Virginia Beach, Chesapeake firefighters face off in special Harbor Park contest for charity

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — Firefighters from Virginia Beach and Chesapeake took the field at Harbor Park on Saturday, Aug. 27, for the first Battle of the Bravest, a charity contest that helped raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The… Continue Reading


New to Virginia Beach, a preacher looks for — and finds — jazz

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — Scott Simpson, a new arrival to Virginia Beach, recently settled his family into Regent Village before he begins his doctoral studies in church history at the university that gave its name to the neighborhood. And Simpson,… Continue Reading


Nonprofit light rail advocacy group named 2012 donors, but takes a different approach in 2016

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach Connex, a campaign seeking “yes” votes in the November light rail referendum, is part of  the nonprofit Light Rail Now, Inc., which was also active during the 2012 referendum about the Tide’s future… Continue Reading


Column: Thirty years later, seeking a change to a service record amid times of progress

BY JORGE SAGUE MIAMI — Thirty years ago, on Aug. 14, 1986, I was discharged from the U.S. Navy because, under oath, I was asked if I was gay. I said yes. That was that.  One single statement made me disruptive… Continue Reading


Column: A walk in Virginia Beach to survive, help others, remember Mom

BY RITA ANN BELL NORFOLK — I truly believe everything happens for a reason.   On the morning of May 27, 2004, I came out of the bathroom expecting another normal workday. To my surprise, my grief-stricken dad, husband and one of… Continue Reading


Future leaders visit with Virginia Beach mounted patrol officers in Pungo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Youth from a leadership development camp visited the Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol Unit at its barn in Pungo on Wednesday, July 20, bringing city kids in contact with law enforcement officers who work on horseback. Members… Continue Reading


For a time, free tickets to Keillor literary festival talk at ODU Norfolk campus; poet Theodore Deppe scheduled for Beach Higher Education Center

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NORFOLK –  Among the highlights of the 38th annual Old Dominion University Festival this coming month is an appearance by Garrison Keillor at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Festival organizers said this event, while free and open… Continue Reading