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11 Publisher’s Note 14 Left Side Donald Trump pledged to defund PBS and NPR. Here’s why he’s wrong. By Tom Robotham 15 Right Side If the federal government should fund programming that it thinks the public should have, then why can they also not have the power to decide what we shouldn’t have? By Dave Parker

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45 The Miracles of Life

Starting a family isn’t always a simple process. Coastal Virginia’s medical community provides hope, from solving infertility issues to caring for premature infants. By Angela Blue, Barrett Baker, Jamie McAllister and Chelsea Sherman

The Current

17 Current Close Up—Roaming With The Reptiles. PLUS: 18 Current Scene—The Big AskHRGreen. org Puzzler; 19 Current Bites––Veg Out At This Chesapeake Festival; Drink Your Veggies At Benchtop; 20 Current Conditions—Morning of Hope; 99 for the 1; 22 Current Events—Coastal Virginia Magazine Best Of Party 2017; The Longest Day.


25 As autumn arrives, enjoy some perennial pleasures with festivals, farmers’ markets, museums and more. Be sure and save the date for all of fall’s offerings and delightful events happening right here in Coastal Virginia.

64 Top Docs of Coastal Virginia 2017

Recognizing outstanding medical professionals, as voted by their peers.


113 Searching for God in the 7 Cities: A Tale of Two Churches

34 Characters—Don Slater is “On Your Side” when it comes to forecasting the weather. PLUS: 36 Weekends—Graduate Charlottesville’s school of thought rekindles guests with their glory days of learning.


Our region—like our nation—remains predominantly Christian. But what exactly does that mean to the religion’s various adherents? By Tom Robotham

118 Art of the Ocean

141 Top Shelf Tailgating—Step up your game on game day with upscale accoutrements and recipes that extend far beyond burgers and brats; 148 Review— Fried chicken is worth the wait at Norfolk’s Bonchon; 150 Nosh News—A smorgasbord of Coastal Virginia food happenings.

Sea glass hunters travel for hours, withhold the whereabouts of their quests and (if they must) fend off wild dogs, in pursuit of the smooth, frosted treasures that were once someone’s trash. By Tim Eberly

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Se c t i o n s

38 Fall for the Outer Banks! Our Outer Banks autumn events calendar. 42 Outdoor Living What you can do now for great looking grass next spring.

CoVa Health

94 Getting The Red Out The best ways to fight common dry eye syndrome. 96 The New Lipo Popular fat removal procedure has come a long way over the years. 99 CoVa Mom Helping local mothers navigate—and enjoy—their juggling act. PLUS: 100 CoVa Mom Crushes— Swoon-worthy local women we can’t get enough of; 106 Moms on the Move—Creative workout options


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for CoVa moms; 107 Meeting of the Moms—Fresh and fun ideas for how to spend your girl time; 108 On the Same Page— Addressing sensitive subjects with children’s books; 110 Family-Friendly Fun—Mark your calendars for these family-friendly activities coming up in September and October. By Betsy DiJulio, Jamie McAllister, Chelsea Sherman and Melissa M. Stewart

122 Painting Between the Waters Eastern Shore Artist Bethany Simpson’s kaleidoscopecolored Coastal folk art frames 25th anniversary bike tour. 127 Pure Passion A new season offers tons of reasons to be part of the theater action this fall. 136 Putting Your Planning Hat On What to know when you’re tapped to put together a special event.

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Breaking the Culture of Silence


recently posted a request on my personal Facebook page, asking friends (who felt comfortable with sharing) to tell me if there were any words of encouragement that helped them cope, following a miscarriage or infant loss. I was seeking to gain some perspectives for our sidebar on what to say and what not to say to a woman or couple who has lost a baby (page 59). Along with some truly insightful tips and guidance that came pouring in my inbox, a different element struck me even harder: I was hearing from a multitude of friends, acquaintances and colleagues whom I had no idea they’d experienced a loss of such magnitude. For decades, the topics of miscarriage and infant loss, as well as infertility, have only been discussed quietly among close friends or family—or not at all. Fortunately, in recent years, the conversation has somewhat emerged from the darkness, but we still have some taboos to break. These topics are uncomfortable, scary and downright depressing. But they’re real, and they’re happening to more people than most of us realize, so it’s important to have open and honest discussions to help women and couples understand that it’s not their fault, that they’re not alone and that their feelings are valid. This conversation, as well as enlightening topics on surrogacy, in vitro and advances in CHKD’s neonatal intensive care unit, starts on page 45. On another difficult note, this issue’s weekend getaway story is based in Charlottesville. As the city heals a deep wound from the horrific event this past August, I think it’s important to remember that this tragedy does not define Charlottesville nor should it be a deterrent for anyone planning to visit this picturesque, progressive city. To further illustrate, I share this excerpt from the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Facebook page, @Experience Charlottesville: “… These events are an example of the uninvited and unwelcomed invading a community with hatred and vitriol, and then returning from where they came, leaving in their wake tears, anger and sadness. The Charlottesville community is one that has endeared countless individuals, whether through their association with the University of Virginia, on business travel, group events and weddings, or simply enjoying the many leisure activities this area provides. Year after year, the greater Charlottesville area receives accolades that celebrate its hospitality, sustainability, technological innovation, diversity, beauty and charm. Hate has no place here. We are a diverse destination that embraces all cultures … We abhor the evil associated with hate, and know that fear will not dictate our freedom of movement. While healing will take some time and our hearts are heavy for the loss of lives and the injured, our hospitality industry is ready and eager to welcome guests and serve visitors who will come to enjoy fantastic events such as the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello (Sept. 9). Our destination welcomes all to visit our beautiful and unique area.”


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Seeking the Silver Lining


wenty-nine years. That is how long my wife and I have been raising children and hopefully preparing them for life. As I write this, we are in the final stages of packing up our youngest and getting her ready for four years of college. I don’t consider our job quite complete yet. But it is still one of those final milestones that we will look back on, remembering the day well. I’m sure that there will be plenty of phone calls over the next four years, and selfishly, I hope our daughter Haley still seeks out dad’s advice from time to time. This is our third and final. I’m not sure if it will be easier or tougher than the first two. On one hand, we’ve been there and done that two times already. We should know the routine. On the other hand, this is it. There is no one left at home to parent, to coach them in their sport, to listen to their complaints, or just to watch them grow up. I’m sure that our children look at these moments differently than we do. I remember my mother recalling the day they dropped me off at college and how bad she felt leaving me with strangers in a strange place. As an 18-year-old, I was dropped off at college for pre-season football camp three weeks prior to the rest of the student body arriving on campus. I didn’t know a soul, but I could not have been more happy and excited to be there. I made friends for a lifetime over the next three weeks. I remember fondly two practices daily in the August heat, walkthroughs in the evenings and classroom sessions daily, the steamy dorm room without AC and filing out to D-Hall three times a day with my newfound friends. A newly purchased Eric Clapton 8-track tape still rings in my ears when I think back to these days. In the two years that followed, I drove myself to football camp with the same early arrival scenario, but the memories aren’t nearly as clear as that first year. There is something about that, “eyes wide open,” first time experience that is forever ingrained. There are many of these experiences in growing up, and I hope my daughter has as many to cherish as I do. This bon voyage for our Haley has a silver lining for us. We’re packing her up to go to my alma mater, JMU. She was greeted with a stuffed Duke Dog in her crib after coming home from the hospital. JMU was her first choice and, of course, I was delighted that she was accepted. With season tickets to the football games and a prime tailgate spot, I feel we will have a lot of good times to share, at least every fall semester. It’s almost like I get to go back to college with her. Don’t I wish. Good luck to all parents sending their children off this fall: back to college, into the military or wherever they are headed. Like the punishment we doled out over the early years, “this is going to hurt us a lot more than it hurts them.”


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Public Broadcasting: Price and Principles Donald Trump Pledged To Defund PBS And NPR. Here’s Why He’s Wrong.


ast spring, in an appeal to his archconservative base, Donald Trump pledged to eliminate funding for PBS and NPR, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Trump certainly wasn’t the first president to do so. These agencies have been favorite targets of conservatives since the Reagan Administration. Efforts to eliminate the agencies have repeatedly failed. But Trump’s pledge raised concerns among supporters of national funding for public broadcasting and the arts for obvious reasons: He is unlike any president we’ve had in modern times. He gives new meaning to the term “bully pulpit” because he is a bully. The good news, as of press time, is that Congress ignored Trump’s wishes on this issue. The allocation for public broadcasting will be cut only slightly. “We got great bipartisan support,” said Bert Schmidt, president of WHRO, our local public-broadcasting station. As evidence, he sent me a note issued by the House Appropriations Committee, which stated that the Committee “values the contributions of public By Tom Robotham television and radio stations in serving the needs of their Tom Robotham is an local communities. National award-winning writer and an adjunct profes- organizations should continsor of American studue to invest in high quality, ies at Old Dominion national, diverse programUniversity. He was ming to be made available to born and raised in locally-owned and operated New York City but has stations.” lived in Norfolk for the While the issue appears to past 25 years. He can have been resolved for the be reached at upcoming fiscal year, however, we can be certain that it or at the Taphouse Grill in Ghent. will rise again. Conservatives will continue to bash PBS and NPR, with one or more of their favorite arguments—and will try again to zero it out in coming years. The first argument is that we shouldn’t be spending money on “non-essential” services at a time when the nation can’t balance its 14

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budget. This argument, however, falls flat. The current allocation for public broadcasting is about $445 million. That’s .01 percent of the federal budget—barely a drop in the bucket. Proposals to eliminate funding for the agencies, in other words, have nothing to do with fiscal responsibility. Some critics of public broadcasting acknowledge this and argue instead that it is a matter of principle. Consider this statement by Logan Albright, for example, a contributor to “State-funded media suffer from one glaring, common problem,” Albright wrote in an article published in March. “Someone—a central authority—gets to decide what kind of content is appropriate for the public, and what isn’t. As taxpayers, we cannot withhold our money if we object (or, are indifferent) to what we see—we have to pay for it regardless. “In most countries, this is called propaganda; the populace is fed what the government wants them to see. While public broadcasting in America is generally more benign than the term “propaganda” implies—focusing mainly on classical music and educational programming rather than fictional glorifications of Dear Leader—national media are nevertheless contrary to the American principles of a free press.” There are several flaws in this argument. For one thing, state-funded media do not suffer from one common problem. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is widely regarded as a first-rate source of independent journalism. Yes, at times it has been criticized. During the Thatcher years, conservatives complained that the BBC was biased against the government. Conservatives in this country regularly lodge the same complaint about PBS and NPR news programs. If that were true, then it would entirely obliterate Albright’s argument that public broadcasting is akin to government-propaganda in totalitarian states. The thing is, it’s not true. I defy anyone to listen to NPR for a day and provide examples of “liberal” bias. Unlike FOX News—which offers nothing but right-wing propaganda— NPR and the “PBS NewsHour” actually deserve the label “fair and balanced.” The NPR program “Left, Right and Center” is

a prime example. Conservative voices are given prominent platforms. The only difference between that show and its counterparts on commercial broadcasting is that the panelists on the former don’t scream at each other. Another important point is that our local public station, WHRO, offers far more than television and radio programs for the general public. It is owned by 19 local school divisions, and the station provides a variety of invaluable educational services to schools—services that actually save taxpayers money. Those services, however, are largely invisible to the general public. The programs offered by PBS and NPR remain the core of these institutions’ identities. And for good reason: They are islands of sanity and enlightenment in media landscape dominated by programming designed to appeal to the very worst instincts of humanity. Take CNN, for example. Although it is more balanced than FOX, it is scarcely better. The emphasis in its endless panel “discussions” is on combativeness rather than substance. Continued on page 16…





If The federal government Should Fund Programming That It Thinks The Public Should Have, Then Why Can They Also Not Have The Power To Decide What We Shouldn’t Have?


f you read enough opinion pieces you’ll eventually see the phrase, “Full disclosure, I’m a barber, which is why I’m telling you to get a haircut.” This is known as a CYA, something that protects the writer from the Internet trolls who will claim all sorts of ethical malfeasance. With that said, here’s mine: “Full disclosure, I toiled in commercial television news for 18 years, had a fairly successful run in being in television commercials and have worked in commercial radio for over 11 years. Also, I’ve never really liked the music of Bruce Springsteen, although I typically only whisper that to people I trust with my life.” CYA now complete. The disclosure is necessary because this screed is about NPR. Make no mistake, NPR, or any public broadcasting, is in direct competition with commercial broadcasting, since both are vying for ears and eyes. Those are limited commodities. The more a station can get of them, the more they typically make in rev-

enue. Since commercial broadcasting only exists to make money (please, you thought all those community service events were pure philanthropy?), federal funding for public broadcasting, which is used to attract listeners and viewers, hurts privately owned broadcasters because it siphons those customers away. Basic market economics. While NPR gets most of the attention, for reasons we’ll get to momentarily, the mothership is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which was created by Congress in 1967 (happy 50th birthday!). CPB disperses its federal funding to NPR, PBS and almost 1,500 public television and radio stations. So, when the Right is getting tomato-head over NPR, their real gripe is with CPB.   How much of your tax dollars are we talking? $445 million. The numbers that supporters of public broadcasting like to trot out to put that amount in perspective are .01% and $1.35. The .01 is the percentage of federal spending that is the $445 million. The $1.35 is the annual amount this costs each American.   Numbers are only used in a debate if it’s thought they can help make a case. In this one, who out there could be so heartless and greedy to complain about a measly $1.35 per citizen per year to bring quality content to the American public ... and its children? It’s 1/5 the cost of a craft beer!   But in most things regarding tax dollars, it’s not just the amount. It’s the principle. And without principle we are guided by nothing but personal interest rather than that of public good. Ah, and there’s the rub. The argument for public broadcasting is that it is for the public good, and that commercial broadcasting only serves a personal interest, that of making money for own-

ers. But there’s an underlying proposition in that dynamic that needs to be questioned. We have been told that public broadcasting is a net good because it provides the public with content it can’t find in the private marketplace. First, that’s not true. The content simply varies by type. Do local, private television stations spend an hour each morning showing a big, yellow bird or a cookie-consuming sock? No, but Nickelodeon and Disney offer something similar. “But you have to have cable for that!” True, but there is plenty of childfriendly content online. “But you have to have an Internet provider for that! Rural America may not have that!” Yes, and you also have to have a television to get “Sesame Street.” If one thinks that “Sesame Street” is imperative to the education of America’s youth, then it would follow that there should also be specific funding for people to go out and buy the TV that illuminates the program. How far are they willing to take that argument? Also, do we not already offer children a free public education? Why should that education extend to television? As far as news and entertainment programBy Dave Parker ming, is there no shortage of that? Please tell me how Dave Parker has been the “PBS NewsHour” is in television, radio and print in Hampton that much different from Roads for 20 years. what you see on local commercial network affiliates, or from the networks themselves? Further, why is “Antiques Roadshow” a public good? The second, and most important, question that needs to be asked about public broadcasting is this: if one accepts that the federal government should fund programming that it thinks the public should have, then why can they also not have the power to decide what we shouldn’t have? Yes, I realize this is 1984 kind of stuff, but were there not conContinued on page 16…

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The conservative argument that we should let the “free market” dictate programming falls apart. It is the job of the federal and state governments to step in when the “free market” fails to deliver. There has long been a national consensus, for example, that we cannot leave public education to the private sector—archconservative arguments to the contrary, notwithstanding. Public broadcasting is a form of public education for adults as well as children. It attempts, at least, to elevate the national discourse, whether through national programs like “The Jefferson Hour”—a thoughtful and informative program focusing on the ideas of Thomas Jefferson—or our locally produced “HearSay with Cathy Lewis.” In spite of all these arguments that public broadcasting is invaluable, many conservatives will continue to attack. Some, like Trump, will do so cynically. I don’t believe that Trump objects to funding for public broadcasting (or anything else, for that matter) on principle. He is an opportunist who knows how to push the buttons of his devoted base. I’m sure that many rank and file conservatives, by contrast, actually believe that public broadcasting is guilty of “liberal bias”—and that government funding for it is un-American. To the latter group I would say this: Watch and listen. And while you’re at it, do some research to learn a little more about our local station—WHRO. If you do so, I think you’ll realize that the stereotypes which conservative leaders like to spread do not at all reflect the reality of public broadcasting. It offers a wide variety of refreshingly intelligent viewpoints on the politics and culture of our times. And in this day and age, that is an essential service indeed.





…Continued from page 15 gressional hearings on Naughty by Nature lyrics? OMG, do you not know what O.P.P. really stands for? But what groups like The Heritage Foundation are really upset about is not principle; it’s content. If public broadcasting content was Pravda for the Right, they’d be mum. But since they view it as a tool of the Left, it must be silenced. The problem with that argument is that it is partisan veiled in principle. Contrarily, ask a CPB supporter, “Do you think the federal government should be in the business of delivering what they decide is good content?” If they say yes, then ask them, “Do you think public libraries should only carry certain types of books?” Finally, continuing with our argument of principle, we must ask that if the federal government is to subsidize a product in the marketplace that is in competition with other products, then why can it not do so for any product that it deems a public good? Actually, we have a lot of that: green energy, tax breaks for all kinds of businesses, etc. It’s preference through the tax code, which is the same as giving those enterprises a Publishers Clearing House check (R.I.P. Ed McMahon). Look, if people are so bent out of shape about what the federal government spends on stuff, there are much bigger targets on the range. While we should have no expectation that our tax dollars will only be spent on programs with which we agree, hopefully we all agree that federal dollars should not be used to hurt priCoVa vate enterprises. n

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ith wild animals of all shapes and sizes, scales and feathers, the Virginia Zoo is considered home for a distinctive collection of inhabitants—including Lead Reptile Keeper Dennis McNamara. McNamara grew up catching garter snakes, box turtles and bullfrogs, then gained an interest in working with animals from a high school biology class. One evening, after watching a guest handling reptiles on “Late Show with David Letterman,” McNamara pleaded with his parents to bring home his own cold-blooded friend. He began with three small leopard geckos and worked at a local reptile store before he was approached by the Virginia Zoo’s then-reptile keeper to apply for a position at the zoo. While McNamara’s original plan after graduating from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology was to pursue a teaching degree, he discovered that his position at the zoo allowed him to teach others about animals. He’s been at the zoo for over 17 years now. “Watching animals grow, breed and thrive is very rewarding and makes all of the hard work worth it,” he shares. As a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of wild species, the Virginia Zoo has been involved in numerous projects to protect animals in their natural habitats. McNamara has undertaken hellbender salamander research in North Carolina and has worked with the Turner Foundation’s efforts to reestablish America’s largest land reptile, the Bolson tortoise, in the New Mexico wild. He helped build a 200-foot pen that houses 10 3-year-old Bolson tortoises so that one day they can set out on the land and attempt to bring back the species. “Doing projects like that really makes you look at the world as a whole,” he says. “Everything affects everything.” Crawling, climbing, leaping and slithering, some of McNamara’s work companions include pythons, boas, Chinese crocodile lizards, green tree monitors, Fiji banded iguanas, turtles and tortoises, frogs and other creatures. Over 300 reptiles and amphibians currently reside and frolic at the Virginia Zoo, with more joining McNamara soon during this year’s expansion and opening of the exhibit, World of Reptiles. World of Reptiles, opening later this year, will allow guests to come face to face with reptile giants, watch hatching and newborn reptiles being nurtured and raised, and become immersed in a floor-to-ceiling marsh habitat of the Orinoco crocodile. Learn more by visiting —Ryan Miller

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lanting the seed for a food movement, the second annual Hampton Roads VegFest returns for another year of vivacious vegan dishes from local restaurants. This year’s event will be held Oct. 8 at Chesapeake City Park. Presented by the Smithfield Pig Save, a local advocacy group promoting cruelty-free treatment of farmed animals, VegFest seeks to bring the community together in support of local businesses while promoting compassionate eating and living. The festival’s all-vegan selection will feature enticing dishes from Bodacious Pizza, Baladi Mediterranean Cafe and Rajput Indian Cuisine, among others. My Vegan Sweet Tooth will bake and sponsor pies for a pie-eating contest, and vendors will bring eco-friendly goods, ranging from jewelry to arts and crafts, health products and more. A lineup of guest speakers will also dish out some enlightenment on healthier and conscientious eating practices. Speakers include The Humane Society of the United States Senior Food Policy Director Kristie Middleton, Food For Life Instructor Kimberly Jackson, Compassion Over

Killing’s Executive Director Erica Meier, and Speciesism: The Movie Director Mark Devries. “The main thing is to show the community that being plant-based can be fun and easy and healthy,” shares Laura Lee Cascada, media outreach and speaker coordinator for Hampton Roads VegFest. “A lot of people haven’t been exposed to that kind of eating, but it’s definitely really quickly growing, and a lot of restaurants are adding veggie burgers, veggie dogs and colorful vegetable-based meals.” VegFest will also be debunking some misconceptions surrounding vegan-based diets. “We’re showing people that these options are all over the place, and they’re definitely very tasty and healthy, and you don’t need to eat meat to be able to thrive,” says Cascada. There’s no omnivore’s dilemma here, as meat eaters will find there’s plenty to enjoy at VegFest, with craft beer from local breweries, a kids’ area with contests and games and live music and entertainment. Visit for more details. —Ryan Miller

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om always said to eat your veggies, and now Norfolk’s Benchtop Brewing is making sure you drink them too. Bringing homegrown flavor to city dwellers, the Chelsea neighborhood brewery is on point with some off-kilter vegetable brews. Benchtop’s beers have largely played tribute to food and agricultural roots with a grain-to-glass mentality because of Owner and Brewer Eric Tennant’s upbringing with food science. “He thinks of different flavor combinations, gets inspiration from different foods, things that certainly are not traditional ingredients in beer, but stuff that can be locally sourced and that showcase local terroir,” shares Benchtop Tasting Room Manager and Cicerone Dale Price. “We’ve kind of been finding our own niche with these vegetable sours that sound so strange.” One such brew is their Quick Pickle Carrot Cucumber Gose, a tart and refreshing beer made with carrots from Yamco in North

Carolina and cucumbers from Cullipher Farm in Virginia Beach. The concept originated from Tennant’s affinity for gazpacho, and yes, it tastes better than it may sound. “He also has an excellent mind for recipe design,” Price adds. Another produce-forward pour, Trial of Dmitri Beet Kvass, colors your glass purple as it’s made with Cullipher Farm beets and Vollkornbrot sourdough rye bread from The Bakehouse at Chelsea. The widely admired Mermaid’s Scorn Tidewater Gose makes use of locally farmed oysters imparting salt that’s then uplifted by lemon zest. And when you’re completely full of farmed goods and are looking to round out your food groups, try one of Benchtop’s hazy and juicy IPAs that stand tall in their stemware. Benchtop Brewing is located at 1129 Boissevain Ave. in Norfolk. For more on CoVa their beer, visit n —Ryan Miller


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The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum continues a 36-year tradition with the Annual Pig & Oyster Fest. Incredible food and great live music make this an unforgettable party at the oceanfront. The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum Pig & Oyster Fest

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Coastal Virginia offers many opportunities to promote good physical health. Now there’s an event to promote good mental health as well. On Sept. 9, anyone who has been touched by depression or suicide is invited to gather at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach for Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, aiming to raise awareness of depression as a treatable disease and of suicide as a preventable tragedy. The informative and moving program will include a welcome from Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms; WAVY-TV 10 anchor Tom Schaad as emcee; several speakers with personal stories about their experience with depression or suicide, as well as senior military officers who will deliver a message to our military. There will be 20 clinically licensed counselors there to support and answer questions. Guests can partake in a complimentary breakfast and coffee, and afterward, there will be a picnic and Ben Phelps Band, along with complimentary Rita’s Italian Ice. Hampton Roads Morning of Hope is locally sponsored by the Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group, Inc. The event is held Saturday, Sept. 9 from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach. Visit to learn more.

99 for the 1 There’s a vibrant vehicle rolling through Virginia Beach on a very important journey. 99 for the 1 is a mobile outreach truck with a mission to bring the daily needs of the homeless directly to them. Created by Jeremiah and Rachel Fjeld of Virginia Beach, the nonprofit truck provides clothes, hygiene products, blankets, prayer and more to those in need within the community. The truck’s name, 99 for the 1, is inspired from Luke 15:4–7 “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.” To go with the truck’s inspiring objective is an awesome appearance, thanks to Virginia Beach artist Troy Summerell, also known as OnieTonie™. Summerell made a generous donation of his talent by painting the exterior of an old, gray box truck with an imaginative mixture of colors and shapes that form a sun over the horizon with the outreach logo printed on the hood. Learn more at, or find them on Facebook and Instagram @99forthe1. CoVa Photo by Bryan Mahon. n



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Coastal Virginia Magazine Best Of Party 2017 Coastal Virginia Magazine’s annual Best Of Party was held on Thursday, July 27 at Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Downtown Norfolk. Over 800 guests gathered on the red carpet for a vintage Hollywood-inspired evening celebrating the magazine’s Best Of Readers’ Choice Awards with live music from Bachelor Boys Band, delicious food and fun with ticket sales benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Virginia. Fourteen Best Of winning restaurants served samples at the party, and guests were each given a golden coin to vote for their favorite dish from the evening. Freemason Abbey’s she-crab soup was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the event. In between dancing and food samples, guests had the opportunity to have their photos taken in a photobooth provided by Premier Events, the exclusive decor company for Coastal Virginia Magazine, and their portraits drawn by caricature artist Bob Langston.

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LONGEST DAY Photos by Tracy Thompson & David Uhrin


The Longest Day In June, Coastal Virginia Magazine and The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium teamed together for The Longest Day®, an annual event raising funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Team members from Coastal Virginia Magazine staff climbed and ziplined from tree to tree at The Adventure Park in Virginia Beach from sunrise to sunset during the summer solstice to symbolize the challenging journey that is faced for both those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Teams and donators raised over $3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association® during the day. Additionally, PMS Deli in Virginia Beach showed their support by donating 10 percent of their day’s earnings for The Longest Day®. Thank you to The Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium, PMS Deli and to those who participated and donated to make a difference for Alzheimer’s during The Longest Day®!



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SPECIAL EVENTS SMITHFIELD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Sept. 1: Bring a chair and blanket to enjoy a mix of live music. Free. 8 p.m. Smithfield Times Gazebo, Smithfield. 24TH ANNUAL AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL Sept. 1–3: Nearly two dozen national bands will perform, including 311, Rebelution, Michael Franti & Spearhead and 3 Doors Down with The Wallflowers. 6:30 p.m. Oceanfront, Virginia Beach. FRIDAY NIGHT HOEDOWNS Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27: Put on your dancing boots for live and local music. 7 p.m. Virginia Beach Farmers Market, Virginia Beach. SMITHFIELD LIONS CLASSIC CAR CRUZ-IN Sept. 1, 15, Oct. 6, 20: Food provided by Bubba & Frank’s Bar-B-Que. Music by DJ Lion Tom Norris. 6–9 p.m. Sentara/St. Luke’s Urgent Care Facility, Carrollton. 757-371-6061 DOWNTOWN NORFOLK FIRST FRIDAYS Sept. 1, Oct. 6: Enjoy the street party with live music, food, drinks and fun! 5–8:30 p.m. TCC Plaza, Norfolk. SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS AND SYMPHONY BY THE SEA Sept. 2–3, 7: Bring a blanket or chair for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s performances under the stars and by the sea. Free. Sept. 2 at Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown; Sept. 3 at Chesapeake City Park, Chesapeake; Sept. 7 at 31st Street Stage, Virginia Beach. SMITHFIELD FARMERS MARKET Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28: Enjoy tasty foods, baked goods, gift items, fresh produce and live music. 9 a.m.–noon. Fall Festival Market Oct. 28. Open until 1 p.m. Bank of Southside Virginia Parking Lot, Smithfield.

YORKTOWN MARKET DAYS Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 14, 21, 28: The market will host more than 35 farmers, producers, vendors and artists. Free. 8 a.m.–noon. Oct. 14 Market Days will include a Fall Festival Celebration with hayrides, face painting, children’s games and activities, pumpkins and mums. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown. PRODUCE AUCTION Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25: Buy fresh produce from local farmers, with bulk lots selling at 6:30 p.m. and smaller lots selling at 7 p.m. Virginia Beach Farmers Market, Virginia Beach. FarmersMarket RHYTHMS ON THE RIVERWALK CONCERT SERIES Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6: The concert series will include jazz, big band and country music. Free. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown. FIREHOUSE BLUEGRASS CONCERT Sept. 8, Oct. 13: Proceeds benefit the volunteer fire/ rescue service of Carrollton and nearby mutual aid districts in Smithfield and northern Suffolk. 7:30 p.m. Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Station 10, Carrollton. 757-613-6183 757 BATTLE OF THE BEERS Sept. 9: Local breweries battle in different beer categories with tastings, live music, food, corn hole and giant beer pong. All proceeds go to local nonprofits. $20–$75. 1–6 p.m. Hunt Club Farm, Virginia Beach. 9TH ANNUAL OPERA IN THE PARK Sept. 9: Listen to music while having a picnic, and shop for paintings, jewelry, hand-crafted items and more in the Artist’s Market. Food and adult beverages will be available for sale. Adults $6; children 12 and under free. 6–10 p.m. Town Point Park, Norfolk. TASTE 2.0 CULINARY CRAWLS Sept. 9, 24, Oct. 15: The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore’s culinary fundraiser is back with three crawls in three cities. The events

Through Oct. 31: The Hampton Roads Convention Center becomes a spectacle for artwork as the 19th juried exhibition adorns the walls with an imaginative display from regional talent. Alluring photography and pastel paintings of pure craftsmanship and creative expression were each selected for Halls of Art by members of the Hampton Public Arts Steering Committee. Art in the canopied venue will be available for purchase and to take home at the conclusion of the exhibit. Free. Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton. Photo Credit: Holly Groder, Little Island Pier showcase local cuisine and culture while fighting hunger. Sept. 9 Olde Towne Portsmouth; Sept. 24 Downtown Norfolk; Oct. 15 Virginia Beach Town Center. HAPPY 101ST BIRTHDAY TO THE LIGHTSHIP PORTSMOUTH Sept. 16: Celebrate the Lightship Portsmouth’s birthday with a special day of music, living history, crafts and a signing of the ship’s second annual birthday card. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Lightship Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth. APPLE EXTRAVAGANZA Sept. 16: The family- and pet-friendly event will host local crafters and artisans, fresh produce, meats and seafood, gifts, baked goods, children’s activities and more. Apple pie eating contest at 1 p.m. Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market, Virginia Beach. 6TH ANNUAL ETC CONCERT AT THE POINT Sept. 16: This year’s Embrace The Culture Music & Arts Festival will feature live music from The Revivalists. $10–$50. 6–10 p.m. Town Point Park, Norfolk. RIVERFEST Sept. 17: The Elizabeth River Project’s environmental festival will have educational activities and fun for all ages, including kayak paddles, a dog costume contest, cornhole, native plant sale, food trucks, live music, face paintings, kids’ crafts, exhibitors and more. Free. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Carolanne Farms Neighborhood Park, Virginia Beach. TOWNEBANK PRESENTS 6TH ANNUAL HEART OF GHENT Sept. 23: This charitable family run/walk through Ghent includes a 10K and Kid’s Fun Run to benefit local charities. A post-race party at Blair Middle School will have food from Moe’s Southwest Grill and Ynot Pizza, craft beer from O’Connor and Smartmouth, live music by Dirty Toys and specials offered from Ghent restaurants and businesses during the day. 10K 8 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run 9:30 a.m. Colley Avenue, Norfolk.


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Sept. 23–24: North America’s oldest continuouslyrun hydroplane boat race will include a children’s area, food vendors, bay education and environmental exhibits. Free. East Mercury Bridge at Fort Monroe, Hampton.

YORKTOWN ART STROLL Sept. 24: Peruse paintings and handcrafted artwork from local artists with a chance to talk and learn as they give demonstrations. Free. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown. SHAG AT THE FOODBANK Sept. 29: Dance and dine while donating to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, with Nixon Catering providing seafood and live music from Bill Deal’s Original Rhondels. $35–$45. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, Hampton. SMITHFIELD MUSIC’S AIKEN & FRIENDS FEST Sept. 29–30: The 12th annual festival will feature national, regional and local artists performing music with proceeds to benefit Smithfield Music’s youth music education. Smithfield Little Theatre, Smithfield. 757-357-7707 44TH ANNUAL NEPTUNE FESTIVAL Sept. 29–Oct. 1: Enjoy concerts, the Fall Wine Festival, End of Summer Bay Bash, Senior’s Gala, Neptune Art & Craft Show, fireworks, volleyball tournament, Atlantic Sailing Regatta, Grand Parade and Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship. Oceanfront, Virginia Beach. DOWNTOWN SMITHFIELD VINTAGE MARKET Sept. 30: Browse repurposed and vintage antiques while listening to live music and tasting local foods. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Downtown Smithfield.

