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Sunday, October 26, 2014

oct26 Wellfleet

Wellfleet's Gull Pond on a beautiful Autumn afternoon


October 25, 2014

oct26 Wellfleet

American Short Stories: A Seminar by Mort Inger at Wellfleet Library

The Wellfleet Public Library will offer the series, "American Short Stories: A Seminar Lead by Mort Inger," from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on three consecutive Fridays beginning this week at the library, 55 W. Main St. Seminar participants will read and discuss 13 American short stories, including classics by Katherine Mansfield and Edith Wharton, as well those from small journals and literary magazines. The goal of the seminar is to explore the form of the short story and discover the various ways that authors make a story work for the reader. Upon enrollment, participants will be given the stories that will be discussed in the first session, and they are expected to read them before the session. To foster rich discussions, enrollment is limited to eight participants. Inger, who will lead the seminar, produces radio station WOMR's program, "Story", and is the author of the short-story collection, "Making Waves at the Seashore." Registration fee is $5. For more information, call the library at 508-349-0310.


oct26 Wellfleet

Off-camera, Meredith Vieira focuses on Cape Cod

Veteran television journalist Meredith Vieira has quite an impressive and varied resume, from news anchor to game show host. Her newest role is hosting her own daytime talk show, "The Meredith Vieira Show," which debuted in September and airs on ABC at 3 p.m. weekdays in Boston. The Providence native, who lives in Westchester County (just north of Manhattan) has traveled the world, but her favorite vacation destination is right here in Massachusetts: Cape Cod. We caught up with Vieira, 60, who is married with three children, to talk about all things travel. Favorite vacation spot? Cape Cod. Our family owns a beach house there. The minute I cross the Bourne Bridge, my whole body relaxes! Favorite food or drink while vacationing? A lobster roll from PJ's in Wellfleet. It's the first place we stop.


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oct26 Wellfleet-Orleans

On this day in 1981: Two great Cape Cod nature books published

Bob Finch of Wellfleet and Bill Sargent of Orleans published two wonderful books about Cape Cod twenty-seven years ago. They are both still writing, and Finch has a weekly audio column on local public radio. Here's the beginning of the New York Times review of these two early indications of the authors' literary prowess.

Review: The Other Cape Cod Creatures

COMMON GROUND A Naturalist's Cape Cod, By Robert Finch, Drawings by Amanda Cannell, 142 pp. Boston: David R. Godine. $12.95.
SHALLOW WATERS A Year on Cape Cod's Pleasant Bay, By William Sargent, Illustrated, 138 pp. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. $17.95.

Both of these additions to Cape Cod literature deal with the birds, fish and animals that share the Cape's fragile ecology on any given summer day with 140,000 year-round human residents and up to three times that many vacationing tourists. Robert Finch, a naturalist, covers more territory, both geographically and philosophically, in ''Common Ground.'' His 32 essays, which originally appeared as nature columns in four Cape weeklies, reflect on the natural world of the 65-mile-long peninsula that juts into the Atlantic Ocean like a flexed arm from the shoulder of the Massachusetts coastline. The scientific approach belongs to William Sargent, a marine biologist who uses the shallow waters of Pleasant Bay, at the elbow of the Cape, as a personal laboratory to illustrate his theme: the overriding importance of evolutionary strategy. The difference between the two books is the difference between a microscope and a pair of binoculars, between an encyclopedia and a love letter... Read the full review here.


oct26 Eastham

Beyond the beach

Cape Cod National Seashore Supt. George Price will give the final State of the Seashore fall symposium, "Beyond the Beach," at the Salt Pond Visitor Center on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The program is free, accessible, and open to all. 2014 saw a return to near-normal park operations, following the drastic budget reductions of last year. In addition to routine park operations, Supt. Price will touch on many of the projects that were accomplished in 2014, including installation of a new roof on Old Harbor Life-Saving Station; the upgrading of many trails across the national seashore; rehabilitation of the Nauset Bike Trail and construction of two new footbridges on the Nauset Marsh Trail; installation of picnic shelters at the Doane Picnic Area in Eastham; development of a park-wide sign plan; investigation into the cracking and spalling at Highland Light; commencement of a bicycle and pedestrian master plan; a successful science symposium; and the selection of a new concessioner at Highland Links and a new interpretive partner at Highland Light.


oct26 Eastham

Eastham water system

The Town of Eastham submitted an Expanded Environmental Notification Form to the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs on Oct. 15. This will initiate review of the Eastham Water System project pursuant to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act It can be viewed Town's website at www.eastham-ma.gov. Copies are also available for viewing at the office of the conservation commission and the planning and health. Notice will be published in the Environmental Monitor on Oct. 20 and will receive public comments on the project for 30 days, up to Nov. 19.. All persons wishing to comment on the project, or to be notified of a site visit or consultation session, should write to the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge St., Suite 900, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, Attention: MEPA Office, referencing the above.


oct26 Eastham

Eastham United Methodist Church Friendship Feast

The Eastham United Methodist Church will serve a free "Friendship Spaghetti Feast" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church, located at 3200 State Highway (Route 6). All are welcome, no reservations are required.


oct26 Eastham

Eastham United Methodist Church rummage sale

The Eastham United Methodist Church will hold a rummage sale Friday, November 7th from 5:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday, November 8th from 9:00am-1:00pm. There will be a boutique room. Homemade cookies will also be available. All are welcome! The church is located at 3200 State Highway, Eastham.


oct26 Eastham

Author to speak on living with Alzheimer's in Eastham

Greg O'Brien, journalist/author, will speak on living with Alzheimer's Disease, as chronicled in his book "On Pluto", on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. , at the Chapel in the Pines. Open to all, refreshments and coffee to follow presentation.


oct26 Eastham

Join the Eastham Painters Guild

Eastham Painters Guild is accepting membership applications for the 2015 season of outdoor shows. For information call 508-255-8411.


