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Alliance gives awards, changes officers

 The Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance handed out awards and recognized new officers at its annual meeting last week.

Robert J. Singley, of RJS & Associates, Inc, won the Chamber's most prestigious annual award for "outstanding service on behalf of both the community and the Alliance." Singley is stepping down this year from the Alliance board.

Cathy Waltrip, owner of CAW Marketing Service was named the Ambassador of the Year.

Michael Rock, owner of Michael C. Rock Agency/Nationwide insurance was named Membership Star of the Year.

Michelle Williams, business events manager for the Alliance said the Ambassador of the year and the Membership Star of the Year are similar awards.

"The Ambassador award is for being a liaison with our existing members, the Membership Star is for talking to newly relocated businesses or businesses that haven't joined the Chamber or former members who've left and persuading them to join," she said.

She said the Alliance has committees that work on both those tasks and that the person who wins the award is "someone who's gone above and beyond" in furthering that work.

And Linda Adamchak, a volunteer with the Alliance, was named Volunteer of the Year.

Outgoing Chairman Carl Lum, president of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, presided over his final event, passing the gavel to 2015-2016 Chairman Leigh Houghland, of Chesapeake Bank.

The Alliance's other officers for the coming year are: Vice Chairman Kevin Jones, president of King's Creek Plantation, Treasurer Adam Steely, co-owner of Blue Talon Bistro, Lum as immediate past chairman and Alliance President Karen Riordan.

The Alliance also recognized retiring and incoming board members. In addition to Singley, Marshall Warner, of Chesapeake Bank, Charles Martino, of Gerontecture, LLC and John Moorman, consultant for Dominion Library Associates, LLC are stepping down.

New board members for 2015-2016 are Cheri Green of Old Point National Bank, Randy Casey-Rutland of New Town, Chris Kerner of A Logo For You, Inc and Christina Carroll of the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

Business Notes:

The Cotswold Group of Harrison, New York has engaged local firm Cushman Wakefield l Thalhimer as leasing agent for the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center which Cotswold acquired in August The center, at the intersection of John Tyler Highway and Route 199, is anchored by Food Lion and has150,000 square feet of leasable space. There are plans for a new townhome development, recently approved by James City County, to flank the eastern portion of the center. The interior of the center's 47,000 square feet of available vacant space are being reconditioned in tandem with a planned "face lift " and facade upgrades for the buildings as the new owners attend to deferred maintenance to the buildings, landscaping and parking areas between mid-October and year end.

Child Development Resources held a community event at the agency's office in Norge on Sept. 20. The day's event brought together more than 300 supporters, donors, volunteers, staff, and families served by CDR for an afternoon of family entertainment, activities, music, guest speakers, food and more. "We wanted to thank our many supporters and the community at large for the generous support CDR has received over the last 50 years," said Paul Scott, CDR's Executive Director. "We are privileged to live and work in a community that values children and is willing to support and advocate for babies and toddlers with special needs, developmental delays, or other challenges." Highlights of the afternoon included the unveiling of a painting by local artist and photographer, Kathy Hornsby. The painting, entitled "Growing with Love," illustrates the support and love CDR children receive in order to grow and blossom. Mother and daughter guest speakers, Amy and Madison Bornhoft, spoke to attendees about Madison's challenges when she was served by CDR as a toddler, and how she overcame them with the help of CDR therapists and staff.

•On Sept. 17 two groups of three staff members with Aimco Apartment Management provided 36 volunteer hours at the ReStore. Aimco volunteers helped process and receive donations from the dock, clean and organize the bed frames section on the sales floor, painted furniture, recycled metal and organized overstock. The volunteer hours help the ReStores mission of providing affordable housing to members of our community who are in need.

Williamsburg Landing announces the appointment of Frank Haltom as the Director of Facilities Management. Haltom previously served as director of General Services for Isle of Wight County. Haltom is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

.Vaughan can be reached at (757)345-2343.

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