Provide free mammograms!

01/23/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
In the Still of the Night


"Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree."

 - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   As always, I thought I'd have more time before I left home, but that doesn't seem to be the case.  Rest assured that even among all the fun I'll be having in Illinois with my family, I'll have y'all in my mind.

   Tonight's Newsletter theme is a rerun from almost two years ago exactly:

   The song makes me want to dance, but then, most things do.


1. Ann Garrett Harrell ('51) of VA via Gus Harrell (Suffolk HS - '51) of VA - 01/21/07:

... My wife Ann graduated from NNHS in 1951. Would you please add her to the 1951 Alumni page. We live in Hampton, Va.

   Certainly, I'd be delighted to do that!

   While we're looking at that page - which still needs to be split into several, more easily opened sections - there are at least four of you (and maybe a great many more) whose names are not yet listed there.  While I'm aware that there are many among us who want to remain anonymous, there are several "Newbies" and quite a few "Oldies" who may wish to be listed.

   Take a peek.  If you don't see your name (NNHS grad or not), and wish to make yourself known to the rest of our Merry Band, drop me a "permission to add", and I'll take care of it on my return from Illinois.  Thanks!


   WOWZERS!  Yesterday we had a Threefer!

22 - Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57)
22 - Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57)
22 - Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY - 1945

   Happy Belated Birthday, Ladies!
   And the man with The Coolest Birthday Ever is celebrating today.  The ever glorious
    Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD was born on 01/23/45!

   Happy Birthday, Chandler Darlin'!

   And because I think chances are excellent I won't even get back to my computer - let alone issue another Newsletter - before, say, February 2, let's take a moment to wish a Big Happy Birthday to all those who will be celebrating in the next few days:

25 - Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA - 1947
28 - Courtney Russ ('57)
28 - Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 1944
28 - Rick Billings ('65) of NC - 1948
29 - Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX
30 - Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN - 1947
01 - Paul Dobie ('66) of CO

    Happy Birthday, One and All!!!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/21/07 - "Here is the icy roads video if you want view it again or to download it.":
(This must have been on a hill.)

   YOWZERONI!!!  Thanks, Shari!

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 01/21/07 - "PLEASE POST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE":


My brother Adrian Whitcomb (Class of 1967) has been working to try to save Buckroe Beach. I am forwarding the e-mail that he sent to me and obviously sent to many others. At the bottom of the e-mail is a copy of the editorial that he wrote for the Daily Press. This is of interest to anyone that wants to preserve Buckroe Beach.

Have a really great trip.

I am sending this to you because I believe that you care about the recreational opportunities and the waterfront access that we who live on the Virginia Peninsula have now and will have in the future.
Above is a photo of the land at Buckroe Beach that Hampton wants to develop. All that would remain as a park would be the two block wide strip of land next to the beach. The other 3 blocks would be used to build housing units.
Below is Option A. The Planning Commission has adopted recently proposed Option E, which is a slight variation of Option A.
Below is Option D, an alternative to the city's plan. It would keep more of the land as park space, provide plenty of parking for visitors, and would use other city owned land for new residential development.
Option D-1, below, is essentially the same as Option D, except that it adds a strip of park and parking area connecting to the fishing pier area.
Your attendance at the Hampton Council meeting will help to show that there is a lot of interest in saving this land as a park. The council will be voting on which option to follow. The meeting is in the council chambers, on the 8th floor of Hampton City Hall (on Lincoln Street between King and Eaton Streets), on Wednesday, January 24, at 7:30PM. If you can't come until later, come anyway. It will likely be after 8:00 or 8:30 before the Buckroe matter is taken up.
Yes, this matter is worth your time! Isn't it worth having a beach that you don't have to drive through a tunnel to get to and that you don't have to pay a fortune to park near? Wouldn't it be great to have numerous picnic areas within sight of the Chesapeake Bay that groups of all sizes could enjoy? The city has never attempted to fully utilize this area as a park. Most of us will never own waterfront property. This is the closest that we will ever get. What is given up to development now will be lost forever. Let's spend a little of our time on Wednesday to work towards a better future for everyone.
Thanks For Your Involvement,
For those of you who haven't read it already, below is my letter to the Editor of The Daily Press. It was published on Thursday, January 18.

Keep Buckroe attractive for all

January 18 2007

The Hampton City Council has now been given the opportunity in its Jan. 24 meeting to help the Buckroe Beach area reach its fullest potential. As a person who has visited Buckroe many times in the past - and would like to continue to do so in the future - I would like to present a point that needs to be given more weight.

