GALLERY: Photos of the week GALLERY: Crescent Moon, Drifting, & Antares (October 31, 2014): These photos submitted by two readers tell a story of the past week. From left, Gertraud Fendler captured a sliver of a moon over Cape Charles. Meanwhile, last Sunday's gale-force winds washed up a large piece of driftwood just south of Bayshore Concrete, photographed by Joseph Corcoran. And lastly, the event that will long be remembered -- Ms. Fendler recorded the spectacular explosion of the Antares rocket at Wallops Island.

LETTER: Why Do County Taxes Go to Baltimore?

October 31, 2014


Where is our County Treasurer, Cynthia Bradford, these days — is she in the State of Maryland or in Eastville, Virginia?

We are instructed to send our real estate taxes to Baltimore, Maryland. That’s approximately $50 million total. Why should those funds be deposited in Maryland instead of a bank in Virginia that is under the jurisdiction and scrutiny of our state?

As a taxpayer, I care where my money is being held. [Read more...]


EXTRA: County Won’t Drop Seaside Protections


October 28, 2014

Northampton County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday (October 27) to reverse an earlier decision to remove the protections of the Chesapeake Bay Protection Act on the lands east of Route 13 and adjoining the Atlantic, otherwise known as the seaside.

At a March 11 public hearing, dozens of residents and former officials expressed overwhelming concern that removal of the protections of the Chesapeake Bay Act on the Seaside would have a profound adverse impact on the aquaculture industry, which is among the largest on the eastern seaboard. The CBPA requires increased setbacks for structures and septic systems, and calls for a vegetative buffer to protect the sensitive aquatic ecosystem from nutrient loading that could result from agriculture and wastewater runoff.

At the October 27 County work session, Economic Development Director Charles McSwain said that there had been considerable public opposition to the removal of the CBPA from the Seaside, and that leaving those protections in place would hopefully remove an obstacle to the passing of the new zoning ordinance.

However, removal of the CBPA from the Seaside is only one of the many issues that concern area residents. For instance, the Board of Supervisors is proposing to:

–Increase the allowable number of houses per acre to as much as 4,000% over the current limit; [Read more...]

Shorekeeper Thanks Public for Keeping Up Pressure

Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper

October 28, 2014

Last night (October 27) the Northampton Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to keep the vital water quality protections of the Bay Protection Act in place county wide. This is a huge step in protecting our delicate intertidal zone and the men and women who can make a living because of our clean waters.

Many of you wrote letters to the county, spoke at countless public comment periods, or joined the over 500 citizens in signing our petition to keep the Bay Protection Act and I want to thank each and every one of you.

Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper will continue to work on additional threats to our water quality included in the zoning overhaul but we also believe in taking time to give credit when credit is due. Please take a moment to contact your supervisor and thank them for keeping the Bay Protection Act in place county-wide. [Read more...]

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Halloween Night for Kids at American Legion Post

American Legion Post 56 will host their annual Halloween Night for Children on Friday, October 31, at the Post in Cheriton. Other upcoming events include a 1950s Night featuring acclaimed local singer and artist Jimmy Merchant on Saturday, November 15,  sponsored by Larry Veber and Franco Nocera of the Little Italy Restaurant. There are also plans for a Low Country Boil and a project to increase veterans awareness on health issues. [Read more...]

FRIDAY 10/31: Jay Ford on ‘Empathy, Claims of Morality, and Implications for Governance”

“Empathy, Claims of Morality, and the Implications for Governance” is the next topic for the Science and Philosophy Seminar of the Eastern Shore of Virginia seminar. The free 90-minute seminar will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, October 31, in the Lecture Hall of Eastern Shore Community College, 29300 Lankford Hwy., Melfa. Jay Ford will discuss the meaning and existence of empathy and how it affects our shared value systems. [Read more...]

Cerebral Palsy Benefit at Sunset Beach Is Great Success

The inaugural Brews, Band, BBQ & Oysters Too! took place on Saturday, October 18 and was a delight to all of the senses. The aroma of spicy-sweet smoked barbecue filled the air. Hoppy beers tickled the taste buds. Even the most reluctant dancers found themselves tapping their feet to the beat of the music. As if by special request the weather was perfect with the sun shining and a coastal breeze blowing. Looking around, smiles adorned the faces of a large crowd coming together to benefit Cerebral Palsy of Virginia – a nonprofit serving children and adults with disabilities on the Eastern Shore and throughout Virginia. [Read more...]

