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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

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Media: Virginian-Pilot workshop an opportunity for local high school students interested in journalism

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS The Virginian-Pilot is accepting applications for its 31st summer journalism workshop, an opportunity for local high school students to work with professionals in the region’s leading newsroom — and develop skills and stories. The free workshop is… Continue Reading

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In addition to police work, Virginia Beach’s mounted patrol delivers community cheer

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Between the lettuce and tomatoes she was stacking on a row of turkey on white sandwiches, Kaiya Putman noticed movement outside the plate glass window at the Jersey Mike’s Subs in Landstown.  When she glanced… Continue Reading

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Photos: Face to face with livestock at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN — Young people came face to face with livestock last month during the Virginia Beach Farmers Market’s annual Harvest Fair and Craft Show at the market where Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads meet.  The 4-H Livestock Club… Continue Reading

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Birdhouse blossomed into business at The Garden Box in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — Some years ago, one of Fred Jordan’s sons came home with a Cub Scouts project. He had to build a birdhouse. Build they did.  “The next thing you know, we had 30 birdhouses in the house,”… Continue Reading

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Each Wednesday, bidders find fresh deals at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market produce auction

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN — On a recent Wednesday evening, people bought local sweet corn during the weekly produce auction at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market. And cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, fresh fruit and so much more. The auctions, led by Gene… Continue Reading

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Saying goodbye to Uncle Chuck’s Seafood at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — Early this month, just about everything was for sale at Uncle Chuck’s Seafood, and the people who came wanted to buy some of the seafood, of course, and possibly fridges and such, but some wanted signs… Continue Reading

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Haircuts at Caste’s have loyal following, Navy history

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — For much of his Navy career, Ernesto Castaneda served as a ship’s serviceman, which meant he handled things such as the ship’s store, vending machines and cutting hair. He worked for a vending company after he left… Continue Reading

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Eggzilla, monster of an omelet, challenges many at Princess Anne County Grill

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — The brave, having ventured to Princess Anne County Grill at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, tuck in to a giant meal called Eggzilla. It is a massive six-egg omelet stuffed with veggies, cheese, sausage links and patties… Continue Reading

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Column: We need to streamline the way students find financial help

BY LORRAINE SANTALUCIA I graduated debt free from Virginia Commonwealth University – twice. I won more than $40,000 in scholarships and $25,000 in grants toward my undergraduate and post-baccalaureate degrees. I’m not the average case.  Student loan debt has been… Continue Reading