Main Street Community Partnership
10:23 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Yes, Virginia, That Was Another Earthquake

Virginia earthquake of May 22, 2014 --summary of witness reports and detection equipment. Image credit: USGS

On May 21 of 2014, a weak earthquake felt at night in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Louisa, and elsewhere mostly just rattled nerves as the historic 2011 Virginia Earthquake leapt to mind.

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Open Schools During Blizzards?

Image credit: Wikipedia user Burtonpe (adjustments by WMRA News /tw)
Credit Burtonpe

Some members of Albemarle county's school board supported keeping schools open during winter storms by temporarily switching school bus stops to the major roads most likely to be plowed first. However, the idea of schoolkids hiking slippery snowbound secondary roads in wind chill conditions alarmed some board members.

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12:09 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Grisham, Banks for Innocence Project in Charlottesville (Event Wed.6pm)

WMRA's recent Virginia Insight episode about judicial false confessions, generated so much interest that it seemed wise to pass along info about a related event.

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4:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Activated: Zany "French" Redesign of I-64/US-15 Jct

Image credit: VDOT (Zion X-Rds project video: youtube.com/watch?v=kYOCC1oUivo )

Bad news: the unnerving experience of driving up the "wrong" side of the road for a bit.  Good news: big boosts in safety and in traffic flow. On Friday, Feb 21, Virginia's first-ever "French flip" intersection is scheduled to open just east of Charlottesville, at the once-sleepy but now overcrowded I-64 Zion Crossroads interchange.

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Main Street Community Partnership
6:03 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

C-ville "Knockout" Story Goes National

Drudge report screencap from Dec 30 with the C-ville item linked in the top stories

A couple apparently brutally beaten while strolling the Charlottesville downtown pedestrian mall late on Dec 20 has been wondering why Charlottesville Police haven't publicized photos of the alleged assailants which the victims provided. 

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:05 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Golfing on Conservation Easement Land?

View of some rural Albemarle County land. Photo (cropped) credit: Wikipedia user Versageek

Albemarle County-based Trump Winery hopes to build the Trump National Golf Club on land acquired from the Kluge estate. Trump would need a special use permit from county authorities to put a golf course on rural land.

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Main Street Community Partnership
3:32 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

School Police Funds Restored in Albemarle


During budget cuts in 2008-9, Albemarle county's public schools lost "School Resource Officer" (SRO) funding. SROs are uniformed police officers in schools who once had the somewhat mellow duty of giving "Just Say NO" talks and of being law enforcement's goodwill ambassadors among school kids.  However, the recent wave of mass shootings has rekindled interest in having trained first-responders present in schools.

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Main Street Community Partnership
4:48 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

NPR's Terry Gross in Charlottesville

A Terry Gross lecture (2007). Photo credit: Flickr user Pete via Wikipedia Commons

Fresh Air host Terry Gross will be appearing at The Paramount in Charlottesville, Thursday, September 26. 

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Main Street Community Partnership
6:44 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

All "Songs" Considered Stars Played Charlottesville

Drawing of an xx album cover; Image credit: Wikipedia Commons users The xx and Quibik

The xx, an English alt-indie-electronic band whose haunting ambient song called Intro frequently appears as bumper music on NPR's All Things Considered, will perform in Charlottesville on Friday (Sept 20, 2013).

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