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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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Retirement apartment developer interested in Lions Club property

Town Manager Val Foulds reported to the Economic Committee last week that she was approached by Josh Gemerek, Senior Vice President of Housing for Bay Aging. Bay Aging is interested in purchasing the town-owned property on the Point that is now being leased by the Lions Club for $10 a year.
Bay Aging wishes to set up retirement apartments on the property. The apartments would be similar to those in the Meadows on Route 205 and would only be rented to senior citizens. Since the project would involve HUD, it would not be allowed to change and would remain a senior living facility for 30 years.
Councilman Stephen Kennedy admitted during the meeting that activities have dwindled in the last few years at the Lions Club and the members felt that if the property were sold, they could find an alternative site for club meetings.
Foulds said she will work with Gary Mitchell, director of Building and Zoning, to explore zoning changes. She is currently waiting for a property appraisal and should be ready to present the issue to the council by the end of the month.
Vice Mayor Trish King feels that the sale of this property would benefit the town and start generating revenue in property taxes. But being a not for profit company it was unclear to the committee members if property taxes would apply.

 

Read more: Retirement apartment developer interested in Lions Club property

Open Committee meeting leads to public outcry regarding beach areas

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.

 

Read more: Open Committee meeting leads to public outcry regarding beach areas

School Board addresses past, listens to plans for future

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.

Read more: School Board addresses past, listens to plans for future

Update of 911 mapping to take place next week in Colonial Beach

 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.

Read more: Update of 911 mapping to take place next week in Colonial Beach

ALL WHEEL VEHICLE SHOW

 

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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.  

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Drifters' Steve Swope will be absent from varsity sports for one year

An area sports legend takes a sabbatical

 

altAfter 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.

 

   Drifter sports icon Steve Swope has decided to step aside from his duties as the Drifters

Read more: Drifters' Steve Swope will be absent from varsity sports for one year

How about all those tickets at the Beach?


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.

Read more: How about all those tickets at the Beach?

Thanks to her helpful friends, Miss Ada Keys is back home, in her new home

 

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.

 

Read more: Thanks to her helpful friends, Miss Ada Keys is back home, in her new home

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