December 16th, 2004 issue #0350

December 16th, 2004
  • Blenheim brouhaha: She Sherwood like her name back

    Making a stink and taking names: Millionaire develops farmettes... and pigpen A Wall Street Journal ad announcing the sale of a "4,000 acre planned equestrian plantation" caught JoAnn McGrath's eye. The ad, offering tracts ranging from 22 to 400+ acres, seemed to answer the burning question in her Scottsville-area neighborhood: Why has telecom magnate Thomas Sullivan– despite a 150-signature petition against it– been so determined to widen and pave historic Blenheim Road?

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The Dish


Question of the Week

Real Estate - $old

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    10/27  John R. and Sally H. Lineweaver to Frank J. and Ann B. Messina, 3966 Red Hill School Road, Red Hill, J. M. Estes Estates, North Garden, $180,000. Grayrock LLC ...

Real Estate - Commercial Construction Permits

  • Commercial construction permits

    ALBEMARLE 12/01/04  Albemarle Housing Associates LT, free standing sign 30 sq. ft., $600. James P. and Rebecca T. Craig, mobile office trailer, no cost. PJP Building...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Easy riders: Convenient condos curb commute

    ADDRESS: 1105-W Druid Avenue ASKING: $ 239,500 BUILDING: 1787 fin. sq. ft, 284 sq. ft. unfin. (garage) LAND: 0.0 acres YEAR BUILT: 2004 NEIGHBORHOOD: Belmont CURB APPEAL: 6...

Real Estate - Update

  • Update- Still Available

    What happened to "on the blocks" of the past? APPEARED IN THE HOOK : February 19, 2004 in issue 0307 ADDRESS: 500 Rookwood Place, Ednam Forest ASKING: Price reduced to...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property Auctions

    December 20, at 8am, at the Albemarle County Courthouse Property: 2033 Commonwealth Drive Debtor: Clifford and Wanda B. Strother Amount owing: unknown Bidder brings: 10 pe...

DR. HooK

  • Thoughtless: The plague of second-hand smoke

    Grandma Walton said something like, "If God intended people to smoke, He would have put chimney tops on our heads." I don't remember much about The Waltons, but I do rememb...

Movie Reviews

  • 2004 in REVIEW- Reality takes a big bite

    If a trend could be seen in this year's movies– and the first thing they teach in journalism school is trend-spotting– it was toward documentary and biographica...

  • Delightful: 'Lemony' keeps its pledge

    While the debate rages about how young a child can be to watch Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events without being traumatized for life, the real question should ...

Music Reviews

  • Ain't gonna fall: A low-key sort of evening

    Hard Rainat Dürty Nelly'sSaturday, December 11 Saturday night, December 11, was a bleak one, where even the usual drunken revelers who lunge by my car window as I make my...

  • Worldly: Zap Mama does it right

    >>Zap Mama: Ancestry In Progress  (Luaka Bop) In a strange twist on the spirit of the season, I ran into a friend last week who invited me to boycott big spendi...


The Brazen Careerist

  • Summer internships: Start your search now

    Students who want a job or internship in June need to start looking in the winter. Those who wait until spring to search set themselves up to be bottom feeders in the job m...

Sports Doctor


    Best Hollywood Performance: Tandem Friends round-baller Matt Meriwether has a storybook night in the December 11 contest against Trinity High, scoring 36 points– half...

Strange But True

  • Sleep on it: Watery messages come at night

      DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK   Q. Tease your brain with this one: What one word does the following sequence represent? H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O. Clue: Think out o...


  • Robot parade: Rat to cat to elephant size

    The Jetsons were lucky enough to be able to palm off their housekeeping tasks on Rosie the Robot. We're not yet that technically advanced, but Paul Perrone wants to close t...



  • Brazen's right to X xmas

    Thank you for having the nerve to print the Brazen Careerist piece on Skipping Christmas [December 9, 2004]. I'm sure you will receive 101 comments against the article. As ...

  • Fearless omitted facts

    I have always felt that the Fearless Consumer column portrayed a fair and impartial view of consumer problems. However, in her November 25, 2004 column, "Taking the heat: T...

  • Sobel deserves riches

    I loved Eliezer Sobel's "Making the Leap" piece [Essay, November 25, 2004] in the Hook. Thanks for running it, and please thank Mr. Sobel. You could also give him more work...

  • Trunk's idea extreme

    In her December 9 column entitled "Skipping Christmas: Erase holiday from the office," Penelope Trunk urges employers to do away with all holiday-related celebration. Appar...

Cultural preview

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Real Estate - $old

Real Estate - Commercial Construction Permits

Real Estate - On the Block

Real Estate - Update

Real Estate Property auctions

Sports Doctor