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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 […]

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.

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.

Purcell Park Stream Restoration Continues…

Thursday, June 11, 2009


In January 2009, I wrote on hburgnews about the start of the construction phase of the Purcell Park Stream Restoration Project. The restoration project’s construction finished in April and its time to watch the stream banks and riparian buffers flourish. If you haven’t been out to Purcell Park in a while, you should go look and be amazed […]

City & County Budgets

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


The draft City Budget is available online (310 pages) for public review and comment. Last Tuesday, at the City Council meeting the first reading for the City Budget was held, during which staff and members (big & little) of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters made comment. The second reading of the City Budget will be at the May 12 […]

Green Faith event

Saturday, April 25, 2009


On Saturday April 18th, about 125 people participated in an event called “Green Faith: Communities Linking Faith & Sustainability” at the Harrisonburg First Church of the Bretheren. This event was sponsored and organized by at least 10 local Mennonite USA and Church of the Bretheren congregations as well as local colleges (Eastern Mennonite University, Bridgewater College) and […]

CleanUp Day Stats

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Event organizers considered the 12th Annual Blacks Run/ Downtown CleanUp Day to be a success thanks to everyone who  came out to help that day. Held on the cold and wet morning of Saturday April 11th, it has been reported that over 375  400 people came out to volunteer for CleanUp Day and an astonishing […]

Blacks Run/ Downtown CleanUp Day, Saturday April 11

Friday, April 3, 2009

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Blacks Run/ Downtown CleanUp Day will be on Saturday April 11. The GreenScene  will be bigger than ever with many fun exhibits and activities including an Alternative Fuels Car Show, Recycle Relays, Story times, and Guided Stream Walks. A full schedule of events is available here. This year, CleanUp Day is also Virginia Green Event Certified.

Central Virginia Green Cities Forum

Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Staunton Green 2020, a non-partisan citizen coalition, is hosting the Central Virginia Green Cities Forum on Thursday April 2 at 7:30 pm. An email from the group says: Do you want to see how Staunton stacks up with neighboring cities on going green? Find out when officials from Staunton and three other cities — including Harrisonburg’s progressive […]

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