Archive | August, 2009

Health Summit Underway

Saturday, August 29, 2009


More than 100 people representing a wide range of interests and organizations gathered at First Presbyterian Church this morning as the Harrisonburg Health and Wellness Summit kicked off around 9:30.

Bolsinger Sentenced

Friday, August 28, 2009


Early last year I posted about the sex abuse charges filed against former DNR political reporter Andrew Bolsinger. Technically this is old news, but I promised a follow-up.

Dems Discuss Health Care Complexities

Friday, August 28, 2009


Local Democrats gathered at the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors building last night for a presentation and Q&A on the health care reform proposals with Timothy Jost, an expert on health care reform issues. The atmosphere of the event was notably subdued compared with the AFP rally a month ago.

Funding RUSH

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Both WHSV and the DNR ran stories about the joint effort between the city and county to fund the RUSH Drug Task Force intelligence analyst position. Special Agent Tom Murphy pushed for retaining the position after the six-year federal grant expired. Both City Council and the county Board of Supervisors have agreed to step in […]

Insurance to be billed for ambulances

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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WHSV reports on the Harrisonburg City Council decision to begin charging insurance companies for ambulance service. Some involved with the issue have said many other localities state- and nationwide already use the same billing process.

Paying For The Message

Saturday, August 22, 2009


WHSV ran a short story about the way in which campaigns in Virginia are funded. It notes that the biggest financial supporter of Republican gubernatorial candidate, Bob McDonnell’s campaign lives right here in Rockingham County.

The Business of Detention

Friday, August 21, 2009


As a follow-up to the Brandywine immigrant detention center story, I did a brief Q&A with Patrick Lincoln, organizer with the People United. Lincoln has done some of his own research of the proposed detention center, slated to be constructed in nearby West Virginia.

Permit Parking in Harrisonburg

Thursday, August 20, 2009


In a news release today, the Harrisonburg Police Department, on behalf of the City of Harrisonburg, reminded the community of residential permit parking zones. There are three different permit parking zones in the city and they are defined in Harrisonburg City Code section 13-1-60:

Changing Chamber chief

Thursday, August 20, 2009


The DNR reports today that the Chamber of Commerce head in Harrisonburg is stepping down. The story uses several common journalistic techniques to imply there’s more to the story than the DNR can find out, or that they have the story but can’t use it. Wonder which?

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    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.