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Council pushes for low-income housing improvements, gets briefing on JMU’s COVID-19 numbers

Harrisonburg City Council members pushed for improvements to low-income housing properties operated by the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority in their meeting on Tuesday night, even as the authority’s board chair, John Hall, sought to address tenant complaints made in July.

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Video story: Magpie finds silver lining in pandemic’s black cloud

Magpie Diner is one of several new businesses that has opened in Harrisonburg since the beginning of the global coronavirus pandemic this year. And while it’s added a whole new level of difficulty to the already steep challenge of opening and running a business, Magpie so far has thrived, its owners say.

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Hey Elderly Aunt, help me help my daughter avoid cyberbullying

Like many parents, I’m concerned about the fall school year but not just because of the uncertainty that comes with online learning. My daughter, who is in middle school, has already been the target of bullying. Some other girls in her grade criticized her clothes and appearance and her music choices last year. She’s not eager to share with me but she had a couple of friends from church who are in her grade, though not in her classes, that I think she sometimes confided in. I worry that the bullying might resume in the form of cyberbullying and without her ability to connect with others in person, I’m afraid the isolation will only compound the problem. What can I do as a parent to help her navigate this? Thanks for helping me.

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The delivery droids have deployed at JMU

I was standing outside the Student Success Center at JMU when a little white box on wheels found me, slowly approaching with a bag of Chex Mix and a can of seltzer that I had ordered 20 minutes earlier. It gently swerved around two students walking in its path before stopping at our meeting point.

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Have questions about absentee ballots? Not sure who’s running locally in the November election? Here’s what you need to know.

Mail-in and in-person absentee balloting will begin later this month, and more voters are expected to choose that option than in past elections in an effort to avoid crowded polling precincts during this era of social distancing. So here’s The Citizen’s guide to what Harrisonburg voters need to know about casting their ballots in 2020.

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Hburg school leaders praise teachers for online and in-person efforts

About one tenth of Harrisonburg city students started in-person classes on Monday, as a very new sort of fall semester begins. The division moved almost entirely to virtual learning for the start of the school year, while still allowing a fraction of families the option to send their children into school buildings – those with kids who would be most disadvantaged by distance learning, such as English language learners and students with special education needs.

With COVID cases mounting, JMU sends students home and moves classes online for at least a month

One week into the new academic year, James Madison University has announced it will transition to online learning at the end of the week for at least the rest of September. In an email announcement sent to the university community Monday evening, the university asked all on-campus residents to return home by September 7.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of a pandemic will stay Hburg’s outdoor learning

With the school year beginning for Harrisonburg students, some will be spending the fall semester in an outdoor class setting. Here’s how it will work.

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