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ICYMI: New store at the Premium Outlets, former Lafayette principal indicted, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and more

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This new store is coming to the Premium Outlets. And this: Three other retailers are expanding their spaces

Shoppers who missed Charlotte Russe at the Premium Outlets can now look forward to a new clothing store at the shopping center. READ MORE

Sketchers is one of the stores renovating its location. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)
Sketchers is one of the stores renovating its location. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)

Court docs: Former Lafayette High School principal indicted on embezzlement charge

The former Lafayette High School principal allegedly embezzled more than $500, court records show. READ MORE

Kimberly Hollemon submitted her resignation as principal of Lafayette High School on Thursday. (WYDaily/Courtesy of LHSPrin_WJCC Twitter)
Kimberly Hollemon submitted her resignation as principal of Lafayette High School on Thursday. (WYDaily/Courtesy of LHSPrin_WJCC Twitter)

Here’s how WJCC will be represented in front of millions this November

Two students will be representing Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools in front of an audience of millions at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in November. READ MORE

Two students will be representing Williamsburg-James City County in front of an audience of millions at the Macy’s Thankgiving Day Parade in November. Thomas Goldstein, a senior at Lafayette High School, and Charlie Wood, a senior at Warhill High School, have been selected as one of 100 drummers from across the country to participate in the parade in New York City on Nov. 28. “Hopefully this will give me the expeirnce to know what I want to do,” Wood said. “Going up to the city, I want to see if the music is a different style because I might consider going there for school.” Both Wood and Thomas Goldstein started band when they were in the fifth grade and have become the Drum Captains of their school’s band. Thomas Goldstein has been a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps, his mother Chelsea Goldstein said, and that has helped him to put in nearly 40 hours a week of practice. It’s a passion of his, Chelsea Goldstein said, so much to the point that he even makes his own drum sticks and pads. Wood’s experience has been a bit different, he said, because he is a hard-of-hearing student and has to wear a hearing aid in each ear. “Drums have been the one thing I can notice when I hear music,” he said. “When I’m playing, I’m focused and prepared. I can hear it.” Wood and Thomas Goldstein are friends who regularly practice together, Wood said. The idea for auditioning was originally Thomas Goldstein’s after he saw a fellow student take part in the parade last year. One day last spring, the pair were practicing together and Wood thought the opportunity sounded like a good idea. To audition for the parade, the student needs to send in a video of them performing a few pieces. But the competition is stiff, Wood said, as only a hundred out of thousands of applicants across the country are accepted. Wood and Thomas Goldstein sent in their audition videos in February and heard back in March that they had been accepted. Wood said that part of their success is being taught in a district with decent music programs. Over the past seven years, he said he has seen how the schools in the community work together to teach and learn from each other and that’s what makes the music program stand out. “I guess when you start out, you’re just learning basic stuff but then you look up to the high school band and see what they’re doing and say ‘wow I want to do that,’” Wood said. A week before the performance, the drummers will head up to the city where they will practice with the other chosen students, get fitted for the uniforms and spend a bit of time sight-seeing, Chelsea Goldstein said. According the the Music Festivals and Tours website, which organizes the parade, students have to pay $1,689 to participate, which does not include travel expenses. Chelsea Goldstein said the cost is worth it to her family because of the experience her son will remember for the rest of his life. “What a great thing to be able to say you’ve done something like this,” Chelsea Goldstein said. “I think it is a great thing to be able to perform in as many places and venues as possible and this is just an iconic event.”
Thomas Goldstein, a senior at Lafayette High School, is one of two Williamsburg-James City County students who have been selected to take part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. (WYDaily/Courtesy Chelsea Goldstein)

6 WJCC schools will have security improvements at front entrances

The Williamsburg-James City County School Division is continuing to bolster security at area schools. READ MORE

Stonehouse Elementary School (WYDaily/Courtesy of WJCC Schools)
Stonehouse Elementary School is one of six schools that will have a security vestibule constructed to enhance security. (WYDaily/Courtesy of WJCC Schools)

Meet British troops this month during annual Yorktown Before the Siege

On Sept. 28 and 29, British forces will once again occupy the streets of Yorktown as they did in September 1781 during the American Revolution. READ MORE

The third-annual Before the Siege event will be help in Yorktown this Year Sept. 28 and 29. (WYDaily/Courtesy of NPS)
The third-annual Before the Siege event will be help in Yorktown this Year Sept. 28 and 29. (WYDaily/Courtesy of NPS)
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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