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Info on Traffic Maintenance during Rt. 29 / Rio Rd. Interchange Construction
10/30/2014
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!
10/30/2014
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
10/30/2014
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
10/28/2014
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
10/24/2014
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
10/24/2014
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
10/22/2014
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
10/21/2014
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
10/21/2014
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
10/17/2014
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
10/17/2014
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?"
10/14/2014
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
10/10/2014
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
10/9/2014
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 www.ReadyVirginia.gov and also at www.shakeout.org/southeast. 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
10/9/2014
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
10/8/2014
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
10/6/2014
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
10/2/2014
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.

Utility Work Begins Next Week on Rt. 29
9/30/2014
Excavation will require closure of Emmet St. crossovers between Hydraulic Rd. and Rt. 29/250 Bypass

Relocation of underground utilities in the median of Route 29 (Emmet Street) will require the closure of crossovers between Hydraulic Road and the Route 29/Route 250 Bypass beginning next week. The work involves excavation to move a duct bank that carries multiple utility cables and is being done in advance of the Route 29/Route 250 interchange improvement project that will get under way early next year.


ACE Applications Accepted Now Through October 31
9/29/2014
Albemarle County is accepting applications now through October 31, 2014 for the current round of the Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program (ACE), a powerful tool for rural land protection. Any landowner in Albemarle County whose land is worthy of protection according to the County’s Comprehensive Plan is eligible to participate in ACE. An evaluation system has been established to help rank properties in order of their conservation value to the program, with the final determination to be made by the Board of Supervisors. The Program will pay up to 100% of easement value depending on an applicant’s average adjusted gross income.

County Crime Prevention Council Hosting Town Hall to Discuss Implications of Ferguson on Albemarle County
9/25/2014
The Albemarle County Crime Prevention Council (CPC) is hosting a town hall meeting on Ferguson and its implications in Albemarle County. The CPC is a diverse group which works directly with the Albemarle County Chief of Police to discuss difficult issues and provide feedback. The CPC is hosting the event to get community input regarding this very important topic. It is imperative that we learn from Ferguson, receive feedback and work to improve police and community relations.

Rt. 29 Advisory Panel Meets Thursday at VCTIR
9/24/2014
Meeting will be live streamed on the Internet; agenda now posted on web site

The Route 29 Project Delivery Advisory Panel will hold its sixth meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, 530 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903. The meeting agenda is available on the Route 29 Solutions page on VDOT’s web site. The presentation that will be used during the meeting will also be posted on the web page before the meeting begins.


Albemarle County Public Schools Students Increase On-Time Graduation Rate to 94.8 Percent; Drop-Out Rate Falls Again
9/24/2014
The on-time graduation rate for Albemarle County public high school students, already among the highest for all Virginia school divisions, increased for the fourth time in the past five years, reaching 94.8 percent in 2014. The school division’s drop-out rate, which was 40 percent better than the state average, declined again, by nearly half, and now is 2.3 percent.

September 23 is National Voter Registration Day
9/23/2014
The City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle Offices of Voter Registration plans an event to register voters in time for the 2014 midterm elections.

Upcoming Community Meetings Hosted by Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
9/22/2014
Albemarle County Supervisors are hosting town hall meetings to discuss the Route 29 Solutions Package. The intent of these meetings is to provide the public with an understanding of the projects, the impact they will have on the larger transportation network, and an opportunity to ask questions. Details on the concept recommendation package can be found on the Virginia Department of Transportation's website.

Ballards Mill Road Closes September 22 for Bridge Work
9/17/2014
Beginning Sept. 22, the Virginia Department of Transportation will close Route 671 (Ballards Mill Road) in Albemarle County for two weeks for a bridge project.

From Sept. 22 to Oct. 3, a VDOT bridge crew will work on the Wards Creek bridge, located approximately one half-mile south of Route 609 (Wesley Chapel Road) in Free Union. The current steel-beam, timber-deck bridge is posted with a 15-ton weight limit. In its place VDOT will install a concrete bridge that is three feet wider and can carry all legal loads.


Share Your Ideas and Comments on Road, Rail, and Transit Projects and Improvements
9/10/2014
Public meetings take place Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

Virginia residents are invited to attend public meetings to be held across the state this fall to learn more about transportation improvements funded in the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP). The program allocates funding to a wide range of projects, including road, bridges, sidewalks, bike paths, rail and transit improvements across the state.


Tourism Revenue Grew in Albemarle County and Charlottesville in 2013
9/10/2014
All Virginia localities saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia topped $21 billion.

Tourism was again an important contributor to the local economy in 2013. Tourism revenue for Charlottesville and Albemarle County reached $523.7 million, a 4.3% percent increase over 2012. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 5,218 while local tourism-related taxes were $17.7 million. All data was received by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) from USTA and is based on domestic visitor spending (travelers from within the United States) from per person trips taken 50 miles or more away from home.


Albemarle County Police Department Report on Incident at Albemarle High School on September 8
9/8/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department responded to Albemarle High School at 8:30 this morning for a report of an individual who was armed with a knife. Officers arrived within two minutes and the individual was detained without incident.

Important Notice to Albemarle County Voters: November 4, 2014 General and Special Election Information
9/8/2014
A General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, for the offices of: Member of the United States Senate, and Member of the United States House of Representatives, 5th District of Virginia. In addition, a Special Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, to determine whether the Constitution of Virginia shall be amended to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried.

Albemarle County Wins 1st Place at COVITS for IT as Efficiency Driver
9/4/2014
Albemarle County is proud to have won 1st place in the Information Technology (IT) as Efficiency Driver – Government to Government category at the 17th annual Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Technology Symposium (COVITS) in Richmond on September 3, 2014.

Batesville Community Meeting - September 8th
9/3/2014
Due to both reported crimes and non reported incidents over the past few months in the Batesville area there will be a meeting on Monday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Batesville to discuss community concerns. The church is in downtown Batesville at 6670 Plank Rd.

 
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