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After end of Virginia Beach City Council service, Ross-Hammond looks forward to continued service, work with coming African American cultural center

BY VENI FIELDS KEMPSVILLE — Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond’s phone started ringing early on Wednesday, Nov. 9, a day after newcomer Jessica Abbott was voted into the Kempsville District city council seat Ross-Hammond had occupied for the last four years. “People wanted… Continue Reading

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New Virginia Beach councilperson in Kempsville District lists drainage, transparency among her priorities

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE – Biking and hiking trails, improved drainage and driverless busses are priorities for newly-elected City Councilmember Jessica Abbott, who was sworn in this month to represent the Kempsville District.  Abbott said she would like to… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Virginia Beach City Council, Kempsville District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Kempsville District seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern communities. This appeared in print… Continue Reading

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Column: Step by step, turning to running as part of a quest for fitness shows camaraderie

BY ADAM JONES KEMPSVILLE — After ignoring warnings from my doctor about my annual weight gain, I resolved this year to reverse the momentum.  I now visit the gym as part of each workday. Well, most work days. My workouts may seem… Continue Reading

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Bandleader Sinnett brings new release, Zero to 60, to Birdland Music

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KEMPSVILLE — Local jazz bandleader Jae Sinnett dropped by Birdland Music in Providence Square this past month to sign copies of his latest release, Zero to 60, his 14th recording as a leader.  The drummer and composer talked… Continue Reading