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“City Beat” Newsletter: August 2014

August 15, 2014

“City Beat” Newsletter: August 2014

Marshall University's Visual Arts Center prepares to open

Opening celebrations for Marshall University's Visual Arts Center on 3rd Avenue are now set.

While the first day for classes in the building will be Aug. 25, a ribbon-cutting is planned for 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18. Community tours will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, followed by an invite-only celebration on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The Visual Arts Center is located in the old Anderson-Newcomb Co. building, which was built in 1902. It will house eight programs from the School of Art and Design.

Marshall purchased the…

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“City Beat” Newsletter: July 2014

June 30, 2014

“City Beat” Newsletter: July 2014

Summer outdoor theater gets new name

Summer outdoor theatre in Huntington is going by a new name—the Huntington Area Regional Theater (H.A.R.T.).

When the Huntington Outdoor Theater (HOT) closed its doors in 2013 after 20 years of serving the community, theater veterans Tommy and Mary Smirl, Clint McElroy and Kevin Brady, director of the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District (GHPRD), discussed the formation of a new outdoor theater organization. It was with the support of the Board of Park Commissioners that H.A.R.T. was formed.

“Tommy, Mary and Clint wanted to keep Community Theater going in Huntington, and I wanted…

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“City Beat” Newsletter: May 2014

May 16, 2014

“City Beat” Newsletter: May 2014

UNITED DAY OF FITNESS PROMOTES HEALTHFUL LIFESTYLES

Several community organizations in the Tri-State are joining efforts to focus on improving the health of local families by providing an entire day of fun and fitness on Saturday, June 21.

United Way of the River Cities, Huntington Area YMCA, St. Mary's Medical Center, Cabell Huntington Hospital, City of Huntington, Cabell County Commission and other organizations are teaming up for the United Day of Fitness to promote and encourage local families to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The day will include three main events: the 2014 Herald-Dispatch West Virginia 5K Championship, the West Virginia…

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“City Beat” Newsletter: April 2014

April 1, 2014

“City Beat” Newsletter: April 2014

Huntington in Bloom campaign to spruce up city

It’s almost that beautiful time of the year again in Huntington. Tree-lined streets will be full and green, lawns will be lush and well-kept yards will be blooming with vivid colors.

To capitalize on this, the Huntington in Bloom beautification effort is gearing up for another year of planting flowers, citywide cleanup days and bringing together dedicated volunteers.

The 2013 campaign was successful. More than 170 hanging flower baskets and 90 large pots were placed throughout the downtown. The Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Harris Riverfront Park, City Hall, the War Memorial on…

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“City Beat” Newsletter: February 2014

February 1, 2014

“City Beat” Newsletter: February 2014

Free income tax preparation offered to Huntington residents

United Way of the River Cities’ Financial Stability Partnership initiative is sponsoring free income tax preparation this year for individuals and families that are eligible.

Under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, if your total household income is less than $52,000, you may be eligible for free tax preparation and may be eligible for an earned income tax credit of up to $6,143, even if you don’t owe taxes.

IRS-trained and certified volunteer tax preparers can prepare your taxes and determine if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit…

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“City Beat” Newsletter: January 2014

January 1, 2014

“City Beat” Newsletter: January 2014

New smartphone app off to a successful start

Thousands of smartphone users in Huntington and the surrounding areas are taking advantage of a new smartphone application that is intended to keep residents in Cabell and Wayne counties aware of local emergencies.

Heads Up Huntington is a free app that provides users with critical information in the event of an emergency or disaster as well as other incidents such as school closings, major traffic accidents and boil water advisories.

The app launched Nov. 5, 2013, and is available to the public through Google Play or Apple’s app store. It was a…

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