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Archive for January, 2010

Trash and Recycling Schedules Unaffected by Snow

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Residents are reminded to have trash and recycling out by 7 a.m. for collection. If trucks are unable to navigate roads due to ice or snow, trucks will return as soon as road conditions improve.

Leaf collection is suspended until the snow melts and leaves can be accessed. A new schedule will be distributed as soon as leaf collection resumes. Routine brush collection routes are expected to resume on Tuesday.

City crews continue to plow streets. Roads are being salted and sanded as temperatures will be well below freezing tonight. Black ice is expected and residents are urged to use caution when traveling.

Asheville Transit Operates on 3-hour Delay Monday Morning

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville transit will operate on a 3-hour delay Monday morning. Buses will not run on icy roads. Visit www.AshevilleTransit.com or call 253-5691 for the latest transit information.

In the event of an emergency, citizens are urged to call 9-1-1. Citizens who are in need of prescription medications or medical supplies and services but are unable to leave their homes due to hazardous roadway conditions may call 252-1110 for assistance.

Residents are asked to call 251-1122 to report downed trees, water problems or questions about sanitation pickup.

City Makes Significant Progress Clearing Primary Roads

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – With significant progress made on primary roads, city public works crews are now clearing secondary roads and neighborhood streets. Residents are still urged to use caution when traveling as black ice will be prevalent as temperatures drop.

Parking in downtown parking garages continues to be free through 10 a.m. Monday morning. Removing cars from on-street parking allows trucks to safely navigate roadways with room to completely remove snow, making it easier for property owners to better keep the sidewalks in front of their homes or businesses cleared.

All shelters have closed.

In the event of an emergency, citizens are urged to call 9-1-1. Citizens who are in need of prescription medications or medical supplies and services but are unable to leave their homes due to hazardous roadway conditions may call 252-1110 for assistance.

Residents are asked to call 251-1122 to report downed trees, water problems or questions about sanitation pickup.

Updates about weather conditions and city services can be found at www.AshevilleNC.gov and www.facebook.com/cityofasheville. The Asheville Fire Department will share information about roadway conditions and other emergency notifications at www.twitter.com/ashevillefd.

To report power outages, call Progress Energy at (800) 419-6356. For more information about what to do if you lose power, visit http://progress-energy.com/aboutenergy/stormcentral/outage/index.asp.

City Stands Ready for Possible Winter Storm

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – According to the National Weather Service, there is a winter storm watch in effect Friday through Saturday afternoon. City public works crews are closely monitoring the weather and stand ready to pre-treat bridges and roadways. Following procedure, crews will work 24-hour schedules to pre-treat roads and remove snow as needed.

City transit service will continue to operate according to its regular schedule unless roadways become hazardous. Updates on transit service will be made available if schedule modifications become necessary. Visit www.ashevilletransit.com or call 253-5691 for transit information.

The Asheville Fire Department encourages citizens to monitor forecasts and take measures to prepare for inclement weather. Measures to take include:

– Having extra blankets in automobiles and at home

– Ensuring each member of the household has winter clothing ready

– Assembling a disaster supply kit ( www.ready.gov for further information)

– Being prepared for power outages

– Ensuring a 3-day supply of necessary items (e.g., food, water, medications) in case you are unable to leave your home

– Continually monitoring weather conditions

– Staying off roads if possible

– Having a full tank of gas in automobiles if travel is unavoidable

In the event of an emergency, citizens are urged to call 9-1-1. To report power outages, call Progress Energy at (800) 419-6356. For more information about what to do if you lose power, visit: http://progress-energy.com/aboutenergy/stormcentral/outage/index.asp

For further updates or information about roadway conditions, media representatives may call (828) 259-5981.

Sadie Hawkins Day Comes to the Grove Park Inn

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Sadie Hawkins tradition dates back to 1937, when women began taking the bold initiative of asking the man of their choice out on a date, typically to a dance. And oh, how times have changed! Now The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has decided to add a modern twist to an old tradition — with the Sadie Hawkins Cougar City Weekend Package. Women who didn’t get what they were dreaming of for Valentine’s Day no longer need suffer in silence; just grab the man of your dreams and head out for a weekend of fun at one of America’s most romantic and legendary resorts.

The Sadie Hawkins Cougar City Weekend Package at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa includes two nights of accommodations, Prime Rib Buffet for two in the award-winning Blue Ridge Dining Room, a $100 Grove Park Inn gift card and discount coupons for The Spa and Golf. So ladies, don’t be shy, grab the man of your dreams and invite him to a weekend getaway…just don’t scratch the furniture. The Sadie Hawkins Cougar City Weekend Package is available Feb. 26 to Feb. 28. Weekend package price starts at $499.

For more information, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.0050 or 828.252.2711.

American Eagle Announces Nonstop Jet Service Between Asheville and Dallas

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will begin nonstop seasonal jet service between Asheville Regional Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, beginning April 6. Eagle will operate the service through Oct. 31, with 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 jets.

