Last Word on right-way walkers, Nov. 25

Right-way walkers

Pedestrians of Williamsburg, many of our communities do not have sidewalks. When sidewalks are not present, it is always safest to walk facing oncoming traffic. This way you are sure to see the car and have time to move off the road if necessary. Please, for your safety, stop walking in the direction of traffic.

Looking for ...

Sometime during the past several years, someone appears to have lost an item at the Williamsburg Players Theater which may be of important sentimental value. Currently, in our lost and found, is a piece of jewelry featuring an old coin that is engraved with the date 2-27-1941. We would very much like to get it back to its owner, so if you or someone you know is missing this piece, please call 757-903-1136, describe the item and we will make sure to get it back to you.

Would any quilters out there like a treasure trove of American Quilter magazines and American Quilter's Newsletter Magazines? Although they are somewhat dated, these magazines are filled with beautiful pictures, patterns and stories, all bound in plastic binders in excellent condition. If interested, please call 757-229-3624.

To the person asking where to recycle plastic bags now that Martin’s has closed: At the Neighborhood Walmart, there is a receptacle for them inside the right end of the entrance foyer. And at the Five Forks Farm Fresh, the container is on the sidewalk to the extreme right of the entrance.

I have an electric wheelchair that reclines. You would need a vehicle with a ramp to use it because it is electric and it’s hundreds of pounds. If it’s something you think you’d be interested in, you know, I could loan it to you for the day. My number is 345-2665. Thank you.

In reference to the gentleman who was looking for a barber to help with his beard: I suggest Mel’s Beauty & Barbering at 7408 Richmond Road. They have a barber there. The phone number is 757-220-1066.

Does anyone know where I can find yeast cakes? I used to be able to find them in the refrigerated section in Martin’s grocery store. I need them for my holiday baking.

Looking for an affordable, reliable landscaping business that can move several plants (small trees and vines) to a different property.

For the person looking to recycle plastic bags: They are still being recycled at the Food Lion or Farm Fresh. Those I know of definitely have recycle bins, so you can try there to recycle plastic bags.

To the person asking about transportation to the Richmond Airport: I would text Todd, 757-757-920-2627, to make arrangements.

Does anyone know where Roxanne, formally from Great Clips, went? We miss her a lot.

Does anyone know of any agencies that I can donate my 1994, 16x80 foot mobile home to? It would need to be moved off a lot located in CVMHP. Are there any fire departments in the area that need practice with structure fires? The mobile home would be excellent. I need to move to Indiana the first of the new year. Please respond to cmstone1607@yahoo.com.

I finally found a man to correct the stitching on my Singer sewing machine. The problem here is that one has to bring the machine in to him. I am 90-plus and without wheels. The Singer is in a cabinet and sits on four legs. I would appreciate some suggestions. Thank you.

Conflicts of interest

If members of city council are going to recuse themselves from every decision involving W&M or CW, because they or their spouses work there, then we will continue to have just a few people making major decisions for our community. If you or your family members work for W&M or CW, why did you run for office if this was going to be a problem? This problem extends to the Planning Commission; why was there no quorum and thus no recommendation to City Council regarding an important Jamestown Road college building? Do you or your family members work for the college? You all know citizens are worried about what Jamestown Road is going to look like in the future, and yet only three people made that important decision.

Teacher conferences

What a well thought out, explained comment regarding parents having low regard for the importance of their children's education. For only three to show from eight scheduled appointments for parent/teacher conference speaks to the lack of respect and importance placed on public education by so many. I really felt for this teacher, the care and dedication given every day by educators throughout our country is amazing, and yet it has little value to some parents. What is wrong with public education is mainly due to lack of support by parents to be there for their child and to enrich the classroom experience by supporting teachers and taking time to validate their child's education by being there. I know you work, and so does that teacher — daily, for your child and this is the least you can do as a parent.

Colonial Williamsburg

A recent commenter wrote that Mitchell Reiss claims CW is in the top 10 for terrorist targets. Does anyone know where that claim might have come from? If CW is indeed a top terrorist target, you would think that all the local police forces, the state and Homeland Security would be involved in the discussion, but an article in the online The Virginia Gazette dated Nov. 17, 2017, states that Reiss hasn't consulted local police about the issue. Are we really to believe that security is the reason Reiss wants a fence around CW? And why wouldn't a terrorist just purchase a ticket to enter the secure area? CW needs a better spin doctor to sell this.

