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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lois Thompson

BY LOIS THOMPSON I have proudly served with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for more than 18 years. Throughout my tenure, being part of the community has always been a top priority for me. I try to instill in the next… Continue Reading

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Amid busy summer months, lifeguards are on duty at beach in Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Just before Memorial Day Weekend, the kickoff of the true tourist season in Sandbridge, city lifeguards gathered to train together at their Little Island headquarters. They were young and old, many of them returning year after… Continue Reading

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Us: Volunteer Cheryl Scott of Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver

BY CHERYL SCOTT I volunteer for Project Lifesaver because it is a lifeline for people who have a loved one with cognitive issues and a tendency to wander. I personally was faced with that exact situation.  My mother left my house… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Chaplain Lindy Casale-Rinaldi

BY LINDY CASALE-RINALDI In our family, community volunteerism is generational. From my early childhood days to adulthood, I don’t remember a time when my family was not involved in community volunteering in some capacity, whether it was with church, scouts,… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Princess Anne District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked announced candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Princess Anne District seat to answer an initial set of questions about issues. This appeared in print on Friday, May 25, during the edition distributed at this… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Deputy Rick Wilson

BY RICK WILSON I have had the honor and pleasure of working as an auxiliary deputy sheriff with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for almost three years. The opportunity to work with the law enforcement community as a volunteer has been… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach EMS Human Resources Officer For Volunteers Jahmelle Sherman

BY JAHMELLE SHERMAN I volunteer because I believe in service to your community. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction in giving of your time and energy for the greater good. When you volunteer, you do it knowing the only… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Volunteer Flight Officer Barry Kirschner

BY BARRY KIRSCHNER I grew up in Kempsville and now reside in the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach with my wife and two boys. I have been volunteering with the city of Virginia Beach since 2007 with both the Virginia Beach… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach CASA Volunteer Jennifer O’Connor

BY JENNIFER O’CONNOR I am not a native of Virginia Beach. In fact, I am not even a native of Virginia.  My journey as a volunteer started when I was a high school student in Massachusetts. Now I volunteer here as… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Department Chaplain Don Hipple

BY DON HIPPLE I have been involved in volunteering for several years. From 1980 to 2003, I worked with the Special Olympics program and also taught a Bible class to mentally challenged adults. In January 1986, I traveled to Kenya for… Continue Reading