Denise M. Watson, The Virginian-Pilot

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Recent articles by Denise:

Holocaust commission marks horrific anniversary with film and discussion of ‘The Good Nazi’

On Nov. 10, the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht with the film "The Good Nazi" and the historian and archaeologist behind it, Richard Freund, from Christopher Newport University. The documentary chronicles Freund and his work at a former Lithuanian work camp for Jewish prisoners and the Nazi commander, Karl Plagge — and how… → Read More

A witching weekend for Halloween

Halloween weekend will be lit with Halloween-only concerts and comedy shows, special radio programs, zombies in Suffolk, and, of course, our Dr. Madblood on PBS. → Read More

Virginia Stage Company debuts 2 WWII-era shows this weekend: One of love, one of inspiration

This weekend the Virginia Stage Company presents Ken Ludwig’s comedy "Dear Jack, Dear Louise" and Jeanne Sakata’s "Hold These Truths" at the historic Wells Theatre in Norfolk. Both World War II-era stories will be directed by Washington, D.C.-based director Seema Sueko. → Read More

Is your restaurant or market serving a Thanksgiving meal? We need your help.

The Daily Break is compiling a guide of restaurants and markets that will be open Thanksgiving or offering to-go options. → Read More

Let the Games begin! Your guide for a medal-worthy Olympics viewing party.

Munchies with an Asian flair, table decorations to fan the flames, and — of course — medals and more flames to make (and eat). → Read More

How to make your Hampton Roads garden shine with personality from world’s most beautiful gardens

A company in England recently crunched online searches, blog posts and photographs most shared on Instagram when it came to gardens from around the world. Then it created a top 10 list of the world's most beautiful gardens, a color palette of each, and planting tips for gardeners. We talked to a Norfolk Master Gardener about replicating some of the looks in a Hampton Roads environment. → Read More

51 things to do while living in — or visiting — the Hampton Roads area

So you have friends and family who are vaccinated and rolling in like a hurricane-whipped tide to visit. What is there to do with them beyond the typical dip at the beach? Plenty. We have a list of unique travel stops, fun to-dos and experiences that can be had only in our neck of the Eastern Seaboard. Our list isn’t inclusive, and the items are not in any particular order. Why 51? Because it’s… → Read More

Store employee races to provide excellent customer service

Store employee goes out of his way to return an item to a customer. → Read More

Virginia Beach woman visits the Chrysler to enjoy an exhibition and receives a memory of a lifetime

A Virginia Beach woman has the visit of a lifetime when she goes to the Chrysler Museum of Art to see an exhibition. → Read More

Stranger helps Chesapeake firefighters for a change

A stranger surprises a group of Chesapeake firefighters with a treat. → Read More

How Nice: Three ‘guardian angels’ help a stranger in desperate need

Our weekly "How Nice" or "How Rude" story submitted by readers. → Read More

A former Union Army hospital can be yours: The 162-year-old Trent House in Deep Creek is up for sale.

The more than 160-year-old Trent House in Chesapeake is on the market. It was constructed shortly before the beginning of the Civil War and was used as a hospital during the conflict. → Read More

Kind stranger saves the day and grandparents’ frazzled nerves

A stranger helps two grandparents who are desperate to find a lost beloved toy. → Read More

Banking customer needs

Suffolk woman visits her bank for money but receives a priceless gift of kindness. → Read More

How Nice: Young reader gets an epic lesson in generosity

A stranger pays for a young girl's purchase and she becomes teary-eyed over his kindness. → Read More

Museum Finds: The Titanic and a night, plus memorabilia, to remember

Museum Finds is an occasional series that highlights interesting pieces at area museums or highlights how the venues got the items. This week's feature is a life vest from one of the victims of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. The Mariners' Museum and Park in Newport News has a collection of Titanic memorabilia in its online collection. → Read More

3 teens “could not have been nicer” as they helped a Norfolk woman after she fell

Three young teens aid a Norfolk woman after she takes a nasty tumble outside of a grocery store. "They could not have been nicer," she said. → Read More

History forgot about these Black soldiers of WWII. Now, a group is making its mission to remember their work.

Dutch author and historian Mieke Kierkels and Portsmouth author Chris Dickon have been collaborating on several projects to remember and illuminate the sacrifices and work of African American soldiers during World War II. → Read More

Norfolk couple finds the “purr-fect’ pal at the vet’s office

A Norfolk couple with a sick pet finds a "purr-fect" friend at the vet's office. → Read More

70 years ago, the Farmville student walkout helped bring an end to school segregation. This week, we remember.

On April 23, 1951, a group of Moton High School students walked out of their classrooms and into history. They were led by 16-year-old Barbara Johns. The students were protesting the deplorable conditions at their all-Black school in Farmville. The students' case helped lead the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954 to rule that segregated schools were unequal and unjust. → Read More