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Retired city police officer Day launches challenge for Princess Anne District School Board seat

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A retired city police officer who works as a substitute teacher is running for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board. Paul Day, 59, will challenge incumbent Kim Melnyk, a… Continue Reading

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Melnyk seeks reelection in Princess Anne District, aims to continue work in ‘top notch’ Virginia Beach schools

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Kim Melnyk, a small business owner and former elementary school teacher who lives in Christopher Farms, is seeking a second term representing the Princess Anne District on the Virginia Beach School Board. Melnyk, 51,… Continue Reading

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Column: In the wake of Florida shooting, a promise to act in the name of preventing gun violence

Ed. – The following is adapted from remarks delivered last month at Town Center during a vigil organized by local members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School… Continue Reading

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Letter: Connecting to essays about “Us” in The Independent News

Dear Editor: The Dec. 15 edition of The Independent News, you featured essays from several people, and you asked readers to respond about what we can do to build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization. After reading essays from… Continue Reading

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Us: Dr. D. Alex Bergren, principal of Princess Anne Middle School

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY D. ALEX BERGREN Perhaps this is the kind of thing one would expect to hear from an educator, but the path… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates 21st District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the 21st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited. The following responses… Continue Reading

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Oceana: Schools, Navy partner again to bring fifth graders to air show

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA — Amid displays of military technology and aerial prowess, the entire fifth grade from Virginia Beach schools visited the Oceana Air Show on Friday, Sept. 15, where students learned about science, technology, engineering and… Continue Reading

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Grant means five more Virginia Beach high schools will embrace initiative helping military-connected districts

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA – A $4 million grant will help five Virginia Beach high schools implement a college readiness program through the National Math and Science Initiative, which works with schools serving military families. That applies… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: With ‘fake news,’ Salem High journalists teach a lesson about critical thinking

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I read with interest when Eric Hodies of The Virginian-Pilot reported that student journalists at Salem High School made up a story and published it this month to teach a lesson about what some call “fake news.” … Continue Reading