Samantha Baars



Local nonprofit How2Recycle helps you recycle through descriptive labeling. Photo courtesy of How2Recycle

Learn How2Recycle the tough stuff

  If you’ve ever wanted to recycle the plastic bag inside of your box of Cheerios but didn’t quite know how, a Charlottesville-based initiative called How2Recycle could be your saving grace. In the spirit of Earth Day, here’s a bit more about the project created by a three-person team working to make a big impact […]

ACAC trainer Gina Ostarly, No. 14, auditioned for the Saintsations April 17. Had she made the team, she would have been the oldest cheerleader in the NFL. Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr.

Cheer leader: 48-year-old tries out to be a Saintsation

One local woman proved that age is only a number when she auditioned for the New Orleans Saints’ official cheerleading team, the Saintsations, April 17. A personal trainer at ACAC and a New Orleans native, 48-year-old Gina Ostarly spent last Sunday performing a choreographed dance routine on the Saints’ practice field at its team headquarters […]

In April, a Forest Lakes resident was arrested for installing a hidden camera inside his neighbor’s master bathroom. Facing 23 years in prison, he was sentenced to seven months August 25. Mugshot courtesy of Albemarle Police

Forest Lakes man charged with unlawful filming

Thomas Andrew Eagleson, 45, was denied bond April 12 after being charged with two felony counts of unlawful filming of a juvenile and three misdemeanor counts of unlawful filming of adults. Albemarle police say Eagleson, who lives in the 3100 block of Turnberry Circle, was pet sitting for his neighbors in March when he installed […]

Because of complications with paperwork, Bryan Silva's sentencing was rescheduled for October 18.
Photo: Charlottesville Police

Bryan Silva set to plead guilty

The 25-year-old social media celebrity charged with abducting his girlfriend and brandishing and possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon is set to enter a guilty plea April 11 at 1pm in Charlottesville Circuit Court, according to the court docket. SWAT teams and local police blocked off Bryan Silva’s Jefferson Park Avenue apartment during […]

Artist Aaron Fein's "White Flags" exhibit went up on the Downtown Mall Monday. (Photo by Eze Amos)

Art installation waves the white flag temporarily

  One of the 193 flags in the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s “White Flags” exhibit installed on the Downtown Mall just two days ago has fallen, causing festival organizers to remove the entire installation. Tom Tom organizers stated in a release they are unsure whether the fallen flag, which hit the ground April 5, was […]

For $11 million, this 12,433-square-foot city estate could be yours. Photo by Andrea Hubbell

City estate on the market for $11 million

Four Acres, the estate on Rugby Road that went on the market last week, may haul in the heftiest amount of any home in the history of Charlottesville. And if you have an extra $11 million, it could be yours. The 1314 Rugby Rd. property, listed with Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates, was purchased for […]

Here come the meters.
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Downtown parking meters are a go

At an April 4 City Council meeting, councilors voted 4-1 to move forward with a plan to install parking meters at 157 parking spaces around the Downtown Mall, as part of a six-month pilot program. Those spaces, which are currently free, will cost $2 an hour, in 15-minute increments, with the first 30 minutes free, […]

Defenders of the statue of General Robert E. Lee include a  great-nephew of sculptor Henry Shrady.
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Can the statue be moved? Not just a local issue

The Charlottesville park bounded by Jefferson, North First, Market and North Second streets isn’t the only Lee Park under heavy scrutiny. Last July, a group of folks in Dallas led a demonstration at Oak Lawn’s Lee Park to demand that a General Robert E. Lee statue be removed and the park renamed. Activists felt called […]

Governor Terry McAuliffe in Charlottesville. File photo.

Deschutes Brewery announces Roanoke location

After expressing interest in an Albemarle County location last fall, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery has announced that its first expansion into the East Coast will take place in the Star City, instead. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced March 22 that the brewery will invest $85 million in its Roanoke location, creating 108 new jobs. “This is another […]

Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy addresses a crowd of those who support removing the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Park and those who called him racist believe it should stay. Staff photo

Rally to remove Robert E. Lee statue brings flagwavers

Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy’s March 22 press conference at Lee Park to advocate removing the General Robert E. Lee statue and changing the name of the park drew Confederate supporters such as Virginia Flaggers, who at times shouted down speakers. “When people come to this park, they should never feel uncomfortable,” said Charlottesville High School ninth-grader […]

Diane Berlin, who leads the Pantops Walkability Committee, says a pedestrian bridge over Route 250 at Rolkin Road would be safer for walkers and ease traffic, too. Staff photo

Committee advocates for Pantops pedestrian bridge

The Pantops Walkability Committee is hosting its first community meeting to discuss the need for a pedestrian bridge over Route 250 at Rolkin Road. The committee, under the leadership of Diane Berlin, hopes retailers and residents in the Pantops area will support their vision for the proposed bridge, which would follow the Pantops master plan and make the area […]

Wastewater will be discharged from the Bremo Power Plant in Fluvanna County.  Photo by Robert Llewellyn

Riverkeeper pleased with coal ash settlement

Charlottesville’s Southern Environmental Law Center, representing the James River Association, reached a settlement with Dominion on the utility’s plans to dump coal ash wastewater from the Bremo Power Station in Fluvanna. A local riverkeeper says new standards will protect human and aquatic life. The deal between the groups, which will be enforceable by law, requires […]

After nearly 90 years of business, owner Harry Marshall says The Young Men's Shop will close its doors come late spring or early summer.

The Young Men’s Shop’s final farewell

The Young Men’s Shop—opened by Henry Reuben on the Downtown Mall in 1927—is closing its doors after nearly 90 years of selling tailored suits and brightly colored ties. “It’s been here basically for 89 years and I guess it’s just a part of Charlottesville,” says current owner Harry Marshall, who says he’ll miss interacting with […]

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Police seek help finding attempted abductor

A female victim reported to the Charlottesville Police Department that a man in a small silver extended cab pickup truck attempted to abduct her on February 27 at 12:28am in the 700 block of Rockland Avenue. She said she was walking from her vehicle to her house when the man pulled up beside her, stopped […]