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From the Editor: When a scammer reached out to me, I reached back with a quid pro quo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The day before our nation celebrated independence from the Crown, I got an urgent email that seemed to be from the president of a university where I teach. Except maybe I should mention this email came… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lois Thompson

BY LOIS THOMPSON I have proudly served with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for more than 18 years. Throughout my tenure, being part of the community has always been a top priority for me. I try to instill in the next… Continue Reading

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Us: Volunteer Cheryl Scott of Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver

BY CHERYL SCOTT I volunteer for Project Lifesaver because it is a lifeline for people who have a loved one with cognitive issues and a tendency to wander. I personally was faced with that exact situation.  My mother left my house… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Chaplain Lindy Casale-Rinaldi

BY LINDY CASALE-RINALDI In our family, community volunteerism is generational. From my early childhood days to adulthood, I don’t remember a time when my family was not involved in community volunteering in some capacity, whether it was with church, scouts,… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: An agriculture economy on our scale

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — Pop quiz: Which of the following terms does not fit with the others? GDP, trade wars, tariffs, short-term profit calculations, quarterly reports, soil stewardship, derivatives, the Gaussian copula formula. The what? That last one is real,… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Master Gardener Stacie McGraw

BY STACIE MCGRAW I was an accidental volunteer – helping out at my daughters’ schools, participating in other organizations – but never feeling that I was making a real difference until I found the Virginia Beach Master Gardener program. It was… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Deputy Rick Wilson

BY RICK WILSON I have had the honor and pleasure of working as an auxiliary deputy sheriff with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for almost three years. The opportunity to work with the law enforcement community as a volunteer has been… Continue Reading

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Us: The Rev. Dr. James Allen of the Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference

BY JAMES ALLEN When speaking to people of the Christian faith, I often remind them that to be “Christian” means we are to be “Christ-like.”  By necessity, we should know what Christ taught, what he preached and accept the miracles… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Democratic Committee Chairperson Carla Hesseltine

BY CARLA HESSELTINE I recently completed the Sorensen Institute’s Candidate Training Program designed to prepare future candidates interested in running for office. During the intensive course, we were each asked the same question, “What is your earliest memory of political interest?”… Continue Reading