DebSF -- October 1st, 2010
A few additional local news items from this past week:
- Layoffs this week at Tysons, according to WHSV. 24 workers, about 5 percent of its workforce, mostly employees hired to collect chickens from farms. According to the article, the jobs have been outsourced to an outside contractor.
- The Augusta Free Press is reporting on internal campaign polling from 6th District Whig candidate Jeff Vanke that shows him within 4 points of Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte. According to Vanke’s website, 1,040 respondents in the district were contacted with a 2 question survey. The AFP characterizes the survey as a push poll. The poll gives Goodlatte a 46 percent-to-42 percent lead over Vanke. Libertarian Stuart Bain polled at 4 percent. There is no Democratic candidate in the race.
- The DNR (paywalled) reports that the Heritage Oaks Committee proposed by councilman Dave Wiens has been constituted and is preparing to to examine the financial position of HO, charged by city council to investigate alternatives to boost the bottom line. No meetings have yet been scheduled; according to the tentative time line, the work is to be completed on or before Jan. 25. Along with councilman Ted Byrd, participating as a nonvoting member, the committee includes:
*Retired attorney and James Madison University adjunct professor David Walsh.
*Former Harrisonburg Schools Superintendent Donald J. Ford.
*Stone Spring Elementary Librarian Susie Dinsmore.
*Bridgewater College Assistant Vice President of Individual Gifts Stephen Young.
*Harrisonburg Planning Commission Chairman Bill Jones.
*R.S. Monger & Sons Vice President John Monger IV.
*part-time JMU East Dining Hall cashier Wilma Bowers, also a former member of the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Commission.
- Remember that JMU football game in the Fall 07 when the Duke Dog was sent flying in a tackle by Costal Carolina University mascot the Chanticleer? This fall, according to the Staunton News Leader, the Duke Dog will be sent flying again, this time in the form of stuffed dogs catapulted into the air as part of a contest hosted by JMU’s School of Engineering. 20 teams of freshman engineering students will be competing on measures including accuracy, product quality and team collaboration. Judging occurs Saturday morning between 8:30-10:30 a.m. on the lawn behind the Physics and Chemistry Building. Wonder if the target will be maroon and orange.
What did we miss? What’s happening in your neighborhood?
What do you want to discuss? Consider this an open thread.