Last Word is a thank you for VDOT, May 28

The Virginia Gazette
Commenters express their satisfaction with several recently completed road projects.

Good job, VDOT

Thank you to VDOT for two jobs well done: Ramp work off 199 at the Lightfoot exit and the project at News Road and Monticello. For all the naysayers and complainers, give VDOT a pat on the back for fine work. The inconvenience was worth it.

The new alignment on 199 exit onto Route 60 looks really nice. However, I thought the change was going to be that both lanes would be able to turn left going westbound onto Route 60. That is sorely needed. Over 75% of the traffic turns left. Thank you.

Thank you, VDOT, for the wonderful intersection at Monticello/Ironbound/News Road. So tired of the whiners who have nothing better to do than complain. If you can do a better job, then put in your application as an engineer with minimal pay for your skills or start your own road construction contracting business to do the work. Put your life on the line daily because of inattentive drivers who are too busy to pay attention and actually drive properly.

Prestigious speakers

Each year at colleges and universities all over America, well known and influential people are honored and called upon to be speakers at graduation events. Most present graduates and parents an inspirational message as they begin a new journey in their life. Does anyone know where and how many graduation ceremonies at prestigious institutions Rush Limbaugh has been asked to speak at?

Thank you

Kindness of strangers: Many, many thanks to the kind young man who ran across the Wal-Mart parking lot to get to our car as we were driving away. My husband's cell phone had dropped off his belt as we were loading our groceries, we were already a few aisles over from where we had been parked, and this nice man ran as fast as he could to return the cell phone to us. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!!!

Looking for …

I am in desperate need of a document shredder. I am willing to pay for the service—it doesn't have to be free—but I have no idea where to turn. I would appreciate any information as soon as possible. Thank you.

I am the grandmother of 8-year-old twins who are girls and need clothing, shoes, underclothes, school materials, reading materials of any kind. They will be attending school all year and your help is greatly appreciated. My number is 746-6398. And their size is size 8 in girls and their shoe sizes are size 10 and 11in girls. Thank you and have a good day.

Anyone have a car they no longer want or need that runs well and they don't want a lot of money for? I'm in desperate need for one but only have $1500. My 13-year-old granddaughter and I live on Social Security. Also, I watch an 18-month-old granddaughter while her mother is in college and working part-time. Thank you so much. My number is 784-1699.

Does anyone know of a quilter who restores or repairs antique quilts and also knows how to clean them? Please let me know. Thank you.

If anyone has a three-wheel adult tricycle that they're looking to get rid of, please call Nancy at 757-784-3430. Thank you.

I am trying to reach Williamsburg Storage at the number listed outside their building, of 253-6675, but instead I keep getting an agents and a county office number. I would appreciate it if anybody knows the correct number to Williamsburg Storage.

Lost: On May 23rd, Sunday, at Martin's grocery store—either in the parking lot or the store—a aquamarine ring, birthstone ring. Very sentimental. Please call 876-7387. Thank you.

Just Moved to Williamsburg and am looking for any hairdressers who graduated from Vidal Sassoon Academy or from Michael O'Rourke Institute?

True Beginnings Re-entry Services is a non- profit organization that provides housing to the homeless. We are in need of household furnishings (bed linen to fit both twin and full size beds, pillows, and towels and wash cloths) and nonperishable food. Every donation is greatly appreciated and will be of benefit to our clients. Please contact Dionne Randall at 757-647-7245 to schedule a pick up. Again, thank you.

Yes, I'm Ms. Crew and I'm looking for a daybed for a small, one bedroom apartment. I really need it, so if you have one and can give it away or donate, my number's 804-413-1246. Thank you.

Does anyone know of a company or an individual who can custom build cabinets for my kitchen? I only need the bottom or base part. Also install a butcher block countertop. Please call and leave a message at 757-345-1469.

This is in response to Varujan the jeweler. He is open again. He has been sick, but he is fine now. So please come by and see him. Thank you very much.

Is there anyone local who sharpens carbide tipped circular saw blades?

If anyone out there is looking to help pay it forward, you can by helping a 67-year-old military veteran who had her car stolen. You can go to www.stolen57chevy.com and donate to help buy her another car. You can also post the site on your social media and help spread the word. Maybe we can catch the people responsible for stealing her car and get them off the street.

