Buckroe Beach may be getting into the food truck and pop-up shop business next tourist season. The concept, aimed at boosting retail on the waterfront, is still in its early stages, according to the Daily Press. If all goes as planned the trucks and other operations could be seen as early as this summer.
Two of America’s Olympic sweethearts are taking on a new patriotic job. Rio stars Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky will officially sponsor the future USS Enterprise. The new aircraft carrier will be built in Hampton Roads, with construction set to begin in 2017.
The leader of Virginia’s senate wants the commonwealth to take a closer look at how it treats marijuana. The leader, who’s a James City Republican, has previously expressed openness towards legalization, but for now the study will just look into Virginia’s law-enforcement practices surrounding the drug.
With more than seven million Christmas trees grown in the state of Virginia every year, it can be easy to get overwhelmed when searching for that perfect live tree. While experts say perfection is “in the eye of the beholder,” the DP has put together a helpful guide to determining what’s best and where to find it.
‘Tis the season for lots of holiday-themed festivals, performances, parades and more. And those inclined to find themselves overwhelmed by all the holiday hullabaloo don’t need to worry. The Daily Press has you covered with a concise list of the 10 events you need to hit up.
The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter has a new solution for those who want to take in a shelter dog but can’t handle a full-time commitment. They’ve introduced the “Weekend Warriors” program to allow volunteers to house a furry friend for one to three days of out-of-shelter fun. You can learn more about the program here.
Busch Gardens’ newest roller coaster won’t debut until spring 2017, but you can already catch a glimpse of the new model of a classic coaster style. InvadR is bringing back the wooden coaster to HRVA’s favorite amusement park based on public response. And Busch Gardens is working to keep the people involved.
HRVA is sipping on some signature drinks more and more, and people are buying more and more of the craft liquors that go in ’em. Virginia ABC data shows an increase of more than $200 million in sales. Experts say the rise in “craft cocktails,” like the rise of craft beers in previous years, plays a big part in the spike.
October was a good month for democracy in the Old Dominion. More than 350,000 Virginians registered to vote in 2016, and almost a third of those new voters jumped on in the last month before the election. Hampton Roads didn’t see gains as big as some other cities, but Virginia Beach, Newport News and Portsmouth all saw increases.
The military-themed and highly acclaimed multimedia documentary “Basetrack Live” is headed to Hampton’s American Theatre this November, and its themes are likely to hit home for many in HRVA. The work takes an in-depth look at the toll of wartime on military families, making the 757 a “natural stop” on the show’s tour.
Police in Newport News are ramping up DUI checkpoints over the course of the next couple of weekends. The checkpoints will be set up in areas prone to drunk driving from late evening till the early morning, according to The Daily Press.
The Virginia Beach arena deal is far from certain, but it’s not dead yet either. City Council voted down the developer’s most recent proposal. However, the city’s mayor and vice mayor are still lobbying to get the developer an extension to come up with a new plan.
The Virginia Air & Space Center is taking on an age old challenge: making math fun for all. The museum is debuting a new exhibit, MathAlive!, aimed at connecting math to everything from sports to video games. There’s even a snowboarding simulator, according to the Daily Press.
It’s beginning to look a little bit more like Christmas in the 757, even though Halloween hasn’t even happened yet. Busch Gardens has announced this year’s Christmas Town will open November 25. This year’s celebration will feature Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a whole Sesame Street “Forest of Fun.”
The HRBT’s expansion could mean solo travelers could use HOV lanes, but there’s a catch. The lane would be high-occupancy-toll roads, meaning you’d have to pay to use the lane if you don’t have any passengers. It’s a trend that’s already popular in NOVA.
It’s not most 20-somethings’ favorite kind of music, but Hampton’s Tim Ayres-Kerr makes it work. At 23, he’s working to help pioneer a new style of opera that doesn’t require a theater or even a full hour to listen to. You can check out The Daily Press’ sit-down with the boy wonder here.
The mayor of one of HRVA’s biggest cities says advocates for marijuana legalization in Virginia shouldn’t get their hopes up for a while. Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said after a public forum on the topic that state government action on the issue isn’t in the cards till at least 2018, according to the Pilot.
The plague of really creepy incidents involving clowns that has been sweeping the nation forced the hand of a classic piece of Americana. McDonald’s is closely monitoring the social calendar of Ronald McDonald himself to be sensitive toward the “current climate around clown sightings,” according to a release from the burger giant.
This year’s presidential debates keeping you up at night? 7-Eleven is looking to help. The chain is offering $1 coffee (extra large!) the morning after each debate. But, take note, you also have to download the 7-Eleven mobile app to get the discount.
In 2016, handling comedians can be just as important as handling debate moderators. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton did just that on Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns” this week. Clinton offered her take on everything from the possibility of a post-2016 civil war and her ever-present email scandal.
The second annual Mariners’ Museum gallery crawl is centered around what might be the most common word in the English language. More than 40 items will be on display Saturday, all of them focused on the word “the.” Each of the items represents some sort of superlative.
It’s one of the sure signs of fall in #HRVA. Busch Garden’s Howl-o-Scream kicks off on Sept. 23, complete with a whole host of new attractions meant to scare even the bravest of souls. This year features Circo Sinistro, a whole new scare area chosen by an online poll.
German grocery store Aldi is opening another location on the Peninsula, this time in Gloucester County. The chain recently opened locations in Williamsburg and Portsmouth, and it’s in the process of building a store in Newport News and applying to build a store in Hampton. The high-end grocery chain Wegmans also moved into Virginia in recent years.
For anyone who’s ever had their day ruined by traffic traveling between the Peninsula and Southside, now’s your chance to make things better for posterity. September will see not just one, but two, public hearings on a recent study about ways to improve the flow. There you’ll have the chance to weigh in on and hear more about the proposals.
If you’re heart jumped happily when you heard the first note of Bill Nye’s theme song in middle school science, this is really exciting news. The legendary scientist/TV host/national treasure will launch a new show on Netflix, called “Bill Nye Saves the World.” There’s no word yet from the streaming giant on a release date.