- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2009 05:00
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Editor: Note: This story reflects the concerns expressed at the Public Safety Committee meeting last week. While press reports about the meeting have been negative so far, the committee is still in the process of attempting to deal with a problem presented to it earlier this summer.
Colonial Beach is currently struggling with issues of overcrowding on the Point. Visitors with poor etiquette have caused town officials to take drastic measures to ensure the surrounding property owners their right to peaceful and quite living.
Recently, the town responded to overcrowding issues at Castlewood Park. Residents complained of too much trash left behind and visitors camping overnight. Since the public bathroom facilities are closed during the evening, some overnight visitors have taken to using the beach as their restroom.
When Town officials closed the park to assess damage and try to address the problem, several safety hazards were uncovered. Fences had been broken, unsanitary trash had been strewn by buzzards and rats, and dead tree limbs overhead were discovered.
Officials are working to reopen the park, but in the midst of all the new restrictions, new problems have arisen and the park dwellers have moved to the beaches surrounding the park.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 18:26
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The repercussions of the July Budget and Finance Committee meeting where Council members aired frustration toward the School System for not switching to the Bright accounting system are still being felt.
At this month's School Board meering, School Board member Mike Looney responded to comments made at that meeting.
First, he said, there was a comment that the School Board Office was closed on Fridays, implicating that the School Board staff wasn’t putting in a full work week. Looney pointed out that the school’s new finance director, Janice Brown, typically goes to work at 6:30 a.m. and leaves as late as 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
“I think it needs to be made clear that she is putting in more than a full work week,” Looney said.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 05:00
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Starting Monday August 17th, if you see someone walking up and down your street with a clipboard don’t be alarmed.
After a long struggle, Town Manager Val Foulds, Chief Hawkins and former Zoning Administrator Chuck Bird have convinced the Colonial Beach Town Council to provide funding to update the Town’s 911 maps.
Part of the update would include becoming a part of Westmoreland County’s Reverse 911 system.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 16:12
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The Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad would like to congratulate all the winners of our " Third Annual All WheelVehicle Show" held on Saturday, July 18th on the Town Hill.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 15:53
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An area sports legend takes a sabbatical
After 30 years and numerous championships, varsity baseball and basketball head coach Steve Swope (left) has decided to take a sabbatical from coaching. He will maintain his teaching job at Colonial Beach Elementary School as a physical education teacher.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 18:03
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Click it or Ticket and C.A.R.E.
Have you been hearing those commercials from the Division of Motor Vehicle where the teenager said his friend ruined his concert experience because he didn’t buckle up and wound up paying a ticket for not having his seat belt buckled? Have you seen the signs posted on the roads and front fenders of police cruisers saying, “Click it or Ticket”? Did you believe it could happen to you?
Well if you have been stopped for any other violation and didn’t have your seat belt buckled, chances are you got a ticket.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 18:47
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Home at last.
Miss Ada Keys moves into her new home from which she was displaced by fire five months ago.
Some people know her as Ada Keys, some know her as Ada Posey but everyone in town knows her as the woman who rides her lawn mower all over town.
On Friday January 23rd 2009 as students were just getting into school at approximately 7:40 a.m., Rescue Station One (Colonial Beach) and Engine Company One (Colonial Beach) were dispatched to Miss Key’s house at the end of Lincoln Ave. for a house fire.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2009 18:27
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“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!” This was the general sentiment of approximately sixty children and their families at Riverwood Apartments at Colonial Beach. On Saturday at about 11 o’clock Pastors James and Angela Kittrell, along with 25 youth volunteers from Emmanuel Faith Ministries in Colonial Beach, came to Riverwood to sponsor a day of fun and fellowship. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. children played tag football, had water balloon tosses, jumped double Dutch rope, painted faces, created arts and crafts projects, competed in hula hoop and dance contests and feasted on all-you-can-eat lunch.
Sounding over the jubilant screams and laughter of children was the friendly siren of Colonial Beach Fire Department arriving to allow the children to explore the firefighting and rescue truck and tools.
Not only were the children engaged in the day’s activities, but so were parents and other adult residents. Mayor Rummage, Chief Hawkins, Officer Lionel Richards, Commonwealth Attorney Dean Atkins and his wife Wanda came to take part and to show their support for such a positive effort to build community.
Businesses and individuals such as WalMart, MacDonald’s of Colonial Beach, Hall’s Market, Hilltop Cleaners, Anointed Hair, Kittrell’s Chicken and Ribs, and Food Lion of Colonial Beach, made donations and otherwise stepped up to the plate to help make this event successful.
This Fun Day was the brain child and vision of Riverwood manager Valerie Jones, and Pastor Angela Kittrell. They defined what they wanted to accomplish and passed the vision on to Emmanuel Faith’s Youth Minister, Jennifer Redman.
Minister Redman is a federal probation officer. She handles several cases where youth are involved, and she has a heart for the progress of young people. She believes that what many young people need to see is unity, where people of all social experiences can come together and build coalition communities that create platforms where children can excel.
Many in attendance agreed that this day was only the beginning of many more positive youth oriented activities to come to the Colonial Beach community. Asked how she thought the event turned out, Pastor Angela replied, “We were concerned that the weather forecast for Saturday called for rain. I suppose divine intervention held the rain in the sky until our event was over.”
Over the years Emmanuel Faith Ministries has served on several mission fields in Africa and Israel. Yet, Pastor Angela insists that foreign missions become less meaningful when we ignore the need to be proactive and productive in our own community. “I think the thing I liked the most about the day is that we all just came to get together to enjoy each other’s company,” Pastor Angela added. “We can be so serious on our jobs and even in church. It’s just good that everybody can come together and lightened up for just plain fun.”
By Marie Shadd