oct26 Eastham

Local football: Warriors' second half rally falls short

Consistent offense was again hard to come by for the Nauset football team on Homecoming weekend at newly-dedicated High School Field. Elijah Brooks rushed for 85 yards and scored both touchdowns to lead visiting Durfee (4-3) to a hard-fought 13-7 win over the Warriors (2-5). Nauset was coming off a 25-7 loss to powerful Marshfield last Friday, while Durfee dropped a 42-0 contest to Brockton. Nauset struggled offensively in the first half, before coming alive in the third quarter, but couldn't put together a final scoring drive in the final minutes. "We couldn't get anything going offensive in the first half and had trouble getting off the field (on defense) on third and fourth down," said Nauset coach Keith Kenyon. "Overall, our kids played a good game on defense and came alive on offense in the second half. But you have to put together 44 minutes of good football, not just 22." The Div. 2 Hilltoppers gained 203 total yards, including 113 on the ground, while Nauset had 170 total yards. After a slow start, Warriors speedster Kyle Cambone rushed for 79 yards and one touchdown, while gaining an additional 55 yards on the back end of a hook-and-ladder play. After a 45-yard completion from Jaren Viera to Coby Cabral, the Nauset defense stopped the Hilltoppers three times inside the 2-yard line, before Brooks plunged over for a 7-0 Durfee lead with 40 seconds left in the first quarter. An interception by Cabral at the Nauset 42 thwarted a Warriors drive and thanks to a successful fake punt, the Hilltoppers took a 13-0 lead midway through the second quarter on a 15-yard screen pass from Viera to Brooks. Down 13-0 at halftime, the Warriors took the opening kickoff and quickly marched deep into Durfee territory before Cambone cut the lead to 13-7 with a 10-yard scoring run. After coming up short on another drive, the Hilltoppers drove deep into Nauset territory in the final quarter before being stopped in the final two minutes. A hook-and-ladder pass from Travis Van Vleck to Sam Mullin, who lateraled it off to a streaking Cambone down the sideline gave Nauset a first down at the Durfee 18 yard-line. But four straight incompletions by the Warriors thwarted any hopes of a last-minute comeback and the Highlanders walked off with the victory Linebackers Razz Green and Ian Donlon and defensive end Austin Ziemba were leading tacklers for the Nauset defense.


oct26 Eastham

Field Hockey: Nauset 3, Silver Lake 0

It was a win-win for the Warriors as they closed out their regular season with a shutout of the Lakers, kicking off Homecoming Weekend with a victory in North Eastham. The win competes the Nauset regular season with a 10-7-1 overall record. Three different players scored for the Warriors. Heather Spiegel opened the scoring off an assist from Mackenzie Meads. Meads followed with a helper from Shaye Ellard in the first half as Nauset to a 2-0 lead to the half. Michaela Donlon scored the insurance tally late in the second half with an assist from Emma Stevens. The goal was the first of Donlon's varsity career. The goaltending trio of Lucy McNamara, Jessica Taylor and Jetta Cook combined to record the shutout.


oct26 Eastham

School Volleyball: Nauset 3, Sturgis West 2

The Warriors gave a great team effort to beat the Navigators in a tough back-and-forth battle on Senior Night in North Eastham. Sturgis West (5-6) started strong, but Nauset ended up taking the last two sets to win 20-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-17, 15-12. For Nauset (3-16), Abby Bausch led the way with 11 aces, eight service points and nine digs. Amanda Rich had 11 service points, seven aces, five kills and six digs. Katie Serris had 10 service points (four aces) and six kills for the Warriors while Nadine Beltis added eight service points (two aces) and four kills.


oct26 Provincetown

Sun Dog Appears Over Race Point

A sun dog, sometimes called a mock sun or phantom sun, is an atmospheric event called a parhelion in scientific language. It can give the appearance of a pair of bright spots on either side of the sun, sometimes seen at the left and right edges of a luminous circle, or halo, visible around the sun, with the area inside the halo appearing slightly darker. These halos can appear when flat, hexagonal ice crystals in cirrus clouds are drifting in random orientations, refracting the light and bending the rays that pass through them. As the crystals sink through the air they become vertically aligned, refracting the light horizontally, which can produce sun dogs, with a reddish color nearest to the sun, and always appearing at the same height above the horizon as the sun, whether or not the complete halo is visible. This sun dog was seen from the Provincelands Visitor Center, looking out over Race Point as the late-afternoon sun dipped toward the horizon. This phenomenon is easiest to spot when the sun is low in the sky, and it can occur at any time of the year, so if you look out toward Beach Point in the mornings, and Race Point in the afternoons, and if these wisps of thin cirrus clouds are present, you may get lucky and spot a sun dog.


oct26 Orleans

Orleans selectmen get sticker shock

Selectmen were surprised twice by price tags for articles on the special town meeting next week. Neither was pleasant. Both the cost of new windows for the elementary school and legal research to prove Nauset Spit belongs to the town came in higher than the board had been told, or had anticipated. When bids for the elementary school project came in far higher than expected, selectmen said they needed to find ways to avoid being blindsided. "It's $400,000 more," said Selectman Chairman David Dunford, when he was told of the number for the school window project had jumped from $650,000 to close to $1 million. Selectman John Hodgson said selectmen had already supported the project, and the town meeting article that will before voters on Monday. Seeing that big of a jump at the virtual last minute really bothered him. What pained him more, Hodgson said, was this was not the first project the board had seen mushroom in cost after they had already given it their approval. One day, he warned, selectmen were just going to say "No" to the new number that was supplied at the last minute. Town Manager John Kelly said in the case of the window project, selectmen knew that the final figure was coming today. Architects that had been hired by the school committee had supplied the initial figure, he said. The town now had its own construction manager, Ron Collins, to oversee projects and supply more bankable numbers, but he wouldn't have helped in this case, said Kelly. Selectman Sims McGrath said that the project was the reason the town was holding the town meeting as there was a deadline to take advantage of school building assistance funds from the state. The town will receive approximately $385,000 in grant monies to replace windows that are inefficient and more than 40 years old. "It's not going to get any less expensive," McGrath said, adding that he understood the other board members concerns. "It's regrettably late in our timeline," he said. The board was also given a number from Town Counsel Michael Ford on what he expected the cost to fund the preliminary steps in proving the town owned Nauset Spit. That number came in at $100,000, about twice what the board had originally thought. Selectmen decided to reduce the request to $50,000 because that, they thought, would give them enough information to move forward. Town meeting will be asked to approve the money that will be used to fund legal research, and an accretion specialist, to prove that Orleans - not Cape Cod National Seashore - owns the portion of Nauset Spit located in Eastham.