Does anyone know where to purchase fresh flower leis for graduation?

My name is James Davis. I teach bridge to elementary, middle, and high school students in local schools as well as two adult classes. I need additional card tables for my student workshops and adult classes. If you have some card tables that are in good condition that you would like to donate or sell at a reasonable price, call me at 757-869-6310. I will be glad to pick them up.

I'm looking for recommendations for an auto service center.

Looking for a daybed for a disabled veteran who has stage 4 cancer. If you have a daybed to donate, please contact Jennifer Mason at 757-506-4274. Thank you.

I'm responding to the person looking for Mark from European Beauty Concepts: He is at Mark's Hair Studio, 3356 Ironbound Road. The phone number is 757-345-9810. Thank you.

Does anyone know where Stephanie from Salon Vivace went?

If anyone has riding boots in size 4 that they no longer want, please call 565-0075. Thank you.

Solar panels

I went to a house of the future in the mid-to-late 70s. Everything that house claimed the future would be has come true except for solar panels. The house was energy self sufficient. My question is, why hasn't every building since the late 70s been built with solar panels? We wouldn't have to worry about towers across the James or anywhere else and a lot less air pollution.

Last Word fans

The Last Word is what I also read first. I just wish the Gazette would use up the allotted space of one page on Wednesday and two pages on Saturday. Put the ads elsewhere in the paper, or expand the Last Word to two pages on Wednesday and three pages on Saturday.

Repair charges

I called a local dealership to ask how much it would cost to repair my car. I was told it was a two hour job and the fee was $170. When service was performed, it only took 45 minutes but I was still charged for two hours. That's just wrong. Is this legal?

Bus routes

WATA, do you want more riders on the buses? It's great that we have a bus system, but it's terrible that it takes 20 minutes to get somewhere and nearly an hour to get back to where you got on the bus in the first place. Please put two buses together, start the buses in opposite directions on this new, larger loop. That way, it will take the same amount of time to get somewhere as it does to get back to where you started.

Recommended

To the person looking for leaf or debris removal, mulching, power washing, grass cutting, call Warren at 757-327-6497. He worked on my yard and he did a great job.

Execute, not deport

In regards to the May 14th response to Mr. Martinez: The reader was not showing compassion to Mr. Martinez as far as having him deported. Being deported was meant for why is he being kept in this country and our tax dollars paying for him. Yes, he deserves to be executed, but that was not mentioned because our country is becoming so liberal that execution seem to be a very, very last resort. If we had more executions in this country, more of an eye-for-an-eye type of thing, we'd have much, much less crime.

Presidential politics

When voting, people should remember their ABCs. A is for anybody, B is for but, C is for Clinton. ABC: Anybody but Clinton.

I have to laugh at all of the Trump supporters who really believe that Trump is telling them the truth. Do your research. According to the nonpartisan site Politifact, 74% of all Trump's statements on policy, the economy, etc., are false. Unbelievable how many people are duped by this man. Trump was actually right in the 90's when he said, "Republicans are so stupid they will believe anything."

Donald Trump's problem, bless his heart, is that he went to private schools all his life. Had he gone to my public high school and habitually disparaged young women about their weight or appearance as soon as one of those women's older brothers found out about it, they would have met him in the parking lot after school and pummeled that cruel behavior out of him.

One writer said Mrs. Clinton was under criminal investigation. The major news networks, the White House and the Director of the FBI say the investigation is not criminal! Where did you get your news? By rumor? The next comment said someone was "denigrating Donald Trump." I did not see the article so I'm not able to say if whatever was said was denigrating or not. However, I see no sense in complaining about a remark by telling all of us should "read a lot more about Benghazi, read emails (which ones?) and so on and so forth." This tangled reasoning brings to mind what the President said at a recent graduation ceremony: It is not cool to know nothing.

The "truth" statistics that were posted in the Last Word on May 25th: I understand that these statistics were generated by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is the chairman of the Democratic National Party. Should I say more?

