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Check in Ghirardelli Chocolate on 2 Sep 2014, 9P

Check in Ghirardelli Chocolate, CHICAGO IL: My happy wife. And how could she not be at Ghirardelli Chocolate?!


Check in @ O’Hare International Airport on 2 Sep 2014, 7P

Check in @ O’Hare International Airport, CHICAGO IL: Drunk on a plane . . . Is there any other way to fly?!


Check in @ Norfolk International Airport on 2 Sep 2014, 4P

Check in @ Norfolk International Airport, NORFOLK VA: Chicago bound! Where’s your fav spot in Chi-town?


Check in @ JASE Studio on 2 Sep 2014, 6A

Check in @ JASE Studio, NORFOLK VA: Good Monday morning . . . oops, Tuesday morning.

JASE Studio

Try Transit Week September 15 – 19

Sixth Try Transit Week to Take Place September 15 – 19
Pledge now to win one year of free transit and a pair of round-trip Amtrak
Richmond, VA– Starting today, Virginians can go to and
pledge to try a form of transit during the sixth statewide Try Transit Week.
Participants who pledge to try transit are automatically entered for a
chance to win a year of free transit service from the Virginia transit
operator of their choice, along with a pair of round-trip tickets aboard
Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train.* Pledges will be accepted through
September 19, 2014.

Try Transit Week, which takes place September 15 -19, 2014, is a week-long,
educational event designed to encourage Virginians to reduce their use of
single-occupancy vehicles and try a form of transit such as bus, rail, or
ferry, such as the GRTC in Richmond, the Metro in Northern Virginia, or the
Elizabeth River Ferry in Hampton Roads.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is working
with transit operators across the Commonwealth to spread the word about the
benefits of using transit. Passengers who use public transportation not only
save time and money, but they can work, read, listen to music and text while
traveling, arriving at their destinations stress- and hassle-free.

“The Commonwealth continues to see a tremendous amount of population growth,
particularly in the Northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads regions,”
says Jennifer Mitchell, director of Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public
Transportation. “That increase in population creates a greater need for
commuters to explore alternative ways to travel instead of by car. Public
transportation plays an even more important role in providing a way for
those who live and work in areas of growth to travel in the most efficient
and cost-effective way.”

According to the American Public Transportation Association, the average
household spends 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 94% of that
goes to common car expenses. Relying on public transit as opposed to the
family car helps reduce these expenses, such as gas and tune ups, saving the
average family up to $10,000 a year.

In addition to the many benefits of using public transit, if you pledge to
try transit between September 15 – 19, 2014, you will be automatically
entered in the contest to win one year of free transit from the transit
operator of your choice and a pair of tickets on Amtrak’s Northeast
Regional.* Visit to learn more about the event and to
enter your pledge.
*See for contest rules and regulations.
DRPT is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation
in or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color or
national origin, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
For additional information on DRPT’s nondiscrimination policies and
procedures or to file a complaint, please contact the Title VI Compliance
Officer, Linda Balderson, 804-786-4440, 600 E. Main Street, Suite 2102,
Richmond, VA 23219.

RELEASE: August 28, 2014
CONTACT: Lynne McCarthy
(804) 786-4443


Fourth option for Town Center light-rail station | |

Transit officials on Thursday unveiled a fourth possible site for a light-rail station at Virginia Beach’s Town Center and said they will soon announce cost and ridership estimates for the proposed Tide extension to the commercial district.

A station just west of Independence Boulevard is now under consideration, in addition to an elevated platform over Independence, an elevated platform over Market Street and a street-level platform by Constitution Drive.

Ridership estimates for a Town Center extension and the projected costs of building and operating the 3-mile addition to Norfolk’s 7.4-mile line will be released Sept. 9 in a presentation to the Virginia Beach City Council, said Julie Timm, HRT’s transit development officer.

