Some members of our retirement community have forgotten how little flexibility there is for those still gainfully employed with job requirements, family commitments, house and property upkeep compressed into a week. Perhaps the answer is that since you are retired you can show some flexibility with your nap times.
For the commeter who complained about the noisy generator: There’s a very simple solution. The Dollar Tree sells ear plugs, and I use them all the time and they work very well. Very easy to put in and easy to take out. So I would suggest that. Thank you.
I agree with the recent commenter about the excessive noise at the Warhill Sports Complex. As much as I love the sound of children and adults playing on a playground or competing in sports events, that one announcer's noise at times is excessive and yes, music lasts sometimes for several hours late at night. One announcer during football games is so loud that no one in my neighborhood -- and we are more than 2 miles away -- can sit out on their decks or even have the doors or windows open during a game. I would love to see our youth participating in a sporting event rather than being involved in drugs and crimes any day, but that one announcer does not have to be that loud. Have fun at your games, but please consider that you are surrounded by neighborhoods who would like it taken down to at least a dull roar.
Last evening we were in Merchants Square. Only three benches on DoG Street were occupied — one in front of the candy store and two on the other side. So why does CW think another place to sit is needed rather than places to park?
To accommodate the handicapped people when you change the area in Williamsburg, why not give 50 percent of the parking behind Barrett’s and the other shops to handicapped spots to take care of people that are not able to walk very far? I think that would be a great idea. Even 100 percent handicapped would probably be good. Thank you very much.
I have enjoyed reading about the plans for the development of the parking lot enclosed by Boundary Street, Prince George Street, Henry Street and Merchants Square into Goodwin Square. The potential to have a green space within the bustle of Merchants Square sounds lovely. Thus, I read with horror about the plan to include a 12-by-19 foot video wall within this oasis. As Jeff Duncan, vice president of real estate for CW, stated in an Oct. 27 Gazette article, “The plan is, when Merchants Square is open for business, this (video wall) would be running all day.” Isn’t there any place where we and our children can get away from screens? Isn’t it bad enough that most people will already be sitting in this new venue looking at their smartphones? I hope the powers-that-be at CW will reconsider this video wall intrusion. Let’s see the data on where they got the input that this non-stop video wall would be a good idea.
I think CW wants to put the ugly big video screen with speakers around the plaza mainly to show ads for the shops and CW. Sure, there would be movies at times and sports games (ugh!), but think of the possibilities this would afford for their self promotion. I don’t think many people would sit around there in that case.
While the Goodwin Square proposal looks like a nice enhancement to the Merchants Square area, why is the loss of parking being ignored by the city and CW? Last year the fees for parking in the paid lot were doubled, yet it’s still full of ruts. Why isn’t it being properly maintained? The CW lots are not in much better shape. While giving up 40 spaces for the Goodwin Square doesn’t sound like much, that’s 40 more cars circling the lots in hopes someone will vacate a spot. Thank you.
The town of Williamsburg is not just Colonial Williamsburg. Somehow it looks like it has turned into just a vehicle for Colonial Williamsburg to make money. Will Goodwin Square get the business, you ask? No. It needs to be parking. The people that shop in stores in Merchants Square, on a rainy day, they cannot always go several blocks from the parking garage or the parking lot. So the parking lots are going to cost money, the garage costs money, the stores will lose money because they will lose customers. People just don’t feel this is right. It shouldn’t be just what Colonial Williamsburg wants.
The P3 parking lot serving Merchants Square shoppers is needed and used. As many have suggested over the years, the city should add more benches and tables to DOG street between Henry and Boundary. That is already a no-car area, wide enough to accommodate and attract more people. Years ago we suggested various places to eat could have their menus at the tables and people could order and have meals and snacks delivered to the table. The tables could be named for colonial movers and shakers — start with a few, add as needed. Take advantage of that now totally available space and leave our parking lots alone.
The U.S. economy has always been so large and complex that no president, including Trump, has been able to significantly change the momentum of the economy they inherited in the first 12-18 months of their administration. The current strong economy is a continuation of the last nine years of improving trends, whereas Trump's and the GOP Congress' initiatives will take full impact going forward.
Why did the folks at Bruton High School decide to go ahead and play their homecoming football game last week when everyone knew in advance it was going to be a messy night? Even the Fire Department decided not to try to make it down to the field due to the poor conditions. Hats off to the brave souls that showed up to support. Thumbs down to York County Schools for not being more thoughtful to the community and supporters that may have shown up on a better night.
On Oct. 25 a bicyclist was killed while riding on Lakeside Drive in Yorktown. This riding gentleman was a father, son, husband and a loved member of the local cycling family. He was just riding his bike while following the cycling rules of the road. After being hit by a grey Ford pickup, model years 1999-2001, he was left to die by the side of the road while the driver just drove away. The driver left without regard to human life and left a big hole in the hearts of a lot of people. If you have any information, please contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 757-890-4999.
The grip of weapons manufacturers is patently clear. Just look at Trump’s response to the synagogue shootings: more guns needed, even in places of worship. It’s our own fault if we are murdered while praying without armed guards in place.
