Recreation Centers Holding Open Houses
Four city recreation centers are holding open houses May 13 to gather feedback from the communities they serve and promote the programs they offer. The open houses will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Carl H. Russell Sr. Recreation Center, 3521 Carver School Road; 14th Street Community Recreation Center, 2020 N.E. 14th St.; Polo Park Community Recreation Center, 1850 Polo Road; and Sprague Street Community Recreation Center, 1350 E. Sprague St. READ MORE
City Sponsoring Bidding & Estimating Seminar for M/WBE Contractors
"Bidding & Estimating 101," a free two-evening seminar to help minority- and women-owned contractors in the building trades improve their bidding and estimating process, will be held May 17 and 18 at the Enterprise Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem.
The seminar will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. both nights and will cover such topics as responding to solicitations, estimating projects, preparing and submit bids, insurance requirements, submitting bids for city projects, upcoming school-bond construction projects, best practices and more. READ MORE
May is Historic Preservation Month
Historic Preservation Month is being observed in May with lectures, walking and trolley tours of historic sites, the unveiling of two new local historic markers and more. The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission will unveil a historic marker at 3 p.m. May 7 for the Samuel and Sarah Stauber Farm at 6085 Bethania-Tobaccoville Road and at 1 p.m. May 20 for the Brothers Spring and the African School in what is now Happy Hill Park. READ MORE
Community Emergency Response Training Offered
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management is offering a basic training course for community emergency response teams June 9-11 at the Griffith Fire Department, 5190 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem. CERT members are trained to take care of themselves and help others in their communities for the first three days following a disaster. READ MORE
Police Chief Barry Rountree Announces Retirement Plans
Barry D. Rountree, Winston-Salem’s chief of police since 2013, announced that he will retire Sept. 1, having served the citizens of Winston-Salem for 29 and a half years. "I have had a very rewarding career," Rountree said. "I have been able to serve in nearly every sworn position in the department, and now it is time to turn the reins over to the next generation of leadership."
City Manager Lee Garrity praised Rountree for enhancing public safety "while avoiding the community-trust challenges that other communities have faced." Garrity said he will begin the process to select the next chief by consulting with the mayor, members of the City Council, police employees and community leaders. READ MORE
Police Accepting Applications for Youth Citizens' Police Academy
The Winston-Salem Police Department is now accepting applications for the Youth Citizens' Police Academy. The program is offered to young men and women, ages 16 or older, who are interested in learning about the Winston-Salem Police Department or a career in law enforcement. There is no cost to participate.
The Youth Citizens' Police Academy will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26-30 at the Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center, 1200 N. Patterson Ave. Lunch will be provided. The application deadline is May 30. For more information call Officer Claudia Morgan at 336-408-8126 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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