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County Tax Bills are Due Friday, December 5th
Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are due Friday December 5, 2014. 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 or before the deadline.

County Celebrates Completion of Crozet Streetscape Project at November 20 Ceremony
Albemarle County officials joined Crozet residents and business owners at a dedication ceremony for the completion of the Crozet Streetscape project on Thursday, November 20. The celebration began at noon in front of the Mudhouse in The Square. A short walking tour began at the Mudhouse shortly after noon and ended on Crozet Avenue in front of the new Crozet Library where Supervisor Ann Mallek, County Executive Tom Foley, and project team representatives addressed the crowd.

Shenandoah National Park Announces Fall and Winter Visitor Center Hours
The Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and the Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) in Shenandoah National Park will both be open on Thanksgiving Day. Both visitor centers will continue to be open for the season through Sunday, November 30. Dickey Ridge Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except Tuesday and Wednesday) and Byrd Visitor Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Virginia Cider Week Kicks off November 14
Today marks the beginning of Virginia Cider Week 2014. The 10 day celebration, which runs through November 23, marks the importance of the industry to Virginia’s local culture and economy. 

Cider enthusiasts are looking forward to this year’s celebration which will include events all over the state such as cider tastings, food pairings, brewing classes, and more. Local events will kick off with the Virginia Cider Harvest Tasting in Charlottesville and will end with the Cider Fest in Keswick.

Board Members to Host Town Hall Meetings
Board members are holding a series of town hall meetings to inform the public about the Five-Year Plan process and to receive constituent feedback. The Five-Year Plan brings together the three major components of the County budget - schools, general government, and capital improvements - and seeks to balance anticipated revenues and expenditures for the next five years to inform annual budget development.

Advertisement for Route 29/250 Interchange Kicks Off Construction of the Route 29 Solutions Package
Improvement project bids are due to VDOT on December 17

The first project in the Route 29 Solutions package advanced toward construction today. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on Monday advertised for construction bids to improve the Route 29/250 interchange in Charlottesville.

What’s Happening at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society This Week: November 10-16
Click to read more about current displays and events.

Shenandoah National Park Seeks Public Input on Proposed Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking to amend the approved 2013 Chronic Wasting Disease Detection/Assessment Plan, Shenandoah National Park to include response actions necessary to address chronic wasting disease (CWD) within five miles of or within the park. CWD is a self-propagating neurological disease that affects deer and related species, causing brain lesions that result in progressive weight loss, behavioral changes, and eventually death. If left unmanaged, National Park Service biologists believe CWD could progress rapidly through the park and very significantly impact deer populations inside and outside the park. Although CWD has not been detected in the park, the spread of the disease into the park appears imminent, and park staff has determined that a plan for managing the disease is needed. The proposed plan amendment calls for the lethal removal of deer within specific developed areas of Shenandoah National Park to reduce the likelihood of CWD establishment and decrease the disease’s progression within the park.

Holiday Safety Tips
Across the country, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires caused by cooking equipment. As family and friends come together to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, Albemarle County Fire Rescue would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to make safety one of your top priorities.

Project R.I.S.K. (Residential. Inspections. Smoke Alarms. Knowledge.)
Project R.I.S.K. is an initiative that is part of an overall community risk reduction strategy which was made possible through a FEMA Fire and Public Safety grant. The initiative involved analyzing data specific to Albemarle County and using the results of that data to establish targeted messaging and programs. The data showed that in Albemarle County poverty is the number one indicator for risk of civilian injury and residential fire loss. The data also demonstrated that a lack of escape planning and working smoke alarms were the main factors leading to those injuries and residential losses.

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings Hosted by Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Members
Albemarle County Supervisors will host town hall meetings during the months of November and December. The purpose of the meetings is to inform the public about the Five-Year Plan process and to receive constituent feedback. The Five-Year Plan is a process that brings together the three major components of the County budget – schools, general government, and capital improvements – that seeks to balance anticipated revenues and expenditures for the next five years in order to create a framework for the annual budget development. All citizens are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.

Info on Traffic Maintenance during Rt. 29 / Rio Rd. Interchange Construction
The County is anxious to share accurate and up-to-date information from the Virginia Department of Transportation regarding how traffic will be maintained during construction of the Route 29 Solutions Projects, particularly the Route 29/Rio Road grade separated interchange. The Rio Rd. / Rt. 29 intersection may be restricted for 103 days from either May 23 - September 2, 2016, or from May 22 - September 1, 2017, but not both periods. Click the headline to read the highlighted details of this project.

Earlysville Exchange Nov 1st Grand Opening!
After years of planning and months of building, painting, and collecting donations, the Earlysville Exchange Thrift Store and Community Center will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, November 1st from 12-4 pm, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon. The store, located at 4006 Earlysville Road, is filled with well-priced, gently used merchandize including women’s, men's, and children's clothing and shoes, linens, housewares, furniture, toys, rugs, and much more.

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau Honored with ConvensionSouth's Reader's Choice Award
The nation's top meeting planners recognize the organization's commitment to professionalism, creativity, and service.

The official destination marketing organization for Charlottesville and Albemarle County, the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB), has been awarded a ConventionSouth 2014 Reader’s Choice Award.

