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Nicole’s Notes: Getting muddy to raise cancer awareness

April 24th, 2014 at 5:37 pm by under Health, News, Personalities, Sports, Uncategorized

The weather is feeling more like spring so you may want to get out an run! How about signing up for a race? I’ve only one run in my life and it was a 5k. The good thing is, there are lots of them in our area. Erin Mathe from Dirty Girl emailed me after reading my blog on the “More Than Boobs” cancer fundraising fashion show in Virginia Beach that I emceed. She wants folks to support the Dirty Girl Mud Run Virginia Beach this Saturday, April 26 at Greenbrier Farms,  in Chesapeake.

2013 Dirty Girl Mud Run

2013 Dirty Girl Mud Run

The proceeds go towards Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organization that focuses on risk reduction and early detection of breast and ovarian cancers in young women.

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The race takes runners through an obstacle course that will get your heart pumping, challenge your body, and get you all muddy. Many of the runners and volunteers participate because of their own personal experiences with cancer. Elsa Weller is one of them. She’s an 8-year cancer survivor serving in the U.S. Navy.  She’s running with her mother and a few friends under the team “Muddy Sailors”. Here’s what she shared with me:

 “In June 2003 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  I was told by the doctors that I would have to undergo chemotherapy.   A bag a day for a whole week every other week. For the next six months. I was on active duty in the Navy at the time so I was stationed in San Diego California while my family was in North Carolina. While I was going through all my treatments my parents would come out when they could to help me out with taking care of me along with my sister and best friend.  I was very fortunate that I never got too sick or felt too weak to do anything.  On the year check up in June 2005 the doctor informed me that saw some cancer spots again in a scan and wanted to do some testing. I went back in for more tests and that’s when they informed me that I was diagnosed with Non hodgkin’s lymphoma.   I went thought another form of chemo and this time they wanted to do a stem cell transplant.  So on 1 march 2006 I received a stem cell transplant from myself.  My bone marrow was healthy enough to be harvested and treated and given right back to me.   After that transplant I have had no signs or symptoms of any type of cancer. I have been in remission now for 8 years and counting.   I do battle 2 different types of skin cancer as well. And I get treated for those on a regular basis. That’s what happens when you are fair skin person.    I have been in the Navy now for 12 years and I could not have survived without the Navy’s support  as being my family when my family was not able to be there. My parents were a big part of my recovery along with uncles and sister and of course my best friend. I wouldn’t be here without their love and support and just being there when I needed them.    With everything I deal with I have taken it in strides, the Navy life and my personnel life.     Being strong and never admitting that I was sick is has kept me strong and facing each challenge head on.. that is why I love mud runs as you head to each obstacle it is a challenge just like in life and once you are faced with it you have the option to conquer or let it conquer you. I am the type of person that doesn’t take NO for a answer or if you tell me I am not able to do something I will prove to you or anyone that it can be done.   I always say NO to cancer. It  will never take me and I will conquer it no matter how many times I have had it.  It will never beat. Me…!!!!!”

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The pictures you see here are from a previous race. If you don’t have it in you to run, you can always donate your time or money. Check out the Dirty Girl page for info on volunteering and more.


Redskins schedule a challenge

April 23rd, 2014 at 11:46 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

His knee is better, the brace is gone, and tonight RG-3 and the Redskins found out who they will be playing this season and when.

The NFL released their 2-thousand 14 schedule tonight, with the Redskins playing three prime time games, one on Thursday Night against the Giants, and two Monday night games, at home against the Super Bowl champion Seahawks and a game in October against the Cowboys.

Obviously the league is betting that Robert Griffin the 3rd will bounce back from his knee injury, and the addition of former Eagle DeSean Jackson will provide an exciting offense.
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Toss in a first year coach–Jay Gruden, and the NFL believes the Redskins are ready for prime time again.

The Redskins will open the season on the road against the worst team in the NFL last year, the Houston Texans, possibly against Johnny Manziel–if the Oilers make him their number one draft pick.

Then at home against the Jaguars who haven’t had a winning season in 7 years. DeSean Jackson will return to Philly in week 3–and then its prime time when the Redskins welcome Eli Manning and the Giants for a Thursday night game. Week 5–Monday Night Football at Fed Ex against Russell Wilson and the Super Bowl champs. Then on the road to Arizona, back home hosting the Titans, week 8 Monday Night Football in Dallas against the Cowboys.

The first Sunday of November finds the Skins in Minneapolis against the Vikings, followed by the Bye Week then at home against the Tampa Bay Bucs–and a big game–week 12, Kaepernick against Griffin out west against the 49ers.

