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Fifth Annual Gridiron Legends Tailgate Party takes place July 11th

Fifth Annual Gridiron Legends Tailgate Party takes place July 11th

Are you ready for some football? Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin is!

Coach Tomlin is celebrating the start of NFL football season with the Fifth annual Gridiron Legends Tailgate Party, presented by the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation.

The fifth annual tailgate party will take place Thursday, July 11th 6:30pm – 9:30 pm at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.  

There will be activities such as corn hole competitions, football drill stations, Wii Madden football challenges, field goal kick, QB throw, and raffle giveaways.

If that doesn’t sound fun enough, some of your favorite NFL players will be in attendance including, Washing Redskin Darryl Tapp, former New Orleans Saint Aaron Brooks, Tennesse Titan Justin Hunter, Dallas Cowboy B.W. Webb, New England Patriot Jerod Mayo, former Miami Dolphin Dwight Hollier, and Buffalo Bill EJ Manuel.

July begins Firework Safety Month

July begins Firework Safety Month

We all know that July 4th, wouldn’t be the same without fireworks. July is Fireworks Safety Month, which couldn’t come at a better time.

In 2012 there were an estimated 8,700 injuries reported from the use of fireworks. Most of the energies were reported around July 4th, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Prevent Blindness America wants people to know the dangers of fireworks. The organization encourages you only attend authorized firework displayed. There are many people that will put on firework shows without a license, be aware, and protect yourself.

With July 4th quickly approaching, no one wants to take away from the fun of the holiday. But, before you go out to purchase illegal fireworks remember the dangers and charges that come along with the use.

Local woman saves the planet in style

Local woman saves the planet in style

by Alexandra Curinga

“Reuse, reduce, recycle.” This three-word motto has taken main stage in the last three decades in efforts to diminish waste and conserve energy. One Newport News woman takes her part in reusing and recycling by crocheting “plarn”- that is, plastic yarn.

Joyce Inman has been crocheting strips of plastic bags for the last seven years, ranging from large beach bags to cell-phone holders.

“I’ve made three bags for my mother-in-law, and now I make bags for my son’s girlfriend, too. I’ve been crocheting since a kid and I love it,” says Inman.

Inman takes various colored plastic bags from local stores, cuts them into strips, and crochets them into different size tote bags.

“If I could, I would crochet all day.”

This life-long hobby has kept her busy and helped the planet. These eco-friendly bags are durable and waterproof, made from 25-50 plastic bags per purse.

C.J. Woollum Named Director of Athletics Emeritus at CNU

C.J. Woollum Named Director of Athletics Emeritus at CNU

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. -- Monday June 4th, Christopher Newport University, Director of Athletics, C.J. Woollum announced his retirement of Director of Athetics into transittion as the role of Director of Athetics Emeritus. As Director of Atheltics Emeritus Woollum plans to focus on alumni and advancement.

“It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Christopher Newport for a quarter of a century,” Woollum stated. “It has been a dream ride and I will always cherish my years at CNU.”

Replacing Woolun will be Jon Waters, a CNU athletics administrator for the past 13 years. Waters will serve as the Interim Director of Athletics through June 30, 2013

C.J. Woollum Named Director of Athletics Emeritus at CNU

C.J. Woollum Named Director of Athletics Emeritus at CNU

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. -- Monday June 4th, Christopher Newport University, Director of Athletics, C.J. Woollum announced his retirement of Director of Athetics into transition as the role of Director of Athetics Emeritus. As Director of Atheltics Emeritus Woollum plans to focus on alumni and advancement.

“It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Christopher Newport for a quarter of a century,” Woollum stated. “It has been a dream ride and I will always cherish my years at CNU.”

Replacing Woolun will be Jon Waters, a CNU athletics administrator for the past 13 years. Waters will serve as the Interim Director of Athletics through June 30, 2013

Rebounderz, New Indoor Trampoline Arena

Rebounderz, New Indoor Trampoline Arena

 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Can you image jumping in endless room of trampolines for hours and then getting the chance to free fall into an endless foam pit? Well you can get your chance to go where no one else has gone before at the 10,000 square foot Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena in Newport News. Rebounderz just recently opened on December 1st by owner Helda Thomas.

Rebounderz is dedicated to providing a safe but yet exciting and fun environment for friends and families to enjoy together.

“It ia an indoor trampoline arena; It is a franchise out of Florida, we have one here in Newport News and another one in Sterling. The main age group is three and up the main demographic is usually about 10-22,” stated passionate Rebounderz employee Josh Hancock.

Help save the SS United States passenger liner

Help save the SS United States passenger liner

 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Students of Christopher Newport University are taking action to save the SS United States luxury passenger liner ship. This SS United States ship is located at Pier 82 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, but was originally built right here in Newport News in 1952.

The remaining parts of the SS United States ship can be found right here in the local Newport News Area. The propeller is located at the Mariners’ Museum, which is located off of Warwick Blvd, and the ships bell is located at Christopher Newport University in the Trible Library.

“The propeller is our largest artifact of the SS United States,” explained John Warren, with Pubic Relations of Mariners Museum.

History fanatic and Sophomore at CNU, Andrew Jelonek, is extremely passionate about saving this ship which is going to be scrapped if funds aren’t raised by August.