“American Eagle is delighted to introduce seasonal service between American’s largest hub and Asheville, famous for its thriving arts community, outdoor adventures and historic sites,” said Gary Foss, Vice President – Planning and Marketing for the AMR Regional Network. “Visitors can enjoy all the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the fabulous Biltmore House, while Asheville customers gain convenient connections through Dallas/Fort Worth to destinations throughout American’s vast global network.”

“We are thrilled to be working with American Airlines to create new opportunities for travel through DFW and the expansive American Airlines network,” said Lew Bleiweis, Airport Director, Asheville Regional Airport.

UNC Asheville Kicks Off Spring Concert Series Tonight

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville will kick off its spring concert season with two midday performances in January. Both will be held in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Multi-instrumentalist and psychotherapist Richard Hite will perform at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20. Hite uses gongs, conch shells and animal horns to create a unique sound, which he argues can be healing in its effect. Hite, former director of alternative health care at Christus St. John Hospital in Clear Lake, Texas, has worked to bring alternative health care into mainstream medicine for more than 20 years through methods such as therapeutic music and yoga.

Cellist Franklin Keel and pianist Daniel Weiser will be in concert at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27. The duo will perform movements from great Romantic Cello Sonatas by Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff, while varying the program with Le Grand Tango by Piazzolla and a jazzy “Baroque in Blue” by Claude Bolling.

For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Music Department at 828/251-6432.

Printville and Constance Boutique Opening Next Week at Biltmore Park

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – On the coattails of announcing the addition of four new retailers and restaurants, Town Square is also gearing up for two openings that are scheduled for next week, giving Asheville area residents and visitors plenty to look forward to.

Much to the delight of the office community in Town Square, Printville will open its doors on Monday. Offering commercial printing and copying as well as packaging and shipping services for drop-off and delivery, Printville will fill an important business niche in South Asheville. They will also provide creative services that can help businesses get their image off the ground. Stop by their location in Suite 100 at Two Town Square Boulevard to welcome them to Biltmore Park.

While this next business may not help with mailings, they will help with a different kind of creative vision and image. Constance Boutique will open its doors to designer enthusiasts on Wednesday, ensuring that the women of Asheville continue to be among the most fashionable. Carrying the latest lines by Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Nicole Miller, and more, Constance is the region’s premier source for all things trendy and chic. Resolve to make it through winter with style and check out the boutique’s offerings next week.

And don’t forget to check back often to hear about the latest stores and restaurants that are coming to Biltmore Park Town Square. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Asheville Police Department Taking Applicants for Citizen’s Academy

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the spring semester of its Citizens Police Academy.

This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the APD’s service to the community. The class is designed to give residents an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement, as well as an up-close opportunity to offer insights, ideas and solutions.

Classes begin March 9 at 6 p.m. at the police department.

The academy lasts for 12 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes on Tuesdays. The final day of the class is a graduation ceremony.

The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations on topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure and defensive tactics.

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Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. For more information on the academy, contact Officer Allen Dunlap at 259-5834 or e-mail him at [email protected]

Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville Joins Marriott’s ‘Autograph Collection’

Monday, January 25th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Marriott International announced at the American Lodging Investment Summit that seven iconic hotels from The Kessler Collection will be the first to join the Autograph Collection, the company’s newest brand that features independent hotels and resorts from around the world representing upper-upscale and luxury properties with distinctive personalities. Included in the list of hotels is the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville. All seven hotels are set to join the Autograph portfolio by the end of April.

The seven properties are:

– The El Monte Sagrado, Taos, New Mexico

The Grand Bohemian Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina

– The Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia

– The Bohemian Hotel Riverfront, Savannah, Georgia

– The Casa Monica Hotel, St. Augustine, Florida

– The Grand Bohemian Hotel, Orlando, Florida

– The Celebration Hotel, Orlando, Florida

“We are thrilled to launch the Autograph Collection with such a distinguished group of hotels,” said Arne Sorenson, president and chief operating officer for Marriott International. “Each Kessler property offers a truly unique guest experience and fits perfectly with the positioning of the Autograph Collection – independent hotels that represent an expansive range of categories for distinct life experiences in dynamic destinations.”

Richard Kessler, chief executive officer – The Kessler Collection, said, “The Autograph Collection gives us a tremendous opportunity to leverage Marriott’s industry leading global reservations system, and strong customer outreach through their ecommerce and sales and marketing platforms.”

With plans to add more than 25 in 2010 with locations throughout the world, the Autograph Collection provides Marriott with another attractive platform for future global growth. Comprised of independent properties maintaining their own brand name and personality, the Autograph Collection hotels will be featured on Marriott.com and will participate in Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning guest loyalty program, where guests can earn points at more than 3,200 hotels in 68 countries.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville brings boutique comfort to the picturesque setting of Asheville, North Carolina. This exquisite Asheville hotel holds authentic Old-World, rustic ambiance of this Tudor inspired boutique hotel, masterfully blended with modern luxuries and located steps away from The Biltmore Estate.