Lionel Collectors Club of America (LCCA) members from all over the country have been arriving all week long at the Marriott Waterside Hotel for their 42nd Annual Convention. The Marriott Waterside Hotel is completely sold out to LCCA members. Lionel toy train enthusiasts can be seen gathering in the lobby, meeting rooms and restaurants discussing and talking about Lionel Trains throughout the entire day. LCCA members and their families are visiting and enjoying the sites and attractions of Norfolk.
The impressive Lionel 65' operating toy train layout and display, which was designed and built by TW Design of Dallas Texas has received a lot of attention and has been drawing in visitors from Norfolk and the surrounding areas. The new LCCA/ Lionel Fastrack Modular Railroad layout is fully operational in the same room as the Lionel Layout. The local TOGA modular operating layout and the Pittsburgh Hi-Railers Modular layout featuring a massive bridge are creating a very exciting experience for LCCA members and guests.
By Rosaland Tyler
New Journal and Guide
Breast cancer survivor Elaine Gary Green adds up her blessings each day.
Green is grateful that her caretaker is her 83-year-old mother. She is thankful that her youngest son, Anthony Wayne, is a Maury High and Shenandoah Conservatory graduate. He performs on Broadway. She is glad her oldest son, Eugene Blowe works as an electrician in the Library of Congress. Oh yes, Green is grateful her dress size is four sizes smaller.
“I’ve become stronger,” said Green, who received a stage-four breast cancer diagnosis during a routine checkup in June 2009. The next month she had a double mastectomy. In the fall she began to receive treatment for brain cancer. “Now they say I have cancer in my bones,” said Green, who recently sat in the audience at Norfolk’s Marriott Conference Center applauding her son, Anthony Wayne. He performed a solo concert for 400 volunteers at the annual National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster conference.
By Leonard E. Colvin
New Journal and Guide
For the past five years Anthony Wayne has settled in New York, pursuing the career in dance and musical theater he had prepared for since he was five-years-old. But he has not forgotten his roots in Norfolk, Virginia, where he stood out, developing his sense of ambition and talents among other aspiring thespians at Maury High School and the Governor’s School of the Arts.
So when he is not applying his considerable talents on Broadway, he devotes time and skills for worthwhile activities for the community in the Big Apple and back home in Hampton Roads where he was first known as Anthony Green, the precocious and talented son of Elaine Green. Wayne has done several local benefit concerts for various non-profit organizations, including the Governor’s School.
Come May 10 at 6 p.m., he will export a tiny piece of Broadway to Norfolk during a solo concert performance before an audience of 400 volunteers attending the 20th Annual Conference of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) conference at Norfolk’s Marriott Conference Center. Wayne’s concert will take place at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in downtown Norfolk and is not open to the public.