July 27, 2008

Gospelrama Comes Back to the Waterfront Kiwanis Club Scholarships

The Churchland Kiwanis Club recently awarded six $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors . The three recipients from Portsmouth were Michael B. Stuck, Kierra D. Jones and Emily M. Meyers, all from Churchland High School.

Each student delivered a five-minute speech on his or her educational and career goals.

Winners were selected based on scholastic achievements, school and community activities, letters of recommendation, career plans, educational goals and financial needs.

In addition to its scholarship program, the Churchland Kiwanis Club provides support to more than 20 local organizations serving the needs of children and their families. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday at the Church of St. Therese, 4137 Portsmouth Blvd. For information, e-mail [email protected] The 22nd Annual Unity Celebration known as Gospelrama will again be held on the Portside water stage at North Harbor on the downtown waterfront.

Twenty-six acts will be presented in 30-minute segments 3-9 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3. They include singing groups, vocal, saxophone and violin soloists, dancers and mime.

The free event is presented by HOPS (Helping Others Progress Successfully), an organization established in 1985 by Christine M. Davis.

Ms. Davis traditionally has suggested people take a canned food donation for the homeless.

For information, call 393-0318.

A family affair The Craver Memorial Scholarship Concert will be presented by the choir of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church today at 5 p.m.

A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

The late Harry and Ruth Craver were the parents of Harriet Heath, director of music at the church, where her mother served in the same position for 25 years.

Heath started the scholarship fund in 1984 to honor her parents, who came to Portsmouth in 1942, when the Rev. Craver became the pastor of Elm Avenue Methodist Church. They stayed here and were active in the community in many ways.

The concert today will feature solos by the Cravers' granddaughters, the Rev. Celeste Heath, Melodie Warren and Melodie's son, James Warren. Melodie's husband, Jim Warren, and Harriet's husband, Ed Heath, also will be singing in the choir.

Over the years, the concert has produced more than $25,000 in scholarships for 30 students. This year the recipients are Curtis Rathbone, a 2008 graduate of Churchland High, and Alicia Rose, the parish nurse at St. Andrew's who is continuing her studies at Liberty University.

Saving it! The I.C. Norcom Singers were part of "Music in the Garden" in West Park View two weekends ago. As bad weather moved in, musicians depending on electronic equipment did not perform.

"But the show went on, thanks to the Norcom singers, Sue Landerman Cavalieri said. "They saved the evening."

The group of 10 students sang a cappella and to quote Cavalieri, "when you hear voices like theirs, it warms your heart and makes you feel all is well with the world."

The Norcom students, directed by Margaret Gayadeen, were Joseph Whitehurst, Antonio Church, Christopher Minter, Shakir Cook, Tauren Ortiz, Demetrius Worrell, Diane Brame, Joy Odom, Chanel Minter and Briana Barnes.

T he show also featured solo performances by singers Carole Downing, Brenda Miller, David Cushner, Tiero Cavalieri, Lucy Denier, Herb Smith, Robin Welsh and Faith Gutierriez.

Good recovery "Highway," the female pit bull puppy rescued in May from the I-264 entrance to the Downtown Tunnel after being run over, is alive and well.

Now almost a year old, the dog was adopted from the Portsmouth Humane Society by Karen Halston, a physical therapist who lives in Seaford.

About $9,500 in contributions rolled in from the public in response to an announcement by the society that the pup needed operations that would cost more than $5,000.

Michael Monroe, operations manager at the shelter, said the remainder of the money is in a special account to be used for other animals that need medical attention.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Medical Needs Account of the Portsmouth Human Society may do so at any BB&T office, Monroe said.

What's your opinion? The city planning department is conducting a "visual preference survey" for residents to comment on a new zoning ordinance.

The results will aid in development of design standards to be included in the new ordinance.

The survey can be found on the city's Web site at www.portsmouthva.gov/planning/Survey/index.htm. Hard copies are available on the fourth floor of City Hall or will be mailed to citizens who call the planning department at 393-8836.

Where's that? A new unit at the Naval Medical Center will open next June with a name similar to a Portsmouth bed-and-breakfast establishment not far from the hospital: Patriots Inn.

The $3.3 million Navy project will provide services for military members going from inpatient to outpatient care. It will include 13 private rooms "designed more like hotel rooms than hospital rooms."

The privately-owned Patriot Inn, at the corner of North Street and Crawford Parkway, is in the phone book.

Ida Kay Jordan, 399-3845

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