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Out of town, but not out of the game

Out of town, but not out of the game

If you’ve been looking at the Mid-Year Market report from the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR)—and let’s face it, who hasn’t?—then you might have noticed something curious in the rollercoaster that local real estate’s been riding the past six years. While Charlottesville and Albemarle County saw significant spikes and dips in mid-year sales, outlying […]

Drought warning may become emergency

The Charlottesville area is smack in the middle of what Public Works Director Judith Mueller called the worst drought since 2002. With scant rainfall in August, typically the area’s driest time of year, the city and county declared a Drought Warning on August 16, complete with mandatory restrictions on watering plants, washing cars and serving […]

City considering cutting out bottled water

City considering cutting out bottled water

Even Mayor David Brown admits that bringing up the idea during a drought warning may not have been the best move, marketing-wise. But Brown says it’s an idea that he believes in. So at the end of the last City Council meeting, he proposed that the city stop buying bottled water. Bottled water, begone! City […]

"This was something I wasn't going to fight off"

"This was something I wasn't going to fight off"

Charlottesville firefighter David Allen compared it to standing over the top of a wood-burning stove's chimney "looking right down it." He and three other firefighters were in the UVA heating plant, watering down coal stuck in chutes that had caught fire and continued to smolder.

The quiet advocate

The quiet advocate

The prison's waiting room is like any other waiting room, save the walk-through metal detector to the right of the front desk. Off in one corner there's a silent auction going on. A card table holds 10 clipboards, most with only …

State Bar recognizes Block

On June 15, Andy Block was presented with the Virginia State Bar’s 2007 Legal Aid Award. The award recognizes creativity and innovation in advocacy, experience and excellence in service and influence beyond the recipient’s area of service. Block was selected by the state bar for the creation of and his work with JustChildren, the child-advocacy […]

JustChildren's not so small victories

Won a commitment from the State Board of Education to become one of the first states to include graduation rates as a factor in school accreditation. This supports schools that work to retain students, raising awareness (and the funds the accompany it) of public school retention. Educated social workers and foster-care providers about the most […]

UVA students freed from gun charges

Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Camblos dropped all charges against four UVA students who were arrested for brandishing a BB gun on campus last spring, a week after the Virginia Tech shooting, according to The Daily Progress. In exchange for dropping the charges, each student has to perform 50 hours of community service and pay […]

Influx of units calms rental market

Influx of units calms rental market

To put it mildly, the Charlottesville real estate market has suffered a beating in the last year. Mid-year sales slumped in 2007 even as the lending nightmare continues to unfold. All bad news—if you are into the whole home-ownership deal. But Charlottesville renters, especially those connected to UVA, haven’t suffered the slings and arrows of […]

Breaking news: Warner Senate Switch?

Virginia Senator John Warner, the second-longest serving member of the United State Senate, announced today that he will not seek a sixth term. He made the announcement in front of the Rotunda on the Grounds of UVA, where he received a law degree in 1953.

Everyone's a blogger (even George Allen)

Everyone's a blogger (even George Allen)

It's not so much a "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" situation. For former Virginia Senator George Allen, who lost his seat in 2006 after video of him using a racial epithet permeated the blogosphere, it's more of a "If you get beaten to a bloodied political pulp by 'em, join 'em" deal.

Fund Gambles Pay Off

Looking for a new hedge fund manager? So is every other high-powered investor who's not staring down from a 81st-story ledge, contemplating both July's ruthless credit crush and gravity. Every other investor, that is, except the UVA Investment Management Company (UVIMCO), the University-related foundation that handles UVA's numerous investments.

Virginia mortgage foreclosures increase

Frances Anderson had lived in her house just outside Albemarle County for 27 years when Mike Hall of Aggressive Mortgage Corporation called her. After talking to Hall three or four times over the phone, Anderson, a 78-year-old widow, signed a mortgage that Hall said would save her a bundle of money. But come March, Anderson […]

Developers wrangle over proffers

Developers wrangle over proffers

Last Wednesday the developers of two of the largest projects in the county stood before the Board of Supervisors and tried to get some of their money back. The August 8 Board work session was a chance for the developers of Biscuit Run and Hollymead Town Center to hear what kinds of proffers the county […]

100 doorbells in 90 degrees

100 doorbells in 90 degrees

"Didn't we do this street already?" Harold Folley, an apprentice organizer with the Virginia Organizing Project, leans back from the wheel for a second look at the seemingly endless rows of beige houses for a better look.

Motorin'

Motorin'

Let's just pretend, you and me, that we got a little car problem. Speaking hypothetically of course, let's say we had a car…maybe a truck even, a 1999 Nissan Frontier with 124,893 miles on it, a purely hypothetical truck that we bought in Texas, rode to Utah, a truck that saw us through to Vermont, packed us up and moved us to Virginia. We love this purely hypothetical truck, you and me, almost more than our mothers.

Abusive-driving fees shot down 

Virginia’s bad-driver fees faced their first challenge August 2 and were promptly shot down. Henrico General District Judge Archer L. Yeatts III said that the fees passed by the General Assembly were unconstitutional. Yeatts was ruling in the matter of Anthony O. Price, who was arrested July 2 for driving without a license. Convicted and […]

County backs Taxes for transportation

County backs Taxes for transportation

Two weeks ago the Charlottesville City Council called out Albemarle County on what it perceived as the county’s unwillingness to move forward on transportation projects supporting the Meadowcreek Parkway (MCP). County officials answered with the bureaucratic equivalent of turning their pockets inside out: pointing to a budget stretched thin by a decrease in state funding. […]

Police use video in investigations

Police use video in investigations

How much do we want to be watched? With the city putting out a request for proposals for video surveillance cameras on the Downtown Mall and working on red-light cameras at intersections, the question of how far Charlottesville is willing to go in the name of public safety grows larger. We’re watched everyday, at ATMs, […]

Two teens arrested for beating

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo was clearly upbeat just before a news conference July 27. He had reason to be. The night before, police had arrested two 15-year-old males in connection with an assault near the Grove Street area of the Roosevelt Brown Boulevard that had the markings of other assaults that have occurred Downtown. […]

Can Friendship Court be redeveloped?

Can Friendship Court be redeveloped?

Surrounded by boutique shops and restaurants to the north, condos to the south, and the new Downtown ACAC just across the street to its west, Friendship Court anchors a rapidly changing neighborhood. Charles Martin is the executive director of Urban Vision, which provides residential services at low-income housing complexes. He knows Friendship Court sits on […]

City Calls out county over MCP

City Calls out county over MCP

Charlottesville City Councilor Kevin Lynch admits that building a road is, in his words, "like getting your teeth drilled." As the Meadowcreek Parkway (MCP) moves nearer to a construction date, he’s wondering why the city is the only one with dentist appointments. When deciding whether to grant easements for the Meadowcreek Parkway, City Council has […]