Sorrentino Mariani, a manufacturer of contract furniture based in Norfolk, has selected Eyepinch of Virginia Beach to redevelop its website.
Sorrentino Mariani makes case goods, tables, cabinets and fixtures for motels, hotels, health care facilities, dormitories and original equipment manufacturers.
The Community Leadership Partners of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation has awarded $200,000 in grants to 17 nonprofit organizations, with the goal of helping South Hampton Roads youth succeed in school. Recipients are:
* Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads, $7,000 for a preschool program for Norfolk and Virginia Beach children of service members;
* Children's Health Investment Program, $8,200 for the home visitation case management services for families of children living in Chesapeake's South Norfolk neighborhood;
* Community Outreach Coalition, $10,000 for preschool, before- and after-school programs in Portsmouth that focus on athletics, academics and the arts;
* Enoch Baptist Church Academy, $15,000 to expand an after-school program for children from the Lake Edward and Campus East neighborhoods in Virginia Beach;
* Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, $12,000 for the Rosemont Kids Cafe, which proivdes food for children at the Rosemont Boys & Girls Club in Virginia Beach;
* ForKids Inc., $15,000 for the Hot Meals & Homework program in Norfolk and Suffolk;
* Girls on the Run of South Hampton Roads, $14,800 for the Whole Person Concept program for girls living in high-poverty neighborhoods;
* Horizon Hampton Roads, $10,000 for a summer enrichment program for high-risk children;
* Joy Ministries, $15,000 to support a six-week summer reading improvement program for children in low-income neighborhoods in Virginia Beach;
* More 2 Give Inc., $13,000 for the Young Ladies, Young Men after-school leadership program;
* Old Dominion University Educational Foundation, $15,000 for the Science Alliance Live program;
* Samaritan House, $15,000 for a summer camp for middle-school-aged children who have been homeless or suffered from domestic violence;
* Starlight Creative Arts Center, $10,000 for its Weekend Arts Development Program for Virginia Beach children;
* Virginia Beach Public Schools Education Foundation, $10,000 for mentoring, reading and math programs at Bayside Middle School and Bettie F. Williams Elementary School;
* WHRO, $10,000 for community activities that support the WHRO Kids Raising Readers program;
* YMCA South Hampton Roads, $10,000 to bring the First Tee golf program to Park Place children;
* Youth Outreach Urban Resources, $10,000 for Natural Helpers, which nurtures helping networks for middle-school students in Norfolk's Broad Creek neighborhood.
U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats from Virginia, announced that the commonwealth has received $3.27 million in U.S. Department of Justice grants to fund law enforcement jobs and expand community policing initiatives with a focus on programs designed to promote school safety.
Virginia will receive $1.9 million through the COPS Hiring Program to support 10 officers in the city of Newport News and five officers in Arlington County. The grants cover 75 percent of funding for entry-level salaries and benefits for three years.
In addition, two Virginia organizations were awarded a combined $1.4 million through the Community Policing Devlopment grant program. This includes $496,000 for campus safety initiatives advocated by the VTV Family Outreach Foundation, and $900,000 to the Virginia Community Policing Institute. These funds are used to advance community policing through training and technical assistance, and development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks and best practices in the national scope.
The city of Newport News has received an $870,000 federal grant from the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention that is aimed at reducing youth violence and gang activity. The grant is through OJJDP's Community-Based Violence Prevention Program.
The program provides funding for localities to support federal, state and local partnerships to replicate proven community-based strategies to reduce violence.
During the three-year grant period, the model will provide 225 at-risk young people with individualized services and intensive case management. The project will also provide training in the ABCD approach of community mobilization and engagement for 45 youth leaders, prevention groups of 60 young people and 30 community-based youth workers.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently announced $90,000 in housing grants to nine nonprofits in Hampton Roads to help individuals and families achieve and sustain financial stability. This investment will help improve access to affordable housing, preserve neighborhoods, provide financial education and coaching for future homeowners, and support organizations and initiatives that contribute to the success of communities.
This is in addition to the $115,000 announced earlier this year for local workforce development and education needs.
Among the Hampton Roads nonprofits receiving grants are the Elizabeth River Project, for the campaign that aims to make the river swimmable and fishable by 2020, and Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, to help fund rehabilitation and a new construction project.