Another tough one, week 13, Griffin against Andrew Luck in Indy, the Rams come to Fed Ex to open up December. Then 3 games that could decide the NFC championship, Dec 14th in New York against the Giants, the Eagles at Fed Ex, and then the final regular game of the regular season the Cowboys on Sunday December 28th.

To get the complete Redskins schedule, go to wavy-dot com and click on sports.


Nothin’ But The Blues

April 18th, 2014 at 12:16 pm by under THRS Live Music, Uncategorized

The day that you’ve been waiting for is finally here:  FRIDAY!  Yes, it’s Friday and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend then by heading down to the NorVa and for some good, local blues.

Nothin’ But The Blues features some of the best blues the 757 has to offer.  Our good buddy, Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos will join MIMSY, Soulshine, Evan Button and last week’s Live Music Friday featured artist, Jessica Doran.  Tickets are still available at the NorVa box office for just 12 bones and doors open at 7p with the show kicking off at 8p.  To give you a little preview of tonight’s shindig, here are Live Music Friday performances from Anthony and The Jess Doran Band.

 

 


Stronger Than Ever- We’re On The Run Again!

April 17th, 2014 at 2:54 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized
Stronger Than Ever..."On The Run!"

Stronger Than Ever…”On The Run!”

The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads form Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

 

Better Get Going!

While most people are getting ready for Spring Break plans, Runners in Hampton Roads were tearing up the streets with some swift times.  Double knot your laces, here we go!

In Newport news, the Jamestown 4H 10k was “Fast and Furious” for 31 year old,  Todd Kessler, who kicked the 6.2 mile course in 35:17, while the  Ladies Champ,  Sheila Scotti raced away in a quick 43:40.  Good Friend of the Blog Greg Dawson, from Williamsburg, ran a great 38:31.  He’s running a big Marathon in Massachusetts, this Monday.  Another Speedy Friend,  Rick Platt, won his 60-64 Age group in 43:11. Well Done Guys!

On the Southside, the Long Distance Action was in Chesapeake at the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half  Marathon.  Maryland’s Dereie Deme was the Overall Winner in 1:04:53.  Norfolk’s Will Christian was the fastest local and just a couple minutes off the victory with a strong 1:06:59.  Rebecca Rollick of Chesapeake blazed the 13.1 mile course on hand cycles. She finished in 1:16:56 as the fastest female.  Mettle Events always throws a good party with a great race as well.

In Norfolk, Football was in the air at Old dominion University and the ODU Big Blue 5K started the day’s celebration of Spring Sports activities.  Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll topped all racing the 3.1 miles in 16:38.  That’s an average of 5:22 per mile.  The Ladies title went to Stephanie Frenchik in 18:18 which translates to 5:54 per mile.  For both, that’s some serious leg work!

Whats Coming Up for the Next few Days

Everyone's "On The Run!"

Everyone’s “On The Run!”

While most people are enjoying the holiday weekend, there are a few races locally.  This Saturday, Williamsburg hosts the Clara Byrd Baker Relay Team 5k Run/Walk for a Cure.  In Newport News, the action is going on with JLHR Race For a Better Place 5K at the Mariners Museum.  For those who have the need to “Go the Distance”, the following week, the Virginia 24 Hour Ultra Run For Cancer goes off at Sandy Bottom Park.  I have many of my Running Friends who will run Saturday, April 26th until Sunday Morning, April 27th.  Excited for you all!

 

MONDAY MAJESTY!

Boston Marathon Monday Comes Back Big!

Boston Marathon Monday Comes Back Big!

Patriots day is Monday and in Boston, the third Monday of April ALWAYS means the Boston Marathon is on.  With all the events of last year, this year has brought so much attention to it’s return.  Sports Illustrated has featured a cover to some key people and this year’s  race attendance is at an all-time high.  Many of you in Hampton Roads who went last year are making return trips and some new Runners will be making their first appearance.  Staring in Hopkinton and winding their way past Natick, Wellesley College, along the famed hills near Newton, including “Heartbreak Hill”, then the parade to greatness, ending on Boylston and the ultimate finish line.

We will be rooting for you all and watching the progress of so many of you.  “Shout outs” to guys like Andrew Hoffer, Vincent Ortiz, and John Adams, who ran with me the last few miles of the Norfolk Freedom Marathon.  So many stories will follow those famous 26.2 miles.  All of wish you ALL the very best!

 

Throwback Thursday!!!

