Tidbits – November 2023

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled its November programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change. Nov. 3, USS Monitor Legacy Program featuring USS Monitor’s Refit at Washington Navy Yard, with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center (in-person and livestreamed); Nov. 4, The Mariners’ Park Fall Festival (in-person program); Nov. 12, Friendly Hours (in-person program); Nov. 16, Evening Lecture: Churchill’s American Arsenal with Larrie D. Ferreiro, engineer, historian and a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist (in person and livestreamed); Nov. 17, USS Monitor Legacy Program, featuring The South’s First Ironclad (in-person and livestreamed); Nov. 26, Museum Store Sunday (in person); Nov. 26, Storytime with Santa; and Nov. 28, Social Media, featuring Giving Tuesday. For times, registration and fees, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the Live Programming webpage.

Sandra Hood

Top August agent for Coldwell Banker Traditions’ Peninsula office was Sandra Hood, top listing agent.

Rob Shuford
Qwayshawn Adams

Old Point National Bank was among the 58 companies in three categories that earned the Top Workplaces recognition in Hampton Roads by Inside Business magazine. Rob Shuford is president and CEO.

Qwayshawn Adams, marketing coordinator, was recognized by CoVaBIZ as a recipient of the CoVaBIZ NextGen award winner. Adams has been with Old Point for three years and is responsible for coordinating campaigns and timelines, creating print and digital art managing events and overseeing the bank’s social media presence. 

Dr. Jerome Provenzano and NP Stephanie Cox have joined James River Family Practice. Provenzano has been a family physician in Newport News for more than 30 year. James River Family Practice, LLC recently celebrated 25 years of practice and has been in the Oyster Point area for more than 14 years. 

Each year, the Warwick at City Center Rotary Club (WCC) allocates $1,000 for the outgoing president to use toward a service project in the community. This year, Amber Lempke, past president, partnered with Peake Childhood Center to provide volunteer hours and resources to update its outdoor play area. Lempke, along with 11 other WCC Rotary Club members and several family members, stained tree stumps for children’s circle time, planted herbs and flowers, spray painted a sensory path along the sidewalk and washed classroom chairs for the center. Additionally, the club donated playground equipment and tricycles for the young children to use.

Left to right: Davetta Rinehart, Anne C.S. Wozniak, Roberta Thayer Smith, Jim Probsdorfer, Rinehart and Gee Horton

The club shopped with children from YMCA Bright Beginnings for new clothes and school supplies needed to start the school year. Club members are shown here participating in this event. 

Rotarians from the Virginia Peninsula and Warwick at City Center Rotary Clubs recently traveled to Costa Rica to visit the Heredia Rotary Club. Their trip consisted of assessing potential projects that will have a great impact on the local community that address food security, income generation and special needs students. Past joint Rotary projects, totaling more than $50,000, include repairing and upgrading an irrigation system for a farming community, installing a new playground and providing Internet service to needy children so they could attend school virtually during the COVID pandemic. Shown here are (left to right) Jennifer Daknis (third from left), Leslie Borwick (seventh from left), Kevin Yeargin (seventh from right), Ray Spencer (sixth from right), Holly Kidd (fifth from right), and Bill Blanchard (far right). Others in the photo were from the Heredia Rotary Club. 

TowneBank participated in the United Way Day of Caring. In Newport News, volunteers created inspiration boards for students at the Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula.

The Lifelong Citizenship Award, sponsored by the Newport News Department of Parks and Recreation Active Lifestyles Program, celebrated its 16th year by recognizing nine residents for their 512 combined years of service to the community. The event applauds the contributions that local citizens over the age of 90 have made to the city and the surrounding communities throughout their lifetime. Honorees included Joyce V. Edwards, 91; Julius Green, Jr., 91; Nannette S. Lyons, 91; Sonya R. Nachman, 92; Annie L. Perrin, 91; Ella M. Powell, 90; Dr. Walter S. Price, 101; Vivian Simmons, 93; and Gerard E. Woodbury, 90. Each recipient received a personalized proclamation from Mayor Phillip Jones during a luncheon.

Dee Karlsson
Kimi Dornan
Lisa Seay

Top September agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Dee Karlsson, top listing agent; Kim Dornan, top closing agent; and Lisa Seay, top producing agent.

Campana Waltz Commercial Real Estate, LLC has reconstructed. Thomas P. Waltz is the sole remaining LLC member and is doing business as Campana Waltz Commercial Real Estate LLC EAST.

Newport News Sister City and Christopher Newport University (CNU) will commemorate the 25-year Sister City relationship with Tai Zhou in China on Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., at the CNU Peebles Theater. The event will feature a Chinese opera performance, along with a local CNU jazz combo. Following the one-hour performance, a 30-minute social reception will allow attendees to mingle and enjoy refreshments. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Donations are encouraged to support continuing cultural exchange efforts.

Virginia Peninsula Community College (VPCC) will host a “Tea with Dr. B” event with Dr. Towuanna Porter Brannon, VPCC president. On Nov. 8, John H. Davis will discuss his book Combat to College, and the transition from the military to college. The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Hampton IV Building (Room 4136) on the VPCC Hampton Campus.