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Friday, October 23, 2015

oct23 Wellfleet

State of Wellfleet Harbor conference Nov. 7

The planned restoration of the Herring River salt marshes will be the focus of the annual State of Wellfleet Harbor conference from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7, according to organizers. The conference will feature scientists and others involved in an aspect of the project called adaptive management, which would govern the planned phased-in return of natural tidal flow to the backwaters of the river. Surveys of fish populations in the river and a talk on how restored salt marshes can improve resilience to climate change also will be presented. The conference will conclude with a talk about planning for the impact of climate change on shellfishing, and there will be a presentation on last year's unprecedented sea turtle stranding season on the Cape. The conference is free and open to the public and will be held at Wellfleet Elementary School, 100 Lawrence Road. For information, go to or call 508-349-2615.

oct23 Wellfleet

Paving project to start in Wellfleet October 26

The Wellfleet Department of Public Works will begin a paving project on Monday, October 26. The project, according to a release from Wellfleet police, should take four days, ending on Thursday, October 29. Work will be done between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. The targeted roads are scattered all over town and the time of the release, the order of the roads to be paved was not known, police said. Those roads are: Ocean View Drive, Lecount Hollow Road, White Crest Beach, Chequessett Neck Road, Summit Street, Kendrick Ave. and Village Lane. Motorists should expect delays, detours and possible closures where paving is being done. Work will be done weather-permitting.

oct23 Truro

Truro man to be tried in residency case

A jury trial is scheduled for Wednesday in Orleans District Court for a Truro man who is in a dispute with local police about his residency and driving credentials. Charles Foltz, 54, with an address in court records of 25 Meetinghouse Road, faces charges of unlicensed driving, refusing to identify himself while driving, resisting arrest, unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle and unlawful wiretap, stemming from two incidents in Truro in June. In early May, Foltz was sentenced to two weeks in jail for criminal contempt after he interrupted his arraignment on a charge of unlicensed driving and filed "a bunch of nonsensical documents," court records show. Foltz was stopped by Truro police and arrested at least two other times earlier this year on similar charges, according to Truro police Lt. Craig Danziger, Foltz and court records. In March, Foltz told the Times he lives in the Washington, D.C., and Maryland area. Truro police maintain he has been a resident of Truro since 2011, based on calls for service to what appears to be his place of residence, his local work records and paperwork of Foltz's appearing to indicate that he receives transitional assistance from the commonwealth of Massachusetts. "Basically the issue is that he's a resident of Massachusetts and he needs a Massachusetts license," Danziger said in May. "He's been told multiple times." Foltz has been held at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne since his bail was revoked, court records show.

oct23 Provincetown

Dance festival comes to Provincetown Theater

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill presents the Provincetown Dance Festival at the Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford Street Oct. 23 and 24, with performances at 7:30 p.m. both nights. The Provincetown Dance Festival attracts a full house of dedicated theater goers every year for the past 11 years and is the Cape's only annual contemporary dance event of its kind. The festival's mission is to celebrate the world of dance via contemporary live dance performances from New York and the surrounding East Coast. This year's event is once again a co-production of The Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and artistic director Adam Miller. Artists hail from New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Rhode Island and Maine. There are internationally known companies and performers in keeping with festival's commitment to presenting a full range of dance styles and genres. Tickets for each performance are $33.50. Premium seats for each performance are available for $78.50. Student and senior discounted tickets are available for $28.50. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Provincetown Theater Box Office at 238 Bradford Street, or by calling 508 487-7847.

oct23 Orleans

Surf film festival combines movies and memorabilia

Surfers from Cape Cod and beyond will gather to celebrate the waves and the water at the third annual Orleans Surf Film Festival on Friday and Saturday. The event at The Jailhouse Tavern at 28 West Road offers feature-length and short films, as well as memorabilia related to the sport and the surfing culture. Among the films: "The Search for Freedom," an award-winning Jon Long documentary billed as "the story of a cultural revolution fueled by the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel most alive." The tavern's function room will be transformed into a museum of sorts, with old and new surfboards, photos, newspaper clippings and iconic surfing memorabilia. "It's become a real gathering for the local surf community," says event organizer Sassy Richardson in a press release. "It's about sharing tales from the old days, and catching up on who and what is happening today in celebration of the sport through film. We are sharing in the 'Stoke' and the spirit of Aloha that surfing represents across generations." The Orleans Surf Film Festival will take place 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $15, or $18 for both nights, for adults; $5 per night for under age 17: Festival proceeds will benefit The Orleans Chamber Foundation. More information: or email

