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Quercus phellos
Published on Jan 24th, 2012
8 comments Does anyone know the value of these trees? I heard that the timber at Ragged Mountain Natural Area– soon slated for a mega-reservoir– didn’t have much value, or more accurately, that...
Meadow Creek Parkway amid icy trees
Published on Jan 23rd, 2012
2 comments The just-completed weekend was gorgeous with its combination of ice-covered trees and very few power outages or roadway hazards. Few places near town were as scenic as the Meadow Creek Parkway...
Online specs: How I reframed the discussion
Published on Jan 17th, 2012
9 comments “Why would you want to line the pockets of the Chinese or whoever, when you can buy your glasses from an optician right here in Charlottesville? Tell me you won’t buy your glasses over the Internet.”...
Winter jasmine jumps out early
Published on Jan 12th, 2012
4 comments Some priors: - 2011 - Feb 19 - 2010 - March 10 - 2009 - Feb 12 - 2008 - Feb 22 - 2007 - early January The Hook's pet bellwether, the winter jasmine at Carr's Hill, jumped out early this year, as...
Meadow Creek Parkway: Rubber hits road
Published on Jan 12th, 2012
18 comments The man touted as instrumental in getting what was long called the Meadow Creek Parkway built– or at least 1.4 miles of it– wasn't there. Former U.S. Senator John W. Warner, 84, checked...
It's beginning to look a lot like... winter
Published on Jan 9th, 2012
2 comments Last week, we asked the burning question "When's it gonna snow?" in this so-far mostly snow-starved winter. And, today, the snow gods have responded with one that seemed to have escaped the National...
Trader's dirt
Published on Dec 15th, 2011
1 comments You have to scrape a few trees to build something, and nowhere is that more evident than at Stonefield, the 65-acre mixed-used development at the corner of Hydraulic Road and U.S. 29. On the morning...
Saturday sadness: Staff and diners prepare for Tavern closing
Published on Dec 11th, 2011
23 comments We sent photographer Tom Daly to the Tavern, the Emmet Street breakfast place where "students, tourists, and townpeople meet," to try to capture some flavor as the venerable diner prepares to close...
Market & Meade district? Lunchbox the latest star
Published on Dec 6th, 2011
13 comments At first sight, Market Street and Meade Avenue would seem an unlikely location for a growing restaurant district, flanked as they are by a cemetery headstone shop, a auto junkyard, and an industrial...
Unhappy New Year: Local Sperry HQ to shut down as layoffs loom
Published on Dec 2nd, 2011
10 comments Northrop Grumman announced plans Friday to shut down its Charlottesville-based Sperry Marine U.S. headquarters, leaving its 37 employee with uncertain futures. While a spokesperson for the company...
Occupy ousted: Cops take naked lady, 15 others
Published on Dec 1st, 2011
80 comments MORE PHOTOS The night after their permit to remain in downtown's Lee Park expired, members of the Occupy Charlottesville movement, an ardent band of peaceful campers and protesters made a last stand...
Not welcome: As Lee Park empties, UVA shoos Occupiers
Published on Nov 30th, 2011
30 comments Members of Occupy Charlottesville planning to move their tents to George Rogers Park on the Corner won't find a welcome wagon waiting, according to a warning issued by UVA brass, and those who choose...
Busted Buddy's: UVA has demolished civil rights landmark
Published on Nov 29th, 2011
6 comments The building that housed infamously non-segregating Buddy's restaurant is no more. Crews were on the scene Tuesday, November 29, tearing down the brick structure near the corner of Emmet Street and...
The road: Death count mounts in Albemarle
Published on Nov 22nd, 2011
25 comments "Let me grab my phone– I'm expecting a victim's family to call." That's Sergeant Sean Hackney on November 17, the morning after the fifth person has died in less than a week on an Albemarle...
One dead, one critical: And it could have been prevented
Published on Nov 19th, 2011
35 comments One college freshman is dead, and another one lies critically injured after a train roared over the trestle on which they were stargazing. As officials wring their hands over the November 17 death of...
1959's triumph: 'Charlottesville 12' get pair of plaques
Published on Nov 18th, 2011
9 comments The "Charlottesville 12," the African-American boys and girls– now men and women– who boldly strolled into Venable Elementary School and Lane High School 52 years ago to break down the...
Family tragedy: Mother charged in crash that kills daughter, ex-husband
Published on Nov 15th, 2011
18 comments Twenty-year-old Amber Leigh Johnson is known for her friendliness and her smile. Her photograph captures that, and it seems jarring to be on the obituary page. The smile is the first thing her boss,...
The week in review
Published on Nov 2nd, 2011
0 comments Most secret negotiations: Albemarle officials are meeting behind closed doors to push for a 42-foot Ragged Mountain dam rather than the city-approved 30-foot earthen dam, and dangling an offer to pay...
Stonefield stalemate: Is the Trader Joe's design appropriate?
Published on Oct 18th, 2011
32 comments While it has been impossible to miss the massive earth-moving project at the site of the future mega-commercial center known as Stonefield (previously Albemarle Place), the 65-acre village-style...
New view: Photog captures tornado-smashed 'Sylvania' from sky
Published on Oct 15th, 2011
7 comments The tornado that roared through the Green Springs Historic District of triple-punched Louisa County gave Hook contributing photographer Skip Degan an opportunity to pilot a fixed-wing aircraft over...