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Letter: Ending farmland preservation in rural communities a dishonest idea

Dear Editor: Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen believes that the agricultural reserve program, or ARP, is no longer needed. That statement in itself should set off flares.  Remember that City Councilmember Barbara Henley, who represents the Princess Anne District,… Continue Reading

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ARP: Ending farmland preservation program inconsistent with Virginia Beach’s Comprehensive Plan

The author, the former Comprehensive Planning Coordinator in Virginia Beach, argues that preserving the Virginia Beach Agricultural Reserve Program within the proposed operating budget and capital improvement plan is consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan. BY JERYL ROSE PHILLIPS VIRGINIA… Continue Reading

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Letter: There is no excuse for ending the agricultural reserve program

Dear Editor: I grew up in Pungo at Vaughan Farms, and I now live in Massachusetts. It baffles me that here in Massachusetts, where people think “city,” municipalities actively seek to purchase open land and green space from citizens to… Continue Reading

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Henley: Virginia Beach must save the agricultural reserve program due to, not despite, concern about flooding

BY BARBARA HENLEY VIRGINIA BEACH — We’ve come to take our agricultural reserve program for granted. Time has passed and there has been a lot of turnover of people, so the value of it is not fully understood. Our ARP was… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach city manager proposes ending agricultural reserve program, shifting funds to flooding projects

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen wants to end the agricultural reserve program, which buys development rights so farmers can continue to work their land, and put that money toward flooding. The ARP, as it… Continue Reading

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Only at Renee’s, a taste of the Philippines, coming soon to Red Mill

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE RED MILL — When Emma Dizon was a child, she and her family pushed a metal shopping cart, loaded with food her father prepared in their Queens home, down the New York City sidewalks to a nearby… Continue Reading

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First Precinct police officer, supervisor of year recognized in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A sergeant in charge of a decorated community policing unit and an officer who worked a case last year that took drugs and a weapon off the street were honored as the supervisor and officer… Continue Reading

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Column: Celebrating the season of engagements while avoiding stress

BY KENDRA LOUKA PUNGO — Valentine’s Day surely rerouted the planned paths for some people. Only two years ago, the U.S Census Bureau reported $2.6 billion in jewelry merchandise sales in February.  Such as engagement rings.  Valentine’s Day is a marked… Continue Reading

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With improved city relations, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum working to sustain its historic work

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – The director of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum said the museum seems to be on better footing with the city following two years of near-cuts to city funding that help sustain the museum in… Continue Reading

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Citing unfinished business, Henley seeks reelection in Princess Anne District in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Councilmember Barbara Henley, a farmer who first joined the Virginia Beach City Council four decades ago and an advocate for land preservation and limiting rural development, says she is running again this year to… Continue Reading