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Earth Day festivities include tree planting

Earth Day festivities include tree planting

Colonial Beach students participated in two events rolled into one on Earth Day.
Ground was broken fo...

Colonial Beach Pier a lure for water lovers

Colonial Beach Pier a lure for water lovers

No matter the season, whatever the weather, the Colonial Beach Municipal Pier remains a top attracti...

Colonial Beach council seeks school demolition estimates

Colonial Beach council seeks school demolition estimates

The Colonial Beach Town Council has voted unanimously to obtain estimates for the demolition of the ...

Colonial Beach fire chief saves MD family from house fire

Colonial Beach fire chief saves MD family from house fire

Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Chief David Robey was on his way to Hughsville, MD when he spotted the...

Downtown property owners invited to facade improvement meeting

The Colonial Beach Revitalization Management Team has identified roughly 25 properties that are elig...

Donkey Basketball

Donkey Basketball

Donkey Basketball is here to stay. On March 26 at Colonial Beach High School, basketball fans from a...

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2nd Friday Artwalk, Nov. 9

This October ended with a lot of excitement and scary events, we all hope everyone made it through without mishap.

In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, our artists have been busy preparing for the season. This month JarrettThor Fine Arts Gallery is sponsoring an alumni event featuring some of the artists who have attended the various workshops over the past year.

Read more: 2nd Friday Artwalk, Nov. 9

Road Closed

Tides Mill Bridge on Rt. 205 is closed until Feb. 2013 for upgrades.

Sign ordinance passes

With all the past problems and discussions, Building and Zoning Director Gary Mitchell did not anticipate the approval by the commission so no committee paper was prepared.

Read more: Sign ordinance passes

CBPD responds to Kennedy’s allegations

Write-in mayoral candidate Stephen Kennedy used his three minutes of closing statements during the Colonial Beach Mayor’s Forum to blast Mike Ham for allowing alleged misuse of police vehicles while Ham was chair of the budget and finance committee.

Read more: CBPD responds to Kennedy’s allegations

CBVFD 2012 Halloween Contest Winners

Family Fun Night at the CBVFD was lots of fun for all ages.

And the winners are!

0 to 4 year old age group

Emily Kirtley, Adyn Douglas, Zachary Ramirez


5 to 8 year old age group

Kyle Haley, Addison Henehan, Henry Lyons

9 year old and up age group

Madison Powell, Katelyn Kirtley, Ryleigh Garrison, Brianna Aranda, Cody Mattingley

 

Seeber threatens to go to press with emails about Monroe Point

During the Colonial Beach Public Works committee meeting, Chairman Gary Seeber engaged in a heated debate with Monroe Point developer Johnathan Natelson over unpaid water bills. At one point during the meeting Seeber lost his patience when Natelson stated publicly that he was willing to settle the matter but Seeber said Natelson was not indicating a willingness to do so through their e-mail communications. Seeber then threatened to provide all communications to the press. Natelson’s responses changed and the matter was quickly closed. 

Read more: Seeber threatens to go to press with emails about Monroe Point

Tides Mill Bridge closing for upgrades

Tides Mill Bridge on State Route 205 (Ridge Road) at Wilkerson’s Restaurant in Colonial Beach will be closed for upgrades from Nov. 1 until Feb. 28. Residents and visitors will be detoured through Route 631 (Longfield Road).
The detour is seven miles if traveling from one side of the bridge to the other, so the detour may be shorter depending on where motorists depart from and their destination.
VDOT has already installed a traffic signal on Route 205 at the intersection of Longfield Road near the race track. There is no light at 205 and 631 on the King George side but electronic signs have already been placed at both intersections to alert drivers to the detour.
Colonial Beach officials have attempted to hold off the closing until after the Rockfish Tournament scheduled for Nov. 2–4, but VDOT officials said that the contractor, Bryant Construction, is performing five months worth of work in four months and the deadline will not allow them to complete the project on time if there are any delays in closing the bridge.
The plan is to remove the existing roadway from the bridge. Using the existing supports and adding more support, a new surface will be added. The bridge will be elevated approximately two feet and widened to 30 feet, with three foot shoulders on each side.
The project cost for the bridge upgrade is $3,700,000, over $1,300,000 of which covers the contract with Bryant Construction.
Bryant Construction is under a strict time schedule of four months; VDOT officials have worked with Bryant before and are confident that they will finish on schedule. 
During the bridge closure, Route 631 will be maintained as a primary road with regards to snow removal and other weather related issues.

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Candidates for Council

    Jim Chiarello, Tim Curtin, Tommy Edwards and Wanda Goforth are running for Town Council.  

There are four open seats for Colonial Beach Town Council and only four candidates running. All candidates are listed on the ballot.
Tim Curtin, Jim Chiarello and Tommy Edwards are all incumbents vying for their own seats.
Councilman Burkett Lyburn has chosen not to run for re-election for his seat on council but at the last minute announced he is running for Mayor as a write-in candidate.
So newcomer Wanda Goforth who is also listed on the ballot will fill Lyburn’s vacant seat after the election.
Although none of the seats are being challenged and it is highly unlikely a candidate will show up on election day and win as a write in, the council candidates still conducted a forum, giving the public a chance to get to know them better.
Edwards spoke of the lack of interest during his opening remarks at the Council candidates forum, co-hosted by Carrey Geddes of the Chamber of Commerce and Peter Fahrney of the Colonial Beach Foundation.  “All I can tell you is this, you’d better take a good look up here. There is nobody here beating down the bush to come up here and take our place, so this is what you got. We’re going to do our best for this town. Look up here folks, this is what you get.”
The three incumbents were all appointed within the last year so citizens have only had a short time to get to know them.

Read more: Candidates for Council

 

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