Local Government, Civic Affairs and Education

This weekend at Our Lady of Nazareth Church in Southwest Roanoke County, the play “Song of Mark,” from the Logos Theatricus troupe will be staged. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for the local non-profit NoBounds. For more on No Bounds and its mission, here is WFIR’s Gene Marrano, “In Depth.”

It may take up to 18 months but RAM House on Campbell Avenue celebrated its future new home on Elm Avenue today with an event at the current day shelter site in a 100 year old former church.  shelter will be called the Jain Care Center, named after the family that donated the building – the Jains own Virginia Transformer. RAM House is conducting a capital campaign and is about halfway to reaching a 4 million dollar-plus goal.  Development director Candace Bell says the new location for RAM House will make it easier for shelter guests to find other services:


Josephus Johnson-Koroma G Marrano photo

Its been talked about and been in the planning stages for years and now its about to happen – the Wasena Bridge will start coming down in May after more than 8 decades of service, outdated and in need of a replacement cycle that might take two years. The new Wasena Bridge will feature bike lanes, wider sidewalks, lookout seating and improved lighting. The City will put signage out to inform motorists on the best ways to reach the businesses in the Wasena neighborhood once the bridge demolition gets underway. The 50 million dollar project will kick off with a ceremonial groundbreaking next month. Project manager Josephus Johnson-Koroma works for the City of Roanoke:



The founder of Help Save the Next Girl says her late daughter Morgan Dana Harrington would be “Flabbergasted,” to see what family and friends have done on her behalf since she was murdered in 2009. One prime example is the annual “Docs for Morgan,” basketball game tomorrow night. The Story from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:


RAM House has finally found a new home, as the homeless day shelter on Campbell Avenue looks for more room to expand its services. 410 Elm Avenue SW will be its new home once renovations are completed; Roanoke Area Ministries will provide more details next Friday. The Jain Center will be named after the couple that are donating the building. Prabhat Jain is the CEO of Virginia Transformer Corporation