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Us: Dr. Amber Rach of Virginia Beach Schools Community Engagement

BY AMBER RACH As the director of the Office of Community Engagement for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, I get to witness firsthand the transformative impact partners and volunteers make in the lives of our students. We are fortunate here… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach School Board Member Victoria Manning

BY VICTORIA MANNING As a parent, I continue to be actively involved in my sons’ education. I have volunteered in their classrooms, chaperoned field trips, assisted in Scouts and other activities. In my community, I have been active in my… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Volunteer Flight Officer Barry Kirschner

BY BARRY KIRSCHNER I grew up in Kempsville and now reside in the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach with my wife and two boys. I have been volunteering with the city of Virginia Beach since 2007 with both the Virginia Beach… 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

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Us: Republican Party of Virginia Beach Chairperson Tina Mapes

BY TINA MAPES Time and talent are probably the most valuable things you can give to any organization or candidate for public office. For most volunteers who care about government, the return is priceless. I am the chairperson for the… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Department Chaplain Don Hipple

BY DON HIPPLE I have been involved in volunteering for several years. From 1980 to 2003, I worked with the Special Olympics program and also taught a Bible class to mentally challenged adults. In January 1986, I traveled to Kenya for… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach City Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Zibutis

BY MELISSA ZIBUTIS The Virginia Beach Office of Volunteer Resources receives inquiries daily from people with the best intentions to make a difference in our community.  Most calls begin similarly: “I want to volunteer, but I don’t know where to… Continue Reading

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Letter: Connecting to essays about “Us” in The Independent News

Dear Editor: The Dec. 15 edition of The Independent News, you featured essays from several people, and you asked readers to respond about what we can do to build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization. After reading essays from… 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