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The Daily ProgressMacInnis, AliceThe Daily ProgressAlice Lee Kellogg MacInnis, 89, of Charlottesville, Va., passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017, peacefully and with dignity surrounded by her family. She was born to Daniel F. Kellogg and Edythe E. Milliken Kellogg on April 10, 1928, in New York City.
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The Daily ProgressEdmonds, BruceThe Daily ProgressBruce Joseph Edmonds, 60, died on Saturday, November 11, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. He was born in Roanoke, Va. on October 13, 1957. He grew up in Charlottesville, where he went on to make significant contributions in environmental management and ...
|Annual Gala Recognizes Excellence Among Charlottesville Police Officers - NBC 29 NewsGoogle News / 7 h. 58 min. ago more|
NBC 29 NewsAnnual Gala Recognizes Excellence Among Charlottesville Police OfficersNBC 29 NewsOn Saturday, November 18, the Charlottesville Police Foundation honored the city's officers following a tough summer that tested the department with the Ku Klux Klan and Unite the Right rallies. The foundation hosted officers and their families for the ...
|Charlottesville Organizations Partner to Offer Free Thanksgiving Meals - NBC 29 NewsGoogle News / 8 h. 15 min. ago more|
NBC 29 NewsCharlottesville Organizations Partner to Offer Free Thanksgiving MealsNBC 29 NewsPeople in the Charlottesville area are getting in the giving spirit early by providing food for Thanksgiving. Ebenezer Baptist Church in Charlottesville partnered with 40 organizations to hold its sixth annual community feast. Volunteers ranging from ...
|Door to Door Organics Shuts Down - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville ... - NBC 29 NewsGoogle News / 9 h. 48 min. ago more|
NBC 29 NewsDoor to Door Organics Shuts Down - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville ...NBC 29 NewsAn online organic grocer that merged with Charlottesville upstart Relay Foods has abruptly closed its doors. Door to Door Organics announced on Friday, ...Lack of funding forces Door to Door Organics to shut down immediatelyThe Charlottesville Newsplexall 13 news articles »
|Virginia Falls 44-28 at #3 Miami - NBC 29 NewsGoogle News / 10 h. 9 min. ago more|
NBC 29 NewsVirginia Falls 44-28 at #3 MiamiNBC 29 NewsThe Virginia football team led #3 Miami 28-14 early in the third quarter but the Hurricanes would storm back to top the 'Hoos 44-28 from Hard Rock Stadium Saturday. UVA is now 6-5 and 3-4 in the ACC, while Miami stayed unbeaten at 10-0, 7-0 ACC.No. 2 Miami set to host home finale against VirginiaDaily Astorian#HoosNotes: UVA focused on turnovers, not Miami's chainThe Charlottesville Newsplexall 306 news articles »
|PVCC Seeks Nominations for Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni Awards - NBC 29 NewsGoogle News / 12 h. 18 min. ago more|
NBC 29 NewsPVCC Seeks Nominations for Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni AwardsNBC 29 News(Charlottesville, Va.) – The Piedmont Virginia Community College Educational Foundation is seeking nominations for its outstanding alumni and distinguished alumni awards for 2018. The PVCC Alumni Association invites alumni to share their professional ...
|Rolling Stone lawyers respond to plaintiffs in defamation lawsuitCharlottesville News / 15 h. 50 min. ago more|
This sign was part of a 2014 protest outside the Madison Lane fraternity that was referenced in a discredited and retracted Rolling Stone story. Attorneys for Rolling Stone are defending their clients in one of the defamation lawsuits that was triggered by the magazine's discredited and retracted 2014 article about Greek life at the University of Virginia.
|Arkansas man whoa s accused of an attack in a parking garage is behind barsCharlottesville News / 20 h. 31 min. ago more|
Another out-of-state resident who's accused of maliciously wounding a man following the August 12th Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville is now behind bars in Albemarle County. 23-year-old Jacob Scott Goodwin was extradited from Lonoke County, Arkansas earlier this week, and a judge denied his bond request on Friday.
|'Let It Fall' Director John Ridley: Racial Progress Reversing Under TrumpCharlottesville News / 22 h. 51 min. ago more|
In the seven months since John Ridley 's documentary on the LA Riots first hit theaters and then ABC, the nation has taken a turn, the director says - and not for the better. "I ask this as a rhetorical question - why have we regressed that much between April and November? It certainly seems that way," he tells Deadline.
|Construction Begins on New Albemarle Transfer Facility for TrashCharlottesville News / 1 d. 3 h. 25 min. ago more|
Ground has now been broken on a facility that will change the way people get rid of their trash in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The ceremony on Friday, November 17, marked the start of construction for the transfer station that will allow people to drive through a covered facility to dispose of their trash and other items like construction materials.
|No injunction for Boston rally; federal judge denies request by...Charlottesville News / 1 d. 8 h. 1 min. ago more|
The City of Boston had already said it would not interfere with the rally. Rinaldo Del Gallo, a scheduled speaker for Saturday's rally, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Nov. 11 alleging that Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Parks and Recreation Department Commissioner Christopher Cook and more than 300 police officers infringed on his constitutional rights at the August "Free Speech Rally" in Boston by not allowing him to enter the Parkman Bandstand to speak, not allowing sufficient amplification for the speakers and preventing members of the press from being close enough to the speakers to sufficiently cover the event.
|Ruckersville School Bus Driver Wins $250K Lottery - NBC 29 NewsGoogle News / 1 d. 8 h. 23 min. ago more|
Ruckersville School Bus Driver Wins $250K LotteryNBC 29 NewsGinger Carter has something in common with the Virginia Lottery: They both work to benefit school children. The Lottery, of course, generates funds for K-12 education in the Commonwealth, and Ms. Carter serves as a school bus driver. Now they have ...
|Christopher Columbus monument slammed by some at NYC hearingCharlottesville News / 1 d. 12 h. 45 min. ago more|
The commission appointed by New York's mayor to evaluate statutes and monuments and ensure there are no "symbols of hate" on public property held its first hearing Friday, featuring a mix of citizens who thought some monuments should be taken down and others who lambasted the committee's work as an exercise in political correctness. "This is a country built on freedom and democracy, not bureaucrats telling us what is correct and what is not correct," said Gerald Mattacotta, a 72-year-old teacher at Queensboro Community College.
