A salmonella outbreak at a peanut plant unfortunately has scared people into not buying peanut butter. When Soozi McLain, director of physical therapy at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, recently read an article about how this has depleted supplies of peanut butter — a much-needed staple — at food banks, she knew she had to do something about it.
Will Sessoms, who was elected mayor of Virginia Beach last fall, toured St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children today with his wife, Bev. His Honor got a firsthand look at areas including the school classrooms, Early Intervention Program classroom, occupational and physical therapy departments and the children’s rooms. “I love what you all do,” Sessoms said.
There’s a new man at the helm of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. He’s Richard N. Knapp, chief operating officer for Virginia International Terminals, Inc.
The Board selected Knapp last night during its annual meeting, which featured remarks by the Honorable Ralph S. Northam, senator from Virginia’s 6th District and a pediatric neurologist.
“The staff of this organization are extraordinary at what they do,” Knapp said during the meeting. “I know the children are nourished by your involvement and caring.”
Knapp succeeds Michael P. Cotter, who served as president for two years and will remain on the Board. Cotter is a partner with the law firm of Vandeventer Black in Norfolk.
The Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children will hold an Annual Meeting & Dinner at the Home on March 26. The Honorable Ralph S. Northam, a doctor and senator from Virginia’s 6th District, is scheduled to speak.
Architects PF&A designed SMHDC’s state-of-the-art, 88,000-square-foot facility, which opened in February 2005. S.B. Ballard was the general contractor for the project.
The recent Family Night at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children lived up to its magical promise, with about two dozen residents and family members filling the Atrium. The Recreational Therapy department put together a fun carnival-themed program that included tricks performed by a magician dressed as a clown, carnival games, freshly made popcorn and cotton candy and a showing of the movie “Mary Poppins.”