๐ŸŒฑ Platos Closet Tax Free Week + Repelling in Downtown for a Cause – Patch

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Good morning everyone! It’s Thursday in Roanoke (Friday Jr. amirite?) Let’s take a look at what’s happening while we take the first few sips of java.

First, today’s weather:

Rumours of a thunderstorm around in this afternoon.

High: 91 Low: 73.

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Here are the top stories in Roanoke today:

  1. Known to the teachers and students as SURF, the officially titled Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke invited 34 high school and undergraduate students to take part in a 10 week hands on research program this summer. The program aims to bring students into a professional lab environment and give them the opportunity to do independent research, many of them for the first time, and to present that research to an audience at the end of the program. “These programs provide amazing opportunities for students, both, again, high school students and undergraduates, to get hands-on experience in our labs, to work with world-class researchers, and alongside world-class researchers. So it’s a really great, well-rounded experience,” said Taryn Pelletier, the Health Sciences & Technology Program Coordinator. ()
  2. Plato’s Closet in Roanoke will be paying the sales tax for all sales made August 1st to August 7th, a full week ahead of the scheduled tax-free weekend that’s held every August just before the start of the new school year. With costs having risen dramatically, local economist Dr. Alice Kassens, Director of Roanoke College’s Center of Economic Freedom, researched the matter and found that the average American family is spending $500 more on household expenses than before, making tax free weekend a potentially huge break for some. “Just seeing prices come down whether it’s because it’s tax-free or some sale because people are going back to school, it may just feel good to see prices come down and they may respond by buying it even though they may not have brought that item at that price last year,” she said. (, )
  3. The Eastern Dominican Christian Mission will be hosting an “Over the Edge” fundraiser on Saturday August 6th in downtown Roanoke in which individuals and teams can raise money for the chance to rappel off the side of the Roanoke Higher Education Center! The money being raised will go directly to the construction of a medical clinic in the community of Brisas Del Mar, located on the outskirts of La Romana in the Dominican Republic. “This Saturday we’ll all gather around 8 or 9 a.m. We’ll have live music, Debs Lemonade, we’re gonna have free popcorn for the whole community, and games for the children. It’s gonna be a whole day event, while many people will be rappelling off this building we’ll be standing by cheering them on,” said EDCM’s Executive Director, Ryan VandeLinde. (, )
  4. The scheduled improvements to several Roanoke City parks including Raleigh Court, River’s Edge, West End, and Garden City has been completed according to Roanoke City Parks and Recreation. The city’s goal was to create a safer, more accessible experience for everyone at city parks. “One of the things we try to do is make them slightly different from one another so there’s a new experience, and will hopefully draw people from other parts of the city to come to visit a park that they ordinarily don’t come to,” said Michael Clark, Director of Roanoke City Parks and Recreation. ()

Today in Roanoke:

  • Roanoke Kennel Club Mountain Valley Cluster Dog Show at the Salem Civic Center ()
  • Architectural Review Board Meeting at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building ()
  • Empty Bottles presented by Party at the Pavilion at Daleville Town Center ()
  • Jim Quick & Coastline at Party in Elmwood Park ()
  • Crank Sisters Social Ride with Cardinal Bicycle ()

From my notebook:

  • Roanoke Fire EMS Department: “Join us, Saturday, Sept. 10th at noon at the Wells Fargo building in downtown Roanoke as we remember the FDNY firefighters who gave their lives on 9/11, and raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.” ()
  • Roanoke Police Department: “Another AMAZING National Night Out in the books! Check out the highlights! Thank you to the Roanoke community for hosting so many special events โ€” we couldn’t do our job without you and your support!” ()
  • Roanoke Valley SPCA: “Our cats need YOU! The Roanoke Valley SPCA is running at CAT-pacity and looking to expand our team of volunteers who help in our cat rooms.” ()
  • Downtown Roanoke, Inc.: “There’s just one week left of our Downtown Roanoke Growler Sale! Hurry and grab one before they’re gone. Certain colors are in low stock! Details and order form . ()
  • Roanoke Diversity Center: “We wanted to provide some resources for everyone regarding the rise of Monkeypox cases in Virginia, including SWVA. VDH is doing a fantastic job watching this scenario and are eager to engage with the community. For a list of places that may announce vaccine availability . ” ()

Alrighty, you’re all caught up for today. I’ll see you tomorrow!

โ€” Ian

About me: Ian Graham is a novelist, screenwriter, and freelance contributing writer. His interests are in politics, history, and religion and the stories and characters he writes about are centered on the explosive conflicts created when the three intersect. He is a firm believer in being yourselfโ€ฆ unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.

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