Coastal Virginia Magazine - February-March 2014

Savoring the Outer Banks at the Taste of the Beach

The Outer Banks Restaurant Association’s annual Taste of the Beach is a unique event—a culinary adventure, certainly. But it’s more than that. It’s a four-day food festival that becomes an exploration of Outer Banks culture, a hands-on course in how…

Money Matters

Financial savvy peaks in your 50s to 70s, according to a recent study. After that, it’s a fast ride downhill—putting your financial future at risk, says Lewis Mandell, author of What to Do When I Get Stupid. Mandell outlines steps…

Spring on the Shore

There is an incredible feat of engineering that connects Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. In fact, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel has been called one of the seven engineering wonders of the world. But there is something even…

Forever Fredericksburg

Rolling down Caroline Street and reeling off dates of the Civil War, trolley driver and tour guide Kathy Quann can hardly contain her enthusiasm for Fredericksburg, as she spouts out tales of the Revolutionary War and a bit more about…

Monumental Meatballs at Big Italy

Mama mia, that’s a big meatball. The Colossal Meatballs Marinara entrée at Mama’s Italian Kitchen, part of the trilogy of eateries that makes up Big Italy at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, is indeed big, and delicious. Beautifully seasoned beef and…

A Smorgasbord of CoVa Food Happenings

Raise a toque to the Strolling Supper Party The fifth annual WHRO Strolling Supper Party, showcasing Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Platinum Plate Award winners takes place Feb. 23 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. The event, which takes place from 4-7 p.m.,…

Come Knockin’ if this Fish’s a Rockin’

One of Coastal Virginia’s most remarkable times of the year, culinarily, comes in the winter. Although rockfish, also known as striped bass, can be found in other seasons, this time of year they are plentiful as the stock migrate through…

Rightside Zoning Out

I spend quite a bit of time proselytizing about the benefits of the free market, including how individual choice is a better divining rod than edicts from the Central Committee’s Clubhouse. But, just like certain recent Carnival Cruise trips have…

Leftside The Bland And The Beautiful

In 1848, a New York City landscape architect named Andrew Jackson Downing proposed the creation of a 500-acre park in the middle of Manhattan. It would serve, he said, as “the lungs of the city.” He and the man who…

St. George Brewing’s Porter

»Pour St. George Brewing’s Porter Pour this beer in a glass and the crimson-black brew opens up with heady aromas of caramel, chocolate and spice. Those are the flavors on the palate, too, as this remarkably smooth, balanced English-style porter…

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…

Teacher’s Pet

The words “teacher’s pet” make most teachers cringe. They do not want to play favorites or see a child consumed with sucking up, in the hopes of getting a good grade. But teachers do appreciate students who care what the…

Scholarly Advice

As you plan your graduate school career, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing an adviser. Read on for a study guide on how to choose the right adviser for you and what to do if your…

Private Schools

HAMPTON Gloria Dei Lutheran School 250 Fox Hill Rd., 23666  757-851-6292 www.gloriadeilutheranschool.net Grades: Two-year-olds through 8th grade Year: 1973 Enrollment: 380 S/T: Varies by age ACS: 15-18 Uniforms: No Principal: Linda K. Robinson Gloria Dei Lutheran School serves the Peninsula…

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…

Lessons in Learning

Finding the right school for your child can be difficult. But it can seem impossible when your child has challenges that aren’t easily accommodated by the school system. A small school in Newport News is working to make that search…

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…

GUIDE TO EDUCATION

It’s that time of year when we turn our attention to learning in our third annual Education Issue. We love teaching you more about the classrooms of Coastal Virginia and feel we have once again put together a comprehensive report…

Fighting the Good Fight

Every day in ninth grade, Portia, Samantha, Linda and Sarah teased me, shoved me, kicked me, pinched me and hit me during the 45-minute bus ride to and from school. That was year four of six years of bullying. Bullying…

Adult Learning

Some of us thought our studying days were over once we earned our high school diploma, our bachelor’s degree and even an advanced degree. But nowadays, many people are finding it necessary to return to school as they tackle a…

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