Together In MARCH / APRIL, 2009 THE WORKS Meet Everette Everette Herndon, the Building Construction Management Prior to joining the City, Everette served a twenty-year Engineer, heads up the Facilities Design and Construction career with the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Navy Division of the Engineering Group and has been with the where he served at ten different duty stations, concluding City for 14 years. with his retirement as a Commander from the U.S. Navy Everette spent his Public Works Center Guam where he was the Executive first three years as a Officer. From the perspective of professional satisfac- Project Manager in tion, his favorite tour was with the Office in Charge of the Roadway Section Construction for the Marine Corps Air Station, in Cherry where he completed Point, N.C. “We were building the new facilities for the the last phase of the second generation of the vertical take-off fighter aircraft, Resort Streetscape the Harriers. That is when and where I knew I wanted to Project at 42nd focus on building construction project management for Street, the extension my career.” His favorite tour, in terms of location, was of London Bridge the three years he spent as Public Works Officer on the Road, the replace- island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. ment of the Bow Creek Bridge, and Everette is a tenth generation native-born Virginian in the the Harbour Road Herndon family tree. He was born and raised in Orange improvements south of the new Rudee Inlet Bridge. In County and graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree 1998, he was promoted as a supervisor of the Buildings in Building Construction in 1974. In 1981 he earned a Section of the Project Management Bureau, which is now Master Degree in Financial Management at the Naval the Facilities Division. Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Additionally, he is a registered professional engineer. Everette’s time in the Facilities Division has been quite exciting as he has worked on some of the City largest projects. “At just over $200 million, the new convention center will most likely be the largest project in my career and I am quite proud of what we accomplished.” Other significant projects include: the Sandler Center for the Per- forming Arts, the new addition to the correction center, the new Juvenile Detention Center, six library projects, four fire stations, two police precincts, and the 911 center. In addition to those new construction projects, the Facilities Division is con- stantly managing 40 to 50 maintenance and repair projects. Under his leader- For fun, Everette can be found at Gold’s Gym, on the ship, the Facilities golf course, at Finn McCool’s, shopping at the Home Division has imple- Depot, watching a NASCAR race, relaxing on a cruise Next Submission Deadline: April 11, 2009 mented some new ship or watching football in Lane Stadium in Blacksburg initiatives in con- (Go Hokies!). Everette’s wife, Robin, is a second grade struction contracting teacher at Corporate Landing Elementary and they have for the City: the first two married sons, Adam and Evan. use of construction management at-risk for the convention center and the first use of design build for the Sandler Center. Inside: email@example.com Announcements Meet Everette Herndon Classes and Training Director’s Corner History & Diversity Hats Off To... March Calendar 1 Employee Spotlight April Calendar Susan Perry, Ph.D. Monica Stone, B.A. Nyesha Shaw 1 Editor Creative Designer Journalist Healthy Living Women In The Works CORNER DIRECTOR’S STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES In previous newsletters, I have highlighted the various task- forces that have been designed to put together critical Stan- dard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for our department. As these SOPs are formalized, we will post them on the intranet site of the Public Works page and highlight them in our newsletter in order to communicate them to all employees. Last year, our Light Duty Work taskforce put together a policy for job-related and non-job related injuries