For years, students have been organizing and speaking out to affect the changes they want to see in the world — and not seeking approval or assistance to do so. But sometimes, adults give them platforms to be change agents, and that was the case this past week at the Tom Tom Festival. In the […]
On WTJU’s Soundboard this week, Giles, Charlotte, and Emily talk with host Eliza Wilson about the Tom Tom Festival and Summit, which included a talk on climate change becoming a bipartisan issue, a competition promoting student innovators, and a discussion of the role of universities in housing affordability.
The Charlottesville Schools’ Equity Committee provided the Charlottesville School Board with updates on its work at its April 11 board meeting. The board also voted to include Spanish as an elective at Walker Upper Elementary School, after having previously removed it, and approved two pre-engineering elective courses designed for students to explore STEM ahead of […]
“There’s a new energy surrounding this issue in our country,” former U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo told an audience at the Tom Tom Festival’s Renewable Energy Conference on Wednesday. “Some of that is the result of the Green New Deal. Some of it is a result of the media really starting to cover the story as […]
The city of Charlottesville is working to support small businesses owned by minorities through a new loan program. At the same time, a small-business owner has created a directory of African American-owned businesses in the area. In March, the City Council launched its Business Equity Fund. As an initiative of Councilor Wes Bellamy, the equity […]
RICHMOND — During the reconvened General Assembly session, state legislators voted Wednesday to eliminate driver’s license suspension fees for people who lost their licenses due to unpaid court fees or fines.More than 600,000 Virginians have been affected by the law, which can have a disproportionate effect on lower income Virginians for whom public transportation may […]
All 140 seats between the General Assembly’s House of Delegates and Senate may be up for election later this year, but there also are several seats up for grabs locally in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.
Charlottesville and Albemarle are finalizing their budgets for the fiscal year that ends on June 30, 2020. Both localities are proposing larger budgets and tax increases but for different reasons. Charlottesville’s proposed operational and capital budget of $223.9 million represents a 10% increase over the current budget. Albemarle’s proposed budget weighs in at $456.8 million, […]
A nonprofit organization that offers computers to people who can’t afford them is seeking a new base of operations this year. OpenSource Recycling founder Louis Desobry said he believes the best way to recycle is to reuse and that unused technology doesn’t have to sit in a landfill every time someone gets a new computer or […]
A vacant lot in the 10th & Page neighborhood partially owned by a railroad company is in the process of becoming a park. On March 18, the Charlottesville City Council voted in favor of purchasing the land, and the sale currently is underway. “We’re hoping to close in the next couple of weeks on those […]