|Gubernatorial grandson: Rape charges certified to grand juryC-VILLE Weekly / 1 d. 15 h. 9 min. ago more|
During a preliminary hearing in which the alleged victim burst into tears and ran out of the courtroom, a judge certified rape and forcible sodomy charges against a former UVA student. Stephen Dalton Baril, 20, is accused of pushing another student onto the bed of his Wertland Street apartment, taking her clothes off, performing oral sex on her and raping her while she cried out for help. He’s the grandson of the late John Dalton, a Republican who served as the 63rd governor of Virginia from 1978 to 1982. The alleged victim—identified as M.H. in court—sat in the front row behind prosecutor Areshini Pather, staring straight ahead, and family members with their heads low stroked her back in support. Young women who appeared to be present in support of her lined the rows behind her. Baril’s supporters also filled up several rows, while the defendant stood quietly at the stand. Charlottesville police Detective Regine Wright-Settle testified that between late January 31 and early February 1, M.H. said Baril met up with her at Coupe’s, a popular bar on the Corner, and bought her a drink. She left with Baril, whom she met during a mixer between her sorority and his fraternity, with the intention of him walking her to her nearby apartment. As she and Baril were walking from Coupe’s to her place, the young woman told Wright-Settle that Baril playfully picked her up and redirected her to his apartment. When they got there, she immediately asked to use the restroom, and when she emerged, the Richmond native was standing in nothing but his underwear. Defense attorney Rhonda Quagliana asked the detective to show a surveillance video of the two walking down University Avenue and Wertland Street, which never shows Baril pick her up. When the lawyer noted that her account didn’t match the footage, the woman who brought the charges erupted in tears, turned to the person on her right in disbelief, and crying, she dashed for the door. A deputy followed her out. Wright-Settle read a series of text messages from that night, in which Baril texted the young woman after the reported rape: “Sorry for being over excited,” and “ I hope you’re not mad at me. Let me know if I was being stupid.” The next morning, he allegedly texted, “Haha. My head hurts,” and asked if she was on “the pill.” To that, M.H. replied that it doesn’t matter because she “stopped [him],” and said it was a bad decision. Baril replied, “What was a bad decision? I hope you had fun. I did.” According to the detective, the accuser told her that going to Baril’s apartment was the “bad decision” she was referring to, and that she told him to stop several times. She said as Baril forced himself on her, she called out for help. In cross examination, Wright-Settle said she interviewed Baril’s roommates who were reportedly home, and none of them could attest to hearing someone call for help that night. Defense attorney Quagliana, who also noted that the two appeared to be walking arm-in-arm and hand-in-hand in the video, said after the alleged incident, when M.H. was seen on video walking alone to her own apartment, she looked “neatly dressed” and her hair wasn’t messy. Judge Robert Downer also amended Baril’s bond to allow him to leave his home in the presence of a parent. Baril is scheduled to appear in front of the grand jury in December. The post Gubernatorial grandson: Rape charges certified to grand jury appeared first on C-VILLE Weekly.
|Ex-CIA chief explains why Putin is easily 'outsmarting'...Charlottesville News / 1 d. 15 h. 10 min. ago more|
Trump's relationship with Moscow has stalked the first year of his presidency, with key former aides under a US investigation for alleged collaboration with the Kremlin. Former Acting Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin on Friday penned an op-ed for Politico Magazine sharply criticizing Donald Trump's approach to Vladimir Putin, arguing the Russian president is "outsmarting" the president of the United States.
|Unite the Right Rally Organizer Loses Twitter Verification - NBC 29 NewsGoogle News / 1 d. 17 h. 41 min. ago more|
NBC 29 NewsUnite the Right Rally Organizer Loses Twitter VerificationNBC 29 NewsCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The organizer of the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has lost his verified status on Twitter, along with several other prominent white nationalists and far-right conservatives. News outlets ...Twitter crackdown sparks free speech concernsThe HillVerified accounts | Twitter Help CenterTwitter Help Centerall 51 news articles »
|Charlottesville, Va., has the most expensive ACA plans in America ... - Richmond.comGoogle News / 1 d. 18 h. 2 min. ago more|
Richmond.comCharlottesville, Va., has the most expensive ACA plans in America ...Richmond.comMonthly health-care insurance premiums increased all over America this year, but nowhere as dramatically as in Charlottesville, Virginia, an analysis shows.and more »
|Park design experts start from the ground upC-VILLE Weekly / 1 d. 19 h. 53 min. ago more|
What should a public park contain? Swings and slides, shaded benches, a grassy picnic spot? Should there be gestures toward the region’s history, ecology and culture? Could a park be a place of encounter, of healing? In June, following their decision to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from park grounds, city councilors issued a Request for Proposals to redesign the recently renamed Emancipation and Justice parks. That RFP was withdrawn on August 25 following the tragic August 12 white nationalist rally, but City Council decided last week to issue a new RFP under a two-phased approach. In the first phase, the city calls for a wide-ranging community discussion about the purpose and character of the downtown public spaces, in an effort to fully incorporate residents’ values and intentions into the process. While an ongoing court challenge delays the removal of the Confederate statues, designers are also tasked with adding elements to the parks that would “reinterpret” the statues while they are still in place, to provide a more complete and honest narrative of Charlottesville’s past. Phase I is slated to take a year to complete. Phase II (under a separate RFP to begin when the statues’ fate has been determined), will create new comprehensive designs for both parks. Back to the drawing board Unlike the landscape surrounding a private residence or office building, “a park is a public space that belongs to everyone, and a lot of meaning is embedded in it because of that,” says Joe Celentano, principal with VMDO Architects, whose offices overlook Emancipation Park. Landscape architects think deeply about the interactions between people and their environment, and are acutely aware of the ways public spaces affect communities. The city’s initial RFP frustrated many local designers with its condensed start-to-finish time frame (18 months), limited financial commitment ($1 million) and scant articulation of vision or values for the project. Some have suggested that a three-year process might be more appropriate, particularly for allowing a collaborative discussion among the city’s residents. “The first months to perhaps a year will be about healing and listening,” says Thomas Woltz, principal with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, “the second year about design and the third year about construction. If you storm in with a design, if the pace is too fast, it will fail.” UVA professor of landscape architecture Elizabeth Meyer, who consulted with city councilors on the new RFP, agrees. “Those sites mean something now that they didn’t last May, and we’re not at a place yet where we know how we want to react to that,” she says. Expert designers—perhaps everywhere, but particularly in Charlottesville—are careful not to presume a vision for the parks. The key, they insist, is the process. “Vision is not made on an island; it’s made on a foundation of values,” says VMDO senior associate Andres Pacheco. “So the first question is, what are the values of the city and its residents?” Though an unambiguous expression of those values in an RFP could be a jumping-off point, Pacheco’s colleague Celentano wonders if the two might have to proceed hand in hand. “Maybe the design of the parks has to be about helping to clarify what are our values.” The city’s plan envisions a public engagement phase run by the design firm that is awarded the contract. The team should include designers with expertise in landscape architecture, the history of the American South, social equity and urban design, as well as a facilitator who is trained to draw out opinions, to weigh the louder and softer voices and make sense of the raw emotions—a sort of community-wide therapist. Vinegar Hill Park. Photo by Skycladaerial.com Eye on the prize When the designers at Bushman Dreyfus Architects decided to launch a public design competition earlier this year, they originally thought that Emancipation Park would be a nice location to start asking some questions about public art and community identity. “[The park] was our initial site, but then, of course, events overtook us all,” says Principal Jeff Bushman. “So we shifted our focus to Vinegar Hill Park, a small site at the west end of the downtown pedestrian mall.” The competition, dubbed The BDA Prize, seeks proposals for a work of public art that will “embody the values and aspirations of a diverse community.” Against the backdrop of the gentrification of neighboring Vinegar Hill fifty years ago, the competition poses questions about how best to express true narratives about our shared history, society, and culture. Entries are to be submitted on a 30 by 40 inch poster, and BDA welcomes anyone who wishes to participate. Regardless of material, media, or form, proposals must be focused on finding common ground, and “as such, they are aspirational.” The idea is to generate discussion on several fronts, says Bushman. “What in the public realm can we somehow agree is representative of us as a community? We may never all agree, and it would be boring if we did, but what we have to do is be able to talk to each other.” Another set of questions touches on who is the decider. “It could be