Editorial: Virginia Beach should not move City Hall to Town Center

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS “We have an opportunity to make a major consideration,” City Manager Dave Hansen said Tuesday, June 6, while briefing the City Council about an Armada Hoffler proposal to move City Hall to Town Center. The City Council… Continue Reading


Column: With festival, a celebration of the value of Virginia Beach agriculture

Ed. note — This column ran in print shortly before the 34th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival. BY DAVID TRIMMER VIRGINIA BEACH — It is a great time of year as we approach Memorial Day. Our daylight grows by the day, the agriculture… Continue Reading


Column: Girl Scouts empowers girls — and it has value for adults, too

BY ANGELA SANDELIER PUNGO — In 1929, there were only 117 female pilots in the U.S. Amelia Earhart invited them all to join together to provide support for one another. They named their group The Ninety-Nines to represent its 99 charter… Continue Reading


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


Letter: There are many ways to get involved in Virginia Beach

Dear Editor: Even before your Friday, Nov. 11, edition of The Independent News and your column [“The work doesn’t stop in Washington, D.C.”] you have encourged us to get involved. I would have to agree. I would also like to… Continue Reading


Column: I was there for those who agree — and those who do not

BY MARIANNE WINESETT WASHINGTON — I was there. It’s become the battle cry for every woman and man that participated in the many marches held around the country and the world. This proclamation is either met with a look of scornful disdain… Continue Reading


Column: A Virginia Beach mom speaks out against prejudice in life and online

BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN VIRGINIA BEACH — There are a few things that are obvious to people when they meet me: I’m short. I’m not white. I am unabashedly Filipino-American – and I wear that hyphenation with pride. My skin is… Continue Reading


Column: ‘Sense of the people’? Indeed, the Electoral College still works

BY JIM HOEFT CHESAPEAKE — “It was desirable that the sense of the people should operate in the choice of the person to whom so important a trust was to be confided,” Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 68, the paper known… Continue Reading