Tidbits – July 2020

Anna Dorl has been named social media manager of Oyster Pointer, replacing Michael Innacelli, who graduated from Christopher Newport University (CNU) in May. A rising senior at CNU, Dorl is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies with minors in writing and film studies. Dorl is currently editor-in-chief of CNU’s Captain Log. She is also a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity, Eta Tau chapter.

David Maggio has joined Clancy & Theys Construction Company as corporate environmental health and safety (EH&S) director, bringing 11 years of industry experience, along with a Bachelor of Science degree in safety and environmental science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He will be responsible for developing and implementing high-level EH&S strategies, as well as delivering and revamping the company’s training programs.

Pincus Construction has launched its new  website — www.pincusconstruction.com, highlighting  commercial construction and renovation services, a selection of projects completed by the company, client testimonials, licensing and qualifications. Based in Newport News, the company was founded in 2007 by Michael Pincus and is a full service, bonded commercial builder and construction management company licensed to work in more than 25 states. Among its renovation projects are Banana Republic, Old Navy, White House Black Market, Clark’s, Office Depot, Lane Home Furnishings, Bassett Furniture, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and Athleta.

Riverside Health System has partnered with Premier Inc., a leading health care improvement company, to acquire a minority stake in Prestige Ameritech, the largest domestic manufacturer of facemasks, including N95 respirators and surgical masks. Riverside will commit to purchase a portion of masks used annually from Prestige Ameritech for up to six years, inclusive of a three-year renewal option. The long-term commitment from Riverside allows Prestige Ameritech to invest in increased production.

Devin Garofalo
Alan Dawkins

Devin Garofalo, AIF®, CEO of Colonial River Wealth Management, based in Midlothian, Virginia, has merged his firm with Jayne Di Vincenzo’s firm, Lions Bridge Financial Advisors. Garofalo will serve as CEO of the combined firms, which will continue under the Lions Bridge Financial Advisors name. Di Vincenzo will continue to work with clients and work on marketing and business development. Garofalo’s professional registrations held with LPL Financial include the Series 6, 7 and 24, General Securities Representative Registrations, the Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent as well as the Series 65 Registration.

Alan Dawkins, CFP®, wealth advisor, has joined the Newport News office of Lions Bridge Financial Advisors, with more than 21 years of experience advising clients on asset accumulation, retirement planning, estate planning strategies and education planning. In addition to his experience and educational requirements, ethical standards and comprehensive examination requirements of the CFP® certification, Dawkins has obtained several professional registrations, including FINRA Series 6 and 7 General Representation Registrations, the Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent held through LPL Financial and the Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Law examination. He also holds Life, Annuity and Variable Contracts insurance licenses in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Sandra Powell has been selected as deputy executive director of the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NNRHA). A graduate of Christopher Newport University, Powell recently completed a Master of Public Administration degree at Old Dominion University. She has been with the Authority since October 2000 and has held positions to administer programs in the Authority’s Occupancy, Housing Choice Voucher, Family Self Sufficiency and Capital Grant divisions. She has served as NNRHA’s community development director and has been involved in housing rehabilitation and revitalization efforts since May 2012. Powell has also been actively involved in the early implementation of the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood program.

Glen Osvold has joined Virginia Technical Academy as an electrical instructor. Owner of Colonial Electric, Osvold began his trades career in 1989, working in a variety of technical fields. He began working as an electrical contractor in 2001. All instructors are teaching portions of their courses online. Post-pandemic, hands-on training and testing will resume. Other VTA staff members include Crystal Rosales, general manager; Gwen Mallory, school administrator; Talmadge Baggett, facilities maintenance instructor; Michael Grow, HVAC instructor; Elmer Landrum, plumbing instructor; Jesse Lewis, HVAC instructor; John Marr, hydrocarbons, appliance and fire safety instructor; and Maggie Chan, accountant. Dave Gillespie is founder and director of education.

With the signing of Governor Northam’s budget in May, Virginia has its first state sanctioned Minority Business Commission and the first of its kind in the nation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Minority Business Commission will provide policy input and operational guidance to Virginia’s General Assembly as well as localities throughout the Commonwealth in an effort to address the challenges and opportunities that may help or hinder the growth of minority business owners. There were a series of collaborative meetings, initiated by Tiffany Boyle, Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue, held with regional and state leaders in the minority business community that created the concept and content of this legislation. Shown attending one of these meetings are (from left) Cameron Bertrand, CEO of VIP Youth Engagement; Marcus Calabrese, public information officer, Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue; Marckel Bonds, assistant public information officer, Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue office; Leigh Henderson, treasurer, City of Virginia Beach; Valerie Gains, chief deputy commissioner, Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue; Frankie Edmondson, commissioner of the revenue, City of Portsmouth; Pat Foster, minority business office director, City of Richmond; Jason Miyares, Virginia State Delegate; Tiffany Boyle, Commissioner of the Revenue, City of Newport News; Benny Zhang, councilman, City of Williamsburg; and Latoya Breckenridge, tax management specialist, Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue office.

