Start 2017 on the right foot by actually abiding by your resolutions. Fortunately, you can achieve your new #lifegoals in the 757 through some pretty cool programs for things such as fitness, family fun, saving funds, getting organized and more. The Daily Press tallies it all up here!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last Saturday, ODU’s football team and coaches held a “circle of unity” before the game. The one before this Saturday’s game will be twice as big. That’s because the opposing team, the Charlotte 49ers, will join them. The circle is meant to acknowledge police violence while maintaining a sense of unity.
This is not a drill! It’s more like corkscrew. Ingleside Vineyard, Williamsburg Winery and The Dog and Oyster Vineyard were just featured on Buzzfeed’s new winery roundup. Williamsburg is actually first on the list. Now that these fine wineries aren’t exactly a secret, hit ’em up before the crowd starts.
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.
Tune your televisions to “Untapped Virginia” this month to see Virginia Beach’s own Mix it Up and Pleasure House Brewing show off their businesses. The pair will be on the second episode of the show, which airs on Cox 11. Mix it Up has 50 beers on tap, and Pleasure House has plenty of brews of its own. Stop by, grab a beer, and tune in.
Christopher Newport student James Dennehy was born without arms, but he hasn’t let that hamper him in the least. A third-year political science major, Dennehy scored an internship at the White House over the summer, hobnobbing with D.C. bigwigs and researching disability awareness in America. Read his inspiring story here.
#HRVA’s D.R.A.M. has had a song on the national top 40 list all summer. “Broccoli” (feat. Lil Yachty) was released in April and currently sits at 21 on the Hot 100. In a recent interview with Billboard, the Hampton-raised rapper described his sound as “like Mewtwo … just rare.” His first hit inspired Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
Jamestown High junior Alexa Halko will be in Rio Sept. 7-18 to compete in the Paralympic games. The Gazette reports that she’ll represent Team USA in wheelchair racing. Halko, who has cerebral palsy, has been wheelchair racing since she was 7. She already broke her own world record this June in Charlotte, N.C.
The last time HRVA filmmaker Nate Parker made headlines, it was because “Birth of a Nation” broke records at Sundance. Today, Parker’s name is everywhere after news stories surfaced that he was acquitted of rape charges in a 1999 incident. The Herald reports that screenings of the film have been cancelled, possibly dashing any Oscar hopes.
“Lost in Williamsburg” is a local podcast run by Phillip Merritt, who moonlights as a landscape architect by day. The Gazette reports that Merritt’s fictional podcasts follow a rock band of W&M students whose lead singer disappears. The series oscillates between now and the 18th century. Find the podcast here.
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.
New Town confectionaire Alice Cooke represented her Willilamsburg bakery CakeAlicious on the Food Network show “Cake Wars” last week and totally creamed the competition. The Gazette reports that her inverted Eiffel Tower cake won her $10,000. You can catch the episode when it reruns Sunday.
You can get into the Olympic spirit with a taste of Rio here in the 757. Tucanos Brazilian Grill is offering special deals throughout the games. And Tucanos’ Brazilian flair isn’t its only connection to the games: bartender and Hampton University grad Brandon Jones is also competing for Belize.
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.
The SS United States won’t take to open water again, but locals will be proud to hear that the Newport News-built leviathan was found in “remarkably strong structural condition” during its inspection for possible recovery options. The ship’s conservancy society is currently looking into preserving it as a waterside attraction. Donate here.
Gabby Douglas, the Virginia Beach gymnast, will head to Rio de Janeiro next month after making the Olympic team last week. She became the first black woman to take Gold in the all-around division in the 2012 Olympics. And on Monday, she got her very own Barbie doll, USA Today reports.
Who you gonna call? JLab, apparently. Daily Press reports “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig tapped Hampton Road’s James Maxwell, a Jefferson Lab physicist to help design/ become the technical director of the science-y parts of the set. When the film drops on July 15, take some Peninsula pride in those proton packs.
Know a driven high school student with an entrepreneurial spirit? The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is looking for up to 20 Peninsula students for its 2016 class. Those accepted will learn the ins and outs of business and how to make an idea reality. For more information and to apply check out their website.
The fight in North Carolina over a “transgender bathroom law” gained national attention, as did a similar case in Gloucester. And now transgender acceptance has found its way to Chesapeake. Dan Barnum, a sophomore at Oscar Smith High School, is working to make the district do more to prevent harassment, The Virginian-Pilot reports.
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!
Mike Phillips, an officer who died in the line of duty, has been honored with a street named after him in Virginia Beach. Phillips was killed while undercover, when he investigating a drug operation in the Green Run area of the city back in 2008. Mike Phillips Way is located near Tallwood High School and intersects with Kempsville Road.