Albemarle County and Charlottesville Welcome Train of Leaf-Peepers on Saturday, November 1
1,100 visitors from North Carolina will take the area by storm for a period of three hours.

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) announces the visit of a very special group of leaf-peeping enthusiasts. On Saturday, November 1 at 12:00pm noon, 1,100 guests will arrive at the Amtrak Station and spend three hours exploring the downtown area.

First Lady Helps Virginians Stay Warm this Winter
2014 Fuel Assistance Deadline is November 14

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe is leading efforts this fall to make sure there is help available for low-income Virginians who have difficulty paying their heating bills.

The First Lady appears in a new Public Service Announcement encouraging individuals and families to apply for fuel assistance through the Energy Assistance Program, which is implemented by the Virginia Department of Social Services. Applications are being accepted now through Friday, Nov. 14.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County: A Feast for the Eyes, the Mind, and the Tastebuds in November
This area is a wonderful choice for a late fall getaway, with TedX, the Virginia Film Festival, Virginia Cider Week and breathtaking fall foliage.

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) invites everyone to consider the Charlottesville, Virginia area for a late fall getaway. With plenty of events and activities, the epicenter of Virginia offers a multitude of options for recreation and entertainment.

B.F. Yancey Elementary School Celebration Event
The community is invited to help celebrate B.F. Yancey Elementary School's receipt of the 21st Century Community Learning Grant from the Virginia Department of Education! Join Supervisor Liz Palmer at Yancey’s Celebration Event for the whole community on Thursday, October 23 from 5 – 7pm! All of Club Yancey's partners will be there in addition to Monticello High School students 1st Robotics Challenge with Lynn Nichols. Hope to see you there!

Albemarle Goes Gold in Virginia Municipal League’s Green Government Challenge
Albemarle County has received a gold level certification in the 2014 Green Government Challenge, which is part of the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) larger Go Green Virginia environmental initiative that kicked off in late 2007. This is the seventh year that Albemarle County has received a certification from VML’s Green Government Challenge.

Important Notice to County Voters - Photo IDs Required for Nov. 4, 2014 Election
A General Election will be held in all Albemarle County voting precincts on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Special Alert To Voters: Under new Virginia law, voters are required to present a form of acceptable PHOTO identification when voting in person.

City, County, University Community Safety Advisory Group Begins Work
The newly formed Community Safety Advisory Group, comprised of officials from Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, has begun identifying and discussing possible new initiatives at its first meeting on Tuesday.

The group, formed to improve safety for area residents, also considered ways to enhance safety in the region and finalized its membership.

Transportation Board Approves Berkmar Drive Alignment
CTB vote sets location of 2.3-mile extension from Hilton Heights Rd. to Towncenter Dr.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board today approved the location of the proposed extension of Route 1403 (Berkmar Drive) in Albemarle County that will continue the existing Berkmar Drive 2.3 miles north to Towncenter Drive.

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Shenandoah National Park Trust Join Forces with "Where's the Bear?"
This new social media contest aims to bring attention to the SNP Trust's activities, including sales of the official SNP license plate.

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) and the Shenandoah National Park Trust (SNPT) are launching today a unique social media-based contest entitled "Where’s the Bear?".

VDOT Holding Public Hearing on Rt. 29 Solutions Projects on Tuesday, October 14
The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing to gather public comment on the major design features of three projects in the Route 29 Solutions package of road improvements. The projects that will be presented at the hearing are the grade-separated intersection at Route 29 and Rio Road, the extension of Berkmar Drive from Hilton Heights Road to Towncenter Drive, and the widening of Route 29 between Polo Grounds Road and Towncenter Drive.

The 2014 Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill is Set for Thursday, October 16th
Central Virginians can practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” the safe response to an earthquake, during the Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill set for Thursday, Oct. 16, at 10:16 a.m. Citizens, business owners, and organizations can register for the drill at and also at Those who register will receive information on how to plan their drill. These websites provide many resources for learning how to be prepared for an earthquake.

Important Notice to County Voters - Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The Deadline to register to vote in the November 4, 2014 General Election is Tuesday, October 14, at 5 p.m. Voters are strongly encouraged to inquire before the registration deadline if they wish to check their voter registration status.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Awarded Grant for Fire Prevention and Safety
Albemarle County Fire Rescue is pleased to announce that they are the recipients of a nearly $100,000 grant from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for enhancing fire protection and safety in low income and impoverished areas of our community.

Nighttime Lane Closures Begin on Route 29
Signal technology upgrades planned for intersections between Hydraulic Road and Rio Road

Improvements to the traffic signal system along Route 29 north of Charlottesville will require nighttime lane closures beginning next week. The work, which will be done at seven intersections between Hydraulic Road and Rio Road, will begin Monday, Oct. 6 and is anticipated to continue for several months.

Board Receives FY14 Preliminary Unaudited End of Year Financial Report
The Board of Supervisors yesterday received the Unaudited Annual Financial Report for FY14. While the external audit of the County’s FY14 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is still a work in progress, staff believes that the information presented is materially correct and accurate.