Nominations Sought for Young Dreamers Awards
The Human Relations Commission is accepting nominations for the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Young Dreamers Awards. Nominations are open to the public and must be received by Dec. 2, 2016. The Young Dreamers Awards honor two young adult leaders who have made a tangible difference in the lives of those who may have otherwise been overlooked, ignored or disadvantaged. The awards will recognize a man and a woman.
Nominees must be Winston-Salem residents between the ages of 18 and 40 who have done outstanding work in the Winston-Salem community that is in the spirit of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived and encouraged others to live. Online information.
Downtown Bike Patrol Soliciting Blankets, Caps & Gloves for the Homeless
The Downtown Bicycle Patrol is again soliciting donations of gently used or new blankets, gloves and knit caps to help the homeless this winter. Donation boxes will be placed in the lobby of the Public Safety Center, 725 N. Cherry St.; in City Hall outside the Human Relations Department, Suite 109, 101 N. Main St.; and outside the Bicycle Patrol Office at 414 N. Cherry St. across from the Marriott hotel. The Bike Patrol initiated the blanket drive in 2014 to assist homeless people who, for various reasons, cannot or do not stay at a shelter. “Over the past two years, these donations have saved lives and shown people that we care,” Henry said. “The Bike Patrol thanks everyone who has donated items to help us help those who have no one to care for them.”
Sign up for Project WE CARE! and the Annual Citywide Neighborhood Conference
The city is inviting citizens, neighborhood groups and non-profit organizations who serve the community to register to have their service honored Dec. 3 as part of Project WE CARE! during the Annual Citywide Neighborhood Expo.
This year’s program, “Continuing to Shape Our Communities: Project WE CARE! at the Annual Citywide Neighborhood Expo,” will include roundtable discussions on topics of interest to neighborhood associations, and information booths about programs and products -- both public and private -- for neighborhoods and homeowners. The program will held at 10:30 a.m. at Education Building at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.
Community volunteers and representatives of neighborhood associations and non-profit organizations can register to attend the event online at CityofWS.org/EventRSVP.
Historic Marker for Colonial-Era Road to be Unveiled
A local historic marker commemorating a road built in 1792 to connect the Bethabara and Germanton communities will be unveiled at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, on Memorial School Industrial Road between at Germanton Road and Horizons Lane. The public road was built by residents who lived along the route in order to provide a more direct route to Germanton, which was the county seat at the time.
Ground broken for Miller Park Improvements
Mayor Allen Joines and members of the City Council held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 28 for a stream restoration project at Miller Park. Severe stream erosion will be addressed by restoring the banks, making stream channel improvements and planning vegetation to prevent future erosion. The stream restoration project is the first of several bond-financed improvements to the park. Other planned improvements include new pathways, lighting and picnic shelter improvements. Voters approved $2 million for the improvements in the November 2014 bond referendum. For more information about this and other bond projects go to 2014Bonds.CityofWS.org. Photos of the Miller Park groundbreaking.
William Royston Appointed Recreation & Parks Director
City Manager Lee Garrity has appointed William Royston as Winston-Salem’s director of recreation & parks. Royston succeeds former director Tim Grant, who retired on July 31, 2016. Royston has worked for the city of Winston-Salem since August 2005 in various capacities, including parks superintendent and project planner. Before that he worked for the Durham Recreation & Parks Department for seven years in various capacities, including long-range capital project planning, project management, and assisting the director with budget presentations. Read more about the director.
Winston Mutual Life Insurance Historic Marker Unveiled
A local historic marker commemorating the Winston Mutual Life Insurance Co. and its building on Fifth Street was unveiled Oct. 30 at 1225 E. Fifth St. The Winston Mutual Life Insurance Co. was established in 1906 by African-American business and civic leaders to provide health and accident insurance for Winston-Salem’s African-American tobacco workers. The company grew to become one of three major businesses owned by African- Americans in North Carolina during the early 1900s. The modernist building was erected at its present location in 1969 and designed by architect Ralph W. Crump. Today a new owner leases the interior as office space. Photos from the marker unveiling.
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