Given his record with multiple bankruptcies, I believe Donald Trump could lose money selling beer and pizza on college campuses.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has rightly said he isn't ready to endorse Trump for president yet. One of the criteria he should use to decide is a review of Trump's tax returns. All presidential candidates for decades, including a reluctant Mitt Romney, have allowed that. What, if anything, is Trump hiding? No other Republican leaders have had the guts to insist on this. It will be interesting to see if Ryan does.

Too fast!

Driving on Longhill Road and Centerville Road is like driving on the interstate. People are driving entirely too fast. James City County police need to patrol our roads better than what they are doing!

Great experience

I just purchased a 2016 Honda HRV and feel the need to comment on my buying experience. I have bought more than 20 cars in five states and two countries. My experience with Williamsburg Honda was the most pleasurable experience I have ever had. Jess Stott, the sales associate , was both accommodating and professional. There was absolutely no pressure and no up-sale techniques. I do not normally sing praises of car dealerships, but in this case I find I must. My experience was what car buying should be for everyone. I will be back for future purchases.

Better judges

The Land Conservancy needs to do a better job of getting unbiased judges for this talent show. For the past two years, a judge that is closely aligned with one of the local dance studios has been a judge and lo and behold the dancers from this studio placed above very talented performers who are not affiliated with that studio. Last year was bad, but this year was obvious. Clean it up or don't expect local talent to participate.

Road clean up

The part of Merrimac that leads to Hubbard lane continues to look dumpy. A road construction barrel was left behind and black plastic tape marks property lines or whatever its purpose is. The speed bumps were a great improvement, but a "No Littering" sign needs to be posted.

Lovely service

Last month, an incredibly beautiful service was held at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church for Jane Stewart, a remarkable lady who left this world but who will be with Williamsburg forever. Attendees elegantly wore hats, as the DAR usually do. The music was fantastic and the eulogy brought teary eyes to those present. We'll miss you, Jane!

Free to you

Yes, I have a twin-size box spring and mattress for free. My phone number is 757-345-0400. Thank you.

Name changes

Yes, my comment is on the name changes, whatever it may be—school, monuments or whatever—and particularly schools. Why do people that had nothing to do with the naming of the school or people that had not attended the school be able to pressure officials to change the name? Why don't we let students that have attended these schools over the years voice their opinions, you know, whether they can write wherever or call wherever to say they are in favor or they aren't. They're the ones who are entitled because they are the ones with the diplomas or whatever with their names on it. You change a name; how can someone even go back to the sports records or whatever? You're going to have a mess. Leave things alone and anything new, take that into consideration. Thank you very much.

Well, the person who commented about naming the schools and said that they felt that we have enough African-Americans for: By my arithmetic, out of 18 schools, four of them seem to be if you fish them out. I think the person should be picked for their merit, rather than the color of their skin. Thank you kindly.

We need to first find out the true community support in changing the school's name. How to do that is, by empowering those who want the change to raise the funds to cover the cost. Once funds have been secured, then go about the name change. I agree, let's stop naming things after people; we all have issues that would be offensive to someone. Name the school after the road it is on.

Playing outdoors

To the person complaining about the comment on kids playing outside: I agree, where are the parents? And what time are you living in with all the pedophiles in every community? Children are not like we were growing up, they are mean and disrespectful. I am constantly stopping my car, telling kids to get out of the road. And to the other commenters, yes, kids do need to be outside running and playing but unfortunately the parents need to be out there, too, supervising the safety of their children.

Black boxes

I'm just an old country boy, but I can't understand why our geniuses have not hooked up a direct line to the black box that's in a plane so they can monitor every second that it's in the air. Also have a voice communication to the cockpit where they can record and transmit information when they're going down and try to get some information to the people they're leaving behind. If you'd like to talk to me, my telephone number's 229-3950. Have a blessed day.

It has been rumored for years that the US Navy's subs have the best ears of any ship at sea. If that is true, why doesn't the Navy dispatch one of more subs to listen for the pings from the "black boxes" on a plane once it goes down in the sea?

Honor rolls

Thank you. That's a good start, including Bruton High School's honor roll in the newspaper. Now, all we need is Magruder Elementary, Waller Mill Elementary, Queens Lake Middle School to be also included. Then it would be perfect. Thank you.

