Category: Press Releases


Chesapeake, VA – Residents in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach can now recycle food and beverage cartons as part of their curbside recycling program. With the help of a grant from the Carton Council of North America, TFC Recycling, Virginia’s largest recycler, was able to install an optical sorting unit programmed to remove the items. The cartons are then baled and used to make new paper products and sustainable building materials.

Cartons are easy to recognize and are available in two types – shelf-stable, such as for juice, soup, broth and wine; and refrigerated, including containers for milk, juice, cream and egg substitutes. The number of products packaged in cartons continues to grow, and now residents of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach will be able to recycle more packaging than before. (more…)

When Walter Wilkins of Norfolk saw a recent network news story about a minor traffic accident that took the life of a 26-year-old New Jersey girl, it stopped him in his tracks.

Jewel Brangman died because her airbag exploded.   “It was a fender bender,” her father Alexander Brangman said. “So she should’ve walked away from it. … If you could imagine a sharp metal of a hand grenade, it hit her carotid artery and she bled out. She lost nine pints of blood. She coded three times.” (more…)


GRUNDY, VA – Virginia Dental Association (VDA) dentists will offer free care to hundreds of people in Buchanan County at the Grundy MOM Project (Mission of Mercy Project). The event takes place October 1-2 at Riverview Elementary and Middle Schools. VDA members from across the state will join forces to provide much-needed dental care for low-income, uninsured, and underserved adults and children.

At Grundy MOM, a 1 ½ day dental clinic, volunteer dentists offer free services including cleanings, fillings, oral surgery and x-rays using portable dental equipment. (more…)

The restoration of a badly damaged shoreline along the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River continues this Saturday morning August 27 from 10 a.m. – Noon with the planting of native wetlands grasses.

On August 13, some 50 volunteers from the law firm of Pender & Coward in Virginia Beach, Kerr Environmental Services, Bridge Trust Title, City of Norfolk, and a local Boy Scout troop spent several hours picking up a ton or more of trash, most of it left behind by some 30 rusting vessels in an inlet near the Campostella Bridge. A P&C environmental attorney, Jim Lang, organized the effort after filing a court action that forced the owner to remove the ships. Lang’s client wanted the “floating junkyard” removed because it interfered with his use of the water at his property. (more…)


Cold Spring, KY. (July 5, 2016) – DAV (Disabled American Veterans) announced today that it is expanding a national race series, the DAV 5K, to five cities this fall including Newport News, VA. Atlanta, Boston and Tulsa also join Cincinnati where the DAV 5K originated.

The DAV 5K, which will take place on Sunday, November 13 at City Center at Oyster Point, will include a run, walk, roll and motorcycle ride. The goal is to raise money for critical services DAV provides to military veterans. Registration is now open at

“We are excited to bring the DAV 5K to Hampton Roads during Veterans Day weekend,” said DAV National Adjutant and CEO Marc Burgess. “It’s very fitting that we are hosting it in southeastern Virginia, a community that has a large military population and a remarkable history in supporting America’s heroes.” (more…)


Virginia Beach, VA – Diamonds Direct, a direct diamond importer based in Charlotte, N.C., will celebrate the opening of its newest location across from Virginia Beach Town Center with a series of events to benefit ForKids, a non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children in Hampton Roads.

On Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, patrons are encouraged to “Be a Kid Again,” as the store will be transformed into a carnival with show-stopping diamonds and gemstones. Diamonds Direct will extend a special 20% savings on all purchases to encourage fundraising efforts for ForKids.   A portion of all sales will be donated to the charity. (more…)


What: The Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation will host its second annual “Back-to-School Prep Rally,” featuring guest speaker Dr. Aaron Spence, superintendent of Virginia Beach Public Schools, to get students and families in Hampton Roads excited and ready for the next school year.

Local celebrities, high school and college bands, cheerleaders and dance troops will energize the crowd, while attendees enjoy refreshments and enter to win prizes including tablets, tickets to local family events and gift cards.

The event aims to remind the community about the importance of education and the power it has to improve their lives and that of their family for generations.

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016; 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center

Cost/Registration: Free and open to the public; Registration is required at



NORFOLK (June 10, 2016) – Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads (SHR) and its subsidiary, Housing Hampton Roads, have a plan for nine new houses this summer in the Lake Kennedy Homes section of Suffolk. There’s only one problem: at the moment, the organization is struggling to find enough people who can qualify financially to own and live in them. (more…)


Va. Beach, Va. – Drink the District is back with its signature “Red, White & Brew” beer and wine festival, featuring American brews and vino from across the USA. Having outgrown the previous location, the event’s new venue will be the Virginia Beach Sportsplex (2181 Landstown Road, Va. Beach).

The July 16 event includes two sessions: an afternoon session from 1 – 4 p.m. followed by an evening session from 6 – 9 p.m. So whether you prefer daytime fun or socialization under the stars, take your pick. (more…)


Virginia Beach, VA – Diamond buying has changed forever in Hampton Roads.

The opening of Diamonds Direct at 4452 Virginia Beach Boulevard near Town Center gives savvy consumers a fresh approach to shopping for diamonds and fine jewelry.

The 6,000 square foot showroom features top-quality jewelry and a large selection of mounted and loose diamonds, varying in size, carat weight, shape and certification. The Virginia Beach store will be the eighth location for the locally focused retailer, based out of Charlotte N.C. (more…)