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Posted on: November 14, 2018

City of Roanoke Schedules Vet Visit for 'Trojan Dog'

On Monday, Nov. 19, the Trojan Dog, Roanoke’s four-legged friend, will depart Fire Station #7 to be groomed. The dog, a fixture in the Grandin Village since 2010, will get a new protective coat, and 4 DD Designs will work to fix small cracks on ...

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Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: October 22, 2018

Arts Commission, Ride Solutions, Valley Metro Open Application for 2019 ‘Writer By Bus’ Program

Once again in 2019, the Roanoke Arts Commission, Ride Solutions, and Valley Metro will sponsor the Writer By Bus Program. A writer or writers, selected through a competitive process by a panel of Arts Commission and community members, will be paid a $1,00...

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Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: August 2, 2018

City Issues RFQ for Art for New Melrose Branch Library

The City of Roanoke has issued a Request for Qualifications for the design and fabrication of artwork to be displayed on the plaza of the new Melrose Branch Library at 2502 Melrose Ave. NW.  Artists or teams of artists who would like to be consid...

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Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: June 28, 2018

‘Tenth Year of Public Art’ Celebration to Conclude with Newly Commissioned Art

The City of Roanoke and the Roanoke Arts Commission announce the selection of Stephen Fairfield of St. David, Ariz., to create a special work of art celebrating 10 years of public art in Roanoke. The piece, titled Global Harmony, will be placed in Entranc...

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Posted on: June 8, 2018

PHHS National Art Honor Society Students Create Mural for City of Roanoke’s Public Art Collection

Roanoke, VA – On Friday, June 8, the City of Roanoke unveiled a new mural on the first floor of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building. Titled “Be the Change,” the mural was designed and fabricated by the students of the Patri...

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Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: May 1, 2018

People’s Choice Recipients Announced for Inlet Art Project

Roanoke, VA – Almost 3,500 citizens voted on Facebook and in person at the Grandin Road Earth Day Celebration to select the Inlet Art Project artists and their work to receive the People's Choice Awards:

  • First Place and $200 goes to Ned Savage fo...
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Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: April 18, 2018

Public Invited to Vote for Inlet Art to Receive People’s Choice Award

Roanoke, VA – As part the Inlet Art Project, five artists have painted stormdrain inlets around the city. During the week of April 21-27 the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite stormdrain inlet artwork through the City of Roanok...

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Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: January 29, 2018

Artists Chosen for Inlet Art Project

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke's Stormwater Division and the Roanoke Arts Commission have chosen five artists to enhance six stormdrains as part of an environmental education program. The project seeks to transform six stormdrains around the ...

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Posted on: December 14, 2018

Alley Collection to Return to Normal Schedule Next Week

Due to hazardous conditions that remain from this past Sunday's snowfall, the city's Solid Waste collection crews have not been able to enter certain alleys to service trash and recycling containers. Alley collection will return to normal schedule next we...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 13, 2018

Municipal Building Closed Until Friday, Dec. 14

Roanoke, VA - The City of Roanoke’s Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building has received a serious bomb threat. As a result, the building was evacuated before 4:00 p.m. and will reopen for regular business hours tomorrow morning on Friday, Dec. 14.&am...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 11, 2018

Valley Metro Bus Services to Resume Normal Routes

Valley Metro will begin running its regular bus routes today, Dec. 11, at 2:15 p.m.


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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 11, 2018

Final Leaf Collection Week Postponed to Dec. 17-21

Due to this week's snow event, the final week of paper bagged leaf collection has been postponed until next week, Dec. 17-21.  Please remember the following:

  • Leaves must be placed in biodegradable paper leaf bags and set at the curb for pickup.
  • The...
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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 10, 2018

Update on City Operations for Week of Dec. 10

The following information is an update on operations for the City of Roanoke for the remainder of this week:

Snow Removal

  • Snow removal operations made significant progress on primary roads during the day Sunday and overnight. Operations have transitioned to...
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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 10, 2018

Roanoke City Schools to Open Several Schools on Tuesday to Feed Students

Roanoke City Schools will open the following schools on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to feed students:

