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City Council turns down collective bargaining, adopts ceasefire resolution

Officers in the Harrisonburg Police Department and other city employees cannot form collective bargaining units after city council members voted against a proposed ordinance. The council members, however, approved several other initiatives at Tuesday night’s meeting, including multiple public infrastructure projects and a resolution supporting calls for a ceasefire in Gaza. 

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Approvals for recovery homes and Northeast Neighborhood improvements move ahead

Local mental health organization Strength In Peers can now use a house on North Main Street as an addiction recovery home after the city council on Tuesday approved the rezoning of that property to allow for boarding houses. 

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Here’s what’s behind the proposed new school times — and why some families are concerned

The Harrisonburg City School Board is considering new start and end times for schools, and the potential changes aren’t going over well with some parents. 

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Surveys and meeting on Monday to allow for parents, students and public to weigh in on proposed school times

Harrisonburg City Public School leaders are inviting parents, teachers, students and the public to a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Skyline Middle School to discuss potential new start and end times in the city’s schools.

Community members urge city council to call for Gaza cease fire; Police seeking collective bargaining rights

Dozens of community members filled in seats at Tuesday’s city council meeting and urged city leaders to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza — an action the city council members sidestepped. 

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Council approves housing projects, denies request for boarding house

Housing development issues dominated the agenda Harrisonburg City Council’s first meeting of 2024 with the council giving the go-ahead for 113 new homes on Harrisonburg’s east side and, conversely, halting operations for an unofficial fraternity house that the city condemned last year as being unlivable. 

With concerns about conditions surrounding addiction recovery houses, city council delays vote

The Harrisonburg City Council is considering changes to the zoning ordinance that would allow group homes in the city’s residential areas for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. 

Using state grant, Harrisonburg schools to upgrade security

Several schools in Harrisonburg will be outfitted with new security cameras and other safety upgrades in the next several months. 

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