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Newman returns to the Black and Gold

Newman returns to the Black and Gold

Colonial Beach School Board members are very excited to welcome back former CB Elementary School Pri...

5th Annual Jet Ski Races begins Friday

5th Annual Jet Ski Races begins Friday

Colonial Beach will host the UWP- IJSBA Watercross National Tour, Liberty Cup portion of the Nationa...

Potomac Renaissance condos are movin’ on up

Potomac Renaissance condos are movin’ on up

The long planned second phase of the Potomac Renaissance Condominiums in Colonial Beach began buildi...

Council not responsible for delays

In an interview with Tracey Tunstall, Director of Federal Programs and current Interim Superintenden...

Street closings for this weekend's Jet Ski Races

To facilitate the Fifth Annual International Jet Ski Races July 18-20, Taylor Street from Wilder Ave...

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

On June 12, Commissioners, staff and guests gathered to unveil the new sign naming the Potomac River...

 

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Memorial for Jeff Malecha

More than 200 people came to a vigil for Jeff Malecha on Wednesday evening, March 24.

The vigil was held near St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Colonial Beach, across the street from the Espresso Station coffee shop. Father Ron Okrasinski, rector of St. Mary's, spoke at the vigil.

Read more: Memorial for Jeff Malecha

Remembering Jeff Malecha

Back in the spring of 2005 when I interviewed Jeff and Julie Malecha for an article that ran in the Getaway Magazine, I recognized the determination in Jeff Malecha’s eyes as he spoke of his vision for the old Esso Gas Station.

The newly opened Espresso Station was just the beginning of his dream. He was employed by the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and had plans of retiring in about five years. He was still working there at the time of his death. But he was getting ever closer to that day when he would reap all that he had sown

Read more: Remembering Jeff Malecha

UPDATE: Shop owner killed in explosion - more pictures

 

To the People of Colonial Beach: Please come join the town for a candle light vigil Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. near St. Mary's Episcopal Church to join with Julie and her family in this time of terrible sadness. 

Photos taken on Saturday show the excavation work in progress. (click on image for larger view)

Photos taken Wednesday morning, March 24, show the underground storage tank and its proximity to the building

A second underground storage tank was removed on Wednesday afternoon. Apparently there are additional tanks in the ground. One can be seen in the dirt, above the water that has begun to fill the hole.

UPDATE: Shop owner killed in explosion

 

To the People of Colonial Beach: Please come join the town for a candle light vigil Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. near St. Mary's Episcopal Church to join with Julie and her family in this time of terrible sadness.

Jeff Malecha died from severe chest and head injuries after an explosion outside his coffee shop, according to Police Chief Christopher Hawkins.

Around 2 p.m. a call came in to emergency personnel in Colonial Beach that an explosion had occurred at the Espresso Station Coffee Shop on Washington Avenue in Colonial Beach.  
Malecha and a friend were in the process of removing old gas tanks from the ground in front of the coffee shop. It was reported that the tanks had been drained earlier in the day, but when one of the huge tanks was cut away there was an explosion. Malecha was reportedly in the hole and was thrown roughly 90 feet across the street and into a field in the explosion.  

Read more: UPDATE: Shop owner killed in explosion

Worrell arraigned this morning

Charged with 13 counts of embezzlement

Barbara Worrell, former Chief Financial Officer of Colonial Beach Schools and former acting superintendent (Aug. 2, 2008, through May 27, 2009), was arraigned in General District Court of Westmoreland County yesterday morning, Tuesday, March 16. Worrell was arraigned on 13 felony counts of embezzlement.

Judge Gordon A. Wilkins presided over the court.  Nine arraignments were held, with three of those defendants transported to the courthouse from Northern Neck Regional Jail.  Because Worrell had been denied bond after her arrest on Monday evening, sheriff’s deputies led her into the courtroom.  Worrell wore a jail-issued black and white jumpsuit with a bright orange oversized issued jacket and ankle shackles.  She appeared visibly shaken.  Upon her entry into the courtroom, family members in attendance quietly sobbed.

Read more: Worrell arraigned this morning

Barbara Worrell arrested on 13 felony counts

Former Colonial Beach schools Chief Financial Officer charged with misappropriating funds

Barbara  M. Worrell, former Chief Financial Officer of Colonial Beach Schools and former acting superintendent (Aug. 2, 2008, through May 27, 2009), was arrested in Westmoreland County Monday evening, March 15, at approximately 6:30 p.m.  She was charged with 13 felony counts of misappropriation of funds.  Bail has been denied and she is scheduled to be arraigned in Westmoreland County Circuit Court this morning.

Her arrest stems from an ongoing investigation originally initiated by Tim Trivett, current chairman of the School Board after accounting irregularities came to light during an audit of town finances performed by Nancy Miller, a Fredericksburg accountant. The audit showed “significant deficiencies” primarily found in school financial records. Worrell was placed on administrative leave in May 2009 after the Westmoreland Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office announced a second investigation of school finances by the Virginia State Police.

Read more: Barbara Worrell arrested on 13 felony counts

Colonial Beach student accepted into world leadership forum

 

Sydney Scherer, a student at Colonial Beach Elementary School, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. Scherer will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., March 8–13, 2010, to study leadership and explore some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions.
From Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian lnstitution, and from historic Gettysburg to the National Museum of American History, Scherer will examine the characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. Forum delegates will also participate in small-group discussions and exercises to experience firsthand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus, and foster change.
Scherer was accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement, and leadership potential.
The program is coordinated by People to People Leadership Programs to fulfill thevision President Dwight D. Eisenhower had for fostering world citizenship when he founded People to People lnternational during his presidency in 1956. For additional information please visit www.peopletopeople.com/leadership.

Grease fire temporarily shuts down McDonald’s

Jan. 31 at around 2 p.m. the Colonial Beach McDonald’s restaurant reported a grease fire in the fry station.

According to employees, the grease in one of the deep fryers had caught on fire. Workers tried to extinguish it with fire extinguishers, but the fire spread to underneath and to the wall behind the deep fryers.

Engine Co. 1, (Colonial Beach) and Engine Co. 4 responded as well as Rescue Station 1. Engine 15 and Wagon 4 also responded with crews.

Colonial Beach’s fire chief took command and notified that the smoke was showing and all occupants were evacuated from the restaurant. Crews from Truck 1 and Engine 15 went in with a hand line and extinguishers and quickly knocked down the fire. Crews from Wagon 4 checked the roof and interior for any extension and adequate ventilation. Smoke was removed from the structure and all units were placed in service. The fire department thanks all units for a quick response and help on scene and thanks NDW Truck 28 for mutual aid.

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