First Person: Volunteering with Operation Christmas Child

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The Hunger Games: where the colorful and lavish people of the Capital visit the humble Districts each year to pick children to destroy their lives in an effort at oppression.

Now imagine a sort of reverse Hunger Games scenario—a happy Reaping Day--where when the people of the Capital come to your District each year they children... to change their lives for the better.

Norfolk’s New Parklet Program Gaining Momentum: Norfolk Live

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Norfolk’s new parklet program has been that catalyst for some street activity in Downtown Norfolk recently as one parklet popped up in the Arts District on Granby Street, another has been built a few blocks south on Granby Street, while one more is situated at another location downtown.

On Having a Child with Food Allergies on Halloween: The Teal Pumpkin Project

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I’m a mother and absolutely love sharing my favorite holiday with my kids. The experience of my first two children very much mimicked mine, and we spend weeks preparing for Halloween each year. And then a few years ago, we learned that our third and youngest child has life-threatening nut allergies, and Halloween suddenly became scary, but for the wrong reason.

What Norfolk Wants from Richmond

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The public comment period for Norfolk’s Draft 2015 Legislative Priorities is open and citizens are encouraged to review and provide their input.

Recycle Norfolk Day this Saturday

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As part of Keep America Beautiful’s annual America Recycles Day, Keep Norfolk Beautiful (KNB) is partnering with Goodwill Industries, TFC Recycling and Iron Mountain for a Recycle Norfolk Day event.

U.S. Military to Replace Animals in Many Training Exercises

Written by Daphna Nachminovitch on .

In the wake of PETA's campaign to expose and end the horrors experienced by live animals who are shot, cut into, and blown up in military training exercises, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has made a landmark decision: Starting next year, the use of animals will be replaced with superior human simulators in several key medical training areas across the entire military.

MacArthur Memorial to Host World War I Centennial Symposium

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The year 1914 was both the end and the beginning of an age. Many in the era felt that they were living in the most civilized, technologically advanced time in history and they were proud of their achievements. So how did this self-proclaimed modern, civilized world crash into a war that engulfed the globe and consumed 10,000,000 lives?

Norfolk Attempts to Make Up for Its "Footloose" Past

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Norfolk City Council approved a new special event permit which provides an opportunity for private businesses to host public parties in a safe environment. A team of city staff and business owners developed the permit after public safety issues arose at several holiday parties last year.

Lt. Governor Ralph Northam: An LGBT Ally Legend

Written by Kirsten Bokenkamp on .

There’s a lot for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Virginians to be celebrating this year. As Virginians raise a glass to gaining the freedom to marry, and come together to create more positive change, it’s important to remember and honor the extraordinary people who work hard every day to make Virginia a place that is welcoming and inclusive. 

Breaking free from the Chains: Coming out as Transgender

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“Living in the closet is like living in chains and shackles, and when you finally come out and make your disclosure, it’s like the chains and shackles have come off and out of the dungeon and you’re in the beautiful and bright sunlight – and you finally get to be who you are. I never understood how significant that was until I went through the transition." 

- Donna Price, Hampton Roads resident and U.S. Navy veteran who recently transitioned to living fully as a woman.