Covering COVID-19

JIM NORMANDIN

Dear readers,

As the evolving concern and impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus heightens, all of us at your local newspaper and APG Media of Chesapeake are dedicated to providing the most recent and relevant information to our community.

During these unprecedented times, it is crucial for all people to get local and reliable information from a trusted source.

As we see our role to inform and update our community of the latest news or announcements, effective immediately, all local news, public information and announcements surrounding the coronavirus will be accessible as a public service to all visitors to our websites.

If you have questions or would like to submit information, please submit your questions to us and our news teams will do our best to assist you in providing information.

Each and every day, we are grateful for the work of our associates, the support from our community and the trust our readers and clients bestow in us.

Be safe.

Jim Normandin

President and Publisher

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In my first installment of the online “Sports Buzz” I give you my predictions and timeline for the decision about high school spring sports. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll say right up front I don’t have any inside connections who contributed to this column or any way of knowing th…

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Stephanie Dryden dove into the pool at the start of the 50-yard freestyle race as the two-time defending state champion. After she touched the wall 24.13 seconds later, she was still the fastest girls swimmer in the state.

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The winter sports seasons are winding down. One local team has clinched a berth in the state tournament, two others are hopeful, and several track athletes have qualified for their state championship meet.

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Anthony “AJ” Mercincavage knows what it takes to win in the pool. As a student at Cherry Hill West High School in New Jersey, he swam in two public school state championship meets and helped lead his team to the state title his senior season.

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Experience is a skill set that can’t be taught, and Newark Charter boys basketball head coach Joe Zang is in a situation this year where he wouldn’t have to teach it anyway.

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My annual Top 10 sports stories to watch list often has a similar “feel” to the most significant stories of the previous year. This year’s list is no different.

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Putting together the top stories of any one year is a challenge, and doing so for a decade is daunting. The only thing that makes it easier, is that unlike most of my peers who write about sports for local newspapers, I did so for the entire 10 years at the Newark Post.

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The Top 10 sports stories in 2019 are a mix of amateur, local, collegiate and professional athletes and teams emphasizing the highs and lows of the sports teams Newark residents care most about.

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