  • Fallon Park Elementary
  • Highland Park Elementary
  • Hurt Park Elementary
  • Lincoln Terrace Elementary
  • Westside Elementary
  • William Fleming High School.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 10, 2018

Dec. 10 Melrose-Orange Target Area Stakeholders Meeting Cancelled

The Dec. 10 meeting of the Melrose-Orange Target Area (MOTA) stakeholders at the Goodwill campus on Melrose Avenue has been cancelled due to the weather conditions. The next scheduled meeting for the MOTA stakeholders is Jan. 14, 2019.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 9, 2018

City to Delay Opening Offices on Monday

Due to extreme weather conditions, the City of Roanoke will delay opening its offices on Monday, Dec. 10. Offices will open at noon.  Employees who are engaged in 24-hour operations or in snow removal efforts will report as scheduled.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 9, 2018

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Altered Due to Snow Event

Due to extreme weather conditions, all trash, “A week” recycling, bulk, and brush collection will be pushed back at least one day for the week of Dec. 10-14.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 9, 2018

City Library Branches to Alter Hours of Operation on Monday

Due to extreme weather conditions, all Roanoke Public Library branches in the city will operate on reduced hours on Monday, Dec. 10.  Branches plan to open at noon and close at 5 p.m.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 9, 2018

Valley Metro Bus Services Delayed for Monday

Valley Metro bus services will be delayed on Monday, Dec. 10.  All bus services will begin running at 12:15 p.m. Basic routes, the Star Line Trolley, the SmartWay Bus, and the SmartWay Express will be running on snow routes and will leave Campbel...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 7, 2018

City Prepares for Snowfall in Roanoke

The National Weather Service has forecasted snow for the Roanoke area this weekend. With this in mind, the city reminds residents of its process for snow removal.

If snow accumulates on streets, the city will aim to clear 95 percent of the snow from major ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 6, 2018

Roanoke Public Libraries Announce Launch of Star City Reads Toy Collection

At a special event this morning, Dec. 6, Roanoke Public Libraries announced the launch of the Star City Reads Toy Collection, which will allow families to check out toys. Yes, that’s right—toys!  Families will be given the opp...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: December 4, 2018

City Seeks Community Input on New Public Art Project in Northwest

On Monday, Dec. 10, city officials invite residents, business owners, and other stakeholders in the city’s Melrose-Orange Target Area (MOTA) to provide feedback on a public art installation at the new Melrose Branch Library. A representative from the Age-...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 29, 2018

Lead Safe Roanoke Receives Statewide Award

Lead Safe Roanoke recently received the 2018 Virginia Housing Award for Best Housing Preservation/Revitalization Effort at the Virginia Governor's Housing Conference in Arlington. The program is currently funded by a three-year, $2.7 million Lead-Based Pa...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 26, 2018

Update: Power Restored in Downtown Roanoke

Update (11:30 a.m.)

Power has been restored in the downtown area, including the Municipal Building and the Main Library Branch downtown, and all city services are operational.

Original Notification:

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 21, 2018

City to Hold Public Meeting Regarding Funding Requests for Non-Profits

The Management and Budget Division, together with the Human Services Advisory Board (HSAB) and the Roanoke Arts Commission (RAC), will conduct a Fiscal Year 2020 budget kickoff session on Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m., in City Council Chambers on the ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 12, 2018

City’s Recycling Campaign Earns Gold PRSA Summit Award

Roanoke, VA – In June, the City of Roanoke launched a multi-channel awareness campaign to inform and engage residents in a conversation about recent changes to the region’s recycling program. Reaching 76,000 people through social media and resulting in mo...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 12, 2018

Roanoke Selected for NLC City Innovation Ecosystem Program for Innovation Corridor Expansion

The City of Roanoke has been selected by the National League of Cities (NLC) "City Innovation Ecosystem Program" as one of 47 cities to participate in local partnerships to expand America’s innovation economy. Over the past year, NLC, with suppo...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 9, 2018

Roanoke City Council Selects Tarpley as 2018 Citizen of the Year

On Nov. 9, at the Annual Neighborhoods ‘”Harvesting the Fruits” Potluck Dinner and Neighborhood Partnership Awards Celebration, Roanoke City Council announced the selection of James Hunter Tarpley as the 2018 Citizen of the Year. Tarpley’s nomination cite...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 9, 2018

