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Adagio House seeks to provide respite and support for caregivers

April Hepler has known that she wanted to be a psychotherapist since she was in middle school and had imagined creating a retreat center since she was in college. Then, when her son was born with disabilities, her professional and personal experiences intersected and led her to found the nonprofit organization Adagio House in September 2019. 

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Council OKs new mixed-use development on Port Republic Road aimed at students

The Harrisonburg City Council unanimously approved a new housing development aimed at college students to be built on Port Republic Road on the land where there is currently a CITGO gas station and adjacent field between Bradley Drive and Devon Lane.

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As major I-81 construction nears, people who live and work closest can weigh in whether they want a sound barrier

With a major expansion of I-81 through Harrisonburg about to begin, people and businesses located closest to the interstate will have a chance to weigh in on whether they want a sound barrier built to dampen highway noise. 

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City to stick with American Ramp Co. for skate park project

The city will proceed with its existing contract with the American Ramp Company for the initial reconstruction of the Westover Skate Park using federal funds. 

HPD’s new Victim Services Unit is up and running

If your wallet were stolen today, you could expect a call from the Harrisonburg Police Department’s new Victim Services Unit tomorrow asking if you would like help canceling your cards. If you witnessed a traumatic crime and were wondering what comes next, the phone call would help clear things up. If you called 911 because you were experiencing domestic abuse but didn’t know whether you’d press charges, you would get the call too, and if it isn’t a good time to talk, you could call back once you were alone.

City leaders embrace proposed ‘beacon’ art installation; Officials plan meetings about rebuilding skate park

By the end of the winter, a new art installation will welcome people to downtown at the point where North Main Street and North Liberty Street split. And while city council members embraced the proposed piece’s concept and design Tuesday night, they had some concerns about its placement. 

A situation is heating up at the Rock St. Fire Station, and other news from city council

Disagreement over a 50-year-old agreement between the city and Hose Company No. 4 was on the agenda at last night’s city council meeting – and is now on its way to court. At issue is a request made this spring by Fire Chief Matt Tobia that volunteers from Hose Company No. 4 vacate the Rock St. fire station, colloquially known as Fire Station 4, by June 30. A 1973 agreement between the city and the then all-volunteer company included a provision that the city could assume full control of the station if Hose Company No. 4 no longer was providing “adequate fire protection for the City of Harrisonburg.”

After a two-year delay, council approves water/sewer bill increase to help pay for replacing century-old pipes

The average residential customer’s water and sewer bill will go up by about $2.50 a month after the city council unanimously signed off on an increase Tuesday. 

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