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City Council Approves 100% Solar Exemption and Northend Greenway

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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City Council Approves 100% Solar Exemption and Northend Greenway

Dull? Not last night’s Harrisonburg City Council meeting. Thirty people turned out and stayed two hours to support various initiatives, including an exemption from a solar tax, and the addition of the Northend Greenway to the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. In addressing the issue of tax exemptions for certified solar energy equipment, Harrisonburg City […]

The Storm’s Wake: The Legal Aftermath of Springfest 2010

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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The Storm’s Wake: The Legal Aftermath of Springfest 2010

Infamous events tend to produce iconic images and the Springfest celebration held in Harrisonburg on April 10, 2010 was no exception. The resulting disturbance involved an estimated 8,000 people, flying bottles and burning dumpsters and ended up with police officers in riot gear firing tear gas to disperse the crowd. The following Tuesday’s publication of The Breeze, […]

Missing Harrisonburg Man Found Shot To Death

Sunday, March 6, 2011

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Missing Harrisonburg Man Found Shot To Death

A man who was reported missing Thursday evening was discovered dead in his car in the parking lot of the Valley Mall Sunday morning. UPDATE: The DNR reported Monday that Brown, a private investigator, was shot to death. Harrisonburg police released a statement Saturday morning, seeking information about the whereabouts of A. Greg Brown. At […]

City Council To Consider Solar Panel Tax Exemption

Saturday, March 5, 2011

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City Council To Consider Solar Panel Tax Exemption

UPDATE: The issue of a solar panel tax exemption in Harrisonburg arose because EMU requested an exemption, and City Council is trying to find a way to manage that request while simultaneously preventing a tax on residential solar additions. — In an email to a local environmental list-serve, Harrisonburg attorney and solar advocate Tom Domonoske […]

Function 4’s Brush With Satirist David Thorne

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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Function 4’s Brush With Satirist David Thorne

When David Thorne first walked into Function 4 Sports in January, store employees had no idea who he was. But if you so much as mention his name in the store today, employees immediately roll their eyes. Thorne is the Australian “fratirist” behind the website 27b/6, an archive of satirical email exchanges he’s had with […]

EPA Bay Funding Down The Drain?

Friday, February 25, 2011

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EPA Bay Funding Down The Drain?

Rep. Bob Goodlatte successfully added an amendment to a House budget package that strips the EPA of federal funds designated to implement their Chesapeake Bay restoration plan. The EPA’s Bay restoration program involves a “pollution diet” for six states in the watershed, including Virginia, and funding to help states meet the mandates.

Isabel Castillo Profiled in NYT

Monday, February 21, 2011

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Isabel Castillo Profiled in NYT

Harrisonburg DREAM Act-ivist Isabel Castillo was profiled in a feature in Monday’s edition of the New York Times. Regular hburgnews readers should recognize the name from several stories published here in 2010. Castillo entered the U.S. illegally with her parents when she was six years old, and grew up in Harrisonburg. The NYT story by […]

Area Forest Fires Burn Hundreds of Acres

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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Area Forest Fires Burn Hundreds of Acres

Some local neighborhoods filled with smoke today and a campfire scent spread through Harrisonburg as a forest fire near Rawley Springs, VA burned over 300 acres west of town. No deaths or reports of damage to houses could be found as of this time, but an evacuation order was announced for West Peake Lane north […]

Goodlatte: FCC Shouldn’t Control Net Neutrality

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Goodlatte: FCC Shouldn’t Control Net Neutrality

Rep. Bob Goodlatte said Tuesday that he believes Congress, and not the FCC, should have purview over the future of net neutrality. In December, following a conflict between Netflix’s content delivery network and Comcast, the FCC voted for what some described as “toothless” net neutrality rules. The new rules forbid ISPs like Comcast from preventing […]

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  • Friendly City Grand Opening Set for July 9

    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.