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“I am disappointed that Republicans in the General Assembly continue to put politics before the health of the people of Virginia. In light of President Trump’s failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Commonwealth has no excuses left to hold out on Medicaid expansion. By refusing to expand the program, we’ve forfeited $10.4 billion and we will continue to forego $6.6 million every day

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we do not take action. “Expanding Medicaid will not just make Virginians healthier by extending coverage to nearly 400,000 people, it will also strengthen our economy. We would create up to 30,000 jobs, save our budget $73 million annually, build a healthier workforce, and help struggling rural community hospitals. “While Republicans continue to play politics with the health of our residents, we will continue to investigate every available option to expand Medicaid in Virginia. I will continue to fight to bring our taxpayer dollars home to save lives, create jobs, and make our Commonwealth stronger.”

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RICHMOND Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the upcoming feature film Juanita, starring Academy Awardnominated actress Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave, Captain America: Civil War) and Petersburg native Blair Underwood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., L.A. Law), will film in Virginia this spring. Juanita will be directed by Clark Johnson (Homeland, The Wire). Virginia native Mel Jones (Dear White People), Stephanie Allain (Hustle & Flow) and Jason Michael Berman (The Birth of a Nation) will produce the film. The trios’ last project, Burning Sands, filmed in Petersburg

last spring, was an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and is now available on Netflix.

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“We are thrilled to welcome this talented filmmaking team back to the Commonwealth to film this story of female empowerment,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “We are grateful for the good-paying jobs Juanita will bring to our film industry workers and look forward to showing our guests how extraordinary Virginia is for filmmaking.” Juanita, based on the novel Dancing on the Edge of the Roof by Sheila Williams FEATURE FILM PAGE 7

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Lawmakers play politics as state loses millions without Medicaid expansion

Governor McAuliffe released the following statement recently after Republican legislators blocked his budget amendment empowering him to pursue planning for Medicaid expansion on October 1st, 2017:

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The tax filing deadline is Tuesday, April 18 this year. This is because April 15 falls on a weekend and the following Monday is a holiday in the District of Columbia. Even with an extra three days, the IRS urges taxpayers to avoid waiting until the last minute to file their taxes. For those who have yet to file, the IRS has 10 quick ideas to help: Gather Records. Good recordkeeping is important. It helps to ensure that nothing

gets overlooked. Records such as receipts and cancelled checks also provide expense documentation. Use IRS Online Tools. The IRS has many useful online tools. The Interactive Tax Assistant tool provides answers to many tax questions. It gives the same answers that an IRS representative would give over the phone. File Electronically. Most taxpayers file electronically these days. It offers ease and convenience. The tax software guides people through the entire process. There are no forms to fill out. Electronic filing is also a more accurate way to file. Use IRS Free File. Free File is available only on IRS.gov. Taxpayers earning $64,000 or less last year can use free name-brand tax software to file a federal tax return. Free File Fillable Forms, an electronic version of IRS paper forms, is available for those who earned TAX TIPS PAGE 2


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) joined Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), the Ranking Member of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social Security, in introducing the Social Security 2100 Act. The legislation would increase the payroll tax on those with higher incomes, cut taxes for Social Security recipients, provide a benefit increase for current and future beneficiaries, while strengthening Social Security’s solvency for future generations. “I am proud to be a cosponsor

of the Social Security 2100 Act,” said Rep. Scott. “Social Security and Medicare make up the foundation of American retirement security. Americans have paid into the system for decades and, during that time, these programs have promised Americans the chance to retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work. This legislation helps us keep our promise to safeguard Social Security for our seniors and people with disabilities. But more importantly, this legislation keeps the Social Security Trust Fund solvent for decades and ensures that our seniors will not live in poverty.”

tax return, however, is not an extension to pay any taxes owed. April 18 is still the deadline for any taxes owed. Taxpayers can now use their cell phone or tablet to prepare and e-file a federal tax return through IRS Free File. Access Free File two ways: Use the IRS app, IRS2Go, which has a link to the Free File Software Lookup Tool, or use the device’s browser to go to www.IRS.gov/freefile and select the “Free File Software Lookup Tool” or “Start Free File Now” to find the software product desired. The IRS2Go app is available for Android and iOS devices. Report All Income. Taxpayers must report all of their income from Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statements, and Forms 1099. Other income may be reportable as well, even if the taxpayer does not receive a statement. Choose Direct Deposit. The fastest and safest way to a refund is to file electronically and choose Direct Deposit. The IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days. Visit IRS.gov. IRS.gov is an excellent resource. Taxpayers can click on the "Filing" icon for links to filing tips, answers to frequently asked questions and IRS forms and

