Archive | August, 2006

ESL enrollment

Thursday, August 31, 2006


According to Wanda Hamilton, “Half of the students in Harrisonburg’s kindergarten classes this year are expected to be in programs for English as a Second Language.” (from the DNR). She also said that the city schools’ total enrollment in ESL should be around 39 percent this year. Wow. According to recent stats from the Virginia […]

Water wait

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance held a meeting at Massanutten Regional Library this afternoon regarding the four simultaneous construction projects taking place downtown, specifically in the Water St. area. The meeting was well attended by downtown merchants, HDR, Harrisonburg Electric Co. and even city council member Charles Chenault. After opening remarks by Mayor rodney Eagle, Brian O’Dell […]

H’burg Happenings – Early September

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


WHSV and The Breeze reported no JMU riots or “parties gone bad” Friday or Saturday night. CORRECTION: Handgun violation and sexual assault (the Breeze). The Downtown Renaissance is offering it’s third round of grants for downtown businesses to improve their facades. Hopefully this grant applies to businesses on Water Street. Alleycats, an event put on […]

Stone Spring Road Extension

Monday, August 28, 2006

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Travelling north-south across Harrisonburg is fairly easy. You have the option of taking 42, 11, or 81. East-west across town, not so much. Especially in the southern half of the city. City planners are holding a public hearing this Thursday (the 31st) to explain their plan to build a new four-to-five-lane road across town. The […]

WMRA’s art show

Saturday, August 26, 2006

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I stopped by WMRA’s art show today. This is something new they’re trying, that they weren’t able to do when they were located at Anthony-Seeger Hall. Artists’ tents are set up in the parking lot of WMRA. Pencil artist Ken Schuler, stone sculpter Gail Geer, and glass blower Minh Martin are among the artists exhibiting […]

construction at the new school complex

Saturday, August 26, 2006

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School officials broke ground at the new middle/elementary school complex today. Neilsen has the contract. That side of town is going to get a lot more attention and traffic, with the new school, the Smithland Road extention, and the new shopping center going in near the intersection of Linda Lane and Country Club Road. Residents […]

everyone knows

Friday, August 25, 2006


If you’ve been following the “macaca story,” you might be sick of hearing about it by now. Senator George Allen and his press secretary, Bill Bozin certainly are. The Washington Post took a small jab at the Harrisonburg media today for beating a dead horse… Yeah, he said it. Everyone knows he said it. I’m […]

Allen’s wireless act

Thursday, August 24, 2006

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Senator Allen was in the burg today at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. He hit the standard political talking points: keep taxes low, tighten up the border security, better primary and secondary education… But one interesting question was thrown at him about 2009–the year that our standard definition TVs will become more-or-less obsolete. What will […]

Allen and McDonnell’s kids at JMU

Thursday, August 24, 2006

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Ok, this will be my last post about JMU freshmen (unless there’s a riot or something). Senator George Allen’s daughter and AG Bob McDonnell’s daughter are enrolled as freshmen at JMU this semester. Lt. Gov Bill Bolling’s son is already a sophomore here. Allen’s daughter says that she “expects that people in H’burg ‘won’t be […]

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