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Posted on: May 20, 2022

Blackbeard Pirate Festival returns to downtown Hampton June 4-5

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May 20, 2022 - Blackbeard's crew will once again invade downtown Hampton June 3-5, setting up an educational encampment in Mill Point Park, complete with costumed re-enactors, cannon battles, mermaids, music, vendors, lectures, and fireworks. The...

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Posted on: May 16, 2022

Hampton expands efforts to keep I-64 traffic from clogging city streets

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May 16, 2022 - Hampton’s test of restricting access to the Mallory Street Bridge during evening rush hour has reduced traffic in Phoebus significantly, Public Works Director Jason Mitchell said. City Council agreed to extend that restriction thr...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Hampton's new budget lowers real estate tax rate by 6 cents

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May 12, 2022 - City Council unanimously adopted a budget containing a combination of tax relief and targeted new spending for Fiscal Year 2023, which begins July 1.

The tax relief includes a 6-cent reduction in the tax rate for property (from $1.2...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: May 11, 2022

18 or older and looking for a summer job? Visit Parks hiring fair Saturday

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May 11, 2022 - If you are 18 or older and looking for a summer job, the city's Parks and Rec department could make you an offer at their hiring event on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The jobs are with the summer camp program, at various l...

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Posted on: May 11, 2022

Jump forward to 2040: Help set a course for Hampton's future

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May 10, 2022 - Jump ahead in time 20 years. What do you want Hampton to look like? What do we, as a community, need to get there? Help the city set a course for the future.

To help get people in the right time period, best-selling author and futurist Rebec...

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Posted on: May 9, 2022

Hampton named one of the 15 most affordable beach towns in the nation

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May 6, 2022 - Home prices in the city may be climbing, but Hampton remains one of the nation’s most affordable beach towns, according to a study of more than 200 localities.

That assessment is courtesy of SmartAsset, an online destination for con...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: May 2, 2022

Buckroe Beach Farmers Market opens for the season on May 7

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May 2, 2022 — The weekly Buckroe Beach Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 7, and will continue through the end of October.

 The market, located along South 1st Street near E. Pembroke Avenue, brings together local v...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: May 2, 2022

Driveway grant applications open for those affected by new parking rule

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May 3, 2022 — Beginning July 1, 2022, Hampton residents will no longer be able to park on their front lawns if parking is allowed on their street. The law doesn't require anyone to build a driveway, but grant money is available for those affected by the c...

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Additional Info... * Hampton City News
Posted on: April 26, 2022

Bluebird Gap Farm named 'best family-friendly day trip' in Virginia

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April 26, 2022 — A website dedicated to living on a budget has identified Bluebird Gap Farm in Hampton as “the best family-friendly day trip” in Virginia.

In a blog post on the website cheapism.com, writer Mary Shustack picked...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: April 13, 2022

City manager proposes lower property tax rate, staff measures

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Hampton’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year contains a combination of tax relief and targeted new spending – with the greater share going to tax relief. City Manager Mary Bunting released her recommended budget Wednesday afternoon for Fiscal Year...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: April 5, 2022

Hampton partners with non-profit to make solar power more affordable

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April 5, 2022 - The city of Hampton has partnered with Charlottesville nonprofit Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) to make adding solar panels more affordable for residents. 

LEAP's Solarize Virginia project began in 2014 and has helped 714 hou...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Hampton History Museum names courtyard for Jimmy and Midge Eason

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March 29, 2022 - The Hampton History Museum honored two of its founders by naming the museum's garden courtyard for former Mayor Jimmy Eason and his wife, Midge, who helped raise funds build the museum, which opened in 2003.

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: March 28, 2022

Lane closure on bridge will affect rush hour traffic on I-64

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March 28, 2022 — The Mallory Street Bridge will be reduced to one-way traffic on weekdays from 3-6 p.m. starting on Friday, April 1. The lane closure, planned for two months, is designed to prevent motorists from using Phoebus as a detour to bypass rush h...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: March 24, 2022

Junior Commonwealth's Attorney Program accepting applications

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March 25 — The office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Hampton is accepting applications for a free summer program that will allow local students to learn about all aspects of criminal justice through interaction with professionals.

The Junior Commonwealt...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: March 24, 2022

Hampton's Regional Job Fair set for April 7

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March 24 — The City of Hampton will host a Regional Job Fair on Thursday, April 7, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

More than 100 companies and municipal departments will be meeting with prospective employees at the job fair, which will ru...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: March 10, 2022

Share your views on the city budget: How much to cut taxes, how much to invest

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March 10, 2022 - What are your priorities for Hampton? City Manager Mary Bunting will recommend a tax rate cut for Fiscal Year 2023, balancing that reduction with priorities for new initiatives. Residents are being asked to give their views, with online p...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: March 2, 2022

'Open house' meetings on flooding plan near Langley AFB

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March 2, 2022 – The City of Hampton and Langley Air Force Base are hosting two open house, drop-in style public meetings this month to share findings from a recent study of flooding impacts on base access via LaSalle Avenue. This study was compl...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: February 25, 2022

Residents can give input on priorities for city budget beginning March 3

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Feb. 25, 2022 - The annual opportunity for people to get involved in setting the city's priorities on expenses and taxes begins March 3. City Manager Mary Bunting answers questions and listens to feedback before proposing her recommended budget t...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: February 22, 2022

With median home assessments up 16 percent, lower tax rate likely

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Feb. 22, 2022 - Assessment notices have gone out to homeowners, who may be surprised to see a large increase in the value of their homes. That doesn't mean that tax bills will increase by that percentage, as City Manager Mary Bunting has already said she ...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: February 16, 2022

Mayor to discuss Buckroe parking, I-64 traffic during virtual Town Hall

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Feb. 18, 2022 - Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck will hold a virtual town hall discussion at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28. Planned topics include city traffic jams caused by interstate backups and parking issues around Buckroe Beach.