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BY ANGELA JONES

As we approach college graduation season and as spring offers a refreshing opportunity for job seekers to interview for new positions, my only advice is to know your worth. Companies have their idea of what they would like to pay a job candidate but it is important to express the qualities that make one valuable in any aspect of life. When a person believes that they are a someone of immense value, they do not just talk the talk; they also walk the walk. They exude confidence, they put a great deal of effort into being the best at what they do and they do not waste their time with distractions like noneducational television programs and people who do not want to see them succeed. People who know their worth are constantly improving themselves through education and reading books and magazines during their leisure time. One cannot be successful without being a voracious reader. 60 Minutes aired a segment recently where they talked about how makers of electronic devices like smart

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“ T h e phones and tablets, and applications like Facebook and Twitter, are highlight of researching ways to make users my project addicted to them. While watching was when this segment, I thought to myself, I planned a “Now isn’t this the pot calling the Wear Orange kettle black?” I am sure networks do everything within their power to make Day event at people want to sit in front of their my school,” television for hours. Williams said. There are studies that show, not “During the only is one’s success directly related Savannah Williams, a Yorktown Girl Scout, speaks at a more to the number of hours that they congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. on issues that girls and event, young women face today. than 200 watch television, their health is also a derivative of the amount of television students and teachers signed a that they watch. The more television SPECIAL TO HRM ‘Love is Respect’ banner, and I one watches, the less successful they shared educational resources with are and they are less healthy. Representatives from Girl the students.” If anyone values themselves and Scouts of the Colonial Coast At the briefing, Williams their time, they should limit the amount traveled to Washington, D.C. on of time they spend watching television Wednesday, March 29 to speak at a also talked about the effects of as well as the amount of time they congressional briefing that focused bullying and how participating spend using electronic devices. on the top issues that girls and in Be a Friend First with her The same “know your worth” Girl Scout troop taught her concept could be applied to young women face today and how about what makes a good friend, relationships. If one does not value Congress can advance policies that himself or herself, no one else will. empower girls. Savannah Williams, how to make a positive impact There are haters and detractors who a Girl Scout Ambassador from in her community and how will try to make brilliant people believe Yorktown, and Marcy Germanotta, to step outside of her comfort that they are not. It may take a person zone to speak out when she sees years to realize that someone has been communications and marketing something wrong. Through Be working to sabotage their every effort. director for Girl Scouts of the Sometimes it may be a friend or even a Colonial Coast, joined representa- a Friend First, which has been family member. tives from Girls Inc. and YWCA implemented in Girl Scout groups It is important to keep our eyes USA to share what each of their across the country since 2014, and ears open when we are striving to organizations are doing to overcome girls explore thorny issues, such be the best that we can be. Our future challenges and implement programs as peer pressure, stereotyping, is in our hands. If an interviewer does gossip and cliques through role not recognize greatness, one should that work to empower girls playing, creative writing games not get discouraged. They should move Williams earned the Girl Scout and discussion exercises. on to the next opportunity. If there is Gold Award, the highest honor and not a suitable opportunity, they should “Sometimes as teens we create one for themselves through en- achievement a girl can earn in Girl don’t feel that we have much Scouting, in April 2016. At the trepreneurship. control over our lives,” Williams If a person knows their true value, congressional briefing, she spoke said. “But, Girl Scouts prepared there will not be any trepidation when about her Gold Award project, the time comes to leave a situation which focused on raising awareness me to identify a problem propose where they are not valued. The and providing resources about teen a solution and partner with people only person who can keep you from dating violence. For her project, that can help.” reaching your goals is you.

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Williams partnered with Transitions Family Violence Services and Michelle Nicole, a local domestic violence author and advocate, to host awareness events at Thomas Nelson Community College, Christopher Newport University and the Hampton Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Williams also created an educational brochure that is being used by her school and Transitions Family Violence Services to guide teens that may

The congressional briefing on March 29 was the first in a series of briefings to highlight polices, strategies and innovative programs that help inspire girls and young women and prepare them to be leaders in their communities and beyond. Girl Scouts is committed to helping today’s girls learn skills and behaviors that unlock their potential and put it to work for the good of all.

