CURING CRABTREE: City staff is expected to give council members a recommendation on Tuesday for how to best cure the traffic woes around congested Crabtree Valley. It quite possibly could be the long-awaited solution to the decades-old problem. Crabtree for years has been the Triangle’s busiest bottleneck. And several solutions for alleviating the traffic flow have been proposed throughout the past few decades. None, however, has materialized. City staff hosted workshops in the spring with neighbors and business owners who live or work near the mall, which sits at Glenwood Avenue’s intersection with the Beltline.
PIGSKIN FOR YOUNGSTERS: For those of you who have 5- and 6-year-old kids anxious to make their gridiron debut, the Lake Lynn Community Center will offer a youth touch football league this fall. It teaches the skills and fundamentals of America’s new favorite pastime, as well as sportsmanship. Games and practices will be at northwest Raleigh’s Williams Park, primarily on Saturdays starting in September and ending in November. Registration, which includes a shirt, is scheduled for Aug. 17 through 24 at the Lake Lynn Community Center. Cost is $36 for residents and $46 for nonresidents.
FOR PURPLE HEARTS: The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation is hosting a dinner Saturday at Tuxedo Junction in downtown Wake Forest for North Raleigh, Franklin County and Wake Forest Purple Heart recipients and their families. Reporter Chelsea Kellner tells a story in Wednesday’s paper about a mother of a slain Vietnam veteran attending this year for the first time. For more information on the dinner, contact Marty Coward at 919-556-3182.
WEB CHANGES: Raleigh’s new website is set to go live today. You’ll find a survey on the home page, and the city invites feedback by sending e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Among the changes: a more robust search engine, and a greater social media presence.
COUNCIL: The City Council is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers. The agenda.
WHERE'S MEEKER?: A light week for the mayor, at least in terms of his mayoral duties. The only events listed on Meeker's schedule are a radio show today and council meeting and public hearing tomorrow.
WIDE, WIDE OPEN: Thousands packed downtown Raleigh Saturday for the fifth annual Raleigh Wide Open concert and event series, which included three stages, more than 20 bands and a combined 20 hours of music (N&O).
ART GOES OVER, UNDER: An “exploration of human identity” is the theme of a new art exhibition on display Tuesday through Sept. 20 in the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex on Hargett Street. It’s sponsored by Raleigh’s Arts Commission and uses textures, layers and color to create canvasses that mirror the artist’s emotions. For more information, call the Arts Commission office at 919-996-3610.