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Rt. 20 Paving Continues next Week
Smaller work area, shorter hours should help with motorist delays

The Virginia Department of Transportation has made adjustments to reduce delays on Route 20 (Scottsville Road) in Albemarle County as paving operations continue next week. Work will occur from just north of Route 6 (Irish Road) to Route 708 (Red Hill Road), with the roadway limited to one lane through the work zone. Shorter segments of roadway will be paved at a time to minimize impacts to traffic, which will be controlled by flaggers.

Albemarle Artist Opportunity!
This December, the holiday tree at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond will be adorned with ornaments handmade by artisans/artists from communities all over Virginia! Albemarle County is excited to invite our local artist population to participate in a juried competition whereby one ornament reflecting the quality of life and attributes of Albemarle County will be selected to represent our County on the tree. The jury committee will be looking for a one-of-a-kind, handmade ornament that uniquely represents Albemarle County.

Traffic Alert
The Virginia Department of Transportation is paving along Scottsville Road this week. The road will be closed to one lane from Red Hill Road (Rt. 708) to the area of Keene. The paving will take place from 8am to 8pm each day through Friday, July 24th. Expect delays while VDOT conducts this paving project.

Re-Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
Thomas Hanson, Executive Director of the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Monday, August 10, 2015 to examine all aspects of the ECC’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Construction and Temporary Closure of Carrsbrook Drive
The Board of Supervisors has approved a construction project along Carrsbrook Drive to replace a failing underground pipe between the upper and lower lakes along Carrsbrook Drive. The Virginia Department of Transportation and Albemarle County’s Office of Facilities Development will begin construction in the next several weeks. Construction is anticipated to last 4 to 5 weeks.

Albemarle County Announces Establishment of Citizen Resource Advisory Committees
The Board of Supervisors has appointed eight members to serve on the County’s newly created Citizens Resource Advisory Committee. The Board approved the concept of this Advisory Committee during the most recent budget process as they discussed the challenges faced by the County in funding future services, identifying the committee as an important way to involve citizens in determining the best ways to address this challenge.

Albemarle Names New Director of Social Services
Albemarle County announced the appointment of Phyllis Savides to Director of the Department of Social Services effective July 8, 2015. Savides is replacing Kathy Ralston, who retired on June 30, 2015 after 39 years with Albemarle County. Savides will lead the workplace in serving residents with her over 17 years of experience in the Department of Social Services. Savides will oversee numerous programs that promote self-sufficiency, individual and family safety, and provide support to the most vulnerable members of the community.

VDOT, Albemarle Co. to Jointly Host Community Meeting on Tree Trimming
The Virginia Department of Transportation and Albemarle County are partnering to host a town hall meeting on tree-trimming work needed along the Route 22/Route 231 corridor from Shadwell to Gordonsville. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 at Grace Episcopal Church, 5607 Gordonsville Road, Keswick.

Albemarle County Offices Closed in Observance of Independence Day
Albemarle County offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Offices will reopen Monday, July 6, 2015 on regular schedule.

Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Announce Applications Now Available for Non-Profit Tourism Marketing Funding of Festivals & Cultural Events
Information orientation session to be held at City Space on July 6

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) announced today that the popular Non-Profit Tourism Marketing Funding Program is now open. The CACVB will hold an information orientation at City Space on July 6, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and invites all interested organizations to attend and learn more about the application process, followed by time for questions and answers.

Albemarle County Seeking Members for 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committees
Albemarle County is eager to establish the 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee following adoption of the Southern & Western Neighborhoods Master Plan by the Board of Supervisors on June 10. The 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee currently has 12-15 vacancies. Residents and business owners of Albemarle County are encouraged to apply to serve on the Committee, to represent residential neighborhoods, businesses, institutions, developers, industries, Southwood Village, Woolen Mills, trails and parks, and community groups. To learn more about the 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee, please visit our webpage.

Fireworks Safety Tips
As you prepare your celebrations of our Nation's Independence, the Albemarle County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind you of some Fireworks Safety Tips.

County Director of Social Services Retires
Kathy Ralston, long-term Director of the Department of Social Services in Albemarle County, is retiring on June 30, 2015.