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Saint Paul AME Church celebrates its 130th anniversary Guest Preacher Reverend Paul Adkins, Presiding Elder Emeritus and his lovely wife Mrs. Maxine Adkins joined in the celebration. Reverend Adkins once served as the Presiding Elder of the Portsmouth - Richmond and Roanoke District. Delegate Marcia “Cia� Price of the 95th District graced them with her presence during the worship serviced on Sunday, March 19th. Delegate Price presented the church with a resolution for their 130th Church Anniversary on behalf of the Virginia General Assembly. The church honored two of their senior citizens who have been a beacon light to St. Paul AME Church, Mrs. Minnie Alston and Mr. Earl Robbins, Sr. Reverend Dr. Oretha P. Cross is the current pastor.


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and adapted for the screen by Roderick Spencer, tells the story of Juanita, a hardworking nurse’s aide, mother and grandmother, who wants adventure and excitement but wonders if such things exist for an aging African-American woman stuck caring for her grown children. Tired of her impoverished surroundings, Juanita untethers herself from her exhausting life and sets out on a bus to an unknown destination and future. "When a film of this caliber comes to Virginia, it generates revenue in the economy of each and every locality it touches, and it creates a wonderful domino effect, attracting future high-quality projects,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “For every dollar invested in Virginia’s film industry incentive programs, $11 is returned to the Commonwealth’s economy. We are pleased to continue utilizing these incentive programs to continue our efforts to build a new Virginia economy, furthering showcasing Virginia’s extensive film assets.” Producer Stephanie Allain said, “We are thrilled to return to Virginia to shoot Juanita! We are ever thankful to the film office and Governor, and look forward to shooting a lovely film about female empowerment in the city and countryside.” “When a talented production team brings their project to Virginia – it’s

a win. When they do it twice, it’s a testament to our great Commonwealth, and the hard-working, welcoming Virginians that make filming here an experience worth repeating,” said Andy Edmunds, Director of the Virginia Film Office. “Projects like Juanita make it clear that Virginia has become a go-to destination for trailblazing independent film.” Juanita will begin filming in early spring in Bedford and Central Virginia, including Petersburg. The film is eligible to receive up to a $550,000 grant from the Governor’s Motion Picture Opportunity Fund, in addition to a Virginia film tax credit. The exact amount of each is based on a number of factors including: the number of Virginia workers hired, Virginia goods and services purchased, and deliverables including Virginia tourism promotions. The economic impact of Virginia’s content manufacturing industry in 2015 was $615.6 million, providing $24.3 million in state and local tax revenue for the Commonwealth, as well as 3,883 full time jobs. The Virginia Film Office is part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the state agency charged with marketing the state of Virginia. Tourism is an instant revenue generator in Virginia. In 2015, visitors spent $23 billion, supporting nearly 222,600 jobs and contributing $1.6 billion in state and local taxes.

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Report: Volunteering improves education and career outcomes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alumni of the AmeriCorps program credit their year of service for leadership skills that bridge divides and solve problems and open doors to opportunities that advance their careers and education. These findings come from a new report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, which looked at the life and career outcomes reported by a sample of alumni from 2005, 2010, and 2013. “AmeriCorps members are an indispensable resource for nonprofits, communities, and the individuals they serve,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “This report is further proof of what we already know: national service is equally as rewarding for those who serve.

While they serve others, AmeriCorps members also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills, experience, and college money to help them jumpstart their careers. Alumni reported that serving in AmeriCorps was a positive, meaningful, and often personally and professionally defining experience that instilled a lasting commitment to their community and civic participation. Nine out of 10 AmeriCorps alumni reported that their experience improved their ability to solve problems – with eight out of 10 feeling confident that they could create a plan to address a community issue and get others to care about it. Nearly 80 percent of alumni are involved or plan to become actively involved in their community post-service, compared to 47 percent

prior. Eight out of 10 alumni say AmeriCorps benefited and advanced their career path. AmeriCorps alumni are more likely to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher than the average adult – with 70 percent of alumni saying that AmeriCorps helped them achieve their educational goals, thanks to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award received after service. The report also found a majority of alumni felt more comfortable interacting with others different than themselves post-service, and that AmeriCorps alumni believe their national service experience broadened their understanding of society and different communities. In addition, 94 percent of alumni are registered to vote, well above the national average. The report adds to a growing body of research that shows service has an effect on more than just the communities served, but also the members themselves. In addition to today’s report, previous research found that alumni gain skills and are exposed to experiences that communities, non-profits, and employers find valuable. In 2008, CNCS published Still Serving: Measuring the Eight-Year Impact of AmeriCorps on Alumni. This longitudinal study showed that, when compared to AmeriCorps applicants who were not accepted into the program, alumni significantly improved in terms of community and civic participation, leading efforts to address local issues, working with diverse groups, and attaining employment in public-related service. In 2014, as part of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, CNCS launched Employers of National Service, building a talent pipeline, which connects AmeriCorps and Peace