good to have a discussion about who gets to decide what our public monuments are, and how that works,” he says. “Is it Mr. McIntire? If so, why him?” The firm plans to host panel discussions and other public events at the Jefferson School in the spring to encourage an open dialogue about the entries. “We plan to hold this competition every year,” says Bushman, “though it will be harder in future years to identify an issue that is accessible to everybody, like this one is.” Due by February 2nd, 2018, entries will be judged by a jury of five cultural and design leaders, and monetary prizes will be awarded. Learn more at bdaprize.bdarchitects.com. Local architectural historian Louis Nelson points to UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers as an ongoing project whose design team carefully cultivated many different community voices. “That’s an example of an intensive, highly engaged collaborative process that fundamentally changed the design, messaging, content and location of that memorial,” says Nelson. “To try to walk in on the front end with a design already on paper would have been a catastrophe.” Just as important, says Woltz, are the stories of a place. NBW begins its projects with a deep dive into the ecology, history and culture of a site to find what makes it unique. “This is an old earth,” he says, “and so often, stories of oppression or the taking of land go unrecognized or, at worst, hidden under our feet. Landscape is remarkably powerful at hiding and erasing history.” With a deliberate process of discovery, a park’s design can represent unique stories that only its native soil can tell. “The designers can collect the clues and make refinements,” says Pacheco. “But we all as citizens have to figure out whether this is about history or the future, is it about grieving or about celebrating, is it a center or is it a space? It’s going to be challenging. “Maybe the most beautiful thing about the project, then, is actually the process, not the product,” he says. “I can imagine the process being the heart of it.” Ground rules Emancipation Park (formerly Lee Park) sits on one acre of land on a square downtown block, next door to the Central Library. Philanthropist Paul Goodloe McIntire donated the land for the original Lee Park in 1917 (and for the 0.4-acre Jackson Park in 1918), and commissioned large memorial sculptures of Confederate generals to be placed there in honor of his parents. (His father, George, had served as Charlottesville’s mayor during the Civil War.) Other than a few replanted trees and shrubs, not much has changed in the parks since 1920. Far from a blank slate, Charlottesville’s downtown parks are imbued with a history—both remote and recent—that will freight every step of the redesign process. Before work can begin in earnest, several legal and administrative processes will have to play out. Although City Council voted earlier this year to remove the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues from the two parks (at an estimated cost of $300,000 each), their fate is currently in limbo until a court decides whether a Virginia law that prohibits localities from disturbing memorials to war veterans applies in this case. Adding to the set of obstacles for removal is the fact that both statues are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and, as the first public park established in the city, Emancipation Park is likely eligible for the same honor. These designations mean the sites must undergo a compliance review before they can be changed, explains local landscape architect and historic preservation expert Liz Sargent. “Someone with the Virginia State Historic Preservation Office is going to have to determine whether the existing historic fabric can retain its value if the statue is moved or if the park’s landscape is significantly changed.” 1. Local landscape architect Gregg Bleam worked with Bushman Dreyfus Architects to refresh and beautify Booker T. Washington Park, Charlottesville’s first African-American park. 2. Nelson Byrd Woltz designed Citygarden, a three-acre park in the heart of downtown St. Louis that celebrates the cultural and natural histories of the city and its environs. 3. Charlottesville landscape architect Nancy Takahashi worked in tandem with VMDO to create Scottsville’s Canal Basin Square, an interpretive park that chronicles the inextricable connection of Scottsville to the James River. On top of that, the original donation of the land for Justice Park came with strings attached. McIntire stipulated in the deed transferring the land to the city that it must be named “Jackson Park,” that it remain a park and that no structures other than the Jackson statue be built there, including other monuments. Legal challenges may be posed one after another by groups opposed to altering the parks, further delaying any future design phase. From a purely aesthetic perspective, UVA professor Meyer points out the statues are quite large for such small spaces. “But even if you take the statue out of Emancipation Park, it’s still not a successful space,” she says. “It’s lifted up above the street, which limits visibility across, so just entering may make people feel uncomfortable. Also, instead of buildings on all sides, the open parking lot [on East Market Street] creates a problem of closure.” As well, the park is not currently barrier free, with sets of stairs on three sides limiting universal access. Confederate monuments aside, there is a growing awareness among architects and geographers of a simple and sobering concept called “racialized topography,” evident in the ways cities have historically developed. “The parks are racialized not just because of the statues, but also because of their elevation,” says Meyer. “High places are dry and have good views and tend to be white places in the American South. The parks are in a place where they read as privileged, and those things are not going to be changed by just taking away a statue and putting in a fountain.” Paint me a picture Ever the optimists, landscape architects try to wrap all of these considerations into their quest to create something both beautiful and affecting. Frederick Law Olmsted, father of American landscape architecture and designer of Central Park in New York City, said, “A park is a work of art, designed to produce certain effects upon the minds of men,” an idea that inspires Meyer and her colleagues. “We know from neuroscience that immersion in nature does affect your brain,” she says, “and so parks can become centering places of memory, or of personal experience.” “There are essential human needs that a park can supply—shade, fragrance, prospect (as one looks out across one’s city), places of quiet gathering or larger civic engagement, contact with plants, color, water,” says Woltz. “Beyond these, if we can make the ecologic and cultural histories of a place evident to the public, then the design can help to build a strong bond between people and the place they live.” New way of thinking WHAT IF… like the Freedom of Speech Wall at the end of the mall, one element of the design is nothing until someone does something to engender dialogue, like, for instance, an empty stage.—Jeff Bushman, principal with Bushman Dreyfus Architects Elizabeth Meyer. Courtesy subject WHAT IF… we identified a network, or constellation, of historical and cultural sites all around Charlottesville that told a more interesting, less didactic story, and liberated us from focusing just on the statues.—Elizabeth Meyer, UVA professor of landscape architecture WHAT IF… we were to excavate in Emancipation Park and submerge a portion of the Lee statue underground. …There could be a subterranean museum, and a garden terrace on top, so we would leave the statue on site but reclaim the public space.—Louis Nelson, architectural historian Andres Pacheco. Photo by Eze Amos WHAT IF… the park went from being a hot potato to just a wonderful place for children to play—to encourage children of all races, religions and backgrounds to play together, and they’re going to remember this park because of that.—Andres Pacheco, VMDO senior associate At once down-to-earth and starry-eyed, like visionaries with protractors, landscape designers tend to dream big. “What if you could look four years into the future at the park’s opening ceremony, what would you want to see?” asks Celentano. “People of all races supporting what’s been done, celebrating something that brings people together, right? So, we have to back it up from there.” Meyer sees value in separating the commemoration issues from how to make the park a good social space. “Instead of thinking of it as something empty waiting for a thing to be put there, it could be more of a place of encounter, and that may start with how you design a bench or a seat,” she says. “In Central Park, some of the benches are quite long, so you sit down next to strangers. We could try to imagine this as a place where you could encounter people not like you in a way that’s dignified and comfortable, eye to eye.” Even within the small city block of Emancipation Park, designers’ imaginations take flight. What if the entire space was a children’s playground, inviting kids of all races and backgrounds to simply play together? What if it was a lush garden, planted with native species of flowers, grasses and trees? What if Emancipation Park was linked with Justice Park and other sites along a larger constellation of historic places, forming a trail through the city? “If we could take a vision and actually paint with it—paint with emotions and intent—we would do it,” says Pacheco. “The job of an architect is to fine tune and strengthen the vision with whatever built materials come to this park. If it’s about healing, or playing, or unity, every detail in the park should point to that.” And while the idea of the community arriving at a consensus on a particular design is appealing, the steps along the way may be more important. “The goal,” says Celentano, “is to have a very elaborate and inclusive and complete process so that people agree on what the vision is, and feel that their voices have been heard. Only then can the ultimate design be satisfying, because it honors the vision.” The post Park design experts start from the ground up appeared first on C-VILLE Weekly.