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AUTUMN PILGRIMAGE HOUSE TOUR Sept. 30: Participate in a self-guided tour of historic and notable properties with proceeds benefiting community outreach programs. This year’s homes include Berkeley Plantation, Sherwood Forest Plantation, Shirley Plantation, Pinecrest, River Ridge, Westover Plantation and Westover Episcopal Church. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. WestoverEpiscopalChurch. org/17-Pilgrimage Continued on page 28 >


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5TH ANNUAL RIBTOBERFEST & SOUTHERN FOODWAYS Sept. 23: The celebration will bring together the best of southern food and craft brews with music from a live blues band. Noon–8 p.m. Town Point Park, Norfolk.

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CRAWLIN’ CRAB HALF MARATHON Oct. 6–8: Crawl past the Downtown Hampton waterfront with a half marathon run and 5K, Shell Yeah Challenge, kids’ kilometer and after party with live music, food and a craft beer festival. Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton.

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MID-AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL AND VIRGINIA CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Oct. 7: The 12th annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival will coincide with the 29th annual Virginia Children’s Festival, with a range of entertainment, cultural programs and children’s activities for the historic Asian holiday marking the end of the summer harvest. Children’s Festival $5; infants age 1 and under free. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Town Point Park, Norfolk. BACON, BOURBON & BEACH MUSIC FEST Oct. 7: Try tastings of specialty bourbons, Virginia craft beers, Smithfield bacon, live music, vendors and additional food, wine and beer for sale. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Windsor Castle Park, Smithfield. CHELSEA WEST FEST Oct. 7: Gather for a celebration of local crafters, musicians, beers and food in Chelsea benefiting Hope House Foundation. Noon–6 p.m. Chelsea District, Norfolk. YORKTOWN WINE FESTIVAL Oct. 7: Sample Virginia and German wines, French champagne and local and international food alongside live music and artists. $30–$35. Noon–6 p.m. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown. 2ND ANNUAL HAMPTON ROADS VEGFEST Oct. 8: Celebrate plant-based fare and cruelty-free living with local vegan food, guest speakers, eco-friendly products, craft beer and entertainment. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Chesapeake City Park, Chesapeake. HAMPTON SNOWBIRD RENDEZVOUS Oct. 12–15: Cruising-related education seminars, local music performances, tours of area attractions, food from Hampton restaurants and more. Hampton Public Piers, Hampton. SMITHFIELD TOWN AND COUNTRY DAY Oct. 14: Celebrate Smithfield and Isle of Wight County’s agricultural heritage with fun family activities. Downtown Smithfield. 757-357-5182 HARVEST FAIR Oct. 14: Shop from local crafters, peruse produce, meats and seafood, and enjoy children’s activities, live music and farm animals. Virginia Beach Farmers Market, Virginia Beach. SOUPER SATURDAY Oct. 14: Community churches will offer homemade soup, bread and desserts to raise funds for wintertime heating for those in need. Downtown Smithfield, Smithfield. 757-357-5182

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PHOEBUS FALL FESTIVAL Oct. 14: The community fall festival will have local craft beer, vendors, music, dancers, pie eating contest, a dog costume parade and more. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Phoebus, Hampton. YORKTOWN DAY Oct. 19: Commemorating the 236th anniversary of America’s Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown, this event will include ceremonies, a parade and fifes and drum performances. Free. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown. 757-898-2410 GHOST TRAIN AT NORTHWEST RIVER PARK Oct. 19–21, 26–28: The haunted hayride travels through the scary woods of Northwest River Park. $9–$10. 7–10:30 p.m. Northwest River Park, Chesapeake. 757-421-7151. CITY CENTER OYSTER ROAST Oct. 20: Try local seafood and a variety of beverages as you enjoy live music and other activities. Free. 6–9 p.m. City Center, Newport News. FORT MONROE GHOST WALK Oct. 20–21: Learn more about the secrets of Fort Monroe’s 400-year history with guided ghost walks, rain or shine. $15–$20. 6–9:30 p.m. Fort Monroe, Hampton. SMITHFIELD CENTURY BIKE TOUR Oct. 21: Ride through scenic and historic sights of Isle of Wight and the Pagan River with three routes and music, food and a beer garden at the finish. $25–$40. 757-357-3502 PENINSULA HEART WALK Oct. 21: With a goal to raise $600,000 for heart disease and stroke research and education, this American Heart Association event invites friends, family and coworkers to walk and help raise funds for the cause. 8–10 a.m. Peninsula Town Center, Hampton. STOCKLEY GARDENS FALL ARTS FESTIVAL Oct. 21–22: The 33rd annual community event benefiting Hope House Foundation will have 120 artists displaying and selling their works along with live music, food and kids’ activities. Free. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m. Stockley Gardens Park, Norfolk. TOWN POINT VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL Oct. 21–22: Enjoy samples of over 200 fine wines from more than 30 wineries, gourmet foods, musical performances and specialty wares. $20–$390. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Town Point Park, Norfolk. VIRGINIA BEACH CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Oct. 21–22: Tickets include samplings from 25 breweries with over 50 craft beers, a commemorative cup and live entertainment. 1–6 p.m. 31st Street Park, Virginia Beach. BARK IN THE PARK Oct. 21–22: The 21st annual fundraiser held in conjunction with Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism and Chesapeake Humane Society will feature a 5K Doggy Dash and 1-mile Puppy Trot and Family Fun Fest on Sunday, rain or shine. The fundraiser will also include canine demonstrations and contests, animal rescue/welfare exhibitors, vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, raffle and more. Sat. 3 p.m.; Sun. noon–5 p.m. Chesapeake City Park, Chesapeake. SALTY DAWG RALLY Beginning Oct. 24: The Salty Dawgs will gather for a rally before sailing to the British Virgin Islands or the Bahamas, preparing boats for passage and sharing weather briefings, seminars and dinners. Bluewater Yachting Center, Hampton.


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25TH ANNIVERSARY CBES BETWEEN THE WATERS BIKE TOUR Oct. 28: Organized by the Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore, this year’s ride starts at the beautiful cape and weaves along the bay and sea, through historic hamlets and golden fields. Afterward, enjoy an Oink & Oyster Roast with live music. Riders can sign up for 25-, 40-, 60- and 100-mile tours. Limited to 1,000 riders. Ride begins at Sunset Beach Resort. PUMPKIN PALOOZA Oct. 28: Celebrate the fall with pumpkins, children’s activities, crafters and artisans, food and more. Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market, Virginia Beach. DOWNTOWN HAMPTON HALLOWEEN BLOCK PARTY Oct. 28: The block party will celebrate Halloween with live music by a DJ, cold drinks and activities for all ages. Free. 6–11 p.m. Downtown Hampton, Hampton.

PENINSULA FINE ARTS CENTER 101 Museum Dr., Newport News. 757-596-8175. Through Oct. 8: Dream House Remix: 25th Anniversary. PORTSMOUTH ART & CULTURAL CENTER 400 High St., Portsmouth. 757-393-8543. Sept. 1: First Friday: Opening Reception & Music: Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the State of Virginia. 5–8 p.m. Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28: Yoga in the Courtyard. 9–10 a.m. Sept. 16, Oct. 21: Farm-To-Table Tastings. 10 a.m.– noon. Oct. 7: Razzle Dazzle. 1:30 p.m. Through Oct. 8: 2017 Outdoor Sculpture.

HAM-O-WEEN! Oct. 31: Smithfield’s safe trick or treating will take place along Main and Grace Streets with a costume and jack-o-lantern contest held at The Smithfield Times. 5–8 p.m. Downtown Smithfield, Smithfield. 757-357-3288

ART ABBY ALDRICH ROCKEFELLER FOLK ART MUSEUM 326a West Francis St., Williamsburg. 757-220-7724. Ongoing: A Century of African-American Quilts. Ongoing: Color and Shape: The Art of the American Theorem. Ongoing: German Toys in America. Ongoing: We the People: American Folk Portraits. THE CHARLES H. TAYLOR ART CENTER 4205 Victoria Blvd., Hampton. 757-727-1490. Through Oct. 8: Virginia Artists 2017 Juried Exhibition. Through Oct. 8: Kristen Skees Mother/Artist: Photographs, Sculpture and Installations. Beginning Oct. 14: Virginia Glass Guild Juried Exhibition 2017. Beginning Oct. 14: DE-TATCHED by Suzanne Peterson. CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART 245 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk. 757-664-6200. Ongoing: A New Deal Here: Depression-Era Photography from the Chrysler Museum at historic Willoughby-Baylor House. Sept. 3: History Speaks at the Moses Myers House. 1 p.m. Sept. 9: CMA On Screen: Dance on Fire. 1 p.m. Beginning Sept. 14: Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass. Lalique Inside and Out. Sept. 17: Lecture: Live Each Day by Jane Gardner at Kaufman Theater. 2 p.m. Sept. 21, Oct. 19: Third Thursday. Members free; nonmembers $5. 8 p.m. Through Sept. 24: Thomas Hart Benton and the Navy. Through Sept. 24: Glen McClure: The Shipyard Workers of Hampton Roads. Beginning Sept. 30: Pumpkinpalooza at Perry Glass Studio. Oct. 28: Out of This World Family Day. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Oct. 31: Halloween the Chrysler Way. 4–8 p.m. DEWITT WALLACE DECORATIVE ARTS MUSEUM 325 Francis St., Williamsburg. 888-965-7254. Ongoing: Lock, Stock and Barrel. Ongoing: Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home. Ongoing: The World Made Small.

Through Oct. 9: To Face the Unknown: Portsmouth and The Great War Through Oct. 15: Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the State of Virginia. VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 2200 Parks Ave., Virginia Beach. 757-425-0000. Sept. 9, Oct. 14: Second Saturday Conversations Tours. Members and children under 4 free. Nonmembers $5.50–$7.70. 2–3 p.m. Beginning Sept. 16: Wayne White: Monitorium and Small Works, Tall Tales. Opening reception Sept. 15, 6–9 p.m. White will be in attendance. VISUAL ARTS CENTER 340 High St., Portsmouth. 757-822-1878. Beginning Sept. 16: International Women. Reception Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m.

MUSEUM CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA 221 High St., Portsmouth. 757-393-5258. Through Sept. 9: Arthur’s World. Sept. 10: Special Day For Special Needs. 9–11 a.m. Sept. 12–15: Toddler Days. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sept. 22: Homeschool Day. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Oct. 21: Museum Madness. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Ongoing: S.T.E.M. Studio. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 2:30–4:30 p.m. GLOUCESTER MUSEUM OF HISTORY 6359 Main St., Gloucester. 804-693-1234. Ongoing: Gloucester’s Veterans Exhibit. Ongoing: Threads: a Loving Legacy Unfolds. HAMPTON HISTORY MUSEUM 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton. 757-727-1610. Ongoing: Exploring NASA’s Human Computers. Ongoing: Give Me Liberty: Fugitive Slaves and the Long Revolution Against Slavery. Ongoing: The Truth About Women: Myth and Reality. Oct. 23–31: Hampton Horror Tours. 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. Continued on page 32 >

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HAMPTON UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 100 E Queen St., Hampton. 757-727-5308 Ongoing: Acquisitions From The New Millennium. HERMITAGE MUSEUM & GARDENS 7637 N Shore Rd., Norfolk. 757-423-2052. Through Oct. 14: The Art of Burning Man. Burning Man Nights Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12 7–10 p.m. Closing Party Oct. 14. ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY MUSEUM 103 Main St., Smithfield. 757-356-1223. Sept. 21, Oct. 19: “Tell Me a Story.” 10 a.m. Oct. 16–20: Homeschool Week. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT & AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM AT YORKTOWN Ongoing: AfterWARd: The Revolutionary War Veterans Who Built America. Ongoing: Pocahontas Imagined. Sept. 5: “Pocahontas in Image and Myth” lecture. 7 p.m. Sept. 13: “Reel Indian: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Film” lecture. 7 p.m. Sept. 16: “Meet Alexander Hamilton.” 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sept. 17: “Alexander Hamilton: Legacy of a Founding Father” lecture. 7 p.m. Sept. 29–30: “The American Soldier, 1774–2015.” 8 p.m. Oct. 3: “Corrective Lens: Native Women Photographers and the Debunking of the ‘Vanishing Race’ Myth” lecture. 7 p.m. Oct. 14–15: Yorktown Victory Celebration. Oct. 20–21: Family Frights. 6:30-9 p.m. THE MARINERS’ MUSEUM AND PARK 100 Museum Dr., Newport News. 757-596-2222. Ongoing: Treasures of NOAA’s Ark. Ongoing: Hampton Roads Ship Model Society 50th Anniversary. Sept. 9: Civil War Lecture Series: The Many Faces of Preservation: Where does Conservation End and Restoration Begin? 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16: The Mariners’ Gallery Crawl: Secret Life of Object. 6:30 p.m. Beginning Oct. 7: Another Look: Marine Photography from 1948–1972. Beginning Oct. 7: Views of the Baltic Sea: Contemporary Photographs from Greifswald, Germany. Oct. 14: Civil War Lecture Series: Silk and Rifles: The Southern Belle and the Union Naval Blockade. 2:30 p.m. ODU VIRGINIA BEACH CENTER 1881 University Drive, Virginia Beach. 757-368-4100. Oct. 5: 40th Annual ODU Literary Festival: Lust for Life: Still Sexy at 40. 12:30–1:30 p.m. Oct. 11–27: ILR 10th Annual Art Exhibit. Reception Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. VIRGINIA AIR & SPACE CENTER 600 Settlers Landing Rd., Hampton. 757-727-0900. Through Sept. 4: Summer S.T.E.M. Series. VIRGINIA AQUARIUM AND MARINE SCIENCE CENTER 717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach. 757-385-3474. Sept. 8: Craft Brews Cruise. 7–9 p.m. Beginning Sept. 30: Goosebumps: the Science of Fear. Oct. 7: Commotion in the Ocean. $125. 7–11 p.m. Oct. 22: Eleanor & Henry Watts Conservation Speaker Series presents Bart Shepherd. 2 p.m. Oct. 27: Monster Madness and Creepy Creek. Members $10; non-members $12. 6–9 p.m.


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VIRGINIA BEACH SURF & RESCUE MUSEUM 24th Street and Boardwalk, Virginia Beach. 757-422-1587. Oct. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31: Ghost Walk: Shipwrecks & Ghost Lore Walking Tour. Special Tour Halloween Night. 7 p.m. Oct. 15: The Pig & Oyster Fest. 1–5 p.m. VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. 757-595-1900. Ongoing: Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks. VIRGINIA ZOO 3500 Granby St., Norfolk. 757-441-2374. Sept. 16: Growlfest 2017. $10–$25. 5:30–9 p.m. Sept. 23: World Rhino Day. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Oct. 21: Zoo Boo 2017. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


PORTSMOUTH PAVILION 16 Crawford Cir, Portsmouth. 757-393-8181 Sept. 16: Virginia Craft Beer and Wine Festival. $30–$35. 2–6 p.m. Sept. 21: Babyface and Brandy. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5: Rob Zombie. 8 p.m. Oct. 21: Pavilion Truck Show. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. REGENT UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1000 Regent University Dr., Virginia Beach. 757-352-4036. Sept. 29–30, Oct. 1, 6–8: The Servant of Two Masters. ROPER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 340 Granby St., Norfolk. 757-822-1450. Sept. 16: A Seat at the Table. $20–$25. 7 p.m. Oct. 6: VSO Voices of Veterans.

THE AMERICAN THEATRE 125 East Mellen St., Hampton. 757-722-2787. Oct. 7: Sweet Honey in the Rock. $40–$45. 8 p.m. Oct. 12: Tuesdays with Morrie. $55–$65. 8 p.m. Oct. 14: Festival of South African Dance. $35–$45. 8 p.m. Oct. 15: Totentanz & Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. $20. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20: The King Project. $25. 8 p.m. Oct. 21: The Colors of India: A Bollywood Spectacular. $35–$45. 8 p.m. Oct. 26: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. $10. 8 p.m. Oct. 27: Tony Danza: Standards and Stories. $55–$65. 8 p.m. Oct. 28: Disney’s The Lion King Experience. $15–$20. 2:30 p.m.

SANDLER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 201 Market St., Virginia Beach. 757-385-2787. Sept. 13: The Great Performance Series: Randy Newman. 8 p.m. Oct. 6: Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13–15: Virginia Musical Theatre presents Mamma Mia! Oct. 18: PJ Masks Live! Time To Be A Hero. 6 p.m.

CHRYSLER HALL 215 St Pauls Blvd., Norfolk. 757-664-6464. Sept. 1–3, 7–10, 14–17: Assassins. Sept. 17: Men for Hope Celebrity Weekend Extravaganza. $45–$60. 6 p.m. Sept. 20: Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole. 8 p.m. Sept. 23: Holst’s the Planets. 8 p.m. Sept. 26: The Norfolk Forum: Tom Brokaw. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3–8: The Book of Mormon. Oct. 12: Peppa Pig’s Surprise. Beginning Oct. 20: A User’s Guide To Hell, Featuring Bernard Madoff. Oct. 21: The Best of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. 8 p.m. Oct. 27: Ronnie Milsap. 8 p.m. Oct. 28: Faithfully: The Music of Journey. 8 p.m.

WELLS THEATRE 110 E. Tazewell St., Norfolk. 757-664-6464. Sept. 13–Oct. 1: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. Oct. 6: Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE! $60. 7 p.m. Beginning Oct. 25: The Parchman Hour: Song and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders.

DONK’S THEATER 8259 Buckley Hall Rd., Hudgins. 804-725-7760. Sept. 16: Troy Hedspeth & Family. Oct. 21: Good Shot Judy.

EWELL RECITAL HALL William & Mary 200 Stadium Dr., Williamsburg. 757-221-4000. Sept. 29: Ewell Concert Series: Maria Yefimova. Free. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11: Ewell Concert Series: Sahba Motallebi and Naghmeh Farahmand Duo. Free. 7:30 p.m.

FERGUSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News. 757-594-8752. Sept. 1: IL DIVO. $42–$125. 8 p.m. Oct. 1: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins. $35–$77. 7 p.m. Oct. 26: Richmond Ballet TRIO. $42–$47. 7:30 p.m. THE GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS 254 Granby St., Norfolk. 757-451-4711. Sept. 14: GSA Faculty Art Exhibit opening at Origin Gallery. 7–9 p.m. Oct. 26–30: Top Girls. HAMPTON COLISEUM 1000 Coliseum Dr., Hampton. 757-838-5650. Sept. 1–3: Bass Center X. HARRISON OPERA HOUSE 160 W Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk. 757-627-9545. Sept. 29, Oct. 1, 3: Samson and Delilah.

SMITHFIELD LITTLE THEATRE 210 Church St., Smithfield. 757-357-7338. Beginning Oct. 26: Thoroughly Modern Millie.

MUSIC CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH 111 S. Church St., Smithfield. 757-375-9140. Sept. 17: The Ambrosia Quartet. 4 p.m. Oct. 22: The Tidewater Guitar Orchestra. 4 p.m.

NORVA 317 Monticello Ave., Norfolk. 757-627-4547. Sept. 10: Bastille (ODU Constant Center). 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15: Foster The People. 8 p.m. Sept. 23: Hanson. 8 p.m. Oct. 3: Rise Against. 7 p.m. Oct. 7: MadeinTYO. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17: Against Me! 6:30 p.m. VETERANS UNITED HOME LOANS AMPHITHEATER 3550 Cellar Door Way, Virginia Beach. 757-368-3000. Sept. 10: Brad Paisley. 7 p.m. Sept. 22: Brantley Gilbert. 7 p.m. Sept. 27: Jack Johnson. 7:30 p.m. CoVa Oct. 8: Zac Brown Band. 7 p.m. n




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Don Slater Is “On Your Side” When It Comes To Forecasting The Weather


By Barrett Baker | Photos By David Uhrin

on Slater’s catalyst for becoming a meteorologist was pretty simple. As a kid, he saw a local weather forecaster and proclaimed, “I can do that. That’s easy.” Apparently he was right because we went to college to learn the trade and got his first job without posting a single resume. One of his professors, who recognized Slater’s potential as an on-air personality, knew someone in television and told him, “You need to get this guy in and do an audition with him.” That was all it took. Slater started his first television gig in Fargo, N.D., then moved a year and a half later to Lincoln, Neb. “I wanted to move up, and that’s the problem when you work in television,” says Slater. “There are usually only three jobs that you want in any given broadcast area, so you can’t just move across town to get a better job. You need to move to a different city.” So, on August 1, 1981, he began at WAVY TV 10, and he’s been here ever since. With such a long tenure in a local market like Coastal Virginia, Slater has become an easily recognizable celebrity in his own right. But it might interest you to know that as much as he loves his fans and is grateful for their support, he’s a bit of an introvert. “Generally, I’m pretty low key,” he admits. “Being recognized in public goes with the territory, but it’s still a strange thing to me even after all these years. It’s flattering and gratifying, but it’s also somewhat embarrassing because I am rather shy about being recognized.” Nonetheless, Slater is one of those lucky people who truly enjoys what he does. “The meteorology part is kind of tough because every thunderstorm situation is unique,” he explains. “Certainly every snowstorm is unique, every hurricane is unique. Even to this day I see similar situations in all storms, but each event is truly different. But as far as getting up there every day and doing my broadcast, that’s probably my favorite time of day.” However, he does recall one major event that challenged him to go above and beyond his usual call of duty. “During Hurricane Isabel, we

were on the air, and the TV station had the foresight to realize that our visual broadcast might not stay up if the electricity went out,” he says. “So, we contracted with a couple of local radio stations, and those ended up being the lifeline that people had during the storm. People had battery-operated radios on and were listening to me try to describe what the radar looked like and where everything was. So, I had to be extremely descriptive because the vast majority of our audience didn’t have electricity and couldn’t watch what was happening on TV.” When he’s not forecasting the weather for his viewers, Slater spends his free time rolling around town. “Somehow, I’m a throwback of the ’80s or something, and I like to rollerblade,” he says. “And I think I look terribly cool doing so. At least I’d like to think so,” he laughs. Speaking of the ’80s, Slater was spotted at a Huey Lewis and the News concert at the Portsmouth Pavilion back in 2015. But as big a fan as he is of the ’80s, he was actually there to support his son. “My son’s band—Major and the Monbacks—was the opening act that night,” he says. “They’re out touring right now, so that seems to be working really well for him. It’s not exactly every father’s dream to have a son who says, ‘I’m going to be in a rock and roll band. That’s going to be my job.’ But it seems to be working out.” Another point of interest—the band has changed their name to Super Doppler. When it comes to providing advice for others who are trying to get into the business, Slater realizes that times are changing and technological advances have influenced the way people receive their weather forecasts. “Advice is somewhat hard to give these days because of the fact that media is changing very rapidly due to the Internet,” he says. “But television news is still very practical and useful for local events. So, I would tell future meteorologists to get the science part down, but also get a background in performance, so you are comfortable on the air or on an Internet basis.” As for his own future, Slater is just keeping his eye on the horizon for now. “I can predict the weather, but I can’t predict my own life out CoVa in advance.” n


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A Weekend as a Wahoo Graduate Charlottesville’s School Of Thought Rekindles Guests With Their Glory Days Of Learning


Story and photos by Angela Blue

ome of our greatest lessons were learned in college. Certainly through classes and textbooks but also through the overall college experience: sharing a dorm room with a person you’ve never met before, making lifelong friends and memories, experiencing moments and situations that shape you into the person you are. Sometimes we imagine returning to our glory days of college when nights lasted longer, responsibilities were fewer and life was over-


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all less complicated. Now there’s a hotel that allows you to do just that. Located on Charlottesville’s Main Street right across from the University of Virginia sits the hip and eclectic Graduate Charlottesville. This boutique hotel largely caters to alumni, inviting them to come back, recreate those memories, rekindle their adoration for the university and surrounding city and feel connected to both yesterday and today. I’m visiting in April when classes are coming to an end and students are cramming for exams. Not having been a UVA graduate, I’m not here to recreate memories but to create some new ones. Plus, I’m traveling with my

college sweetheart (aka my husband), so we’ve got our own adoration to rekindle. The hotel opened in June 2015 and was transformed from what used to be a Red Roof Inn. Scoping the scene today though, Graduate has an atmosphere all its own. Stepping into the lobby, guests are greeted with an impressive front desk created from card catalogues that are even cooler than meets the eye. One drawer opens up to reveal doggie treats at the perfect level for furry friends to grab and go. Another drawer contains an assortment of candies for young guests. On top of the desk sits a glass display containing a tiny town and model train set that

Lifeweekends operates with the push of a button. We receive our room keys, which are modeled after student IDs of famous UVA alums, including Tina Fey. This is just one of the many ways in which Graduate cleverly plays homage to the university and Charlottesville. When determining what sorts of décor to include in a Graduate hotel, the owners visit that area’s local antique stores to view the city from a local lens. “It’s all about storytelling,” says Ben Weprin, founder and CEO of Graduate Hotels. “Peeling back layers of the community and telling stories about what makes it really special.” Upon entering our room, the first thing we notice hanging on a wall above the bed is a large wahoo, a type of fish that’s known for being able to drink its own weight in fluid. It’s also a nickname for the Cavaliers. Decorations on the wall (which look as if they’ve been salvaged from thrift stores but I later learn are reproductions) have hidden meanings as well. Pictures of horses coordinate with the hotel’s affiliation with The Foxfield Races. A picture of a raven symbolizes Edgar Allen Poe, who was also a student at UVA. A picture with squiggly lines goes along with a legend that Dr. Seuss tried to enroll admissions to UVA and was denied, and that the fictional town of Whoville was modeled after Charlottesville. It’s quite possible that this story is just an urban legend but a fascinating one at that. Cabinets beneath the TV are adorned with silhouettes of famous people who have a connection to Charlottesville. Among them are Tina Fey and Jessica Lange, both of whom attended UVA; Rob Lowe, who was born in Charlottesville; and Thomas Jefferson. The room itself is reminiscent of a vintage dorm room: flannel-patterned carpet, a faux rotary phone and a work station with a hotel directory designed to look like a composition book are elements that inspire notions of pulling an all-nighter to study for the big test—or smuggling booze into your dorm room. Thankfully at Graduate, there’s no booze smuggling required. Guests can imbibe at one

of two on-site restaurants: Sheepdog Café, which features rotating drinks: a rosé of the day, beer of the moment and signature cocktail on tap; or Heirloom Rooftop + Bar, offering homegrown eats and craft cocktails. Stepping into Heirloom is both nostalgic and refreshing. The restaurant’s charm irresistibly blends hints of rustic farm life with botanical décor and massive windows that allow splashes of sunlight. We cozy up to the bar beneath light fixtures crafted from tin buckets to order some creative cocktails: for me, a Jefferson’s Garden— Strange Monkey gin and strawberry lavender shrub—for him, a Fresh Heir Julep—Bowman Brothers bourbon, blood orange and mint. Afterward, we head out on the rooftop for a splendid supper accompanied by the best view in town. I, for one, could make a whole meal off small plates, so we compromise with just three: roast shrimp stuffed with fresh horseradish and served with whiskey apple barbecue sauce (essentially creating its own cocktail sauce); grilled chicken wings smothered in heirloom hot sauce, accompanied by jalapeño jelly; and Chesapeake crab cakes with fresh herb remoulade (I can say without hesitation that they’re just as flavorful and delicate as what we’re lucky to have here on the coast). For our main course, I land on the pan-seared brook trout with brown butter lemon sauce, while he goes for the roast duck breast with clover honey glaze and apple chutney. By the end of the second course, dessert seems downright impossible, but when I return, I’ve got my heart set on the Kentucky butter cake with preserved berries and oat streusel. Although the adult in us is ready to turn in for the evening, the collegiate atmosphere invokes our younger selves to stay up just a little longer. We wander to the hotel’s secondfloor game room to find Ping Pong tables and Foosball, but what we’re especially excited for is a rousing round of Shuffleboard. Well, maybe we’re not quite as young as we thought. Learn more at Charlottesville/Hotel.

OPPOSITE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A front desk made from card catalogs holds a few surprises for young (or four-legged) guests; the hotel’s second-floor game room features a full bar, along with some competitive pastimes, including Shuffleboard; Sunlight flows through the homegrown atmosphere of Heirloom; The hotel’s signature restaurant is a proper place to score craft cocktails; The splendid rooftop bar gets even greater as the sun goes down; Crab cakes are top notch at Heirloom. BOTTOM: Graduate Hotel pays homage to Charlottesville and UVA through unexpected details.

More to Learn Graduate Hotel is located in The Corner, a seven-block stretch comprised of restaurants, bars and shops on University Avenue in Charlottesville. Here are some nearby spots to check out within walking distance of the hotel: Feast! This delightful artisan market has all the specialty food and drinks you could want and then some. Start at the extensive cheese case (where else?), and take your time skimming and sampling a bit of what Feast! has to offer. Hardywood Pilot Brewery & Taproom This is where Hardywood has a little fun. Featuring a premier stainless brewhouse dedicated to experimentation, development and collaboration, their Pilot Brewery and Taproom is the perfect opportunity to taste some innovative imbibes. Visit-Us-Charlottesville Public Fish & Oyster is a cozy spot featuring fresh seafood, raw bar, craft beer and cocktails. I’m still giddy over their tuna crudo: raw tuna with fresh watermelon, crispy leeks, pickled jalapeños and soy-ginger glaze sprinkled with fresh cilantro. If it’s on the menu, it’s imperative that you order it.


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Fall for the Outer Banks! Our Outer Banks Autumn Events Calendar By Kip Tabb

Ask almost anyone who lives on the Outer Banks what their preferred time of the year is, and they’ll say, “Fall.” The temperatures have backed off just a bit, the water is still warm, and there is so much to do. We’ve put together a list of events through the beginning of November that highlights a few of our top picks. Some are new, but we think they’ll be fun, and some are old favorites.

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival Sept. 29–30 We’re really excited about this one. History, theater, food and wine, blended together over two days. Day one features a culinary dream come true as the wines of Virginia Dare Winery are paired with Chef Thomas Finn’s creations. Held at Duck Woods Country Club, this should be an outstanding event. Day two is an afternoon happening at the Sound Stage Theatre overlooking Roanoke Sound. Some of the finest Outer Banks chefs will be on hand, pairing culinary masterpieces with fine wines. 38

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Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival Oct. 3–7 Five days of performances from some of the best bluegrass musicians in the picturebook setting of the outdoor Pavilion Stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Some of the highlights include Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Flatt Lonesome and Jimmy Fortune. Bring an instrument; there’s always a jam happening out in the parking lot. Duck Jazz Festival Oct. 7–8 Things kick off Saturday late afternoon with the Mint Julep Jazz Band giving a lesson in

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Outer Banks Marathon Weekend Nov. 10–12 The Outer Banks Marathon weekend celebrates fitness, family and the Outer Banks. The two big races are the Marathon and the Southern Fried Half Marathon, but there are a number of shorter runs for everyone. The Marathon course winds through some of the most beautiful scenery on the Outer Banks, beginning under the thick canopy of Kitty Hawk Woods and ending in downtown Manteo.

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ou might think the time to start working on creating a beautiful lawn begins in the spring, as soon as winter releases its icy grip on us. But according to Justin Carver, general manager of Earthscapes Lawn and Land Service in Norfolk, the time to act is before the first frost hits this season. “I always tell people, if you have coolseason grass, the fall is much more important than the spring as far as how your lawn is going to look,” he says. “If you want a good lawn come April/May of next year, the work you put in during September/October this year is going to be what really makes the difference.” The most common cool-season lawn grasses in this area are fescue, bluegrass or rye. If your lawn turns brown in the winter and returns to green in the spring, that’s what is known as a warm-season grass. Bermuda grass is one common type in Coastal Virginia, and that should be tended to in the early spring. No matter what type of grass you have, the first thing Carver recommends is aerating your lawn. Aeration is a process where a special machine basically punches holes in your lawn to reduce soil compaction. Looser soil allows grass roots to grow deeper and faster, which in turn creates stronger grass that can better handle different types of environmental 42

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stress. It also allows moisture, air and valuable nutrients to get direct access to the root zone of your lawn. Lawn owners can find aerator machines at various home and garden or rental centers throughout the area. However, they are designed to be heavy, so transporting a rented aerator isn’t as easy as throwing it in the back of your truck. In most cases they need to be hauled on a trailer. “If you want your lawn aerated, plenty of landscapers are happy to do that for you,” says Carver. “It’s a very reasonably priced service, and you don’t need to sign an annual contract or anything like that.” In addition to aerating, Caver suggests seeding and potentially fertilizing your lawn at the same time. Aeration holes allow new seeds to remain hidden and protected as they germinate, while fertilizer provides all of the necessary nutrients those new seedlings need to grow strong. Jack Frost Landscapes and Garden Center in Virginia Beach also offers a wide array of landscaping maintenance to keep your lawn looking its best, including aeration and reseeding services. Their mission is to achieve long-term success as a recognized leader of high-quality landscape maintenance and to build long-lasting relationships with their clients by providing innovative and reliable maintenance solutions, unmatched customer service and exceptional craftsmanship.