At the Board of Supervisors meeting held on June 3rd, Kathy was recognized for her outstanding efforts during the past 39 years at Albemarle County Department of Social Services (ACDSS). She served 18 years as Director, with an additional year as Acting Director, and 11 years as Deputy Director. During her tenure at the Department she strove to achieve the principles of a high performance workplace in order to best serve the needs of the residents of the County, especially those who are most vulnerable.

Cooling Assistance Applications Now Being Accepted
Summer is just beginning, and so are record breaking temperatures. For many, staying cool from the sweltering heat is a necessary health and safety precaution. The Commonwealth’s 120 local departments of social services are accepting Cooling Assistance applications now through August 17, as part of the Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the Sexual Assault Resource Agency’s 2015 Annette DeGregoria Grimm Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the Sexual Assault Resource Agency’s (SARA’s) Annual Annette DeGregoria Grimm Award. The award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the elimination of sexual violence through education, advocacy and direct services to clients through volunteer work or legislative activities. The recipient, an ordinary citizen or professional who works in the field, may be recognized for a specific contribution of great magnitude or for a body of work over an extended period of time.

Shenandoah National Park Announces 2015 Seminar Series
The Shenandoah National Park Association is sponsoring the 2015 Resource Seminars in Shenandoah National Park. These Resource Seminars provide participants with the opportunity to get to know their national park a little more personally through in-depth, hands-on experiences. The seminars will also highlight the upcoming centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 to celebrate national parks as places for inspiration, recreation, and renewal.

New City Arts and Charlottesville Mural Project Present New Mural in Crozet
The Charlottesville Mural Project (CMP) and New City Arts Initiative (NCAI) begin a mural in Crozet for the summer mural series, Paint & Poetry. Paint & Poetry is a public mural series that incorporates poetry into public art in the Charlottesville area. This mural series is part of an ongoing campaign to showcase the talents of artists and designers while creating a more interesting visual landscape in the city.

Albemarle County is Partnering with the Kids and Parks Program!
Kids in Parks is an expanding network of family-friendly outdoor adventures called TRACK Trails. Each TRACK Trail features self-guided brochures and signs that turn your visit into a fun and exciting outdoors experience. Best of all, you can earn prizes for tracking your adventures!

This Summer, "Stay Local, Play Local..." and Photograph Local Too!
Take advantage of the multitude of local activities in Charlottesville and Albemarle County and submit your best local summer snapshots for a chance to win your own Charlottesville “staycation!”

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is inviting this area’s residents to “Stay Local, Play Local” again this summer. This initiative encourages citizens to discover and take advantage of the wide variety of free and low-cost activities that Charlottesville and Albemarle County have to offer.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County Host USA Cycling Team Prior to UCI World Championships in Richmond
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide lodging and meals to athletes and coaches for them to get physically and mentally prepared in the destination

The Charlottesville and Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) announced today that the USA Cycling Team has chosen Charlottesville and Albemarle County as the location for their training base camp prior to the UCI World Championships. For the ten days leading to this prestigious sporting event in Richmond, Virginia beginning September 19 through 27, the athletes will work diligently to get physically and mentally ready in this destination.

Open House on Water Resources Programs & Funding in Albemarle County
On Wednesday, June 24, the Water Resources Funding Advisory Committee will be hosting an Open House on Water Resources in Albemarle County. This event will feature a short presentation on program and funding considerations, a panel discussion for perspectives from a diverse group of stakeholders, and interactive exhibits where participants can provide feedback on the options under consideration.

Albemarle County Supervisor Palmer Recognized by Virginia Recycling Association
Each year the Virginia Recycling Association (VRA) recognizes the best waste reduction and recycling programs in the state. On Wednesday, June 3 Tim Lee, VRA President presented the VRA 2015 Award for Excellence in Recycling to Supervisor Liz Palmer for the Outstanding Public Leadership category in recognition of her leadership, public outreach, and participation in recycling and litter and waste reduction programs.

Swimming Safety Tips
The sun is high. The water is warm. School is almost out and vacation is near. Albemarle County Fire Rescue wants to remind you to be safe around water.