Nov 29

The GMGJ reports The U.S. Postal Service will hold a series of meetings at community post offices in Gloucester and Mathews beginning today at Wicomico. Each customer that holds post office boxes at specific post offices received questionnaires in the mail asking them to choose from a set of four options for the future of their post office. Options customers could choose from included: keeping the post office open; discontinuing the post office and offering curbside delivery service; establishing a business-style post office that would sell stamps and other items, or providing service at a nearby post office. A meeting in Gloucester at the Wicomico Post Office is scheduled for today at 3:30 p.m. and in Mathews on Friday with Moon at noon; Foster at 2 p.m. and Hudgins at 2:45 p.m. Meetings scheduled in Mathews Tuesday include Gwynn at 4 p.m. and Grimstead at 5:30 p.m.
 
 
Newport News police Fugitive Unit Detectives and U.S. Marshals arrested a 15-year-old Norfolk boy and charged him with the death of Lamonee Johnson-Chisholm, the 13-year-old boy gunned down on Sunday Nov. 18 near 31st Street and Orcutt Avenue. The boy has not been identified by police because of his age.
 
 
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is launching a statewide economic development initiative to focus on key areas of growth. The initiative will bring together regional leaders and industry experts to look at state and local economies and establish economic development goals. Officials say the group will launch the Blueprint Virginia initiative at its 3rd annual Virginia Economic Summit on Thursday in Williamsburg.
 
 
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday that federal disaster aid has been made available to Mathews County and 27 other localities in Virginia to supplement the commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Sandy during the period Oct. 26 to Nov. 8. Mathews County Administrator Mindy Moran told the GMGJ that Mathews had approximately six homes with some storm-related damage from Sandy. She said Mathews County officials are also still working with Rappahannock Community College in hopes of operating a shelter at its Glenns campus in the case of a Category 2 or above hurricane.
 
 
Virginia Beach has asked the state to commit to spending $150 million to help lure a pro sports team to town. The city’s economic development director Warren Harris wrote that the state would need to contribute $70 million toward the construction of a $300 million arena. Another $30 million would be needed to pay the unnamed franchise’s league relocation fee. Another $42 million would be spent to offset the team’s financial losses while it plays in a smaller, temporary arena while a new one is built at the oceanfront. The other $8 million would be spent on moving expenses.
 
 
Elephants, cape buffaloes, rhinos and chimpanzees — they’re all among a list of proposed restricted species in Virginia. The state’s Dangerous Animals Initiative on Wednesday recommended those animals and about a dozen more for a proposed list of restricted exotic, potentially dangerous animals. The initiative was launched after a man in Ohio let loose more than 50 lions, tigers and other exotic wildlife before killing himself one year ago. The report now goes to Gov. Bob McDonnell and the General Assembly.

November 29, 2012 |

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