Every time you drive on Monticello Avenue headed for New Town, and right before you reach the city limits sign before Ironbound, you come across that extremely rough strip on Monticello Avenue. Can the city please fix that street — that entrance on Monticello Avenue? It has been years. We need that. Thank you.
A wonderful joint library program was held recently at Williamsburg Regional Library on the history of Merchants Square from the 1930s to the present — it was outstanding. I really appreciated the collaboration between Colonial Williamsburg Rockefeller Library and Williamsburg Regional Library in offering this informative and interesting program. It was fascinating to see the archival photos from the CW Rockefeller Library collection and hear how the concept of Merchants Square was developed. The speakers were well prepared and the material was professionally presented. Bravo to both library systems.
Looking for …
To the person asking about Williamsburg Furniture: Dan Jones of Williamsburg Furniture passed away recently and the store is closed.
I lost a gold butterfly pin either in New Town or on Prince George Street/Blue Talon. If you have found it, please call 757-508-5007. Reward offered.
The person looking for lamp repair can contact Joe Bates at 757-564-4424.
To the person who has a problem with a generator that needs repair, I would say that Joe’s Mobile Motor Service at 757-570-5708 will handle that very quickly. He repaired my generator. Have a good day.
My daughter wants to get married at our home in May. I would be grateful for suggestions from local readers about choosing a good caterer, DJ/music, florist, rental company, wedding planner/coordinator. Advice and recommendations would be so helpful. Thank you.
Can we get a meat market (butcher shop) in Williamsburg? I've been searching for years for one in the area.
I am looking for a hairstylist who does crochet braids. Please respond in Last Word. Thank you!
To the person looking for someone to repair a Black & Decker toaster oven: I have a brand new one that you’re welcome to have. You may reach me at 757-871-1014.
To the person looking for lawn care company: I have nothing but high praises for Colonial Clippers. Telephone number 757-564-3412. I have been using them for seven years. They are polite, on time, reasonable and do a fine job.
I am looking for someone who does upholstery work. I saw something in the paper some time ago. Please call if you know the name. My phone number is 757-784-3575. Thank you.
Retired in Williamsburg
Although I am pretty tolerant of editorial cartoons I disagree with and feel the author has crossed a line with his ridiculing of Nancy Pelosi by calling her a witch. This extreme misogyny has no place in The Virginia Gazette, and I recall nothing like this by the author aimed at a male. Although I never agreed with earlier comments that it's time to remove Mr. Siegel's cartoons from the paper, I suspect the time has finally come.
Tired of bullying, disrespect for people who are different? The hateful, caustic environment we have today in our country for those of color, other cultures, countries, different religions, disadvantaged or legal immigrants? You can make a difference — get out and vote.
A previous writer incorrectly identified that the Garland nomination was withheld for 18 months by McConnell. The reality isit was withheld for nine months. Republicans cited the "Biden Rule" as justification for withholding the nomination from a vote. Biden used the same tactic to withhold a President Bush Supreme Court nominee from receiving a vote for months until Obama assumed office. Keep in mind the Senate operates on precedent, just like the "nuclear" option that was first used by the Democratic majority leader, Reid.
I have noticed submittals to the Last Word criticizing Rob Wittman for poor communications with his constituents. I have lived in five different states and in all those locations I have contacted elected officials on various matters only to receive a canned email response to tell me how great they are and not addressing my concern. I have contacted Rob Wittman twice since returning to Virginia and in both cases I have received a phone call from his staff to discuss my concern. I think Rep. Wittman does an excellent job of communicating with us.
Our president needs to enroll in one of the District of Columbia's elementary schools and learn about the U.S. Constitution. The 14th Amendment guarantees that all people born within the United States are American citizens by birth, regardless of the status of the parents. In order for him to live up to his promise of stopping citizenship by birth, he will have to change the Constitution, not just sign a piece of paper, which would have, the moment it was signed, no more value than a piece of toilet paper.
Another lie, Mr. President. You said repeatedly that no other country but ours allows children of non-residents born in their country to become citizens. My daughter was born in London while I was studying there. When we came home she was six months old and never went back. We registered her in the U.S. Embassy and she voted in this country. The British considered her a British subject (or citizen) her entire life. Not only that her birth cost us 1 pound ($2.70 at that time.) It included training classes, ambulance to the hospital, several days in the hospital, doctors, etc.
The president claims that by simply signing an order he can nullify the 14th Amendment. Can he do America a favor when he signs that order and make the nullification of birthright citizenship retroactive to 1900 for people of German descent, thereby making him a noncitizen and ineligible to be president?
For what I understand, if a neighbor's tree falls on your house, your homeowner's insurance company will pay to repair the damage. If one of your own trees falls on your house, your homeowner's insurance company will pay to repair the damage. Am I correct?
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DeJur model 750 projector with spare lamps and case. Will hold until Nov. 16 before donating. Available for pickup in Williamsburg. Call 757-880-8896. No charge.
The person referring to the “giant horde of people walking toward our southern border” — it’s actually fewer than one-half the number of people who show up here to the Grand Illumination in December.
