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Jack Blackburn, UVA admissions dean, will retire next year

Jack Blackburn, UVA admissions dean, will retire next year

UVA announced this morning that its Dean of Admission, John Blackburn, will retire one year from now in June 2009. He’s been the university’s longest-serving admissions dean, having held the position since 1985. Blackburn was also an associate dean of admissions for six years before taking the reins of the admissions office. He is 66 years old.

Candid camera

Candid camera

The night of the Charlottesville High School prom, April 26, it’s raining. In front of the school, three kids are standing under an overhang to keep their hairdos and clothes out of the drizzle. A lone white limo lumbers away from the curb. Most everybody who’s going to come is already here. They’ve already walked […]

A life in pictures

A life in pictures

More feature articles Candid camera Photo giant Mary Ellen Mark turns her lens to the Charlottesville High School prom Dwindling supply Adventures in Polaroid Land The first picture of Mary Ellen Mark’s I remember seeing is one of her most famous. It shows the Damm family—a sometimes-homeless clan—during a period in 1987 when they were […]

Dwindling supply

More feature articles Candid cameraPhoto giant Mary Ellen Mark turns her lens to the Charlottesville High School prom A life in pictures A look at Mary Ellen Mark’s photography Mark in Charlottesville As part of the Festival of the Photograph, Mary Ellen Mark will be one of three headlining artists (the others are Joel-Peter Witkin […]

June 08: Doing her homework

June 08: Doing her homework

“It was freaky,” says Marijean Jaggers, describing the point in her life when she began working at home. It was early 2006 and her husband had been transferred from St. Louis to Charlottesville; she’d decided she would keep her job with a public relations firm and telecommute from her new home in Hollymead. Friends kept […]

June 08: Let there be light

June 08: Let there be light

When Elizabeth Birdsall was a young girl, growing up in Florida, she would spend summers in a cabin on family land in western Albemarle. It’s a lush spot along a small river—a leafy contrast to the more settled area where she lived the rest of the year. She and her sister used to spend hours […]

Local food markets keep branching out

Local food markets keep branching out

More happy news from the local food front: Another farmer’s market has joined the roster, and this year’s Buy Fresh Buy Local guide is now hitting the streets. The new market is in Forest Lakes, in the parking lot of the South Recreational Facility, and runs Tuesdays from 4pm to 7pm.

Kids pay for public school

Kids pay for public school

Schoolkids and their parents are increasingly having to pay for public education right out of their own pockets. That’s according to a new report from the Legal Aid Justice Center’s JustChildren program, called “The Price of a Free Public Education” and released today.

Cleaning up the confusion

It’s a little nuts, really, how a product that’s supposed to be healthful becomes nearly ubiquitous, only to have its healthfulness called into question. We speak, of course, of antibacterial soap: that germ-be-gone substance that’s probably in the bathroom nearest to you at this very moment, but that has acquired a reputation for encouraging bacteria […]

Personal gift

Ever thought about becoming an egg donor for a couple who can’t conceive a baby on their own? Yes, it’ll earn you some compensation—$4,000 at the Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center, the only local clinic with an egg donation program—but make no mistake: This is not easy money. We talked with the center’s medical director, […]

W.G. Clark house gets another nod

W.G. Clark house gets another nod

Not that, ahem, we noticed back in March or anything, but W.G. Clark’s house is very cool. The local architect designed this unapologetically modern concrete-block dwelling for himself and this month, it appears in the Oxford American’s Home Sweet Home issue…

May 08: Love your little kitchen

May 08: Love your little kitchen

Got a galley? An eat-in? A squeeze- past-your-spouse, pretzel-pose- to-open-drawers kind of kitchen? We’re guessing you’d still like to enjoy that room, despite the odds. In support of your efforts, dear space-challenged readers, we offer you a smorgasbord of stories. There’s a real- life tale for inspiration, about a couple who transformed wasted space into […]

Steve Kelly

Steve Kelly

Steve Kelly seems to be at a crucial moment in his development at a painter. I say that not out of familiarity with his previous work—I haven’t seen it—but because of what I saw at the Bridge, where he has a solo show. (His brother, Greg Kelly, is a Bridge co-founder.) The crucial moment is […]

Trouble in paradise

More features: Your dinner starts now Local food is sprouting, and spring’s the time to buy in Local CSA farmsFrom Appalachia Star Farm to Roundabout Farm As a movement, local food ain’t all sweetness and light. The recent legal troubles of Double H farm —and the righteous indignation of its supporters, both covered extensively in […]

April 08: Upstairs, downstairs

April 08: Upstairs, downstairs

When Rob and Megan Weary moved into their new house last August, they’d reached a breaking point. Since 2005, they’d turned 76 acres of land in Keswick into a 100-member CSA farm while commuting from Charlottesville. There was also Megan’s bout with cancer soon after giving birth to their first child, a daughter who’s now […]

Family planning

So maybe you don’t start thinking about Christmas presents until Black Friday, and maybe you’re the type to Google “Charlottesville accountant” in, oh, the second week of April. Those things aren’t important anyway—at least compared to the task of preparing your body for a baby. We learned all about the preconception checkup through a helpful […]

Island rhythms

Island rhythms

Longing for a deep massage that offers more than one-day relaxation, but wary of the “no pain, no gain” approach? Say “aloha” to lomilomi massage, which has come to Charlottesville all the way from the Hawaiian islands. Practitioner Gabe Gavin spent eight years living in that balmy place (he just made it through his first […]

Best New Poets 2007

Best New Poets 2007

It is possible to court disaster with the naming of one’s publication. Dave Eggers famously dodged this fate by going over-the-top tongue-in-cheek with his 2000 novel, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. The anthology Best New Poets 2007: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers—published locally by UVA-housed Meridian magazine and edited by faculty member Jeb Livingood—takes […]

Jason Keefer, Jenn Rhubright and Tanya Claire

Jason Keefer, Jenn Rhubright and Tanya Claire

Somehow it seems right that an art show hosted by a tattoo parlor would have a quality of lightness about it—not because being tattooed is an inconsequential thing, but because mostly what people have inked onto their bodies are fantasies. As I strolled up and down the long red wall backing Ben Around’s current group […]