Well done students
Now that all of the W-JCC schools have presented their musicals, I can say, “Bravo to all!” What a treat to see all of the high school shows. “Grease” at Lafayette was a unique take on a classic, the students at Warhill were having so much fun on stage in “Mamma Mia,” and the Jamestown “Newsies” were entertaining and magical from the first word to the last bow. It is clear these students are talented, but it’s also clear that they have strong leaders. Mrs. McCorry, Mrs. Marshburn and Mr. Stone (and all of the staff members they so graciously thanked on stage and in their programs) are clearly well-placed and strong visionaries. I hope they are being valued by not just the community, but also by the division leadership. As a neighbor with no students in school, this is why I support anything the schools need to keep bringing us programs such as these musicals. These teachers/directors brought us quality programs and taught their students skills and lessons that will make them valuable workers and adults.
Hurrah, the Gazette editorial of May 4 opines the recently created Tourism Board, funded by (a variety) of public dollars should be formally declared a public body, be open and transparent. We hotly agree! And with that small number of non-elected people able to “play with, work with” $16.3 million, we certainly hope they understand their responsibilities to their funders. Most of us taxpayers are not wealthy people. We do care about the survival and vitality of our community, but we don’t want another Newport News Airport fiasco.
For years I’ve argued the Alliance and now the Tourism Committee are publicly funded and should answer to taxpayers and the local governments funding them. I hope this new finding finally puts to rest the adamant opposition from current and past leaders of those bodies. The Alliance has been mismanaged for years, in my opinion — high salaries, unproductive in getting positive results for tourism, operating venues at losses, throwing parties for themselves and keeping most all of it in the dark. The time is now to open those books to the public. I would further argue, that all future events should be put out for bids, and vendors should be awarded as with local and state contracts, for everything from legal services, event coordinators, bands, venues and catering of any sort. There should also be an expectation of successful endeavors, ones that show positive return on taxpayer investments. We need to see upward progress in room nights, success in restaurants and tourism venues. Failure should no longer be publicly funded.
Let’s hope the Virginia Department of Transportation takes a look at the timing of the lights at Route 199 and Jamestown Road. Route 199 is more or less a highway, carrying many more cars than Jamestown Road, which is a street. Backups persist.
Why do people seem to get angry when a person drives the posted speed limit? The fast drivers really need to slow down.
I am a frequent traveler of the Colonial Parkway and I encounter bicyclists habitually riding side by side instead of single file, as they should. Pedal the Parkway is over with, so let’s get in line and start following the rules of the road, bicyclists. Thank you.
Twice in the last two weeks I have almost had an accident while making a left turn onto a street with two lanes. The automobile directly behind me made its left turn into the right lane instead of into the left lane as required by DMV regulations. The correct way to make such turn is to turn into the left lane of the intersecting street, and then signal a lane change to the right lane. Drivers are never supposed to make a left turn into the right lane of the intersecting street.
Can anyone tell us citizens of James City County why we send our tax payments to Jennifer D. Tomes, Treasurer, PO Box 844637, Boston, MA 02284-4637? Does she have her office there? If she has to outsource, is there no one in James City or Williamsburg or even Virginia that could do this job? What does the Industrial Development Committee do? I thought they were supposed to try to bring business to the county.
Dogs in hot cars
To the woman who left her two dogs in a vehicle with the windows completely closed on a sunny 87 degree afternoon: I had no way of knowing how long you were in the store. I just knew that it was my obligation as a caring person to call the police and try to make sure the dogs’ lives weren’t in jeopardy. It is unfortunate that you had such a hostile reaction. I was taken aback when you pointed at me and said loudly that I was the problem. I know I did the right thing, and I will always try to help animals, regardless of how other people react.
As quoted in a legal publication: Never leave your pet in a vehicle, even on a warm day. Fast-rising temperatures can kill your pet within minutes. If you see a pet in this situation, call 911 immediately. Leaving pets in a vehicle on a warm day is against the law.
Free to you
Many moving boxes of various sizes. If you are interested, please call me at 207-2603.
