Business Briefs Winter 2019-20

February 19, 2020

Laura Readinger of Morris James wins national award

Morris James counsel Laura Readinger has been named one of the Top Lawyers Under 40 by the Hispanic National Bar Association. This award is given to accomplished lawyers who have demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership, commitment to the Hispanic community, and dedication to improving the legal profession. After an extensive review process, the association selected only 28 highly qualified award recipients from across the United States.

Readinger concentrates her practice on helping clients with electronic discovery in corporate and fiduciary litigation. She provides effective and efficient project management solutions to clients in a complex and continually changing area of litigation.

Readinger has served on the association’s advisory board since 2011. The nonprofit, nonpartisan, national membership organization represents the interests of Hispanic legal professionals in the United States and its territories. It is committed to advocacy on issues of importance to people of Hispanic heritage living in the U.S.

Blue Moon Chef Lion Gardner receives national award

Through its annual awards program, National Association for Interpretation recognizes outstanding achievements and showcases the successes of NAI members and others working to advance the profession of heritage interpretation. The Excellence in Interpretive Support Award was presented to Blue Moon Restaurant Chef Lion Gardner. The passion that Gardner and Blue Moon bring to create authentic Surfman’s Dinners truly brings history alive at the Indian River Lifesaving Station. This program is unique because of the dinner provided, especially the menu created and prepared by Gardner and his staff from Blue Moon. The multi-course meal focuses on what the men living at the Indian River Lifesaving Station would have had available to them as they hunted and gathered from the nearby lands and waters.

Community Bank promotes Ralph Burchianti

CB Financial Services Inc., the holding company of Community Bank, announced that Ralph Burchianti has been promoted to the office of senior executive vice president, a newly created position and the second most senior officer position in the bank. In his new role, Burchianti is responsible for the daily operation of the bank. He also serves as the bank’s chief credit officer, and retains that title and attendant management responsibilities. He also serves as a director of both the company and the bank. Barron P. “Pat” McCune Jr., president and chief executive officer, said “Ralph Burchianti has been a vital part of Community Bank for over 30 years. His knowledge of banking and shrewd judgment make him eminently qualified for this position.”

Kaisy’s Delights opens in Milford

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford held a ribbon-cutting celebration for the third location of Kaisy’s Delights, a dessert and ice cream shop, savory snack or breakfast experience, at 101 Wellness Way at the front entrance of the Nemours Building in Milford.

The Kaisy’s Delights team is proud to bring its famous Kaisy and other treats to America. A Kaisy is best described as a delicious pancake, mixed with a funnel cake and fluffy french toast, all chopped up on a buttery grill.

Kaisy’s Delights also has locations in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. For more information, go to

Grotto Pizza unveils enhanced online ordering platform

Grotto Pizza has launched a brand-new website and mobile platform with a fresh design, easy-to-use navigation and online ordering enhancements. Users will find their favorite content on the site, as well as new features including upgraded online ordering capabilities, responsive layout design and improved navigation.

“The casual-dining restaurant industry is constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs of the customer,” said Jeff Gosnear, Grotto Pizza vice president. “The culinary scene is top-notch in Rehoboth Beach and throughout Delaware, and we continually aim to innovate our customer offerings so that we remain top-of-mind as a preferred dining destination. Innovative ideas drive success, and customers prefer ease of use and efficiency when it comes to the online ordering landscape, which is why we believe this new website is a natural step forward for the Grotto Pizza customer experience.”

By seamlessly integrating the new website with the company’s online ordering platform, guests are able to find store locations, view their favorite lunch and dinner items, purchase items from the Grotto gift shop, order online for pickup and delivery, and more. To view the website, place an online order or for more information, go to

Solutions IPEM celebrating 10-year business anniversary

Solutions, Integrated Planning, Engineering and Management, headquartered in Georgetown with an office in Salisbury, Md., is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as an architectural and engineering firm on Delmarva. The firm was founded in 2010 by Jason Palkewicz, PE, and the late Frank Kea, RLA, combining their experience with a vision to establish a firm composed of qualified professionals who work collaboratively to create innovative concepts and solutions. In 2013, Solutions IPEM acquired Fuller Hall Associates, a well-established land surveying firm experienced in all aspects of surveying. Soon after, an architecture division was established which now includes architects, architectural designers and a land planner/landscape architect.

