Phone book recycling drive focuses on community centers

ASHEVILLE – The City of Asheville, Curbside Management, and AT&T are partnering for a phone book recycling drive that highlights area community centers. Residents are encouraged to bring used telephone books to any of the 11 Asheville area community recreation centers from now through Aug. 18. The center that collects the most used telephone books will win [...]

Testing phase begins for Smartphone parking app

ASHEVILLE – Starting today, iPhone and Android users can begin using a free app that will assist in locating available parking downtown. “Parker” shows real-time parking availability and is being tested in 50 downtown spaces now through September. Parker’s sensors communicate wirelessly, signaling to Smartphone users whether spots are occupied or vacant. The app will also collect [...]

Ingles Independence Day celebration to be held at Memorial Stadium in downtown Asheville

ASHEVILLE – The City of Asheville will hold the Ingles Independence Day Celebration at Memorial Stadium in downtown Asheville on Sunday, July 3. This is a free event for the whole family, with festivities starting at 4 p.m. and concluding with a grand finale fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.   There will be a wide range of family [...]

City staff among recipients of ‘Excellence in Public Service Awards’

ASHEVILLE – The Greater Asheville Public Service Council recently recognized the most outstanding government public servants with the Excellence in Public Service Awards. The awards were presented to county, city, state and federal employees who went above and beyond their normal job performance in 2010. The City of Asheville honored nearly 70 employees from a wide variety [...]

The Asheville Fire Department trains for forcible entry in emergencies

Utilizing prop obstacles and cutting equipment, the Asheville Fire Department trained at a warehouse in Swannanoa June 20-22 on techniques to enter structures that are locked or guarded by bars or garage doors. AFD Division Chief of Safety & Training Barry Hendren says: “One of a Ladder Company’s primary functions when they respond to a fire is [...]

CoA high speed public safety wireless system earns international recognition

An international organization of government IT workers recognized the City of Asheville June 15 for an innovative and cost effective point-to-point network connecting the city’s emergency response network. The system, implemented with the assistance of IT Services, the Asheville Fire Department, and Building Safety, and with a partnership with the locally-based Skyrunner, grew out of a [...]

CoA to resurface portions of South Lexington in Downtown Asheville starting June 19

City of Asheville street crews will begin a resurfacing project on South Lexington between Aston Street and Patton Avenue Sunday June 19, milling up the old asphalt in preparation for repaving over the following week. Drivers should be prepared for traffic closures between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. while work is underway. Sidewalks are expected [...]

City of Asheville honored with “Best Local Government Recycling Program” award by the Carolina Recycling Association

The City of Asheville was awarded the “Best Local Government Recycling Program” award by the Carolina Recycling Association during its annual conference and trade show in Charleston, SC in March. The award was presented to City Council during its June 14 Council meeting. The CRA’s local government award recognizes one local government in North Carolina or [...]

Local middle school students tour City of Asheville Water Treatment Plant

City of Asheville staff conducted tours of the North Fork Water Treatment Plant in Black Mountain for the Owen Middle School 7th grade class field trip on June 8.  Around 130 students toured the plant through an education and outreach program conducted in partnership with RiverLink, a regional nonprofit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization [...]

Hazardous Materials Training with the Asheville Fire Department at UNC Asheville

A training exercise held on the campus of UNC Asheville May 24-26 reinforced the ability of the Asheville Fire Department and other agencies to cross-communicate with each other in the case of a regional emergency incident, as well as provided an opportunity to stage a large-scale drill. The exercise, funded by the Department of Homeland Security, [...]

Memorial Day observation marks transfer of the WNC Veterans Memorial to City and County

The annual Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day ceremony held May 30 on Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park was a chance for residents and visitors to reflect upon and remember service men and women who had given their lives in the name of protecting the nation. This year, the event also marked a special milestone, as [...]

BB&T volunteers spruce up Stephens-Lee Center

BB&T volunteers and the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department teamed up May 18-20 to give the Stephens-Lee Center a Spring cleaning both inside and out. Around 50 BB&T employees participated in the company’s Lighthouse Project, in which volunteers give four or more hours of their time to community service projects across the nation. “We felt [...]

City Hall snack shop offers healthier choices, green options

If you haven’t been to the Asheville City Hall Snack Shop in awhile, you may be surprised by some of the changes there. The shop recently celebrated a grand-reopening, introducing the shop’s incoming owners and unveiling new healthy lunch choices, including a salad bar, and sporting a new look. Incoming owners Tony and Linda Pezzementi [...]

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