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412Q BBQ opens a new, permanent home in ‘downtown’ Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Michael Heckman is on a mission to put Pungo on the map. “I want people from all over the world to come to Pungo for its barbecue,” said Heckman, the owner of 412Q BBQ in… Continue Reading

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Puerto Rico: Virginia Beach restaurant gathers supplies, aids recovery from devastating impact of Hurricane Maria

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Raquel Rivera, who came stateside in 2003, still has family in Puerto Rico, and she was devastated when Hurricane Maria struck the island this past month. “The whole island is destroyed, and we… Continue Reading

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Small businesses in Virginia Beach backed by big ideas and potential

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Amy Cotter felt devastated when she learned that she would be retired from the U.S. Navy for medical reasons. So Cotter found a way to fill a void in her life by establishing The… Continue Reading

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All the way from Alaska, new director aims to build relationships at Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE BACK BAY — Growing up in Alaska, where small planes are used routinely for transportation, Jarod Hoogland became so interested in aircraft that he decided to carve out a career in aviation history. Hoogland, who formerly worked… Continue Reading

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Beach N’ Seafood brings seafood back to Virginia Beach Farmers Market

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE LANDSTOWN — When it comes to seafood, Eric Gamble puts the emphasis on local. Gamble, owner of Beach N’ Seafood Co. at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, stocks local favorites, including Eastern Shore oysters, Little Neck clams… Continue Reading

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Wind-driven floods make themselves felt in southern Virginia Beach area

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Wind tides caused by strong southerly winds have led to road closures and high water signs on portions of Sandbridge and Indian River roads and flooded other local streets this spring, meaning inconvenience… Continue Reading

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At Blue, a home for fresh seafood and dining with local ingredients at Red Mill Commons in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE RED MILL — Executive chef Charles Thain considers sweet potato biscuits to be one of his signature recipes. So how did a Virginia Beach native come to be identified with a dish that most people associate with… Continue Reading

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Strawberries: Prized local fruit stars in three dishes at The Whiskey Kitchen

  BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Southern Virginia Beach marks the arrival of spring by the ripening strawberries, and locals celebrate the season by hitting the fields with buckets and baskets in hand.   Many pick pounds at a… 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

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From the Editor: Thanking the Virginia Beach agriculture department and Excellence in Agriculture committee; The Indy heads to Richmond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Jane Bloodworth Rowe wrote a story in a recent paper about the Morris family, who earned the 2016 Excellence in Agriculture Award for generations of work.  And coverage of the banquet this past month appeared in… Continue Reading