Last Word is thank you, Dec. 1

Thank you

Friends of the Antle family would like to thank George Tspias and the staffs of Paul’s Deli (New Town and Scotland Street), the Green Leafe and the College Delly for their generous support and hospitality on Nov. 21 for the “Gather and Give for Jared” fundraiser. The staffs could not have been nicer or more accommodating on what was already a busy night for them. These restaurants were the perfect location for Jared’s friends to gather and show their support. Thank you!

On Election Day at Matoaka Elementary School, a car drove up to the Democrats’ table outside the polls, a teenage girl jumped out of the passenger’s seat and handed the volunteers a big box of donuts, a box of hot coffee with all the fixings and cups. She hopped back in the car and it drove off – not a word about the thoughtful and generous donor. We guessed the person had probably seen us earlier when coming to vote. Realizing it was cold and guessing we’d been there since pre-dawn, they took us into their care. The gift was greatly appreciated, shared with the Republican table next to us and with some voters. The Dems at the Berkeley C polling site say thank you to this very thoughtful, anonymous drive-by donor.

I am very thankful for small businesses because they give you that personal touch and their customer service outshines the giants of retail. There are two in particular in which I have had wonderful service: The hardware store on Monticello Avenue has wonderful employees, especially the paint guy who has been there for 18 years and the lady who works the register and is friendly to all. The other is a local bus company that also caters to individual transport with SUVs, headquartered on Dogwood Drive in Williamsburg.

Goodwin Plaza

It's unbelievable that on Giving Tuesday the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation asked for donations, but the foundation can afford to dig up a parking lot and build a park with a big screen TV — simply amazing.

Reading the paper last week, Michael and Kimberly Rouse, your letter to the editor couldn’t have said it better. Yes, what does CW mean? We moved here for the charm, we pay taxes here, we live here and why do these people in charge forget their roots, making it just another town when Williamsburg had so much charm? We, too, decided that our donation is a waste. It’s so sad. Williamsburg cannot be replaced and isn’t our tinsel town. It’s our history that is so important.

Contrary to earlier comments, the objection to Goodwin Plaza is not just that it is a change and that any change would cause complaints. The objection is that a very useful area is being replaced by a not very useful space. No one will sit in a park in inclement weather. Period. And the big question remains: Why is CW installing, at considerable expense, a non-revenue generating space when they are in financial stress? It would make more sense, if change is deemed necessary, to replace the parking lot with more retail space. Fill it with interesting boutiques, not grass, trees, benches and a video screen.

Earlier and earlier

In the past, we would complain Christmas advertisements and decorations began before Thanksgiving and that we would be sick of Christmas when it finally arrived. Now, we suffer the ads and decorations beginning before Halloween. A small, bright light: Perhaps many of us will become so sick of all the ads, etc., that we will give some attention to the birth of baby Jesus.

Road worries

Like an earlier commenter, I too have noticed in many areas that the road markings are gone. Rather than fix important safety issues such as road markings or standing water on Route 60 near Anderson’s Corner, the Virginia Department of Transportation wastes money on adding a bike lane between Anderson’s Corner and Stonehouse School, and now they’re redoing the bike lanes on Rochambeau near Bruton High School. Who actually decides what projects to do and when? Who do they report to? They should be fired.

Bicyclists

Well, here we go again — bicyclists complaining about sharing the road. Why do they always have to pick the narrowest road they can find in the county and ride two to three wide? They want to know why vehicles don’t give them any respect. Plus, they got a $75 million, 50-mile bike path to Richmond they don’t even have to compete with vehicles to use, but they refuse to use it. Go figure. I’m glad to see the weather’s changing. Maybe they’ll put their bicycles away.

Looking for …

I’m calling on behalf of my heartbroken, 16-year-old son who worked all summer cutting grass to save up to buy a computer. He’s a straight-A student and when he set out the other night in New Town, he dropped and lost nearly $800. If you found it, please turn it into Barnes & Noble or call 757-880-1410. He’s offering a $200 reward if someone found it. Thank you.

Who will change a Google Nexus 6P phone battery in Williamsburg for a reasonable price? I found a place that charges $100 because they say the screen can break during replacement. Need info ASAP, please.

