 44 state and local government agencies in 23 states.  More information is available here.


Sep 18

Roanoke Recap - Sept. 18, 2020

Posted on September 18, 2020 at 12:02 PM by Melinda Mayo

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Gainsboro Branch Library Closed for Renovation

Ten amazing years after its renovation, the City of Roanoke will refresh the amenities available at the Gainsboro Branch Library. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15, curbside service ceased and the bookdrop closed at the Gainsboro Branch so that work can begin. Read more here.

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E-911 Center Staff Moves to Blue Hills Communications Center

On Aug. 6, the City held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Communications Center located at 1830 Blue Hills Circle, built to house the city’s E-911 Center and the VA811 Contact Center.  While attention to some final details for the 911 Center delayed staff from moving in immediately after the ceremony, last week the switch occurred. Our 911 staff is now at Blue Hills, operating in a work environment that enhances communication, using the most up-to-date equipment to assist citizens who call for help. This new facility will set the stage for continued growth in technology and development of the Center for decades to come.

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Council Member Osborne Resigns

Effective Sept. 16, 2020, at 5 p.m., Councilwoman Djuna Osborne resigned from Roanoke City Council.  Ms. Osborne joined Roanoke City Council on July 1, 2018, and her term was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2022.  In her resignation she explained, “Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 I, along with each of you, have had to make significant adjustments to accommodate the needs of my family.  As a result, I am no longer in a position to meet the full obligation of my Council duties while also meeting my new obligation as a full-time stay-at-home mom and educator, along with the ongoing responsibilities of my private practice.”  Roanoke City Council held a special meeting on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, to discuss next steps in filling this vacancy. Official action resulting from this meeting will occur on Monday, Sept. 21, at City Council’s 2 p.m. session.

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