“Once you get past Labor Day, I’d recommend applying crabgrass preventer, which is pre-emergent crabgrass control product,” say Sean O’Donnell, garden center manager at Jack Frost. “It’s good to put it down twice a year, actually, in the fall and the spring. Then I’d recommend over-seeding. Usually, the time I recommend that is starting mid- to late-September. You want temperatures to cool off enough where we’re getting roughly 80-degree days and 60-degree nights. That’s the ideal germination temperature for fescue grass. If you used the crabgrass preventer, you want to give it a three- to four-week interval before over-seeding. That will actually prevent your new seeds from germinating. Any good three-fescue blend or a blend that’s primarily fescue is ideal. When you’re getting ready to go into winter in mid-November, you want to apply a winter fertilizer/stabilizer product. That puts your lawn to bed for the winter. That’s really about it. Applying the right product at the right time is really the key to success.” In addition to looking great, a healthy lawn is also better at keeping out unwanted guests. “The No. 1 weed preventer is a nice, thick, lush lawn,” says Carver. “Mother Nature is pretty good at growing stuff where there are open spaces, so if you’ve got bare areas on your lawn, if you don’t have grass, something else is going to grow there. But with a thick lawn, if there’s no place for weeds, you won’t have weeds.”

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Starting a family isn’t always a simple process. Coastal Virginia’s medical community provides hope, from solving infertility issues to caring for premature infants

etting pregnant and starting a family is a journey of hope, anticipation and love. But for some, the journey is filled with frustration, confusion, patience (and impatience), loss, grief and despair. For each couple that experiences a routine pregnancy and childbirth, there’s a couple that’s struggled to get pregnant, a couple that’s delivered a baby prematurely, or a couple that’s known the heartache of losing a baby. For these couples, the miracle of life is just that—a miracle. Fortunately, couples don’t have to embark on these journeys alone. Coastal Virginia is home to some excellent resources for starting families, from solving infertility issues or helping couples conceive via surrogacy to caring for babies born prematurely. Meet the Top Doc of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Dr. Alfred Abuhamad, on page 46, and learn about the revolutionary program he developed to detect fetal heart problems in early pregnancy. Learn about the causes of infertility and the proactive steps that women can take to preserve fertility on page 48, and then read personal success stories of in vitro and surrogacy on pages 50 and 52, respectively. Celebrate Little Miracles with the New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine on page 54. Find out why there’s a rise in maternal mortality on page 56. Follow one couple’s journey through infant loss on page 58, and seek inspiration in the way a local nonprofit organizer is keeping her daughter’s spirit alive through helping others on page 60. Finally, discover the latest advances in NICU on page 61. In these ways and more, Coastal Virginia’s medical community helps to provide comfort to those who need it and hope to those who’ve lost it.



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Top Doc

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Dr. Alfred Abuhamad Delivers a Brighter Future for Moms and Babies


By Barrett Baker

r. Alfred Abuhamad, professor and chairman for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and associate dean for Clinical Affairs at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), didn’t originally plan on being a part of EVMS’ team. Whether it was fate or just lucky circumstance for Coastal Virginia, he found his way here, oddly enough, through an interview in Boston. His medical education started at the American University in Beirut in Lebanon. He opted to do his residency at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, then stayed on for a fellowship opportunity in maternal and fetal medicine (high-risk obstetrics). From there he went to Yale New Haven for a fellowship in ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis. “I wanted to stay in New England because my parents lived in Boston,” says Abuhamad. “So, I was looking at jobs up there, and one of the places I interviewed was at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston with a guy named Dr. Peter Heyl.” Abuhamad decided at the time that the job wasn’t a good fit for him and moved on. In the meantime, Heyl had been recruited to EVMS and, recognizing Abuhamad’s talent, told then-director, Dr. Arthur Evans, “This guy is looking for a job. Give him a call.” So, Evans called him. “I was intrigued by what he told me, so I went to visit EVMS in January of 1992,” Abuhamad recalls. “I really liked the place, I liked the potential of what could be done there, and I saw a lot of opportunities. I came in on a Friday, called Dr. Evans on Monday and said I’ll take the job.” He moved to the area in August 1992. Abuhamad’s contributions to maternal and fetal medicine would have undoubtedly had a major impact on the rest of the United States and even the world, no matter where he ended up. But expectant mothers in Coastal Virginia should be very happy to have direct access to him through EVMS. In 2003, he developed software that uses multidimensional ultrasound to detect fetal heart problems early in pregnancy. Congenital heart defects are the number one cause of death from birth defects during a baby’s first year. Abuhamad’s revolutionary program is helping to reverse that.

In 2015, EVMS received a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Health to study placenta. The study, headed by Abuhamad, hopes to identify why some pregnancy problems are linked with the placenta and find new treatments that will help both the mothers and their babies. These are only a few of his accomplishments to date and undoubtedly just the tip of the iceberg on what else will come. “I have always been intrigued with the ability to connect with people and be able to help them during a very important time in their lives,” Abuhamad says. “Being a doctor is an incredible profession where you’re constantly learning and your daily work is always changing.” He steered toward obstetrics because, as a specialty, there are so many different facets involved. “You can be a surgeon. You can be an internist. You can even be a radiologist—all within one specialty,” he says. “The more time I spend in OB/GYN, the more fascinated I am with the physiology of labor, how this incredible change happens, taking a pregnancy from its early days into delivery. I’m also fascinated by the physiology of the fetus, and I feel there is still a lot of incredible information that has yet to be gained from the practice of maternal and fetal medicine. The environment the fetus lives in has so much impact on what a person will become later in life, and that’s what really drew me to this specialty. It’s just incredible.” With that in mind, there is no such thing as an “average day” for Abuhamad. One day he could be in the operating room, the next could be spent in the office accomplishing administrative tasks or research, and another could be doing ultrasounds on patients. However, it’s easy for him to identify what he considers to be the best part of his job. “Taking care of patients and being with the residents and fellows,” he says. “Clearly, those two things overshadow everything else. In other words, the ability to help, to provide support, to provide guidance for people during their difficult moments and being able to mentor fellows and residents into the future. That is really the most compelling part of my day. That’s really what it is all about.”

“I have always been intrigued with the ability to connect with people and be able to help them during a very important time in their lives.”


The Ins and Outs of Infertility


Thanks to Advances in Reproductive Medicine, More Couples can Experience the Joys of Parenthood By Jamie McAllister

or couples struggling with infertility, the doubt and uncertainty about their chances at parenthood can be almost unbearable. But thanks to advances in reproductive medicine, more and more couples are overcoming infertility to experience the joys of parenthood.

Factors of Infertility Infertility can be caused by a number of factors, including exposure to certain environmental toxins, age and genetics. Cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation, can also have a negative impact on fertility levels. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition that causes irregular cycles, lack of ovulation and cysts on the ovaries, is a common culprit of infertility in women. Other causes include blocked fallopian tubes due to pelvic infection or endometriosis, a disorder in which uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus. Among men, common causes of infertility include low sperm count and low sperm motility from genetic, environmental or obstructive causes, as well as varicocele, a condition that causes dilated veins in the testes that can affect the sperm. Age plays a crucial role in a couple’s ability to conceive. “Agerelated issues affect men and women, just at different times in their lives,” explains Dr. Laurel Stadtmauer, medical director of the EVMS Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. “Women begin to experience a decline in their fertility around the age of 35, while men don’t deal with age-related issues until around age 50. And even then, their lack of fertility is usually more closely aligned with erectile dysfunction and performance, rather than decreased sperm count.”


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Stadtmauer notes that a woman in her 20s has a 25 to 30 percent chance of becoming pregnant each month. By the age of 35, a woman’s chances of conception each month are reduced to 15 percent. And after the age of 45, the chances of a woman becoming pregnant shrink to less than 1 percent each month. “Women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have,” Stadtmauer says. “Unlike men, who continue to produce sperm well into middle age and beyond. As women age, their eggs have a greater chance of chromosomal abnormalities, decreasing the chance of normal fertilization and live births.” According to Stadtmauer, women who are under the age of 35 and who are in good health can try for up to a year to get pregnant before seeking medical help. Women over the age of 35 should wait no more than six months to seek medical help if they don’t conceive, and for women over 40, Stadtmauer recommends they speak with their doctor before they become pregnant. If a woman of any age has a known medical condition that could affect her ability to get pregnant, such as PCOS, she should talk with her ob-gyn when she decides she wants to have a baby. Fertility Preservation As more and more women delay motherhood to pursue other goals, such as education or a career, fertility preservation is becoming an increasingly common way for them to retain their fertility until later in life. Common ways to preserve fertility include freezing eggs, embryos and sperm. “When it comes to fertility preservation, the younger you are when you do it, the better,” Stadtmauer says. “The most cost-effective age

for women to have their eggs frozen is 37. If you either haven’t found a partner by then or are not ready to decide, that’s the optimal age for preserving an egg, because a woman’s fertility rapidly declines after the age of 37.” For women who choose to have their eggs frozen, the process begins with a consultation. The doctor calculates the probability of a pregnancy based on a variety of factors, including a woman’s age. An ovarian reserve test is also conducted, to determine how many viable eggs a woman is likely to produce. The doctor performs an ultrasound to look at the size of the ovaries and to count the follicles, which contain the eggs. The next step is for the woman to receive fertility medications to stimulate her ovaries to produce eggs. The amount of medication a woman receives will depend on her egg reserve. On the second or third day of a woman’s period, she begins receiving fertility shots that will continue anywhere from 8–11 days. The shots override a woman’s system to produce multiple follicles, leading to increased egg production, as the individual eggs are housed in the follicles. Her follicle growth and estrogen levels are monitored regularly. “The hormone levels have to be just right for the best results,” Stadtmauer says. “You can’t over or under stimulate the ovaries.” When the follicles reach the right size and the eggs are mature, the woman is ready for the egg retrieval procedure. Follicle fluid is collected via a vaginal procedure, during which the woman is lightly sedated. The procedure takes about 10–15 minutes, and then the eggs are cleaned and frozen through a process called vitrification. Eggs must be frozen within two hours of collection and are stored at temperatures of -196 degrees Celsius. The length of time that eggs are frozen has not been shown to impact the health of the future baby. The biggest challenge for both doctors and patients is matching expectations with reality. “Some women wait too long, and a 40-year-old may have to have upwards of 10 rounds of IVF to obtain the number of eggs needed,” Stadtmauer says. “Women and their partners must also realize that not every egg survives or is healthy. There is a 5 percent live birth rate on the average per egg retrieved, meaning 10 eggs may yield a 50 percent chance of fertilization. There’s a lot of attrition in the process and no guarantees.” Stadtmauer is working to educate physicians and patients about fertility preservation. “As attitudes toward freezing eggs change, women need to be able to understand their options,” she says. “Freezing your eggs is a way to reduce the pressure women may feel to have a baby. When they’re ready, the eggs will be ready.”

$ The Costs of Fertility Treatments The average amount spent on in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments for egg freezing, including medications and the egg extraction procedure, is around $10,000. Many times, a facility will include the first year of egg storage in the package price. After that, the facility sends a yearly invoice and reminder that the eggs are still available. The average cost for storing frozen eggs is $500 a year. The average cost of thawing, fertilizing and transferring the eggs to the uterus during an IVF procedure is $5,000. If a woman decides she doesn’t want to become pregnant, she can donate the eggs to research or donate them to a friend or family member struggling to conceive. Right now, most insurances don’t cover elective fertility preservation. Some insurance companies may consider covering the costs if a woman’s infertility is due to a medical condition, such as cancer.

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Medical Marvels Helped to Make the Nield Family Complete By Chelsea Sherman


aurie Nield always knew she wanted children—in fact, she always knew her number: four. When she presented this information to her now-husband, Joey, before they got married, he laughed. “He said, ‘I’ll agree to one. I can be talked into two. But I am never having four,’” Laurie recalls. Eighteen years of marriage and yes, four babies later, the Nield family is complete. But the road to building their family was anything but easy. It was one paved with physical and emotional challenges—one that started with one of the most heartbreaking diagnoses a woman can receive: infertility. Joey had already had a vasectomy before he married Laurie, so he had to have a reversal procedure before they could start trying for kids. About six months after the reversal, the Nields began trying to grow their family. According to the at-home ovulation kits, Laurie was ovulating frequently. However, after six months of attempting to get pregnant, the Nields decided to meet with a specialist. They were referred to the New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine. After some tests, Dr. Robin Poe-Zeigler realized that a severe car wreck Laurie was injured in several years prior had torn many nerves and blood vessels in her body. Although Laurie was still producing eggs, her body was not registering them. Armed with that knowledge, the Nields embarked on their first round of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The procedure was successful, and Laurie became pregnant with her first son, Connor, in October 2003. Roughly one and a half years later, the couple decided it was time to try for a sibling for their little boy. They still had frozen embryos from the first round, so they used those embryos in a second round of IVF. This time, Laurie became pregnant but experienced a miscarriage. After that difficult loss, the couple decided to try again with a fresh cycle. That might not sound daunting to those unfamiliar with IVF, but the process is quite grueling. First, the doctor puts the woman on superovulation drugs, which stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Once the eggs are ready for retrieval, the woman begins taking human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which helps the eggs mature. The eggs are then extracted and fertilized with the partner or donor’s sperm. Around this time, the woman also begins supplementing progesterone to prepare the uterus for implantation. After the embryos “hatch” a few days later, the doctor performs the embryo transfer, in which one or more embryos are placed into the uterus. If the procedure is successful, the embryo will implant, resulting in a pregnancy. Many of these steps involve self-administered injections. Visits to the doctor become as regular as trips to the grocery store. There

may be an ultrasound and bloodwork done every other day for a few weeks. On top of all this is the reality that only 36 percent of IVF cycles result in pregnancy, and roughly 29 percent result in a baby. “Infertility is the hardest thing I have ever been through in my life. Trying to get pregnant becomes a chore, and then there’s the constant emotional downfall when you don’t end up pregnant,” Nield says. “It’s draining—emotionally and financially. It is worth every dime and every minute you put into it, but the reality is it’s very hard.” Laurie’s second pregnancy was much more challenging than her first. She began hemorrhaging and ended up on bed rest for three months. The baby was due on Valentine’s Day, but Laurie’s water broke on Halloween. She remained in the hospital until November 22, when her second boy, Carson, was born. He weighed in around 3 pounds and had to be kept in the special care nursery until January 6, when he was sent home in perfect health. “At that point, I thought we were done and we’d never do this again,” Laurie says. But she still wanted a girl, and in 2009 the Nields decided they would try one last time. They embarked on their third fresh cycle, this time aided with new techniques Dr. Poe-Zeigler had begun using, including acupuncture. “Every other time we had done this, they put in two embryos, and I got one baby,” Laurie says. This time, during the first pregnancy ultrasound, the doctor left and came back with two nurses. “I thought, ‘Well, this is different.’ I asked if the baby was OK,” Laurie says. “Dr. Robin said yes and showed me where Baby A, B and C were.” Both embryos had taken, and the second embryo had divided. However, at the eight week appointment, they learned that while the identical twins were viable, the single baby had stopped growing. In August of 2010, Laurie gave birth to healthy twin girls, Coryne and Callie. Although IVF has become widely accepted, naysayers remain. Laurie is a devout Christian, but she has experienced her fair share of hurtful comments by those who claim IVF is akin to “playing God.” “God has given these doctors the knowledge and skills to help you have a baby,” Laurie says. “You would never tell someone going through an illness like cancer or diabetes to not take their medicine because that’s ‘playing God.’” To those considering in vitro as their next step, Nield believes a strong support system is a necessity. “Seek support from women who have been through this. There are tons of counseling and support groups available, so use those resources,” Nield says. “Most importantly, make sure your marriage is strong before you start down this road. It’ll destroy it if it’s not.”

“It’s draining— emotionally and financially. It is worth every dime and every minute you put into it, but the reality is it’s very hard.”


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Parents at Last After Seven Years of Heartbreaking Infertility, CoVa Couple Has Success Through Surrogacy


By Chelsea Sherman

hris and Candace Wohl married right out of college, but their plan was to wait a while before having children. That plan changed when Chris developed a brain tumor a year into their marriage. After Chris endured dozens of visits to the hospital, several brushes with death and two craniotomies, the couple had a change in perspective. “I saw my husband skate the door of death,” Candace says. “We decided life was too short and we should start our family.” After a year of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, the Wohls decided to visit their OB-GYN. The first step was intrauterine insemination (IUI), also referred to as artificial insemination or, as Candace calls it, the “turkey baster method.” When that was unsuccessful, the Wohls moved on to in vitro fertilization (IVF). “That is a big step from something that is somewhat affordable to a ginormous bill. Sadly, cost is the No. 1 barrier to family building,” Candace says.


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The Wohls went through a total of six rounds of IVF. Candace was always an excellent responder to the initial part of the treatment. Unfortunately, despite having what her doctor referred to as “beautiful embryos,” her uterus would not support them. On top of that, she developed the beginning stages of uterine cancer. After the fifth round of IVF, the doctors told her she had one last try before she would need to have a partial hysterectomy. With the understanding that this was the last chance she had at carrying a pregnancy, Candace prepared for her last round of IVF. Meanwhile, MTV had found the Wohls through their blog, “Our Misconception,” and began filming their journey for the “True Life” documentary, “I’m Desperate to Have a Baby.” “They followed us during our sixth round of IVF, as well as another couple that was going through their first attempt. We were both cycling at the same time,” Candace recalls. “That woman got pregnant, and I found out I was yet again not pregnant. The moment I found out, the two grown men filming us broke down crying. They told us

this was the hardest documentary they’d ever filmed.” All the fundraising, the constant trips to the doctor, the countless procedures, drugs, shots and hormonal roller coasters had come down to this devastating moment. That same day, the Wohls decided on their next step: adoption. They met with adoption agencies right away and began fundraising. The Wohls had taken on six rounds of IVF themselves, and there was no way they would now be able to take on the financial burden of adoption. “I got a lot of flak for that. People would say, ‘How can you afford to Photo by Lovell Productions have a child if you can’t afford to bring one into the world?’ The difference is when you are infertile, you have to pay a lump sum up front to have a child. Yes, I could afford a child. But at that point, after six rounds of IVF, I couldn’t afford to bring one into the world,” Candace says. The Wohls proceeded to raise funds for their adoption. It was then that a friend’s sister found the couple on social media and approached them with an offer to be their gestational carrier—their surrogate. “I completely dismissed it. Adoption was our answer,” Candace says. But Candace’s mother reminded her about the two embryos she had left from her last round of IVF. This chance was not likely to come around again. So, Candace and Chris talked it over, and they decided to go for it. “The pregnancy went wonderfully. Our surrogate gave us the most beautiful gift a woman could ever give to an infertile couple,” Candace says. Candace was able to attend every single doctor’s appointment with her surrogate, and they developed a special relationship during those nine months. But the process was certainly not without its struggles. “Having this child through surrogacy was like watching a quarterback run with your last game ball at the last few seconds of the game. You hope nothing happens—that no trip or slip keeps the quarterback from making it to the goal. The only thing you can do is cheer on the sidelines because you have no control. All you can do is pray and hope they make it,” Candace says.

Fortunately for the Wohls, their quarterback made it to the goal line. Their daughter, Grayson, was born in June of 2014. After seven years of fighting an uphill battle to become parents, the Wohls finally had a child of their own. Candace also defied the odds and was able to induce lactation and breastfeed her daughter right after she was born. She had to dry pump for five months leading up to the delivery, along with taking breastfeeding supplements. She also took the medication Domperidone, which is generally used for gastrointestinal tract problems but can also increase the production of prolactin, the hormone that stimulates milk production. “I watched someone else painfully labor my child. My body had failed me in that regard. But being able to breastfeed my daughter was like giving Mother Nature the middle finger. It was very healing for me,” Candace says. Three years later, Candace continues to be a supporter and advocate for infertile couples. She and Chris continue to blog on “Our Misconception.” Additionally, Candace runs the Hampton Roads RESOLVE support group, which provides support for men and women experiencing infertility. Candace is also very involved with infertility advocacy work. She goes to Capitol Hill each year for Advocacy Day to fight for reproductive rights for people struggling with infertility. “Infertility impacts the same amount of people who are diagnosed with diabetes. Yet, you don’t hear about these issues as often,” Wohl says. “Advocating for people suffering from this disease is healing for me too. I can’t do anything about what’s happened to me, but I can help change things for the better for future generations.”


Carson, 6 weeks, shows off his “Worth the Wait” onesie.

Celebrating Little Miracles For Two Decades, New Hope Center For Reproductive Medicine Has Been a One-Stop Fertility Shop Offering Personalized, Patient-Centered Care


By Chelsea Sherman

f anyone stumbled upon the New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine’s 20th anniversary party last July, they would have never guessed there was anything different about the hundreds of children running around, rock climbing, playing games and standing in line for popcorn. But these children were all there at the Virginia Zoo that hot July day thanks to the reproductive fertility treatments at New Hope. More than 1,400 people came to celebrate the special occasion, which took place on July 23, National Parents’ Day. “We came together to celebrate these little miracles, these living success stories,” says Tori Brown, marketing coordinator and physician liaison for New Hope. The theme for the 20th anniversary party was “Under the Big Top.” Families that have been through treatment at New Hope to bring their children into the world were all invited to come enjoy a fun day of outdoor activities. “Our practice has always been focused on personalized, patientcentered care. In everything we do, we strive to make our patients feel like a part of our family,” Brown says. “This celebration really exemplifies that relationship we have with our patients.” Since Dr. Robin Poe-Zeigler founded New Hope in 1997, 3,166 babies have been born with the help of the center’s fertility treatments. After completing a fellowship at the Jones Institute


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for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Poe-Zeigler opened her reproductive fertility center. New Hope offers a variety of fertility treatment options, including intrauterine insemination (IUI), conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) and natural cycle IVF. “Dr. Robin founded New Hope because she wanted a place for people struggling with infertility to feel at home,” Brown says. “While the process of being treated for infertility is often thought of as cold and clinical, that’s not what you want it to feel like when you’re expanding your family.” That is where Poe-Zeigler’s approach to care makes a difference. She is dedicated to creating individualized patient plans for each patient she serves. Her genuine care for each new family she meets is evident in the time and effort she puts making their treatment a success. It all starts with a one-on-one consultation with PoeZeigler, where hopeful parents can discuss their concerns and expectations. Every step along the journey, the doctors and staff are there to offer patients support and guidance. “We always get new patients in as soon as possible. Dr. Robin truly bends over backward to help her patients build their families,” Brown says. New Hope is unique in that it is a “one-stop fertility shop.” The center has an on-site surgical suite, as well as its own embryology and andrology labs. Patients don’t have to worry about visiting Photos by deRice Photography

Twins Tucker and Jackson celebrate meeting Dr. Poe-Zeigler.

The Williams family poses for a photo with Dr. Poe-Zeigler, who is holding their newest miracle, Aubrey.

Dr. Poe-Zeigler smiles while holding a recent New Hope miracle.

multiple offices and labs throughout the course of their treatment. By having every aspect of fertility treatment available inhouse, the New Hope staff can develop meaningful relationships with each patient. “Because we see our patients frequently, we know them by name. They become like family. When you’re going through infertility, that kind of personal treatment is crucial,” Brown says. For couples struggling with infertility, there is undoubtedly an emotional component to the experience. New Hope strives to support patients in both the physical and mental aspects of infertility. The staff understands the emotional toll infertility can take on the individuals who walk through their doors, and treating those patients with respect and compassion is a priority for everyone at New Hope. Looking to the future, the practice has no plans to expand. New Hope’s goal is to continue helping create Coastal Virginia families using their personalized care standard. “Being small is what makes us special,” Brown says. “We want to continue to offer our patients this personalized attention. We never want them to feel like a number.”

Dr. Poe-Zeigler hugs New Hope twins Sophia and Harper.


Maternal Mortality

Despite Outcry over Pregnancy-Related Deaths, Doctors are Limited in How Much They Can Control the Trend


By Barrett Baker

here is a disturbing trend happening in the United States that is going in the wrong direction from most of the civilized world. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), maternal mortality rates in the United States have risen from seven or eight cases per 100,000 live births 30 years ago to an average of 18 per 100,000 today. Considering there are approximately 4 million live births in the U.S. annually, that equates to approximately 700 unexpected maternal deaths each year. In some cases, the babies don’t make it either. With those kinds of numbers in mind, you would expect that there would be a national outcry in the healthcare community to reverse the trend. There is. And many steps have been taken to help push those numbers downward again. But according to local doctors who are close to the problem, there are several factors contributing to the totals that they can only do so much to control. Dr. Jeffrey Henke, an obstetrician and gynecologist with Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, believes part of the problem is in the data collection itself. “Previously in the United States, most death certificates did not have a check box or something to signify whether a death was considered a maternal death or not,” he explains. “That changed about eight to 10 years ago, and it is now required.” According to Henke, another potential problem is the way that maternal deaths are being defined. “Maternal death is now anything related to pregnancy, is exacerbated by pregnancy, or a chain of events started by pregnancy that caused a death within one year of birth,” he says. “So, it’s not always stuff that you would think of. Somebody could have an aortic aneurism that you wouldn’t think of as a pregnancy issue that they die of nine months after the delivery, but that would get counted as a maternal death.” However, Henke also believes there is a major social issue at fault for the rise in recorded maternal deaths. “There is a huge disparity in the numbers when it comes to ethnicity,” he says. “Looking at numbers roughly from 2013, the death rate for Caucasian women was around 13 per 100,000, while the rate for African-Americans was closer to 44. The amount of prenatal care you get doesn’t matter whether you’ve had three visits or 12, but if you don’t have access to healthcare and never have any prenatal care, you have a five-fold increase in the death rate.” Dr. Camille Kanaan, who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, agrees. Reading from a report issued by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published last September, he states, We note that although Washington, D.C. has the highest maternal mortality ratio in the nation [38.8 percent], non-Hispanic, white patients in the district have the lowest mortality ratio in the United States. “Excellent care is apparently available, but it is not reaching all the people,” Kanaan says. “So, there are definitely issues with access to care that are affecting maternal mortality. It’s a very complicated issue that needs to be looked at, not only from a medical aspect, but also from a social aspect.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the top causes for pregnancy-related deaths in the United States between 2011 and 2013 were cardiovascular diseases, non-cardiovascular diseases, infection or sepsis, hemorrhage, cardiomyopathy (a


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hereditary disease of the heart muscle), thrombotic pulmonary embolism, hypertensive disorders, cerebrovascular accidents, and amniotic fluid embolism. “Part of why people think the current trend has gone up is that obesity has gone up dramatically in the last 30 years,” says Henke. “Diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease are all related to obesity, so that may be a big part of it, too. The other is age. If you’re over 40, your risk goes up seven-fold. But having children later in life has been another growing trend in this country.” “Pregnancies do carry risks of complications,” says Kanaan. “Many of those things we can improve medically, and things have improved. But maternal mortality has changed over the years, so it’s not always the same things that are causing mothers to die. Infection and hemorrhage responses have improved. We manage them better. But other complications related to obesity, diabetes, embolisms and even agerelated factors have all increased. With that, we continue to face different causes for maternal mortality. So as time changes, we have to address the issues a little bit differently.”

Amniotic Fluid Embolism Miranda Klassen, founder and executive director of the Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) Foundation almost died giving birth to her son nine years ago. The culprit was an unexpected birth complication that is not widely known or understood, though it has been around for probably as long as women have been giving birth— amniotic fluid embolism (AFE). “It happens very commonly in women that give birth where the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby goes into any of the uterine veins,” she explains. “For many women it doesn’t cause any problems, but for some it can create an allergic-like reaction, much like how a bee sting could harm one person and not another. But it knows no bias in terms of ethnicity. It can happen during cesarean section or during vaginal delivery. And it can happen while delivering your first baby or your fifth.” Being one of the rare survivors of this complicated issue, Klassen started the AFE Foundation to help raise awareness of it. “When someone dies unexpectedly while going through what is supposed to be one of the most joyous times of their lives, the survivors go through grief; there’s that period of denial and that phase of anger,” she says. “So, our mission is to help families better understand what happened to their loved ones. The support really comes in connecting them with other families that understand because it is so rare, it is so devastating, and the circumstances are so unique.” Klassen understands that AFE deaths represent a very small portion of maternal deaths but wants people to be more aware of the potential problem. “Postpartum hemorrhage and high BMIs (body mass index), which leads to gestational diabetes, are all things that are preventable. We have answers for that,” she says. “But we don’t have answers to AFE. We don’t know why AFE happens. So yes, the other factors are contributing to the rise in maternal deaths, but we still need answers.” One of her goals is to provide support to the passage of the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017. “We can’t make it mandatory for states to uniformly report maternal deaths,” she says. “As a nation we don’t really have a handle on this, but we want to give the states all the tools they can possibly use to review these deaths, to see what the problems are and to make positive changes. We need states to better understand why women are dying.”

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A Family’s Lesson in Grace


The Davenports Spent Just a Fleeting Moment with their Daughter— But Her Memory Will Last a Lifetime By Jamie McAllister

ake and Katie Davenport couldn’t wait to meet their first daughter, Grace, and hold her in their arms. Like most parents, they would treasure the first minutes of their child’s life. But the Davenports knew they had to make each second count because the first 90 minutes they spent with Grace would also be the last. When the Davenports went to their 20-week ultrasound appointment, they were eager to learn if they would be having a boy or a girl. They never expected to receive the devastating news: both of the baby’s kidneys had developed cysts and would not function properly after birth, a condition called multicystic dysplastic kidneys (MCDK). Most babies diagnosed with bilateral MCDK don’t survive long after birth, and the Davenports were told the condition would not be “compatible with life.” Because of the impending outcome, it was recommended that the Davenports quickly schedule a date to terminate the pregnancy, and an appointment was made with a doctor in Richmond. Reeling


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from the sudden and shocking news, Jake and Katie did their best to console each other. “We talked about our options in depth with our doctors, family and clergy and realized it was not our decision to make,” Jake says. “We left everything in God’s hands and vowed to enjoy every moment we were given with our child.” They called the doctor’s office in Richmond and cancelled the appointment. Katie went into labor early on the morning of March 4, and throughout the day, as the contractions intensified, so did the couple’s anticipation. At midnight, with contractions coming closer and closer together, Jake drove Katie to Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News. “I was so excited about meeting my daughter, but then reality would set in,” Jake says. “It’s a hard place to be. I knew she wouldn’t be with us long, but I was ready to be a father. I went back and forth between feeling joyful and terrified.” Despite having underdeveloped lungs, Grace Katherine Davenport entered the world with a strong cry. The nurses wrapped her in a blanket and immediately placed her on her mother’s chest. Jake

and Katie were left alone with their daughter to experience their first—and last—moments together. The couple’s reverend came into the room to baptize Grace, and a volunteer photographer (from the organization Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep) took photos of the family during their fleeting moments together. “There was so much love in that room,” Jake recalls. “The energy surrounding her was palpable. Holding my daughter was the best thing that had ever happened to me. We told her we loved her hundreds of times in that hour and a half.” Grace passed away quietly in the arms of her parents that afternoon, knowing only the smiles on their faces and the warmth of their love. At Grace’s funeral service, friends and family members gathered to celebrate her short life. At the cemetery, Katie and Jake shoveled dirt onto Grace’s gravesite following the inurnment. After Jake finished, he passed the shovel to his brother-in-law, who in turn passed it on to the next person. Almost everyone took part in covering the grave; some even used their hands. “Every scoop of dirt was put in by people we love,” says Jake. “It helped my wife and I realize that everyone we knew was going through the sorrow with us and everyone there that day helped to carry our burden.” Despite the difficulties faced during their first pregnancy, Jake and Katie knew MCDK was a rare condition and that couples who had lost a child to it often went on to have healthy babies. With hope in their hearts, they decided they wanted to face their fears and try again for another child. In 2013, a second daughter, Elizabeth, was born, and in 2015 the couple welcomed a third child, a son named Van. In the spring of 2017, Katie gave birth to their fourth child, a second son named Beaux. All three children were born full term and healthy. “Grace will always be a part of our family,” Katie says. “We have her pictures up at our house, and we talk about her with the kids. We want to show other families that they can get to the other side of their grief. Losing a child puts you in a dark, isolating place. Parents going through it feel like they can’t talk about it because they’re worried about others’ reactions. We want to share Grace’s memory to help other families see that there is hope.” “I always knew I wanted children, but holding Grace made me want kids even more,” Jake says. “Every little moment with our children is special, and we take nothing for granted. Grace gave a lot of people strength and brought my wife and me closer to each other and to our faith. We want to keep Grace’s spirit alive through helping others.”