|Charges certified for former UVA student - grandson of Gov. Dalton - accused of rape, sodomyCharlottesville News / 1 d. 20 h. 4 min. ago more|
A former University of Virginia student and grandson of a Virginia governor who was charged in June with the rape and sodomy of another student appeared in court Thursday for a judge to decide if the case should advance to a higher court.
|Albemarle Supervisors vote to end emergency water restrictionsCharlottesville News / 2 d. 0 h. 58 min. ago more|
Scottsville District Supervisor Richard Randolph is shown in the lobby of the main County Office Building on McIntire Road. The Albemarle Supervisors agreed 5 - 1 Thursday to rescind the emergency water restrictions they approved on October 11th.
|Stephen Baril case will be considered by Charlottesville grand juryCharlottesville News / 2 d. 5 h. 36 min. ago more|
A sexual assault case that involves a grandson of a long ago Virginia governor will be considered by a Charlottesville grand jury. A General District Court judge has certified rape and forcible sodomy charges against 20-year-old Stephen Dalton Baril, who's a former University of Virginia student.
|Charlottesville, Va., has the most expensive ACA plans in AmericaCharlottesville News / 2 d. 10 h. 14 min. ago more|
Monthly health-care insurance premiums increased all over America this year, but nowhere as dramatically as in Charlottesville, Virginia, an analysis shows. Residents of the small college city and the surrounding Albemarle County who wish to purchase individual insurance from the federal marketplace will be paying for the most expensive plans in the country, a Kaiser Family Foundation review confirmed.
|'Something weird is going on': Charlottesville has America's...Charlottesville News / 2 d. 10 h. 14 min. ago more|
Monthly health-care insurance premiums increased all over America this year, but nowhere as dramatically as in Charlottesville, an analysis shows. Residents of the small college city and the surrounding Albemarle County who wish to purchase individual insurance from the federal marketplace will be paying for the most expensive plans in the country, a Kaiser Family Foundation review confirmed.
|Suspect in Bobby Reauveau Murder to Face Grand Jury for ChargesCharlottesville News / 2 d. 10 h. 14 min. ago more|
The man accused in a Charlottesville murder on Superbowl Sunday of this year will see his case move to a grand jury. Thursday in court, witness testimony unveiled that a drug deal happened moments before Reauveau was shot.
|Album reviews: Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker, Anna St. Louis, Patrick Cowley and various artistsC-VILLE Weekly / 2 d. 13 h. 24 min. ago more|
Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker SpiderBeetleBee (Drag City) I came down hard on Ryley Walker’s voice on his last solo record, openly wishing for an instrumental affair—and whoa, I had no idea he had such a project up and running already. SpiderBeetleBee is the second album of acoustic guitar duets by Walker and the insanely versatile Bill MacKay, and though it’s sophisticated, it’s blessedly unpretentious. The baroque Americana of “The Grand Old Trout” sets the general tone, and the closing “Dragonfly” makes for an apt bookend with guitars buoyed by deep cello swells courtesy of the Chicago Symphony’s Katinka Kleijn. In between, the tracks wander agreeably. “Pretty Weeds Revisited” features lovely runs evoking Jerry Garcia circa 1969, while on the more experimental “Naturita,” McKay and Walker follow a spacious, tinkling introduction with a raga-like breakdown (a tabla actually enters—and integrates nicely—on the brief “I Heard Them Singing”). SpiderBeetleBee is an assured, ranging keeper. https://billmackayryleywalker.bandcamp.com/album/spiderbeetlebee Anna St. Louis First Songs (Woodsist) Aptly named, First Songs is the somewhat tentative but enticing debut of Kansas City native Anna St. Louis, who accompanies herself on guitar and keeps things sparse; a faintly humming organ and hushed tambourine are characteristic accents, and the full band that appears on some tracks mostly adds volume rather than sharing the spotlight. Retro gimmicks such as occasional country-honk vocalisms and a tack piano trotted out on “Evermore” are regrettable and unnecessary, since St. Louis’ voice, which lands halfway between Patsy Cline and Hope Sandoval, is charismatic enough to support the songs. The good news is that the songs are mostly worth supporting, and the album gets stronger down the stretch, beginning with the only real curveball, the squiggly keyboard instrumental, “Stray,” which rolls into the wistful “Sun” and the concluding Piedmont blues-styled “Fire.” https://annastlouis.bandcamp.com/album/first-songs Patrick Cowley Afternooners (Dark Entries) Rochester native Patrick Cowley moved to San Francisco to attend college in 1971, studying synthesizers before linking up with Sylvester to produce the latter’s perennial smash, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” and releasing his own dance floor hits “Menergy” and “Megatron Man.” In 1981, Cowley was misdiagnosed with food poisoning; he had contracted HIV, and succumbed to AIDS the following year. From 1979 to 1982, Cowley had also supplied soundtracks for the gay porn produced by John Coletti at L.A.’s Fox Studio, and Afternooners is the third and final offering in this Dark Entries series of that music. It is gloriously cheesy, steamy electro disco with titles cribbed from the film loops: “Cycle Tuff,” “Hot Beach,” “Big Shot.” Afternooners might provide a bridge from Giorgio Moroder to Human League, but perhaps even better to hear it as a monument to its own moment. https://patrickcowley.bandcamp.com/album/afternooners Various artists Even a Tree Can Shed Tears (Light in the Attic) To call Even a Tree Can Shed Tears the year’s best early-’70s Japanese folk rock compilation is an unkind joke—it’s a thoroughly enchanting collection of songs previously unavailable stateside. Reissue stalwart Light in the Attic provides its usual exquisite packaging—reproducing all 19 original album covers (many are spellbinding); printing lyrics in Japanese and English; and including a pair of helpful, contextualizing essays. There’s a lot of personnel crossover, and the compilation hangs together well; though tracks like “Zeni No Kouryouryoku Ni Tsuite” (“The Power of Money”) dip a toe into acid rock, most songs hew to the hushed side. The lyrics throughout are personal, but instead of solipsistic confessionals, they’re oblique and inventive. Even a Tree Can Shed Tears makes me want to know more about it all, and isn’t that what you want in an introduction? https://lightintheattic.net/releases/3178-even-a-tree-can-shed-tears-japanese-folk-rock-1969-1973 The post Album reviews: Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker, Anna St. Louis, Patrick Cowley and various artists appeared first on C-VILLE Weekly.
