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Priceless Vol 5 Number 11


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Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006 Sherrod


Life Celebration of Master Chief Carl M. Brashear


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Rick James Seeks to Unseat Seasoned 90th District Delegate


Appointed to VA Beach City Council


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Free August 2011


“Groovin’ by the Bay” at Buckroe Beach


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Eddie’s Crabhouse Expands and Continues Fundraising for NSU


BY CHRIS PARKS E d d i e ’ s Richard “Rick” James BY CHRIS PARKS When Richard “Rick” James


decided to run for office in 1988, he knew he had to prepare himself for what may be the battle of his life, the August 23, 2011 Virginia Democratic Primary for the 90th district. Believing he could make a difference, he began molding himself into the well educated and poised community leader he is today. James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Criminology from Saint Leo University, and went on to obtain a Master of Arts Degree in Government from Regent University in 2001. He also became the Vice Chairman of the 90th District for the Norfolk City Democratic Committee.


James is accustomed to


fighting tough battles; he is a 26 year veteran of the Norfolk Police Department and a former member of the US Army’s Airborne division. James feels that his career as a police officer has prepared him for being a state legislator because, “Police deal with people during emotional and stressful times, are the first people on the scene and are expected to make things better.” Currently, James is a professor of Criminology at Tidewater Community College. He was raised in Lamberts Point, poor and the youngest of six children. He realized at an early age that education was the key to success. He is a graduate of Maury High School in Norfolk.


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THIS EDITION’S HIGHLIGHTS The City of Virginia Beach in Year 2011


Show Me the Money Own a 7-Eleven Franchise Fine Arts Grants Available in Suffolk Back To School Beach Festival Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, 14 4


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Md. – A widely touted strategy aimed at keeping Maryland residents from losing their homes by bringing banks and homeowners to the bargaining table has met with little success as the nation braces for another wave of foreclosures.


Maryland passed a law a year ago


that gave homeowners in foreclosure the right to mediation, if they ask for it. The Justice Department reported in a November study that there were 25 mediation programs in 14 states.


As of May 31, just 56 homeowners in the


state have gotten a modification of their loan through the mediation program. Borrowers complain that lenders are more interested in foreclosing than negotiating. One borrower


Chesapeake Bay Crabhouse & More has been a staple in Chesapeake, and across Hampton Roads, for more than forty years, and since 1997, Sharon Johnson- Clayton has owned and operated the es tabl i shment . Eddie’s is know in southeastern Virginia as “The Hampton Roads Crab


offering quality


King,” fresh, crabs,


other seafood and fried chicken at affordable prices. With its high standing in the community and famous cuisine, it was not hard for Johnson-Clayton to see that a new location was the next step for her growing business.


Eddie’s Crabhouse II, located in Windsor,


Virginia, is now open and already receiving raving reviews from locals. Convenient to Suffolk, Smithfield, and Franklin, Eddie’s II offers a taste of the Chesapeake Bay to


Eddie’s Crabhouse II, located in Windsor, Virginia


Windsor area residents that do not have the time to drive all the way to the Campostella area of Chesapeake for great crabs. Eddie’s II also offers the option of dining-in. The address of this location is 11403 Windsor Blvd., Suite F in Windsor, Virginia and the operating hours are Monday thru Saturday, 11:30am to 8:00pm and Sunday, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The opening of Eddie’s II is not the only EDDIE’S CRABHOUSE PAGE 3


Foreclosures Mount, Mediation Efforts Fail -- Nation’s Wealthiest African American Suburb Points the Way


was horrified to discover that the bank had sold her home during the mediation process.


Foreclosures slowed in the early part


of 2011, as lenders dealt with accusations of “robo-signing” — approving foreclosure documents without looking at them. But now,


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