City Edition MARCH 2017

Bulky Item Collection Has Started
Forsyth Creek Week Returns March 25 - April 2
Poverty Thought Force Delivers Final Report
YouthBuild Winston-Salem to Hold Information Sessions
911 Operators Needed
Are You Prepared for Severe Weather?
Winston Lake Golf Course Concessions Getting New Name and Make-Over
Winston-Salem Recognized for Sustainability Leadership

Bulky Item Collection Returning

The city’s annual bulky item is underway and runs through Sept. 1. Collection crews will go through the city street by street, collecting bulky items that garbage crews cannot accept. Furniture, mattresses, appliances, grills, carpet, old toys, and lawn furniture can all be set out. To find out your collection week, go to and click on the link for online address lookup. Residents without computer access can call CityLink at 311 or 727-8000 and a CityLink agent will look up the collection date. READ MORE

Winston-Salem bulk item collection

Forsyth Creek Week Returns March 25 - April 2

Forsyth Creek Week turns 5 this year, and organizers are pulling together a mix of tested favorites and new activities to encourage everyone to get out and appreciate the beauty and importance of our local waterways.

New events this year include half-price stand-up paddleboarding at Salem Lake and motorized ultralight rides over the Yadkin River, a “story walk” for kids along Salem Creek with costumed UNCSA students, a Sacred Waters Workshop about the role of water in many religious traditions, a tour of the stream-restoration project at Miller Park, and more.

Popular returning activities include Salem Creek Greenway rides on Segway personal transporters, guided creekside bird-watching walks, water-themed trivia rounds during trivia nights at Foothills Brewing and River Ridge Tap House, a tour of historic Old Salem sites along Salem Creek and a fun, family-oriented fishing clinic and games presented by the N.C. Wildlife Commission. READ MORE

Poverty Thought Force Delivers Final Report

The Winston-Salem Poverty Thought Force delivered its final report Feb. 13 to Mayor Allen Joines and the City Council. The report includes 56 recommendations for policies that could reduce the poverty level in Winston-Salem. The 60-page report also advocates designating a “poverty czar” who would coordinate current anti-poverty programs in the community and help implement new ones; and it lists nine national initiatives, such as the Purpose Built Communities Network and the GE Healthy Cities program, that could help the city in its push to reduce the poverty rate. The complete text of the report is posted at READ MORE

Poverty Thought Force release news conference

YouthBuild Winston-Salem to Hold Information Sessions

YouthBuild Winston-Salem, a job-training program that gives eligible high school dropouts a chance to get their life back on track, will hold information and application sessions this month at nine city recreation centers. YouthBuild Winston-Salem is a six-month program in which participants get paid while they earn their GED and receive various occupational training. 

To be eligible, applicants must be a high-school dropout without a GED and be between 18 and 24 years old on the date of enrollment. Applicants must also meet at least one of these requirements: live in a low-income household, be a current or former foster youth, have a disability, be the child of an incarcerated parent, be a youth or adult offender, or be a migrant farm worker youth. SEE THE SCHEDULE AND READ MORE.

911 Operators Needed

Do you know someone who needs a stable, good-paying job? The Winston-Salem Police Department needs 911 operators. Candidates must be 18 or older, be a high school graduate or equivalent, type at least 25 words a minute and be able to work under pressure. Minimum starting salary is $30,6569 with extra pay for working overtime and night shifts. For more information contact the Winston Salem Police Department Recruiting Unit at 336-773-7925 or send an email to

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Are You Prepared for Severe Weather?

Forsyth County emergency management officials are encouraging residents to participate in the statewide tornado drill March 8 as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina, March 5 – 11. Participating in the drill is the best way to be prepared for severe weather that can strike in the spring and summer, says Mel Sadler, the emergency management director for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

In 2016, the National Weather Service issued 61 tornado warnings for North Carolina and recorded 16 tornadoes. There were 121 flash flood warnings issued last year and 121 incidents of flash flooding across the state, many of which were associated with Hurricane Matthew. Emergency officials recommend having a weather radio that broadcasts alerts from the National Weather Service whenever severe weather occurs. Many tornado fatalities have occurred at night when people are asleep and less likely to receive a warning without a weather radio. In addition, residents should put together an emergency supply kit and have an emergency plan so everyone knows where to go, who to call and what to do during a disaster. READ MORE

Winston Lake Golf Course Concessions Getting New Name and Make-Over

The concessions area at Winston Lake Golf Course is getting new furniture, additional TVs, a new menu and a new name -- Mulligan’s Bar & Grill -- as part of a new concessions contract awarded to Thunderbirds Food and Beverage.

The make-over should be completed before the start of the golf season. A “soft” opening is scheduled for March 10. Operating hours will be 8 a.m. to sundown Friday through Sunday through Memorial Day, after which it will be open every day that the course is open through Labor Day. READ MORE

Mulligans bar and grill logo

Winston-Salem Recognized for Sustainability Leadership

Winston-Salem’s efforts to promote sustainability have been recognized by STAR Communities, which has designated the city a 3 STAR Community for national leadership in sustainability. STAR Communities is a national non-profit that promotes and evaluates the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. Winston-Salem is the second city in North Carolina to be certified through the STAR Community Rating System, along with Raleigh. READ MORE

3-STAR sustainability rating logo

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Garbage, recycling, yard-waste cart collection changes for holiday weeks

City Edition 2017 

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

Allen Joines

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

City Manager
Lee D. Garrity

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