Charlottesville Breaking News
On April 26, Charlottesville Parks and Recreation planted a large diameter Platanus occidentalis in Quarry Park, Girl Scouts planted five saplings, and Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards unveiled a plaque designating the big sycamore in the background as a landmark tree. Virginia Department of Forestry recognized Charlottesville as a “Tree City” for the 7th year running. Tree Commission boss and former Charlottesville Mayor Elizabeth Waters was on hand, as was City Councilor Kathy Galvin.
Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog.
“Long you live and high you'll fly, and smiles you'll give, tears you'll cry, and all you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be.” ― Pink Floyd
The Machine, the Pink Floyd tribute band that brings to life the famed psychedelic music of the British band that sold 250 million records worldwide, has been at it for 20 years. Using elaborate stage displays, combined with a bit of theater, the New York-based band covers almost all of Pink Floyd's 16-album oeuvre, including all the classics like The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), and The Wall (1979). The band is also known for taking requests from fans, so don't be shy. But how much do these guys really sound like Pink Floyd? Well, as Rolling Stone's Matt Diehl wrote, “The Machine duplicates the sound and hits of Pink Floyd with chilling accuracy.” For those of us who have The Dark Side of the Moon's album cover emblazoned in our mind's eye, this could be a special treat.
May 3, Jefferson Theater, 8pm, $20-$25
Worst carjacking: Three men approach the driver of a yellow Nissan Xterra on Longwood Drive around 9:30pm April 25, rob the driver, and one of the suspects pulls a gun, NBC29 reports. When the driver flees on foot, he's grazed by a bullet. The suspects, whom police describe only as black males, take off in the Xterra.
Worst collision: Honda Civic driver Shirley N. Manthorne, 29, crosses the center line on U.S. 33 in Greene County, slams head-on into a tractor trailer April 29, and dies at the scene. Virginia State Police say speed and alcohol are not factors, and charges are not expected to be filed.
Local loss: Genial businessman Walt Levering, 68, dies April 23 of leukemia. Levering founded Central Virginia Technology Council and was a former president of the board of Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Latest convicted alleged bath-salts purveyor: Stephen Dominick McFadden of Staten Island is sentenced April 29 to two years and nine months for supplying C-Ville Video with the recently illegal product, K. Burnell Evans reports in the Progress. Prosecutors said this was the second federal prosecution for the coke/meth substitutes; C-Ville Video owner Lois McDaniel was sentenced to two years and four months in March.