City Announces Neighborhood Partnership Awards Winners, Citizen of the Year

On Friday, Nov. 9, the city hosted the Annual Neighborhoods ‘”Harvesting the Fruits” Potluck Dinner and Neighborhood Partnership Awards Celebration in Jefferson Center’s Fitzpatrick Hall. This annual event recognizes outstanding contributions and accompli...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 8, 2018

Solid Waste Collection to Be Conducted on Normal Schedule During Veterans Day Week

For Veterans Day Week, Nov. 12-15, the city will conduct its normal collection schedule.  Solid Waste Management will collect all trash, bulk, brush and recycling routes on their normal collection day.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 14, 2018

City Alters Solid Waste Collection Schedule for Thanksgiving Week

City offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23.  As a result, the following schedule is in effect for Solid Waste Collection during Thanksgiving Week:

  • Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20, routes w...
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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 7, 2018

City's Leaf Collection Program Begins Next Week

The city’s Leaf Collection Program will be conducted in November and December on the following weeks:

  • Week of Nov. 12
  • Week of Nov. 26
  • Week of Dec. 3
  • Week of Dec. 10

No leaf collection during the week of Nov. 19 (Thanksgiving).

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  • The ...
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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 7, 2018

Melrose-Orange Target Area Stakeholders Meeting Scheduled for Monday

Residents, businesses, and property owners are encouraged to attend the next meeting of the stakeholders of the Melrose-Orange Target Area on Monday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m., at the Goodwill campus on Melrose Avenue NW., and provide feedback on the information...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 5, 2018

Roanoke Retains Top Digital City Status

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has announced the winners of the 2018 Digital Cities Survey. Now in its 18th year, the annual survey recognizes cities using technology to tackle social challenges, enhance cybersecurity, improve transparency and mu...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Updated: Repairs to Star Postponed

Maintenance on the Star has been temporarily postponed until Wednesday morning due to high winds.

Original Message: On Monday, Nov. 5, the city will be performing maintenance work on the Mill Mountain Star. The public is advised that areas around the Star ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 2, 2018

City Holds Job Fair Today

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The City of Roanoke and the Roanoke City Sheriff's Office invite the public to attend a Job Fair today, Friday, Nov. 2, in the North Lobby of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (accessible from the Campbell Avenue entrance) from 4 to 7 p.m. This event ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 30, 2018

Valley Metro to Offer Fare Free on Election Day

On Nov. 6, Election Day, Valley Metro transportation will be fare-free on all fixed route service routes and STAR paratransit service. This special promotion will enable citizens to utilize transit services to access polling locations within the City of R...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: November 8, 2018

HUD Annual Plan Public Meeting to Be Held

The HUD Annual Plan Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m., in the Emergency Operations Center, Rm. 159, at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building. Attendees will hear a review of what the city's use of Federal HUD funds has accompl...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 29, 2018

City to Hold Annual Roanoke Neighborhoods Dinner, Awards Celebration

The 2018 Annual Roanoke Neighborhoods' "Harvesting of the Fruits" Potluck Dinner and Awards Celebration will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Fitzpatrick Hall at the Jefferson Center (541 Luck Ave.). Sponsored by the Office of Nei...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 25, 2018

Roanoke Police Launch New Community-Based Paw Watch Program

Roanoke, VA - The Roanoke Police Department is rolling out a new neighborhood watch program called Paw Watch. Inspired by National Night Out's Dog Walker Watch program, Paw Watch is designed to increase a community member's situational awareness. The prog...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 18, 2018

City Selected to Develop Financial Counseling as Free Public Service for Low-Income Residents

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke, in partnership with the national Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund), announced today their selection to replicate the proven Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) model under its na...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 12, 2018

City Closures Due to Flooding

The Parks and Recreation Department announces that all activities planned for the Roanoke River Greenway this weekend have been canceled. Below is a comprehensive list of all park, trail, and greenway closures until further notice:

  • Carvins Cove (all trails...
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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 14, 2018

