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.

Dr. Lynn Dengel, a breast surgeon at Martha Jefferson Hospital’s Virginia Breast Care, joins local peers in sticking to the recommendation that women start getting annual mammograms at 40. Photo: Elli Williams

Health issue 2014: Local docs on the controversy over breast cancer screening

This story is part of our 2014 health issue, which also includes articles on concussions in young athletes, rhabdomyolysis, and gluten intolerance. Just over four years ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—an independent, federally funded panel of physicians—rocked the cancer community when it changed its breast cancer screening guidelines, recommending that women get mammograms […]

Landmark hotel. Staff photo.

Landmark’s last stand? More security, structural reports called for

For a brief moment last week, it looked like the towering unfinished shell of what was to be the Landmark Hotel was doomed to be reduced to rubble, as the Charlottesville Planning Commission declared the structure blighted and debated demolition as a fix: Should the city, as former commission chair Genevieve Keller suggested, “un-Landmark the Landmark”? […]

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 […]