Tidbits – April 2021

April events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include Women’s Leadership Forum, April 8; Coffee Connection, April 13; and Business Connection After Hours, April 22. For registration and additional information, go to www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/calendar.

Langley Federal Credit Union granted $125,000 to 14 non-profit agencies throughout Hampton Roads in January. These agencies included American Heart Association, American Red Cross of Coastal Virginia, Colonial Virginia Council Boy Scouts of America, Fear 2 Freedom, Habitat for Humanity South of Hampton Roads, Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, Hampton Roads Community Action Program, Hampton Roads Pride, Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, T Life Center, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia, Union Mission, Virginia Beach Justice Initiative and Youth Volunteer Corps of Hampton Roads.

Dana Lynn, REALTOR® has affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty in the Newport News sales office. Lynn has an associate degree in social science from Thomas Nelson Community College. She will specialize in residential sales.

Virginia Living Museum’s temporary exhibit, Exploration Ice Age: Unearthing Extinctions, will continue through April 11. This exhibit showcases mammoths, saber-tooth cats, mastodons and other animals of the last Ice Age. It includes fossils and biofacts from the Virginia Living Museum collections and some on loan from the Virginia Zoo. An interactive fossil discovery quest includes a digital breakout room via QR code. With a quick scan on a mobile device, guests select a fossil on display and attempt to travel back in time to the last Ice Age and solve clues to discover its identity. The exhibit is made possible through sponsors W. M. Jordan Company and TowneBank.

The Warwick at City Center Rotary Club celebrated its 76th anniversary with Jim Probsdorfer, past president and club historian presenting a brief overview of the club’s history of doing good in the world. He included in his presentation the first service project of purchasing band uniforms for Warwick High School in 1945 and the founding of the Virginia Living Museum (jointly with the Junior League) in 1966. Judy Cocherelle, district governor, inducted two new members: Heather Jones, realtor with Liz Moore & Associates (sponsored by Sarah Browning) and Yvette Chase-Batts, a consultant with Mary Kay (sponsored by Sharon Martin). Shown here (left to right) are Anne Wozniak, membership chair, Browning, Jones, Chase-Batts and Sharon Martin, club president.

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled the following programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change: April 2, Hampton Roads History Lecture: Brookgreen Gardens: Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington’s Legacy in South Carolina, with Page Hayhurst Kiniry, president and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens; April 5, Maritime Mondays: Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built, written by Angela Burke Kunkel; April 7, Speakers Bureau: From Hammocks to Featherbeds: The Emergence of Transatlantic Steam Travel with Ron Lewis, docent at The Mariners’ Museum; April 8, Evening Lecture Series: Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women with Shona Riddell, author; April 9, Civil War Lecture: Burnside’s Roanoke Island Expedition with John Quarstein; April 12, Maritime Mondays: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, written by William Joyce; April 14, History of the Park and Trees Guided Tour; April 14, Speakers Bureau: Forgotten Faces of Titanic with Wisteria Perry, manager of interpretation and community outreach; April 17, History of the Park and Trees Guided Tour; April 19, Maritime Mondays: Little Libraries, Big Heroes, written by Miranda Paul; April 21, Speakers Bureau: Money Makes the World go ’Round: Ancient Greek Coinage with Jennifer Hackney, material culture educator at The Mariners’ Museum; April 26, Maritime Mondays: Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, written by Barb Rosenstock; and April 28, History of the Park and Trees Guided Tour. For times, registration and fees, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the Live Programming webpage.

At its annual campaign celebration in February, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (UWVP) recognized donors, volunteers and advocates who supported its 2020-2021 campaign. Lindsey Carney-Smith, managing partner of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein and UWVP’s Board Chair, announced that $10.2 million in resources have been raised to date. Individuals and organizations making impactful contributions to the community were recognized and included York County School Division, Campaign on the Rise; Ashley Zeno (Ball Metal), Rookie Coordinator of the Year; C.A. Barrs Contractors Inc., Kindness Through COVID; Paula Hersh (York County), Campaign Coordinator of the Year; Mariners’ Museum and Park, Resilience Award; Langley Federal Credit Union, Better Together Award; W.M. Jordan Company, Most Creative Campaign; and Newport News Shipbuilding and Huntington Ingalls Industries, Largest Corporate Supporter. Also recognized were campaign cabinet volunteers and 2021 Cabinet Chair, Newport News Police Chief Steven Drew. All local government entities received an award for their increased support to meet the community needs as a result of COVID-19. Riverside Health System, Sentara Healthcare, Williamsburg Landing and Colonial Behavioral Health were recipients of the Live United Impact Award, recognizing their life-saving work on the frontlines of the pandemic and their successful workplace campaigns. Steven S. Kast is UWVP’s president and CEO.

Alex Hill has joined Criner Remodeling as project manager. Hill attended James Madison University and is a skilled carpenter, with 14 years experience in the custom home building industry. He has transitioned to home remodeling, including full porch sunroom projects, deck and window replacement. He will be managing projects that include bathroom and kitchen remodels as well as exterior deck/porch work.

The ACBL Charity Foundation donated $3,500 each to Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Overall, seven Food Banks benefited from a $30,000 donation given to food banks in the District 6 area covering Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Pictured from left are Karen Crowley, president of Unit 110; Barbara Duer, president of Unit 146; Donna Tighe, director of development, Virginia Peninsula Foodbank; and Kay Hughes, District 6 secretary.

Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula (SBVP) has received a $100,000 grant from the Bernadine Franciscan Sisters Foundation, Inc. (BFS) to help grow its mission and vision. One of the largest private grants in the organization’s 15-year history, this gift to SBVP enhances its approach to high-quality early learning opportunities and healthier outcomes for children and their families. SBVP is the premier advocate for families in this community. Sister David Ann Niski, BSF’s executive director, emphasized the gift was awarded to not only contribute money, but also to invest in an organization that brings together parents, children, childcare providers and the community to set children on an educational path leading them to becoming productive members of their communities. Shown here at the presentation (from left to right) are Diane Umstead, SBVP executive director; Chenequa Hayden, board chairwoman, Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula; and Niski.

Richard Tisdale has joined Liz Moore & Associates as its new technology engagement manager. Tisdale, who has designed and hosted many of the region’s most successful websites for the past 23 years, has joined the firm with a singular focus of helping agents and staff reach their technology potential. In his new role, Tisdale will work directly with agents to train and coach on technology platforms.

Judy Sawyer
Melanie Whitehead

Top February agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Judy Sawyer, top listing and top producing agent; and Melanie Whitehead, top selling, closing and referring agent.


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