Archive | June, 2009

Hands-off messaging

Monday, June 29, 2009


Harrisonburg police recently sent out a notice reminding residents that the new Virginia law banning text messaging while driving goes into effect this Wednesday.

NYT picks up Martinez story

Thursday, June 25, 2009


New York Times reporter Ginger Thompson wrote a story for The Caucus blog about Maria Martinez, the HHS grad being deported to El Salvador this summer. There wasn’t much additional info regarding Maria’s status outside of what was included in the DNR stories, but the commenters at the DNRonline ended up being part of the […]

Events This Saturday

Thursday, June 25, 2009

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This Saturday, June 27, there will be many events happening in our community including a Home Safety Event at the Valley Mall hosted by Safe Kids Central Shenandoah Valley, the African-American Festival at Ralph Sampson Park on E Washington St, and the Summer Lawn Jam at Our Community Place. All of these events are free and open to […]

Harrisonburg – One of Top 25 city to raise outdoor kid

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Backpacker magazine’s August 2009 issue ranks Harrisonburg as number 15 of top cities to raise an outdoor kid. I couldn’t find the article online to link to (probably not yet available online), but here’s some details about the methodology used to rank cities nationwide. The magazine has the following to say about Harrisonburg:

Cloverleaf changes nearing completion

Monday, June 22, 2009


Early last year I wrote about the project (originally slated to cost $2 million) to replace the southbound onramp of exit 247 on I-81 with a traffic signal on 33 near the overpass (video). Today WSVA reports that the light may be operational by early next week:

The Pub under pressure (again)

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Yesterday The Pub faced charges in front of the Virginia ABC board. Following some terrible publicity earlier this year, and a recent 10-day suspension of their ABC license, the owner of the establishment stood accused by the city and ABC agents of fudging the records.

JMU, SOL’s and Grade Inflation

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


The June 15th edition of Inside Higher Ed has an interesting story by Doug Lederman on grade inflation in Virginia high schools, highlighting JMU’s experience to draw a connection between  SOL’s and grade inflation for college-bound HS students who take the test.

Harrionburg’s John Downey Selected as New BRCC President

Monday, June 15, 2009

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Dr. John A. Downey, of Harrisonburg, will become the next president of Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC), according to Dr. Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, according to a press release issed ths morning. Downey, who has worked at BRCC for 17 years and has served as vice president for instruction and student […]

HHS grad to be deported

Saturday, June 13, 2009


There’s a story in today’s DNR about Maria Martinez; a 19 year-old who graduates from HHS today, only to be deported to El Salvador later this summer for living in the U.S. without authorization.

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    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.