City Edition March 2014

Donations Sought for Gun Buy-Back Program

The Winston-Salem Police Department is soliciting private contributions from individuals and businesses for its upcoming gun buy-back program. The City Council has designated $10,000 in police forfeiture funds for the program, and wants to raise $10,000 in matching funds from the community. All contributions are fully tax-deductible within state and federal limitations.

Donations may be made with Visa, MasterCard and Discover online at Donations by check should be made out to "City of Winston-Salem" and mailed to Gun Buy-Back Program, City of Winston-Salem, P.O. Box 2756, Winston-Salem, NC 27102. Please write “gun buy-back” on the memo line of the check. 

Under the buy-back program, citizens turning in firearms will be paid $150 for automatic weapons, $100 for handguns, and $75 for rifles and shotguns. Pellet guns, BB guns and ammunition will also be accepted, but without compensation.

Two buy-back events will be held, one March 15 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, and another April 26 at First Waughtown Baptist Church, 838 Moravia St. More information about the gun buy-back program is posted at, or call 747-7361.

Forsyth Creek Week Returning March 15-22

The second annual Forsyth Creek Week is coming March 15 – 22, with an expanded week of fun, educational and hands-on activities designed to raise awareness of local waterways and how they enhance our quality of life.

New items this year include free or reduced boat rentals at Salem Lake and Kernersville Lake Park, respectively, during Creek Week, a “dinner and a movie” night, a juried photography competition, a “Toons for Tots” children’s activity and a canoe/kayak Yadkin River clean-up. Back again are “creek crawls,” bird walks, children’s activities at local libraries, rain-barrel workshops, fishing demonstrations, a book discussion and more. 

Read more about Creek Week.

Bulky Item Collection Underway

The Sanitation Division begins its annual bulky item collection on March 3. Through Sept. 5, crews will go through the city street by street, collecting bulky items that garbage crews cannot accept. Furniture, mattresses, appliances, grills and carpet, old toys, and lawn furniture can all be set out.

The city cannot collect televisions, computer equipment, building materials, hazardous waste, tires, cement, cars and car parts, stumps, tanks and oil drums, fire wood or yard waste. Do not mix bulky items with yard waste, recyclables or brush.

Bulky item collection is for single family residences, not businesses or apartments. The Sanitation Division will mail post cards in advance to let home owners know when bulky item collection will be held in their neighborhood. Crews will go through each neighborhood only once. To ensure collection, items must be at the curb by 6 a.m. the Monday of your collection week.

Citizens can view a map of collection routes and look up their collection week online. Residents without computer access can call CityLink at 311 or 727-8000 and a CityLink agent will look up their collection date.  

Bulky Item information and lookup

Design-Development Workshop Scheduled for Polo-Cherry Area

Residents, business owners and members of the Wake Forest University community who live or work in the Polo Road - Cherry Street area are invited to participate in a multi-day workshop March 4, 5 and 7 to develop an improvement plan for the area.

Public input sessions will be held from 10 a.m. - noon or 3 -5 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, where residents, business owners and others can give their thoughts on how to improve, develop or redevelop the area in the general vicinity of the Polo Road-North Cherry Street intersection and east to the intersection of Polo Road and Indiana Avenue. These sessions will include a market analysis and discussion of sustainable development by the design team. Read more about this project....

WSPD Bomb Squad Again Holding Beeping Easter Egg Hunts

The Winston-Salem Police Department Bomb Squad is hosting its fourth annual beeping Easter egg hunt for the blind and visually impaired. 

This year’s “Spring Eggsplosion” hunts will be held March 29 in Winston-Salem and April 12 at the Gov. Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh. 

The beeping Easter egg hunts allow the visually impaired to participate in a traditional Easter egg hunt, says Cpl. Angie Swaim, a member of the bomb squad. Read more about the egg hunts.

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful Wins Two Awards

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful was again honored by Keep America Beautiful for its cigarette litter prevention campaign during KAB’s 2014 annual national conference, held earlier this month in Charlotte.

KWSB received a Distinguished Service Citation for implementation of its “Every Butt Hurts” cigarette litter prevention program along Burke Street, at the Millennium Center and at Kimel Park medical office park off Burke Mill Road. Cigarette litter scans showed a 50 percent reduction in cigarette litter after the program was implemented. The program previously was honored after its initial roll-out downtown.

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful also received a President’s Circle Award for the 11th year in a row. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary effort by affiliates of Keep America Beautiful to reduce litter, minimize waste and increase recycling, and beautify and improve their local communities. Read more.

City Edition March 2014 

For more information about these stories, or to report problem or request services, call CityLink at (336) 727-8000 or 311 in Winston-Salem.

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Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore
Denise D. Adams
Dan Besse
Robert C. Clark
Molly Leight
Jeff MacIntosh
Derwin L. Montgomery
James Taylor, Jr.

City Manager
Lee D. Garrity

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