Charlottesville and Albemarle News

Kiwanis Club hosts first ever virtual Independence Day 5K

For the first time in more than 30 years, the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville’s Independence Day 5k will be a virtual run.

UVA economists say increased COVID-19 testing may save the economy

  How people in Charlottesville are planning to spend their July 4th

  Firework stand in Albemarle Co. says crowds thinner this year

Crozet Creamery has increase in demand following reopening

United Way and Tom Tom Foundation partner to host virtual forum

VDH: 64,393 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 1,845 deaths

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  Coronavirus community resource fair held in Charlottesville

  Virtual event helps renters know their rights

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank sees surge in need, overwhelming support

  Save the Fireworks! Charlottesville fireworks are on for Saturday from top of Carter Mountain

  Western Albemarle High School’s new principal preparing for unprecedented school year

  Ragged Mountain Running Shop holds off on Phase 3 reopening

  Unemployment rate in Charlottesville drops from April to May

New unemployment numbers from the Virginia Employment Commission show the start of an economic recovery in the Charlottesville area.

  Charlottesville arcade reopening July 3

Decades Arcade in Charlottesville is reopening Friday, July 3, with some safety measures in place to help reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus.

  Albemarle Co. considering changes to Burnley Station Rd.

Albemarle County is looking at making the intersection at Route 29 and Burnley Station Road and Frays Mill Road safer.

Gov. Northam announces more than $10.3M to support 790 affordable housing units

Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $10.3 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for 14 projects across the commonwealth.

New Woolen Mills bridge installation underway

Charlottesville: $750K in relief grants to support local businesses

  Scottsville dedicates new mural celebrating its status as pollinator city

  New Woolen Mills brewery opens its doors

Sen. Tim Kaine praises Virginia’s new gun safety laws

Together We Rise campaign raises thousands for Charlottesville organizations

  Phase 3 bartop seating restrictions won’t affect pair of Downtown Charlottesville establishments

Phase three of Virginia reopening kicked in Wednesday, but with indoor bartop seating closed. Employees at a couple of spots on Charlottesville’s downtown mall said it won't really affect them.

  Doctor shares concern as Phase 3 begins: “Just because you can do certain things, doesn’t mean you should do certain things.”

Dr. Taison Bell said he and many of his colleagues believe the start of Phase 3 in the commonwealth is premature, as states across the country are seeing a spike in positive COVID-19 cases after rolling back restrictions.

  Albemarle Co. sets public hearing date, plans for future of Confederate statue

Albemarle County officials are working to address the county’s only Confederate statue.

University of Virginia researchers find link between exercise and vision

A new study from the University of Virginia shows exercise could be a crucial way to slow or prevent vision loss.

TJHD holds free COVID-19 testing event in Albemarle Co.

The Thomas Jefferson Health District provided free COVID-19 testing for people living in part of Albemarle County Wednesday, July 1.

Planners, neighbors discuss future improvements to Charlottesville’s Preston & Grady intersection

Dozens took part in a virtual meeting Tuesday night focusing on future improvements to the Preston Avenue and Grady Avenue intersection in Charlottesville.

  Virginia Department of Health holds free COVID-19 testing in Southwood Community

For many in under served communities, it can be difficult to get to a testing site because of a lack of transportation, time or opportunity. Tuesday evening, the Virginia Department of Health brought free testing directly to the Southwood community.

Several Charlottesville music venues preparing for Phase Three of reopening

Music venues around Charlottesville will be able to open during Phase Three of Governor Northam's Forward Virginia plan.

Charlottesville attempting to help with rent relief due to COVID-19

Since the eviction moratorium was lifted on June 28, landlords are able to evict residents again. In order to keep people in housing, the City of Charlottesville is starting three programs to help residents and landlords.

  University of Virginia working on plans for students returning from COVID-19 hot spots

University of Virginia officials say safety is the top priority for welcoming students back, but many of the university’s students are coming from other states - including those that have become coronavirus hot spots.

