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Sunday, May 26, 2024

ICYMI in Hampton and Newport News: Abandoned cemeteries, e-scooters, city landmarks and more

With dozens of headlines every week, it’s easy to miss some here and there. Get in on the conversation. Here are this week’s most-read stories.

Boat parade

A holiday light display of sailboats, powerboats, and even Santa are back Dec. 13 for the 31st annual Lighted Boat Parade at the Downtown Waterfront in Hampton. READ MORE.

The Lighted Boat Parade in Hampton is back. Here’s how you can participate without owning a boat

Cemetery care

With her parents, grandparents, and in-laws all buried there, Marquita Latta said her family has been investing in plots at Oakland Cemetery in Hampton since 1952 with the promise the graves would receive “perpetual care” — she asked, “where does that money go?” READ MORE.

Who maintains abandoned privately-owned cemeteries in Hampton? What if the owners are buried in their cemetery?

E-scooter rules

Just two days before Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, the Newport News City Council unanimously approved the use of e-scooters and amended the city’s municipal code regarding such devices. READ MORE.

City council approves e-scooters in Newport News. Here’s what that entails

Smitty’s rebirth

Smitty’s Better-Burger Inc. is open again after a fire in March required the family-owned business to shut its doors for more than eight months and left Hampton residents and long-time customers waiting in anticipation. READ MORE.

Salivate no more: Hampton landmark Smitty’s has reopened

Allen Iverson

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and NBA All-Star Allen Iverson has returned home to his high school alma mater where a gymnasium has been renamed in his honor. Iverson cut the ribbon at Bethel High School in Hampton unveiling the “Allen Iverson Gymnasium” Tuesday. READ MORE.

Gym at Bethel High is officially named for this famous alumnus, NBA star

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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