In Charlottesville, carbon emissions per household are more than a ton above the national average. Photo: Skyclad Aerial

We’ve got work to do: Lagging behind, Charlottesville aims for more ambitious climate goals

In the words of Kermit the Frog, it’s not easy being green. Though the Muppet references the color of his amphibian skin, the famous line is a sentiment that also rings true for Charlottesville, where carbon emissions per household are more than a ton above the national average. With 10 tons of carbon emissions per […]

Storytellers from Hoot & Holler share their musical adventures on Friday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Hoot & Holler’s Soundtrack of My Life

Backstage pass: Musically connected trans-formations are the theme at Hoot & Holler’s Soundtrack of My Life, an evening of storytelling that draws from personal experiences involving songs, concerts, and listening. Find out what happened at an after-hours hotel room party involving The Replacements and way too much tequila; hear how a banjo literally saved one […]

Walker Upper Elementary is making Spanish an elective rather than a required course. Staff photo

Curriculum crusade: Spanish as elective perturbs parents

Come this fall, Walker Upper Elementary, which serves the city’s fifth and sixth graders, will drop its Spanish language requirement for a focus on math and science instruction. During a January school board meeting, Principal Adam Hastings said the change, which the school board approved in February, was prompted by “a need for students to […]

Kyle Guy celebrates as the buzzer sounded on Virginia's win during the NCAA Championship Game. Photo: Jerry Holt

At long last: A Virginia fan looks back on 25 seasons

  By Charlie Sallwasser It’s 1am on Tuesday, and Virginia basketball has just won the national championship. I can’t believe it. As a 10-year-old, I used to pretend to be Virginia forward Cornel Parker when I was shooting hoops in my driveway, lining up the game-winner in the national championship game. I made countless elbow threes […]

Though there’s always that initial investment, going solar can be a profitable way to save the planet.

Going solar together

A new co-op opportunity in Charlottesville aims to help area home and business owners save money on solar panels and electric vehicle chargers by bulk purchasing the equipment. Solar United Neighbors, a nonprofit headquartered in D.C., has developed similar co-ops in multiple states, including Virginia, to help neighbors save on solar while building a community […]