September 11, 2008

Melatti Lands Integrated Entertainment Post

Bobby Melatti, the Beach entertainment maestro fired Aug. 1 from a job he held since the early '90s, has landed on his feet with a local events promoter who manages nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Portsmouth.

His first day on the job was Sept. 3, said Ken MacDonald , a partner at Integrated Management Group , which has offices in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth.

"We can't leave that kind of talent just sitting on the sidelines," MacDonald said.

In addition to nTelos Wireless Pavilion, IMG provides design and management services for a planned Roanoke amphitheater and is consultant to the Charlottesville Pavilion. According to a company news release, IMG is affiliated with Ken E Mac Presents , More Music Group and Back Bay Management , which promote and produce entertainment events worldwide.

Melatti's role in IMG is to help MacDonald and his partner Mike Jones "look for new business opportunities, said MacDonald. "We all worked together years ago."

Melatti offered no explanation about his unexpected departure from Live Nation, a California-based conglomerate that is the entertainment contractor for Virginia Beach. Of his new employer, he said: "IMG produces superb and well-run events, which is a testament to its professional team."

Polo, anyone?

The 21st edition of the Virginia Beach Polo Club's benefit match, this year dubbed "chuckers for charity," will be Saturday at Alpha Omega Farm on West Landing Road.

Bart Frye , founder of the Beach club, will hoist his jodhpurs into the saddle again to do battle with a polo team fielded by the British Forces Foundation.

Receipts from attendees and sponsors, who are encouraged to shell out as much as $10,000 for the charity, will go the Kiwanis Children's Charities of Hampton Roads and the Hope House Foundation, a nonprofit based in Norfolk.

Game time is 3:30 p.m. Gates to Alpha Omega Farm will open at 2 p.m. to allow paying customers to get tailgate parties under way, complete with bubbly and caviar, if desired. A black-tie players' party is to be held Friday night (Sept. 12), with an admittance fee of $75 per person or $100 per couple.

Admission to the polo match Saturday is $20 per person in advance or $25 at the gate; $5 for children 7 to 15 and $15 for military members. Reserved tailgate parking is $50 per car. Admittance to the patron's party after the match is $40 in advance or $50 the day of the match. For more information, call Jacey Byrne at 333-6650 or 627- 1980 .

Whither thou dumpest?

City officials still are in the process of determining where to locate a transfer site for spoils from the long-awaited Lynnhaven River dredging project. So says Dan Adams , project manager for the city Public Works Department.

A detail sheet provided by the city indicates spoils (mostly river bottom sludge) would be barged to the transfer site and trucked to the Whitehurst Disposal Pit off Oceana Boulevard.

The city is eyeing several properties along Virginia Beach Boulevard near Thalia Creek, but no decision has been made, Adams said. The final decision will be made by the city, which faces potential reorganization with the November general election.

Five members of the 11-member council, including Mayor Meyera Oberndorf, are up for re-election.

Bill Reed, [email protected]

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