Tidbits – March 2021

March events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include Virtual Coffee Connection, March 9; Virtual Pink Bag Lunch, March 11 and Virtual Business Connection After Hours, March 25. For registration and more information, go to www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/calendar.

The Black Child Development Institute (BCDI)-Hampton Roads, an affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute, received a $5,000 grant from Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va. The grant will assist BCDI with programming to support families during this COVID season. It will also support operational assistance to include purchasing books for children to improve literacy in the home. Chartered in April, 2016, BCDI-Hampton Roads has been instrumental in giving more than 8,000 books to parents for their children. It has conducted parent workshops and forums that help strengthen Black families. For additional information on BCDI-Hampton Roads membership and programs, contact Darlene Walker, president at 757-532-4369 or email at hamptonroads@affiliates.nbcdi.org.

Newport News Master Gardeners will host a Rain Barrel Workshop on Saturday, March 20, 12 – 1:30 pm at Brittingham Midtown Community Center – Pavilion, 570 McLawhorne Dr, Newport News. The workshop is sponsored by VCE Newport News Extension Master Gardeners, Newport News Waterworks and Newport News Recovery Operations. Participants are encouraged to pick up barrel and parts kits and watch the YouTube installation video. Pre-registration is required. For information, registration and payment online, visit www.nnmastergardeners.org/rainbarrel-workshop-registration.

Pincus Construction has passed the National Association of State Contractors Accreditation Exam for Commercial General Contractors, allowing the company to expand its abilities to operate beyond its current reach. A full-service, bonded commercial contractor and construction management company, Pincus Construction is licensed to operate in more than 25 states throughout the United States. The company was founded in 2007. Michael Pincus is company president.

Hannah Dye and Owen Fisher, seniors at York High School, are team leaders for their fundraising team “Soar for the Cure,” and are competing for the 2020 LLS Student of the Year Campaign, a student-led initiative to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Dye and Fisher presented a program to the Warwick at City Center Rotary Club about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and its initiative. The club presented a check for $500 towards their efforts. Shown here at the check presentation are Sharon Martin, club president, and Dye.

Newport News Fire Department (NNFD)has been selected by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to participate in the second phase of a pilot program to build a digital community risk assessment (CRA) tool. Aligned to NFPA’s Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development, the tool, or “dashboard,” enables community leaders to gain valuable insights and make data-informed decisions around fire prevention and other risk-reduction activities in their communities. Newport News Fire Department was one of only 250 fire departments nationwide chosen to participate in this phase. The first phase of the pilot project, which included participation from 50 fire departments across the country, helped identify features of the digital dashboard that will work effectively and those that need fine-tuning. During the second phase of the program, the NNFD will provide feedback around the use of dashboard to help continue refining and enhancing the digital tool.

Jordan Lee, PT, DPT has joined Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group Physical Therapy. Lee earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Radford University in Roanoke, Virginia. As a certified physical therapist, he treats patients for orthopedic/sports medicine conditions, which includes treatment interventions such as dry needling, manual therapy and spinal manipulation. He also demonstrates therapeutic exercises that optimize movement and improve the quality of life of his patients.

Canon Virginia, Inc. (CVI) and Rebion announced production for Rebion’s blinq.® vision scanning technology, the first FDA cleared device designed to detect micro-strabismus and amblyopia (lazy eye) in children ages two through eight. With its portable design, blinq.® offers an easy and efficient method for pediatricians and front-line vision screening organizations to screen children, obtain immediate results and support efforts to eradicate a condition that impacts three to five percent of the population. Rebion manufactures innovative instruments for definitively identifying life-altering diseases that manifest from functional impairments in the brain. Toru Nishizawa is president and CEO of Canon Virginia, Inc.

Effective March 31, Sonabank will be changing its name to Primis Bank, and its parent company will be changing from Southern National Bancorp of Virginia to Primis Financial Corp. The company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ and its ticker symbol will change from SONA to FRST. Customers should expect no change with their relationship managers, and all of their checks, debit and credit cards, as well as other products and services, will experience no change. Dennis J. Zember, Jr. is president and CEO of the company.

Jennifer O. David
Katherine G. Dermanis
W. Fanchon Glover
Joycelyn Spight Roache
Kevin G. Swann

Jennifer O. David, Katherine G. Dermanis, W. Fanchon Glover, Joycelyn Spight Roache, Kevin G. Swann, and Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads were recipients of the 53rd annual Peninsula Humanitarian Awards presented by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. David is a partner at David, Kamp & Frank, where she focuses on family law litigation. A retired Hampton City School teacher, Dermanis currently works at Gloria Dei Lutheran School. Glover is the founding chief diversity officer at the College of William & Mary. Roache is vice president, commercial relationship manager and lead underwriter at Old Point National Bank. Rev. Dr. Kevin G. Swann is senior pastor of Ivy Baptist Church, where he has served since 2006. Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads (HDCofHR) was formed in October 2005 and became a nonprofit in December 2006. The organization was started in order to provide quality, affordable housing opportunities to the clients of nonprofits on the Greater Virginia Peninsula and in Gloucester County. The awards honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the promotion of respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds in the Peninsula community.

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled the following March programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change: March 1, Maritime Mondays, featuring Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist, by Jess Keating; March 5, Civil War Lecture: Part of Battle of Hampton Roads, Spirits on USS Monitor: Alcohol and the Civil War Navy with John Quarstein; March 6, Battle of Hampton Roads Day; March 8, Maritime Mondays, featuring Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean’s Biggest Secret, by Jess Keating; March 10, Speakers’ Bureau featuring The Great Halifax Explosion, presented by Dan Wood, docent; March 11, Evening Lecture Series, featuring War in the Tropics: Two Authors Talk about the Role of Florida and the Caribbean in the Civil War, presented by Robert N. Macomber and John V. Quarstein; March 15, Maritime Mondays, featuring: Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist, by Mary Anning; March 19, Hampton Roads History Lecture, Hilton Village’s Colony Inn, presented by John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center; March 22, Maritime Mondays, featuring Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia, by D. Anne Love; March 29, Maritime Mondays, featuring Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13, by Helaine Becker. For times, registration and fees, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the Live Programming webpage.

Melanie Whitehead
Jamie Coldsnow
Theresa Ashberry
Donna Bösze

Top January agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Melanie Whitehead, top listing agent; Jamie Coldsnow, top selling agent; Theresa Ashberry, top closing agent; Donna Bösze, top producing agent; and Coldsnow and Whitehead, top referring agents.


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