Tidbits – July 2022

Brian J. DePrinzio, business manager of Oyster Pointer, has been named Teacher of the Year at Woodside High School, where he serves as activities director, 12th grade honors and standard level English teacher and model teacher for secondary English. DePrinzio has been associated with Oyster Pointer since 2008.

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled its July programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change. July 1, Beyond the Frame, a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum’s world-class art collection with Kyra Duffley, digital content specialist; July 8, Hampton Roads History Lecture, featuring Confederate Zouaves on the Peninsula, with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center (in-person and livestreamed); July 10, Friendly Hours (in-person program); and July 22, Civil War Lecture, featuring Summer on USS Monitor, with John V. Quarstein (in-person and livestreamed). Visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the Live Programming webpage.

Jennifer Lass
Angela Lee

Top April associates for Coldwell Banker Traditions were Jennifer Lass, top selling associate and Angela Lee, top listing associate.

PBMares LLP has launched a new corporate social responsibility platform, PBMares Cares, with an inaugural grant program to support the work of nonprofit partners in the communities of the firm offices’ footprint. The PBMares Cares Corporate Responsibility Program not only provides philanthropic endeavors to support the firm’s giving mission, but also engages employees to give their time and talent through volunteerism. In its first year, the program awarded more than $350,000 to qualifying not-for-profits in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. The program funds nonprofits whose work aligns with the firm’s mission in education and economic impact. Harvey L. Johnson is CEO of PBMares. 

Lauren Francis, a senior at Woodside High School, earned the Newport News Education Foundation’s Wayne D. Lett Scholarship. Francis is a member of the Student Council Association, marching band and Student Athletic Leadership Team. She volunteered with an organization that builds beds for children in the community. Francis plans to attend Christopher Newport University to earn a teaching license, then teach English in Newport News Public Schools. The Wayne D. Lett Scholarship is a merit-based award of $10,000 given over four years to a Newport News public school senior who plans to teach in public schools. The program is administered by the Newport News Education Foundation (NNEF) as a tribute to Wayne D. Lett, Ed.D., a former superintendent of Newport News Public Schools. The recipient commits to teach in Newport News for three consecutive years after graduation. Shown here with Francis (holding check) are (from left) Rick Brandt, Rhonda Bell, and John McMillan, NNEF members and Kim Hammond, training and development coordinator for Newport News Public Schools. 

Melinda Baldwin
Katrina Arledge
Chaz Fiscella
Jamie Coldsnow
L. C. Davis
Dee Karlsson
Carla Stokes

Top April agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Melinda Baldwin, top listing agent; Katrina Arledge, top selling agent: Chaz Fiscella, top closing agent; Jamie Coldsnow, top producing and top referring agent; and L. C. Davis, top referring agent. Top May agents were Dee Karlsson, top listing and top producing agent; Carla Stokes, top selling agent; and Jamie Coldsnow, top closing agent.

Edward (Rick) Shook
Jasmine Bracey

Edward (Rick) Shook, director of facilities management for Langley Federal Credit Union, and Jasmine Bracey, construction supervisor VCS for Newport News Shipbuilding, have joined the board of directors of Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads. Shook has served in his present position at LFCU for nine years, with 40 years of experience supporting cohesive building operations. Bracey has been with the Shipyard for four years and is presently pursuing a degree in business management from Thomas Nelson Community College.

Michael Bolosan PT, DPT, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group physical therapist, has earned his certification in vestibular rehabilitation, a program designed to improve balance and eliminate problems related to dizziness through exercise. Patients referred for vestibular rehabilitation are often afflicted by any combination of vertigo, dizziness and vestibular dysfunction or imbalance. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy can include vision stability training, walking exercises, balance retraining and general fitness exercises.

Juanita Conway, historic site assistant with Newport News Historic Services, has been named 2021 Gregory Cherry Tourism Professional of the Year. Newport News Mayor McKinley Price and Vice Mayor Saundra Cherry presented Conway with the award in May at a Tourism Appreciation Breakfast at Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort. The breakfast was held jointly by Newport News Tourism and the Newport News Hospitality Association in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.

At the Salvation Army Virginia Peninsula 6th Annual Red Kettle Classic in October 2021, long-time volunteer and advisory board member, Alvin Whitlow, was posthumously honored. The signature fundraising event raised more than $45,000, with proceeds going to veterans, families and others in need of food, shelter and assistance throughout the year. The 7th Annual Red Kettle Classic will be held on Thursday, October 6. For more information contact Patrick Walsh at redkettleclassicSAVP@gmail.com.

July events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include July 12, Coffee Connection, hosted by United Way of the Virginia Peninsula; July 13, Insurance and Banking Seminar; July 14, Women’s Leadership Forum featuring Technology; July 19, Career Fair at Newport News Marriott at City Center; July 21, Ribbon Cutting at Eggleston; July 28, Business Connection After Hours (BCAH) at Work/Place at E-Commerce Center of Hampton. For registration and information, contact Allie Hackett at
allie@vpcc.org or call 757-325-8157.

A record number of 1,983 entries were received in the Newport News Tourism Awareness Contest, which was held April 30 – May 7 in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week. The 2022 contest spotlighted dining in Newport News and featured 16 restaurants participating in Newport News Restaurant Week, held in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week. Connie Chapman and Ashley Hudgens were grand-prize winners, each received a $250 gift certificate to the participating restaurant of their choice. Additionally, a $50 gift certificate from each participating restaurant was awarded to these 16 winners: Mike Reges, Jennifer Stanhope, Arianah Flynn, Siwon Ryoo, Joshua Fulghum, Sharon Altmann ,Kamillia Elhassani, Charlene Lebeauf, Christy Brown, Kathleen Williams, Julia Allaman, Christina Campana, Joseph Price, Nikita Sarvis, Tracy Stroinski and Angela Wade. 

James Arthur Gray, Jr.
Robert E. Schrock
Gabe Morgan

James Arthur Gray, Jr., vice mayor of Hampton, and Robert E. Schrock, department manager (manager quality assurance policy 3) at Newport News Shipbuilding, have joined the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation board of directors. Collectively they bring years of leadership experience, as well as proven abilities in strategic planning, long range goal setting, program development and problem resolution. Sheriff Gabe Morgan completed nine years of service on the board.  

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