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Early graduates of the city’s GO Driver program, which trains workers for positions employers need to fill, are now working for Charlottesville Area Transit. Photo courtesy City of Charlottesville

City’s job training program eyes expansion after early successes

Last year, George Davis was struggling to make ends meet. The 47-year-old was working as much as possible as a private home care attendant, landscaper and maintenance man. But the work wasn’t steady, and he didn’t always get his paychecks on time. “The money wasn’t what I needed to sustain my rent or food costs,” […]

Hollie Lee, the chief of Workforce Development Strategies in the city’s office of economic development, is enthusiastic about the positive impact former probation officer Cory Demchak can have on unemployment in his role heading up the city’s new job center. Photo: Brianna LaRocco

Charlottesville takes aim at unemployment with new job center

Charlottesville’s fight against unemployment has a new crusader in town. Seated in the city’s new Downtown Job Center, Cory Demchak can be found busily at work in his underground lair in the basement of the public library on Market Street. Demchak mans the just-opened one-stop shop for residents looking for a new job, a better […]

Photo: Jennifer Glass

The full Montpelier: Madison’s mansion gets its day in the sun

It’s 4pm on a Friday, and Matt Reeves hasn’t eaten lunch yet. But the salt-and-pepper-haired director of Montpelier’s archaeology department is bouncing off the walls of his rustic office on the southeast side of the 2,650 acre estate nestled in the rolling fields of Orange County. Reeves is ecstatic because his team of 11 full-time […]

Thanks to a state budget stalemate, the local drug court has been without a designated judge since January, when Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire stepped down. Photo: Elli Williams

Deadlock in Richmond leaves local drug court judgeless

The General Assembly’s political dogfight over the state’s budget is threatening to neuter Charlottesville’s drug court. The Medicaid expansion stalemate in Richmond has left Charlottesville’s 16th Circuit Court without a designated judge to oversee the city’s drug court for the first time since it was created 16 years ago. “The longer it goes on, the […]

“We need better tools to determine when people should be cleared to return to play,” said Dr. Jason Druzgal, a neuroradiologist.

Health issue 2014: UVA studies impact of concussions in young athletes

This story is part of our 2014 health issue, which also includes articles on mammography, rhabdomyolysis, and gluten intolerance. Helmet? Check. Shoulder pads? Check. Tiny biometric brain injury sensor? Check. You won’t see the quarter-sized computerized devices tucked behind their ears, but more than 100 local high school and college athletes are donning the sensors […]

Kate Tamarkin conducts Ash Lawn Opera’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, a holiday opera that inspired her as a child.

Amahl and the Night Visitors sets the course for local opera careers

At 11 years old, Kate Tamarkin sat in a dark Laguna Beach, California theater, her mouth gaping, flabbergasted at the boisterous sounds produced by the singers in a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors. “I had not ever heard opera before,” said Tamarkin, who 40 years later is now the director of the Charlottesville & […]

Hundreds of migrants—the majority of them Latinos here legally on work visas—work in Central Virginia’s orchards each fall. This year, a lack of funds meant their best option for low-cost medical care wasn’t available. Photo: Jack Looney

Apple a day: Health care providers struggle to treat migrant workers

The several hundred migrant workers who flood Albemarle and surrounding counties every apple season have come and gone. But the community of nonprofit health care providers that supports them each season is already thinking about next year. The Blue Ridge Medical Center (BRMC), which provides medical care to more than 10,000 patients each year in […]