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Raleigh is 15th most inventive city

Raleigh’s 3.74 patent applications per 10,000 residents place it 15th on Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Inventive Cities.

Eindhoven, a city of 693,033 in the southern region of the Netherlands, was by far the most inventive with 22.58 patent applications per 10,000 residents. Second was San Diego with 8.95 applications per 10,000 residents. Six of 15 are U.S. cities, including San Francisco (3), Boston (7), Minneapolis (9) and Seattle (13).

Three of the cities were in Sweden – Malmo (4), Stockholm (8) and Goteborg (12) – and three more in Germany – Stuttgart (6), Munich (10) and Mannheim (11). The other two were Grenoble, France (5) and Copenhagen, Denmark (14).

Grenoble was the least populous city on the list at 575,092, and Malmo, Sweden, was the second-least populated with 647,796 residents, with San Francisco the largest at 6.8 million. Raleigh was listed a population of 1,094,439. From staff reports

Sir Walter Raleigh nominations open

The city of Raleigh is accepting nominations for the 2013 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance. The annual awards recognize outstanding new construction, building renovation, and natural resource conservation in the Capital City.

Awards are offered in 12 categories, including new residential, commercial, or institutional construction, historic preservation/rehabilitation, sustainable design, and tree and landscape conservation. The award for “Maintained Outstanding Appearance” honors projects five years old or older. The “Individual” award is presented to a citizen who has consistently worked to preserve or improve city appearance.

The deadline for entries for the awards is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. Nominations can be made online at http://www.raleighnc.gov/sirwalterraleighawards or dropped off at the City of Raleigh Planning and Development offices on the third floor at One Exchange Plaza at 219 Fayetteville St. Nominations also may be mailed to: Raleigh Appearance Commission, Planning and Development, City of Raleigh, P.O. Box 590, Raleigh, 27602-0590. Also required, in addition to project information, are 10 or more digital photos of each nominated project or individual, submitted directly online or on CD or flash drive.

An independent jury will review the nominations, and the City Council will confirm the jury’s selections. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Oct. 22 at the Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum.

For additional information, contact the Raleigh Planning and Development office at 919-996-4640. From staff reports

Street resurfacing may cause delays

The city of Raleigh is resurfacing Lake Boone Trail from I-440 to Blue Ridge Road and Ridge Road from Wade Avenue to I-440 as part of the street resurfacing program.

Work on Lake Boone Trail will continue until Aug. 4, with work on Ridge Road going until Aug. 18, weather permitting. Crews are working Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should expect traffic delays and are advised to use alternate routes if possible. From staff reports

Windows World helps vets’ families

Two military families that lost loved ones in the war in Afghanistan made a trip to a scuba diving center in Key Largo, Fla., thanks in part to Window World of Raleigh.

The Raleigh store sponsored a Hero Flight through the Veterans’ Airlift Command that flew the families either to or from the Trident Dive Club, which was formed to give military families who have lost a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan a chance to experience scuba diving. The plane carried the families of Army Sgt. 1st Class Shawn P. McCloskey, a Green Beret, and Air Force Senior Airman Jason Cunningham, a pararescueman.

Window World, which has stores across the country, regularly sponsors flights on the company’s plane and gives individual store owners the opportunity to do the same. Colin Justus, the owner of Window World of Raleigh, said that given what military members and their families endure, especially during wartime, he wanted to help out.

“I thought it would be a nice thing to do,” he said. Staff writer Sarah Barr

Granville Library adds express sites

The Granville County Library System announced Thursday that, as part of the library bond passed in 2008, two express libraries will be opening soon in Wilton and Oak Hill.

The express libraries will consist of a standalone computer with connections to the library’s online card catalog. In addition, a set of electronically controlled lockers will be installed. When library users request a book, it can be delivered to one of these sites and placed in a locker so that the user can access it with a code. A book drop will be available for patrons to return their items. Items can be placed on hold through the online card catalog or by calling 919-693-1121.

“We’re excited about the possibilities this system will provide our library users,” library director Tresia Dodson said. “These are the first installations of this type in North Carolina, so we are hoping they will generate a lot of excitement.”

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the express libraries will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Wilton location, 2547 N.C. Hwy 96 South, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Oak Hill location, 8061 N.C. Hwy 96 North. From staff reports