Tidbits – February 2020

Aerotek leased 3,701 square feet at One BayPort Way, Newport News. Teresa Nettles with Cushman & Wakefield/Thalhimer, handled the lease negotiations.

Dr. Kelsey Hayden has joined Virginia Living Museum (VLM) as lead veterinarian.
She will join the Museum Animal Welfare and Conservation Division on a full-time basis, collaborating with a team of veterinary specialists who support the care of the museum’s animal population of 240 species.

Virginia Living Museum (VLM) has begun its dinosaur year with the traveling exhibit, Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, running through May 3. Scheduled May 23 – September 7, the museum will debut the largest dinosaur ever to be displayed at VLM. Jurassic Giants will feature the Giganotosaurus and will bring animatronic creatures of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods for summer 2020. For additional information, visit thevlm.org or call 757-595-1900.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas (VOACC), in partnership with the City of Newport News, a $1.4 million YouthBuild grant to create a new workforce development and education program for 90 young people in the city’s southeast community. YouthBuild provides at-risk youth ages 16 – 24 with education and occupational skill development to obtain employment in construction and other in-demand industries. Newport News has partnered with VOACC to administer the grant. Participants will engage in job readiness training, financial literacy classes and career exploration opportunities at the Brooks Crossing Innovation and Opportunity Center and the Four Oaks Day Service Center Learning Lab. They will earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree, if needed, and will attain at least one industry-recognized certification while preparing for postsecondary opportunities. Youth will receive hands-on construction experience, building homes with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg and the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority. The program will also offer a Construction Plus option, giving eligible youth the opportunity to earn a Class A Commercial Driver’s License. Newport News and VOACC is the only public-private partnership in Virginia to receive this competitive grant.

The 23rd Annual Mayflower Marathon brought in the equivalent of 700,000 meals for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. Foodbank staff, volunteers and radio personalities from 106.9 The Fox and FM99 celebrated this record-breaking event in November. The food banks’ shelves had been bare of donated food prior to this food drive. Together, the food banks distribute the equivalent of almost 500,000 meals each week.

Newport News Public Schools partnered with the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and the Food Lion Feeds organization to host a holiday food distribution at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia (JBLE) in December. The organizations supported JBLE military members and their families by providing free groceries to them during the holiday season. The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and the Food Lion Feeds organization provided groceries to more than 960 JBLE community members, which included meat products, fresh vegetables, baby formula, fruit, bread, pasta and canned goods.

Mark A. Short
Winthrop A. Short
Timothy O. Trant II
James L. Windsor

Mark A. Short, Winthrop A. Short, Timothy O. Trant II and James L. Windsor, attorneys in the Newport News office of Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., have been selected for inclusion in Virginia Business magazine’s 2019 Legal Elite. Mark Short’s practice specializes in real estate land use, Winthrop Short’s in civil litigation, Trant’s in environmental law and real estate land use and Windsor’s in construction and real estate land use.

Langley Federal Credit Union employees and members across the region collected 900 pounds of dried goods and baby products for local food banks, an estimated 750 meals. All items were donated to Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Foodbank of Eastern Shore. More than 15 members of the Langley operations team also volunteered at the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank in December to stuff backpacks as part of the Backpacks for Kids program, providing healthy meals during the weekends when students are out of school. Also, Langley sponsored the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s 2019 Mayflower Marathon, which was a record-breaking year providing 700,000 meals for families in the Hampton Roads region.

The Hampton Roads Community Action Program (HRCAP) is partnering with the City of Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority in the development of the HUD EnVision Centers. HRCAP is committed to improving the quality of life by breaking the poverty cycle and equipping local citizens wit the tools they need to be successful. To learn more, visit HUD.gov/EnVisionCenters.

