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Friday, August 29, 2014

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Meeting of Outer Cape town leaders will explore Route 6 safety options

A recent string of gruesome automobile accidents along Route 6 has the four communities of the Outer Cape banding together in search of solutions. Town officials from Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet are planning a joint meeting with members of the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation to discuss what can be done to stem the disturbing trend, selectman chair Tom Donegan announced Monday. The meeting, which is being facilitated by state Rep. Sarah Peake, has not yet been scheduled. It will wait until new state officials take office after the Nov. 4 elections, Donegan said. Donegan said the towns hope to devise a plan with both immediate and long-term solutions for improving the safety of the Outer Cape's only major thoroughfare. "All of us use that road. It's the only way out of here for most of the year," he said. "The degree of fatal accidents, and also really bad accidents that aren't fatal, are just too severe." This month alone, the roadway has seen at least three major accidents resulting in serious injury and at least one death.

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Behind the scenes: Collaborative Williams play is - yes! - a comedy

Comedy and suburbia reminiscent of 1950s sitcoms aren't usually the territories that audiences associate with playwright Tennessee Williams. But both are part of "Period of Adjustment," an unusual work in his canon that runs this weekend through much of September at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater before moving to the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. "And it ends happily," notes director Michael Unger of the show. "That's probably a unique thing for Tennessee." The show was actually written in response to a Hollywood columnist wondering why the writer - best known for poignant, tragic classics like "The Glass Menagerie," "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" - created plays that were "so often plunging into the sewers." Williams used "Period of Adjustment" to show he could write comedy, but as fans might expect, this is "serious comedy" based on relationships and the human condition. "There is humor in all of his plays, but the major thrust of his more iconic works is disturbingly dramatic," Unger says in a program note. "Arguably, he has flipped the balance here - there's a great deal of humor in this play, but there are also strong emotional moments and complex Williams-ian relationships." The focus is on two couples in a male-centric society, with the men being war heroes forgotten by their country and experiencing levels of post-traumatic stress disorder, Unger says. While the women in the play start out as subservient, 1950s-housewife-style, they gain more of the power and ability to heal by the end of the play, he notes. "It's a play about life, and life has comedy and tragedy," the director says. "These are certainly complex people that he creates. These are real people, people you'd probably recognize, and know or recognize part of yourself in them." The play is a satire of the optimistic front (such as in sitcoms) put on some disturbing issues and problems going on during the late 1950s. Williams' points are not subtle, says Unger, including for the play's setting. "Period of Adjustment" by Tennessee Williams will be presented at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays through Sept. 21 (with a playmaker talkback on Sept. 4), before four performances during the Sept. 25-29 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.


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Plovers Struggle on Outer Cape

It's becoming a sore subject. How are the nesting piping plovers we monitor faring? For the second summer in a row the answer is: could be better. Productivity (the total number of fledged chicks divided by the number of adult pairs) has been below 1 chick per pair for the past two years, significantly below the rate needed to sustain the population. The Cape Cod National Seashore reports similar numbers, including a reduction in the overall number of nesting pairs. Science coordinator Mark Faherty says increased predators-mostly crows and foxes-are the main reason productivity is poor. But there is some good news. "Plover numbers are off the charts on the North Shore and Boston," Mark says. "They do predator control at multiple sites on the North Shore and the Boston sites have no predators yet." For a more encouraging plover story, visit our citizen science blog.

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The Ghosts of Time and Memory at Wellfleet Harbor Stage

One night last summer, playwright John Kolvenbach and actor Robert Kropf were having a few drinks at the Bombshelter, just down the road from the Harbor Stage Company, of which Kropf is a founding member and its artistic director. That season was the second for the new Harbor Stage Company. Kolvenbach was visiting Wellfleet like he has for most summers throughout his life, and the two were talking shop. The idea of collaboration between the nascent and celebrated theater company and the playwright, whose work has been produced all over the world, came up with a laugh and a casual commitment. The next morning there was a message on Kolvenbach's phone from Kropf. "I'm so glad you're writing a play for us for next summer," recalls Kolvenbach with a laugh of the message from Kropf. Kolvenbach made good on his Bombshelter promise and Kropf and the Harbor Stage Company honored it with a spectacular production called Sister Play, now in the midst of its world premiere at the theater on the cusp of Wellfleet Harbor. Specifically set on Cape Cod and written expressly for the company of four actors, Sister Play explores the themes of otherness and personal intimacy with a rhythmic tension that dances gleefully from comedic release to horror film anxiety to loving tenderness. Sister Play features, as the name suggests, two sisters, Anna and Lilly, who along with Anna's husband Malcolm travel to their deceased father's ramshackle cottage deep in the woods of outer Cape Cod. When their beloved father died suddenly almost 20 years prior, the two girls, then in their teens, went to live with cousins as their dysfunctional and distant mother chose to flit around the world hopping from rich lover to rich lover, a habit she continues to present day. During each visit they each communicate with the man that had been such a stabilizing force in their lives as they try to maintain a sense of self and family in the chaos that was left behind after his death.