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Golf Cart Raffle for Eastern Shore Spay Organization

Eastern Shore Spay Organization (ESSO) is raffling a golf cart to help purchase a “Neuter Scooter” for the Eastern Shore. Tickets are $25 or 5 for $100. A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets available online at [Read more...]


Publish Your Event in the Cape Charles Wave

Holding an event of interest to the general public in or near Cape Charles? Send an email to
[email protected] and your event will be listed in ON THE TELEPHONE POLE. Events will normally be publicized the same week they occur. Deadline for submission is the preceding Saturday.

FRIDAY 10/31: Halloween Carnival at CC Baptist

Cape Charles Baptist Church will be having their annual carnival on the lawn beside the church Halloween Night from 5 p.m. until the candy runs out. We will have ponies, a monster truck, games, and candy. Stop by and enjoy the fun. Everyone is welcome!

NOV 1: Bounty of the Bay Celebration at Mimosa Farm

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will celebrate the tasty traditions of Chesapeake Bay seafood and local farm produce with “Bounty of the Bay, Farm to Table,” an evening of outdoor dining, music, and conversation on Saturday, November 1, at Mimosa Farm in Cheriton.

Enjoy a five-course meal prepared by classically trained local chef Amy Brandt, meet Eastern Shore farmers and learn about their Bay-friendly farming practices, and tap your toes to live bluegrass performed by the Chair Place Players. In addition to such delicious local fare as oysters, rockfish, and vegetables, the 5 p.m.-8 p.m. event also will offer a critical reminder of the necessity of clean water and a thriving Chesapeake Bay. [Read more...]

SATURDAY 11/15: Fall Festival at Trinity UMC

Trinity United Methodist Church, Cape Charles, will be holding their annual FALL FESTIVAL from 9:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. [Read more...]

Register for Master Gardener Training Class

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Master Gardeners Program is accepting applications for the 2015 Master Gardener training class, which will be held at the Eastern Shore Agriculture Research and Experimental Center, 33446 Research Drive, Painter, beginning January 14, and continuing every Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 15.  The cost is $100 to cover materials and lectures.  [Read more...]

Cape Charles Wave Announces Winter Hours

October 20, 2014

The Cape Charles Wave is following the example of Brown Dog Ice Cream by establishing winter hours. The Wave will still publish, but on a reduced schedule.

Readers are invited to continue sending event notices for ON THE TELEPHONE POLE, as well as comments to ANONYMOUS and news to GOSSIP. The CLASSIFIEDS section remains open as well.

LETTERS will be published whenever received, as will COMMENTARIES.

So what’s changing? Essentially, what you read in the Wave will now be largely whenever and whatever the public submits, while the regular reporters hibernate. [Read more...]

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EXTRA: Town Planner Rob Testerman Resigns

Town Planner Rob Testerman

Town Planner Testerman

Cape Charles Wave

October 21, 2014

Two working days after Cape Charles Town Council shot down the “urban chicken” concept, the brainchild behind the proposal, Town Planner Rob Testerman, submitted his resignation.

Mayor George Proto told the Wave that he learned yesterday (Monday) that Testerman was leaving to accept a “better” job with supervisory authority. Proto stressed that Testerman’s departure is on very amicable terms — the town has been very happy with his work over the past year, the mayor said. [Read more...]


Town Council Chickens Out

The year-long “urban chicken” debate is over. (Photo: Stefanie Hadden)


October 20, 2014

Cape Charles Town Council spent $25,000 on a chicken study and laid an egg. Council member Chris Bannon provided that cost estimate October 17 at Council’s monthly meeting. Although Bannon did not break down the cost, it presumably is a measure of how many hours were spent on the chicken question by Town Planner Rob Testerman over the past year, as well as the cost for legal counsel to review a proposed town ordinance to allow backyard hens under a highly regulated set of conditions.