With the Boston Marathon on Monday, I thought it would be nice to re-visit an interview with the Race Director of the Boston Marathon since 1988, Dave McGillivray.  He was also the Race director for the Run For the Dream Weekend.  Did you know that except for last years race, Dave has run the marathon course after the last finisher crosses the line.  Enjoy this “Throwback On The Run!”

 

Thanks for checking us out this week.  Feel free to share with your friends, or leave us some feedback.  Look for more soon.  Maybe I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.com

With You to the Finish..."On The Run!"

With You to the Finish…”On The Run!”

 

 

 


Is Desean Jackson a good fit for Redskins?

April 2nd, 2014 at 9:57 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

He was a thorn in the side of the Redskins defense every time he took the field as a Philadelphia Eagle.

But now DeSean Jackson will be wearing the burgundy and gold.

A lot of people have been scratching their heads since the Eagles just out right cut all pro wide receiver Desean Jackson last Friday.

Jackson admits he was angry and embarrassed when the Eagles made the move–but right away his phone started ringing.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin the 3rd, defensive back DeAngleo Hall put the full court press on Jackson, imploring him to join their team.

Last night Jackson gave in, signing a 3-year $24 million contract and the Redskins got their man.desean jackson

So what do we make of all of this.

Prior to today, the Redskins offense had the potential of being pretty good. Quarterback Robert Griffin the 3rd had a really good season two years ago, but his bum knee caused him to have a sub-par performance this past year.The signing of DeSean Jackson now gives RG-3 a trio of 2 all pro’s Pierre Garcon and, DeShawn Jackson–teaming up with newly acquired Andre Roberts. Throw in young tight end Jordon Reed and Griffin now has plenty of quality targets.

There has been a lot of speculation as to why Eagles coach Chip Kelly would just cut one of the best receivers in the NFL. He didn’t trade him, didn’t try to work something out, they just got rid of him.
Why?

According to a variety of stories, Jackson was a diva, didn’t get along with his new coach, was late to and even missed meetings, a no-no in the structured NFL. He was considered a malcontent. And lets not forget the un-substantiated reports that he was associated with gang members in his home town L-A.

Now where do you think these reports came from? Obviously from people in the Eagles organizations. Kelly wanted knew he was getting rid of Jackson, and wanted to get out in front of it. Jackson was a twenty-something millionaire athlete, who was probably full of himself, and may have not liked the idea of a new coach coming in telling one of the team’s “superstars” what to do.

I don’t know what to believe.

Most teams have professional investigators who look into the backgrounds of their players. Even though the Redskins were under the gun to make this deal happen they had several days to do some checking.

I have no idea what went on behind closed doors. There is no dispute that Jackson has been problematic since he came into the league, he didn’t follow certain rules, he was always asking for new contracts—he was a diva. But he admits he never saw his release coming.

Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported today, Jackson admitted feeling a wide range of emotions: anger, frustration, embarrassment ranking among them. Jones posted the following quote from DeSean in his article.

“I feel they embraced me as far as RGIII, DeAngelo Hall reached out to me and made me feel like it was home here,” Jackson said Wednesday via conference call. “After everything that was going on the past couple days and the last week, that’s a big step of their first move for me. I think DeAngelo Hall really stepped up to the plate and called me and said, ‘Look, bro. I know I’ve been playing against you for a long time, but I feel like this is a situation where if you came in here, you could help us out a lot.’ For myself, I was still at a point in my career where that made me very humble for everything to go down and happen the way it happened. But coming in here, Bruce Allen, Mr. Snyder,Jay Gruden, I think it was an open-arm situation and I just was looking for an opportunity to come in and be productive and help out any way possible. I think this place right here is a great place and has some great things going on and I’m just happy to being an addition to helping this team win.”

Was this a wake up call for the 27 year old Jackson? Will the change of venue be the one thing that turns his attitude around? Maybe Chip Kelly thinks that in his system he can take any receiver and turn him into a star and he doesn’t need Jackson around, regardless of the fact he was their best receiver. The one thing unique about the NFL is teams can cut players every year regardless of their contract. Jackson is guaranteed $16 million dollars.

If he has three great years, it ends up a good deal. If he doesn’t work out, the Redskins lose $16 million.

Only time will tell. Want to bet a Dr. Pepper on this one?


March 24th, 2014 at 7:24 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

UVA headed to the Sweet 16

UVA headed to the Sweet 16

They might not be tournament favorites like Michigan State, Louisville, Arizona and Florida, but Coach Tony Bennett and his Virginia Cavaliers just keep doing what they are doing–pulling off impressive wins–and Hoos now head to New York City to take on Michigan State in the Sweet 16.

