Oct 08

Roanoke Recap – Oct. 8, 2021

Posted on October 8, 2021 at 11:42 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Virginia Redistricting Commission Seeks Public Input for Development of Election District Maps

Beginning on Monday, Oct. 4, the Virginia Redistricting Commission will host a series of virtual public hearings for the various regions across Virginia. During these hearings, members of the public will have the chance to share their thoughts on the election district maps being developed by the Commission. More details are available here.

Treasurer's Office Closes Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons in October to Prepare for New System

Beginning Oct. 7, 2021, through Oct. 26, 2021, the City of Roanoke Treasurer’s Office will be closed to the public on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12 to 5 p.m.  During these closings, as well as on evenings and weekends, Treasurer’s Office employees will receive training for a new tax and treasury system, and test the system in preparation for its launch. To learn more, click here

Vaccinate Virginia logoCOVID-19 Vaccine News

RCAHD has announced a Community Vaccine Center will open at the former Sears location at Valley View Mall, located at 4812 Valley View Blvd. The Center is projected to open on Oct. 14, and will offer free COVID-19 vaccination appointments from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  While appointments are encouraged, walk-ins also will be accepted.

Appointments for a free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot are available to any Virginian 65 years old and older, or those over 18 with underlying medical conditions or who live or work in a high risk setting, and who received the second dose of their Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine six months or more ago.   In addition, individuals seeking their first dose of Johnson and Johnson or their first or second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or those who are immunosuppressed and need a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine may also receive a vaccination at no cost.

To make an appointment, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).

Sep 24

Roanoke Recap – Sept. 24, 2021

Posted on September 24, 2021 at 11:48 AM by Melinda Mayo

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C Roberts head shot SMALLERConstruction Begins on New Transit Facility

This week, the City of Roanoke and Valley Metro announced that MB Contractors was given notice to proceed on Sept. 21, 2021, to start construction on the new Transit Facility, which will be located at the 300 block of Salem Avenue. MB Contractors has begun initial preparatory activities for construction. This project is estimated to take 24 months of construction.

City Selects Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Coordinator

The City of Roanoke has announced the selection of Christopher Roberts as Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Coordinator, a two-year grant position funded by the $500,000 Virginia Gun Violence Intervention Program Grant awarded to the City in July. Roberts will coordinate activities and programs between the City departments, community groups, stakeholders, and agencies in the awareness, suppression, intervention and prevention of youth and gang-related activity. Read more here

Roanoke Hosts Events to Share Star City Reads Success Story With Other Communities

On Sept. 22 and 23, Roanoke Public Libraries hosted representatives from the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR). These CGLR staffers brought community members, funders, and nonprofit employees from Winchester, VA, and Dorchester County, MD--two communities that are considering whether to join the CGLR network. The visit celebrated Roanoke's creative collaborations, which have led to measurable improvements in third grade reading rates in the City of Roanoke, particularly for low-income children. Activities planned for this visit can be found here

Star City Reads logoStar City Reads Program Wins VML Innovation Award

The Virginia Municipal League (VML) recently announced the winners of its 2021 Innovation Awards, which spotlight excellence in local government. The statewide competition annually recognizes innovative problem-solving, excellence in management, citizen participation, and improved services to citizens. The City of Roanoke’s Star City Reads program was selected as the award winner in the “Working With Youth” category. Details can be found here.

City to Host Community Vaccine Events Through December 15

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts are offering multiple clinics every week around the Roanoke region where anyone age 12 and up can receive their free COVID-19 vaccine, which includes the first and second doses. More information can be found here.

Sep 10

Roanoke Recap – Sept. 10, 2021

Posted on September 10, 2021 at 12:55 PM by Melinda Mayo

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Roanoke Celebrates Welcoming Week

The week of Sept. 10-19, the City of Roanoke will host its 4th annual Welcoming Week, along with many local partners. The week kicked off on Friday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. with a ceremony in the Council Chamber at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building; and a 5K Fun Run/Roanoke Runs for Refugees at 6 p.m.in Wasena Park. Other events scheduled include:

  • Saturday, 9/11—10 a.m.: Scavenger Hunt and vendor fair, downtown/Main Library
  • Sunday, 9/12—3 p.m.: International Soccer Cup, Rivers Edge North
  • Friday, 9/17—6:30 p.m.: Salsa lesson, Century Plaza
  • Saturday, 9/18—Roanoke World Tour of Food

 Read more about Welcoming Week here.  

City to Invest $2.3 Million in Park System

The City's Parks and Recreation Department is set to invest more than $2.3 million in the park system, with an emphasis on deferred maintenance items. A prioritized list of maintenance needs was created as part of the department's master plan in 2019. To learn more, click here.  

Lauren Waldron Headshot smallWaldron Selected as Community Engagement Manager

The City of Roanoke has named Lauren H. Waldron as its new Community Engagement Manager, effective Aug. 30. In this role, she will manage the function of the Office of Community Engagement, which includes citizen engagement, public communications, neighborhood services, social media management, website management, research, data tracking, special community projects, media relations, FOIA requests, and public outreach. Find out more here.