Feb 28, 2017
The Charlottesville Planning Commission is putting the finishing touches on a document that seeks to get more city residents involved in upcoming conversations about how the city is preparing for growth.
“It seems like it is our responsibility to bring a diverse group of people to the table,” said Commissioner Genevieve Keller, adding that it is not the job of the...Read more
Feb 28, 2017
A member of the Charlottesville School Board who is currently in her second term has announced she will seek the Democratic nomination for one of two seats on the Charlottesville City Council.
“Let’s continue to move Charlottesville forward in these uncertain times,” said Amy Laufer at a campaign announcement Tuesday. “I want us truly to focus on the needs of all...Read more
Feb 28, 2017
Is there a small-scale improvement, like walking trails or playground equipment, that would benefit your community? Or the need for a planning or design study for a future improvement? The Neighborhood Improvement Funding Initiative is a new, one-time program approved by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors to drive investment in quality-of-life projects in the County's development areas.
County residents are...Read more
Feb 27, 2017
Jackson-Via Elementary School has taken a page from the “Harry Potter” series by sorting students into “houses,” like the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. However, the house system at the school is designed to teach students about far-off places in the real world.
At the beginning of second grade, students at Jackson-Via are placed in groups of about 45...Read more
Feb 26, 2017
Plans to connect the two sides of Charlottesville’s McIntire Park are moving forward. The city is accepting bids for a pedestrian bridge that has been a long time in development.
“All design and funding have been approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation, so now is the time to go bid,” said Brian Daly, the city’s parks and recreation director.
The bridge...Read more
Feb 25, 2017
An internal evaluation of Albemarle County Public Schools’ largest afterschool program found that it is struggling to fill staff vacancies and meet demand from families.
However, legislation proposed at this year’s General Assembly could enable the division to enroll more students in its Extended Day Enrichment Program at no additional cost.
Jamie Gellner, program evaluator for the division, on Thursday presented her...Read more
Feb 24, 2017
Charlottesville-based horse bedding importer Old Dominion Hemp picked up its first client at a horse show less than a year ago and last month moved about 4,000 bales of its unique stable liner.
The bedding, which Old Dominion imports from a supplier in Europe, consists of the ground-up hurd — the core of the stalk — from hemp plants.
Business founder Marty...Read more
Feb 23, 2017
Albemarle County Public Schools will pay nearly $20,000 to reimburse 23 Monticello High School students, three coaches and a bus driver for personal items lost in a Jan. 13 school bus fire on Interstate 64.
The county School Board approved the action on a 7-0 vote Thursday night as part of the board’s larger consent agenda.
The lost items, which totaled $19,688...Read more
Feb 23, 2017
Retired businessman John Lowry has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the Samuel Miller magisterial district seat on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors.
“Increasingly over the last four years, I’ve felt the Board of Supervisors’ management of the county has been out of balance,” Lowry said. “We need leadership that gets us a better balance.”
Lowry, 69, made his announcement...Read more
Feb 23, 2017
Meet Your Nonprofit, a weekly profile of nonprofit organizations in our community, is brought to you by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.
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Community Philanthropy: We provide opportunity and access to be a giving community by connecting expertise, dollars, and volunteerism.
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Feb 22, 2017
The Piedmont Council of the Arts adopted a cultural plan in September 2013 intended in part to foster additional government support for the region’s arts community, but the city of Charlottesville is wrestling with its role three and a half years later.
“There has been a concern in the community about the lack of coordination between the arts organizations and a...Read more
Feb 21, 2017
As work begins for a new Belmont Bridge, members of the design team spent Tuesday night ex-plaining the parameters and constraints involved in creating a replacement for the deteriorating Charlottesville structure.
“The Belmont Bridge was last rated at 40 on a scale of 100,” said Sal Musarra, project manager with Kimley-Horn. “That is not a good grade. Not for your children...Read more