houses: Portsmouth Coalitin Celebrates - 11/27/07 11:00 AM
Local churches and non-profits were spurred to action 25 years ago when in the Reagan ere they saw big budget cuts for the poor.  13 churches and 4 nonprofit agencies joined forces and today the budget is almost $1 million dollars.  The origination is called "Portsmouth Area Resource's Coalition and is holding its 25th annual meeting this Friday. They tried to make sure they did not duplicate services and decided that the poor needed long term housing more then short term aid.  They now have 8 shelters for the homeless and help an estimated 3,200 people a year.  … (0 comments)

houses: Virginia Beach Kiss - 11/27/07 10:52 AM
Columbus St at Towne Center has a new statue.  Not that anybody knew about it.  No ceremony, it was just installed.   The statue, called "The Kiss" started life as a private moment between Debby and Breck Wood in Currituck Count, N.C. when a picture of them in the tender embrace was taken.  Debbie Wood commissioned the statue as a suprise for her husband who was dying of cancer.  Breck Wood passed on last fall and the statue was now just an after thought.  Debbie Wood decided it would be nice to have the statue donated to the city.  Several places were … (0 comments)

houses: Tools: SD Card Transformer - 11/27/07 12:46 AM
Here is the neatest device I have seen in a while.  It is a SD card that transforms right before your eyes.  What does it transform into?  Why a device that will fit into any old USB port.  Thats right.  Take your SD card out of your camera, push and pull the card a bit and presto change o you can plug it right into your USB port.  No adapters, no cables.  They are hard to find and cost a bit more but are completely worth it.
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houses: Pungo Ferry Rd - 11/26/07 01:59 AM
Oh my goodness.  They want to build a 60 foot tall storage shed for 648 boats right where the old Capt. George's used to be and everyone thinks its a great idea.  This site used to be the place to go for food and swimming but since the resturant closed two years ago not much goes on.  Southeast Marine wants to buy the site and give it a face-lift.  They want to try and attract the snowbirds as they pass through.  I guess we'll wait and see what happens.  … (0 comments)

houses: WANTED - 11/24/07 11:37 PM
If any of you has seen this critter please report to the crime office now.  His crime?  Being so cute and cuddly.  Steals me away from my work time.  Careful, he could be in your backyard next stealing your precious time.  I bit of sharpening and lightening up in Adobe Elements.
  
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houses: Suffolk Goes One Way - 11/24/07 01:38 AM
Starting this week Public Works will begin work to transform part of Pinner Street into a one-way street.  Going northbound from Bank St to Finney Ave will be one way.  This is expected to ease residents concerns about speeding and congestion in the area.  The city will look at the problem in 90 days to see if any additional work needs to be don. … (0 comments)

houses: Norfolk Saves Face - 11/24/07 01:32 AM
The Decker Building in Norfolk is going to have a face-lift.  The current face is going to be removed piece by piece and then put back together around the corner.  It will be like a giant sized puzzle when dismantled and put back together.  It will be completely restored when it is put back together in 18 months or so.  The whole project will cost probably three times what the entire original building costs back in 1919. … (0 comments)

houses: Virginia Beach Spirtual Center Lauded - 11/24/07 01:22 AM
The San Lorenzo Spiritual Center was recently rewarded the Galing Bayanihang Pilipino award (Spirit of Cooperation).  This is a national award and Rev. Leo Manalo will go to the Phillipines this week to compete for the international award.  We wish him luck.  The award is for helping to promote the support of the Filipino community.  … (0 comments)

houses: Suffolk Faces Detour - 11/23/07 01:31 AM
Interstate I664 and the North U.S. 17 exit ramp will be closed for a week.  Why you ask?  Because the train tracks are being moved just a bit.  In fact it is happening in several cities.  The tracks are being moved to the median so that that there aren't as many at grade crossings.  Why now?  Because the new terminal in Portsmouth means more rail traffic.  The detour is expected to last three months. 
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houses: Norfolk Gets Smaller Hospital - 11/23/07 01:24 AM
City officials hammered out an agreement with Bon Secours that gives them a 64 bed hospital down from a 238 bed hospital and they are happy.  Originally Bon Secours was only going to give 54 beds.  Of course these beds won't be lost, they will be transferred to Suffolk and Virginia Beach where the population is growing and the money is there for the beds.  The alternative according to Bon Secours is shut the old hospital down because it is aging and not profitable.  … (0 comments)

