Asia trip spotlights sustainable transit practices

  Thanks to an invite by the Transportation Research Board and funding from the Federal Transit Administration, the City of Asheville was one of a handful of cities represented in a recent trip to India and China to study principles of sustainable public transportation and environmentally friendly mobility in those countries. Transportation Planning Manager Mariate Echeverry [...]

City of Asheville streetlight LED upgrades begin this week

The City of Asheville’s push to increase energy efficiency and reduce the city’s overall carbon footprint takes a big step forward this week with the replacement of street light bulbs in two neighborhoods with LED lights. The LED (light-emitting diode) lights, use dramatically less energy than standard bulbs, which means a significant reduction in energy [...]

Planning Liaisons Connect with the Community

Asheville residents are known to pay close attention to planning and development issues in their area, and no one has a better handle on the makeup of neighborhoods than the people who live in them. That’s why the City of Asheville’s Planning and Development Department has a group of planners who regularly interact with residents, [...]

Asheville Police Academy Graduates 22 Cadets

On April 29, the Asheville Police Department, City of Asheville officials, friends, and family members gathered to recognize the graduation of 22 cadets from the Asheville Police Academy. The department’s newest officers were sworn in and received their badges in a ceremony held at A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium. “Congratulations to each of you. We are proud [...]

Robot joins Asheville Fire Department HAZMAT response team

The Asheville Fire Department has a new high-tech guest: a newly-acquired robot designed to aid in the department in hazardous materials responses will allow firefighters to handle especially dangerous situations while maintaining a safe distance. The Talon robot, designed by QinetiQ North America, comes thanks to federal Department of Homeland Security funds allocated to supply the [...]

Spring blossoms at Riverside Cemetery

  April is a great time to see spring blossoms in the City of Asheville’s park and recreation facilities, and one of the best places to view them is at Riverside Cemetery. The historic cemetery is home to hundreds of dogwoods, azaleas and other flowering trees and bushes that are in full bloom this time of [...]

City of Asheville Streets employees earn journeyman certification

Offering employees the ability to learn and advance professionally benefits the employees themselves and an organization as a whole. That’s the guiding point behind the City of Asheville’s apprenticeship partnership, operated through the Public Works Department, that provides employees in the Streets Division the opportunity to earn labor journeyman certification through the N.C. Department of [...]

Asheville Fire Department leads trench training

Asheville’s firefighters have already trained in high places, including hanging out around the Civic Center rafters. This week, they were down in the trenches. Wednesday found the Asheville Fire Department conducting trench training at Mountainside Park near Asheville’s Memorial Stadium. In a trench freshly dug by the City of Asheville Water Maintenance division (and [...]

Asheville Police Department recognizes service at awards ceremony

The Asheville Police Department recognized the exemplary service of officers, employees and volunteers at it annual awards banquet, held March 31 at the Crest Mountain Pavilion. The event highlights achievements of individuals within the force, touching on instances where the actions of APD officers intervened in criminal or potentially hazardous situations. Some of those, noted APD [...]

APD drop box offers place to safely discard unwanted prescriptions

An increasing awareness of the concerns surrounding the disposal of prescription drugs has spurred a local effort to provide Asheville and Buncombe County residents with a safe place to deposit unwanted medicine. To handle the growing need, the APD has set up its own secure prescription drop box in the department for use by residents looking [...]

Clowning around with the Asheville Fire Department to promote kids’ safety

The City of Asheville Fire Department gave serious messages a fun twist recently, bringing its Asheville PALS skits to City of Asheville elementary schools. Asheville PALS, which stands for Prevention and Life Safety, is a program developed by AFD that uses skits, clowns, puppets and kid-favorite Sparky the Fire Dog to convey fire and child [...]

Downtown tree replacement underway

City of Asheville Arborist Mark Foster walks up to a tree on Battery Park Avenue and effortlessly flecks away a piece of loose, spongy bark revealing exposed wood instead of a normal, colorful inner bark. The London plane sycamore is dying, he says, along with the others on that stretch of sidewalk. For the past [...]

21st Century/UNCA partnership makes math add up

Math literacy is crucial to succeeding in the 21st century, but difficulties with math remain one of the leading causes of school dropouts. Bridging that gap is the idea behind a partnership between the City of Asheville’s 21st Century community learning program and UNC Asheville’s Math and Social Justice class. Each Monday afternoon over the past [...]

City of Asheville completes stimulus-funded street and sidewalk projects

With the completion of a sidewalk connection project on Short Michigan Avenue this week, the Engineering Services and Street divisions of the City of Asheville’s Public Works Department finished work on a menu of street, pedestrian and bicycle access improvements funded by grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grant-funded improvements [...]

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