Tag: Northampton

By Stefanie Jackson – All Linda Cleaveland wanted to do was host weddings on her 65-acre property with its view of Nassawadox Creek. Northampton’s senior planner, Kelley Lewis Parks, assisted her with the zoning application, and Cleaveland believed she was prepared to face the planning commission at the April 2...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton planning commission was left to reconsider the effectiveness of its communication following two long and contentious public hearings April 2. Eyre Baldwin, of Pearl LLC, received the planning commission’s approval for a minor special use permit (SUP) to convert an old farm shed into...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton supervisors voted Tuesday night on two zoning issues that have plagued them for months. In a unanimous decision, supervisors eliminated “watch houses for shellfish grounds,” aka oyster watch houses, from the land-use table in the county’s zoning ordinance. Spencer Murray, chairman of the board of supervisors,...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton Director of Finance John Chandler proposed increased county expenditures of more than $2.6 million in fiscal year 2020, including an additional $345,000 for public education. Among Northampton school division’s top funding priorities are a social worker, teacher pay increases averaging 2.5 percent, raises for school...
By Stefanie Jackson – After a lengthy debate Tuesday night, the Northampton planning commission approved a minor special use permit to convert an old farm shed into a new business that will offer its patrons a farm-to-table dining experience and more. “This is textbook adaptive reuse,” said Eyre Baldwin, of...
By Stefanie Jackson – A Northampton school board member and advocate for reform in the county’s public school system, Nancy Proto, of Cape Charles, announced March 28 that she will not run for re-election in November. Until her term expires, the retired school psychologist will continue promoting “a shift in...
By Krystle Bono Monday night, the Northampton Yellow Jackets girls varsity soccer club collected their first win of the season, shutting down Lancaster 6-0, in Eastville. Nohemi Montalvo led the Yellow Jackets with two goals and two assists. Wendi Martinez also put two between the pipes for Northampton with one...
By Krystle Bono The Northampton Yellow Jackets varsity indoor track team competed in the 2A VHSL Indoor State Tournament at Roanoke College Feb. 25 and 26 under the direction of Head Coach Oliver Bennett and pole vault coach Terry Flynn. Senior Yellow Jacket Forest Flynn pole vaulted to his first...
By Stefanie Jackson – A concerned citizen opened a dialogue with Northampton supervisors March 12 on whether county procedures for addressing unsafe structures are too heavy-handed on historical properties that may be worth saving or at least allowing salvage of valuable materials before demolition. Donna Bozza, of Cape Charles, noted...
By Stefanie Jackson – Bill O’ Hare, a professional demographer from Cape Charles, informed Northampton supervisors Tuesday that when the county participates in the 2020 U.S. Census, if the count misses 1 percent of the population, or 120 people, it would mean a loss of $7 million in federal...