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Movies: 'Northern Borders' in Wellfleet

Filmmaker Jay Craven, who has longtime roots on the Cape and often works and appears in the area, will host a screening of his 2013 movie "Northern Borders" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wellfleet Preservation Hall. The film, shot in New Hampshire and Vermont, stars Academy Award nominees Bruce Dern ("Nebraska") and Genevieve Bujold ("Anne of a Thousand Days," "King of Hearts"). Bujold plays a character based on Craven's grandmother, who spent the last 25 years of her life in Eastham and helped to raise Craven while he was in elementary school. He credits her in press material with taking him on adventures and teaching him to love movies. The film is based on the Howard Frank Mosher novel about 10-year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent in 1956 to live on his grandparents' Vermont farm, where he has wild adventures, meets eccentric people, and uncovers family secrets. Also featured in the film are Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick ("Moonrise Kingdom," "Before Midnight"), Jessica Hecht ("Sideways") and, in a supporting role, longtime Wellfleet summer resident John Rothman ("Sophie's Choice," "Ghostbusters"). In his introduction and post-screening Q&A, Craven is due to talk about his films and Cape area connections. He most recently filmed "Peter and John," starring Jacqueline Bissett, this spring on Nantucket. But his roots in Wellfleet go back to working two summers selling surfboards on the Cape starting in 1967, according to an email from Craven, and his family settling on Rockwell Avenue in South Wellfleet in 1969. Besides his grandmother's connections to Eastham, Craven's brother, Jody, teaches metalwork and fine jewelry-making at Nauset Regional High School. Local audiences have viewed Craven's films for years at various Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard locations as well as at film festivals in Woods Hole and on Nantucket, plus at Cape Cinema in Dennis and Wellfleet Public Library. He is expected to show the movie in other Cape towns later this fall, and plans to tour every town on the Cape and Islands next summer with "Peter and John," which is now in post-production. Craven's Wellfleet stop now is part of a 100-town tour for "Northern Borders," which was produced in a unique partnership between his nonprofit Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College, where Craven teaches film. The picture was made during a semester-long film intensive course, Movies From Marlboro, during which 20 young professionals worked with 34 students from 15 colleges. "Peter and John" is the 2014 project. Craven's other films include "Disappearances" (2007, with Kris Kristofferson) and "Where the Rivers Flow North" (1994, with Rip Torn and Tantoo Cardinal).


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SEEN ON SCENE: Skateboarders lift off in Wellfleet competition

Twenty-five skaters, ranging in age from seven to 23, competed in the Wellfleet Recreation Department's annual SK8 Competition last Saturday. First-place winners included Corey Goodwin, age 9, in the beginners' category, Kaelan Walsh, 13, in the intermediate, and Tat Kokubo,14, in the advanced. Competitors hailed from all over Massachusetts and as far away as Brooklyn, N.Y.


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Public Comment Period Begins For 208 Water Quality Management Plan Update

Supported by more than 6,000 pages of analysis, recommendations and background documents, the Cape Cod Commission released the public Draft Narrative of the Section 208 Water Quality Management Plan Update for comment. The release opens a 90-day public review and comment period through Nov. 20. In addition to written comments, regional hearings are planned in each of the four subgroup areas used to develop the plan. The 208 Plan Update focuses on nutrient impacts to the Cape's estuaries, primarily caused by nitrogen in wastewater. The 208 Plan Update reflects a watershed-based approach, as watersheds, not town boundaries, define the jurisdiction of the problem. The approach developed through the Section 208 Plan Update looks at targeting specific watersheds with known water quality problems. The draft is the culmination 14 months of intensive work on the plan by Commission staff, consultants and 170 stakeholders from across the Cape. It's also a continuation of years of Commission effort to address excessive nitrogen entering Cape Cod embayments, mainly from residential septic systems. Release of the draft narrative will be followed by the release of all subregional watershed reports on Sept. 5. A series of public hearings will take place in September rom 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on the Outer & Lower Cape:

