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Martha Jefferson: The hospital that ate my neighborhood
Published on Aug 11th, 2011
11 comments The countdown is on: Martha Jefferson Hospital is moving to its Pantops site, scheduled to open August 28. And while employees agonize over suspended vacations– six weeks before and four weeks...
Snap: Arden Place going up
Published on Aug 9th, 2011
0 comments It may seem like just yesterday that a member of the Woodbrook neighborhood was fretting about the arrival of "riff-raff." Today, however, the 212-unit Arden Place community rises behind the Carmike...
Finally: Jefferson School ready for renovation
Published on Aug 1st, 2011
20 comments The long-delayed renovation of the historic Jefferson School could begin as early as this week. A private group that purchased the property from the city for $100,000 signed papers August 1 for a $...
'Bunker mentality': Galvin decries tone in issues debate
Published on Aug 1st, 2011
50 comments Two former mayors joined City Council candidate Kathy Galvin at a press conference where she expressed concerns about the "tone of our local political debate" as the Democratic firehouse primary...
Slowing postal: Free Union and the place we won't let go
Published on Jul 28th, 2011
34 comments The United States Postal Service– who needs it? Our whole society has gone electronic. With the availability of email, iPads, and smart phones, you need paper mail delivery about as much as you...
Turks Gap Road
Published on Jul 24th, 2011
11 comments Two kids (who just finished swimming at "Blue Hole" on the south fork of the Moormans River) step off Turks Gap Road– one of the historic highways severed by the 75-year ago creation of the...
Blue Hole on a hot day
Published on Jul 23rd, 2011
7 comments On a Saturday that hit 96 in town, temperatures– particularly the water temperatures– were significantly cooler in Blue Hole, a swimming hole just outside the Shenandoah National Park in...
Powersaver: LEAP announces $10K energy makeover contest
Published on Jul 19th, 2011
0 comments The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and UVA Community Credit Union have launched another makeover contest, and this one could win you $10,000 toward making your home more energy efficient. In...
Plan B denied: Emergency contraception comes under fire
Published on Jul 19th, 2011
88 comments It was late spring when Kim Simmons approached the Kmart pharmacy seeking the over-the-counter emergency contraceptive Plan B. In her 40s and the mother of a 22-year-old son, Simmons says she and...
Shenandoah secrets: Pork, propaganda, and the creation of a COOL national park
Published on Jul 14th, 2011
20 comments A lot can change in three quarters of a century. Walk along the Hughes River in Madison County in a place called Nicholson Hollow, and there's little trace that this was once a thriving village. Now...
Water down: Lots of rain but still below average
Published on Jul 12th, 2011
1 comments After a dry winter that brought less than half the average precipitation, fears of a drought à la 2002 have been averted by a very wet spring and what's been, to this point, a wetter than average...
Feeder bear
Published on Jul 12th, 2011
1 comments This bear visited the yard of John Clem in the Key West neighborhood.
Snap o' the Day: Almost like 1776
Published on Jul 5th, 2011
1 comments The Old Guard from Colonial Williamsburg presents the colors at Monticello's naturalization ceremony July 4, where the United States gained 77 new citizens.
Down the drain... for a purpose
Published on Jun 30th, 2011
3 comments A fire hydrant on downtown's Altamont Street has been running all day in an attempt to clear the line of water in order to make repairs to a line underneath nearby High Street, according to a worker...
Whatever happened? 10 updated stories
Published on Jun 30th, 2011
22 comments Whatever happened after authorities slew the geese in Forest Lakes? Whatever happened to Oliver Kuttner's remarkably light car? What's the latest on the search for Morgan Harrington's killer? This...
Goodbye, old manse: BOS dooms 140-year-old church building
Published on Jun 29th, 2011
5 comments On April 20, the County Board of Supervisors approved the demolition of a 140-year-old church building in Keswick, a decision that would appear to run contrary to one of the goals of the County's...
Left is right: Zion Crossroads to get innovative interchange
Published on Jun 23rd, 2011
18 comments The ever-increasing traffic at Zion Crossroads, where U.S. 15 and Interstate 64 meet, means that it's time for a new interchange, and what the Virginia Department of Transportation has planned...
Naked Beta: Paintless grafitti bridge gleams (for now)
Published on Jun 21st, 2011
3 comments Struck by an errant University Transit Service bus last October, a nine-foot section of wall on the famed graffiti-laden Beta Bridge was reconstructed last week. Crews not only poured concrete for...
JPA bridge fallout: Is Shamrock Road dangerous now?
Published on Jun 20th, 2011
28 comments When Charlottesville resident Lora Kelly and her husband, Eric, purchased a house on Shamrock Road in 2009, its two lanes and mish-mash of missing stretches of sidewalk already created a fear factor...
New digs: CFA Inst. taking over old Martha Jeff
Published on Jun 18th, 2011
5 comments The old campus of Martha Jefferson Hospital is getting a new owner that plans to turn the hospital into a job-producing machine– and in the process make the place the first local example of...