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News Briefs for Nov. 17

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

Riverside Cancer Care Network Expanding Stereotactic Radiosurgery to Williamsburg

(Riverside Health System)

Riverside Health System recently announced the expansion of its radiosurgery services, a form of noninvasive treatment that utilizes focused radiation for tumors and lesions, to Williamsburg.

Stereotactic radiosurgery gives patients access to state-of-the-art radiation therapy, providing another option for the treatment of benign or malignant tumors and lesions, Riverside explained. Stereotactic body radiosurgery is a non-invasive treatment for tumors throughout the body, including lungs, spine, prostate, liver, abdomen and pelvis.

Further enhancing the personalized radiation treatments offered is the addition of surface guided radiation therapy with C-RAD, Riverside added. Surface-guided radiation therapy, or SGRT, enhances precision by utilizing advanced camera technology to track and monitor patient movements during set-up and treatment.

C-RAD is currently in place and Stereotactic body radiation therapy will commence in December. To learn more about the expansion of the Riverside Cancer Care Network’s radiation therapy services in Williamsburg, visit

Elizabeth River Tunnels 2024 Toll Rates Announced

(Elizabeth River Crossings)

New toll rates at the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels will take effect Jan. 1, Elizabeth River Crossings announced.

The toll rate change is in accordance with the Comprehensive Agreement between Elizabeth River Crossings OpCo, LLC (ERC) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), it said.

It was also recently announced that Elizabeth River Crossings, in collaboration with VDOT, has expanded the eligibility requirements for the Toll Relief Program. Through the program, eligible residents can save 50% on up to 14 trips per week through the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels, it said.

Learn more at

VDEM Announces Emergency Management Performance Grant Funding

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced the awarding of more than $2.6 million in grant funding for the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG).

The EMPG program is a federally funded, state distributed, grant program focused on funding planning, operations, equipment acquisitions, trainings, exercises, and construction and renovation efforts at the local government level, it said.

The EMPG program provides resources to assist local governments in preparing for all hazards. Through the grant program, the Federal government provides coordination, guidance, and assistance to support a comprehensive emergency preparedness system.

Local allocations:

  • James City County — $39.978
  • City of Poquoson —  $7,500
  • City of Williamsburg — $7,500
  • York County — $50,335

For more information about these programs, contact Catherine Lee – Preparedness Grants Manager Programs at or visit the VDEM Grants webpage at

Norfolk International Airport Reports on October Activity

Norfolk International Airport will host a TSA Pre✓® enrollment center the week of March 19. The program is designed to cut down on wait times for travelers (Courtesy photo/
(Courtesy of Norfolk International Airport)

Norfolk International Airport (ORF) reported an 11.7% increase in passenger activity for the month of October with 402,648 passengers, marking the ninth consecutive record-setting month.

The October 2022 passenger count was 360,380.

The January to October total passenger count has increased 9.5%, representing 3,787,883 passengers compared to 3,460,755 passengers during the same period in 2022, it said.

Additionally, the airport reported 3,580,116 pounds of cargo were shipped in and out in October — a 32.2% decrease compared to October 2022. January to October pounds of cargo shipped has decreased 8.5% representing 47,990,023 cargo pounds compared to 52,450,765 cargo pounds during the same period in 2022.

Winners Announced for the Williamsburg Choral Guild Young Artist Vocal Competition

Erica Axtell and Rita Diamond. (Williamsburg Choral Guild)

The Williamsburg Choral Guild announced the winners of its Young Artist Vocal Competition, supported by the Millie Andrews Young Artist Fund.

The competition, aimed at high school and undergraduate vocalists, attracted talent from across the region, it said.

The winners in the high school and college divisions were chosen to showcase their vocal skills during the Guild’s season-opening concert, “Overture and Finale.” The artists also received a cash prize of $300 each.

The High School Division Winner was Erica Axtell, a soprano from J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico County. The Collegiate Division Winner was Rita Diamond, a soprano from Randolph-Macon College.

Gloucester County Names New HR Director

(Gloucester County)

Gloucester County recently named Tami Nunn as its new Human Resources Director. With more than 30 years of leadership experience, Nunn will begin her role with the County Monday, Dec. 4.

Nunn spent the past six years providing daily management of human resources functions for a regional rehabilitation hospital, responsible for serving 200 team members, and has also held multiple other HR Director positions in the healthcare setting and worked as marketing director for a local retirement community for seven years, the county said.

Nunn said a priority will be on recruiting and retaining quality employees.

Nunn holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Christopher Newport University and holds the PHR (Professional in Human Resources) credential, the county said.

