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Upcoming School Division Events (Friday January 17, 2014 – February 14, 2014)

Written By: Linda Bradshaw - Jan• 18•14
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Press release provided by Culpeper Schools

  • Monday, January 20, 2014- No School for Students –MLK Holiday, (Teacher At-Home Workday)
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014- No School for Students- Teacher Workday
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014- Culpeper County School Board Closed Session immediately followed by Culpeper County School Board Business/Work Session at the School Board Office, 450 Radio Lane, 6 p.m. (Presentation of Superintendent’s Budget)
  • Thursday, January 23, 2014- Culpeper Middle School ‘STARS’ Meeting, 6:30pm to 7:30 p.m. “STARS” (Spirit of Togetherness among Rising Stars) will be held at Culpeper Middle School. “STARS” is a parent involvement program for parents of 7th graders, but anyone may be a part. This is for you, a chance to connect, reconnect, enlightened, informed, encouraged, motivated, and involved in your child’s education. Everyone is welcome.
  • Saturday, January 25, 2014- Eastern View High School Tri-County Band Concert, admission is free and open to public, 3 p.m.
  • Monday, January 27, 2014- VSBA Capital Conference, Richmond Marriott
  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014- VSBA New Chairmen/Board Member/Superintendent Orientation, Richmond Marriott
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014- Culpeper County School Board Capital Planning Committee Meeting at the School Board Office, 450 Radio Lane, 8:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014- Sycamore Park Elementary School Spirit Night at El Jaripeo, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, February 3, 3014- Yowell Elementary School PTC Meeting, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014- Pearl Sample Elementary School PTO Spirit Night at Country Cookin, 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014- Sycamore Park Elementary PTO Meeting, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 6, 2014- Emerald Hill Elementary School PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 6, 2014- Floyd T. Binns Middle School PTO Meeting, 3:45 p.m.
  • Friday, February 7, 2014- Sycamore Park Elementary School Father/Daughter Dance, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Monday, February 10, 2014- Culpeper County School Board Regular Board Meeting at the County Administration Office, 302 North Main Street, 7 p.m. (Includes public hearing on budget)
  • Monday, February 10, 2014- Culpeper County School Board Finance Committee Meeting at the County Administration Office, 302 North Main Street, 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014- Culpeper County High School PTO Meeting, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014- Culpeper County High School National Honor Society Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014- Culpeper County High School Performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Performance, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, February 14, 2014- Culpeper County High School Performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Performance, 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014- Culpeper County High School Performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Performance, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Culpeper Man Captured in Delaware after committing Sexual Assault

Written By: Linda Bradshaw - Jan• 15•14

Martinez-Filguero

Martinez-Filguero

Press release provided by Captain Chris Settle, Culpeper Police Department

A Culpeper man faces Felony Sexual Assault related charges stemming from an early morning hours attack on January 10, 2014 of a Culpeper woman.

On January 10, 2014 at approximately 12:40am, the Culpeper Police Department patrol officers responded to the South Main Street area in Culpeper for a reported Rape after a 9-1-1 call from the victim.

When officers arrived they came into contact with the victim who had multiple injuries. Based upon the preliminary investigation a Juan Pedro Martinez-Filguera, entered her home. The victim was asleep at the time and awoke to find Mr. Martinez-Filguera standing over her. After the sexual assault the suspect fled the scene by vehicle and the victim called 9-1-1.

The victim was treated on-scene by Emergency Medical personnel and was later taken to a hospital.

Culpeper Police Department detectives responded to the scene for crime scene processing and to continue the investigation. Based upon this investigation, detectives learned that Mr. Martinez-Filguera had a prior relationship with the victim and there was a current Protective Order in place.

Also assisting the Culpeper Police Department and providing support to the victim and witnesses to this incident was the Culpeper Crime Victim/Witness Program and Services to Abused Families (SAFE). As these two agencies were contacted in the early morning hours and provided immediate support.

“Having these agencies available to victims and witnesses on incidents like these on a 24 hour a day/7 day a week basis is truly a tremendous asset to this community” – Chief Chris Jenkins

Sergeant Jeff Dodson, the case agent, obtained the following felony charges: Rape, Strangulation, and Felony Violation of a Protective Order. The following Misdemeanor charges were obtained as well: Domestic Assault and Battery, Interfering/Preventing Summoning of Law Enforcement, and Petit Larceny.
Culpeper Police Detectives in working in conjunction with the United States Marshal Service learned that Mr. Martinez-Filguera’s possible whereabouts was in the State of Delaware less than 12 hours after the assault.

Mr. Martinez-Filguera was arrested by the United States Marshal Service at approximately 6:25pm on January 10, 2014 in Bridgeville, Delaware residence.

“We appreciate the everyday support and cooperation we get from the United States Marshal’s Service. Such support and cooperation we receive from our law enforcement partners like the U.S. Marshal’s Service is the reason for quick apprehensions of such a violent offenders”. –Chief Chris Jenkins

Upcoming School Division Events (Friday January 10, 2014 – February 7, 2014)

Written By: Linda Bradshaw - Jan• 12•14

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• Monday, January 13, 2014- Culpeper County School Board Finance Committee Meeting at the Admin. Office, 302 North Main Street, 5 p.m.

• Monday, January 13, 2014- Talk About Budget Meeting at the County Admin. Office, 302 North Main Street, 6 p.m.

• Monday, January 13, 2014- Culpeper County School Board Regular Board Meeting at the County Admin. Office, 302 North Main Street, 7 p.m. (closed session 6:45 p.m.)

• Monday, January 13, 2014- Culpeper Middle School PTO Executive Board Meeting, 3:45 p.m.

