Lost Charlottesville: W.W. O'Toole's

Here's another "Lost Charlottesville" dispatch, and this time it's W.W. O'Toole's. Located at 333 W. Main Street, this place was Bull Alley when I got here in 1989, then W.W. O'Tooles, then Mingles (the town's first Karaoke bar), then Awful Arthur's, and now West Main. While taking a break from beer-fueled Mingles' singing, I purchased this hand-carved, gilt-covered sign from a certain Inauguration-happy Mingles manager and Kool Kat named Ray for $100. Flash forward to last August, and the sign's collecting dust, so I sold it at the Consignment House for $160. That brought me a check for $96, so it only cost me $4 to enjoy it all these years.

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So, Hawes, was this the old Inge's Grocery? It's an historic building, one of the last of the old Vinegar Hill neighborhood. Vinegar Hill was an Irish until the late 19th century, when several black families began to acquire property through a really interesting association of black investors (ask Scot French in the history department at U. Va.).

I'm curious about the O'Toole's moniker. There was an Irish protrait artist named Toole (sometimes "O'Toole") connected with the Vinegar Hill neighborhood. Vinegar Hill was, of course, named after the Battle of Vinegar Hill in Ulster back in the late 18th century, and there were several Irish refugees, mostly United Irish republican nationalists who saw Jefferson as a hero, who landed in Charlottesville. The Emmets (think Emmet Street) were famous United Irish revolutionaries and martyrs.

What do you know about "W.W. O'Toole?"?

Boy this is important news.

Thanks Douglas, I for one love learning local history. Does anyone know if Ray and the Kool Kats are one and the same band that played at Little Richard's on 29 South way back when ?

I don't know a thing except that this restaurant/pub opened some time around December 1989 and closed in less than a year. (Sorry if the other person is bored; that's why I stick these little "Lost Charlottesville" dispatches in our "Asides" column.)--Hawes Spencer, Hook editor

Don't have any info to add, but must say that I'm certainly enjoying the comically skeptical expression on O'Toole's golden face. Must be fun having that sign hanging around!

Ray and the Cool Cats play here, there, and in Vegas, and will play for the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic "Black, White, and Read All Over" Ball on 30 January 2009. Dancing at the new Boar's Head Pavillion with benefit for students who need recorded textbooks for "Learning thur Listening".

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Ya'll come!

Douglas,
The building was the location of Inge's Store: http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=1985
Here is a little bit of history:
Mr. Inge joined with Charlottesville Republicans in fighting the demolition of the Vinegar Hill neighborhood. He even paid for radio ads out of his own pocket. The demolition supporters, led by Francis Fife and with the support of the managing editor of the Daily Progress, Lindsay Mount, won and the referendum passed by about 30 votes. Unlike Mr. Inge, most of the African-American leaders in Charlottesville supported the demolition.
Cordially,
Kevin Cox

Most of the time, you WILL have trouble if the neighbour does not respond to your first requests. Take 'em to court, but have many hours of dog barking recorded on video first.

As a long suffering victim of dog barking, I know the lack of law enforcement and the bullying that one will be subjected to. I have had my garden poisonned, taken to court on stalking charges and much much more because these dog owners think it is their god given right to disturb the neighbourhood with their dogs barking.

Go hard, boots and all. Bully back and give them as much as they dish out. buy a truck horn and use it each time their dog barks. Write to the papers and make as much noise about the barking as you can.

Nothing will get done on this issue unless we victims band together and stand up for the right to peace in our own homes. I do not care a hoot for any arguments for dog barking. Our homes are paid for by us, and we want peace in our homes.

I declare war on barking dog owners, and you should too. Enough is enough!

To hell with barking dogs and their bullying owners. Shut your dogs up, how hard can it be you lazy good for nothing dog owners! Blame yourselves for the lack of care for your dog, do not blame the victim of the barking. Fools!

www.barkactiongroup.org

Who wrote this article? Clearly, it was written by someone who knows nothing about the bad health effects that emanate from (a) force-fed neighbourhood barking into the domestic environs of those who do not want this discomfort and (b) who believes that an innocent recipient of this kind of pollution should be encouraged to sit across the table from a dog-owner who either permits a dog to bark, or is unaware of its behaviour. "Mediation" implies that there are two sides to this kind of illegal, intrusive, careless transmission of noise into someone else's living and sleeping rooms. If a law is broken, causing invasive noise pollution into a neighbouring property, there must be no financial penalty on innocent objectors.

