Apr 302012

Steve Trumbull wanted to give the city he loves something special for its 250th birthday. He wanted his gift to be elegant and to last for many generations to come. So, with the help of a few of his friends, Steve created The Medallion at First and Main.

The medallion is a five hundred pound granite stone quarried in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. It was engraved with Steve’s graphic design by the local firm of Gropen Design. Today, it sits at the very center of Charlottesville’s historic street grid at the intersection of First and Main.

In this podcast CPN’s Dan Gould talks with Steve Trumbull. Steve is a local businessman and is the Trumbull in Trumbull Photography. He is perhaps best known for his Charlottesville Then And Now website where you can find additional information and project photos. Dan also talks with Neal Gropin and Darryl Muller of Gropen Design about the project.

Delivered: A 2 1/2 inch thick, 500 pound slab of North Carolina granite arrives at Gropen Design. This and the photos which follow were provided by Trumbull Photography and are used here with permission. Additional project photos may be found at Steve’s Charlottesville Then and Now website.

Measure twice, cut once: Darryl Muller at Gropen Design prepares to trim the stone to size.

Rubber mask: Gropen employees hold the rubber mask that will be used during sand blasting.

Sand blasting: Similiar to an incubator, the sand blaster has two openings for the operator’s arms and hands.

Ready for paint: Sandblasting finished, the stone is ready to be painted.

Mask removed: In this photo a portion of the rubber mask has been removed to expose the etched and now painted surface of the stone.

Preparing the spot: Existing paving stones are removed at the corner of First and Main streets to prepare the spot for the new medallion.

Unloading the stone: Workmen from Gropen Design unload the 500 pound stone.

Final touches: The final touches are completed to set the stone.

All done: The new Medallion at First and Main is set in place.

A part of Charlottesville: Passers by on the Downtown Mall stop to check out the medallion.

Wake-Up Call: On privacy with Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan

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Apr 292012

On the April 29 Wake-Up Call, host Rick Moore talks with UVA Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of The Googlization of Everything, on privacy in a hyperlinked world.

Wake-Up Call: Josh Wheeler and the 2012 “Muzzies”

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Apr 222012

On the April 22 Wake-Up Call, host Rick Moore talks with Josh Wheeler of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression on the 2012 Muzzle Awards, a dubious distinction given to groups who committed particularly egregious or ridiculous affronts to free expression.

WNRN Wake-Up Call April 15th 2012: Stereo Types:True or False

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Apr 152012

Rick’s guests are UVA Professor of Studies in Women and Gender; Kendra Hamilton with Alexis Parow and Leslie Baskfeild from Play On Theatre. Together they explore stereotypes thru both an academic view point and the characterizations in poet/playwright Ntozake Shange’s work “For Colored Girls Considering Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” presented by Play On! at The Theatre at lx April 19-May 6. They further discuss these views and how the pertain to real life stereo types, true or false. “For Colored Girls…” tickets and times, PlayOnTheatre.org

Apr 112012

Delegates Rob Bell, and David Toscano provided their perspectives on the issues that came before the 2012 legislature. The delegates spoke at the Wednesday, April 11, 2012 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at the Charlottesville Senior Center. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV Secretary Bill Davis.

Delegates David Toscano and Robert Bell speaking at the Charlottesville Senior Center Wednesday. Invited Delegates Matt Fariss and Steve Landes were unable to attend.
Robert Bell

Robert Bell (R) – 58th District: An honors graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia Law School, Rob served as a state prosecutor for five years. He prosecuted over 2,400 cases, working with the police and crime victims to bring criminals to justice.

In the Virginia General Assembly, Rob has written laws that crack down on drunk driving. As a result, MADD (Virginia) named him the 2005 Outstanding Legislator. He is also interested in school safety. In recent years, he has written laws to ban criminal sex offenders from school property during school hours and to require additional background checks on school personnel. In 2008, Rob helped overhaul Virginia’s mental health commitment laws in light of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. And, in 2009, Rob received the Act, Honor, Hope award from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance to recognize his work in the Virginia General Assembly.

