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City schools seek to supercharge literacy curriculum

Beginning the 2024-25 school year, Harrisonburg City Public Schools will use a science-based approach to improve students’ literacy with the help of teachers, families and reading specialists. 

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When a cat gets stuck / in your neigborhood / who you gonna call?

Ah, the good old days, when firefighters would rescue cats in trees. Wait, they still do.

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A year after their approval, what’s the verdict on speed cameras?

Since the implementation of two speed cameras in the East Market Street construction zone, between 3,000 and 7,000 speeding tickets have been issued each month from September 2023 to February 2024, according to a speed camera update presented at the April 23 Harrisonburg City Council. People in Harrisonburg have conflicting opinions about the cameras, which will be in place for the three years that the stretch of road over I-81 will be under construction.

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City seeks to put safe streets effort into motion

In an effort to improve Harrisonburg’s road safety, the Public Works Department hopes to assess its roads, pedestrian and bike ways, as well as school routes, as part of a $750,000 initiative, which would include federal grant money.  

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A picture of a yard sign advertising the Friendly City Solar program

Will Harrisonburg businesses support Friendly City Solar? HEC is asking.

The Harrisonburg Electric Commission is surveying about 850 commercial customers to find out how many would be interested in purchasing clean energy through the Friendly City Solar program.

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The art of listening & other reflections of a chaplain

This is a minister who went from a troubled and dangerous workplace to one that seems a slice of heaven.

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Decade-long effort to become a ‘two-high-school town’ comes to fruition

The cafeteria is the heart of the new Rocktown High School, with the academic, arts, STEM, and athletic wings extending off it. One of the cafeteria’s walls is a large window overlooking the patio with more seating outside. In the middle of the cafeteria, a wide staircase ascends to the doors of the learning commons—a library with study rooms. 

Community Perspective: National Housing Author speaking amid Harrisonburg Zoning Reform

A contributed perspectives piece by Kenneth Kettler National housing expert Charles Marohn will be presenting on his new book Escaping the Housing Trap at Pale Fire Brewing Company at noon on April 30. In his book, Marohn notes that housing is both an investment and a basic necessity. An investment’s value must go up, but when that …

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