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by Jordan Green

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NEW WINSTON-SALEM COUNCIL PLAYS MUSICAL CHAIRS WITH COM- MITTEES

Mayor Allen Joines and eight members of the Winston-Salem City Council — all but one of them veterans of the body — pledged new investment in infrastructure and an effort to tackle poverty as they took their seats for a new term after being sworn in on Monday.

And while the roster of the body reflected little turnover, a reshuffle of committee leadership assignments as two veteran members stepped aside signaled a fresh start of sorts.

As chair of the finance committee, Councilwoman Wanda Merschel has been recognized by her colleagues for helping the city maintain the lowest tax and fee structure of any major city through a succession of difficult budget years. Her retirement from council created a vacancy filled by Jeff MacIntosh, as the newly elected representative of the Northwest Ward, but also a vacuum on the finance committee.

On the motion of Mayor Pro Tem Vivian Burke, the council voted unanimously to appoint Councilman Robert Clark to chair the finance committee. The slate approved by council also promoted Councilman James Taylor Jr. from vice chair to chair of the public safety committee — a position previously held by Burke.

Councilman Dan Besse will replace Clark as chair of the public works committee, and Councilwoman Molly Leight succeeds Besse as chair of the general government committee. Besse said he requested the switch.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES

The first week of December marks the sudden blooming of a variety of markets purveying handmade holiday gifts. Three in Greensboro this week stand out.

The gift shop at Weatherspoon Art Museum hosts a holiday open house on Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m. G-Bones, a local trombone quartet, performs in the evening. Free gift wrapping sweetens the deal.

On Friday, the First Friday Indie Market showcases handmade crafts and vintage goods at the corner of South Elm Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

And the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market clears produce out of its stalls on Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make room for holiday arts and crafts, including jewelry, pottery and fiber art. !

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