Markers taken

Over the weekend, 20 to 22 May, on the back side of Wellington Circle and St. George's Hundred, the roadside markers from several houses were stolen or removed completely. These markers are there to help the mail person. This affects four or five houses, maybe more. If anybody has any information concerning who removed the roadside markers from Wellington Circle over the previous weekend, please call your information into the Last Word. Thank you.

Good deals

I saw the write up in the Gazette Wednesday for Snag A Deal Family Outfitters and was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of new clothes at very good prices. I bought a pair of Armani pants that had a price tag on them for $98.00 and paid $24.95. There were a lot of great prices and Stephanie was very nice and accommodating with a wide selection for men, woman, and kid's. We'll be back. Thanks a lot.

Double standard

So Maroon 5 is the latest to jump on the bandwagon (pun intended) and cancel their concert in North Carolina because of the "Bathroom Law." This is the same band that played concerts in Russia where homosexuals are imprisoned. Can you say "hypocrisy"?

Student voters

William and Mary students should indeed have the right to vote in Williamsburg elections. They are adults. They are citizens living here most of the year. They pay taxes and support the local economy. They are an integral part of Williamsburg's identity. Are some residents really willing to deny the ballot to everyone living here four years or less? How ironic that here, in the cradle of American democracy, some citizens are so ready to deny the franchise to their neighbors.

Shopping music

Why do some stores play terrible music, very loud? One is a craft store I like but will probably not shop there again because of the music. It doesn't provide a nice shopping experience. If music is played in a shop or restaurant, it should be quiet. I don't think older people appreciate loud, bad music and there are quite a lot of older people here who do shop in these stores.

Grocery stores

There is a lot of talk about the sale of Martin's and what will take its place. Giant or Publix are in the running. Does anyone know?

Bird song

In response to the person asking about the bird song they were hearing: It might be a Tufted Titmouse. You can go online to a site called eNature.com and listen to the bird songs.

Field trip

I would like to invite the BOS and all others currently involved in the downfall of the Jamestown Yacht Basin, including the Economic Development Team to go over and see what the economically stressed Surry County has done with the old abandoned Grays Creek Marina. Sit down and have a lunch meeting at the restaurant, tour the upstairs, look at next year's dock improvements. Then realize the tax dollars you've lost and are about to lose. All because you lack vision and can't make a long range plan.

Liberty Lounge

Congratulations to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for opening the Liberty Lounge to veterans, retirees and their dependents. A great place to relax while touring Colonial Williamsburg. I want to thank them on behalf of all of us veterans.

Work with parents

I suspect many WJCC parents were astonished to learn that the School Boards Association invited Superintendent Constantino to make a presentation on how to increase parent involvement in local schools. If he is indeed an expert on that topic, perhaps he would like to use his knowledge here in Williamsburg.

Better lighting

I like to work at the workbench in my garage in the evening hours with the doors open (7-10 PM). I wanted to improve the lighting and save costs so I went to Lowe's to invest in better/brighter lighting. The Lowe's person told me that LED lights operate at a "frequency" that does not attract bugs. So far this season, I have had no problems with bugs flying around. Looks like the Lowe's guy was right. I can now tie my fishing gear with plenty of light and no bugs.

Median removed

VDOT has removed the triangle median from the intersection of Old News Road and Monticello so drivers traveling west on Monticello now have the right of way when continuing off 199 toward the Target /Monticello shopping center. So what used to be a quick glance toward Old News Road to check for drivers before turning right into the shopping center now becomes a more dangerous situation. It will be interesting to compare accident data for that area a year from now. Will the median be returned if accidents increase?

Line of sight

I just want to remind people—when you pull out beside someone, when they're trying to make a turn, you actually block their vision. So if you could wait and let that car make their turn first, then you can pull up and go ahead. That's the courteous thing to do. Just a little driving attitude. Thanks, everyone.

Scholarship dinner

Cheers to CIAO, the Colonial Italian American Organization, for hosting a wonderful scholarship awards dinner where two high school seniors were recognized for their accomplishments and honored with an authentic four-course homemade Italian dinner. The students and their families very much appreciated the hospitality and support for their future college endeavors.

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