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oct26 Orleans

DPW building before Orleans voters

Town meeting will be asked to approve a $550,000 request to fund design of a 10,000-square-foot department of public works facility; $40,000 of the monies would go toward funding a detailed phasing program for other Department of Public Works buildings. The request is 10 percent of the estimated cost to demolish existing highway buildings at Giddiah Hill Road, construct new vehicle maintenance building, construct new paved parking and access drive with code compliant storm drainage, install new vehicle maintenance equipment, construct "shell" building for trade shops - including parks and highway, construct temporary vehicle wash bay, and do associated site improvements. The idea is the shops can be fully finished in future, the $40,000 will help draw a master plan for the department, which spread all over town. "What we are doing now is a stand alone project. This is our most crying need," said Department of Public Works Director Tom Daley. Town meeting will be asked for $5 million for construction in May. DPW and natural resources - 11 divisions located in 10 different locations. Daley said many of buildings, including the vehicle maintenance building, are more than 60 years old, don't meet current codes - including environmental safeguards, are functionally inadequate, have significant structural issues and are unsafe. Daley said he has heard concerns regarding the cost of the design for the new proposed centralized facility. He said this type of facility is far different and more complex than a residential house design or other commercial facilities. Because of the nature of a DPW facility's operation it is subject to more environmental potential pollutant load standards, such as stormwater controls, air quality controls, wash bay and floor drain flows, etc. Since it is a facility that deals with all sizes of small to heavy equipment it is structurally designed to withstand these floor and foundation loadings including foundation piles to support the structure and its use. The facility will also be equipped with vehicle fluids storage and distribution systems, heavy vehicle lifts, overhead cranes, a welding bay, fire protection systems, safe hazardous material storage and more. The proposed wash bay, regulated by law, has its own design components such as wash equipment, catwalk system, water collection system, etc. And it requires an automatic generator and related items to power the facility 24/7 for an extended amount of time during an emergency, Daley said. "The discussion of replacing the highway department vehicle maintenance facility has been going on for over a decade. The current facilities are extremely inefficient, outdated, non-code compliant, environmentally a concern and a hazard to the staff. The current facilities are costing the taxpayers of Orleans money," Daley said.


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oct26 Brewster

East Brewster Dental's Halloween candy collection

Dr. Stephen Bellorini will give trick-or-treaters $1 for every pound of Halloween candy they bring to East Brewster Dental, 11 Baystate Court, Brewster, from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3. The dentist is also inviting adults and local businesses to bring in their leftover Halloween candy during normal business hours beginning Saturday to Nov. 8. All candy must be unopened. All collected candy will be included in care packages to be shipped for the holidays to U.S. troops overseas, courtesy of Operation Gratitude. Bellorini is leading this "anti-decay movement" by not only giving away dollars, but electric glowing toothbrushes and Wendy's restaurant gift certificates as well. "Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well, Bellorini states in a press release. "Plus, these glowing brushes we're giving out are really cool - they're like light sabers for your mouth." For more information, call East Brewster Dental at 508-255-0111.


oct26 Chatham

Sewer work to cause traffic disruptions in Chatham

Beginning Monday, weather permitting, sewer installation preparation is scheduled to begin on Old Queen Anne Road between Stepping Stones Road and Winterset Drive with this section of Old Queen Anne Road closed to thru traffic. A detour for thru traffic will be in-place utilizing Main Street and George Ryder Road. The detour is expected to last for approximately three weeks. A suggested alternate route to the downtown area is Old Queen Anne Road to Old Comers Road to Orleans Road (Route 28) to Crowell Road to Main Street. Access to all residences in the affected area will be maintained throughout the construction. There is will signage and Police Detail Officers to assist traffic in reaching their destination. Allroads will be open overnight, on weekends, and holidays. Work will take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. weather permitting. Chatham officials encourage you to visit the sewer construction project web site for updated schedule information at http://www.chathamscproject.info/; and the Town's website for additional information regarding this and other important projects and events in the Town at: http://www.chatham-ma.gov. Chatham Police thank you for your patience and cooperation during this important project to restore and protect the environment. Latest updates will be posted on the Chatham Police twitter feed.


oct26 Chatham

Road work to begin in Chatham

Sewer installation preparation is scheduled to begin on Monday on Old Queen Anne Road between Stepping Stone Road and Winterset Drive, according to town records. The section will be closed to non-local traffic, and a detour will be in place using Main Street and George Ryder Road. The detour is expected to last for three weeks. Residents will have full access to their property throughout the detour. All roads will be open overnight and on weekends and holidays. Road work will take place 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, visit chathamscproject.info.


oct26 Chatham-Harwich

Field Hockey: Clippers blank Monomoy

The Falmouth Clippers scored two goals in each half and defeated Monomoy 4-0 in a non-league battle between the two tournament-bound field hockey teams on Friday. Falmouth wraps up the regular season at 15-1-2 while the Sharks (8-4-5) have a make-up game Sunday at Mashpee. Maggie MacDonald deflected a shot into the cage after it came her way off a defender's stick early in the contest but Monomoy (8-4-5) settled things down to play evenly for much of the remaining opening half. The Sharks pressured the Falmouth goalie throughout, but the Clippers took a 2-0 lead on McKenzie Haberl's goal six minutes before the break with an assist from her sister Maddie. Ericka Meissner struck just two minutes into the second half and Maddie Haberl netted a late goal for the 4-0 final. The Sharks got strong play from Yasaelie Figueroa at center back as well as Brooke Wrightington, Carlee Tolley and Hannah Potter on the forward line.


oct26 Harwich

Brooks Free Library "Device Advice Drop-in Hour"

Brooks Free Library is continuing to offer its "Device Advice Drop-in Hour" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday through November at the library's Reference Desk (second floor), 739 Main St., Harwich. Attendees may bring their device (tablet, laptop, e-reader, cell phone, etc.) and get their questions answered. Whether it's how to adjust the settings, perform a specific function, like download an app, or just to get a quick overview, library staff will do their best to help individuals learn more about their devices. For more information on this service, contact staff librarian Emily Milan at emilan@clamsnet.org or call, 508-430-7562, ext. 4.






Saturday, October 25, 2014

oct25 Wellfleet

Trunk-or-Treat Festival at Wellfleet Drive-in


oct25 Wellfleet

State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference

The 12th annual State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference will be held on November 8 from 8:30 am-2 pm at the Wellfleet Elementary School. This FREE conference is open to any and all who care about the health and natural wealth of Wellfleet Harbor. Topics being presented this year include two research projects relating to plans to return tidal flow to the Herring River, an oyster growth and mortality experiment by local students, and an update on the status of horseshoe crab conservation. On Sunday morning, join a field trip to the upper reaches of the Herring River led by local scientists and conservationists. This event is sponsored by the Town of Wellfleet, Friends of the Herring River, Cape Cod Five, Wellfleet Conservation Trust, Mid Cape Home Centers, and Mass Audubon.