Council members directed HRT earlier this year to add the Town Center option to its study of possible routes for bringing light rail to the city, potentially as far as the Oceanfront. Public informational meetings are planned for the week of Sept. 22.

The results of the study will be submitted to the Federal Transit Administration in the fall, Timm said. Early next year, the Virginia Beach City Council is expected to formally endorse a preferred route.

Brian Solis, transportation and transit manager for the city, said council members could choose to pursue two stations for the Town Center area – one on either side of Independence Boulevard. Part of the reasoning for such a plan would be to improve connectivity within the district itself by bridging the high-traffic road.

Regardless of what is chosen, city officials will need to begin arranging for the purchase of light-rail trains soon if, as they have stated, they want service on their new Tide line to begin in 2018, said Ray Amoruso, HRT’s chief planning and development officer.

Purchase orders of the $5 million vehicles would need to be made in 2015 for them to be delivered, tested and ready for paying customers in 2018, he said.

By Dave Forster, 757-222-5005,
The Virginian-Pilot
(C) August 29, 2014


Disclosure: Keith Parnell is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance.
Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance

Check in @ Harbor Park on 28 Aug 2014, 7P

Check in @ Harbor Park, NORFOLK VA: Many thanks to Randy & Arlene Wright for hosting us in their box. Love some minor league baseball.


Check in @ Riverside Family Practice on 28 Aug 2014, 12P

Check in @ Riverside Family Practice, NEWPORT NEWS VA: Mom’s follow-up doctor appointment.


Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love voted best guitar riff

I can’t argue with the top 5 in this list.

Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love voted best guitar riff

Top 10 guitar riffs

  1. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
  2. Sweet Child O’Mine, Guns ‘N’ Roses
  3. Back in Black, AC/DC
  4. Smoke On The Water, Deep Purple
  5. Layla, Derek and The Dominoes
  6. How Soon Is Now?, The Smiths
  7. Down Down, Status Quo
  8. Money For Nothing, Dire Straits
  9. You Really Got Me, The Kinks
  10. Money, Pink Floyd

Check in @ Summer Concert Series at Port Warwick on 27 Aug 2014, 6P

Check in @ Summer Concert Series at Port Warwick, NEWPORT NEWS VA: Seeing The Deloreans as guests of Lions Bridge Financial. Thanks, Jayne!


Governor McAuliffe Announces Approximately 500 New Jobs in the City of Newport News

International Automotive Supplier Continental to invest approximately $150
million to expand manufacturing operation

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Continental, a
leading international automotive supplier, will invest approximately $150
million to expand its operation in the City of Newport News.  The investment
will start up turbocharger production and increase production of
Continental’s gasoline high pressure injector, fuel rail and pump assembly
lines.  This is the first time Continental plans to produce turbochargers in
the U.S.  Virginia successfully competed against Mexico for the project,
which will create approximately 500 new jobs.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Outcompeting
other states and countries for high-tech manufacturing projects is key to
building a new Virginia economy. Continental has been an outstanding
corporate partner to the City of Newport News for more than 40 years, and I
am eager to help the company expand further to capitalize on Virginia’s
outstanding business climate, our world class workforce and the unrivaled
access to global markets that Newport News offers through the Port of
Virginia. We thank the company for this significant investment and the
creation of hundreds of new jobs in Newport News.”

“This level of investment demonstrates Continental’s solid commitment to
Newport News and Virginia, and the future longevity of the operation,” said
Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “This project and
the hundreds of new jobs represent great progress in our efforts to
diversify Virginia’s economy and create jobs of the future.”

Continental is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers. As a
provider of brake systems; systems and components for powertrains and
chassis; instrumentation; infotainment solutions; vehicle electronics;
tires; and technical elastomers; Continental contributes to enhanced driving
safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner
in networked automobile communication.