Avoiding Miscommunication on Miscarriage


nyone, whether they’ve experienced a miscarriage or not, can understand that it’s tragic. It’s also more common than most people realize. Someone you know may experience the loss of a baby, whether in the first 20 weeks (miscarriage), after 20 weeks (stillbirth) or neonatal loss (within the first 28 days of life). It’s difficult to know what to say to someone who has lost a baby, and even the most well-meaning friends or family can struggle with finding the right words. Here are a few suggestions for what to say and what not to say:



Recognize their feelings, honor their path of grief, which is so varied, and console them through your presence. Just knowing someone is there to listen is monumental. Say the baby’s name out loud. This helps to validate and honor the baby’s life. Give the couple a gift of remembrance, such as a tree or flower bush that they can plant or a candle that they can burn on the anniversary of their baby’s passing. Make dinner or start a meal train for the couple. Send flowers, make a phone call, mail a card, make a donation in the baby’s name, or any other gesture that you would typically carry out for someone in mourning. Let the couple know how much you care. Let them cry, bring them tissues, sit with them, hug them. Above all, acknowledge that this is a huge loss. Ask if the couple wants someone to break the news to others for them. In situations where relatives, friends and coworkers are aware of the pregnancy, it can be heartbreaking for a couple to have to share news of a miscarriage to those people. However, make sure you ask before breaking the news. Understand if the mother or couple needs some distance. Everyone grieves differently, and you don’t know where someone is in their grieving process. Tell the mom or couple, “Your feelings are valid.” A miscarriage or infant loss brings on many different emotions, and there’s no right or wrong way to feel. It’s OK to just say, “I am so sorry.” It’s simple, but it’s enough. Say it and mean it, and it will matter. Listen when the mom or couple is ready to talk. Heather Wilson, founder of Kennedy’s Angel Gowns, shares this: “If I say, ‘Before the baby died,’ or ‘When I was pregnant,’ don’t get scared. If I’m talking about it, it means I want to. Let me. Pretending it didn’t happen will only make me feel utterly alone.” Read more on Kennedy’s Angel Gowns on page 60.

Don’t be so quick to relate. It’s human nature to want to relate our experiences to others’ and help people to understand that they’re not alone in their struggle. If you’ve experienced a similar loss, it’s OK to offer advice when they’re ready. It’s not OK to bring up a similar scenario as a way to normalize their situation, and it’s not OK to discuss horror stories of a neighbor or relative who “had it worse.” Don’t forget about the fathers. They lost a child too. Ask the dad how he is doing, and offer support for him. No amount of strength can prepare a mother or father for losing a child. Don’t say any of the following phrases: “God needed another angel.” Grief-stricken parents didn’t want an angel; they wanted a baby. “There’s a reason for everything.” This statement could make a mother feel like she’s done something to cause it and that she was the reason she couldn’t carry her baby to term. “Don’t worry; you’ll get pregnant again.” This statement treats the loss as insignificant. Also, no one knows if she will get pregnant again, or if she wants to. “How far along were you?” This can come from a well-meaning place, but it can also seem like the question is being asked for comparison. “You’re lucky it was early.” There’s nothing lucky about experiencing a miscarriage. It’s still a loss. “At least you know you can get pregnant.” This comment could make the couple feel that their grief isn’t justified because someone else is grieving a different matter. “At least you have another child.” Having other children doesn’t make the loss of a baby any less significant or heartbreaking. “It’s time to move on.” It’s not anyone else’s place to tell a grieving woman or couple how long they should grieve. Most importantly, don’t be the friend who doesn’t say anything. It can be difficult to find the right words, but it’s important that you acknowledge the loss. A local mom who’s experienced four losses, shares this: “When I think of the hurtful things I heard from people, it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as the silence I heard (or didn’t hear) from others; as if my baby never existed, like I was never pregnant. I don’t know why people chose to be silent, but that hurt worse than any comment I received.” —Angela Blue


Gowns For Good


Kennedy’s Angel Gowns Provides Help and Healing for Bereaved Families By Angela Blue


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Photo courtesy of LaKaye Mbah Photography

ight years ago, Virginia Beach resident Heather Wilson was preparing for the birth of her first daughter, Kennedy Milan Wilson. She had set up the baby’s nursery, decorating with a theme of butterflies in hues of pink, white and beige. All of Kennedy’s newborn clothes had been carefully washed in Dreft and placed in her white wardrobe. “Everything was perfect,” Heather recalls. “All of the hopes and dreams we had to watch this little girl grow up in this room kept our hearts full of wonder.” One day, at 35 weeks pregnant, Heather didn’t feel her baby moving anymore. Concerned, she and her husband, Demitri, drove to the hospital, where they were told the most devastating news expectant parents could hear: there was no heartbeat, and their daughter had passed away. “I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t move … all I could do was cry,” Heather says. Demitri was equally pained. “He broke down crying like I have never witnessed him cry before,” Heather says. “It was so unbearable to watch him grieve for his baby girl.” Shortly after, Heather was prepped to deliver the baby she’d been aching to meet and would never get to bring home. After 25 hours of labor, Kennedy was born silently on August 17, 2009. “She was perfect, she was mine, and I loved her so much,” Heather says. “My doctor placed her in my arms, and I held her and cried so hard that it hurt. I was overcome by her beauty and overcome with emotion at the same time.” The Wilsons were told that Kennedy had died from placenta abruption, a diagnosis that didn’t help to ease their turmoil. “The pain was still there, and a part of me had died with my baby,” Heather says. Instead of planning Kennedy’s future, the Wilsons were now planning their daughter’s funeral. One of the most difficult tasks was finding a gown to fit her. Everything was too small, including doll clothing, so they made do with a slightly oversized white dress and bonnet. Since losing Kennedy, the Wilsons have wanted to honor their daughter. Last year, they discovered a way. It had always bothered Heather that they couldn’t find a gown small enough to bury her daughter in. So, last year, the night before what would have been Kennedy’s 7th birthday, Heather stayed up all night sewing a gown. “I’ve always sewn—I taught myself to sew—and I love fashion,” Heather says. She posted the photo to Facebook, where it received an outpour of support. “It showed me how much it was needed because behind all of the Facebook tags, there were people personally emailing me, saying that they went through the same thing,” Heather says. “The amount of people it had touched—it touched me even more, and it showed me that this was something that needed to be done.” In 2016, Heather started the nonprofit Kennedy’s Angel Gowns, an organization that provides burial gowns for baby girls and vests and ties for baby boys, hand-sewn from donated wedding dresses. “When you think of wedding gowns, you think of the most beautiful material—pearls, beading and lace,” Heather explains. “You wait your whole life to get married, and so for a family that knows they will never get to walk that child down the aisle, to have a piece of that is beautiful.” Former brides can ship their dresses to the organization’s P.O. Box, and then burial gowns are shipped at no cost to bereaved families. So far, 307 wedding dresses have been donated to the organization. Approximately 11–16 infant gowns can be created from one wedding dress. | october


In addition to the gowns, the organization hosts two annual events to raise awareness of infertility and infant loss. The events also raise funds for the cost of funerals or cremation services, as well as Cuddle Cots, a cooling system for babies that helps the body not to break down as quickly and therefore allows bereaved families to spend every second possible with their baby, during a time when every moment counts. “With the Cuddle Cots, the family will be able to hold the baby and be with the baby for five days,” Heather explains. “We’re kind of giving families the gift of time.” Kennedy’s Angel Gowns also connects families with support groups and therapy services with Anisa Glowczak of Good Mourning Counseling & Consulting in Virginia Beach. Glowczak specializes in miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss, pregnancy after a loss, infertility issues, grief, anxiety and family caregiving for loved ones with cognitive impairments. Through her involvement with the loss community, Heather has been able to partner with other organizations that provide services for parents grieving the loss of a baby: The Cooper Project donates handmade necklaces and bracelets for moms who have lost a child through stillbirth or infant loss. Molly Bears, an international organization located in Virginia Beach, makes teddy bears for grieving parents that weigh the same amount as a baby that was lost. Kennedy’s Angel Gowns is helping Heather in her own healing process, although she admits that it’s taken a long time to get to this point. “When this happened, I felt very alone. I did not know one other person this had happened to,” she explains. “Part of that is my healing too—to know that I’m not alone and in a community of people that feel this awful pain, and meeting them and talking to them. We’re at the point now where we can help people and honor her legacy.” Learn more at

Kennedy’s Angel Events Save the dates for these two annual events honoring angel babies. Angel Run 5K Held Oct. 15, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, the event will raise awareness and honor angel babies. Finish line activities include food trucks, vendors, Mixxed Fit, Zumba and a memorial ceremony. Registration 9 a.m., race time 10:15 a.m. Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach.

Angel Ball This past April, the organization held its Inaugural Angel Ball, which will always occur on an evening during the week of April 28, National Infertility Awareness Week. This year’s event was sold out, so get tickets early for next year’s event, held at the Virginia Aquarium.

Rainbow Babies Heather and Demitri now have another daughter, Riley, whom they refer to as their ‘rainbow baby,’ a term for a baby that’s born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. Parents of rainbow babies may face personal challenges where feelings of joy and excitement are also accompanied by feelings of guilt, grief, worry, anxiety and fear. It’s important to understand that it’s OK to have mixed feelings and OK to continue to grieve the loss. Alternatively, feeling happy about a new pregnancy/baby doesn’t negate feelings of loss. Give yourself permission to feel joy as well.

The Best of Care for the Tiniest of Patients Chkd’s NICU provides advanced medical treatment for babies born prematurely or with serious medical conditions


By Jamie McAllister

he neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a special hospital department dedicated solely to caring for babies born prematurely or with serious medical conditions. In the NICU, doctors and nurses use medical equipment developed to care for and treat the tiniest of patients, providing hope to families and saving the lives of babies. Coastal Virginia is home to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD), which has the region’s only level IV NICU, providing the most advanced medical care for infants. Dr. Tom Bass is a neonatologist at CHKD and professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School. “I’ve been practicing here for 30 years, and it has been exciting to see all of the advances that have occurred during that time,” he says. One of those advances is the high-frequency jet ventilator. The machine breathes for the baby at a much more rapid rate than other ventilators. “It’s a safer way to ventilate the most critically ill babies, helping to reduce the risk of lung injury,” notes Bass. Noninvasive positivepressure ventilators are another form of assistance to help babies breathe. “This type of ventilator doesn’t require intubation and has been shown to help reduce the number of NICU babies requiring more invasive ventilation,” Bass says. To protect a baby’s brain, NICU staff use cooling units to provide therapeutic hypothermia, also known as whole body cooling. Using either a cooling cap placed on the baby’s head or a water-filled cooling blanket, staff slowly lower the baby’s temperature to 92 degrees Fahrenheit. “This therapy can protect the brain by slowing metabolism, reducing the likelihood of death and disability in babies deprived of oxygen during birth,” Bass says. To support the circulation of blood and oxygen in critically ill newborns with heart and lung conditions, doctors turn to cardiopul-

monary bypass units. The units can take over for a baby’s heart by pumping blood and stand in for a baby’s lungs by supplying oxygen. Noninvasive medical advances in the NICU include echocardiography to test for cardiac disease. Echocardiography uses soundwaves that bounce off different areas of a baby’s heart to produce images of that organ. Ultrasound can also be used to diagnose brain and kidney abnormalities in babies. Another treatment, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), uses a pump to circulate blood through an artificial lung. During the process, oxygen is added into the blood and then pumped back into the baby’s bloodstream. This treatment is used for critically ill newborns with heart and lung disease. For infants with heart defects that can cause unoxygenated blood to enter circulation, prostaglandin therapy can help. Prostaglandin, a substance produced by the body, causes blood vessels in the lungs to widen, improving the flow of oxygen. Not all of the medical advances in the NICU are machines. Says Bass, “Numerous treatments have been developed over the years, including the use of antenatal steroids, which are medications given to pregnant women expecting a pre-term delivery, and surfactant, a therapy intended to treat a premature infant’s immature lungs, decreasing the likelihood of death and disability from immature lung disease and intracranial bleeding.” The availability of cutting-edge care and technology for critically ill newborns at CHKD has helped families from all over Coastal Virginia, eastern North Carolina and the Eastern Shore. “Without the CHKD NICU, critically ill or premature babies would require transportation to Charlottesville or Washington, D.C.,” says Bass. “Having all of this equipment available allows the staff at CHKD to initiate treatment sooner and gives local families the added benefit of havCoVa ing their babies cared for closer to home.” n



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Brown, Beryl Sandler Coastal Surgical Specialists Virginia Beach 757-481-4424

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Cross, Marshall A. Riverside Surgical Specialists Newport News 757-873-6434

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Ruiz, Antonio J. Chesapeake Regional Medical Group Cheapeake, Elizabeth City, Nags Head 757-312-3033

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Times, Terryl D. Sentara Surgery Specialists Williamsburg 757-984-9850

Brush, John E. Sentara Cardiology Specialists Norfolk 757-261-0700 Chakrabarti, Anjan K. Cardiovascular Associates Chesapeake Office Chesapeake 757-547-9294 Chu, Edward Riverside Cardiology Specialists Newport News 757-594-2074 Ellis, Alexander Reed Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7214 Fleenor, Jonathan Todd Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7214 Griffin, John J. Cardiovascular Associates Virginia Beach Office Virginia Beach 757-419-3000


Harris, William O., III Riverside Cardiology Specialists Newport News 757-594-2074

Polak, Mark Richard Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7320

Adinaro, Joseph T. Riverside Cardiology Specialists Newport News 757-594-2074

Hartke, Lopa Patel Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7214

Smith, Vincent John Newport News 757-591-2260

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Herre, John M. Sentara Advanced Heart Failure Center Norfolk 757-388-2831

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Iyer, Venkat R. Cardiovascular Associates Chesapeake Office Chesapeake 757-547-9294 Joyner, Sarah Elizabeth Cardiovascular Associates Virginia Beach Office Virginia Beach 757-419-3000 Kazakis, D. James Cardiovascular Associates Virginia Beach Office Virginia Beach 757-419-3000 Mahoney, Paul Dennis The Sentara Heart Valve And Structural Disease Center Norfolk 757-388-6144 McKechnie, Ronald Scott Cardiovascular Associates Chesapeake Office Chesapeake 757-547-9294 Micale, Paul J. Riverside Cardiology Specialists Newport News 757-594-2074 Murillo, Jaime E. Sentara Cardiology Specialists Virginia Beach 757-507-8900 Patel, Saumil Vinubhai Cardiovascular Specialists Norfolk 757-889-5335 Robertson, Scott A. Sentara Cardiology Specialists Norfolk 757-252-9365 Sarris, George A. Sentara Cardiology Specialists Suffolk 757-983-8750 Soni, Mrugesh TPMG Heart And Vascular Center Newport News 757-875-5332 Talreja, Deepak Cardiovascular Associates Virginia Beach Office Virginia Beach 757-419-3000 Tucker, Elliot Moore Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7214

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Colon And Rectal Surgery Billings, Brian J. Riverside Surgical Specialists Newport News 757-873-6434 Buchberg, Brian Seth Chesapeake Regional Medical Group Chesapeake 757-842-4499 Coleman, Lisa TPMG Center for Colorectal Surgery Newport News 757-874-1077 Fitzharris, Gregory P. Sentara Surgery Specialists Hampton 757-736-7280 Gelpi, Juan Roberto Coastal Surgical Specialists Virginia Beach 757-481-4424 Jaklic, Beth Rachelle Chesapeake Regional Medical Group Chesapeake 757-842-4499

Greenberg, Seth Howard Pulmonary Medicine Of Virginia Beach - First Colonial Virginia Beach 757-481-2515 Hooper, Michael Hee EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-5758 Imad, Melhem Abdulrahim Pulmonary Medicine Of Virginia Beach - First Colonial Virginia Beach 757-481-2515 Johnson, Bruce Ellsworth Pulmonary Medicine Of Virginia Beach - First Colonial Virginia Beach 757-481-2515 Levitov, Alexander Borisovitch EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-8920 Mamikonian, Lara Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7331

Patel, Amit Dahyabhai TPMG Lung and Sleep Specailists Newport News 757-707-3999 Perry, John C. Riverside Pulmonary And Sleep Medicine Specialists Newport News 757-534-5454 Pierce, Fletcher N. Sentara Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Specialists Norfolk 757-388-6115 Shah, Rutul TPMG Lung and Sleep Specialists Newport News 757-707-3999 Shih, Chie-Youn Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7331 Weiner, Eric A. Riverside Pulmonary And Sleep Medicine Specialists Newport News 757-534-5454 Dermatology Chang, Lawrence K. Norfolk 757-622-6315 Coker, Leslie Robin Associates In Dermatology, Inc. Hampton 757-838-8030 Dehart, William Kelly Norfolk 757-622-6315 Edmonds, Beatrix Kinzhuber Virginia Beach 757-467-3900 Gross, Michael Leslie Virginia Beach 757-965-6165 Harr, George Charles Virginia Beach 757-481-4422 Henry, Reginald B. Sentara Dermatology Specialists Norfolk 757-261-5944 Legum, Larry Landis Chesapeake 757-547-9401 Marcuson, Zantha Christine Newport News 757-873-0161 Novosel, Tracy Ann Virginia Beach 757-481-1666 Pariser, David Michael Norfolk 757-622-6315

Pariser, Robert J. Norfolk 757-622-6315

Stull, Michael E. Portsmouth 757-398-2427

Ragi, Jennifer M. Newport News 757-873-0161

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Gyuricsko, Eric Ormonde Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7237 Harrison, H. Courtenay Endocrinology Consultants Virginia Beach Virginia Beach 757-496-9020 Knudsen, Karen Lynn Williamsburg 757-707-3507 Lieb, David Charles EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-5758 Magoon, Bindiya Taneja Endocrinology Consultants Chesapeake Chesapeake 757-609-3404 Mason, Mary Elizabeth Endocrinology Consultants Of Virginia Beach Virginia Beach 757-496-9020 Nadler, Jerry Lee EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-5758 Petersen, Timothy C. TPMG Coastal Endocrinology Virginia Beach 757-963-1488

Graffeo, Charles S. Virginia Beach 757-467-4200

Reifschneider, Kent L. Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7237

Hughes, Michelle K. Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-9247

Ridella, Maricel Lilian TPMG Endocrinology Newport News 757-595-4300

Kavit, Gary S. Riverside Emergency Physicians Newport News 757-594-2083

Roberts, Katherine A. Williamsburg 757-565-9586

Knapp, Barry J. Virginia Beach 757-467-4200 Lang, Joseph Peter Virginia Beach 757-467-4200 Lo, Bruce Mingyung Virginia Beach 757-467-4200 Poirier, Michael Patrick Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-9247 Qureshi, Faiqa A. Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-9247 Schmidt, James Malcolm Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-9247

Rohn, Reuben D. Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7237 Satin-Smith, Marta Susana Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7237 Torres, Andrea Cristina Endocrinology Consultants Virginia Beach Virginia Beach 757-496-9020 Ullal, Jagdeesh EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-5758 Vinik, Aaron Israel EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-5758 Wheaton, Jennifer Carter Chesapeake 757-609-3404

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More top docs for kids. Congratulations to all the top docs who make CHKD more than a hospital. Dr. Frank Aiello Dr. Cassyanne Aguiar Dr. Maria Aguiar Dr. Orhan Atay Dr. Matthew Bak Dr. Cristina Baldassari Dr. John Birknes Dr. Joel Brenner Dr. Michelle Brenner Dr. Ronald Brodsky Dr. Wendy Brown Dr. J. Marc Cardelia Dr. J. Bryan Carmody Dr. J. Matthew Cecchini Dr. Sarah Chagnon Dr. Laura Charette Dr. Destiny Chau Dr. Frank Chocano Dr. Thomas Cholis Dr. Joel Clingenpeel Dr. Allison Crepeau Dr. Earl Crouch Dr. Kenji Cunnion

Dr. David Darrow Dr. Steven Defreitas Dr. Craig Derkay Dr. Sanaz Devlin Dr. Joseph Dilustro Dr. David Dorofi Dr. Peter Dozier Dr. Alexander Ellis Dr. Cynthia Epstein Dr. Wilson File Dr. Bryan Fine Dr. Fredric Fink Dr. Robert Fink Dr. Randall Fisher Dr. Jonathan Fleenor Dr. Christopher Foley Dr. L. Matthew Frank Dr. Frazier Frantz Dr. J. Paige Frazer Dr. Christos Gabriel Dr. Robert Gomez Dr. Susanne Grasso Dr. Eric Gyuricsko

Dr. Joseph Han Dr. John Harrington Dr. Lopa Hartke Dr. Cyrus Heydarian Dr. George Hoerr Dr. Angela Hogan Dr. Richard Hood Dr. Charles Horton Dr. Christine Houlihan Dr. Michelle Hughes Dr. Justin John Dr. Aisha Joyce Dr. John Kalafsky Dr. Daniel Karakla Dr. Glenda Karp Dr. Cynthia Kelly Dr. Robert Kelly Dr. Michael Konikoff Dr. M. Ann Kuhn Dr. David Kushner Dr. Sameer Lapsia Dr. Rianna Leazer Dr. Katrina Lesher

Dr. Eric Lowe Dr. Lara Mamikonian Dr. Kelly Maples Dr. James Mink Dr. Maripaz Morales Dr. Amy Newmeyer Dr. Ralph Northam Dr. Robert Obermeyer Dr. William Owen Dr. Linda Pegram Dr. Michael Poirier Dr. Mark Polak Dr. Crystal Proud Dr. Faiqa Qureshi Dr. Reem Raafat Dr. Travis Reeves Dr. Kent Reifschneider Dr. Irene Restaino Dr. Reuben Rohn Dr. Jennifer Rush Dr. Laura Sass Dr. Marta Satin-Smith Dr. James Schmidt

Dr. Deborah Schofield Dr. Chie-Youn Shih Dr. Kyrie Shomaker Dr. Michael Shroyer Dr. John Sinacori Dr. David Smith Dr. Lauren Smith Dr. H. Sheldon St. Clair Dr. Carl St. Remy Dr. Barry Strasnick Dr. Michael Strunc Dr. Svinder Toor Dr. V. Marc Tsou Dr. Elliot Tucker Dr. Jyoti Upadhyay Dr. Michael Vance Dr. Alice Werner Dr. Eric Werner Dr. Judith Williams Dr. Lauren Willis Dr. Louis Wojcik Dr. Gary Woods Dr. Nancy Yokois


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Of Coastal Virginia

Ciccone, Christopher Jacob TPMG Colonial Family Medicine Williamsburg 757-345-2829 Gianvittorio, Joy Marie TPMG Holland Road Family Medicine Virginia Beach 757-499-5550 Grant, Thomas R. EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-5955 Humadi, Sahira A EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-5955 Kim-Foley, Susan So-Hyoun Volvo Medical Associates Chesapeake 757-548-0076 Patel, Sonal Chesapeake 757-738-1350 Phillips, Charles K. Burton Avenue Family Practice Newport News 757-594-4111


Shah, Meghana Rutulkumar Suffolk 757-673-5890 Skees, Mark E Skees Family Practice Norfolk 757-623-8642

Gessner, Frederick M. Riverside Gastroenterology Specialists Newport News 757-599-6333 Hartle, Richard John TPMG Digestive Disease Center Of Virginia Williamsburg 757-206-1190 Hornbuckle, Kelvin Norfolk 757-466-0165 Howerton, Douglas Haskins Norfolk 757-627-6416 James, Ray L. Riverside Gastroenterology Specialists Newport News 757-599-6333 Janson, Jan A. Virginia Beach 757-481-4817 Johnson, David Allan Norfolk 757-466-0165 Konikoff, Michael Ross Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7240 Lapsia, Sameer P. Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7240 Malik, Pramod R. Suffolk 757-942-2566 Ricketts, Paul Andrew Norfolk 757-627-6416 Ryan, Michael James Norfolk 757-466-0165

Woodard, Robert Mason Virginia Beach 757-481-2333

Salcedo, Jacqueline Virginia Beach 757- 523-9755


Stockwell, David H. Virginia Beach 757-481-4817

Arluk, Glen Marc Virginia Beach 757-481-4817 Atay, Orhan Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7240 Boyd, John W. Riverside Gastroenterology Specialists Newport News 757-599-6333 Converse, Joseph O. Riverside Gastroenterology Specialists Newport News 757-599-6333

Sullivan, Brian Matthew Virginia Beach 757-547-0798 Tiongco, Felix Peter Virginia Beach 757-547-0798 Titus, Mark A. Riverside Gastroenterology Specialists Newport News 757-599-6333 Tsou, V. Marc Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7240

Corbett, Robin Lynn Hampton 757-826-3434

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El-Safadi, Mohamed Bader TPMG Gastroenterology Newport News 757-240-2700

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Willis, Jeff Robertson Norfolk 757-466-0165

Post, Ronald H. Newport News 757-873-6434

Yokois, Nancy Uebler Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7240

Rahman, Ahmed Abdul Southern Surgical Associates Chesapeake 757-464-2104

General Surgery

Repole, Stephanie Krup Coastal Surgical Specialists Chesapeake 757-481-4424

Adams, Gregory Franklin Bon Secours Surgical Specialists Norfolk 757-278-2220 Boustany, Marc K. Sentara Surgery Specialists Norfolk 757-261-5000 Britt, Rebecca Caperton EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-8960 Brown, Beryl Sandler Coastal Surgical Specialists Virginia Beach 757-481-4424 Cross, Marshall A. Riverside Surgical Specialists Newport News 757-873-6434 Enderson, Laurence W. Sentara Surgery Specialists Virginia Beach 757-507-8850 Farpour, Alireza Chesapeake Regional Medical Group Chesapeake 757-842-4499 Fontana, Mark A. Sentara Comprehensive Weight Loss Solutions Norfolk 757-252-9500 Gore, David L. Riverside Surgical Specialists Newport News 757-873-6434 Hopson, Steven Boyd TPMG General Surgery and Hernia Center Newport News 757-874-1077 Lin, Stephen Hsiang-Han Chesapeake Regional Medical Group Chesapeake 757-842-4499 Moscoso, Ricardo TPMG Princess Anne Surgery Virginia Beach 757-233-2438 Nix, Sean A. Riverside Surgical Specialists Newport News 757-873-6434 Novosel, Timothy James EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-8960 O’Neil, Elizabeth TPMG General Surgery Newport News 757-874-1077

Riblet, Jeffrey Lynn Bon Secours Surgical Specialists Portsmouth 757-483-3030 Schneider, James J. Sentara Surgery Specialists Norfolk 757-261-5000 Skenderis, Basil Spiros Coastal Surgical Specialists Virginia Beach 757-481-4424 Snyder, James G. Sentara Surgery Specialists Norfolk 757-261-5000 Times, Terryl D. Sentara Surgery Specialists Williamsburg 757-984-9850 Weireter, Leonard Joseph EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-8960 Wohlgemuth, Stephen D. Sentara Comprehensive Weight Loss Solutions Norfolk 757-252-9500 Geriatric Medicine Almeida, Jacob Daniel TPMG Peninsula Internal & Geriatric Medicine Newport News 757-243-8550 Galicia-Castillo, Marissa C. EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-7040 Gasink, Emmeline C. The Gardens Of Warwick Forest Newport News 757-875-2009 Kannarkat, Mily Joy EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-466-7040 Okhravi, Hamid Reza EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-7040 Palmer, Robert Marshall EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-7040 Patel, Priyanka A. Norfolk 757-354-2885

Geriatric Psychiatry Caterine, Anthony J. Riverside Lifelong Health And Aging Related Services Newport News 757-875-2009 Patel, Shriti Bharat EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-5888 Spiegel, David Richard EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-5888 Gynecologic Oncology Cordes, Laura R. TPMG OB/GYN Newport News 757-223-9794 Dedmond, Daynelle Marie Bon Secours Gynecologic Oncology Specialists Newport News 757-947-3840 Irvin, William P. Riverside Partners In Women’s Health Newport News 757-249-3000 McCann, Christopher Bon Secours Gynecologic Oncology Specialists Newport News 757-947-3840 McCollum, Michael Edward Virginia Oncology Associates Norfolk 757-466-8683 Rogers, Stacey Jean Virginia Oncology Associates Chesapeake 757-549-4403 Squatrito, Robert Christopher Virginia Oncology Associates Norfolk 757-466-8683 Hand Surgery Campolattaro, Robert M. Hampton 757-827-2480 Davlin, Lance B. Sentara Hand Surgery Specialists Norfolk 757-252-5600 Hersh, Christopher Karrer Norfolk 757-461-8300 Iiams, Gordon John Chesapeake 757-547-5145 Kline, Samuel Charles Norfolk 757-321-3360 Manke, Chad Richard Norfolk 757-321-3360 Rose, Joan Helena Virginia Beach 757-499-6400 Smerlis, Nicholas A. Hampton 757-827-2480

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The knowledge to treat you better


ALFRED ABUHAMAD High-Risk Obstetrics-MFM

MATTHEW BAK Otolaryngology


ELIZA BERKLEY High-Risk Obstetrics-MFM

REBECCA BRITT Breast Cancer Surgery

EDWIN CRANDLEY Radiation Oncology

DAVID DARROW Otolaryngology


CRAIG DERKAY Otolaryngology

JAMES DIXON Internal Medicine

ERIC DOBRATZ Plastic Surgery

MARK FLEMMER Internal Medicine

RONALD FLENNER Infectious Disease

MARISSA GALICIA-CASTILLO Hospice & Palliative Care

THOMAS GRANT, JR. Family Medicine

JOSEPH HAN Otolaryngology

MICHAEL HOOPER Pulmonary & Critical Care

SAHIRA HUMADI Family Medicine


DANIEL KARAKLA Otolaryngology

ERIK LAPPINEN Radiation Oncology

ALEXANDER LEVITOV Critical/Intensive Care

DAVID LIEB Endocrinology

THOMAS MANSER Internal Medicine

PAUL MARIK Critical/Intensive Care

LAUREN MAZZURCO Hospice & Palliative Care

SHANNON McCOLE Ophthalmology

MARTHA MOONEY Infectious Disease

DEBORAH MORRIS Hospice & Palliative Care

JERRY NADLER Endocrinology




SHRITI PATEL Geriatric Psychiatry



TRAVIS REEVES Otolaryngology

PAUL SAYEGH Psychiatry

MARK SHAVES Radiation Oncology


JOHN SINACORI Otolaryngology

MARK SINESI Radiation Oncology

DAVID SPIEGEL Geriatric Psychiatry

BARRY STRASNICK Otolaryngology


AARON VINIK Endocrinology

ROBERT VORONA Sleep Medicine

STEVEN WARSOF High-Risk Obstetrics-MFM


SCOTT WILLIAMS Radiation Oncology

JAGDEESH ULLAL Endocrinology



Triepel, Caroline R. Sentara Hand Surgery Specialists Norfolk 757-252-5600 Trzcinski, Douglas R. Sentara Plastic Surgery Specialists Norfolk 757-388-5680 Hematology

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Alberico, Thomas A. Virginia Oncology Associates Norfolk 757-466-8683 Alexander, Burton F., III Virginia Oncology Associates Norfolk 757-466-8684 Cross, Scott James Virginia Oncology Associates Norfolk 757-466-8683 Kannarkat, George J. Peninsula Cancer Institute Newport News 757-534-5555 Kessler, John Franklin Virginia Oncology Associates Newport News 757-873-9400 Kostov, Flavia E. Peninsula Cancer Institute Newport News 757-534-5555 Lee, Michael Edward Virginia Oncology Associates Virginia Beach 757-368-0437


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Patel, Vishwas Jitendrabhai Bon Secours Maryview Hospitalist Program Portsmouth 757-398-2285

Schwab, John Conrad Bayview Infectious Disease Consultants Chesapeake 757-455-9036

Shomaker, Kyrie Lauren Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-8177

Sensenig, Rebekah A. Riverside Infectious Disease Specialists Williamsburg 757-596-7115

Vora, Hardik M. Riverside Inpatient Internal Medicine Newport News 757-594-3580 Infectious Disease Cunnion, Kenji Mason Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7238 Desai, Aarti Shriniwas Bayview Infectious Disease Consultants Chesapeake 757-455-9036 Fisher, Randall Garth Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7238 Flenner, Ronald Wayne EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-8999 Gadkowski, Lara Beth EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-8999 Harris, Jeffrey E. Riverside Infectious Disease Specialists Newport News 757-596-7115 Hopson, Sharon C. Riverside Infectious Disease Specialists Newport News 757-596-7115 Kluger, Daniel M. Riverside Infectious Disease Specialists Newport News 757-596-7115 Mooney, Martha Lynn EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-8999 Neughebauer, Bogdan I. Sentara Infectious Disease Specialists Norfolk 757-261-5910 Patel, Manali Rajendraprasad Chesapeake 757-650-2725

Leazer, Rianna Colette Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-8177

Romulo, Rodrigo Luis Cruz Bayview Infectious Disease Consultants Chesapeake 757-455-9036

Munoz, Marc Edward Bayview Physicians Group Chesapeake 757-967-8622

Sass, Laura A. Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7238

Singh, Sushma Bayview Infectious Disease Consultants Chesapeake 757-455-9036 Intensive Care Cholis, Thomas Joseph Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7331 Desai, Himanshu D. Chesapeake Pulmonary And Critical Care Medicine Chesapeake 757-609-3380 Dhawan, Rajnish Chesapeake Pulmonary And Critical Care Medicine Chesapeake 757-609-3380 Eggert, Michael S. Sentara Advanced Heart Failure Norfolk 757-388-2831 Foley, Christopher K. Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7331 Hooper, Michael Hee EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-5758 Mamikonian, Lara Children’s Specialty Group Norfolk 757-668-7331 Marik, Paul E. EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-5758 Patel, Amit Dahyabhai TPMG Lung and Sleep Specailists Newport News 757-707-3999 Perry, John C. Riverside Pulmonary And Sleep Medicine Specialists Newport News 757-534-5454 Shah, Rutul TPMG Lung and Sleep Specailists Newport News 757-707-3999 Internal Medicine Browder, Jason Patrick TPMG Newport News Internal Medicine Newport News 757-877-4221 Curulla, Richard M. Sentara Internal Medicine Physicians Virginia Beach 757-507-0900

Defiglio, Ann Marie TPMG Yorktown Family Medicine Yorktown 757-898-7261 Di Nonno Higgins, Christine Chesapeake 757-547-9286 Dixon, James Grayson EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-8920 Flemmer, Mark Christian EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-8920 Gaglione, Margaret Mackrell TPMG Coastal Internal Medicine And Tidewater Bariatrics Chesapeake 757-842-6267 Laplace, Lea Solinap Norfolk 757-623-6072 Laplace, Peter Borsch Norfolk 757-623-6072 Lisner, Charles Alan Dedicated Care Center Norfolk 757-252-9300 Manser, Thomas EVMS Medical Group Norfolk 757-446-8920 Marcuson, Patricia Lynn TPMG Williamsburg Internal Medicine Williamsburg 757-645-3150 Marcuson, Sanford Kent TPMG Williamsburg Internal Medicine Williamsburg 757-645-3150 Matawaran, Ramon Deguzman Virginia Beach Internal Medicine Virginia Beach 757-481-1113 Miller, Julius Samuel Chesapeake 757-547-9286 Parikh, Pranav Hemant TPMG Williamsburg Internal Medicine Williamsburg 757-645-3150 Parks, Barbara Lynn Virginia Beach 757-416-6750 Patel, Chhayaben V. Bennett’s Creek Family Medicine Suffolk 757-484-3472 Ratcliffe, Kimberly A. Riverside Primary Care Hidenwood Newport News 757-594-4431 Ross, Glenn S. Sentara Internal Medicine Physicians Newport News 757-594-1803

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Dr. Brian Buchberg Colon & Rectal Surgeon

Dr. Alireza Farpour General Surgeon

Dr. Beth Jaklic Colon & Rectal Surgeon

Dr. Stephen Lin General & Robotic Surgeon

Dr. Ray Ramirez Colon & Rectal Surgeon

Dr. Antonio Ruiz Breast Surgeon

Dr. Lynne A. Skaryak Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Gilbert Snider Neurologist

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Experience Excellence

Congratulations OSC

2017 TOP DOCS!

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence.” – PEARL BUCK

We are delighted to announce that four OSC physicians were named “2017 Top Doctors” by their physician peers in a survey completed by Coastal Virginia Magazine. (LEFT TO RIGHT) n

Jenny L.F. Andrus, M.D. — Interventional Pain Management, Prolotherapy


Boyd W. Haynes III, M.D. — Sports Medicine, Total Joint Replacement


Raj N. Sureja, M.D. — Interventional Pain Management, Regenerative Medicine


Mark W. McFarland, D.O. — Spine, Regenerative Medicine

At OSC, our tag line is “Experience Excellence”, and our entire team of dedicated physicians and staff fulfills this mission every day.