• Tuesday, January 14, 2014- Culpeper High School PTO Meeting, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Tuesday, January 14, 2014- Pearl Sample Elementary School PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, January 15, 2014- Emerald Hill Elementary School County Spelling Bee, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, January 15, 2014- Eastern View High School Athletic Boosters Meeting, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Thursday, January 15, 2014- A. G. Richardson Elementary School Spirit Night at Buffalo Wild Wings, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Thursday, January 16, 2014- Early dismissal for students. Elementary begins at 1p.m. and Secondary at 1:30 p.m.

• Friday, January 17, 2014- Early dismissal for students. Elementary begins at 1p.m. and Secondary at 1:30 p.m.

• Friday, January 17, 2014- Culpeper Middle School PTO hosting a basketball game between the Harlem Wizards and the teacher/staff of CCPS, doors open at 6 p.m. game to start at 7 p.m.

• Monday, January 20, 2014- No School for Students –MLK Holiday, (Teacher At-Home Workday)

• Tuesday, January 21, 2014- No School for Students- Teacher Workday

• Tuesday, January 21, 2014- Culpeper County School Board Closed Session immediately followed by Culpeper County School Board Business/Work Session at the School Board Office, 450 Radio Lane, 6 p.m.

• Thursday, January 23, 2014- Culpeper Middle School ‘STARS’ Meeting, 6:30pm to 7:30 p.m. “STARS” (Spirit of Togetherness among Rising Stars) will be held at Culpeper Middle School. “STARS” is a parent involvement program for parents of 7th graders, but anyone may be a part. This is for you, a chance to connect, reconnect, enlightened, informed, encouraged, motivated, and involved in your child’s education. Everyone is welcome.

• Monday, January 27, 2014- VSBA Capital Conference, Richmond Marriott

• Tuesday, January 28, 2014- VSBA New Chairmen/Board Member/Superintendent Orientation, Richmond Marriott

• Tuesday, February 4, 2014- Pearl Sample Elementary School PTO Spirit Night at Country Cookin’, 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• Thursday, February 6, 2014- Emerald Hill Elementary School PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

Depot Makeover for Museum Move Making Progress

Written By: Linda Bradshaw - Jan• 12•14
Depot Renovations photo provided by Town of Culpeper

Depot Renovations photo provided by Town of Culpeper

Press release by Town Of Culpeper Public Information Officer Wally Bunker:

Painters were adding a new coat of paint to the inside walls at the Culpeper Depot this week in preparation for the move by the Museum of Culpeper History, which will occupy space previously used as conference and meeting rooms at the train station.

The museum hopes to begin moving to its new downtown location by Feb. 1, with an April 1 scheduled opening, weather permitting.

“We are converting the back part of the Depot from a conference area into an exhibit area,” said Culpeper Public Works Director Jim Hoy, whose crews are doing most of the renovation work inside the town-owned Depot.

The $27,000 makeover requires removal of tracks for the wall partition system, demolition of some interior walls and construction of several new partitions. Two bathrooms are being converted for collection storage. A new security system is being installed along with limited access through the platform doors. New permanent walls are being constructed to better separate exhibit areas and drywall is being added to the ceiling in portions of the former conference area.

“All surfaces have to be repainted and the hardwood floors resurfaced,” said Hoy.

The Museum normally closes in January to change exhibits, reopening in February. However, with the planned move, Museum staff, board members and volunteers are inventorying, photographing and cataloging individual items in preparation for the move.

“We won’t physically move the collections, current exhibit cases and wall murals until the end of January,” said Museum of Culpeper History Director Lee Langston-Harrison.

Moving museums is not new to Langston-Harrison, who has more than 35 years of museum experience.

“This is my fifth move,” she added. “It is kind of what I do.”

When the Museum reopens, it will have gained 1,000 more square feet of exhibit floor space and a large amount of wall space to showcase flat objects and art.

Local volunteers plan to help with the move of all the items from the current location at Mason and Main streets to the Depot.
The new exhibit area will be separated into Civil War, American Revolution, Native American and dinosaur sections.

“There also will be a Discovery Zone for kids, and a space for lectures and workshops,” said Langston-Harrison.

The primary new exhibit will feature the fourth year of the Civil War in Culpeper. The exhibit is called, “Yet in its Desolation, it is Beautiful: Strains of War and the Final Days of the Confederacy, 1864.”

“Right now, we are on track and on budget,” said Hoy.

Traffic Delays on Sperryville Pike Possible Due to Utility Projects

Written By: Linda Bradshaw - Jan• 09•14
Town of Culpeper logo

Town of Culpeper logo

Press release provided by Town of Culpeper’s Public Information Officer Wally Bunker:

Several ongoing or new utility projects could cause traffic delays beginning as soon as tomorrow.

Traffic restrictions could delay traffic along Sperryville Pike (U. S. 522) at Virginia Avenue for improvements to the town’s sanitary sewer system as part of the ongoing utility work associated with the Col. Jameson Boulevard (inner loop) project. These multiple traffic restrictions and temporary lane closures could last for several weeks as work progresses.

Work on the town’s waterlines will also change traffic patterns next week along Orange Road.

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Jan 13, private contractors will close Page Street between West Cherry Street and Orange Road and close Orange Road between Old Fredericksburg Road and South Main Street.

On about 8 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, a flag man will be directing traffic due to periodic lane closures on Orange Road between Chestnut Drive and Fayette Street for work on a waterline. This traffic pattern should continue into Wednesday until the work is completed.

Town officials believe that there will be no need to turn off water as these projects continue.

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