for Public Works employees. If an employee is injured and unable to perform their normal work duties, the SOP for Light Duty Work will be used to determine the steps necessary to return the employee to regularly assigned duties. Major highlights of this policy include: Process for Temporary Light Duty (due to on-the-job injury) Once the injury is reported to the appropriate city offices and diagnosed by a doctor, meaningful work will be identified for the employee. Written notice will be provided to the employee about their new work assignment and their condition will be tracked during the period on light duty. Process for Temporary Light Duty (due to non-job related injury) Once the injury is reported to the appropriate city offices and diag- nosed by a doctor, the employee must take annual or sick leave to cover the time they are out of work unless the division has identi- fied available meaningful work. This is up to the discretion of the manager. Written notice will be provided to the employee and their condition will be tracked during the period on light duty. The entire policy is posted on the Public Works intranet site. Please be sure that you read and understand the policy. If you have any questions concerning this policy, please discuss with your supervisor. As always, thank you for your continued dedication to our department. Jason E. Cosby, P.E. Director of Public Works Mr. Cosby will have an informal quarterly meeting COMING SOON..... with random members in the department. “Directors Diologue / Jam Session” Details to follow. 1 2 HATS OFF TO: Promotions Stephen Cross, from WMO II to WMO III Esther Dornin, from Engineer I to Engineer II Heather Ham, from Engineer III to Engineer IV Larry Jordan, from Planner Estimator I to Planner Estimator II Edward King, from WMO I to WMO II Phil Pullen, from Engineer IV to Engineer V Jackie L. Wilson, from Mechanic II to Mechanic III Alicia Mitchell, from Maintenance Worker to MEO I Matthew Conboy, from Maintenance Worker to MEO I Jason Blowe, John Bradley, Rickey Butler, Dion Cooke, Junius Gregory, Jermaine Jackson, Rory Jinar, Nathan Johnson, Edward New Members: King, Brian Langley, Aaron Miller, Derrick Redding, from WMO I to WMO III Kenneth Abner, George Andrades, Randy Burnett, James Dancy, Wil- liam Dozier, David Harris, Antonio Jones, Robert Straley, Randolph Wilson, from WMO II to WMO III Larry Barnes, Henry Beaudette, Mosquito Control Waste Management Alvin Ashburn, Michael Beckett, Jerry Brown, Sidney Dowdy, Alfred McClenny, Samuel Reid, David Tennant, Wynell Whitehurst, from WMO III to WMO IV Albert Savage and Walter Dozier, from WMO I to WMO IV Class Acts: Larry Crisp, Bobby Allen, Walter Bright, William Carney, Edwin Clore, Rob- Terrance Davis, in Cousins, Maurice Duck, Mark Elwell, Kevin Everton, Roger Waste Management Street Maintenance Farrell,Randy Flora, Matthew Forehand, Matt Friesz, Vernon Gregory, Wanda Hill, Derrick Holley,Timothy James, Jerry Knight, Swayne Lamb, Michael MacDonald, Johnny McDonald, Michael Mills, Robert Mitzel, Thomas Moore, Kevin Morgan, Sammy Morris, Paul Mosely, Gail Oberlander, Jimmie Perry, Barry Scott, Fred Simmons Kevin Skinner, Arthur Lee Smith, James Snowden, Joey Sutherland , Grant Waterfield, Morice Wellington, Derrick Wilson, Tim Williams, Ethan Wilson, and Joshua Zwirn Earl Elliot, Kevin Everton, Beach Operations Building Maintenance Lori Frost, Derrick Holley, Detron Land, System Support Street Maintenance Mosquito Control Dorna Mitchell, Services Engineering Administration Christopher Reid, Street Maintenance David Reveley, Jaclyn Roles, Jeremy Shifflett, Jamarr Waples, SWU, Project Engineering Darrin Woodhouse, Real Estate Infrast. Maint. & Contracts Management Administration Mosquito Control 3 EMPLOYEE Wellness Ambassador SPOTLIGHT The Holy Land Joyce Leotta, Engineering, made one of her life long dreams come true by taking a pilgrimage to the holy land of Israel. “As I stepped off the plane in Tel-Aviv it hit me Sandra K. Morse, “Sandi,” of Public - I’m really here sharing an Works Operations has gone above and experience.” Joyce and her beyond her role as a Wellness Ambassador