ICYMI: April 1-April 7: Update on Virginia Beach’s new mental health clinic, Public servants and autism advocates, city vs. one business

VIRGINIA BEACH — Southside Daily first reported in March that Cohen Veterans Network will be opening a free mental health clinic in Virginia Beach. Last week, our reporting staff got some updates about the clinic and what Hampton Roads veterans and their families should expect. READ MORE.

Here are new details on Virginia Beach’s free mental health clinic

VIRGINIA BEACH — Capt. Shannon Wichtendahl, a Project Lifesaver police officer, had been working with autistic children and their families for quite some time when she got an idea.

What if she could set up a monthly play date between children with autism spectrum disorder and other Virginia Beach students?

And so, with help from her sister, Coleen McCauley, the Virginia Beach Police officer founded Autism Buddies in January 2008. READ MORE.

Virginia Beach sisters work as public servants, autism advocates

NORFOLK — Danny Meeks, who is a former Portsmouth City Council member and is president of Select Waste Recycling Services said he started the approval process with the City of Norfolk in July 2017. Since then, the city gave Select Recycling its business license and zoning approval, and the business received approval at the state level as well.

But despite the company checking all the boxes, some city officials — lead by Norfolk City Council member Angelia Willams Graves — don’t like the type of business that Select Recycling represents or how close to the adjacent neighborhood the business will operate. Graves warned that the increased traffic in the neighborhood poses a safety risk. READ MORE.

City Council doesn’t like this company’s business. Here’s why

NORFOLK — Allegiant announced last week it is adding Jacksonville International Airport as its newest nonstop destination from the Norfolk International Airport.

Although flights are on sale, the seasonal service will not take off from the runway until June 14. One-way fares can be purchased for as little as $49. READ MORE.

Jacksonville bound? Come June, Allegiant will let you get there cheaper

VIRGINIA BEACH — Vice Mayor Louis Jones proposed new rules for short-term rental properties.

Jones’ proposed ordinance would create a new a short-term rental overlay district; this district would actually be composed of three existing and separate overlays that are already heavily engaged in short-term rental use — the Sandbridge Special Service District, the Oceanfront Resort, and the North End overlay. READ MORE.

These proposed rules could change what is allowed in some Virginia Beach homes

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.