All posts by Andrew Lewis

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Hollywood meets Hampton at special screening of locally inspired film

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.

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#GivingTuesday could be big in Gloucester this year with your help

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.

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Mathews’ Thrifty Spot puts your spending toward a good cause

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.

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Ferguson’s Hackathon brings local IT geniuses together to brainstorm

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.

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Help Norfolk Canyon get the protection it deserves

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.

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Free Krispy Kreme doughnut will make voters feel better

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.

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Stay on sidewalks, drive sober and be safe this Halloween

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.

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Peninsula SPCA wants your pumps to help pets

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.

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