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Column: Help is available for our businesses, citizens, and city priorities remain in place while we deal with the coronavirus crisis

BY BARBARA HENLEY PUNGO — Even though we are still not able to have regular meetings, and the monthly Princess Anne District Forum was again canceled this past month, there is work being done and issues to be discussed.   The budget… Continue Reading

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Column: An ode to toilet paper, elusive friend, until we meet again

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — If anyone had told any of us at New Year’s that we would be discussing on a global level one of our most intimate purchasing habits without even blushing about it …   But strangely, here… Continue Reading

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Column: Want to help Virginia Beach during the Covid-19 pandemic? Do the census.

BY RONALD D. BERKEBILE VIRGINIA BEACH — As of this week, two thirds of Virginia Beach residents have submitted their census forms.  That’s higher than the national average, but, ultimately, that total should be near 100 percent. Participation helps our city be… Continue Reading

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Letter: Grateful for electronic version of The Independent News during emergency

Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the PDF edition of The Independent News.  It is great, and I really enjoy it.   I hope you continue it.   I am waiting for spinal surgery and have seven risk factors.… Continue Reading

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Column: Using technology to keep in touch with the people we care about during a pandemic

BY TONI GUAGENTI VIRGINIA BEACH — Early in the pandemic, I lay in bed on a Sunday morning and thought about the ramifications of the self-quarantine on my social life. Some of us are gregarious by nature – extroverts, believe it… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Building a garden starts with healthy, living soil

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I call it the garden of eatin’.  I love that fresh food, and I love working – really, playing – in the garden.  It’s rewarding just to stand there observing the bees, butterflies and flowers. Or maybe slipping… Continue Reading

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Column: A call to arms to produce mask covers during new coronavirus health crisis

BY JAMES HATCHER AND CHRISTINA HOLLOWAY VIRGINIA BEACH — Our nation, our communities and our healthcare system are under attack from an invisible enemy. In fact, the whole world is facing an escalating crisis that we have not faced since the 1918 influenza… Continue Reading

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Column: What’s on the table? The bounty of our local food sources

BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY VIRGINIA BEACH — It’s times like this, when we’re hunkered down at home, that the old family recipes come to mind.   On a recent morning, I found myself digging out my grandmothers’ recipe books and making a… Continue Reading

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Column: In the wake of tragedy, building our police team through an unorthodox mystery

BY PATRICK GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — Recently, members of the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Investigative Division sought to solve a “puzzling” mystery.   Trained investigators volunteered to be locked in a room with only their intuitive skills to help them solve… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Healthier, nutritious meals for our local communities now — and for our future selves

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Consider eating a diet of the lab-made stuff seen in the movie The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves. It was a tan mush, and it looked and tasted the same every day, but it did have all the… Continue Reading