|Charlottesville Area Transit Announces Bus Lines Poetry ContestCharlottesville News / 2 d. 14 h. 47 min. ago more|
Charlottesville, Virginia... 11/16/2017... Charlottesville Area Transit and Bus Lines are encouraging area writers to use their imagination with the latest Bus Lines poetry contest. Authors can submit up to three literary works for consideration, and there is no cost to participate.
|Leading by example: Kids learn to be the changeC-VILLE Weekly / 2 d. 17 h. 43 min. ago more|
Upon their return from the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., in January of 2017, local moms Kristin Clarens and Amanda Sovik-Johnston felt empowered, but also challenged. “We were just emerging from the super-foggy days of having newborns and realized that we wanted to re-engage in our community,” says Clarens, an attorney. “It felt like a gauntlet had been thrown: Now what?” They recognized that meaningful civic engagement would have to happen at the family level, and Charlottesville Families in Action was born. The two women initially founded their organization by reaching out on Facebook to other families with small children, intending to find local activities where parents and their kids could get together to build, donate, celebrate and fundraise for meaningful causes. The enterprise was motivated not despite having kids in tow, but because of them. “We are making a conscious decision to model the sorts of behaviors that we hope our kids carry forward into the world,” says Clarens. The kids jump in to the planned activities naturally, and with joy. Events are scheduled every other Wednesday, from 4:30 to 6:30pm, and many involve crafts, music, food or all three. From planting starter seeds for the Monticello Avenue gardens with the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville, to learning about solar power in Virginia while roasting marshmallows in their own personal solar ovens in Washington Park, the activities deftly intertwine the fun with the educational. Some events are fundraisers, such as a sold-out brunch at Mas in support of Dreamers and their families, while others are hands-on helping, like building toolboxes for Habitat for Humanity, or collecting a vanload of supplies (including two chainsaws!) for hurricane aid. Sovik-Johnston, a clinical child psychologist, says a big part of the group’s focus is to make the work part of their kids’ lives so they will grow up as leaders in their communities as well. But just as important is how the sessions can serve as a proactive tool to combat fear. Kristin Clarens and Amanda Sovik-Johnston founded Charlottesville Families in Action following the Women’s March, hoping to create opportunities for parents and their kids to be more actively engaged with their community. The org’s fall event at The Front Porch raised money for kids in the arts. Photo: Eze Amos “My 6-year-old son said to me, ‘Wow, a lot of bad things have happened in Charlottesville this year,’” Sovik-Johnston recalls, “and I said the other side of that is that so many people have come together to help and care. Yes, stuff is scary, but if we sit in it, it becomes overwhelming, so let’s do something and then we’ll all feel better.” Margarita Figueroa has taken her children, ages 7 and 9, to several of the FIA events and appreciates the high level of organization as well as the predictable schedule. “After the election we felt hopeless, but we couldn’t just sit in our houses and mope,” says Figueroa. “This feels good and is good for the community.” After the events of August 11 and 12, FIA quickly put together a panel discussion for parents about how to talk with their children about what had happened. “That came up right away and helped a lot,” says Figueroa. To help parents prepare and reassure their kids, FIA also posts Car Talk on its website, a set of talking points about each event that parents can use as conversation starters about the importance of the activity. “We try to give parents the language to share with their kids about why we are doing this, and how good it feels when we help others,” says Sovik-Johnston. “So hopefully when they grow up, they’ll think of themselves as, ‘I’m the kind of person who helps.’” While FIA is organized around families with younger children, the group also offers an internship program for local teens to help with the events. Sarah Webb, a senior at Renaissance School, has been part of FIA since its inception and was there at the first event at Firefly back in February, a letter-writing campaign. “The kids were writing about saving the polar bears, green energy, love is love, all kinds of issues and policies,” says Webb. “As a kid, I know I was never very aware of much, like, inequality around me, and this is such a vital time for kids to know what’s going on in the world and be aware.” As she nears graduation, Webb is actively recruiting other interns, like Mercedes Goering, a Renaissance 10th-grader. “It’s fun just hanging out with the kids,” says Goering. “I really enjoyed cleaning up the Rivanna River, and building toolboxes for Habitat [for Humanity].” More than ever, local kids inspired by news and events are taking action to make a difference. Shreya Mahadevan, a fourth-grader at Johnson Elementary whose mother, Priya, runs the Desi Dosa stall at the City Market, wanted to do something to help with hurricane relief during the recent spate of destructive storms. “She took it upon herself to set up a collection at our stand for the hurricane victims, and raised almost $300,” says Priya. The family channeled the donations to hands.org, a nonprofit that provides assistance to communities affected by natural disasters. Burley Middle School eighth-grader Eden Radifera was in Jamaica with her family over the weekend of August 12, and followed the day’s disastrous events on her phone. She recalls the feeling of powerlessness, both while away and upon returning to Charlottesville. “It was really bothering me that all this stuff was going on and I couldn’t change it, so I knew I had to do something to reassure myself that I could take part in making a change.” Radifera brainstormed ideas with a few friends, focusing on her most immediate community—her school. “At Burley we are such a diverse school, a melting pot of everybody, and we wanted to make sure everybody felt safe, and they knew we’re a unified school working to fight discrimination,” she says. Radifera helped organize a Unity Day on the first of every month, and she and her friends have arranged an order of blue and white (Burley school colors) bracelets to sell to students during their Friday Blast period. Her group came up with slogans and surveyed the student population, ultimately agreeing on the phrase “Diversity Makes Us Stronger” to be printed on the bracelets. The school plans to donate any proceeds to a local community foundation. “I couldn’t stand the feeling of being so helpless,” says Radifera. “I had to do something.” Schools in action While many schools participate in community aid programs like food drives and shoe collections, a growing number are encouraging more hands-on and project-oriented service learning for their students, with inspiring results. Village School students regularly head out of the building to help in the soup kitchen at Christ Episcopal Church, and they visit Clark Elementary and Barrett Early Learning Center to read and write with the younger kids there. Despite the recent unrest that has taken place near the school’s downtown location, Head of School Eliza O’Connell says the students remain undaunted. “I’ve been amazed by the maturity of the girls.” A math lesson turned into much more at Charlottesville Day School as algebra teacher Tiffany Stauffer helped seventh and eighth graders organize a Friendship Feast in March for refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Congo. With assistance from Kari Miller, founder of Charlottesville International Neighbors, students designed, budgeted and fundraised a potluck dinner event to host 10 refugee families, including lots of kids. Games like Connect Four helped bridge the language barriers, and each family was given a large soup pot filled with kitchen supplies and spices, as well as a family game night bag to take home. “The students really embraced the idea of making the families feel welcome,” said Stauffer. “And it made them so happy to be doing it.” In an initiative launched this year, Peabody School’s seventh- and eighth-graders are designing year-long projects aimed at researching and addressing a community need or problem. The project phase was jumpstarted with an in-house Leadership Academy, where local community leaders talked to students about how to be change-makers. After learning about humanitarianism, philanthropy and disaster relief from those experts, students designed innovative projects that they’ll complete independently. Goals range from partnering with area nursing homes and the Rainforest Trust, to addressing traffic issues with Albemarle County and teaching life skills to younger kids, all driven by each student’s passion. “We’re encouraging students to think beyond their own experience, and to identify their strengths and limitations,” says Victoria Young, assistant head of school. “Not every project works the first time you try it, but they learn to reflect and make it successful as they go, and that’s just as important.” LM Home work It is, without question, difficult to discern where to begin and what to say to young people when speaking about the intangible cruelties within our society. Eager to shelter our children from hardship, parents can avoid difficult conversations, hopeful tides will turn and moments will pass. The impulse to shield their hearts from hurt and bodies from pain is reasonable, of course. And yet, a desire to maintain and invoke innocence and a discomfort with challenging dialogues beget the crises that plague our communities; they cannot be solved with silence or inaction. We do a disservice to our children when we avoid our crucial obligation: to nurture. The greatest form of activism in our community today could be the swelling of conscious discourse, bold expression and action-oriented love in the form of supported children. No better result could be achieved than an outpouring of kindness, engagement and courage in the face of a daunting tomorrow. The cultivation of such is the work of parents. Young people are watching the way we navigate the world: Violence is on the channels and the streets; bullies lurk behind lockers and the Resolute desk; disharmony and even hate abound in neighborhoods and message boards. Our chief responsibility must be to model empathy, respect and willingness to grow. Here’s how. + Foster and encourage open dialogue. We cannot lift the burden of fears, whether our own or our child’s, until we face the beasts head on. Allow conversations to be ongoing. Accept that there may not always be a solution. Ask questions and share emotions. + Authentically explore the “other.” Reading stories, attending community events and engaging in volunteerism can cultivate empathy. When we interact with people outside of our immediate understanding, our capacity for compassion is amplified and communities are strengthened. + Be seen promoting justice in pursuit of peace. Stand up and get vocal about inequalities, and name them. Use language that is simple and honest. Identify as a family the power you have to make our community more equitable, accepting and representative. Let us teach the next generation that love is a verb. Let us orient them around the most oppressed in our communities, centering progress above tradition. Let us direct their fears into outspoken compassion. Adrienne Oliver Adrienne Oliver is a mother and educator working and writing in Charlottesville. She is a middle school literacy teacher, with a focus on arts-integrated, culturally responsive education. The post Leading by example: Kids learn to be the change appeared first on C-VILLE Weekly.
|Clothes call: Local teen spearheads free laundry serviceC-VILLE Weekly / 2 d. 17 h. 43 min. ago more|
Cutter Huston has never had to worry about clean clothes. But it wasn’t until he became involved with The Laundry Project that he realized not everyone takes something so basic for granted. The son of an Amry brigadier general, Huston was living in Tampa, Florida, when his mother, Michelle, saw a news story about people who were unable to find employment because they didn’t have clean clothes to wear to job interviews. “That resonated,” he says, and it occurred to him that something as simple as washing clothes “could change someone else’s life.” And that’s why Huston, now 16 and a junior at Albemarle High School, decided to volunteer with Tampa’s Laundry Project, which allows low-income families to wash clothes and linens free of charge with the help of volunteers, who assist with laundry services, provide child care and turn laundromats into community centers. During his time with the group, Huston grew close to The Laundry Project founder, Jason Sowell, and he says leaving the organization was one of the hardest things about moving when his father was reassigned and the family relocated to Charlottesville last summer. But during a chance encounter with Sowell in Washington, D.C., in June, inspiration struck: Why not start a Laundry Project here? And before you could say “wash, dry, fold and repeat,” Huston had introduced himself to Trey Coe, owner of Express Laundry on Maury Avenue. It didn’t take much convincing to get Coe on board, Huston says, and the area’s inaugural Laundry Project day came off without a hitch at the end of October. Sponsors included Ragged Mountain Running Shop, Whole Foods and Bodo’s Bagels. In addition to washing 242 loads of clothes at no cost (saving customers about $500), Huston served dozens of people a free breakfast, and he was able to send many home from the laundromat with extra food. “Trey and I both want to provide hope to people who have lost it, and help them regain a foothold and get their lives back where they want them to be,” Huston says. A member of the AHS cross country team and the school’s Math, Engineering & Science Academy, Huston says a date hasn’t been set for the next free laundry day, but he’s hoping to do three or four in 2018. “I have been very lucky to be in a family where I don’t need to worry about clean clothes or having enough to eat,” he says. “And it’s my duty to give back and spread the love to everybody who deserves it.” The post Clothes call: Local teen spearheads free laundry service appeared first on C-VILLE Weekly.
