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The movie theater at Main Street isn't exactly good for your health. I know people who's kids have asthma that can't go there because their kids have reactions to the air inside. Also the floors are very dirty and sticky and the seating is in disrepair and the technology they use is not up to date. Spend a few extra bucks and go to York River.

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I think the added revenue would be what we need to repair and upgrade everything at the high school and other schools in the county. We need to raise teacher salaries and keep our schools in shape and relevant technology wise if we want to stop parents from looking at other options (sending their kids to other districts, private school)

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http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/dp-nws-mid-strata-solar-facility-20170120-story.html

Article posted in Gloucester 411 this week, information on public meetings included at the ends

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Yes pictures can be posted on this thread. Their is a button to load an image but it mess be less than 2 MB and meet certain format requirements

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Yes unfortunately with newspapers charging to read online content has become the norm to try to generate funds in a dieing medium. The fact is they put in small individual restrooms as an alternative to her requests after parents started complaining and petitioning the school board and that was deemed unacceptable by her and the aclu which thus began the Supreme Court case we have now.

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County do not delete this article offers a summary of the plan for those who do not wish to read through all the legal and technical stuff

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Why spend money? The gloucester 411 FB page is pretty popular, why aren't the people who are active here post about this there or be active there also? I think it's because most of the people who are active here don't want to hear different opinions then there own and are only interested in what keeps Gloucster a retirement community. There is nothing wrong with retirement communities, they offer a lot of benefits, but what happens when all the retirees die? We need to be drawing in families

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I haven't seen any restrictions of speech other than those that our covered under privacy laws. Thanks a lot for going off on me and making me feel stupid by the way. Really encourages me to be active and express myself on here. I did not suggest we abandon this site, I suggested users use that FB page as a way to direct people here, I even did that and this is a sampling of the responses I got. "This is too much trouble to use. You have to sign in just to vote on a comment. A FB page plus direct emails would generate more participation from me. Wonder if others feel the same way." "Thanks. I know. I've used it. But it's a pain to use. There are more user friendly ways. And it needs to reach the masses." "Robin Kirsner Hilling I agree, it's not very user friendly, it's not easy to navigate. I've browsed occasionally, but it's not someplace I visit regularly."

Again, sorry for daring to suggest something you deem so negatively and I appreciate your harsh assessment of said suggestion. The reason I said what I did about people not being open to different ideas on here is from my personal experience on here and what attitudes I have observed yet I still check back here regularly because I care about my community and believe in being an active participant in the process we as citizens are free to take part in

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Just what this county needs. More involvement with the aclu. As if having them behind Gavin Grimm isn't enough already

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Guys like Kenny and Darren bring up a lot of good points and questions that our local government should hold themselves accountable for. Citizens are what provides the checks and balances in local government

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I agree with a lot of what you are saying about the direction of education in America but if I may I would like to address what you are saying about the schools lack of general maintenance. I agree there should have been plans in place for the funding of such expenses as the roof and the Hvac but the reality is there wasn't and now there are issues so the could of and should haves are a mute point in my opinion and the fact is those issues need to be fixed. I also agree with you about the lack of behavioral expectations in today's society and it saddens me as well, however I think that shoving those facts down people's throats creates more anger, frustration and difficulties on both sides and it's more important to set an example than to try and dictate and by being able that example we can point others in the right direction. Probably not something you want to hear or agree with but I just feel thier are better ways than getting angry. Also yeah, the way this county puts the word out and schedules things is rather inconvenient and I think most of it stems from they don't want it to interfere with the time they set aside for themselves or their families. The selfish attitudes get in the way a lot of what works best for everyone.

