Tidbits – October 2021

October events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include October 7: Seminar: Funding Strategies for Small Businesses, featuring Roy Madsen, mentor at SCORE; October 12: Coffee Connection at Gather Workspaces LLC; October 13: 2021 Job Fair in collaboration with the Military Family Support Center Employment Programs; October 14: Women’s Leadership Forum, featuring Kathy Howell, president, Howell Creative Group; Sheila Noll, District 2 supervisor, York County; Michele Benson, gift planning officer, Riverside Health Systems Foundation and Marisa Porto, assistant dean, Scripps Howard School of Journalism, Hampton University; and October 28: Business Connection After Hours at ECPI University. To register, go to www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/calendar.

Langley for Families Foundation has awarded its third-quarter grants to 21 organizations for a total of $136,000. The latest round of grants brings the Foundation’s year-to-date total to nearly $460,000. Those organizations receiving grants are Alternatives, Inc.; Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia; Bennett Center; Eliza Hope Foundation; Faison Center, Inc.; Gloucester Housing Partnership, Inc.; Here for the Girls; Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads; Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc.; Postpartum Support Virginia; REACH, Inc.; Suffolk Education Foundation; Tidewater Chapter – Tuskegee Airmen; Tidewater Friends of Foster Care Incorporated; United Way of South Hampton Roads; United Way of the Virginia Peninsula; VersAbility Resources; Virginia Air and Space Center; Virginia Supportive Housing; and Youth Challenge, Inc.

For the fifth consecutive year, Brown Edwards has been recognized as a top accounting firm on the INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) Top 100 List, moving up another three spots on the list this year. The IPA 400 recognizes the top U.S.-based accounting firms and is the most comprehensive list of North American public accounting firms available. IPA ranks the largest U.S. public accounting firms based on participating firms’ net revenues.

For the third year in a row, Brown Edwards has been recognized as a Top 50 Construction Accounting Firm by Construction Executive magazine, ranking #37. Construction Executive is considered a leading source for news, market developments and business issues impacting the construction industry. Brown Edwards tied for #5 for total number of CCIFPs, with 12 team members carrying this distinction. The Brown Edwards construction practice has been dedicated to serving the construction industry since 1967. Hugh Barlow is the firm’s partner in the Oyster Point offices.

The Smart Smiles 5K, a major fundraiser for Delta Dental’s Smart Smiles program, began 17 years ago when Dr. Mayer Levy, a previous dental provider of the Smart Smiles program, advocate for underserved kids and Fellow of the International College of Dentists, approached The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula with the idea. Thanks to the generous support of providers, businesses and organizations, the Smart Smiles 5K has been successful in raising critical funds.

Hannah Hartzheim, personal fitness trainer, has joined Personal Training Associates. Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Hartzheim is a Functional Movement Specialist and an Institute for Integrative Nutritional Health Coach.

Coldwell Banker Traditions, LLC – Peninsula has moved into larger offices at 710 Thimble Shoals Boulevard. In addition to residential sales, its agents specialize in commercial sales, property management and homeowner’s association management. Sandra Hood is managing broker of the firm.

Orrin Banner
Angela Lee

Top July agents for Coldwell Banker Traditions Peninsula office were Orrin Banner, top listing agent and Angela Lee, top sales agent.

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled the following October programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change: October 1, Maritime Mondays Children’s Art Exhibition; October 1, Beyond the Frame with Kyra Duffley, Mariners’ Museum digital content assistant; October 4, Maritime Mondays (virtual) featuring Lauren T. Furey, manager of visitor engagement, reading and discovering an interesting artifact from the Museum’s Collection; October 8, Civil War Lecture (virtual) with John Quarstein, discussing USS Cumberland: The Power of Iron over Wood; October 9, National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebración! featuring Erika Cosme, content and interpretation developer; October 10, Friendly Hours; October 11, Maritime Mondays (virtual) featuring Lauren T. Furey; October 15, Civil War Discussion, with John Quarstein discussing Confederate Heartland Offensive: The Kentucky Campaign; October 18, Maritime Mondays (virtual) featuring Lauren T. Furey; October 22, Civil War Lecture (virtual) with John Quarstein, discussing River Monitors; October 25, Maritime Mondays (virtual) featuring Lauren T. Furey. For times, registration and fees, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the Live Programming webpage.

Sister Cities Newport News (SNCC) has moved to CITY SPACE at 11820 Merchants Walk, Suite 100 in City Center. The former Jos. A. Banks retail space has been converted to allow SNCC to become a venue to showcase cultural exhibits and host international partners (when exchanges return). The 4,000 square-foot space has a conference table and chairs for board and committee meetings and space to host lectures and gatherings. Other organizations and businesses are also able to rent the venue for meetings and events. Kate Helwig is SNCC executive director.

The REALTORS® and staff of Abbitt Realty and Abbitt Management, together with Abbitt Family Foundation, collectively donated non-perishable and financial support totaling more than $10,000 to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank in recognition of Abbitt’s 75th anniversary. Donations were collected during the Abbitt Family Day Celebration in July at the Virginia Living Museum, with more than 250 REALTORS®, staff and family members attending. Abbitt’s donation will provide 44,050 meals to members of the Hampton Roads community. Stephen Abbitt is Abbitt’s president.

Dia Foden has been promoted to a full-time tourism specialist with Newport News Visitors Center, replacing Andrea Moran, who retired in early 2020. Foden will be responsible for promoting Newport News to local, regional and state tourism businesses, including Virginia Welcome Centers and Visitor Information Centers and Virginia AAA offices. She will represent the city at trade shows, career days, festivals and events. Foden has served as an industry training specialist with the Newport News Visitor Center for the past 10 years.

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 48 attorneys of the firm for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022. Hatchett’s practice involves trusts and estates. Short’s practice specializes in real estate law. Trant’s practice specializes in real estate law. Windsor’s practice specialty is litigation, construction and real estate law. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Christopher Walton has been named business development manager for Newport News/Williamsburg Airport. In his role he works strategically developing marketing initiatives, enhancing the passenger experience and leveraging strong relationships with members of the community and local companies. A graduate of Averett University, Walton received the Innovation in Education and Community Outreach Award for Averett’s Aeronautics Program on which he worked as assistant professor and department co-chair. He also received the Recent Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2020 for his positive impact on the community.

The Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads, a Peninsula based nonprofit providing quality affordable housing opportunities in safe neighborhoods to low income individuals and families, the homeless and disabled, has named the following 2021–2023 officers: Bruce LaLonde, president and executive director; Linda Parker, vice president; Stephen Snark, treasurer; and Sister David Ann Niski, secretary.

Chaz Fiscella
Kimi Dornan
Barbara Morris
Lisa Seay

Top July agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Chaz Fiscella, top listing, closing and producing agent and Kim Dorman, top selling agent. Top August agents were Chaz Fiscella, top listing and closing agent; Barbara Morris, top selling agent; and Lisa Seay, top producing agent.


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