To the individual who asked if it is true that CW might possibly add two senior VPs: It is not only true, but it is a done deal. Presumably, these individuals are making six-figure salaries. Plus, CW President Mitchell Reiss recently promoted his assistant to chief of staff with a healthy raise — obviously emulating the federal government — and hired her an assistant. The “CW show” rolls on!

When we arrived here in 1998, my wife and I got two-year Good Neighbor passes. As I recall, they cost $20 each. When they expired, I inquired about renewal. I was told we would need to come in again, get new photos, etc. The process took 2-3 hours. We did not renew a second time, not because of cost, but due to the red tape and bother. I now am a frequent visitor to CW, especially long walks along DOG Street. I would be very willing to get a new pass if I can simply send in my application with a check.

How times have changed

I loved the article by Barbara Knowles, “Can you imagine? How times change.” My husband and I were just talking about how the girl would never call the boy and how she would manipulate, talking to her friends and those friends would try to get the young man to notice that she was alive and was interested in him. Times really have changed. We used to have “Sadie Hawkins Day.” Now that’s politically incorrect. Oh, it was so much fun. It was so thrilling and exciting. So many of the things she talked about — the children today don’t even have anything to look forward to because they’ve already experienced it before they’re even old enough to be aware of what it is. My, how times have changed! She was so right. Great article! Thank you so much.

Keep moving

Just to let you know that I prepay inside to get my gas at WaWa to avoid the possibility of installed skimmers or because I only have cash on hand. Often, there is change due to me from what I paid. I keep my vehicle at the pump long enough for the cashier to see my transaction and give me my change. I do not shop. I just wait in line for my turn to get my money so that I can go back to my vehicle and leave. Not everyone whose vehicle is at the pump is shopping.

Stopping traffic

To the caller who suggested that Colonial Williamsburg is vulnerable to somebody ramming people with an automobile: That concern can be addressed by several concrete planters, which are quite attractive, set in the middle of the appropriate streets and will not impede the progress of dog walkers or joggers.

Cat found

A very friendly gray cat in the vicinity of Jamestown Road and Ironbound Road. If this cat belongs to you, please call 757-229-3126. Thank you.

Great food, bad parking

The Shrimp Shack is a welcome addition to the Lightfoot area. However, they need to relocate ASAP as there is not enough parking for the business that they generate. They need to move to a bigger space with more parking, such as Lightfoot Marketplace, or one of the locations on Mooretown Road where there is lots of parking.

Ever hopeful

I do hope our wonderful Williamsburg Regional Library will once again have volunteers to help people studying for a driver’s license test. Thank you so much.

Stadium noise

There must be something that can be done about the excessive noise coming from the Warhill Sports Complex stadium at game time. Some of the announcers obviously turn the speakers way up and scream into the microphones, to the point where folks living nearby can't even have a normal conversation in their own yards. Please enjoy your sports and have a wonderful time, especially in this crazy and unhappy world we live in today, but turn the volume down. Either that or put a sound barrier around the stadium. Thank you.

What a school

As a former public school teacher, I had the opportunity to substitute teach at Williamsburg Christian Academy. What a fantastic experience for me! The school had state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, but that was secondary compared to the exceptional staff and administrators. The upper school principal was a person who exemplified a positive role model and a superb dedication, bringing out the unlocked potential of each student. If you want your child to develop spiritually and academically to the fullest, WCA is the school to attend. You will be amazingly pleased. I was!

We’re not all addicts

There has been so much in the paper and news about drug addiction, but I would ask people to not lump everyone who takes pain pills as addicts. I take Percoset, but I only get two prescriptions a year of 90 pills of 5 mg and only take half a pill at a time, so I don't believe I could be considered an addict. A lot of people who take pain meds do not abuse them, so please don't think that all who take them are addicts. Thank you.

Kimball movies

In response to the movie-going public and the loss of the Kimball Theatre: When you frequently enjoyed films, did you not look around? The films were not supported adequately at the Kimball or The Williamsburg Theatre before it.