Corps alumni with leading employers. Since its inception, more than 350 companies, nonprofits, and public agencies have signed on as Employers of National Service including Delta Air Lines, Disney, Comcast, MasterCard, NBC Universal, CSX, Sodexo, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the American Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity, the cities of Nashville, Philadelphia, and Phoenix, the states of Montana and Virginia, NASA, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and State. Last fall, AmeriCorps celebrated a major milestone when the program surpassed one million members pledging to “Get Things Done” for America. AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 members in intensive service to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 21,000 locations across the country, strengthening education, providing disaster services, fostering economic opportunity, assisting veterans and military families, preserving the environment, and expanding health services. Since 1994, more than 1 million men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing more than 1.4 billion hours of service and earning more than $3.3 billion in scholarships to pay for college, more than $1 billion of which has been used to pay back student loan debt. The AmeriCorps Alumni Outcomes Study Survey was developed based on the AmeriCorps Member Exit Survey, with a focus on AmeriCorps members’ growth over four pathways: cultural competency, civic engagement, self-efficacy, and career skills. A total of 3,772 complete responses were received, for an overall weighted response rate of 22 percent. This study also included a secure data match with the National Student Clearinghouse to look at educational outcomes.

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Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship Named in Honor of Reverend Pinckney of Charleston Nine

Washington, DC - Last week the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute (“The Institute”) honored the memory and legacy of one of the “Charleston Nine,” The Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney. The Institute established the annual “Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Legacy Builder Scholarship” for their Political Leadership Training “Boot Camp.” This historic scholarship was announced in Charleston, SC with Reverend Pinckney’s wife Jennifer and daughters Eliana and Malana in attendance. Clementa Carlos Pinckney was a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate and the senior pastor of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church. Pinckney was elected to the South Carolina General Assembly in 1996, at the age of 23, becoming the youngest African American elected as a South Carolina state legislator. On June 17,

2015, Pinckney was murdered along with eight others in a mass shooting at an evening Bible study at his church. The Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute is pleased to collaborate with the Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation to identify one deserving individual who embodies Pinckney’s spirit of service to attend the Institute’s annual “Boot Camp.” The Institute has been making an impact for over fifteen years by raising awareness of issues affecting the African American community. The programs of the Institute educate voters, train new political leaders, and advocate powerful policy solutions. Each year the Institute receives applications from across the country from individuals who want to engage in public advocacy and civic participation. Since its inception, the “Boot Camp” has provided an

intensive political training second to none to select individuals who have been sponsored by a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. There are over 500 alumni to include local, state and nationally elected officials. Those receiving the Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Legacy Builder

Scholarship will have the opportunity to receive not only financial assistance, but will join a growing community of exceptional young leaders from across the country. The Institute is proud to play a small part in Reverend Pinckney’s legacy through this scholarship program.

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New Commissioner of Revenue sworn-in

CHESAPEAKE – During a Circuit Court ceremony today, Frank King was sworn in as only the 4th Commissioner of the Revenue in Chesapeake’s 54year history. King assumed the office from the Honorable Ray A. Conner, who retires effective today after 34 years of service. Chesapeake Circuit Court Chief Judge Randall Smith conducted the swearing-in ceremony, with Conner assisting. A Certified Public Account, King joined the City in 1988 as a business tax auditor. He was appointed Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue in 1997, a position he held until today’s swearing-in. King graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Accounting, and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. King is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Association of Assessing Officers, and the Virginia Association of Local Tax Auditors, among other professional organizations. His term as Commissioner of the Revenue runs until December 31, 2017.

Two-day event focuses on the advancement of technology and unmanned systems What is the future of unmanned systems in the country and in Hampton Roads? What advanced technology and markets are available or on the horizon? Join the discussion on Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21, when the 4th annual Jacobs Technology Days will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Sponsored in conjunction with The Virginia Aerospace Business Association and the Hampton Roads Unmanned Systems Opportunity Exchange, Jacobs Technology Days is designed to advance unmanned systems capabilities, technology commercialization and regional economic growth. Speakers will include Karen Jackson, Virginia’s Technology Secretary, Andy Schaudt of Automated Vehicle Systems and Dan Stillwell of Virginia Tech’s Ocean X-Prize team. Panel discussions will include “Barriers to Innovation: Bridging the Gap” and “Regional Ecosystems.” Registration online is required. For more information on this free event, contact Vic Tumwa at vic.z.tumwa@nasa.gov.