Looking for …
I am responding to the lady looking for a recommendation for a hairdresser who is good with styling hair of older women with thin hair —no perm and no teasing. I recommend Theresa. I am older with thin hair and she has been good with my hair. Give her a call. She is at Salon 109 at 1781 Jamestown Road, 757-229-0236. Thank you.
Looking for a lot of free dirt or sand for free. I'm located in Williamsburg. Please call 757-570-2858 or 757-206-1714.
Found: some new clothing for children on the side of the road at the corner of 223 Bulifants Blvd. and Roscoe Corner. Please reply to Last Word if they’re yours. Thanks.
If you’re looking for Taylor Mylum who formerly worked at Sports Clips, she is now at Colonial Barber & Beauty. What a great barber! Call her at 757-220-8039.
What happened to the walking woman on Monticello Avenue? I used to see her pretty much every day, and I don’t think I’ve seen her since January.
Whatever happened to Chickadees Consignment Shop in Lightfoot? It was my best choice to shop in the area.
Please, if anyone has a male or female mannequin to give away or to sell for a small fee, call 757-634-8613. Need it for church project. Thanks.
Looking for someone who is able to repair our grandfather clock. Any wonderful grandfather clock service individuals out there to put our clock in operating order?
Does anyone have the contact information for the gentleman who advertised his service as a boat detailer? We are trying to get our boat ready for purchase. Our number is 757-869-4378. Thanks.
Found on Point O Woods Road, Williamsburg at 7a.m. May 5: a James Madison Dukes purple lanyard with a car key and two other items attached. If you have lost this, please call 757-566-8536.
Lamp repair. For the person looking for lamp repair, the number to call is 564-4424. Would be glad to take care of your problem. We do it all the time. We’ve been in business for 40 years. Thank you.
Important first job
In trying to fix a perceived problem with minimum wage laws. Policymakers cause collateral damage by reducing the number of entry-level jobs. Entry-level jobs are designed to help young workers join the workforce to learn skills and gain experience on how to earn a living wage with that first job, as with Sweden and Switzerland, which have no minimum wage laws. Working at McDonald's or the local gas station isn't a career, just that important first job.
I received a phone call today from an 800 number and they left a voice message that said they were from the Social Security Administration and they suspended my Social Security number because there were some illegal activity on my Social Security number and I needed to press 1. This is a scam. Do not press 1. It is not from the Social Security Administration.
I don't understand why so many people want to legalize marijuana. It is very mind messing. I have seen people come to work after using it and that person normally was a very good worker. When he came in like that it was like working with a zombie. I also knew one who told me he could drive to Richmond in less than 20 minutes.
I would like to know where to drop off used batteries. Also is there somewhere you may drop off old, used place mats, napkins, socks that are unusable, T-shirts that are no longer usable — in general, fabrics. Is there a drop off place? Thank you for your help. Leave your answer in the Last Word.
Can someone tell me why the James City County Board of Supervisors doesn’t use some of the Tommy Tax windfall to pay for the increased recycling costs instead of passing it on to the residents of JCC? I’m afraid you are going to see many residents opting out of recycling.
Think about it
A doff of the tricorn hat to the CDC. Albeit for a short time, the recent controversial advice from the CDC not to wash raw chicken before cooking caused us not to think about the Mueller Investigation, the attorney general and Congress, North Korea missile tests and the measles epidemic.
Spending too much
You can tell that James City County supervisors are not spending their own money. The FY 2020 budget would allocate, according to the Gazette, $800,000 for design work for an expansion at Warhill High School. We’re talking about design work, not construction. Have you lost your marbles?
Higher water bills
The leadership of the James City County Service Authority is the same leadership from our Board of Supervisors, and they think they are pretty slick in the water bill hikes, saying it is only 13.8% per year, not over 18%, because HRUBS and HRSD fees aren’t ours, really? We pay them in the same bill and their fees have risen excessively, too, in some cases doubling in a mere five years, or nearly tripling in seven years. My water bill, which was always less than $120 per quarter, is now more than $225 per quarter for less water consumption from a decade ago. We bought water-saving appliances, the ones that no longer get your laundry clean or your dishes clean, the ones that were supposed to save you money. Laughable, they just raise the rates more. The same thing happened when people purchased fuel efficient automobiles, paying special taxes on them, higher gasoline taxes and increased personal property taxes.