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oct25 Wellfleet

Matters of Opinion by Ira Wood: Why We Forgive Corrupt Politicians And Other Low-Life Scum

Ira Wood is an author, a teacher, a former publisher, a former selectman, and the host of a weekly radio program called The Lowdown on WOMR-FM, Cape Cod's Community Radio Station. For over 30 years Ira has made his home in Wellfleet. The Lowdown enables Ira to indulge his lifelong compulsion to pester people with questions.



oct25 Truro

Iconic Truro cottages to be sold as condos

Anyone who has driven Route 6A to the Outer Cape knows the cottages. Coming up over the last hill in North Truro before descending into the sandy, windswept outskirts of Provincetown, suddenly, there they are. Their signature foam green shutters mimic their ocean surroundings. They sit in a straight row with spacing so exact that they beg to be photographed or painted. Their precarious placement along the waterfront serves as the perfect juxtaposition between the area's bold natural beauty and its humble, simplistic architecture. Of course, they are the iconic Days Cottages of North Truro, and now anyone can own a piece of them if they act fast, or have the money. The 22 identical cottages, each named after a different flower, went on the market earlier this month. Most have a price rage of $399,000, while the two end units are slightly more expensive - Wisteria is already under agreement at $429,000 and Daisy is listed at $409,000. In just a short span, buyers' interest in the cottages has been overwhelming, though perhaps not surprising for a landmark that has long been one of the most visible sources of inspiration for artists on the Outer Cape, said realtor Gregg Russo. So far, two of the cottages have already been spoken for, with tentative agreements in place for four others. All the while, calls and e-mails continue to stream in from around the country about the remaining availability, he said. Built by Portuguese immigrants and local businessman Joseph A. Days in the early 1930s, the cottages have been owned and operated by the Days family from the very beginning. They've served as a popular vacation destination for tourists for more than eight decades, most recently under the management of grandson Joe Days and his wife Cindy. Days, 65, who has helped run his grandfather's cottages since he was a kid, said the decision to sell them was difficult, but that it was time to invite less stress into his life. "I guess my age has a lot to do with it. I'm just kind of ready to slow things down a bit," he said. He still plans on running the family's convenience store, Days' Market, across the street from the cottages, at least for the next year or two, he said. Upon announcing the listing, the outpouring of memories from the many people who have spent time there has been particularly bittersweet, he said. Days estimated that at least 80 or 90 percent of his clientele were repeat visitors who would return year after year for a week's stay. For many of them, the cottages were an affordable way to enjoy a beachfront family vacation on Cape Cod, he said.


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oct25 Brewster

Brewster Homeowners Join to Improve Water Quality in Ponds

Local homeowners associations in Brewster are focused on increasing the water quality of Blueberry and Sol's Ponds. The Millstone Homeowners Association, the Blueberry Hills Property Owners Association and Ocean Edge Resort are teaming up to save the ponds for recreational use. Martin Lucenti, Chairman of the Millstone Village Association, says the first step is having an aquatic study done. The aquatic study would roughly cost $48,000 and the group feels they could get the cost down to $15,000 by doing some of the work themselves. Saveblueberrypond.org plans on starting the aquatic study next spring. The group has raised $4,600 for the study with yard sales and other fundraisers.


oct25 Brewster

Nauset kids celebrate Lights on Afterschool Day in Brewster

Governor Deval Patrick joined many other governors and mayors across the country by proclaiming Thursday, October 23, 2014 Lights on Afterschool Day and kids in the Nauset Youth Alliance program headed to the Brewster Town Hall and the Brewster Ladies' Library to celebrate. 2014 is the 15th anniversary of Lights on Afterschool. The event was launched in 2000, according to the Afterschool Alliance, to promote the importance of quality afterschool activities for children. In the recent "America After 3pm" study, Afterschool Alliance found that one in five children in the United States is unsupervised in the afternoons. The study placed Massachusetts 5th in a list of the Top Ten States for Afterschool. Here on Cape, Brewster-based Nauset Youth Alliance provides engaging afterschool activities and enrichment--an attractive alternative for a child who would be heading home alone at the end of the school day. The NYA kids shared a giant light bulb poster illuminating what they like about their afterschool program with Town Manager Charlie Sumner at the town hall and Chilidren's Librarian Nori Morganstein at the library. For more information about the Nauset Youth Alliance, visit their website here.


oct25

WCAI Weekly News Roundup: Lobster market to close; Maritime Academy president to retire


Sean Corcoran, WCAI's news director, hosts a roundup of local and regional news stories. Joining Sean this week is Anne Brennan, digital editor at The Cape Cod Times and Cape Cod Online; Tim Wood, editor of The Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling, assistant editor of The Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Geoff Spillane, a reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise. Among the stories the journalists discuss: A popular and well known fish market in Sandwich is ordered closed; the president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy announces his retirement; a medical marijuana company in Dennis fires one of its physicians; Attorney General Martha Coakley wants to further investigate the Cape Light Compact; Mashpee voters regulate fertilizer usage; and a nuclear expert talks about the dangers of emissions from the Plymouth Nuclear Power Station.




oct25

Coakley questions Cape Light Compact's practices

Attorney General Martha Coakley may be hot on the campaign trail, but her office is still fighting state energy regulators and a regional energy agency that supplies power to customers on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. "This is about trying to get at the right result so that consumers know what they're paying for and they're only paying for what they should be paying for," the gubernatorial candidate said about her office's continued push for information about whether the Cape Light Compact is treating its customers fairly and whether a fee charged by the agency is an illegal tax. During an editorial board meeting with the Times on Thursday, Coakley touched on a range of issues, but the dustup over the compact with the state Department of Public Utilities was the topic with the greatest potential immediate impact on Cape Cod. It comes as she vies with Republican Charlie Baker for the corner office, which would place her squarely in control of the very regulators she is now battling as attorney general. The compact was formed in 1997 to buy power for electricity customers on the Cape and Martha's Vineyard, provide energy-efficiency programs for local businesses and residents, and advocates for ratepayers. On its bills, the compact charges an "operational adder" that's equal to 1/10 of a cent per kilowatt-hour. The DPU is currently reviewing the compact's founding document, known as an aggregation plan, first approved by the state in 2000. The compact argues that it has returned tens of millions of dollars in benefits to the region through its work while critics question its methods and competency. Last week, the DPU rejected motions by Coakley's Office of Ratepayer Advocacy to have documents from the compact entered into the record as part of the review. In its ruling, the department agreed with compact attorneys who argued that the information requested by Coakley is outside the review's scope. On Wednesday, however, Coakley's office took another shot at uncovering the same information, this time by requesting an evidentiary hearing and reiterating arguments made previously. In its 16-page request Coakley's office argues that the compact should not be allowed to charge one price to towns for electricity and another price to other customers, and that towns receive a disproportionate benefit from renewable energy projects funded by the fees collected from other ratepayers. In the filing, Coakley's office also contends that the fee charged by the compact is potentially illegal because benefits derived from renewable energy projects developed with a portion of the money by the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative aren't limited to compact customers who pay the fee. The Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative was formed in 2007 to pursue renewable energy projects on the Cape and Vineyard. "We disagree with the positions that the attorney general's office has taken," compact administrator Margaret Downey said. Coakley's office is delaying what should have been a relatively inexpensive review and costing taxpayer money in doing so, Downey said. Although compact officials say they have already provided Coakley's office with the information requested and have offered to meet outside of the review process, the attorney general appears determined to force the issue through the DPU. The fight is not about transparency but rather one between Coakley's office and the DPU over matters of law and authority, Downey said. "Should the attorney general's office wish to pursue this, they'll have to avail themselves of the courts," she said. "That's the appropriate place." Coakley left open that possibility on Thursday. "It might be something that in a very limited way where you could seek a court's advice," she said. "We use that as a remedy when both parties say 'Hey we want to get this settled.'" Coakley said she supports the compact and cooperative but in her role as the state's ratepayer advocate she has pushed for more transparency for utility customers. "I don't think it's anything more or less than that," she said. "This to me was about transparency. I think that is where we're headed."






