September 12th, 2002 issue #0132

September 12th, 2002
  • Grisham's plea: A time to conserve

    Need any more evidence that growth issues rank high on the agenda of the high and mighty? Mega-bestselling author John Grisham will soon lend his celebrity status to the PEC, the Piedmont Environmental Council. Grisham is the keynote speaker for the powerful land-conservation group's September 14 annual meeting, fundraiser, and 30th anniversary bash. The event occurs at Linden Lane Farm in Keswick, an estate that's permanently protected by one of the PEC's favorite devices: a conservation easement.

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  • He's baaack: The Marshall Plan 2002: Shut the door to Albemarle, ASAP

    Developers have always claimed that those who object to big boxes and subdivisions are against growth, period. A new organization is out to prove those developers right. Led by anti-growth guru Jack Marshall, Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle– ASAP– say forget slow growth. Marshall even scoffs at "smart growth." Taking a harder line, ASAP is preaching that "no growth" is the only way to save the Albemarle County that its residents many of them transplants like Marshall– know and love.

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  • John and Breece: Casey reflects on the summer's hottest re-release

    "As for Breece D'J Pancake: I give you my word of honor that he is merely the best writer, the most sincere writer I've ever read. What I suspect is that it hurt too much, was no fun at all to be that good. You and I will never know." –Kurt Vonnegut in a letter to John Casey last month A native of Milton, West Virginia, Breece D'J Pancake arrived in Charlottesville in 1975 to enroll in UVA's writing program, and although he had published only a few stories by the time of his untimely death, he had already established himself as a unique voice.

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  • Source material: West Virginia life inspired writer

    A newspaper story describes how a farmer fed his murder victims to his hogs. Old men swap tales of foxhunting as they sip coffee in a café. A woman abruptly leaves her fiance. To anyone else, such events might be nothing more than the routine vagaries of life. But in the fertile mind of Breece Pancake, they were the simmering beginnings of powerful stories.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Best lawsuit to make one wonder, "What would Jesus do?" More than 1 1/2 years after she quit teaching at Red Hill Elementary, Michelle Frilot sues Albemarle County for rel...

The Dish

  • Bashir's is here!

    By the looks of it last week, we may have been the last people in town to visit Bashir's, which reopened September 3 in the post office building at the east end of the Down...

Essays

Real Estate

  • Foreclosure auctions

    September 12, 2002, at 9am at the Fluvanna County Courthouse Property: parcel on Route 2 near Scottsville Debtor: Catherine M. Doss Originally owing: $68,500 Bidder brings...

Real Estate - $old

  • SOLD!

    Charlottesville  6/18 Joseph Y. Jeanes II to Rebecca S. Johnston and Elisabeth A. Angus, condominium unit at 1243 Cedars Court, $62,500. 6/19 Gregory P. Thomas and Ve...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Ivy holdout: Same as it ever was

     ASKING: $399,000 SIZE: 2808 fin. sq. ft. YEAR BUILT: 1897 ADDRESS: 2850 Morgantown Road NEIGHBORHOOD: Ivy CURB APPEAL: 8 out of a possible 10 LISTED BY: Sonja Casero...

  • On the block update

    Address: 872 Locust Avenue Seen in The Hook : 6/20/02 Asking: $625,000 Contract price: $600,000 Days on market: 7 Agents: Seller's: Roger Voisinet of Re/Max Realty Spe...

Music Reviews

  • Following rules: Tabla music comes alive

     If you've heard classical Indian music, you've heard the tabla. The bayan (the larger left-hand drum– makes the "dwoop" sound) and a dayan (the smaller right-ha...

  • WWJT? Getting down in our town

    Charlottesville is a relatively conservative city. I'm sure some would disagree with that statement, considering our neighbor to the south is Lynchburg. Compared to Jerry F...

News

Strange But True

  • Good as it gets

    Q: Beyond multi-orgasmic is milli-orgasmic thousands of orgasms. Is this potentiality in humankind's future? ­H. Hefner  A: When researcher James Olds surgically imp...

Facetime

  • No fair! But Doernberg's working on it

    An old cliché says life isn't fair. Dan Doernberg is no expert, but he has made the issue of fairness– from family squabbles to corporate injustice and international...

Hotseat

Letters

  • At least frogs benefit

     I was disappointed to read of the animosity between Marlene Condon and county fair officials over the issue of captured wild animals being used for events at the fai...

  • Listen to Pedro

     With amusement, and a bit of disappointment, I've been following some of the music related sniping going on in recent issues of The Hook. I think your music writers g...

  • Madison not a Madisonian

     Your Annual Manual [August 15, 2002] was/is great! Definitely a keeper. However, in your "Cultural Literacy," section about Three Presidents, as nice as the alliterat...

Cultural preview

  • AM/FM go public: Basement tunes come up for air

    The banking rumor for Philadelphia’s AM/FM is that they never meant for their four-track songs to leave the basement. According to the story, friends heard, tapes were pa...

  • Germinating: Their art transforms nature

    Most people just sweep them off the sidewalk. But for Sara Crisp and Fleming Cunningham Lunsford, two artists sharing space this month at the Second Street Gallery, Nature...

  • Gustatory tour: Eyes will be bigger than...

    Benefiting a good cause, digesting some delicious food, and walking leisurely through some of Charlottesville more interesting downtown houses seems like a recipe for succe...

  • Making a family: Lost in Yonkers found in town

    It’s 1942 and three generations of an endearing family mingle and grow while the world goes to war. In Lost in Yonkers, America’s most well-known comic playwright, Neil...

  • Safe alone: Cav kids club ups the fun

    Not long after my family and I moved here— from a much larger city, I have to say— our next-door neighbor offered my kids free tickets to a UVA men’s basketball game ...

  • The Natural: Charisma fatigue takes its toll

    That former president William Jefferson Clinton had an innate gift for politics is a self-evident truth. He was wickedly eloquent, unusually well informed, and brazenly at ...