May 17th, 2012 issue #1120

May 17th, 2012
  • Caveat emptor: How $2.75 generates $145

    –An essay– By David M. Post I don't begrudge anyone running a successful business in a capitalistic society. I do, however, want people to have the ability to make an informed decision; and anyone considering parking downtown might be wise to consider the clear and unambiguous message sent by the owner of the lot across from Lee Park: maximize profits at the expense of patrons.  

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  • Tough business: Collier's boss talks shop

    It's early afternoon at Collier's Towing Service, and owner Glenda Jones takes a break from the phones to greet a reporter in the impound lot for cars towed from Keith Woodard's and other parking lots. Her purple shirt, earrings, and necklace all sport the Harley Davidson logo, a tribute to her favorite pasttime and a suggestion that this woman's tough. To run a business that puts her in the company of angry vehicle owners takes nerve of steel. But hardness, she says, doesn't mean heartless.

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  • Towing tales: Like hassles, everybody has one

    It was supposed to be a fun night out on the Downtown Mall for a pair of mothers: dinner followed by a show, then home to their families. But on April 17, after shelling out nearly $80 for tickets to see Nanci Griffith at the Paramount, and dropping another $140 at Hamiltons' restaurant, not to mention paying $10 for four hours of pre-paid parking, the good times came to a screeching halt when the two women returned to the lot across Market Street from Lee Park just before 11pm to an unwelcome discovery. The minivan was gone.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Harshest budget cutting: The Fluvanna Board of Supervisors slashes all funding to JAUNT, Jefferson Area Board for Aging, and Offender Aid and Restoration in a last-minute d...

The Dish


Question of the Week

Real Estate - $old

  • The benefits of getting clean?

    3/28/12 Albemarle Matthew A. & Cynthia S. Guch to Marty W. & Tara E. Fontenot, 287 Starcrest Road, $350,000 Ella J. Bullard to W .D. A. Carpenter, 1555 Gray Fox Tra...

Real Estate - On the Block

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    May 17 at 5pm at the Albemarle CourthouseProperty: 1220 Amber Ridge RoadDebtor: Ronald D. and Frances D. CarterOriginal amount owing: $260,000Bidder brings: $25,000 or 10 p...

Movie Reviews


  • Table of contents

    COVER STORYTowing talesFew things ruin a good night faster than finding out your car's been towed. Some say aggressive towing practices by the owners of two city lots are s...


Online only

  • Keeping our fountains flowing

    Twobears Burgos is the fountain expert with Charlottesville Parks & Rec, and he's performing maintenance on the Central Place fountain on the Downtown Mall to keep it f...

  • Those Darlins at the Haven

    Those Darlins helped open the big final weekend of the Tom Tom Founders Festival by performing May 11 at the Haven, the downtown church turned day shelter for down-on-their...



  • Bypass a monster built for out-of-towners

    Having followed our recent spate of contentious public works issues, i.e., reservoir use, Bypass, Belmont Bridge, I wish to join the ranks of those who have said THANKYOU, ...

Black and White

  • Ix

    The Elby Brass Rock-Marching Band performs at the Closing Day Gala of the Tom Tom Founders Fest.~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at

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