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Martin Luther King Jr. Day closings in Hampton Roads

I hope some of our Checkered Flag fans are enjoying a nice day off today.  If you do find yourself out and about, be aware, some of our local businesses are closed or have shorter hours.

All Checkered Flag Norfolk and Virginia Beach stores, service centers, and offices are open for regular hours today.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closings
The Virginian-Pilot
January 20, 2014 
  

Courts and municipal offices

Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk  City offices and courts are closed today..

Norfolk   City offices, courts and treasurer's office are closed today.

Virginia Beach  City offices, courts and the health department are…
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Extend the life of your tires with these tips from Checkered Flag



Over the holiday season, my family spent a lot of time driving around Hampton Roads.  While out and about, we noticed all sorts of odd things lining the roads and littering intersections.  But nothing, well, nothing recognizable, matched the number of shredded tire tread littering the highways. 

I think it's time for a little rubber review.

Are you one of…
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Strange but legitimate tax deductions



Ahhh, tax time.  Some people like it, some people hate it.  But, one thing we all have in common is the drive to find every last deduction we can.

Every year I obsess over finding each and every available tax deduction to include in my federal tax return.  And, nearly every year, I make a new and unusual discovery in my research…
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Support a great local group, win a new Volkswagen



In 2013, for the third year in a row, our friends at Checkered Flag Volkswagen donated a beautiful car for a raffle to benefit the children and young adults of St. Mary's Home. Congratulations to Esther and Tim McDermott of Ashland, Va., who won a 2013 Volkswagen Passat S. Tim is vice president of The Kellogg Organization, fundraising counsel to St…
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Jaguar F-Type R Coupe excites the senses




Exciting news for Jaguar F-Type popped up today.  In one of the more colorful vehicle review articles I've come across, the new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is praised and adored...and, drooled over.  Here are a few highlights.

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe [w/video]
Like A Stiff Shot of Icy Jag-ermeister
By Matt Davis for Autoblog


This is it. This is the nasty cat we've been hankering for most. Whereas the Jaguar F-Type convertible remains the company's purest expression of lifestyle fun and expendable income, it's this coupe version that originally stole our eyeballs and…
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Tunnel toll reduction is approved!




Checkered Flag fans, rejoice!  We have an exciting update on the Midtown and Downtown toll reductions from The Virginian-Pilot.

Board approves temporary reduced tunnel toll rates

By Dave Forster

The Commonwealth Transportation Board today unanimously approved spending $82.5 million to reduce the tolls at the Downtown and Midtown tunnels beginning Feb. 1.

The toll schedule for passenger vehicles with an E-ZPass transponder will be as follows:

For 2014, the tolls will be 75 cents for offpeak, $1 for peak times.

For 2015, the tolls will be $1 for offpeak, $1.25 for peak times.

For 2016, the tolls will…
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