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As tourist season ends, Sandbridge community gathers for pig pickin’ supporting rescue squad

BY LISA BURKETT VIRGINIA BEACH — When September comes, the resort areas quiet down and the visiting Sandbridge families head back home so their children can get back to school and off to college. Oh, and their parents probably go back… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge: With no federal dollars coming, Virginia Beach will fund next sand replenishment project alone

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach will go it alone again to replenish the beach at Sandbridge because the federal government won’t pony up. Officials in September confirmed that the replenishment project will go ahead next year, possibly in… Continue Reading

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Column: Some locals migrate from Sandbridge come summer

BY LISA BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — When we think of migration, we may think of animals and birds, particularly those in our area like shorebirds, monarch butterflies and those beautiful whales jumping and feeding at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Many… Continue Reading

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Beachcomber’s most valuable finds are peace, beauty of dawn in Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Robert Rayson, a Chesapeake man who was a Navy cook and works in a shipyard, saw a commercial for a metal detector. It seemed like fun. So he bit. Now he sometimes combs the beach at… Continue Reading

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The Thief of Red Mill: Even after criminal convictions, Virginia Beach police say he went back to stealing

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE RED MILL — Last summer, Virginia Beach police assembled a number of local contractors in the yard of a home in Red Mill to identify goods stolen in a series of burglaries and thefts that plagued areas around… Continue Reading

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PAINCast: Virginia Beach author Toni Guagenti guests on latest podcast

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – The second episode of PAINCast, an occasional podcast of The Independent News, features Toni Guagenti, author of a 100 Things to Do in Virginia Beach Before You Die. Guagenti serves as media manager for Mayor… Continue Reading

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In Virginia Beach, a Sandbridge dance class has tapping feet and camaraderie — and it always ends with a kick

BY VENI FIELDS SANDBRIDGE — It was a fun little miracle in Sandbridge. It came with a pair of 52-year-old tap shoes. Tina Ciccone had been searching for a while for just the right dance class to have a little fun… Continue Reading

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Saying goodbye to Marshall Belanga, fisherman and businessperson known for seafood market near Sandbridge

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE SANDBRIDGE — When he was a boy, Marshall Belanga sometimes walked several miles down the beach to join his father, Luther Belanga, who fished at a camp in what is now False Cape State Park. Marshall Belanga,… Continue Reading