Reminder: City Lifts Bulk/Brush Limits

Citizens are reminded that, in anticipation of an increase in residential bulk and brush amounts due to damages caused by the recent flash-flooding event, the city’s bulk and brush limits have been lifted for Solid Waste collections during the w...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 12, 2018

Updates on Impact of Flash Flooding

The following are updates from the City of Roanoke on the impact of the flash flooding event which occurred on Thursday, Oct. 11:

  • Roanoke Parks and Recreation reports that Rivers Edge North was not affected by Thursday’s flash flooding event and ...
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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 12, 2018

City Lifts Bulk/Brush Limits, Asks Residents to Report Missing Containers

In anticipation of an increase in residential bulk and brush amounts due to damages caused by the recent flash-flooding event, the city’s bulk and brush limits have been lifted for Solid Waste collections during the week of Oct. 15-19. Also, res...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 11, 2018

Updated: Valley Metro Resumes Regular Schedule

Updated on Oct. 12: Valley Metro has resumed its regular schedule. 

Valley Metro has announced that their buses are on a delayed schedule due to street conditions resulting from flash flooding in the Valley. Passengers are advised to expect major ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 11, 2018

Flash Flooding Impacts Solid Waste Collection, City Streets

Solid Waste Collection for Thursday, Oct. 11, has been impacted by flooding and rainy conditions in city neighborhoods resulting from the current weather event.  Solid Waste Management will have additional crews available on Friday, Oct. 12, to a...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 15, 2018

Register Soon for Mayor's Business Summit

To learn best practices for streamlining the opening and operation of a business in the City of Roanoke, new and prospective business owners are reminded to register soon for the Mayor's Business Summit, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Summit ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 9, 2018

‘Walk to a Park Day’ Update

The following is an update on Roanoke City Council members' plans to participate in a 10-Minute Walk to a park for the first national “Walk to a Park Day” on Wednesday, Oct. 10:

  • Mayor Lea and City Council Member Anita Price will walk th...
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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 9, 2018

Business Summit to Share Best Practices for Starting a Business in the City of Roanoke

Mayor Sherman Lea will lead a Business Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. until noon, at the Roanoke CoLab, located at 1327 Grandin Road in the Grandin Village. This event builds on the success of Business Summits the Mayor held in 2017 and early 201...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 8, 2018

Mayor, Vice-Mayor to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of 10-Minute Walk Campaign

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On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea and Vice-Mayor Joe Cobb will join the Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in celebrating the one-year anniversary of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, highli...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 4, 2018

Four Roanoke Honorees Inducted Into Grade-Level Reading Council of Champions

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) Council of Champions has recognized four Roanoke individuals as the newest members of its Council. Dr. Rita Bishop, Superintendent of Roanoke City Public Schools; Roanoke City Mayor Sherman Lea; and Drs...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: October 1, 2018

Arts Commission Promotes Public Art with New Contest

Roanoke, VA - The Roanoke Arts Commission has launched a new campaign, Find the Art, to promote Roanoke's extensive public art collection.

Each month, the City will promote a new piece in the collection by posting an image on the Arts Commission's Facebook...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 25, 2018

Wiley Drive Bridge Temporarily Closed to Vehicular Traffic

The City of Roanoke wants citizens to know that the heavy rainfall over the past weekend has created additional damage to the upper low-water bridge on Wiley Drive. The bridge is closed to vehicular traffic until repairs are completed. Currently, pedestri...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 20, 2018

VML Recognizes Roanoke with Highest Go Green Virginia Award

The City of Roanoke has received the Virginia Municipal League’s highest environmental award, the Go Green Virginia Platinum Certification. This program reviews the city's sustainability program and the scores are based on performance for energy efficienc...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 17, 2018

Red Cross Shelter at Berglund Center to Close on Tuesday

A shutdown of the regional Red Cross shelter at Berglund Center is being coordinated. As of the latest report, there are 16 clients in shelter.  The Red Cross policy is that once a shelter is activated with clients, they must give a 24-hour notic...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 17, 2018

Solid Waste Collection On Schedule Today

Solid Waste Collection for the City of Roanoke will be on-schedule today, Monday, Sept. 17.

Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 16, 2018

National Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Warning for Roanoke

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Flash Flood Warning until 8:30 a.m. EDT Monday for the following areas: Roanoke County in west central Virginia, the City of Danville in south central Virginia,the City of Salem in west central Virgi...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 15, 2018

Emergency Officials Urge Residents in Floodplain Areas to Prepare

If you live within a floodplain throughout the Roanoke Valley, emergency officials urge you to take action now ahead of the rain and prepare in anticipation of flash flooding. If you do not have somewhere to go, the American Red Cross Shelter is up and op...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 15, 2018

City Offers Important Safety Information to Address Impact of Tropical Storm Florence

The latest video briefing from the National Weather Service on the expected impacts from Tropical Storm Florence within our county warning area can be found at the link below.https://youtu.be/gpJDdRf5vwoFlorence was located in South Carolina this morning,...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Roanoke Kicks Off Welcoming Week with Soccer Party

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On Friday, Sept. 14, the City of Roanoke and local partners are hosting the first of seven Welcoming Week events: a free soccer party. The party will take place between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Star City Soccer's indoor facility located at 3624 Aerial Way Dr...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

City Declares Local State of Emergency in Response to Threat from Hurricane Florence

Roanoke City Manager Bob Cowell has declared a local state of emergency to exist within the City of Roanoke pursuant to Section 44-146.21(a), Code of Virginia (1950), as amended and in accordance with the City of Roanoke 2016 Emergency Operations Plan. Ci...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 4, 2018

Roanoke Prepares for Inaugural Welcoming Week Celebrations

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Roanoke, VA – For the first time, the City of Roanoke and local partners are hosting a series of free community events to participate in Welcoming America’s national Welcoming Week campaign between Sept. 14 and Sept. 23.

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Posted on: September 4, 2018

City of Roanoke Joins Waze Connected Citizens Program

Two-Way Data Share Hopes to Ease Congestion and Better Inform Infrastructure

The City of Roanoke announces a data-sharing partnership with Waze, a navigation platform creating community on and off the road. Designed as a two-way data sharing program of pub...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 28, 2018

Regional Commission Seeks Citizen Input for Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is conducting a Regional Commission Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey to be used in updating the existing hazard mitigation plan, and assure region-wide safety and adequate preparation for the protection of the...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Escalator in Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge Temporarily Out of Service

The escalator in the Market Square Pedestrian Walkway Bridge that provides access from the first floor of the walkway to second floor is currently out of service. Repairs are underway, and it is anticipated service will be restored sometime next week.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Roanoke Chosen to Participate in National Initiatives

The City of Roanoke has been chosen to participate in two national initiatives to address the vitality of our city and health outcomes for our citizens. These pilot programs are designed to help local leaders build healthy, thriving communities for their ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 16, 2018

How to Safely Use the New Roundabouts on Colonial Ave.

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New roundabout traffic patterns have been implemented at two intersections beside Virginia Western Community College as part of the Colonial Ave. Improvement Project. Roundabouts are used to improve traffic flow, but it is important that all drivers under...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 13, 2018

Comprehensive Plan Open House Meetings Begin on Aug. 14

Roanoke, VA -- Every 20 years, City planners gather feedback from the community and develop a new Comprehensive Plan. This document helps guide policy decisions and future investments in the City. Planners are currently working on a new plan for 2040. The...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 4, 2018

Williamson Road Branch Library Temporarily Closed Due to Power Outage

The Williamson Road Branch Library is temporarily closed for the remainder of the day due to a power outage in the Williamson Road area. The library branch will reopen on Monday morning, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m.


