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"Each day is a special gift from God."

“Each day is a special gift from God.”

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Inspiration: Here’s something to think about if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or exhausted, even frustrated at the world.

Over the weekend, I had a remarkable experience that may seem somewhat small, but to me, it meant something.

I was passing through on my way to vacuum out my car at the place next to my house. On the way there, I saw kids and moms holding up signs for a car wash. The money would go to support their baseball team. I slowed down and stopped my car, pulled up next to the lady holding up the sign. I reached over and grabbed my last dollar bill out of my wallet. I gave it to her, telling her I don’t need a car wash today, but I just wanted to donate something. She gave me a warm smile, and I slowly drove away, on to the car place. I felt good about doing something nice, even though it was small.

I pull up to the car place. The sign says, quarters only. I go through my wallet, thinking I had enough quarters. I don’t – I am two short, but I have a handful of dimes. I don’t have any more dollar bills on me, so I walk up to see if there was some way I could get change; there were a few machines lined up. As I’m standing there trying to figure out the machine, a man walked up and asked me if I needed help. I said, well I was looking for quarters in exchange for the dimes I had. If I can’t get it, no big deal, you know. So what happens? The nice man just smiled and gave me four quarters, double what I needed. Double! Again, although it is small, I was very grateful, and amazed at this kindness. I said thank you, very much, to the man. Have a nice day! He said no problem.

So within ten minutes, I had given up something to the universe — to the kids — then what happened? The universe turned around and gave me DOUBLE of what I needed, in an instant. How about that? So, this is what I would call a small miracle. Small, but nevertheless, a little miracle.

Sometimes all you need is just a little miracle to let you know God has his eyes on you.

“Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure–pressed down, shaken together, and running over–will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” — Luke 6:38


By Holly Henry, WTKR Online Producer

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium celebrated its grand opening in Virginia Beach on May 31, 2014.

The Adventure Park is an aerial ropes course, consisting of 13 different trails through the trees, of varying challenge levels, from introductory to advanced.

The park is open until 11 p.m.

NewsChannel 3 Web Producer Holly Henry went behind the scenes – up in the trees – to grab some GoPro video of the zipline. For the full story and video, Click Here.

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App-A-Cab App - Find a taxi in Hampton Roads.

App-A-Cab App – Find a taxi in Hampton Roads.







By Holly Henry, WTKR/WGNT Online Producer

A Norfolk company launched a new app on February 3 that makes it easier to get taxi cabs in Hampton Roads.

“The market demanded it, that’s why we introduced it to the Hampton Roads market,” says Frank Azzalina, Director of Business Development at Hampton Roads Transportation, Inc.

The App-A-Cab app runs on your smartphone – and uses GPS to find where you are – then it sends the closest cab to you.

You get an email confirming it’s on the way, and it even tells you when the cab will get there. You can track the cab’s progress in real time on your phone.

You can also choose if you need a taxi that is wheelchair accessible, or one that can get on a military base.

“You are never more than two taps away from a cab,” Azzalina says.

The app is free, and you can download it on Google Play or in the Apple App Store.

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By Holly Henry, WTKR Online Producer

Do you have a smart phone? There’s a new app that can help you keep your pets safe.

The American Red Cross has created an app that helps dog and cat owners provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available.

Pets are an important part of many families, and a new Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available.

The app, which costs 99 cents, gives iPhone and Android smart phone users instant access to expert information so they learn how to maintain their pet’s health and what to do during emergencies.

With this new app, pet owners learn how to recognize health problems and when to contact their veterinarian.

The Pet First Aid App provides step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations – including how to treat wounds, control bleeding, and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies.

Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold and heat-related emergencies.

Other features in the app allow pet owners to:

• Create a pet profile including tag identification number, photos, list of medications and instructions.

• Use the list of early warning signs to learn when to call their veterinarian.

• Use “click-to-call” to contact their veterinarian.

• Find emergency pet care facilities or alternate veterinarians with the “animal hospital locator.”

• Locate pet-friendly hotels.

• Test their knowledge with interactive quizzes and earn badges that they can share on their social networks along with their favorite picture of their pet.

History shows that people have not evacuated during disasters because they did not want to leave their pets behind. The Red Cross app contains resources to help owners include pets in their emergency action plans. Pet owners may also take a Red Cross Pet First Aid course so they can practice the skills and receive feedback. People can go to information and to register.

The Pet First Aid App and other Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to

Download apps, HERE. (iPhone and Android)

Photo: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

Photo: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

Holiday Giving: Winter Wonderland in Portsmouth

By Holly Henry

Portsmouth, Va. – It’s become a family tradition for folks across Hampton Roads for the past 10 years.

If you are looking for something new for your family at the holidays – Winter Wonderland is the place to be.

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center and Children’s Museum of Virginia are celebrating the tenth anniversary of “Winter Wonderland: Coleman Nursery Collection and Snow Wonders”.