|A lighter touch: Sensory-friendly theater relieves those on the spectrumC-VILLE Weekly / 2 d. 17 h. 43 min. ago more|
Holly Regan sat with her son in a lightened theater last year, watching a Four County Players production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. It was a special performance, and not just because of the time of year; it was a sensory-friendly production put on for people like Regan’s son, Jimmy Seidl, who’s autistic. The show was in partnership with the Autism Theatre Project, an effort of the University of Virginia. While the name is very specific, Executive Administrator Jaclyn Lund emphasizes the program supports sensory-friendly theater in a nonjudgmental environment that is geared toward anyone with special needs. These productions are performed as written, but with special accommodations. “We work with area theater groups to make the performances more accessible by doing things like shortening performance length, adjusting light and volume levels so they’re not overwhelming and providing a sensory-friendly break room for anyone who needs a quiet room during the show,” Lund says. Regan says these types of modifications make all the difference for her family. At a traditional performance, she worries about her son’s potential outbursts disturbing others. Her choices are to leave him out of family outings, or take her chances and hope for the best. “We usually bring two cars, in case one of us has to leave with Jimmy,” she says. “I invest a lot of money in live performances, and I worry about what’s going to happen if he starts acting out.” For that very reason, performances in conjunction with the Autism Theatre Project are free for any family attending with someone who has special needs. “A lot of families can’t go to the theater because of social and financial pressure. We offer a judgment-free environment, and we reduce the financial stress,” Lund says. “By offering free tickets, if someone’s having a bad day, there’s no pressure to attend. They haven’t lost anything.” Most local groups have worked with the Autism Theatre Project to put on sensory-friendly productions, whether by adding an additional performance night, or by tweaking a matinee to accomodate special needs patrons. Regan says she hopes area theater groups might offer a sensory-friendly dress rehearsal, which she says would be a “win-win” for all involved. “It gives the performers a chance to work in front of an appreciative audience, and it gives my family an opportunity to attend a show without worrying that my son will disturb a paying crowd.” The post A lighter touch: Sensory-friendly theater relieves those on the spectrum appeared first on C-VILLE Weekly.
|Please and thank you: Every season is the right season for practicing mannersC-VILLE Weekly / 2 d. 17 h. 43 min. ago more|
While it’s true that proper manners can take a lifetime to learn (or is that just us?), Etiquette Empowerment founder Patty Hughson teaches a local four-week course in the foundations of table manners and polite interaction to young adults. But because attention spans are fickle things, we asked her to distill it down even further and provide us with some basics for kids to practice this holiday season. As Hughson says, “Etiquette isn’t about rules. It’s about getting along in the world with kindness, grace, generosity and gratitude.” That’s a good reminder at any age. Dining At dinnertime, kids should practice these guidelines: Begin and end meal with the napkin. Chew with your mouth closed. Say please and thank you. Salt and pepper are passed together. Say thank you to the cook. Before leaving table ask to be excused. No slouching, no squirming, no elbows on the table. Clear the table. Conversation Have your child come up with 10 open-ended questions for dinner or social events on topics such as school, movies, sports, TV, etc. Teach her how an inside voice sounds versus the outside one, and which is appropriate. Show by example how to engage your child in conversation to make sure no one is ignored. Don’t forget eye contact; it is extremely important. Giving and receiving Ask your child what gift he would like to give from the heart and to whom, so that it would make someone’s life better or easier. It’s all about kindness and helping out others in need. This is the special time of year to give back. Ship-shape shakes The art of handshaking, says Patty Hughson, can be practiced daily. Here are a few tips to give to your kids (or to brush up on). Right hand to right hand. Firm grip: “Not a bone-crusher, not a limp fish,” Hughson says. Two to three pumps is all it takes. The post Please and thank you: Every season is the right season for practicing manners appeared first on C-VILLE Weekly.
|Dose of the future: Cale Elementary’s dual language program leads students into the 21st centuryC-VILLE Weekly / 2 d. 17 h. 43 min. ago more|
Five years ago, Cale Elementary School principal Lisa Jones instituted a Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools program for her incoming class of kindergarteners and rising first- and second-graders. For three years, offerings featured typical FLES programming—that is, 120 minutes a week of instruction in Spanish. However, as Jones saw it, that wasn’t enough. “By the time they reach fifth grade, on average, children who’ve participated in a FLES program will have a good working proficiency of the second language,” she says. “And we were proud that our students had gained access to that resource. But research shows, it’s immersion that produces true fluency.” Thus, two years ago, with the backing of the Albemarle County School Board, Jones introduced a voluntary Two-Way Immersion Dual Language program. Families of children in grades K through three were given the option of having their children be involved. Meanwhile, participating students spent half the day studying in Spanish, the other half in English. “The dual language program uses two languages for literacy and content instruction,” explains Jones. “It provides the same academic content and addresses the same standards as other educational curriculum, only, instruction is in the partner language 50 percent of the time.” In other words, for half the day, students spend their classroom hours reading, writing, learning and conversing in Spanish. While students can opt out of the program, the idea is for them to stick with it through at least fifth grade, and preferably beyond. “This approach produces students that are fluent in two languages,” says Jones. “When they graduate from fifth grade and enter middle school, they’ll be equipped with a skill-set—they will be able to read, write, listen and speak in two languages.” Approaching its third year, Cale’s dual immersion program is growing. Expanded to include fourth- and fifth-graders, enrollment has increased to 60 students. In third to fourth grade, four classrooms are devoted to the program, while in fourth to fifth grade, there are two. Each classroom features two teachers—one managing Spanish instruction, the other English. Of the participating students, about half speak Spanish as their native language. According to Jones, everyone benefits. “Research shows that, for non-native English speakers, partial instruction in the native language helps them learn the new one faster and more efficiently,” she says. “Meanwhile, for English-speaking students, learning the second language early on increases their ability to master it.” Furthermore, having access to peers who are native speakers of the desired second language means students can practice their skills beyond the classroom. Citing bilingualism as the global norm, and monolingualism as the new illiteracy for the 21st century, Jones says Cale’s program falls on the right side of progress. “On the one hand, research shows studying a second language aids children’s cognitive development,” she says. “On the other, if students can speak fluent Spanish and English, they can communicate with around 80 percent of the world’s population, or 5.7 billion people. In both cases, we believe that’s a win.” Budding trend Immersive, two-way dual language education in the U.S. was developed nearly 40 years ago. Since then, its popularity has grown immensely. During the first two decades of implementation, the number of programs remained relatively low—in the mid-’80s, just 30 were known to be in existence. However, in the last 15 years, that number has risen dramatically. In a recent study conducted by the Center for Applied Linguistics, 315 programs were documented, most of them Spanish/English programs in public elementary schools. EW The post Dose of the future: Cale Elementary’s dual language program leads students into the 21st century appeared first on C-VILLE Weekly.
