ICYMI: Tornado planning, alternative budget, wine headaches, bringing babies to work, back from the brink

Check out the stories people were talking about in this week’s ‘In Case You Missed It.’

Do you have a plan?

Last year by this time there had already been a couple of twisters confirmed across Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads, as well as a what would eventually be classified as a straight-line winds event in Sandbridge. READ MORE.

Do you have a plan in place in case of a tornado?

Budget discussions continue

An alternative budget proposal, authored by City Council members Jessica Abbott, Bobby Dyer and John Moss, avoids $7.7 million in tax and fee increases included in City Manager David Hansen’s proposed budget. READ MORE.

Proposed tax and fee increases in Virginia Beach eliminated under ‘alternative budget’

Wine, anyone?

Virginia-based business owner Jennifer Corcoran has created a simple way to assist in removing tannins and sulfites which could be causing your wine-induced headaches. READ MORE.

Can a few simple drops save you from a wine induced headache?

Bringing babies to work

Virginia Beach City Council member Jessica Abbott has been researching existing policies across the nation that allow staff to bring their infants to work. Although she has been unable to find any on a local level, she has found quite a few in use by state and federal agencies. READ MORE.

Virginia Beach Council member working on city policy to allow infants at work

 “Life’s a Compass”

Life wasn’t quite so easy for Rick Bozart — homeless at 41, music was the saving grace that would eventually bring him back from the edge. READ MORE.

Music brought this Virginia Beach man back from the brink

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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.