Opening weekend festivities extend from November 29 through December 1, 2013, according to curator Gayle Paul. The entire exhibit and related festivities take place from November 29 through December 31, 2013.

Winter Wonderland features the Coleman Nursery Yuletide displays – a tradition that has roots dating back to 1966.


After 38 years of holiday wonderland, Coleman’s Nursery closed in 2003, according to Martha Fortson, Executive Director of the Portsmouth Museums Foundation. So, the question came up: “Where would all of the little people go?”

The “little people”, Fortson says, are the animated figures that Coleman’s has displayed for many years.

Victorian Elves

Victorian Elves

When presented with the idea of purchasing the Coleman display, the Portsmouth Museums Foundation “jumped at the chance,” Fortson says.  The non-profit (501©3) foundation raises funding for all four Portsmouth Museums – most recently the exhibits in the new Children’s Museum of Virginia.

The Coleman Nursery Collection was purchased in January of 2004 with the vision of Santa’s workshop on display, as well as the Victorian exhibit in the 1846 Courthouse in downtown Portsmouth on the corner of Court and High Streets, now known as the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center.

Fortson says many Hampton Roads residents rejoiced that Winter Wonderland, the Coleman Legacy, would be preserved for future generations.

Ten years later, the exhibit remains on display with much restoration to the Coleman figures, and in a more traditional setting rather than a rustic outdoor nursery setting, says Fortson.

A partnership between the City of Portsmouth Museums and the Portsmouth Museums Foundation was established in 2004. That same year, Winter Wonderland opened in the historic courthouse. More than 24,000 people visited during that opening six weeks.  The sets, such as the Candy Shop, the Bakery, and the Victorian figures were gentle reminders of Coleman Nursery.

Martha Fortson and the Foundation are proud to give back to the community, and add to its holiday spirit.

“It has been a real joy for me to play a role in giving this legacy back to the children and families of Hampton Roads,” she says. “It has been a labor of love and that all of us can be proud to call our very own Winter Wonderland.”

Winter Wonderland: Coleman Collection -  The Baker Elves

Winter Wonderland: Coleman Collection -
The Baker Elves


Each year, Santa and his elves have transformed the historic 1846 Courthouse building and courtyard into a Wonderland of traditional displays, lights, and holiday trim, says Gayle Paul, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Curator.

The original Coleman Collection dates back to the mid-1960s, when nursery owners John Coleman and Junie Lancaster were inspired after a visit to the New York World’s Fair. An animated Sleeping Santa was their first purchase. From there, the collection grew to more than 100 figures.  In addition to holiday favorites of Sleeping Santa, Victorian skaters, carolers, woodland animals and penguins, Santa’s toy shops, bakery and candy factory add to the displays, Paul says. Trains are always a family favorite – so Santa has added something new to his train shop!

After years of moving from display to rest during the off season, Gayle Paul says a new Chalet building arrives this year to take center stage. It’s nestled into a woodland scene where activities anticipate the arrival of Santa.  Snow babies are ready to join in the anniversary celebration, alongside of penguins from the South Pole!


From November 29 through December 31, the weekends will be filled with music and holiday fun for the entire family – including face painting, balloons, magic, crafts, and pony rides.

Scheduled events include the Winter Wonderland Opening Weekend; followed by Snow Wonders, an Ornament and Tile Workshop, The Night Before Christmas Puppet Show, Sights and Sounds of a Winter Wonderland Planetarium Show, and Virginia’s Legendary Santa Trains Booksigning – something for everyone! You can even “take a holiday dip in chocolate” on December 28. Maryann Boho of the Williamsburg Chocolatier will be a special guest.

The sleigh carolers

Sleigh Carolers

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center & Children’s Museum of Virginia

Hours of operation:


Tuesday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm

Friday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Special Dates and Times:

Open Tuesday, December 24th 9am – 5pm

Closed Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Open Tuesday, December 31st 9am – 5pm

Additional Information:

Children’s Museum of Virginia, 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704, 757-393-5397,

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704, 757-393-8543,


By Holly Henry, WTKR/WGNT Online Producer

Norfolk, Va. – What is going on with Downtown Norfolk construction?

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The gaping holes, large sewage pipes, and bulldozers may not be around much longer – some of the construction is coming to an end.

The Ghent Area Sanitary Sewer Pipeline Replacement Project will be complete in early September of this year.

It’s the project that has had crews at Boush Street and Olney Road, as well has Voss Street – digging, drilling, milling and paving since February of 2012.

“HRSD is nearing completion of a major project to replace and relocate three miles of sanitary sewer pipeline located in the Young Terrace, Ghent and West Ghent areas of Norfolk. The old pipeline, which was built in the 1940′s, had reached the end of its useful life. Construction started in February 2012. All of the required tie-ins should be completed in a month, and we estimate that final paving will be finished in early September,” says Nancy L. Munnikhuysen, HRSD Chief of Communications.

