Virginia Beach urban farmer maximizes ‘Nottalotta’ space to provide fresh veggies

Nottalotta Acres Urban Farm

VIRGINIA BEACH — Tucked away behind trees and houses, just far enough from the noise on Independence Boulevard, is one of Virginia Beach’s only urban farms. Nottalotta Acres Urban Farm is approximately three acres of land dedicated to growing produce, cultivating flowers, and raising chickens. The hidden gem hasn’t been around for long. Owner Amanda Gerber celebrated the farm’s one-year […]

City of Virginia Beach to celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2


VIRGINIA BEACH — On March 2, the City of Virginia Beach will celebrate Read Across America Day in partnership with the National Education Association and Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms will join more than 85 volunteers in demonstrating the importance of reading aloud to children by reading to 4,000 students involved in early care and […]

‘Please don’t sacrifice middle school’: Virginia Beach School Board hears community concerns on budget proposal

Virginia Beach School Board

VIRGINIA BEACH — Teachers, bus drivers, and community members appeared in front of the Virginia Beach School Board Tuesday to share their concerns about the superintendent’s proposed 2017-18 estimate of needs. Currently, the average middle school teacher oversees four classes and 120 students. Under the proposed $742.1 million budget, many middle school teachers will be expected to take […]

Norfolk company 2 Pink Peas takes on sustainable, affordable fashion

2 Pinks Peas creates sustainable, ethically-made purses using recycled fabrics. (Photo courtesy of 2 Pink Peas)

NORFOLK — Sophia O’Neal, 19, is a self-proclaimed fashionista, but according to the college student, the fashion industry falls short in one crucial area: sustainability. “Fashion is the second-most polluting industry in the world, second to oil. There are oil rigs and then there are mini skirts,” she said. “Over 10 percent of landfill waste is disposable, […]

One lane of Northampton Boulevard closed for emergency repairs

Virginia Beach Public Works has announced the immediate closing of the outside northbound lane of Northampton Boulevard due to emergency shoulder repairs.   Crews are at the

location now inspecting and preparing for the repairs.  The location is near Shell Road at Lake Smith. (Photo courtesy of Virginia Beach Public Works.)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The outside northbound lane of Northampton Boulevard has been closed to accommodate emergency should repairs, the city’s public works department said. Crews began inspecting the location near Shell Road at Lake Smith on Friday. The repairs are expected to take several days to complete. More information can be found at

Virginia Beach student entrepreneurs set out to rescue turtles, protect kids with allergies

More than 200 students from 29 schools took part in this year's Maker Expo. From left: Lauren Bulleigh, Brendan Willette, Kayla Phu, and Cole Buchanan. (Mariah Pohl)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia Beach students showcased their entrepreneurial and inventing skills Friday at the 3rd annual Maker Expo. More than 200 elementary, middle, and high school students from surrounding public schools turned out to present projects that fulfilled the event’s 2017 theme: adaptive technology. 44 teams from 29 participating schools used 3D printers called MakerBots to create […]

Bringing home the bacon: Old Dominion student’s startup puts twist on pops, truffles

Brown stuffs, rolls, and decorates her bacon treats by hand each week with the help of friends an family. (Mariah Pohl)

NORFOLK — Each year, the typical American consumes more than 18 pounds of bacon, according to Old Dominion University student Janay Brown, who said she hopes to take bacon consumption to the next level through her bacon-focused business Full Belly Delights. Full Belly Delights provides gourmet, handcrafted bacon truffles, bacon pops, and flavored bacon. Much like a traditional […]

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