OSC PROVIDERS Boyd W. Haynes III, M.D. Robert J. Snyder, M.D. Jeffrey R. Carlson, M.D. Martin R. Coleman, M.D. Mark W. McFarland, D.O. Raj N. Sureja, M.D. Jenny L.F. Andrus, M.D. John D. Burrow, D.O. F. Cal Robinson, PsyD, MSCP

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We thank for voting O F C OA S TA L V I R G I N IA

Paul J. Micale, M.D. Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

Charles M. Vaughan, M.D. Paul L. Evans Jr., M.D. Cardiovascular Disease Cardiology

Mark A. Titus, M.D. Gastroenterology

Ray L. James, M.D. Gastroenterology

Sharon C. Hopson, M.D. Daniel M. Kluger, M.D. Infectious Disease Infectious Disease

Brian J. Billings, M.D. Colon & Rectal Surgery

Anthony J. Caterine, M.D. Emmeline C. Gasink, M.D. William P. Irvin, M.D. Geriatric Medicine Gynecologic Oncology Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychiatry

Rebekah A. Sensenig, D.O. C. Delp Givens Jr., M.D. Infectious Disease Intensive Care

Jackson B. Salvant Jr., M.D. Kamel Ben-Othmane, M.D. John N. Livingstone II, M.D. Lisa A. Casanova, M.D. Neurology Obstetrics & Gynecology Neurology Neurological Surgery

Clay W. Singleton, M.D. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 76

Claude A. Hawkins, M.D. C. Delp Givens Jr., M.D. Plastic Surgery Pulmonology, Sleep Medicine

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Eric A. Weiner, M.D. Critical Care Medicine


Eric A. Weiner, M.D. Pulmonology, Sleep Medicine

James A. Fish Jr., M.D. Emergency Medicine

Gary S. Kavit, M.D. Emergency Medicine

Amy M. Skorupa, M.D. Hematology, Oncology

George J. Kannarkat, M.D. Hematology, Oncology

Kimberly A. Ratcliffe, M.D. Mark E. Souther, M.D. Internal Medicine Internal Medicine

Melisha Bissram, M.D. Nephrology

Stanley D. Yeatts II, M.D. Denise A. Chamblee, M.D. Gary A. Tanner, M.D. Obstetrics & Gynecology Ophthalmology Ophthalmology

Biral S. Amin, M.D. Radiation Oncology

Joseph D. Layser, M.D. Radiation Oncology

David B. Maxwell, M.D. Rheumatology

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Charles K. Phillips, M.D. Marshall A. Cross, M.D. Breast Cancer Family Medicine Surgery, General Surgery

David J. Connito, M.D. Nephrology

John C. Gretes, M.D. Nephrology

Thomas A. Mackenzie, M.D. Robert J. Pusateri, M.D. Nephrology Nephrology

Peter T. Galantich, M.D. Otolaryngology

Scott V. Burgess, M.D. Urology

Joseph O. Converse, M.D. Frederick M. Gessner, M.D. Gastroenterology Gastroenterology

Robert R. Harding, M.D. Chittaranjan B. Hospitalist Chandrasekhar, M.D. Hospitalist

Martin A. Payne, M.D. Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Paul L. Evans Jr., M.D. Thoracic Surgery

John W. Boyd, M.D. Gastroenterology

Sean A. Nix, D.O. General Surgery

John F. Miller, M.D. Oncology

Michael S. Hooker, M.D. Jacob M. Lantry, M.D. Orthopedic Surgery Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Edward Chu, M.D. Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

David L. Gore Jr., M.D. General Surgery

Flavia E. Kostov, M.D. Hematology

Joseph F. Wilson, M.D. Otolaryngology

Henry M. Prillaman, M.D. Joseph J. Piotrowski, M.D. Urology Vascular Surgery

William O. Harris III, M.D. Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

Joseph T. Adinaro, M.D. Cardiology

Hardik M. Vora, M.D. Hospitalist

Jeffery E. Harris, M.D. Infectious Disease

Javier Amadeo, M.D. Neurological Surgery

Dean Kostov, M.D. Neurological Surgery

William H. McAllister IV, M.D. Neurological Surgery

Mark A. Ross, M.D. Pain Management

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Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Professional Nomination: Methodology & Disclaimers (M&D) PARTNER INSTRUCTIONS One of the following (either the LONG M&D or SHORT M&D version) must be published, in its entirety, adjacent to, or within, the printed section containing the list of winners. Any changes to this text must be approved by DataJoe before publishing in the magazine. LONG M&D Summary. This doctors nomination is a project in which we ask doctors in the area to vote for other doctors in various specialties. We ask the doctors to vote for doctors who exemplify excellence in their specialties. The list is intended to allow patrons to see and celebrate their doctors who make the list. It also gives those seeking medical services a place to find doctors who are most nominated by their participating peers. How was the list created? To create the list, Coastal Virginia Magazine contracted DataJoe Research to facilitate an online peer-voting process. DataJoe Research is a software and research company specializing in data collection and verification, and conducts various nominations across the United States on behalf of publishers. DataJoe checked and confirmed that each winner in the final list submitted to the publisher had, at time of our review, a current, active license status with the appropriate state regulatory board. If we were not able to find evidence of a doctor’s current, active registration with the state regulatory board, that doctor was excluded from the list. In addition, any doctor who has been disciplined for an infraction by the state regulatory board was excluded from the list. Finally, DataJoe presented the tallied result to Coastal Virginia Magazine for its final review and adjustments. How are nominations obtained? Coastal Virginia Magazine and DataJoe Research reach out to individuals in the region, encouraging them to vote and distribute the ballot to other doctors. Our contact database is substantial, but not comprehensive. We encourage doctors who want to ensure they are in our system to send an email to, so that we can conduct a lookup and add their information if needed.

What information is required to make a nomination? Doctors are instructed to provide a valid, active license number, and basic contact information identifying themselves. Doctors are instructed to submit only one ballot per nomination project, per year. DataJoe has established internal review processes to isolate and eliminate ballots for voters who do not follow the rules for submission. Each doctor’s ballot choices remain confidential. How are the practice areas determined? Although the categories are very broad, they are intended to reflect relevant practice areas in the region. We recognize that there are many specialty areas, but cannot accommodate them all. If there is a strong and consistent request for additional practice areas, they may be considered for possible inclusion in next year’s nomination. Final note. We recognize that there are many good doctors who are not shown in this representative list. This is only a sampling of the huge array of talented professionals within the region. Inclusion in the list is based on the opinions of responding doctors in the region. We take time and energy to ensure fair voting, although we understand that the results of this survey nomination are not an objective metric. We certainly do not discount the fact that many, many good and effective doctors may not appear on the list. Disclaimers. DataJoe uses best practices and exercises great care in assembling content for this list. DataJoe does not warrant that the data contained within the list are complete or accurate. DataJoe does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All rights reserved. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without written permission from DataJoe. Questions? For research/ methodology questions, contact Johnny Levy, Researcher, at

While there is only one practice city listed, many physicians practice in several local cities.

Medical Profiles Dermatology ASSOCIATES IN DERMATOLOGY, INC

17 Manhattan Square Hampton, VA 23666 757-838-8030

Dr. Leslie Coker is a Board certified dermatologist trained in general dermatology and dermatological surgery. After completing residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, she returned to Virginia where she joined her father’s dermatology practice. Over the past 14 years she has helped the practice grow, expanding services to treat diseases of the skin, skin cancer surgery, as well as state of the art cosmetic services. She enjoys and considers it a privilege to care for the people of Coastal Virginia.

Leslie Coker, M.D.




Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 730 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 130 Newport News, VA 23606 757-873-1554 •

Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 730 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 130 Newport News, VA 23606 757-873-1554 •

Dr. Carter specializes in minimally invasive joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee. He pioneered the “Jiffy Hip” on the East Coast and MAKOplasty in the Hampton Roads area. Dr. Carter also introduced a pre-operative patient optimization program which incorporates blood management strategies that may result in shorter hospital stays, reduced blood loss, improved outcomes, and increased patient satisfaction. Dr. Carter has performed more Anterior hips than any other surgeon in the region and has been selected by The Anterior Hip Foundation to serve as their chairman of the innovation and technology committee. He also educates/trains orthopedists worldwide and is nationally and internationally recognized for his work in these areas.

Dr. Fithian specializes in rotator cuff disorders, shoulder instability, and shoulder arthritis. He earned his medical degree from Columbia University where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical school honor society. He also completed a one year fellowship in shoulder surgery with the renowned surgeon, Dr. Charles Neer. Dr. Fithian is committed to providing quality care that is customized to meet the needs and personal circumstances of each patient.

Anthony T. Carter, M.D., F.A.A.O.S

Thomas E. Fithian, M.D., F.A.A.O.S

Orthopaedics HAMPTON ROADS ORTHOPAEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 730 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 130, Newport News, VA 23606 757-873-1554 5335 Discovery Park Blvd., Ste. B, Williamsburg, VA 23188 757-873-1554 •



Orthopaedics HAMPTON ROADS ORTHOPAEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 730 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 130 Newport News, VA 23606 757-873-1554 •

Dr. Aldridge specializes in minimally invasive muscle sparing spinal surgery and total joint replacement surgery. During his time in practice he continues to bring proven, new and cutting edge techniques for spinal surgery and total joint replacement of the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow to the Hampton Roads Community. He is the lead developer for the instruments used for the anterior total hip replacement technique for one of the major orthopaedic companies. In addition to his many interests in the field of orthopaedics, he also serves as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserves.

Dr. Baddar was the first fellowship trained hip and knee replacement specialist on the Peninsula. He specializes in a variety of surgical techniques including anterior, posterior, and anterolateral approaches to the hip. His practice includes minimally invasive joint replacement surgery, complex joint revisions, sports medicine, arthroscopy, and general orthopaedics. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Baddar currently serves as the Medical Director for HROSM’s Multi-Positional MRI Center as well as Workers’ Compensation.

John W. Aldridge, M.D., F.A.A.O.S

Adrian T. Baddar, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.

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Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 732 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 803 Newport News, VA 23606 757-933-8888 •

Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 732 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 803 Newport News, VA 23606 757-933-8888 •

Dr. Hoff specializes in musculoskeletal pain with a focus on minimally invasive procedures including spinal cord stimulators. Dr. Hoff recently helped launch the Stem Cell Therapy Center at HROSM. He attended Rutgers University for his undergraduate degree and Western University of Health Sciences – COMP in California for medical school. His physical medicine residency and pain management fellowship were at MCV/VCU in Richmond, VA. He has participated and/or published research on pain pumps and spinal cord stimulators.

Dr. Sohagia is fellowship trained in spine and sports medicine. He has experience in a variety of fluoroscopy and ultrasound guided procedures to help patients suffering from vertebral, nerve, disc and arthritis related conditions. He also uses botox, PRP, Stem cell and prolotherapy to treat various problems. As a sports medicine program director, he covers local high school sporting events, free sports injury clinics and a concussion management program. He has experience providing medical care for Sports and Orthopaedic injuries at various ski and athletic events as well.

Jeremy J. Hoff, D.O.

Kinjal B. Sohagia, M.D.



Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 730 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 130 Newport News, VA 23606 757-873-1554 •

Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 5335 Discovery Park Blvd. Ste B Williamsburg, VA 23188 757-873-1554 •

Dr. Swenson specializes in minimally invasive joint replacement surgery of the knee including MAKOplasty robotic knee replacement, as well as arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery and sports medicine. He instructs other orthopaedic surgeons nationally in the minimally invasive anterior hip replacement. He is a University of Texas graduate and completed his orthopaedic surgery training at the world renowned Campbell Clinic.

Dr. Lambert specializes in sports medicine, ankle, knee and shoulder ligament reconstructions, and general orthopaedics. Dr. Lambert earned his medical degree in 1988 at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC, after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, in 1984. Besides serving his country, Dr. Lambert has also served as a team physician for the College of William and Mary since 2002 and was a team physician for CNU from 2002-2005.

Jon H. Swenson, M.D., F.A.A.O.S

Alexander Lambert, M.D.


Obstetrics/Gynecology THE GROUP FOR WOMEN


Group for Women, The 880 Kempsville Road #2200 Norfolk, VA 23502 757-466-6350 •

Group for Women, The 880 Kempsville Road #2200 Norfolk, VA 23502 757-466-6350 •

Dr. Giniene M. Pirkle is originally from Hawaii. She attended college at LeHigh University where she received numerous academic awards. She attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed internship and residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is Board Certified and is a Fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She decided to specialize in OB/GYN due to her keen interest in women’s health. She finds OB/GYN rewarding because she enjoys caring for women at each stage of their reproductive lives. Dr. Pirkle has a special interest in working with adolescents in an OB/GYN setting. It is important to her that young women and girls feel comfortable in the office setting. She is the Director of The Groups Quality Assurance Committee, past Chief of the department of OB/GYN, current Medical Director of Labor and Delivery at SLH, Vice Chairperson for Mid-Atlantic Women’s Care, and head of the compliance committee for Mid-Atlantic Women’s Care. Dr. Pirkle is happily married to a hobby racecar driver, mother of two fabulous girls and has a love of adventures in travel.

Dr. Holly S. Puritz, M.D. has been in private practice since 1987 with The Group for Women and still loves delivering babies. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed a residency in OBGYN at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she is on the Clinical Faculty. She is president of her practice, a position she has held since 2007. She is the immediate past Chair for ACOG Virginia Section and is current co-chair for ACOG District IV legislative committee and serves on multiple national committees for ACOG. She is Vice Chair for the statewide Sentara Quality Care Network and is beginning a 4 year appointment to the Virginia Board of Health. She is an advocate for women’s health at the state and national level.

Dr. Giniene M. Pirkle, OB/GYN

Holly S. Puritz, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Obstetrics/Gynecology THE GROUP FOR WOMEN

Group for Women, The 880 Kempsville Road #2200 Norfolk, VA 23502 757-466-6350 • Dr. Martha T. Fernandez is originally from the Philippines. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Virginia, where she was the Captain, Manager and Choreographer for the Cheerleading Team. She completed medical school at the University of Virginia Medical School and internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine where she served as Chief Resident. She followed the footsteps of her father, an OB/GYN in Southwest Virginia. Specializing in OB/GYN allows her to enjoy every aspect of medicine, both primary care and surgery. Her favorite part of the job is the long term relationships that evolve caring for women from adolescence to menopause and of course delivering babies. Dr. Fernandez is Board Certified and is a Fellow of ACOG. She serves as a managing director of The Group for Women and is currently the Director of our Ultrasound department.

Dr. Martha T. Fernandez, OB/GYN



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1012 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 757-481-3800

Dr. Delianides specializes in cataract and refractive surgery. He is certified in Laser Bladeless Cataract Surgery, all-laser LASIK and other refractive surgeries for correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. He obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University. He received his MD from Medical College of Virginia and completed his ophthalmology residency from Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. Dr. Delianides is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also Co-Medical Director and a founding member of Virginia Center for Eye Surgery.

Aris P. Delianides, M.D., M.S.E.E.



HAMPTON ROADS ORTHOPAEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 730 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 130, Newport News, VA 23606 757-873-1554 4030 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Ste. B, Yorktown, VA 23692 757-898-5500 • Dr. McConnell is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He has been practicing foot and ankle surgery & podiatric medicine on the Virginia Peninsula since 1987. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from James Madison University with honors. Dr. McConnell graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (now Temple University) in Philadelphia and was selected for the Stirling-Harford Honorary Anatomical Society. Residency training was at Bon Secours Hospital and Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. McConnell specializes in the medical and surgical management of the foot and ankle.

HAMPTON ROADS ORTHOPAEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 730 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 130 Newport News, VA 23606 4030 George Washington Memorial Hwy. Yorktown, VA 23692 757-873-1554 • Dr. Keller is board certified in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He graduated from the State University College at Buffalo with a degree in Biology and received his Podiatric medical degree in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Keller has extensive experience in reconstructive Foot and Ankle surgery, in addition to 20 years of wound care experience.

Brendan M. McConnell, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Nelson G. Keller, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S


VIRGINIA ONCOLOGY ASSOCIATES Medical Oncology & Hematology Thomas A. Alberico, MD Cristina Alencar, MD Burton F. Alexander, III, MD Daniel M. Atienza, MD Bruce W. Booth, MD Celeste T. Bremer, MD David Z. Chang, MD, PhD, FACP Paul R. Conkling, MD Scott J. Cross, MD Snehal A. Damle, MD Michael A. Danso, MD Mark T. Fleming, MD Ranjit K. Goudar, MD Elizabeth A. Harden, MD, FACP John F. Kessler, MD, FACP Boon C. Kok, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

Scott Kruger, MD, FACP Michael E. Lee, MD John Q. A. Mattern, II, DO Dean S. McGaughey, III, MD Sowjanya Naga, MD Kenneth F. More, MD J. Christopher Paschold, MD, FACP S. Kirk Payne, MD David M. Powell, MD Christina W. Prillaman, MD, FACP Gauri V. Radkar, DO S. George Saman, MD Cynthia C. Sile, MD Valiant D. Tan, MD Ligeng Tian, MD, PhD Graham T. Watson, MD

Radiation Oncology

Michael E. McCollum, MD, FACOG Stacey J. Rogers, MD, FACOG Robert C. Squatrito, MD, FACOG

Victor Archie, MD, MBA Heather Jones, MD, PhD Song K. Kang, MD Michael L. Miller, DO

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expertise of CSG, a unique partnership of board-certified pediatric sub-specialists. CSG is the only pediatric multi-specialty practice serving southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, a region where more than two million people reside. CSG is comprised of over 180 physicians and 60 mid-level providers in 29 pediatric subspecialties. In addition, CSG specialists provide delivery and nursery coverage at most of the area hospitals. The physicians of Children’s Specialty Group base their practices at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia’s only free-standing children’s hospital. CSG physicians are proud to serve as full-time faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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Experience Excellence

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Boyd W. Haynes III, M.D. Robert J. Snyder, M.D. Jeffrey R. Carlson, M.D. Martin R. Coleman, M.D. Mark W. McFarland, D.O. Raj N. Sureja, M.D. Jenny L.F. Andrus, M.D. John D. Burrow, D.O. F. Cal Robinson, PsyD, MSCP

orthopaedic treatment availableavailable to the patients who entrusted them with and pain management treatment to the patients who entrusted themtheir withcare, their in a patient-centered environment. ThatThat philosophy continues to to drive thethe practice. care, in a patient-centered environment. philosophy continues drive practice. “OSC into theprovide development patient-specific, minimally-invasive "OSC continues is evolvingto inlead order a betterofexperience for our patients," says surgical techniques and advanced interventional pain management treatments,” Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, OSC's President and Managing Partner. "That means says Jeffrey R. Carlson, OSCtechniques, President and Managing Partner. “Patients are looking implementing newMD, surgical supportive care, and treatment options, like for surgery options resulting in shorter recovery timesRich with Plasma less pain. Our physicians Regenerative Medicine (Stem Cell Therapy, Platelet Therapy, and continue to pioneer new outpatientinjuries surgicaland procedures foralso shoulder, hip and knee Prolotherapy) for musculoskeletal issues. We welcomed a Board

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RIVERSIDE NEUROLOGICAL AND SPINE INSTITUTE Specialties: • Spinal stenosis • Spondylolisthesis • Sciatica and Radiculopathy • Herniated discs • Compression fractures • Spinal trauma • Spine and spinal cord tumors

Riverside Neurological and Spine Institute is a multidisciplinary program focusing on complex conditions of the brain and spine. The relationship between the brain and spine is one of the most delicate and complex in the human body. The smallest misalignment in the spine or misfire in the brain can cause excruciating pain, debilitating loss of function and even death. The surgeons of Riverside’s Neurological and Spine Institute have the knowledge, training and skill to treat these potentially devastating conditions with exquisite precision. Their combined years of surgical experience and mastery of 21st century technologies prove once again that Riverside provides the highest level of health care to the people in coastal Virginia. While their goal is to keep patients out of the operating room with conservative treatment, Riverside’s spine specialists know that surgery can sometimes be the correct choice. With the aid of 3-D image-guided navigation, these surgeons perform complex and delicate, minimally invasive procedures, with results equivalent to major university medical centers. In every case, patient selection is critical. The neurosurgeons, working with Riverside neurologists, neurovascular experts and neuroradiologists, insist on reserving such specialized treatment options for only those patients who will benefit the most. Each case is thoughtfully reviewed, and each procedure performed under the strictest criteria, ensuring the outcomes for which Riverside is known.

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PortwarwiCk warwiCk Dental Dental arts arts Port Changing lives one smile at a time CENTER FOR COSMETIC DENTISTRY AND DENTAL MEDICINE Changing lives one smile at a time

The Risks of Periodontal Disease to You and Your Unborn Child

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aving a baby is a big step in many people’s lives. While contemplating all of the changes that will arise with the arrival of your little bundle of joy, you are considering some very serious issues prior to conception. So after you’ve had a heartto-heart with your OB/GYN, your next appointment should be to see your dentist. A silent but very serious threat. Periodontal disease is a common and challenging bacterial infection that affects the gums and the bone that support your teeth. It can also result in infertility, pregnancy complications and dangers to the expectant mother. Alarmingly, scientific research shows that up to 80 percent of the adult population have some level of periodontal (gum) disease and only about 10 percent know they have it. Michelle Arsenault How dangerous is periodontal disease? Periodontal disease can wreak havoc on the body. Michelle Arsenault Even worse, it is highly transmissible via mouth-tomouth kissing or by sharing food and/or drinks. Gum disease is an inflammatory disease, which is why it is so destructive to every organ and cell in your body (and potentially your developing baby’s). So it’s important that both you and your partner get checked and treated even before conception. WhyBEFORE does periodontal diseaseAFTER pose a threat to my developing child? Hormonal changes during pregnancy can encourage AFTER BEFORE a dramatic increase in inflammation of gum tissues,

Sexual Medicine showed that 68 percent of men with periodontal disease had low or zero sperm counts and/or diminished sperm quality/mobility. Periodontal disease has also been shown to contribute to a three-fold increase in erectile dysfunction, according to the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 2012. What if I’m already pregnant and have periodontal disease? Contrary to outdated thought, dental care and periodontal treatment during pregnancy is not only safe, it is healthy and important for you and your unborn child. Because periodontal disease is such a complex infection, its management requires a multi-faceted approach under the watchful eye of a dental professional experienced in treating periodontal disease.

AFTER BEFORE AFTER What if I’m not planning a family? BEFORE Periodontal disease has been linked to diabetes, heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, lung and kidney disease. Periodontal disease has also been associated with many cancers such as pancreatic, prostate, breast, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, multiple myeloma, oral, kidney, lung and colon cancers. “There is a direct link between periodontal disease and especially during the second trimester. This can be disease in the rest of the body,” says Dr. Lisa Marie dangerous to the unborn baby and to the mom. WomSamaha of Port Warwick Dental Arts. “Bleeding en with periodontal disease during pregnancy may gums allow dangerous periodontal bacteria to invade be up to seven times more likely to deliver a pre-term the bloodstream and contribute to inflammation and or low-birth-weight baby, according to researcher, destruction throughout the body.” Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat. Periodontal bacteria can cross the placenta and infect the unborn baby, leading to Don’t take unnecessary risks with your health. miscarriage, pre-term birth and even stillbirth. In Planning a pregnancy or not, your overall health the publication, Obstetrics and Gynecology, February starts with healthy teeth and gums. If you are 2010, Dr. Yipping Han published the first documented overdue for your dental visit, don’t pass up this case of the stillbirth of a full-term baby who sucopportunity to keep your smile bright and your cumbed as a direct result of one strain of its mother’s body healthy. Call Dr. Samaha’s office today for a periodontal bacteria crossing the placenta. periodontal screening and consultation. As the level of periodontal infection increases, so do the risks to the mother and baby. Risks of periodontal disease to the mother include gestational diabetes, hypertension, pre-eclampsia and premature labor. For the baby, the risks of pre-term birth include respiratory distress syndrome, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, decreased lung function, anemia, jaundice, intracranial hemorrhage, malnutrition, congestive heart failure, and death. Infertility in men and women due to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can also affect conception. An Australian study published in 2012 found that women with periodontal disease take an average of two months longer to conceive (seven months) that those without gum problems (five months). For the fathers-to-be, a 2013 study published in the Journal of — ADVERTORIAL —

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The Best Ways To Fight Common Dry Eye Syndrome

ry eyes are a common problem for anyone who spends a lot of time reading or staring at a computer screen all day, or for people who spend a lot of time exposed to sunlight and wind. In many cases there are easy solutions to help reduce the feeling of dryness or irritation, but in some cases additional help from a professional may be necessary. Here are a few things to know about dry eye problems and what you can do to find relief. By definition, dry eye is caused when tears are unable to adequately lubricate the eye. This can be caused by insufficient tear production or poor quality of tears. According to Dr. Aris P. Delianides, ophthalmologist, founder, medical director and chief surgeon at Atlantic Eye Consultants, there are three layers that make up the tear film: the outer oil layer, the middle water layer and an inner mucus layer. “The core mechanism of dry eye is inflammation,” he explains. “Certain topical drops are used to reduce inflammation and


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increase tear production. RESTASIS® and Xiidra® are two common types of these drops. Artificial tears are used to replenish the tear layer, but sometimes occlusion of the tear drainage is required in more severe cases not responding to topical drops.” According to Dr. Delianides, dry eye can also be associated with underlying medical conditions such as thyroid problems, Sjogren’s syndrome, arthritis, allergies, previous LASIK surgery, use of antihistamines, and certain other medications. He recommends it is best to see an ophthalmologist if the use of artificial tears fails to relieve symptoms or if there is redness, pain, light sensitivity or a change in vision. To avoid problems with dry eye, Dr. Delianides recommends avoiding over-thecounter antihistamines as much as possible. He also advises that you should always protect your eyes from excessive wind and sun, and avoid running ceiling fans, especially at night as many people do not sleep with their eyelids completely closed, and the air movement can cause dryness. He further advocates using artificial tears while

reading or using the computer, as these activities can be associated with decreased frequency of blinking. For those who wear contacts, Dr. Alison Mercer with Tidewater Eye Centers, says that dry eye syndrome (also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca) need not worry. “In most cases, with some lifestyle adjustments and proper contact lens selection, those with dry eye can still wear contact lenses comfortably,” she says. “First and foremost, the dry eye condition should be treated and stabilized. Then it is important to select a lens most appropriate for the patient’s condition. My favorite option is a single-day replacement lens. Essentially, that means each day a brand new lens is opened and inserted, then thrown away at the end of the day. This is the healthiest and most sanitary option. It eliminates the solution systems to clean the lens that can sometimes exacerbate the problem. It is also important to realize that with dry eye, a patient may need to reduce wear time, use artificial tears or rewetting drops, or use contact lenses on a part-time basis.”

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iposuction has come a long way in the 40 or so years it has been available. When it first came out, it was basically the use of a hollow metal rod attached to a suction system, in what was called “dry lipo.” According to Dr. John Mancoll at Mancoll Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, the original procedure was rather aggressive. So, over the years, people have looked at different ways to improve the process and make it safer and with “better results.” Today there are a variety of different types of “liposuction” procedures to help remove stubborn fat deposits with less pain and a quicker recovery. “One of the restrictions or drawbacks of liposuction is that it’s great for removing fat, but you don’t always get a lot of skin tightening,” says Dr. Mancoll. “But now that I have what is


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called Smartlipo™, which is a laser-assisted liposuction, as well as VASERlipo™, which is ultra sound-assisted lipo, those energies can be taken up by the skin to stimulate tightening. With traditional lipo, it is generally believed you can get about a 5 percent skin retraction. With these new energy-assisted lipos, you can see more like 25 percent. So, you can get some pretty impressive changes without having to do a tummy tuck or cut away the extra skin.” All of the options at Mancoll Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, including CoolSculpting®, which is a non-invasive procedure that freezes fat and lets it flush from your body naturally, have a specific function to provide fat removal and body sculpting. “I tell my patients that I don’t go out on a golf course with a single club and expect it to work with every shot,” explains Dr. Mancoll. “The same is true for liposuction. I have all of these different tools available to take

care of different problem areas.” Before going anywhere for a liposuction procedure, Dr. Mancoll encourages people to do a little research first so they know more about the doctor that will be performing the procedure. “If you go to a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you can be assured they have gone through the necessary years of training, which sometimes can range from 8–10 years,” he says. “A doctor can’t go to a weekend course and expect to learn what it would otherwise take a surgeon years to master. So people really need to know their doctor and the reputation of the place where they are going to get their treatment. There are a lot of choices out there, and patients don’t have to settle for any doctor that they are not 100 percent comfortable with.”


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Helping Local Mothers Navigate—and Enjoy— Their Juggling Act


n most days, mom life is a juggling act— balancing work and home life; raising successful, kind and well-adjusted little people; maintaining a loving and strong relationship; and the TDL goes on ... and on. Of course, if there is any time left, throw in friendships, keeping healthy and active, a social life and hobbies, and it’s pretty clear moms have our hands—and hearts—completely full. Our new special section, CoVa Mom, can help moms navigate all of the aspects of their busy lives. Kids and family? Of course. But also food, fashion, fitness and more, all appealing to local Coastal Virginia mothers. In our first installment, we feature articles that profile three of our favorite “mom crushes,” offer tips on working out with the kiddos and also getting out on the town, recommend children’s books addressing tough topics and suggest fantastic fall family activities. Take some “me time,” and turn the page for more!


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CRUSHES Swoon-Worthy Local Women We Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Get Enough Of

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The following three moms are parents who appear to have it all together. They may beg to differ (because no mom feels in control all of the time), but there is no doubt they inspire us and make us strive for more, and we hope they do the same for you.


