November 10th, 2005 issue #0445

November 10th, 2005
  • A time to cut: Grisham plan gets salon aid

    Though in the past John Grisham's public appearances have been mostly limited to book signings and festivals, raising funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina has the über-author showing up in unexpected places. On Wednesday, October 19, Grisham and his wife Renée were on hand at the At Last salon in the Vinegar Hill Shopping Center to accept a check for $6,411 raised by a slew of area salons who gave free cuts on Sunday, October 2 in exchange for a minimum $30 donation.

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  • Après le déluge: The relief goes on

    After Hurricane Katrina rocketed ashore, Charlottesvillians, 900 miles away, watched in horror– and sprang into action. Within days of the August 29 deluge, locals were on their way to the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast, and they're still doing damage control for this nation's worst natural disaster. Not everyone could write a $5-million check, as John and Renee Grisham did to prime the pump for their Rebuild the Coast Fund.

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  • DMB relief: Show raises over $1.25 million

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  • Evacuee city: They live among us

    Charlottesville attracts many newcomers because of its best-place-to-live reputation, and that was an appeal for many of the Hurricane Katrina evacuees who landed here. Even among the homeless and jobless, Charlottesville remains a more desirable destination for those escaping devastation than, say, Des Moines or Gary.

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  • First responders: Chapel sent its Calvary

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  • Katrina to Katrina: AHS grad fights disease in N.O.

    In July, Katrina Kretsinger called her mother, Inger, to give her a heads up on the slate of 2005 hurricanes. "My name's on the list," she joked. "Keep an eye out." Little did Kretsinger know that storm bearing her name would devastate an entire region, and that she'd be called in to help.

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Editor's Note

  • Songs about buildings and food

    What do buildings and food have in common (besides combining in the title of a classic Talking Heads album)? For starters, Charlottesvillians love to savor their food–...

The Dish


  • Pet policies: Protecting Fido in a crisis

    For years, I've been wondering when pets would enter the realm of policy discussion and political debates. The news media generally treats this subject as a business story ...

Question of the Week

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    ALBEMARLE 7/15  Patricia H. Purcell to Thomas R. Tucker and Deiadre L. Rauch, 41.158 acres off State Route 810, $308,000. William F. Laurita and Jody L. Spanlet to C...

Real Estate - Commercial Construction Permits

  • Commercial construction permits

    CHARLOTTESVILLE 10/12  Federal Realty Investment Trust, interior remodel, 1169 Emmet Street, $52,555. Allied Concrete company, install 12,000 gallon tank, 1000 Harri...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • All-in-one: Making the most of minimal

    ADDRESS: 105 Perry Street NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ASKING: $319,000 CITY ASSESSMENT: $200,900 YEAR BUILT: 1950 SIZE: 1,013 finished square feet LAND: .23 acres CURB APPEAL: ...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    November 10 at 9am at the Charlottesville Courthouse Property: 519 Avon Street Debtor: Chris A. Lane Amount owing: $165,000 Bidder brings: $16,500 or 10 percent of the sal...

DR. HooK

  • Hack, hack: What's with that awful cough?

    I have never seen the opera La Boheme, but I hear the diva dies of tuberculosis. Does Mimi sing her final aria with coughing between high C's: "La, la... cough, cough, laaa...

Movie Reviews

  • Cold blooded: Capote captures its man

    What Michael Moore has done for the documentary film, Truman Capote did in the book world with the publication of In Cold Blood, which he called "the first nonfiction novel...

Music Reviews

  • Teeny bop: The Wave comes on strong

    So far, when someone brings up teenage bands in Charlottesville, the name Sparky's Flaw is usually mentioned first. Rightly so. The band has dominated teen competitions for...


  • Clean-up: Big trucks, lotsa dirt

    Charlottesville Oil has long been a landmark on Route 250 west. Though the giant rusty tanks that stood opposite the Boar's Head Inn are now gone, the station continues to ...

  • Dornicia's challenge: Reopening New Orleans

    Normally a Charlottesville-based home inspector, Peter Drenan is on special assignment as a FEMA leader and a Hook stringer. This is the second in a series of dispatches fr...

  • Down, not out: Band fights to stay alive

    Exiled from University athletic events two years ago, the Virginia Pep Band ...

  • Fun-raising: The Stones signed our bike!

    The Stones show is over, but the band left at least one local charity revved up in their wake. Mick, Keith, Ron, and Charlie each signed a 2005 Harley Davidson Fatboy that'...

  • Money to burn? Natural gas prices heat up

    Hurricane Katrina directly affected the lives of dozens of Charlottesville residents. This winter, it could upset thousands. According to Charlottesville utilities advisor ...

  • Stilled life: Remembering Spudnuts' owner

    It's early Tuesday morning at Spudnuts, the iconic doughnut shop at the southern tip of the Belmont Bridge, and a group of regulars are remembering their old friend, Richar...

  • Visit over?: Tulane beckons, students balk

    In late August, UVA welcomed them with open arms: more than 150 university students, many of them freshman, displaced from their Gulf Coast schools by Hurricane Katrina. No...

On Architecture

  • Rising Sun: Solar makes a comeback!

    In the Hook's May 2005 cover story about Carter-era solar technology, we asked whether solar can make a "Cher-like comeback in Charlottesville, or is it doomed to loll in o...

The Brazen Careerist

  • Glass ceiling: It's about to self-destruct

    Forget the glass ceiling. It's about to become irrelevant– not because women are finally going to get to the top of Fortune 500 companies in forces of more than two c...

Strange But True



  • Peace requires responsibility

    I read with interest Lisa Provence's article on the problems facing Dogwood Valley in Greene County ["Slap happy: Lawsuits bloom in Dogwood Valley," October 27, 2005].

Cultural preview

  • Cultural Calendar: 11/3/2005 - 11/9/2005

      THURSDAY, November 3 STAGE Shenandoah Shakespeare 10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588 Comedy of Errors: Shakespeare's shortest play concerns twins– both n...

  • THURSDAY, Nov 10

    THURSDAY, November 10 ART Iron Age Expert: Carla Antonaccio, professor of classical studies at Duke, discusses her work in "The First City at Morgantina,...

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