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 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.

An architect's drawing of the planned YMCA in McIntire Park. Image courtesy of YMCA.

Nearly unanimous: Details of the Supreme Court’s YMCA decision

The Virginia Supreme Court last week struck down a lawsuit brought by two local gyms challenging the deal between the Piedmont YMCA and the city and county to build a new $14.5 million facility in McIntire Park. The decision means the more than 4-year-old plans for the new Y can now move forward, and according to the attorney who argued […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

What’s coming up in Charlottesville the week of 1/14

Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings, too. It’s the time of year when governing bodies put their heads together and review their notes. Albemarle […]

An architect's drawing of the planned YMCA in McIntire Park. Image courtesy of YMCA.

State Supreme Court rejects suit against Piedmont YMCA

The Virginia Supreme Court has struck down a lawsuit brought by two local gyms challenging the deal struck between the Piedmont YMCA and the city and county to build a new facility in McIntire Park. YMCA CEO Denny Blank said he was in Richmond for the Thursday ruling. “We’re ecstatic,” he said. “This is the best […]

Students nibble carrots at the Buford City Schoolyard Garden, one of two Charlottesville community gardens recognized by the Piedmont Environmental Council following a yearlong contest. Photo courtesy of PEC.

Row by row: City community gardens get kudos

When the Piedmont Environmental Council kicked off a contest to seek out and recognize the best community gardens in central Virginia last spring, its members weren’t quite sure what to expect. By year’s end, they were holding 22 applications: big plots, small plots, old ones, new ones. The diversity and strong showing, especially from Charlottesville […]

David Toscano talks with supporters at a sendoff event at Escafé last week. The delegate from Charlottesville is in Richmond this week for the start of Virginia’s 2013 legislative session. Photo by John Robinson.

Off to Richmond: David Toscano on what to expect in 2013 session

Delegate David Toscano left Charlottesville for Richmond and the 2013 legislative session last week, his campaign coffers well padded with the checks of more than 100 supporters who turned out for a fundraising sendoff dinner at Escafé last Thursday. And he carried plenty of requests with him, too. For local government, the asks have ranged […]

City and county officials head to Austin with members of the local business community in February. File photo.

Austin trip for city and county is on, despite concerns of some

Despite a last-minute flap over cost, Charlottesville and Albemarle are sending staff and elected officials to Austin next month for talks and tours they hope will help city and county replicate some of the Texas city’s economic successes here. But even as details of the trip take shape, some are still concerned it’s a waste of money. […]

Matteus Frankovich, owner of Black Market Moto Saloon. Photo by John Robinson.

Matteus Frankovich reinstates live music at Moto Saloon

Live music has returned to the corner of Market and Meade, and yet another battle over zoning might be brewing at the Black Market Moto Saloon. Two months ago, City Council denied Moto Saloon owner Matteus Frankovich a special use permit that would have given his bar and restaurant music hall status and allowed him […]

Maxed out: Western Albemarle and Albemarle high schools are set to exceed their enrollment capacity sooner than county officials anticipated.

County schools look ahead to looming crowding issues

As the Albemarle County Public School District works to find a short-term fix to overcrowding at two local elementary schools, parents and officials are eyeing a capacity crunch down the line. The writing is on the wall: When the ever-growing classes of school kids across the county hit ninth grade, the county will face costly […]

John Freeman, a 25-year-old UVA grad, is the man behind the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Facebook success. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Charlottesville’s Facebook page goes viral

Every marketing firm and tourism board in the country is searching for social media’s magic bullet, and the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau might have found it. With a small budget and a young social media coordinator’s instinctive touch, the CACVB’s Facebook page has shot to the top of national user engagement ratings. John […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

What’s coming up in Charlottesville the week of 11/26

Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings, too. The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Board meets from 2-3pm Tuesday at its headquarters at 695 Moores Creek Lane. […]

TJPDC director Steve Williams has come under fire for the organization's mishandling of a federal grant. Photo courtesy of Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Criticism of TJPDC over $500,000 grant mix-up continues

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission executive staff has come under fire after a scathing internal report by a committee of its own board members revealed a $500,000 budgeting error on a project funded by a Department of Housing and Urban Development grant, and county and city officials are now calling for more oversight of […]

Keswick's Castle Hill. Photo: Nick Strocchia

Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at Cider celebration: The first-annual Virginia Cider […]

The Shelton family farm in North Garden is home to approximately 250 varieties of apples, many of them Virginia heirlooms from past centuries. The farm orchard is one of 13 host farms for this year's Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour. Photo by Andrea Hubbell.

Contemporary cideries are key to keeping heirloom apple varieties alive

Appalachia is home to more apple varieties than the rest of the country combined, legacy of a bygone era when mountain settlers experimented with fruit trees in relative isolation. According to Gary Nabhan, an Arizona-based conservation biologist, sustainable agriculture activist, and “scholar in residence” during Virginia’s first annual Cider Week, the American apple is inextricably […]

Charlottesville pitches in, donates to Sandy relief

Charlottesville pitches in, donates to Sandy relief

For locals with ties to New York and New Jersey, the last two weeks in the wake of Hurricane Sandy have been hard. Seeing destruction and suffering in a place you’ve called home—a place where you still have loved ones and cherished memories—is a difficult thing, and the Web has made it easy for us […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

Help for veterans: A C-VILLE reader speaks up

Last week, ahead of Veterans Day, we ran a story about local vets and their struggles—and successes—coming home to the civilian workforce. It was a profile-oriented piece, but one reader, an Iraq veteran from Earlysville, pointed out that there weren’t a lot of specifics in the article about the resources out there for returning military. […]

Jacquelyn Fisher talks with other veterans at Piedmont Virginia Community College. A veterans advisor, she helps walk former military servicemen and women through the process of applying for college credit and receiving the benefits owed them. Photo by Elli Williams.

For veterans, the job hunt comes with extra challenges

Kerry Rock had been in Charlottesville a week when the then-22-year-old Iraq War veteran found himself in the grocery store, a packet of chicken in one hand and his phone in the other. “I’d done Chinese food and pizza,” he said. “I finally realized I needed to learn how to cook. So I called my mom from […]

Coles Hill in Pittsylvania County is the site of one of the world's largest uranium deposits.

Uranium mining debate heats up as political season winds down

In the runup to Election Day, the debate over whether to lift a 30-year-old ban on uranium mining and milling in Virginia became more politically charged than ever, with both candidates in the 5th District Congressional race accusing each other of misleading voters about their ties to the industry. But Hurt’s reelection won’t mark the […]