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Zac Stein 5 months ago on Back To Basics

The world family lost its meaning long before social media. Social media is a great tool for many things but can not replace the depth, meaning, and constant compass a strong family life provides. Too many parents are focused more on themselves and not their kids and the increase of standardized testing has forced our teachers to teach to the test rather than the individual student which means they are memorizing and not learning. That's not on the teachers, that's on officials who took the need for a basic national standard minimum of where a student needed to be at the end of high school and put all the emphasis on test scores. I say we needed a nationalized basic standard because say your from a family that moves a lot, in the past what was required of you to complete high school and go on to an in state school varied from state to state. That's why we needed a national minimum standard. Not what it has become

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Also I live in a low income neighborhood that currently has cox and we have seen them constantly raise their rates for at least the past 6 months. What does the county plan to do about that?

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Of course they aren't responding, they only want the appearance that they care about us, not that they actually do. Sad that happens here at the local level where the citizen voice should be number 1

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are the people you have been talking to other retirees who won't be around in 15-20 years? I respect my elders wisdom and all they have done and for that reason and the fact that they are for greater accountability I have always voted republican in state and federal elections. But I also believe local governments should be a little more progressive in things like drawing in business's so it's citizens do not have to commute half an hour or more to earn a wage you can raise a family on and making sure our school system is competitive and the students are afforded every possible opportunity to grow and prepare for life after high school, and yes that includes college because Lord knows you can't get a decent job that gives you purpose without it in the age we live in now. Plus a lot of parent's don't push their kids to think about their futures like they should, many of them trust the school system to do that. My parent's did not push me because they were not raised to believe they were intelligent enough, worthy enough, or even needed further education. They did not know what to do with a student who aspired. But anyways my point is low taxes and keeping the folks who came before us with a great deal of honor and respect is great, but the way they did things years ago can many times hold us back from something greater.

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Have you noticed anything missing or changed in your original post? I recieved several of those notifications but haven't noticed anything different.

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Zac Stein 12 months ago on Running track

I don't know, I see a ton of people out here running along roads where a Track would be a lot safer and more beneficial. Something to think about and look into

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What is the exact situation you are referring to?

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I think cox closed the store because their corporate structure did not find it feasible to keep it open. I know whenever I went inside their was not much of a line. Rather or not that was because of the lack of number of people who have service or not I do not know, but I do not think they pulled out of Gloucester, just shut down their brick and mortar store

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I understand why our reps at the federal and state levels have issues working together, but at the local level in a place like Gloucester that doesn't have all the difficulties cities do? I think we have the right to have that expectation at this level of government

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To be fair it wasn't just the beehive. Surveys were also mailed to county residents

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Face to face surveys? Do you know how much money it would cost to do that?

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I don't disagree that the BOS needs to be put on notice, look at the crap they pulled with the school board to get people out of there they didn't like. I love Gloucester but there is too much infighting with the local government here and they are all very comfortable and have a good ol boy like attitude

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That depends on how the wifi is brought into the home. There are many different ways to do it from towers that bring it in like cell phone data to DSL to telephone lines who bring it in via broadband. The way cox does it through the cable lines is the fastest and most reliable. All depends on what each individual's needs are and what they are planning to do with the internet.

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Aren't brick and mortar buildings more energy efficient and cost less to heat and cool in the long run? When you say metal buildings I think of things like government double wides which start to erode and fall apart and deteriorate not long after starting to be used

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Ok I see what your talking about

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Zac Stein almost 2 years ago on In Support of Broadband

This entire region struggles with affordable and efficient high speed internet Gloucester county has it in areas just because they are areas of dense population. The thing is in Virginia if you live in a rural area Verizon, Comcast, Cox all the major companies that have fiber optics just don't care about you. They only want people who live in a populated area, there is little incentive for them to go into more rural areas. For a fix to that you would have to look to the state and federal government to offer them the incentives and accountability to reach rural areas

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Zac Stein over 1 year ago on new bridge

It doesn't take long at all to get to Williamsburg if you use the colonial parkway and there are several back roads to get to Newport News, why do people look at 64 as the only option? it's an interstate yeah but the travel time on it isn't much better when you look at the backups and delays on it

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