TUESDAY: Special Election for House of Delegates

Voters in the 100th District, which includes Northampton and Accomack counties, are reminded of the Tuesday, February 25, Special Election for House of Delegates.

The Democratic candidate is Willie C. Randall, and the Republican candidate is Robert S. Bloxom, Jr.
Voting will be at the polling place listed on voter registration cards — NOT where the recent primary elections were held.

WEDNESDAY: Waterfront Workshop Satellite Link at ESCC

Watermen, water-dependent business owners, and representatives from water-related organizations from the Eastern Shore are encouraged to participate in the Virginia Working Waterfronts Workshop on Wednesday, February 26, from a satellite location at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Building in Melfa (29300 Lankford Hwy.).  The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to  3:30 p.m. [Read more…]

FRIDAY: ‘HIV: How a Virus Outsmarted the Human Race’

Science and Philosophy Seminar of the Eastern Shore of Virginia’s next seminar is “HIV: How a Virus Outsmarted the Human Race,” 12:30 p.m. Friday, February 28, in the Lecture Hall of the Eastern Shore Community College, 29300 Lankford Hwy., Melfa. [Read more…]

FRIDAY/SATURDAY: ‘Love Story in Song’ at ESO Arts Center

The innovative Edge Theater at ESO is sharing the love with its production “Love Story in Song” on Friday, February 28, and Saturday, March 1, at 8 p.m. at ESO Arts Center in Belle Haven. [Read more…]

SATURDAY: ‘Some Like It Hot’ Film, Champagne Lunch at Palace Theatre

Arts Enter Cape Charles presents a special screening of “Some Like It Hot” with champagne lunch at the Historic Palace Theatre 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1. Tickets are $30 per person and RSVP is requested. Reserve your seat by contacting Arts Enter at 757-331-2787. [Read more…]

WEEKEND: What, Another Snow Scene?


Winter’s not over, and this view of sunset over Mill Creek (off Cherrystone Creek) taken by Mary Lee Wood might be more than a memory: snow is predicted Wednesday, with lows in the 20s the rest of the week.

Readers are invited to submit their favorite local photos for Weekend editions of the Wave, when the picture extends all the way across the page. (February 22, 2014 Weekend Edition)

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Town Climbs Down from Fake Chimney Demand

Jefferson as it appears today

621 Jefferson as it appears today — minus chimney (and TV antenna)

621 Jefferson as it appeared in May 2013 (Wave photo)

Cape Charles Wave

February 17, 2014

A year ago, members of the Historic District Review Board resigned en masse after Town Council overruled their requirement that Hotel Cape Charles modify its new glass balconies.

Following the resignations, a new Historic District Review Board was appointed, and at their first meeting last May, they denied a request by the owners of 621 Jefferson Avenue to elimante a non-functioning chimney, stipulating that it be replaced with a new fake chimney as part of their renovations.

Now, Town Planner Rob Testerman has recommended that the Review Board overrule its own decision and forget about the chimney.

A May 30, 2013, report in the Wave on the fake chimney requirement drew a number of comments – none of them in agreement with the Board’s decision.

Most vocal was Planning Commissioner Dan Burke, who wrote: “Dear HRB — Get off your duffs and go take a look at what you’ve done. There are several houses right across the street that a stiff wind could knock down, half of the older houses don’t have chimneys, one has a stainless steel pipe through the roof, and two other houses have been recently remodeled with no chimneys. These people are investing in our town. We desperately need people like this and you are concerned about a broken-down chimney.”

The four owners of 621 Jefferson originally agreed to comply with the requirement for a fake chimney, but have had second thoughts. A recent letter from the owners to the Board echoes Commissioner Burke’s comments. Reviewing the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue, they found “enormous variation in the condition of these structures ranging from uninhabitable to completely and handsomely renovated. . . . The pattern is very clear: the overwhelming majority of renovated, well maintained homes (and those recently built) do not have chimneys. Most of the homes with chimneys are dilapidated and poorly maintained,” they wrote the Board. [Read more…]


Cape Charles Chickens Leave Home to Roost

This backyard chicken coop from Williams & Sonoma has been vacant since the previous owner moved away last year. (Wave photo)

This backyard chicken coop from Williams & Sonoma has been vacant since the previous owner moved away last year. (Wave photo)

Cape Charles Wave

February 17, 2014

Chickens that resided at two Cape Charles residences in the Historic District have left town. One little flock of three left last summer when their owners sold their property. The other flock of six has moved to Eastville while their owner awaits a decision on whether backyard chickens will be allowed in town.

The presence of chickens in town and the need for an ordinance regarding them has sparked controversy between friends and neighbors. Town Council has tasked the Planning Commission with providing a draft ordinance about backyard chicken keeping. This month Commission members discussed the pros and cons of chicken keeping in town but did not finalize a draft ordinance. The discussion will continue next month.

As has been reported in the Wave, numerous municipalities allow small flocks of chickens in residential neighborhoods. Roosters are rarely allowed due to their natural tendency to crow in the morning. [Read more…]