ACC schools Duke, Syracuse, North Carolina, Pittsburg and NC State–are finished for the season.

Their conference now resting firmly on the shoulders of
UVA–the regular season and ACC tournament champs.
After an easy win over 16 seed Coastal Carolina, He Hoo’s ganged up on 8th seed Memphis last night. Senior Joe Harris, and sophomores Malcom Brogdon and Anthony Gill all scored in double figures and hit more than 50 per cent of their shots.

Unselfish on offense and tenacious on defense, UVA is not your usual number one seed–but after missing out on a trip to the both the pre-season and post-season NIT last year, Bennett and company finally gets that trip to the Big Apple.

Next for the Hoo’s, a highly anticipated showdown against 4 seed Michigan State Friday night. It will be Virginia’s first Sweet 16 appearance in 19 years–and boy is that going to be a fun game to watch.


Nicole’s Notes: Free dental care, from the heart

March 12th, 2014 at 11:46 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Health, News, Personalities, Uncategorized

UPDATE : Racheal Judy emailed me today and said they broke a record over the weekend. The patient you see in this picture below is Melissa. She is thanking Dr. Tim Johnston, owner of Norge Dental Center, for saving 3 teeth that she would’ve lost in the next 6 months if she hadn’t gotten the proper care.

Norge Dental Care, Dentistry From The Heart

Norge Dental Care, Dentistry From The Heart

In the third year of the Dentistry From The Heart program, Judy  wrote:
 *   257 patients were seen
 *   over $100,000 of free dental work was provided completely for FREE
 *   913 dental services were performed (including exams, cleanings, fillings, etc)
 *   First patient arrived at 12:10 am to get in line.
 *   Event was supposed to end at 5:00 pm, but dentists stayed until 8:30 pm to make sure no one was turned away.
Look at these pictures.

What a way to start your new week – with a big healthy smile!

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There’s nothing like a clean fresh mouth! Some folks are scared to visit the dentist, but I just love how my teeth feel and look after my appointments. I realize everyone doesn’t have dental benefits or enough money to get the recommended cleanings and exams twice a year- and any other dental work that’s needed. And it can get expensive!

Staff member with patient

Norge staff member with patient, 2013

There’s a local group of dentists and volunteers working to make sure anyone who needs, can get dental care. The Norge Dental Center in Williamsburg is hosting its free Dentistry From The Heart event on Saturday, March 22 at its offices on Richmond Road from 8:00 am until 4:00pm. Fillings, extractions, or cleanings will be performed for those 18 and older who can’t get dental care elsewhere. Registration starts at 7:30 am. Patients should arrive early and be dressed for a long wait in line. Also bring chairs, blankets, snacks and water. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Rachael Judy from Norge Dental reached out to me a couple of years ago about this event and she’s been following up ever since. She emailed me this after the clinic last year, “Our very first patient came at 10:20 pm the night before, and slept there to receive care! His name is William and he drove from Gates County, NC.  He and a few others camped outside.  We served over 200 patients with free dental care!   James was our patient who traveled the longest distance……He traveled from New Jersey to receive care.  We were able to save a tooth he would’ve lost had he waited much longer.”

Judy said they had over a dozen dentists volunteer their time. They came from their own practices to help their four Norge Dental Center dentists serve more people. For more information, visit their website or call (757) 941-7682.

We’d love to hear from you after your visit. Post your comments and share some pictures with me on Facebook.

 

 

 

 


Here We Go Again!

March 2nd, 2014 at 12:44 pm by under Uncategorized, Weather

As of Friday evening, preliminary indications were that we’d see this thing hit late Monday afternoon and into the evening hours. It’s now looking much sooner than that…with rain hitting us by around 5:00 AM Monday and quickly changing over to a wintry mix by 7:00 AM and even some snow beginning from Williamsburg northward. The wintry mix (mainly sleet pellets) will likely continue for an hour or two before changing over to all snow from north to south into the Hampton Roads cities by around noon. North Carolina can expect the wintry mix by late morning…changing over to all snow by around 1:00 or 2:00 PM. The height of the snowfall for most of us will likely be in the early to late afternoon.

Here are a couple of variations of the NAM forecast model indicating snowfall totals before it ends early Monday evening.scalenam1nam2You will note the possibility of 4″ to 6″ of snow in areas from Williamsburg through the Northern Neck! I have not included the (later-arriving) GFS model here; this model has indicated far heavier snow than what would be indicated by the ongoing situation. So the GFS is being watched, but discounted for being “off” by a lot. The 7:00 AM European model run will not be complete until mid-afternoon, but earlier model runs fall roughly into line with the above projections from the NAM.

