Sister Cities: People from around the world unite in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT –  Virginia Beach hosted the 61st annual conference of Sister Cities International this past month, bringing people from around the world to the city in support of the organization’s vision to encourage peace through interactions between… Continue Reading


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


Virginia Beach police chief discusses role of citizens advisory committees

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Sometimes good things can evolve from bad things, Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera said on Tuesday, April 4, during a meeting of the First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee at the municipal center. Cervera said… Continue Reading


Column: Continuing the work of connecting Hampton Roads law enforcement, LGBT communities

BY MICHAEL BERLUCCHI Departments in all seven major Hampton Roads cities have now appointed liaison officers to serve as a bridge between police and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people. The latest to step into this role is… Continue Reading


Column: I was there for those who agree — and those who do not

BY MARIANNE WINESETT WASHINGTON — I was there. It’s become the battle cry for every woman and man that participated in the many marches held around the country and the world. This proclamation is either met with a look of scornful disdain… Continue Reading


Column: As an introvert marches in Washington, meeting others matters more than speeches

BY ERICA HOWELL WASHINGTON — “Life begins where your comfort zone ends.” This is the mantra I repeated to myself in the days leading up to the Women’s March on Washington. As an introvert, participating in this march was far outside… Continue Reading


Column: In marches here and afar, many came together to represent an America that was already great

BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN NORFOLK — There we were: two suburban moms from Virginia Beach making the trek into downtown Norfolk via the Tide with our large cardboard signs. We didn’t know what to expect. We just knew we had to… Continue Reading


Column: Even for one who isn’t the type to protest, women’s march was something greater than anticipated

BY DENISE FINKBEINER HOLDEN  WASHINGTON — I like my comfort. I’m not the type to protest, walking around with strangers carrying posters for each other to read. I voted. I said my piece. But, each for our own reasons in the span… Continue Reading


After postponement, student-led Gay-Straight Alliance event at Cox High School brings hundreds together

BY COURTNEY HERRICK  GREAT NECK – People packed the auditorium at Frank W. Cox High School on Monday, Jan. 30, for the school’s first ever Gay-Straight Alliance assembly – a forum called “Love Is Love” that was organized by the… Continue Reading


Column: A Virginia Beach mom speaks out against prejudice in life and online

BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN VIRGINIA BEACH — There are a few things that are obvious to people when they meet me: I’m short. I’m not white. I am unabashedly Filipino-American – and I wear that hyphenation with pride. My skin is… Continue Reading