Heads up, college kids: If you’re looking for in-school or post-grad employment in the area, you’ll be pleased to know that many Peninsula businesses would be happy to have you — provided you want to give back to the community. Intrigued? Check out the DP’s report on a recent young professionals conference in Hampton for details.
York County has experienced erosion issues for some time now, but county officials are making efforts to provide ecofriendly solutions to the problems in the form of natural bulkheads, breakwaters and the like. Read here about measures you can take and apply for a construction permit to preserve your property.
Attention art aficionados: Big names like Botticelli are coming to the Hampton Roads art scene this winter, along with a broad selection of multicultural works of art from European, Japanese, Native American and local Hampton artists. Check the DP’s compilation of upcoming exhibits for details.
A book written by Hampton’s Margot Lee Shetterly about a few of NASA Langley’s brave and talented employees — notably the African-American women holding jobs in aeronautics in the ’50s and ’60s, including now 98-year-old Katherine Johnson — is getting the full Hollywood treatment. Check out the DP’s coverage of “Hidden Figures,” read the book or see the movie when it premieres in January.
First Thanksgiving Thursday, then Black Friday, then Shop Local Saturday, then Cyber Monday –and now “Giving Tuesday“? At least we get Sunday off, and #GivingTuesday, which Gloucester businesses are picking up this year, is all about supporting charities after the commercial craze; find local causes here, or patronize local businesses that pledge to give on that day.
Small Business Saturday may have come and gone, but there are still plenty of local deals to be found. Example: Mathews County’s Thrifty Spot offers all the charm and cheap deals of a thrift shop with the added bonus of supporting a good cause. The store employs special education students from Mathews High School, giving them useful job experience; read their mission here.
Part competition, part talent search and part good marketing, Ferguson’s first-ever Hackathon event brought together more than two dozen brilliant IT minds from around the area to team up and create mobile apps to win cash prizes. The company got new ideas and potential new employees, and attendees got valuable team- and tech-building experience. Talk about a win-win.
If you’ve never heard of Norfolk Canyon — or if you’ve only heard of the tasty beer — that’s probably because it’s almost a mile below the ocean’s surface off Virginia’s coast. But the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is trying to get the ecologically unique site some much-needed federal protection as a National Marine Sanctuary; read more here, and sign their petition here.
The election just ended, which means it’s time for four years of early coverage of the next one, you know, in case you weren’t sick of it yet. Any devoted Virginians hoping to see Tim Kaine in the White House will be disappointed to hear that he has firmly decided not to run for president; he will, however, probably run for re-election as senator.
If you’re not sick of Trump-related news yet, here’s something closer to home: the president-elect’s proposed trade reforms could seriously impact Hampton Roads ports. Plans to limit trade with China and impose sanctions could deal a heavy blow to the imports and exports along the Peninsula; read more here.
NASA promises two supermoons in the last stretch of 2016, and they’re supposed to be bigger and brighter than any we’ve seen this century. As the moon’s orbit brings it closest to Earth, haters may insist that you won’t notice any change, but this celestial coincidence should still yield some pretty pictures.
Hopefully you plan to hit the polls next Tuesday anyway — you know, because democracy — but if you needed to sweeten the deal, Krispy Kreme is promising free donuts of your choice to everyone with an “I voted” sticker. Peninsula voters can make the trek to locations in Hampton and Newport News between 6 a.m. (incidentally when the polls open) and 11 p.m. — after voting, of course.
As the I-64 widening project continues, you can expect more late-night lane closures Sunday through Thursday next week. Single lanes may close as early as 7 p.m. and will normally open up around 5 a.m. the next day; check here for the full rundown and plan your evening commute accordingly.
Safety is never a joke, particularly not on what AAA calls “the deadliest night of the year” for pedestrians. Halloween accounts for an especially high amount of auto-pedestrian accidents — many of them fatal — so counteract this by wearing bright or reflective clothing (yeah, I know it’s lame), staying in groups and using crosswalks. If you’re driving, stay sober or get a DD, and keep clear of suburbs if possible.
Do three good deeds in one by donating any new or gently used shoes to the Peninsula SPCA’s shoe drive. This will raise money for the animal shelter, provide free footwear for the needy through this partner organization and clean out your closet at the same time. Donate by Nov. 5 — get details here. No shoes to spare? Download the Wooftrax app to measure miles walked with your pet and earn more money for the PSPCA.
If your E-ZPass account ran dry and your commute is breaking the bank, the ERT is briefly offering mercy by reducing extra administration fees, particularly on overdrawn accounts. This grace period is intended to encourage commuters to maintain balanced accounts and will only run until November 1, so sign up quickly.
In case you’re not feeling the Halloween spirit yet, the DP has collected the best haunted happenings Hampton Roads has to offer. From haunted houses and ghost trails to Renaissance fairs, horse rides and movie screenings, everything is getting a spooky spin this year — check here to see what might interest you.
Fort Monroe opens its doors (and the doors to some restricted zones) for its third annual Ghost Walk this Friday and Saturday, and employees promise scarier and more frequent tours this year. Numerous guests and employees attest to real and vivid hauntings around the grounds; get tickets here if you dare.
The final presidential debate wrapped up Wednesday night, but if you missed it, don’t sweat it. The DP interviewed several local political minds, most of whom agreed that the debate, while more focused than the previous two, devolved into baiting and character smearing (just like the other two debates). Get the gist here, or watch for yourself here.
Following Donald Trump’s latest point of contention, local state senator Tommy Norment has refused to comment on either the controversy or his own continued support of the Republican presidential nominee. Norment is one of many Republicans, Virginian and otherwise, who have either pulled support or declined to support Trump.
The escape room craze is hitting the Peninsula, with new locally-owned attractions in Newport News and Howl-O-Scream rooms in Busch Gardens opening just in time for Halloween thrills. This month will feature both standard and Halloween-themed experiences at various locations with different pricing and difficulty depending on the venue.
If you’ve been following the stories of creepy clowns cavorting in public and creating chaos, you’ll be troubled to know that the movement has started to affect Hampton Roads. Police are investigating social media threats against schools in the area involving some of these creepy clowns, although details and veracity are currently vague.
A few little changes to Newport News zoning laws will make it easier for businessowners to run places like nightclubs, pool halls and bowling alleys in the city, as well as host late-night entertainment like musicians and comedians in businesses. City Center in particular looks to benefit; DP reports here.
As of October, your weekday commute is going to get a lot easier; starting Monday morning, the Elizabeth River Tunnels will open up both lanes to traffic flow from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., which will change traffic patterns slightly. Construction will continue daily after the early-morning grace period and on weekends.
Roughly 50 cats were found Monday in a deceased woman’s Newport News home and are now being cared for at a local shelter, the Daily Press reports. Emergency crews had to remove some of them from hiding places in walls, ceilings and floors, but most of the animals are in good health and may be up for adoption soon. Head here to see a photo gallery of the kitties who were rescued.
The Virginia State Fair is running from now until October 2 in Doswell, VA at the Meadow Event Park. The event offers everything you would expect: thrill rides, petting zoos, exhibits, craft beer and food options ranging from fried to farm fresh. Tickets run between $11 and $25; get ’em here or at the gate.