Friday, October 24, 2014

oct24 Wellfleet

Fishing around: 'Chopper' best at Wellfleet Fest

William "Chopper" Young Jr. is the first four-time winner of the shucking contest at the Wellfleet Oyster Fest, having opened 24 oysters in a blur-to-the-naked eye 1 minute, 50 seconds. Chopper won a thousand bucks, bragging rights and a very cool steel oyster sculpture/trophy. Tad Price and Dave Sellers made the base and Steve Swain the shiny oyster that sits on top. The award is currently being inscribed with the winners of all 14 of the shuck-off champions - the Fest's signature event and how the now wildly successful event began in the first place - and will be put on year-round public display in Wellfleet. Swain is pretty wrapped up in the Fest. He owns a gallery on Wellfleet Harbor and his wife, Sarah, played the coveted closing spot on the Main Stage on Sunday with her country/rockabilly outfit Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys. "I was happy to hammer that out (literally) and spend the many hours on a piece that will mean so much to the town and the winners from back to year one," said Steve Swain of the torso-sized trophy. Like the Stanley Cup, the OysterFest trophy will be available to the reigning champion all year; he (or she) can take it with them to other oyster events to promote good will and the Wellfleet version of a fall harvest celebration. There are oyster fests the world over - they've been considered a delicacy since Roman times - and Chopper Young was named world champion at a sprawling festival in Galway, Ireland in 2008. (They call it an oyster opening contest, shucking being an American term.) Elsewhere, there were 12 separate raw bars set up, scores of artists displaying their wares, lots of good bands and a fun, small-town throw-down vibe in the Wellfleet streets.


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oct24 Wellfleet

Maria Muldaur at Wellfleet Preservation Hall

2014 marks 40 years since Maria Muldaur had a monster, world-wide hit with her career-making song "Midnight at the Oasis", and she's made 40 albums since then. She'll be singing that signature tune and many others from her 50 year career in "Way Past Midnight," a multi-media retrospective show she has created to celebrate this milestone. In addition to being the queen of American roots music, Maria is one of the great storytellers of her musical generation, and she'll be peppering her show with priceless anecdotes about her longtime friendships with Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, John Sebastian, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin and many of the greatest names in music. She's also unearthed previously unseen videos as well as photos from the many stages of her career, including those indelibly sexy shots from Rolling Stone of her on a camel. This is a chance for all of her fans to hear their rarely performed old favorites.


oct24 Wellfleet

Fall Clothing Swap at Wellfleet Preservation Hall on Wednesday, October 29th


oct24 Wellfleet-Truro

An afternoon of music and wit with Livingston Taylor

Payomet is thrilled to present Livingston Taylor at the Wellfleet Congregational Church on Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 pm. Taylor is not only a consummate musician and musical storyteller, but he is a humorist in the tradition of Will Rogers, taking the events of the day, or life's many milestones, and intertwining them with funny interludes of social commentary between musical numbers. His relaxed onstage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway. Opener - Zoe Lewis!



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oct24 Wellfleet-Provincetown

U.N. group sinks Clifford's treasure claim

Treasure hunter Barry Clifford says United Nation archaeological investigators were politically motivated and unscientific in their determination that the shipwreck he found off Cap-Hatien in Haiti is not Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria. Clifford, who lives in Provincetown, gained fame for discovering and excavating the Whydah off Wellfleet in 1984, the only known pirate ship ever found in U.S. waters. He has led many other expeditions, including one he believes was Captain Kidd's pirate flagship off Madagascar. Clifford and his team first found the wreck of what he says is the Santa Maria in 2003, after investigating more than 430 possible sites in the coral reefs off Cap-Haitian. Historians and explorers agree that the Santa Maria went aground on a sandbar late on Christmas Eve 1492. The question is whether the ship Clifford found is actually that ship. Teams from United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) spent five days diving at the site in September, at the request of the Haitian Minister of Culture. They also researched historical records and interviewed experts, according to the report released earlier this month. If found to be the Santa Maria, the wreck, which was recently looted, could have received increased protection to preserve its integrity as an important archaeological site. Investigators never interviewed him or his archaeological consultants, Clifford said. "It was highly political," he said. "They conducted a prejudiced and nonscientific investigation of the site." Although investigators did not speak with Clifford or his experts, they reported that they learned what he knew by interviewing a reporter for a British newspaper who was writing a series of stories on the discovery. Clifford believes investigators wanted Haitians to discover the wreck instead of Americans and so are trying to discredit his claims. "My concern is historical, that the record of this incredibly important ship is being manipulated by politics or money. I have no financial interest," Clifford said. Most explorers looking for the Santa Maria had searched in other locations, following clues left in Columbus' own diary. But recent research seemed to indicate that a key landmark, mentioned in the diary, a fort Columbus had built following the shipwreck, was actually west of where most searchers had previously believed. Although the wreck had been reduced to a pile of ballast stones, the location fit passages from the diary describing the wreck's distance from the fort, and its position between two areas of breaking waves, said Clifford and his consultant Charles Beeker, director of the Office of Underwater Science and Academic Diving at Indiana University. Beeker has been doing underwater archaeological research in the region for more than 20 years. The discovery of a rare 15th-century Lombard cannon that would have been on board the Santa Maria helped convince Clifford he had the right shipwreck. Beeker believes it could potentially be the ship, and his colleague, Indiana University anthropology professor Geoffrey Conrad, called it the best candidate yet discovered.


