June 23rd, 2005 issue #0425

June 23rd, 2005
  • Talk tablet takes shape

    The writing surface of the monument are panels of Buckingham slate supported by a simple concrete wall approximately fifty-five feet long and seven feet high. Standing in front of City Hall, it will contain two sections, one inscribed with the First Amendment and one a large chalkboard where people can write and erase messages. In front of the wall, a trench filled with chalky white gravel or crushed brick will provide the writing materials, and a podium will stand to one side.

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  • Writing on the wall: What the chalkboard will really do

    Besides real estate and the latest DMB disc, one hot topic in town is provoking heated debate: the community chalkboard and monument to free speech. (Or as it has been formally titled, Charlottesville's Community Chalkboard and Podium: a monument to the First Amendment.) Paving its way are eight years of questions about what it will really do for the community– and to the community.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Oddest bedfellows: City councilors Kevin Lynch and Rob Schilling, who rarely agree on anything, both vote against appropriating $3.8 million in state and federal funds to t...

Editor's Note

  • Fun new columns!

    The Hook is pleased to unveil two new columns in this issue, "Gimme Shelter" and "My Ride." * No, Gimme Shelter is not a moment-by-moment countdown to the upcoming Rolling ...

The Dish

  • Petite Fleurie: New bistro pois'd to open

    Just a few weeks after opening, Fresco­ the little Mexican café that took over the Baja Rapido spot in Central Place­ shut its doors. Dish is still trying to unravel tha...


  • Kudos, kiddos: Walk, for mom's sake

    No. I'm not going to walk on graduation day. It's just not important." That's what my son said two years ago. His fiancée, Amber, and I looked at each other, silently comm...

Question of the Week

Real Estate - $old

  • $old

    ALBEMARLE 4/14  Michael R. Baylor to William J. and Marsha G. Reeder, 208 Alpine Court, Mill Creek, $222,000. Bedri C. Cetin to Michael J. and Maryann H. Schill, 10....

Real Estate - Commercial Construction Permits

  • Commercial construction permits

    ALBEMARLE 6/1-6/9 Clear Channel Broadcasting Inc., remove 12 existing antennas at Carrsbrook site and replace with 12 new antennas, $2,000. Rio Associates Ltd. c/o Dumbart...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Best of both: Old and new in Batesville

    ADDRESS: 1562 Burchs Creek Road NEIGHBORHOOD: Batesville ASKING: $619,000 YEAR BUILT: 1873 SIZE: 2,590 fin. sq. ft. LAND: 3.98 acres CURB APPEAL: 8 out of 10 LISTED BY: Jes...

Real Estate - Update

  • SOLD!

    APPEARED IN THE HOOK: February 24, 2005 in issue 0408 ADDRESS: 713 Lexington Avenue ASKING: $470,000 SELLING PRICE: $365,000 DAYS TO CONTRACT: 63 SELLER'S AGENT: Gigi Heral...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    June 27 at 4pm at the Louisa County Courthouse Property: 1.5 acres at 3570 Leatherwood Lane, Maidens Debtor: unknown Amount owing: $72,100 Bidder brings: $7,000 or 10 perc...

DR. HooK

  • Summer Running: See a movie, save a life

    Olympia Dukakis said in Steel Magnolias something like, "If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit by me." I have some distant relatives who complain about everythin...

Movie Reviews

  • Parrot trap: The birdman of Telegraph Hill

    In what's shaping up as the decade of the documentary, non-narrative films are breaking into subcategories. Fahrenheit 9/11 reached a mass audience through a combination of...


The Brazen Careerist

  • Hey, there: This column's for you

    My brother Erik told me that I should make my headlines more cryptic so more people will read my column. I informed him that most people think the purpose of a headline is ...

Sports Doctor

Strange But True

  • Flutterby: Morphing for a mate

    DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. What is the purpose of butterflies? I ask because my sister gave me a new shower curtain decorated with dozens of them, making me won...


  • Mactavish's mile: Filming a cure for cancer

    Despite being only 40 years old, screenwriter and filmmaker Scott Mactavish has garnered considerable recognition in both of America's entertainment industry capitals. Yet ...



  • Cops should try psychic

    In reading the article about local psychic Noreen Renier, I became extremely disappointed in the Charlottesville police squad. We've got a serial rapist in our town who's b...

  • No finding food on 250 West

    Since moving to Charlottesville two years ago, we have become avid Hook readers. We use it religiously to gather information on the area and stay abreast of local happening...

  • Stick with staples

    Published June 23, 2005, in issue 0425 of the Hook I was at a neighbor's over the weekend and found him busy putting in a huge garden. As lots of gardeners do, he uses a la...

  • Where was Fountainhead?

    I was disappointed to read the local music article [June 9 cover story: "Loud & Clear: 2005 local music issue"] and not see the band Fountainhead. Their name was under ...

Cultural preview

  • Cultural calendar, June 23-30., 2005

    Cultural calendar, June 23-30., 2005 THURSDAY, June 23 DANCE CARD Practice Swing: The Charlottesville Swing Dance Society hosts weekly practice ...

Full Stories List for June 23rd, 2005 issue #0425

4Better Or Worse


Editor's Note

Real Estate - $old

Real Estate - Commercial Construction Permits

Real Estate - On the Block

Real Estate - Update

Real Estate Property auctions

Sports Doctor

The Brazen Careerist