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Column: A citizen’s empowering relationship with Ruth Hodges Fraser, Virginia Beach’s city clerk

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — Unless you attend the city council meetings or other events, such as those involving the Sister Cities chapter in Virginia Beach, you might not recognize her face or know her name. She is not a… Continue Reading

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Column: ‘Thank you for your service’

BY PAT GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — Service is the act of helping another person. Librarians, store clerks and tollbooth collectors all perform important services, though it may simply be part of one’s job description.  The local farmer who grows the food… Continue Reading

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Column: Singing along to lyrics — at least, as I remember them

BY LISA BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — I sing a lot – at the top of my lungs, especially when walking on the beach in the winter.  Bob, my boyfriend, brings his Bluetooth speaker, and I sing to country rock, Fleetwood Mac and other… Continue Reading

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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

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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

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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

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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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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