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oct24 Eastham-Orleans

Affordable Housing Summit in Orleans Focuses on Regional Cooperation

A dedicated group of advocates for affordable housing on Cape Cod gathered in Orleans last week to discuss possible ways to approach the need regionally. Spurred by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership's Rural Housing Initiative, the intention of the meeting was to listen to the voices of rural communities regarding their specific needs around affordable housing. The group of 70 in attendance included elected officials from the state, county and towns; representatives from other housing and community-based organizations and faith based groups; and concerned citizens. Group conversations started with a focus on need, particularly highlighting the need for a greater number of affordable rental opportunities. Conversations then shifted to potential regional and inter-municipal approaches to provide more affordable housing within the Lower Cape community. CDP Executive Director Jay Coburn said, "The Summit was a great success and brought together the region's leaders in creating affordable housing on the Lower Cape. We were particularly pleased to have Senator Wolf and Representatives Peake & Turner with us to hear about the challenges we face in creating more affordable housing." With the group planning to meet again, we will continue to provide information as the conversation evolves.


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oct24 Truro

Volunteers sought in Truro for ad hoc trash committee

The Board of Selectmen is seeking three community members for an ad-hoc committee to research the feasibility of pay-as-you-throw trash disposal and single-stream recycling programs. The nine-member committee will also report on the town transfer station's operating costs and investigate technical assistance grants from the state. Under the pay-as-you-throw or save-money-and-reduce-trash (SMART) system, residents pay for each unit of waste (such as a bag of household trash) rather than paying a fixed fee per household. Under single-stream recycling, all recyclables go into one container rather than being sorted. The committee would be expected to report on the findings and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen by May 1. For information about how to apply, visit truro-ma.gov or call Town Hall at 508-349-7004, ext. 10 or 24.


oct24 Provincetown

Special Town Meeting set in Provincetown

Residents in Provincetown will be heading to Special Town Meeting Monday night to consider a 15 Article Warrant. Among the Articles is an authorization for the town to purchase the so called Hall Property for one point seven million dollars. If acquired the 13 thousand square foot piece of land would be used for recreational purposes. Funding could come from a variety of sources. Residents will also vote on an Article that would do away with the requirement that the Town Manager and other officials reside in town.


oct24 Provincetown

10th Annual Provincetown Dance Festival

On Friday, October 24, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill will open its 10th Annual Provincetown Dance Festival at 7:30 p.m. at Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford St., with programs continuing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. The contemporary dance event will offer 11 East Coast dancers or groups. Among them: Malini Srinivasan performing classical Indian dance; the Boston Tap Company Boston; EgoArt of Somerville; Sokeo Ros of Everett Company from Providence; Carolina Santos Reed of New York City performing flamenco; Full Force Dance Theater and DanceEnlight from Connecticut; and the Portland Ballet. Tickets: $25-$150. Reservations: 508-487-9793. Information: www.castlehill.org.


oct24 Provincetown

On this day in 1976: Seven Provincetown men lost on the 'Patricia Marie' off Eastham

On this day in 1976, the Captain of the 65-foot scalloper the Patricia Marie and his crew of six was lost off Eastham. The 50' Patricia Marie, owned by Capt. Billy King went down during a scalloping trip off Pollock Rip. Loss at sea were the seven crew members including Capain. William King, 46; Walter Marshall, 55; Morris Joseph, 47, and his 19-year-old son, Alton; Ernest Cordeiro, 45; Robert Zawalick, 25; and Richard Oldenquist, 35, all were from Provincetown. Read the story from the Provincetown Banner in 2006 here, more about the Patricia Marie here,and see the book here.


oct24 Orleans

Forum today in Orleans on housing initiatives

A community forum on affordable housing will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Church of the Holy Spirit at Route 28 and Monument Road. Participants will discuss affordable housing issues and will be encouraged to make specific commitments toward stimulating and supporting housing initiatives in their communities. The event is hosted by the Network of Human Services and Faith Communities on the Lower/Outer Cape. A follow-up forum is planned for the spring. A light breakfast will be served. Lunch is $6. For information, email ksbcampbell@verizon.net.


oct24 Orleans

Orleans Farmers Market to spring up in winter

The first winter farmers market in the eastern towns of Cape Cod is coming in December, part of a plan to help local farmers extend their sales season. The Orleans Winter Farmers Market will open at 9 a.m. Dec. 6 in the cafeteria of Nauset Regional Middle School. The hours will be 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturdays of the month through April. The winter farmers market idea arose from a meeting last year between local growers and the staff of the nonprofit Community Development Partnership in Eastham. Part of the partnership's mission is to strengthen traditional and renewable natural resource-based businesses. The partnership serves the towns of Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. Several of the eight towns already have summer farmers markets, and a winter farmers market is in the works in the Falmouth area, according to Community Development Partnership Executive Director Jay Coburn. The partnership won a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant July 2 to help establish the market. In its pilot year, there will be room for 20 vendors including space for products grown in the middle school's greenhouse, according to the partnership's business plan for the market. The market is planned as having at least 50 percent of the vendors selling produce and agricultural products and the rest selling value-added products, prepared foods and other related agricultural home crafts. A value-added product would, for example, be jam made from blueberries grown on the Cape. The partnership hopes to encourage local producers who don't have a retail site and who employ one to two workers, according to the business plan. "I am so looking forward to being part of the new one," said Karen Moore, who owns Bread Bon Vivant in Chatham. Moore sells bread at a summer farmers market in Orleans. "I want to encourage people to meet the people who are growing or making the food they eat," she said. Moore also raises chickens and plans to sell eggs at the winter market. Across the state the growth of winter farmers markets has jumped from none in 2009 to 40 last year, according to the nonprofit Mass Farmers Markets. A winter market is defined, loosely, as any market that runs after Thanksgiving, according to Martha Sweet, Mass Farmers Markets director of programs and operations. Summer farmers markets tend to run from May to October, and there are about 250 summer farmers markets across the state, Sweet said. Typically a winter market would sell root vegetables and apples that have been grown locally and stored, greenhouse-grown lettuces and kale, poultry and eggs, baked goods and cheeses, she said. Winter markets also tend to be only on the weekends, given the weather, fewer hours of daylight and other factors, she said. For the Orleans winter market, the goods sold need to be either grown or made on Cape Cod, and one challenge will be the winter-grown agricultural produce, Marie Weber of Checkerberry Farm of Orleans said. "Volume is an issue," she said. The three hours of operation each Saturday will, in theory, help prevent a situation where vendors run out of goods, said Weber, who is on the advisory board for the Orleans winter market. Winter squash, potatoes and onions from storage along with greens from hoop-houses and kale are among the produce Weber, her sister Lee Ann Norgeot and her mother Gretel Norgeot plan to sell. Produce in storage can last up to eight months, and will be good and fresh, Weber said. Part of the partnership's goal is to help local farmers produce more winter-grown food and to help provide access to loans to support those efforts, Coburn said.


