Tidbits – October 2020

Alonzo R. Bell, Jr., CCIM, has joined Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate as senior vice president. Bell has been in commercial real estate since 1989 and was principal broker for Randolph Real Estate Services Company, a company he founded in 2000. A Newport News native, Bell received his BSE from Princeton in civil engineering and operations research. He is a graduate of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and the Minority Business Executive Program at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

October events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include Virtual Women’s Leadership Forum, Oct. 8;
Virtual Newport News State of the City, Oct. 29; and Virtual Business Connection After Hours, Oct. 29. For registration and information, go to www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/calendar.

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled the following virtual programs, subject to change: October 7, Speakers’ Bureau: The Death and Resurrection of Mary Rose; October 9, Civil War Lecture: Raphael Semmes and CSS Sumter with John Quarstein; October 14, Speakers’ Bureau: The Voyages of Columbus; October 16, Hampton Roads Invaded: Anglo-Dutch Naval Wars with John V. Quarstein; October 21, Speakers’ Bureau: The Other Ironclads; October 22, American Red Cross blood drive at The Mariners’ Museum; October 22, Evening Lecture Series: Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition, with Buddy Levy; October 23, Civil War Lecture: Battle of Galveston with John Quarstein; October 28, Speakers’ Bureau: The Miniature Ships of August F. and Winnifred Crabtree. To register, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org.

Langley Federal Credit Union approved $50,000 in six grants to local organizations through its charitable giving program. Receiving funds are An Achievable Dream, $10,000; The Compassion Advocacy Network, $5,000; Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, $5,000; Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads, $5,000; Hampton University School of Business Scholarships, $20,000; and Thomas Nelson Community College Education Foundation, $5,000.

Newport News Public Art Foundation announced the August installation of its 21st sculpture in its open-air art gallery in Newport News. Man and Crocodile by Italian sculptor Girolamo Ciulla was placed in Newport News Park.

Philip L. Hatchett
Mark A. Short
Timothy O. Trant II
James L. Windsor

Philip L. Hatchett, Mark A. Short, Timothy O. Trant II and James L. Windsor of Kaufman & Canoles’ Newport News office, have been named among the 46 attorneys of the firm for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. Hatchett’s practice involves trusts and estates; Short’s, real estate land use. Trant’s, environmental law and real estate land use; Windsor’s, construction and real estate land use. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. has been named one of the 2020 Best Places to Work, fourth place, mid-sized companies. This annual list is created by Inside Business. Organizations from across the state participate in a two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Virginia. This award identifies and honors the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state’s economy, its work force and businesses.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula has provided a safe place for kids to complete their schoolwork, access the Internet and participate in programs and activities, while being supervised by trained professional staff. The following clubs opened on September 8 for the 2020 –21 school year: Citizens Unit (1815 Shell Road, Hampton); Crossroads Village Unit (12749 Nettles Dr., Newport News); Gloucester Unit (7066 Hayes Shopping Center, Hayes); Greater Hampton Roads Unit (629 Hampton Ave., Newport News); Peninsula Unit (New Beech Grove Baptist Church, 361 Beechmont Dr., Newport News); and York County Unit (Yorktown Middle School, 11201 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown). For hours of operation and registration information, visit www.bagclub.com/schoolyear2020 or contact Angel Nelson, anelson@bagclub.com or 757-223-7204.

Brown Edwards has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms in the nation. Its commitment to the industry is demonstrated through its involvement in the Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) designation, with 11 construction team members who have achieved the designation. Since 2017, the firm has ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic Region and Top 10 in the country in terms of the number of CCIFPs on staff. The CCIFP designation is the only industry-recognized certification that indicates a financial professional is dedicated to promoting best practices in construction financial management. Brown Edwards ranks among the nation’s Top 100 firms, moving up six places to #81, as reported by INSIDE Public Accounting in its 2020 annual financial performance analysis of the nation’s largest public accounting firms. The rankings are based on 2019 U.S. net revenue. This report is the most accurate listing of the nation’s largest accounting firms based on fiscal performance. Hugh Barlow is the firm’s partner in the Oyster Point offices.

Participating in the ribbon cutting of Unreasonable Kids were (left to right) Michele Hirsch, a friend of Unreasonable Kids; Ateba Gaines, founder of Unreasonable Kids); Tiffany Boyle, Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue; and Lorri Powers, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce ambassador. Located in the Gather locations at Tech Center, Unreasonable Kids is a social entrepreneurship program training the next generation of kid superheroes in Newport News.

Sentara Healthcare and Truist came together with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks to create the We Care COVID-19 Virginia Emergency Food Support Plan. There will be 50,000 boxes of food distributed throughout the Commonwealth to strengthen Virginia’s emergency food support system to provide nourishment to families during the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of volunteers from Sentara CarePlex, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Sentara corporate headquarters packed more than 400 We Care boxes at Virginia Peninsula Foodbank that were distributed in August at COVID testing sites across the Virginia Peninsula.

Chris Pray
Theresa Ashberry
Patrizia Ridout

Top August agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Chris Pray, top listing agent, Theresa Ashberry, top selling, closing and producing agent; and Patrizia Ridout, top referring agent.

All 12 Sentara hospitals have earned Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality status in the 2020 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) survey, a national LGBTQ benchmarking tool from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). HEI evaluates more than 1,600 individual healthcare facilities’ policies and practices as they relate to the equity and inclusion of their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning patients, visitors and employees. Leader status is HEI’s highest designation and can only be attained by earning a top score of 100 in the 2020 HEI survey. Sentara hospitals’ top scores make them members of an exclusive club in Virginia. Only four other facilities in the Commonwealth hold Leader status.

Mychal Manolatos
Marc Bellaud

Mychal Manolatos has been named the new leader of SOLitude Lake Management He joined SOLitude in 2016 and has more than 15 years of experience leading various teams and businesses across multiple industries. Marc Bellaud has been named to the new role of director of technical services. An industry veteran with nearly 30 years of experience, Bellaud has been actively involved in advancing the science of aquatics as a good steward and widely respected thought leader. Kevin Tucker is SOLitude’s founder and former CEO.

The Newport News Department of Development has been awarded a $1.5 million EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant from the U. S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) that will provide critical gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic across Virginia. Florence Kingston is director of the Newport News Department of Development.

Roberta Thayer-Smith has joined the Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center. Sponsored by Anne Wozniak (right), Thayer-Smith is a retired Newport News School administrator and currently employed as a VTSS systems coach for the Virginia Department of Education at VCU.


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