Category Archives: 757 in the Spotlight

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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.


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.


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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Hampton Roads leads the charge in Virginian collegiate excellence

The Daily Press must be happy to report that Virginia’s colleges and universities, particularly those in Hampton Roads, once again stood out in national listings.  Williamsburg’s W&M, Newport News’ CNU and Hampton’s HU all scored high rankings in various categories; further away from home, Charlottesville’s U.Va. was among the best in the national class.

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Filmily Fest looks to inspire Hampton Roads cinematic talent again

The second annual Filmily Fest, a short film festival created to highlight local talent and creativity, is now accepting registrations through Aug. 24.  The festival’s competition aspect involves film-making teams submitting inspirational photos and drawing from the pool of photos to get ideas for their film.  Visit this website for all the details.

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Meet the coffee-roasting couple behind Rogue Elephant

Will and Renee Cury of began roasting coffee back in 2004, and they’ve shared their passion with #HRVA ever since. The locals’ delicious coffee is available at different spots on both the Peninsula and Southside, including Newport News, Hampton, Smithfield, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. To support their business and get a cup of Curry coffee, visit any of the following venues:

Smithfield Farmers Market, 319 Main St., Smithfield. 757-375-3031.

Glazed Doughnuts, 24 Wine St., Hampton. 757-325-8860.

Primrose, Hilton Village, 10345 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. 757-369-4697.

Five Points Community Farm Market, 2500 Church St., Norfolk. 757-640-0300.

Westside Produce and Provisions, 5015 Colley Ave., Norfolk. 757-962-1961.

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EVMS graduate proved them all wrong

Kenita Jackson, a Norfolk native, graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School recently What makes her graduation really special, WAVY reports, is that she had all of the odds stacked against her (she grew up in a violent neighborhood). With a lifetime of struggles and everyone telling her being a doctor isn’t for her, Jackson can proudly say that she’s a surgical assistant! Congratulations!