The foundation is also awarding grants to Business Consortium for Arts Support, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Inc., General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads Inc., Housing Development Corp. of Hampton Roads, the Virginia Arts Festival Inc. and the Virginia Zoological Society.
Awards & honors
Norfolk-based Clark Nexsen has been ranked number 11 on the Architect 50, a list of the top 50 U.S. architecture firms published annually by Architect magazine.
In 2012, Clark Nexsen was ranked 50th.
The list evaluates firms across a range of categories that include net revenue per employee, profits invested in research, energy-efficient metrics related to sustainability, and other factors. To measure design excellence, they asked firms for the first time to submit project portfolios, which were scored by a panel of judges.
The Inn at Tabbs Creek in Mathews has received "Gold Status" as part of the new TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally friendly accommodations across the country. According to a press release, fewer than 10 percent of the 684 B&Bs listed on TripAdvisor in Virginia have achieved this status.
The inn has embraced green design and eco-friendly practices since its purchase and green makeover in 2008 by Lori and Greg Dusenberry. Among their initiatives are a chlorine-free pool; use of sustainable building materials such as cork, bamboo and low VOC paints and insulation; and use of locally grown organic produce, most of it from their own garden. Additonally, since opening the business in 2009, the owners have partnered with Carbonfund.org to pay for their guests carbon offsets.
In 2011, the inn won the first annual "Green Facility Program of the Year" award from Virginia Green and the Virginia Tourism Council. Earlier this year, it was named among the top eco-friendly B&Bs in North America by BedandBreakfast.com.
The Virginia Business Coalition on Health will offer a webinar on Oct. 16, from noon to 1 p.m., on "Adult Immunization: Moving Beyond Influenza," presented by Pfizer.
The session will cover fundamentals of adult vaccinations, progress on flu vaccines, health and cost impact of pneumococcus, and employer actions for addressing adult vaccinations.
To register, contact Nancy Manzie at 552-0913 or email VBCH@myVBCH.org.
Students at Eastern Virginia Medical School are bringing together representatives from medicine and the social sciences for a "Humanism in Medicine" symposium scheduled for Oct. 19 on the school's Norfolk campus. The event is free and open to the public interested in exploring the humanities, ethics and medicine.
The daylong symposium will feature a variety of activities and talks as well as two keynote addresses.
The first keynote is Jacek Mostwin, MD, a professor of urology at Johns Hopkins and a photographer whose pictures reflect the human concerns of the sick and those who care for them. Mostwin will deliver the Thomas R. Pellegrino, MD, Endowed Lecture, named in memory of the EVMS educator and bioethicist who used his own terminal illness as a "teaching moment" for his students.
The second keynote address will feature William Hennessey, director of the Chrysler Museum of Art, speaking about "Diagnostic Art History: Looking at Patients and Paintings." He will draw from the museum's collection to illustrate the similarities between physicians and art historians.
Check-in begins at 9 a.m. in Lester Hall, 651 Colley Ave. Opening remarks begin at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
Reservations are requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tidewater Community College will host a Community Resource and Wellness Fair on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Forum on the Portsmouth campus.
Sponsored by the TCC Women's Center, the event is designed to increase understanding of health care and prevention resources available in the community.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 822-1349 orWomenCenter@tcc.edu.
On Oct. 26, Norfolk's Hermitage Museum & Gardens will present the Garden of Ghoulish Delights, from 7 to 10 p.m. The annual Halloween event is set inside the Hermitage, which will be decorated with spooky lighting, so guests will be able to discover all the hidden secrets of the museum.
There will be live entertainment, light refreshments and a cash bar.
All proceeds will benefit the museum and its gardens. The cost for members is $20, nonmembers, $30.
For more information, contact Lil Acosta, events coordinator, at 423-2052, ext. 211.
The Virginia Symphonoy League and Young Audiences of Virginia will join together to honor Bettie Minette Cooper of Norfolk with a gala on Nov. 2. The $150 per person charity event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.
The celebration will recognize the 50 years of Cooper's vocal and philanthropic support of music and arts-in education programs through the two organizations. A former director of the YWCA of South Hampton Roads and the Chrysler Museum, Cooper is on the board of Virginia Wesleyan College, the Future of Hampton Roads and Ohef Sholom Temple. She is also an alto in the Virginia Symphony Chorus.
For more information on the gala, call 469-5607.
The Virginia Beach Minority Business Council will hold its 15th annual conference and expo on Nov. 7 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Event registration and networking will begin at 2 p.m.