As 2020 brings in the firm’s second decade in business, Solutions IPEM will continue to grow and develop its recognized reputation as a successful multi-discipline consulting firm which measures its success by how well it fulfills its clients’ goals. Team members will continue to combine a personal approach with experience and knowledge, and to develop their abilities and scope of services to create design solutions that will meet clients’ visions and needs. For more information, go to

State chamber awards Tidewater Utilities for excellence

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Awards and Award of Excellence recipients. The awards ceremony spotlights businesses and nonprofit organizations for outstanding achievements, and model approaches to business and management. Established in 1998, the awards are given annually to extraordinary businesses in honor of Marvin S. Gilman, who was a distinguished small business leader in Delaware. Tidewater Utilities Inc. was named the Award of Excellence winner in the 60-150-employee category. “Being recognized by the chamber and the business community is a great honor and validation of our strong culture, dedication to all of our stakeholders and commitment to operational excellence,” said Bruce O’Connor, Tidewater Utilities president. “With infrastructure so critical for ongoing economic development in Delaware, we look forward to delivering safe and reliable service to our customers, growing our reputation as an employer of choice and making a positive impact in the communities we serve.” Tidewater Utilities provides a wide range of water and wastewater services including consulting, contract operations and maintenance, and bulk water supply. 

Weis Markets presents $175K to Paralyzed Veterans of America

Weis Markets recently presented a $175,000 check to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Weis Markets stores raised $125,000 and a corporate contribution rounded up the donation to $175,000.

“We appreciate our customers and associates for their wonderful generosity that helped make this significant donation possible,” said Ron Bonacci, vice president of advertising and marketing for Weis Markets. “In honor of Veterans Day, we are thrilled to host this event to recognize Paralyzed Veterans of America for providing vital services and programs to those who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

During the campaign, Weis Markets and its associates encouraged customers to make small donations at Weis checkouts by rounding up their orders or purchasing $1, $3 or $5 vouchers from June 20-July 10. 

Marcus Murray, national secretary for PVA, said, “The funds raised from this campaign each year help our organization provide services and programs to ensure veterans receive the benefits, accessibility, and jobs that they deserve. Paralyzed Veterans of America looks forward to our continued partnership with Weis Markets well into the future.”

With around 42,000 American veterans living with spinal cord injuries, PVA’s mission is to ensure that these heroes remain unstoppable in their life now and in the future.

Becker Morgan Group among top architecture and engineering firms nationwide

Building Design+Construction magazine again ranked Becker Morgan Group as one of the nation’s top architecture engineering firms in the 2019 Giants 300 Report. The annual report ranks leading architecture, engineering and construction firms nationwide, with more than 485 firms participating. Becker Morgan Group ranked No. 72 among architecture engineering firms and was also recognized as a leader in a series of sector-specific categories including grade schools, healthcare, hotel, office space and higher education.

W. Ronald Morgan, AIA, president of Becker Morgan Group, continues to attribute the firm’s success to its clients and staff. “It’s an honor to be recognized as a leading firm nationwide among our peers. We believe this recognition is a testament to the level and quality of service we provide clients,” said Morgan.

Becker Morgan Group emphasizes the importance of continuing education for team members, a value Gregory V. Moore, P.E., principal, says has contributed to the growth of the firm: “We remain committed to providing continuing education opportunities for our staff, including professional conferences, trainings and seminars, allowing the firm to remain abreast of industry trends so our team is poised to provide clients with innovative and creative solutions.”

Giant offers curbside pickup

Giant Food announced Giant Pickup earlier this year, allowing customers to place their grocery orders online and pick them up in as little as four hours at their local Giant without ever leaving their cars. Pickup is available from Giant stores in Rehoboth Beach and Long Neck. New convenient features include an expanded assortment with hundreds of new items, such as plant-based foods as well as unique global offerings. To place an order with Giant Pickup, customers may use any device to visit, or use the app, enter their ZIP code and begin filling their cart.