In this issue.......

  • Star City Motor Madness Cruises Williamson Road for the 14th Year Friday June 26th                                         
  • From the Desk of WRABA's Executive Director:  Curb Appeal Counts!
  • Roanoke County Projects Update:  Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian & Streetscape Improvement Project
  • Roanoke City Police Department News:  Crime Prevention "Spring Cleaning" for Businesses
  • Roanoke City Fire Department News:  
    • Saying Goodbye to Firefighter Todd Harris
    • Chief Hoback Recognized at the VA Fire & Rescue Conference
    • Never Leave Children Unattended in Cars!
    • The Dangers of Distracted Driving
  • Calendar of Events
  • Protect Seniors From Financial Abuse
  • What Landlords Should Know About Rental Income and Expenses


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Intercept Youth Services Program "Foster Families Love Life"

Did you know there are over 513,000 children nationwide in the foster care system?  But there are only approximately 153,000 foster homes available for placements, leaving over 360,000 children without a place to call home.  Intercept Youth Services believes that each child deserves teh chance to be raised in a family.  With a great need for families across the state and nationwide, Intercept Youth Services has launched a community awareness campaign, FosterFamilies Love Life, to bring the need for more families to the forefront.

To increase awareness, Intercept has launched an informational website, FosterFamiliesLoveLife,com .  The goals of this site are to address the following:  What is foster care; Who are the faces of foster care; Describe the various types of foster parenting available; Provide information on how to select an agency; and How you can make a difference if fostering ins't the right step for you.  Along wih the website, Intercept is participating in local community events to increase awareness, inform and educate members in teh community of hte needs of foster children.  

Intercept is reaching out to local businesses  for help in supporting the Foster Families Love Life campaign.  By displaying our information and window sticker you will ......

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The federal Small Business Administration has launched a new initiative known as ScaleUp America in in an effort to support existing small business across the United States.  Roanoke Valley was selected from among over 60 candidate communities to be one of the pioneering regions for the new program.  ScaleUp Roanoke VAlley will assist business owners in the area through business training, managment consulting, and assistance identifying financing sources.  The ScaleUp Roanoke Valley program aims to serve.....

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9th Annual Roanoke Greek Festival September 19th-21st!

The 9th annual Roanoke Greek Festival will be held on September 19th -21st.  The event is hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and will take place on the church grounds located at 30 Huntington Boulebard rain or shine.  Admission is free.  A portion of the proceeds will benefity local charities and organizations.  For a complete scheudle ofevents please visit our website at

Our three day cultural event draws regional support from Blacksburg, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg and other nearby communities.  Visitors to our festival have the opportunity to enjoy our.......

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Star City Motor Madness Cruise Night Friday June 27th!
by Star City Motor Madness

Star City Motor Madness once again come to Williamson Road, Friday, June27th from 6pm to 10pm. This is the largest single event on Williamson Road each year. Many Williamson Road retailers say this is their biggest day of the year.

In its 13th year, Star City Motor Madness is a massive "cruise-in" on Williamson Road that Friday.........

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