Finalists selected for free roof giveaway

Staff writer

York County-based contractor Streamline Roofing has announced the four finalists in its second-annual No Roof Left Behind free roof replacement giveaway.

Area residents were invited to nominate friends and family members who they felt were deserving of a new roof. Williamsburg resident and single mother of two Ashley Springer won the company’s first annual giveaway last summer, and Streamline stepped in to replace her leaky roof free of charge.

This year’s finalists include Williamsburg residents Lea Johnson, Andrea Jenkins and family and Peggy Boarman, along with Newport News resident Don Spiers, according to a news release.

“We had so many deserving nominees this year. The process to narrow down to the final four was extremely challenging,” said Streamline owner Jeff Skinner. “Our finalists are all very deserving and we look to our community to help us pick our winner with their votes.”

The No Roof Left Behind campaign is sponsored locally by Berkeley Realty, Old City Barbeque, Chesapeake Bank, Roofing Supply Group-RSG, Printwell Inc., CertainTeed Roofing, and Mark P. Riley-New York Life.

For more information about Streamline Roofing, visit streamlineroofingco.com. To vote for finalists, visit streamlineroofingco.com/no-roof-left-behind.

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Greater Williamsburg class of 2019 kicked off its WMBGkind community initiative this month, most recently with a series of actions this past week, which was proclaimed International Random Acts of Kindness Week by Gov. Ralph Northam last month.

LEAD is a community immersion program sponsored by the Chamber and Tourism Alliance that brings together a class of local business, nonprofit and education leaders to address important issues and needs in the Historic Triangle.

Throughout the past week, LEAD Greater Williamsburg class members dropped off more than 200 cards full of Get Well wishes for patients at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, collected non-perishable food items at the Chamber and Tourism Alliance building to donate to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and joined local nonprofit group The Arc of Greater Williamsburg’s day support program for crafts and games.

LEAD organizers hope to continue highlighting acts of kindness through lectures at community events and local schools, and by promoting charitable efforts in the Historic Triangle through WMBGkind’s pages on social media.

After the 2019 class finishes the program in May, the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula has agreed to continue promoting the initiative, according to a news release from LEAD.

For more highlights of kindness across the Historic Triangle, visit the WMBGkind Facebook page at facebook.com/WMBGkind/.

Eddie Robinson, a board member with local nonprofit Child Development Resources, was the recipient of the group’s third annual Barbara J. Driscoll Humanitarian Award earlier this week.

CDR staff and board members nominate a CDR volunteer to receive the award each year in memory of the late Barbara Driscoll’s commitment to the nonprofit, according to a news release. The award was presented by Charles Driscoll, her husband, at a luncheon at Le Yaca.

Driscoll, who died in 2014, was a past Child Development Resources board chairwoman and long-time supporter.

“Eddie’s interest in the organization is expressed clearly through his philanthropy,” CDR Executive Director Paul Scott said. “His gifts reflect his commitment to serving young children and their families — the heart of CDR and, like Barbara Driscoll, his commitment to CDR is exemplary and worthy of formal recognition through this award.”

Robinson, a retired Mars, Inc executive and executive partner at the College of William and Mary School of Business, has served on the local nonprofit’s board of directors since 2006, according to the release, and led the planning of CDR’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2016.

“When I joined CDR's board, I did so because I recognized it as an organization that had a purpose — CDR cared for children who were disadvantaged through no fault of their own, whether a diagnosed disability, a developmental delay, or a challenging family circumstance,” Robinson said in the release. “I joined the board because of what the staff did, but stayed — like so many others — because of the way they did it.”

For more information about Child Development Resources, visit cdr.org.

» Virginia Beach-based Divaris Real Estate reports that Tropical Smoothie Cafe has leased 1,796 square feet of retail space in the Pocahontas Place commercial center at 1915 Pocahontas Trail. Aeri Jai represented the tenant in the lease negotiations.

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