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City of Salem Projects Will Save Enough Electricity to Power 975 Homes for a Year

December 14, 2017

The City of Salem is on track to save more than 8.75 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually thanks to recent and ongoing projects to improve energy efficiency. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, this is enough electricity to power roughly 975 average homes for an entire year!

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Deadline for Short-Term Rental License Renewals is December 31, 2017

December 8, 2017

Do you rent your home or rooms on a vacation rental website like Airbnb or Flipkey? Do you know someone who does? Please help us spread the word about the required December 31 license renewal deadline, and the requirement to be licensed to operate within the City.

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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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What’s happening
Dec. 16
Family All-Ages Storytime10:15 a.m.10:45 a.m.Salem Public Library
Tech Trek Saturday Edition10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.Plaza Room
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Salem Area Ravelers1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.Heritage Room (2nd floor)
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Lego Party2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.Story Rooms A & B
Salem Public Library
Homemade Holidays: Last Minute Gifts for Adults2:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.Anderson Room A
Salem Public Library
Dec. 17
Ukulele Fans of Oregon1:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.Anderson Rooms A&B
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

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