Author: Jamie McAllister

CoVa Mom Role Models: Bettie Bell

Photo by David Uhrin Bettie Bell, of Newport News, found out she was pregnant the day she was scheduled to attend foster parent training. She had struggled with infertility, so she was thrilled by the news. However, she had also…

Addressing Sensitive Subjects With Children’s Books

When kids ask questions about difficult topics, parents at a loss for words can turn to books for answers. Several authors with ties to the Coastal Virginia region have penned books addressing tough subjects, such as a newborn in the…

CHKD’s NICU Provides Advanced Medical Treatment For Babies

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a special hospital department dedicated solely to caring for babies born prematurely or with serious medical conditions. In the NICU, doctors and nurses use medical equipment developed to care for and treat the…

Infant Loss: A Couple's Moment With Their Daughter

Jake and Katie Davenport couldn’t wait to meet their first daughter, Grace, and hold her in their arms. Like most parents, they would treasure the first minutes of their child’s life. But the Davenports knew they had to make each…

Advances in Medicine Help Couples Overcome Infertility

For couples struggling with infertility, the doubt and uncertainty about their chances at parenthood can be almost unbearable. But thanks to advances in reproductive medicine, more and more couples are overcoming infertility to experience the joys of parenthood.   Factors…

Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival

Coastal Virginia residents who want to rub elbows with authors and learn more about the craft of writing can do so at the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival, taking place Saturday, Aug. 12. What started out as a book signing request…

Camp Kesem in Williamsburg

Children dealing with a parent’s cancer treatment bear burdens and worries well beyond their years. They worry about their parent, are sometimes teased or bullied at school for being different and often feel like they must put on a brave…

Four Ways For Teens to Make the Most of Summer Vacation

Teens and preteens in Coastal Virginia looking for fun ways to spend their summer break have plenty of options. From making some extra cash to making the world a better place, here are four ways kids can beat the summertime…

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Home Stager

Location, location, location is a familiar mantra for real estate. But when it comes to selling a house, more and more real estate agents and homeowners are thinking appearance, appearance, appearance. With more home choices than ever on the market…

JMU Football Champ Plays Against The Odds

As running back for the James Madison University Dukes, Khalid Abdullah’s college career is one for the record books. His performance on the football field shattered records for rushing touchdowns (41), total touchdowns (45) and scoring (270). In January, he…

Top Teacher: Dana Wakefield

Dana Wakefield dreamed of being a teacher when she was a little girl, and now her dream has come true. As math specialist at Willard Model Elementary School in Norfolk, Wakefield divides her time between working with small groups of…

Top Teacher: Margaret Beckner

A love of language lured Margaret Beckner into the classroom 36 years ago, and every day the French teacher at Cox High School in Virginia Beach finds something new to love about her work. Originally from Greensboro, N.C., Beckner started…

Sorting Things Out

An organized house may seem like fantasy for a busy family. However, Stephanie Jackson, executive organizer and owner of local company Sort Me Out, believes anything is possible with a little bit of planning. “The secret to organization is evaluating…

The Laws of Adoption

For couples or individuals considering adoption, the goal is simple: welcome a child into their loving home. However, the paperwork and red tape that stretch between adoptive parents-to-be and the day they bring home a new family member can seem…

A Growing Group

You don’t have to live in the country to live off the land. From gardening to canning to soap making, the Virginia Urban Homesteaders League offers a range of workshops for Coastal Virginians who are eager to roll up their…

Pump Up The Squeezebox

Jim Rice was about 8 years old when a traveling salesman knocked on the front door of his family’s home in Northern Virginia. Instead of vacuums or encyclopedias, the man was peddling accordions. Without a moment’s hesitation, Rice’s father bought one of the instruments for his son.

Post-Cancer Couture

The boutique’s manager, Teresa Kelly, has a long history of fitting people with prostheses, and she understands the challenges women encounter when shopping at a traditional clothing store after a mastectomy.