Tidbits – January 2019

Mr. Boil Cajun Seafood & Poke Bowl Restaurant has opened at 704 Mariners Row, Suite 108 in City Center at Oyster Point, offering two distinct menus: Cajun seafood and poke (pronounced poh-kay) bowls. Poke bowls come with a variety of sauces, fresh raw fish, mix-ins, crunchy toppings and rice or zucchini noodles. Cajun seafood boil includes the southern tradition of gathering around a newspaper-lined table to eat shellfish with bare hands. The seafood is boiled in a Cajun spiced broth and tossed in sauces and bold spices to bond flavors. Ken Chen is co-founder and manager and can be contacted at 757-807-2888 or 757-807-2777.

Donna Bösze
Kimi Dornan

Top November agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Donna Bösze, top listing agent and top closing agent; and Kimi Dorman, top selling agent and top producing agent.

Holiday Inn Newport News at City Center was among 79 properties in the South—and one of only five in Virginia—selected for a Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award, presented annually by ConventionSouth magazine. As part of the recognition, the property was featured as an award recipient in the magazine’s December 2018 issue. Liz Parker is the hotel’s general manager.

Timothy O. Trant II
James Windsor

Timothy O. Trant II and James Windsor, attorneys in the Newport News office of Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., have been selected for inclusion in Virginia Business magazine’s 2018 Legal Elite. Trant’s practice specializes in environmental
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Holiday Inn Newport News at City Center was recognized at the 2018 Independent Free Papers of America annual competition with a third-place honor for local business coverage. Accepting the award and copy of the winning publication are (left to right) Liz Parker, general manager; Amy Gilliam, director of sales; Samantha Bean, corporate business development director; and Daniel Plott, food and beverage director/executive chef. 

A team from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility was honored at the 2018 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Ceremony for upgrades made to the lab’s data center, ultimately improving its energy efficiency. The annual awards are presented by DOE, recognizing individuals, groups and agencies for outstanding contributions in energy efficiency, water conservation and use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities. The Jefferson Lab team was led by Bryan Hess, Carroll Jones and Chip Watson from Jefferson Science Associates, and Rick Korynta from the DOE Thomas Jefferson Site Office. Shown here are (left to right) Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (OEERE); Alexander Fitzsimmons, chief of staff, OEERE; Jones, accepting the award; and Leslie Nicholls, strategic director, Federal Energy Management Program.

Professional English, Inc., marked its 20th anniversary with a fundraiser at Peninsula READS, the Oyster Point adult literacy center, celebrating 50 years of service. Pictured (left to right) are Dr. Maureen Archer, president of Professional English, with Sonia Antoine, Eric Stone, Eric Floyd and Joyelle Saunders, board members of Peninsula READS.

Jim “Probs” Probsdorfer (left), Warwick at City Center Rotary Club member, past district governor and past district Foundation chair, was recognized by past district 7600 governor Chuck Arnason in November for achieving major donor status. Along with his wife Lynn, Probsdorfer received a pin and engraved crystal. The Major Donor award is presented to Rotarian couples or individuals whose cumulative giving to the Rotary Foundation reaches $10,000.

SOLitude Lake Management served a record number of families through the Little GOBBLERs program in November. This annual program provides food and donations to ensure families across the country are able to celebrate Thanksgiving. The company donated $7,475 in turkeys and grocery store gift cards to 310 under-resourced families located throughout its footprint. Little GOBBLERs is one of several initiatives supported by The SOLution, a company-wide program that encourages the company and all employees to strive to “create a better world” through volunteerism, community outreach, sustainability and environmental consciousness. Cindee Addessi, regional administrator (far left) and Scott Weyant, aquatic specialist (left), delivered turkeys to Kevin Brown (middle), principal of Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Fort Myers, FL. They are joined by Kelly Cook and Nichole Moore, teachers, and Weyant’s son, Cole.

Virginia Living Museum (VLM) was the recipient of $20,000 donated from the 18th Annual James River Striped Bass Tournament held in November. The donation was presented to VLM at the Captains Party held at the Deep Creek Landing Marina in Newport News. Randy Abbitt, of National Exterminating Company Inc., and his daughter, Jessica Godfrey, coordinated the tournament. The proceeds will benefit the Museum’s education programs, animal care, exhibits and conservation projects. Shown here are (l to r): Sarah Wilcox, VLM development director; George Mathews Jr., VLM curatorial director; Abbitt; Godfrey; and Anna Butler, VLM annual giving associate.

