This Week in Harrisonburg: September 19, 2010

DebSF -- September 19th, 2010

A few additional local news items from this past week:

  • Many sources are reporting the collapse of a third-floor apartment through to the first floor at the Hunters Ridge apartment complex in Harrisonburg.  According to the HPD, the incident occurred around midnight Friday. More than 2 dozen people were injured.  From the NBC29 news story, Chief Larry Shifflett of the HFD said, “Concentrated in that one space and probably sitting there, or standing there, dancing or dancing up and down which creates impact load on that system – the floor system just gave way.” The building has been condemned. Here’s an  interesting thread from some who were there, discussing the circumstances, reporting the rumor that party participants were mostly not JMU students.
  • The Heritage Oaks Task Force is coming to a simmer. According to the DNR, the number of people applying to serve on the special committee being constituted to study Heritage Oaks’ financial bottom line increased from 3 on Monday to 31 by the Friday afternoon deadline.
  • Lots of follow-up articles in the national press about JMU’s win over Tech. It’s always interesting to see how the other guys write about the city.
  • WHSV reported on last Sunday’s interfaith initiative, a meeting of a local group of about 40 people discussing Park 51 New York City Islamic Community center near the location of the former World Trade Center. According to the story, one of the dialogue’s coordinators, Muawia Da’mes, say the organization supporting the community center is a peaceful and tolerant form of Islam, and is the silent majority. “We don’t believe terrorism represents us. We don’t believe 9/11 attacks are representative of our impression of the U.S. We are six million Muslims among Americans ourselves,” says Da’mes in the article.
  • According to U.S. News and World Report Harrisonburg is a great place to start a second career in retirement (or any other time, for that matter). Contributing factors include below-average unemployment and a solid record of job creation over the last decade, as well as surrounding colleges and universities and nearby regional centers of health care.
  • The Breeze reports a new music/record shop has opened downtown, renting out space at Adona Music, an instrument shop located across from Court Square.

Photo by Randy Lowery, from the Hburg News Flicker Pool.

We live in such a pretty part of the world, and Randy captures it so well.  What did we miss? What’s happening in your neighborhood? What do you want to discuss? Consider this an open thread.

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