New Town Planner Has Extensive Job History




January 10, 2014

The Cape Charles Gazette has announced that Lawrence DiRe will be the new town planner effective February 2. DiRe replaces Rob Testerman, who resigned in October to work for the town of Kitty Hawk, N.C.

The Gazette provided no further information, but DiRe has posted his full bio on According to linkedin and other websites, DiRe is 51 years old and has connections with the Eastern Shore. He has lived in Delmar, Delaware, just north of the Maryland state line on Route 13. From 2013-2014 he was an advisor for Delmarva Education Foundation in Salisbury, Maryland.

DiRe has worked in a number of jobs in several states. From 2009-2014 he was an instructor at Elmhurst College in Chicago. From 2007-2009 he was chief administrative officer and treasurer for the village of Berkeley, Illinois. From 2004-2007 he was town administrator for the town of St. Pauls, North Carolina. From 2002-2004 he was town manager for LaCrosse, Virginia, about 110 miles west of Norfolk. Earlier he interned for the town of Leesburg, Virginia. [Read more…]


SATURDAY 1/17: Annual Epiphany Party and Auction at Fire House

Chris Bannon invites everyone to attend the 23rd Annual Epiphany Party & Auction January 17 at the Fire House. Per tradition, guests are requested to bring their “least favorite” Christmas gift to be auctioned, with proceeds going for playground equipment at Central Park. RSVP to Bannon at 757-331-2206 or [email protected] by January 14.

FRIDAY 1/16: Bird Photography on the Eastern Shore

“Bird Photography on the Eastern Shore,” sponsored by the Science and Philosophy Seminar of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, January 16, in the Eastern Shore Community College lecture hall in Melfa. George Budd will show how he has used the medium of bird photography in a journey to open himself up to the world around him. Budd, now retired, has lived with his family on the Shore for 10 years.  He plans to continue with his photography.

Beekeeping Class for Beginners

A beginners’ beekeeping class will be held in February at the Chamber of Commerce in Melfa.  Sponsored by the Beekeepers’ Guild of the Eastern Shore, the class will meet on two consecutive Saturdays, February 7 and February 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. [Read more…]