Like so many others in our community, words can't express how much I miss the Kimball Theatre – for no other theater in the Williamsburg area shows current independent films, foreign films and documentaries. I am confounded that the local theaters cater to the young, when it's the senior citizens who have the time and money to get to the movies on a regular basis. Would it be possible for William and Mary to show independent films at the Kimball or on its campus? Or would it be possible for the Williamsburg Regional Library to host a film club where these films could be shown? I am hopeful that there are people in Williamsburg who can put their heads together to find a way to get these "small films" back into our cultural community.

Panhandling

What would happen if I made a habit of standing in the middle of a narrow medium, panhandling with a small child — the child having to breathe the carbon monoxide fumes from the idling cars waiting for the light to change? I suspect that child would be taken away from me immediately for child abuse and dangerous health conditions for the child’s small lungs. But if I substitute the child for a dog, apparently that’s acceptable. How can anyone say that’s not animal abuse?

I don’t know who you were, but Friday afternoon, at 3:30 p.m. or so, in a gray Toyota, you were coming off Route 199 at Monticello Avenue. We caught a light and there was yet another panhandler. I saw you give him a bottle of water, clearly not the money he wanted. He threw it into his backpack. What you did was great; it touched me. My dad used to buy 20-30 hamburgers in Ocean View and he’d pass them out to panhandlers. You brought me back to my childhood. Food and water. You did a great, kind gesture by giving water, not money. Thank you. I’m glad I saw your act of kindness. God bless you!

While leaving Sam's Club the other day, I saw what I thought was the usual panhandler sitting in an aluminum chair holding a sign. When I got close enough to read the sign, I was amazed to read, "I need a job, just laid off, security certified." He returned my thumbs up with a smile. He was not smoking or talking on a cellphone like many of the panhandlers I usually see. I wish him good luck and may God bless him.

Buyer beware

In response to a writer looking for a “really good” mover, let me issue a warning: Beware a popular local mover with a national affiliation. They promise what they cannot deliver. We expected an uneventful door-to-door move of only a few miles. Instead, we had a great deal of damage due to poor packing and careless handling of our furniture and boxes. We submitted a claim for more than $5,000 several months ago. Skinned and dented furniture has been repaired, but broken and lost items have yet to be addressed.

Guns

To add to the argument of the noise suppressors on guns, and the person ends their article with “suppressors will always be a bogus argument.” I beg to differ with that. I am 90 percent deaf. I have a handgun to protect my family. If I have to use that gun in the event of self-defense, I will be deaf completely. So the argument for ear muffs, as they say — it’d be kind of hard when someone’s breaking in and attacking you to get on ear muffs, get your gun and get ready. I don’t think that has a lot of possibility to it. So yes, gun suppressors for some people absolutely would be a necessary thing.

Noise-suppressing earmuffs and also ear plugs do work to protect against hearing loss. However, that is a "bogus" reason for not wanting people to use a firearm suppressor if they are willing to pay the $450-$1,000 to buy one. It's like saying cars with manual windows work just fine, so there is no need to have power windows, or a basic Toyota is a reliable vehicle so it is "bogus" for someone to want a Lexus.

Missing cat?

Are you missing a cat in the Jamestown Road/Lake Matoaka area? I witnessed a cat get hit by a car on Jamestown Road on Nov. 18 around 4 p.m. I took the body to my vet to scan for a microchip but did not find one. I have photos, so if you think this may be your cat and would like to confirm, call 757-564-6378. We will have him cremated if no one claims him.

Recommended

Kudos to Denise Malecki, a very caring and competent dental hygienist for Dr. Eric Boxx, who is a gentle and very professional dentist. Dr. Boxx is part of the superb dental team of Blaney, Lachine, Boxx and Wendell, located at 1118-A Professional Drive in Williamsburg. Call 229-5570 to get the very best in dental care!

I would like to recommend Bonnie Strongman for foot care. She has a mobile business, which allows her to come to you. My mother told me it felt like she was walking on clouds after Bonnie took care of her feet. She was very professional. We have scheduled our next appointment. Call her at 757-771-2867.

A Plus Landscaping was recommended to me by friends. Now they have been doing all my yard work since last March. I highly recommend them. Mr. Albanese can be reached on 757-250- 3333.

Dr. Patrick Wyatt is such a worthwhile orthodontist and he is now in our area! Dr. Wyatt has been practicing for more than 30 years in Hampton with many happy clients who have great smiles, thanks to his expertise. He also now has an office on Strawberry Plains. I recently had the pleasure of asking him for help with some 20-year-old retainers. He was so kind and so knowledgeable and I do wholeheartedly recommend him to all! Just give him a call at 869-9108.

Road worries

I agree about glaring headlights coming from the opposite direction, which can be nearly blinding. Please do be considerate – it’s disorienting and makes everything else extremely hard to see.

I’d like to see the York County Sheriff Department spend a little more time sitting on Rochambeau at the intersection of Airport Road, seeing most of the people coming off Airport Road don’t seem to understand what a stop sign is. You spent all that money putting flashing lights on Rochambeau and we’re supposed to watch for traffic. Well, what about the traffic that’s supposed to be stopping for the stop sign?

Veterans Day

Cedar Grove Cemetery was again beautifully prepared for Veterans’ Day weekend. Caretaker Bill Brown and his crew were assisted by trustees from the Virginia Regional Jail in preparing the grounds. The DAV Patrick Henry Chapter, with the help of some local residents, carefully placed the American flags on the graves of those who served America. Our deserving veterans were greatly honored, and we thank all who made this happen. Your time and effort meant so much to us who visit our Cedar Grove Cemetery often and, of course, those of us who love our America. Thank you.

As a veteran, I appreciate complimentary offers by businesses on Veteran's Day. One can go online for a listing of restaurants and their offers. Most offers are announced by national chains and local establishments honor their national chain's offer. It is surprising when a successful local bakery restaurant will not honor their national chain's offer (complimentary breakfast sandwich) saying they are independently owned and not a franchise operation. Seems they are not a customer-led operation.

Tax plans

One assumes that corporations pay taxes based on earnings? Corporations produce products or services, which are then purchased by the public or other business. The total cost of this production is called the cost of doing business, which includes any taxes imposed by the government. You might say a corporation is a tax collector and a mighty fine one. Almost everything that is purchased has a corporation tax added. Reducing the corporation tax level may result in a lower purchase cost or the corporation may take it as profit. That will depend on many things. But remember when you hear discussion about increasing or maintaining the current level of corporation tax, you the public pay that tax.

Free to you

24-inch CR Zenith television in good working condition — great for children’s room or bonus room. Call 757-345-2720.

Thank you

Many, many thanks to the two gentlemen who helped me up when I fell on the sidewalk outside Williamsburg Library Friday afternoon. Your kindness will be long remembered.

I recently had a breast MRI at the Geddy Outpatient Center in Williamsburg. I wanted to thank the whole staff. When I arrived for my appointment, the ladies at the front desk quickly checked me in. I went into the beautiful waiting room and then quickly was called to get my paper work processed. I waited a few moments and then two lovely ladies came to get me for my test. I recognized one of them instantly. They are so kind and caring. Their main focus seemed to be to put me at ease. They were concerned about my comfort and even held my hand when I started to cry. Compassionate health care workers who deserve much more than this shout out. Thank you for your graciousness!

Thanks to Dr. Sullivan and the good people at Colonial Veterinary, our cat, Zenobia, has at least eight lives left. Great job! Thanks.

Many thanks to Olive Garden manager, Catherine Alston, for her kindness and help to a disabled World War II veteran on Nov. 11. Bless her.

I came into the Shell gas station at Route 199 and Jamestown Road. I thought of stopping there hundreds of times before on my way to Habitat for Humanity but never did. I did today, Nov. 14. I must have looked sad — looking at the ground as I went into the little station store. Then this tall man of color who works there said, “Come on in. Smile.” I don’t know who you are, but when I left that gas station, I felt blessed. I needed those words of yours. Thank you so much. Your words were priceless to me!

Target at Monticello is fortunate to have Kyle as an employee. He went way out of his busy way to haul a heavy purchase for me out to my car. Thanks, Kyle!

Thank you to Moral Monday group. I always learn something and appreciate those who bring it to me.

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