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20th Annual Kids Only Trout Fishing Day
The twentieth annual Kid’s Fishing Day will be held at Mint Springs Park in Crozet, Virginia on April 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Kingfishers, and the Albemarle County Department of Parks and Recreation to promote cold-water fishery conservation and fishing as a wholesome family activity. This event celebrates the memory of David Thompson, a former member of Trout Unlimited.

Albemarle County Announces Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program FY13-14 Class Results
Albemarle County’s Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) program recently closed on the last two applicants in the FY13 – 14 class. ACE is a powerful tool for rural land protection. Any landowner in Albemarle County whose land is worthy of protection according to the County’s Comprehensive Plan is eligible to participate in ACE. An evaluation system has been established to help rank properties in order of their conservation value to the program, with the final determination to be made by the Board of Supervisors.

Foxfield Races
In conjunction with The Foxfield Race Association and our public safety partners, the Albemarle County Police Department is preparing for the Foxfield Spring Race. We would like to share some important information regarding this event. The Spring running of the Foxfield Races will be held on Saturday, April 25th, 2015. The race is a major event for thousands of college students, young adults and citizens in our community and beyond. Approximately 20,000 people are expected to attend the race this year. The gates open at 9:00 am and the first race is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm. The last race is at approximately 4:00 pm.

Albemarle County Announces New Date for Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing
Due to an error in notification that occurred earlier in the Comprehensive Plan update process, the Board of Supervisors public hearing on the update will be postponed from the originally advertised date of May 13 to a new date of June 10.  For complete information on the Comprehensive Plan update process, please visit the County website at

Albemarle County Local Government Offices Closed on Monday
Albemarle County Local Government offices will be closed on Monday, April 13, 2015 in observance of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday.

Shenandoah National Park Joins National Find Your Park Movement
National Park Week 2015 Encourages Everyone To “Find Your Park”

Shenandoah National Park joins parks, programs, and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

GRACE Progress Update / Summer Camp
Throughout the fall and winter, community leaders of the Gang Reduction Through Active Community Engagement (GRACE) Steering Committee have been actively working behind the scenes on several community related initiatives. Their progress is the result of steps taken in light of the information revealed in the comprehensive gang assessment. We know gangs exist in our community and we are working collaboratively to combat the issue.

Albemarle County to Celebrate National County Government Month
Albemarle County will observe National County Government Month (NCGM) this month to celebrate our local government and school employees who are dedicated to providing quality services and critical capital projects that strengthen and support our community. Our employees take pride in their responsibility to protect and enhance the health, welfare and safety of the County’s residents, as can be seen by this video.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Department Announces Improved Insurance Service Office (ISO) Rating
Albemarle County Fire & Rescue recently underwent an Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating resulting in a significant improvement that will go into effect on April 1st.

In April in Crozet, itís All About the Dogs
Claudius Crozet Park (CCP) will partner with Starr Hill Brewery for a month-long "Pints for Pups" fundraiser as part of Starr Hill's Cheers for Charity program. For each pint sold in April, Starr Hill will donate a dollar towards development of the Crozet Dog Park. A kick-off event will be held Friday, April 3rd from 6-9PM in the Starr Hill Taproom in Crozet. The event will include a brief overview of the Dog Park project and site design and a recap of fundraising efforts to date. The Crozet Park Board of Directors welcomes community members, dog lovers, and beer aficionados to the event.

Bright Stars Applications Due March 31st for Fall Enrollment
The Albemarle County Public Schools Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for eligible 4-year-olds to enroll in the Bright Stars Program; a state and locally funded program for students potentially at risk for developmental or educational issues. Please submit applications by March 31st for consideration for fall enrollment.

Beginning March 23, Free State Road is One-Way
Westbound restriction will ease cut-through traffic on adjoining Wakefield Rd.

On Monday, March 23, the Virginia Department of Transportation will post highway signs to convert a 0.1-mile segment of Route 651 (Free State Road) in Albemarle County from carrying two-way traffic to eastbound traffic only.

2015 Annual Community Report

County Celebrates Completion of New Northside Library Facility at March 16 Ceremony
Albemarle County officials joined representatives from the Jefferson Madison Regional Library at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new Northside Library project on Monday, March 16. The commemoration began at noon in the Library (705 Rio Road) where Library Director John Halliday, Supervisors Jane Dittmar and Brad Sheffield, County Executive Tom Foley, and project team representatives addressed the crowd. Afterwards, attendees enjoyed self-guided tours through the new facility.

Charlottesville Area Businesses Recognized for their Excellence
Local restaurants honored with James Beard Award nomination and area vineyards acknowledged in prestigious Governors Cup competition

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) congratulates local restaurants for their nominations as James Beard award semi-finalists and local vineyards who are acknowledged by the Virginia Winery Associations (VWA) Governors Cup.

SAFE Event - Situational Awareness for Everyone
In light of tragic events in our community, many leaders, stakeholders and advocates came together, agreeing that we needed additional education regarding situational awareness, personal safety and domestic violence.

Shenandoah National Park Announces Spring Opening Dates
Though winter has not released its grip on Shenandoah National Park and staff continues to work on clearing the Skyline Drive of snow and ice, spring is almost here! Park employees are gearing up for a busy season of protecting park resources and welcoming visitors. Facilities in Shenandoah National Park will begin opening this month and will continue to open through the spring.

Albemarle County Government Offices Delay Opening Due to Inclement Weather
Albemarle County Government offices will open at 10am this morning due to inclement weather.

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Announce Budget Town Hall Meeting Dates
The Board of Supervisors are hosting a series of town hall meetings during March on Albemarle County’s Fiscal Year 2016 Operating and Capital Budget, which is currently under development. The Board invites everyone to attend any of these sessions, which are designed to share information and start a community conversation about the budget. These sessions are being held in addition to a number of work sessions and public hearings. Each session will run approximately 90 minutes. For the latest meeting information, visit

Albemarle County Offices Closing Early Due to Inclement Weather
Please be advised that due to current weather conditions, falling temperatures and the expectation of deteriorating road conditions throughout the afternoon, all Albemarle County offices will close today, Thursday March 5, at 12:00 noon.

Commercial and Household Hazardous Waste Collections Dates Revised Due to Inclement Weather
Due to expected severe winter weather, the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority’s (RSWA) Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015, has been cancelled. The next Commercial Collection will be October 2. Care Environmental is contacting all businesses registered to notify them personally. Additionally, the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event for Friday, March 6, 2015 has been cancelled. HHW will be accepted at the Ivy Material Utilization Center during the extended hours of 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2015 (originally advertised from 9:00 to 2:00). All vehicles in line at 4:00 pm will be served. For information on what items are accepted for this event, visit