Good luck, they sure didnt listen to the hundreds of families affected by the school redistricting. They usually have their minds made up. Don't waste your time and energy.
Great op-ed! I don’t know why focus groups and surveys with parents weren’t conducted BEFORE any of these recommendations were even made or presented to our communities. It seems to me that stakeholders in this situation (i.e., students, parents, teachers, bus drivers, etc.) have had VERY little say in any decisions that most impact them. To say that having these public discussions is making this a transparent process is not true: These recommendations were made before we (as constituents) even had a chance for discussion, and that is reactive verses proactive planning—not the best way to approach such major changes in our kids’ lives IMO. Most of the public reaction has been negative, and I certainly hope they have been listening.
Always wanting to change things just to prove they are doing something. Not considering how it will effect families.
Finally a voice of reason! I think all families with children in Rockingham County should have the opportunity to weigh in on how this would impact their families. Not just in the current year, but imagining it for your family in the years down the road as your children grow and these staggered times have one child in an elementary school and one in middle school. Send a survey to these families and have the families respond. I’d love to hear what’s being said from that perspective.
Absolutely! They have not shown me a snapshot of how the pace of the school day will be affected. What are students losing with that hour that's taken away?
Time for a new school board and superintendent.
Just recently one of the local papers published an article about a mother being arrested for leaving a child home alone. Yet, with this, the schools are forcing that to happen. . .
Very well written.The board has failed to carefully look at the childcare options and potential in the area. A high majority of parents do not support this. And the fact that childcare is a point of concern demonstrates that adolescence will not be getting the extra sleep that the board is citing.
I hope the board considers how this will impact working families and before and after school care instead of making it more difficult on already stretched families. My two right now get on and off the bus together. I get to watch both get on the bus and have piece of mind that they are together in the afternoons. If these changes are implemented it negativity impacts our family, putting my youngest in after school care outside of the home and has by teenage daughter standing at a bus stop alone. No one In our home will get any “extra sleep” with these later start time, they will simply wait around in the mornings longer before getting on the bus. I know there have got to be many families like mine, I hope they are speaking up against this change.
How ridiculous is this? The high schoolers work at the after school rec program, this means middle schoolers would be home alone as most parents work, parents that do drop their children off would no longer be able to, so more buses would be needed.. if it’s not broke don’t fix it! This is getting ridiculous! If you want to shorten the day then shorten the day, an extra hour isn’t going to do much for these kids when they are up all hours of the night already. More sleep doesn’t start with changing school times. It starts at home!!!.. and yes this does effect my children...
They don’t care about the kids or parents. It’s their way or the highway.
Make sure you have expressed your opinion to them directly! You have this weekend to do so. Chatting amongst yourselves/social media doesn’t let them know.
I have always said that a 9-3 school day is sufficient, but staggering start times is. . .🙄🙄🙄.
Rcps board...please don’t support this
Ridiculous idea... How are individual working families going to juggle this crazy schedule??
This guy just keeps pushing agendas that are ridiculous.....survey the parents for once. Will be glad when my kids are out of RCPS.
“As an educator, this is the best thing that could happen to us. … I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be a part of this organization. I really appreciate the connection between the city and county.” (Via Kathleen Shaw) ... See MoreSee Less
In her Rural Pen column this week, Luanne Austin writes: "The Enneagram defines your characteristic vice (ow!) and virtue (yay!). Best of all, it shows you a path of transformation so that you can grow beyond your type’s ingrained patterns." ... See MoreSee Less
JUST IN VIA Jessica Wetzler, DN-R: According to Robbin's request, unorganized militia members are to dress in khaki trousers, seasonal clothing and boots or shoes suitable for maneuver training and operating in the field, while openly and safely wearing a holstered handgun, preferable semi-automatic. Members could also carry an unloaded semi-automatic rifle, preferable a variant of the AR-15 platform. ... See MoreSee Less
Over the 20-year period he served, VanOrden became a mountain warfare instructor in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where he trained Marines and Navy SEALs in survival and survival kit construction. (via Jessica Wetzler, DN-R) ... See MoreSee Less
“The museum is really trying to stretch its boundaries by having something contemporary, something traditional, something historical and try to hit the interests of everyone going forward. The museum should have something for everybody.” (Via Kathleen Shaw) ... See MoreSee Less
Local insurance agents said the discrepancy may be due to the large number of college students in the city, along with other demographic and economic pressures leading city residents to put off obtaining coverage. ... See MoreSee Less
The committee announced it would take a look at granting immediate eligibility to first-time transfers in all sports, including football and men’s basketball, as long as the athlete meets criteria the committee has come up with. ... See MoreSee Less
Bicycle enthusiasts often congregate in the Shenandoah Valley for elevated road racing and mountainous trail riding. With cold weather limiting outdoor biking, a different two-wheeled adventure is sum...
