Last Word on a furniture bank April 10

Furniture bank

I read with great concern the Gazette article about homeless students. It breaks your heart. I have a couple of thoughts. 1. Could there be a fund that you could donate to that would help these families and put them on their feet and get them into some place? 2. You have some empty storefronts here in different places in Williamsburg. Why couldn’t they do what they do in Ohio? Ohio has what they call a furniture bank – it’s like a food bank — where you donate things and people who are in need/that you know are on the list go into this, receiving things, receiving help, can also get furniture from the furniture bank. A table to have a meal on. A bed to sleep on. A dresser to put your clothes in. Pretty basic things. They’ve been doing it for years in Ohio and it’s extremely successful. Something to just help you out so that you’re not spending money on that which you don’t have money for.

Blurred lines?

Regarding Saturday’s headline article, “Blurred lines”: Of course the Tourism Board is a public entity. There’s no private money involved, so it can’t be a private business, and nobody considers the police department, which is 100 percent funded by public money, to be a private entity. So the Tourism Board is a public entity and it’s subject to all of the oversight rules that any other public entity is.

So many dogs

To all those disgruntled individuals that were upset about dogs around the Farmers Market in Williamsburg on DoG Street: America is the largest pet-owning country in the world. So get used to it. We are a family and we should be able to take them wherever we go. They’re allowed. And it is allowed. So, buck up. Rescue a dog. Save a life.

One of the main reasons I go to the Farmers Market is to see all the dogs. Stop complaining and enjoy them.

I really don't care one way or another about dogs being at the Farmers Market, as long as they are well behaved and don’t urinate around the booths. Heck, at one time I was thinking about getting a Maine coon cat, leash training it and letting it roam among the puppies. I can assure you those cats can take care of themselves. The pro-dog and anti-dog factions are really expressing extremes. I am surprised that anti-dog or alleged allergy-affected Farmers Market visitors have not resorted to spraying themselves with dog repellent or something out of "Cool Hand Luke"— cayenne pepper to keep the canines at bay. As they say, “it’s always something.”

I come to Williamsburg a couple times a year on vacation with my dogs. I enjoy taking them to the Farmers Market. All the dogs I've seen have been well behaved and happy. The dogs are friendly and seem to love the vendors with the dog treats. I've never seen a dog off leash running through the market. The people are friendly. I will be taking mine this year.

Looking for …

To the person looking for someone to repair a lamp at their residence and do chandelier repair: Call 564-4424. Thank you.

I am looking for a watch repair shop. Anyone who does watch repairs — I have a watch that needs some work. I looked in the phone book and there is no category for watch repair. There’s even no category for clock repair. So if anyone knows of a place where you can get a watch repaired and actually fixed, please mention so in the Last Word. Thank you.

To the person looking for someone with a knowledge of old coins: I’ve been a coin collector for years and may be able to help. Paul Pierce, 757-592-1089.

To the older man who knows English and is searching for a church, preferably Christian or Catholic that celebrates Mass in English: St. Bede’s Catholic Church on Ironbound Road in Williamsburg has English. So try it out. It’s a nice church. Thanks.

To the older man looking for a church whose services are in English: Please join Colonial Independent in the Potomac Room of the Holiday Inn Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for prayers, songs and sermon in nothing but English. You'll go away blessed.

To the person looking for a woman’s clothing consignment shop: The best in Williamsburg is Ladybug, which is at Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center at Route 199 and John Tyler Highway, Route 5.

Does anyone know where Mike, the pharmacist who was at Farm Fresh, is or went to?

If anyone knows of anyone that sews, please call 540-226-0616. Thank you.

For the person who misplaced the name of the man who repairs lamps as requested in the April 6 edition of The Virginia Gazette: The man’s name is Joe Bates, 757-564-4424, or Cody Lights & Repair in Phoebus at 757-727-0333.

Joke’s on me

Thanks for the April Fools joke on the electric signage on Lightfoot Road at the railroad crossing. It indicated for several weeks that that crossing would be closed from April 8-10. Surprise! It was closed the week before. If I had known that, I would have planned my route accordingly. Thanks!

Very bad habit

I wish we could enforce proper use of rubber gloves in restaurants. I have seen employees wearing rubber gloves handling money, door handles and even using the restroom, never once changing gloves before handling food again. That causes more germs to contaminate food. This is a health problem we need to change.

Enough already

Leave the lieutenant governor alone. He passed two lie detector tests. This is nothing but harassment. Leave him alone so he can do the job he was elected to do. Put yourself in his case. Would you like for someone to do the things to you that you’re doing to him? Let him do his job and leave him along.

Free to you

Mitsubishi full-size TV. Call 757-788-4063. Thank you.

Give away: Airquipt slide projector, portable projector screen, 67-36 cartridge holders and 43–100 carrousel holders; naturally all are used. If interested, call 757-506-5353 and leave a message.

Road worries

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the radar is?

Whoever approved the Wawa at the location of Lightfoot and Richmond roads needs to have their heads examined. They must not have to travel that direction. There’s already a traffic situation there, with people turning off Richmond Road to the right, onto Lightfoot Road, and then to the left, trying to get into the side entrance there, and people exiting from the side entrance trying to get onto Lightfoot Road to get onto Richmond Road. There’s already a traffic nightmare. So, what do you think a Wawa’s going to do there? Increase the traffic situation tenfold. Please, rethink the location.

