Graelyn Brashear

Graelyn Brashear began her career in journalism at New Jersey's Asbury Park Press, where she covered municipal beats for number of Jersey Shore towns, wrote features, and formed a deep attachment to newsrooms and the kind of people who fill them. She moved on to online news network Patch.com in 2010, where she served as a local editor for the small town of Barnegat. She joined C-VILLE as news editor in March of 2012, and while she remains the staff's token New Jersey apologist, she's very happy to be back in her native Charlottesville.

Rivanna Master Naturalist trainees explore an Albemarle County stream. The 40-hour Master Naturalist course offers instruction in a wide range of ecological and environmental topics. Photo: Ida Swenson

Rivanna Master Naturalists gear up for 2014 training

Starting in February, two dozen locals will give their Tuesday nights over to the study of rocks, plants, and birds—and together will pledge to devote nearly 1,000 hours annually to environmental study and education. They’ll be 2014’s class of Rivanna Master Naturalists, the newest members of a statewide corps of highly trained volunteers. Charlottesville is […]

(Left to right) Albemarle Superintendent Pam Moran, Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center Board Chair and Albemarle County School Board Chair Steve Koleszar, and Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins evaluate potential models for CATEC. Photo: Tim Shea

Education beat: CATEC looks to add pre-K, plans for the future

In the coming years, the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) might welcome students who have yet to reach high school. During a strategic plan work session Tuesday, the CATEC Board approved Director Adam Hastings’ request to conduct a feasibility study about starting a preschool teacher training program at the regional center. “So far our […]

Arrowhead Farm is set to become a nature preserve thanks to a partnership between Albemarle County and the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Elli Williams.

Once-rejected Arrowhead Farm set to become county nature preserve

Albemarle County officials have accepted a 410-acre land gift they initially rejected, approving a plan to partner with a local nonprofit that will maintain the new southern Albemarle park as a nature preserve and a site to release rehabilitated wildlife. “We’re very, very pleased that the land will be secure under a government agency,” said […]

Susan Elliott, Charlottesville’s climate protection program coordinator, shows off an existing electric car charger at Mayer Electric Supply in the Ix complex. Photo: Christian Hommel.

City underwrites effort to expand electric car chargers

Charlottesville is giving a shot in the arm to its nascent electric car scene, something officials believe will be good for the local environment—and the local economy. The city is now accepting applications for a new mini-grant program that will steer $50,000 from an existing public green initiatives fund to businesses that install charging stations, […]

“We loved him and he loved all of us,” said Tony Walters, Gus Deeds' friend since childhood. “I hope that’s what people remember about him.” Photo: Philip Coulling

Friends and colleagues remember another side of Gus Deeds

A week after his death, many of Gus Deeds’ longtime friends are still trying to reconcile the person they knew with the one the world was introduced to in grim headlines last Tuesday, when news broke that the 24-year-old son of State Senator Creigh Deeds had attacked his father before taking his own life at the […]

County poised to O.K. public sewer, water expansion at Monticello

County poised to O.K. public sewer, water expansion at Monticello

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors last week signaled its approval of a request to connect Monticello to public sewer lines and expand its access to public water, despite county staff’s recommendations against the new infrastructure. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private organization that owns and operates the UNESCO World Heritage site and in 2011 […]

Newly re-elected Charlottesville CIty Councilor Kristin Szakos on election night. Photo: Christian Hommel.

Democrats win Charlottesville City Council seats

For more of our election wrap coverage, check c-ville.com throughout the day. To see the blow-by-blow from last night, scroll back through our election day liveblog. After a late night waiting on a delayed vote count, Charlottesville Democrats celebrated big wins on election day, with incumbent Kristin Szakos and her running mate Bob Fenwick taking […]

Dr. Anindya Dutta and his researchers. Pictured, Dr. Dutta, with students in their lab at UVA Medical Center on October 3. Back row: Eric Teplitz, Brian Reon, Preston Goforth, Dr. Laura Dillon and Magdalina Cichewicz. Front row: Nancy Rush. Photo: Annalee Grant.

UVA labs in limbo as NIH spins its wheels during shutdown

Funding for the National Institutes of Health was thrust into the spotlight last week as canceled clinical trials for cancer patients became another flashpoint in the ongoing government shutdown standoff in Washington, D.C. The agency may serve as a high-profile pawn in a partisan budget battle, but for local researchers who depend on NIH grants, […]

Meredith Woo. Photo: UVA Media Relations.

UVA Dean Meredith Woo to step down in May

The dean of UVA’s College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Meredith Jung-En Woo, announced in a letter to students and faculty Monday that she will step down next May. Woo came to UVA from the University of Michigan in 2008 on a five-year contract. It was extended for an additional year last spring. […]

Zan Tewksbury is the new director of Charlottesville’s Office of Human Rights. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

City hires former attorney to head human rights office

Charlottesville’s Office of Human Rights is open for business. Four months after the City Council ended a two-year fight over whether to tackle discrimination complaints with its own local rules and enforcement, administrators hired Zan Tewksbury, an Albemarle High School graduate who has worked as a civil rights attorney in Portland for 16 years, to […]