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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

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Virginia Beach city auditor calls fire department ‘negligent’ in training at home where asbestos was later found; chief says changes are underway

Ed. — This story original appeared in print on Friday, June 8. It was posted in September 2018 for archival purposes. An earlier online version can be found at this link. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – An investigation prepared for the… Continue Reading

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Elections: Princess Anne seat on the Virginia Beach City Council draws a crowded field of candidates

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Four candidates are lined up to challenge Virginia Beach City Councilmember Barbara Henley, the incumbent in the Princess Anne District who has represented the city’s southern communities for much of the past four decades. Five… Continue Reading

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Sheriff’s sergeant announces Virginia Beach City Council candidacy in Princess Anne District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — David Fowler, a sergeant in the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office who lives in Hillcrest Farms, announced this past week that he is running for City Council in the Princess Anne District. His hat is… Continue Reading