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Coping Strategies While There’s No Foolproof Method for Raising a Special Needs Child, Susanna “Susie” Davis Relies on a Combination of Compassion, Intellectual Wit and Lots of Religious Reflection By Betsy DiJulio


he first thing most people notice about Susanna “Susie” Davis (that is, after her beautiful skin and eyes) is her wit. Her legendary “what-do-you-mean-show-restraintI-am-showing-restraint” exuberance is matched only by her intelligent humor. “I look for the absurdity and exaggerate it to drive it home,” she says. “I make fun of myself, my situations.” And it’s a good thing. This former C-130 loadmaster for the Air Force is also a warrior. That too is a very good thing. For two weeks out of every four, Davis, a fulltime history teacher at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, is also a full-time single parent to three children, ages 9, 11 and 13. Her husband, JD, whom she met in the Air Force, flies for Fed-X. Davis describes the couple’s older daughter as “an organized leader” and their younger one as “identified gifted.” “When we had her, I assumed I was gifted,” she recalls. “She would look up at me and smile an angelic smile, and I felt a little superior. Until life kicked the wind out of me.” From birth, their son seemed “spirited.” At age 3, he was deemed to have special needs. The current diagnosis includes autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. “He exceeds cognitive benchmarks but then does irrational things. He has no impulse control. Everything is amplified with him,” Davis explains. Their home has holes in walls and locks on doors. “After breaking things, he will scream at the top of his lungs, ‘It’s my coping strategy!’” He’s been “kicked out of daycares,” admitted to a special residential school and hospitals, and he has barricaded himself into his room. Angry at those who removed him from daycare, Davis recalls being spoken to “in soft tones” and made to feel that “a hail of judgment was rained down

on me.” When your kid has a behavioral issue, she explains, “People look at you like, ‘Why can’t you get your crap together?’” Around 2009, Davis was teaching and pursuing a second master’s degree (since “tabled”) while JD was deployed to Afghanistan with the Air National Guard where he was sent approximately eight times. When he would call home from a satellite phone, she didn’t want to “bawl hysterically” and tried to maintain that “all was OK.” After all, she levels, “You can’t complain to someone in a war zone.” But she hated JD, she asserts. She hated everybody. “I wanted to curl up in a ball.” When JD is home, however, she is quick to acknowledge his involvement, describing him as “awesome” and “a great dad.” Though they fight— and used to have “horrible fights”—both know that “dealing with this alone would be impossible.” Gamely recognizing that this is the hand they have been dealt, Davis, who was raised Catholic, notes “lots of religious reflection.” “You learn to accept what other people don’t,” she notes. “Your standards of what is normal have been beaten down.” And her humiliation? It has “found a new low.” One humiliating story involves her then-4-year-old son, who wanted a Batman toy—and, incidentally, wasn’t wearing underwear— racing away from his mother in Wal-Mart as his pants slid down to his ankles in the dairy section. His bare lower half precipitated piercing shrieks of, “My penis is cold!” For her part, Davis slipped over to the next aisle feigning interest in Lay’s potato chips. She recalls being mortified but noted wryly, “I didn’t yet know my life.” Throughout the challenges, Davis has learned along the way to quit blaming herself. “There is not a mother on this planet who doesn’t blame herself,” she says. She cried a lot initially, but these days, she’s learned not to feed the guilt, reminding

herself that her son’s path is a “genetic thing.” And, yes, there was a time when she “hated people who won the genetic lottery.” She confesses to wanting to say to all moms posting about their children on social media, “Stop. Please stop.” But, she is also quick to recognize that, “I’d be that person if I wasn’t this person.” Still, she acknowledges, “Anybody who says they have it figured out is lying.” With her characteristic, sarcastic twinkle, she adds, “Work your magic, you parenting sage.” Nowadays, her son, who can be “amazingly kind” and “has so much going for him,” is medicated and in a lot of therapy. “Therapy works when the patient makes it work. But when you are 11 …” She trails off. “As mothers, we want to help, but you start to realize there is nothing you can do.” What she refers to as the “end game” remains unknown. “The future is so freakin’ scary,” she freely admits. Yet, she also insists that, in addition to making her a better teacher, “My son has given me an unbelievable life, though not the life I thought I was going to have at the baby shower.” Does she want to “quit” sometimes? Of course. Although she knows she can’t give up, she allows herself to “quit for the day.” And she does a lot of projects in her garage. Plus, she seeks help; she considers her 6-foot-2-inch male babysitter, Jackson, a “godsend” and a member of the family. She also looks to the wisdom of her own mother who said, “I can’t move out. So, I move around.” Ultimately, Davis reflects, “I have some great people in my life who accept me. And, at the end of the day, all anyone wants is validation.” For all of her straight talk about anger, hate and guilt, she exudes genuine love and compassion. It’s her coping strategy.


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Fostering Relationships Bettie Bell Cares for Medically-Fragile Kids, Giving Them Dignity in a World that isn’t Always Kind to Those Who are Different By Jamie McAllister


ettie Bell of Newport News found out she was pregnant the day she was scheduled to attend foster parent training. She had struggled with infertility, so she was thrilled by the news. However, she had also dreamed of being a foster mom since she was 14, when her family opened their home to foster children. “I never questioned that my journey to parenthood would include fostering and adoption,” she says. Bell was fostering a newborn with special needs while pregnant with her son Bobby, and she credits that little baby with saving her son’s life. She went into premature labor, and Bobby was born too soon at 25 weeks. “If I hadn’t been home on the couch, taking care of a baby with a medical condition, I very well could have miscarried,” she explains. “In a way, I think that baby brought me Bobby.” Although Bobby faced medical challenges as a result of being born premature, Bell’s desire to be a foster parent never waned. Her parents, who fostered numerous children over the years, instilled in her a strong sense of community. “My family truly believed in volunteering,” she says. “The family philosophy was, ‘You’re here, you have a good life, so why not make a difference for someone else?’” Since 2002, Bell has fostered 19 children and adopted six: Ryan, who is grown and on his own; Zack, 16; Maya, 14; Reese, 13; Lia, 11; and Quentin, 10. All were medically-fragile children with conditions ranging from autism to Type 1

diabetes. Between the six children, there have been 25 medical diagnoses and, to date, 55 surgeries. “The medical piece is tough,” says Bell. “Foster parents can’t consent to treatment as easily as birth parents, and taking care of the paperwork can be a battle.” Although she watched her parents go through the fostering process, it was a different experience when she became a foster mom. “When you’re a foster parent, you’re not the only parent making decisions,” she says. “You

“My family truly believed in volunteering. The family philosophy was, ‘You’re here, you have a good life, so why not make a difference for someone else?’”

are co-parenting in the most complicated way possible. Often the child’s birth parents are not happy that their child is in a foster home. You have to focus on building relationships and doing what is best for the child.” Five of the children Bell adopted are multiethnic or African-American, and being a transracial family brings challenges of its own. With a laugh, she recounts the learning curve she experienced with her kids’ haircare. “I was standing in the haircare aisle, crying because I was so confused and had no idea what to buy,” she recalls. “A complete stranger saw I was having trouble and asked if she could help. I’m so grateful that woman saw my heart and ignored my ignorance.” The kids are only about a year apart, and that spacing sometimes makes it difficult to keep personalities and hormones in check. However, Bell points out, the kids have so much in common because of their backgrounds and medical concerns. “They can talk to each other about things that others just wouldn’t understand,” she says. “I truly believe that if they did not have each other and their shared experiences, they would not have such an incredible amount of support.” Bell strives to give her children dignity in a world that isn’t always kind or accepting of those who are different. “As a mother, I want to give my children the tools they need so they can one day handle things on their own,” she says. “Motherhood is more than caretaking; it’s acknowledging the gift of personal growth that children provide.”


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Post Morning Glory Former News Anchor Cheryl Tan Has Found More Mom-Life Balance Running Her Own Business By Chelsea Sherman


f you watched the morning show on WAVY-TV 10 any time between 2004 and 2014, you probably recognize Cheryl Tan. For 10 years, Tan woke up at 2 a.m. and began her work day at the television station at 4 a.m. And for a long time, it was a good fit. “All I’d ever done up ’till that point was TV news. My career has always been reporting and anchoring and the crazy schedules that come with that industry,” says Tan. When the mother of three young boys landed a spot on the morning show at WAVY, it was a blessing. Her kids were young, so the early bedtimes and wakeups made things manageable. Tan’s husband would put the kids to bed at night and get them ready in the morning, but Tan was able to be home with them from afternoon to evening. But things changed when Tan’s sons got a bit older. Suddenly there were after-school activities, sports games, swim meets, practices and performances that sometimes began after Tan had to be in bed. Clocking out at 8 p.m. and starting her day at 2 a.m. stopped making sense. That’s when Tan began looking for ways to take her 20 years of TV experience and build a business. She announced her departure from WAVY-TV in May 2014. That was three years ago. Tan now is the successful owner of a video marketing and media strategy company that bears her name. Cheryl Tan Media began as a public relations company, but Tan has since refined her focus to hone in on

a segment of the market she is truly passionate about: business owners and entrepreneurs. Her growing company helps businesses determine their messaging, provides training for their digital media strategy and helps them create videos to market their organizations. The transition from anchoring an early morning television program to running a business has been both a blessing and a challenge for Tan.

“I know a lot of people who feel like they have to drop everything for work. In my experience, that just leads to burnout.” “I didn’t have balance before. I worked overnight, I slept when I could. That’s the nature of the beast. Anything that isn’t that—is balance to me,” Tan says with a chuckle. “Having balance is so important. For me, it’s still not necessarily typical.

Do I work nights and weekends? Sometimes. But now I can schedule my work around my family. If my child has an event, I get my work done so I can be there.” Still, a typical day for Tan is pretty regimented, and her schedule is very much tied to her children’s school day. Her boys are now 14, 12 and 9 and busier than ever. So Tan does the bulk of her work, especially meetings, during school hours. “I try to be very clear with the people I meet that there are times that work and times that don’t. I try to be at home when the kids are, whenever possible. It doesn’t happen all the time, but I do my best,” says Tan. “I know a lot of people who feel like they have to drop everything for work. In my experience, that just leads to burnout.” Tan has been a working mom for 14 years, and she’s no stranger to the challenges of the balancing act. She remembers one point in time when two of her boys were in diapers at once. Coming home from work was like starting a second job. “I think a lot of women feel that way, no matter what time they go to work. When is the hamster wheel going to end? They can end up feeling isolated, feeling like everything falls on them,” says Tan. “I would just encourage moms to seek support from one another. And know that you’re not alone. And this time when your kids are little? It does end. It’s the craziest thing. And then you wonder how it went by so quickly.”


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Moms on the Move


Creative Workout Options for CoVa Moms


By Chelsea Sherman

here’s no question that modern mothers face a multitude of challenges every day. For many, one of those challenges is finding a way to stay in shape. Amid the daily shuffle of keeping the kids fed, clothed, entertained, educated and sane, caring for your own health and well-being can easily fall by the wayside. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in seven years of parenting, it’s that you can’t draw from an empty well. Moms need care too, and there’s nothing selfish about making your health a priority. However, that doesn’t mean we can all just drop our responsibilities and head to the gym for the afternoon. For most moms, that’s just not possible. Moms need to get creative about getting their workouts in. Here are a few ideas to help you busy mamas stay in shape: Join a local fitness center with childcare Coastal Virginia is home to a plethora of fitness centers, but choosing the right one as a mom can be tricky. If you go with a gym that doesn’t offer childcare, you’ll be limited to working out only when you have someone to watch the kids. Fortunately, there are several wonderful fitness centers in the area that provide childcare while you work out. Check out these options: l YMCA of South Hampton Roads. With locations across Coastal Virginia, including one on the Peninsula, the YMCA is a great family-friendly option. Bring the kids to Stay & Play while you work out (and maybe take a shower or sit in the lobby with some hot coffee for a few uninterrupted moments), then make an afternoon of it and bring

the kids to the pool. Each location has its own schedule of group fitness classes, including aquatic classes. l Women’s Workout and Fitness Center. This women’s only gym is located in Norfolk and offers a full fitness center, along with a multitude of fitness classes, from bootcamp to bellydancing. Childcare is available at a daily or monthly rate. l Onelife Fitness. Onelife has locations in Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Use the exercise equipment, take a group fitness class or sign up for personal training. Children can play in the Kids Club while you get your workout in. Virginia-Clubs l Hampton Roads Kroc Center. The Kroc Center is a family fitness center in Norfolk run by the Salvation Army. The kid-friendly center has a fitness center, gymnasium and pool, as well as group exercise classes. Childcare is included in your membership. l iNLeT Fitness. Both Virginia Beach locations of this family-focused and tight-knit center offer childcare for an affordable fee. Go run in the women’s only workout studio or sweat it out in spin intervals class while your kids play on equipment of their own. The only hard part is convincing them it’s time to leave. Sweat it out at home with Beachbody on Demand For moms who have a tough time getting out of the house to work out, Virginia Beach resident Jessica Fischer has a solution. Fischer is a virtual health and wellness coach for Beachbody, a

streaming workout program that gives members access to hundreds of workout programs they can do in the comfort of their own homes. Fischer helps her clients tailor their workouts and nutrition to their needs, with a focus on women’s health, making her group a great option for pregnant and postpartum women. She also provides her clients with a virtual accountability group. Members check in with each other daily, share recipes and meal plans and post the workout they did that day. “This is a great way to find motivation and make sure you get in your workout even when you might not feel like it,” says Fischer. “It’s amazing to connect with other women who are going through the same season of life who are in it with you.” Interested? Contact Jessica Fischer at or FischerFit Bring your kids and get fit with your mom friends No Excuse Mom is an international nonprofit group with a local chapter in Coastal Virginia. The group does a variety of workouts, from strength training and running, to yoga and bike riding. The workouts are totally kid-friendly, and moms are encouraged to bring them along. “The whole philosophy of our group is to provide an outlet for moms and women to work out and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. The motto ‘no excuse’ gets us out of the habit of making excuses—like having crazy kiddos at home—to stop us from being healthy,” says Holland Angello, co-lead of No Excuse Mom in Virginia Beach/Norfolk. Moms meet up at different locations throughout Coastal Virginia all week long. Most of the time they meet at parks, but they also utilize churches, libraries, malls and even members’ homes. Participating in the group is completely free, so there truly is “no excuse.” “It’s always an adjustment once you add kids to the picture. This group allows moms to work out with other moms and women—making friends, getting advice and gaining knowledge from people going through the same things they are,” says Angello. Join the group at NoExcuseMomVirginiaBeach. Motherhood is filled with new challenges at every turn. That’s why it’s crucial for moms to find a fitness routine that works for their schedule. Whatever you do, don’t wait until life settles down to focus on your health—set the example for your kids today by modeling a healthy lifestyle. And in the process, give them the gift of a healthy, cared-for mom.


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| october


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Meeting of the Moms Fresh And Fun Ideas For How To Spend Your Girl Time


here are few certainties when it comes to motherhood, but we are pretty confident in knowing that as much as moms adore their children, they also need a well-deserved break from time to time. Mom dates provide the perfect opportunity to reset, bond—and do a bit of venting—away from the little ones. But don’t let your girl time get routine. Spice things up with our suggestions for creative and enjoyable activities other than simply meeting up for cocktails and appetizers at the same old spots. Creative Release Needed: Channel your artistic side at the Mermaid Factory. You and your mom friends can choose a handmade mermaid or dolphin to paint as you please and accessorize with a gaggle of glitter, shells, beads, tulle and more. You will leave with your masterpiece to display at home and possibly a few more irresistible gift items. And did we mention complimentary wine is included? 919a W. 21st St., Norfolk and 510 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach.

By Melissa M. Stewart

Moms About Town: If your version of mom time means dressing up and feeling fancy with your best pals, make plans to head to Downtown Norfolk to visit the latest hotspot, The Main. Order a few swanky cocktails to sip on the rooftop bar of Grain while you reminisce a bit about your prekid days. Then head to dinner or check out a fall performance at the Wells Theatre, such as this season’s show Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus. The Main, 100 E Main St., Norfolk.; Wells Theatre, 100 East Tazewell St., Norfolk. Ladies Who Luxuriate: Children can be tiring, to say the least. So we don’t blame you if you and your ladies wish to do nothing more than relax during your rare “me time.” To pamper in style, start with an upscale brunch at Blue Talon Bistro, filled with comforting French fare, and then head to The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and choose from a full menu of amazing treatments like the Lavender Lemongrass Stress-Reducing Scrub or Detoxifying Herbal Wrap & Hot Stone

Massage. Lunch, champagne and more can also be arranged for groups. Blue Talon Bistro, 420 Prince George St., Williamsburg. BlueTalonBistro. com; The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, 307 South England St., Williamsburg. ColonialWilliamsburg. com/Explore/Spa Outdoor Adventures, Please: If you are seeking an exciting challenge more invigorating than chasing your kiddos around the playground, convince your fellow fit mommas to sign up for a SUP Barre class, which is a combination of stand-up paddle boarding, yoga and barre (balletinspired workout) done on the serene water in First Landing State Park. SUP Barre also offers Beach Barre, SUP Yoga, stand-up paddle lessons and a SUP Sunset Booze Cruise. Single class sessions and group reservations are both offered, and boards are available for rental. Locations are at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront at First Landing or along Shore Drive but vary depending on class. Check the website for more information.


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On the Same Page W Addressing Sensitive Subjects with Children’s Books By Jamie McAllister

When kids ask questions about difficult topics, parents at a loss for words can turn to books for answers. Several authors with ties to the Coastal Virginia region have penned books addressing tough subjects, such as a newborn in the hospital, a parent’s deployment and how to establish personal boundaries. With straightforward language and colorful illustrations, both kids and parents can draw comfort from the pages of these books and make complex subjects easier to discuss.

Daddy’s on a Chip: Deployment through a Child’s Eyes by Jessica E. Silva

Deployment is a fact of life for many families in Coastal Virginia. Children, however, may struggle with constantly having to say goodbye to a parent and may not understand exactly what their parent is doing while he or she is away. Daddy’s on a Chip: Deployment through a Child’s Eyes provides a kid’s-eye view of deployment and can be a source of laughter and comfort for both parent and child. The story, as seen through the eyes of a young girl, starts with goodbye. Her daddy is once again sailing away on a “chip,” and she wonders just what kind of chips her daddy must deal with. Are they chocolate chips? Potato chips? Computer chips? The girl tells about life at home while her father is gone, including the changes her mom must make to the routine. For those who are temporary single parents during a spouse’s deployments, this book is a great resource for helping kids talk about the changes the family goes through and how they can deal with them together. Reading the book is also a safe way to encourage kids to share and work through the many emotions they may experience during a parent’s deployment. 108

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It’s Just . . . Private

by Shelby DeBause and Ashley Wroton Talking to kids about personal boundaries can be nerve-wracking for parents and confusing for kids. In their book, It’s Just . . . Private, authors Shelby DeBause and Ashley Wroton handle the subject in a nonthreatening way to relax anxious parents and, at the same time, satisfy curious kids. One day, main characters Jayla and Justin encounter an uncomfortable and perplexing scene on the playground, and when they tell their teacher what they saw, it opens the door for a discussion about personal boundaries and what parts of our bodies should be kept private. In simple, clear language, the authors explain that Jayla’s and Justin’s parents and doctors are allowed to see them without their clothes on, but never other classmates. Jayla and Justin also learn that their bodies are made to be respected and that private parts are not a source of shame or embarrassment. At the end of the book the authors include a list of tips to help caregivers navigate children’s natural curiosity about their bodies and the bodies of others. With concrete advice and an open approach, the authors provide structure and guidance for parents during what can be one of childhood’s tougher patches.

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Waiting for Emma: A Brother’s Story A family member in the hospital is stressful no matter how old you are, but for children with a newborn sibling in the hospital, it can be downright terrifying. Waiting for Emma: A Brother’s Story was written specifically for children with siblings in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a place for babies who are born too soon or who have medical conditions requiring special care. Using the passage of time and the changing seasons as a backdrop, author Danielle Leibovici tells the story of Adam, a young boy who is looking forward to meeting his new sister. When his sister is born prematurely, Adam visits her for the first time in the NICU, where he learns all about the staff and equipment used to give his sister the care she needs. Detailed illustrations of life inside the NICU are especially helpful for parents, as they can show children just what to expect when they visit their own siblings at the hospital. Leibovici includes tips for parents juggling the responsibilities of a newborn in the NICU and caring for other children at home. Recounting her own experiences, she provides tips that include ways to share feelings, deal with numerous doctor and hospital visits and how to help children feel loved and cared for during such a stressful time for the whole family.


by Danielle Leibovici







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Fun Wildlife Adventures at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Sept. 1: Let your kids learn about the great outdoors as they hike along the beach and Back Bay while observing the environment using binoculars and user guides. They will discover what sea turtles eat and how to protect animals that live at the refuge. Free. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia Beach. Shipwrecks & Ghost Lore: A Virginia Beach Ghost Tour Sept. 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, Oct. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31: Experience real history and real hauntings around Virginia Beach. The tour will tell the tales of true stories and local legends of ghosts, witches, pirates and shipwrecks. Adults $12; children 15 and under $5. 7–8 p.m. Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum, Virginia Beach. Family Paint Night at Brickheadz Sept. 2: Channel your inner artist as you craft something beautiful with your family. You can make it a competition or simply make it a unique family outing. 6–8:30 p.m. Brickheadz Build, Play & Enrichment Center, Chesapeake. Children’s Storytime at Barnes & Noble Lynnhaven Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Barnes & Noble welcomes kids and parents of all ages to come and enjoy a reading of a new children’s book. Crafts and snacks will also be provided. 11–11:30 a.m. Barnes & Noble at Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach. Welcome Baby! At Pediatric Specialists Sept. 6: Calling all new or expecting parents to attend this pediatric event! The pediatrician leading the tour will discuss immunizations, breastfeeding, 110

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Fall is the perfect time to make some long-lasting memories, and there are plenty of events in Coastal Virginia to spark adventure. Mark your calendars for these family-friendly activities coming up in September and October.

bathing, sleep safety and much more. 6–7 p.m. Pediatric Specialists, Norfolk. Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days Sept. 9–24: Make homeschool even more enjoyable with Colonial Williamsburg. Homeschool families will not only enjoy huge savings on admission tickets but will also experience engaging, hands-on history programs. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Colonial Williamsburg. Special Day for Special Needs Sept. 10: Special needs children and their families are invited to explore the wonders of the Children’s Museum during this exclusive, early admission event. Special Day for Special Needs provides a quiet and crowd-free environment for event guests. Free admission will be granted to one caretaker per special needs child; family members $5. 9–11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth. Toddler Days at the Children’s Museum of Virginia Sept. 12–15: While the older kids are back at school, the younger ones can enjoy a day playing games that encourage their motor skills and growth, listening to engaging songs and stories and walking through each of the museum’s unique exhibits. Children ages 2–7 $10; adults $11; discounted tickets for seniors, AAA members, and military service members. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth. Family Movie at Main Library Sept. 14, Oct. 12: Try something new with the family by attending a movie night at Main Library. Snacks and drinks will be provided along with a Grated film that is sure to excite the whole family. Free. 4–6 p.m. Hampton Main Library, Hampton.

2017 NAS Oceana Air Show Sept. 15–17: The nation’s largest Navy open house is excited to return for its annual air show extraordinaire. Prepare to be amazed by flight demonstrations, hang gliders, pilot meet-and-greets and more. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. NAS Oceana Resort Area, Virginia Beach. Kids Fishing at Sandy Bottom Nature Park Sept. 16: Now is your chance to have your child learn the art of fishing. This event will provide them with different types of bait as well as basic fishing techniques and teaching them to bait their own hooks. $2. 10–11 a.m. Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Hampton. Baby Care 101 at Toys R Us Sept. 19, Oct. 17: CHKD is hosting an information seminar for new and expecting mothers and fathers. Parents will receive basic tips on baby care for the first six months of infancy from pediatric professionals. Some topics include sleep safety, diapering, cord care and bathing. 6:30–7:30 p.m. Toys R Us/ Babies R Us, Virginia Beach. Tidewater Mothers of Multiples Fall Sale Sept. 23: The Mothers of Multiples Club aims to offer support and guidance to parents and expectant parents of multiple children into their family. Their fall sale allows parents to shop for baby and kids’ clothing, toys and equipment for their future children. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Grafton Baptist Church, Yorktown. Northwest River Park Family Fun Day Sept. 23: All families are welcome to attend a day filled with fun activities that are sure to make your summer end with a bang. Activities include paddle boating, canoeing, putt-putting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing and so much more. The outdoor movie will start at dusk. Free. Northwest River Park and Campground, Chesapeake.

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Harvest Festival Oct. 1, 7–8, 14–15, 21–22, 28–29: Turn your annual pumpkin patch visit into an all-day affair at Hunt Club Farm’s Harvest Festival. Every weekend in October, you can enjoy hayrides, petting zoos, a Ferris wheel or simply relax and shop at the Farm’s market. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Hunt Club Farm, Virginia Beach. Town Center Pediatrics Meet & Greet Sept. 5, Oct. 3: Whether you are new or expecting parents, come to the open house at Town Center Pediatrics to learn more about how to care for your new arrival. Tour the office and meet the pediatricians and staff. 4:30–5:30 p.m. Town Center Pediatrics, Virginia Beach. 29th Annual Children’s Festival Oct. 7: With over 100 interactive exhibitions, educational displays, storytelling stations and more, children are sure to have a blast at this familyfriendly event. Most exhibitions are designed for children 10 and under. $5. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Town Point Park, Norfolk.

Downtown Hampton Halloween Block Party Oct. 28: Gather in the haunted streets of Downtown Hampton for an evening of tricks, treats and terrifyingly good times. There will also be food, refreshments and live music by Full Spectrum. 6–10:30 p.m. Downtown Hampton. Out of This World Family Day Oct. 28: An exclusive space exhibition, Picturing Innovation: The First 100 Years at NASA Langley, is the perfect family outing for young, aspiring as-

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Male Mentoring Program Sept. 28, Oct. 26: The Big Brother Big Sister program has paired up with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. to host a male mentoring program for boys ages 9–18. The program aims to empower the boys toward higher education by participating in positive, esteem-building activities and self-creation. 4:30–5:30 p.m. Pearl Bailey Library, Newport News.


HAM-O-WEEN! Oct. 31: Smithfield’s safe trick-or-treating will take place along Main and Grace Streets with a costume and jack-o’-lantern contest held at The Smithfield Times. 5–8 p.m. Downtown Smithfield, Smithfield. 757-357-3288

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Christianity, Part 1

A Tale of Two Churches Our Region—Like Our Nation—Remains Predominantly Christian. But What Exactly Does That Mean To The Religion’s Various Adherents? story and photos By Tom Robotham

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. ~ The Gospel According to Matthew

Christ and St. Luke’s


hen I was a child I attended Sunday school virtually every week at a lovely and historic Episcopal Church, nestled at the foot of a large, thickly wooded hill in Staten Island, N. Y. Initially I went because my parents took me. But as I grew older I looked forward to it. In particular, I loved the hymns— especially, “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God,” which promised that I could “be one too.” After my confirmation, at the age of 10, I became an acolyte and grew to love it even more. I took satisfaction in donning my black robe and white surplice, lighting the torch that I would carry next to the Crucifer—an older boy carrying the heavy brass cross—and assisting the priest in the ritual of communion. I loved the way the morning light gleamed through the stained glass windows; I loved the pomp and circumstance of the processional, and I loved the way the sterling silver communion chalice gleamed in reflection of the altar candles. Most of all—I realize in retrospect—I loved being a part of something larger than myself. In my late teens, however, I began to question all of that. Having been exposed to other religious traditions, I could no longer accept the exclusive claims of Christianity, even though the minister of my church had never threatened hellfire for non-believers. On the contrary, the message I got while growing up was that God loves us, unconditionally. When I went off to college, I pulled away from the church, but I found that I could never do so entirely. Something always pulled me back.


To this day I have a deep affection for the beauty of the Anglican liturgy, the loving embrace that I felt from the church as a child, and the stories in the Bible. At the same time, I understand the resistance that many people feel toward Christianity. When I was beginning my research on this article, I asked a question of my 3,000-plus Facebook friends: When you read or hear the word ‘Christian’ what other words come to mind? Within a few hours I had received well over 100 responses. Some people mentioned “love” or “compassion.” But the negatives far outweighed the positives. The most common word associations were “arrogant,” “divisive,” judgmental,” “deluded,” “hypocritical,” and “sexually repressive.” I get where they were coming from. And yet the comments saddened me. They seemed to be based on mass-media stereotypes—and/or bad personal experiences people had as children—rather than broad exposure to people who identify as Christian. The spectrum is broad, indeed. Over the course of my life I’ve met people who identified as Christian but were harshly judgmental. At the same time, some of the kindest and most brilliant people I’ve ever known are also deeply devout. In between, I’ve met a lot of people who go to church without fervor but with a kind of quiet comfort in the ritual that they’ve known since childhood. With this in mind, I set out to talk to some Christians in our region, to see what I could learn about the realities of the religion as it lives and breathes today in Coastal Virginia and beyond.


irst, let’s look at the big picture. According to a 2014 study by the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of U.S. adults identify as Christian. That number is significantly lower than it was in the 1960s. But church attendance is still far higher in this country than in any Western European nation. In Coastal Virginia, the number of people who identify as Christian is higher still: 89 percent, according to a study conducted in 2002 by Old Dominion University’s Social Science Research Center. It would be a mistake, however, to interpret this as an indication of unity. Tensions within American Christianity have always run high. I encountered this reality some years ago after publishing an essay about my upbringing in the Episcopal Church. Within 24 hours I had received harshly worded emails from two readers, one Catholic, the other Baptist. Both said I belonged to a “false” church—the Catholic because Anglicans had


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Sanctuary at Christ and St. Luke’s rejected the Pope, and the Baptist because Anglicanism was still essentially Catholic in her view. Their arguments had deep historical roots going back to the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. These disputes were especially dramatic in the Puritan settlements of Colonial America. While many people tend to associate Puritans with the execution of “witches,” the disputes among Puritans were arguably more significant, leading to condemnation and exile of “heretics” who remained devout Christians but challenged certain theological ideas. The strongest words of condemnation, however, were reserved for Catholics. Among protestant reformers, there was a widely held view that the Win Lewis, rector of Christ and St. Luke’s Pope was actually the “Anti-Christ.” Anti-Catholic sentiment in America was fueled by prejudice against Irish whatsoever … nor shall otherwise suffer on and Italian immigrants in the 19th century account of his religious opinions or belief ...” and lingered well into the 20th. In the presiThe Statute later became the basis for the dential election of 1960, for example, John F. First Amendment’s opening clause: “Congress Kennedy’s greatest obstacle was his Roman shall make no law respecting an establishCatholicism. Many prominent protestants ment of religion, or prohibiting the free exerspread fear that his allegiance to the Pope cise thereof.” would result in his putting the interests This “wall of separation” between church of his Church above that of the American and state—a phrase Jefferson used in a letter people as a whole. to a group of Baptists—has been criticized by And yet, therein—ironically—lies the Americans who feel that our society has bebeauty of our nation. Fierce biases notwithcome too secular. Jefferson himself was a Destanding, we are all free to worship as we ist. He didn’t think much of orthodox Christiplease—or not worship at all. anity and, in fact—for personal use—created We can thank Thomas Jefferson, in particu- his own version of the Gospels, cutting out all lar. His Virginia Statute for Religious Freereference to miracles and the supernatural, dom—passed unanimously by the Virginia and keeping only Jesus’ moral teachings. But General Assembly in 1786—proclaimed, “that he believed fervently in every person’s indino man shall be compelled to frequent or sup- vidual right to religious freedom. “It does me port any religious worship, place, or ministry no injury,” he wrote in Notes on the State of

Virginia, “for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” The wall of separation proved to be religion’s greatest asset in America. The flourishing of American Christian diversity and vitality in the 19th and 20th centuries is a testament to this. That said, America’s Christian landscape is always changing. Since the 1960s, the traditional denominations have been losing members as a result of two phenomena: On the one hand, more and more Americans— nearly 23 percent, according to the Pew Research Center—now claim no religious affiliation at all. Those who still do, meanwhile, are increasingly flocking to newer, non-denominational churches. (See article in our next issue.) And yet, the “mainline” churches—as these traditional churches are called— have served as vital forces in the life of our region and our nation.


time might be surprised to hear this, since the Anglican liturgy remains firmly grounded in the language of the Lord’s Prayer and the Nicene Creed, as well as the Eucharist—the ritual of Communion. Within the Church, however, one finds parishioners with a wide range of theological interpretations of those rituals. Lewis himself says that while he’s a “cradle Episcopalian” and comes from a long line of Anglican priests, he did a lot of soul searching during his first two years as an undergraduate at William & Mary. “I was really kind of exploring different paths,” he says. “At one time I thought of Judaism. I also considered Catholicism. There are factors of both that I really appreciate. I love the domesticity of Judaism—that there’s a sacredness that can go on in the home, with a Seder, for instance, and Hanukkah. And I like the mass and some of the other traditions of Catholicism.” By the end of his junior year, however, he realized that he was most “at home” in the Episcopal Church—so much so that he decided to become a priest. “I went to see the bishop,” he recalls, “and he said, ‘I think you need a little seasoning. So I got a master’s in special education and taught at Eastern State Hospital. Then I went to seminary at Episcopal Seminary in Alexandria.” At the church’s heart, he says, is a deep commitment to tradition balanced by an embrace of the ways in which we have evolved as a species. “We are a church that is not afraid of mystery,” Lewis says. “We’re not afraid of intuition, and we’re not trying to define everything perfectly. We do believe in scripture as foundational, but we also believe in reason, allowing for a dialogue between scripture and the context of the world in which we live. When we talk about sexuality today, for example, we’re talking about something very different from the ways in which it is present-

he Episcopal Church, especially so. For one thing, its precursor—the Church of England in America—was the established Church of pre-Revolutionary Virginia. As other denominations—especially the Methodists and Baptists—grew in the 19th century, the Episcopal Church lost its dominance. Today it represents only slightly more than 1 percent of the adult population. And yet, throughout much of our history its influence was disproportionate to its numbers. More than a quarter of all U.S. presidents, for example, have been Episcopalians. Today, for roughly 3 million adults in this country, it retains its appeal for a variety of reasons. “I think there is a sense of inclusion in the Episcopal Church,” says Win Lewis, the popular rector of Christ and St. Luke’s in Norfolk’s historic Ghent Christ and St. Luke’s Church neighborhood. “This value of inclusivity actually runs very deep in the Anglican spirit going way back, but I think it has become more clearly defined—as one of acceptance without judgment—since 2003, with the election of Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop of New Hampshire. People who come here tell me they like a church where they’re free to express their beliefs and ideas without criticism—and where they can therefore also explore them and test them.” Someone walking into a traditional Episcopal Church for the first

ed in the Bible. Homosexuality was seen as not being true to oneself. What we now know, of course, is that for many people homosexuality is being faithful to their identity.” Among those parishioners at Christ and St. Luke’s who value that outlook are Tim Bostic and Tony London. You may recognize their names. In July 2013, the couple filed a federal lawsuit which helped pave the way for the legalization of gay marriage in Virginia. Two years later, they were married at the church, with Lewis officiating. “My faith is one of the pillars of my life,” Bostic says. “It’s always been there for me.” As a child, he recalls, he went to a Lutheran church, attended Sunday school every week and prayed every night before bed. “One night when I was 12, I had a nightmare,” he recalls. “When I told my mother she said, ‘Honey, don’t ever forget—God’s always with you and loves you no matter what.’ That was the message I got from my family and my faith community—never messages of hate. Never, God’s going to smite you.” Bostic realized that finding the right church would require some exploration and deliberation. Having been raised in a deep liturgical tradition, he feels at home at Christ and St. Luke’s. “We have been accepted with open arms by that congregation,” he shares. “The people there truly live their faith; they’re not just giving it lip service.” Bostic notes for example, that one of the parishioners—“a pillar of the community”—volunteers his time to teach homeless people how to paint. When they complete the paintings, they sell them and get to keep the money.

