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Cooling Assistance Applications Now Being Accepted
Summer is just beginning, and so are record breaking temperatures. For many, staying cool from the sweltering heat is a necessary health and safety precaution. The Commonwealth’s 120 local departments of social services are accepting Cooling Assistance applications now through August 17, as part of the Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the Sexual Assault Resource Agency’s 2015 Annette DeGregoria Grimm Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the Sexual Assault Resource Agency’s (SARA’s) Annual Annette DeGregoria Grimm Award. The award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the elimination of sexual violence through education, advocacy and direct services to clients through volunteer work or legislative activities. The recipient, an ordinary citizen or professional who works in the field, may be recognized for a specific contribution of great magnitude or for a body of work over an extended period of time.

Shenandoah National Park Announces 2015 Seminar Series
The Shenandoah National Park Association is sponsoring the 2015 Resource Seminars in Shenandoah National Park. These Resource Seminars provide participants with the opportunity to get to know their national park a little more personally through in-depth, hands-on experiences. The seminars will also highlight the upcoming centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 to celebrate national parks as places for inspiration, recreation, and renewal.

New City Arts and Charlottesville Mural Project Present New Mural in Crozet
The Charlottesville Mural Project (CMP) and New City Arts Initiative (NCAI) begin a mural in Crozet for the summer mural series, Paint & Poetry. Paint & Poetry is a public mural series that incorporates poetry into public art in the Charlottesville area. This mural series is part of an ongoing campaign to showcase the talents of artists and designers while creating a more interesting visual landscape in the city.

Albemarle County is Partnering with the Kids and Parks Program!
Kids in Parks is an expanding network of family-friendly outdoor adventures called TRACK Trails. Each TRACK Trail features self-guided brochures and signs that turn your visit into a fun and exciting outdoors experience. Best of all, you can earn prizes for tracking your adventures!

This Summer, "Stay Local, Play Local..." and Photograph Local Too!
Take advantage of the multitude of local activities in Charlottesville and Albemarle County and submit your best local summer snapshots for a chance to win your own Charlottesville “staycation!”

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is inviting this area’s residents to “Stay Local, Play Local” again this summer. This initiative encourages citizens to discover and take advantage of the wide variety of free and low-cost activities that Charlottesville and Albemarle County have to offer.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County Host USA Cycling Team Prior to UCI World Championships in Richmond
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide lodging and meals to athletes and coaches for them to get physically and mentally prepared in the destination

The Charlottesville and Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) announced today that the USA Cycling Team has chosen Charlottesville and Albemarle County as the location for their training base camp prior to the UCI World Championships. For the ten days leading to this prestigious sporting event in Richmond, Virginia beginning September 19 through 27, the athletes will work diligently to get physically and mentally ready in this destination.

Open House on Water Resources Programs & Funding in Albemarle County
On Wednesday, June 24, the Water Resources Funding Advisory Committee will be hosting an Open House on Water Resources in Albemarle County. This event will feature a short presentation on program and funding considerations, a panel discussion for perspectives from a diverse group of stakeholders, and interactive exhibits where participants can provide feedback on the options under consideration.

Albemarle County Supervisor Palmer Recognized by Virginia Recycling Association
Each year the Virginia Recycling Association (VRA) recognizes the best waste reduction and recycling programs in the state. On Wednesday, June 3 Tim Lee, VRA President presented the VRA 2015 Award for Excellence in Recycling to Supervisor Liz Palmer for the Outstanding Public Leadership category in recognition of her leadership, public outreach, and participation in recycling and litter and waste reduction programs.

Swimming Safety Tips
The sun is high. The water is warm. School is almost out and vacation is near. Albemarle County Fire Rescue wants to remind you to be safe around water.

New Agenda Management System
Albemarle County has implemented a new agenda management system and legislation tracking tool. This new system will provide simplified tracking of legislation from inception through approvals and actions taken. Additionally, when we launch our video streaming solution, we will be able to connect videos directly to agenda items!

As a result of the robust magnitude of the file management capacity of this new system, a few more clicks will be needed to navigate. Click here and select “2015” to find the latest meeting agenda and to view this new system. From there, select either “Agenda” to view a PDF of the agenda or “Meeting Details” to find a list of each agenda item and their associated narrative. Choose the hyperlinked file number associated with each agenda item to view their accompanying Executive Summary and attachments.

