Category: Media Coverage

OUTLET: Inside Business

Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad received a grant from Firehouse Subs Strawbridge to buy LUCAS devices (valued at up to $15,000 each) for its ambulances. The portable device provides automated, consistent, uninterrupted chest compressions during CPR. Firehouse Subs franchisee Bob Bates opened the Strawbridge location in 2013, and as part of the company culture, he sought a charity to partner with. His restaurant collected donations by selling pickle buckets at $2 each and “rounding up” at the register. The result has been $53,265 donated to the rescue squad in less than two years by way of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. In the photo, from left to right, are: Bob Bates, Firehouse Subs Strawbridge owner/franchisee; and Nicola McMillan, Ryan Mogadam and Chief Chris Daly, all of the Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad.

OUTLET: The Daily Press

The Disabled American Veterans national group made Newport News its latest addition to an annual 5K race series.

The race happened Sunday around the City Center area, with the finish line outside the Marriott at City Center. Close to 1,000 people participated in the city’s inaugural DAV race, said Ashley H. Martin, a spokeswoman for the event.

Newport News joined Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati and Tulsa on DAV’s list of race series for this November. About 60 percent of participants, excluding walk-ups, were veterans, Martin said. Other non-veterans were likely participating to show support, she said.”There are lots of people out here who are here in honor of someone,” Martin said (more…)

OUTLET: Suffolk News Herald

By Sterling Giles

The DAV Suffolk Chapter 5 and several other chapters across the state will walk, run and roll in this year’s DAV 5K. The event, beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 13, will be held at Oyster Point in Newport News, located at 701 Town Center Drive.

This is the first year Newport News has been selected as a national location for the race. For the past five years, the Virginia event was hosted at Newport News Park. The event typically attracted 500 to 600 participants, but there are expectations for close to 1,000 at this year’s event, according to Denice T. Williams, DAV Department of Virginia senior vice commander. (more…)

OUTLET: Southside Daily

Michael Benedetto’s family-owned recycling facility has been processing household goods like aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles, cardboard and paper for more than 40 years. Benedetto, president and owner of Tidewater Fibre Corporation, said that for as long as he can remember, the items the facility could recycle remained the same.

TFC announced on Tuesday — America Recycles Day — that residents of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Suffolk can now add cartons to the list of accepted recyclables. (more…)

OUTLET: Inside Business

Residents of South Hampton Roads can now include paper-based milk and juice cartons in their curbside blue recycling containers.

The change is the first time in years the list of items accepted for recycling has substantially expanded, said Michael Benedetto, the president and owner of Chesapeake-based TFC Recycling.

Benedetto, local officials and recycling industry advocates and professionals gathered Nov. 15 – America Recycles Day – at the company’s headquarters to formally announce the change. The Carton Council of North America supported the advancement with a grant, which was used to install optical sorting equipment. (more…)

OUTLET: The Virginian-Pilot

By Dave Mayfield

A couple of workers in hard hats stood along a conveyor at the TFC Recycling facility Monday and with darting eyes sorted through a nonstop barrage of scraps coming their way. Every few seconds, one of the men plucked a carton from the stream with his gloved hand and tossed it onto another fast-moving belt.

Not long ago, these milk, juice and soup cartons were a nuisance, among the items that TFC’s owner, Michael Benedetto, wished people would stop throwing in with their recyclables.



Tuesday is “America Recycles Day”, a day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling across the nation.

Locally, TFC Recycling is preparing to recognize streets and neighborhoods that regularly put those blue bins on the curb filled with paper, plastic and metal.

Starting in January “Green Streets” will honor blocks and neighborhoods that have recycling participation rates of 80 percent or higher. This is in the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Suffolk.

Visit to nominate your street today.

TFC will factor in your nominations and electronic data it collects to choose the Green Street winners.

OUTLET: The Virginian-Pilot

It was multiculturalism come to life: a group of Indian American kids in traditional dress, dancing on stage to a Bollywood song, followed by “Uptown Funk” and then the Korean pop smash “Gangnam Style.”

That was just one of dozens of performances at India Fest, a free daylong annual event held Saturday at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

OUTLET: Coast Live (WTKR)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – We meet two local disabled veterans and find out about the work of the DAV.

The DAV 5K, which will take place on Sunday, November 13 at City Center at Oyster Point, will include a run, walk, roll and motorcycle ride. The goal is to raise money for critical services DAV provides to military veterans.  Information at


SUFFOLK, Va. – It’s not a bird or a plane…it’s…Santa?!

Saint Nick went skydiving into a Toys for Tots event at Skydive Suffolk on Saturday.

This year, Skydive Suffolk owner Mike Mathney stepped it up and dressed as Santa!

The event, called Toys for Tots Fun Fly, was sponsored by Hampton Roads Radio Control.

The Fun Fly has collected thousands of toys and raised over $27,000 in the past 10 years. All proceeds to go Toys for Tots.