“As one of Continental’s global Lead Plants and Centers of Expertise for
powertrain technology, the Newport News manufacturing facility is an
essential part of our overall business strategy as we look to grow business
here and leverage some of the region’s best talent,” said Jeff Klei,
President, Continental North America. “Thanks to the generous support of
state and local officials, we are pleased to make an investment that plans
to introduce the assembly of turbochargers to North America and increase our
overall production of powertrain technologies in Newport News.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of
Newport News and the Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia.
Governor McAuliffe approved a $2 million grant from the Governor’s
Opportunity Fund to assist Newport News with the project. The Governor also
approved a $4 million performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment
Partnership program, an incentive available to existing Virginia companies.
The company will receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and
Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program. Additional funding and
services to support the company’s employee training activities will be
provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. The company is
eligible to participate in the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program,
administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community
Development, and will also be eligible for Sales and Use Tax exemptions on
manufacturing equipment.

“We are delighted that Continental, an international powerhouse of
innovation, has decided to expand its operation in Newport News,” said
McKinley L. Price, DDS, Mayor of the City of Newport News.  “Continental’s
investment will serve to drive our regional workforce, just as the company’s
fuel injection systems propel the engines of its customers around the

“We’re proud of the City’s long-standing relationship with Continental,”
said Florence G. Kingston, Director of Development, City of Newport News.
“The company’s trust in our continually-evolving, tech-savvy workforce and
our ability to foster a superior business environment prove that Newport
News continues to be a destination for advanced manufacturing.”

“This announcement speaks to Virginia’s ability to compete in the global
marketplace and create a significant number of jobs as a result,” said John
Reinhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority. “We are
always pleased when a Virginia-based company and current Port customer
chooses to reinvest in Virginia and does so, in part, because of the
benefits it gets by moving its cargo across the Port of Virginia. We welcome
the opportunity to partner with Continental on this expansion by serving as
its international trade gateway and by providing funding through the Port of
Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Grant Program and the
Virginia Port Tax Credits.”


Since the beginning of the McAuliffe Administration, 157 economic
development deals have been closed in Virginia that will create over 13,806
jobs and over $4.2 billion in capital investment.

Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe


Office of the Governor
Contact: Rachel Thomas

Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Contact: Suzanne Clark
Phone: (804) 545-5806

Contact: Mary Arraf
Phone: (248) 766-9241

Asif Bhavnagri
Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe
Press Special Assistant

Meet the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission

Join in a community conversation with the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) and learn about the Commission, funding, potential projects and timelines.

Where: Poquoson High School, 51 Odd Road, Poquoson, VA 23362
When: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hosted By: Poquoson Mayor Eugene Hunt.

Other HRTAC members, including HRTAC Chair, Chesapeake Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff will be in attendance.

For questions about this meeting, please contact Kendall Miller, Public Involvement and Title VI Administrator at 757-420-8300 or at

Disclosure: Keith Parnell is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance.
Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance

Check in @ Deer Park U-Haul on 24 Aug 2014, 9A

Check in @ Deer Park U-Haul, NEWPORT NEWS VA: Helping Mom move out of her home since 1977. Sad.


Check in @ Sleepy Hole Golf Course on 23 Aug 2014, 2P

Check in @ Sleepy Hole Golf Course, SUFFOLK VA


Check in @ O’Connor Brewing Co on 22 Aug 2014, 6P

Check in @ O’Connor Brewing Co, NORFOLK VA: Live blues with Mojo Collins


My view in Ghent. Where am I?

My view in Ghent. Where am I? Do you know?

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Keith Parnell (@parnellk63)


Check in @ JASE Studio on 22 Aug 2014, 7A

Check in @ JASE Studio, NORFOLK VA: Happy National Tooth Fairy Day!

JASE Group

Clapton Shines Again!

My wife stopped by the JASE Studio this morning after a trip to Starbucks and surprised me with a new Clapton CD honoring the great story writer, JJ Cale.  Bad-ass tunes!!

Breeze-An Appreciation of JJ Cale