oct24 Orleans

School improvements top Orleans warrant

Voters at Monday's special town meeting will be asked to consider $2.2 million in capital improvements, to be paid by property tax increases under the state's Proposition 2 statute. The capital improvements - articles 1 through 3 - would need approval at town meeting and in the Nov. 4 election. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Nauset Regional Middle School at 70 Route 28. A quorum of 200 registered voters is required. Article 1 seeks $1.11 million to replace some windows and doors at the Orleans Elementary School at 46 Eldredge Park Way. The project may qualify for state financial assistance following the completion of a feasibility study funded at the May annual town meeting. The town hopes to receive a 37 percent state reimbursement, town Finance Director/Town Accountant David Withrow said. For the entire amount, the property tax impact in the first year for a property valued at $500,000 would be $11.87, Withrow said. If the town receives the state assistance, the property tax impact would be reduced to $7.48. The proposed school repairs are the primary reason the Board of Selectmen chose to hold the special town meeting, according to Board of Selectmen Chairman David Dunford. To be considered for state funding, town meeting needed to consent by year's end, Dunford said. "We don't do this very often,"he said of a town meeting in the fall. In Article 2, town officials are seeking $550,000 to prepare design plans for construction of a department of public works central maintenance garage and facility on town property at 40 Giddiah Hill Road, next to the town transfer station. The money would also pay for a feasibility study for a phased upgrade of town public works facilities. The property tax impact in the first year for a property valued at $500,000 would be $8.24, according to Withrow. Article 3 would provide $552,000 for constructing streetscape enhancements in and around the Main Street intersections with Route 6A and Route 28. The article would cover expenses that are not paid for under a planned state Department of Transportation intersection improvement project. The extra spending beyond what the state plans is meant to follow the Orleans Village Center Streetscape Plan, with upgrades to landscaping, street furniture and ornamental lighting that would create more of a smalltown feel. The property tax impact in the first year for a property valued at $500,000 would be $8.27, Withrow said. Town officials are also seeking, in Article 4, a new $270,000 ambulance to be paid for from the town ambulance receipts fund, Withrow said. Other requests for money do not increase property taxes: Article 8 would allow the town to charge up to $19 extra on an annual oversand vehicle sticker.The surcharge would pay for a program that gives vehicle access to the south end of Nauset Beach during the piping plover nesting season, which begins July 15. Article 9 requests the use of $50,000 in free cash to pay for legal, surveying and consulting services related to the town's efforts to defend its claimed ownership of a section of Nauset Spit in Eastham, Dunford said. The other claimant to ownership of the land is the Cape Cod National Seashore, he said. Included in the nonfinancial articles is Article 7, which asks voters to amend the town's fertilizer-control general bylaw to include restrictions on products with phosphorus. The bylaw currently places restrictions on use of products with nitrogen. The bylaw applies to turf and lawns, with some exceptions.


oct24 Orleans

Orleans NSTAR Customers Lose Power After Storm

Electric customers in the Town of Orleans bore the brunt of last night's storm on the Cape. Heavy winds and rain broke branches off trees throughout the region and knocked out power to dozens of households. But 117 NSTAR customers were still without power this morning. Crews were on the scene this morning, and power was expected to be restored by 11:30 a.m., according to NSTAR spokesman Rhiannon D'Angelo. During the course of the storm, 1,400 customers on the Cape lost power and those customers were scattered throughout the Cape, she said. "The Cape was not the hardest hit," she said. She said, 32,000 customers lost power between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday in NSTAR's service area, which includes Cape Cod, Boston and the South Coast. Of those, 30,000 customers had their story restored by mid-morning.


oct24 Brewster

Brewster mulls a new Senior Center

The selectmen opted to fund a study to look into the possibility of building a community center and last Monday night, added a warrant article to do so at the Nov. 17 town meeting. The council on aging board originally asked the selectmen for a needs/feasibility study for a new senior center but the selectmen opted to look into a community center as well. "We realize it's a difficult time to bring forward a new brick and mortar discussion," admitted Bob Deloye, chairman of the council on aging board of directors. "But the time is now. You've seen the list of problems with the 140 [Main Street] building." The council on aging is currently located in the Victorian-era town hall next to the fire station. Deloye and the council on aging board visited several other senior centers. "All had abundant lighted parking, none had stairs, all had level entrances, none were without visible escape routes, none had second or third stories, none were without working kitchens, all had numerous restrooms, they had facilities for cookouts, walking trails, bocce courts," Deloye said. He noted that 47.5 percent of Brewster's population is over age 55. In 2011 the first baby boomers turned 65 so that percentage is likely to grow. "The trend will continue until 2030," Deloye said. "Forty-one percent of our households include people 65 or over. We need to talk about a vision for a 21st century senior center that's no longer just a place for elders to get together to play cards." Deloye said Brewster should be senior friendly. "Seniors are treasures and bring a wealth of experience," he declared. While the selectmen are younger and less experienced than they used to be, they agreed. "I'm thrilled we're talking about steps to achieve this goal," said Selectman John Dickson. "I hope we'd also consider the concept of a community center and not just a senior center." The COA board asked fro $25,000 for the study. The selectmen would up that to $35,000 to include the community center and Town Administrator Charles Sumner urged a owner-project manager be hired first. "If you're going to do it, it's important as well to do it right," Sumner said.


oct24 Brewster

Rides for Brewster seniors

Any Brewster seniors who would like to vote on Nov. 4, between the hours of 1-3 p.m. or attend the Fall Town Meeting on November 17, at 7 p.m. but lack the means to attend can use transportation provided by the Brewster Council on Aging. Call the COA at 508-896-2737 and have your name added to the list. Space is limited.


oct24 Brewster

Cape Halloween activities, scary and nice

Halloween - also known as All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve - inspires costumed and creepy celebrations across the country, and Cape Cod is no exception. With this as the last full weekend before the Oct. 31 holiday, organizations and businesses are marking the spooky season with a variety of events that involve dressing up, spine-tingling decorations and tours, and themed activities and treats. Much of what's offered will be family-friendly, including the fourth annual "Green Halloween" on Sunday at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster. The event gives kids an opportunity to dress up and participate in Halloween-centered activities - but ones that are based in science, technology, engineer, arts and math, also known as STEAM. "Last year, almost 400 people walked through our doors," says Barbera Knoss, museum director of education and volunteers. "The Brewster Chamber of Commerce, Dunes Radio and the museum collaborate for the event and we set up all kinds of activities throughout our wildflower garden and also create a treat trail. The children love the event and can expect to find ... bouncing eyeballs, whistle harmonicas and different crafts and treats. It's a great time." he Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold its "Green Halloween" from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 896 Main St., Brewster. The event, themed "No Tricks, All Treats," will have arts, crafts, games, a "Honeybee Jamboree," a "Treat Trail" and refreshments. Local businesses will also donate treats and prizes for attendees and the garden's 23-year-old turtle named Myrtle will be on hand to greet guests. Tickets are $5 for children, free for accompanying adults. Information: 508-896-3867 or www.ccmnh.org.