  • Sept. 10: Outer Cape, Wellfleet Preservation Hall
  • Sept. 23: Lower Cape, Chatham Community Center
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"The View From Cape Cod" at Wellfleet Preservation Hall

The Truro Center for the Arts will present an artist panel discussion entitled "The View From Cape Cod" at 7 p.m. at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Main Street. Longtime Outer Cape artists Salvatore Del Deo, Robert Henry, Romolo Del Deo and Megan Hinton will be on the panel, with the discussion moderated by author Deborah Forman, who has long written about Cape artists, including for the Cape Cod Times. The artists will discuss how living in such a beautiful setting influences their creative process and their work. Tickets: $20. Reservations: Information: 508-349-7511 or

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New Eastham Library Coming Soon (Sorta!)

A project begun in 2005 is finally going to break ground and move forward in a BIG way. The Eastham Public Library will be demolished and rebuilt over the next 18-ish months, starting with a ground-breaking scheduled for September 13th. The Library will be relocating to 3 trailers that will be installed in the parking lot of Town Hall, staying there until the opening of the new Library in early 2016. The new Library will be state of the art in many ways. Firstly, it'll be LEEDS certified for high energy efficiency, it'll have advanced technology meeting rooms and a small auditorium, there will be climate controlled rooms to store archived historical documents, and it'll have backup power so it can be a gathering location if we lose power for an extensive period of time. I particularly appreciate that the new design incorporates the front section of the current library, which dates way back to the structure prior to it. The project is way too extensive to do it justice in my newsletter, but artist renderings, floor plans, ZBA presentations and video (I'm in it as the chair of the ZBA - ugh!), schedules, etc. can be found on the following sites... 1) Eastham Library Building Fund website, 2) Eastham Library, and 3) Eastham Library - New Library. When it's done it'll be a great new addition to the easy living here in Eastham.

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CapeCast: A beach battle at the Nauset Spit!


Finalists Named for Truro Town Administrator

The Board of Selectmen will consider three finalists: longtime Provincetown employee Michelle Jarusiewicz, Brewster's Assistant Town Administrator Jillian Douglas, and Rae Ann Palmer, who serves as the Assistant Town Manager in Wethersfield, Connecticut.Jarusiewicz is also a finalist for the open Town Manager position in Provincetown.


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Festival brings New Orleans sound to Truro

Jazz. Hip-hop. Soul. Funk. Zydeco. The music of New Orleans offers a variety of sounds and lively musical stylings, and for five straight nights in Truro, this diversity will be on full display - courtesy of the Payomet Performing Arts Center's New Orleans Music Festival. The event kicked off Wednesday with internationally known jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and his quartet, and it continues through Sunday with the acclaimed Stooges Brass Band. The festival represents a rich musical culture familiar to Payomet audiences. "There has always been a New Orleans-Payomet connection," artistic director Kevin Rice says in an email interview. "So much great music comes from the area, and we've featured the Big Easy for years," he says, with artists that have included Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Marcia Ball, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic and the Pine Leaf Boys. And Payomet, Rice adds, is the perfect venue for New Orleans music. "We're in a big outdoor tent; we have a largeness, a freedom," Rice says. "It lends itself well for dancing and for big bellowing sound." According to Rice, each of the festival's four artists/bands represent a range within that diverse New Orleans sound. One of the top brass bands out of New Orleans, the Stooges Brass Band is known for the big sound and party atmosphere it creates during live shows. Group members - who have been performing together since 1996 - blend traditional New Orleans brass sounds with contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats. The Stooges - who will perform Sunday night after a Thursday night show - were at Payomet last month and the show was so popular that Rice decided to bring the group back for two festival appearances. "When they were here in July, they popped the seams off the tent - the entire audience was (on) their feet and dancing in the first 10 minutes," Rice says. "They were phenomenal, and we had the chance to bring them back with this New Orleans festival, it seemed like a no-brainer for me." CJ Chenier - who performs Friday night with the Red Hot Louisiana Band - has been named by the Boston Globe as "the crown prince of zydeco." (His father, Clinton Chenier, has long been considered the king of zydeco.) Known for his energetic live shows, the Grammy-nominated zydeco singer and accordionist infuses traditional zydeco - a Creole style of music that blends blues and rhythm - with everything from funk, soul and R&B to country. Chenier has been fronting the Red Hot Louisiana Band for almost two decades, taking over as head of the group after his father - who originated the band - died in 1987. Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad will take the festival stage Saturday night. Benjamin - who has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and the Roots - blends funk music with soul, hip-hop and high-octane jazz. The New York City native performed at the White House during President Obama's inaugural ball, and is currently the featured musician and arranger for comedy star Craig Robinson ("The Office," "Hot Tub Time Machine") and the Nasty Delicious. "So with Pizzarelli," Rice says, "you have a more contemporary take on classic New Orleans jazz; with the Stooges and Lakecia, you see how the youth transforms the traditional by adding new elements, like hip-hop, soul and funk; and lastly, CJ Chenier, you have some of the hottest Creole dance music coming out of the bayou." When it comes to New Orleans music and Cape Cod, Rice believes there has always been a connection between the two. "Maybe it's the coastal connection," he says, "or maybe Cape Codders have great taste in music. New Orleans has an easiness feel, a relaxed ease - Cape Cod has this same feel, especially when it comes to music. Hey, we are in a tent on an abandoned military base - what could be more relaxed?"


