The waning days of the year offer an opportunity for reflection — a quick check of what happened in the previous 12 months and how the community changed for better or worse. Of all the stories The Citizen published in 2019, these were the most shared, read and buzzed-about of the year.
A steady stream of cars and trucks pulled into Park View Mennonite Church’s parking lot last Wednesday leaving barely more than a minute between one departing and the next arriving. Most were residents of the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community who were taking advantage of the Mobile Recycling Unit’s new location.
With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaching in April 2020, James Madison University students should contemplate how we can implement the university’s mantra of “being the change” when it comes to our environmental impact. Whether making small or large changes, there is much we can do both individually and collectively right here on campus and in Harrisonburg.
Protesters urge council to back off of proposal that could affect panhandlers; New budget calls for 6% increase; And recycling is on the move
About 25 people, holding signs with slogans such as “homeless rights are human rights” and “housing not handcuffs,” marched to council chambers from Court Square Tuesday in opposition of a proposed ordinance that was introduced to city council at their last meeting.
Certain plastics are the latest casualty as Harrisonburg feels more effects of the shifting global recycling landscape
Once again, the global marketplace for recycled materials has caused a ripple effect in Harrisonburg — this time ending collection of No. 3 through No. 7 plastics like yogurt cups and certain microwave-safe containers. It’s also a change that will send tons more trash to the landfill.
Happy New Year! Now that 2018 is officially history, it’s time to look forward at some of the key questions and issues facing Harrisonburg in the new year. Here you’ll find 19 key storylines The Citizen will be following in 2019.
Democrat Chris Jones is seeking re-election with a core platform of prioritizing school development, environmental sustainability, community justice, and helping the 60 percent of people in Harrisonburg considered “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed,” or ALICE, as outlined in a 2017 report from the United Way.
Frank McMillan says he wants to be an independent voice in city government. While his top campaign donors include Republicans office holders as well as local Republican groups, he said he’s not loyal to any party. For instance, he says he believes in promoting environmental sustainability and disagrees with many positions that the Trump administration has taken on immigration.