Tidbits – July 2018

Art Newsome, Inc. has been named by Coastal Virginia as Overall Gold Winner for “Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company.” John Kennedy is general manager of the company.

Steven R. “Steve” Drew has been selected Newport News Chief of Police. Drew was formerly deputy chief of patrol operations and business services for the Richmond police department. As Newport News police chief, he will oversee a staff of 600 sworn and non-sworn personnel and an annual operating budget of $49 million. Drew brings 24 years of progressively responsible experience in local law enforcement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Urbana University and a master’s degree in business from Colorado State University.

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer sold the 10,700-square-foot industrial building at 803 Bluecrab Road to Masters & Masters LLC. The company plans to occupy the building for its HVAC business, Masters Mechanical Corporation. Andy Dallas, CCIM, SIOR of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the buyer.

Stanley P. Leicester, II, has been appointed interim CEO of BayPort Credit Union’s Board of Directors, stepping into the role for BayPort’s President/CEO George R. Dudley, Jr., who is on a temporary leave of absence. Leicester has been serving as senior vice president/chief financial officer and has worked in various capacities at BayPort for 35 years.

July events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include Business Education Seminar, July 10; Coffee Connection, July 11; and Career Fair, July 18. For registration and additional information, go to www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/

The Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center donated $250 to Virginia Living Museum in memory of former Warwick Rotarian Robert L. Lawson who passed away in April. Lawson joined the original Warwick Rotary Club in 1954 and served as club president in 1970–71. He was instrumental in the founding of Virginia Living Museum in 1966. Pictured (left to right) are James Probsdorfer, past District Governor; Rebecca Kleinhample, VLM executive director and Rotarian; and Davetta Rinehart, president-elect.

Virginia Living Museum (VLM) celebrated a successful 2018 Otter Ball Conservation Gala in May. Bradford N. Patten, president of the Board of Trustees, recognized Brian K. Skinner as recipient of VLM’s highest award, the Golden Paw, for his community leadership and service. Shown here are (left to right) Rebecca Kleinhample, VLM’s executive director; Candi Skinner; Patten; and Skinner.

Donna Lynne, Licensed Massage Therapist with DeStress Express Massage and Spa is specializing in Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST), a light touch therapy that balances the central nervous system, improving overall health and well being. This therapy helps clients who cannot accept pressure because of sensitivity such as fibromyalgia or sensory disorders. It also helps with TMJ, migraines, neck or back pain, stress and other tension related disorders.

Carla Stokes
Chris Pray
Chuck Meyer

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

During its 2017–18 fiscal year, the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation awarded $450,500 to local nonprofits in grants, ongoing education funds and set-aside funds. The grant recipients, whose programs and services benefit the Peninsula, were the Center for Child and Family Services, Child Development Resources, Postpartum Support Virginia, Commonwealth Catholic Charities–Refugee Resettlement, Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach Justice Initiative, Transitions Family Violence Services, Menchville House, Natasha House and Mary Immaculate Hospital. Sister David Ann Niski is executive director of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation.

Newport News Green Foundation has acquired its 21st property located at 5101 Huntington Avenue. This 11-acre parcel, originally a parking lot for the Newport News General and Non-Sectarian Hospital (later known as Riverside Hospital), was transferred from the city to the foundation in March. The foundation is seeking public input on how the property should be used. Interested community members can give input by completing a short online survey, located at www.nngreen.com/5101-huntington-ave. Responses will be collected until August 1, 2018. Sharyn Fox is president of the foundation board.

Newport News Fire Department has been recognized as the Peninsula EMS Council’s Outstanding EMS Agency of the year, an award presented to agencies exemplifying outstanding professionalism to the communities it serves. The department also received the council’s 2018 award for Outstanding Contributions to EMS Health and Safety, and Lt. Andre Dorsey was recognized as the Outstanding Prehospital Provider for his work with the department’s Community Paramedicine/Mobile Integrated Health program. Pictured are Assistant Chief EMS Robert Lee (left) and Dorsey.

The Newport News Tourism Professional of the Year and two scholarship recipients were announced at the annual Newport News Tourism Appreciation Luncheon in May. Kerry Ann Lee, who works as an evening executive lounge attendant at Newport News Marriott at City Center, received the Gregory Cherry Tourism Professional of the Year award, and Princess Harvin and Spenser Burns were awarded Newport News Hospitality Association (NNHA) scholarships of $1,000 each. Newport News Mayor McKinley Price presented the awards, hosted by Newport News Tourism in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week. Top left, left to right: Pictured are Newport News Mayor McKinley Price with Councilwoman Saundra Cherry and Kerry Ann Lee, receiving the Gregory Cherry Tourism Professional of the Year Award. Top right: Liz Parker, president of the NNHA, presents Princess Harvin with one of two NNHA scholarships. Lower right: In the absence of Spenser Burns, one of the two NNHA scholarship recipients, Parker presents the award to Neil Burns, who accepted the scholarship on his son’s behalf.

SOLitude Lake Management achieved several milestones through its dedicated community outreach program, The SOLution, a company-wide program encouraging staff volunteerism, activism and education. Since its inception, SOLitude has donated more than $286,604 in goods and in-kind services to  local communities across the country. SOLitude’s volunteers collected more than 450 pounds of garbage at the Juno Dunes Natural Area in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management, generating 57 total hours of service. Pictured are (left to right) Blake Payne, Moises Rodriguez, Yailenis Diaz, Ricardo Montalvan, Sarah Florez, Ava D’Andrea, Alberto Florez, Samantha Florez and Jessica Teets.


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