fellow church members from by keeping up-to-date bulletin boards for St. John’s Catholic Church her worksite and coordinating Wellness & went on this pilgrimage in Prevention Health Education classes at her November, staying near Old worksite. Way to go Sandi!! Jerusalem and several other historic sites. The group took a bus tour and visited many important places including the Sea of Galilee where Jesus performed many of his miracles, to Capernaum - home to five of the disciples, to Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus Christ and to Nazareth, the place of Real Estate his childhood. Joyce was asked what she came away with on this trip and said “Now the scriptures from the bible will be more real to me.” Joyce and her fellow church mem- bers renewed their baptismal vows in the River Jordan and took mass in the many churches and temples on their tour. Joyce tells us her most memorable experience was visiting the nativity of Jesus Christ and says “I would like to return someday and I would recommend the trip to anyone.” On January 23rd, Patrick Annas, Chris Ca- hoon and Louise Hayes traveled to Charlot- tesville to attend the first International Right of Way Association meeting for 2009. Many employees within the Real Estate Office have EIT Certification recently progressed from Patron (non-voting) status to full membership and this meeting gave our regional organization, Chapter 52, the opportunity to recognize Chris and Louise and present them with their membership pin and certificate. Patrick, Chris, Louise and others from the Real Estate Office will be attending courses through this professional organization towards the goal of achiev- Esther Dornin of Water Resources ing the professional designation of SR/WA Project Management received her En- (Senior Member-International Right of Way gineer In Training (EIT) Certification Association). 1 in January. Congratulations Esther!! 4 EMPLOYEE Commitment to Excellence Rick Martinec, a rising star in the engineering community, has dem- SPOTLIGHT onstrated his commitment to excellence through his involvement in several engineering organizations. Rick, an Engineer III for Public Works Engineering, participates in the APWA (American Public Landfill Convenience Works Association), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineering) is the President of ECHR (Engineering Club of Hampton Roads) and Center Upgrades previously held positions as the Treasurer and Vice-President. As President of the ECHR, Rick recognizes innovation and in- genuity in the engineering community and highlights significant engineering activity by Hampton Roads Engineers. Through his involvement, Rick also supports young talent within the community by support- ing local events like the Math Counts and Future City Competitions. Rick holds a B.S. and a Masters degree in Engineering from ODU and is a registered professional engineer. Rick and his wife, Kelly, have been married for 8 ½ years and have The Virginia Beach Landfill staff complet- three children. Public Works is proud of Rick’s involvement in the ed upgrades to the drop off convenience engineering community and encourages others to get involved in local center at the landfill site in September and and national organizations in their field. a total of fourteen containers are available for landfill customers to dispose of their household items. The containers are eas- Real Estate ily accessed in an area constructed entirely During the next few months, Public Works right-of-way agents will be of recycled materials. Previously, resi- attending and/or challenging the core classes being offered in Virginia dents brought items directly to the landfill through the International Right of Way Association. The purpose for the workface for disposal and on certain days, four (4) core classes is to be able to sit for the SR/WA test in the fall. Once particularly on Saturdays, the workface the core classes are complete and the test is taken, the agents will be re- became overcrowded. Safety concerns re- quired to take additional classes, as offered, to receive their designation. quired heavy equipment