Sensational Singles 2012

Good looks and personality too--snap up these interesting individuals right now!



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Ross Grogg 
Age: 25
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Government Relations Manager, Kemper Consulting
Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 2 years.
In the market for? A fun and spontaneous best friend to spend the rest of my life with.
Deal breakers? Smoking and tattoos that detract from the elegance of an evening gown.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Likely to Have Moms Ask Me to Marry Their Daughters.
Hidden talents? Shooting sporting clays.
What talent do you wish you had? Being in more than one place at a time.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him ... enjoy every milestone because they are precious.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be ... hockey coach for underprivileged kids.
Guilty pleasure? Cookie dough and show tunes.
One thing I look forward to each week is ... happy hour with my friends.
Most treasured possession? My family and close friends.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Captain Hook.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be ... "Got Grogg?" It worked once in college; why not again?
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Transportation.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Grilled tilapia with butternut squash risotto.
The secret to a great relationship is ... humor, honesty and good old-fashioned communication.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Dinner at a beach restaurant followed by a blanket and bottle of wine on the beach to catch the sunset.

The Guy Next Door "I learned to skate almost as early as I learned to walk. Playing ice hockey soon followed and continued all the way through college."


Christopher Simmonds 
Age: 30
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Mental Health Counselor
Kids? If yes, how many? None (yet).
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 3 years.
In the market for? A likeminded woman who can convince me to settle down.
Deal breakers? Smoking! Everything else is negotiable.
Hidden talents? I’m pretty good at doing hand stands.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him ... don’t spend five years at a two-year institute!
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be ... a TV commercial critic.
Guilty pleasure? Junk food: cheese curls, tortilla chips, white chocolate, Double Stuf Oreos, etc.
Favorite conversation starter? "Hi, how are you?"
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall. It’s the most fashionable time of the year.
Favorite smartphone app? Facebook. Then maybe Instagram or Craigslist. Ooh, Pandora!
Most treasured possession? My iPhone. I don’t leave home without it.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A beach chair, towel, umbrella, light jacket, spare tire and running shoes. (The shoes get the least amount of use.)
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be ... "Vote Simmonds, the Lesser of Two Evils."
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Education, infrastructure, gentrification and healthcare.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Any vegetarian takeout I can pass off as my own.
The secret to a great relationship is ... never stop dating.
Treat every day as if it’s your first. Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Bardo in Ghent.

The Style Guy "I have an affinity for mid-century modern design because to me, that era speaks to the union of purpose, function and art. When design serves a purpose, functions well and comes from a place of passion, as with artists, the outcome is timeless."


Cheran Cordell 
Age: 36
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: Deputy City Attorney, City of Portsmouth
Kids? If yes, how many? Cayla, 15, and Jayden, 9.
Ever been married? Yes, once.
Length of longest relationship: 15 years; married for 9 of those years.
In the market for? No drama, high energy, lots of laughs, and if he’s tall, dark and handsome, that’s a bonus!
Deal breakers? Poor dental hygiene and multiple "baby mamas."
Hidden talents? Can beat any comer in a game of HORSE or a free throw shooting contest. I played four years of Division I basketball at Cornell University.
What talent do you wish you had? I love the arts and unfortunately, I have no artistic talent. I wish I could do ballet or sing opera. I’m a regular at the Virginia Opera.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her ... just date the hot guy in college and then dump him at graduation and move on.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be ... a buyer for J. Crew so I could travel the world looking for the new, classy and fashion-forward trends.
Guilty pleasure? Cheesecake ice cream with graham cracker mix-in from Cold Stone and watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall because the weather is perfect, the leaves are gorgeous and wine festivals!
One thing I look forward to each week is ... working out with my trainer at Brute Strength Gym in Norfolk.
Favorite smartphone app? Starbucks App. I can find the nearest caffeine fix and directions to it in seconds.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A metal baseball bat, my son’s football equipment and an extra pair of workout sneakers.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Cleopatra.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be ... "Abolish Congress; it’s not working out!"
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? It would go to the new Midtown Tunnel Project so there would be no tolls in Hampton Roads.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? A wine flight and an appetizer at Mermaid Winery in Norfolk.

The Defender "The tire is one of the great workout toys at my gym--Brute Strength Gym--and I FLIP IT! I’ve learned that through the ups and downs in my life in recent years that I didn’t know my own strength--mentally and physically. I am not built to break, and it feels wonderful."


Mary Ellen Fournier 
Age: 26
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: Marketing, Virginia Arts Festival
Kids? If yes, how many? One wonderful son.
Ever been married? No. 
Length of longest relationship: 5 years.
In the market for? Someone who will make me laugh.
Deal breakers? Smoking and lying—especially lying about smoking.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Biggest Oddball.
What talent do you wish you had? How cool would it be if I could yodel?! My sister says it’s really hard.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her ... cool your jets; everything always works out.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be ... planning events for children focused around fun, healthy activities.
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Spring because the Virginia Arts Festival is in full bloom. z
One thing I look forward to each week is ... Saturday morning class at my gym, Crossfit Unrivaled.
Most treasured possession? My son, Noah Duval.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Gym bag, a slew of my son’s toys, spare tire, blanket, a beach chair and a pair of heels.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Wayne’s World ... party time ... excellent.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be ... "Fournier Fo’ Sho’"
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Fixing the roads and children’s afterschool programs.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Thai chicken curry.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Going to Luna Maya for dinner and then heading out to catch the latest and greatest in the local arts scene.

The Energizer "I try to lead a very healthy and active lifestyle through diet and exercise. I started kickboxing and boxing training with my father and other siblings when I was 7."


James Ray 
Age: 36
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: Educator
Kids? Two wonderful boys, 7 and 10.
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 10 years.
In the market for? "The One"—the ultimate complement of me.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Likely to Distract the Class After My Work was Completed.
Hidden talents? Balancing on chairs barefoot.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could be invisible so I could tap people’s shoulders and scare them. Or I wish I could snap my fingers.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him ... invest in AOL’s IPO, go to grad school immediately after undergrad, and leave that Capital One credit card alone.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be ... higher education. I love what I do.
Guilty pleasure? I am a confectionary vixen. I love junk food and sweets.
Favorite conversation starter? It generally starts with a genuine, "How’s your day going?"
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Summer because family and friends can visit for extended periods but not too long. (I have a three-day max rule.)
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be ... "Make it a great day!"
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? To the "Help James’ Kids College Fund." Primarily to an education fund for all.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Homemade crab cakes, baked mac ’n cheese and homemade ’taters.
The secret to a great relationship is ... communication and keeping it a two way street.

The Teacher "Golf, synonymous with life, is a game of continual shots, reflection and improvement. Every shot may not be perfect. It’s up to us to make the best of it."