An Eagle Scout, Rob was an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts and with the public schools prior to his election in 2001. Rob’s wife, Jessica, is a schoolteacher. She is currently staying home to raise their children, Robbie and Evie. The Bells live in Albemarle County and are members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Rob understands that in tough economic times everyone – business, communities, government – needs to pitch in to create and protect Virginia jobs. That’s why Rob has fought to preserve and promote Virginia’s #1 business-friendly ranking. This helps Virginia’s small businesses to expand and encourages new companies to move here.

In response to the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, Rob was chosen to lead a special Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee charged with reforming Virginia’s mental health commitment laws. The subcommittee’s goals were to ensure that a similar tragedy would not happen again and to protect the ability of Virginians to voluntarily seek care for themselves. In 2008, as a result of the subcommittee’s work, Virginia saw the most sweeping reforms of mental health commitment laws in 30 years.

Rob and Jessica’s son Robbie attends public school. Jessica is a high school English teacher who is currently taking time off to raise Robbie and Evie. As delegate, Rob regularly visits our schools to talk with students. He has taught more than 1,000 students about civics and how laws are made. Rob has also sponsored local students as pages in the Virginia General Assembly and others have served as interns in his legislative office.

Rob is a champion for our communities against crime. He has led an all-out assault against drunk driving and has fought to protect our families from sex offenders. Rob has served on the Virginia Crime Commission since 2003 and is currently chairman.

Matthew Fariss

Matthew Fariss (R) – 59th District: Matt Fariss is a seventh generation native of Campbell County with a desire for future generations to continue to reside in the region. His wife, Crystal, and children, Hunter, Bobby, and Harrison are the reason Matt entered this campaign. He hopes that they can continue to enjoy the same rights and freedoms that he has been blessed with, and, as delegate, he will fight against liberal policies that will put those liberties in jeopardy. Despite his various successes, he is first and foremost a Christian family man committed to serving his family and community.

Matt was blessed to grow up in rural Virginia. However, as a youth he may have taken some of those blessings for granted and was subsequently “fired” by his father around twenty years old. Following that incident, Matt employed the values of hard work that he’d learned since he was a child. He began purchasing cattle and growing his business operation. Through the years, Matt has operated a country store, managed large amounts of real estate, raised cattle, managed farms, and operated numerous businesses. In addition to other projects, he is currently co-owner and Vice President of the Lynchburg Livestock Market, the largest livestock market center in Virginia. Matt has mastered numerous business ventures, and always has multiple projects going on at one time. As delegate, he will apply that business savvy towards serving his constituents in Richmond.

Having never run for or held office before, Matt is ready to take on the new challenge of representing the citizens of the 59th District. Seeking political office is not something that Matt ever planned or envisioned for himself. As a result, Matt has no favors to return in Richmond or in Washington, and his work will be focused solely on serving his constituents. His service comes because he understands that times like these require sacrifices and commitments of those capable of leading. Matt knows that Richmond is in need of a common sense conservative approach, and, as a businessman, he is capable of bringing that much needed attitude to the House of Delegates. Central Virginia needs a man with roots in the district who understands how to create jobs and make common sense decision. As delegate, Matt will never become an ivory tower leader; instead, he will remain committed to being a citizen-legislator fighting for the economy, values, and future of rural Virginia.

Steven Landes

Steven Landes (R) – 25th District: Delegate Landes is serving his eighth term in the House. He is a Member of the House Education, Appropriations, Rules, and Privileges and Elections Committees.

Steve is Vice Chairman of the House Education Committee. He was recently appointed Chairman of the Economic Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Subcommittee of House Appropriations as well as a Budget Conferee. Steve is also Past President of the Weyers Cave Ruritan Club.

Steve serves on the Major Employment and Investment (MEI) Projects Approval Commission. He was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates.

Steve is also is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Rural Virginia. Steve serves on the Board of Trustees of the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia as well as the Board of Visitors of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

From 1988 to 1992, Steve served as legislative assistant to his predecessor, former Delegate A.R. “Pete” Giesen, Jr., and from 1993 to 1995 served as Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s district director and district representative.

Steve is the Community Relations Coordinator for DuPont Community Credit Union, which is headquartered in Waynesboro, Virginia. He served as Executive Director of NewBiz Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley’s small business incubator, for five years. Steve was a life insurance agent and registered representative with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Steve also worked a Davis & Davis Marketing, Inc., a Staunton-based marketing and advertising firm, as a media buyer and then as an account executive.