JABA parade delivers care packages to dozens of homes

The Jefferson Area Board for Aging honored its members with a parade Tuesday, June 30. Cars started in Esmont with a police escort early in the day, then traveled to around 30 houses to deliver care packages.

Lemonade stand raising money for charities around central Virginia

The Little family started a lemonade stand that travels around central Virginia each week. They were set up on Pantops Tuesday, June 30, selling a cool drink for International Neighbors.

DOJ: UVA agrees to settle claims associated with federal grants

The University of Virginia will pay $1 million to settle claims that it did not properly account for certain rebates and credits it received on purchases it made in connection with federal grants and awards.

  Family of bears visits Keswick Backyard

Family of bears visit a Keswick family looking for food.

  Salvation Army in Charlottesville serves up nightly meals for those in need

The Salvation Army in Charlottesville provided a hot meal for dozens in need Monday evening, as it has throughout much of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAA: gas demand sees significant one-week increase

As pandemic restrictions loosen, more people are traveling just in time for the Fourth of July holiday, and that means a surge in the demand for gas.

  Charlottesville’s Police Civilian Review Board meets for first time

Nearly two years after it was created, Charlottesville’s Police Civilian Review Board met for the first time - virtually.

Thomas Jefferson Health District sees rise in 7-day positivity rate

New data from the Thomas Jefferson Health District shows a rise in the percentage of Coronavirus tests that come back positive.

  Charlottesville attorney, ACLU claim Virginia Department of Corrections not complying with lawsuit settlement

A Charlottesville lawyer says the state is not doing enough to help prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic, even after settling a lawsuit about the issue.

  Project Rebound Blueprint charts course to regional economic recovery

Charlottesville’s business community has a new road map to help them plot a course to reopening and economic recovery.

  Tribute video for health care heroes seeks community submitted pictures

A tribute video for healthcare workers is asking the community for help in finishing the project.

Charlottesville crews clean up Confederate statue

Crews gave Charlottesville’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee a scrub down Monday, June 29.

  UVA partners with Charlottesville to form Freedom School

Professors and students at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education teamed up with Charlottesville City School to open the city’s first Freedom School this summer.

Nonprofits partnering to help businesses in Charlottesville area

The United Way of Greater Charlottesville is teaming up with the Virginia 30 Day Fund.

DGIF: New invasive species of fish discovered in Virginia’s lakes

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is warning Virginians of a species that has been discovered at locations around the state.

James River Association offering free paddle trips to hospital workers

The James River Association is offering free paddle trips to hospital workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Committee recommends name for new charter school in Albemarle Co.

A committee of parents and staff is recommending a name for Albemarle County’s new charter school that reflects the historic neighborhood it is in.

  UVA Health Doctors explain racism’s negative impact on physical health

A group of UVA Health doctors say racism is more than just a matter of opinion, or a societal issue. Instead, it’s a public health crisis.

Albemarle community survey results provides mass feedback

According to results from a long-running survey, most Albemarle County residents are concerned about the pace of growth, traffic congestion, and affordable housing.

City of Charlottesville estimate to clean spray paint under community scrutiny

The City of Charlottesville’s estimated cost to clean the graffiti spray painted on Market street during a protest last Sunday is under scrutiny from community members.

Charlottesville Police Headquarters, Robert E. Lee statue vandalized overnight

People living in downtown Charlottesville woke up to two incidents of vandalism in the city, both on Market street.

  Partnership between AHIP, Building Goodness Foundation helps senior citizen in need

A new collaboration in Albemarle County is bringing double the passion and skill to a crucial home repair cause.

  Red Cross offers free COVID-19 antibody tests with blood donations

The Red Cross has created a new incentive for people to donate blood, while helping keep their neighbors healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Sir Speedy helps area non-profits

Sir Speedy has called Charlottesville home for 29 years. In that time they’ve worked with many non-profit organizations helping them spread their messages.

Petition calls on Gov. Ralph Northam to extend statewide eviction ban

A petition is circulating online calling on Governor Ralph Northam to take action to protect Virginia renters from losing their homes.

