March 13th, 2003 issue #0210

March 13th, 2003
  • Festivale cruise: Bookworms, crawl in here

    There's nothing like four feet of snow over the course of three months to make a dent in your reading list. But it's time for the ice heaps to melt, the robins to move on, and for Charlottesville to rise from its armchair and commune.

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  • Fiction contest winner: Deborah Prum

    TRIAGE  Thursday Night (Emma)  Upstairs in bed, Emma hears the front door creak. She stiffens. It's Alex coming in late. She listens to him open the refrigerator. Something tumbles out and hits the tile floor. Through a heating vent comes the sound of paper towels ripping, water running. Then, a few minutes of quiet. Maybe he's making a sandwich.

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  • Fiction contest: The Winners

     Jealous? You should be. Deborah Prum has made her living as a writer, which is hard if you don't you live in New York City, which Prum never has. Prum says she paid her way through a masters degree in Health and Human Services at Dartmouth by plying her writing and cartooning skills and it paid off. She's penned several young adult historical books and a soon-to-be-published young adult novel, and her stories have been published in Ladies Home Journal and the Virginia Quarterly Review.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Worst ender to a bender: Escort service owner Paulus Irving Perkins is found guilty March 5 of rape, sodomy, and abduction of a 19-year-old woman. During the trial in Lovin...

The Dish

  • She-ben brings South Africa to Vinegar Hill

    With chic, innovative, African-inspired restaurants popping up seemingly everywhere lately, it was just a matter of time before Charlottesville got its own version. Just we...


  • Has-been highs: Losing the personal drug war

    At what point does youthful experimentation become embarrassing and pathetic? If Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston aren't on hand to give you the answer, maybe we can help. J...

Real Estate

  • Foreclosure auctions

      March 13, 2003, at 1:45pm at the Charlottesville City Courthouse Property: 418 Riverside Avenue Debtor: Charlene D. Megginson and Harold P. Warner Originally owing:...

Real Estate - $old

  • SOLD!

    ALBEMARLE 1/28  Betty A. Bennington to Donald R. Cecil and Ruth K. Campbell, l/22 undivided interest in 4.0 acres near Covesville, $600. Robert Pugh to Donald R. Cec...

Real Estate - Off the Block

  • Off the Block

    Appeared: October 17, 2002, in issue #37 of the Hook Address: Dairy Road Neighborhood: Rugby/Dairy Asking Price: $749,000 Selling Price: $645,000 Days on market: 300 Selle...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Let's dance! Fire house could rock

    ASKING: $475,000 SQUARE FEET: 10,000 sq. ft. YEAR BUILT: 1955 / updated 1976 ADDRESS: 5361 Spotswood Trail NEIGHBORHOOD: Barboursville CURB APPEAL: 2 out of a possible 10 L...

Movie Reviews

  • Take Dad: Cody Banks wows big guys, too

    Things to Do After School: Find a date for the dance Homework!!! Save the world Obviously inspired by Spy Kids, Agent Cody Banks moves the young secret agent premise a step...

Music Reviews

  • Color us happy: Jumpin' acts keep audience moving

    Palomar, 63 Crayons, and VHS and the Babiesat Tokyo RoseMarch 6 Spring Break! Yes, fellow residents of Charlottesville, last week signaled the yearly migration of many of ...

  • Cough, cough: Solo act chokes

    Mike Doughty at Starr Hill218 Water Street March MadnessSam Wilson Quartet at Orbit Billiards   It's been a while since I made the scene, and even longer since I prod...


  • 2003 scorecards: Lawmakers, who's on first?

    The Virginia General Assembly's 46-day session is the shortest in the country. Still, that didn't prevent legislators from introducing another 2,825 bills this year, as if ...

  • Freebie no more: Fridays After 5 eyes admission charge

    For 15 years, Fridays After 5 has been Charlottesville's symbol for summertime when the livin' is easy, the free concerts drawing thousands to the Downtown Amphitheater to ...

  • MIXed message: Will FCC "clear" WUMX sale?

    A year ago, the FCC blocked Clear Channel's acquisition of a Charlottesville radio station. Now, the regulatory agency has stunned the media world by announcing that it wan...

  • No fade: Van Yahres runs again

    He's served in the House of Delegates since 1981, and he's 76 years old, certainly reasons enough to join the swarm of legislators calling it quits this year. But as "bizar...

  • Swoosh: North joins south over Emmet

    The long-awaited bridge that will finally unite UVA's two biggest campuses– the hallowed Central Grounds and the nouveau North Grounds– is about to be built.

Strange But True




  • Lots of men like kids

    I simply have to comment on Phoebe Weiskopf's answer to your "Question of the Week" about the much loved Mr. Rogers [March 6] (

  • No "Williamsburg on the James"

    As a fellow military veteran, I'm disappointed to hear Emery Skeen's misrepresentation of the democratic process through which Scottsville's zoning regulations were long ag...

  • Scottsville engages in folly

    After reading the article, "Trash or treasure? Scottsville car dealer outraged" [News, February, 23] (

  • Talk to local teachers

    As a local public educator, I read your story about zero tolerance policies with interest. [March 6: "Zero tolerance=zero common sense?"] (

Cultural preview

  • Art of eating: Spring clean your body!

    Supported by local yoga studios like Union Yoga Loft and Studio 206, Sara Avant Stover’s starting a food-related revolution in Charlottesville. This 25-year-old yoga teac...

  • Eat it up! Culture-pirating serious and silly

    It seems almost painfully self-evident that humorous things make people laugh, except that it’s not always true. There is a secondary category of things– sometimes ...

  • Local luminaries: Inspiration for writerly kids

    Spring is my favorite time of year. Yes, it’s getting warmer and flowers are starting to sprout, but one of the best parts of spring is the Virginia Festival of the Book....

  • Regal fun: Mattress enchants with laughter

    Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea,” Mary Rodgers (Richard Rodgers’ daughter) and Marshall Barer penned the musical Once Upo...

  • Sound familiar? Clarks play to the status quo

    When I listen to The Clarks’ new LP, Another Happy Ending, I see a crowded bar somewhere in the mid-west, with farm-hands sitting next to pretty farmers’ daughters swil...

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