Newport News Fire Department (NNFD) is the recipient of the Governor’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award for Outstanding EMS Agency of the year. The award was presented at the 39th Annual Governor’s EMS Awards Ceremony in November. NNFD was also selected as the Peninsulas EMS Council’s Outstanding EMS Agency of 2018.

Winners of the 10th “ZOOM IN on Newport News” photo contest, sponsored by Newport News Tourism, have been selected. Jerry Gammon of Hampton won the Grand Prize in the professional category for his entry, “Family Enjoying Lions Bridge Sunset,” taken along the shoreline of Lions Bridge at the Mariners’ Museum and Park. Justin Olthoff of Newport News won an honorable mention for his submission, “Cedar Waxwings,” taken in the berry trees found in Jefferson Commons. James Hardison of Newport News won the Grand Prize in the non-professional category for his entry, “Hampton Roads Harbor,” taken from the King-Lincoln Park pier. Sandra Deans of Hampton received an honorable mention for her entry, “Fire in the Sky,” taken at Hilton Pier in Hilton Village. Grand Prize winners received $500 each, and honorable mention winners received free admission passes for four to all Newport News attractions.

Stephanie McDonald
Kathy Macklin
Larry Townsend

Stephanie McDonald of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty was awarded the REALTOR® Community Service Award, recognizing the ongoing efforts of individual REALTORS® who are making exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their communities. This award acknowledges REALTORS® who contribute to their communities, show the positive difference REALTORS® make in Virginia and inspire REALTORS® to give back to their communities.

Kathy Macklin received the prestigious Salesperson of the Year award for the Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® for exhibiting superior quality of service to clients and customers as a result of a broad range of professional knowledge and/or experience and participation in local association and civic activities.

Larry Townsend was awarded the coveted Code of Ethics Award for the Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®. The REALTOR® recipient of this award has demonstrated a proven interest in the subject of REALTOR® professional standards, such as willingness to counsel and advise individual REALTORS®, brokers and sales associates on real estate problems; participation in board and committee activities, participation in courses related to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics; and professional real estate designations.

Riverside Regional Medical Center (RRMC) has been re-accredited as a comprehensive stroke center, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events. RRMC is currently the only hospital in Southeastern Virginia to maintain comprehensive stroke certification and among 5 percent of hospitals nationally.

Judy Ford Wason was honored in December as the 2018 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Wason’s career in politics and government included advising governors, senators and presidents. She managed the political campaign of former U.S. Senator Paul S. Trible, now president of Christopher Newport University (CNU) and served President Ronald Reagan as special assistant for intergovernmental affairs. She founded CNU’s Judy F. Wason Center for Public Policy, giving citizens a voice in public policy debates and engaging students in civic life. She also serves on CNU’s Board of Visitors and has leadership posts with many groups including the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation and the VCU Massey Cancer Center. Along with her husband Harry Wason, she has supported the development of community-based organizations, including the Virginia Choral Society, Operation Smile, the Maymont Foundation and the Dominion Arts Center.

Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health (CEALH) was presented the 2018 Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. This is the highest honor in the caregiving field and includes a $15,000 cash prize donated by Johnson & Johnson. Award recipients, among other notable achievements, have demonstrated excellence in their work to educate the public about the critical role family caregivers play in the nation’s long-term health care system; ensure caregivers receive evidence-based, effective support services that target identified needs; support the transition of evidence-based caregiver programs into community settings; and provide leadership for coordination of efforts to support family caregivers. Participating in the presentation were (left to right) Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady; Christine J. Jensen, PhD, master trainer, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and Director, Health Services Research, Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health; Kim Weitzenhofer, MPH, LNHA, director, community relations, Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health; and Jimmy Carter, former President.

Optima Health and Riverside Health System have agreed to include Riverside facilities and providers in the Optima Health insurance plan network. With this agreement, Riverside joins Sentara, Bon Secours, Chesapeake Regional and CHKD to offer Optima Health members total coverage of any hospital in Greater Hampton Roads, including the Eastern Shore, Peninsula and Isle of Wight. The expansion increases the Optima Health existing in-network provider base of more than 26,000 with more than 600 additional Riverside Medical Group providers. Shown here at the agreement signing are (left) Dennis Matheis, president of Optima Health, and Bill Austin, chief financial officer of Riverside.

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