Us: Library and Senior Resource Center Volunteer Anne Bright

BY ANNE BRIGHT I have never been one to be idle as I’d worked all of my adult life prior to retirement. Once I retired, I found myself floundering to fill time – and very prone to go to the refrigerator… Continue Reading


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


Celebrating the ‘berry’ heart of Virginia Beach with the Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the Wednesday, May 9, press conference announcing the dignitaries and theme.  BY TODD JONES PUNGO — On behalf of the Pungo Strawberry Festival Board, the committee chairs and the many volunteers… Continue Reading


Letter: There are many ways to get involved in Virginia Beach

Dear Editor: Even before your Friday, Nov. 11, edition of The Independent News and your column [“The work doesn’t stop in Washington, D.C.”] you have encourged us to get involved. I would have to agree. I would also like to… Continue Reading


Radio recognition as longtime Virginia Beach rescuer begins her last shift

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — After more than 30 years of service to the city, Ann Morse, a paramedic who lives in Ocean Lakes, rode her final shift as a member of Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue 14, on Saturday,… Continue Reading


In big and small moments, Virginia Beach’s volunteer emergency medical rescuers give to their neighbors

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Gary Wilks, a native New Yorker who recently turned 61, and Eric Llanes, 42, originally from Maryland, rode together in an ambulance, Unit 523 from Station 5 in the Courthouse area from the evening of Saturday, Feb… Continue Reading


Volunteering: Blue could be your color for Beach celebration of Earth Day

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach needs volunteers, including those willing to suit up as a mascot, to help upcoming events. The events are the Earth Day celebration at Mount Trashmore on Saturday, April 23, and the Great American… Continue Reading


Dominion Virginia Power volunteers give back at L-Z Grace

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY — Volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power visited L-Z Grace Warriors Retreat on a Friday in November. The center, profiled earlier this year by Veni Fields for The Independent News, continues to work toward fully opening, said Lynn Bukowski,… Continue Reading