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New shingles vaccine provides better protection for seniors

Dear Savvy Senior, A good friend of mine got a bad case of shingles last year and has been urging me to get vaccinated. Should I? Suspicious Susan Dear Susan, Yes. If you’re 50 or older, there’s a new shingles vaccine on the market that’s far superior to the older vaccine, so now is a great time...

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  • Last Word on sales tax increase, Feb. 28

    Last Word on sales tax increase, Feb. 28

    Sales tax increase I don’t appreciate the sneaky way this tax hike is being motored through to support tourism and another-named slush fund. Please list the names and phone numbers of who we can call in Richmond for York, James City and Williamsburg to let our voices be heard. Thank you. Editor’s...

      • Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

        Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

        Sales tax increase Instead of a 1 percent sales tax increase to feed the tourism oligarchs, how about an increase to promote affordable housing for the people who do the work that runs the tourism industry in the area? Seems like the Chamber of Commerce, JCC Supervisors and the Williamsburg City...

          • Last Word on Florida shootings, Feb. 21

            Last Word on Florida shootings, Feb. 21

            Florida shootings A question for Congress: Why is the possession of assault weapons more important than school children's lives? Don't those children have a right, under the Constitution, to live full lives, in liberty and in the pursuit of happiness? I’m in high school and I’m scared to go to...

              • Last Word, Feb. 17

                Last Word, Feb. 17

                Shooting in Florida To all those who write in demanding rights to carry in schools, churches and other public places: do you also demand similar rights for convicted criminals, the mentally ill and those with restraining orders? Should they be allowed to build up arsenals of assault weapons? Anyone...

                  • Last Word on harassment, Feb. 14

                    Last Word on harassment, Feb. 14

                    Looking good To whoever is decorating Lake Powell Road and Brookwood Drive with decorations: They look amazing. Can’t wait to see what you put up for Easter. This is harassment I worked at a big box hardware store. Every day, the male customers would make degrading sexual comments to any of the...

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                      • Historic Virginia Land Conservancy, Middle Peninsula Land Trust to merge

                        Historic Virginia Land Conservancy, Middle Peninsula Land Trust to merge

                        The Historic Virginia Land Conservancy and the Middle Peninsula Land Trust, two regional conservation groups, have decided to merge their organizations. The merger will allow the organizations to combine their respective resources and experiences to better protect natural spaces in the area, according...

                          • After Trump asked Sessions to resign, Williamsburg residents rallied for Mueller

                            After Trump asked Sessions to resign, Williamsburg residents rallied for Mueller

                            As darkness and a crisp breeze descended over the Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse, protestors stood up for an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. “Tell me what democracy looks like,” one person shouted. “This is what democracy looks like,” the chorus...

                              • Veterans Day government closures

                                Veterans Day government closures

                                As folks across Greater Williamsburg take time to honor and remember veterans and their families this Veterans Day, local governments will generally take Monday off to observe the holiday. In Williamsburg, city offices will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday, according to a city news...

                                  • Local baker will be featured in Thanksgiving-themed episode of baking show

                                    Local baker will be featured in Thanksgiving-themed episode of baking show

                                    A local baker will make her national competitive debut Saturday. Tawanda Hammond, owner of Williamsburg-based Cakes by Tawanda, makes an appearance on the baking competition series Bake It Like Buddy in a Thanksgiving-themed episode. The Discovery Family Channel program is a new series that features...

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