Tim Bostic


Living in faith, for Bostic, also means opening ourselves up to experiences and growing as a result. He was particularly struck by something a fellow parishioner said to him at a dinner party held to celebrate the couple’s success in the lawsuit. “When I sat down he said, ‘You know, Tim, if someone had told me 20 years ago that this conservative would support gay marriage, I would have told them they were out of their minds. But I’m so grateful to the two of you for making me a better man and a better Christian.’” The inclusiveness of some churches notwithstanding, many people I’ve talked with still reject Christianity because of its apparent claim to be the only true religion. Particularly troubling to people who respect all religions is a statement attributed to Jesus in the Gospel According to John: I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Lewis argues, however, that this is “one of the misunderstood passages in Scripture.” First of all, he notes, it is only found in one of the four Gospels, and that Gospel needs to be read “through the lens of the prologue, which talks about the cosmic reality of Jesus: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. “When Jesus is speaking, he’s speaking as the embodied word of God that is reflected in all of creation. It’s no one comes to the Father unless they experience this heart of God, which is found in Jesus but not exclusively in Jesus.” “When Gandhi went to England,” Lewis adds, “and read the Sermon on the Mount, he said, ‘I’ve known this Jesus all my life.’ He recognized in Jesus what he knew through his own faith. So how can we say this is exclusive?”


aving talked with people whose religious experiences are similar to mine, I wanted to venture far beyond my own comfort zone. With this in mind, I head out one Sunday in July to visit Little Piney Grove Baptist Church in Creeds, a rural area of Virginia Beach, just south of Pungo. Unlike the imposing neo-Gothic façade of Christ and St. Luke’s, whose stately tower looms majestically over the Hague in Ghent, Little Piney Grove is a modest structure—and yet, its historical significance for Virginia Beach’s black residents is profound. “During the days prior to the Civil War,” states the church’s website, “our forefathers worshipped at the churches of their white masters. Consequently, many of our churches


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that exist today grew and developed from the efforts of a persistent group of black worshippers. They had a desire to worship and praise God, freely, in their own sanctuary. They dreamed of a day when they would not be limited to the designated “Black Only” section of the churches of their masters. “Our neighboring brothers and sisters in Christ from Oak Grove Baptist Church, formerly Pungo Baptist Church, have written within their recorded history the story of our ancestors who were members there. But, those faithful parishioners ‘formed for themselves a church, Little Piney Grove Baptist Church in the 1850s.’” The original worshippers assembled under a tent near the site of the current building, according to the website, but eventually managed to raise a permanent structure. I’d called in advance and left a voicemail message but hadn’t received a response, so I had no idea what kind of greeting to expect when I arrived. As it turns out, I’m welcomed with open arms by a man who said he’d passed my message along to the pastor, who would arrive shortly. He invites me to join the Sunday school class currently in session, and I’m greeted warmly there as well. Then, at 11 a.m., we all file into the sanctuary for the formal service. I’d been to black Baptist churches before but not in many years. I’m immediately struck by how vastly different the style of worship music is in contrast to the organ-driven hymns to which I’m accustomed. Here, an electric trio consisting of keyboard, bass guitar and drums takes the lead, accompanying the exuberant, hand-clapping choir. The keyboard player continues with a bed of sound, even while various parishioners stand up to lead prayers without relying on texts. Indeed, everything about the service seems to be characterized by spontaneity, albeit within an established outline in the program,

Minister Shanae C. Moore and fiancée Rev. Rashad Cartwright much as jazz musicians leave ample room for improvisation over an agreed upon series of chords. In largely white Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, there is a call-and-response element—the priest or minister trading lines with the congregation—but it is all strictly scripted. Here, the script is loose, to say the least. While some of the congregational responses are prescribed, parishioners also call out whatever comes to mind: “Praise the Lord”; “Hallelujah,” or simply, “Yes!” or “Uh huh.” All of this is building up to the climax of the service—a sermon by the Rev. Rashad Cartwright, an engaging 33-year-old who became pastor of Little Piney Grove in April 2016. During a conversation in his office, Cartwright tells me that as a child he was immersed in the Baptist church. His uncle was a pastor, he added, and both his father and mother were deacons. “I was in church six or seven days a week,” he remembers. Like a lot of people, he briefly rebelled. As a teenager, he recalls, he “couldn’t wait to go off to college and get away” from all that. “But God,” he added, “has a way of humbling you—of showing you that the world of fun is not the answer.” This realization came in a single moment of epiphany that he remembers vividly. “I was 16 years old and attending a [religious] conference in Lynchburg. The service one night had been especially powerful, and

Like everyone else I encounter there, her I was so filled with emotion that I had faith is rock solid. trouble falling asleep. I finally did, but in “I love God,” she says. “I couldn’t make it the middle of the night, I woke up because I without Him. I know He hears our prayers, heard something in the kitchen. I remember and I know He answers them.” the exact time: It was 3:27 a.m. I walked in As evidence she points to an especially to see what it was and I saw this bright light. difficult time in her life when her son went It wasn’t the figure of a man—just a light. I to jail. dropped to my knees and cried like a baby. “He was always getting in trouble,” she When I finally stopped, I had a feeling of recalls, “and I kept trying to fix it. I paid the peace wash over me. I knew from that molawyers so much money. Finally I reached ment on that that was God’s calling to me—it my wits’ end and told God, ‘I can’t do this was time to preach the Word.” anymore.’ He said, ‘I was wondering how When he told his pastor about this revelalong it was going to take you to let him go.’ tion, the pastor told him he was a little too I was a single mom with three children, and young and should just be patient. Three years I needed to focus on the ones who were still later, however, the pastor invited Cartwright in the household. I continued to love my son to preach a sermon. and told him that. But I felt as if I were in jail The experience reinforced his sense of with him, in a sense. When I told him that I calling. “I had some notes,” he recalls, “but I wasn’t in jail with him any longer—that he never looked at them. God had deposited that made his choice and needed to live with it— sermon within me.” he grew fearful. This conviction is evident as well as he “I was glad he was locked up because at delivers the sermon on the Sunday that I atleast I knew where he was.” tend. Indeed, I can say, without hesitation, that Cartwright is one of the best speakers I’ve ever heard in my life. He began his sermon in a light-hearted manner, talking about the proper way to make a pound cake. A good baker can tell simply by looking into the oven window when the cake is done, he says. No one seems to know where this is going, but it doesn’t matter. His charisma, charm and good humor captivates the congregation. Then, as his voice rises in pitch and deepens in intensity, he reaches his main point. “Listen!,” he says, with the excitement of someone who has just discovered his faith in that moment. “Can I tell you about God?! Sometimes God puts us in the oven of life. But He knows when to take us out!” The only proper response as we endure hardships, he continues, is to pray and trust Victoria Bell in God. Prayer works, he says with utter conviction. To illustrate his point, he talks about The comment was a remarkable foreshadthe story of Jonah being swallowed by a fish owing of Cartwright’s sermon, in which he and finally gaining his release through prayer. makes the point that Jonah’s being swallowed The choice of subject matter seems strikby the fish wasn’t punishment but protection. ingly appropriate, in light of a conversation “Once I let it go,” Bell recalls, “God took I’d had before the service with a 59-year-old over. My son got out of jail two years ago, and woman named Victoria Bell, a lifelong memhe’s doing good. He has a job and is paying his ber of Little Piney Grove.

child support and doing all the right things. I told him, ‘All God asks is that you do your best. Not your worst, but your best.’” “People can say what they want about Him,” she concludes, “but I believe in God truly, for what he’s taken me through.” While her faith runs deep and is rooted in the Bible, it is obviously strengthened by the community at Little Piney Grove. “I love the fellowship,” she says. “There are such good people here.” This is abundantly evident to me throughout my visit, as I’m welcomed as if I’d been a member there my whole life. The feeling is confirmed when a woman invites me to sit next to her and her husband during the ice cream social. “My husband and I live in Richmond,” she says, “but we drive here every week. Sometimes several times a week. This church feels like home.” As I drive home, I can’t help thinking about what an eye-opening experience this has been for me. Prior to going, I was preoccupied with the vast differences that I imagined I would encounter: liturgically, theologically and racially. In the end, however, the fellowship and the rituals of worship—different as they are in style, among various denominations—all seem to boil down to a fundamental belief: that love is the essence of Christianity. And in the end, those two types of Christians may have more in common than it first appears. Lewis sums this up nicely. “I think what Jesus embodied,” he says, “was the essence of God, which is love—and a particular kind of love. The Greeks had several words for love. Agape is the one that’s used in the New Testament, and that is a love that sacrifices self for others. Agape love also is not judgmental, in the sense of judging someone and rejecting them. It is discerning in the sense of helping someone who is on a journey to discover what brings them fullness of life.” In our next issue we will continue our inquiry into Christianity with a focus on CoVa newer, non-denominational churches. n


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Sea Glass Hunters Travel for Hours, Withhold the Whereabouts of Their Quests and (if they must) Fend Off Wild Dogs, in Pursuit of the Smooth, Frosted Treasures that were once Someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trash Story and photos by Tim Eberly


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here’s a spot on the North End, not far from where the ocean meets the bay, that’s the best place in Virginia Beach to find sea glass. Among locals, it’s the worst-kept secret in town. It’s a private beach and has a “No Trespassing” sign, but nothing stands in the way of a hunter and his or her sea glass. You won’t find the specific location in this article, for fear of inviting the collectors’ wrath. “Good sea glass hunters don’t give away their favorite spots,” says Virginia Beach resident and sea glass scourer Joy Haycox. Many people think of sea glass as something peddled in beach gift shops, next to the baby shark fetuses preserved in jars. But any sea glass hunters worth their weight in glass have no use for the gift shop stuff. Most of it is man-made and mass-produced. The real value is searching for the glass that takes the ocean a lifetime to mature—and finding a piece of art made by nature. When it comes to sea glass, the long game is the only one that matters. Plenty don’t know that sea glass has been tumbling onto the shores of Virginia Beach for decades. It’s not as plentiful as it once was, but look around a home on the North End, and you’ll likely find a jar or bowl filled with sea glass of all shapes, sizes and colors. And there’s even better glass to be found, locals say, if you cross the bridge to Virginia’s Eastern Shore or head south to Nags Head.

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, a noted sea glass On one May morning, expert, chooses the Eastern Shore. He stands on a beach that he hasn’t visited for a decade. And he wishes he’d worn a hat. The wind tousles LaMotte’s wavy brown hair. The son of a preacher who grew up in Portsmouth, LaMotte first found this secret spot when someone asked him to come to town to give a sea glass presentation. His first book on sea glass came out a couple years earlier, and a local tipped LaMotte, who now lives in Chestertown, Md., off to the site. It’s a place where beachgoers find beautifully frosted sea glass that has been bumping around the floor of the Chesapeake Bay for a century or more. LaMotte, whose notoriety as a sea glass expert landed him on Martha Stewart’s talk show, agreed to let this Coastal Virginia Magazine correspondent shadow him on a hunt. Things start off kind of slow. LaMotte, 57, wonders aloud whether other hunters had already harvested the beach that morning. But, as it turns out, there’s plenty of glass to be found. The beauty of sea glass is also its burden. It was once trash. But Mother Ocean wouldn’t stand for it. Her salt water and rocky bottom smoothed out the sharp edges—just like life does to people—and frosted its clear complexion. Sea glass mostly comes from bottles, broken after they’ve been dumped into bays, the ocean and other waterways. But it takes many moons—30 to 50 years—for a piece of glass to become frosted and rounded. Two different processes give it that look, LaMotte says: The salt water extracts soda and lime from glass, and the glass grinds against rocks and shells.

TOP: Sea glass expert and author Richard LaMotte examines a piece of glass he found on a beach on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. BOTTOM: Sea glass author Richard LaMotte scours the sand on a beach known for sea glass on the Eastern Shore.


Haycox, a 51-year-old television producer, calls herself a “sea

glass freak.” She even fended off a pack of wild dogs on a beach in Morocco in her search of it. Her home in the North End is evidence of her obsession. She has jars of it in her living room and home office and some in her yard and driveway. The most special pieces, though, are organized in bags and dated. “Until I find out what to do with them,” she says. Haycox knows the best time to hunt for it is during low tide, after a storm. But she takes her sea glass forecasting a couple steps further, researching places where marinas used to be—they’re fantastic spots for sea glass—and arriving 45 minutes before low tide. “To beat the people,” she says. There’s one item that some collectors in Virginia Beach treasure more than sea glass. For at least five decades, mysterious chunks of a pastel blue tile have been washing ashore. It’s harder to find than sea glass— and the soft blue is as pretty as can be when found in a bed of sand. North End resident Mary Paul Callis, 57, believes that it’s from a hotel’s oceanfront pool or bathhouse that got washed into the ocean many years ago, possibly during the infamous Ash Wednesday storm in 1962. (LaMotte thinks that’s a good theory.) “It’s a good day when you’ve found sea glass, but it’s a great day when you find the blue tile,” Callis says.

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has lived at the oceanfront for six years and never found a piece of sea glass. She’s found some along the New Jersey coast and Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay but none at the beach she calls home. “I feel like it’s more like a quest,” says Swensen, who grew up in Florida and graduated from Arizona State University. “I’ll be so giddy when I find it.” Coastal Virginia Magazine had no choice but to pay forward LaMotte’s goodwill and take Swensen on a hunt for local glass. On a sunny June morning, Swensen grabs a bag before she heads on a search, not far from her home. The blond-haired aviation enthusiast is optimistic that she’ll need something to put all the sea glass in. This isn’t an ideal morning for a hunt, though. It’s neither low tide nor has a storm just passed through. And the army of biting flies that make it their mission in life to ruin walks for North Enders seem to not want this hunt to happen. Swensen finds a few pieces with some help, but it’s not until she’s on her way back, when the tide has dropped more, that she discovers her first piece on her own. And, judging by her yelp, that makes all the difference. Walking along the low tide line and scanning the sand, Swensen sees the reflection of glass at her feet. “Oh, look!” she blurts out, bending to pick it up. “I found it! This is like the piece that I found. Fun!” The glass is large and clear, but it needs more time in the water, more time to frost. It’s not until a few minutes later that she finds the piece, her first quality piece of glass. A wave recedes from the sand, exposing the glass that would become the piece of the day. “Ooh, look at that one,” she says. She holds it between her fingers and admires it. It’s also a clear piece, but this one is nicely frosted, about 2 inches long and appears to be the bottom of a bottle. “It’s so big, it’s perfect,” Swensen says. 120

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Valerie Duus-Jamieson,

ABOVE: Sea glass jeweler Valerie DuusJamieson holds a piece of her glass up to the light at her office near Mount Trashmore Park.

Opposite Page TOP: Mary Paul Callis has a jar of mysterious pastel blue tile that has been washing up on the shores of Virginia Beach for at least five decades. BOTTOM: Kara Swensen shows off the first Virginia Beach sea glass she has ever found after going on a hunt on the North End.

64, hasn’t harvested local beaches for glass, either. She makes and sells sea glass jewelry in Virginia Beach, but she and her husband get their glass from the Eastern Shore. And they say it’s worth paying the $18 roundtrip toll. She overheard a customer talking about the spot more than a year ago and now relies on it to supply all her sea glass for jewelry. She, too, doesn’t want to divulge the location. Her husband, Tommy, jokingly offers to take this correspondent there blindfolded. Duus-Jamieson has been making sea glass jewelry for three years. She started out using fake sea glass but switched over to the real stuff when she learned of the location that she now holds so dear. “Gold mine,” she says. Duus-Jamieson sells her glass online and at a half-dozen arts festivals per year. Her husband drills holes through the glass—not an easy task to master— and she turns it into necklaces and earrings and such. She said the couple’s home near Mount Trashmore is so covered in sea glass that she doesn’t allow visitors there. “I used to play ping pong,” Tommy Jamieson says. “All of a sudden, the next thing I know, it’s a work table.” On an evening in mid-May, Duus-Jamieson is at her office, preparing for two upcoming festivals, first the Pungo Wine Festival, then the Steel Pier Classic and Surf Art Expo. She packs two large black bags with plastic bins filled with sea glass jewelry. She doesn’t have to work hard to get people to buy her jewelry; sea glass sells itself. “People are fascinated when you have real sea glass,” she tells. They’re even more thrilled when someone like LaMotte, the sea glass author from Portsmouth, can identify the pieces’ age and origin. On his Eastern Shore hunt, when LaMotte finds a light green piece, he notes that it came from a “hobble-skirt” Coke bottle, likely from the 1940s or 1950s. Then this correspondent discovers a large chunk of curved white ceramic, probably three-quarters of an inch thick, and shows it to LaMotte. He identifies that too. “It’s probably from a toilet bowl.” Yuck. LaMotte doesn’t find any red or orange glass—the rarest colors—but he does find some beautiful pastel green and blue pieces. It’s enough to make his two-hour drive to the Eastern Shore worth it. He doesn’t hunt for sea glass as much as he used to; he and his wife, Nancy, stockpiled 50,000 pieces for her sea glass jewelry business. But she’s out of town at a festival this weekend. And there’s little LaMotte would rather be doing than scouring the sand for the ocean’s artwork that was once someone’s trash. Richard LaMotte has written two books about sea glass, Pure Sea Glass and The Lure of Sea Glass. Readers can order them through his website: Valerie Duus-Jamieson’s sea glass jewelry can be purchased through her Facebook page: CoVa n


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Painting Between the Waters By Donna Bozza

Eastern Shore Artist Bethany Simpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s KaleidoscopeColored Coastal Folk Art Frames 25th Anniversary Bike Tour


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od’s Little Acre. That’s what Bethany Simpson’s best friend—her granddad— called the Eastern Shore when she was growing up playing in the remote beauty of Red Bank, a wild twist of blue waters and emerald green marshes on the lower Shore’s seaside. “My mother didn’t believe in TV, so we were forced to get out and in nature,” the 27-year-old artist explains, adding a “Thank God” and a bright smile for emphasis. Being homeschooled, she had more time to build forts, hunt for arrowheads and go crabbing, all the while having her senses immersed in a sea and sky world. Now as an adult, this inspiring panorama flows from her paintbrushes. Simpson’s paintings breathe brilliant life into Shore scenes with the brightest blues and greens, the intense orange and reds of local sunsets, and rivers of vivid yellow and magenta.

“I’m so blessed to be able to do the work I love and earn a living.” Her kaleidoscope-colored coastal folk art caught the eye of the environmental group Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES), organizers of the 25th Anniversary Between the Waters Bike Tour, held this year on Oct. 28. They commissioned her original painting to represent the tour. “It’s a landmark year for our bike tour, an event that helped to get folks thinking about how ecotourism could be a sustainable industry here,” says CBES President Arthur Upshur. “Bethany’s work draws attention to what CBES works to protect and does so in a uniquely beautiful way.” Many of Simpson’s paintings depict the quintessential elements of the Shore’s waterside villages: deadrise boats, crab shacks and docks often inhabited by a waterman in white boots, his black lab silhouetted against a rainbow of primary colors. When the subject is local farms, it’s a surprise of rows and rows of extraordinarily colorful crops, perhaps not found in nature but in the passion of imagination.


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In all of Simpson’s work, the joy between painter and subject is palpable. “Loving the Shore, I never get bored of painting the Shore,” she says. “I’m so blessed to be able to do the work I love and earn a living.” As a child, Simpson felt a calling to be a painter, but that passion was nearly derailed by her own disappointment in not being able to emulate her mother’s talents as a realist painter. “I tried and tried but realism—it just wasn’t working for me,” Simpson explains. “I was upset because I always believed I was born to be an artist.” It wasn’t until she was 20 that she decided to try painting again on her own terms.

Though she appreciates the beauty of realism, she says her style is more “messy, crazy” and also “busy” in a fascinating way. “I like to cram the canvas, cover it with little details,” she laughs. “A man who bought one of my paintings texted me the other day saying, ‘I just now noticed this little boat.’” After selling her first painting to a very appreciative buyer, she started to believe the idea of painting for a living could be a reality. Seven years later, it is. Simpson is a resident artist at the Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio in Cape Charles, and her paintings fly off the bistro walls of the Machipongo Trading Company located near

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Eastville on Lankford Highway/Route 13. Her work is also showcased on her Facebook page: Bethany Simpson, Artist and soon a website. When not painting, Simpson and her boyfriend work at restoring a century-old home in Nassawadox. The tiny town’s Native American name means “land between two waters” and is the title of the painting she donated for the bike tour. In the past, CBES has promoted the event through the creative eye of a local artist. In the beginning years, T-shirts donned the popular work of Eastville artist Mary Sawyer Miller, who graciously donated her Eastern Shore vignettes, to the delight of cyclists. For the first time, the tour will have professional bike jerseys for sale. A vibrant design was needed that also embraced the essence of what makes the region so special. Simpson’s work was the perfect fit. She enthusiastically embraced the purpose of the Bike Tour mantra Pedal to Protect the

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Eastern Shore and agreed to paint and donate a special work. “I love what CBES does, and this is a way I can help,” she explains. “I want to see the Shore protected, its history its culture and not turned into Ocean City [Md.] I want my sister’s kids, and maybe someday my kids, to have what I had.” The 25th Anniversary CBES Between the Waters Bike Tour is held Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. The ride begins at Sunset Beach Resort, and bikers can sign up for 25-, 40-, 60- and 100mile tours. A raffle for Bethany Simpson’s original Between the Waters 16 x 20” acrylic painting valued at $500 and ready for hanging can be found on for $20 per chance or 3 for $50. All proceeds support Pedal to Protect Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Bethany Simpson can be reached at


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A New Season Offers Tons Of Reasons To Be Part Of The Theater Action This Fall


f you’ve never been to the theater before, there is something indescribably exciting about watching a live performance. The performers project a pure passion for their craft. The music fills your entire being and carries you away with the rest of the production. And it’s all live, so there are certain nuances to every word or note— spoken, sung or played. If you have been to the theater before but it was many years ago and you vowed to never go again because you were uncomfortably dressed and bored to tears with the production, Coastal Virginia venues have some surprises in store this fall that are going to change your mind about stepping out on the town.

Here are just a few of the companies and venues in the area that are hoping to entice you to stretch your imagination and share in some magical moments:

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The City of Norfolk’s SevenVenues serves to link residents, visitors and tourists to Norfolk’s rich cultural arts and entertainment community. Included in their arsenal of facilities are Scope Arena, Chrysler Hall, the Attucks Theatre, the Wells Theatre, Harrison Opera House, Harbor Park and Open Air Events. Here are just a few of the upcoming events coming your way:


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Sept. 17 Doug E. Fresh, En Vogue, and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition

Sept. 29–Oct. 3 Samson and Delilah

Nov. 10–14 The Girl of the Golden West

Sept. 23 From a Five-Time Grammy Winner to Holst’s The Planets

Dec. 16 Handel’s Messiah

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Sept. 9–Nov. 5 Showmasters Gun Show Dec. 1 The Comedy Get Down Dec. 14 Janet Jackson Sept. 26 Tom Brokaw

Wells Theatre

Sept. 13–Oct. 1 Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Sept. 30 Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole

Oct. 6 Men Are From Mars; Women Are From Venus

Oct. 3–8 The Book of Mormon

Oct. 25–Nov. 12 The Parchman Hour Dec. 6–24 A Christmas Carol

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 12 Peppa Pig Live! Oct. 20–Nov. 12 A User’s Guide to Hell, Featuring Bernard Madoff Oct. 21 The Best of Wagner’s Ring Cycle Oct. 27 Ronnie Milsap

Oct. 28 Faithfully: The Music of Journey 128

Coastal Virginia Magazine “The big driving force for us is that November is our 10th year,” says Meghan Calvagna, director of marketing for the Sandler Center. “We were dedicated in 2007, so this is a really big year for us. Ten years is a long time to be in the community, and we’ve really looked back and looked at the support the community has given us over the years—the arts organizations, specifically. They fill 150 events out of the 400 events we do a year, so it’s an astonishing number that they bring into our building. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the community support and the arts organizations. “As we’re celebrating our 10th year this November, we’re realizing what got us to this point, and that’s the arts, the resident companies and the

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community’s support. We know what got us to this point, but we’re also looking to expand what’s next, what’s up and coming, and what’s fresh to make us stand out from the others. We have a secret up our sleeves this year that I think a lot of people will be excited about, and we’ll have some crowd favorites, some nostalgic shows and some new, fresh content coming in as well.” Sept. 13 An Evening With Randy Newman Oct. 6 Russian Grand Ballet Presents Swan Lake Oct. 13–15 Virginia Musical Theatre presents Mama Mia! Oct. 18 PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero Nov. 3 Pin Ministry Presents: Comedy Night Featuring Jim Breuer Nov. 12 The Olate Dogs Nov. 16 Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman “C.G.P. & Dawg Tour”

Nov. 24 Moscow Ballet Presents The Great Russian Nutcracker Dec. 1-3 Virginia Musical Theatre Presents Disney’s Freaky Friday

Dec. 21 Vienna Boys Choir Presented by Virginia Arts Festival

Regent University Theatre Performing_Arts/ Theater-Season With a legacy of more than 30 years, Regent University Theatre presents inspiring entertainment of the highest caliber. Here’s what Jan Gompper, chair of the Department of Theatre & Music has to say about the upcoming season: “With God’s glory in view, we go boldly forth in our commitment to continue to bring you high-quality theater productions that entertain, educate and stimulate. This year’s season will do a bit of each as we explore how love changes human behavior and redeems even the most difficult of circumstances. “In Carlo Goldoni’s Italian farce The Servant of Two Masters, a resourceful and perpetually hungry Truffaldino tries to serve two different masters in order to get an extra meal. When the feisty Smeraldina smites his heart, he discovers that what he truly hungers for is much greater than what he expected. “Norman Krasna’s 1940s comedy Dear Ruth turns a teenage girl’s altruistic intentions to bolster the morale of a young soldier into a catalyst that causes a life-altering change of heart for her older sister, Ruth.

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Opening on Broadway in 1944, the play had an impressive two-year run, as well as a film adaptation in 1947 starring William Holden. “The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort is inspired by the true story of the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. This Greek-styled work illustrates how a simple act of love helped to heal hearts filled with grief and bitterness. Finally, Bock & Harnick’s euphoric romantic comedy She Loves Me takes a wistful look at how love can unexpectedly change those it touches. Originally based on the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklós László, the story has been adapted several times into popular films—the 1940 James Stewart-Margaret Sullavan classic The Shop Around the Corner; the 1949 Judy Garland-Van Johnson musical In the Good Old Summertime; and more recently the 1998 Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan comedy You’ve Got Mail.” Sept. 29–30; Oct. 1, 6–7 The Servant of Two Masters Dec. 1–3; 8–10 Dear Ruth Feb. 16–18; 23–25 The Women of Lockerbie

April 20–22; 27–29 She Loves Me

Virginia Musical Theatre “We’re getting ready for our 27th season, and we’re coming up on our 10th year at the

Sandler Center,” says Mark Hudgins, executive director of the Virginia Musical Theatre, which has been designated by City Council as the official music theater of Virginia Beach. “We are opening with Mama Mia in October, followed by the Virginia premier of a brand new musical based on Disney’s movie Freaky Friday, called Freaky Friday. We’ll be the first theater in Virginia and the third theater totally to ever produce the show before it goes to Broadway. Then in March 2018 we’re going to do Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical. And then we end the season with a classic Cole Porter show called Kiss Me, Kate. So we do four shows a year. We work very closely with the musical department at the Governor’s School for the Arts, and we like to heavily promote that because some of our best actors and some rather well-known actors now come through that program with us, including Grant Gustin, a local kid who now plays The Flash on TV. “And just like anything these days, everything has gotten so causal. Most people don’t generally dress up for the theater anymore. It’s not stuffy like it used to be. In fact, we now allow people to bring their wine into the theater. So that’s a relatively new thing, but we’re doing everything we can to get people into the theater and into seats. And if that means letting them come in wearing cutoff jeans, eat popcorn and drink wine, then have at it. “So just come and plan on having a good time. People think that it’s going to be stuffy and they are going to be bored to tears, but we pick our shows for a wide-ranging audience. Every time I’ve seen Mama Mia, which is at least half a dozen, at the end of the show people are in the aisles dancing. And that’s encouraged. It’s based on the music of ABBA. Everybody knows all the music, and it’s a goofy story, so you’re not sitting there watching Shakespeare and getting bored to tears. We chose Freaky Friday because

it is a family show, the kids are going to love it, everyone knows the story, Disney has done the movie twice, so it’s fairly familiar to people. Jekyll and Hyde is a little different. I’ve had a couple of our older audiences say, ‘Oh, it’s going to be dark and there will be a lot of blood …’ It’s nothing like that. It’s more of a romantic melodrama than anything else. The music is absolutely gorgeous. Real sweeping, romantic music. And then Kiss Me, Kate is just plain fun. Where else can you see tap dancing gangsters?”