Homeland security

Now that Nielsen has left Homeland Security, she is no longer protected by the president’s claim of executive privilege. She needs to be subpoenaed and publicly grilled on some of the things that have been going on at the southern border and held accountable for her actions.

Watch the littering

I agree with “Too much litter.” There needs to be more police to call, or I think the best way would be to put cameras up on the roads that have the most litter that can catch license plates of people tossing litter and have fines sent to them in the mail, just like we have cameras at traffic lights. It’s getting worse and worse, and we’ve got to find a solution, along with our inmates being out on the road more often to pick it up. Thank you.

Paying taxes

I’m getting tired of people saying the so-called rich should pay their fair share and pay taxes for anything they will never use. Education for other people’s children should not be lumped into services such as police, fire and EMS. I agree that people without children should pay a percentage of school taxes, but those people with children actually using the system should pay more. I would go further: the more children you send to school, the more you pay.

Minding the kids

To the person who writes that parents need to teach children not to throw toys over into other people’s yards: Most children don’t purposely throw balls into yards just to annoy you; it’s usually an accident. I’m sure they don’t want to be on your property any more than you want them there. Thanks.

Speedy delivery

Thanks to Congressman Wittman for meeting with people and listening to the post office complaints. Please don’t include the personnel manning the desks where we mail our letters, buy stamps and packages. All of these folks at the Williamsburg and New Town locations are very friendly and helpful. The problems apparently are with those who transport, sort and deliver our mail. We have yet to hear from any level of USPS management as to what is the cause of the many complaints, to include the Richmond Distribution Station. Let’s see if Congressman Wittman can get them to respond to the public.

Rep. Wittman was in town last week to hear complaints about our postal service. Since many of us (and I’m a senior citizen) handle our bills online or with automatic payments, I would suggest the postal service go to M-W-F delivery only. Nearly 90 percent of my “mail” is junk, not urgent, and goes directly into the recycling bin. Think of the money they could save.

I take extremely great exception to the complainer who said the USPS Monticello branch is a mess, the service is abysmal and the employees don’t care. Every time I’ve gone in, the service has been great. The employees are courteous and professional and work hard to keep the line moving. We do have a fair number of Grinches in the area who are only happy when they are complaining. These folks need to get a life and escape their pathetic little world.

I just read the comment about the post office’s failure to deliver a letter because one digit was off in the address. I’ve got one even better. I sent a card to my daughter in New York, and I addressed it “NYC” with the ZIP code, and they returned it to me six weeks later because they didn’t know what state it was in. Thank you.

To the commenter mad at the post office because the commenter wrote an address wrong: Sending it back is standard procedure when you don't give them the right information. How are they supposed to know where you're sending your package if you don't do your part correctly? This is on you. Stop being entitled.

I was really disappointed that my mail was not picked up nor delivered on Thursday, April 4. I live in Croaker, and I know I hadn’t missed the mail carrier as I passed her on the way out. The mail was in the box, the box was clearly marked and the flag was up. The postal carriers need to be paying more attention to what they’re doing. On numerous occasions, we have received incorrect mail, as have our other neighbors. Most of us go the extra step and take the mail to the person it belongs to. I don’t know what happens to the rest of it — whether they put it back in the box and mark it, “Wrong address. Please redeliver,” or they throw it in the trash or they decide to keep it themselves, but I don’t appreciate my personal mail falling into the wrong hands. There are too many errors that are being made, and something needs to be done now!

Recommended

I would like to say thank you to the person who recommended the Friday fish fry at the Williamsburg Hellenic Center. We decided to try it out last Friday, and we were amazed. Granted, there was a long wait, but it was well worth it. The fish was enormous, freshly cooked and not soggy. Crispy French fries and delicious Greek coleslaw -- not made with mayonnaise -- and dessert, all for $10. Definitely we will go there whenever this community offers the fish fry. Excellent, excellent. Everyone should try it.

My thanks go out to Rodney’s on Mooretown Road. He fixed my tire, changed it out from the emergency tire in less than a half an hour. And the staff was efficient, courteous, and I highly recommend them to anyone who has tire issues. Rodney’s Used Tires, 5612 Mooretown Road, 592-4130.

We had lunch at the Huntsman’s Grill, in front of the Great Wolf Lodge grounds on Rochambeau Road. The food was delicious, the staff friendly, acoustics good for those with hearing problems and the decor lived up to its name. We intend to return!

Recently the Gazette had an article announcing the opening of The Prescription Shoppe in Courthouse Commons on Monticello Avenue. Pharmacist Henry Ranger is the owner and lead pharmacist. At one time, Henry worked at a local big box store where I was a customer. He was always friendly and very helpful. I went to his new store and was quite impressed. If you are interested in great service, competitive prices, and easy parking, try The Prescription Shoppe at 5223-C Monticello Avenue. It is across the parking lot from Starbucks, and very close to Fresh Market. No more searching for a parking place or walking through a crowded store.

Thank you to the person who recommended Jerry with Affordable Tree Service. My family and I moved here about a year ago and have been desperately searching for an affordable tree service. We happened to see the recommendation on Jerry and gave him a call. He came out the very next day and gave us an estimate that we could not turn down. He showed up when he said he would and he and his guys did an out-of-this-world job that we could not be any happier with. Thanks again, Jerry! We will definitely call you back for any other needs! He can be reached at 757-755-0446.

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