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Local organizations prepare to assist Afghan refugees

Harrisonburg will begin seeing Afghan refugees being resettled into the community in the coming weeks, nearly two months after evacuations ended in Afghanistan. And several organizations are preparing to help those families in different ways.

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Efficient buildings and encouraging electric vehicles on city’s next environmental to-do list

With the city’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory now in hand, members of the Environmental Performance Standards Advisory Committee are itching to connect community resources to start enacting the Environmental Action Plan’s next phases. Coordinating efforts to weatherize Harrisonburg homes and buildings, install more electric car charging stations and replace combustion engine school buses with cleaner versions are all on the to-do list. 

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Breeze editor calls legal ruling ‘a move away from transparency’

Following a ruling against him in early October, The Breeze’s Editor-in-Chief Jake Conley says he’s worried moving forward about how much information university officials will or will not provide to journalists in the interest of public health.  

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Instead of switching its leaders each year, school board mulls changes

In a move billed as a way to promote stability, school board members Deb Fitzgerald and Andy Kohen on Tuesday proposed changing the city’s school board handbook to extend the terms of board chair and vice chair to two calendar years, up from one year. Also at Tuesday’s work session, school staff explained the implantation of new policies for transgender students.

Community leaders seek broad input to address central Valley’s key workforce concerns

Business leaders, nonprofit leaders and other community leaders from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are already talking about ways to address transportation, affordable housing and childcare hurdles in the central Shenandoah Valley.

While surge of need recedes from 2020, Blue Ridge food bank remains on alert

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to the organization’s CEO. 

Facing substitute teacher shortage, HCPS central office staff roll up their sleeves

Jeremy Aldrich is no stranger to working as a teacher, but it has been a few years since he made the move to the central office where he now serves as Harrisonburg’s director of teaching and learning.

City’s greenhouse gases dropped, but council wants specific targets to cut future emissions

Harrisonburg’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped nearly 9% over a three-year period, according to a new city report, and now the council wants its environmental committee to review ways to reduce pollutants — such as with more trees — and set targets to further cut those emissions. 

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