While biking, walking shopping or just driving through town, you may notice two new faces wearing Cape Charles Police Department uniforms. The CCPD introduces two new officers, Anthony Jette and Andrew Spencer. Both Officer Jette and Spencer graduated from the police academy on May 4, 2017. Welcome aboard!
Terrence P. Flynn, General Registrar for Northampton County provided this information on candidates that have filled out paperwork for Board of Supervisors. Some are qualified, in that they have filed all necessary paperwork, and some are still in the process. Candidates have until 7 pm, June 13 to file paperwork:
Jacqueline Chatmon-in process
Tony Sacco-circulating petitions
Jacqueline Chapman – just announced, in process.
Oliver Bennett-circulating petitions
The draft Northampton County Budget has been completed and is currently available on the County BoardDocs website. Interim County Administrator John Anrzejewski and Janice Williams, Deputy County Administrator coordinated the work that went into the draft that was presented during the public hearing.
Public Schools continue to eat the lion’s share–47% of the budget. Real estate taxes are holding steady, despite a tax rate increase for solar and wind generation farms, which are increased from 43 to 83 cents per $100 of assessed value.
The proposed budget includes a new position for an IT Specialist and one new position in the Planning Department. The Sheriff’s department will be getting new software and two new cars. The draft increases employees pay by 2% and contributes $300,000 to the Capital Reserve Fund. [Read more…]
With the summer beginning to heat up, so are the streets of Cape Charles. The April 2017 Police Report indicates an uptick in activity. 16 felonies top the list, with assaults and an emergency protective order thrown into the mix. The felony accounts involved two people for credit card fraud.
– Calls for service in Cape Charles: 26
– Calls for service outside of Cape Charles: 6
– Felony arrests: 16
– Misdemeanor Arrests: 8
– Traffic Summons: 1 (see below)
– Traffic Warnings: 9 (written& verbal):
– Parking tickets: 4
– Building Checks: 19
– Assisted Northampton County Sheriff’s Office: 5
– Assisted Virginia State Police: 1
– Assisted Federal Agencies: 0
– Assisted Fire& Rescue: 1
– Foot Patrol Hours: 26.5
– Bay creek patrol hours: 25
The following took place in April:
– Sgt. Bell and I completed 40hrs of in-service training with the CBBT
– Sgt. Potts completed 30hrs of field training officer school with the regional academy
– We participated in the “trunk of the trade” day at Kiptopeke elementary on the 20th
On June 3rd at 3pm, The Cape Charles Historical Society will open the new exhibition “Stronger than Steel: Four Women, Four Years, One War” with a presentation by nationally renowned author and historian Kellee Blake. As many who attended the 2016 exhibition and lecture at The Historical Society of Eastern Virginia at Ker Place already know, Ms. Blake has woven the stories of Eastern Shore women during the Civil War into an amazing and engaging historical account that truly brings to life “the fight of their lives”.
The North Street Playhouse Studio Series in cooperation with the Eastern Shore Community College, will also be presenting their performance of “Stronger Than Steel: Civil War Voices of Eastern Shore Women” the following weekend, with performances June 9 & 10 at 8pm, and June 11 at 2:30pm. Please call the North Street Playhouse at (757) 787-2050 for more details, or go online at northstreetplayhouse.org/studio.
Our exhibition at the Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center features the stories and experiences of four Northampton County women: Mary Catherine Winder Howard, Candis Godwin, Ann Parker Thom, and Tabitha Harmonson Snead. Learn of the woman who proclaimed herself to be the “first female employee” of the Confederate government, the brave enslaved Seaview girl’s imperiled trips past Union soldiers, the Eastville ladies who literally “fought” the Yankees, the Shore’s first Confederate widow, and more.
This exhibition and lecture are made possible by the support of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the wonderful generosity and collaboration of The Historical Society of the Eastern Shore at Ker Place, and author and historian Kellee Blake. Artifacts and original documents on loan from the private collections of the Historical Society of the Eastern Shore, Kellee Blake, Sally McNeilan, Jerry Doughty, Sanford and Sandra Leake, and Kimb Leake Denny
The Open Space District is comprised of the Town Public Beach and Central Park. At this time, the town zoning ordinance does not allow for commercial activity in that District. During the past year, several vendors, the majority being food truck owners have inquired about setting up in the Open Space District.
The issue of allowing limited and regulated commercial in the Open Space District has been brought before the Planning Commission and the Town Council. Despite concerns, Council expressed the possibility of a trial basis to “determine whether it was beneficial to the town, business owners, residents, etc.”
Tropi-Cool Ice, and Italian Ice vendor is requesting to be allowed to use the Open Space District near the beach. The vendor, Donald Middagh will be selling Italian Ice, drinks, and snacks, to pedestrians and beach goers visiting the area from a 5ft by 2ft vending cart under a 10×10 ez-up tent which has an attached sign advertising “Italian Ice”.
The cart itself is basically a large cooler that does not require any electricity or make any type of noise. The product is water-based and would not generate food wastes.
