Know of anyone who improved, enriched lives of disabled Virginia Beach residents?

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities is seeking nominations from the community for its 2019 annual awards.

The awards recognize individuals, businesses and service organizations that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to improving and enriching the lives disabled residents of Virginia Beach.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Nov. 30.

The award recipients are chosen from nominations from the community for individuals and groups that have impacted the lives of Virginia Beach residents with disabilities in a positive manner.

Each recipient exemplifies the best of the Beach and has made significant contributions in time and resources to ensure that people with disabilities have full integration in the community in which they live, according to the city.

The award nomination form can be found and completed online at the committee’s webpage.

People who do not have access to the Internet can use a computer at any Virginia Beach Public Library. Computers at the Bayside and Central library locations have assistive devices to make the Internet accessible for people with impaired vision, according to a news release from the city.

A printed application can be obtained at any Virginia Beach Public Library.

The completed application can be e-mailed to the ADA Coordinator at​ or mailed to the Office of the Mayor, Municipal Center, Building One, 2401 Courthouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9000.

Those with questions can call 757-385-4134.

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John Mangalonzo ( 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.