New director at Newport News finance department

Susan Goodwin has begun a new role with the City of Newport News as the Director of Finance effective April 1st. She had been serving as Financial Services Administrator in the Department Engineering for the past 11 years, and takes over as Finance Director following the retirement of Tom Mitchell. Ms. Goodwin was selected following an internal recruitment process and will have an annual salary of $131,000, overseeing a staff of 46 and a budget of $5.9 million. “I am excited that Susan is taking on this new role with the City,” City Manager Cindy Rohlf said. “She has a tremendous amount of experience in the financial realm, and I am pleased to now have her as part of the City’s management team.” Ms. Goodwin brings over 20 years of progressively responsible financial and project management experience in both private industry and in public service. Before coming to the City of Newport News in 2005, she worked for Goodman & Company and as Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Suffolk. Ms. Goodwin holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Christopher Newport University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is an active member of the Virginia Government Finance Officers Association, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants As Finance Director, Ms. Goodwin is responsible for all functions within the department including Finance Administration (accounting, accounts payable, retirement, and payroll); Purchasing (procurement, warehouse, print shop, and mailroom); and Risk Management (the City’s self-insurance fund for vehicles and property).

Gov. McAuliffe announces reforms to Elizabeth River Tunnels Toll process Friday at Norfolk City Hall, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the Macquarie-Skanska partnership has agreed to take corrective action to

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address concerns related to its handling of toll violation collections on the Elizabeth River Tunnels. With regard to toll violation settlements, the Macquarie-Skanska partnership agreed to: Apply a $2,200 cap for first-time offending individuals who settle in and out of court; Cap settlements at $1,100 for first-time offending individuals enrolled in the Toll Relief Program with payment plans; Refund amounts in excess of $2,200 to those individuals who have already settled their bills; These refunds will take place within 60 days To address concerns with billing and collections, the Macquarie-Skanska partnership greed to: Take direct control of its customer service operation; Hire a new customer service manager; Create a “common-sense” customer service culture; Coordinate better with the Virginia Department of Transportation and E-ZPass Virginia; Make an additional one-time $500,000 contribution to the Toll Relief Program. The Macquarie-Skanska partnership also will correct the right-hand turn issue at the access merge road to the MLK Freeway to ensure drivers are not charged. Lastly, to address the long-standing issues with its leadership, the Macquarie-Skanska partnership will: appoint a new chief executive officer, proactively engage and communicate with the community and local and state government leaders, and commence a robust awareness and education campaign. “I applaud Governor McAuliffe for standing up for our citizens,” said Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander. “Since he took office, he’s taken several steps to help alleviate the burden of Elizabeth River Tunnels tolls. First, he lowered tolls. He then removed them altogether on the MLK Freeway. And, he’s now helping residents better address their unpaid tolls and fees. This critical relief couldn’t have come at a better time.” “We are confident the Macquarie-Skanska partnership can deliver on these reforms, and we will hold them accountable,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. “This is another step by the administration to bring much-needed reform and relief to our citizens who need it most.”

Trash drop-off at Wheelabrator discontinued in Portsmouth

Effective Monday, April 17th, residents will no longer have access to the Wheelabrator Portsmouth facility for dropping off trash due to safety concerns. Residents will continue to have access to other Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) facilities. For more information on these locations, please go to the SPSA website, using the following website: www.spsa.com.

Volunteer for global youth service day

SUFFOLK, VA - Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and servicelearning. On Global Youth Service Day, everyone can come together to celebrate and show their support. Are you looking for an opportunity for your child or youth organization to give back to the Suffolk community? If so, join the Suffolk Office on Youth and Suffolk Parks & Recreation for Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 22nd from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and share in this day of service. Your group can complete their own project or join in one of the projects that have been identified. For more information or to register your child and/or youth organization, call 757-514-4503.

Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission seeks applications for research grants

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is seeking research grant applications for projects that will focus on elements of local history in Virginia Beach, the former Princess Anne County and related earlier historic and prehistoric eras. Applications and grant program information may be found under "Related Documents" at www.vbgov.com/historicpreservation and are due April 27, 2017. The purpose of the Research Grant Program is to encourage scholarship about persons, places and events that are significant to the city's history. The research projects must result in a tangible product, such as a written report or a historic marker. Grant funding is for costs directly related to the compilation of research and production of the final product. The minimum grant project award will be $500 and the maximum grant project award will be $2,500. The total available funding for all grants is $10,000. Individuals eligible to apply for the Research Grant Program funding are: -Undergraduate and graduate students attending accredited colleges and universities in Virginia. -Current Social Studies/American History teachers/professors from public


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or private schools, colleges or universities in Virginia -Professionals currently employed in museums, libraries, historical societies and similar organizations in Virginia -Virginia residents, over the age of 18, demonstrating historical research ability Six grants were awarded last year ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. All applications must include a project sponsor that agrees to review and approve the project final report or product. The sponsor must be identified in the application and must sign the application. Information about the funding policies and Research Grant Program are available at www.vbgov.com/historicpreservation. Interested applicants may contact Mark Reed, historic preservation planner, at 757-385-8573 or mreed@vbgov.com for additional information about the program requirements or to receive application materials via e-mail or U.S. mail.

