Author: Ben Swenson

Global Eats Part III

Photos by Jim Pile and David Uhrin In Global Eats Part I, Part II and Part III, we explore 101 enticing international restaurants that put Coastal Virginia's culinary scene on the map.   Japanese   Zushi Japanese Bistro If CoVa…

Global Eats Part II

Photos by Jim Pile, David Uhrin and Ryan Miller We’re exploring Global Eats in Part I, Part II and Part III with 101 enticing international restaurants that put Coastal Virginia’s culinary culture on the map.   English and Irish  …

Global Eats Part I

Photos by Jim Pile, David Uhrin and Ryan Miller At a time when cultural diversity sets us apart, there’s one thing that brings us all together: food. Our food scene is rich with flavors representing a variety of experiences and…

The New American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Many lifelong Coastal Virginia residents have memories of visiting one of the region’s many history museums, if not recently, then perhaps on the obligatory grade school field trip. But if the caricatured version of the history museum was ever accurate—fusty…

Determining Your District

Tens of thousands of Coastal Virginians recently moved to a new district. Or rather, the new district moved to them.

The Luxury of Learning

If there’s college in your family’s future, you’d be wise to start saving soon. Here is the in-state cost for a single year’s tuition at Coastal Virginia’s public universities—and this is before room, board and books are figured in.

6 Places to View Fall Foliage in Hampton Roads

October is the month when the last wisps of summer finally succumb to gaudy lawn ornaments, nippy north winds, and pumpkin-spiced anything. And yes, a favorite for one and all, the trees begin their long-anticipated change. Serious leaf peepers sometimes…

Ghost Towns in Hampton Roads

Ghosts inhabit the landscape of Virginia, but not the walk-through-the-walls specters you may be thinking of. Virginia teems with the physical remnants of communities where no one has lived for decades. Here are a few of the places erased from…

2014 Top Teachers

Photos by Jim Pile Everyone remembers one special teacher who touched their lives and went above and beyond to inspire impressionable young minds. These teachers work tirelessly, both inside the classroom and during their “off time” at home. These teachers…

School Lunches Get a Makeover

Chipper kindergarteners bounce into the cafeteria at Portlock Primary School in Chesapeake, giddy at the opportunity to take a break from their lessons, chat with friends and, best of all, eat. What’s on the menu for today? Rest assured it’s…

Natural Treasures

April 19–27 is National Park Week, a time to celebrate American citizens’ birthright—more than 84 million acres of natural and historic treasures unmatched anywhere else on the planet. National Park Service officials waive admission fees during the first weekend of…

Coastal Virginia’s Top Teachers

Inspiration is what poured off the pages of nominations we received this year for our third annual Top Teachers recognition program. More than 100 submissions and thousands of votes from students, their parents and staff members of inspirational teachers all…

Paying to Play

In many ways, John Ashley is a typical sports dad. One of his sons plays football for York High School’s varsity squad, another for Yorktown Middle School. And, like other York County parents, Ashley must stroke a couple checks each…

Hopeful Homeless

Folks are beginning to trickle into the shelter on one of those early-sundown evenings with a decided nip in the air. First, the volunteers show up—generally an older crowd, eager to make sure each station is in shipshape. Then comes…

Contributions By City

How deep are Coastal Virginia’s pockets? That depends on who is wearing the pants. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a Washington D.C.-based newspaper that explores nonprofits, regularly measures charitable giving. The figures below show how Coastal Virginia’s cities and counties stack…

Coasting Away

The shorelines of Hampton Roads are constantly in flux. Waves pummel exposed stretches of beach, carting off a little sand or mud each time. That earth has to go somewhere, and it often doesn’t travel very far. The sediment is…

Weapons 101

Is a university more like a public library or a public school? Many Virginians believe the answer to that question is a matter of life and death. The difference between those two institutions is that firearms are allowed at one…

Seeking Sustenance

It’s hard to imagine that a region as developed and densely populated as Hampton Roads has communities without ready access to groceries. These so-called “food deserts,” however, are a real problem. Food deserts most often occur in low-income areas where…

Hampton Road Cities with the longest and shortest commute

How long is your commute to work? Odds are, you probably know that figure to the minute. Below are the average commute times for residents of different localities in greater Hampton Roads. Surprisingly, folks on the Eastern Shore spend the…

HRM Top Teachers

Photos by Jim Pile and Mike Mercker For the second year in a row, you have taught us a lesson in the importance of not just good, but great, teachers. After examining the 8,702 total votes received in our Top Teachers 2012 recognition program, it is clear that you are…