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Fine art photographer finds artistic haven in Provincetown

"Art rescued me," says Boston-based photographer David Hilliard, unwinding in his attic aerie after a week of teaching at the Fine Arts Work Center, a gig he's held for about a decade. Now Hilliard has less than 48 hours in this wood-beamed hideaway crowning the rustic structure where Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler painted a half-century ago. Hilliard, too, is part of Provincetown's artistic lineage. He has friends, support for his work and the ongoing Work Center connection. An important suite of his photographs, "The Tale Is True," taken in Provincetown, was shown in 2013 in Paris, New York, Boston and The Schoolhouse, Hilliard's Provincetown gallery. The Schoolhouse installation of "The Tale Is True" and Hilliard's accompanying gallery talk were eerily intimate, given the context - its subjects, George Bryant and his son, Eric Bryant, were preparing to leave their Commercial Street family home. "It's one thing to show this work where the Bryants are strangers," he says, "but here the loss of a family homestead involved complex issues of family privacy." Hilliard continues a personal connection with both Bryant men. Selections from "What Could Be," Hilliard's newest work, will be shown at The Schoolhouse beginning this Friday. Additional prints are available for viewing at the gallery, as well as access to Hilliard's full inventory of images. The exhibit previews Hilliard's book by this title, to be released in October by Minor Matters. Interpretive essays by Work Center instructors who have become his friends, the writers Pam Houston and Ariel Levy, are part of the package - the written word is precious to this maker of visual images. "As a child, I escaped into books, and I escaped into theater. I knew I didn't fit in, and wanted something else: so art, and cinema, and amazing fiction - Raymond Carver, Russell Banks - became my alternate reality," he says. "I like to be swept away." When Hilliard studied at the Massachusetts College of Art, where he is currently an assistant professor (he also holds an MFA from Yale University), photographers Barbara Bosworth and Laura McPhee, John McPhee's daughter, were among his favorite teachers. Both used the written word as an approach to visual imagery. Hilliard's passion for narrative arts opens a window to the sequenced images, in groups of two or three, diptych and triptych, defining his visual language. These are read as frames, or mini-chapters, a "balance between autobiography and fiction" to tell stories of people and places which resonate with a broad audience.


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Finalists named in Provincetown town manager search

