The Virginia Symphony Orchestra announced nine new members to its board of directors. They include: Betty and Nat Brown, Williamsburg residents who are active members in the Let Freedom Ring Foundation and First Baptist Church of Williamsburg; John Garrett, vice president and commercial lender at TowneBank; Sarah Ortego, president of the Virginia Symphony Society; Lisa Pile, a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Newport News; Gordon Robertson, CEO and president of The Christian Broadcasting Network and president of Operation Blessing International; Katya Santiago, an assurance senior manager at BDO; Blythe Scott, Norfolk’s commissioner of the revenue; and Michael Stonecypher, vice president of media operations and affiliate relations for The Christian Broadcasting Network. Mike McClellan, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Norfolk Southern, was reelected to a one-year term as board chair. Carolyn Pittman, chief accounting officer at Maxar Technologies, will serve as board treasurer and Susan Goode will continue to serve as board secretary.
The Coastal Multifamily Housing Council announced the winners of its 37th annual Awards of Excellence July 14 at a ceremony held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Merit Awards were presented for outstanding individual performance and Awards of Excellence were given to exceptional apartment communities. Seven individuals and two apartment communities were honored for their performance in the multifamily housing industry. They include: Regional Property Manager of the Year, Jamie Kane, The Breeden Co.; Property Manager of the Year, Jessica Carter, The Breeden Co.; Leasing Consultant of the Year, Marlene Smith, Kotarides Property Management; Maintenance Supervisor of the Year, James Reynolds, Ripley Heatwole Co. Inc.; Maintenance Employee of the Year, Justin Thomas, Kotarides Property Management; Above & Beyond Award, Annette Lutrull, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.; Associate of the Year, John Casone, Ferguson Facilities Supply; Residents’ Choice Winner, John Knox Towers, The Lawson Cos. This year, 142 communities competed for Awards of Excellence honors in 13 award categories, based on the date they were built. The Gold Winner recipients were: St. Paul’s Apartment Homes, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.; John Knox Towers, The Lawson Cos.; Village Square Apartments at East Beach, Frye Properties; Merrimack Landing, The Lawson Cos.; Park Towne Apartments, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.; Round Bay Apartments, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.; Dundale Square Apartments, The Lawson Cos.; Grafton Station, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.; Featherstone/Featherstone South, The Breeden Co.; Belmont at York, Kotarides Property Management; Belmont at City Center, Kotarides Property Management; Mezzo Apartment Homes, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.; 27 Atlantic Apartments, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. Platinum award winners included: Best Model, 27 Atlantic Apartments, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.; Best Maintenance Shop, The Constitution at Town Center, Ripley Heatwole Co.; Best Amenities Package, Park Towne, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.; and Best Curb Appeal, Park Towne, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
Eight NEX locations around the world were named Bingham Award winners by the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), the highest honor a store can receive. Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Northwest Annex was the winner in the sales of $2.2 million to $4 million category. The runner-up in the sale of $1.4 million to $2.2 million category was Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads. In the sales under $600,000 category the winner was Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Navy Lodge Norfolk, and the runner-up was Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island.
U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine from Virginia announced a total of $5,511,125 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration for regional airports in Virginia. An award of $450,090 was granted to Chesapeake Regional Airport in for the removal of non-hazard obstructions in order to comply with FAA standards.
In collaboration with HELP and the United Way, The Salvation Army Canteen served 75 meals in Downtown Hampton on July 28. The meal included sandwiches, snacks, apple sauce, a breakfast bar and lots water and Gatorade. If you know of an area in need of meals on the Peninsula, call 757-838-4875.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for BioLife Plasma Services, located at 1076A W. Mercury Blvd. in Hampton, on Aug. 15.
Pembroke Square Associates announced that Bath & Body Works will return from their temporary location in Town Center of Virginia Beach to a new, highly visible location with a larger store in January 2023 at Pembroke Square, formerly known as Pembroke Mall.