A couple more graphics here. First, here is a snowfall total map from our very capable friends at the National Weather Service in Wakefield:totalsnowThis map is in line with current thinking about the “placement” of the snow (in an east-west orientation), but is somewhat heavier farther south than what the above NAM maps indicate. With the models showing a trend toward farther south and sooner in the day, this map may be an anticipation of the upcoming forecast models continuing the farther south trend. And a slight nod toward the too-heavy GFS. If sleet continues longer before snow begins (& it could), then the above snow totals would likely be lessened somewhat.

Here’s the snow totals map put together this morning by my colleague, Jeff Edmondson:Monday_SnowAnd this is pretty much in line with all thinking on the upcoming storm. One thing to note: When we talk about “ice accumulations” here, we’re talking about sleet pellets and freezing rain, but mostly sleet. Sleet gets easily crushed into the pavement by tire treads creating ice. Sleet is bad enough, but freezing rain is horrendously destructive and especially dangerous on the roads. At this point, freezing rain could be a problem, but not a huge one. With the temperature dropping rapidly on Monday morning, any water falling from the sky and on roads (& especially bridges!) could quickly freeze as temperatures drop to around 27° or 28°. One thing in our favor on all of this is that the soil temperature is in the 40° to 45° range, thus more easily melting any icy stuff that initially hits the ground. Of course with snow pretty much everywhere through the region by early Monday afternoon, tire treads will turn all that snow into ice on virtually all roads.

These maps and forecasts are still subject to change as we draw closer to the actual event, so be sure to stay informed in the next 24 to 36 hours. Jeff Edmondson will be on the air between 6:00 & 7:00 this evening. I will be filling in for Tiffany Savona for FOX43 News at 10 and WAVY News 10 at 11. Jeremy Wheeler and Jeff will be with you from 4:30 AM through 1:00 PM tomorrow. Tiffany Savona and I will take over at 1:00 PM through the evening hours tomorrow.

Here we go again!


East Carolina, Florida agree to 2015 football meeting

February 27th, 2014 at 11:38 am by under Sports, Uncategorized

East Carolina, Florida agree to 2015 football meeting

By Bruce Rader Thursday, February 27, 2014, 11:36 am

Pirates Will Visit Ben Hill Griffin Stadium For First Clash Against Gators Since 1983

GREENVILLE, N.C. (wavy) – East Carolina and Florida have agreed on a single-game contract for the Pirates and Gators to play at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Sept. 12, 2015, according to a joint announcement by both institutions Thursday.

The meeting will mark ECU’s second visit to Gainesville and first since 1983 when No. 6 UF used a late fourth-quarter touchdown run by Neal Anderson to post a 24-17 victory on Oct. 22.

“I’m sure many of our fans will remember the last time we played in The Swamp,” East Carolina Director of Athletics Jeff Compher said. “While it’s a great opportunity to compete in that environment against a program with the tradition Florida has, I’m confident Coach (Ruffin) McNeill will have the Pirates ready to play.”

The contest against Florida will also maintain the continuity of Southeastern Conference opponents on the Pirates’ future schedules, which includes visits to South Carolina in both 2014 and 2016. In addition to a 17-game series with the Gamecocks that dates back to 1977 and one previous encounter with the Gators, ECU has also faced current SEC members Alabama (1998), Arkansas (2010), Auburn (1985, 1986, 1994), Georgia (1990), Kentucky (1993, 2009), LSU (1981), Missouri (1982, 1983) and Tennessee (1995) in its history.

ECU’s 2015 non-conference schedule now includes road games at Florida and BYU with home matchups again Virginia Tech and an opponent to be announced.

The Pirates, who compiled a 10-3 record and made their seventh bowl appearance in the last eight years in 2013, will open play in the American Athletic Conference this season after a 17-year membership in Conference USA.

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Florida was 4-8 under third-year head coach Will Muschamp last fall.


The Newsroom: Photos Behind the Scenes

February 20th, 2014 at 9:46 pm by under 10 On Your Side, News, Personalities, Uncategorized
WAVY Photojournalist Drew Smith on a night story.

WAVY Photojournalist Drew Smith on a night story.

By now, many of you know how much I enjoy photography, which walks hand in hand with storytelling.  I recently spent a few spare moments in between newscasts capturing the scenes of co-workers undertaking the daily responsibility of being on your side.  I hope I captured some of the serious work and light-hearted moments of  The Newsroom.   See photos here.