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Fenwick endorses Smith; Smith hedges bets

Fenwick endorses Smith; Smith hedges bets

With city and county elections only a week away, anything is fair game, even endorsing your opponent. Last week, Independent candidate for City Council Bob Fenwick did the unthinkable and publicly supported Democratic candidate Dede Smith. He did it in an attempt to break up the “old line party” majority currently held by outgoing Councilor […]

The faces of Occupy Charlottesville

The faces of Occupy Charlottesville

Just like the people who make up the Occupy Wall Street movement, the members of Occupy Charlottesville are indignant about the state of corporate corruption in the U.S. government and “sick” of a small portion of the population “controlling the majority of the wealth, resources and labor equity.”

City residents want better access to McIntire Park, more playing fields

City residents want better access to McIntire Park, more playing fields

While desires differed depending on the petitioners – golfers want the golf course to stay; bird watchers want their space; soccer players want more playing fields: and green space enthusiasts want little to no change – the lack of access to the park for bikers and pedestrians was thee underlying theme at the McIntire Park east planning session.

One more time, with feeling: UVA employees push for new, positive union

One more time, with feeling: UVA employees push for new, positive union

The last time UVA had a staff union, things didn’t end well. Too few members prompted Communications Workers of America (CWA), a national telecommunications union, to stop financially supporting the Staff Union at UVA (SUUVA). Without funding, the union ceased to exist in 2008. Now, three years later, some believe it is the perfect time to pick up where SUUVA left off and organize once more. 

Abode: A missive from the second-home market

Abode: A missive from the second-home market

Everyone’s saying it, and the low interest rates prove it: It’s a buyers market and a great time to buy a second or vacation home—if you can afford it. Just like every other sector of the housing business, though, the vacation-home market has fallen victim to the financial meltdown.   Priced under assessed value, this […]

Fair and square?

Fair and square?

Spurred by data obtained by Virginia Organizing (VO) through a Freedom of Information Act request, community members have urged City Council to review the city’s hiring practices, and have voiced concerns about the perceived under-representation of minority supervisors and managers in city jobs

Moving or staying?

Moving or staying?

A U.S. District Judge will soon decide whether a lawsuit brought by five homeless men against the City of Charlottesville over its soliciting ordinance can move forward. But for Jeffrey Fogel, the attorney representing the men, moving the case to the next stage could turn out to be an uphill battle. After hearing arguments from […]

Outside the lunchbox

Outside the lunchbox

 With Newcomb Hall undergoing an $18 million renovation, UVA Dining Services came up with a student meal solution that falls decidedly outside of the lunchbox. Beginning this fall, on weekdays from 11am to 2pm, six trucks with names like Steak Me Home Tonight, Got Dumplings? and Nacho Panda—park around the UVA Amphitheater to offer students […]

Court and Crime News

Court and Crime News

Former Mayor and local political heavyweight Blake Caravati appeared in the Charlottesville Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court last Friday morning for charges stemming from his September 9 arrest at his home on Little High Street in the city.