Fluvanna Review

Maria Nini, grandson Luca and daughter Claudia Cracchiolo.Sal’s is located in Fork Union and in Scottsville and now at Lake Monticello so fans of the restaurant don’t have to go far for their terrific Italian fare.

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One of many trees at the Williams’ home.Five Lake Monticello families are ready to open their doors to share their holiday traditions during the 24th Annual Holiday House Tour, Saturday (Dec. 8).
Open this year are the West home, 30 Seminole Trail; the Seehaver home, 40A Marwood Drive; the Williams home, 9 Adrian Road; the Stenger home, 23 Whippoorwill Lane; and the LaRosa home, 6 Hawk’s Place.

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Without much warning, Two J’s Smokehouse closed Sept. 1.

But barbeque lovers don’t despair, Two J’s is reopening around the corner in the same building, said co-owner Megan Ball.

 

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Lake Monticello Police Chief Thomas BoisvertLake Monticello Owners Association meetings have taken on a different flair under Valerie Palamountain’s leadership.

Palamountain now has each department head reporting to the Board at the monthly meeting and that includes crime statistics from Lake Police Chief Thomas Boisvert.
“I introduced it – asking police, maintenance, and finance to make the reports,” Palamountain said. “(General Manager) CatherIne  Neelley will give reports on the big things. It makes for a more open board.”

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Talavious Hughes. Photo by Fluvanna Sports Photography (fluvannaphotos.com)Munro Rateau has been coaching the Flying Flucos boys’ basketball team for quite a while, and he has been consistently successful. This year, he reports that his team has a lot of experience, as he has a number of players returning who logged significant minutes last season.
In addition to these veteran returnees, the Flucos will feature two highly talented seniors who did not play for the Flucos last year. While last year’s squad did not have a true point guard, Coach Rateau expects that that role will be filled this year by Hunter Deforge who missed all of last season with a knee injury.
Also returning to play for the Flucos this year is guard/forward Vinnie Agee. Agee’s return will be huge. As a sophomore for the Flucos, he was voted first team all-district and first team all-region, and Jefferson District player of the year.
Two returning players who Rateau notes are “bigger and stronger” are guards Talavious Hughes and Julian Bonner. Hughes was one of the top scorers on last year’s team. He is a quick slasher who also has some three point range. Bonner is a rebounder and defender who operates closer in to the basket.
Also returning is senior center Nafeese Simms, who started most of last season. He will be expected to rebound and defend inside again this year. Sophomore Shemar Williams has good size and will get playing time in the post as well.
Also returning with plenty of playing time under their belts will be football standouts junior Gavin Patrick, a forward, and senior Jake Mooney, also listed as a forward. Sophomore point guard Jameel Wilson also returns and will get playing time. Rateau also has a number of players up from last year’s JV squad who may contribute as the season progresses.
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