A laundry/dry cleaner on Monticello has disconnected its phone and has a sign in the window stating they are closed until after Christmas. What ongoing business closes for over a month with no notice to customers? I have four dress shirts at this establishment and no idea how to get them back. Can anyone suggest a course of action — and a reliable cleaner?

Does anyone know how a person or family would go about hosting a refugee family? I’m just curious if anybody can give me a person to call for information. Thank you very much.

Regarding the “Free to you” Sony KP-61XBR48 61 Videoscope Big Screen color TV: I am interested. However, you gave no contact information. Please advise to the Last Word.

For the woman looking for help to learn how to use her cellphone and her computer: I’d like to recommend Venture Goer at the Collegeg of William and Mary. The team there offers its services at $20 an hour. Call Dave at 215-796-7302. I have used the Venture Goers for moving, laundry and yard work and they always go above and beyond and do a wonderful job. Anybody who needs help getting their Christmas decorations down from the attic or anything like that, they are ready and willing. Thanks.

Is there anyone in Williamsburg who can come and check our gas fireplace at a reasonable price? When we turn it on, there is an odor and it won’t burn off. Not sure if logs are not in correctly or need new ones. Please reply to Last Word.

I have been inspired to learn to bake by the TV show, “Great British Baking Show.” Does anyone know of any place in the area that offers beginning-to-advanced baking classes?

I am looking for a grocery store that sells veal shanks for Osso buco and duck breast and duck legs. Please answer in the Last Word.

I am looking for Jenny, who used to groom my dog. Where are you now?

Take a look

I recently stopped by Buzz Picasso by the new Big Lots in Williamsburg. What a wonderful surprise. Beautiful old furniture painted, painting parties, so many things going on. I recommend just taking a tour. It’s amazing.

Scam calls

I just got a scam/robo call that sounded like it was in Chinese. Boy did they get a wrong number. But I have also have gotten about seven calls in the last two days from people saying they are with Social Security.

People should be aware, as scammers become more sophisticated, now calling you from vacant, local numbers. So if you get a 757 number that has the exchange for Williamsburg that you don’t recognize, don’t answer it and check the reverse phone call system to see who it is before you answer the phone.

A big thank you to the person who posted the message of how to reduce the number of robo calls by signing up for nomorobo.com. I tried to do so, but unfortunately was unable to do so because Cox does not have "simultaneous ring" feature for our area. Perhaps other Cox customers could join me in requesting Cox add this feature.

Free to you

Quilting fabric available, also many items to use in making quilts. I’m no longer able to see to work on quilts. If anyone is interested in this fabric and supplies, please leave your name or your phone number and message in the Last Word and I will get in touch with you. Thank you.

Custom-built sofa, two pieces with innerspring mattress in cushions suitable for children sleeping. Need full size pick up and two adults to transport. Call 252-916-4389 for pick up.

National Geographic magazines from January 1976 to December 2018 and Smithsonian magazines roughly the same period. Take all or some. Reply to patsywells@cox.net.

Hallet Davis & Company (1978) upright piano with bench. Excellent condition. Move it yourself and it is yours.

Polling topics

Rep. Rob Wittman recently emailed a poll to those of us who live in the First District, asking for our preferences on proposals Congress should consider for the remainder of the 115th Congress. His choices are: Pass an infrastructure package, pass criminal justice reform, pass the farm bill, secure funding for a border wall, reform the budget process, complete the remaining funding bill through regular order, and checkboxes for “I don’t know” and “other.” I ask, where is gun control on this list, considering we have suffered more than 300 mass shootings this year in our country? In this poll, and in a previous message after a recent massacre, I asked Wittman to at least bring the subject forward, to at least talk about sensible steps such as regulating assault rifles, to at least raise this issue to the level of a checkbox poll. I don’t want to live in a shooting gallery, and fear for my life at every public gathering. Unlike other constituents who have reported great communication with his office, I never hear back when I write about items not on his agenda.

Thankful for birds

I always love Dan Cristol's birding articles, but I especially enjoyed the Nov. 24 article about appreciating birds. He gave great examples of the value of birds. I am a bird lover and enjoy watching their behavior and beauty. He helped me to think about being grateful for the little things in life.

False assumptions

As ongoing events in this country have proved, when the police show up at an incident there is no such thing as a good black man with a gun. All there is, is a dead black man with a gun. Because they don’t ask questions. They just think he’s the perpetrator and shoot.

