Coastal Virginia Magazine - July-August 2016

Right Side: This Is Not a Drill—For Now

I have no doubt that in June of 1969 a magazine editor somewhere wanted a columnist to write a piece on why the proposed moon landing would fail. Yet, as dusk set on July 20 the filed recipes for rhubarb…

Left Side: This Is Not a Drill—For Now

Earlier this year, environmentalists won a temporary victory when the federal government turned its back on a proposal to open the waters off Virginia to offshore drilling. “We heard from many corners that now is not the time to start…

Create Your Perfect Virginia Beach Staycation

There is nothing better than going on a vacation and getting away from work and stress and simply setting aside time to relax and recharge. But as nice as a vacation is, sometimes it’s just not ideal timing for you…

Making the Most of your Money

When it comes to financial planning, many people have questions and doubts to overcome in terms of how they are going to reach their retirement goals. But even if you’re not thinking of retirement yet, having a financial plan and…

Beyond the Bin

Do you have plans for some serious spring cleaning? It’s the time of year when many of us purge old, unused items, declutter and get a fresh, reorganized start in our homes. This year, please think beyond your recycle bin…

Grants for Plants

Amy Henry, health and wellness program director at Newport News Family YMCA and a naturalist with Virginia Master Naturalist Historic Southside Chapter, is all about improving people and the environment. So when Boy Scout David Wells approached her last year…

Open Air Eats: Best Places for Outdoor Dining

A most magical thing happened last month: the earth’s axis shifted to its maximum tilt on June 20, making the northern hemisphere the closest to ol’ Sol as we’ve been in a year. This move, the June solstice, officially ushered…

New MRI Scanners More Roomy and Less Stressful

You may not even realize you’re claustrophobic—until you have to get in a closed MRI. Fortunately, advances in technology mean you can now get into a more open MRI, so leave your fears at home. Wondering how it works? Physicians…

Bay Star Homes Influences Chesapeake Bay Community to go Green

If you’re committed to living green in your home—composting, conserving water and energy, planting native species in the backyard—it’s time to take your dedication to ensuring a cleaner and healthier Chesapeake Bay one step further by signing up to become…

Hope For Salvation

Photos by Angela Douglas Photography It wasn’t Father Jim’s three-legged Golden Retriever named Trinity who met me at the top of the stairs on the first rain-chilled afternoon that I visited St. Mary’s. And it wasn’t the Father’s spontaneous invitation…

New Virginia MOCA Exhibit Is Turning Heads

With Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, Virginia MOCA has turned another corner.  This major exhibition, two and a half years in the making, is not the first exhibition the museum will travel to other U.S. institutions.…

Girl Scout Troop 22 Leaving Their Mark on Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ninth grader Samantha Kromkowski might always remember Memorial Day weekend 2015. Instead of hanging out at the beach every day like most teenagers, she searched for storm drains. Why would a fun-loving teenager do that? “She worked on…

Board Meets Barre

As I lie on my back—feet firmly planted, hands clasped behind my head—twisting to reach my right elbow to my left knee, I think about how good it feels to stretch and move—and how my abs will probably be sore…

Pale Skin is In

For those of us living in Coastal Virginia, summer signifies fun in the sun. It’s a wonderful time, but it also means we all need to be extra aware of the risk of skin cancer. Dr. William Coker of Associates…

Anything But Bland

When setting up my appointment to interview Carlyle Bland, the owner of restaurants Marker 20 and Venture Kitchen and Bar, located in Downtown Hampton, he told me, “Any day next week except Friday. I’m planning an April Fools’ prank, and…