|Adventure underground: Winter is prime time for spelunkingC-VILLE Weekly / 2 d. 17 h. 43 min. ago more|
As winter sets in caves offer surprisingly balmy family adventures. With temperatures hovering around 53 degrees, a subterranean visit provides hours of active outdoor fun sans the cold. From paved walking tours to rigorous guided explorations through wild caverns, the following resources will help you take advantage of the region’s many spelunking opportunities. Luray Caverns (Luray) Discovered in 1878, Luray has the largest series of caverns on the East Coast and is the granddaddy of American grottos. Featuring massive cave formations like stalactites, stalagmites, columns, mudflows, flowstone and mirrored pools, a 1.5-mile hike through the caves offers eye candy galore. Don’t miss the Great Stalactite Organ—a lithophone that taps stalactites of various sizes to produce tones similar to those of xylophones, tuning forks and bells. Adults $27, children $14. luraycaverns.com Outdoor Adventure Experiences (Dayton) In addition to rafting, fishing, hiking, canoeing and climbing, OAE offers guided tours of various wild caves throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Options vary in intensity and tend to include some degree of crawling, squeezing through narrow passages, rappelling and climbing into and/or out of pits. Tours are scheduled both day and night, with the most intense experiences featuring wading or even swimming through underground streams and lakes. Adventures are open to everyone over 4 feet tall. Starts at $160 for groups of two to four. outdooradventureexperiences.com Skyline Caverns (Front Royal) Opened to the public in 1939, Skyline Caverns is one of the only caves in the world where you can view anthodites. Made of calcite, the rare clusters of perfect, six-sided crystals blossom like sea urchins from the cave’s ceiling. Tours are offered daily, and feature about 1.8 miles of subterranean walking. Adults $22, children $11. skylinecaverns.com Lost World Caverns (Lewisburg, West Virginia) Offering both standard walking tours and wild caving experiences, LWC is great for families with wide age gaps. The walking tour is just more than a half-mile long, with the highlight being the 30-ton Snowy Chandelier, one of the nation’s largest compound stalactites. Meanwhile, wild tours take four to five hours to complete, feature a picnic lunch and carry visitors through more than a mile of fantastic chambers and passageways. Gear is provided and participants should be prepared to get muddy. Walking tours are $6 for kids under 6 years old, $12 for anyone over 13. Wild excursions run $79 a person. lostworldcaverns.com The post Adventure underground: Winter is prime time for spelunking appeared first on C-VILLE Weekly.
|Warm wishes: A local teen celebrates his birthday with coats—lots of coatsC-VILLE Weekly / 2 d. 17 h. 43 min. ago more|
Most teenagers have pretty predictable birthday wish lists … video games, iTunes cards, maybe money to use toward buying a car. Charlottesville’s Ashton Ryan is different. He wants coats. Lots and lots of coats. It all started six years ago, just before his 12th birthday. “I saw a kid in school without a coat and I wanted to give him mine,” Ashton says. “When my mom picked me up from school that day, I told her I wanted to have a huge birthday party and invite the whole town, but everyone had to donate a coat as my present.” Each year since, Ashton and his mom, Kim, have organized Ashton’s Wish. He celebrates his November 11 birthday by collecting and then distributing donated jackets. “We sort them all by size, and then we make sure they’re clean and the zippers work, and then we give them away” to those in need. Recipients have come from schools, churches, Region Ten, Jefferson Area Children’s Health Improvement Program and other local organizations. To date, he’s distributed more than 7,000 coats to those who need one. He’s a kid with a big heart—one that has been through a lot. When Ashton was a baby, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease—an illness that can cause long-term damage to the heart. Fortunately, doctors caught it early. Ashton’s donations extend beyond Charlottesville; he’s given coats to those in need in Harrisonburg, Lexington and Richmond, too. He wants to expand his program across Virginia and then nationwide, ultimately to start a nonprofit organization to continue the mission. But first, there’s college and studying computers—right after his next coat drive. “I guess I just hope that other kids will hear about it and maybe they’ll want to do it too,” Ashton says. The post Warm wishes: A local teen celebrates his birthday with coats—lots of coats appeared first on C-VILLE Weekly.
|Reupholstering the game The Cavalier Daily more|
While Meléndez enjoys the performance aspect of the game he most appreciates that the Globetrotters take the opportunity to give back.
|Medical Center limits visitation, cites flu prevalence The Cavalier Daily more|
Last Wednesday, the University Medical Center announced additional patient visitation limits due to the increase in flu cases.
|University faculty respond to Rolling Stone article released WednesdayThe Cavalier Daily more|
Amid a sea of protests, University faculty have been active participants in the dialogue permeating Grounds which critically analyzes the University's culture and policies surrounding sexual assault. In addition to organizing a rally Saturday night on Beta Bridge, faculty from a swath of departments have issued statements and held discussions to help promote constructive change on Grounds, after a Rolling Stone article published last week thrust the University community into the national spotlight over the administration's handling of sexual assault cases.
|Sexual Assault Resource Agency holds annual award celebrationThe Cavalier Daily more|
The Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA), a Charlottesville-based nonprofit that aims to support survivors of sexual assault, held its sixth annual Annette DeGregoria Grimm Award Celebration last Friday at the Darden School of Business. This year’s award went to Ron and Lorelei Pulliam of the Gallastar Equine Center in Afton.
|Miller Center releases Clinton Project interviewsThe Cavalier Daily more|
The University’s Miller Center released the first installment of interviews for the Clinton Presidential History Project Friday at the end of a symposium on the Clinton administration.
|Charlottesville Health Department investigating first-year gastrointestinal illnessesThe Cavalier Daily more|
The Charlottesville Health Department is investigating the cause of a gastrointestinal illness which sent about 15 students, mostly first years, to University Emergency Services during the weekend.
|Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding calls for change in DNA collection proceduresThe Cavalier Daily more|
Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding said he wants to see an expansion of the Virginia DNA databanks. Harding said he believes that if Jesse Matthew had his DNA collected in 2010 when he was charged with a misdemeanor, the DNA would have matched the 2005 sexual assault case.
|Hackathon to be held in honor of Connor CormierThe Cavalier Daily more|
Several University students are organizing a hackathon in honor of late second-year Engineering student Connor Cormier, who committed suicide in October, to be held Nov. 15-16.
|Police issue tickets, summons at train tracks crossingThe Cavalier Daily more|
Despite continued patrolling of the fence by police, students and other Charlottesville residents continue to risk tickets and the issuance of a summons as they illegally cut across the railroad tracks.
|University Hall precinct finalizes in midterm election resultsThe Cavalier Daily more|
University Hall was the last precinct in the state of Virginia to report their final vote tally to the state Electoral Board on Monday after a voting machine broke during Tuesday’s election.
|University representatives discuss building projects around grounds at Student Council's "Breaking Grounds"The Cavalier Daily more|
Representatives from the UVa Facilities Management and the Office of the Architect spoke about the state of construction projects occurring around Grounds Monday night at a talk called “Breaking Grounds.” Student Council’s Building and Grounds Committee hosted the presentations.
|Professor Larry Sabato hosts Crystal Ball, releases midterm election predictionsThe Cavalier Daily more|
Politics Prof. Larry Sabato hosted his annual Crystal Ball predictions Monday night, predicting Republican gains in Tuesday’s congressional and state elections. Sabato and his team said they predict the Republican Party would gain a total of eight seats in the Senate to gain a 53-47 majority as well as nine seats in the House of Representatives, which which would give them a 243-192 majority.
|Local counties receive grants to improve emergency preparednessThe Cavalier Daily more|
Agencies in Albemarle, Buckingham, and Greene counties will receive grants totalling nearly a quarter of a million dollars to improve emergency preparedness .
|Governor McAuliffe holds summit addressing sexual violence on college campusesThe Cavalier Daily more|
At a summit held to address sexual violence on college campuses in Virginia on Thursday and Friday, Governor Terry McAuliffe said he intends to lead an effort that changes the sexual assault culture at Virginia schools.