June 2nd, 2005 issue #0422

June 2nd, 2005
  • 57th varieties: Who will get Mitch's seat?

    Let's face it. For years the 57th District race has been a snooze, held so firmly in the mitts of Democrat Delegate Mitch Van Yahres that after a succession of rookie contenders failed to come close to wresting the seat away, the Republican Party simply gave up even bothering to challenge him. When the 78-year-old Van Yahres announced he was calling it quits in early March after 24 years in the General Assembly, former Charlottesville mayor and city councilor David Toscano, who'd been waiting patiently in the wings, announced his candidacy three days later.

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  • Elephants' man: McCrystal carries GOP banner

    Tom McCrystal makes one thing clear. "I have no desire to be a sacrificial lamb," he says of his decision to run as the Republican candidate in the heavily Democratic 57th District. Just before the Republicans' May 27 deadline for filing, the mustachioed McCrystal signed on, but he says it's not a last-minute move.

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  • Pick your primary: One man, one vote

    June 14 will be the first time since 1988 that both Democrats and Republicans in Virginia have held a primary on the same day. In Virginia, you don't have to be a party member to vote in a party's primary. For example, a Democrat can vote in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. "All primaries are open to all voters," says Albemarle registrar Jackie Harris, "but you can only vote in one."

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  • St. Mitch: Casting a long shadow

    For the first time since 1981, Mitch Van Yahres is not running for reelection to his House of Delegates seat, and he doesn't mind at all. "It's nice to be watching someone else battling for the seat," he says, sitting on the back porch of his house, having a cup of coffee and a cigar, listening to Garrison Keillor and watching the sunset. With the 57th District firmly in his grip for 24 years, Van Yahres ran eight of 12 races unopposed. The first, a special election in January 1981, was the closest.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Most elite public university: UVA, which has the smallest percentage of low-income students– eight percent– of any state flagship school, according to a New Yor...

Essays

Question of the Week

  • What will you miss about Mitch Van Yahres?

    Martha Cooper: "I'm going to miss his campaign to get hemp legalized." Isabella Scott: "I used to go to school with his grandson. I'll miss his hair." Ron Soltau: "I ...

Real Estate

  • Commercial construction permits

    5/11-5/20 ALBEMARLE First Interstate Charlottesville Ltd. c/o the Falls Building, tenant upfit for Kyoto Japanese Restaurant (formerly Music Shop), $20,000. County of Alb...

  • Commercial construction permits

    5/11-5/20 ALBEMARLE First Interstate Charlottesville Ltd. c/o the Falls Building, tenant upfit for Kyoto Japanese Restaurant (formerly Music Shop), $20,000. County of Alb...

Real Estate - $old

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE 1/11  Southern Property LLC to Caroline G. Polk, unit in Burnet Commons, 117 Burnet Street, $295,000. Southern Property LLC to Anthony C. Gee, unit i...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Twofer: Cottage, terraces double the fun

    ADDRESS: 526-528 North First Street (two houses) NEIGHBORHOOD: North Downtown ASKING: $1,075,000 YEAR BUILT: 1889 SIZE: Main House: 3,869 fin. sq. ft., 905 unfin. Second Ho...

  • Twofer: Cottage, terraces double the fun

    ADDRESS: 526-528 North First Street (two houses) NEIGHBORHOOD: North Downtown ASKING: $1,075,000 YEAR BUILT: 1889 SIZE: Main House: 3,869 fin. sq. ft., 905 unfin. Second Ho...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    June 2 at 4:30pm at the Fluvanna County Courthouse Property: 4 Windy Way, Falcon Hills, Lake Monticello Debtor: Mark P. and Eugenia M. Deering Amount owing: $65,600 Bidder...

  • Property auctions

    June 2 at 4:30pm at the Fluvanna County Courthouse Property: 4 Windy Way, Falcon Hills, Lake Monticello Debtor: Mark P. and Eugenia M. Deering Amount owing: $65,600 Bidder...

DR. HooK

Movie Reviews

  • Everlast-ing love: Fighting for the family

    "In the Depression, was I depressed?"– "I'm Still Here" by Stephen Sondheim Ron Howard crafts his movies so well it's easy to overlook their flaws. Cinderella Man im...

Music Reviews

News

  • 'Skunk park'? RTF users irked by stripe

    Last spring, the city surprised many users of the Rivanna Trail by paving the formerly graveled greenbelt that snakes along the Rivanna River from Riverview Park to the VFW...

  • At peace: Gentry succumbs to ALS

    Just three months after raising the issue of experimental treatments for a desperate illness, Mary Jane Gentry has died of ALS, the devastating degenerative affliction comm...

  • At peace: Gentry succumbs to ALS

    Just three months after raising the issue of experimental treatments for a desperate illness, Mary Jane Gentry has died of ALS, the devastating degenerative affliction comm...

  • Beyond 'Bubba': Locals lead C-store surge

    Gas stations as gourmet destinations? That's nothing new to local residents used to seeing the likes of Fuel, Everyday Café, and Bellair Market deep-sixing Slim Jims in fa...

  • Drumroll, please! Bodo's set to open... really

    For those who said the Corner Bodo's would open when pigs fly, look up– is that a soaring sausage? The temperature in hell also may be dropping precipitously. In fact...

  • Dude can dance: Teen tries for new Fox show

    At a 2004 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new home of the Music Resource Center, Isaih Anderson– a local teen who's spent countless hours practicing his dance moves a...

  • The Shen: Augusta gets homegrown coin

    Matt Cauley is perhaps the best example of his company that helps do-it-yourself investors. When he decided the Shenandoah Valley needed a commemorative coin, he went out a...

  • Where's Ric? New weatherman off the radar

    Not even a year ago, Charlottesville native son Ric Barrick was one of the first hires at Gray Television's new CBS and ABC affiliates, coming on board as news director and...

  • Wynn won: Next stop: regional NewSong finals

    Robin Wynn, the local woman who made the semi-finals of a song-writing contest affiliated with the renowned Mountain Stage radio show, has made the finals. "I was surprised...

Cultural preview

  • Cultural Calendar, June 2-9, 2005

    THURSDAY, June 2 FAMILY Tales for Tots: The 5 and under crowd can enjoy favorite stories about babies at Barnes & Noble's preschool story tim...


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