Episode 5: Kitchen Design Trends and Remodels

From Cardinal Corner:

It is sometimes said that kitchens are the heart of your home. While some use it as a major hub for entertaining, it is more often a gathering place for family and friends alike. Because we spend so much time in this area, it is worthwhile to make it your own. We talked with Dianna Campagna, a Certified Interior Decorator and Kitchen and Bath Designer with over 16 years of experience, to discuss some of the new trends in kitchens and what you can do to increase their value.

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Cardinal Corner Episode 2: Recommendations for New Home Construction

From the Cardinal Corner:

To start our first series, we took some time to talk to Matt Utz, our Madison store manager. With an extensive background in home construction and nearly 20 years working with both contractors and homeowners at Cardinal Home Center, Matt has certainly seen it all. This episode dives into some of the most common questions we see from homeowners preparing to build custom homes in the Charlottesville area.

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Cardinal Corner: A podcast produced by the Cardinal Home Center

This website was started in 2005  as an experiment in podcasting. Eighteen years later, that’s what it still very much is. Since Town Crier Productions took the site back over in 2022, there’s not been much printed here. Most of the activity is over on the Charlottesville Community Engagement feed on Substack or on Information Charlottesville.

But there are a lot of podcasts out there and it’s time again to experiment with the concept of this being a network. So, here is a link to an area podcast. I got this from Emmet Aylor of the Cardinal Home Center.

“This podcast, produced by Cardinal Home Center (cardinalhomecenter.com), interviews experts at our stores to get insight on how to tackle your home renovation challenges. We hope to help guide listeners through some projects they’ve been looking to do and introduce our team!”

In the first episode, host Maggie Glass spoke with Michael Freeman, a Benjamin Moore paint salesman at the Crozet location. They talked about some considerations for how to start picking a color, how you can keep your budget down when painting, and how to prepare before you come in to one of our stores.

I can’t provide a play button here, but I can link directly to that episode on the following services.



Move2Health Equity presents 2021 transportation survey results to City Council

Since reacquiring management of the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, I have resisted posting material here. When I created this site, it was just to experiment with the technology. Thousands of podcasts later, there is a lot here I want to keep as an archive of a certain time.

But I also want to add things, even if those things may just be repurposed content from my other work at Town Crier Productions.  That’s the company I created in 2020 to help me figure out how to make a living covering the world around me as a journalist.

So, I think what I may do for a time is continue to post these and to add a little commentary about the stories where I can. I’m not doing that for this one, nor am I going to repost all of the text. You can read that on Information Charlottesville.

Anyway, here are the first two paragraphs of the story to whet your appetite.


The current administration of the City of Charlottesville has inherited a city government that has struggled to turn ideas for road and multimodal improvement into completed projects. For instance, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded three Smart Scale grants to the city in 2016, but none of them has yet gone to construction. The city saved up millions for a West Main Streetscape project that was canceled last year with the money reprioritized for the renovation of Buford Middle School.

The task of reforming the city’s transportation process has fallen to Deputy City Manager Sam Sanders. Last year, he worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation on a plan to fix the city’s broken process, including the cancellation of a couple other projects. Last year, the city did not submit any applications through the Smart Scale process. That was one concession to VDOT officials who have become impatient with the city’s inability to deliver.



Press conference with new Charlottesville Police Chief Michael Kochis

Michael Kochis will be the next police chief for the City of Charlottesville. He was the final selection of interim City Manager Michael C. Rogers and approved by City Council on December 5, 2022. He will start work on January 16, 2023.

On December 6, Rogers held a virtual press conference to allow members of the media to ask questions of the new chief, who comes to the position after being the chief for the Town of Warrenton in Fauquier County.

Center for Politics forum explores election security in advance of Election Day

On October 18, 2022, the Center for Politics held a seminar in the Rotunda at the University of Virginia called “Hacking Our Elections.” Charlottesville Community Engagement recorded the event and produced this six minute podcast summary.

To read this story, please visit Information Charlottesville

Virginia Film Festival’s 35th annual program is announced

The falling of the leaves is the sign of many things, but the onslaught of autumn also marks the coming of the next Virginia Film Festival. Here’s a very brief preview of the 35th annual event, which will take place November 2 through November 6.

This piece was originally part of the October 12, 2022 edition of Charlottesville Community Engagement. You can read the item here.

Will there be more podcasts from the Virginia Film Festival? Stay tuned!

The opening night film is Glass Onion: A Knives Out mystery

Historical Marker unveiled at Central Library for crucial desegregation case of Swanson v. UVA

On May 19, 2022, a crowd assembled at the intersection of East Market Street and 3rd Street NW in downtown Charlottesville to watch the unveiling of a historic marker to commemorate an important moment in the desegregation of education in Virginia. In 1950, Gregory Swanson applied to attend the University of Virginia School of Law, but he was denied a space because he was Black. He sued in federal court citing 14th Amendment rights to equal protection, and a three-panel judge heard arguments on September 5 that year. Our recording begins with David Plunkett, the director of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

Timeline for podcast:

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:50 – Comments from David Plunkett, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
  • 04:10 – Comments from Risa Goluff, Dean of the University of Virginia School of Law
  • 10:00 – Comments from M. Rick Turner
  • 12:00 – Comments from Donna Price, Chair of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors
  • 15:30 – Comments from Lloyd Snook, Mayor of the City of Charlottesville
A close up of the historical marker unveiled on May 19, 2022

Whole City Podcast: A conversation with Elizabeth Catte on Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia

The Reverend Alex Joyner is the pastor of Charlottesville First United Methodist Church, and he wants to ask questions about what it takes to make a place more whole. One thread in his questioning is the future of Market Street Park in downtown Charlottesville.

In late February of 2022, Reverend Joyner spoke with Elizabeth Catte about her new book Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia.

You can also watch this interview on YouTube.