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During gathering following Ramadan, looking forward to a place of worship

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — People joined together on Friday, June 15, for an Eid al-Fitr picnic following the end of the holy month of Ramadan and to appreciate the site that will be the future home of the Crescent… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission Member Michael Berlucchi

BY MICHAEL BERLUCCHI Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  My experiences in volunteerism and civic engagement inform me that this statement is true, but it… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach CASA Volunteer Jennifer O’Connor

BY JENNIFER O’CONNOR I am not a native of Virginia Beach. In fact, I am not even a native of Virginia.  My journey as a volunteer started when I was a high school student in Massachusetts. Now I volunteer here as… Continue Reading

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Focus of group addressing the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach is context, not removing statue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A group tasked with suggesting an approach toward dealing with the Confederate monument on public property is not pursuing its removal from a courtyard at the municipal center. Rather, it is poised to examine ways… Continue Reading

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Us: Raj Islam, chair of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” —… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach police chief discusses role of citizens advisory committees

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Sometimes good things can evolve from bad things, Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera said on Tuesday, April 4, during a meeting of the First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee at the municipal center. Cervera said… Continue Reading

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Column: Continuing the work of connecting Hampton Roads law enforcement, LGBT communities

BY MICHAEL BERLUCCHI Departments in all seven major Hampton Roads cities have now appointed liaison officers to serve as a bridge between police and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people. The latest to step into this role is… Continue Reading