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Alewerks Wins Veer’s 2017 Golden Tap Award

Alewerks Wins Veer’s 2017 Golden Tap Award

By Jeff Maisey Williamsburg-based Alewerks won Veer Magazine’s 2017 Golden Tap Award, unseating 3-time champ O’Connor Brewing Company. The competition this year was extremely close among the top four points-earning local breweries. While Alewerks took top honor with a score of 23 total points, O’Connor and Benchtop Brewing tied for second place with 22 points

Sandler Center Turns 10

By Jeff Maisey A decade ago Sandler Center for the Performing Arts debuted with a memorable concert by world renown cellist Itzhak Perlman. The gorgeous interior design, comfortable seating, sightlines, and sound quality of the new venue in Virginia Beach Town Center was pleasing to everyone in the sold-out concert hall, including the very impressed

Retail Success Stories

By Jeff Maisey At a time when national retailers are closing their brick-and-mortar operations due to increased competition online, several local businesses have found ways to succeed in the digital age. Norfolk-based NYFO Boutique is an upscale contemporary women’s clothing store located in Ghent’s Palace Shops. Key to this independent retailer’s success is its knowledge

The Complex Legacy of Hugh Hefner

By Tom Robotham Every semester at Old Dominion University I teach a class called Sex, Culture & Media. My objective is to help students think critically about depictions of sexuality in the mass media and to consider the ways in which those depictions shape our attitudes. Our discussions of the history and impact of Playboy

The End of an Era

By Tom Robotham   Last month, Peter Barbey—the owner of The Village Voice—announced his decision to put an end to the paper’s print edition. “The Voice,” he said, “will maintain its iconic progressive brand with its digital platform….” But for those of us of a certain age, that is small consolation. Not that I was

2017 Holiday Happenings

Holiday Lights, Ice Skating & Parades   Million Bulb Walk November 10-30 Norfolk Botanical Garden   Merry Lights Merry Mile November 23 through December 31 2nd Street at the Oceanfront Cruise in your car through holidays lights on the Boardwalk.   16th Annual Pagoda & Garden Light Fest November 18-December 25 Norfolk Pagoda

FOSTER CARE: Every Child Deserves a Life

By Michael Curry   This is the mantra and enduring story of Sallie Grant DiVenuti and her late husband, Mark. That shared philosophy and commitment led to them become one of the most loving, caring and generous of parents. Together, Sallie and Mark fostered more than 50 children and adopted six. “I wish there were

Such Great Heights

By Tom Robotham   One can’t help but be impressed by Ginna Kelly’s resume. Indeed, after chatting with the 35-year-old Virginia Beach resident for an hour or so recently I asked her if there’s anything she hasn’t accomplished. She laughed gently, in a way that people do when they’re proud of their achievements but still

The Colonization of the American Mind: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon

By Tench Phillips I’ve never been good at predicting the future especially when it comes to computing, programming, technology, and business. I didn’t foresee the transformative power of the cell phone, personal computer, or the worldwide web. If I had been able to glimpse the future, I might have chosen to continue my early trajectory