operators to delay pushing, compacting and covering trash, Public Works Real Estate right-of-way agents are being encouraged to be thus compromising efficiency. The con- Designated through the IRWA and also obtain Certification in two areas tainers now allow the trash to be brought of their line of work. The designation is SR/WA - Senior Member, Inter- to the workface in bulk. Benefits realized national Right of Way Association - is the most prestigious professional as a result of the upgrades are enhanced designation granted by IRWA to members who have achieved professional safety for employees and citizens, less status through experience, education and examination. congestion and more efficient placement and processing of waste. “Principles of Real Estate Negotiations” will be offered in Virginia Beach in May and will be hosted by Public Works Real Estate. Thanks to all who participated in the development and operation of the con- Internet Safety Poster venience center: Phil Davenport, John Barnes, Steve Uperti, Joey Baggett, Cliff Contest Winner--for the Tate, Pam Kiff, Tonie Holloman, Jane Whole City!! Albertson, Valeni Felton, Jerrod Waters, Tyler Yost, son of Jim Yost, Automotive Ser- Eugene King, Dexter Henderson, Angelo Washington, Karen Jaramillo, Gary Mc- vices, was chosen as the high school winner Coy, Doug Lawrence, Varnell Williams, in the Internet Safety Poster Contest spon- James Williams, Greg Smith, Willie Bow- sored by the Department of Technology. The ens, Myron Barnes, Reggie Whitehurst, poster had to show originality and present the Robert Allen, Vince Smith, Gary Huffman, idea of cybersafety. Tyler won at the school Reggie Padgett, James Barham and Bar- bara Hall. level, and then went on to win top honors out of all the high school submissions in the entire city. Tyler’s win will be featured in the 1 Beacon soon. 5 LIVING Wellness & Prevention HEALTHY The City of Virginia Beach offers many pro- grams through the wellness and prevention program to get people off the couch and in shape. Here is just one of them: Walk About with Healthy Edge Ever wonder how many miles you walk when you’re out in the field, walking the halls of your office or how many steps you take dur- ing the course of a day? The Walk About with Healthy Edge is a six month program that Get Moving! provides you with a pedometer and log book to track your steps and periodic information Those of us who are balancing multiple roles as on the benefits of adding walking into your parent, worker, spouse, school volunteer, house- life. All you need is a pair of tennis shoes and hold manager, and responsible citizen -- often the time. find that 24 hours per day simply aren’t enough. Fitness gets put on the back burner. You may For more information not have time to go to the gym, but you can still on this program and be physically active and boost your metabolism others, please contact by using a bit of creativity in planning your day. your Wellness Am- Over the next few newsletters, I’ll throw out bassador or visit the some ideas for getting that much needed exer- Wellness and Preven- cise during your busy day. tion website located on Beachnet. For those of you with young ones at home: If you’ve got a young sports enthusiast in the family, play along. Shooting baskets and kick- ing a soccer ball around the yard are great ways to get your heart pumping. Thirty minutes of cardio training are recommended, but even five to ten minutes will elevate your energy and JOIN US AT speed your metabolism. TOASTMASTERS! Take the kids for a walk. If their pace is too There are many who can deliver a powerful speech; one that will awe slow, add some lunges, jumping jacks, or run- the audiences. Then, there are a few who, after sweating over prepar- ing a speech for weeks, totally flop! What makes the difference? ning in place every few minutes to make your- It’s not that one is a born speaker. Anyone can become a powerful self work harder. speaker if you have the right tools. I can tell you where and how to find them if you feel you are a little weak in that department. JOIN Pull young children in a wagon through the TOASTMASTERS! We have a terrific organization for learning how neighborhood or give them a ride in a jogging to give those great presentations or a speech that will win your audi- ence over. stroller. Come join us on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 12:00. Let little children ride bicycles or tricycles while you jog behind. I will be happy to furnish any additional information upon request. Thanks and see you at Toastmasters! 