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A brick house: This lady's stacked... with elegance and comfort

Address: 2985 Earlysville Road
Earlysville in Western Albemarle
Year Built:
3,662 finished sq. ft.
5.0 acres
Curb Appeal:
8 out of 10
Listing Agent:
Andrew Middleditch, McLean Faulconer - 434-981-1410

Real estate advertisements are rife with euphemism, and it would be easy to dismiss the description of “parklike” grounds at 2985 Earlysville Road as just another example of agent hyperbole, but in this case it’s dead-on accurate. The acreage surrounding this expansive brick home includes raised vegetable beds, a colorful water garden, and a formal allée, or avenue, which is suitable for a game of bocce, lawn bowling, or horseshoes, while an invisible pet fence ensures that man can safely enjoy the company of his best friend while walking the trails or relaxing in the gazebo.

Situated to maximize enjoyment of all this horticultural splendor is a 3-bedroom, 4-bath home with over 3,600 finished square feet of living space. Built in 1948 and remodeled in 2002, the house reflects both classic elegance and modern comfort. Pegged hardwood floors, chair rail, and crown molding lend sophistication; bold colors and creative finishes add interest and personality....

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Highway crashes: 'Economist' bureau chief among two killed

Two people including an internationally renowned magazine writer died in separate incidents on Albemarle roads May 10.

The first of the Thursday accidents occurred around 2:50pm on U.S. 29 South near Covesville when a southbound pickup truck crossed the median and slammed into a northbound tractor-trailer, according to a police release.

Pickup driver Correy O. Morris, 34, of North Garden was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation, says Albemarle police spokesman Darrell Byers. Morris was not wearing a seatbelt, he adds.

Seven hours later, a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 near the Keswick exit left one man dead and three others injured.

According to Virginia State Police, around 9:30pm a westbound 1995 Lincoln Town Car rear-ended a 2000 Subaru Outback, causing the Subaru to hit the guardrail and roll over onto its roof.

Four people were in the overturned car, and pass...

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Bypass spins: Low bid cheers some, not others

To the delight of highway supporters, the bids for the controversial Charlottesville Western Bypass have come in below budget– with the apparent low bid of $136 million. However, that was just the first spin on the project from its top backer, Neil Williamson, head of a business group called the Free Enterprise Forum.

If the low bid stands well below the $197 million budgeted last July by Commonwealth Transportation Board, there's a good reason. It doesn't include much of the design and land-acquisition cost.

In fact, the low bid of $136 million is $18 million over what the state budgeted for the actual construction: $118 million. That means, the project– if officials decide to go forward on it– is over-budget before the first shovel hits the ground, at least to opponents of the Bypass like Supervisor Dennis Rooker, Southern Environmental Law, and Piedmont Environmental Council.

"Clearly the bid is substantially over the Commonwealth Transportation Board allocation," says Rooker, who puts the overage at least at $20 million. And he notes that the bid does not include landscaping, nor does it have soundwalls to protect schools and neighborhoods. Nor has VDOT acquired all the rights-of way.

Rooker has an even bigger problem with the "design-build" project, in which the construction companies design the road based on VDOT specs. The highest bid came in at $214 million– $80 million more than the lowest bid. "That seems to me...

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Birth defects: When a 37 percent jump doesn't matter

Children conceived by means of some assisted reproductive technologies run a higher risk of being born with birth defects than do children conceived spontaneously, according to a new study in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

This has provoked some hand-wringing by University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Arthur Caplan, who observes that the study showed a "large increase" in the risk of having a child with a birth defect compared to the risk of defects in children made "the old-fashioned way"– a 37 percent increase.

"That is a huge number," Caplan asserts. "The large risk factor now on the table needs to be a key part of how everyone thinks about making babies in medical settings."

The researchers looked at the rate of birth defects reported in 46 studies of children born using regular in vitro fertilization (IVF), i.e. producing embryos by exposing eggs in a lab dish to sperm and then transferring them to a womb, as...

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Hog heaven: Brookville's pork party pleases

On Friday, May 4 Brookville Restaurant became a BBQ joint, complete with pig roast, and we have the pictures and video to prove it.

"We had a lot of great people come up the stairs, and I put my heart and soul into the preparation of the food," says Brookville chef/owner Harrison Keevil of the hog-centric event. "I think that I'll definitely have more pig-related events because I need to practice for a big event."

That would be Cochon 555, the first annual BBQ competition to be held in Memphis over Labor Day weekend, where Keevil will join such renowned chefs as John Currence and Sean Brock. The event will host about 1,000 hungry people on the streets of Memphis.  

"I m honored to have been chosen to cook in this event," says Keevil, "because there are going to be some big-name national chefs competing."

Keevil says he plans to bring a team of local chefs, and to bring back a little BBQ glory.

"I hope to go down to Memphis and cook my heart out and bring some recognition to our great city," he says. "But right now I need to practice cooking pig."

Check out this video of the event from ...

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