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Posted on: July 24, 2018

Moonshot Moment Reading Rocket to Stop in Roanoke

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On Tuesday, July 31, the Moonshot Moment Reading Rocket (bus) from Indian River County, Fla. will make a stop in Roanoke to present the national “Voices: A Community Tapestry of Stories” project. The Rocket will be at the Elmwood Park Art Walk, located at...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: July 16, 2018

Clean Sweep Neighborhood Clean-Up a Success

Roanoke, VA – On Saturday, July 14, the first city-sponsored neighborhood clean-up event titled “Clean Sweep” took place in the neighborhoods within the Melrose-Orange-Loudon-Rugby sections of the City of Roanoke.  The boundaries of the area clea...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: July 16, 2018

City, VA811 Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for Shared Facility

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke and Virginia811 (VA811) held a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new Emergency Communications Center that will house the city’s E-911 Center and the VA811 Call Center. Located at 1830 Blue Hills Circle (in the Roanoke C...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: July 6, 2018

City, DPOR to Host Fair Housing Seminar

The City of Roanoke’s Fair Housing Board and the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) will host a Fair Housing Seminar in Jefferson Center‘s Fitzpatrick Hall, 541 Luck Ave. on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 1...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: July 3, 2018

Melrose Clean Sweep Event Planned for July 14

The city’s first Clean Sweep neighborhood cleanup will be held on Saturday, July 14, in the Melrose-Rugby and Melrose-Loudon neighborhoods. The cleanup will begin at 8 a.m. and end at Noon. Residents in those neighborhoods will be asked to place...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: June 22, 2018

Special Meeting to Be Held for Stockholder of the Greater Roanoke Transit Company

Roanoke, VA -- The Secretary of the Greater Roanoke Transit Company has called a Special Meeting of the Stockholder on Monday, July 2, at 2:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter following the completion of the City Council Session, in the Council Chamber, Room 4...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: June 7, 2018

Important Changes Made to Roanoke’s Single-Stream Recycling Program

Roanoke, VA -- Due to recent changes in the recycling market, higher standards have been implemented nationally for recycling. As a result, the City of Roanoke’s recycling vendor, Recycling Disposal Solutions (RDS), is no longer accepting Plastics #3 thro...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: June 7, 2018

Roanoke Receives 4th Consecutive Pacesetter Honors from National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Roanoke, VA – The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR) announced today that it will recognize Roanoke’s Star City Reads initiative with Pacesetter Honors for its work in 2017. Roanoke also received Pacesetter Honors for its efforts in 2014, 2015, and 20...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

City Invites RFPs for Land Bank Entity Formation

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke is seeking existing or proposed non-profit entities to submit Requests For Proposals to become the city's Land Bank Entity.  Sealed proposals will be received on or before 2 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2018, in the...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: June 4, 2018

New Economic Analysis of the Arts and Cultural Industry in the City of Roanoke Released

Roanoke, VA – Wayne Strickland, Executive Director of the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) presented a report entitled, “Economic Analysis of the Arts and Cultural Industry” to Roanoke City Council today, ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: May 23, 2018

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Altered for Memorial Day Week

Roanoke, VA – City offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday.   As a result, the following schedule will be in effect for collection of trash, bulk, brush and single-stream recycling for that week.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: May 9, 2018

Meeting Scheduled for Melrose-Orange Target Area Stakeholders

Roanoke, VA – The next scheduled meeting of the stakeholders of Melrose-Orange Target Area (MOTA) will be on Monday, May 14, beginning at 6 p.m. at Goodwill Industries of the Valleys on Melrose Avenue. Residents, businesses, and property owners ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: May 7, 2018

Garden City Recreation Center Reopens

Roanoke, VA -- Power has been restored to the Garden City Recreation Center.  As a result, the Center is open and back in operation, with Parks and Recreation programming and e-branch library service resuming today, Monday, May 7.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: May 3, 2018

Colonial Avenue Corridor Improvement Project Construction to Begin May 8

Roanoke, VA – Construction work for the Colonial Avenue Corridor Improvement Project, between Virginia Western Community College and Fishburn Park Elementary School, is scheduled to begin on May 8.  As a result, traffic changes will occ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: April 25, 2018

Raleigh Court Branch Library Reopened

Roanoke, VA -- Power to the Raleigh Court area has been restored sooner than expected. As a result, the Raleigh Court Branch Library is open to the public for the remainder of its normal business hours today, Wednesday, April 25. The library branch will r...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

Special Meeting of Roanoke City Council Called

Roanoke, VA -- Mayor Sherman Lea has called a Special Meeting of Roanoke City Council to be held on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 1 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, in the Council Chamber, Room 450, 4th Floor, Noel C. Taylor Municipal ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: April 3, 2018

