Charlottesville Breaking News

Controversy continues: As Allied gets City boost for recycling approach

In the latest battle against renegade recycler Peter Van der Linde and in an apparent effort to reverse a dwindling share of the local trash market, corporate hauler Allied Waste Services has won help from the City of Charlottesville to unveil an "enhanced" recycling program.

The announcement came May 3 in a City Hall press conference, at which the company– part of a larger concern called Republic Services– announced that it would soon begin handing out 96-gallon covered recycling bins for a bi-weekly recycling pick-up in much of the Belmont neighborhood.

"I'll put our waste management program up against any in the country," said City Councilor Dave Norris, who joined public works director Judy Mueller and an Allied executive at the Thursday morning event. "We try to pull as much material out of the waste stream, and this program today is one more step in that process."

As Mueller revealed, a pilot program of the new service launched last year in the Greenbrier neighborhood with a 76 percent participation rate and a 32 percent increase in the amount of recyclables collected.

The new program comes three years into to a five-year, $440,000-a-year contract Allied won from the City of Charlottesville to...

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FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 10 and beyond

Music mayhem
A word of warning to anyone hoping to avoidcatching live music this weekend. You're doomed, and you can thank Paul Beyer, organizer of the Tom Tom Founders Festivalfor that. This two-day festival within a festival features more than 50 acts at seven downtown venues including the Haven, Main Street Arena, UVA's Meade Hall, The Whiskey Jar, and Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Headliners include Josh Ritter and Those Darlins (pictured here), and other local favorites are too plentiful to list. 
May 11-12, various locations, $20-$65



Gypsy temptress
Dagnabit– Mother's Day's here, and if you've been struggling with the perfect gift, here's an idea: Bizet's Carmen at the Paramount! It's the story of the naive soldier Don Jose who abandons...

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Studies show.... Bypass to use Greer kids as guinea pigs

We teach our school kids to do homework.  Can we teach our county supervisors?

Since the last Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Charlottesville’s 6.2-mile, $230 million-plus Western Bypass was completed in 2003, research studies linking highway exhaust to childhood asthma and reduced lung capacity are legion. Yet three Albemarle County supervisors recently argued against updating the Impact Statement.


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'Hot Air' rises: Filmmakers reach $65K, push on to Nolte

For 45 days, Derek Sieg and Jeremy Goldstein did everything they could think of to raise money to make a movie. They sold t-shirts on the Downtown Mall. They buttonholed every connection they had. And they smoked a 300-pound pig.

"That was pretty extreme," says Goldstein of the pig. "Neither one of us had ever done anything like that before."

That was phase one of their efforts to get their script, Hot Air, made into a movie. And to do so, they're convinced they need Nick Nolte to star as the personal injury lawyer and hard-partying restauranteur whose misdeeds have pushed him to the point that he decides that faking his own death is his only recourse.

A name like Nolte is essential for attracting money to the movie, say the filmmakers, so they brazenly launched their "Let's get Nick" campaign.

Using a funding-by-the masses system called Kickstarter, the filmmakers set a goal of $65,000–- the minimum required by the Screen Actors Guild to get Nick Nolte to sign on as the Hot Air lead.

With 258 different backers, Sieg (Swedish Auto) and Goldstein (Skid Row) raised $65,...

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Deck the Mall: Fancy Fleurie adds space for 22

Fleurie, the compact and upscale restaurant on the Downtown Mall's Third Street NE, will finally get its own café, as these images from May 3 indicate. The restaurant, owned by chef Brian Helleberg, won permission last December

from the powerful Board of Architectural Review to install a wooden deck just outside its front door. Designed by Zoé Edgecomb, a former Fleurie waitress-turned-architect, the 22-person deck will include tall benches and an unusual iron-and-wood wall to define the space. Facing the Paramount Theater, Fleurie has become a popular spot for theater-goers, and the semi-secluded nature of this pedestrian side street has been the site of some outdoor parties.

So when will the deck open?

"As soon as we finish it," laughs Edgecomb.

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