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Berlucchi wins special election in Rose Hall District to keep seat on Virginia Beach City Council

BY JULIE TAYLOR VIRGINIA BEACH — Michael Berlucchi will continue to represent the Rose Hall District on the Virginia Beach City Council in the year to come. Berlucchi handily defeated challenger C. Conrad Schesventer II, according to unofficial returns from… Continue Reading

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Elections: Rose Hall District council candidates on farming, flooding during rural issues forum

BY JULIE TAYLOR BACK BAY –  Virginia Beach City Council candidates Michael Berlucchi and C. Conrad Schesventer II, who are both running for the Rose Hall District seat in the Tuesday, Nov. 5, special election, have differing views on the… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Rose Hall District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Rose Hall District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council candidate wants courts to kick two others in race for Beach District seat off the ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch, a businessperson who has run for local office unsuccesfully in the past, recently said he liked his odds this year in a three-person race to represent the Beach District on the Virginia… Continue Reading

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Chief addresses violent crime drop, rise in larcenies, update on Virginia Beach mass shooting investigation

Ed. — This ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Violent crime fell overall in the first half of this year compared to last year’s statistics for the city, even as the homicide rate rose… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Two candidates drop out, one comes in amid shuffle in Virginia Beach City Council special elections

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Within a day of each other, two people ended their runs in the special election to represent the Beach District seat on the… Continue Reading

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Owens reps Rose Hall District seat on Virginia Beach School Board

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 28, chose Jessica Owens, a state social service curriculum writer, to fill the vacant Rose Hall seat until a special election is decided – and the board’s chairperson vowed… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission Member Michael Berlucchi

BY MICHAEL BERLUCCHI Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  My experiences in volunteerism and civic engagement inform me that this statement is true, but it… Continue Reading

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Column: Continuing the work of connecting Hampton Roads law enforcement, LGBT communities

BY MICHAEL BERLUCCHI Departments in all seven major Hampton Roads cities have now appointed liaison officers to serve as a bridge between police and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people. The latest to step into this role is… Continue Reading

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After postponement, student-led Gay-Straight Alliance event at Cox High School brings hundreds together

BY COURTNEY HERRICK  GREAT NECK – People packed the auditorium at Frank W. Cox High School on Monday, Jan. 30, for the school’s first ever Gay-Straight Alliance assembly – a forum called “Love Is Love” that was organized by the… Continue Reading