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[ARCHIVED] Roanoke Recap September 14, 2022

The original item was published from September 14, 2022 12:46 PM to September 14, 2022 4:02 PM

Upcoming Street Closures

ROANOKE, VA - Upcoming special events with parking or street restrictions:

First Friday, 9/16/22, from 2 pm to 10 pm, on Franklin between Williamson and Jefferson    

Straight Street Youth Night on Friday and Saturday, 9/16/22 and 9/17/22, from 5 pm to 11 pm on Luck between 3rd and 4th

Cyclocross Race on Saturday and Sunday, 9/17/22 and 9/18/22, from 6 am to 11 pm at Fallon Park

Henry Street Music Fest on Saturday, 9/17/22, from 8 am to 11:45 pm, at Elmwood Park and Franklin between Jefferson and Williamson

Worship Event on Sunday, 9/18/22, from 3 pm to 10:30 pm at Market Square and Market between Kirk and Campbell

Melrose Health Fair on Sunday, 9/18/22, from noon to 6 pm, on 16th between Melrose and Orange

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Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week events

Welcoming Week 2022 is in full swing! The week kicked off on Friday, September 9th with the Roanoke Runs for Refugees 5k. It was a fun and fantastic race with over 150 runners participating. Events are taking place every day this week, check out our schedule to see what’s coming up next! Welcoming Roanoke: #WhereWeBelong5k

Roanoke Community Fair Housing Survey

Your input and participation are essential in helping us understand and address fair housing needs in our community. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the Community Fair Housing Survey by clicking this link: For more information on Fair Housing click here.

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Roanoke Valley Regional Public Safety Career Fair

Thinking of a career in Public Safety? Reminder to head out to the Salem Civic Center on Saturday, September 17th to the Roanoke Valley Regional Public Safety Career Fair. Stop by and speak with representatives from RPD, Roanoke Fire-EMS, Roanoke City Sheriff's Office, and City of Roanoke E-911.

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New Boxwoods Added Below Mill Mountain Star to Honor William Booth

starMill Mountain, you'll find a plaque in honor of Mr. William H. Booth, the lead electrician for the construction of the Star in 1949. In 2007, boxwoods from the Booth family home were transplanted on Mill Mountain in his honor. This past summer, Parks and Recreation Landscape Management Coordinator, Laura Reilly, worked with Mr. Booth's son to add new boxwoods where some of the original plantings had not survived.

Boxwoods were chosen by the family specifically to honor Mr. Booth because he was "a blue-collar man with no frills," and a boxwood was similarly "no frills." We recently received a message of thanks, calling the landscaping, "elegant and very respectful of my father’s role in managing the work to electrify the Star in 1949. And it is also a tribute to the steel workers, excavators and other laborers who did the actual construction." 

We hope you'll join us in thanking Laura and her crew for their great work on this project, and we invite you to take a moment to visit the boxwoods and think of Mr. Booth's work the next time you visit Mill Mountain!