Jun 21

Roanoke Recap – June 21

Posted on June 21, 2019 at 10:22 AM by Melinda Mayo

Welcome to Roanoke Recap, a blog to keep citizens informed about city news and events! If you are reading this blog for the first time and wish to receive an email notification when a new blog is posted, please contact the Office of Communications at communications@roanokeva.gov.

Roanoke Chosen as First-Ever Hall of Fame Winner

On Friday, June 7, the National Civic League announced their selection of the City of Roanoke as the first-ever All-America City Hall of Fame Winner. Roanoke has a long history with the All-America City Award, receiving this recognition for a record seven times. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes Roanoke’s continued work and advancement of the Star City Reads initiative, and the impact of Roanoke Public Libraries’ Feed and Read Program. Click here to read more.

Citizen Police Academy Starts in August

The next Citizen Police Academy will begin on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Roanoke Police Academy, 5401-B Barns Ave NW. The Academy provides an opportunity for citizens to become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the Police Department, and gain a better understanding of the procedures, guidelines, responsibilities, policies, and laws that guide the Department’s decisions. Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room 216 at the Police Academy every Thursday night through Oct. 17; a light meal will be provided.  There is no fee to participate, and you do not have to be a City resident. Participants must apply in advance using this link. If you have questions, please contact Investigator Anna Volk at 540-853-5441.

City to Host Fireworks Event

Roanoke’s “Fireworks on the Fourth” event will take place at River’s Edge Sports Complex South on July 4. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Bring your family and some lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy food trucks, bouncy castles, face painting, and live patriotic music performed by Winds of the Blue Ridge. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. More details are available here.

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Jun 07

Roanoke Recap – June 7

Posted on June 7, 2019 at 9:49 AM by Melinda Mayo

Welcome to Roanoke Recap, a blog to keep citizens informed about city news and events! If you are reading this blog for the first time and wish to receive an email notification when a new blog is posted, please contact the Office of Communications at communications@roanokeva.gov.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Friday, June 7, is the Fifth Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. This week, Mayor Sherman Lea asked citizens to join him in observing this day by wearing orange to remember the victims of gun violence. He also asked citizens to take time on June 7 to reflect on the challenges that we, as a community, face from increased violence and hatred that divide us as a community; and he announced the formation of a Task Force on Gun Violence. Download and read the Mayor’s statement here.

Cooling Assistance Program to Begin this Month

The Department of Social Services announces that the Cooling Assistance Program will begin in June. Cooling assistance provides purchase or repair of cooling equipment and/or payment for electricity to operate cooling equipment.  Applications will be accepted online here, through the Enterprise Customer Service Center, and at local departments of Social Services from June 15 to Aug. 15. To provide easier access to this program, from June 17 to June 20 residents can apply at specific locations in the City.  Locations, dates, and times are listed here.

Reminder to Event Organizers and Residents

Summer is a great time to hold an event in the City. With this in mind, the City reminds organizers and planners that the City’s Special Events Policy requires a Public Assembly Permit for special events that use public spaces, such as streets, greenways, public parks, and plazas. Before you plan an event, please contact our Public Works Department at 853-5482 and fill out an Assembly Permit. To read the City’s Special Event Policy and Special Event Planning Guide, click here.


May 24

Roanoke Recap - May 24

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 12:10 PM by Melinda Mayo

Welcome to Roanoke Recap, a blog to keep citizens informed about city news and events! If you are reading this blog for the first time and wish to receive an email notification when a new blog is posted, please contact the Office of Communications at communications@roanokeva.gov.


City to Develop Immigration Integration Plan

The City of Roanoke has received the Gateways for Growth Challenge grant, which will provide technical assistance in creating an immigrant integration plan to help make our community more welcoming and equitable for all people. Community members are invited to be involved in the planning process. The final plan will be revealed during Welcoming Week in September. Click here to read more.

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'Trojan Dog' Relocates to Raleigh Court Branch Library

The “Trojan Dog,” Roanoke’s four-legged friend, has taken up temporary residence at the Raleigh Court Branch Library. Upon the completion of new Fire Station 7, he will relocate and once again stand guard at that location. The dog has been a fixture in Raleigh Court since 2010. 

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Want to Use the Greenways? There’s a Map for That!

Roanoke Parks and Recreation now offers greenway maps with parking information, restroom locations, bike repair stations, and more. These are available online to download and are mobile friendly. To find out more, click here.

RAC to Invite Community Input on Neighborhood Public Art

On Wednesday, May 29, the Roanoke Arts Commission invites the community to join local artists and neighbors from Norwich, Mountain View, Wasena, and Raleigh Court as they begin exploring possibilities for a public art project under the Memorial Avenue Bridge, an area central to the four neighborhoods. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at Mountain View Recreation Center (714 13th St. SW) with a tour of the project area, followed by an opportunity for attendees to give their input for the type of art project desired.  Read about this event on the Art in Roanoke Facebook page.

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