Tidbits – August 2018


David Seeley
John Pulvino

David Seeley, CPA with Beth Moore & Associates, CPAs, has been promoted from senior manager to tax director. Formerly with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Seeley’s primary focus during his 19-year career has been with multi-family partnerships, non-profit organizations and individual tax issues. A graduate of Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, he also completed his master’s degree in taxation at Virginia Commonwealth University.

John Pulvino, CPA, is tax supervisor with the firm. Pulvino is a recent graduate of Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s LEAD Peninsula Class of 2018. A graduate of Abbey College with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting he has more than 30 years of accounting experience with a focus on corporate, individual, fiduciary tax matters, including multi-state returns.

Christopher Newport University’s LifeLong Learning Society (LLS) will hold its Annual Open House on Wednesday, August 15 at 1 pm in the Yoder Barn at 660 Hamilton Drive, Newport News. The event will feature musical entertainment from Dr. Ed Brash of CNU and Glasgow Kiss. For additional information, contact the LLS Office at 757-269-4368.

Yvonne Caudle, with Dominion Physical Therapy & Associates, is celebrating 25 years of service with the practice.

SOLitude Lake Management® has expanded its national presence to the western United States by uniting with Aquatic Environments based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Aquatic Environments is California’s largest full-service lake and water feature maintenance contractor active in the fields of aquatic and terrestrial vegetation control, lake and fountain construction, hydraulic and mechanical dredging, mosquito management and flood mitigation. Lance Dohman is regional director of SOLitude’s newest market and Kevin Tucker is CEO of SOLitude Lake Management.

Twenty-four “Citizen Recruits” graduated from the Newport News Fire Department’s Citizen Fire Academy in June. The ceremony culminated their participation in the NNFD’s 14-week program. The Citizen Recruits learned CPR, how to properly use a fire extinguisher and experienced many insights into the operations of the department. This was the fifth graduating class of the NNFD’s Citizen Fire Academy. Many of the graduating recruits join the NNFD Citizen Fire Academy Alumni Association that provides support to the Newport News Fire Department and the City of Newport News. Chief Wesley Rogers was instrumental in the start of this program.

The 11th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula’s Smart Smiles 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, August 18, at 8 am The race will take place at Mariners’ Museum Park, at the intersection of Warwick Boulevard and Copeland Lane. The run/walk is part of the Peninsula Track Club Grand Prix Event (www.peninsulatrackclub.com). Race Day registration and packet pick-up will begin at 7 am. Awards, door prizes and celebration will take place at 9:15 am. To pre-register or for more information, go online to www.bagclub.com or contact Emily Roman, race coordinator at eroman@bagclub.com or 757-223-7204.

Michele Benson has joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula as chief development officer. Benson’s responsibilities include overseeing fundraising, marketing and public relations. Benson formerly worked with the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, where she began as food-sourcing manager and was promoted to chief development officer.

Harvey L. Lindsay, chairman of Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate, will receive the Individual Darden Award, and Ferguson Enterprises will be honored with the Corporate Darden Award at the 14th Annual Darden Awards for Regional Leadership on Wednesday, November 14 at the Decker Half Moone Center in Norfolk. The Darden Award for Regional Leadership is named for CIVIC Leadership Institute’s Founder Emeritus, the late Joshua P. Darden Jr. Each year, CIVIC presents the award to an individual and a corporation whose contributions and service have made significant impacts in the Hampton Roads community.

Sylvia Woods
Don Tackett
Andrea Wallis

Top June agents for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty’s Peninsula Office were Sylvia Woods, both top listing and selling team, Don Tackett, top listing agent and Andrea Wallis, top sales agent.

August events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include Coffee Connection, August 8 and Business Connection After Hours, August 23. For registration and additional information, go to www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/details/2018-business-connection-after-hours-daily-press-8-23-18-9177.

