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Approved by City Council, mini golf course near Sandbridge Road may be up and putting in spring at Anderson’s

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE — A mini golf course with a local theme may open in the spring if the weather cooperates and construction proceeds on schedule, according to Jason Blanchette, owner of Anderson’s of Virginia Beach. The City… Continue Reading

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At FilFest USA 2018, a community gathering for all — and a big dance

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS OCEANFRONT — FilFest USA 2018, the fourth year of an annual festival celebrating Filipino culture in Hampton Roads, came to Rudee Loop this year, bringing thousands of people out for a gathering of family, food and fun. This… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council clears way for ice skating rink at farmers market

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Ice skating may become a regular winter activity at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market after the City Council voted last month to use more than $167,000 for electrical upgrades. The funding, left over from the… Continue Reading

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Ice skating rink could draw people to Virginia Beach Farmers Market, giving year-round businesses a winter boost

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The Virginia Beach Farmers Market could be the site of an ice skating rink this winter, creating a family-friendly attraction near the intersection of Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads and boosting traffic for year-round… Continue Reading

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Amid the Peach Festival, a local barber went to work

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — Bryce Tyler Wootton, a 28-year-old licensed master barber, moved back home to the island in May after several years in Virginia Beach. In late June, he set up a chair beneath a tent during… Continue Reading

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This year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival included a parade that soared

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Nelson Eskey didn’t get a clear view of the parade below when he flew a World War II military aircraft above Princess Anne Road during the 35th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday, May… Continue Reading

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Photos: The Party at the Pier in Sandbridge

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SANDBRIDGE — This year’s Party at the Pier featured music by the local country band Buck Shot VB and great weather, bringing locals and tourists to Little Island Park and Fishing Pier on Friday, June 15. The annual event… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission Member Michael Berlucchi

BY MICHAEL BERLUCCHI Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  My experiences in volunteerism and civic engagement inform me that this statement is true, but it… Continue Reading

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Pungo Strawberry Festival 2018: The ‘berry best’ of Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The dignitaries for the 35th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival, which begins this weekend, were announced during the annual festival press conference and lunch this month at the Culpepper Barn in Pungo. They are the celebrities… Continue Reading

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Celebrating the ‘berry’ heart of Virginia Beach with the Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the Wednesday, May 9, press conference announcing the dignitaries and theme.  BY TODD JONES PUNGO — On behalf of the Pungo Strawberry Festival Board, the committee chairs and the many volunteers… Continue Reading