1 Virginia Nalepinski 6 ANNOUNCEMENTS 2009 Picnic The theme for this year’s National Public Works week is: Revitalize, Reinvest, and Renew. Using that theme, the Public Works Abigail picnic committee has been working hard to make a fun and exciting event for all of our Public Works employees, past and present, to enjoy. This year’s picnic will be about food, fun and reinvesting in the Public Works family. The committee has revitalized the annual picnic with new events and activities including a bake-off, various games, equipment displays, music and food, food and more food! Join your fellow co-workers and Susan L.Perry, Administrative welcome back old friends on May 21st at Red Wing Park and celebrate the Services, and husband Leigh, City of Virginia Beach Public Works Department’s renewed commitment welcomed baby girl Abigail Eve to public service. Perry on February 7th 2009. Abigail weighed 6lbs. 6oz. and If you have questions or would like to help, please contact you division was 19 ¼ inches in length. representative: Building Maintenance: Michelle Parker Director’s Office: Kim Putman Engineering: Nyesha Shaw and Sandy Leonhardt Operations Management: Lori Cooke, Carlos Cruz and Sherry Iles Technical Services: Rebecca Lear and Kim Waggoner Waste Management: Juanita Simpson and Robert Skraley Special Recognition Carson In the January 26th edition of the Daily Break section of the Vir- ginia Pilot, under “how nice!” a public works employee was recog- nized for the following good deed: Rebecca Lear, Coastal Engi- neering, is the proud grand- “(Perry) Caudill made a trip to the municipal landfill but found mother of baby boy Carson it difficult to remove a large, heavy item from the car. Luckily, a Bloom, born January 28th city worker saw the problem and drove over in his pickup to help. 2009. Carson weighed 9lbs. Caudill wrote, It’s nice to see that our municipal dollars are going 15oz. and was 21 ½ inches in length. to city employees who make an otherwise dreaded task so much nicer!” Great job landfill crew! 45 Year Veteran of Public Works ran Mr. Linwood Williams, Jr., a 45 year veteran Victoria of the Public Works Department, will be retir- ing April 1, 2009. Mr. Williams has been an exceedingly dedicated employee, spending most of his career operating various types of heavy equipment for the Stormwater Bureau. His specialty was grading roadside ditches Julie Hannah, Project Manage- with a rubber tire excavator, but he is also ment, and husband Bill, wel- highly skilled in the operation of many other comed baby girl Victoria Anne types of equipment and has played an impor- Hannah on February 9th 2009. tant role in response to various emergency storm events. Victoria weighed 8lbs. 6oz. and was 21 ½ inches in length. Mr. Williams rarely took leave time, logging no sick leave since 2001 and only taking annual leave when necessary. He truly loved his job - his dependability, pleasant demeanor and team-player attitude made him 1 an extraordinary employee and he will be greatly missed! 7 Classes &Training March 2009 April 2009 NMO Part 1: 3/2/2009 & 3/16/2009 NMO Part 1: 4/1/2009 & 4/16/2009 NMO Part 2: 3/3/2009 & 3/17/2009 NMO Part 2: 4/2/2009 & 4/17/2009 LDT008: Integrity Connection for Leaders – 3/4/2009 & NMO Part 3 for members: 4/14/2009 3/18/2009 NMO Part 3 for leaders: 4/28/2009 FDT001: Managing your Responses to Anger- 3/4/2009 FDT002: Information Security and Privacy: 4/22/2009 FDT004: Integrity Connection Ethics Training for Members: FDT004: Integrity Connection Ethics Training for Members: 3/5/2009, 3/10/2009, & 3/25/2009 4/9/2009 & 4/22/2009 FDT104: Understanding the Dynamics of FDT012: Communicating with Dignity and Respect: 