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Column: Learning to speak the new language of the novel coronavirus

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — I was talking to a friend on the phone recently when I realized we were speaking a new language – Covid.   Rather, our vocabulary contained words and phrases used in a new way: words that… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Plant a tree for a healthy ecosystem — or just a nice spot to nap

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Aug. 23, print edition. BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I woke up from a nap the other day, after reading about trees, and I had a visceral feeling of being tethered to the atmosphere… Continue Reading

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Column: Demonstrate our commitment to others during the coronavirus pandemic

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — When the pandemic news began to trickle in, my emotions started to play havoc with my mind, and I feel like I’ve been on a zip line looking for the platform where I can stop,… Continue Reading

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Column: Debunking a few common gardening myths, such as where to put that banana peel

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — A recent conversation with Alexandra Cantwell, adult education manager at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, showed me much of what I thought I knew about gardening was myth. “You might hear anecdotal evidence that some… Continue Reading

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Column: Help is available for our businesses, citizens, and city priorities remain in place while we deal with the coronavirus crisis

BY BARBARA HENLEY PUNGO — Even though we are still not able to have regular meetings, and the monthly Princess Anne District Forum was again canceled this past month, there is work being done and issues to be discussed.   The budget… Continue Reading

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Column: An ode to toilet paper, elusive friend, until we meet again

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — If anyone had told any of us at New Year’s that we would be discussing on a global level one of our most intimate purchasing habits without even blushing about it …   But strangely, here… Continue Reading

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Northam says Virginia Beach can open beaches for recreational use by Memorial Day weekend; Dyer vows ‘safe’ reopening

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia Beach, the resort city that has seen its tourism industry battered by shutdowns meant to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, can reopen public beaches for recreational use… Continue Reading

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Column: Using technology to keep in touch with the people we care about during a pandemic

BY TONI GUAGENTI VIRGINIA BEACH — Early in the pandemic, I lay in bed on a Sunday morning and thought about the ramifications of the self-quarantine on my social life. Some of us are gregarious by nature – extroverts, believe it… Continue Reading

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Kiggans: Masks are needed — and ongoing effort to provide them can bring about unlikely alliances

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, April 12, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — State Sen. Jen Kiggans, a Virginia Beach Republican and a nurse practitioner, says efforts to make cloth masks and mask covers are helping… Continue Reading

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Column: A call to arms to produce mask covers during new coronavirus health crisis

BY JAMES HATCHER AND CHRISTINA HOLLOWAY VIRGINIA BEACH — Our nation, our communities and our healthcare system are under attack from an invisible enemy. In fact, the whole world is facing an escalating crisis that we have not faced since the 1918 influenza… Continue Reading