oct23 Orleans

Orleans Selectman Lays Out Plan for Shark Patrol

Selectman John Hodgson believes that if more efforts are not made to monitor great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod, someone will get hurt. Hodgson has written a plan about the subject of shark safety, "Cape Cod Shark Watch: Improving Public Safety on Cape Cod Beaches." He said, it is important to ensure beachgoers are protected. "Now we have great white sharks right off our beaches and there are a lot of them and they're in shallow waters," Hodgson said. Listen below to hear Orleans Selectman John Hodgson talk about his shark plan.

oct23 Orleans-Chatham-Harwich

Exploring Monomoyick to rediscover Natives' lost way of life

Many may not realize it, but there is a wide abundance of history tucked away in the woods and estuaries of the Lower Cape. For thousands of years a tribe known as Monomoyick called this area home. Their life here was simple and stable, but was changed drastically during the 1600s. Their story was shared with a hardy group of hikers earlier this fall by way of a three-walk series sponsored by the local land trusts in Harwich, Chatham, and Orleans, as well as the Native Land Conservancy. The walks were led by naturalist and 12th generation Cape Codder Todd Kelley, and native Nipmuck/Wampanoag Marcus Hendricks, of the Native Land Conservancy. "We want to give you the hands-on experience, and feel the atmosphere, and the different changes of the seasons," Hendricks emphasized. "And you can't do that by sitting in front of a computer and by reading it on black and white paper." The walks were held at Harding's Beach and the D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands in Harwich, and in the area known as Portanimicut at Paw Wah Pond in Orleans. Kelley and Hendricks covered the time frame from 1606 to the 1800s. Kelley explained how the natives had likely been on the Cape for 9,000 years, when it was possible to walk from Cape Cod out to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and George's Bank. The sea began to fill in about 6,000 years ago. Hendricks said the natives lived in "wetus" along the shore during the summer months, so they could be easily accessible to the water for fishing. They navigated their way through the estuaries and the open sea with boats carved out from trees, known as meshunes. By fall, it was time to move inland for the winter, and this was a factor in the famous Battle of Stage Harbor. On Sept. 5, 1606, the French explorer Samuel de Champlain set sail from Nova Scotia. In October, the ship ran into trouble off Pollock Rip (Chatham Bar), and somehow worked its way into Stage Harbor (known to the Monomoyicks as Seaquanset). Relations with the natives were initially good, but quickly soured within 10 days, and two of the explorers were killed. Dubbed "Port of Fortune," it wasn't long before other names were bestowed on the harbor, including "Place of Mishappenstance." "It was miscommunication from the beginning," Kelley explained. "Part of what started this was that they saw the natives removing their mats from the wetus, doing what they normally do, preparing to go into the interior, and they took it as a sign that they were going to attack."


oct23 Brewster

'Best of all Fest' at Brewster First Parish Oct. 24

Remember the Sea Captains Fair, in Brewster? It's back again this year but with a new name and a slew of new activities. Sponsored by First Parish Brewster, 1969 Main St., the Best of All Fest of Fall Festival, as it's now known, will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. "For 38 years First Parish Brewster has put on the Sea Captains Fair as its largest fundraiser. As we hurtle towards our fourth decade of this fair, we decided to switch things up. Heck, we're really shaking things up," organizers say. Attendees can look forward to many of the things they have loved about the Sea Captains Fair - the baked goods, lobster rolls and chowder, the yard sale, silent auction and more. But several new things are taking place, too. The event falls on United Nations Day so the parish's front lawn will feature flags from around the world. Here's a sampling of what the festival will offer: Elsa and Anna from "Frozen" will be on hand for greeting and photos; a brick oven pizza food truck will sell hot fresh pizza; there'll be a wellie Toss -- throw a Wellington boot the farthest and win a prize; a pet show will offer prizes; plus international crafts the traditional cookie stroll and more. For kids, there'll be a bouncy house, pony rides and other activities. This year's festival also will feature the first Paul Hush Memorial Fun Dash for Differently Abled People. It begins at 8 a.m. The starting line is the church parking lot driveway, just north of the Old Cemetery behind the Brewster Meeting House, on Breakwater Road, and it ends at Breakwater Beach, about a quarter-mile away. The noncompetitive event is open to all differently-abled folks, including those in wheelchairs or using other assistive devices, and those with challenges of any developmental or physical sort. All participants will receive an award, handcrafted by Judy Fenner and presented by Joanne Hush, Paul Hush's widow. There is a limit of 100 participants. The entry fee is $10, and entrants under age 18 must have a "buddy," but there is no entry fee for them. Advance registration is required. Call 508-237-5195 or email Proceeds will support the social justice programming at First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist.

