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West Main student housing projects get approvals

The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review has offered its support for the design of two student housing projects on West Main Street. The buildings will be adjacent to The Flats at West Village, which is under construction. Despite the approval, ome board members expressed concern with the scale of the buildings, which will be marketed […]

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County schools’ five-year financial plan predicts deficit & other school news

Early figures show that Albemarle County Public Schools are projecting a $6.5 million deficit for the 2015 fiscal year. Officials briefed the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and school board in a joint budget meeting Thursday, where they identified that new revenues are not keeping pace with current expenditures and increasing state mandates. “These are […]

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Recycling challenge underway at CHS

Charlottesville High School students are challenging themselves and other city students to become more aware of their recycling and waste disposal habits. Student volunteers kicked off the Recycling Challenge by going through waste and recycling bags that came straight from the CHS cafeteria to identify how they can do better. Anna Perry is the executive […]

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Food program sparks student interest in eating local

Last week, students across Virginia celebrated the 5th annual Farm to School Week, which highlights the locally-sourced food our school cafeterias serve. To engage the students, the Charlottesville-based Local Food Hub offered a tasting of local apple varieties at Walker Upper-Elementary School. “What you probably don’t know is that a lot of the foods in […]

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Bike and pedestrian safety gets more attention in Charlottesville

Even as warm-weather enthusiasm for bicycling winds down, Charlottesville’s bicycle and pedestrian safety committee is working to increase the focus on alternative transportation options under the leadership of the city’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, Amanda Poncy. The committee recently appointed Scott Paisley as its voting member on Charlottesville’s PLACE Design Task Force, an advisory panel […]

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Albemarle testing new machines at three locations

Some voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots Tuesday using optical scanning voting machines being tested in Albemarle County. Optical scanning machines scan a physically marked paper ballot and commit the votes into the machine’s electronic memory. The machines have the capacity to quickly count votes and to save the paper ballot in […]

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Local races see last-minute large gifts

As Election Day approaches, local candidates are reporting last-minute large campaign donations. Amounts of $500 or more received during the two weeks before the election must be promptly reported to the State Board of Elections. According to data released Friday by the Virginia Public Access Project, most of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors candidates […]

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City Council hears more calls for improved sidewalks

Pedestrian safety and bicycling infrastructure were the top concerns at Charlottesville City Council’s Thursday town hall meeting for the Rose Hill and Kellytown neighborhoods. The first comment of the night came from the youngest community member present. David Wiles, a student at Walker Upper Elementary School, walks a block to school every day and is […]

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Fundraising on the rise in local elections

With Election Day just two weeks away, fundraising is on the rise among candidates for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and the Charlottesville City Council. Data released by the Virginia Public Access Project show the candidates raised roughly as much in September as they had in the previous two-month reporting period. In the Charlottesville […]

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Hotel preps cause lane closures around Ridge-McIntire

Drivers, bikers and pedestrians will soon face two weeks of lane closures at the intersection of West Main Street and Ridge-McIntire in downtown Charlottesville. Utility improvements are being made in preparation for the construction of the seven-story Marriott Residence Inn at the northwestern corner of the intersection. Traffic information signs are alerting the community that […]