The suggestion that receivers of barking dog noise should help pay for remediation is nonsensical.

Consider this analogy: do you really think that someone who learns by default that their kids are using drugs, or engaging in other types of unhealthy behaviour, can be excused for their ignorance by saying "oh, I didn't know my kids were doing that until someone told me"??? In the same way, it is the responsibility of dog-owners to ensure they know the pattern of their dogs' behaviour, including when the owners are at home, and also when they are absent. It is dog owners' responsibility to ensure that their privilege of keeping a dog is NOT interfering with the sleep, comfort and quiet enjoyment of their neighbours' homes. There is sufficient modern health research now available that equates this kind of pollution as serious a human health hazard as was second-hand cigarette smoke 40 years ago.

It is just a matter of time before those who keep a barking dog will find themselves in the same derided, despised category as the population's majority of smokers who once ruled the shared environment with impunity, but are today viewed as social pariahs.

December 7, 2007
The remedies suggested by Sgt. Peter Mainzer of the Animal Control Unit are nonsensical, and are just aimed at avoiding doing anything about the barking dog. For a full discussion on barking dogs, go to : www.barkingdogs.net .
It appears that the pet industry are determined to get at least two dogs into every house, and this is a very powerful corporate lobby group. It seems to have Animal Control at all levels in their pockets. Remember: Keeping a barking dog is breaking the law - there is a perpetrator and there is a victimj. Keeping a noisy dog which destroys the lives of others is a crime and should be dealt with as such. The World Health Organisation and many others have voluminous reports now about the very real danger to health of noise, inclusing barking dogs.

Expecting the VICTIMS to pay for a product to keep the ignorant, dog owners dog quiet amounts to extorsion.
Next they will expect the victim to pay for the dogs food and to take it to doggy day school to keep it happy.Sgt Peter Mainzer is encouraging bullies to act as tyrants. Noise pollution is acoustic assult seargent. Does he encourage victims of assult to buy their abusers presents?
What an ignorant person. He needs to be educated on the MEDICAL facts about the damaging effects of unwanted noise on populations.
Residents for Responsible Pet ownership

It is sad to see that the author, presumably a law enforcement official, is claiming that the victim is expected to indulge the bully victimizer.

Does he also encourage battered spouses to just talk it over with the abuser and perhaps settle for fewer beatings, and no, not to involve law enforcement, because the abuser could get all upset?

Matthew above says it well:
we need to "stand up for the right to peace in our own homes. I do not care a hoot for any arguments for dog barking. Our homes are paid for by us, and we want peace in our homes....Enough is enough!"

The only truly effective answer to the worsening owner/dog problem is No Dogs Anywhere. There is even an Internet petition of that name.

The next-best solution is Dog-free Communities. There's a Petition of that name, too.

City "animal control" is JUST as in-effective as county. I am experimenting with a hi-frequency sound emitter, more powerfull than the DogBark "birdhouse". The idea is to drive the dogs insane because that's what they are doing to me!!!

I am dealing with idiots all around me. My neighbors seem to think that they can put their dogs out and let everyone else liusten to them . I was in bed this morning suffering with a migriane. I was fored top get out of bed thanks to my neighbors dogs yapping before 8 am. So i am writinga letter to them today requesting they stop the barking. I hate it. What is up with dog loverslet me state this clearly
"EVERYONE DOES NOT LIKE YOUR DOG AND DOES NOT THINK IT IS CUTE" yOUR HOUSE STINKS WETHER YOU WANT TO ADMITT IT OR NOT THEY RUB THEIR ASSES ON YOUR CARPET BEDDING AND YOU. YOU HAVE NASTY HAIR EVERY WHERE. GET A LIFE DOGS WERE MADE BY GOD TO LIVE OUTSIDE THATS WHY THEY HAVE HAIR. I AM ALL FOR THE DOG FREE NEIGHBORHOODS I HATE THE THINGS ---I DON NOT GO TO ANY ONES HOME WHO HAS THEM THEIR CREEPY WITH THER NASTY LITTLE EYES STARING AT YOU AS YOU EAT. WHO WANTS THAT.