Jan 08

Roanoke Recap – Jan. 8, 2021

Posted on January 8, 2021 at 10:59 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Best Sources for COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Virginia is now in Phase 1a of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution with medical and first responders receiving the vaccine, as well as some residents in assisted living and nursing home settings. At this time, there is no established timeline for vaccinations. However, at the appropriate time, the Virginia Department of Health and the City of Roanoke will utilize mass media communications to alert people who are eligible in Phase 1b and Phase 1c, and for the general public. Read more about this here.  Click here to access the City’s special website, Vaccinate Roanoke.

Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Holds First Meeting

On Thursday, Jan. 7, the City of Roanoke held the first Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Meeting. The meeting was hosted via Zoom, and recorded and shared on the Equity and Empowerment webpage. Information about the Advisory Board, as well as a recording of the meeting, can be viewed at this link.

Deadline Extended for Neighborhood Partnership Awards Nominations

The Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates (RNA) and Roanoke City Council have extended the application period for the 2020 Neighborhood Partnership Awards Program to Sunday, Jan. 31. For more information about the awards program or to nominate a neighbor, click here. 

‘Phone Down. It’s the Law.’

Distracted driving has become a serious issue across the United States. In response, Virginia has adopted a law, effective Jan. 1, 2021, making it unlawful for any person to hold a handheld personal communications device while driving a moving motor vehicle on our highways. DRIVE SMART Virginia has launched a marketing campaign, “Phone Down. It’s the Law,” to remind the public about this new law.  More information can be found here. and at this link

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Dec 18

Roanoke Recap – Dec. 18, 2020

Posted on December 18, 2020 at 11:51 AM by Melinda Mayo

Happy Holidays

The City of Roanoke sends best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season to its Roanoke Recap blog subscribers. May the year 2021 bring good health and restoration for our community and our Country!

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BFC_Bronze_Seal_2020League of American Bicyclists Names City of Roanoke a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community

This week, the League of American Bicyclists honored the efforts of the City of Roanoke to build better places for people to bike with a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community award. The City of Roanoke joins 485 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone. To celebrate the award, the City of Roanoke, along with the RIDE Solutions commuter assistance program, has designed a self-guided Bicycle Friendly Roanoke tour, highlighting many of the City's most recent accomplishments in making the community a safer place for people to cycle. Click this link to see a map of the tour. Read more about the award here.

City Plan 2040 to Be Adopted as Roanoke’s Comprehensive Plan

City Plan 2040 will be on City Council’s Dec. 21 agenda for adoption as the City's Comprehensive Plan, to replace Vision 2001-2020, which was adopted in 2001. City Plan 2040 will guide investment and decision making in Roanoke over the next 20 years. The plan recommends policies and actions that work together to achieve a specific vision for our City. Click here to see the Plan. 

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City offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas Day holiday. Trash, "B week" recycling, bulk and brush collection will remain on the regular schedule for the entire week.

City offices also will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day holiday.  Trash, "A week" recycling, bulk and brush collection will remain on the regular schedule for the entire week.

Dec 04

Roanoke Recap – Dec. 4, 2020

Posted on December 4, 2020 at 1:43 PM by Melinda Mayo

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Tuition Funding Available Through REV Initiative at Virginia Western Community College

The Commonwealth of Virginia has allocated $30 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to help Virginians whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis pursue workforce training in a high-demand field. The Re-Employing Virginians (REV) initiative will provide scholarships at Virginia Western Community College to eligible individuals, to enroll in a workforce or community college program in five essential industries including health care, information technology, skilled trades, public safety, and early childhood education. The deadline to claim this tuition funding is Dec. 14, 2020. Read more here. To see if you are eligible and schedule to meet an enrollment specialist, visit Virginia Western's website.

Brandon Avenue Paving Project Scheduled for 2021

Brandon Avenue, between Franklin Road and Brambleton Avenue, is scheduled for paving in the spring of 2021. In an effort to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities, the Transportation Division is considering making modifications to the travel lanes along the section between Colonial Avenue and Main Street. Staff is seeking public input to understand how the community feels about these potential changes. Please complete and share this survey (available through Dec. 31).   All the information about the project is posted on this webpage. If you have questions or comments about this project, please contact Andrea Garland in the City’s Transportation Division, at 540-853-5887 or by email. Information also will be shared on the division’s Facebook page.

Families May Drop Off Santa Letters at Library Drop Boxes

One book drop at each City library branch, except the Gainsboro Branch (closed for renovation), has been specially decorated for the holidays. In addition to serving as book drops, they also serve as mailboxes for the North Pole!  Families may drop off their letters to Santa at any of these book drops between now and Christmas Eve. Families may also stop by library branches to pick up a special gift bag from Santa. The bag contains a book, some activities, and a template for writing those letters!

Investiture Ceremonies Held for New City Council Members

Investiture ceremonies for Roanoke’s new City Council members were held this week at the Oliver W. Hill Justice Center. While the ceremonies were closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, they were shown live on the City of Roanoke’s Facebook Page and can be viewed by using this link. In addition, Roanoke Valley Television recorded the ceremonies for playback on Cox Channel 3.

Mayor Sherman P. Lea and Council Member-Elect Stephanie Moon Reynolds were sworn in on Thursday, Dec. 3.  Council Member-Elect Robert L. Jeffrey, Jr. and Vice-Mayor-Elect Patricia White-Boyd will be sworn in on Friday, Dec. 4, 3-4 p.m.

Roanoke 100 Miler Returns

Celebrate the New Year by accepting the Roanoke 100 Miler challenge. Participants commit to complete 100 miles in 100 days. This is one of Roanoke’s favorite fitness traditions, and a great way to learn more about the parks, trails, and greenways in our area. Register today to kick-start or supplement your fitness routine, win prizes, and get inspired by a community of motivated folks.