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Poquoson woman applauds Jolie
A Poquoson woman who had a preventative double mastectomy is applauding actress Angelina Jolie's decision to share her experience with the world.
10 On Your Side was with Rose West six years ago as she went through the procedure. She felt it important then to educate and empower women by sharing her story. Both of her sisters, her father and a nephew died from breast cancer and she tested positive for the BRAC 2 gene.
That put her in the same category with actress Angelina Jolie, with an 85 percent risk of developing the disease.
"It's very plosive," West said of Jolie's publicity. "If there's a negative, it might be if its seen as something that is extreme that only celebrities do."
Local breast centers are finding that to be to the contrary. Dr. Jason Wilson, a Sentara Breast Surgeon said "More and more people are opting to have bilateral mastectomies just because they don't want to have to think about it."
Dr. Wilson cautions however, the number of women who would even be considered for such a preventative procedure is low.
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Tuesday - May 14, 2013
Poquoson City Council eliminates boat tax, raises real estate tax
A divided Poquoson City Council on Monday approved a 5-cent real estate tax rate increase while eliminating the city's 75-cent boat tax after a tense conversation about whether nixing the boat tax was the right thing to do.
In a 5-2 vote, council approved the real estate tax rate increase with Councilman Henry Ayer III and Vice Mayor Carey Freeman voting against the hike. The 5-cent increase will raise the real estate tax rate to 97 cents per $100 of assessed value. The increase will raise the annual tax bill on a $200,000 home by $100.
Ayer and Freeman opposed the total elimination of the boat tax. Ayer proposed an alternative plan that would keep the 75-cent boat tax but exempt commercial boats. He wanted to use the tax revenue generated from recreational boats to pay for boat and waterway infrastructure in the city including dredging and a breakwater at Port Messick Marina on Messick Road.
Councilman Herbert Green Jr. said the money generated from taxing recreational boats wouldn't be enough to "dredge a bath tub." He said taxing recreational boats would defeat the goal of competing with Hampton, which doesn't have a boat tax, to attract more recreational boats to Poquoson's docks and generate more marina-based business and tax revenue.
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Monday - May 13, 2013
Public Information Meeting
The City of Poquoson will host a public information meeting to which all citizens/residents are invited to attend on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, 500 City Hall Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to ask questions, gather information and gain a better understanding of the revised FEMA flood maps.
Golf carts ready to roll in Poquoson
It's been about six months since a new ordinance allowing golf carts to operate on city streets with a speed limit of 25 mph went into effect. The ordinance requires that all golf carts driven on city streets undergo a safety inspection and have a permit decal from the city. So far the city as issued 13 permits.
With the weather warming up, Poquoson Police Chief Cliff Bowen wants to remind residents to make sure they receive a city permit before they start driving their golf carts around town. The permit costs $10. Bowen said it costs around $20 to get the golf cart inspection. Permits are good for 12 months running from April to April. A golf cart driver must have a driver's license and liability insurance for the cart.
Carts that can go faster than 25 mph must get a governor installed to cap the speed at 25 mph, Bowen said. Carts cannot cross or drive on any street with a speed limit of 35 mph. Carts are also prohibited in the school zone on Odd Road by Poquoson High School.
Bowen said golf cart drivers are subject to the same laws of the road as regular vehicle drivers. A golf cart driver can be charged with driving under the influence and having an open alcohol container.
So far there have been no problems with golf carts in the city, said Sgt. Dwain Marlowe, who is handling the golf cart permits for the police department. Marlowe said there have been some reports of unpermitted golf carts on the road.
"Enforcement is the standard now," Bowen said, noting that police officers will be issuing violations to unpermitted cart drivers.
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Thursday - May 9, 2013
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