Tropi-Cool Ice is planning operation from 11AM through 7pm Saturdays and Sundays, beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, dependent on weather and other events that may be occurring on weekends. From the last week of June through the third week in August, the vendor is requesting to be allowed in the space during the weekdays during the same hours.
Council approved the request, and Planning will be monitoring and gathering information about the practical extension of commercial activity in the Open Space District.
The construction of Strawberry Street Station where the former BELO supermarket was located has brought with it upgrades and improvements to the surrounding property, including the forthcoming construction of Strawberry Street Plaza.
The town has placed cardboard recycling dumpsters in the parking lots of the BELO building, however, due to new construction in the area, the location of the dumpsters has come under scrutiny, and is now considered no longer compatible with the current uses.
Three dumpsters have been relocated directly across the drainage ditch from their previous location and placed on the northern edge of the gravel parking area that is leased from the rail road. There is one outlier left behind the library that also needs to be moved.
While Davis Disposal services the dumpsters for no charge, the location at the library is less than optimal, and has caused damages to the Davis trucks trying to access it.
After discussion, the Town Council decided to place the cardboard dumpsters in the gravel parking lot along the railroad tracks behind Cape Charles Medical Center and Strawberry Street Station. One has been placed at each end and one in the center area.
On Friday, June 16, the Eastern Shore Community College Foundation will host the 29th annual H.B. Rew, Jr. Golf tournament to benefit the ESCC Foundation. The tournament will be held at Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club. The format is Captain’s Choice and tee time is at 1:00 with a shotgun start. A buffet lunch will be provided with beverages available throughout the day. A putting contest will be back again this year with a $200.00 prize. Registration and lunch will begin that Friday at 11:30am.
Following the tournament, the Foundation will host an awards reception in the ESYCC clubhouse to recognize the tournament prize winners.
The fee for the tournament is $100 per player and includes greens fees, carts, driving range, lunch and the awards reception. Players may sign up individually or in foursomes. Teams will be flighted according to total team handicap.
Sponsorship is a vital part of the tournament. Each year, the Foundation supports more and more students, programs and activities. The tournament is our largest fund-raiser and these funds are more important than ever. We thank businesses and individuals for considering being a sponsor at the $1000, $500, $250, or $100 level. Descriptions of each tier and the necessary forms are available at our website, es.vccs.edu, as are forms for player and team registration. Player registration and sponsorships are both due by Friday, June 9th.
The H.B. Rew Golf Tournament is a significant fundraiser for the ESCC Foundation, and continues to make opportunities possible for Shore students. We hope you’ll join us for a day of great golf in Melfa and help support the mission of the Eastern Shore Community College Foundation. For more information on the golf tournament or to sign up, please contact Eve Belote, Executive Director, at 789-1767, and visit es.vccs.edu.
Eastern Shore Community College’s Practical Nursing program has been ranked #8 in the top 20 LPN programs in the Commonwealth by the website practicalnursing.org. LPN programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. Past and present NCLEX-PN “pass-rates” were analyzed and weighted by year.
There are 52 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs in the state.
At Eastern Shore Community College, practical nursing students are prepared for becoming practitioners for a career as a LPN with the knowledge and skills to care for clients of all age groups and function as contributing members of the health care team in a variety of health service facilities.
The ESCC program is led by Director Linda Pruitt, who commented that “the PN faculty are very excited to achieve a rating of 8th out of 52 LPN programs in Virginia. It truly is a team effort on the part of the PN faculty to provide a high quality nursing education to our PN students. We are very proud that our students readily obtain jobs in a variety of healthcare facilities providing for the healthcare needs of our Eastern Shore community. We regularly receive positive feedback from employers regarding our students and as a faculty, we consistently seek means to maintain and improve high quality outcomes in our PN program.”
Virginia strives to provide safe patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards, and educating the public about quality care. To become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Virginia, applicants must apply by exam or endorsement. Predictions for the state of Virginia made by The Bureau of Labor Statistics show a 21% increase in LPN jobs expected by 2024.
Practicalnursing.org was built to guide those interested in pursuing the exciting career in healthcare, with a mission of being a champion for the growth of nursing professionals through education, advancing knowledge, and inspiring patient care.
Special to the Mirror by Eastern Shore Democrats
ACDC members Debra and Ricky Wharton, Mary Holden and Al McKegg attended a ceremony in Norfolk on April 27 celebrating Governor McAuliffe’s Felon Rights Restoration effort. At the ceremony, Governor McAuliffe announced he has individually restored the rights of 156,000 Virginians – more than any Governor in American history. His case-by-case restoration project was necessitated by the Virginia Supreme Court striking down his original blanket restoration order in a sharply divided 4-3 decision.
It’s also notable that the Governor has issued more vetoes than any governor in Virginia’s history, and that none were overridden. This is a stark indicator of the crucial role that the Governor like the Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor, a Democrat elected statewide–plays in countering the regressive actions of the Virginia General Assembly, which is dominated by Republicans elected in gerrymandered districts.