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Three Virginia cities ranked as “best places to live”

Charlottesville, Richmond, and Newport News were named among the nation’s “Top 100 Places to Live” in 2014, according to Livability.
Working with researchers at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, USDA, Walk Score, Great Schools, Americans for the Arts, and others, Livability examined more than 1,700 small and mid-sized cities across the country.
The rankings were based on a variety of factors, including local economics, quality and availability of healthcare, affordability, quality of education and infrastructure, and local amenities such as parks, museums, and music venues.
Charlottesville scored #26 on the list: “A strong support for arts and culture lend to the city’s visual and intellectual appeal, and literature lovers will feel right at home in this Top 10 City for Book Lovers.”
Richmond was ranked #57: “The city has a strong business climate with several Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, as well as small businesses […] Richmond also features a variety of attractions and activities, and is home to a thriving restaurant scene.
And Newport News was #77: “Newport News scored high in the areas of health care and amenities as well as demographics.”
Livability also cited as other best places to live in Virginia outside the top 100 as: Abingdon, Alexandria, Bedford, Blacksburg, Centreville, Chesapeake, Danville, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Reston, and Suffolk.
Charlottesville is also listed by Livability as one of the “Top 10 Romantic Cities,” and Alexandria made the company’s list of “Top 10 Foodie Cities.”

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Summer Concert Series at Mariners Museum

imageThe 2013 Thursdays by the Lake at the Mariners Museum in Newport News summer concert series is back and bigger than ever! You have been asking and we are delivering – 12 big weeks of high energy, good time dance music with all your favorite party bands. And we are taking things to a higher level! Literally, this year all bands will perform on a hi-rise mobile stage! Better views and better sound!

This summer we are bringing expanded food options with vendors offering a variety of festival foods. And as always, a fine selection of wine and cold beer on sale to quench your thirst. Take a look at our line-up and make your plans to be at The Mariners’ Park every Thursday, all summer long.image

Weekly on Thursday nights
June 6 through August 29, 2013 • 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

2013 Dates

June 6
The Deloreans
www.thedeloreans.com

June 13
Borderline Crazy
www.borderlinecrazyband.com

June 20
Butter
www.butterrocks.com

June 27
Crazy X
www.facebook.com/pages/Crazy-X-Band

July 4
No Concert – Happy Independence Day

July 11
Audio Affair

July 18
SpeakEasy
www.facebook.com/SpeakeasyVA

July 25
Crazy X
www.facebook.com/pages/Crazy-X-Band

August 1
The Deloreans
www.thedeloreans.com

August 8
Slapwater
www.slaph2o.com

August 15
Butter
www.butterrocks.com

August 22
Borderline Crazy
www.borderlinecrazyband.com

August 29
Heather Edwards
www.heatheredwardsband.com

Mariners' Museum

100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606

What the heck is Start Peninsula ?

The concept started in the Hampton Roads region last year with "Start Norfolk" — a competition aimed at getting would-be entrepreneurs off to a flying start.

Now comes Start!Peninsula, whose goal is to create a dozen news businesses in 54 hours.

START! Peninsula is a new regionally-sponsored entrepreneurial initiative coming this November to our area, and is modeled after many other Startup Weekends being held across the country.

imageThe goal of Start Peninsula is to catalyze the creation of high tech/high growth potential businesses by bringing all of the resources (ideas, technical expertise, business expertise, capital) together on one weekend, to identify the most viable ideas and to invest resources in those ideas over an intensive weekend to jumpstart the businesses into going concerns. Start! Peninsula builds on the success and continues the momentum of previous regional “Start” events in Richmond and Hampton Roads.

Designed to capitalize on the proximity of Hampton University, Christopher Newport University, The College of William and Mary, Jefferson Lab, The National Institute of Aerospace and NASA’s Langley Research Center, it is our goal to create almost a dozen businesses in one weekend and over the next three years to change the way people on the Peninsula and Hampton Roads regionally think about entrepreneurship and the role it plays in the local economy.

If you have an idea that solves a problem and that, if turned into a product or service, people would buy, if you have money to invest, or if you have experience or talent you are willing to invest in the effort, then Start! Peninsula is for you. Plan to attend Start! Peninsula the weekend of November 30th, 2012 at

Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News, VA 23606

Visit www.StartPeninsula.com for full program details and to register online.

Music under the stars starts tonight at Ft Eustis

Fort Eustis proudly hosts the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s historic "Music Under the Stars" concert series, presented by the U.S. Army TRADOC Band. The 80-year-old institution is the longest running concert series in Hampton Roads, and traces its roots back to outdoor concerts performed in 1932.
Performances will take place at Fort Eustis every Thursday evening, June 6th through August 30th, and include patriotic music, marches, rock, salsa, country, jazz and Americana. The "Overture 1812," complete with cannons, closes the season.
Last year, the TRADOC Band moved to Fort Eustis and secured the picturesque Magnolia Park, which overlooks the James River.

Beginning June 7, 2012, at 7 p.m., patrons can experience the spectacle of "Music Under the Stars" on Fort Eustis as the TRADOC Band presents its 80th season. "Music Under the Stars" concerts are always free and open to the public.
"Fort Eustis is the new home of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and the new home to our very popular ‘Music Under The Stars’ series," said Gen. Robert W. Cone, TRADOC commanding general. "We look forward to seeing all of our great neighbors–from Hampton Roads to Williamsburg and beyond–at our Thursday night concerts."
"This is an exciting transition for the Band," said Maj. Scott McKenzie, commander and conductor of the TRADOC Band. "Magnolia Park is a beautiful site featuring abundant shade and an excellent family atmosphere, and patrons are welcome to bring picnic dinners and lawn chairs. We expect many new listeners from Williamsburg and Yorktown, and look forward to seeing some old friends, our devoted audience from Fort Monroe."
Concert goers who do not have a Department of Defense identification card should arrive early with photo identification and proof of auto insurance and registration to secure a day pass. To learn more about the concerts, or to sign up for the TRADOC Band’s newsletter and concert announcements, visit www.tradocband.com, or call 501-6944.
"Music Under the Stars" 2012 Concert Schedule:
June 7: "80th Season Opener"
June 14: "Army Birthday Celebration"
June 21: "A Night in New Orleans"
June 28: "For Children of all Ages"
July 5: "Passing the Guidon"
July 12: 202nd Army National Guard Concert Band
July 19: 202nd Army National Guard Rock Band
July 26: "A Little Night Music"
Aug. 2: "Land That I Love"
Aug. 9: "Jazz Side of the Moon"
Aug. 16: "Tropical Rhythm"
Aug. 23: "This is Country Music"
Aug. 30: "Overture 1812" (Rain date for this concert is Sept. 6, 2012)

Live on the Square Concerts Start tonight at Port Warwick

imageThe summer concert season at Port Warwick in Newport News starts tonight @ 6pm on Styron Square.

Enjoy the summer night air on Styron Square listening to the area’s best music. The concerts are free and all are welcome! Bring your own lawn chairs (no tents), blankets, food and drink

Concerts are EVERY WEDNESDAY from 6-8 pm  May 23—August 29, 2012

Concert Schedule for 2012

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Read more about the Port Warwick community in Newport News here

New PEOPLExpress Airlines to Start Service

image A new PEOPLExpress Airlines will take to the skies in 2012.  At a press conference  at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) in Newport News, Virginia, the low-cost carrier announced it plans to begin service this coming summer. With a mission to serve markets currently underserved by major carriers, PEOPLExpress will offer deeply discounted fares to select cities in the eastern U.S. beginning with its base of operations at PHF. The arrival of the new carrier will also bring with it a significant number of jobs to the Hampton Roads area.

The new airline proposes to fly to Newark International Airport, as well as Pittsburgh, Providence, R.I., and West Palm Beach, Fla., and eventually other locations.

Starting with four aircraft, operations could begin as early as mid-July, Mike Morisi, the company’s chief operating officer, said Monday.

Lured by tickets selling for 40 percent below current market prices, the new PeoplExpress hopes to draw passengers from the Peninsula, the Richmond region, Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina, Morisi said.

"People will get in the car to drive to get those kinds of fares," Morisi said.

The company intends to offer $69 fares to start, he said, "and no bag fees.

The legacy namesake of the new PEOPLExpress operated in the United States from 1981 to 1987, and was at one time the fifth largest domestic airline with flights to most major U.S. cities, as well as select European destinations. The original PEOPLExpress changed the face of the airline industry in the 1980s, and the revived brand vows to re-ignite the brand’s unique spirit of innovation to address today’s market needs.

Mike Morisi, Chief Operating Officer and one of the champions of the rebirthed PEOPLExpress commented, “With the recent decline in airline service due to mergers and consolidations, we have all had to travel farther out of our way to get anywhere. Flights are more expensive and the many ancillary fees make flying a hassle. Our goal is to make flying fun again. We will eliminate most fees for items such as checked bags and seat assignments aboard our fleet of Boeing 737-400 aircraft. Passengers will be seated in a single cabin with 158 seats with a pricing structure that is significantly more affordable than regional service provided by feeder airlines.”

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“Tchaikovsky" Symphony Orchestra Tonight At Ferguson Center

Appearing tonight at Ferguson Center in Newport News

Principal Conductor: Maestro Leontiev

2012 marks the St. Petersburg State Orchestra’s first trans-continental tour of the U.S. Founded shortly after World War II, this grand orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Leontiev, has developed an extremely diverse repertoire ranging from compositions by the great Baroque composers including Vivaldi, Bach and Handel, to works of the 20th century composers Honegger, Poulenc and Stravinsky, and contemporary compositions by Schnitke, Banshikov, and Desyatnikov.

In just eight years, Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts has become an international force, presenting the finest cultural attractions in the world. More than 1 million people from around the nation have experienced hundreds of performances in our acoustically-superb theatres.

The eclectic nature of our season is consistent with our mission: to offer a broad range of performances, reach the largest possible number of community members, all-the-while maintaining our status of as the finest performing arts center in Hampton Roads

Find out more here

 

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WHEN:
Fri • Feb 10 • 8:00PM
TICKET PRICES:
VIP $69 / $59 / $49 / $39

More info here http://fergusoncenter.cnu.edu/artists/spo.htm