Archive | July, 2007

GMU immigration opinion study

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


While not specific to the H’burg area, researchers at George Mason’s Center for Social Science Research recently released the preliminary findings of a state-wide survey examining the social factors “that drive attitudes toward illegal immigration.” The survey found that those further down on the socio-economic ladder and those with less education “tend to hold more […]

tunnel work

Monday, July 30, 2007


Nothing to add to the news releases and stories out today about the ongoing quad tunnel construction work on South Main (I originally posted something about it in April) but feel free to add any concerns or observations you have in the comments. Is the traffic really as bad as they say it’s going to […]

Everythings great when you’re…

Monday, July 30, 2007


Downtown? In light of some recent comments I thought it might be nice to talk a little bit about downtown. I’m amazed at the strides that have been made by the Harrisonburg Downtown Renissance since I started working here almost three years ago. So what do you think is  great about downtown, and what is still […]

Conflict? What conflict?

Friday, July 27, 2007


Council members Frank and Eagle voted this week on a zoning change that would apply to property they own. This is nothing new. Frank, in her first term on council, twice tried to get land next to hers turned into parkland. Eagle has long been a champion of development in any form.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007


This is an invitation to all Candidates for the position of Clerk of the Court to attend a pre-election debate at Massanutten Regional Library. The purpose of this debate will be to educate the public of your qualifications for the position for which you are currently campaigning. A panel of professionals that work directly with […]

the dark side of the farm bill

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


The story in today’s DNR about the 2007 Farm Bill focuses on how the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network and those who qualify for food stamps stand to benefit from it. The headline reads, “Farm Bill’s Good, Keep It Coming.” But it glosses over the darker side of the farm bill: corporate subsidies.

should H’burg ignore abuser fees?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Looks like the town council of Front Royal may ignore the new “abuser fees” imposed on Virginia drivers July 1. This is an interesting development, because if municipalities start revolting on the local level, it defeats the purpose of the new fees. Harrisonburg has seen the federal-state-local hierarchy challenged before, when the school board passed […]

the big here: trash & recycling

Monday, July 23, 2007


A while back finnegan posted a quiz called “the big here,” which included several questions about the local environment. And then I posted answers to questions about water, and finnegan followed up with answers to questions about electricity. Now I’m back and I’ve got questions and answers on trash & recycling. Enjoy!

back when I was your age…

Monday, July 23, 2007


It’s hard for me to imagine cell phones ringing in middle school classrooms. But now everyone has them, and city school officials are threatening Saturday morning detention for kids who refuse to turn off the cell phone in class (from today’s DNR).

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  • Friendly City Grand Opening Set for July 9

    Friendly City Food Co-Op, Harrisonburg’s consumer-owned grocery, invites the community to come see its new destination for natural, organic and locally-produced products at the store’s grand opening 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9 at 150 East Wolfe Street.

  • Friendly City Becomes Member of National Cooperative Grocers Association

    HARRISONBURG, VA — Friendly City Food Co-op, slated to open this month in Harrisonburg, Va., has become the newest member of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative serving 120 consumer-owned food co-ops nationwide.

  • Harrisonburg Recognized as a Bike Friendly Community

    May 2: Harrisonburg was honored when the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designations over the weekend to kick off May as National Bike Month.