City to Hold Stakeholder Meeting for Melrose-Orange Target Area

Roanoke, VA – The next scheduled meeting of the stakeholders of Melrose-Orange Target Area (MOTA) will be held on Monday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at Goodwill Industries of the Valleys on Melrose Avenue.  Residents, businesses, and property o...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: April 2, 2018

Gainsboro Branch Library Closed Temporarily

Roanoke, VA – Due to a power outage in the Gainsboro neighborhood this afternoon, the Gainsboro Branch Library will be closed for the remainder of the day. The library branch will open on Tuesday for normal business hours starting at 10 a.m.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: April 2, 2018

City to Observe National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke will celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week on April 8-14 to honor the men and women who serve as public safety communications officers. The City will recognize its dispatchers with various form...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: March 26, 2018

Chronic Homelessness in Roanoke Region Reduced, Marks Fifth Consecutive Year of Decrease

Roanoke, VA – The 2018 Point in Time (PIT) count was conducted on Jan. 24 with all individuals experiencing homelessness in the region counted and voluntarily surveyed. This year’s total count was 317, a slight increase of 18.7 percent...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: March 7, 2018

Freedom First to Sponsor Upcoming Career and Lifestyle Fair

Roanoke, VA - The City of Roanoke, County of Roanoke, County of Botetourt, and City of Salem offices of Economic Development, in collaboration with sponsors Freedom First Credit Union, Roanoke Valley SHRM, WDBJ7 and Workforce Unlimited, will hold the 2018...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: March 5, 2018

City Manager Launches New Blog to Engage Citizens

Roanoke, VA – City  Manager Bob Cowell invites citizens to connect with him through a new blog.  Every week, he will communicate his ideas related to the city's initiatives,  opportunities, and challenges, and share insights on ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: March 2, 2018

Localities, Solar United Neighbors Launch Greater Roanoke Solar Co-op

Roanoke, VA – Localities in the Roanoke area, along with Solar United Neighbors, have formed the Greater Roanoke Solar Co-Op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The Co-Op is co-sponsored by th...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: February 23, 2018

City Seeking Public Input for Future of Parks and Recreation

Roanoke, VA – Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation Department is creating a new Master Plan. As part of the process, the department will hold four public meetings to invite feedback from citizens on what they feel would benefit the city in r...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: February 5, 2018

City Council Revises Date of Record for Solid Waste Fee Billing

Roanoke, VA – At its meeting today, Roanoke City Council revised the date of record for the Solid Waste Fee billings from July 1, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018.  The initial billing was done based on the property owner of record as of July 1, 2017, the be...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: February 5, 2018

Roanoke Wins National Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Public Works Department has received the Salt Institute’s 2017 Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award. The department is among the 85 transportation facilities across the United States and Canada being recognized for e...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: February 1, 2018

Roanoke County, City to Partner in New Planning Study

Roanoke, VA – Roanoke County is beginning work on two new planning studies focused on commercial corridors in the Hollins and Oak Grove areas. Much like the 419 Town Center project, the purpose of the new planning studies is to reimagine what th...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: January 22, 2018

Interagency Advisory Council on Homelessness to Coordinate Point-in-Time Count

Roanoke, VA – The Blue Ridge Interagency Advisory Council on Homelessness (BRICH), comprised of representatives from jurisdictions and agencies across the Roanoke Valley, will coordinate the annual point-in-time (PIT) count on Jan. 24-25. The po...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: January 12, 2018

Workshop to Focus on Helping Business Owners Sell to the Government

ROANOKE, VA – The Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity (SBSD), the City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development, Roanoke County Economic Development and Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) have teamed u...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: January 12, 2018

Property Owners to Receive Bills for Solid Waste Collection Fee Soon

Roanoke, VA – The City Treasurer’s Office will mail bills today for the first installment of the Solid Waste Collection Fee to property owners that receive solid waste collection services from the city.  A mailer with information about the fee an...