Trump wants to build a multi-million dollar wall with immigration at a 10-year low, and he wants to send troops to stop a caravan of desperate people that are not even near the U.S. border. He is sowing the seeds of hate and fear of foreigners and immigrants. He is an incompetent who is enriching himself at the expense of the American taxpayer.
What makes the people of Central America and Mexico think they can enter our country illegally? Oh, that’s right, all past presidents have allowed it to happen. Well not anymore. This president believes in the rule of law. To those who believe we should let them enter illegally, how many can we put you down for to let them live in your home? It’s easy to be generous with other people’s money and safety.
Habana Hemingway Cafe in McLaws Circle is a culinary delight. The food, ambience, and service were delightful. Free salsa dance lessons were being given the night we were dining. A true hidden gem. We always try to support our local businesses
Having recently backed out of my garage while the garage door was closing — didn’t hear or see it happening — I had to replace the bottom panel, along with my SUV rear window. After checking a few garage door places, we selected ATW Door Systems and we were glad we did. When the replacement door panel arrived, Anthony and his associate installed it with professionalism and, in a manner that extremely pleased my wife, were very clean in how they worked. I recommend them highly if your garage door needs repairs.
I recently locked myself out of my cellphone. I went to Verizon and found they are not authorized to unlock iPhones. They suggested I try Capitol Mac in New Town. I just want to tell everyone what a great experience it was. They were so helpful and patient. There were two people working there and about six people waiting for help. They juggled us all, were so helpful and nice. I highly recommend them.
Anyone looking for a completely satisfying customer service experience should visit M&N Jewelers for their jewelry purchases, custom designs and repair. He also repairs clocks. Mao Nguyen is an expert craftsman and artisan. He custom made for me a Pickleball paddle necklace that is absolutely exquisite. Everything about M&N was amazing start to finish. The care and dedication he had to getting my custom made wedding band was nothing short of wonderful. I have had dozens of compliments on my new bling. His business is located at Williamsburg Crossing; call 757-849-2785.
Over time, we noticed weathering and decay that created voids in the mortar joints between the brick wall and porch steps. Also, we had cracks in our concrete driveway due to tree roots. After receiving a referral from a friend, we called Jason the Mason. I was amazed at the attention to detail and quality of work on the driveway repairs (replacing a section) and the repointing of the brick work. We highly recommend Jason the Mason. If you are looking for a professional and detailed mason, please call Jason at 757-358-6289.
Many thanks to the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Toano for having bridge lessons every Tuesday. Jim Davis is an outstanding instructor. This is a great public service. Thanks again.
Up in Washington
I find it bizarre that the news on Monday tried to blame Trump for what happened at the synagogue. They’re clueless; they don’t understand. Let’s go back a couple of years. Benjamin Netanyahu was treated poorly by the White House. Then our state department sent people over to Israel to try to disrupt that campaign. They were hoping Netanyahu would not be re-elected — it was our government, with John Kerry as the Secretary of State. He went along with the U.N. in sanctioning Israel, calling them a terrorist nation and telling them they’d better make two states and they better not make Jerusalem the capital. Trump goes, opens up Jerusalem, puts the embassy in Jerusalem, supports Netanyahu, helps Israel. Of course they hate Trump. Plus he has a son-in-law and a daughter and grandchildren who are Jewish. Trump has been criticized for what he’s done for Israel.
The AP reports this week that three convicted Kansas Militia members are asking the court to consider President Trump’s rhetoric encouraging violence when they are sentenced for their crime of conspiring to bomb a mosque and an apartment complex housing Somalis. At least they were caught before they acted, unlike the recent mass murderer in Pittsburgh who drank the right-wing Kool Aid that Jews are funding the so called “caravan” of asylum seekers still almost 1,000 miles away.
Rallies are part of the duties of the president as he galvanizes voters to go to the polls to participate in every American’s civic duty to vote. That he golfs does not concern me — there is no evidence that his golfing has in anyway interfered with his performance as president or his duties and responsibilities.
Unacceptably but unsurprisingly, Trump continues to deny any responsibility for derogatory and inflammatory speech at his rallies, interviews, or tweets that incite divisiveness and hatred. Instead, he blames hatred and violence on non-Fox News media for "dishonest and fake news" reporting. Fake news is not false reporting but questions/challenges of Trump and "dishonesty" is actually the fact checking and correcting of the many exaggerations, lies, misleading statements he makes.
When Sarah Huckabee Sanders finishes her time as press secretary, I hope we can have someone who speaks more directly for the president. I think we need Steven Miller, who is the president ‘s speechwriter and primary adviser on immigration policy. Then we can hear things straight from the horse’s mouth.
When Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009, the national debt was 10.63 trillion. When Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017, the national debt was 19.95 trillion. That's almost a doubling of our debt in Obama's eight years. Stop complaining about President Trump.
I want to let the many people who read or listen to or watch the news that whatever source you use, the best thing to do is to check the facts on one or even two of the fact-checking website before you claim that the information you have is fake or real. If the news is confirmed by the facts, then you will know what is true and what is not. The news is not the enemy of the people, and the news media has not been unfair on the reporting of the president. The major news sources have been very honest in their reporting on the actions and words used by this president and it is extremely disturbing. He has been lying to the country. It’s shameful.