Jayson Whitehead



Help, I need somebody

Help, I need somebody

If you’re poor or just want to help, there are a number of groups actively providing services that will help you or could use some assistance themselves. Most of them are desperate for volunteers and donations. In addition to the resources listed below, please see http://www.avenue.org/tjach for an extensive list of all those aiding the […]

How the other 20 percent lives

How the other 20 percent lives

One early morning this spring, I walked through the door at Labor Ready, a day laborer employment service on W. Main Street, and took my place among the 30 or so people who had congregated at 5:30am looking for work.

What’s the big idea?

What’s the big idea?

Born and raised in Charlottesville, Anne-Marie Slaughter graduated from St. Anne’s-Belfield in 1976 and left to go to Princeton where she eventually became the university’s dean of the Woodrow Wilson School. Earlier this year, she was named the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for excellence in the field of law. Shortly afterwards, Slaughter published […]

More charges for white supremacist

More charges for white supremacist

Dressed in the standard black and white prison stripes and girded in shackles, Kevin Alfred Strom strode into the U.S. District courtroom with a beatific smile, and then noticed an elderly couple amid the 10 or 15 people in the audience. “Thanks for coming,” he said to them. “I love you. Tell the kids I’m […]

You say it’s your birthday?

“Love, love, love… Love, love, love…” So went the rather simplistic beginning to The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.” As a BBC TV camera closed in on John Lennon bedecked with a tiara of some sort, he followed with a verse that began, “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done, nothing you […]

“Throw your arms around me”

“Throw your arms around me”

As a three-year resident of Grady Avenue, I used to live right up the street from New Covenant Pentecostal Church and would drive past the narrow white structure, hearing the booming sounds from inside, wishing I was in there, too. When I finally met Bishop William Nowell and told him this, he smiled, revealing a […]

Will play for food

Will play for food

Robert plays a flute. Standing in front of the Jefferson Theater, he places the thin metal instrument up to his lips and blows, the sweet sounds wafting up and down the Mall. Inside a black fedora on the ground are five copper pennies. “I need to get a new shirt,” he says. “And something to […]

City Council candidates meet their match

City Council candidates meet their match

Four of the five Democratic candidates for City Council recently met at Fry’s Spring Beach Club to discuss their positions on various issues facing the neighborhood off Old Lynchburg Road and Jefferson Park Avenue. Only months ago, a contingent of elderly retired residents from the neighborhood forced the Council into agreeing to make various improvements […]

School board buoyed by community survey

From January 30 to February 16, the Charlottesville City Schools posted a community survey on its website. During that time, 868 people logged on (a few filled out paper versions). The results were presented to the Charlottesville School Board on May 17 [a PDF of the Results of CCS Community Questionnaire can be downloaded from […]

Patent office awards inventor

On a recent Monday night, the University of Virginia Patent Foundation honored Wladek Minor as the 2007 Edlich-Henderson Inventor of the Year, an annual award for the last 15 years. A professor of molecular physiology and biological physics in the University’s School of Medicine, Minor is a researcher and inventor in the field of protein […]

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

music Like many a band’s first “official” album, Dr. Dog’s 2005 release Easy Beat was a furious and arresting microcosm of everything they had to say. Or at the least, listening to We All Belong, their 2007 follow-up, I got that sense. Where Easy Beat had a sense of urgency, a need to stomp their […]

The poop on dirty water

As Charlottesville’s economy moved from an agricultural base to an industrial one, the threat to the Rivanna shifted. Suddenly there were impervious surfaces like the asphalt parking lots that spread like smallpox after World War II. They created an incredible storm runoff, a wave of filth that cascaded down into the streams and rivers. “It’s […]

Reading the water

Most of the groups who work on the Rivanna have a wealth of printed and online information about the Rivanna, but for sheer history, nothing tops Mr. Jefferson’s River, a book about the Rivanna by William E. Trout and Minnie Lee McGehee. A resident of Palmyra, McGehee and her husband Henry were largely responsible for […]

A flood of good intentions

In 1998, Moore’s Creek, which drains parts of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville and forms much of the southern boundary of Charlottesville, was placed on Virginia’s Impaired Waters list for levels of fecal coliform bacteria that indicate the creek is unsafe for swimming and fishing. The next year, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District […]

Pour on the help

There are some simple ways to help the Rivanna, but the most efficient method may be installing a Rooftop Runoff Collection System. According to the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, an average of 34,300 gallons of rain falls on a 30′ x 40′ roof in Central Virginia each year. That could potentially provide […]

How to teach the teachers

How to teach the teachers

On July 1 of this year, Robert Pianta, director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning and UVA psych professor, will become dean of the Curry School of Education. He takes over for David Breneman, who will co-chair a curriculum planning committee for the recently announced Frank Batten School of Leadership and […]

Critters, great and small

The Rivanna hosts a number of species of wildlife, from mammals like beaver, otter and mink to birds like heron, osprey and the bald eagle, and, of course, fish, with bass and perch chief among them. Of all the species, the most treasured is the James River spiny mussel. Globally rare and federally endangered, the […]

Let it flow

Let it flow

One recent afternoon, a friend and I put in on the Rivanna and for the next three hours floated down its mellifluous waters. Up in the front of the canoe, my friend acted as guide

Elevator fails in Old Cabell Hall

Elevator fails in Old Cabell Hall

Shortly before 8pm on Saturday night, April 28, the UVA Music Department’s director of promotions was heading to a performance by the UVA Jazz Ensemble when she and a couple of friends boarded one of Old Cabell Hall’s elevators. The three were going up—when suddenly they found themselves falling. Next time, take the stairs: Three […]