Too much litter
I agree roadside trash is a big problem in the area. First, there needs to be strict enforcement and penalties for it. I would like to see more trash cans at frequent stops in the area. For now, anyone who likes to take walks may want to get a gripper hand device and a bag before heading out to walk. It gives a walk more purpose. In the meantime, please, city and county officials: Address this major problem in our beautiful area.
Former Mayor Haulman's commentary in the April 27 Gazette on Williamsburg housing issues was well-informed and responsible. While the use of the word “ghettos” was inappropriate, to label it as "bigoted" is absurd. William and Mary student housing should not negatively impact owner-occupied residential areas of the city. Student housing should be the responsibility of the college, not the City of Williamsburg.
Mind the line
To the older couple who cut me off in line at Big Lots: I had one item and was walking up to an empty register when you skidded in front of me with a nasty look and a cart filled with miscellaneous items. I can understand being in a rush, but I was next and had one item — one! Where have the manners gone in today's world?
When can the yellow flags in Norge come down? Trying to cut grass around them is a pain. I don’t see anyone doing any work.
I have a comment about the tax policy comments in a recent Last Word, specifically the comment about the Democrats who have been bashing Trump enjoying their tax return. Well, I am a middle-class earner and I did not get a tax break. I have paid the most tax that I ever paid. So, please remember that when you’re talking about the big tax cut, I paid $1,800 more this year. Thank you.
People keep complaining about corporations not paying any taxes. The job of a corporation’s CEO is to maximize profit and follow the taxation laws. If people don’t like the taxation laws, instruct your representatives to get them changed. Bottom line is that corporations aren’t doing anything illegal.
It makes absolutely no sense that the developer of the Williamsburg Shopping Center bulldozed out all of those 25-or-so-year-old crepe myrtles and now they’re replacing them with crepe myrtle saplings.
News alert reporting Meghan went into labor? Really? Didn't we have a kerfuffle almost 250 years ago to rid ourselves of these royals? Is there an English subject in our fair town who could enlighten us commoners about why we should care about the Windsors?
To the person who is looking to block spam calls on their cellphone: If you have service with Verizon, you can get a free add-on called Call Filter. It works great, and I’ll get a text saying that a call from this number in that location was blocked.
A great free product to stop robo calls for land lines is Nomorobo. It works great. I am on Cox land line system. It works perfectly. I can’t get it for my mother because she is on a Verizon land line. Verizon, you should get this fixed, or I should change her phone to Cox. I understand that you can use this on a cell phone also, but it cost $1.99 per month. A small price to pay to stop the aggravation.
I recently had my house power washed by William Allen with All Smiles Roof Cleaning and House Washing. William did an excellent job on my two-story house from the gutters to the ground including two decks, a screened porch, front porch, and all the concrete areas at a very reasonable price. He was on time and took his time making sure to get the house looking brand new again. I highly recommend All Smiles if you are looking for a professional and thorough house power washing company. Their phone number is 804-514-3898.
I flew in last weekend to photograph a wedding at Jamestown and realized I had left the bag of bridesmaids’ jewelry behind. Someone recommended Angel Parker for some jewelry and she really came through – it was perfect jewelry, very reasonable and attractive. Her company is Inspirations by Angel, 757-358-3420.
I just found a gentleman named Roger that comes to your house and repairs your blinds. Mine had broken cords and another one would not stay locked. He fixed them both and charged me what I thought was a small fee. We were so pleased. We just wanted to share this information so that others know that this service exists. Please give Roger a call at 757- 345-1137. Thanks for the great customer service.