This year's theme is "Removing the Barriers - Closing the Gap."
Floyd E. Wilson Jr., a national authority on minority business growth and development, will be the keynote speaker. Representatives from the state Department of Minority Business Enterprise, Small, Woman and Minority Program and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program will also be available for consultation.
The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit www.VBgov.com/mbc.
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia will present a regional Medicare Health Fair & Expo on Nov. 16 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Keynote topics and panelists will be "The Future of Health Care in America," with U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-2nd District, and Joanne Corte Grossi, Region III director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and "The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care in Virginia," with Dr. William Hazel, Virginia's secretary of Health and Human Resources, and James Rothrock, commissioner of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.
The event will also offer three tracts of concurrent workshops in the morning and afternoon geared to people who will soon enroll in Medicare and those already enrolled. Medicare enrollment assistance and individual one-on-one benefits counseling will be available on site.
Senior Services will recruit sponsors and exhibitors through Oct. 10. Key sponsors to date include Optima Health, Sentara Healthcare, Hook Law Center, PhRMA, Obici Healthcare Foundation, Bon Secours Health System, Anthem HealthKeepers Plus, Circulatory Centers and Bryant & Stratton College.
Tickets are $15 and include continental breakfast and lunch. To purchase tickets, call 461-9481 or visitwww.ssseva.org.
On Nov. 18, Wall Street is coming to the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.
This year, more than 400 students from 20 local schools have signed up to be part of the Stock Market Challenge presented by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Junior Achievement of Hampton Roads.
Teams of four high school students compete to see who can grow their initial $50,000 investment into the highest net worth "mock" portfolio.
To prepare for the event, participating students learn about investing and stock market fundamentals at school, from Merrill Lynch volunteers, who present Junior Achievement's "Take Stock in Your Future" curriculum in the classroom through October.
Schools participating in the challenge include Granby HS, Booker T. Washington HS, Maury HS, Cape Henry Collegiate School, Kellam HS, Ocean Lakes HS, Cox HS, Landstown HS, Bayside HS, Princess Anne HS, Salem HS, Advanced Technology Center, An Achievable Dream HS, Heritage HS, Greenbrier Christian Academy, Hickory HS, Oscar Smith HS, Grafton HS, York HS, Smithfield HS, The Pruden Center and Southampton HS.
The city of Hampton will hold a Citizens Fire Academy beginning Oct. 16 that's designed to familiarize residents with the many services provided by Hampton firefighters, including engine company operations, marine operations, serial operations, technical rescue and personal protective equipment.
Classes will meet each Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 11, with the exception of Thanksgiving week.
For more information, visit http://hampton.gov/index.aspx?NID=2258.
Donations & service
The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk is seeking volunteers and vendors for Zoo Boo, its annual Halloween event, Oct. 26.
Zoo Boo offers families a safe setting to trick-or-treat and participate in costume contests, hayrides, pumpkin smashing and more.
The zoo says it needs area businesses to host treat stations and volunteers to assist with role-playing, handing out treats and other activities.
Those interested in volunteering should visit www.virginiazoo.org/zoo-happenings/zoboo.asp. Area businesses and other groups interested in hosting treat stations should visit the same site and download a treat station host form. Treat station sponsorships cost $100.
Applications for the Women's Transportation Seminar Scholarship Program are due Nov. 4.
WTS is an international organization of more than 4,000 transportation professionals, both women and men, with 45 chapters representing cities and states in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Its goal is to transform the transportation industry through the advancement of women.
The scholarship program has six available scholarships this year, including two for graduate students, two for undergraduates, one for a high school senior and one for a student in a certificate or associate's degree program.
In addition to the WTS International scholarships, the Hampton Roads chapter of the organization will award local chapter scholarships in amounts between $500 and $1,000.
The Tidewater District of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia is offering scholarships to help students interested in pursuing careers in engineering, design, construction and related professions.
Interested applicants should visit www.agcva.org for more information and a copy of the application. Applications must be received by Nov. 22, no later than 5 p.m.
An applicant must be a member, dependent of a member, employee of an AGC member, or be sponsored by a member and a full-time student enrolled in a construction, engineering or design curriculum as an accredited college or university in the fall of 2013 or currently enrolled in a construction-related course in a vocational school or career development program.
Director of Development and Community Relations