Student reaction

The W&M students’ reception of Jim McGlothlin’s presentation at the October Leadership Forum illustrates why history will eventually show how the reduction of the voting age from 21 to 18 was one of the worst mistakes ever made by the country and the states

A For The Bold campaign banner hangs behind the basket at Kaplan Arena that reads, "Build a strong community of diverse perspectives." After reading of the apologies from President Rowe following Jim McGlothlin giving his "perspectives" on the Pledge of Allegiance, authority and police to W&M law students, I stand confused by the banner. While I may not agree with my alma mater's "perspective," I would at least respect them more if they said how they really feel.

We love Frank

We love following Frank Shatz’s fascinating columns each week, but the one about “the Redl Affair” leaves us hanging. What happened to the talkative locksmith who blabbed after being sworn to secrecy? Please, Mr. Shatz, tell us!

CW lawsuit

All I can say about the latest lawsuit being thrown at CW is this: The truth shall prevail. Hang in there Colonial Williamsburg, there are two sides to every story.

Climate change

I suggest that the contributor who claimed that over 30,000 scientists have signed a statement saying climate change doesn't exist do some fact checking, rather than taking a post on Facebook as fact. For a variety of reasons (including the fact that the petition originated in 1998, and the definition of scientist being so broad as to include a person holding a BS in any science), Pundifact rates this claim as "pants on fire." Snopes rates it as "mostly false." You would think by now that people would realize that Facebook and the like are not valid news sources.

Ninety-five percent of peer-reviewed climate science research papers support the existence of primarily man-made climate change. Deniers focus on the remaining five percent. Atmospheric scientists meticulously investigate the accuracy of historical meteorological data employed in quantifying climate change. As new discoveries are made about atmospheric physics, climate models evolve and the quantitative predictions such as the number of plus-95 Fahrenheit degree days in Williamsburg by midcentury also evolve. The practices of mankind, however well meaning to move civilization forward, are the culprits. The green energy transition promises to not only improve the environment but to provide greater employment opportunity for those confined to minimum wage or disappearing jobs.

GM jobs

Trump tariffs have sent Harley Davidson overseas and now GM is laying off 15,000 and closing five plants. Unlike Trump, they don't have the luxury of filing bankruptcy six times.

The recent GM closure has to do with consumer demand for SUVs instead of large sedans. That said, when Obama was president and GM got into financial trouble, his response was to throw our tax money at them; this didn’t fix their business model, only pushed it down the road. But what can you expect of a president with absolutely no business experience.

Doing time

Seriously, complaining about jail visit time — supposedly you’re in jail because you broke the law; it’s not a social event. In a lot of countries, there is no visitation at all. Take your 30 minutes and be grateful.

National news

Fox News must feel like a jilted lover. Trump is talking about starting a North Korean-style state news station.

Soup kitchens

In regard to the person who wrote in about the Campbell Soup stock prices going up because of people preparing for a Trump depression: That’s absolutely untrue. A quick Google search shows that Campbell Soup stock prices have been in a steady decline since they peaked in July 2016. I disagree with his politics wholeheartedly, but don’t spread clickbait-style misinformation for laughs. That’s how we ended up in this situation to begin with.

Veterans’ pay

Trump now says the 82,000 vets will never get their back pay; it’s time to march on Washington. In 1932, Republican President Hoover used bayoneted soldiers and tanks to disperse 17,000 World War I vets demanding their bonus pay. Two hundred were injured and one died. General Patton said it was his saddest moment as a soldier.

Sounds like fun

I am so excited to find out that my golf game isn’t over because of the cold weather and early dark evenings. I just heard Revolution Golf and Grille is hosting golf leagues this winter. Only $40 to join an eight-week league. The owner was able to get us set up and we cannot wait for January. If interested, call 645-4711. It is going to be fun.

Speedy delivery

Is anyone else on Richmond Road having a problem with mail delivery? We did not receive any mail on Saturday or Monday and find this a little odd since we are a business.

My neighbors and I have all lived in the Meadows for over 25 years with no complaint regarding our mail delivery. Things have gone horribly this month. Three times this month we have received no mail, most recently last Saturday. Today is Monday and still we have had no mail delivered. We still have bills to pay, and taxes are due. Wake up, post office managers, and do your job!