Sharing the road
A Last Word commenter said we should stop building trails to save tax money if bike riders don’t ride only trails. Trails are exclusively for fun and exercise and don’t lead to businesses and entertainment. The author further suggests that if bikes use roads, they should be limited only to streets that have 25 mph speed limits. Pray tell, where are there any roads to businesses or entertainment centers that have 25 mph roads leading to them? Consider this, what if a bike is the only means of transportation a person can afford? Does that mean they can't drive to their place of employment? What if a bike rider is combining exercise with running an errand to a business and saving our environment at the same time? In short, the author seems to have an unjustified deep contempt for bike riders. Get over it, please, for it’s not going to change. Bikers and drivers must learn to respect those who are using their chosen mode of transportation and, of course, mind the rules of the road and the laws while doing it. Said another way, be tolerant and be a good citizen at the same time.
The Dow is lower than it was 10 months ago and we borrowed $750 billion to make it happen. The good news, gas is up 35% and there is no inflation, according to Trump.
Please explain how Democrats can argue that President Trump is doing the impossible in terms of fueling our economy. Democrats keep stating that the middle class and lower class people aren’t benefiting from the Trump economy, but here are some facts: The unemployment is the lowest in recent memory, this includes for African Americans and Latinos. Democrats state that not all Americans have money in the stock market, so this doesn’t help the middle class. Nothing can be further from the truth, as a healthy stock market means corporations are doing well, which means the hiring of more middle-class employees.
Wow, so the economy is booming along because unemployment is down? When you break the numbers down, though, you find that most of the new "jobs" are part-time, contract work and minimum wage service jobs. During the Obama administration, his detractors suddenly discovered the "shadow unemployment" rate of discouraged job seekers, but they've forgotten those numbers now that their guy is in office. As Mark Twain put it, "Lies, damned lies, and statistics." Thank you.
Over in Richmond
Saturday newspaper headlines: “Governor Northam to hire a top diversity officer.” Other headline: “260,000 jobs created in April.” Further headlines: “Jobless rate dips to lowest in 50 years.” What is more important? Governor protecting himself and spending more of our money on a useless job, or what is potentially happening in this great country? Make America great again! Get rid of this governor. You have your chance, folks.
Up in Washington
Seriously, a commenter is complaining about President Trump stacking the courts in his favor. With the appointment of liberal judges, liberal Democrats have been stacking the courts to carry out their agenda. One of many negative results of having liberal judges is an increase in the crime rate due to repeat offenders and light sentences.
Trump’s FBI director Wray says there was no spying on the Trump campaign; case closed.
Contrary to a comment in the May 8 Last Word, Mueller did not leave the decision about obstruction to Congress. His report was to the Attorney General, not to Congress. The AG decided. Now the Democrats should stop whining and get busy addressing other critical issues affecting our nation.
There have been 35 school shootings since the fall and no mention from Trump when he was keynote speaker at NRA convention.
Trump’s justice department issued 27 international arrest warrants for Russians who committed espionage, an act of war.The difference between Trump and Nixon is the latter never yucked it up with Watergate burglars like Trump did recently with Putin.
Trump has called the former White House counsel a liar which means right out of the blue an officer of the court committed a felony which could get him 5 years in prison and be disbarred. Now Trump won’t let him defend himself in front of the American people under oath. That’s Trumpism.
I don’t know why Trump is concerned with Venezuela. If he keeps printing money with no intention of balancing the budget, we are going to be just like them.
In response to the writer who says a European cousin doesn’t understand American Democrats, I would like to respond with the fact that my European cousin doesn’t understand why Americans tolerate a government that is for the rich, destroys the already inadequate social safety net, has no national healthcare, makes education too expensive, and bows to the gun lobby. Some countries value all citizens. The United States is not part of that group.
As a first-time contributor but long-time reader of The Virginia Gazette, I would like to reflect on W.R. van Elburg's long line of commentaries. They are always thought-provoking reflections on our societal, family and cultural struggles and successes; often delivered from a first person perspective. They are written with honesty, humor and wisdom, providing a window on slices of our lives. I do not always agree with everything he shares but am the better for having the experience. Thank you for your column.
Thanks to Jo-Ann Fabric staff’s recommendation, I was able to get my sewing machine serviced at the Tidewater Sew/Vac in the James-York Shopping Center on Route 143. Otherwise I would have had to drive to Newport News. They also sell sewing machines, and have quilting supplies and classes: 757-479-3950.