Norfolk Archive

Sales consultant's talents have gone to the dogs

Jen Barkan works hard to help people find their forever home. And while she's at it, she hopes to find forever homes for local dogs. Barkan is an online sales consultant with Rose and Womble Realty. "I handle all calls for people interested in new homes," Barkan said.

Community event brings the dogs out and books in

Cats might have been allowed, but not one was in sight. Sixty dogs and their owners gathered at 419 Colonial Avenue last weekend in front of The Williams School for its Howlin' Around the Hague Pet Parade and Howl-O-Ween Fest. One might have expected mayhem, but the animals were well-behaved. There was some barking, but no fighting. Some even napped.

A sure sign of winter: the art festival's over

The chilling reality that comes with the start of chilly weather is that a year is about to end. Fall starts innocently enough: The appearance of pumpkins in the supermarket comes just as the cool nights come one after another, almost without interruption.

Longtime local musician collaborates with fiddler on new CD

It happened at the Naro Expanded Cinema on Colley Avenue. It's where Jim Newsom, banker, musician and singer/songwriter, got inspired. He and his wife Gerri had just watched "Inside Llewyn Davis," a movie about a young man trying to make it as an entertainer in New York. Newsom could empathize. Like Davis, he had gone to New York with his guitar. Unlike Davis, he knew no one there.

Column │The jacket fits, but is it fitting?

When I was in high school, I found an old sailor's jacket at a thrift store. The white piping frayed and yellowed, it had the name "C.D. Lindsey" stitched in green cursive inside it. It was love at first sight. How oddly prophetic the jacket that spoke to me years ago ended up becoming such a huge part of my adult life.

Youth honored for success in face of obstacles

Local youth will once again be celebrated at the Teens with a Purpose gala on Nov. 7. The eighth annual Gala and Youth Move Makers Award ceremony will be from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Chrysler Museum of Art. Teens with a Purpose was formed in 1996 and now goes by TWP-The Movement.

Choir director's compositions are a hit

"During a church service, there's always a little noise. This time, it was unusually quiet. Everyone was focused on the music," the Rev. George Bessinas said. The occasion was a choir conference Oct. 4 hosted by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Granby Street. The priest estimated about 70 people came from several states to sing with the church's choir.

Man shot in leg on 34th Street in Norfolk

A man was shot in the leg tonight.
The incident occurred on 34th Street, between Colley and Morton avenues, at about 9:45 p.m., a police dispatcher said. She said she had no information on the victim’s condition.

Opera stars are in the house, and in Norfolk homes

Sometimes the houseguest singing in the shower can be really, really good - someone you would pay to see. Just ask Bob Seaton and Tom Pinion of Ghent Square. Or Jim Deming of Cromwell Place. Their homes are among about 10 that have been opened this season to the Virginia Opera for lodging out-of-town artists.

PETA offers free spay-and-neuter for black cats Oct. 30

October is a dangerous month to be a black cat. Violent incidents involving black cats are higher than average on Halloween night, and many shelters won’t even allow black cats or kittens to be adopted throughout the month of October as many return the cats a few days after Halloween.

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