4/23/2009 Domestic Violence: Home and the Workplace: 3/11/2009 FDT701: Information Self Serve: An Overview of Online Resourc- FDT301: Powerful Listening: 3/10/2009 es: 4/30/2009 FDT669: How to Market Yourself in a Resume and Interview: FDT903: Deferred Compensation: Ready To Retire? Understand- 3/25/2009 ing Your Retirement Plan: 4/30/2009 FDT702: Web Searching and Beyond: 3/9/2009 FDT908: Deferred Compensation: Making Sense of Market Vola- FDT906: Deferred Compensation: Exploring Investment tility: 4/14/2009 Fundamentals: 3/5/2009 FDT951: Pre-Retirement Planning: 4/23/2009 FDT907: Deferred Compensation: The Advantages of Bud- LDT008: Integrity Connection Ethics Training for Leaders: geting: 3/17/2009 4/15/2009 LDT008: Integrity Connection Ethics Training for Leaders: LDT010: Americans with Disabilities Act for Leaders: 4/8/2009 3/4/2009 & 3/18/2009 LDT103: Principles of Genuine Leadership: 4/8/2009 LDT009: Equal Employment Opportunity, Workplace Harass- LDT104: Situational Leadership: 4/7/2009 ment & Diversity for Leaders: 3/4/2009 LDT114: Learning Exchanges for Facilitators: 4/3/2009 LDT101: Foundations for New Supervisors: 3/5/2009, LDT601: Performance Management for Supervisors: 4/29/2009 3/11/2009, 3/25/2009, & 3/31/2009 LDT621: Giving Recognition: 4/15/2009 LDT102: Peer Today, Boss Tomorrow: Navigating Your P20201: The Lost Dutchman – Teamwork & Collaboration: Changing Role:3/26/2009 4/30/2009 LDT105: Lessons for Leaders: 3/20/2009 P80101: Time Management: 4/7/2009 LDT604: Providing Constructive Feedback: 3/24/2009 PDT051: Emotional Intelligence: 4/21/2009 P51101: Relationships & Communication 411:3/10/2009 PDT103: Professional Support Day Conference – 2009: 4/22/2009 PDT009: Effective Writing: 3/24/2009 PDT701: Media Relations and Interviewing: 4/22/2009 PDT510: Building Effective Relationships: 3/18/2009 PDT702: News Release Writing and Publicity: 3/10/2009 SAFETY: March 2009 OST100: Defensive Driving-3/5/2009 OST102: Saturday Defensive Driving- 3/7/2009 & 3/21/2009 OST125: Fire Extinguisher- 3/25/2009 OST105: First Aid/CPR -3/17/2009 OST250: Hearing Conservation- 3/4/2009 OST135: Heavy Equipment Operator-3/30/2009 & 3/31/2009 *Reading and Math Skills Enhancement: 01/05/09 – 05/13/09 Monday & Wednesday April 2009 3:00PM – 5:00PM OST110: Chainsaw safety- 4/8/2009 * Toastmasters: City Of Virginia Beach Club 5099: Each OST111: Chainsaw safety refresher – 4/23/2009 Month OST100: Defensive Driving-4/2/2009 2nd Thursday Noon – 1:00PM OST102: Saturday Defensive Driving-4/4/2009 & 4/18/2009 4th Thursday Noon – 1:00PM OST105: First Aid/CPR-4/21/2009 OST220: Hazard communication- 4/14/2009 * Toastmasters: Human Services Club 2674: Each Month OST135: Heavy Equipment Operator-4/1/2009 & 4/2/2009 1st Wednesday 12:30PM – 1:30PM 1 OST280: Respiratory Protection- 4/8/2009 3rd Wednesday 12:30PM – 8 March is Women’s History Month Women of all races and cultures, like many other minority groups, have often been overlooked in their con- tributions to society. This fact led to the dedication of an entire month to recognizing the many contributions of women. March became Women’s His- tory month because historically, March 8th has been designated as Internation- al Women’s Day. In 1987, Congress Trashmore’s Green History made “a biennial Joint Resolution” proclaiming March as Women’s His- Mount Trashmore is one of Virginia Beach’s most beloved parks. tory Month. Locals and tourists alike can now enjoy biking, walking, running and even sledding during the occasional snowfall, however, Mount Trash- Did You Know? more was not always so park friendly. Mount Trashmore was noth- ing more than a heap of garbage until 1967 when Roland E. Dorer, • The first woman allowed to practice Director of the state’s Insect and Vector Control department, came up law before the Supreme Court was with a revolutionary idea to turn a 165 acre and a 60 foot high mound Belva Ann Lockwood. She spent three of waste into a park. By using clean soil to compact waste, Mount years pushing through legislation that Trashmore was the first park of its kind in the world and soon other enabled women to practice before the municipalities