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Posted on October 8, 2021 at 11:42 AM by Melinda Mayo
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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.
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.
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).
Posted on September 24, 2021 at 11:48 AM by Melinda Mayo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on September 10, 2021 at 12:55 PM by Melinda Mayo
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:
Read more about Welcoming Week here.
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.
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.