SOLitude Lake Management conducted its company’s first-ever Heart & SOL Day in November. This day of volunteering and community service aimed to inspire community members, homeowners and businesses throughout the country to contribute to charitable causes they care about. SOLitude’s 445 colleagues were also empowered to volunteer during work hours. Across SOLitude’s 35+ nationwide offices, participants volunteered 423 total hours on Heart & SOL Day by contributing to trash clean-ups, food banks, animal sanctuaries, Cardz for Kidz, Habitat for Humanity builds, tree plantings and more. Shown here are colleagues volunteering on the national day of service.

SOLitude Lake Management continued its annual HOLiday Cheer efforts in December through The SOLution, the company’s corporate volunteering and community outreach program. SOLitude donated $8,634 worth of toys, clothes and other necessities to hospitalized children as well as eight under-resourced families throughout the country, bringing total donations to $46,174 since its inception in 2012. In addition, SOLitude’s Massachusetts and Virginia offices helped collect $6,600 worth of donated gifts from the surrounding community for Toys for Tots and Noblemen’s Toy Drive.

Team members of Beth Moore and Associates, CPAs filled more than 50 Bravery Bags for hospitalized families fighting congenital heart defects, in conjunction with Mended Little Hearts of Coastal Virginia, a support group based at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD). The Bravery Bags were filled with comfort items, snacks, toiletries and resources for the families and a teddy bear for the family’s child.

The Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NNRHA) was awarded $168,200 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Department to support the Family Self Sufficiency program. The funds will be used to assist NNRHA clients in the creation and implementation of individual personal development plans. Program participants will receive coaching in the areas of financial literacy and management, job training and education. Each participant will work to escrow savings to meet education or homebuyer goals. Karen R. Wilds is NNRDA executive director.

Deborah Bullard has joined TowneBank’s Oyster Point location as assistant vice president and Peninsula executive assistant. Bullard has 37 years of experience in financial services. As executive assistant to TowneBank’s Peninsula president, Bullard also will support community sponsorship activities for the region.

Top December agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Evelyn D. Staton, top listing agent; Chris Pray, top selling agent; Theresa Ashberry, top closing agent; and Dee Karlsson, top producing agent.

Tiffany Boyle, commissioner of the revenue of Newport News, has been elected 2020 president of the Hampton Roads Commissioners of the Revenue Association, which covers all seven cities including the Southside as well as the Peninsula. Boyles is shown here with Frank King, outgoing association president and commissioner of the revenue of Chesapeake.

Sharyn Fox, associate and municipal program manager with Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP’s (WRA) water/wastewater group, was one of 26 women honored by Inside Business magazine’s Women in Business of Hampton Roads. Fox has been with WRA’s Newport News office since 2007, and during that time both its client base and staffing have flourished. Fox was honored for her service and commitment to WRA and its consulting engineering industry as well as her work to advance the City of Newport News as a member of the City of Newport News Planning Commission, where she served as chair and vice-chair. She is also known for her service on the City of Newport News Wetlands Board and her contributions to APWA nationally and locally, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and other community-based groups, including Newport News Green Foundation, Peninsula ASPCA, Newport News Rotary Club and Peninsula Family Services. Fox (center) is shown accepting the award from (left) Doris Gomez, Ph.D., dean, Regent’s School of Business and Leadership, and Marianne Walker, director of sales, Virginia Media.

Sharon Martin, vice president/private banker with Old Point National Bank, was among the 26 women honored by Inside Business magazine’s Women in Business of Hampton Roads. Martin has been with Old Point National Bank since 2001, working with her clients as their point of contact to ensure all of their banking and financial needs are met. Martin was honored for achievements in banking, the positive impact she has had in the lives of those around her and her service to the community. Her community involvement includes serving as chair of the Mary Immaculate Hospital Foundation Board, board member of the Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia board and president-elect for the Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center. Sharing Martin’s honor are (left to right) Joe Witt, chief business development officer and senior executive vice president; Susan Harman, regional manager and senior vice president; Laura Calvert, chief retail banking officer and executive vice president, Martin; Ed Hentges, relationship manager and senior vice president; and Rob Shuford Jr., CEO and president.


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