and cities were turning their own refuge into parks. Court and becomes the first woman to The creation of Mount Trashmore was innovative and is now the do so in 1879. pride of Virginia Beach’s Public Works department and shows its commitment to the environment and the community. • On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote. April Fool’s Day • Phillis Wheatley was the first Afri- can-American woman to have a book of poetry published. April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day occurs annually on April • Elizabeth Blackwell was the first 1st. The day is generally ob- woman doctor in the served by playing a practical United States. joke on a "victim" who soon becomes known as an April • Helen Keller was Fool. This custom is thought to the first deaf and blind have started in France during woman to graduate the 16th century but the British from Radcliffe College. are credited with bringing it to 1 the United States. 9 2009 MARCH Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 U.S. Field Hockey National City Tournament- Council Resort Area 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Daylight Savings Begins 2:00 a.m. Get Fit International Purim Begins at City 9-11 a.m. Womens Day Sundown Council Mt. Trashmore 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 -Baha’i New Year St. Patrick’s (Naw Ruz) City Spring -Shamrock Council Equinox Marathon 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 March Madness Youth Cherry Blossom 3 on 3 Basketball Festival Tournament 11 a.m. - 2:30 City Feast of P.A. Rec. Center p.m. Council Annunciation 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Redwing Park 29 30 31 March Service Anniversaries 15 Years: 20 Years: 25 Years: 35 Years: Cynthia Woodhouse Mike Shahsiah Greg Smith Otis Cooper Michael Ball March Birthdays: CURTIS L. ADAMS NICCOLLETTE V. EURE NORBERT R. KUHN APRIL M. TRIPLETT LEE AGUILAR MICKEY F. EVANS BRIAN LANGLEY RICHARD M. WESNER ROBERT A. ALLEN ROY G. FEREBEE EDGARDO G. LAYAOG RODNEY L. WHITE GEORGE F. ANDRADES DOUGLAS R. FLINN RICHARD T. LOWMAN JOHN C. WOODS KENNETH A. BARNARD DAMEL R. FOREMAN JOSEPH H. MASSEY KANDICE K. ZOBY CLIFFORD A. BARNES WILLIAM G. FOWLER DAVID B. MEIERS TIMOTHY D. BEALE KENNETH J. FRISS JERRY L. MUMFORD DENISE RENA BELL RONALD L. GARDNER JOSEPH M. OCTAVO MICHAEL BENTON ROBERT K. GEY LEON N. OLD ROBIN A. BRANDEBURG CHRISTOPHER E. GILBERT ALLEN L. OWEN WILLIAM F. BROOKS TRAMAYNE GRIFFIN REGINALD J. PADGETT CHRISTOPHER B. CAHOON ROSALINO M. GUZMAN ELPIDIO CLARK PASCUAL JEROME J. CAMP JULIE C. HANNAH CHARLES E. PATTERSON JOHN T. CHERRY CHRISTOPHER L. HASTY LOUIS S. PETERSON STEPHEN G. CROSS ROBERT E. HATLEY JAMES KELLY REID JAMES G. CRUMBLE DONALD L. HOLLINGSWORTH DUANE T. SMITH SHEREE L. DENTON GARY G. HOLOHAN STEVEN E SMITH DARWIN L. DEWEY ERNEST HORTON JEFFERY K. STAYLOR RONALD L. DIXON JOHN P. JENNINGS MITCHELL T.STCLAIR MARK G. DODD KEVIN D. JENSEN CLIFTON L. TATE REBECCA DOZIER MICHAEL A. JOHNSON ANDRE T. THOUROGOOD 1 DAVID L. EDMONDS JOHN P. KESLER JAMES P. TOLLEY 10 2009 APRIL Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 4 Fit & Family Expo. 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. April Fool’s Day P.A. Rec. Center 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 City Council Passover Begins at Easter Egg Hunt Palm Sunday Workshop Sundown Good Friday at Hunt Club Farm 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Easter Easter Egg Hunt at City Council Hunt Club Farm Meeting 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Administrative Professionals American Indians Holocaust Day Pow Wow Eastern Ortho- Rememberence City Council Redwing Park dox Easter Day Workshop Earth Day 11 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 26 27 28 29 30 City Council Meeting April Service Anniversaries: 5 Years: 10 Years: 20 Years: 25 Years: 30 Years: 35 Years: William Brooks Carroll Wills David Redburn Daniel Baum William Gregory Norman Foreman Michael Douglas James Phillips Michael White Christopher Singer April Birthdays: DAVID L MATTHEWS MARY H MCCORMIC JANE Ap r i l B i r t h d ays C ALBERTSON MATTHEW T