In both cases, some residents ha...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: January 26, 2022

Assessments in Hampton continue to follow increases in the housing market

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Jan. 26, 2022 - The value of 99% of all properties in Hampton has increased this year, driven largely by the increase in housing values, according to figures presented to City Council on Wednesday by Assessor Libby Griebel. That means "Hampton has a ...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: January 24, 2022

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for youth and young adult programs

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Jan. 20, 2022 - Midyear grants of up to $10,000 are available to nonprofit groups working to better the lives of youth and young adults. The additional grants are part of the Youth Opportunities Mini-Grant Program, which began 2012.

The grant program, titl...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: January 20, 2022

UPDATE: Libraries, park, museum to reopen Sunday

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Jan. 22 - Hampton's libraries and parks will reopen on Sunday as the city and its roadways get back to normal following a snowstorm.

All public libraries will operate for normal business hours on Sunday. All parks,  including Bluebird Gap...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: January 8, 2022

State to open Covid-19 testing site in Newport News beginning Monday

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Jan. 8, 2022 - The Virginia Department of Health will add a Covid-19 testing center to its vaccination clinic in Newport News, beginning Monday, Jan. 10. The testing center will be open by appointment from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

The tes...

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Posted on: January 4, 2022

Free city calendars available with key dates, city landmarks

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Jan. 4, 2022 — Hampton city calendars for 2022 are available at city facilities while supplies last. The calendars feature original artwork of the landmarks that comprise the city's branding icons and have dates for key events in the city.

The calendars we...

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Digital 2022 Hampton wall calendar (PDF) ... * Hampton City News
Posted on: December 27, 2021

Hampton to receive $9 million in grants from state’s flood preparedness program

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Dec. 27, 2021 - The City of Hampton will receive more than $9 million in grants to deal with sea level rise and extreme weather as part of an ongoing statewide effort by the Virginia Community Flood Prevention Fund.

The grants, announced last week by Gov. ...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: December 9, 2021

City Council passes resolution to honor Chris Snead as she prepares to leave council

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Dec. 8, 2021 — City Council unanimously passed a resolution thanking Councilwoman Chris Snead for her service, as she prepares to begin her third career with the city.

Snead has won three elections to City Council since 2012. Prior to that, she w...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: December 8, 2021

City Council backs NASA Deputy Director Michelle Ferebee for interim seat

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Dec. 8, 2021 – Hampton City Council members unanimously agree that Michelle Ferebee, former Economic Development Authority chair and a NASA deputy director, should fill the vacancy that will be created when Councilwoman Chris Snead takes office ...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: December 7, 2021

Governor comes to Hampton to introduce state coastal resiliency plan

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Dec. 7, 2021 - Gov. Ralph Northam visited Hampton on Tuesday afternoon for a ceremony in which he introduced the inaugural Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan to address climate change and its effects on the commonwealth. 

Hampton was chosen f...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: December 2, 2021

Installation of new bus stop shelters continues, with ribbon-cutting Friday

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Dec. 2, 2021 - Hampton Roads Transit has installed 16 new bus shelters in Hampton this year, and will mark those upgrades with a ceremonial ribbon cutting Friday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m.

The event will take place at 81st Street and Orcutt Avenue in Hampton wher...

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Bus routes, travel information * Hampton City News
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Hampton named as Top 10 Digital City in the U.S. for 19th time

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Nov. 16, 2021 - Hampton has been named a Top 10 Digital City in the nation for the 19th time by the Center for Digital Government. The annual awards recognize cities utilizing technology to tackle social challenges, enhance services, strengthen cybersecur...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: November 5, 2021

Shell Road Boys & Girls Club to get $2.5 million renovation

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Nov. 5, 2021 A groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday will kick off a major, $2.5 million renovation to provide the Citizens Unit Boys & Girls Club, on Shell Road, with a new gymnasium, multipurpose room, commercial grade kitchen, and new program rooms...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

Hampton wins Red Cross Mayor's Cup for 2nd consecutive year

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Oct. 28, 2021 - Mayor Donnie Tuck was awarded the Mayor's Cup on Wednesday for getting the most blood donations in a two-month challenge period. Donations totaled 101 units, which have benefited 303 people. Hampton also won the cup from the Red C...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: October 20, 2021

State grant will help boost entrepreneurship and support 'makers'

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Oct. 21, 2021 — Hampton will receive a $100,000 grant as part of $4.4 million in state grants for 33 investment projects that will create and support business development, economic recovery, and the redevelopment of industrial and commercial structures.

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Posted on: September 2, 2021

Hampton Parks & Rec after-school programs open for registration

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Sept. 2, 2021 -- Now that school is set to start again, Hampton continues to offer valuable after-school programs, including:

Beyond the Bell: From 2-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, students can get homework help, play group games, and more at the Fort Monroe, West...

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Posted on: August 25, 2021

Hampton Fire & Rescue’s international accreditation renewed for 5 more years

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Aug. 25, 2021 — Hampton’s Division of Fire and Rescue has received international accreditation for another five years. The division was first accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International in 2016.

Hampton was the firs...

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

State group honors Hampton for communications during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Oct. 2, 2020 - A state organization for local governments has named Hampton a 2020 "Local Champion" in the area of communications during the COVID-19 crisis. The award will be presented to Mayor Donnie Tuck, City Manager Mary Bunting, and the ci...

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Additional Info... * Hampton City News