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Poquoson High School student hopes her friend of 10 years wins homecoming king
Tyler Bell, 17, has been attending Poquoson schools for nearly his whole life and Friday he has the chance to be crowned homecoming king. His childhood friend Brooke Sawyer has been working hard to make his dream come true by encouraging her classmates to vote for him. Bell is legally blind, developmentally delayed and has Microcephaly, which means his head and brain are smaller than average, said his grandmother Pat Swett.
"We are really very, very, very emotionally excited," Swett said. "This is a great honor for him, and we are just very excited because he is very popular at the school but we didn’t realize how popular."
Swett said that he and Sawyer have been friends since the third grade and that Sawyer has really been encouraging him over the past two years to participate in a variety of school activities. Last year the two went to prom together and this year she put his name on the homecoming ballot.
As of Thursday Bell was one of the top three candidates for homecoming king.
"He is so happy," Sawyer said. "I have never seen him this happy ... he will be talking about this forever."
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Friday - October 24, 2014
Poquoson Planning Commission considers electronic signs for public schools and government
Poquoson's Planning Commission is considering amending its sign ordinance to allow electronic message signs to be used by the City of Poquoson and Poquoson City Public Schools. Subdivisions, neighborhoods or communities would not be allowed to have electronic signs nor would churches or businesses.
The electronic signs the city is considering would only display static messages. They would not have animation or video, according to a Poquoson City Council work session document.
"You will notice on Mercury Boulevard particularly in Hampton there are a lot of these signs that flash, dissolve and simulate movement in all types of ways and they are quite distracting," said City Planner Kevin Wyne.
Wyne said the idea to amend the city's sign ordinance came from a Poquoson school that wanted to have an electronic sign instead of a plastic, changeable marquee sign. Poquoson Middle School PTO President Jennifer Mosteller told the Daily Press in September that they were considering putting their fundraising money toward an electronic sign for the middle school but that the city had a ban on electronic signs. The current sign is plastic and doesn't work anymore, she said. They have to tape letters onto the sign instead of slide them on. She said the group hadn't purchased a sign yet because they were waiting to see if the City Council would be considering electronic message signs.
Poquoson planners provided the City Council with a four options: allowing schools and local government to have electronic signs, allow everyone to have them in a "regulated fashion," not allow any electronic signs at all or to use the "Hampton method," which has a "free for all," Wyne said.
The City Council was in favor of allowing schools and local government to have electronic signs first and maybe allowing businesses to have them "down the road," Wyne said.
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Tuesday - October 21, 2014
Saturday - October 18, 2014
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The Poquoson Museum, a volunteer operated community museum, needs your help! We need volunteers to help with our Campfires and Home Fires program, the Haunts of Poquoson program, as well as individuals who can spare a few hours a month to help man the museum as docents during the weekends.
If you have a few hours to spare, please visit the museum website
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