Buckroe continues to attract more than 250,000 visitors annually. By making improvements that would be beneficial both to visitors and residents, that number would certainly be increased. A Buckroe that has multiple attractions and offers a wider range of activities in addition to the beach will encourage visitors to spend more time and money there as well as in other parts of the city. By reducing the size of the park, and limiting the number of parking spaces to barely satisfy usage figures for past years, Hampton would be limiting the future potential of this area. I urge the City Council not to create a situation of conflict between residents and visitors by taking away the large parking lot. If it is closed and the "B" lots are developed, visitors will park in front of both new and previously existing residences. To compensate for this problem, large portions of the remaining park area will likely be paved over, creating a further loss in park acreage.

An improved park and a revitalized commercial area on Buckroe Avenue, along with sufficient parking for future needs and some development on land the city already owns other than the "B" lots, would make Buckroe an even greater attraction for the city.

Adrian Whitcomb
Newport News
More information can be found on the website

   This is so critically important!  Thank you so much, Edna - and Adrian!

  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 01/21/07 - "re: Hunt for Hampton History":

Carol ....

I will also be at the Hunt for Hampton History at the Hampton Convention Center on January 27th, speaking at the Riding The Rails and Making History Count workshops, as well as manning the Olde Wythe table. I may even make an appearance in Dog Bottom, which was next to my old neighborhood. Should be very entertaining. I will have some Hampton High (as well as NN) memorabilia on display. One of us will send you some pictures of course!

At the Olde Wythe table I will have a slide show playing on my laptop, including some NEW images that are not in our Images of America book ... such as COLOR pictures of abandoned CRT streetcars and a picture of Bill's Barbecue from 1951, including a parking lot full of cars from back in the day.

Later ...


   I had a feeling you'd be there in a significant way, Babe!  Have a great day!

From Helen Porter to      Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 0/21/07 - "places of interest in Virginia":


I was born and lived in Hampton and Newport News VA until I was 13, and I too had the greatest memories growing up there. I remember Buckroe Beach very well; we lived in Fox Hill. I went to Francis Asbury Elementary (the best school in the world).

I see a lot about Buckroe Beach here, but I don't see anything of Grandview Beach. As a child we would walk along from Grandview Beach until we got to Buckroe Beach.  So anyway, do you have any pictures of Grandview Beach and the pier? We lived on Salt Pond Road and on Glad Street in Fox Hill.

My mom worked in Newport News at a restaurant called Steak and Egg Kitchen. Do you know if it is still there or have pics?

Also we would go to the ball stadium and watch the Peninsula Pilots baseball team play. Is that stadium still there and on?

Thanks so much for having a web site like this. I'm 45 now and don't remember some of these places until I see these pictures on your site. Thanks a million!!!! I'll get back in touch after I speak to my mother; she knows a lot of the street names.

Thank You, Helen

     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to Helen Porter - 01/21/07 - "Re: places of interest in Virginia":

Hi Helen,

I am forwarding your e-mail to    Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of NC). She is the webmistress for the NNHS web site.  She can place your query about Grandview and the Steak and Egg Kitchen in her Newsletter to several hundred interested folks. Surely there will be several recollections and perhaps photos of both.

You will be delighted to learn that there are already images posted of War Memorial Stadium on Pembroke, where you once watched the Pilots play … and where I saw the Newport News Dodgers play in the early 1950s.

Warmest regards,
Dave Spriggs

   Thank you, David!

   Helen, the Steak and Egg Restaurant is slightly tinkling some far distant bell in my head, but not clearly enough to overcome the ravages of my mind.  I do think we can help some with the others right away.

   In October of 2000, when I first returned for a visit to the Peninsula after forty-eleven years in the Midwest, one of the first places I saw was Grandview Beach.  I have four images taken on that magical day posted on my personal website.  Rather than repost them here, I'll just direct you there:

   The Buckroe Pier was, of course, destroyed by Hurricane Isabel on Thursday, September 18, 2003.  You may view the carnage here - along with very probably the last photograph taken of the pier before it disappeared:

   Can anyone help with Helen's other questions? 

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

From Gus Harrell (Suffolk HS - '51) of VA - 01/21/07 - "Roger's":

I recently saw where you posted information about Roger's. My wife worked there in '49 and '50. Attached is a picture of her and a coworker behind the counter inside of Roger's. Betty Jean Wood (Lester) is on the left and my wife Ann Garrett (Harrell) is on the right. Both attended NNHS. I don't know what year Betty Jean finished but my wife Ann graduated from NNHS in 1951. Would you please add her to the 1951 Alumni page. We live in Hampton, Va.
Gus Harrell (Suffolk 51) of VA


   Thank  you so much, Gus!

