Tidbits – August 2019

Dr. Willy Donaldson has been named director of the Biotechnology and Management Program with Christopher Newport University. The program is designed to offer students experience in new fields of biotechnology, including pharma, duel and devices.

Newport News Tourism, developer of the Toast the Coast pocket guide — a traveler’s guide listing the most popular beer, wine and shine establishments in Coastal Virginia — has added a new sub-trail entitled 3 Barrels 3 Cities. This sub-trail invites visitors to sample spirits from three distilleries in Newport News, Hampton and Smithfield. After getting one’s pocket guide stamped at each of the three participating distilleries, it can be traded for a Toast the Coast tasting glass at one of the three cities’ visitor centers.

MOR Consulting Services has relocated to 739 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Suite 704A&B. Mildred “Nany” Gonzalez is company principal.

Newport News Economic Development Authority (EDA) selected WeldenField Development, LLC and its Hampton Roads-based partner, Brian Rowe with WeldenField & Rowe, as the preferred developer for its Endview tract, a 285-acre parcel located in northern Newport News. The selection is for a highly experienced design/development/build team to plan, design, build and market a premier, predominantly residential community on the Endview tract. The EDA’s goal is to establish a residential community to attract business executives, professionals and entrepreneurs. WeldenField Development will begin community outreach sessions to get input from the community and stakeholders about the development of the Endview tract.

Sandra Steele, FNP-BC has joined the medical provider team of Oyster Point Family Practice. Steele has been practicing medicine for the past 14 years in Richmond. She brings 36 years of experience in nursing practice as a multi-specialty RN and as a nurse practitioner. She also has more than 10 years of working with the public as a rape and sexual assault liaison nurse.

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank celebrated Kroger’s three-year commitment to underwrite the costs of the Foodbank’s Culinary Training Program with a special reception. Attendees included several members of Kroger’s management, Foodbank Board members, Foodbank staff, a culinary training graduate from several years ago and VPCC President/CEO Bob McKenna. The Culinary Training Program empowers low-income individuals with the skills essential for success in the workplace and in life.

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has been awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program Achievement Award (CACFP) for meal quality, nutrition education and use of locally grown and raised foods. The purpose of CACFP is to ensure that children have access to food after the school day has ended. Participating community organizations must serve meals that meet the USDA standards and are encouraged to serve meals that are nutritionally balanced and appealing to children. VDOE nominated Virginia Peninsula Foodbank for the award in recognition of the Foodbank’s success in serving hot meals that incorporate fresh and seasonal produce. Shown presenting the award to the Foodbank’s Nutrition Department staff and Karen Joyner, Foodbank’s CEO (second from left) is Sandy Curwood, Virginia Department of Education’s director of school nutrition programs (third from left).

August events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include Coffee Connection, August 6; Peninsula Executive Leadership Forum, August 13; and Business Connection After Hours, August 22. For registration and  information, go to www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/calendar.

Jonathan D. Eisner, MD, FACG, local gastroenterologist, has affiliated with Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), joining Bader El-Safadi, MD of TPMG Gastro-enterology in Newport News. Eisner’s interests within his specialty include colorectal polyps and cancer prevention, inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, anemia and gastrointestinal bleeding. He has been honored in publications including U.S. News and World Report, Coastal Virginia’s “Top Doc” and America’s Top Doctor.

Whitney C. Morgan
Samuel J. Lunsford
Caroline E. Marscheider

Whitney C. Morgan and Samuel J. Lunsford, with Malvin, Riggins & Company, P.C., have been promoted. Morgan has been named senior tax and accounting associate. Lunsford has been promoted to senior tax and accounting manager. Caroline E. Marscheider has joined the company as tax and accounting associate. Marscheider has been an intern with the firm for the past two tax seasons. She will be specializing in individual and business taxation and splitting her time between the firm’s Newport News and Virginia Beach offices.

A classic 1950s Good Humor Truck, owned by Jim and Donna Elliott from Yorktown, was featured at the 66th Old Dominion Meet Association Car Show held at the Holiday Inn City Center in June. The meet was hosted by the Historic Virginia Peninsula Region – Antique Automobile Association of America (HVPR-AACA), celebrating its 50th anniversary. Antique and classic automobiles, trucks and motorcycles from throughout Virginia were present, including a 1917 Ford Model A truck. Tony Scarpelli, Newport News HVPR-AACA president and Donna Elliott co-chaired the meet.

Brian DePrinzio, Oyster Pointer’s business manager, was a feature speaker in May at the Youth Leadership Conference of the Hampton Roads Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars, the premier, patriotic veterans service organization. DePrinzio addressed the students about Effective Communication and Methods of Persuasion. Held at the Williamsburg 4-H camp, approximately 45 students attended from New York, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia.

