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WHF New Staff and Promotions, Time Share Exit Scams and more: News Briefs for July 8

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Catch up on news and notes from in and around the Historic Triangle.
The staff of The Williamsburg Health Foundation. (WHF)

Williamsburg Health Foundation Announces New Staff and Promotions

The Williamsburg Health Foundation (WHF) is celebrating community partnerships, an extended strategic plan, staff promotions, and new staff in its 27th year of service to the Greater Williamsburg community, it said. The new staff join a team with over 75 years of combined philanthropic service.

  • Bill Pribble, former Senior Program Officer, was promoted to Vice President of Programs.
  • Shelby Boltz, former WHF Executive Assistant and Office Manager, was promoted to Grants Administrator.

New Staff Members

  • Adriene Bivens joins WHF as Executive Assistant and Office Manager.
  • Kelly Metcalf-Meese joins as Program Officer
  • Deb Fisher serves as Communication Specialist.

Other Foundation News
WHF noted trustees recently voted to extend it current strategic plan from three to five years (through 2025), Community Access Network (CAN) has completed an information gathering process related to integrated care needs in the Greater Williamsburg Area and is developing a summary of their findings which will be available as a resource to those working to promote or implement integrated care, and The National Academy of Medicine recently formed the Commission on Investment Imperatives for a Healthy Nation and has invited WHF to join the local funder coalition to help inform the Commission’s deliberations on priorities and strategies to strengthen cross-sector alignment for health.

AARP Virginia Fraud Alert: Time Share Exit Scams

AARP warns that with thousands of people across the country looking to get rid of a time share property, criminal scammers are setting up slick looking, but fraudulent businesses that promise to help desperate families for a fee.

Time share scams target victims by responding to for sale ads or searching property records, AARP said, and will either offer a guarantee to get someone out of their time share for a fee or claim to have a buyer available and ask for real estate sales fees. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Wisconsin filed suit against a group of companies who collected $90 million for services they never provided.

Scams should be reported to local law enforcement, AARP said. For help from AARP, call 1-877-908-3360 or visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at

Pictured: Mike Rock, Past President, Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg; Father Eric Ayers, Pastor of St Bede Catholic Church; Liz Buckley, Interim Executive Director, Williamsburg House of Mercy; and Tony Pauroso, President, Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg. (Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg)

Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Hosts Guest Speaker

Liz Buckley, interim executive director at the Williamsburg House of Mercy (WHOM), recently was the guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg.
According to the the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg, WHOM, housed at the old St. Bede’s rectory off Richmond Road, provides quality compassionate human services to all people, especially the most vulnerable, regardless of faith.
Buckley talked about the high number of people that WHOM serves every week and her work to help restructure the organization, bringing back parts of the WHOM mission that were discontinued during the pandemic.
The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg meets every Wednesday at noon for lunch at the Williamsburg Lodge.

City of Williamsburg Fiscal Year 2024 Adopted Budget Now Online

The complete Fiscal Year 2024 Adopted Budget can now be viewed in its entirety on the City of Williamsburg website, the city announced.

You can read and download the full budget at

VSP: 5 Killed in 2 Days on Virginia Highways During July 4 Holiday

Virginia State Police said preliminary data indicates five individuals lost their lives in four traffic crashes during the 48-hour statistical counting period designated for the July 4 holiday.

Of those who died, one was a motorcyclist, two were drivers and two were passengers. During the four-day statistical counting period for July 4, 2022, traffic crashes claimed 10 lives on Virginia’s highways, it said.

For its part, state police participated in Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt.

During the 2023 two-day Operation CARE initiative for the July 4 holiday, Virginia troopers arrested 36 drivers for operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and cited 2,051 speeders and 980 reckless drivers, VSP noted. Troopers issued 254 citations for failing to buckle up, and another 74 citations for children not being properly secured in a vehicle. Virginia troopers also cited 124 drivers for being in violation of Virginia’s “hands free” law.

Updates from the Williamsburg Chapter SAR

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