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School board candidates talk driver shortage, diversity in forum

Two people vying for an open school board seat relayed a bit more on district issues and their possible solutions at a candidate forum Tuesday evening. Audience members submitted several questions to the moderator about the district’s bus driver shortage. The district’s shortage of 22 bus drivers...

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  • Kimball concert celebrates '70s favorites

    Kimball concert celebrates '70s favorites

    From Led Zeppelin to Stevie Wonder, the 1970s offered a revolutionary and eclectic array of music unlike anything before or since. A tribute concert, CultureFix’s What’s Goin’ On, pays homage to that era at the Kimball Theatre Saturday night, featuring the Michael Clark Band, Jonny Waters and Co.,...

      • Opera in Williamsburg looking for laughs with "Barber of Seville"

        Opera in Williamsburg looking for laughs with "Barber of Seville"

        It’s an experience intrinsic to humanity. Sitting in a communal space, taking in art as part of an audience filled with people of different backgrounds, different ideas and different dreams. These days, that experience is often reserved for concerts or the latest blockbuster film. But Opera in...

          • After dark, Oct. 18-22

            Thursday Berret’s: Tom Vinick, 6-9 p.m. Aroma’s: Open Mic Night, 7-9 p.m. Friday Berret’s: Nathan Lienard, 6-9 p.m. Aroma’s: Kate Stedelbauer, 7-9 p.m. Water Street Grille: Alana and the Hot Mess, 7-10 p.m. Cogan’s: Michael Clark Band, 8-11 p.m. Saturday Berret’s: Billy Joe Trio, 6-9 p.m. Aroma’s:...

              • Limelight, Oct. 18-22

                Real People, Real Stories: This month, the Williamsburg Library’s nonfiction book group focuses on “Savage Harvest,” an investigation into the mysterious 1961 disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in the jungles of New Guinea. Copies are available at both libraries. 2 p.m. Thursday at the Stryker...


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                  • Emergency shelter needs community support

                    On Nov. 12, Community of Faith Mission will begin its sixth season of providing emergency shelter to homeless men, women and children in Greater Williamsburg. Last year, we sheltered 110 people, resulting in 2,600 shelter stays during the coldest months of the year. This would have been impossible...

                      • Philips brings expertise to JCC supervisors

                        The Founding Fathers' vision for America was that people of high achievement would be elected to lead in governance. We have strayed far from that vision. Too often, ambition or search for celebrity wins over proven capability. We have an opportunity to elect a highly accomplished person, Tom Phillips,...

                          • More education needed when it comes to guns

                            In a recent commentary piece, Ms. Gambrell stated: "The path to effective gun control starts with education." In my opinion, she failed to address educating the public on safe gun handling and use, the need for frequent training from a certified instructor and regular practice in order to be a...

                              • Design doesn't fit in with rest of city

                                I attended the recent Williamsburg Planning Commission afternoon meeting and think the article in The Virginia Gazette did not accurately reflect the public hearing portion of the meeting. Many residents, myself included, complained about the five-story height of the buildings in the proposed development...

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                                  • Last Word on guns, Oct. 11

                                    Last Word on guns, Oct. 11

                                    Gun control If it isn't the right time, as Republicans are saying about discussing some limits on guns in the U.S., then when is the right time? We discuss changes in laws after a drunk driver kills someone. We discuss sprinklers in buildings after a fatal fire. So why not discuss protecting innocent...

                                      • Last Word on outstanding work, Oct. 7

                                        Last Word on outstanding work, Oct. 7

                                        Way to go! Congratulations to Stonehouse Elementary School for being among seven Virginia schools recognized as a “2017 National Blue Ribbon School” by the U.S. Secretary of Education. What an honor to them and all involved with the school and surrounding community. Their hard work and dedication...

                                          • Last Word local campaigns, Oct. 4

                                            Last Word local campaigns, Oct. 4

                                            Candidate forums Delegate Pogge: You have represented us well. However, now we find you unwilling to participate in the League of Women Voters debate. Why? Are you so comfortable in your position that you feel you can become detached from your voters? Please remember Eric Cantor's major defeat...

                                              • Last Word on taking a knee, Sept. 27

                                                Last Word on taking a knee, Sept. 27

                                                Taking a knee With the president facing world changing problems here and overseas, he chose to issue a childish rant against professional athletes who exercise their First Amendment Rights by kneeling during the National Anthem. I was taught by my parents to kneel at bedtime when saying my prayers....