Steve is a graduate of Buffalo Gap High School in Augusta County, and he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He and his wife Angela, who is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Augusta County, live in Weyers Cave with their son Roth. Steve and Angela are both members and elders of Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church.

David Toscano

David Toscano (D) – 57th District: David Toscano is serving his third term in the Virginia General Assembly, representing the 57th District of the House of Delegates, where he serves on the Courts of Justice; Transportation; and Science & Technology committees. David also serves on the Disability Commission and has served on the special Joint Subcommittee to Study Land Use Tools in the Commonwealth and the Joint Committee to study Math, Science, and Engineering. He is also a member of the United Way Board and the Chamber of Commerce.

David, his wife Nancy A. Tramontin, and son Matthew live in Charlottesville. David is a practicing attorney and an active volunteer for many community-based organizations.

David is an attorney with Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz, Ltd., and specializes in family law, real estate transactions, and estate planning.

David’s priorities are education, energy, and the environment. He fights for education funding, against teacher pay freezes, and to protect VRS and retirement benefits. He pushes the cause of renewable energy, and stood against those who deny the reality of climate change. He opposes predatory lending in its various forms. He argues for multifaceted transportation programs that include roads, rail, and public transit. He opposes cuts to services for the poor and disabled, defends a woman’s right to choose, and advances reforms in foster care and adoption, so that all children will have the opportunity to live productive lives in family settings free from abuse and neglect.

The Virginia League of Conservation Voters has named David a “Legislative Hero” four times for his work on environmental issues.

David was born in Syracuse, New York, the oldest of five children. He received a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, a Ph.D. from Boston College, and a law degree from the University of Virginia. He has taught politics and sociology at various colleges and universities, including Boston College, University of Maryland (European Division), PVCC, University of Virginia, and James Madison University. He recently taught for the University of Virginia as part of its 14-week Semester at Sea program.

David served on the Charlottesville City Council from 1990 to 2002 and as Mayor 1994-96. David is a resident of the City of Charlottesville, where he lives with his wife, Nancy A. Tramontin, and their son, Matthew.

Lee Channing on Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call

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Apr 082012

Rick talks with the Intuitive Consultant Lee Channing, who is a Certified Hypnotherapist with more than 35 years’ experience in energy work with individuals, groups, and businesses.

Stunned by her vivid clairvoyant episodes, Lee Channing spent many years researching psychic phenomena with a view toward honing her abilities to guide others with her insights.

In 1993, Channing co-founded Spirits Evolving, Ltd. to promote greater understanding of the personal and universal energy affecting our lives at home and in the workplace. Using self-awareness, color, and creative visualization, Channing helps individual clients open the door to their own energy source while corporate and business clients benefit from a pragmatic, intuitive analysis of strategic initiatives.

You can read more about her at http://www.spiritsevolving.com/welcome.html

The People of 250: Morgan Perkins

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Apr 032012

Morgan Perkins, hostess of the TV10 series ‘Charlottesville Arts Spotlight’.

In this, the third episode of a brand new series on the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, we talk to some of the people behind Charlottesville’s 250th birthday celebration. In this episode, CPN’s Dan Gould talks with Morgan Perkins, hostess of the TV10 series Charlottesville Arts Spotlight and member of the Celebrate!250 steering committee.

Learn about how the Celebrate!250 committee was formed and about some of the great work it’s doing to help Charlottesville celebrate its 250th anniversary. Dan and Morgan talk about a wide range of subjects from Charlottesville arts to what makes this year’s celebration special. It’s all here, on the Charlottesville Podcasting Network.

WNRN Wake-Up Call: “Buy Local” & The Cash Mob

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Apr 012012

Discover how local residents support businesses in the community by spending their money en masse through a “cash mob”. Key organizer of Charlottesville’s Cash Mob, Kathy Kildea along with Cville Arts VP of membership Barbara Albert and UVA Economics Professor Leora Freidberg join Rick to explain the process and benefits of this cultural trend.

WNRN Wake-Up Call March 25th: 2012 Spring Fund Drive

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Apr 012012

Guest Kaki Dimock with The Haven and Rick discuss homelessness in Charlottesville as well as sharing some of his favorite bits from the past six months.