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VCU grows with Institute for Contemporary Art opening

Richmond’s art scene continues to grow with the city’s latest gallery, the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, which opens with a block party Saturday. The college designed the spot to capitalize on the way in which contemporary art can spark dialogue, something...

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  • Prep roundup: Lions get just two hits in loss to New Kent

    Warhill managed just two hits against New Kent pitcher Grace Ellis in an 11-1, 6-inning loss Tuesday in Bay Rivers District softball play. Ellis struck out eight batters and allowed just a lone Lions run in the fourth inning. Taylor Nicholson brought in the only Warhill run after grounding to shortstop,...

      • 'Maniac' ultramarathoners make it look easy — almost

        After the sixth running of the Singletrack Maniac 50K last Saturday at Freedom Park, Williamsburg’s only ultramarathon, the only person to have completed every race is Chris Robertson, 45, of Williamsburg, and he had his fastest time ever for the technical, hilly trail race (5:25:15), and his highest...

          • Four from Walsingham to compete at college level

            Four from Walsingham to compete at college level

            Four Walsingham Academy athletes have made commitments to continue taking part in their sports at the college level. Carson Cooper, who became involved in sailing when he was 12, will sail at Christopher Newport. Delaney Riggs, who has played soccer at Walsingham and with the Virginia Legacy club...

              • Local golf clubs to field junior golf teams for summer

                Local golf clubs to field junior golf teams for summer

                Looking to grow golf among younger players, three Williamsburg area golf clubs will field teams in the PGA Junior League program this summer, one for the first time. Open registration is ongoing for kids ages 13 and younger at Ford’s Colony Golf Club and at Two Rivers Country Club, which is offering...


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                  • Williamsburg Taste Festival combines food, fun

                    Williamsburg Taste Festival combines food, fun

                    Thousands turned out for fall food and fun during Williamsburg’s Harvest Celebration in 2015 and 2016, but the event will return as the Williamsburg Taste Festival to spruce up the city’s spring event lineup. The festival runs Thursday through Sunday across Williamsburg and Yorktown. Bob Harris,...

                      • DOG Street 5K encourages healthy kids and beyond

                        DOG Street 5K encourages healthy kids and beyond

                        The Run the DOG Street 5K returns to Colonial Williamsburg Saturday for a ninth year of encouraging healthy living and as part of a larger effort to improve lives. With participants including students who are members of Student Health Initiative Program running clubs from Williamsburg-James City...

                          • W&M concert explores world music, refugee experiences

                            W&M concert explores world music, refugee experiences

                            In a complex and divided world, one Williamsburg concert aims to bring people together through the intrinsic power of music. With Saturday’s “Refugees Welcome” event, the College of William and Mary’s Middle Eastern Music Ensemble and several guest artists celebrate diverse music and diverse people...

                              • 'Bernstein at 100' was worth the wait

                                While this year’s Virginia Arts Festival has been offering entertainment for months, April begins a constant flow of events, the opening of which kicked off Friday on a mighty musical note with its “Bernstein at 100.” The program at the Ferguson Center featured the Virginia Symphony Orchestra,...


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                                  • Celebrate Earth Day at the supermarket

                                    With the 50th observance of Earth Day on Sunday, each of us can contribute by reducing our driving, use of electric energy and consumption of animals. Yes, that. Last fall, Oxford University's prestigious Food Climate Research Network and Germany's Heinrich Bolle Foundation concluded that solving...

                                      • Don't mock Melania Trump's accent

                                        I am shocked and distressed at Jimmy Kimmel’s recent critique of First Lady Melania Trump’s accent while she was reading to children. I have been an educator or administrator at all levels of education my entire life, working overseas, in the D.C. area and New York City, and I have encountered...

                                          • Longhill Road needs some attention

                                            Life threatening conditions exist at the bottom of some of the hills on Longhill Road and have been getting worse for some time. These dangerous areas are at the bottom of hills where cars can exceed the 45 mph speed limit. Soil adjacent to the blacktop has eroded away leaving substantially deep...

                                              • The future revisits the past through sports

                                                Lake Placid, N.Y., was the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, as well as the site of the 1972 FISU, World University Winter Games. Recently, Lake Placid was selected as the host of the 2023 FISU Winter Games by the International University Sport Federation. Williamsburg can learn a lot...

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                                                  • Last Word on sales tax increase, Feb. 28

                                                    Last Word on sales tax increase, Feb. 28

                                                    Sales tax increase I don’t appreciate the sneaky way this tax hike is being motored through to support tourism and another-named slush fund. Please list the names and phone numbers of who we can call in Richmond for York, James City and Williamsburg to let our voices be heard. Thank you. Editor’s...

                                                      • Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

                                                        Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

                                                        Sales tax increase Instead of a 1 percent sales tax increase to feed the tourism oligarchs, how about an increase to promote affordable housing for the people who do the work that runs the tourism industry in the area? Seems like the Chamber of Commerce, JCC Supervisors and the Williamsburg City...

                                                          • Last Word on Florida shootings, Feb. 21

                                                            Last Word on Florida shootings, Feb. 21

                                                            Florida shootings A question for Congress: Why is the possession of assault weapons more important than school children's lives? Don't those children have a right, under the Constitution, to live full lives, in liberty and in the pursuit of happiness? I’m in high school and I’m scared to go to...

                                                              • Last Word, Feb. 17

                                                                Last Word, Feb. 17

                                                                Shooting in Florida To all those who write in demanding rights to carry in schools, churches and other public places: do you also demand similar rights for convicted criminals, the mentally ill and those with restraining orders? Should they be allowed to build up arsenals of assault weapons? Anyone...