C&F Enterprises celebrated “Take Your Dog to Work Day” in June with employees bringing their furry companions to the offices to participate in events, have some friendly competitions and support the Peninsula SPCA. This participation not only brought an infusion of passion and delight into the workspace, but also helped raise awareness and promote adoptions of pets both in the local community and across the country. Shown here are Maybe, left, and Webster.

Ralph L. “Bo” Clayton, Ft. Eustis Garrison Commander, has been hired as an assistant city manager for the City of Newport News. He will be responsible for the operational departments of public works; engineering; parks, recreation and tourism; and vehicle and equipment services. Clayton retired from the United States Army in 2019 as a colonel after a 30-year military career. His last assignment was at Joint Base Langley – Eustis as Garrison Commander of Fort Eustis, serving as city manager of the military installation for two years. Clayton’s career also included several deployments to the Middle East, commanding teams across Africa and South America, and extensive experience in strategic communications and special operations. Clayton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

Jennifer Norris has joined Garrett Realty Partners as administrative assistant. Norris served more than seven years in the United State Air Force, where she spent the majority of her career working in geospatial imagery analysis. Garrett Realty Partners will be transitioning military veterans from active service to a new career in real estate. In her new role, Norris is responsible for supporting company recruitment efforts, coordinating military onboarding programs and managing new agent and transfer agent paperwork. She is the first veteran to be hired by the firm after completing an internship during her military transition period.

Christopher Newport University’s (CNU) LifeLong Learning Society will host its Annual Open House on Wednesday, August 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the Yoder Barn, located at 660 Hamilton Drive, Newport News. An afternoon of light refreshments and musical entertainment is scheduled from Dr. Ed Brash of CNU and Glasgow Kiss. For additional information, contact the LLS Office at 757-269-4368.

Top June agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula Office were Dee Karlsson, top listing agent; Chris Pray, top selling and top producing agent; Melanie Whitehead, top closing agent; and Jodi Snider, top referring agent.

RN the Know, LLC, has opened offices at 703 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Suite D-1. Operating the business is F. Kay Butler, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, CCRN, ACM-RN. An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Butler is a board certified Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, offering advance care planning to help people understand what happens when one is critically ill and how to ensure the right people are speaking for the patient when the patient is unable. RN the Know, LLC functions in five subroles — Expert in Clinical Practice, Educator, Leader, Researcher and Consultant, influencing three spheres of practice — patient care, nursing and systems. Butler also teaches CPR and first aid. She can be reached at 757-869-8529 or by email at rntheknow@gmail.com.

The Newport News Sister Cities 2019 International Breakfast saw more than 214 guests attending to hear remarks by Maurice A. Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade of the Commonwealth of Virginia. More than $6,200 was raised to support Newport News’ Sister City programs.

Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue Tiffany Boyle (far right) was joined by Virginia Delegate David Yancey (far left), along with Valerie Gains, chief deputy, and almost two dozen senior citizens from the city’s Active Lifestyles program as the first Tax Information Preparing Seniors (TIPS) program kicked off in Newport News. Boyle engaged with senior citizens on current, new and changing tax laws as well as the tax relief programs that affect them. For additional information about the next TIPS event, contact calabresema@nnva.gov or 757-509-0789.

Spectrum Comm, Inc. celebrated 20 years of service to the company’s customers, employees and communities in March. Approximately 200 guests joined the company’s headquarters celebration as executive leadership welcomed present and past employee-owners and several distinguished guests of honor. Spectrum is a veteran and employee-owned business that serves the Department of Defense, federal and state agencies plus select commercial clients. Shown here are (left to right) Bill Stulb, president and COO; Jeff Wassmer, CEO and founder; and Anthoney Stoney, vice chairman, board of directors. Erica Robertson Photography

Left: Sarah Browning receives the Honorary Paul Harris Award for her continuing efforts in steering Warwick at City Center Rotary Club’s fundraiser, the Bacon, Beer and Bourbon Bash. This is the highest award a Rotary club can bestow on one of its members. Jim Probsdorfer, foundation chair, and Davetta Rinehart, president, present the award to Browning (center).

Center: Club member Alan Witt (center) received an Honorary Paul Harris Award from Probsdorfer and Rinehart.

Right: Club member Rob Self drew the winning Queen of Hearts’ card and received the largest 50-50 pot in the club’s history. Self’s check was presented by Rinehart.

Riverside Regional Medical Center has again received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Tradition Brewing Company has announced the release of five beers, including Continental Divide Double IPA, Resting Peach Face Peach Milkshake IPA, Tradition Craft Lager, Pineapple Berliner-Weisse and NASA 50th Anniversary Lunar Landing “One Giant Leap” Black IPA. The re-release of Double IPA helps to commemorate Tradition’s third anniversary. Brian Martin is head brewer at Tradition.


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