Three finalists have been named in the search for Provincetown's new town manager. Roy Witherow, Richard Reinhart, and Michelle Jarusiewicz will move on to final interviews in late September, it was announced earlier this week. The search committee tasked with finding a replacement for Sharon Lynn, who left the post in December, presented its chosen finalists to the selectmen on Monday. The trio was selected out of a pool of 31 applicants, six of whom were brought in for screening interviews in July and August. Jarusiewicz has strong local ties at Town Hall. She currently serves as the town's community housing specialist and grant administrator and has been employed by the town in a variety of capacities for nearly 30 years. She served as the acting town manager in Provincetown in 1989 and was the assistant town manager from 1990 to 1994. Reinhart has a diverse background in public and non-profit work with stops in Washington, D.C., upstate New York, and Northern Ireland. For the past seven years, he has been the deputy executive director of the Washington, D.C. Business Improvement District. He has also served as the chief executive for the Niagara Falls Redevelopment Corporation and has been the chief of staff to the mayor and the executive director of the business improvement district in Buffalo, N.Y. Witherow is a long-time public official hailing from the Chicago area. Since 2010, he has been the assistant village manager in Lake Zurich, Ill. - a town of roughly 18,000 people about 40 miles outside of Chicago. He has also served as the village manager in nearby Lyons, Ill., and has held various public service positions at McHenry County, Ill., including deputy county administrator, assistant county administrator and manager of economic development. The three finalists will have one-on-one interviews with each of the selectmen and will meet with department heads and the leadership of various town boards on Sept. 23. The following day, Sept. 24, they will return for a joint, public interview with the entire board of selectmen. In the meantime, hiring consultant Mark Morse is continuing to carry out background verification and reference checks on the candidates. His complete report is expected within the next two weeks, prior to final round interviews. In describing his ongoing vetting, Morse said that each candidate has demonstrated a "tremendous" knowledge about the town, which was a "critical" factor in their selection. However, for each candidate, their awareness of the recent upheavals at Town Hall that saw the departure of the town manager, police chief and selectmen chair in the past year were a major source of "angst" and "anxiety" concerning the job, he said. Ultimately, he called the finalists three "pretty good candidates" for the position.


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Provincetown's West End Waters Lure Anglers

These two men are getting ready to launch their canoe and get out into the water in the far west end of Provincetown Harbor, down near the breakwater, and with any luck they might bring back a few striped bass. And it may not take much luck, because bluefish and stripers have been found in pretty good numbers recently in many spots off PTown shores. This particular spot most often has calm waters, so there isn't a great deal of skill or experience required to paddle out and try your hand at fishing, or you can cast a line from the breakwater when the tide is in. You can easily rent a boat or a kayak in many spots in Provincetown, or visit the hardware store or beach shop to pick up a simple rubber raft. Nelson's Bait and Tackle will rent you rods and reels, which come with bait and lures, or you can buy your equipment if you're ready to really commit yourself, and the experts at Nelson's can give you all kinds of advice on technique, location and equipment to help you get out and land that big striper. If you're up to some serious hiking and wading, traversing the tidal flats, marshes and tributaries of the outer cape, Nelson's can arrange a trip led by a legendary certified fishing guide like Steve Kean, who spends nearly every waking moment from spring through the autumn fishing somewhere on the outer cape, wherever the fish are biting. And if you're ready for some deep sea fishing, they can arrange a fishing trip for you on Beth Ann Charters, on a 35 foot boat that can take you out after anything from cod to haddock to blue fin tuna. Nelson's is also a certified weigh-in station for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, so you can weigh your catch for official entry into the state's saltwater fishing record books. Don't forget your hat and sunscreen, and get out and go fishing in this gorgeous weather we've been having all summer.

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WOMR: This Place Matters with Susan Lindquist - PAAM Program Administrator Grace Ryder-O'Malley

Susan Lindquist of the Community Development Partnership interviews people promoting economic stability and environmental sustainability because This Place Matters. This Place Matters can be heard Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. In addition to her work with the CDP, Susan has worked with many other organizations as an advocate for low and moderate income families and children. She is a former Executive Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and a current Trustee of the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. She is also an active member of WOMR's Development and Program Committees.

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Provincetown Theater: Peregrine Theatre Ensemble staging "The Last Five Years" & "Gun Control, the Musical"

Two short-run shows are happening this week at Provincetown Theater: Peregrine Theatre Ensemble ( is staging "The Last Five Years," a musical about a man and woman who tell their love story from opposite ends of their time together. Shows, starring Adam Berry and Kristen Luzi, are at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the 238 Bradford St. venue. Then, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jim Brosseau will present two staged readings of his new "Gun Control, the Musical." Nine actors (led by Sarah MacDonnell and Spencer Keasy) and 12 songs are featured in a show, set in 2020, that Brousseau hopes will advance the conversation on the incendiary topic. Tickets and more information on the shows: 508-487-7487 or

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"Look to the Stars: An Evening of Celestial Music" at the UU Meeting House of Provincetown

On Friday, August 29, tenor Christopher Sidoli and pianist John Thomas present a concert, "Look to the Stars: An Evening of Celestial Music," at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Provincetown, 236 Commercial St. In its third year, the concert features classical and modern music by "a constellation" of composers representing classical music, opera, art songs, pop, Broadway and film themes, plus an original composition by Thomas. Vocalists Loulu Luzi and Darya Yanitskaya and percussionist Sylvie Richard will be part of the event. Tickets: $20 at the door.

