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One month into new role, criminal justice planner finds ways to affect change — even amid a pandemic

A reverence for comprehensive data, a belief in transformational justice over punishment and a willingness to listen to area stakeholders before taking action are all in J. Frank Sottaceti’s toolbelt as he steps into the newly-created role of Criminal Justice Planner for the city of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

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Gus Bus takes its reading adventures for kids online

As educational programs adapt to the changing tides of COVID-19, Harrisonburg’s traveling literacy program that serves elementary school-aged kids has also made the move online.

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Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

Possibly delaying the new high school by a year hints at the city’s tough financial decisions to come

Harrisonburg leaders are looking at a starkly different financial reality now than they were less than four months ago when the city council approved the $100 million needed to build and open a second high school, which has the Harrisonburg School Board considering a one-year delay of its construction.

Hey Elderly Aunt, what should I do with all this stay-at-home time?

Elderly Aunt — any tips on what to do with my time on my own now that everything seems to be shut down? I’m already tired of Netflix. Thanks!

Stay at home during coronavirus

When everyone is cheering the beginning of a new decade, the coronavirus is breaking into our lives. At the beginning, the coronavirus appeared in China, and it was the Chinese New Year at that time, so the population was very mobile and the infection was very strong.

Local seniors navigate social distancing versus social isolation

Seniors at Bridgewater Retirement Community (BRC) haven’t let social distancing make them sluggish, thanks to a batch of iPads purchased by BRC about a year and a half ago. Through Wellzesta, a senior living engagement software, residents are able to interact with their fitness instructors from the comfort and safety of their own rooms.

Planting time in Port Republic

Over about 20 years, Chris Anderson has planted thousands of trees. Last Friday, she added a few more to that total on a farm near Port Republic. “Oh, I’ve got a beautiful farm with a lot of different slope aspects,” she says. “And gorgeous soil, incredible soil, really deep, rich loamy soil with a lot of earthworms.”

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