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City Edition May 2014

Updated Notification System Allows Cellphone Users to Opt-In
City Officials Praise AT&T Fiber Network Proposal
May is Historic Preservation Month
Collection Changes for Memorial Day Holiday
Police Department Holding Job Fair
Bike Month Activities Scheduled
Fourth Street Closing to Accommodate Crane
Police Accepting Applications for Youth Citizens’ Police Academy
Centennial Documentary Garners Three Telly Awards

Updated Notification System Allows Cellphone Users to Opt-In

The city has updated its notification system to allow citizens to receive emergency and non-emergency notifications by text, email or voice on their cellphone, provided they sign up to receive notifications.

The city’s previous notification system, sometimes referred to as a “reverse 911” system, could only reach citizens with landline telephones, said Julia Conley, the information technology division manager for the Winston-Salem Police Department. “As more and more citizens give up their landlines, finding a way to reach people who only have cellphones has become an important public safety issue. The new system gives us that ability and more – but we need our citizens to register.”

The new system sends out notifications not only by phone, but by email and text, if so desired. It also gives citizens the option to receive notifications about special meetings, and about notices and news, such as reminders when garbage collection is postponed by a holiday or disrupted by a winter storm. Citizens can sign up online. Read more about the notification system...


City Officials Praise AT&T Fiber Network Proposal

AT&T’s plans to build an all-fiber, ultra-high-speed broadband network in Winston-Salem has far-reaching implications for the city’s businesses, institutions and residents, and will bolster the city’s efforts to attract new employers, Mayor Allen Joines said.

“This is a notable moment in Winston-Salem’s transition to a technology-based community,” Joines said. “It will greatly assist our efforts to recruit and retain not only knowledge-based companies, but any company that depends on reliable, high-speed internet – which in this day and age means almost any company.”

AT&T announced last month that it will build an all-fiber network with speeds up to 1 gigabit per second in six cities and towns in North Carolina, including Winston-Salem. Called U-verse with GigaPower, the service would be available throughout the city and serve residents as well as businesses. AT&T’s plan was ratified by the City Council on April 21. Although there is no cost to the city, AT&T wanted assurances that the city will provide timely responses to its request for permits and inspections required to build the network, said Dennis Newman, the city’s chief information officer.


May is Historic Preservation Month

The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission is partnering with Old Salem Museums & Gardens, the New Winston Museum and Preserve Historic Forsyth to observe Historic Preservation Month in May with lectures, panel discussion, demonstrations, the unveiling of a new local historic maker and more.

Events begin May 7 with an opening reception and ribbon cutting at 7:30 p.m. at West End Mill Works, a redevelopment of the historic Hoots Milling Co. roller mill at 918 Bridge St. Read more about the HPM events...

Collection Changes for Memorial Day Holiday

City offices will be closed Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day holiday. CityLink, the city’s 24-hour citizen service call center, will be open to assist citizens. 

All yard-waste and Red Week recycling collections for the week of May 26 will be postponed one day: Monday on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc. 

There will be no change in garbage collections.

Police Department Holding Job Fair

The Winston-Salem Police Department will hold a job fair on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center, 1200 N. Patterson Ave. Interested citizens can meet with police representatives and learn more about sworn and non-sworn job opportunities with these police units: Investigative Services, Field Services, Support Services, Forensic Services, SWAT, K-9, Gang, Bomb Squad, Traffic Enforcement, Records, Communications, Evidence Management and Recruiting.

The SWAT, K-9 and motorcycle units will hold demonstrations at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon, respectively. For more information call CityLink 311.


Bike Month Activities Scheduled

The Winston-Salem Bicycle & Pedestrian Program is partnering with local businesses and organization to host a series of Bike Month events in May. Read more about Bike Month...


Fourth Street Closing to Accommodate Crane

Fourth Street will be closed to through traffic between Patterson Avenue and Linden Street starting Monday, May 12, while a crane removes a walkway over the railroad tracks in the block between Fourth and Fifth streets. The closure is expected to be in place for at least three weeks. Eastbound traffic on Fourth Street will have access to Vine Street. A detour for through traffic will be set up. For more information call CityLink 311.


Police Accepting Applications for Youth Citizens’ Police Academy

The Winston-Salem Police Department is now accepting applications for the Youth Citizens’ Police Academy. This program is being offered to young men and women, ages 16 or older, who are interested learning about the Winston-Salem Police Department or a career in law enforcement. There is no cost to participate.

The Youth Police Academy will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7-11 at the Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center, 1200 N. Patterson Ave. Lunch will be provided. Topics will include criminal investigations, forensic services, SWAT demonstration, canine demonstration, the firearms training simulator and more. Applications forms and complete information are posted online at www.WSPD.org. The deadline for application is June 15. For more information call Officer Claudia Morgan at 773-7939 or send an email to cmorgan@wspd.org.


Centennial Documentary Garners Three Telly Awards

The city’s centennial documentary “Merger: Making the Twin City” was honored three times in the 35th annual Telly Awards. The hour-long documentary won a silver Telly, which is the competition’s top prize, for documentary production. “Merger” was also a finalist and received bronze Telly awards for writing and use of music.

“Merger: Making the Twin City” combines interviews, re-enactments and rarely seen photographs to examine the origins of Salem, the establishment of Winston and its rise as an industrial center and the forces that made consolidation inevitable.

The Telly Awards recognize outstanding film and video productions and non-network television programs and commercials. With these awards, WSTV 13 has won 15 Telly awards since 2002.

City Edition May 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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City Government

Mayor
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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