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City Edition February 2014

Salem Connector Construction to Close Portion of Salem Creek Greenway

The portion of Salem Creek Greenway between Main and Vargrave streets will be closed in early February for construction of the Salem Creek Connector. The closure is estimated to be in place for 18 months.

Greenway users will be detoured around the construction zone by using Salem Avenue, Rams Drive and Vargrave Street. The detour route has a completely connected sidewalk network for pedestrians. Improvements are being made along the detour route to make it better able to accommodate bicyclists. Other sections of the Salem Creek Greenway remain open and will not be affected by construction. A map of the detour route is posted online. Read more about the project...

The Moscow Festival Ballet Bringing Swan Lake to Fairgrounds Annex

The Moscow Festival Ballet will present a full-length production of the ballet “Swan Lake,” at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex on Saturday, May 10. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now at the Annex box office and at Read more.

Police Accepting Applications for Citizens’ Police Academy

The Police Department is accepting applications for the spring session of the Citizens’ Police Academy, which will start April 3. The Citizens’ Police Academy is a 13-week program that meets once a week to better acquaint citizens with the law enforcement profession and the role of the Police Department within the community.

The weekly sessions are intended to help create a citizenry that is familiar and comfortable with the Police Department. The classes are not designed to train participants to be police officers. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at the Public Safety Center or the Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center. Online information and application

Council Members Adams, Montgomery Holding Community Meetings

Council Member Denise D. Adams will meet with residents Thursday, Feb. 6, to discuss crime and how a crime watch program and neighborhood association could make a difference. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at North Hills Elementary School, 340 Alspaugh Drive. For more information call Deronda Kee-Lucas at 734-1254.

East Ward Council Member Derwin L. Montgomery will hold a Town Hall Meeting with his constituents on Thursday, Feb. 6, to discuss the city budget, economic development, public safety and community concerns. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Parkview Church of Christ, 3263 Kernersville Road. 

For more information, contact Twanda Montgomery at 462-2341 or

Forsyth Creek Week Juried Photo Competition Issues Call for Entries  

The organizers of Forsyth Creek Week are sponsoring a juried photography competition to promote awareness of Forsyth Creek Week and showcase images that capture the beauty, vitality and importance of our local waterways. Photographs selected for the competition will be exhibited at the Community Arts Café, 411 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem, during Forsyth Creek Week, March 15 – 22, 2014 and will be eligible for cash prizes. 

The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers at least 13 years old. Photographs must have been taken within the past three years. Photographs taken on or after Jan. 1, 2011, are eligible. There is no fee for entering. Read more about the contest...

Help Send Forsyth Woman to Special Olympics USA Games

Special Olympics Forsyth County is organizing a fund-raising drive for a local athlete who has been selected to participate in the Special Olympics USA Games, to be held June 14-21 in Princeton, N.J.

Ghree Lockard, 29, of Winston-Salem is one of 48 Special Olympics athletes and 16 coaches who will represent North Carolina in the national games. Lockard won a gold medal in bocce at the Special Olympics North Carolina Games in 2012. 

In keeping with the advancement criteria set forth by Special Olympics Inc., the state gold medal winners from all ability levels were put into a random drawing and selected for participation in the national games. In addition to bocce, North Carolina athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, tennis and triathlon. Lockard is the only Forsyth County athlete selected for the national games.

Lockard, who will turn 30 in March, is hoping to raise $2,014 to finance her participation in the national games. Donations may be made online at

For more information about Special Olympics Forsyth County, call CityLink 311.

Showcase of Song Headlines Black History Month Observance

The Human Relations Department’s second annual “Showcase of Song,” celebrating the link between African and African-American culture through music, headlines the city’s observance of Black History Month during February.The program is free and will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 22, in the auditorium of the Old Salem Visitors Center, 900 Old Salem Road.

Also in observance of Black History Month:

  • The Police and Fire departments will hold a public safety Black History Month program at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center, 501 Reynolds Blvd.
  • A bust of Council Member Vivian H. Burke will be unveiled in City Hall at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, to recognize her as the city’s longest-serving elected official. Council Member Burke has represented the Northeast Ward since 1977.
  • WSTV-13 will feature encore presentations of 10 productions relating to local African-American history on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during February.

Read more about the Black History Month events.

City Edition

February 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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Allen Joines

City Council
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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