  Liberty Mills Farm gets to work on nation’s largest corn maze

Owners at Orange County’s Liberty Mills Farm are already looking forward to the fall, when they will host the nation’s largest corn maze.

  Skipping Rock Beer Company opens Charlottesville location

Skipping Rock Beer Company held the grand opening of its Charlottesville location Friday.

Great Graphics Framing Shop turning part of basement into speakeasy

Artists throughout the Central Virginia will soon have a new place to display their artwork in a secret location. Great Graphics Framing Shop is using its extra space to turn part of the shop into a speakeasy.

  Albemarle County School Board approves 2020-21 calendar

The Albemarle County School Board approved a calendar for the 2020-21 school year, setting a return-to-school date of Sept. 8.

Charlottesville’s Violet Crown to stay closed despite move to Phase Three

Even as businesses gear up to open their doors at the start of Phase Three in Virginia, Charlottesville's Violet Crown will remain closed.

Volunteers clean up Forest Hills Park

Come As You Are Cville Ministry kicked off its first weekly cleanup effort Friday, June 26. The plan is to have the community come together and form a tighter bond.

Charlottesville willing to take Confederate statues to Supreme Court

Charlottesville City Hall says it will go to the Virginia Supreme Court to clear the way for removing the city’s two statues of Confederate generals from public parks.

2 Charlottesville businesses temporarily close due to COVID-19 concerns

A couple of Charlottesville businesses have temporarily closed out of caution due to sick employees.

  UVA professor, supporters question role of race in decision to deny tenure

An education professor is challenging the University of Virginia’s decision to deny him tenure. Former students, faculty colleagues, and academics across the country are questioning if race played a role in Paul Harris’ rejected appointment.

Allen & Allen announces 2020 Hometown Heroes

The Hometown Heroes celebrates acts of local heroism throughout the cities and communities surrounding Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg.

  Tom Tom Foundation announces City Art Bus winner

A Charlottesville transit bus with a unique design called the "octo bus" will soon be rolling around the city.

Organization offers free opioid overdose reversal kits for Virginians

Overdose is the number one cause of death in Americans under 50. Now, a Virginia organization is offering free opioid overdose reversal kits to anyone who may need them.

Charlottesville Parks and Recreation launches free bike rental program for the summer

Two hour free bike rentals now available in Charlottesville for the summer.

Report: Charlottesville, Albemarle lost $56M in retail sales in April due to COVID-19

It’s no secret that businesses have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new report from the Free Enterprise Forum is putting just how much into perspective.

Community meal program feeds hundreds, sees increase in demand

A free community meal program has seen more volunteers and is passing out more meals to housing communities in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.

Last chance for input on VDOT Fifth Street corridor survey

Friday, June 26 is your last chance to tell VDOT what you want to see happen to the Fifth Street corridor in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

  Hundreds of Virginia teachers creating an anti-racist history curriculum through “Reframing the Narrative” project

While students are out of the classroom, history teachers across Virginia are hard at work. They are uprooting the current curriculum to ensure their classes are getting the full story.

Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA has working cats available

If you need a furry friend to help clear out some unwanted critters, the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA has an influx of barn cats.

Visitor centers in Charlottesville Albemarle region begin reopening

With Virginia set to enter Phase 3 of reopening next week, central Virginia could see more out-of-town visitors. To give them a warm welcome, visitor centers in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are back open.

Albemarle County Schools to extend teacher contract deadline to July 13

Albemarle County Schools announces that an extension in teacher contracts to allow more flexibility.

Electronic vehicle chargers coming to Giant Food parking lots

The grocery store chain plans to install electronic vehicle chargers at the Abbey Road location in Charlottesville this summer.

CPD: 4 charged with vandalism in connection with Defund the Police Rally

Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney announced that four people have been charged with vandalism related to actions at the Defund the Police rally last weekend.

  People gather in Charlottesville at rally to support LGBTQ community

Protesters shut down a portion of West Main Street as they called attention to Black queer and trans lives, but the protest looked more like a party as they spread the message of equality.