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Rose Hill residents speak out against Booker Street rezoning

The Charlottesville Planning Commission heard a litany of voices Tuesday urging denial of a rezoning that would allow a three-story structure at 624 Booker St. to operate as a three-unit apartment building. “The integrity of the building that has already been built on Booker Street does not reflect the community at all,” said Pastor George […]

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Charlottesville School Board seeks SOL flexibility from Richmond

  The Charlottesville School Board wants some students to receive greater flexibility when determining whether or not they have passed select state-mandated Standards of Learning exams. Students who are English Language Learners should be given credit accommodations when their test scores fall just below passing, the School Board told Del. David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, and […]

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National parks and the dollars and sense of the government shut-down

I have discovered a silver lining to the government shut-down: national parks are getting publicity. As someone whose professional life is dedicated to helping protect Shenandoah National Park, I am heartened that the status of national parks is featured in many of the public debates on the shut-down. Americans love their national parks. Denying them […]

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City’s transit director departure means new era for system

The manager of Charlottesville Area Transit is leaving his position at the end of this week to operate the regional system that serves Vermont’s largest city. Bill Watterson addressing the NCBC in May 2011 (Source: Andrew Shurtleff/Daily Progress) “I’m going to leap from the land of Thomas Jefferson to the land of Ethan Allen,” said […]