City of Greensboro

Arts
9:01 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Greensboro-Based Slam Team Will Participate in International Poetry Festival

Josephus III of The Poetry Project.
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Triad Arts as broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm
For the 3rd year in a row, The Poetry Project is sponsoring the Gate City Youth Slam Team as they prepare to go to Chicago for the 16th Annual Brave New Voices Poetry Festival.
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Education
5:42 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Greensboro Program Helps Underserved Children With Back to School Essentials

More than 100 students in Greensboro received free school supplies and haircuts last year from the Operation PASS program. The Greensboro Police Department is seeking donations and community partnerships to help meet the growing need this year.
Credit By Wirawat Lian-udom (MyTudut) via flickr

The Greensboro Police Department is partnering with local businesses and organizations to provide free school supplies and other back to school essentials for underserved students in the city.

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Business
5:08 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Greensboro Residents Worry About Possible Eminent Domain

Some Greensboro residents are worried about their properties because they may fall within an area that will soon be under construction.
Credit By Lee Cannon via flickr

The city of Greensboro is moving forward with plans to widen Horse Pen Creek Road.

The project will make four travel lanes divided by a landscaped median. There will also be a bike lane and sidewalk on both sides. Transportation officials say the project will alleviate traffic and make the road safer.

But preliminary construction plans show some homes and businesses are in the projects path and will need to be removed.

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Children
4:17 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Public Meeting Planned to Discuss Teen Curfew in Greensboro

Several large signs are posted throughout downtown Greensboro, N.C. warning teens about the new summer curfew.
Credit by JoelInSouthernCA via flickr

It’s been nearly a month since a massive brawl involving 400 teens erupted in downtown Greensboro. Soon after, City Council reinstated a curfew ordinance. It bans anyone under the age of 17 from downtown Greensboro between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Those who are caught violating the ordinance could potentially be arrested.

But some community members feel city officials acted to soon without their input.  Instead of a curfew, they want city leaders to provide more venues and activities for teens in the downtown area during the summer months.

District 1 Council member T. Diane Bellamy-Small is hosting a meeting with parents and teens tonight to have an open dialogue about the issue.

City Council Member T. Dianne Bellamy-Small explains what will be offered at the meeting.

The curfew runs through September 1. Large Neon Warning signs have been placed throughout downtown Greensboro to remind teens about the new ordinance.  The city currently offers a Summer Night Lights program for teens, but Bellamy-Small says some of the programs end around 10 p.m.

She says the cost for overtime the city is paying officers to help enforce the new law should also be examined. She would like to see some that money spent on keeping libraries and recreation centers open longer for teen activities.

During the street fight that broke out on June 29, Greensboro police arrested 11 people ranging from 16 to 20 years old. Some reports say officers had to use pepper spray and a stun gun to manage the crowd, and some officers suffered minor injuries.  

Bellamy-Small says she’s concerned that very public fight will create a negative image of African American Youth. 

City Council Member T. Dianne Bellamy expresses concerns about stereotypes for black youth.

Bellamy-Small says some city council members are considering making the curfew permanent, but she thinks other ideas and options should be considered first. She plans to take the input from parents and teens and present it to other city council members during their next meeting on August 5.

The curfew meeting with parents and teens will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library on North Church Street in Greensboro.

Summer Activities
2:33 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Free Summer Program for Greensboro Teens

More than 3,400 teens attended the Midnight Basketball program in Greensboro last year.
Credit Greensboro Sportsplex

Summer is just around the corner and that means finding activities to keep your kids busy during the school break. Greensboro Parks & Recreation is teaming up with the city’s police department, City Arts, public libraries and other organizations to create a program that will give teens in Guilford County plenty of things to do.

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