Two of Portsmouth's most recent construction projects were established with children in mind. Cradock's new recreation center and the gymnasium at Holiday House will provide physical fitness, personal growth and social development for both the young and young at heart.
BELIEVE IT OR not, there's some good news. It looks like a new version of Portside may be coming back to the downtown waterfront. Lavoris Pace, the city's marketing and entertainment guy, reported to City Council on Tuesday night that he's lining up free entertainment for Thursday nights in the future. And, he said he has promises of food trucks that will be on hand too.
It was a different kind of Fourth of July celebration this year at the Suffolk home of Gerald and Vanessa Williams. The holiday started quite ordinarily for the couple in 2013; they were making plans for a backyard cookout with family and friends. It all changed when Gerald suffered a sudden seizure that set in motion a series of hospital visits, tests and eventual diagnosis of brain cancer.
Jacob Butler was diagnosed with leukemia at two years old. Taylor James has had more than a dozen cleft lip and palate surgeries. Virginia Hughes was born prematurely and given less than a 5 percent chance of survival.
Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam paused at the front door of Javara Pender's home in the Young Terrace section of Norfolk. Beside him, Lauren Donnally, certified parent educator with Children's Health Investment Program, knocked on the door.
MARJORIE MAYFIELD JACKSON was a single, 35-year-old journalist in 1991, covering education news for The Virginian-Pilot at a time when the Norfolk school system had a segregated busing case before the Supreme Court. The work was interesting, even exciting, but unfulfilling.
Superheroes, heroines and villains gathered at the Churchland library June 27 for the first Mini-Con, a celebration of comics and related art forms. More than 600 people packed the library to enjoy the geek culture on this side of the tunnels.
Hands raised in prayer were also clasped in unity as multiple churches came together Tuesday night in a display of Christian solidarity and racial diversity.
"Turn to your neighbor and say, "I love you and there is not a thing you can do it about,' " Sentara Obici Hospital chaplain Leo Whitaker said to the large group gathered before him.
Fourth of July celebrations are a bit of a tradition in Suffolk's Eclipse area. The day always begins with a children's bike parade along the winding, one-mile village route past homes decked out in American flags and bunting. And there are backyard picnics and always some kind of water activity on Chuckatuck Creek.
IT'S NOT EASY growing up in an urban area. Fortunately, the kids in Portsmouth have a volunteer group that calls itself Westmoreland Children and Youth Association. The association is the legal way to say Tyrone and Pat Hines and hundreds of people who help support the many things the group does for children.
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