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Peter DeMartino, executive director of Thrive—formerly AIDS Services Group—believes providing HIV-informed primary care will help the community take big strides toward ending the spread of the disease. Photo: Martyn Kyle.

Charlottesville AIDS care center announces closure

Charlottesville’s only AIDS services organization (ASO) is permanently closing, the 29-year-old nonprofit announced this week. Thrive, formerly known as AIDS Services Group, sent media outlets a press release late Thursday explaining that the group’s board made the unanimous decision to shut down Wednesday night. “This was not an easy decision,” reads a statement from the […]

Members of Sweet Briar’s freshman class including Kat Perry, front center, and Jules Sudol, rear center, are devastated by the decision to close their school. Photo courtesy Kat Perry

Alumnae fight back over planned closure of Sweet Briar College

A week after Sweet Briar’s board of directors announced plans to close the 114-year-old women’s college in Amherst, shock and grief among students, faculty and alumnae has given way to anger, defiance and questions about the basis for the decision. “I just think it was handled so badly,” said Sweet Briar biology professor Lincoln Brower, one […]

Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. Photo: Jack Looney

Proposed 13-cent tax on downtown properties is a no-go—for now

Plans for a downtown business district funded by a 13-cent tax on properties on and near the Downtown Mall have been put on hold after numerous property owners objected. But proponents of a Community Improvement District (CID), researched and proposed by a committee of Downtown Business Association (DBA) members, hope there’s still a future for […]