Newport News celebrates hospital’s historic legacy, future as affordable apartments

Gerald Burr Jr. of Canterbury Enterprises, John Biagas of Bay Electric and Eugene Thomas of River City Enterprises talk about their plans to revitalize the old Whittaker Hospital building into housing during a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday June 5, 2018. Gerald Burr Jr. of Canterbury Enterprises, John Biagas of Bay Electric and Eugene Thomas of River City Enterprises talk about their plans to revitalize the old Whittaker Hospital building into housing during a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday June 5, 2018.

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Va. woman convicted for charging $514K on boss’s credit cards

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Virginia woman on fraud and tax charges after prosecutors said she charged over a half-million dollars on her boss’s credit cards.

Sherea Darnell is a former manager at a Williamsburg, Virginia, eye care center. Prosecutors said she used the doctor’s credit cards to charge some $514,000 in personal transactions, including her son’s preschool tuition.

The jury heard from prosecutors that she also took over $90,000 in cash advances from the credit cards, using it to hire maid services and buy clothing and airline tickets. Authorities said that after her resignation from the eye center, Darnell continued to use her boss’s cards until the doctor finally discovered the fraud.

Darnell faces a maximum penalty of 30 years...

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Transgender student Gavin Grimm shouldn’t have been forced to use separate bathroom at school, judge rules

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A federal judge said Tuesday that a transgender student at odds with a Virginia high school since 2015 should not have been forced to use a bathroom separate from the boys’ restrooms, which he wanted to use.

In 2014, the Gloucester County School Board told Gavin Grimm he could not use the boys’ restrooms at the school and would have to use a separate bathroom. Grimm identifies as a man and brought a lawsuit against the district.

Grimm, now a graduate of the high school, has become a national figure for the rights of transgender students since his case to use the boys’ bathrooms at his school reached the Supreme Court. Justices there declined to hear the case, which was then kicked back to lower courts.

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Woman accused of kicking, dragging puppy in Virginia apartment elevator

By Margaret Kavanagh, WTKR | Posted: Wed 4:06 PM, May 09, 2018

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WTKR) — A puppy has been taken away from its owner after allegations of animal cruelty in Newport News.

The 10-month-old puppy, Hendrix, is now being cared for at the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter, according to Newport News City Officials.

Police say back on April 25, authorities were called to the Liberty Apartments off the 3100 block of West Avenue after there were allegations of animal cruelty.

According to a search warrant, the officer was shown video footage taken by the apartment complex that allegedly showed a woman taking the dog towards the elevator, then violently dragging the dog into the elevator and then “proceeded to violently kick the dog in the side.”

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Wood Partners Announces Grand Opening of Alta Citizen at Patrick Henry

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Wood Partners, a national leader in multifamily real estate development and acquisition, announced today the grand opening of Alta Citizen at Patrick Henry.

The 209-unit community in Newport News, Virginia is located at 301 Continental Parkway in the Patrick Henry Place mixed-use development. Situated in historic Newport News and down the road from Oyster Point and Tech Center, it’s the perfect location to work, live, and play. In addition to an idyllic setting, Alta Citizen at Patrick Henry brings young professionals the convenience of easy travel to major employers along the Jefferson Avenue Corridor, the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, and some of the area’s best microbreweries and restaurants.

"This area is a prime destinat...

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Newport News public library offers e-memberships

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) — The Newport News Public Library is now offering e-memberships.

The online memberships provide partons the immediate access to the Library’s online resources, including e-books, e-audiobooks, and databases.

E-memberships give students, military personnel, and others who travel the ability to use library resources where ever they are.

The e-membership will also allow guests to place requests on physical material in the library while at home. Anyone who already has a Newport News Public Library card already has access to the online recourses.

“Like all libraries, NNPL continues to evolve to meet the needs of a 21st-century community. NNPL offers something for everyone, and we are proud to offer library services and solutions that are not ‘one size fits all...

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ROSS Celebrating Important Anniversaries in 2018 – Baltimore Business Journal

BETHESDA, Md., April 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ROSS Companies, a leader in multifamily acquisitions, property management and renovation in the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced that 2018 marks significant anniversaries for two of its affiliates. This year is the 35th anniversary of ROSS Development & Investment and the 30th anniversary of ROSS Management Services.

Scott Ross began the great story of ROSS in 1983 when he founded ROSS Development & Investment. After a half-decade of success in that arena, he and his wife, Beth, knew there was an opening in the market for a management company focused on creating real value by providing great living experiences and by staying on the cutting edge of dynamic technological trends. Thus, ROSS Management Services was born in 1988...

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50-plus employers coming to job fair on Wednesday in Newport News

HIRE Peninsula 2018 is hosted by ECPI University’s Newport News campus, and will held from noon to 3 p.m. The campus is located at 1001 Omni Boulevard.

The fair is open to the public, but the first hour is reserved exclusively for veteran job seekers.

Employers include:

Huntington Ingalls SC3 (a technology company) Canon of Virginia Sentara Healthcare Riverside Health Systems Williamsburg Landing Virginia Health Services Department of the Air Force Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue Newport News Shipbuilding Norfolk Police Department Bon Secours Virginia Beach Police Department Consulate Hearth Care/Newport News Ferguson

If you’re interested — just fill out the application online here.

For more information, you can contact ECPI’s Campus Career Services Advisor Renée Turner at 757-838-91...

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Newport News teachers call for 4% raise at city council meeting

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Teachers in the Newport News School Division spoke at a Tuesday night city council meeting in the fight for higher pay.

This latest debate comes as teachers continue to protest around the country, in states like Oklahoma, demanding better pay. A public hearing on the budget began at 7 p.m.

Kindergarten teacher Mary Vause joined dozens of others asking the city council to fund a four-percent raise for teachers and other Newport News Public Schools staff. The school division says proposed funding for next year only allows for a two-percent raise.

“The average teacher in Newport News I believe makes around $50,000 a year and the difference is between around $80 and $160 a month," Vause said. "That can make a difference for a lot of hardworking families.”

The current propos...

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Gail Kane

By Forbes Funeral Home

Gail Kane, 77, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at her daughter’s home in Hobart on April 2, 2018. She was born on April 18, 1940, in Illinois to Siguard and Evelyn (Dean) Haugland. On August 31, 1959, she married Ray McCraren. Together they raised three children in Illinois.

While living in Illinois Gail worked as a banker and as a bus driver. On September 19, 1981, she married Earl Kane in Illinois and they moved to Sturgeon Bay where she worked for a number of years in the real estate business. Earl preceded her in death on December 26, 2012. Gail and Earl very much enjoyed their years of retirement in Door County.

Survivors include three children, Scott (special friend, Bev) McCraren, Gurnee, IL; Jill (Randy) Brown, Newport News, VA; Wendy (David) Martinson,...

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