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: Keep light rail on track to benefit the future of all Virginia Beach

BY MARTHA MCCLEES VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia Beach is far more diverse than most citizens realize – in its history, natural assets and character. As we plan for the city’s future, we will be wise to grow and enhance those elements… Continue Reading


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