oct23 Brewster

'Celebrate Recovery' A New Offering From Brewster Baptist

A local pastor is taking on the region's drug abuse crisis in her small corner of the Cape by taking to the pulpit. Pastor Mary Scheer of Brewster Baptist Church has put together a "Celebrate Recovery" ministry for the church to help people who are suffering from addiction and their families. Listen below to Pastor Mary Scheer of Brewster Baptist Church, along with Katie Downer and Rick Smillie talk about "Celebrate Recovery."

oct23 Chatham

Smoke on the Chatham horizon?

Folks may see smoke curling above South Monomoy Island today as staff at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is planning a controlled burn meant to help birds on the refuge. If the weather does not cooperate the next window would be Nov. 18-23. The purpose of the fire at the refuge, a 7,921 acre barrier beach complex consisting of three islands, is to reduce the thick layer of dead grass and improve nesting habitat for common and roseate terns - a federally endangered species. Typically, periodic coastal storms deposit large amounts of sediment on tern nesting areas, covering existing vegetation, replenishing the sand supply, and effectively preventing thick grass and shrubs from springing up. But since at least 2006, when the refuge became connected to South Beach and the north end of the island ceased to be exposed to overwash, significant coastal storms have failed to deposit large amounts of sediment on South Monomoy. The last successful burn was in 2012, refuge officials say.

oct23 Harwich

Brooks Library manages to serve patrons, even closed

Sometimes the absence of something helps everyone understand what a presence it is. That was the case this week when Brooks Free Library was closed due to an issue with the building's emergency light inverter system. The lighting problem began a week and a half ago, the morning of Oct. 13. While everyone hoped it could reopen by Wednesday, Oct. 14, a repair technician from was not available until this Friday. Whether the problem can be fixed and the library can reopen next week, remains to be seen. "The community has really rallied to help us," Library Director Ginny Hewitt told selectmen Monday night. "You know that saying 'it takes a village?' Well that's what it feels like here. Everyone was really willing to help." That help included assistance from folks at the Harwich Junior Theatre arts center, which offered to host the numerous afterschool activities the library offers. "That was really our biggest concern," Hewitt said, noting that other programs could be moved or cancelled, but that working parents count on the library to provide a safe place for children in the afternoons. Board games, Chromebooks and other activities were moved to the arts center, and regular afterschool hours remained available for students. Library staff also set up a limited "hold and pick-up" area in the lobby during daylight hours. Being called "Library in the Lobby," Hewitt said there were 400 items checked out, returned or put on hold, a number in keeping with regular library traffic. "So we're relieved people are still finding what they need," she said. The problem's genesis was the installation of a new emergency lighting system in 2012, Town Administrator Chris Clark said. Some of the lights throughout the building provide regular lighting; others have a battery back-up making them emergency lights. The system through which the power comes into the building and diverts to emergency lights somehow "burned up," Clark said. The company that installed the system is in California, and arranging for local technicians to come assess the damage and make repairs was not available until today. The warrantee on the work has expired. Each emergency light battery is guaranteed for seven years, and were installed "at considerable expense," Clark said. Replacing the system until the batteries are due to be changed wouldn't be financially responsible, he added. Hewitt pointed out that the library board of trustees has requested funding for a generator in fiscal year 2019, at which point replacing the current emergency light system can be considered. This is not the only problem the library has had with its wiring and lighting. The lights have dim and flicker on damp days. Eversource has agreed, after repeated requests, to look at the issue, Hewitt said. The parking lot lights recently went out as well.


oct23 Harwich

Harwich Conservation Trust Hosts Orienteering Workshop

The Harwich Conservation Trust is holding an Orienteering Workshop tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at Thompson's Field in Harwich. Learn how to navigate the great outdoors and join naturalist Todd Kelley for a hands-on workshop on how to use a compass and read a map. Participants will follow a course where they will get to apply practical reasoning and decision making skills in land navigation basics in order to always stay found, even without a smartphone. A compass will be provided for workshop use. The price to participate is $15 per person but there is limited space available.

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