Robin Nelhuebel
Jayne Di Vincenzo
Sylvia Weinstein Craft
Hugh J. Barlow
Nicole Guajardo

Newport News Education Foundation officers for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning July 1, working to support the community by improving educational opportunities for students include Robin Nelhuebel, Ph.D., RN, RT(R), system director of education, Riverside Health System, president; Jayne Di Vincenzo, founder and wealth advisor, Lions Bridge Financial Advisors, president-elect; Sylvia Weinstein Craft, publisher and editor of Oyster Pointer, vice president; Hugh J. Barlow, certified public accountant and partner, Brown, Edwards & Company, L.L.P., treasurer; and Nicole Guajardo, Ph.D., dean of the college of natural and behavioral sciences, Christopher Newport University, secretary. Special thanks were also extended to outgoing members Thaddeus B. Holloman, Sr., senior vice president, Old Point National Bank, who provided leadership on the board for more than two decades, including a term as president; and Mike Kuhns, former president/CEO, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Melissa Burroughs, Hampton Roads market leader, Business Finance Group for their active involvement while on the board.

DF Multifamily, a division of Drucker + Falk (DF), has pledged $30,000 in donations to regionally selected nonprofits, with a $5,000 donation in Hampton Roads serving as the kickoff. DF has challenged its neighboring multifamily peers to join a giving campaign “Multifamily Snowball For Good” in making a difference.

Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, DDS has been sworn in as president of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA). During his tenure, Price plans to focus on the current COVID-19 crisis and the need for creating sustainable, healthy communities. His goal is to increase minority workforce opportunities by supporting HBCUs, prioritizing funding for the needs of African American communities and building better relationships in public and private partnerships.

The Lee Group, a staffing and executive search agency offering full-service hiring solutions to companies, has launched a new web site to provide work and business opportunities to prospective workers. The benefits and features of the new web site include navigation to help site visitors looking to work or looking to hire; responsive online application; a referral program form; educational resources; and details on the company hiring process. Walt Graham is company president.

Dr. Allen R. Jones, Jr., owner/CEO of Dominion Physical Therapy (DPT), has been honored as Role Model of the Year by the Virginia Peninsula Chapter of 100 Black Men. The designation recognizes “real men giving real time” to youth through mentorship and scholarships for college. The role model of the year is selected by the organization’s membership and given to community leaders who exemplify their commitment to serve the community, emulating great character, work ethic, perseverance and making the world a better place to live through acts of service, good citizenship, core values, integrity and a strong moral compass. DPT has provided two scholarships for the past 12 years to second-year students in physical therapy at Hampton University and Old Dominion University.

Kelvin Holdings, LLC has purchased an 11,000-square-foot office/warehouse building at 742 Blue Crab Road within Oyster Point Park from Carr Associates, LLC for its corporate headquarters. Kenneth D. Penrose, Jr., of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

Langley Federal Credit Union (LFCU) has approved $79,500 in 11 grants to local non-profit organizations through its charitable giving program. Receiving funds are Bon Secours Hampton Roads Foundations: $10,000; ForKids: $10,000; Housing Partnerships: $10,000; Make-a-Wish Greater VA: $10,000; New Vision Youth Services: $2,500; Peninsula Reads: $10,000; Peninsula YMCA: $10,000; Poquoson Museum: $1,000; Union Mission: $10,000; Urban League of Hampton Roads: $2,500; and VersAbility Resources: $3,500.

LFCU presented four deserving young members with the Jean M. Yokum $5,000 College Scholarship award for academic achievement to Nathan Geng, Sarah Cunningham, Mykela Scott and Skylar Haskiell. Geng plans to attend the University of Virginia to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree. Cunningham is headed to Virginia Tech to study biological sciences. Scott will attend Sweet Briar College to pursue a degree in English with a concentration in creative writing. Haskiell will attend the University of Virginia. The Jean M. Yokum College Scholarship is named after Langley’s former president and CEO, who dedicated 59 years of service to the credit union. Scholarship recipients showcase academic excellence, community involvement and the same work ethic and dedication of Yokum.