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oct24 Harwich

Artificial Reef Planned off Harwich, Old High School to Provide Materials

A new artificial reef could soon be coming to the waters just off Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich. Town officials are trying to build a reef to increase fish habitats in the area, and they plan on using concrete from the old Harwich High School to help build the reef. "The town saw an opportunity to reuse something and it's gotten a really positive response from the community to reuse part of a school that was so near and dear to everybody's hearts," said Harwich Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski. The town is in the process of securing grants for the project, which is expected to cost about $250,000.


oct24 Harwich

Tree of Life Conference is Saturday in Harwich

The eighth annual Cape Cod Tree of Life Conference on Israel and Palestine will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 310 Route 137. This year's conference will focus on children caught up in the conflict, as victims of war and occupation, as sons and daughters of those fighting on both sides, and on their roles as future leaders. Speakers will include Uri Gopher, executive director of an Israeli nonprofit organization that runs an Arab-Jewish school; Ivan Karakashian, an advocacy unit coordinator at an independent organization addressing the rights of children living under Israeli occupation; Barbara Lubin, founder and director of the Middle East Children's Alliance; Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian farmer, who runs a peace-building project; Sahar Vardi, coordinator of the Israeli program for the American Friends Service Committee; and Danielle Yaor, a member of an organization of young Israelis who refuse compulsory service in the Israeli military. Admission to the conference is $25 and includes a vegetarian lunch. Those under 21 and students will be admitted at no charge. For more information, or to register, go to www.capecod.tolef.org, email capecodinfo@tolef.org, or call Elaine Brouillard at 508-862-2542. Walk-ins are welcome.


oct24 Wellfleet

Local Food Report by Elspeth Hay: Cape Cod Beer Makers Walk Us Through the Brewing Process

Elspeth Hay is an avid locavore who lives in Wellfleet and writes a blog about food. Elspeth is constantly exploring the Cape, Islands, and South Coast and all our farmer's markets to find out what's good, what's growing and what to do with it. Her Local Food Report airs Thursdays at 8:30am on Morning Edition and Thursdays at 5:45pm on All Things Considered, as well as Saturday mornings at 9:30am.


Beer relies on four ingredients: malt, water, hops, and yeast. But as evidenced by the number of beers and breweries around the globe, there are infinite ways to combine these ingredients for a tasty beverage. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Todd Marcus of Cape Cod Beer about how he makes beer from start to finish. You can find a list of Massachusetts brewers on the Massachusetts Brews Guild website. And there's a nice article on pairing beer with food from an old NYT article by Mark Bittman.




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oct24

WCAI's The Point with Mindy Todd: Candidates Face Off on The Point: Barnstable County Commissioner, District Attorney


Political Debates continue on The Point, with Mindy Todd hosting. Barnstable County Commissioner candidates Mark Forest (Democrat) and Leo Cakounes (Republican) discuss various topics such as housing, drugs, jobs, wastewater, and transportation. Later in the hour Barnstable County District Attorney Candidates Michael O'Keefe (Republican) and Richard Barry (Democrat) have a turn to give their opinions as well.




oct24 Plymouth

Downwinders Found Guilty of Trespassing

Four members of the Cape Downwinders, a group that opposes the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, were convicted today on trespassing charges stemming from a Mother's Day incident in which they sought to plant flowers on the grounds of the nuclear power station. Diane Turco, Sarah Thatcher, Susan Carpenter, and Mary Conathan were found guilty by Judge James Sullivan in Plymouth District Court. The four women all received a suspended sentence and probation. The four women used a necessity defense, arguing that their actions were justified because of the danger they say Pilgrim presents. "He found the four grandmothers guilty of tresspassing," said Cape Downwinders founder, Diane Turco. "We were unable to meet the requirements to use necessity defense. So the case became a straight trespassing case." Turco served as her own attorney and she said the judge asked her what her sentence should be. She answered, "I will support the DA if the state of Massachusetts will put grandmothers in jail for caring about their children then that's the way it is."


oct24 Plymouth

Pilgrim Trespassing Trial: Grandmothers guilty

She was about to win her case but Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney Amanda Fowle sounded angry. The four defendants on trial this week for criminal trespassing at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant on Mother's Day, 2014, had insulted the court, Fowle said. Though these "grandmothers" and the group they represented - Cape Downwinders - had managed to win ballot questions in every town on the Cape, had successfully pressured Governor Patrick to write the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and request (in 2012) that they refrain from granting the plant a new license, Fowle dismissed them as scofflaws. Though their chief witness, Dr Helen Caldicott, is considered one the most influential women of the 20th century, Fowle impugned her motives for appearing. Fowle dissected the use of their "necessity defense," saying they failed to meet any of the requirements for such a defense: there was no clear and imminent danger they were reacting to, they had no expectation that their actions would remedy the situation and they had not exhausted all legal remedies available to them. Caldicott, who the DA said had been "incredibly argumentative with the Commonwealth," was there for a photo opportunity and to promote her latest book, Fowle insisted. Mary Conathan, the one defendant for whom this was a first offense, "wanted to brag at parties that she got arrested because her record was otherwise spotless," the DA said, "and now she gets the attention." Defendant Diane Turco's comparison of their trespassing and other efforts to Martin Luther King's tactic of creating "creative tension" was, to Fowle, simply "a dramatization effect." Fowle asked for a guilty verdict and 30 day sentences for each, with 15 days in jail and the rest suspended. Judge James Sullivan agreed with Fowle, but only as far as the guilt of the defendants. Sullivan ordered Conathan to pay a $100 fine and handed out 30-day sentences to the remaining three defendants, but with all 30 days suspended for a year. The three repeat offenders were also ordered to pay $50 fines and $50 a month in court costs until Oct. 21 of 2015.






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