December 5th, 2002 issue #0144

December 5th, 2002
  • Hot dam: Should it stay or should it go?

    Picture a lazy summer day, floating on an inner tube in the mill pond on the Rivanna. Life doesn't get much better than that– unless you're Sally Shad trying to get up the river to spawn before your whole species is extinct, and a dam is in the way.

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  • When woolens ruled: The mill behind the neighborhood

    Before it was a college town, Charlottesville was a mill town. In fact, the mill was such a big deal that it made the fabric for uniforms of the Confederate Army, West Point cadets, and New York City cops. Long before the Woolen Mills dam [see cover story] was built in 1830, the location at the base of Monticello Mountain on a triangle of land between the Rivanna River and Moore's Creek made industrial history.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Worst cheating scandal: The last honor trials of the 158 students accused of cheating 18 months ago in Professor Louis Bloomfield's "How Things Work" physics class are comp...

The Dish


  • Osbourne Inc: Why Ozzy's a great CEO

    It's become endlessly popular to make facile comparisons of various non-business-world figures to CEOs. Even today we still see references to George W. Bush having the mana...

Real Estate

  • Foreclosures

    December 11, 2002, at 9am at the Charlottesville CourthouseProperty: 709 Prospect AvenueDebtor: unknownOriginally owing: $52,470Bidder brings: $5,200 or 10 percent of sales...

Real Estate - $old

  • SOLD!

    Albemarle 7/31  Martha Elizabeth Campbell to Mary F. and C. Wilson McNeely III, 2.03 acres near Millington, $85,000. Jean M. Crey to Hai Lin and Hong Wang, 3284 Gate...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • On the block update

    Address: 1418 Cherry Avenue Seen in The Hook : 8/29 Asking: $159,900 Contract price: $150,000 Days on market: 63 Seller's Agent: Patrick Punch of Montague, Miller &...

  • Starr-y, Starr-y Hill: Grab a piece of the 'ville

    ASKING: $258,000 SIZE: 1568 fin. sq. ft. YEAR BUILT: 1925 ADDRESS: 208 Sixth Street NW NEIGHBORHOOD: Starr Hill CURB APPEAL: 6 out of a possible 10 LISTED BY: Bert Blikslag...

Music Reviews

  • Curb jerky: Local band sounds overdone

    With most students at an exam or on the road, last week the Corner turned into a barren stretch of empty hang-outs. Monday night, only a handful showed up at Orbit to waste...

  • Going up: Ted Stryker boys on the move

    The Civil War Re-Enactors and Ted Stryker's Drinking Problem at Tokyo Rose, Friday, November 29 A large contingent of Charlottesville's rock scene should probably decide to...


Strange But True

  • Catting around: Give kitty a key

    Q. Family installed a cat door to allow the pet to leave and enter the house at any time. Great idea, but soon neighborhood cats were dropping in at all hours for snacks an...



  • Judge this: Hizzonor Helvin's gone fishin'

    Here's the downside of being a judge: You can't have a beer with your lunch at Court Square Tavern because people might say, "He's drunk on the bench," or "Look at the guy ...


  • Call hunting what it is

    Re Ann Schaefer's claim ["Bravo for Hunters," Mail, November 21, 2002] ( that "hunters preserve open spaces." Whate...

  • Do unto foxes...

    We all have our opinions on foxhunting ["Hounded– What's so wrong with foxhunting?" Cover story, November 14, 2002] (

  • Where's the evidence?

    I was disappointed by the glib attitude taken by the drafters of the "adult use" section of the zoning ordinance. According to your article ["XXX-rated ordinance," News, No...

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