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National figures, local heroes to mix at TED Talks

TED Talks — 18-minute speeches in which celebrated innovators and thinkers share their greatest ideas — have become a global phenomenon and attract online audiences of several million. In November, the talks will get a local twist when Charlottesville hosts its very own TED summit.   “We’ve invited speakers who have done amazing things,” said […]

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Supervisor disagrees with VDOT over dangers of brush spraying; residents may opt out

An Albemarle County supervisor is urging residents to opt out of a Virginia Department of Transportation herbicide spraying program after the public raised concerns last year. VDOT plans to treat rural roadsides with Krenite S between Aug. 26 and Sept. 27.  “There is no safety information [regarding Krenite],” Supervisor Ann H. Mallek said at a […]

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Local families getting help finding fresh produce

The goal is the same: to supply low-income families with fresh, healthy, locally grown food. But the routes two Charlottesville nonprofit groups are taking to reach that goal differ. The Urban Agriculture Collective manages three city gardens in which volunteers can work in exchange for a share of the crop. “Anyone can volunteer,” said Todd […]

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Albemarle’s Comprehensive Plan update clears the Planning Commission

After 38 public meetings, countless hours of staff work and three different drafts, the Albemarle County Planning Commission on Tuesday concluded its review of the county’s comprehensive plan. “If you feel tired, there’s a reason,” Elaine Echols, Albemarle County ‘s principal planner, told the commission. “We’ve been working on this document for two years.” The […]

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Input sought on bicycle and pedestrian survey

Are Charlottesville’s pedestrians “strong and fearless”? Are its bicyclists “enthused and confident”? Or are narrow sidewalks, missing bike lanes, and rolling hills holding them back? Those are some of the questions asked in a new online survey meant to inform future efforts to improve the bicycle and pedestrian environment. “The survey is geared to understand […]