Judging was held over a four-week period during late January and early February, with 19 world-class judges sampling over 530 Virginia wines from 107 Virginia wineries, the release says. Only the highest 12 ranking reds and whites will become the Governor’s Case. ... See MoreSee Less
Cpl. Scott Drugo, who oversees HPD’s social media accounts, said officers created the new segment to interact with the community and bring some sunshine to an often gloomy Facebook page, which routinely focuses on alerting the public to wanted suspects and car crashes. ... See MoreSee Less
“The whole thing kind of started with the desire to do more. Talking to the food bank, February is a hard hit time for them. Of course, they’ve made it through all the holidays. It’s in the middle of winter. There aren’t a lot of drives and things going on to help them stock back up. So, it’s a time of need for them for donations.” Story on how Brothers Craft Brewing is giving back, via Kathleen Shaw. ... See MoreSee Less
Under the proposal, it would remain open beginning this April through continued work with local congregations and two paid, trained staff members on duty, according to a press release. ... See MoreSee Less
Greg Lunsford previously served as the assistant community manager for Ocean Reef Community Association in Key Largo, Fla., for 15 years and spent five years as the association’s lieutenant of public safety. He also served in the United States Army from 1987 to 1991. (via Jessica Wetzler, DN-R) ... See MoreSee Less
“Few people know what a great human being he is. Bob is steadfastly loyal to friends, kind to the disadvantaged and a Dr. Dolittle figure to needy animals. It is his compassion that really defines him.” (Via Jessica Wetzler, DN-R) ... See MoreSee Less
Kibler is a a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School in Mount Jackson. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Tech in 1988 and a master’s in journalism from Kent State University in 2014. ... See MoreSee Less
Every day trucks flying by like they on the interstate. Everyone trying to get somewhere a minute sooner. Always passing in no passing zones. Police sit in the same three spots (elem school, turner hams and valley land). Even when they are out there its posted on fb within minutes.
Connect corridor H at Strasburg. That will get the trucks off 259
Finish Corridor H on the Virginia side.
Of those 6 fatal crashes has involved tractor and trailers?
Double yellow lines from Broadway to west va and on and lower speed limit but no matter what you still have those non driving morons flying and passing like the moron who passed a car and tractor trailer hitting the girl head on killing her months ago.
STORY UPDATED: Red Front's closure will be the fourth such ending for a locally owned Valley grocery store in less than 10 months, joining the ranks of Weyers Cave Super Save, Broadway Supermarket and Shenandoah Grocery. ... See MoreSee Less
Sad, but it went down hill when it was under new management. Im sorry but I witnessed first has as well as others what the store came to. Honestly I would rather see it closed than see it the way it is now. Nothing like it was at all. No one was friendly, floors dirty, rotten meat, out of date food and freezer burnt food. No thank you. Thank u to the old Red Front and staff for all u did for the community, churches and many other things.
Shenandoah Grocery is very much missed. Their pies and deli foods were delicious.
Sad to see them close.
Not surprised about the news,. I used to go every weekend there to shop then onto sharp shopper. Was there 3weeks ago, very disappointed. Deli seemed not to be in operation, very little meat selection, bread was scarce, store had completely changed along with old staff, very rundown. Parking lot was empty on a sat at 11....very odd, then experienced why. When I voiced my displeasure to manager he seemed to think that the store has improved greatly since the purchase 4 months ago. Told him I would never be back and if it's so successful where are the customers? I feel sorry for that neighborhood it was nice to have a decent grocery store nearby to walk to
The last time I went full on grocery shopping there (not just running in for something quickly) the produce was soggy and going bad. I like buying local, but I'm not going to buy bad food 🤷♂️
Their mentality isnt right in the article or when they petitioned for the community to assist in Jan. You dont rely on the community to keep you afloat. You make it to where the community relies on you and the value you bring. Adapting to online trends and traffic patterns is part of it. If you dont have reliable value, you're sunk.
Sad, so sad, shopped Red Front since 1964 when our family moved from RIchmond. Miss the Grabers and other friendly employees.
Mom and Pop's stores, no matter what type it is, are beginning to be a thing of the past. The MEGA stores are killing them. Bye-Bye the old Main Street stores.
Well I guess the local area can go to Food Lion, WalMart, never a complant there. But there is Sharp Shopper no loto, beer or tobacco there. Stay narrow minded my friends.
Jess's, now Red Front? Next time I come back to the Burg everything I grew up with will be gone. Sad.
Nooooo. I grew up going to this super market. Sad to see it go.
So sad but its been a pleasure shopping there and also doing the turkey bowl 🙏😥
So sad- selling out to the Singh family to boost marketing and diversity backfired big time! Ran them in the ground.
New partner let food quality slip horribly its a shame it was my fav place to shop in city till then
Sad day for the citizens of Harrisonburg. Buy Local!!!
it is sad. I drive from Williamsville, VA . I am very upset by this.
So sad I will miss the chicken
As soon as the Garbers sold the store, it immediately went to pot -- empty shelves, bad produce, no service. Sad!!!
I still remember their Golden Skillet Chicken.
This was very popular with my older (many now gone) family members.
Sad to see them go. Maybe they should put another Sharp Shopper Grocery Outlet in its place.