County Tax Bills Are Due Friday, June 5th, 2015
Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are due Friday June 5, 2015. If you have any questions or have not received your Personal Property or Real Property tax bill(s), or if you have a vehicle, trailer, boat or airplane located in Albemarle County that is not listed on your bill please contact the Finance Department at (434) 296-5851 option 3 or before the deadline.

Albemarle County Offices Closed for Memorial Day
Albemarle County offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Offices will reopen Tuesday, May 26, 2015 on regular schedule.

Save Money: Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 25-31
Virginia’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is happening May 25-31. This is the perfect time to create and stock up your emergency kit for your home, car, and office.

County Creates 28 Additional Pre-K Slots for the Next School Year - New Bright Stars Program Classroom to Open at Cale Elementary, Head Start Classroom Relocates to Agnor-Hurt Elementary
Following  careful deliberation by the Albemarle County Preschool Oversight Committee consisting of members from Albemarle County Schools, Albemarle County Government, Albemarle Department of Social Services, and MACAA Head Start, it has been determined that the new Bright Stars Program classroom will open in Paul H. Cale Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year.  In an effort to serve the greatest number of children while minimizing the impact on eligible children and families, a Head Start classroom with low enrollment will be moving from Benjamin F. Yancey Elementary to Agnor-Hurt Elementary.  Eligible children from the Yancey district will be invited into the Bright Stars program at Scottsville Elementary with transportation made available by Albemarle County Public Schools.  With the addition of a new Bright Stars classroom and increased class sizes, the Bright Stars Program will have the capacity to serve as many as 187 children, an increase of 28 from the 2015-16 school year.

County Beaches Will Open for Memorial Day Weekend
Local residents can rediscover affordable family fun at Albemarle County’s three swimming beaches this summer. On Saturday, May 23 swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend. Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session. This year, swimming will be available daily beginning on Wednesday, June 10.

Open House on Solid Waste in Albemarle County
On Thursday, June 4, the Long Range Solid Waste Solutions Advisory Committee will be hosting an Open House on Solid Waste in Albemarle County, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in room A of the County Office Building at 5th Street (1600 5th Street Extended). A short presentation on solid waste will be given at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. The community is invited to attend a presentation and provide feedback on a range of topics – including recycling, special material collections, and funding – at stations located throughout the meeting room.

New Traffic Pattern at Warner Pkwy. Intersection
Northbound motorists will now have two through lanes to reach East Rio Road

Motorists will notice a new traffic pattern at the intersection of the John W. Warner Parkway and Route 631 (East Rio Road) in Albemarle County. On April 29, the Virginia Department of Transportation modified the pavement markings so the parkway’s northbound right-turn lane will now operate as a shared right-through lane.

Albemarle County to Host Community Meeting on Broadband
Supervisors Jane Dittmar (Scottsville District) and Liz Palmer (Samuel Miller District) will be hosting a community meeting on broadband (high speed internet) in Albemarle County on Tuesday, May 19, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the media center at Monticello High School. Albemarle County is applying for grant funding to develop a comprehensive telecommunications plan that will provide guidance on developing the elements of a successful community broadband network that can be deployed in both the rural and urban areas. The event will begin with a presentation by Albemarle County’s IT Director, Michael Culp, and the Thomas Jefferson Planning Commission’s Grant Administrator, Pat Groot, who have been working in partnership to develop strategies and partnerships to expand access to broadband to unserved and underserved areas of the County. A community discussion will follow.

Tourism Bureau Announces 2015-16 Sponsorship Grant Program
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) today announced the 2015-16 Tourism Sponsorship Program is now open, with Monday, May 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., as the deadline for submitting completed applications. To be considered for funding, the activity and/or event must occur in FY16, from between July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016, which is the new fiscal year for the CACVB.

Featured Events
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
7/1/2015, 1:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Community Meeting on proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment Study
7/7/2015, 5:00 PM
County Office Building - 5th Street
Board of Supervisors Night Meeting
7/8/2015, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Crozet Community Advisory Council (CCAC)
7/15/2015, 7:00 PM
Architectural Review Board
7/19/2015, 1:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)

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