Editor's Note

Farewell and thanks
Published on Sep 26th, 2013
16 comments Dear Hook readers,Thank you. Thank you for reading this paper each week, for offering story ideas, for taking our calls and sharing your expertise and opinions as sources in the thousands of stories...
Letter from the Editor
Published on Jan 2nd, 2013
12 comments Greetings Hook readers,The beginning of a new year is always a good time for a fresh start, and 2013 marks an exciting new chapter for the Hook. As many of you may have already heard, Hook founding...
Farewell
Published on Dec 20th, 2012
42 comments With this issue, I bring more than a decade at the helm of the Hook to a close. The timing is right for me to make the move for personal and professional reasons. And unlike my last newspaper...
Editor's note
Published on Jun 21st, 2012
34 comments In my 23 years of newspapering this town, I cannot recall any event where the clash of two cultures– business and academia– was so intense and expressed in such tumultuous ways. Like...
Hook Café personals place closed on 12/31
Published on Dec 27th, 2011
14 comments Sorry, folks, but due to the rise of other ways to meet lovin' ladies and gents, the Hook is announcing that we are closing the "Hook Café" on New Year's Eve. We launched this online dating service...
Double issue now: No issue next Thursday
Published on Dec 22nd, 2011
2 comments As we've done for ten years, the Hook produces a special, glossy-covered double issue at the end of the year, and you have it in your hands! However... a double dose this week means no dose next week...
Why the Hook? We unveil a new motto for this newspaper
Published on Oct 11th, 2011
41 comments We recently came up with a new motto for the Hook. Before I tell you what it is, let me tell you how the Hook came into existence. It was early 2002, and I had just lost my job at C-ville Weekly. So...
Friendliest and beefiest local guide arrives
Published on Aug 4th, 2011
14 comments This week's issue of the Hook is the Annual Manual, the most comprehensive and reader-friendly guide to Charlottesville and Central Virginia. By supplanting our regular weekly issue, the publication...
We're ramping up our real estate coverage
Published on Jun 9th, 2011
3 comments We're improving our presentation of the local real estate transactions. For a while, we've been publishing them several months late and almost all Albemarle. But now real estate reporter Samantha...
On the Block returns
Published on Apr 14th, 2011
0 comments In this issue, our "On the Block" real estate column returns after a two-week hiatus. It was written for over a year by Sarah Jacobson with Susan Langenkamp filling in for the month of March. In this...
Hook Café open for business
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments After months of planning, Charlottesville's newest dating option is up and running. The Hook Café is simultaneously a fun new section in the Hook and a lively online space for Charlottesvillians to...
Yeatts evidence: "Shelf Life" begins
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments   In this issue, we welcome Thomas Yeatts, who has devised a new column merging local literary interests and events with cultural context. In this, his debut of "Shelf Life," Yeatts, a graduate...
Warm your [heart] online
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments Dear Readers, Thanks for not being cross because we didn't choose any of your suggestions for a new name for our totally revamped personal ads. Interested readers will recall we held a contest,...
Songs about buildings and food
Published on Nov 10th, 2005
0 comments What do buildings and food have in common (besides combining in the title of a classic Talking Heads album)? For starters, Charlottesvillians love to savor their food– and savor their buildings...
Drenan's Katrina dispatches
Published on Oct 27th, 2005
0 comments On page 87 of this issue, you'll find the first of several dispatches from the hurricane Katrina-torn Gulf Coast. The author is Charlottesville-based home consultant/inspector Peter Drenan, who's on...
Special edition coming!
Published on Oct 13th, 2005
0 comments We hope you've enjoyed our Rolling Stones coverage in the last two issues, but you don't have to pry out the staples to get concert keepsakes. Within a month, a special glossy commemorative edition...
The Stones, the architecture
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments The Stones are coming  They're coming– the Rolling Stones are coming to Charlottesville, and the Hook has the ultimate guide to the October 6 concert at Scott Stadium. Check out our 48-...
Stones contest deadline extended
Published on Sep 15th, 2005
0 comments Okay, we firmly hinted that we wouldn't extend the deadline in our Rolling Stones look-alike contest, but an IT glitch foiled our plans. Our stones@readthehook.com email address was not activated...
Parting 'Words'
Published on Jul 7th, 2005
0 comments This week the Hook bids adieu to Words editor Susan Tyler Hitchcock as we unveil a new calendar format and she takes time to concentrate on an upcoming year-long sailing adventure. She jumped ship...
'On Architecture'
Published on Jun 30th, 2005
0 comments The Hook is proud to unveil a new feature, "On Architecture," which promises to stimulate discussion of the built environment in America's #1 city. Author William Richards, a graduate student in...
Fun new columns!
Published on Jun 23rd, 2005
0 comments The Hook is pleased to unveil two new columns in this issue, "Gimme Shelter" and "My Ride." * No, Gimme Shelter is not a moment-by-moment countdown to the upcoming Rolling Stones concert. Instead, it...
Farewell, Roberto
Published on Jun 9th, 2005
0 comments Alas, this week the talents of Robert Armengol will not be found. Our theatrical expert for a year, Armengol was also a UVA graduate student who is leaving us to work on a special project in Cuba. We...
Staff shift-o-rama
Published on May 19th, 2005
0 comments This issue marks several turning points for the Hook. * We welcome a spring intern, Emory University student Nora Fleming. * As mentioned a few weeks ago, longtime music reporter Mark Grabowski is...
Fox hunting foe hides name
Published on Mar 31st, 2005
0 comments Regarding last week's cover story about fox hunting ["Tally no: Matthews bans the hunt"], it turns out that the key local critic of the practice was not who she said she was. A woman who identified...
Siler moves on: Jameson returns
Published on Feb 24th, 2005
0 comments Hook proofreader Jeanne Nicholson Siler is stepping down to take a full-time grant-funded position researching an African American business district in Martinsville. Longtime Hook journalist Lynn...
Changing of the Photophile guard
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments In this issue, the Hook welcomes photographer Lauren Brooks who is grabbing the brass ring from longtime "Photophile" party photographer Lincoln Ross Barbour. Among her assignments, Brooks will also...
Welcome to Dr. Hook-- er, Dr. Hong
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments This week the Hook welcomes Dr. John Hong, creator of our first health column, "Dr. Hook." An internist in private practice on Pantops mountain, Hong has been published in medical journals, and his...
Welcome to Janis Jaquith
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments You've read her in the Daily Progress. You've listened to her on WVTF public radio. You've even heard about her famous son, Waldo. Now, the noted essayist Janis Jaquith joins the Hook as a monthly...
Behind the movement- Dave has long purged... um, demons
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments "It was like a long, enjoyable bowel movement," he says, eyebrows back-flipping for loopy effect. "The good kind one that doesn't require wiping and happens in less than two minutes... of course,...
Attention, sports fans...
Published on Aug 12th, 2004
0 comments Dear Sports Fans, The Hook has decided to try its hand at that time-honored American pastime, Monday morning quarterbacking. In this case, however, due to our publication date, it's Thursday morning...