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Creating more space where there is none

Too many students and not enough space. That's why James Blair Middle School will open next fall, and why redistricting talks started earlier this month. That's why the hallways in Berkeley Middle School feel so crowded — because they are. "You don't have that breathing room when a school is overcrowded,"...

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  • Pirates plunder Yorktown this weekend

    Pirates plunder Yorktown this weekend

    The air surrounding Yorktown's Riverwalk Landing will fill with the sounds of cannon fire and singing pirates this weekend when York County presents Pirates Invade Yorktown. "Kids love pirates. People love pirates," York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Event Planner Kevin Ritchie said. "It's...

      • Bike Month races toward Williamsburg

        Bike Month races toward Williamsburg

        With April showers mostly out of the way, May heralds blooming flowers and the arrival of Bike Month. BikeWalk Williamsburg is organizing the month-long affair, which features bike rides scheduled almost every day and various special events, ensuring options for people of all ages and skill levels....

          • 'Figaro' group's best effort yet

            Opera in Williamsburg ventured into new territory with its presentation of "Marriage of Figaro," Friday in the Kimball Theater. Moving away from its established tradition of using a salon-styled ensemble on stage, OiW used a small orchestra of top notch, polished professional musicians. Positioned...

              • Limelight for April 26-30

                Williamsburg Youth Harp Society Ensemble: This local non-profit, which educates children on the art of the harp, puts on its first public recital. 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Williamsburg Library. Free; donations are encouraged. Joe Duggan and Tracy Hill: Two members of Joe's Day Off perform a Sunday...


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                  • Book revisits tragedy of Americans in Soviet Russia

                    Robert Ochsenhirt of Williamsburg was flying recently from Richmond to Kansas City, reading the book, "The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia," written by Tim Tzouliadis, a British documentary filmmaker and television journalist. "It was one of the most fascinating, yet troubling...

                      • Everyone has role in preserving history

                        May I impose on your columns to write as President of the Williamsburg Historic Records Association to ask local families, institutions, businesses and organizations to consider whether they might have documents worthy of preservation? WHRA helps Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center...

                          • Snowden waived speaking fee for W&M talk

                            While the April 19 Virginia Gazette story on Edward Snowden's appearance at William and Mary covered the content of the session and contained a brief description of how the event was arranged, your reporter failed to ask the question that most interested me. Was Mr. Snowden paid to appear at this...

                              • Lafayette's 'Fiddler' was superb

                                Last week Broadway came to Williamsburg. A flawless performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" was presented by Lafayette High School last Wednesday through Saturday. From the cast to the crew to the musicians and the many supporting people, it was difficult to believe we were in James City Country and...

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                                  • Last Word on assistance dogs, April 19

                                    Last Word on assistance dogs, April 19

                                    Looking for ... I know everyone is doing their spring cleaning. I'm looking for a used, but in good condition, lawn table and chairs with umbrella that someone is throwing out or looking to replace. Please call me 804-413-1622. I would like to donate several canes, walkers, etc. and cannot locate...

                                    • Last Word on campus growth, April 15

                                      Last Word on campus growth, April 15

                                      Campus growth In reading the Gazette about William and Mary President Reveley's retirement, we were struck by the line, "he still plans on pushing growth in and around campus." Watching houses come down on Jamestown Road and hotels converted to dorms on Richmond Road, we are very concerned that...

                                      • Last word on school buildings, April 10

                                        Last word on school buildings, April 10

                                        'Falling apart' Reference the recent third round of funding increases to the school system and the quote attributed to the JCC Administrator Bryan Hill in the April 5 Gazette: "No one wants to see schools falling apart." Really? The roofs are leaking, the walls are coming down? This is a platitude...

                                        • Last Word on lacrosse, April 8

                                          Last Word on lacrosse, April 8

                                          Popular lacrosse I attended the Warhill vs. Jamestown girls' high school lacrosse game recently; the crowd was impressive and the game was great. Surprisingly, I found out that lacrosse is not officially recognized as a varsity sport in W-JCC. Just recently, I read that lacrosse is the fastest...