You are cordially invited to attend... City Council meetings... Norfolk - regular meetings are held on the first and fourth Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and the second and third Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Chesapeake - regular meetings are held on the second, third and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Newport News - regular business meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. Suffolk - regular meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Hampton - typically take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Virginia Beach - meets on the first four Tuesdays of each month. In July the meetings are scheduled on the first two Tuesdays only. Formal session begins at 6 p.m. Portsmouth - meeting dates are the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

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Youth and Community Action Team National Council of Negro Women (YCAT) Norfolk Section Meeting Event Date: Event Dates: First Thursday of each month 2nd Saturday of the month 3 pm - 4:30 pm (September - June) 11 am - 12:30 pm Event location: Event location: Meyera Oberndorf Central Library StanHope House 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard 2715 Stanhope Avenue Virginia Beach, Virginia Norfolk, VA Contact info: 757-385-0803 Contact info: J. House (757) 409-3342 The Spirit of a Woman: A Celebration ncnwnorva@gmail.com of Women in the Arts (Exhibit) Event Dates: Hampton Branch NAACP March 2-31, 2017, Tuesday through Event Dates: Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1st Monday of each month Event location: 7:00 PM excluding holidays Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Event Location: 110 W. Finney Avenue Bethel AME Church Contact info: 757-923-0003 94 Lincoln Street Hampton, VA 23663 Coupon Swap Contact Info: Event Dates: 757-827-1768 Thursdays 10AM - 7 PM Event location: Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Little Creek Branch Library Weight Management Support 7853 Tarpon Place Event Dates: Norfolk 23518 Mondays 5:30 PM (except holidays) Contact info: (757) 441-1751 Event location: Norview Community Center Job Readiness Classes 6380 Sewells Point Road Event Dates: Norfolk, VA Every Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Contact Info: Event location: 289-7088 Norfolk Workforce Development 201 East Little Creek Road, Norfolk ExpoJBLE Contact info: (757) 664-6000 Event Dates: April 13, 2017 Learning on Laptops: Homework 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Help (ages 12-18) Event location: Event Dates: Hampton Roads Convention Center First Thursday of each month 1610 Coliseum Drive 6-8 p.m. excluding holidays Hampton, VA 23666 Event location: Contact info: Grissom Library 1-866-484-HRCC 366 Deshazor Drive Newport News, VA 23608 Contact info: 757-369-3190

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Katherine Johnson to deliver 147th HU Commencement address

HAMPTON, Va. — Hampton University is pleased to announce that Katherine Johnson, one of the leading inspirations behind the Hollywood feature film Hidden Figures, will serve as the University’s 147th Commencement speaker on May 14, 2017. Commencement will be held at Armstrong Stadium at 10 a.m. Considered to be one of NASA's human 'computers,' Johnson performed the complex calculations that enabled humans to successfully achieve space flight. In 1961, Johnson was tasked with plotting the path for Alan Shepard's journey to space, the first in American history. Johnson was later responsible for verifying calculations of the "machines" and giving the "go-ahead" to propel John Glenn into successful orbit in 1962. Johnson has been honored with an array of awards for her groundbreaking work. Among them are the 1967 NASA Lunar Orbiter Spacecraft and Operations team award,

and the National Technical Association’s designation as its 1997 Mathematician of the Year. On Nov. 24, 2015, Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, from President Barack Obama. “With her razor-sharp mathematical mind, Katherine Johnson helped broaden the scope of space travel, charting new frontiers for humanity’s exploration of space, and creating new possibilities for all humankind," said Obama. "From sending the first American to space to the first moon landing, she played a critical role in many of NASA’s most important milestones. Katherine Johnson refused to be limited by society’s expectations of her gender and race while expanding the boundaries of humanity’s reach.” Johnson earned a B.S. degree in mathematics and French from West Virginia State College. In 1999, that university named Johnson "Outstanding Alumnus of the Year." Johnson had three daughters with her late husband James Goble. All of the daughters are graduates of Hampton University: Joylette Goble Hylick, '62, Constance Goble Garcia (deceased), ’73, and Katherine Goble Moore, ’70. Johnson is married to Lt. Col. USA(ret) James A. Johnson, ‘52. Johnson has six grandchildren (three of whom graduated from HU) and 11 great-grandchildren.

