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iRoanoke app for smartphones lets citizens report issues in realtime

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reporting a pothole, flooded road, downed tree, or scores of other issues has just gotten easier in Roanoke. Starting today, the city is taking citizen engagement to the next level with the new iROANOKE app. iROANOKE allows citizens to report new issues using their smartphone’s GPS and camera capabilities, review existing requests, send updates, and […]

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Roanoke City precinct changes become a very long hard slog

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Roanoke City precinct changes become a very long hard slog

As demonstrated by the lack of attendance at public hearings and area presentations citizens have shown little interest in the voting precinct changes. Councilman Bill Bestpitch’s late-in-the-game voter precinct realignment plan is an unnecessary, time-wasting distraction to the long overdue three-year-old discussion of the much needed voter precinct consolidation. The 32 precincts have become way […]

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Notice to all leaf rakers – leaf collection begins Nov. 9

Monday, October 20, 2014

Roanoke will begin collecting bagged leaves starting the week of Nov. 9. Residents can put bagged leaves at the curb on the same day as their paper recycling/brush day is normally picked up. There will be no bagged leaf collection in the alleys. NOTE that regularly scheduled brush collection will occur only for large piles of brush (4′x4′x4′) during […]

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Roanoke City fiscal year 2014 results fall short and more

Friday, October 17, 2014

Roanoke City fiscal year 2014 results fall short and more

The FY2014 Financial results are still at pre-recession levels said Barbara Dameron, the city’s new Director of Finance. There was a slight 2% increase in revenue from 2013. However revenue came in $1.1 million short  of the $260 million 2014 projected budget. Sales tax was down 1% and residential real estate lost ground by .5%. Overall […]

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Councilman Bill Bestpitch and his alcohol advocacy

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Councilman Bill Bestpitch and his alcohol advocacy

At city council on October 7 Councilman Bill Bestpitch asked that an ordinance be drawn up by the city attorney, Dan Callaghan that would amendment city code to allow alcohol for events at several city parks. The hot button issue over alcohol events at Preston Park at the last city council meeting immersed the city […]

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OPINION: My brother-in-law changed city code for me

Thursday, October 16, 2014

An OPINION on City Manager’s increase in authority: Without publically explaining a reason/need – on October 7 City Council passed an amendment to Roanoke City Code that was apparently initiated by the City Attorney Dan Callaghan (though the assumption is that his brother-in-law, the City Manager Chris Morrill requested it). The amendment increases the city […]

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Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses budget shortfall

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses budget shortfall

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that reductions of 7% for fiscal year 2016 to balance the budget will be necessary to close an $882 million deficit.  “Making these budget reductions has been the most difficult experience of my term so far. Toward the end of the fiscal year, we started to see revenues not meet the […]

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4th Annual Spooky Sprint 5K set for October 25th

Monday, October 13, 2014

4th Annual Spooky Sprint 5K set for October 25th

The West End Center for Youth will be holding its 4th Annual Spooky Sprint 5k on Saturday, October 25th. The event will be held at the Wasena Picnic shelter near the Iron Bridge and the race course will take part on along the Roanoke River Greenway. There will be a race after party held immediately […]

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PATH and West End Center for Youth hold neighborhood walk

Monday, October 13, 2014

PATH and West End Center for Youth hold neighborhood walk

The West End Center for Youth will be partnering with PATH Coalition to hold a “Walk Safely in your Neighborhood” event in the West End neighborhood of the City of Roanoke on Tuesday, October 14th. The walk will start at the West End Village at the new Freedom First Credit Union located at 1210 Patterson […]

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Planned Parenthood says Ed Gillespie’s healthcare plan hurts women

Friday, October 10, 2014

Richmond, VA-Today, Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie unveiled his long awaited alternative to the Affordable Care Act. As expected, Gillespie’s plan is nothing more than a veiled attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the critical protections put in place by the law such as ensuring women are not charged more than men for […]

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U.S. Western District Court cases for the coming week

Friday, October 10, 2014

Next Wednesday, October 15, 2014, US Attorney Heaphy, along with officials from Homeland Security Investigations and other agencies, will hold a press conference to announce the sentencing of Elin Coello-Ordonez. Coello-Ordonez was previously convicted of human trafficking charges for bringing an 18-year-old woman from Honduras to the United States to work as a prostitute. The […]

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Roanoke receives funds from Homeland Security Grant

Friday, October 10, 2014

Roanoke City is one of 79 Virginia localities to receive more than $4.8 million in federal funds to enhance emergency preparedness throughout Virginia. The funds, administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, are from the fiscal year 2014 State Homeland Security Grant program. Roanoke City received over $156,000 for Tactical Response Team Personal Protective Equipment. “These critical […]

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