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Column: Now my toddlers are kids — and here come the team sports

BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN VIRGINIA BEACH — First time soccer mom here – and this gig is no joke. Both my kids have grown out of the adorably tumultuous toddler stage, and now they are full-blown K-I-D-S.  Kids with unabashed six-year-old… Continue Reading

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A sand soccer pitch stands ready behind medical office in Virginia Beach’s Corporate Landing area

BY ANGELA HURNI CORPORATE LANDING — People driving down Dam Neck Road or Corporate Landing Parkway may never realize that there is a regulation size sand soccer pitch – or playing field – at Corporate Landing Medical Center. It is a… Continue Reading

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With help, folding paper cranes at the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE MOUNT TRASHMORE — Katie and Justin Copeland were together during the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing at Mount Trashmore. With the help of a volunteer, they learned to fold paper cranes, a symbol of hope.… Continue Reading

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A young survivor’s message of strength from the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope

BY ISABELLE KESSLER VIRGINIA BEACH — Sharing a story of hope is something I never thought I would be able to do. That is exactly the reason why I write – to share with you the uphill battle it took for… Continue Reading

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Essay: Making things grow in a Virginia Beach community garden

BY DENISE FINKBEINER HOLDEN VIRGINIA BEACH — I’m no farmer, but I can get stuff to grow. Whether I can get family to eat all their vegetables is another matter.  I planted myself out of our Strawbridge-area yard a while… Continue Reading

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Column: With curtain of paper cranes – and more – event Saturday at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach seeks to end stigma of suicide

BY POLLY SIEMANN VIRGINIA BEACH — On Saturday, Sept. 9, I will  again be one of thousands coming together as a community to walk at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach. This walk, the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing,… Continue Reading

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Letter: Trumpcare is a hazard to our health and our pocketbooks

Dear Editor: Some members of Congress claim the American Health Care Act (AHCA) reduces healthcare costs relative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We are physicians and scholars from Hampton Roads who have examined healthcare policy, and we believe the… Continue Reading

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Podcast with Chris Gilchrist of the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope available from The Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – The first edition of PAINCast, a podcast produced by The Independent News, is available for free download at the newspaper’s website. The podcast features a conversation with Chris Gilchrist of the Hampton Roads Morning of… Continue Reading

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Youth hoops rebound with new Creeds Athletic Association league

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Organized basketball for youth from age 4 through fifth grade is back in the southernmost reaches of Virginia Beach. The season opened in January.  The league was organized by the Creeds Athletic Association. In addition to… Continue Reading

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PAINCast: A conversation with Chris Gilchrist of The Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing

  BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I’ve posted our first podcast, a conversation from earlier this year with Chris Gilchrist about the coming Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing. Gilchrist, a licensed clinical social worker, is the longtime leader… Continue Reading