Virginia Beach high school softball players sign with colleges, universities

Hampton Vipers softball

Eight Virginia Beach student athletes signed offer letters Friday night to play softball at colleges and universities across the Commonwealth. “I’m very excited. I’ve dreamed about this day since I was a little girl,” Allison Mulvhill said after posing by a banner featuring Norfolk State University. “I’ve always wanted to go to the next level for softball […]

Ainsley’s Angels mission: Provide active lifestyles to disabled children

Jessica Easing visits the Tide radio studio. (Mariah Pohl)

At just 12 years old, Jessica Ensing has participated in more than a dozen long-distance races — and has the medals to show for it — but she isn’t a runner. Ensing, who suffers from a number of challenges, including juvenile arthritis, Stickler syndrome, and joint problems, is an “angel athlete-rider” for an organization called Ainsley’s Angels. The organization promotes […]

10-year-old Virginia Beach girl beats the odds, becomes ambassador for childhood cancer

Abby Furco, 10, enjoys a Norfolk Admirals Hockey game. Abby was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 4 years old. She survived, and will spend 2017 as an ambassador for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. (Courtesy of  Patty Furco)

Ten-year-old Abby Furco loves Harry Potter. She’s read all seven books, as well as the prequel and the sequel. Abby’s often wondered what schoolhouse she’d be sorted into if she were a student at Hogwarts. Maybe she’d be placed into Ravenclaw for her smarts, or Hufflepuff because she’s a hard worker. Perhaps she’d find her […]

Norfolk given $200,000 federal grant to develop waterfront areas

(Photo courtesy of the city of Norfolk)

With a $200,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the city of Norfolk will develop more than 200 acres of waterfront property. Part of the EPA’s Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant, Norfolk is one of 19 communities nationwide that will receive federal funding to combat environmental issues. In the announcement made on Thursday afternoon by Mayor Kenneth […]

‘Angel gowns’ help one Virginia Beach family remember a life never lived

A burial dress made for stillborn infants, which will be given to a local hospital or funeral home to cloth an infant that has passed.

Twice a month, Heather Wilson meets with a sewing circle. Each time they gather, group members carefully craft dresses so small that it’s hard to imagine who the garments are for. The satin white material is taken from donated wedding dresses, complete with soft lace and patterned beadwork. Beautifully sewn, these tailor-made dresses – called […]

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