July 14th, 2005 issue #0428

July 14th, 2005
  • Bad water: Avoiding a home nightmare

    Don't assume you can handle the mold in the house you're buying. Don't assume a river of water won't run through your new home on move-in day. And never assume that just because the health department approves a new well, the water is safe to drink. Those are harsh lessons for local homebuyers recently reported in The Hook. So if you're getting ready to buy a house how do you find out if the water supply may be threatened by the biggest petroleum spill in Albemarle County?

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  • COVER SIDEBAR- Rusted stuff: Tank farm landmark doomed

    Underground oil tanks aren't all that Charlottesville Oil has to scrap. The Department of Environmental Quality has decreed that a battery of empty fuel tanks on Ivy Road must be removed so the petroleum-soaked soil underneath can be cleaned up. "There's contamination underneath those tanks that needs to be addressed," says David Fitt, senior hydrogeologist at the DEQ. Fitt explains that petroleum has saturated the soil 15 feet down, and he estimates several hundred cubic yards will have to be removed.

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  • Gas by the glass: North Garden's contaminated water

    Ann Messina still remembers the day the Department of Environmental Quality told her to stop eating the eggs her chickens were laying and to stop bathing and washing clothes in the water from her well. She and her husband thought they'd done the necessary due diligence before buying a home in North Garden in 1990. They stayed clear of the Ivy Landfill. They had the house tested for radon. And the health department found their high-yielding well potable.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Best day for London: July 6, when the International Olympic Committee announces the city will host the 2012 Olympics. Worst: July 7, when four separate terrorist explosions...

The Dish

  • Double Spot: Corner dining choices multiply

    Don't be deceived by the seeming lack of traffic on University Avenue during these (blissfully) quiet summer months. Significant changes are brewing inside several Corner e...


  • Killer instincts: Why suicide bombers do it

    Four years ago, the late Susan Sontag was excoriated for arguing, in a brief New Yorker piece, that the attacks that brought down the World Trade Center were inspired not b...

Real Estate - $old

  • $old

    ALBEMARLE 5/3  Robert G. Davis, trustee, to Jin and Lixin Wang, 2416 North Berkshire road, Barterbrook, $199,500. Howard B. and Mary Jean Craddock to Mary Jean Cradd...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Hunt country: Old cabin lurking under roof

    ADDRESS: 2400 Pine Garth Run NEIGHBORHOOD: Ivy ASKING: $799,000 YEAR BUILT: 1965, 1990 SIZE: 4,486 fin. sq. ft. LAND: 2.03 acres CURB APPEAL: 9 of 10 LISTED BY: Betty Dunca...

Real Estate - Update

  • SOLD!

    What happened to On The Blocks of the Past? APPEARED IN THE HOOK: November 18, 2004 ADDRESS: 307-A Riverside Avenue ASKING PRICE: $127,900 SELLING PRICE: $115,000 DAYS TO C...

DR. HooK

  • Rabid response: One bite, five shots

    Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck had some great adventures. "It's Duck season!" "It's Wabbit season!" "It's Wabbit season!" "It's Duck season, Fire!!" Boom! Remember when they ent...

Movie Reviews

  • Sweet! Can Willie unseat Dorothy?

    Unlike most of the movies that have been remade in the last few years, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was an ideal candidate. It has a cult of fans who originally sa...


On Architecture

Sports Doctor

  • Sparklers: Nats light up the 4th

    Ever since the Washington Nationals became a reality, my dad and I have joked about seeing a game. Like many baseball fans, we expected the expansion franchise to be the la...

Strange But True

  • No deductible: Operating on yourself

    DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. Is DIY ("do it yourself") surgery ever done? –J.D. Aller A. Necessity mothers much, as they say, including the recent case of ...


  • More Moore: Sundance channel signs Trevor

    Whatever happened to sketch comedy program The Trevor Moore Show? More specifically, whatever happened to the Giant Walkin' Talkin' Box, Moore's conversations with squirrel...



  • Gay realtors were dissed

    Regarding Dave Phillips' favorite bumper sticker ("Nuke the Gay Baby Whales") in your June 30 issue [Hotseat: "O, lucky man: Phillips and the rockets' red glare"], I'm alwa...

  • Give Phil the credit

    In the Hook's "Hot Seat" article of last week ["Rosé-colored glasses: Robert Harllee's wine-tinted world" July 7, 2005] an important fact was omitted. Since the interview ...

  • No brown recluses here

    I was very pleased with the response by Dan Foster regarding spiders [Gimme Shelter: "Spider man: Beasts in the basement," June 30, 2005] However, his response requires a ...

Cultural preview

  • Cultural calendar, July 14-21, 2005

    Cultural calendar, July 14-21, 2005 THURSDAY, July 14 DANCE CARD Slippery: Belly dancing and pole dancing lessons at the Berkmar Ballroom. Rio ...

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