A $9,500 grant from Dominion Energy will support a new initiative at the Virginia Living Museum (VLM) to engage and educate people of all ages on the importance of environmental conservation. The funding will help the museum develop five Pop-Up Discovery Stations, which are mobile exhibits with interactive displays on renewable energy, aquatic environments, reptiles and amphibians, native Virginia animals and ozone gardens. The five Discovery Stations will be active by the end of the summer. Rebecca Kleinhample is VLM’s executive director.

The Newport News Master Gardeners won first place for their digital brag board at the State Master Gardener College at Virginia Tech in June. Shown here are (left to right) Cindy Ogle, Christina Verderosa, Daina Henry and Vanessa Connell, all Newport News Master Gardeners.

Carol Sobieski
Carla Stokes
Kimi Dornan
Chris Pray
Chuck Meyer

The top June agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula Office were Carol Sobieski, top listing agent; Carla Stokes, top selling agent; Kim Dornan, top closing agent; Chris Pray, top producing agent; and Chuck Meyer, top referring agent.

United Way will conduct its Day of Caring on Friday, September 7, the start of its annual campaign, joining volunteers with community agencies, schools and organizations in volunteer opportunities. Projects completed through United Way’s Day of Caring will allow local agencies to complete projects most groups could not undertake on their own.

Peninsula Fine Art Center is hosting a collection of 67 black and white photographs by Gary Zuercher, an award-winning photographer and author of The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night. The collection, in the Ansel Adams tradition, will run through Sept. 30. Zuercher spent five years photographing the 35 bridges over the Seine River at night during the winter months and another year researching the history of the bridges, gathering anecdotes, printing and assembling the prints.

James B. Mears, senior vice president/COO, BayPort Credit Union, has been elected president of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank for the 2018–19 year. Other elected officers include Kenneth M. Krakaur, Sentara Healthcare, retired, secretary/treasurer; Elizabeth Mulherin, community volunteer, vice president, administration; and Sylvia Weinstein, editor/publisher, Oyster Pointer, member-at-large. Joycelyn Spight Roache, vice president, Old Point National Bank, will serve on the executive committee as immediate past president. Elected to three-year terms on the board were Bruce Bronstein, executive director, CNU Ferguson Center for the Arts; Chris Mehler, market manager, Walmart; Erik Mills, project manager, W.M. Jordan Company; and Dr. Terry Morris, director, AIAA Information Systems Group, NASA Langley Research Center. Continuing on the board are Denise Brown, vice president of human resources–business units, Ferguson; Jayne Di Vincenzo, president, Lions Bridge Financial Advisors; Faye Hardy-Lucas, vice president and general counsel, Hampton University; Gary B. Hunter, director of development, Hampton University; Susan Jacobs, vice president of human resources and administration, Newport News Shipbuilding; Liz Martin, senior vice president of quality, safety, care management and telehealth, Riverside Health System; Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives, Smithfield Foods; and Happy Witt, resource development manager, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. Karen Joyner is chief executive officer.

Ferguson Enterprises conducted a groundbreaking ceremony at its headquarters campus, to be built in City Center at 751 Lakefront Commons on June 20. The eight-story, 260,000 square-foot campus will house 1,400 Ferguson employees working in marketing and communications, national sales center, eBusiness, human resources, information technology, security and other corporate functions. As part of the expansion, Ferguson will invest more than $82 million and create 434 new jobs. Located in Newport News for 47 years, this expansion further solidifies the company’s presence in the City.

Former Jefferson Lab Director Hermann Grunder was honored on May 3 at the 2018 IPAC conference with the Particle Accelerator Science and Technology (PAST) Award. Grunder was recognized “for far reaching contributions to accelerator science and technology.

Nina Sykes
Rachel Duval
Christina Wood

Nina Sykes and Rachel Duval, senior licensed massage therapists with DeStress Express, have begun the study of neuromuscular therapy, also known as trigger point therapy. This practice helps to eliminate long-standing painful conditions. Christina Wood, a licensed massage therapist, has joined the massage practice. Wood has more than 10 years of spa experience, which includes spa management.


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