Saturday, September 23, 2023

ICYMI: Family tradition, crime rate, paint a hydrant, vegan place, proactive stance, and more

Carrying on the family tradition

Since their mother’s passing in April, the Goodmans have worked to preserve their mother’s touch on the family business, embracing her genial customer service and industrious attitude. And Lena Goodman, 89, is living on in the diamonds her sons sell, too. READ MORE.

Decrease in crime?

The city said Hampton’s overall crime rate is in the middle of surrounding cities in Hampton Roads – higher than Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk but lower than Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth. READ MORE.

Would you like to paint a fire hydrant?

Randy Pryor, who co-owns Firehouse Coffee with his wife, Jill, got the idea from his mid-1980s stint as a professional firefighter in his native Oregon. There, his department let neighborhoods “adopt” and decorate their local hydrants, which saved money on needed repainting. READ MORE.


The owner also offers classes that teach people of all ages how to make simple vegan dishes and educates them on how to eat vegan. READ MORE.

Be proactive

Other than relationship building with the police department, the Office of Youth and Young Adult Opportunities is starting community conversations to learn what people are concerned about. READ MORE.

Here’s a couple more stories people were talking about:

There’s going to be a study of tick diseases and behaviors in Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads is one of the locations likely to see an increase, since both the Lone Star tick and the blacklegged (or deer) tick are present here. READ MORE.

USS Gerald R. Ford back at Newport News Shipyard following a year of trials

The ship completed nearly 750 shipboard aircraft launches and recoveries against a plan of approximately 400. READ MORE.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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