Chesapeake's city manager William Harrell is surrounding himself with people who have his values of responsiveness, creativity and accountability.  With that in mind, he has a new economic development director and deputy city manager.  He has hired the city's first chief information officer and h...
Guess who came to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virgina Beach?  If you guessed Santa then you get something extra in your stocking.  Santa came early and brought presents of shrimp and scallops.  The cobia, black drum and some other Chesapeake Bay fish readily swarmed Santa lik...
No nothing to do with global warming (maybe a little).  The ground breaking for the Norfolk's starter light rail line, called the Tide. drew around 300 people.  The mayor, Paul Fraim, expects the station at Harbor Park to be the transit hub that will connect light rail to a high speed rail line t...
If you were at First Landing State Park recently you could have watched Noodle Head swim out to sea yourself.  He is a six month old harbor seal pup and was released because he has recovered from lung congestion.  He was found washed up on Swan Beach in Currituck, N.C. and brought to our aquarium...
Tiki Jr. is a green sea turtle from the Caribbean, and Dr. John Sangenario is from Suffolk and they recently met in Virginia Beach.  The Dr. examined Tiki Jr., did an ultra sound and determined that she did in fact, have eggs inside her.  Tiki Jr. was tangled in some line from a welk pot off Croa...
One of the last unsightly storm water runoffs at the Beach is about to go underground.  The runoff will still be there but it will be 1800 feet offshore.  The project is expected to cost $9.3 million and is the final phase of hurricane protection plan.  That plan included a wider beach, the new s...
There is something you don't hear everyday.  COX cable, the local cable provider for Chesapeake and Virginia Beach is keeping its basic rates the same for the year.  This is something they have not done in the past.  It seems the competition from Verizon is starting to work.  Of course all the ot...
With global warming coming to be a big thing state scientists are saying that the seal level could rise 2 to 5 feet.  That would cause major flooding in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.  Think that could affect real estate prices?  Is there a way around it?  Only if we get serious and aggressive.  Eve...
Don't look now but there is cotton in Virginia Beach.  No really.  There is at least one cotton farm left.  I have driven by it several times but didn't think much about it.  You can see it driving down Princess Anne Rd towards the Municipal Center.  The farm is about 7 acres, a far cry from the ...
After asking for more than a decade, Circuit Court judges are finally going to get a new building.  It should be built by 2010.  The building will be three stories built with brick and a stone court.  The courthouse will have updated security, more handicapped spaces and additional space for reco...

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