houses: Last Rose - 11/23/07 01:02 AM
This is the last rose of the season.  How sad but it is the beginning of a new season.  I shall see what type of flowers I can find in the cold season around here.  Please share your "last of the season" pictures.  I did do a bit of photo shopping to make the background darker.
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houses: Nofolk Says No To Trucks - 11/22/07 02:14 AM
First it was no smoking and now its no trucks.  Trucks have been banned from Hampton Blvd during certain parts of the day.  This is to aid congestion for the residents of West Ghent.  It remains to be seen how much relief this will provide.  It seems like around here, if there is an open spot for a car it will be filled by a car.  … (0 comments)

houses: No Trees in Virginia Beach Says Corps - 11/22/07 02:09 AM
First its' no cursing, blocking intersections, no feeding the birds, no watering, no smoking and now its no trees.  Many years back hundreds of volunteers planted trees along a canal by London Bridge and Lynnhaven Parkway.  The idea was to improve the water quality of the canal.  The water quality has improved but the trees are now seen as as preventing the canal's primary purpose, which is to prevent floods around Lynnhaven Mall.  Now the trees must go.  Hopefully the city and the corps will be able to come up with a viable solution and keep as many trees as possible. … (0 comments)

houses: GAZUMPED - 11/21/07 07:11 AM
I had a closing today with a gentlemen from London, England and he said he was glad he wasn't Gazumped.  I said no one sneezed.  No he said Gazumped.  We were stumped so we asked for an explanation.   Gazumping is when a buyer has an offer accepted by the seller but is then outbidded by a rival buyer before completion, resulting in the initial buyer losing the property and possibly money spent on legal fees/surveys too.Gazumping could be considered to be a loop hole in the UK property process, unless you live in Scotland where they have introduced measures to protect their property … (3 comments)

houses: Little Creek in Norfolk - 11/13/07 07:42 AM
Do you know where Little Creek is or what it is supposed to be?  Today it is an amphibious base, an elementary school in Norfolk and a creek that meanders through parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.  Originally it was the creek that through which the boaters from the Lynhaven River reached the Chesapeake Bay.  Over the course of centuries, Virginia Beach cut a channel to the bay, the Lynnhaven Inlet, developers filled in creek beds and swamp land and the city of Norfolk built dams on parts of the creek.  Thats how Lake Smith, Lake Lawson and Lake Whitehurst were … (1 comments)

houses: Little Creek in Virginia Beach - 11/13/07 07:41 AM
Do you know where Little Creek is or what it is supposed to be?  Today it is an amphibious base, an elementary school in Norfolk and a creek that meanders through parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.  Originally it was the creek that through which the boaters from the Lynhaven River reached the Chesapeake Bay.  Over the course of centuries, Virginia Beach cut a channel to the bay, the Lynnhaven Inlet, developers filled in creek beds and swamp land and the city of Norfolk built dams on parts of the creek.  Thats how Lake Smith, Lake Lawson and Lake Whitehurst were … (0 comments)

houses: GHOST SHIPS ALIVE AND WELL - 11/13/07 07:30 AM
A Maryland salvage yard has closed and its owners disappeared.  It seems they are the ghosts and not the ships.  The ships are part of the James River Reserve Fleet and were scheduled to be disposed of.  The yard, North American Ship Recycling Inc., had recently won a contract worth over $2million dollars for scrapping the ships.  Lets hope the someone scares up the scrappers and make the Ghost Ships disappear.  … (0 comments)

houses: Crows in Virginia Beach - 11/10/07 12:21 AM
My goodness they were everywhere.  It was a scene straight from birds.  There were so many blackbirds I couldn't count them even if I wanted to and had more people to help.  You could have literally walked across the yard without touching the grass.  I ran to get my camera and like all good birds they didn't stay long.  I managed to get this shot off.  All of the black are the birds.  It was crazy.
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houses: Home Phone With No Static in Virginia Beach - 11/05/07 11:14 PM
If you have recently introduced wireless computing into your Virginia Beach home like I did then you may very well have introduced static to your home phone.  If you are thinking of introducing wireless into your home then your may end up with static on your home phone.  The solution is a technology called DECT 6.0.  It is a world wide standard that operates in the 1.9 Ghz range.  I know, another Ghz product.  The good thing about lower frequencies is that they operate at a longer range.  So if you have the 2.4 or the 5.8 Ghz and aren't happy with the range or the battery life these phones … (0 comments)

houses: Home Phone With No Static in Virginia Beach - 11/05/07 11:12 PM
If you have recently introduced wireless computing into your home like I have then you may very well have introduced static to your home phone.  If you are thinking of introducing wireless into your home then your may end up with static on your home phone.  The solution is a technology called DECT 6.0.  It is a world wide standard that operates in the 1.9 Ghz range.  I know, another Ghz product.  The good thing about lower frequencies is that they operate at a longer range.  So if you have the 2.4 or the 5.8 Ghz and aren't happy with the range or the battery life these phones may … (0 comments)

 
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