Virginia Beach NAACP Meeting Computer & Resume Tutoring Event Dates: (Adults & Teens) Event Dates: Second Monday of the month Tues. 11AM-2 PM & Thurs. 2PM-4PM 7:00 pm Event Location: Event location: Barron F. Black Branch Library 868 North Newtown Rd Suite 101 6700 East Tanners Creek Drive Virginia Beach, VA Norfolk, VA 23513 Contact info: 757-490-7799 Contact info: (757) 441-5806 2017 Hampton Heritage Day Chesapeake Branch NAACP Date/Time: April 15, 2017 Monthly Meeting 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Event Dates: Event location: First Tuesday of the Month 7 - 8 pm Carousel Park Event location: Hampton, VA 23704 Providence United Church of Christ Contact info: 2200 Vicker Avenue (757) 727-1610 Chesapeake, VA www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org Contact info: (757)485-8916 Think Tank Event Dates: Mon-Thursday 2:30 - 4 p.m. Event location: Slover Library - 5th Floor 235 E. Plume Street, Norfolk, VA Contact info: 757-727-1610

Earth Day Event Dates: April 22, 2017 9 a.m.-5-p..m. Event location: Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd Newport News, VA

The Great Hunt Event location: April 15, 2017, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Charles Pete Baseball Complex 2220 Elliott Avenue, Portsmouth, VA

Newport News Branch NAACP Event Dates: Monthly Meeting 2nd Thursday of the month 7pm Event Location: Newport News Community Center 605 South Ave, Newport News, VA Contact info: 757-532-9486 | 757-532-4701

Norfolk Branch NAACP Meeting Event Dates: 2nd Monday of the month 7 pm - 8 pm Event location: Huntersville Community Center 830 Goff Street, Norfolk, VA Contact info: 757 627-1096

Job Readiness Class Event Dates: Every Thursday 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Norfolk Workforce Development Event location: 201 E. Little Creek Road, Norfolk Contact Info 757-664-6000 Free Youth Steel Drum Classes Event Dates: Every Monday 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Event location: DGCC 2410 Wickham Ave Newport News, VA Contact Info 757- 247-8950 Coffee Downtown Event Dates: Every Tuesday 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Event location: Hatch 111 Granby Street Norfolk Contact Info 757- 295-8635 757-393-8501

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HU President Harvey gives Tuskegee Founder's Day address, receives honorary doctorate, key to city, day in his honor

Dr. William R. Harvey (left) receives Key to the City from Tuskegee Mayor Lawrence F. Haygood (far right) and Tuskegee City Councilman Christopher Lee (center) TUSKEGEE, Ala. — Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey delivered the keynote speech during Tuskegee University’s Founder’s Day 2017 celebration to an esteemed audience of administrators, faculty, students and city leaders including the Mayor of the City of Tuskegee, Alabama, the Honorable Lawrence F. Haygood, Jr. Tuskegee University President Brian Johnson bestowed the Honorary Doctorate of Laws upon Dr. Harvey to the applause of an enthusiastic crowd filling the Tuskegee University Chapel. Tuskegee City Councilman and Hampton alumnus Christopher Lee took part in the ceremony. “As an individual who also shares a unique place in my heart for both Tuskegee and Hampton, it was a great honor and a real full-circle moment for me to present Dr. Harvey with a Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site commemorative coin and Key to the City of Tuskegee during the Founder's Day Event,” said Lee. “I, alongside the mayor, also declared the Day: April 2nd 2017 as "Dr. William R. Harvey Day" in the City.” Dr. Harvey’s presence was symbolic of the rich legacy the two renowned institutions of higher learning share. In his words, “Hampton and Tuskegee are inextricably bound.” Both HBCUs share a mission

steeped in what is best described as a calling of service for human betterment as first articulated by Hampton University founder, Brigadier General Samuel Chapman Armstrong and resoundingly echoed, in the compelling address, by Dr. Harvey who has led Hampton in the light of Armstrong for nearly four decades. The two HBCUs are interconnected in mission, leadership and in many other unknown ways. From the land that Tuskegee rests on, to the name that the world recognizes as Tuskegee’s founder, Booker T. Washington; from the many stalwart soldiers of education who crafted the curriculum, graced the classrooms and granted degrees, to all who have touched or been touched by the both universities for generations. Dr. Harvey’s profound storytelling illustrated the significant historic junctures between Hampton and Tuskegee while engaging the audience for a refresher journey back to the 1880s. Introducing Lewis Adams, the heroic history-make a slave artisan in Tuskegee whose success drew the attention of politicians looking to sway the black vote in their favor. The price for his influence was something of substantial gain for his people and the delivery on the promise resulted in the passage of a bill for a Negro normal school in Tuskegee. Now, where and

