Charlottesville Tomorrow

Community members clash in tense meeting over whether to remove slaveholding presidents’ names from Jefferson Madison Regional Library

In a tense and polarizing meeting Monday afternoon, the board of trustees for the Jefferson Madison Regional Library (JMRL) heard from community members about changing the library system’s name. The battle to change the name began last month with a request from an organization called Reclaimed Roots Descendants Alliance,...
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Parents rush to get their toddlers vaccinated as first doses of pediatric COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Charlottesville

Wednesday afternoon, the parking lot of Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville was packed with parents and young children braving a storm to receive their COVID-19 vaccines. The drive-thru clinic was the first in Charlottesville to offer the vaccine to children between 6 months and 5 years old. A half dozen Pediatric Associate staff and volunteers worked through torrential rain to vaccinate 240 kids.
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9 Charlottesville officials and police union head named in 73-page lawsuit alleging racism in firing of police chief

Former Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney is suing the city for $10 million over alleged wrongful termination. The 73-page lawsuit levies eleven charges against the city and specific people on Council, in city hall, the police department and outside of local government. Brackney alleges that she was disparaged and discriminated against because of her race, color and gender. Her Sept. 1 dismissal, she alleges, was in retaliation for her disciplining white officers for “racist and departmentally inappropriate behaviors.”

Virginia just made its biggest investment in school buildings in over a decade. Now, it has to decide how to dole out the money.

Virginia’s General Assembly this week made its biggest investment in the state’s rapidly aging public school infrastructure in more than a decade. The state will devote $1.25 billion next year to upgrading school buildings. Each school division in the state will receive some of that money — though the lionshare will go to high poverty areas that would otherwise struggle to pay for such construction.

We’re re-imagining what news about our democracy can do for our community

It’s June and at Charlottesville Tomorrow we’re already reporting on the November election. Why? Because representation matters. This year, Virginia’s 5th Congressional District can choose to re-elect the incumbent congressman or replace him with someone else. You will be impacted by the actions your representative takes, so we seek to elevate your voice and your questions through our journalism.

Celebrating Older Americans Month – Age My Way

Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the celebration of Older Americans Month. This year’s theme focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose. While Age My Way will look different for...

Hundreds of Buford Middle School students lead the call for an end to violent white supremacy after Buffalo shooting

When the lunch bell rang Friday, hundreds of students spilled out of Buford Middle School. They wore their backpacks and carried water bottles and protest signs. “Respect my existence or expect my resistance,” said one sign. “Stop killing us,” said another. “Enough is enough.” “You’ve messed with the LAST generation. #BLM.”

Foregoing a primary election means just 2,000 people will be responsible for selecting the 5th Congressional District GOP candidate

On Saturday, Virginia’s 5th Congressional District will choose its Republican nominee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. But the nominee won’t be selected in a primary election. Instead, the Republican Party will host a convention. There, about 2,000 pre-selected voters will choose between incumbent Rep. Bob...

Painting For Ukraine: A benefit reception and unveiling

“Painting for Ukraine” was conceived by artist David Cochrane several weeks prior to and by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s famous 1937 cubist anti-war painting, “Guernica”, “Painting for Ukraine” depicts another atrocity almost 100 years later. The painting will be...

It’s the first year all three Charlottesville city pools will be open since the pandemic began — but a lifeguard shortage is likely to reduce open hours

Megan Hicks never hesitates to bring her kids to the water. Hicks’ three children splashed around in their underwear in the umbrella-shaped fountain at Greenleaf Park. Workers from the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation opened the spray grounds on May 11 — when it got up to 79 degrees. Hicks says her children ran at the chance to play in the water right after workers finished their tests. Even when the water stopped spraying from the fountain, the young children continued to play tag, their feet battering against the small puddles on the blue pad.

Evelyn Barbour Lecture Series: A Community Conversation with Kirsten Mullen & William Darity

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is hosting a series of two-day conversations on the subject of reparations, funded in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities. On the first day a public lecture will be offered by invited speakers who are leading the reparations conversation across the nation. On the second day the Center will host a community conversation for local groups interested in the subject.

The last Greyhound stop was on the curb but had a sign — now riders are confused by an unmarked stop in a train station lot

Teddy — not his real name — sat in a puddle of shade at the edge of the Amtrak train station parking lot last week, his suitcase and two drawstring bags plopped on the hot asphalt next to his wheelchair. He held his smartphone in one hand and scratched his head with the other while looking at the screen. “I don’t know where my bus is,” he said. “I just don’t know.”