MCGROARTY BOBBY ALLEN DOROTHY LOUISE EBRON SLAVISA MILINOVIC GABRIEL A BANKS JAMES R ETHERIDGE SAMUEL E REID ANDRE J MOORE MARSHALL EDMOND BE- CARL FRANKLIN RONNIE L RIDDICK CHARLES M MOORE LANGA DELBERT C FRAZIER FRED D SIMMONS JAMES T MOORE HUGH W BOHNY JON MICHAEL FREEMAN LARRY D SIMONS WILLIAM D MORGAN MARK A BRADLEY DONNIE W GILL ARTHUR L SMITH GARY L MORRIS JOHN FREDERICK CASH DONNELL M GRANT EDWARD L SMITH QUENTIN J MUNSON MATTHEW T CONBOY DARRYL GREGORY JOSEPH ROBERT NATOLI BRIAN N SPRUILL MICHAEL COOPER CAROLYN P GRIMES SCOTT A VEDELLA DAVID L PARKER ROBERT G COYLE CAREY C GRIMSTEAD CHELSEA M WHITE ZINETH A PERRY ROY S DAVENPORT JULIA IOLANDA HALL DAVID A WILLIAMS JAMES L PHILLIPS KIRK D DEQUILA NATHANIEL R HAMLIN MICHAEL WILLIAMS NANCY BERNADETTE JERRY L HANBURY MIKELL R WILLIAMS DEWEY GEORGE L HARDIN JIMMIE E WILSON ESTHER M DORNIN MICHAEL L HOLLINGSWORTH ASHLEY DALLAS WOODHOUSE MICHAEL W DOUGLAS CHARLES W HUGHES JOSHUA D ZWIRN NATHANIEL D DOWNING DAVID S JARMAN REGINA DOZIER SHERMAN L KITTRELL 11 Woman In The Works by Nyesha Shaw In honor of Women’s History Month, the Public Works Newsletter wanted to highlight the women of the department. While women working in engineering, highway maintenance, and construction is nothing new, the number of women working in these occupations is small and these are considered non-traditional occupations for women. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, a non-traditional occupation is one where women make up 25 percent or less of the total employment. However, the ladies of Public Works have proven that 25 percent or less is just a figure. I asked some of the ladies, “what was it like when they first entered into their line of work?” Many of them admitted there were very few women in the fields of engineering, highway maintenance, or dredging and it took a little getting use to; however, as time went by and they proved they had just as much perseverance and willing- ness to work just as hard as anyone else, they came to be respected not just as women or men, but as professionals. Julie Hannah, Engineering, said “There weren’t many women in the engineering field when I started but the numbers are growing.” Women now own engineering and construction firms, are heads of departments, and are supervisors, yet; according to the Department of Labor in 2006, women made up 12% of civil engineers and 6% of the highway maintenance and dredging fields. I also asked, “how did they get into their line of work?” Some of the women from operations explained that during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the City of Virginia Beach called for the hiring of more women and minorities and these women answered the call. The women in operations have 120 years of combined experience and they have more than proved themselves to be strong and capable Public Works employees. Dorothy Ebron, Operations, said “As a woman, you have got to be strong and knowledgeable out there in the field.” I asked the women, “what is the best thing about their job?” Esther Dornin, Engineering, said “Every day is different; no problem is the same, no job is the same.” Dorothy Ebron, Operations, said “I like to step back and admire the good job I’ve done.” Pat Olds, Engineering, said “I’ve inspired my son and all of the young people in my life to go to school.” I asked, “has Public Works come far enough in bringing women into non-traditional roles?” The women I interviewed have stated that Public Works is one of the best places to work when it comes to promoting women. Pat Olds said “The best way to get more women into fields such as engineering and construc- tion is to have support from co-workers, supervisors and women already in the field.” “Is there still a glass ceiling?” Heather Hartle, Engineering, stated: “Not for me.” Heather Ham, Engineering, said “The only ceiling a women hits is the one she sets for herself.” The ladies of Public Works have proven that glass ceilings are something that can be broken and they have shattered those ceilings through determination and spirit. 1 12 A special thanks to all the women who participated in this article.