To the person who wrote concerning the cost of a first-class stamp versus the cheap rates charged to bulk mailers of junk mail: It is not the Postal Service which allows businesses to send tons of junk mail at ridiculously low rates, it is Congress that is responsible for setting this rate. So, if you’re looking for “idiots” to blame, look to your congressional reps who receive financial donations from the business community.

USPS mail service has gotten so bad. Our mail carrier cannot seem to distinguish between the same house number, but different street name. We frequently receive some mail from a neighboring street intermixed with our mail, and vice versa. It is very bad when our bank statements get misdirected or go missing all together. The post office does not care or show any responsibility for a job done poorly. We used the USPS Informed Delivery email service showing you "Mail Coming To Your Mailbox Soon" someday, maybe. When you contact the post office you get no satisfaction.

Many of us now have cameras aimed at our driveways and front doors so when the mail carrier says they tried to deliver the mail, we know it’s not true.

If you’ve had problems with mail delivery over the last several years, especially during the holidays, call your congressman. I called Rob Wittman’s office in D.C. (202-225-4261) and explained the situation. His assistant was very attentive and promised to look into it. He took my email and phone number. It would be helpful if all who have had problems contacted their representative. The local stations probably don’t have much control over their resources, which have been depleted in recent years. They are obviously understaffed. We pay taxes for this service, so our government needs to do what’s necessary to provide it.

The Richmond mail distribution center is not only to blame. All my neighborhood’s delivery errors have been directly related to the carriers’ or Boundary Post Office errors. I frequently get mail for people the street behind me, including packages, and they get mine. Last summer, I had to put a notice in everybody’s mailbox on another street because an important package was delivered to someone there. My notes paid off when the package showed up at my door a week later from one of my neighbors. While I waited for that package, I knew another one was being shipped, so I had it delivered to my P.O. box just to be safe. Tracking showed it had arrived, I went to pick it up and a different package was there, not the one I was expecting. That first package has never shown up and the P.O. can’t find it. I suspect it was put in another box by mistake and the person who received it in error never returned it to the post office.

At the border

Interesting. A live video showed crowds rushing toward the hole in the fence with a large group of men throwing rocks and bottles at our border guards who then began spraying the crowd with tear gas. The thugs then turned and ran as did the other folks in the crowd. But did our press show photos of the thugs on the front page? No, they showed a mother and two kids running away. The message — Trump is gassing women and children. And our media says they are not biased.

Recommended

We want to pass on super kudos to Pam Gills, food service manager at Dominion Village in Williamsburg. The Thanksgiving meal served to residents and family was scrumptious. Thank you.

We want to acknowledge the first class performance that York River Mechanical Contracting Inc. provided us. I can easily say it is the best business I have had in our home. The crew, headed by Jeff Hellner, came out on time, installed electrical components in our swim spa, cleaned up all the extras and stuck to the price that was given. Jeff took the time to explain in detail the functions of the controls on the swim spa and the electrical system installed. There is no doubt that we will become regular customers for any future work needed here. 10+performance.

We have used Belle Cleaning Concepts for window and screen cleaning, and they are great. The owner, Marcus Belle, is a real professional, and he employs capable assistants. We would recommend him to all. 757-593-8882, bellecleaningconcepts.com.

Before the holiday came, I was in desperate need of getting my house cleaned, and Gifted Hands Cleaning Service was recommended. What an outstanding job! Not only did the owner come immediately, she did her job above and beyond. Ms. Smith with Gifted Hands Cleaning Service, 252-698-2590. You can catch her on Facebook or just call her. What a great job!

Streamline Roofing recently replaced my 23-year-old shingles. Excellent is how I would rate their installation! Sam, Joel and their crew were great to work with. Thanks to Robert, too. They were courteous, friendly and fun to interact with during the roofing process. They kept me updated at all times as to the status of the job. The roof looks great and we are very happy. Overall, a fair price was given -- better than most! They cleaned up daily and everything was left in a tidy condition. I strongly recommend Streamline Roofing for all of your roofing needs.

Guns

A commenter recently responded to an earlier comment of mine by stating that “for each of the statistics you listed in your article, I can give you at least one or two instances where guns have saved lives.” With 60 suicides, 30 homicides and one mass shooting each day, we are paying a horrific price for the few instances where a gun saves a life. Each day we pay a price in lives and everyone else suffers psychological stress due to the Supreme Court’s misinterpretation of the Second Amendment.

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