Phillip and Jordan love visiting Cape Charles, Virginia, with their three young sons. Located along the Chesapeake Bay just 90 minutes from their home in Suffolk, Cape Charles is the perfect place to visit the beach and relax. Wanting to take advantage of the small beach town feel and historical charm, this family is seeking a historical beach home with a budget of $375,000.
Salt Grove, a quiet section of Cherrystone Creek, known for its bucolic peace and beauty, has in recent months become the scene of turmoil, tumult and even assault. The Virginia Marine Resource Commission and the Northampton County Wetlands Board have weighed in with fines for gross environmental violations at the site. The Northampton Board of Zoning is the latest entity to be pulled into the conflict. Thornton Tayloe, who owns property adjacent to the Salt Grove “complex” owned by Eyre Baldwin and Salt Grove, LLC appealed the decision of the zoning administrator to grant a zoning clearance for a “watch house” for the purported shellfish grounds on the property owned by Salt Grove LLC.
The structure had been used as an event/vacation rental sometime in the past, however the 2016 zoning ordinance removed that use, which prompted the owners to submit an application for a new use as a shellfish watch house. The definition for a watch house is somewhat slippery, if it even exists at all. It was noted during the BZA hearing that there was occupancy by a caretaker, or watchman where he might sleep over on the premises. The county zoning administrator Melissa Kellam stated that the county was careful that the structure would not be considered a residence or have a residential use. “I thought a watch house might be some place where a person watches over a property, like a caretaker, so I did keep this in mind if there are sleeping quarters, it cannot constitute a residential use,” Kellam said. [Read more…]
As America watches this season’s Super Bowl, we would like to remember Cape Charles’ own Johnny Sample, who played a major role in the New York Jets drubbing of the 3 touchdown favorite Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. During the game, Sample intercepted a pass, stopping a Baltimore Colts drive at the 2 yard line, and then asked the receiver “Is this what you’re looking for?” Later in the game, Baltimore Coach Don Shula confronted Sample claiming he had pushed a receiver over the Colts’ bench. In his face, Sample told Shula, “I wish I had pushed you over the bench.”
While becoming the prototype NFL cornerback (he was big at 6’1” 210lbs), he defined the pressing, bump and run style of pass defense.
In his 1970 autobiography, Confessions of a Dirty Ballplayer, he writes of growing up in segregated Cape Charles, the son of John B. Sample, a barber, and Evlyn Sample, a stenographer–and having to cross the hump to get to the “Colored” Rosenwald School.
As an athlete, he was outspoken about the rights of black players in the NFL. His views may have cost him some playing time. After leaving the Colts over a fine in the 1961 preseason, he believes that led to his being blackballed after the 1965 season.
Fridays at Lemon Tree Gallery presents Champagne: Thelma and Erika Peterson and Carol Butler.
Free admission. Complimentary refreshments/ Cash bar.
Champagne is a lively all girl band comprised of Erika and Thelma Peterson, a popular mother daughter duo from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and good friend Carol Butler, a well known musician from Norfolk, Virginia.
Each member brings to the stage their own unique individual style as singers and songwriters, which when blended together, creates a highly spirited, fun filled performance, featuring strong vocals, solid instrumentation and tightly woven harmonies, a trademark of the group.
With a wide range of styles and songs, Champagne pours their heart and soul into familiar cover tunes as well as their own original material, resulting in a richly diverse presentation and interaction with their audience.
An effort to bring back the summer Harbor for the Arts festival has failed. Arts Enter, under the direction of Chairman Hank Meyer, along with the Citizens for Central Park acquired $1000 of taxpayer funds from the Town of Cape Charles to go towards a “proposed” Virginia Tourism Leveraged Grant of $2500 which was to be used for a revival of the festival.
In order to submit an application for the VTC Leveraged Grant, Arts Enter had to come up with three primary partners. It could not do so. This rebuke comes on the heels of a rejection by the ES Birding and Wildlife Festival last spring. Arts Enter, after learning that the Birding and Wildlife Festival had broken ties with Cape Charles based Eventacular, attempted to swoop in and take over where Eventacular had left off. The Birding and Wildlife Festival, apparently not anxious to rebound with another Cape Charles organization, vigorously rejected the Arts Enter offer.
While for the Harbor for the Arts Festival may be on hold, Citizens for Central Park are moving ahead with the “Concerts in the Park” series. Arts Enter Chairman Hank Meyer states in a letter to the town that the cost to continue the series is over $10,000, and requests that the town taxpayers provide funding to make up the shortfall. Monies will have to be allocated from the General Fund. In the letter, Meyers labels the concert series a ‘major tourism program’.
Head Cook Ramon Soto and Assistant Manager Jon Bloxom spent nearly a week creating a special New England style Seafood Chowder recipe. On Sunday, December 11th they took their perfected Chowder to the Oyster Farm’s 12th Annual Chowder Cook-Off. Their creamy Chowder was filled with clams, shrimp, crawfish, crab meat and sea scallops and topped with shaved salmon, bread crumbs and parsley. It was a huge success as the Coach House Tavern defeated 11 other restaurants to win 1st Place – Judge’s Choice and 3rd Place – People’s Choice. All proceeds from the event went to the Cape Charles Fire House. The Silver Spoon trophy is now on display in the Tavern and the Seafood Chowder will be added to the regular Menu after the holidays.
“Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” —U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941)
Nice thought, but even in 2016 Atticus Finch and Huck Finn have to deal with complaints. A formal complaint has been filed in the Accomack County Public School system against the use of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird”. The appearance of a “racial slur” in both works is the basis for the complaint. Atticus and Huck will have to wait on the sidelines while a “committee” hashes this out.
As was reported by Hillary Chesson of the Eastern Shore News, “Marie Rothstein-Williams, a white parent of a biracial child who attends Nandua High School, spoke at a Nov. 15 Accomack County School Board meeting against the use of the books “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Accomack County classrooms and libraries.“I keep hearing ‘This is a classic, this is a classic.’ I understand this is a literature classic but at some point I feel the children will not or do not truly get the classic part, the literature part — which I’m not disputing this is great literature — but there is so much racial slurs in there and offensive wording that you can’t get past that.” Rothstein-Williams stated that the nation is divided as it is and she teaches her son that he is the “best of both worlds,” and doesn’t want him to feel otherwise. “There’s other literature they can use,” she said. “We’re validating that these words are acceptable and they’re not acceptable by no means.”
While Ms. Rothstein-Williams’ offers a somewhat fragile argument, it is a legitimate concern, and as such, the Accomack County Public School system must address it, putting them in a fine, if not original mess. While part of the argument focuses on “validating racism”, the core premise of those advocating for such a ban would be that children may be harmed if we don’t protect them from this inappropriate material.
Is this censorship, and are books and other curriculum protected by the U.S. Constitution?
The American Association of School Administrators and the American Library Association define censorship as: “[T]he removal, suppression, or restricted circulation of literary, artistic, or educational materials — of images, ideas, and information — on the grounds that these are morally or otherwise objectionable in light of standards applied by the censor.” As the new GE commercial says, almost every idea, at one point, has proven to be objectionable to someone.
The Town of Cape Charles has announced that it is seeking a full-time Assistant Harbor Master. Coming on the heels of a disappointing season, and with the Harbor continuing to pile up losses and debt, the timing appears less than optimal. Plagued by severe accounting issues that occurred due to computer crashes and software updates, the Town still only has a vague idea of where the harbor stands financially. What it does know is that monies from the General Fund are currently used to keep the operation viable, so the Town may have to dip further into the kitty to pay for this position. The Town ran this advertisement in the Eastern Shore Post this week:
The Town also ran an advertisement for a Library Assistant:
With budget work sessions on the way, citizens should brace themselves for more redundant hiring (spending), as well as more stress on the General Fund, and the higher fees and taxes which will follow closely on the heels of unrestrained bloat. Councilman Andy Buchholz, who apparently has come across malodorous trashcans at the beach during the summer, has used this phenomenon to push for more town hiring. The odors emanating from the trash cans, from Buchholz’s perspective, are key indicators that Town staff has lost its ability to keep up with general maintenance, and that the citizens should reach into their pockets to try and to close the gap in service by hiring more staff. So far neither the Mayor, or any other member of council has pushed back on this idea.
Please join other thinkers for a peaceful demonstration on the Accomack County green to speak out against the recent decision of the Accomack County School Board to ban the classic literary works “Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” even temporarily, due to a single complaint.
Please bring old books, magazines, newspapers, and other unwanted or undesirable reading material.
Everyone is encouraged to generally come together to socialize. Some hot chocolate and cups will be provided.
Local historian Dr. Kentoya Downing-Garcia will be our guest of honor and giving a brief lesson on the importance of these literary works, the message against racism that they convey, and why the uncomfortable feelings they create are so important.
A brief reading of both books will be organized and everyone is encouraged to bring their own copies of the banned books for a possible group reading.
This is a great way for all citizens of the County to come together to let the School Board know that we are not pleased with their actions and to express why the message against racism contained in them is very important. We aim to also express how utterly dismayed we are that the School Board has made national news over this and caused great embarrassment to our county and a mockery of our schools.
Invite anyone who you think might be interested in this event to attend. Incivility from anyone at this event will not be tolerated and those who may choose to incite the crowd will be asked to leave.
In 2008, with the construction of a new Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant looming, the Town of Cape Charles embarked on a futile quest to obtain from Bay Creek, the current assigns to the Brown and Root Annexation Agreement, payment for their share of new plant, as per the agreement. While there were several months of back and forth between the developer and the Town, in the end, the whole matter was eventually dropped, and the full cost of building the new plant was assigned to the taxpayers.
The correspondence below from Assistant Town Manager Bob Panek to Town Council makes it clear that there was a firm belief that that based on the Agreement, Richard Foster and Bay Creek was responsible for the new plant.
This response was sent to Mr. Foster: