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Column: In life, there is a time to coach and a time to encourage

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — I have an 11 year old who loves soccer. She wants to be Megan Rapinoe or Alex Morgan. I want her to build confidence and learn the virtues of focus and tenacity.  She had two games… Continue Reading

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Column: A family trip to the waterpark slides one parent toward a milestone

BY ADAM JONES VIRGINIA BEACH — Gone are the days of neighborhood playgrounds and trips to the zoo that once captured my two daughters’ imaginations. As preteens. their entertainment tastes have matured to the summertime excitement of theme parks and go-carts.… Continue Reading

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Us: Dr. D. Alex Bergren, principal of Princess Anne Middle School

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY D. ALEX BERGREN Perhaps this is the kind of thing one would expect to hear from an educator, but the path… Continue Reading

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Us: Chona Santander O’Galvin, a contributor to The Independent News

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN Being an American in 2017 was beyond disheartening. During these divided times, it’s hard to feel like anything… Continue Reading

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Column: Now my toddlers are kids — and here come the team sports

BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN VIRGINIA BEACH — First time soccer mom here – and this gig is no joke. Both my kids have grown out of the adorably tumultuous toddler stage, and now they are full-blown K-I-D-S.  Kids with unabashed six-year-old… Continue Reading