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CB school board OKs $1.8M insurance deal

The Colonial Beach School Board has voted to accept an insurance settlement offer of $1.8 million to...

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Gym home  to 102 years of memories

Gym home to 102 years of memories

Today, the facility sits silently behind fences and yellow tape.

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CB rescue squad will stay open

CB rescue squad will stay open

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BREAKING NEWS: No new contract for Chief Hawkins

The rumors circulating around town apparently are true.  Effective this coming Monday, June 28, Christopher Hawkins will no longer serve as Colonial Beach Police Chief.   

Although no official word was spoken by council members at Thursday night's meeting, Town Manager Val Foulds said "Chief informed me last night he was no longer interested in negotiating the contract."

Negotiations had been taking place between town attorney Andrea Erard, Foulds, Hawkins and council members in e-mails and meetings this past week.

In a telephone interview, Hawkins expressed that the breakdown of negotiations "had nothing to do with money" but in "caveats not in the previous contract."

Only Mayor Fred Rummage was forthcoming in response to a query of what new terms were included in the contract.  He noted that the only additional language he wanted to see added to Hawkins' contract was to "clarify that the police chief answers to the town manager."

Council member Burkett Lyburn said he was "disappointed" and that Hawkins was "a good chief."  Council member Karen Payne referred this reporter to the town attorney.  Members David Coombes and Trish King made early exits, member Sparky Ridgely was not available, and member Steve Kennedy was not in attendance.   

Hawkins further stated "the council has been very good to me; the town manager has been very good to me.  I think everybody was trying to do the right thing, trying to do what they think is right."

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Colonial Beach Briefs - June 23, 2010

Police Chief

This Thursday, June 24 at 4 p.m., at a special meeting, the Colonial Beach town council will present a new contract to Police Chief Christopher Hawkins. The meeting will be held at Town Hall. Because contract terms are still under review by council, it is not clear at press time if Hawkins’ contract will contain changes to salary, benefits or other terms or restrictions.

The current employment agreement provides that Hawkins perform the functions and duties specified in Section 4 of the Colonial Beach Town Code, as amended, which states in part “Section 4(b). The council may establish and maintain a police department which shall be under the supervision of a Chief of Police, who shall serve continuously after appointment by the town council, subject to dismissal by the town council, only because of: inefficiency; malfeasance; misfeasance, and/or nonfeasance in office; other acts unbecoming a Police Officer; poor health or retirement, which dismissal, if any, may be made only after an appropriate investigation and hearing before the town council according to rules and regulations set up by the town council.”

School Board Appointment

At a special meeting on Wednesday, June 16, Colonial Beach School Board unanimously agreed to appoint Michelle “Shelly” Jenkins Payne to fill the remaining two-year term of school board member Anne Congdon who resigned her seat in May. Payne ran in May for School Board and received 23.06 percent of votes, coming in third. Payne will serve on the school board beginning July 1, 2010, through June 2012.

Council approves tax rate

At a special town council meeting on June 16, and in possibly the shortest council meeting on record, members voted to not change the tax rate for fiscal year 2010/2011. The real estate tax rate will remain at 60 cents per $100. The projected revenue from real estate taxes for 2010/2011 is $2,793,597, which shows a $91,864 increase from fiscal year 2009/2010 based on recent real estate assessments.

— Kathy Flanagan

Giving back at the Beach

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles focused on volunteerism in the Town of Colonial Beach. Watch future editions to see men and women who are doing their part (and often more) to benefit their community.

You’re invited to walk with The Journal on a literary journey to find the heart of Colonial Beach.  Emotions run strong when people talk about the beach.  It’s either a great place to live or a small town that can’t seem to find its way — a small town that saw its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s when it was known as “The Playground of the Potomac,” a place that has not yet been able to recapture that title.  
Colonial Beach has always been a town driven by a citizenry split along two lines, the “been heres” who miss the old days and oppose change and the “come heres” who are looking for the amenities a beach community offers, while demanding convenience and a higher level of services.  These days the town struggles to fund the school system, maintain infrastructure and create and implement local regulations that maintain the quest for a better quality of life while not discouraging tourism.  

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Parking problems plague the Beach

Issues include the location of the kiosk and handicap spaces

Pay to park at the Wilder lot gets bad reviews from one local realtor, prompting questions of why?  Why is the kiosk located at the back of the lot? Why are there no designated handicap spaces?  Why are there no designated spaces at all?  And, finally, why was a town employee seen writing with a permanent marker on the brand new signs?
Local commercial real estate agent Ralph Peregory, an agent with Exit Realty Expertise in King George, and his wife, Mande, came to Colonial Beach Saturday to celebrate his birthday at the Riverboat.  Peregory, who uses a wheel chair to get around has never been one to back away from a challenge.  But maneuvering his wheel chair across the gravel to get to the kiosk located on the back right side of the lot, and then maneuvering back to his truck to place the ticket on his dashboard, and then blazing a trail to the Riverboat, has Peregory rethinking future visits to the beach.

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Pier accident leads to loss of young life

A friendly game of tossing the football on the beach led to a tragic event that changed the lives of many people in Colonial Beach.
The May 23 accident started with the ball going into the river. Steven Biggins, an 18-year-old Colonial Beach senior, who, according to his mother, Angie Brann, was an excellent swimmer, tried to retrieve the ball by reaching down from the dock. When Steven could not reach it, he tried to climb back over the railing. He slipped, hitting his chest on the way down. It is believed he was knocked unconscious by the blow and was unable to come back up.

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Chief Hawkins Resigning

Police Chief Christopher C. Hawkins has resigned his position by way of a letter delivered over the weekend to Town Manager Val Foulds, effective June 28.   Hawkins has accepted a position as assistant police chief in Portsmouth, Va.  
Hawkins was selected and began serving as Police Chief in Colonial Beach on January 3, 2008.  Prior to that he had served for 13 years as a Virginia State Trooper.  Chief Hawkins effectively guided the department through a move to new headquarters.  More recently he led the department through a rigorous accreditation process before the Virginia Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, which resulted in Colonial Beach Police Department becoming one of 79 departments out of 400 total law enforcement agencies in Virginia that have gained accreditation. In a recent report to Town Council, Hawkins was pleased to note that 2009 crime rates have shown a decline in every category.  

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Logo makeover

Colonial Beach’s mascot and logo got a facelift. At the May 19 meeting, the School Board approved three designs submitted by teacher and coach Jeremy Jack. “Petey” the pirate’s new look was inspired by senior Lindsey Graves’ submission in the competition the school held. Her design was sent to a professional logo company to be refined and finished. The school’s clipper ship logo was also updated.

Boating Accident

On Saturday, May 8, Smith Point Sea Rescue responded to a call from a 42” deadrise that was dead in the water and pressed up against a pound net just south of the Great Wicomico River. Those aboard the deadrise had made a cell call to family members requesting someone bring fuel. Two teenagers set out in a 22-foot skiff with 5 gallons of fuel. With 25 mph wind and 4- to 5-foot seas, those aboard the skiff successfully passed the fuel over to the deadrise. The skiff then swamped and flipped over inside the pound net, putting the two teenagers into the water. One of the boys was able to get hold of the net and get onto the deadrise. The second was briefly trapped under the skiff and had to remove his life jacket so he could get out from under the overturned boat. One of the boys got his hand caught between the two boats and received a deep gash in the palm of his hand At this point Smith Point Sea Rescue was called by those aboard the deadrise to assist. Six Sea Rescue members responded to the two boats docked on Cockrells Creeek.

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