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Roanoke General City News

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Posted on: November 13, 2018

Roanoke Parks and Recreation Receives Statewide Conservation Award

Earlier this month, the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) presented Roanoke Parks and Recreation with the “Best New Environmental Sustainability” award, in the 50,001-100,000 population category, for its collaborative work in...

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation News
Posted on: October 5, 2018

City of Roanoke Earns National Re-Accreditation

Roanoke, VA, October 5, 2018 – Roanoke Parks and Recreation has maintained its ranking with elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning re-accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and ...

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Posted on: August 6, 2018

City of Roanoke and Roanoke Valley Veterans’ Council Seeking Volunteers, Donations for Tree Planting

Roanoke, VA- In honor of Veterans’ Day, the City of Roanoke is collaborating with the Roanoke Valley Veterans’ Council to support the planting of trees around the City.  On Friday, November 9, veteran and citizen volunteers wi...

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Posted on: July 16, 2018

Roanoke Parks and Recreation & Roanoke Outside Foundation Awarded Grants for New Outdoor Club

Roanoke, VA—Roanoke Parks and Recreation and Roanoke Outside Foundation have been awarded $5,000 and $8,000 in grant funds from Keen and The North Face respectively to launch the new Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC). This new program will focus on u...

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation News
Posted on: June 11, 2018

USDA SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

Roanoke, VA- Roanoke Parks and Recreation is participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or d...

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Posted on: April 23, 2018

Plaque Dedication for Former Parks and Recreation Director to Take Place at Elmwood Park

ROANOKE, VA—Roanoke Parks and Recreation will recognize its former director, Steve Buschor, in a plaque dedication ceremony at Elmwood Park on Wednesday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m. Buschor passed away in 2016 after a brief battle with cancer. The d...

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation News
Posted on: April 11, 2018

Roanoke Parks and Recreation Awarded 2018 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

Roanoke, VA- On Thursday, April 5, the Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department received a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Honorable Mention for the implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan. The Awards, administered through the Virg...

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation News
Posted on: April 9, 2018

Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission to Host Community Input Meeting for 2018 Greenway Plan

ROANOKE, VA - The Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission is hosting an open house on Thursday, April 19, 4:00-7:00 pm, at the Berglund Center, 710 Williamson Road. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for citizens to review and comment on t...

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation News
Posted on: April 11, 2018

Nominate Roanoke to Receive a $20K Grant during Earth Month

Roanoke, VA — For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company—including Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN—to help fund local park improvement projects across the country th...

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation News
Posted on: March 19, 2018

Parks and Recreation, Roanoke Skatepark Initiative Seek Public Input

Roanoke, VA – As part of the city’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan process, the Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Roanoke Skatepark Initiative (RSI) to conduct a feasibility study for a skate/BMX facility. As part of...

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation News

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Posted on: December 14, 2018

Salem Avenue Lane Closure Update

*Updated Routing*

ROANOKE, VA – Beginning on Sunday, December 16, 2018, the westbound lane of Salem Avenue between Wall Street and Jefferson Street will be closed. Westbound Salem Ave traffic will detour north on Market St. to Norfolk Ave and the...

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Roanoke Street Closing Updates
Posted on: December 14, 2018

1st Street Road Closure Update

*REVISED TIME*

ROANOKE, VA – On Monday, December 17, 1st Street between Franklin Rd and Bullitt Ave will be closed. This road closure is required for ongoing construction of the new AEP parking garage. The closure will begin at 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p....

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Roanoke Street Closing Updates

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Posted on: August 29, 2018

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Altered for Labor Day Week

City offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day holiday.   As a result, the following schedule will be in effect for collection of trash, bulk, brush, and “A” week single-stream recycling during that week.

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Roanoke Trash and Recycling News
Posted on: June 28, 2018

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Altered for Week of July 4

Roanoke, VA – City offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.  As a result, solid waste collection for Wednesday and Thursday routes will be delayed by one day.  The following schedule will b...

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Roanoke Trash and Recycling News
Posted on: February 14, 2018

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Altered for Holiday Week

Roanoke, VA – City offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, for Presidents' Day.  As a result, residential/commercial collection of trash, brush, bulk, and “A” week single-stream recycling during that week will be ...

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Roanoke Trash and Recycling News