Streamline Roofing Celebrates 6th Annual ‘Raise the Roof-Raise the Community’ Installation Celebration with Latisha’s House Foundation

(Streamline Roofing)

Streamline Roofing announced the completion of its 6th annual “Raise the Roof-Free Roof Giveaway” outreach initiative this fall, with Latisha’s House Foundation named as the 2023 recipient.

The program, aimed at supporting local organizations and residents in need, is part of Streamline Roofing’s commitment to giving back to the community, it said.

Latisha’s House Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Williamsburg focuses on providing a long-term, trauma-informed safe house for survivors of human trafficking. Their tireless efforts and positive impact on the community made them the deserving recipient of this year’s roof replacement through the “Raise the Roof-Raise the Community” outreach project.

Streamline Roofing replaced the entire roof of Latisha’s House, and also rallied the community to raise over $1,000 in donations and gift cards, along with a truckload of household donations for the survivors at its Installation Celebration-Gift Card Drive.

Streamline Roofing thanked its attendees and sponsors for their support of the event. For more information about Streamline Roofing and its community initiatives, visit

Historic Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown — Veterans Day Service

Historic Grace Episcopal Church held its annual Veterans Day prayer service at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 in the Church.

After the service, attendees participated in a brief ceremony in the Church Cemetery that included the playing of “Taps” and a salute to the 110 known veterans buried in the Grace cemetery and all deceased men and women who have served our country in uniform. The Church Bell was tolled 21 times as part of the Nationwide “Bells of Peace” program.

The service was officiated by The Rev Seldon Walker, with music by organist Heidi Bloch. Service readers were Sandy Armstrong, Tom Richmond, Kathy Michaels and Jerry Twigg. Al Crane provided Veterans Day and Marine Corps Birthday remarks. Patrick Washburn read the names of the Veterans buried in the Church Cemetery.

All attendees were provided a Prayer Service Bulletin which included brief bios of Veterans buried in the Church Cemetery, and commemorative Poppy or Patriotic pins.

Pictured are Larry Lunsford (left), Trustee for The Rotary Foundation (TRF); Lynde; and Past District Governor Kenny Janes. (Photo by Paul Miyamasu)

JCC Rotary Foundation Awards

Rotarian Neva Lynde was presented a Rotary Foundation District Service Award at a recent District Foundation event to celebrate her generous giving efforts across the District.  She was honored for outstanding service in promoting The Rotary Foundation and its goal of world understanding and peace.

People’s Choice Voting Has Begun

People’s Choice Voting started Nov. 12 and lasts through Nov. 18 for the Adult Division submissions to the 2023 Digital Photography Competition grant-funded by York County, Virginia Arts Commission.

The theme for this competition is “My York County.” The photos will be available on Facebook for viewing and on devices. The top three in each division (Adult, Teen) will also be on display at the Yorktown Library.

How to Vote:

  • Option A: Look over the photos on the library’s Facebook page and pick your favorite. Vote by Liking the photo.
  • Option B: Head to the Tabb or Yorktown Libraries to vote at the Reference desk.

Facebook image likes will be combined with in-library votes to determine a winner. The winners of People’s Choice and Overall Division will be announced at the Competition Reception on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2-3 p.m., in the Yorktown Library Auditorium. All are invited to attend.

Those with questions should call the Yorktown Library at 757-890-5207 or Tabb Library at 757-890-5120.

Giving Tuesday with the Peninsula SPCA


This Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Peninsula SPCA will be hosting a special event with C&F Enterprises, Carol & Franksgiving, at 819 Bluecrab Road in Newport News from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Peninsula SPCA will be on-site with adoptable dogs and a pop-up store just in time for holiday gift-giving, where 100% of the proceeds help homeless animals. Food will be available from Get Cheesy food truck, which is donating 15% of sales to the PSPCA as well.
Come by with an item from PSPCA’s wish list and help stuff the van with pet food and supplies. Local businesses can also stop by and pick up decorated donation bins to host their own supply drive for the Peninsula SPCA. Monetary donations will also be accepted at their donation station.
All donations on Nov. 28 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Kaz Vision & Laser Center. Donations of $75 or more receive an exclusive 2024 PSPCA calendar.

‘Connections that THRIVE’

(The Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center)

Phase 1 of the multi-club district grant “Connections that THRIVE” is complete, as Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Newport News, Oyster Point, Warwick at City Center, Peninsula, and Yorktown volunteered more than 150 service hours priming and painting the Community Connections Wing and building 24 self-watering garden beds for the new THRIVE Peninsula building on Nettles Drive.

The Community Connections Wing will begin hosting training and educational classes for the individuals and families that THRIVE serves here on the Peninsula in 2024. Produce from the garden beds will be used for distribution in The Market at THRIVE, the Peninsula’s first free grocery store.

The $27,500 grant was also used to purchase laptops, room dividers, and conference room furniture. Learn more at

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