Although Testerman clearly wanted to see Cape Charles get on board with the nationwide urban chicken movement, Town Council was not convinced, even though the majority of Historic District residents participating in Testerman’s survey approved of the concept. [Read more...]


Peacewerks Center for Well-Being Opens on Mason Ave.


Peacewerks staffers Gerald Boyd and Polly Boyd

October 20, 2014

Peacewerks Center for Well-Being, LLC, announces its opening in Cape Charles at 109 Mason Avenue, Suite A (the former Sullivan’s Building).  Peacewerks is staffed by Gerald E. Boyd and Polly Boyd and exists for the support of individuals, families and communities in the continuous achievement of emotional and spiritual balance and the reclaiming of life. [Read more...]

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WAYNE CREED: New Cape Charles Ignores Gritty Past


October 20, 2014

Some have described the Stay Tuned Music Fest on Oct 4 at the Shanty as a flop, or even an epic fail. Even if it was, that’s not really a bad thing. Getting in the ring and taking a swing is the most important part — these festival things are hard to predict, and given the limited population and demographic, they sometimes don’t turn out as well as we hope.

I know the promoters, and I’m sure they will collect some Lessons Learned, and make some adjustments for next time (maybe move to coincide with Harbor for the Arts, or go old school with Shore Made Music by Shore Made Musicians — then cook up a pig, some crabs or oysters, with plenty of cold beer).

All this aside, there was still something about Stay Tuned Fest that bothered me; as if something was just a bit off. One evening, after a few martinis, staring at the old brick at Kelly’s, I realized just what was bugging me: it was that holding the event at that location (new harbor) lacked so much authenticity, and was so typical of the New Cape Charles — that is, to completely ignore the old Eastern Shore ways and arrogantly try to impose some foreign aesthetic in its place. [Read more...]


Town Conceals Cost of Job Search for New Manager

Cape Charles Wave

October 6, 2014

When Cape Charles Town Council approved a $10,000 employee wage study by Springsted Inc. last February, the Wave publicized the action — and a number of readers reacted negatively to the town’s decision. (CLICK to read letter from David Gay: “Town Paying $10,000 for Free Information.”)

Apparently wishing to avoid further bad publicity, when Town Council decided to hire the same firm again — this time to search for a new town manager — they did it behind closed doors. The official minutes following the July 31, 2014, executive session (CLICK) refer only to a motion “to hire Springsted Inc. per their proposal for executive search services for the Town Manager position as discussed.” The “as discussed” part will forever remain secret, as no minutes are recorded for executive sessions. There will be no explanation, for example, why Town Council chose Springsted or whether any other headhunter was even considered. [Read more...]


Cape Charles Area Finally Gets a Vet

Dr. Nathan Higgins with a young patient.

Dr. Higgins with a young patient.


October 6, 2014

There are two questions that I generally get when I meet someone new. It’s either, “Do you have family here?” or “What brought you to the Eastern Shore?”

The first one is easy; no, we don’t have family here. The second is much more complicated and multi-faceted. From the moment we stepped on the Shore in April 2013, we found the contrast to our usual hustle and bustle to be so refreshing. Northampton County was filled with unobstructed charm along with caring people who took the time to get to know us.

We saw an exciting small town community that was growing steadily while keeping a safe, family atmosphere. But we were astounded to hear that there was no veterinary clinic in the county, and to learn how far people were traveling for pet care. [Read more...]


Goodbye Sullivan’s, Hello Long & Foster

Out with the old, in with the new. (Composite photo)

Out with the old, in with the new. (Composite photo)


October 6, 2014

Last week former mayor Dora Sullivan closed her office supply store at 109 Mason Avenue, which had been the informal “town hall” for eight years. She had announced her retirement concurrent with stepping down as mayor last July, but kept the shop open until it could be sold or rented.

Meanwhile, Realtors Lynn Gray and Melanie Brown had closed their Eastern Shore of Virginia real estate office just up the street and joined Long & Foster in Onancock. That’s when L&F listings started appearing on For Sale signs in Cape Charles.

Business must be good, because Long & Foster now has leased the Sullivan’s storefront. No more trips to Onancock will be necessary. [Read more...]