Langley For Families Foundation donated 100 percent of the net proceeds from its latest cash raffle fundraiser —
a total of $37,000 — to COVID-19 emergency recovery funds at two local United Way agencies. Both United Way of the Virginia Peninsula and United Way of South Hampton Roads received an $18,500 donation. The agencies are providing immediate financial assistance to individuals and families affected by the coronavirus and the resulting financial impact.

As the result of an expanded facility on the campus of the Riverside Regional Medical Center, the Advanced Wound Care Center at Riverside Hospital Medical Center offers the largest and most innovative wound care center in Virginia’s Peninsula region of Hampton Roads. The addition of two high-tech hyperbaric chambers, along with more treatment space, enables the center to ramp up operations and treat more patients. The center is operated in partnership with Shared Health Services, a nationally recognized wound care management company, and located toward the back of Riverside Regional Medical Center, near the radio-surgery center and features a separate entrance and convenient parking, with handicapped access.

ColonialWebb Contractors received a National Safety Excellence Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) which will be presented at the 30th annual Excellence in Construction® Award during ABC Convention 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 18. The 2019 award winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System in 2019. Contractors were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations and video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Safety and Health Committee. According to 2020 ABC National Chair Tim Keating, ColonialWebb Contractors consistently raises the standards of safety in the construction industry. Anthony Bowers is ColonialWebb Contractors’ health and safety director at the Newport News location.

Melanie Whitehead
Dee Karlsson
Luther Elmore
Carol Sobieski
Chris Pray
Theresa Ashberry

Top May agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Melanie Whitehead, top listing, top selling and top producing agent; Dee Karlsson, top closing agent; and Luther Elmore, top referring agent. Top April agents were Carol Sobieski, top listing; Chris Pray, top selling and top producing agent; Theresa Ashberry, top closing agent; and Luther Elmore, top referring agent.

In early June, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price stopped at multiple non-profits and other locations, where vulnerable populations may have needed masks. His stop included the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank ((VPF), where he distributed masks and discussed the organization’s response to the additional food assistance needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shown here are: Mona Crump, SHARE program manager; Donna Tighe, VPF director of development; Latria Logan, VPF chef instructor; Jacquelyn Linder, VPF director of nutrition programs; Mayor Price; Renee Figurelle, VPF chief operating officer; Sada Jones, VPF child nutrition coordinator; Karen Joyner, VPF CEO; and Tyrone Carter, VPF executive chef.

Three local Rotary Clubs — Warwick at City Center, Virginia Peninsula, and Rotaract 757 — joined forces to create a combined Rotary District 7600 Grant in the amount of $13,750 to feed community members and support the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula. With two days of packaging food at the Foodbank, club members helped distribute the boxes to community members at the Foodbank Drive-up Pantry at Todd Stadium in Newport News. The grant funds are a collaboration of the three clubs that fundraise all year, and the Rotary District 7600, which covers 18 regions in central and southeastern Virginia.

Virginia Living Museum (VLM) held a successful 2020 Virtual Otter Ball Conservation Concert in June. VLM raised $80,000 during the event, presented by TowneBank. Viewers enjoyed live jazz from Good Shot Judy, and animal programs, experiences and adoptions were available and showcased by Amory LeCuyer, auctioneer of Hampton House Auctions. Randy and Carol Abbitt, of National Exterminating, were recognized as the VLM’s outstanding Golden Paw Award Recipients. The honor is the highest award VLM bestows on an individual, business or organization that has made a significant and lasting contribution to its mission. Supporting sponsors for the Virtual Otter Ball were Ferguson, Abbitt Realty Co., Newport News Shipyard, W.M. Jordan Company, Riverside Health System, Harry and Judy Wason, Dr. Ashby Kilgore, Casey Auto Group, Bowditch Ford, Cell Phone Zone-Denbigh, Jeff’s Flowers of Course, Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center, Robert Brown & Associates, Inc., Simple Soul Photography, James River Audio Visual Services, Tommy Garner Air Conditioning and Heating, Amory LeCuyer from Hampton House Auctions and St. George Brewing Company.

Liz Moore & Associates has partnered with Paystand, a modern payment platform, to enable online earnest money deposits. This process offers buyers the opportunity to click on a secure web page, choosing the deposit amount that matches their purchase contract. Buyers are able to send an e-check to Liz Moore & Associates’ escrow account, with no transaction fees. Liz Moore & Associates is the first brokerage in the market with this technology.


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