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New recycling carts rolling out

The city’s Solid Waste Services Department has begun delivering blue recycling carts to customers who will begin biweekly recycling in September. The carts were delivered to homes beginning last week, with delivery continuing in neighborhoods throughout Raleigh for several weeks.

This year marks the fourth and final phase of the department’s efforts to replace the 18-gallon green recycling bins with 95-gallon blue roll-out carts. The roll-out carts have more than five times as much capacity as the bins and therefore are serviced every other week, instead of weekly.

As customers receive their blue carts, Raleigh Solid Waste Services provides the following important reminders:

• Look for a plastic bag attached to the cart. The bag contains a service schedule for September 2013-June 2014, as well as several helpful tips about recycling in Raleigh.

• Some customers’ collection schedules will change in September. Garbage, recycling and yard waste are all collected on the same day of the week. Garbage and yard waste will continue to be collected weekly, while recycling will be collected biweekly. Customers who are included in this final phase will begin their biweekly recycling service in September.

• Do not use the blue cart until after Labor Day. Biweekly service will begin either the first or second week of September.

• This year, customers may choose to recycle the green recycling bin by placing it in the blue cart. However, customers may keep the green bins for their own use.

• When placing the garbage and recycling carts at the curb for collection, the carts must be at least five feet away from each other or any other object, such as a mailbox, a parked car or a tree.

Additional information about the blue recycling carts is available on the city website at http://www.raleighnc.gov/services/content/SolidWaste/Articles/RecycleCarts.html. Customers may also call the Solid Waste Services Department at 919-996-6890. From staff reports

Price announces local VA grant

Rep. David Price (D-NC), a member of the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, announced Monday that Raleigh-based Passage Home Inc. will receive a $289,075 grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to fight homelessness among low-income veterans. The faith-based nonprofit has been working to fight poverty and homelessness in the Raleigh region since 1991. The VA grant, the second Passage Home has received for this program in two years, is one of 319 being announced this week across the country.

“As a new generation of veterans returns home, we have an obligation to make sure none of them slip through the cracks,” Price said. “Efforts to end homelessness among veterans should be just as central to our commitment to those who have served as job training and placement programs. I applaud Passage Home for providing this critical support to homeless veterans.”

“At Passage Home, we understand that many times, poverty is the result of a perfect storm of unpreventable circumstances,” said Jeanne Tedrow, Passage Home’s executive director. “No one deserves to be homeless, especially those who’ve fought for our freedom, and sometimes a hand up is all that’s needed to break the overwhelming cycle and get back on track.”

Passage Home provides a one-year housing stipend and case management services to homeless veterans with dependents, transitioning them from homelessness to permanent housing and helping them achieve financial independence and security. From staff reports

Florida Georgia Line to perform at State Fair

Country duo Florida Georgia Line has been added to the 2013 N.C. State Fair concert series for a show Sunday, Oct. 20.

Florida Georgia Line recently burst onto the country music scene, winning two Country Music Awards, including Top New Vocal Duo. Their popular songs “Cruise” and “Get Your Shine On” are current chart toppers.

Tickets for the concert are $10. A State Fair admission ticket also will be needed.

All of the 2013 N.C. State Fair concerts will be in Dorton Arena. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale online at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at www.ncstatefair.org. The complete concert lineup is:

• Thursday, Oct. 17: Sister Hazel, $5.

• Friday, Oct. 18: Francesca Battistelli and Building 429, $10.

• Saturday, Oct. 19: Joe Nichols, $10.

• Sunday, Oct. 20: Florida Georgia Line, $10.

• Monday, Oct. 21: Scotty McCreery, $25.

• Tuesday, Oct. 22: Scotty McCreery, $25.

• Wednesday, Oct. 23: Dailey and Vincent, $5.

• Thursday, Oct. 24: Who’s Bad, $5.

• Friday, Oct. 25: MercyMe, $15.

• Saturday, Oct. 26: Randy Houser, $10.

• Sunday, Oct. 27: Eli Young Band, $15.

From staff reports