The Week in Review

August 31st, 2008 by WY Daily Staff

Miss it earlier this week? Well, you haven’t missed it completely. Here are the high points of the last week, from the pages of WY Daily.

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Now, from the roster of local blogs you’ll find only on WY Daily:

The Dish: Julia Fitchett, The Kitchen RestaurantWe must admit: The Dish is an excellent idea, and perfectly executed. We ask a local chef to tell us (and you) three great things to eat that don’t come out of said chef’s kitchen. Two of them have to be local; all are bound to be good. This week Julia Fitchett of The Kitchen Restaurant (inside Diamond Resorts’ Powhatan Plantation) becomes the first-ever female chef Disher, and she offers excellent instruction as only a female chef can…read more.

The H.E.A.R.D. – A Full-Service Rest Area on Route 199?Some of you have been asking, “What is The H.E.A.R.D.?” It’s our WY Daily Street Team’s weekly effort to track down the rumors you’ve heard and give you a little straight talk about what may – or may not – happen in the triangle.

Some of you more persistent folks have been asking if “The H.E.A.R.D.” stands for something. Why, yes, it does.

Some of you really, really persistent folks have been asking if we’ll tell you what it stands for. No, we will not. At least not now. We’ll probably have a contest and give something away that will make you the envy of your neighborhood.

Till that day – and please, ask if you must when that day will be – you’ll have to be satisfied with efforts like this week’s, where our Street Team tackles the 199 issue. You’ve driven 199 eleventymillion times and almost every single pass you wonder why there isn’t a gas station on that route. Others have wondered the same thing, and our WY Daily Street Team tracked down the rumor that things along 199 were about to take a turn for the better to its source…read more.

Good to Know: Saying Goodbye to a Local Good SamaritanEvery Sunday Desiree Parker tells us about something – or someone – good to know. This week it’s the story of Shea, a very special horse whose life was spent serving children…read more.

All the Dirt: Buddleias for ButterfliesBusch Gardens chief horticulturalist Eileen Weldon talks about the beautiful butterfly bush this week. Which one of these non-native plants are most prolific? How do you keep the plant coming back every year? Eileen has the answers…read more.

Dr. Decipher: Things You Always Wanted to Know About Healthcare but Were Afraid to AskHere’s what Dr. John Janousek had to say this week: “After many of my patients have had their medical problems addressed, they like to “shoot the breeze” and ask unrelated questions. The first is the origin of my name (Czech, just call me Dr. J), and where I am from (right here, attended Walsingham and Menchville). Then come questions and opinions about healthcare in general, especially as it pertains to this area…”read more.

Racimo con Brio: Treasures Hidden in Plain SightWY Daily culture blogger Victoria Racimo travels all over in search of the arts and artful, but sometimes it’s what she finds in our big backyard that holds the most surprise. Check out what she found in Williamsburg this week…read more.

And from the news pages, here are the highlights.

Water Country USA Employee Charged in Sex Offenses Against GuestsA Water Country USA employee who’d worked at the park for just a week was charged with sex offenses he allegedly committed while helping female guests on to a water ride…read more.

W&M Rector: No Truth to Presidential Search ReportA published report last week had W&M’s Board of Visitors about to extend a job offer for the school presidency to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but Rector Michael Powell said it wasn’t true…read more.

Kaine Cites W&M on The Daily ShowBarack Obama didn’t choose him for vp, but Virginia Gov.Tim Kaine – who called being considered for the #2 spot ”surreal” remained in the public eye this week with an appearance on W&M alum Jon Stewart’s Comedy Channel show…read more.

Most Schools Post Gains, But Some Locals Miss in AYP GoalsMany local schools showed improvements in their adequate yearly progress, a federal measurement of student achievement, but divisions overall still couldn’t crack the pass threshold…read more.

CW Launches Jefferson BlogEver wonder what it would be like if Mr. Jefferson had been capable of blogging? CW did, too, and each week is posting one of Jefferson’s quotes to see if his ideas can stand the test of time and bloggers…read more.

VDOT Announces Lane Closures for Aug. 31-Sept. 6Make your morning or afternoon commute as smooth as possible by knowing what’s on VDOT’s closure plate in the week ahead…read more.

W-JCC Bus Route Info Posted at LibrariesW-JCC Schools Superintendent Gary Mathews learned late last week that the U.S. Post Office may have misplaced some postcards containing bus route information that were to be sent to students…read more.

In crime news, four James City County teens were charged with criminal destruction of property and assault after they threw house paint on cars and a porch in Ford’s Colony, then scared a female jogger around 5:30 a.m. when they threw a glob of mayonnaise at her … James City Police are looking for help to solve the burglaries of several antiques stores.

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