to whom did those leaders turn for educational leadership and insight? They needed to look no farther than the campus of Hampton University for a recommendation. Hampton University founder, Brigadier General Samuel Chapman Armstrong recommended Booker T. Washington, the Hampton alumnus, educator and scholar who he trusted to lead,. Washington arrived in Tuskegee on June 24, 1881 and it wasn’t long before he reached back to General Armstrong for help in the form of a $200 loan to purchase the 100 acres for a farm to serve as a campus. Historical records will confirm both the launch of the institution and the physical campus itself, were made possible by Hampton University’s founder, Brigadier General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, Washington pledged his salary for the repayment of the loan, and as was the case with all of his debits, the loan was repaid. The parallels continue. Dr.

April 2017 William R. Harvey served six noteworthy years as an accomplished Vice President at Tuskegee. “From the very beginning of Tuskegee, these two institutions have been intertwined in an extremely positive fashion, In addition to your founder, other major figures have traveled the road between Hampton and Tuskegee. Among them are former President Moton who came from Hampton to Tuskegee, former president Luther Foster who graduated from Hampton, former President Patterson who served as Trustee and who became Trustee Emeritus at both schools…” Other notables who have delivered the Founder’s day address at Tuskegee University include Former President William H. Taft, The Honorable John R. Lewis, Dr. Jerome H. Holland, The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, Dr. John Hope Franklin, Former President George H. W. Bush.

Study: Driverless vehicles could speed workers to the poor house

BY FREDERICK H. LOWE

Self-driving vehicles will drive over 4 million workers to the unemployment line if the technology is fully implemented in a short period of time, concludes a research paper by the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, D. C.-based think tank and action organization More than 30 companies, including automakers Ford, BMW, Honda, Volvo and technology companies Apple and Google are developing autonomous vehicles, supplanting the need for drivers. Self-driving vehicles have the potential to save many lives, limit environmental damage and increase productivity. But a research paper titled “Stick Shift: Autonomous Vehicles, Driving Jobs, and the Future of Work” reports that men and people of color nationally and workers in North Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming, West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Iowa and Indiana would suffer economic disruption from such a transition because a higher share of workers in those states make their living driving. “Many of those impacted could lose their jobs and experience declining wages in both driving and non-driving occupations. The economic ripple effects throughout those states and regions would be severe,” the research paper said. The Center for Global Policy Solutions notes that there are 4.1 million driving jobs and 77 percent are delivery and long-haul truck drivers; 14 percent are bus drivers and 8 percent are taxi and chauffeur drivers.

Some 3.6 million men and about half a million women hold these occupations. Whites comprise 62 percent of the 4.1 million workers in driving occupations, but African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans would be particularly hard hit by the move to driverless or autonomous vehicles because they are overrepresented in the industry. Some 4.23 percent or 653,000 blacks rely on driving jobs, more than other racial and ethnic groups. Some 3.25 percent or 717,000 Hispanics work in the driving profession and 3.07 percent or 59,000 Native Americans hold jobs as drivers. Delivery drivers and heavy truck drivers, which make up 77 percent of driving occupations, have the highest median pay at $34,700, more than the $33,700 median wage for non-driving occupations. For blacks the driving premium is nearly $2,500 more than non-driving jobs. Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, president and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, said the rapid loss of jobs is likely right around the corner.” “We need a strong safety net that can bolster workers in event of large-scale, rapid job losses, along with policies that can transition them to new jobs,” Rockeymoore said. The report recommends a number of policies to mitigate job losses. They are: automatic unemployment insurance, progressive basic income and automatic medicaid eligibility.


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Parade of Champions

The I.C. Norcom High Boys Basketball Team brought home a victory after a game against Northside. It is the fourth consecutive state championship for the team under the direction of coach Leon Goolsby. The team was the first in the state to ever achieve such a feat. The school division and city recently celebrated the team with a victory parade down High Street. Courtesy of the City of Portsmouth


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Hampton Roads Messenger April 2017 Edition  

News from Hampton Roads including Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News and Suffolk.

Hampton Roads Messenger April 2017 Edition  

News from Hampton Roads including Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News and Suffolk.

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