July 2012 Highlights

The annual National Night Out for neighborhood safety and crime prevention is coming up next week.

National Night Out:    The nationwide celebration of the partnership between police and neighborhood groups in cooperating for the improvement of public safety will be held this year on Tuesday, August 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at almost 40 locations around Winston-Salem, including nine neighborhoods in the Southwest Ward. There will be cookouts, potlucks, and other neighborhood activities, together with a chance to learn more about neighborhood watch activities. For more information, see http://www.cityofws.org/Home/Departments/MarketingAndCommunications/NewsArchive/News2012/Articles/29thAnnualNationalNightOutToBeHeldAug7

Sidewalk projects approved:   A list of high-priority sidewalks was approved at the city council meeting on July 18 for construction this fiscal year. The list was based on city staff recommendations of the highest scoring projects for improving pedestrian safety and boosting connections between residential areas and destinations. Projects in the Southwest Ward will include a section of Healy Drive which will provide safe walking for seniors to reach shops and eateries; a section on Hanes Mall Boulevard to boost safety of transit stop users; and a heavily used section of Gales Avenue. For the complete citywide list of this year's new sidewalk projects, see http://www.cwsonline.org/sirepub/cache/2/cw1qbn55sk5krwn251dexg55/30124007312012075358703.PDF

Frontyard parking and backyard chickens:   I'm not suggesting a connection--just noting that these popular but controversial topics will both be on the September agenda of the Community Development, Housing, and General Government Committee on September 11. The committee meets at 6 p.m. that day at City Hall. Those with a particular interest in either topic are welcome to watch the meeting in person or follow the discussion live on cable channel 13. (Neither is scheduled for full formal public hearing that evening. The parking hearing was held in July, and the chicken options are still under development.)

Greenway opens:   The Brushy Fork Greenway was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting on July 10. This newest addition to Winston-Salem's greenway system completes phase 3 of Brushy Fork Greenway, the section between Old Greensboro Road and Lowery Street near the Winston-Salem State University campus. It includes passage under the historic old 1st Street bridge, the stone foundations of which date back to the late 1800's. Work on design and engineering of the next phase is underway, which will carry the greenway all the way to Reynolds Park Road. When that section is completed, walkers, runners and cyclists will have an unbroken safe connection all the way from Salem Lake to Winston Lake.

Citizens' Police Academy:   Interested citizens are invited to apply for the next session of Winston-Salem's Citizens' Police Academy, which helps teach citizens about how the police department works and interacts with the community as a whole. Classes are held weekly for 13 weeks, on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The curriculum includes topics such as crime prevention, criminal investigations, and department functions. This fall's session begins September 13. Anyone 18 years or older who lives, works, or attends school in Winston-Salem is eligible to apply. Applications are due by August 21, and can be found online at www.wspd.org

"Hot Weather Specials" at city pools:   Finally this month, it's still hot out there, and the city is running a special at several of our city pools for the rest of the summer. Kids and teens 17 and under can get free admission (adults pay $3) at these pools: Kimberley Park, Mineral Springs, Reynolds Park, and Sprague. For more information, including the rules for safe pool use, see www.WePlay.ws


That's my report for July. As always, you are welcome to email me at danbesse@danbesse.org with comments or questions. Thanks!