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12 The Hampton Roads Messenger


Volume 8 Number 4


Around Hampton Roads Chesapeake Youth Committee Holds


120002, Newport News, VA 23612.


Hat and Glove Drive The Chesapeake Youth Committee, in conjunction with the Community Programs division of the Chesapeake Department of Human Services, is once again hosting its Winter Hat and Gloves Project drive, November 18 through December 13.


Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Community Programs, located inside the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, 301 Albemarle Drive. Additional drop off locations include:


Chesapeake Public Safety building, 304 Albemarle Drive Sheriff's Office, 401 Albemarle Drive City Hall, 306 Cedar Road Chesapeake Juvenile Services, 420 Albemarle Drive


Items can also be delivered to any of the eight Chesapeake Community Centers. All donations will benefit Title I Programs within Chesapeake Public Schools.


For more information, contact Kathryn Jessee, Senior Community Programs Specialist, Community Programs Division, at 382-6796. www.cityofchesapeake.net


Hampton University Senior Named


Rhodes Scholar Finalist Hampton, Va. – Hampton University senior Josh Gopeesingh, a chemical engineering major has been named a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. He interviewed in Barbados on Nov. 23 as the only finalist from an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).


Out of approximately 1,000 applicants who are endorsed by their respective universities, only 200 are named as finalists in hopes of becoming an American Rhodes Scholar. Rhodes Scholars further their studies at Oxford University in England.


Native of Trinidad, Gopeesingh is a student in the Honors College and captain of the HU sailing team. He was awarded the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award this year as well. Gopeesingh has


a 3.76 grade-point average and during the summer months has conducted research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Syracuse University.


The Rhodes Scholarship board also looks for a student who possess potential for leadership, and an unselfish commitment to others and the common good. “In addition to being a young man of sterling character, great affability, athletic accomplishment, and tremendous academic achievement, Josh is humble,” said Dr. Sabin P. Duncan, Director of Hampton University’s Freddye T. Davy Honors College, “In my opinion, his humility is the bow on the gift of his potential as a Rhodes Scholar.”


Upon graduating, Gopeesingh aims to complete a master’s in engineering, specializing in sustainable development. His ultimate goal is to have an active role in Trinidad’s government under the energy sector and implement better ways of getting utilities, like water and electricity, to the impoverished communities.


Gopeesingh has already taken steps in doing so way before the Rhodes Scholarship was on the horizon. He and his family started a charity organization to help build an orphanage and be a voice in approaching businesses and companies for financial support.


“The Rhodes Scholar community is filled with world leaders who advocate for humanitarian rights and I hope to make an impact of my own on society” said Gopeesingh.


Councilwoman Tina L. Vick and the SCLC to Host “Feeding 1,000 Holiday


The “Holiday Feast and Community Celebration” is presented by Tina L. Vick, Newport News City Council Member, in cooperation with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and The Southeast Community Day Planning Committee.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Councilwoman Tina L. Vick at (757) 926-8634 or Andrew Shannon, Event Director at (757) 877-0792.


Norfolk Has Assistance for


Those in Need Crisis Assistance helps eligible households in emergency situations when Fuel Assistance or other resources cannot meet the need. Apply at any NDHS location, call 664-6035, or online at www.CommonHelp.virginia.gov


Crisis Assistance may cover one or more of the following expenses: • One-time-only heat security deposit • Purchase or repair of heating equipment • Assistance with emergency shelter expenses • Home heating fuel


• Heat utility bills (must be in disconnect status or in jeopardy of being without heat)


Assistance for the purchase of heating fuel and utility bills for primary residences is available from January 2 through March 17, 2014.


To qualify, monthly gross income must be at or below $1,245 for a single-person household; monthly gross income may not exceed $2,552 for a family of four.


Fuel Assistance, a component of the Energy Assistance Program, is funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program block grant. www.norfolk.gov


The City of Portsmouth to Conduct a


Procurement Disparity Study The City of Portsmouth is conducting a Procurement Disparity Study to review its current procurement process as it pertains to Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs). Businesses and members of the public who were interested in learning more about the Disparity Study attended a hearing on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel.


The Procurement Disparity Study will review the past purchasing and contracting history of the City, evaluate past minority business inclusion efforts, and identify available contractors and vendors in the City’s Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The study will be a statistical analysis of the City’s procurement transactions and is designed to show whether disparity exists, either perceived or actual, in the City’s procurement practices. Based on the results, the study will recommend a set of legally defensible purchasing and procurement reforms to remedy any disparities for minority business inclusion. For more information, call (757) 393- 8858.


Suffolk Media & Community Relations Department Brings Home 2013


December 2013


MarCom Award SUFFOLK, VA --The City of Suffolk Media & Community Relations Department has received a Gold Award in the 2013 MarCom Awards Competition for the “2013 Suffolk City Council Retreat Video”. The Gold Award is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm.


Feast and Community Celebration” Newport News City Council Member Tina L. Vick and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) will host the “Feeding 1,000 Holiday Feast and Community Celebration” on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 12 noon to 4 pm. The event will be held at the C. Waldo Scott Center, 3100 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Councilwoman Vick, along with community leaders, will participate as Celebrity Servers for the “Feeding 1,000 Holiday Feast and Community Celebration.”


Citizens who are in need of a meal for the holidays are welcome to attend to enjoy a meal prepared by the specialty cooking staff from the Alley, Tight On 2 Wheels Motorcycle Club and Sassy With Class Social Club. The event will include special guests the New Generation Marching Band from Portsmouth, Virginia, the Phoebus High School Marching Phantoms Band from Hampton, Virginia and Pentecostal Followers of Christ Choir from Suffolk, Virginia will kick-off the event at 12:00 noon. Entertainment will be provided throughout the course of the day showcasing various talents. All activities are free and open to the public.


Businesses, schools, churches, civic organizations, fraternities/sororities and members of the community have a chance to sow seeds into the community by contributing to this fantastic day of Holiday sharing. Volunteers are needed for this humanitarian effort. Councilwoman Tina L. Vick will be accepting contributions of food and/or monetary donations in Newport News, Virginia or you may mail your financial contributions to SCLC, Post Office Box


The “2013 City Council Retreat Video” was recognized in the Video/Film/Government category. The video was originally presented at the 2013 Suffolk City Council Retreat and also aired during the Suffolk City Council Legislative Dinner. The production features a theme of “Getting Things Done”. The video highlights the accomplishments and development seen throughout the City of Suffolk during the past year. The video can be viewed on the City of Suffolk’s YouTube Channel at www.youtu.be/NCA7ZiNWwPw. Production Coordinator William “Andy” Franklin,


Video Production Assistant Rajeana Price, and Media & Community Relations Manager Tim Kelley assisted in the production of the video under the guidance of Diana Klink, Director of Media & Community Relations.


www.suffolkva.us


Curtis Cobert Joins Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development


as Business Development Manager Curtis Cobert has joined the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development as a business development manager. His primary responsibility will be to assist in the management and administration of the YesOceana.com program. He will serve as a liaison on business relocation matters related to the City’s Oceana compliance efforts and APZ-1 issues. The YesOceana.com program promotes compatible business development in areas surrounding Naval Air Station Oceana.


Cobert received a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. His thesis, which was based on comparing various economic


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