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CAYLA program continues to foster student success

ASHEVILLE – The City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) fosters success stories for students year after year. From 2008-2011, the total scholarship money awarded to CAYLA students was more than $400,000. In addition, 100 percent of CAYLA students in 2008-2010, as well as the 2011 graduating class have been accepted to college. The below […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Homeless Initiative partnerships help get people into homes

Recently reported numbers show that, in 2010, 65 people experiencing homelessness in Buncombe County were placed in, or were in the application process for, permanent housing, reports Amy Sawyer, coordinator of the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative. That, Sawyer says, represents successful progress in advancing the Homeless Initiative and the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness endorsed in […]

Taking root: the West Riverside Operation Weed and Seed

To get to the root of the ideas behind the West Riverside Operation Weed and Seed initiative, now in its fifth year in Asheville, program coordinator Rebecca Byrn says it is all about building relationships. “That’s the foundation of what I do,” Byrn says. “Bringing organizations together, enhancing the relationship the community has with law […]

Pedestrian bridge walk highlights next steps for safety

The latest in a series of steps in the reopening of the pedestrian bridge that spans I-240 and connects the Hillcrest Apartment complex with Asheville’s River District took place Saturday, Feb. 5. City of Asheville police, public works and community relations staff gathered alongside community members to share information about the reopening and gather information […]

Volunteers repaint Stephens-Lee gym in recognition of MLK weekend

44 volunteers showed up at the Stephens-Lee Community Center on Saturday, January 15, to give the center’s gymnasium a new coat of paint in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day. The service project, organized by the City of Asheville’s Volunteer Program, saw participants from the community as well as the city’s Parks Maintenance division, […]

Pedestrian bridge community update meeting and walk Saturday Jan. 8 ***UPDATED: This meeting has been postponed***

***UPDATE*** Jan. 8 meeting POSTPONED: Due to the winter weather forecast for the Asheville area over the next 24 hours and in the interest of safety, the pedestrian bridge community update meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 8 from 1-3 p.m. has been postponed. Information on the make-up date will be released once a new date […]

City Hall energy efficient lighting retrofit means $15,000 annual savings

The recently completed replacement and retrofitting of nearly 1,000 lights and fixtures in Asheville City Hall will mean an annual savings to the city of $15,000, says Linda Fowler, Project Manager for the Office of Sustainability. The $125,000 installation, completed in mid-December, was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and was […]