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Juneteenth: Churches, locals join together to celebrate historic moment

Ed. — This originally appeared in print in the July 5, 2019, edition. BY SHELLY SLOCUM VIRGINIA BEACH — The community gathered at New Hope Baptist Church to celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday, June 22.  “This is the first Juneteenth in the city… Continue Reading

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Us: The Rev. Dr. James Allen of the Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference

BY JAMES ALLEN VIRGINIA BEACH — I write this as we approach another Memorial Day, when service men and women are putting their lives on the line for all of us, and I am reminded of one thing that stays… Continue Reading

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Prosecutors do not pursue two charges against former human rights chair, third charge may be dropped after two years of good behavior 

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Raj Islam resigned as chairperson of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission on Friday, March 1, though he said he will continue to serve as a member. The criminal charges that led to his resignation as chairperson… Continue Reading

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Column: Out in the cold, counting the people who need help in our city

BY JIMMY FROST VIRGINIA BEACH — I thought twice about rolling out of a warm bed, taking a hot shower and heading out the door at 3:30 a.m. But I walked out the door, and I was immediately assaulted by the cold,… Continue Reading

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An advocate for the homeless in Virginia Beach completes two decades with the city, but the work continues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Vince Dozier used to run when things went wrong, leave his Back Bay home and head into the woods. He loved someone, but she loved drugs. Once she told him, I’m going to do this until… Continue Reading

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During gathering following Ramadan, looking forward to a place of worship

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — People joined together on Friday, June 15, for an Eid al-Fitr picnic following the end of the holy month of Ramadan and to appreciate the site that will be the future home of the Crescent… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lois Thompson

BY LOIS THOMPSON I have proudly served with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for more than 18 years. Throughout my tenure, being part of the community has always been a top priority for me. I try to instill in the next… 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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Us: Virginia Beach CASA Volunteer Jennifer O’Connor

BY JENNIFER O’CONNOR I am not a native of Virginia Beach. In fact, I am not even a native of Virginia.  My journey as a volunteer started when I was a high school student in Massachusetts. Now I volunteer here as… Continue Reading

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Us: The Rev. Dr. James Allen of the Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference

BY JAMES ALLEN When speaking to people of the Christian faith, I often remind them that to be “Christian” means we are to be “Christ-like.”  By necessity, we should know what Christ taught, what he preached and accept the miracles… Continue Reading