VIRGINIA BEACH Great Neck Park reopened Wednesday morning after an unsuccessful search for a fox that bit two men. After three days of searching, Virginia Beach Animal Control wasn't able to find the fox, which officials believed was sick because it bit two people in the same area Sunday.
The Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach health departments will offer free flu vaccines Saturday.
A precautionary swimming advisory has been lifted for beaches in Dare and Currituck counties, officials said today. State recreational water quality officials determined that bacteria levels are below the necessary standards and safe for public use.
VIRGINIA BEACH It's not every day baseball games end with a fox hunt. Five youth ball games came to a halt at Great Neck Park on Sunday afternoon after two men were bitten by a fox in the wooded area on the southwest side of the park.
I recently received a phone call with great news from Kristine Caalim. She was raving about meeting celebrities at the recent Patient Advocate of the Year celebration in California. First featured in the Beacon in May 2013, Caalim is an advocate for people with rare genetic disorders. Her 5-year-old son Zeq can't eat most foods because of a condition called eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE.
NORFOLK Sentara is holding a free Community Health and Safety Fair on Oct. 24. The fair, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be held at Sentara Leigh Hospital, 830 Kempsville Road, a news release says.
Deaths from heroin and opiate use outnumbered highway fatalities in Virginia for the first time last year, although they went down a bit in Hampton Roads after a big jump the year before. Records show that 728 Virginians died from drug overdoses in 2014, while 700 people died on the state's roads.
VIRGINIA BEACH Animal Control is looking for a fox that reportedly bit two people at Great Neck Park on Shorehaven Drive. The incidents occurred Sunday morning around 7:30, according to a news release from Virginia Beach police. The two victims, both men, sought medical treatment, but there is no confirmation the fox is rabid. As a precaution, Great Neck Park is closed until further notice.
CORRECTION: Dr. Leonard Weireter is no longer medical director for trauma at Sentara Norfolk General. He rotated off and was replaced by Dr. Jay Collins. Earlier versions of this story listed Weireter's old title. This story has been corrected. NORFOLK There's a corner in the hospital hallway where ruin and grace meet.
NORFOLK Always known for his prodigious work habits, Dr. Howard Jones Jr. is still producing two months after his death. His last book - "Howard & Georgeanna - Sixty Years of Marriage & Medicine" - has just been released on Amazon.com, the tale of the courtship and married years of Jones and his wife, Georgeanna Seegar Jones.
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