This weekend’s Winter Wildlife Festival connects you with ‘watchable wildlife’ in Virginia Beach and beyond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The Winter Wildlife Festival this weekend will feature a number of exhibitions and activities for families and outdoors lovers at the Princess Anne Recreation Center and the Princess Anne Area Library next door. But that’s… Continue Reading


Us: Poetry by Dr. Luisa A. Igloria

  Letter, Fumbling Around in the Dark Again “They can be like the sun, words. They can do for the heart what light can for a field.” — St. John of the Cross Dear fellow pilgrim, today the road seems… Continue Reading


2017: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that ran in print or online during this past year. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow, and then navigate using controls or your arrow keys. Here’s to a safe,… Continue Reading


Photos: Breakfast with Santa at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN — Young people and a jolly old elf spoke of Christmas requests over pancakes and eggs on Saturday, Dec. 2, during the Virginia Beach Farmers Martket’s annual Breakfast With Santa event, which kicked off with a morning… Continue Reading


Sometimes love means wearing reindeer antlers because Mom wants you to wear reindeer antlers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — Jonathan Montes is a Norfolk State University student who is studying chemistry because he plans to go into the nanotechnology field. Those are some serious studies, but he still makes time to help his mom. Lanita… Continue Reading


Town Center: A private club in Virginia Beach welcomes the art-loving public

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS TOWN CENTER — Town Center City Club is a private club that caters to businesspeople, offering a quiet place to meet and dine, but its arms are open to all who support work by local artists.  The club’s… Continue Reading


Agriculture: Efforts continue to connect veterans, Virginia farmers to build food security, opportunity

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE A gathering called American Farmer tonight in Hampton will benefit the Virginia chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, which aims to link veterans and the agriculture industry to get them farming. The tribute to farmers will include… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach Farmers Market seeks craft vendors for upcoming events

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN – The Virginia Beach Farmers Market at Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads is looking for craft vendors to participate in upcoming shows at the market. Upcoming special events, all of them on Saturdays from 10… Continue Reading


From the Editor: A word about the art of Rick Friday; reintroducing The Independent News’ community work

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Farmer, writer and artist Rick Friday, whose cartoons appear in The Independent News, made national news last year after a cartoon criticizing salaries of Big Ag executives angered an advertiser of Farm News, which canned him.… Continue Reading


At Blue, a home for fresh seafood and dining with local ingredients at Red Mill Commons in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE RED MILL — Executive chef Charles Thain considers sweet potato biscuits to be one of his signature recipes. So how did a Virginia Beach native come to be identified with a dish that most people associate with… Continue Reading