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Make up your mind

Make up your mind

If, as G.I. Joe once told us, “knowing is half the battle,” then what is the other half? Charlottesville is one of the brainiest cities in the country—which means, presumably, that we know a lot. The irony? We don’t know how our collective brainpower works. Local entrepreneur Jeff Gunther describes his OpenSpace business as a […]

Some assembly required

Some assembly required

In the middle of my interview with local architect and developer Bill Atwood, I realize that his shirt is improperly buttoned. At first, I take the jaunt of his collar as part of the overall look—black Ray-Ban Wayfarers, white hair that has grown comfortable with disarray. Think Jim Jarmusch, or Ric Ocasek. “You’re not going […]

Give a buck, or give up?

Give a buck, or give up?

Early this summer, a concern among some local businesses about increased panhandling led City Council to further restrict begging on the Downtown Mall, despite an absence of police citations for such problems. Now, panhandling citations are up on the Mall, while a program developed by the Downtown Business Association (DBA) and the Thomas Jefferson Area […]

DMB, Big Brothers reopen Westhaven Afterschool Program

DMB, Big Brothers reopen Westhaven Afterschool Program

For the first time in years, when school opened at Burnley-Moran Elementary, the Westhaven Afterschool Program remained closed. Former program director Harold Folley told C-VILLE in June that a grant administered by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors since 2007 was no longer available, and he hoped to find more funds to reopen the program during the […]

Breaking his silence after a staffer's suicide, Ted Genoways depicts pressures at VQR and answers the charge that he bullied Kevin Morrissey to death

Breaking his silence after a staffer's suicide, Ted Genoways depicts pressures at VQR and answers the charge that he bullied Kevin Morrissey to death

 Among the questions unanswered in the wake of the suicide of Kevin Morrissey, the managing editor of the University of Virginia’s critically acclaimed Virginia Quarterly Review, is this one: What is it like to share an office with Ted Genoways? ; Within days of Morrissey’s July 30 death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, anonymous critics […]

Winter issue of VQR cancelled

Winter issue of VQR cancelled

Plans for the Winter 2010 issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review were in place by April, around the time editor Ted Genoways received a Guggenheim Fellowship for a project on American poet Walt Whitman and the Civil War. While Genoways was on leave, two organizers of the annual LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph—co-founder Nick Nichols […]

Clark withdraws offer to withdraw congressional bid

Clark withdraws offer to withdraw congressional bid

 Two days after he offered to withdraw his third-party bid for the Fifth District Congressional seat, Jeffrey Clark—who launched his campaign when a GOP primary selected Virginia Senator Robert Hurt as the Republican opposition to Democrat Tom Perriello—has his game face on again. Jeffrey Clark, independent candidate for Virginia’s Fifth District Congressional seat, wrote in […]

Well, we still need water

 For both fans and foes of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority’s (RWSA) 50-year Community Water Supply Plan, glasses will remain half-full or half-empty until expansion studies of the Ragged Mountain Reservoir and Lower Ragged Mountain Dam are completed. On Friday, the RWSA released a review of engineering firm Gannett Fleming’s 2004 water demand analysis, […]

Could tax rebate seal Waterhouse deal?

Could tax rebate seal Waterhouse deal?

 Thanks to actions last week by Charlottesville City Council and the Board of Architectural Review (BAR), architect Bill Atwood’s Waterhouse project has quickly thawed from glacier to geyser. One day after council unanimously signed off on its first resolution for a tax increment financing rebate—don’t worry, we’ll explain it in the third paragraph—the BAR approved […]

John Hunter rumored as a speaker at TED conference

John Hunter rumored as a speaker at TED conference

Local gifted education teacher John Hunter spent the end of July at the annual EduStat conference, where he was a featured speaker alongside a former chief learning officer for the Central Intelligence Agency and the co-founder of JetBlue Airways. By the following week, the subject of local filmmaker Chris Farina’s documentary World Peace…and Other Fourth […]

Kendall Singleton expands UVA garden, composting

Kendall Singleton expands UVA garden, composting

 A few weeks ago, Kendall Singleton returned home from an unplanned trip to Earlysville’s Panorama Farms to find she was down to the last of her weekly community supported agriculture (CSA) produce—onions, basil and garlic from Nelson County, but no centerpiece. A quick shopping trip later, and she had a bit of Twin Oaks tofu […]

Warrant, lawsuits await Jim Baldi's return

Warrant, lawsuits await Jim Baldi's return

 More than two months after Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi asked local artist Chris Butler to display his paintings and pen-and-ink work inside Baldi’s Belmont club, Butler returned to take his work from the walls. By then, Bel Rio had been closed for nearly two weeks, and its owner—the subject of a $300,000 fraud lawsuit […]

FBI looking for Jim Baldi, too?

FBI looking for Jim Baldi, too?

 From former clients of his Virginia Payroll & Tax business to the Virginia Department of Taxation, more than a few folks would like to know the whereabouts of Jim Baldi. Baldi, who also owns the Belmont club Bel Rio, now shuttered, slipped out of Charlottesville during the last few weeks without a trace, apparently. Other […]