@ 1950 - Betty Jean Wood (Lester) (@ '51) and
Ann Garrett (Harrell) ('51)

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 01/15/07 and    Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 01/16/07 - "Last Chance to Save Lots B at Buckroe":

From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 01/15/07:


Lots B – The former Buckroe Amusement Park site

"be the change you want to see in the world"

-- Ghandi


The Hampton City Council will take a

FINAL VOTE on January 24.



  • MOST IMPORTANT  --  Every Hampton resident who wants Buckroe's Lots B saved as a city park MUST show up for the Hampton City Council meeting, Jan 24, 8th Floor, Hampton City Hall, 7:30 pm
  • Bring children with Frisbees and/or footballs.  Council members are parents and grandparents and seeing children in attendance who want a park should have an impact on the way Council votes
  • FORWARD THIS EMAIL for action to your friends and family!  Do this today
  • Call Council at 727-6315 or send e-mail to and express your support for OPTION D-1.  Do this before Jan 24
  • Send a Letter to the Editor of the Daily Press at Do this today
  • Wear an OPTION D-1 sign at the Council meeting on Jan 24 – make your own or pick one up at the meeting
  • Place an OPTION D-1 sign in your car window until Jan 24
  • Become better informed.  To view Lots B and OPTION D-1 and for more details, visit

Citizen turnout at the Hampton City Council meeting on January 24 is 'critical' for the future of public space at Buckroe Beach.  The evening will be long.  Hopefully, your sacrificing an evening at Hampton City Hall to show your support for Option D-1 will be the one thing that will make a difference in Council’s vote.



Our personal message to you:

Lots B are the former sites of the Buckroe Beach Amusement Park and are the last near Bay Front property in Hampton owned totally by the public.  Original plans did call for Lots B to be sold to developers for private residential housing.  However, we have been working over the last two years to save Lots B for public use and to add them to the existing Buckroe Park where the Buckroe Pavilion sits.

Over 12,000 Hampton residents signed the petition to "Stop the Condos at Buckroe," and over 400 citizens "voted" for Option D/D-1 in the recent city-sponsored public opinion survey.  Council has seen your signatures, but now they must see you in person on Jan 24. 

Not big on public speaking?  You do not have to address Council, but we will ask those present to stand in a show of support.

It has been said that upscale residential development on Lots B will revitalize the older Buckroe neighborhood.  If this is the case, why didn't Morningview, Cantamar, Chesapeake Landing, and the Salt Ponds development achieve this?

It has been argued that Hampton needs the revenue from the sale of Lots B to pay for new schools, etc.  There has not been a new school built in the city for 30 years; why should it happen at the expense of the public's last and only near Bay Front property?

Our goal is to keep Buckroe's public space public.  Working together now and showing up on Jan 24 will make a difference.  Check out  for more information on Option D-1.

Thank You,

Green Space Ladies (GSL)

Sandra Canepa, Trish Ferraro, Cecile Trevathan

The Buckroe Bay Front -- a "Sanctuary for the Spirit" and the "Family Room" of our city , "...a room meant for play and relaxation"  for all people.  --GSL



   Thank you, Edna and Karen - and Sandra!

   The moment to act is NOW, Sweetie-Pies!!!


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1960
will hold a
Typhoon Informal Reunion

on Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at the lovely beach
home of Mary Ann Edwards Elliot on Willoughby
Spit. This will be an afternoon into evening beach
party with covered dish dinner.

Karen Weinstein Witte
14314 Wadsworth Dr. Odessa, FL  33556


The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast
on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/02/06 - "Why People Move South" (#11 in a series of 11):



  Oh, well, the SHOVELING!  No, ma'am, I must admit, that's not much fun....

   This, on the other hand, was a fun series!  Thanks, Shari!

Any More Questions?  

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

 In the Still of the Night

(Five Satins)

In the still of the night
I held you Held you tight
'Cause I love
Love you so
Promise I'll never
Let you go
In the still of the night

I remember
That night in May
The stars were bright above
I'll hope and I'll pray
To keep
Your precious love
Well before the light
Hold me again
With all of your might
In the still of the night

So before the light
Hold me again
With all of your might
In the still of the night
In the still of the night

"In the Still of the Night" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/09/05
Thanks, Dave!

"In the Still of the Night" lyrics courtesy of - 01/10/05

First Image courtesy of - 01/17/07

Second Image courtesy of Cal's Gallery,, located by my niece, Shari, of VA - 01/10/04
What a great site!  Thanks, Shari!

Blue divider line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Back to NNHS Newsletters - 2006

Back to NNHS Newsletters - 2007

Return to NNHS Class of 1965