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A ride on Sandbridge Beach to benefit Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Riders and supporters of the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol gathered at Little Island Park near Sandbridge Beach on Saturday, Nov. 3, for a Beach Ride that supports the unit. It was an opportunity for riders,… Continue Reading

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Little Island pier draws visitors who cast away on a late summer evening

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Vernon Davis is from Deptford, N.J., and he and his family have vacationed in Virginia Beach for about 15 years. They started out at a hotel when they first came to the area, but renting a… Continue Reading

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Amid busy summer months, lifeguards are on duty at beach in Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Just before Memorial Day Weekend, the kickoff of the true tourist season in Sandbridge, city lifeguards gathered to train together at their Little Island headquarters. They were young and old, many of them returning year after… Continue Reading

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Photos: The Party at the Pier in Sandbridge

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SANDBRIDGE — This year’s Party at the Pier featured music by the local country band Buck Shot VB and great weather, bringing locals and tourists to Little Island Park and Fishing Pier on Friday, June 15. The annual event… Continue Reading

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Photos: As the beach reawakens, gulls are on the move in Sandbridge

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SANDBRIDGE — Seagulls, grackles and a few other birds joined people at Sandbridge beach on a recent warm Sunday that made for a relatively populated beach. There were gulls of different types and ages, some begging for food… Continue Reading

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Beach ride in Sandbridge benefits the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Riders and horses from far and wide came to Little Island Park on Saturday, Nov. 4, for a Beach Ride supporting the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol. The event is organized by the Friends of the… Continue Reading

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As tourist season ends, Sandbridge community gathers for pig pickin’ supporting rescue squad

BY LISA BURKETT VIRGINIA BEACH — When September comes, the resort areas quiet down and the visiting Sandbridge families head back home so their children can get back to school and off to college. Oh, and their parents probably go back… Continue Reading

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Column: Some locals migrate from Sandbridge come summer

BY LISA BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — When we think of migration, we may think of animals and birds, particularly those in our area like shorebirds, monarch butterflies and those beautiful whales jumping and feeding at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Many… 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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Beachcomber’s most valuable finds are peace, beauty of dawn in Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Robert Rayson, a Chesapeake man who was a Navy cook and works in a shipyard, saw a commercial for a metal detector. It seemed like fun. So he bit. Now he sometimes combs the beach at… Continue Reading