Tracy Bogan of TA Sheets, a contractor for HRSD, says his team has been out doing the work for over a year, and now it is almost finished.

Click here to find the project timeline, project cost, and list of roads affected

Boush Street and Voss Street were torn up twice – the reason being, the city of Norfolk does not allow extended closures. So they build the road back up to give drivers relief – and then, they dig it up again, to continue working.

“Believe me, I’d love to have the work finished. But that’s just the way it goes,” Bogan says.

What are they doing?

Crews are dropping in new sewage pipes, to replace the old ones. Some of the old ones are 60 years old. They are dropping in the new pipes and having to “tie them in” to some of the existing ones.

VIDEO: Crews lift pipe out of huge sewer hole on Boush Street

The sewage pipes they are working on run all through Ghent – to businesses and homes.

This is raw sewage – it runs through the main treatment plant, Bogan says.

It may seem like the roads have been “torn up forever” – but some Norfolk residents say they don’t mind it, and they have learned to adjust.

Elisa Mangubat, who lives in Ghent, says she has learned to navigate around the road work.

“I’m used to it because I live in Ghent,” she says.

The next step before it’s all over?

Virginia Paving Company crews will soon head to Voss Street – where the sewage construction has been completed. Milling and paving are expected to last for “a couple days”, says Bogan. The same will happen for Boush Street, at the end of the summer.

HRSD officials say the entire project will be finished in September of 2013.


By Holly Henry, WTKR/WGNT Online Producer

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Here’s what to do:

Go to the homepage. Then – mouse over to the “Taking Action” tab.

Below that – click ‘Deal of the Day’ on the right side.

The Deals page will pop up – the most recent deal will be on the top.

Deal of the Day is featured during our 4 p.m. newscast. A new deal is posted each day.

But don’t forget – these deals often expire within a few days. So you must act fast!

Food, clothing, entertainment, and more – we’ve got you covered.

And for more deals – follow us on Twitter – @wtkr3.

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Holly Jan13By Holly Henry, WTKR/WGNT Online Producer


Sharon Wood is back – and hitting the store to bring in the amazing deals you can find this week at Harris Teeter, plus, a discount on swimming lessons to prepare for summer!


Harris Teeter Triple Coupons

Harris Teeter Triples start on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7 a.m. – April 30, 2013.

This means coupons are tripled – up to a 99 cent face value. A limit of 20 coupons per household may be used per day. Three like-coupons and two like-printables in one transaction may be used.

Swim Discounts

Swim America Swim School is offering lessons from age 2.5 to adults; classes in the morning, evening, and weekend are available.

A discount for WTKR/WGNT viewers will be $5 off the weekly cost (which is $35/week for children; $18/weekend, and $25/adult classes).

Find more information on the above deals, HERE.




By Holly Henry, WTKR/WGNT Online Producer

Norfolk, Va. – The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk welcomes two new additions to the zoo family – and NewsChannel 3 got a sneak peek on Thursday.

Two young Malayan tigers will soon make their debut at the Virginia Zoo. Say hello to Christopher and Api.

Christopher, a 2-year-old male, got up close and personal with NewsChannel 3′s Dominic Brown. Christopher came to Norfolk all the way from the San Diego Zoo.

And then there’s Api. Api is a 3-year-old female, and zoo officials tell NewsChannel 3 they hope to breed Api and Christopher someday – after a proper introduction.

Api actually turns 3 years old on Friday, April 5, 2013. She came all the way from the Bronx Zoo, officials say.

These two tigers joined the Norfolk zoo family back in February of 2013. They are currently isolated from the public, and will not be in their exhibit until later in April.

Once these two are ready to begin life in the exhibit, they will do so one at a time. Zoo officials say this is because they would like Api and Christopher to “meet” each other in a monitored setting.

Find more information on the tigers and The Virginia Zoo, HERE.

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By Holly Henry, WTKR/WGNT Online Producer

In the world of apps, there are many you can use to share videos and photos with your friends. Of course!

But here’s one you may not know about – it has a twist.

Say hello to Snapchat.

Snapchat is a mobile app that lets users share images and videos – that – disappear after a few seconds!

It was created by a Stanford student about a year ago. According to reports, some are calling it “the next Instagram“.

This app is already being used by millions of people – and processes more than 30 million messages per day.

Why is it so popular?

In an age where young people are always being warned about posting inappropriate content online, Snapchat eliminates that possibility, as it erases all texts sent, within seconds.

Friends can still see each message – but it goes away within the time it takes you to tweet.

The sender can actually choose how long the message will be visibile – up to 10 seconds. It will then self destruct.

So – how do you download this app, and what is the cost?

It’s free.

Android users – get it on Google Play. The video option is not yet available to Android users, though. However – developers are still working on that.

iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

Do you have an app question for me? Send me a Tweet @mediaholly.

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