My 14 year old daughter and I so wanted to see it, but there was a line of people out to the highway, cars parked up and down the side of the highway, and it was raining. I am so happy that they received this great support!
JUST IN: George Galanis first opened Jess' nearly a century ago in 1922. The downtown eatery located at 22 S. Main St. is known for its "everything hotdog" with chili, onions and mustard. ... See MoreSee Less
Sad to see them close. She needs to open one in McGaheysville beside Klines on Rt 33. All of the Massanutten crowd plus all of the Merck, Coors, and locals would have them booming.
Sad. Timing is very appropriate and symbolic of all the unfortunate changes that are occurring in and around our once proud Commonwealth.
Mike took me before a movie on one of our first dates. They had the best baked mac and cheese before it became a thing. Ihad glass of Lemonade. It was our place to go in Harrisonburg before it started to grow..
One of my fondest memories from my childhood can even remember what the place looked like way back then Best hotdogs you can get definitely stick with ya Get some to go car smells like them for a week eat them people will say you been to Jesse’s Ahhhh the aroma of Jesse’s Hot Dogs 😊
I remember when I was a kid going downtown shopping on Saturday mornings with mom and my sister. The best part of the day was stopping by Jess' to get lunch. The smell of those hotdogs just walking downtown was amazing!
I went there in the 80's with Ed McClintock. He was a regular. I'll never forget he order a hot dog and buttermilk. What restaurant has that combination? Jess's!
I used to love going there with my dad when I was a kid. I loved their fries and how they'd serve mountain dew with crushed ice.
ONE of the best hamburgers I've ever had, too! 🙂 🙂
When I was working out of Staunton and went up Harrisonburg I aways tried to make it a point of eating there.
I haven't eaten there in ages. But a Harrisonburg institution! 🙁
I used to waitress there in 1987. I remember a couple arguments in Greek ensuing and John and David throwing hot dogs with buns at each other. Ava was a very sweet lady. If Gus liked you every now and then he'd slip you a $20. I remember one time during a lunch rush I dropped 8 hot dogs, 4 fries, and 4 drinks on the floor. Gus helped me clean it up. He may have seemed grumpy at times, but he was a very nice man. When Ava passed I think he wasn't the same. I hate to see this landmark close. I loved working there.
loved the place.......my order was always three on one, fries and Sunkist in a can
Jess' was the first place I ever went as a prospective college student. It's my favorite place to catch up with my local friends when I'm back in town. I'm glad she's doing what she needs to do for her family, but Jess' will be sorely missed, especially by me <3
My grandfather who would be 120 years old now use to hang out there and enjoyed their food so much. Hate to hear about it closing.
So sad! Have a Jess’s hot dog every time I’m in the ‘burg!
Wish they would open one in Elkton instead of the disgusting Sam's Hotdogs we have.
It's not the same place that Gus and Tommy ran. The one's now don't even want too wait on people haven't been there in 3 years used to go there 2 are 3 times a month
Angeliki was was of the hardest working most dedicated owners I’ve ever met. But what really made this place special was the warm greeting and love she had for her customers. She loved us all. Timing is everything and this is the right time for her. She loves her family dearly and putting them first is most important. Love you Angeliki, and all your family.
So sad. Cheeseburger with everything, fries, and a chocolate shake!
So sad to see it closing I loved going there.
I worked at the Court House and ate there a lot..
Lots of memories...
Best downtown quick lunch!
We would get hot dogs on Friday after school. Put bag under seat and Dad would find bag Monday on way to work . Car had to air out for a week! Loved those dogs , Dad did also until his death.Grear memories!!!
2 with everything, fries and a bottle of Coca Cola
PLEASE give me some of that hotdog chili before you close!!!
ICYMI: “Certainly, Court Square is precious to the heart of Harrisonburg. So, I guess I feel it’s unfortunate that the church wasn’t able to find a solution to be able to use the building, but I’m very glad it will be a green space.” ... See MoreSee Less
"Bob gave the people of Bridgewater 46 years of service, and their lives are immeasurably better because of that service,” said Town of Bridgewater, Virginia Manager Jay Litten. “As much as anyone, he established the ‘Bridgewater Way,’ a no-excuses model of service which emphasizes doing things right the first time." (Via Jessica Wetzler, DN-R) ... See MoreSee Less
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The biggest problem with trucks is Governing! When Obama signed the papers to allow companies to set how fast they wanted to let their trucks run, and nothing over. Some companies set their trucks at 55! GET RID OF GOVERNING! Let trucks and cars run the same speed!
I recall that a right hand lane for trucks will be added on some uphill sections with the gas-tax money.
I do not think "Keep Right Except to Pass" is wise or enforceable for cars. There are so many trucks on I-81 that anyone driving 70 MPH is forced to get in the right lane constantly just to maintain speed. As soon as I pass a slow truck, there's two more, three seconds more and there's another one. So how can law enforcement say a driver is not passing when there is so much to pass? And constant lane changing is dangerous.
Have you sent this to VDOT? Or any Senators?
Best idea yet. Now if we can get VDOT to implement it.
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