Dec 22

Roanoke Recap – Dec. 23, 2021

Posted on December 22, 2021 at 4:21 PM by Melinda Mayo

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City Council Names 2021 Citizen of the Year

On Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at City Council’s 7 p.m. meeting, Roanoke City Council named Dr. Cheryl Hartman as the 2021 Citizen of the Year. Dr. Hartman was selected based on her outstanding contributions to our community, including her service as the Director of Youth Development at Family Service of Roanoke Valley; her work with Carilion Clinic to establish an adolescent addiction treatment, as well as Carilion’s office-based opioid treatment program; and her leadership in the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke’s campaign to raise the funds and construct Centennial Playground. To learn more, click here

Neighborhood Partnership Awards Winners Announced

At the Dec. 20, 2021, the City of Roanoke announced the winners for each category of the 18th Annual Roanoke City Neighborhood Partnership Awards. These awards recognize neighborhood organizations and individuals who have partnered with City departments, Schools, nonprofits, businesses, and institutions to make a difference in our community through their service. To read about these awards winners and their contributions, click here.

City Sends 2022 Solid Waste Collection & Hazardous Weather Preparation Guide

Copies of the 2022 Solid Waste Collection & Hazardous Weather Preparation Guide have been mailed to Roanoke residents. The Guide provides information about year-round solid waste collection, including a calendar that shows when trash, recycling, and bulk and brush will be picked up. In addition, this publication informs citizens about snow removal, flood preparedness, and offers emergency contact information. Digital copies of the Guide are posted on the City’s website in English and Spanish. If you do not receive your Guide by the end of December, please contact the Solid Waste Division at 853-2000, Option 1. More information can be found here.

Free Basketball Tournament, DJ Battle Planned for January 

Roanoke Parks and Recreation (PLAY Roanoke) is offering two free events on Jan. 29: A 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament at the Berglund Center, followed by a Battle of the DJs after party at the Eureka Recreation Center. These events are free to the community to participate in and attend, and they are part of the Star City Safe Initiative to offer expanded services and access to public facilities to keep our youth and neighborhoods safe through programming and engagement. More information is available here.

 

Dec 10

Roanoke Recap – Dec. 10, 2021

Posted on December 10, 2021 at 12:09 PM by Melinda Mayo

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City of Roanoke Christmas Parade Happens Tonight

At 6:30 p.m. tonight (Dec. 10), the City of Roanoke Christmas Parade will begin on Jefferson Street at Elm Avenue, turning onto Campbell Avenue, going past Market Square, and ending at Williamson Road. The parade is part of Dickens of a Christmas, an annual holiday celebration organized by Downtown Roanoke Inc. on the first three Friday nights of December every year in Roanoke. Details are available here.

City Accepting Registrations for Spring 2022 Leadership College

Have you ever wondered how the City operates? Do you know which department is responsible for what service? Would you like to hear City leaders talk about the vision and future of Roanoke? Do you want to make changes in your neighborhood? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then consider participating in the City’s Spring 2022 Leadership College, a nine-week community leadership program designed to increase the level of effective communication between City government and residents. Find out more here.  

Basketball in hoop SMALLERParks and Recreation to Offer Free Basketball Tournament, DJ Battle on January 29

Roanoke Parks and Recreation (PLAY Roanoke) is offering two free events on Jan. 29: A 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament at the Berglund Center, followed by a Battle of the DJs after party at the Eureka Recreation Center. These events are free to the community to participate in and attend, and they are part of the Star City Safe Initiative to offer expanded services and access to public facilities to keep our youth and neighborhoods safe through programming and engagement. More information can be found here

City Opens Online Applications for ARPA Funding

Online grant applications are now open for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Individuals, families, nonprofits, mental health service providers, substance abuse treatment, small businesses, and arts and cultural organizations may apply through the City of Roanoke. Learn more here.  


Nov 19

Roanoke Recap – Nov. 19, 2021

Posted on November 19, 2021 at 10:16 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Digital Cities Survey 2021 Recognizes City of Roanoke

This week, the Center for Digital Government announced the winners of the 2021 Digital Cities Survey, recognizing cities utilizing technology to tackle social challenges, enhance services, strengthen cybersecurity, and more. The City of Roanoke was recognized among the top 10 cities in the 75,000-124,999 population category, and for its commitment and dedication to participating in the survey since it began in 2001. More information can be found here.   

City Libraries to Participate in VDH Pilot Program Distributing COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recently announced its partnership with 18 libraries and library systems across the Commonwealth to distribute COVID-19 rapid antigen at-home test kits at no cost. Roanoke Public Libraries is among the participating libraries. Its library branches will begin distributing the kits starting Nov. 17, at all six branches during regular business hours through the pilot program deadline of Dec. 31. To learn more, click here

City to Conduct Citizen Survey

Beginning the week of Nov. 22, the City of Roanoke will conduct a Citizen Survey administered by Issues & Answers, a marketing research firm hired by the City. Participants will be selected at random using national call databases. Responses to the survey questions will be compiled and used to identify areas where improvement is needed for Roanoke’s local government, as well as to celebrate areas of success. Use this link to learn more.

Solid Waste Collection Changes for Thanksgiving Week

City offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26, for Thanksgiving holidays. As a result, the schedule for collection of trash, bulk items, and “A” week recycling during that week will change. See the revised collection schedule here. For more information, call 853-2000, option 1.