Sunday, December 10, 2023

ICYMI in Hampton and Newport News: Senior shoppers, gift returns, parenting challenges 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.

Library cards

The Newport News Public Library and the city’s public schools recently created a partnership to give preschoolers a public library card. The pilot program was announced on Dec. 17. READ MORE.

Preschoolers get library cards, thanks to the public library

Exchanging gifts

According to the National Retail Federation, 68 percent of holiday shoppers say they plan on hitting the stores after Christmas to shop post-holiday sales and spend gift cards but more than half also said they’ll be in-store returning or exchanging holiday gifts. READ MORE.

The holiday shopping season isn’t over for retailers who are ready to receive gift returns

Escorting elders

During the season of Santa Claus and gift giving, the children tend to be at the forefront while the growing population of senior citizens fades into the background. This year, deputies escorted and took about 12 seniors to Target at Peninsula Town Center for a holiday shopping trip sponsored by Hampton Sheriff B.J. Roberts. READ MORE.

Here’s how these sheriff’s deputies are remembering seniors in the community this holiday season

Parenting incarcerated

While families are preparing to come together in tradition and parents tuck their eager children into bed on Christmas Eve, nearly 400 of those families’ loved ones will spend the holiday behind bars at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. READ MORE.

Parenting isn’t easy, and it’s even harder from behind bars. This local jail is making staying connected easier

Ballroom dancers

At Thomas Nelson Community College a new type of team is taking off: ballroom dance. Students at TNCC are starting to make a name for themselves on the collegiate ballroom dance circuit as the school’s team returned from a competition in New York City with a number of awards for various team members. READ MORE.

TNCC’s team is taking the ballroom dance world by storm

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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