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Restaurant owners hop on board with bill that could make Downtown Mall an open container area

The Downtown Mall is the beating heart of Charlottesville’s social scene and stands as one of the biggest draws to out of town visitors. Making it a designated open container zone could be the solution to a local restaurant industry ravaged by the pandemic. The Alcoholic Beverage Control bill, SB1471, which could allow localities to […]

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Some COVID rules to be loosened March 1

Charlottesville may see increased activity downtown after Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that Virginia would relax certain COVID restrictions starting March 1.  The new measures extend the current 10 p.m. cutoff for alcohol sales to midnight and lift the stay-at-home curfew. Outdoor entertainment venues may also increase their capacities from 250 people to up to […]

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JSAAHC debuts “Charlottesville Collects African American Art” exhibition

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center unveiled its “Charlottesville Collects African American Art” gallery on Jan. 31.  Rather than showcasing just one artist, the exhibition features the work of 14 Black artists from Charlottesville and across the country. Artists shown in the gallery include Gordon Parks, Robert Reed, Carrie Mae Weems, Jacob Lawrence, Whitfield […]

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Businesses, nonprofits keep a watchful eye as council focuses on forward progress

Related Articles: ‘Leadership crisis’: City Council grappling with halt to city manager search, infighting City Council continues streak of closed meetings, anticipates open matters soon Amid turmoil, TJPDC head Boyles chosen as new city manager Days before the announcement of a quasi-interim city manager, Charlottesville City Councilor Michael Payne told Charlottesville Tomorrow that one of […]

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Local podcast sews together COVID-19 pandemic, fight against racial injustice

The year 2020 was characterized by the COVID-19 pandemic and uprisings against racial injustice. “Stitch Please,” a local podcast with global reach, was uniquely qualified to tackle both issues. As demand for personal protective equipment eclipsed mask supplies worldwide, people turned to needle and thread to sew their own. Soon, sewing machines were sold out, […]

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Charlottesville-founded Refugee Investment Network looks ahead to the new year and new Presidential Administration

2021 is set to be a year of transition — from the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccination to coping with the pandemic’s lingering impacts to a new presidential administration. For the Refugee Investment Network — founded by local entrepreneur and activist John Kluge — the organization is gearing up to expand its mission of inserting […]

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City and health officials: outdoor dining tents are still “indoor dining”

Related Articles: Gov. Northam announces new COVID-19 restrictions as cases rise while Virginia anticipates first wave of vaccines UVA Medical Center will begin vaccinating its staff against COVID-19 on Tuesday Health officials offer guidance for creating “social bubbles” As the weather grows colder, some local restaurants have erected tents on their outdoor dining spaces on […]

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Center for Nonprofit Excellence hosts panel discussion of Black women on creating a ‘more just community’

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence on Tuesday will host its first ever virtual Philanthropy Day. In normal years, the celebration involves a gathering of several hundred people, having a meal and listening to a keynote speaker. “It’s about coming together where we get people to celebrate the community builder in all of us,” said Cristine […]