Coastal Virginia Magazine - July-August 2011

Remembering 9/11: Patriotism in Chesapeake

Even though Independence Day was a couple months ago and the merriment of summer is slowly fading, you can still get your fix of patriotism and family fun at the Virginia Freedom Festival, which falls on the weekend of the…

Falling for St. Michael's

Packing the car early on a Friday afternoon and driving north on Route 13 through the rural and rustic small towns of the Eastern Shore almost always indicates I am venturing to the Northeast to visit my New Jersey family…

Stay in the Clear: How to Treat and Prevent Glaucoma

Glaucoma—one is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. It —steals your eyesight so subtly that you could have it for years and not know you have significant vision loss. The good news is —once a doctor…

Glass Masters

I’'ve always admired people who practice traditional crafts. Indeed, through future columns or feature stories, I hope to introduce you to a variety of artisans in Hampton Roads. I’m especially interested in the letter-press operation at Old Dominion University. I’d…

Hidden History: Clash Over Carter's

Just inside the James City County line sits one of the most stunning pieces of waterfront real estate in Hampton Roads: a two-and-a-half-story, five-part, brick mansion on more than 400 acres along the James River, containing an interior so exceptional…

Sloan's Story

Sloan walks confidently into the lawyer's office. He's about to sign off on a real estate deal that will change not only his life, but the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands, of other who endure the same deprivations he has…

Rising Above?

The land is sinking, and the water is rising, and no one’s sure what we should do. Sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it’s not—it’s life in Hampton Roads. Fortunately for residents and businesses, officials are paying…

Creating Comedy

The emcee announced my name, and lightning surged through my bones. People turned and clapped as I walked onto the stage. I placed my water and cheat sheet on the lonely stool and grabbed the microphone. The stage lights blinded…

Operation Renovation

  After seeing more than 20 houses in the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach, it ended up being a foreclosure property that my husband and I now call our first home. Neglected for years, and unoccupied for more than a…

Miracle Matrimony

Their story starts in the usual way of girl meets boy. The girl, Rachelle Friedman, a Virginia Beach native, met the boy, Chris Chapman, at East Carolina University. The two friends eventually became inseparable, and love blossomed soon after. This…

Health Hurdles: A Lesson Learned

Darnell Thoroughgood’s wife, Jean, told him he should have his colon checked when he turned 50. And he told her “no way.” He pictured the doctor putting on rubber gloves, asking him to get on all fours on the exam…

Enjoy the Sun, But Protect Yourself

As you head outdoors to enjoy the beach, the pool, your garden or a nice walk don’t forget to face the facts—you need to protect yourself from skin cancer. There are several lines of defense from sun damage: protecting yourself,…

Tendon Troubles

It’s called tennis elbow, but less than half of the people who get actually it can blame it on playing the game, says Dr. Jack Siegel of The Jordan Young Institute for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. “It’s basically tendonitis…

Artisans in the Park Art Show

Families looking for a more colorful way to spend time outside this summer will find plenty of creativity at Virginia Beach’s Great Neck Park this August. Artisans in the Park, the 36th annual Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Arts and…

Get Up and Sing

I have a confession to make: About a year ago, I fell in love with karaoke. Yeah, go ahead—snicker if you want to. A lot of people do. “Really,” one smirking friend said to me recently when I told him…

Nothing Suits Me

May 1 was the big day, and I do mean the Big Day—the day I was going shopping for a bathing suit with my overweight and underexercised body. May Day quickly became “MAYDAY!, MAYDAY!, MAYDAY!” “Send in back-up. I’m in…

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