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On behalf of the Frawley family, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to every one of the wonderful people for the delicious meals, the beautiful cards, and the many prayers during this very difficult time. I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate your kindness and support.
We are so blessed to live in a community like this. The caring and love that comes from everyone is amazing. Jim loved it here. As hard as this journey has been, you have all made it just a little easier for us to bear. God bless all of you.

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Supervisor O’Brien wishes for more information on land use taxation “so the Board can make a reasoned, well informed decision about whether land use is good for the county.” I am happy for the opportunity to help educate him.
Mr. O’Brien apparently fails to grasp that his “fairness” argument cuts two ways. While the rural landowner may only pay a reduced rate of taxes on qualifying parcels, this is a far cry from the tax exempt status of significant portions of Lake Monticello. Available public records show at least 35 LMOA owned parcels within the community are tax exempt. The underlying economic theory is that the value of the amenities will result in a higher valuation of the residences that enjoy the amenities and, consequently, a higher tax payment. In water-access subdivisions at Lake Anna, where every home has a deeded boat slip, this theory holds true. In Lake Monticello, however, it breaks down, as the amenities are undersized for the population present by any standard reference work on land use development. While the waterfront and golf course homes do exhibit the benefits of the theory, these properties are only a small fraction of the homes in the community. Having done a matched pair analysis of the “typical lot” homes and their counterparts outside the lake, I can make a compelling argument that Lake Monticello’s commonly owned areas should lose their tax exempt status. This would result in a higher home owners’ association (HOA) fee required to pay those taxes and would be wildly unpopular with Mr. O’Brien’s core constituency already straining under HOA fees and high water and sewer fees.
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In the Fluvanna Review of March 16 on page 14 in an article written by your correspondent, it is stated that the remains of a navigation lock now on display at Pleasant Grove were taken from the Rivanna River some time ago. It was not taken from the river. The artifact was found in the woodland behind the tree line on the bank. It had been carried there by a flood. The remains were placed in shelter and for many years the heart pine timbers were treated in an effort to preserve them, and the metal was covered with one coat of paint. It is against the law to remove artifacts from the river. We hope you will print this correction statement.

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a week devoted to the millions of Americans who become victims of crime each year and the advocates who provide services to them, begins on April 10. This year’s theme, “Serving Victims, Building Trust, Restoring Hope,” captures the essence of the victims’ rights movement and the goals of those who dedicate their lives to serving them.
Serving victims – This is the foundation of victim advocacy.  Advocates serve victims on a daily basis in a variety of ways: advising victims of their rights, providing necessary referrals, helping victims prepare victim impact statements and request restitution, and generally assisting victims in their recovery from the crime. No one expects to become a victim, but advocates and prosecutors work diligently to ensure that victims are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
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I was relieved to read in the Fluvanna Review that Sheriff Eric Hess has invited the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to study the high-accident section of South Boston Rd. between the Riverside Gate and Broken Island Rd. That strip of less than a half mile had 11 accidents last year, including five in December.
Some of the contributing factors are obvious to us whose properties back up to that section. Because South Boston Rd. is one of the two main corridors to Charlottesville and Zion Crossroads, Riverside is a highly congested area. Two of the five gates to Lake Monticello are located there, the only such dual gate location.

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