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Potluck with a Purpose, New Website and more: News Briefs for July 2

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Catch up on news and notes from in and around the Historic Triangle.

(Liz Moore & Associates)

Liz Moore & Associates Potluck with a Purpose Raises $458 for Williamsburg House of Mercy

Elizabeth Jones, Holly Miller, and Nan Piland, agents with Liz Moore &; Associates, hosted an office potluck lunch where $458 was collected for the Williamsburg House of Mercy.

House of Mercy provides a safe and welcoming environment for area homeless to find respite, receive services, and work toward ending their homelessness, and emergency assistance and supportive services to those struggling to maintain housing and regain stability.

Liz Moore & Associates’ Potluck with a Purpose lunches are held monthly and hosted by
agents and staff. The host cooks and provides lunch for a cash donation to the cause of their choice.

(City of Williamsburg)

Tina Reitzel Reappointed as General Registrar and Director of Elections for City of Williamsburg

The City of Williamsburg Electoral Board reappointed Tina Reitzel as General Registrar and Director of Elections at its June 7 meeting.

Reitzel’s four-year term runs from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2027.

In 2020, weeks after the pandemic reached the Williamsburg area, the city’s Voter Registrar’s Office organized drive-thru voting at the fire station for the city council and June primary elections. The city noted this effort, supported by city personnel who staffed this modified polling location, earned it a 2021 Innovation Award from the Virginia Municipal League.

(Gloucester County)

Gloucester Launches New Website

Gloucester County recently launched a new, revamped website, built from scratch by the county’s Information Technology Department over the past several months.

The county said the new site — — will be much more user-friendly, more visually appealing, and more cost-effective for taxpayers.

The County made the decision to build its own site after its current website vendor imposed a large price increase for its service. Since the new site was developed and is controlled in-house, there are fewer limitations to the overall site design and content restrictions that are imposed by typical website vendors.

The fresh look mirrors the county’s rebranding efforts, it said, and features a robust tourism page, where visitors interested in visiting the county can easily navigate to learn about what it has to offer as far as activities, dining, shopping, and lodging.

(Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer)

Former VNG Propane Plant Sells on Route 60 in James City County

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced the sale of approximately 10 acres of land and a 4,000-square-foot plant facility at 8985 Pocahontas Trail in Williamsburg.

Global Development Co., LLC purchased the property from Southern Company Gas for $1,610,000 and will lease it to one of its operating companies.

Robert L. Phillips, Jr. SIOR and Ellis Colthorpe of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller; Kenneth D. Penrose, Jr., also with Thalhimer, represented the purchaser.

Southern Bank Banking Office Opens in Newport News

Southern Bank in Newport News recently announced the opening of its full-service banking facility in The Atrium Building located at 11832 Rock Landing Drive, Suite 104, in
Newport News.

The office is open Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first day of business at the  location was Tuesday, June 20.

A Grand Opening ceremony will be planned at a later date.

More information about Southern Bank is available on the Internet at

An infrared image from the James Webb Space Telescope. (Photo by NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI / Creative Commons)

Profs and Pints to Offer Chance to Explore Deep Space

Profs and Pints Hampton Roads will present “New Views of the Universe,” a look at the previously unseen realms and phenomena revealed by space telescopes, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 at 1700 Brewing in Newport News.

Jack Singal, associate professor of physics at the University of Richmond and former researcher at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Stanford University, will discuss the history of space telescope missions and how these instruments’ ability to detect different forms of light has yielded revelations that changed our views of the universe and our place in it.

Advance tickets are $13.50 plus sales tax and processing fees. Tickets are $17 at the door or $15 with a student ID. Doors open at 6 p.m., the talk starts 30 minutes later.

Stay informed about other upcoming events and any new venues in the area at the Hampton Roads page of the Profs and Pints Web site or by joining the Hampton Roads Profs and Pints Meetup Group or the Hampton Roads Profs and Pints Facebook Group. There is also a repository of the recorded versions of more than 160 online talks at

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