Don’t throw it all away: Last Tuesday (a.k.a. Earth Day), UVA pitched in with displays, games and events, including a Dumpster Dive, which revealed how much garbage could have been recycled.
Residents question Hope shelter
Two residents of the 10th and Page neighborhood, where the Hope Community Center is located, urged councilors Monday night to take a closer look at the homeless evening shelter in the residential neighborhood. Cited for a zoning violation in February, the city ruled on April 17 that Hope could continue while it applies for a zoning amendment. John Gaines, a resident of Ninth Street NW, said residents need answers to questions concerning safety and property values.
Community Food Center in the works
The most exciting news to come out of yesterday’s UVA student presentation on Charlottesville’s “glocal” (“global” plus “local”) food system is that Kate Collier of Feast! is trying to organize a local Community Food Center for the area. “It will hopefully be a two- to three-year project,” Collier explained on Tuesday afternoon after the students were finished. As she pointed out, demand is outpacing supply as places like the Charlottesville Chipotle and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging use more and more local products.
Kate Collier of Feast! is trying to organize a local food co-op.
General Assembly passes budget
State lawmakers reconvened yesterday to take final action for the 2008 General Assembly regular session, passing a two-year, $77 billion budget and giving Governor Tim Kaine the power to appoint his own nominee to the state Corporation Commission, according to today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch. The budget goes into effect July 1.
Today is the Day of Silence
The Day of Silence, a protest effort begun by UVA students in 1996 and taken on by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) as a national educational tool, is raising the ire of a few folks. According to The Orlando Sentinel, some Florida students that plan to skip school today for the purpose of protesting it will not be given excused absences. This in turn has pissed off some nasty nonprofits like the Liberty Counsel, which posted a press release on its website urging students to counter-protest by “wear[ing] white and to distribute flyers promoting sexual purity.”
NFL drafts three Hoos
While other UVA undergrads were getting drunk in a field, football phenom Chris Long was donning a St. Louis Rams hat after being selected second overall at the NFL Draft. The defensive end wasn’t the only Cav tapped in the first round: Branden Albert, a lineman expected to move to left tackle in the pros, was taken No. 15 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Santi, a tight end, was taken in the sixth round by Indianapolis.
UVA men drop second straight title to Duke
The Duke men’s lacrosse team had the psychological edge from Thursday night onwards, when their entire attack unit was named to the All Atlantic Coastal Conference team during a ceremony to kick off the weekend’s 2008 ACC lacrosse championships at UVA. Despite a handful of goals from midfielder Brian Carroll and attacker Ben Rubeor, both appointed to the All-ACC squad, the Cavaliers dropped Sunday’s championship match to Duke for the second consecutive year. Undeterred in the face of psychological warfare, the Lady Cavs lacrosse team upset the University of Maryland on the same day to win their third straight ACC title. Maybe they can train the men’s team this summer.
Richmond Plan 9 still alive
Today the Richmond Times-Dispatch, prompted by news of Plan 9’s Corner location being slated to close, checks in with the Plan 9 store in Carytown—that hip part of Richmond where people are sufficiently enamored of music on vinyl to prop up a record store in the age of the iPod. Jim Bland, who owns the Richmond-based chain, tells the T-D that the Corner store has struggled in recent years, but his Carytown general manager says that store is “hanging in there strong.”