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2018-2019 Neighborhood Partnership Area Selected

December 8, 2017

Through a competitive application process, neighbors and partners in the Edgewater District were selected as a City of Salem Neighborhood Partnership Program Area.

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Participate in the Riverfront Park Master Plan Update

December 7, 2017

An update to the Riverfront Park Master Plan is underway. To help guide continued improvements to this popular park, we are requesting community involvement in the process.

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2018 City Office Closures

December 6, 2017

A list of city office closures.

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2018-2019 Grant Applications Being Accepted for Projects Benefiting Low-Income Households

December 5, 2017

The City of Salem Urban Development Department is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and General Fund public service programs.

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City of Salem Police Department Tweet Goes Viral in India

December 4, 2017

Like many things these days, it began with a tweet. On November 20, a Twitter user in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India mistakenly tagged the Salem Police Department here in Oregon in a tweet complaining about rickshaw fares. And then it went viral…

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Council Task Force to Evaluate Near-Term Solutions for Reducing Bridge Traffic Congestion

November 17, 2017

On November 13, City Council voted to create a task force to find ways to alleviate traffic congestion around the Marion and Center Street Bridges. The task force will examine the results of studies and projects from the past 20 years, as well as current and projected traffic data to inform their recommendations. Any potential solutions they develop will be independent of any decisions related to a new bridge

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Police Toy Drive 2017 Now Accepting Donations

November 17, 2017

Learn how to help make the holiday season brighter for Salem children in need by donating to the annual police toy drive.

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22nd Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 17, 2017

Bundle up the family and join your friends and neighbors on Friday, December 1 as Salem celebrates the 22nd Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony! This free community event is one of Salem’s most loved community traditions. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and Mayor Chuck Bennett will lead the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. One lucky child in attendance will be selected to help Mayor Bennett “flip the switch” to light the holiday tree.

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Streets and Bridges Bond Issue Addresses Transportation Needs

November 16, 2017

A 2008 bond issue inteded to "Keep Salem Moving" provided funding for more than 60 transportation projects over 10 years.

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Be a Part of Salem’s Downtown Streetscape Design Plan

November 14, 2017

Do you have ideas about how to make Downtown Salem’s sidewalks more inviting, exciting, or fun? We want to hear from you! Salem residents are invited to attend the Salem Streetscape Plan Kickoff Open House on Thurs., Nov. 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Senator Hearing Room/Courthouse Square, 555 Court St. NE.

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What’s happening
Jan. 17
South Salem Connect (SSC) Meeting12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Literary Discussion Group1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.Plaza Room
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Age-Friendly Salem Assessment and Planning Team - Social Participation2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.Center 50+
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301
Teen Coding Camp: Creating Art with Tech Tools3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.Teen Scene
Salem Public Library
Airport Advisory Commission meeting 6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Salem Municipal Airport
2990 25th ST SE
Salem OR 97302
Police Facility Council Committee6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.Public Works Department
Civic Center
555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301
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