Oct. 13–15 Mamma Mia! @ Sandler Center

Dec. 1–3 Freaky Friday, A New Musical @ Sandler Center March 2–4 Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical @ Sandler Center April 27–29 Kiss Me, Kate @ Sandler Center

Richmond Ballet: The State Ballet of Virginia “In late fall/early winter we’ll be doing our Nutcracker production at Chrysler Hall Dec. 1–3,” says Jennifer Chapman, Hampton Roads regional coordinator for the Richmond Ballet. “That’ll be our fifth consecutive year doing that. We will perform along with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. We use 90 local dance students in that production, so they actually audition in August and September, and then they rehearse weekly, Continued on page 132 …


SEPTEMBER 13 An Evening With Randy Newman: Part of the Great Performance Series, 8pm 24 Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Holst’s The Planets, 2:30pm OCTOBER 13-15 18 22 29

Virginia Musical Theatre: Mamma Mia!, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2:30pm PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero, 6pm Virginia Symphony Orchestra: The Best of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, 2:30pm Virginia Symphony Orchestra: PB&J Series: Halloween Spooktacular, 3pm

NOVEMBER 5 Virginia Symphony Orchestra: From the Music of Bach to the Reformation Symphony, 2:30pm 16 Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman “C.G.P. & Dawg Tour”: Part of the Great Performance Series, 7:30pm 19 Symphonicity: Ode to Hope, 3pm DECEMBER 1-3 Virginia Musical Theatre: Freaky Friday, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2:30pm 9 Virginia Beach Chorale: The Star and the Sleigh: Two Sides of Christmas, 7:30pm 10 Virginia Symphony Orchestra: PB&J Series: Jingle Bell Jam, 3pm 10 Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Holiday POPS,7pm 15-17 Ballet Virginia International: The Nutcracker, Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm & 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm 21 Vienna Boys Choir presented by Virginia Arts Festival, 7:30pm JANUARY 21 Virginia Symphony Orchestra: A Roman Holiday, 2:30pm 27 Virginia Symphony Orchestra: PB&J Series: SUPER HEROES!, 3pm 29 Tango Fire: Part of the Great Performance Series, 7:30pm FEBRUARY 13 Birdland All Star, Part of the Great Performance Series, 7:30pm 18 Symphonicity: Ode to Joy, 3pm 22 TAO Drum Heart, Part of the Great Performance Series, 7:30pm 25 Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Classics from Chopin and Brahms, 2:30pm


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Virginia Musical Theatre: Jekyll & Hyde, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2:30pm The Chieftains: Part of the Great Performance Series, 7:30pm Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Scheherazade, and a Philip Glass Fantasy, 2:30pm Hurrah Players: Peter Pan, Sandler Center, Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 3pm Symphonicity: Ode to Spring: Sandler Center 3pm

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Part of the Great Performance Series, 7:30pm Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Carmina Burana PLUS a World Premiere!, 2:30pm Ballet Virginia International: Alice in Wonderland, 2pm and 7:30pm Virginia Musical Theatre: Kiss Me, Kate, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2:30pm

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Symphonicity: Ode to America, 3pm Virginia Symphony Orchestra: PB&J Series: Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead, 3pm

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then dance alongside the professional company dancer. That’s really exciting for a lot of them because most of them haven’t performed alongside professional dancers, and they haven’t performed on the Chrysler Hall stage. “Before that we are performing, actually debuting, our Trio performance. We call it

Trio because it’s three strikingly different ballets in one show, which is really exciting. A lot of people think of ballet and they think of traditional tutus, Swan Lake-type of performance. But the Richmond Ballet is really a contemporary ballet company. Yes, we do classical, but we also bring in really cool, edgy, new choreographers. So, we’re excited that our Trio production (that we normally only do in Richmond) is going to debut at Ferguson Center on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. “We are going to be doing three different ballets that night. One is called Gloria. It’s a beautiful dance interpretation of Vivaldi’s Gloria. And the choreography evokes passion, joy and spirituality of music. Our second performance that night is Journey. Salvatore Aielo is the choreographer. And that performance pays tribute to the strength, vitality and physical virtuosity of the male dancer. And then our third performance

is Silent. The choreographer is Jean Patterson. It evokes the sense of space and timelessness. She quoted it as saying, ‘It’s about finding peace within the stillness. The silence we find ourselves in a quiet moment in the dark of night or on a walk with miles in front of us to conquer.’ “A few years back, while we were doing Nutcracker, we received a grant from Dominion Power to do three years of performances in Norfolk. After those three years the organization made the decision that Coastal Virginia really wanted to be a second home for us. So since that time they’ve continued to bring Nutcracker down here, and then they really wanted to take it up a notch, because we really want to make this not just a tour stop; we want to have an entire season here in Coastal Virginia at the performing arts venues. This is our next step.

“We were designated the State Ballet back in 1994. A lot of people don’t know that we tour all over the commonwealth. But we want to make Coastal Virginia our new second headquarters, our second home. I think we have a unique opportunity to come into the community and really show some cool ballet productions. I think the ballet is cognizant of really sharing that with the Coastal Virginia community in particular, because everyone in Richmond knows, but we need to let the seven cities know we’re here.” Oct. 26 Trio @ Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts Dec. 1–3 The Nutcracker @ Chrysler Hall

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What To Know When You’re Tapped To Put Together A Special Event


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Bruce Newton, Group Sales Manager, Tour and Travel Visitor Services, Hampton Some people come ready knowing exactly what they want to do, and others need our complete assistance. So whichever way they want us to be involved, we’ll be happy to do that. People who are tasked with planning a reunion or some other type of banquet are generally not professional meeting planners; they are very green as far as what they need to know before they contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau. We actually guide them

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Prior to contacting us I would suggest they should do online research on their own. I would recommend looking for recommendations from people they trust and read online reviews for the venues they are considering. The majority of hotels and facilities will have diagrams of their function space, as well as menus, directly on their website so clients can quickly gauge if the venue is within their budget. You then want to reach out to the hotel and set up an appointment to tour the facility and meet with the sales manager. Come prepared with questions, ideas and your preferred date! A good way to book your favorite venue and save some money at the same time is to consider booking your event during the week or on a Sunday. We offer clients a 20 percent discount for having their event on a Sunday through Friday. Consider a holiday weekend so you can have your event on a Sunday knowing that most of your guests will not have to go to work on Monday. This saves you money and also gives out-of-town guests a getaway for their long weekend. A lot of vendors will offer discounts for events not on a Saturday, so you can save money on the venue, DJ, photographer, etc. Which brings up one more good point: Don’t be afraid to ask your venue for recommendations on vendors. Keep in mind, we deal with vendors every day, and we know who does a good job and who does not. We also prefer to recommend the vendors so we know the entire event will go off without a hitch.

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As for dining options, we can put together a hors d’oeuvres menu for you if you want to do a stand-up cocktail event on our seasonal patio, or, if you’d rather do a sit-down meal, we offer a lunch menu, called our Lighthouse Menu, as well as three dinner menus that include The Lynnhaven, The Princess Anne, and The Orleans, depending on what you would like available for your guests. As for private dining options, we have a number of rooms that can meet almost any need. The Boardroom can accommodate 14, The Library can accommodate 24, The Cape Charles Room seats up to 35 guests, The Cape Henry Room seats up to 50, and The Chesapeake Room can accommodate up to 90 seated guests or 150 standing guests for an indoor reception. No matter what your event, we are in the business of saying YES and creating the best experience possible for our guests. Bryan Pettit, General Manager, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Virginia Beach When looking at personal get-togethers like anniversaries, retirement dinners, family reunions, birthdays, small receptions or rehearsal dinners, you just need to contact

our private dining manager, Anna Shumate, and she’ll walk you through the entire process. Before you call you should have your dates and times in mind and an estimate of the number of guests you’ll be inviting so we know which private dining room we should reserve for you.

Aldo’s Ristorante, Virginia Beach Aldo’s is the perfect place to celebrate your engagement, birthday, anniversary, baby shower, or any other personal event outing. They offer three event menus for lunch, an hors d’oeuvres reception menu, and four dinner menus with appetizers to share, salad, entrées and desserts.


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Tailgating Top Shelf

Step Up Your Game On Game Day With Upscale Accoutrements And Recipes That Extend Far Beyond Burgers And Brats Words By Angela Blue | Styling By Angela Blue and Chris Meligonis | Photos By David Uhrin

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As fall fills the air, leaves blissfully transform and pumpkin-flavored everything hits the shelves, we’ve got our minds on one thing: football season—and, more specifically, tailgating. While we love loading up the truck with all the fundamental Bs (burgers, brats, buns, beer), we dare you to step up your game this year with upscale options, in both food and presentation, for a tailgating experience that’s sure to be a winner.

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Serve in style. Don’t be afraid to break out your decorative dishes and pretty platters. We like to mix and match materials for added interest: rustic elements like wooden chargers, slate serving boards and bamboo trays pair nicely with tiered glass stands and ceramic platters.

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Elevate your food. Aside from the types of dishes, the food itself can be heightened in varying levels by using picnic baskets, wooden crates, bricks or tiered platters.



Fan Food Sliders: While burgers and hot dogs are typical tailgating fare, nothing says Virginia quite like barbecue. Make your own, or, for added ease, pick some up from your local barbecue joint. We scored our barbecue, coleslaw and sauce from Malbon Bros. in Virginia Beach. Kebabs: Fire up the grill for these colorful kebabs, featuring an assortment of veggies. We used red onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, grape tomatoes, squash, purple potatoes and pineapple. Add other fall favorites like sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, and marinate with your favorite glaze.


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Spicy House-Smoked BBQ Wings: There are regular wings, and then there are these wow-inducing wings that are sprinkled with a dry rub, fried, doused in a combination of three sauces, slowsmoked and garnished with toasted sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Get the recipe on page 144. Oysters: Looking to majorly enhance your affair? Oysters are a pearl of a dish at any Coastal Virginia event and certainly add a sophisticated flair to tailgating fun. Serve them raw, roasted or Rockefeller for one shell of a gameday display.

Bacon Bleu-Crab Dip: This voluptuous crab dip boasts all the good stuff: bleu cheese, cream cheese, Chesapeake Bay seasoning and bacon, along with succulent blue crab, for a Virginiacentric dip that’s promised to please. Get the recipe on page 144. Sweet Potato Hummus: Instead of playing up sweet potatoes’ earthiness with sugar, here, they’re accentuated with the tell-tale ingredients of hummus—tahini, chickpeas and garlic. But to raise the stakes, there’s a smidgen of smoked paprika, a dash of toasted walnuts

and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes for that extra bit of heat. Get the recipe on page 144.

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Cupcakes: Don’t forget a sweet treat for your spirited guests. Miniature cupcakes take on added appeal when frosted with your team’s colors. Make and take, or pick them up from a local bakery. We got these dainty delights from Twisted Sisters Sugar Shack in Virginia Beach.

A terrific tailgating setup requires a well-stocked bar, so set up your drink station with a selection of irresistible imbibes. Don’t forget garnishes, glasses (red Solo cups are so last season), cocktail napkins and, most importantly, non-alcoholic drinks and plenty of water to keep tailgaters hydrated.

Super-Charged Snacks: Along with sliders, sides and spreads, include a few nibbles, such as Gardetto’s, almonds or spiced pepitas (pumpkin seeds). They don’t require much effort, but they do provide a boost of energy to keep fans fired up.

Beer: We’re all familiar with our good ole friends Bud and Coors. But, in the spirit of rooting for the home team, use this opportunity to root for some Virginia-made brews. Bring a couple growlers, invite your guests to do the same, and hop on the craft beer bandwagon. Wine: Make your vino Virginia as well, and aim to bring a selection of red and white, as well as rosé and sparkling (you’ll need something to toast with when your team wins, after all). Spirits: Nothing says team spirit quite like cocktails from the commonwealth. Include a variety of liquors and mixers, or keep it simple by creating a signature cocktail. For our tailgate, we made invigorating batches of Big Blue Mules (get the recipe on page 145).

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Bacon BleuCrab Dip Recipe by Anne Leonard Yield: 6 servings Total Time: about 1 hour

Spicy HouseSmoked BBQ Wings Recipe by Anne Leonard Time: About 25 minutes total Yield: A dozen wings Ingredients Dry rub 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning 1 tsp curry powder 1 tsp smoked paprika 2 tbsp garlic powder 2 tbsp salt 1 tsp pepper Wings 1/3cup Peter’s Beach Barbecue Sauce and Marinade 1/3cup Tommy Bahama’s Blackberry Brandy Sauce 1/4cup A. Smith Bowman Barrel-Aged Bourbon Hot Sauce 1 dozen chicken wings, pat very dry with paper towels 1/2 cup canola oil for frying 2 tbsp sesame seeds 2 tbsp scallions, chopped Other materials Wood chips Foil Sealable container Directions Mix all ingredients for the dry rub into a small bowl and season both sides of the wings. In a separate bowl, combine and mix the three sauces. Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a toaster oven for about 2 minutes. Keep a close eye on them since they can burn quickly. Once lightly toasted, remove and set aside. Create a packet of wood chips. Lay out a piece of foil and place a large handful of chips in the center. Fold foil over on each side to seal in chips. Place wood chip packet in the center of the grill and turn on low heat. Heat the canola oil in a pan on medium high heat until sizzling. Lay seasoned wings in a single layer in the pan (you may have to cook it in two batches). Fry for 3 minutes on each side or until browned and crispy. Remove fried wings from oil and place in a sealable container. Pour in the sauce, seal the container, and shake to evenly distribute the sauce. Place wings in grill in indirect heat. Allow to grill for 8–10 minutes. Remove from grill, and garnish with sesame seeds and scallions to your liking. You can also add more sauce on top after grilling if you prefer your wings extra saucy.


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Ingredients 1 cup crumbled bleu cheese 2/3 cup cream cheese, softened 3 garlic cloves, minced Juice of 1/2 lemon Splash white wine  z blue crab meat (freshly picked or 12 o canned) 2 thick-cut pieces of bacon, diced 1 tbsp Chesapeake Bay Seasoning from Whole Foods (or Old Bay), plus more to garnish Crackers or toasted baguette slices to serve Directions Preheat oven to 350. Mix bleu cheese, cream cheese and minced garlic in a bowl. Add lemon juice, white wine and crabmeat to bowl; then mix well. In a separate bowl, toss the bacon with the Chesapeake Bay Seasoning. In a frying pan on medium heat, fry bacon until crispy for about 6 minutes, flipping throughout the time. Remove bacon from the pan and blot with paper towels to remove excess oil. Add bacon to crab mixture. Transfer crab dip to an oven-safe baking dish. Sprinkle Chesapeake Bay Seasoning over top. Bake for 25 minutes until slightly toasted on top. Serve immediately with crackers or toasted baguette slices.

Sweet Potato Hummus Recipe by Anne Leonard Yield: about 3 cups Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 10 minutes Total: 20 minutes Ingredients 1 large sweet potato, cooked and peeled 1/3 cup tahini paste 1/3 cup olive oil 4 cloves garlic, chopped A generous dash of salt 2 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed A small handful of toasted walnuts Pita bread, toasted and cut into triangles Directions Place all ingredients into a food processor, except for the walnuts and toasted pita bread. Blend until smooth and fluffy. You may have to stop and stir hummus with a spatula a few times to even it out. Place sweet potato hummus in a deep-dish bowl of your choosing, and drizzle olive oil as well as a light sprinkle of paprika and pepper flakes over top if you prefer. Top with toasted walnuts. Serve hummus warm or cold with the toasted pita bread.

Big Blue Mules Yield: 1 batch Prep: 1 week for blueberry infused vodka; 2 minutes for mixing Ingredients 2 pounds fresh blueberries, plus more for garnish 750 ml bottle of vodka (we like Blue Ridge Vodka from Chesapeake Bay Distillery in Virginia Beach) Ginger Beer (Q Drinks Spectacular Ginger Beer is super spicy and not too sweet, just how we like it) Limes Ice Mint leaves for garnish Directions A week before game day, make blueberry-infused vodka. Add blueberries and vodka to a large container, and let set at room temperature, out of direct sunlight, until ready to use. In a Mule mug, add ice, and pour in 1 oz. blueberry-infused vodka. Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 lime, and top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh blueberries, a lime slice and CoVa fresh mint. n

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A Hub of Evolution When it Comes to Craft Beer and Food

raft 31 in Williamsburg celebrated their one-year anniversary on May 25. Looking back over the last year or so, Steve Smith, who is operating partner of Craft 31 and operating partner and general manager at Opus 9 Steakhouse, is pleased with the evolution Craft 31 has enjoyed. “When we started the process of conceptualizing Craft 31, we knew the popularity of a craft beer-style restaurant was growing and we made the commitment to offer several different craft beer choices,” says Smith. “In the beginning we had a couple of Belgian beers on the list, but they sat around forever. Now that we’re a little more than a year into this, we’ve discovered that our beer offerings are becoming more and more local because that’s what people want. Even folks who live in Williamsburg aren’t interested in beers they see at the supermarket from more mass-produced craft breweries. They want something that is locally crafted, and they want to drink something that not everybody else has. That’s where the seasonals have done really well for us. So, now it’s almost hard for me to even imagine putting an imported beer on draft.” For a complete list of what’s on tap right now, visit their website. They also have a great selection of beers in cans/ bottles, as well as cocktails and wine. In addition to wanting a place that served a wide variety of great beers, the initial plan for Craft 31 was to provide excellent food in a casual atmosphere that is reasonably priced and family-friendly. “There really wasn’t any other place like that in Williamsburg unless you wanted to go to a more corporate fast food chain-type of place,” says Smith. “As independent restaurateurs, that wasn’t appealing to us. We like to go places where we feel like we’re learning something or feel inspired in some way. I think we’ve filled that niche now.” Besides the massive selection of craft beers available, the star of the show at Craft 31 will always be the food. In addition to a variety of appetizers and salads, the menu really revolves around gourmet burgers that are prepared in a castiron skillet to seal in the juices and Bottom’s Up, thin-crust pizzas. “Not Burgers” (sandwiches) are also a popular item, as is the raw bar that offers Virginia oysters, steamed middleneck clams, peel-and-eat shrimp and tuna poke. Entrees that are served after 4 p.m. include Frogmore Stew, Crab Cakes, Brisket Blend Meatloaf, NOLA BBQ Shrimp & Scallop Grits, Fried Onion-Crusted Catfish, and Fried Jumbo Shrimp or Sea Scallops. Enjoy your meal in their dining room or out on the patio. As a family-friendly place, they also offer a Kids “Pick-It” Menu that includes a choice of one item from three categories: 1. Kids’ cheese or pepperoni pizza, hamburger or cheeseburger, popcorn shrimp and grilled cheese or mac ‘n’ cheese; 2. Fries, chips or fresh-cut fruit; and 3. Milk, soda or juice. Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry shakes are also available. Craft 31 is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday dinner is served from 4 to 9 p.m.


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tend to think my tolerance for spice can withstand most restaurants’ ideas of spicy, but my recent visit to Bonchon is one that had me beat. Bonchon, Korean for ‘hometown,’ is a franchise known for their fried chicken and Korean eats, and they joined the stellar lineup of restaurants on our own Granby Street last December. During my first visit to Bonchon in Norfolk—or any Bonchon, for that matter—my eating sidekick (or husband) accompanied me, and we got to work. First things first—the beverages. Among the usual suspects, you’ll also find craft beer, Asian beer like Sapporo and Kirin Ichiban, which can be ordered by the glass or pitcher, cocktails and sake. Here’s a tip: You can order sake by the glass even though the menu doesn’t specify. Before we dive in, when ordering an item ‘spicy,’ you’re submitting to a heat that builds and lingers. The heat comes from the beloved pepper paste gochujang, a deep red—and hot—ingredient commonly used in Korean dishes. The bottom line is this: Gochujang is not for the faint of heart. The menu is fairly lengthy, so we consulted the waitress’s recommendations for the most popular items. Full disclosure: I wouldn’t normally order this much food to be shared between two; it was all for you, reader. First, the potstickers ($9.95). You can order them with spicy sauce, soy garlic or a combination of the two, half and half. We chose half and half. Were they crispy? Yes. The most flavorful potsticker I’ve had? Not so much. I recommend saving room for the remainder of the menu. Photos by Anne Leonard

CoVaReview Next was the bulgogi ($16.95). Bulgogi is essentially a sweetened beef dish served with vegetables, steamed rice and either rice or pickled radishes. The bulgogi was tangy, sweet and tender, though I’m not convinced it measures up to the price tag. Now onto the highlight of the eating marathon— the fried chicken. At Bonchon, their fried chicken is treated like royalty. In fact, each piece of chicken, whether you order the wings, strips, drums or a combo, is made-to-order, double deep-fried, then hand-painted with the sauce of your choice— soy garlic, spicy or half and half of each. Needless to say, an order of fried chicken will take around 30 minutes, but it’s worth the wait. We went with a small, 10-piece order of half and half wings ($12.95), which came with a side of rice. The wings were undoubtedly paper-thin crispy, crunchy, succulent, even sweet. Once the gochujang heat began to settle, we con-

cluded that the soy garlic sauce is certainly a crowd pleaser; it’s mild, yet packs a complex, satisfying flavor. The side of rice was used as a sort of palate cleanser between the two. Other side items we tried were the kimchi ($3), which wasn’t the freshest and tasted like it needed more pickling time. The seasoned fries ($6.95) with parsley flakes and parmesan were surprisingly tasty, especially when dipped in their spicy mayo. If you’re avoiding fried food altogether, they have bibimbap and Korean tacos as well as a variety of vegetarian options like salads and udon noodle soup. The Verdict: Go here for the fried chicken. Order ’em spicy if you’re brave. And get the fries if you need extra sustenance. Bonchon is located at 273 Granby St., Norfolk. 757-383-6915. an-Fried-Chicken-Norfolk-Va. n

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A Powerful Legacy


ower takes many forms. Forceful. Political. Formal. But none has had more of a tasteful impact locally than that embodied by Tom Power Sr., the gracious entrepreneur who died in June while ocean swimming in Bermuda, his favorite exercise in a favorite vacation spot. Nearly half a century ago at a shop in Newport News, he and his beloved wife, Mary Ellen, introduced cutting-edge gourmet sandwiches and imported specialties to the Wonder Bread world of Tidewater. They opened another store in 1973 on Williamsburg’s Prince George Street, moving it after three decades to nearby Merchants Square where it’s now The Cheese Shop and Fat Canary, a renowned New American restaurant. (They also were part owners of The Trellis from 1980 to 1994.)

Their three children—Mary Ellen Jr., Cathy and Tom Jr.—run the family business today. “It’s like our home,” says Mary Ellen Jr. In fact, it’s a powerhouse, noted for elevating the colonial capital’s cuisine in such as The New York Times. Their parents’ unbreakable partnership was the foundation for success, the kids agree; their mom, merchandising and bookkeeping, their dad, a manager obsessively sweating the details. “They were always here together,” recalls an employee, “treating everyone respectfully.” At 81, Power still kicked off the day at staff lineup with sage words, his courtly presence prompting everyone’s A game: shirt tails tucked in, purposeful. While publicly supporting organizations including Child Development Resources and Williamsburg Community Foundation, he quietly provided a boost—financial, inspirational—to many needing a leg up. He was athletic and competitive (unsurprising, considering the Granby grad was the youngest of four boys) and an avid traveler, savoring new foods and wines to discern trends. His family made a game of his seemingly photographic gastronomic memory with quizzes like: “What did you have for dinner the first night you and Mom were honeymooning in Bermuda?” Instantly he’d reply, “It was the first time I ever had quiche Lorraine.” Power relished meals as a force to bring people together; a catalyst for ideas, conversation, love. After taking a bite of practically anything, he’d jubilantly proclaim: “That’s the best I’ve ever tasted!” Business was his passion, a joy for him every day, says his family. It’s a joy they continue sharing with others. A powerful legacy. —Marisa Marsey


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Remembering The Market



he summer I worked at Norfolk’s Five Points Community Farm Market was the hottest summer ever, simply because the market didn’t yet have air conditioning. Among refilling baskets of produce and checking out customers, I’d relish every chance to retrieve something—anything—from the walk-in cooler. This past July, the Market closed after 15 years of service to the community, due to lack of business. It’s been seven years since I worked at the Market, but the memory stands out in a significant way, not because of the heat but because of what the Market meant to me and so many other Norfolk residents. It was a place to buy local foods and support local farmers, yes, but it was much more than that. It was a community gathering space, a seed that contributed to the growth of Coastal Virginia’s local foods movement, a business incubator for thriving entrepreneurs and a voice to declare that everyone, not just those who can afford it, is entitled to healthy foods. The driving force behind the Market’s efforts and success stemmed from General Manager Bev Sell, whose passion and commitment for the Market’s mission was, and continues to be, unwavering. “In 2015 when I found out from Partnership For A Healthier America that Norfolk had one of the highest rates of childhood obesity and Type II diabetes and heart disease in the entire country, my passion got even greater to have food as social justice,” Sell says. “That’s really the core of everything—food is social justice. Not everybody has access to it.” Going forward, Sell is planning a business model that is more community-based in education and training, with a major focus on local food deserts—areas that lack access to fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods, typically found in impoverished communities. Looking back over the last 15 years, Sell shares this: “The market meant everything to me. It was hard work, but I loved every minute of it, and I don’t know how many people can CoVa say that.” n —Angela Blue

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Spirits Soiree

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the number of operational distilleries in Virginia is the largest in the nation, nearly doubling that of Kentucky and Tennessee respectively. As the South’s palate for distilled spirits becomes more adventurous, the nation’s finest master producers are inspired to experiment with a great variety of spirit derivatives, ranging from the original bourbon whiskey to rye, single malt, moonshine, rum, brandy, vodka and gin. Virginia distillers also craft several lesser known and unique spirits like absinthe, pastis, aquavit and a plethora of flavored liqueurs. To commemorate Virginia, the “Birthplace of American Spirits,” Coastal Virginia Magazine and the Virginia Distillers Association are hosting the first ever Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree to celebrate the commonwealth’s resurgence in the whiskey-making world. The celebration of music and crafted cocktails will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This exclusive 21-and-over event will be the first of its kind in Southeast Virginia, allowing guests to sample impeccable, locally-made spirits from across the commonwealth. Several Virginia distilleries will be participating in the Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree, including A. Smith Bowman Distillery of Fredericksburg; Belmont Farm Distillery of Culpeper; Belle Isle Craft Spirits of Richmond; Catoctin Creek Distilling Company of Purcellville; Chesapeake Bay Distillery of Virginia Beach; Reservoir Distillery of Richmond; Virginia Distillery Company of Lovingston; and more. Event tickets are available for purchase online in advance for $50 or at the door for $60. With the purchase of a general admission ticket, each guest will receive a complimentary, oneyear subscription to Coastal Virginia Magazine, a commemo rative Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree tasting glass and a tasting pass that is valid for up to 10 spirit samples or five mixed drink tastings. The two tasting options may be combined.

Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree

Nov. 4 At the Virginia Beach Convention Center

4 - 8 p.m. Live entertainment and spirit tastings exclusively from Virginia distilleries Admission includes a tasting pass valid for a select number of tastings, a one-year subscription to Coastal Virginia Magazine and a commemorative tasting glass. 21-and-over event.

No children, strollers

or minors permitted inside event venue. Tickets $50 in advance; $60 at the door; $90 in advance only for spirits and food tastings

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For those interested in pairing their tastings with a deliciously crafted meal, a combined food tasting and event ticket will be available for purchase online in advance only for $90. Food tasting ticketholders can preorder fabulous and flavorful menu items, including the Upscale All-American Beef Tenderloin, Chesapeake Bay Sliders, Taco de Cerdo, and Piadina Rustica—all prepared at the Virginia Beach Convention Center’s Distinctive Gourmet, which locally sources many of its ingredients. “For our seafood and a lot of our produce, we go to the farmers market down the road,” shares Executive Chef Desiree Neal. In addition, Distinctive Gourmet has its own on-site garden where they grow anything from herbs, peppers, cucumbers and melons to flavor their fantastic menu options. Sales for the food tasting ticket will end Tuesday, October 31. Separate concession items will be available for purchase at the event for general admission guests. For more information on the event and for ticket sales, visit

Perfect Pairings


are for some cuisine with your cocktails? Let us plan your evening by selecting a food and general admission ticket prior to the event. Choose one of the mouthwatering options below to savor as you sip.

Upscale All-American Freshly carved, black pepperseared beef tenderloin, topped with crispy, Tabasco fried onions served with truffle whipped mashed potatoes

Move Over, Kentucky Despite Kentucky’s abundance of centuries-old distilleries and legendary Bourbon Trail, bourbon has been mistakenly celebrated as a purely Kentuckian tradition for

Chesapeake Bay Slider

nearly two and a half centuries.

Pan-seared Chesapeake Bay crab cake accented with a red brick rémoulade served with an autumn harvest apple slaw

Bourbon County—the namesake

Taco De Cerdo Juicy pulled pork served in warm miniature flour tortillas topped with pickled slaw and pico de gallo

and birthplace of the beloved brown liquor—was established as an 18th century Virginia province prior to its settlement as a small town in modern day Kentucky. Virginia’s spirit-producing roots are grounded even further back

Piadina Rustica

in history when George Thorpe,

Soft flatbread pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, spinach and heirloom tomatoes drizzled with a balsamic reduction

a famed Virginia colonist and

Food and general admission tickets are $90 and may only be purchased in advance by Oct. 31. Separate concession items will be available for purchase at the event for general admission guests.

whiskey pioneer, distilled America’s first batch of whiskey in 1620. His creation became nearly as revolutionary as the Jamestown settlement itself, transforming leftover cattle feed into delicious malt whiskey and thrusting America even deeper into the throngs of commercial trade.


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Featured Participating Distilleries Belmont Farm Distillery was founded in 1988 by Chuck and Jeanette Miller in Culpeper, VA. Chuck, along with Jay Durkee (our son-inlaw), operate the distillery producing award winning products like Virginia Lightning Corn Whiskey, Moonshine, Apple Pie, Cherry, Peach, and Butterscotch. Also produced are our award winning Kopper Kettle products, Virginia Whiskey, Apple Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka and our newest product, Bourbon. Jeanette owns and manages the gift shop and distillery store. The tours are free and tastings are available for a small fee. Operating days and hours are April through December, Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 4pm.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was founded in 2009 by the husband and wife team of Becky and Scott Harris. The first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition, they’re using local and organic ingredients to produce a variety of small-batch craft spirits, including the flagship Roundstone Rye, which holds distinction as Virginia’s most-awarded whiskey.

Chesapeake Bay Distillery

Located at the intersection of 17th Street and Baltic Avenue, our new facility features a Virginia abc store and the Blue Ridge Tasting Room. Per Virginia ABC requirements, the tasting event allows for four one half ounce samples of alcohol. These are available for our patrons at $7. Tours are available 12pm-4pm on Saturdays at no charge for our patrons. Please inquire on private events. Bottles available through our Virginia Beach onsite store include Spirits of the Blue Ridge Vodka, Ghost Pepper Flavored Vodka, Lemon Liqueur, and Chick’s Beach Rum.

Ragged Branch Distillery

Ragged Branch is committed to crafting the finest, authentic Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey with no short-cuts. Each bottle of Ragged Branch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was painstakingly distilled and patiently aged at Ragged Branch. This commitment to tradition, patience, excellence, and locality is reflected in the smooth, full flavor of Ragged Branch Straight Bourbon Whiskey. n CoVa 158

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Bill Atchison 757-719-0283 108 PINTAIL PLACE, YORK COUNTY, VA 23692 List Price: $524,900 MLS #: 10134627

This all brick ranch is located in the popular Lakes of Dare. This gorgeous home has 4 large bedrooms, 2 full baths and 2 half baths. When you enter the house, you will be impressed with a beautiful foyer that leads to a large great room with fireplace and a stunning view of the carefully manicured lawn that also includes a view of the water! The kitchen boasts custom built cabinets, a center island, and breakfast bar. You will enjoy the same backyard view from the attached breakfast nook. The sunroom opens to the huge 2 tier Trex constructed deck that provides a fantastic entertaining space. The entire home has hardwood floors, and the living areas are adorned with crown moldings.


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Agent: Rod Huskey 757-810-0023 132 Paradise Point Road, York County VA 23692 $699,900 MLS #10133788 Over 200’ of waterfront on the deep Chisman Creek, great views & over 3’ of water at MLT with pier and boat house. Only minutes from the Chesapeake Bay. This spacious contemporary home has 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a 3 car attached garage, back up generator, 8’ tall windows, and cathedral tongue & groove ceilings. Includes a first floor bedroom with full bath, office or extra bedroom, if needed. The second floor bedrooms are huge. Open floor plan & 3/4 acre lot are great for entertaining. First floor elevation is at 9’ 8’– well above the base flood elevation. Better check this out quick!

Sam and Sherry Martin 757-557-6000 List Price: $529,000 MLS #: 10134505 Beautiful and spacious home with deep water at the dock, boat lift, and new seawall. House has eat-in kitchen with center island with great water views, updated stainless steel appliances including double ovens, formal dining room, den with gas fireplace, living room with wood fireplace, four-season room, tankless water heater, hardwood floors, architectural shingled roof, and master suite has an extra-large closet and a private deck overlooking the water.

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Autumn Wanderings

Who says you must head to the mountains for leaf peeping? We’ve got some gorgeous autumnal hues bursting from branches right here on Virginia’s coast. Chris Giersch, courtesy of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation (@vbparksrec), captured this splendid fall scene at Lake Lawson/ Lake Smith Natural Area, a 42-acre preserve with more than 12,000 feet of shoreline located in the Bayside borough of Virginia Beach. A little-known fact about this popular kayak and fishing destination is that while the surrounding land is owned and improved by the City of Virginia Beach, the water/reservoir and 25 feet around the water is owned by the City of Norfolk. As such, Norfolk currently​controls the use of water regulations, including the requirement for a boat permit ​ to use the water.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ For more info visit


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