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Ex-Orleans police officer charged with OUI

Former Orleans police Officer Travis Tebbetts was arrested outside his Brewster home Wednesday night on a charge of operating under the influence of alcohol, following reports that he had been driving erratically on Route 6A in Dennis. Tebbetts, 34, was at the center of a controversy in 2011 while he was still employed as an Orleans officer that raised questions about possible special treatment of police officers suspected of driving drunk. Shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Tebbetts, of 35 Park Lane, Brewster, was found passed out or unconscious on his lawn near the open door of his Volvo SUV, according to Orleans District Court documents. The Dennis police had received two complaints that the driver of an SUV was recklessly passing vehicles heading east on Route 6A. One of the callers said the SUV driver passed her and forced two vehicles coming in the opposite direction off the road, court records say. Another caller estimated his speed to be 60 mph in a 40 mph zone. One caller made note of the license plate number. Police found the vehicle was registered to Tebbetts. Brewster officers Ryan Sullivan and Alden Childs went to Tebbetts' home within minutes of the calls, according to court records. Sullivan found Tebbetts lying on the ground next to his driveway, records say. The keys to the Volvo were next to his hand on the ground. Sullivan shouted to wake Tebbetts, who opened his eyes and said he had been asleep for an hour, records say. Tebbetts appeared unsteady and his speech was slurred, the police reports say. At the station while going through the booking process, Tebbetts "became agitated and began swearing at me," Childs says in his report. "He stated that he had been a cop for 10 years and he couldn't believe that I was doing this to him." He refused to take a Breathalyzer test, according to court documents. Later, he also apologized and began to cry, court records say. Tebbetts was released on his own recognizance and was arraigned Thursday morning. He told Judge Robert Welsh III that he planned to hire his own lawyer. The judge set a pretrial date for Sept. 29. Outside the courtroom, Tebbetts declined to comment. Tebbetts currently works for Latham Centers Inc., a Brewster-based residential school for students with moderate to severe special needs. He is a residential supervisor, according to a spokeswoman for Latham Centers Inc. She declined to comment further. In 2011, Tebbetts, then an Orleans officer, was stopped in his personal vehicle by a state trooper on Route 6 in South Dennis after several reports of erratic driving through South Yarmouth and on the highway. Tebbetts, who was off-duty, admitted to having consumed eight beers and the trooper described him as intoxicated, according to an Orleans police internal investigation report released to the Times after a public records request. But the trooper never arrested him. Rather, he called the Orleans police to get him a ride home. Tebbetts was disciplined but not fired. He resigned in June 2012 for "personal reasons," Orleans Police Chief Scott MacDonald said at the time. A state police internal investigation was started in June 2011 after the Times made a public records request for documents related to the incident. A state police spokesman told the Times in 2012 that the state trooper who had stopped Tebbetts had violated departmental rules by not following procedures for a drunken driving stop. State police declined, however, to make the discipline against Trooper Steven Culver public. In response to a public records request by the Times for a copy of the internal affairs investigation on Culver, the state police returned a document almost entirely redacted, claiming that was allowed under state public records law. That was upheld on an appeal by the Times to the secretary of state's public records office. The secretary of state's office has ruled in the past, however, that while discipline in a police officer's personnel file can be kept private, a recommended discipline included in a police internal affairs investigation is public information.

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Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" at Academy Playhouse in Orleans

The Academy Playhouse is following up its success with Noel Coward's "Private Lives" with the playwright's supernatural comedy "Blithe Spirit." Director Judy Hamer says she's wanted for a number of years to direct this show because Coward "is a brilliant playwright, and his dry wit is quite fun to play with." In addition, she says, "I am personally very fond of the whole ghost theme - especially on Cape Cod where there are so many ghosts everywhere you turn." The plot: As part of the research for his next novel, Charles Condomine invites a local medium to conduct a seance in his home. During it, his dead first wife reappears - but only to Charles - and complicates his current relationships. Hamer calls the play "funny, irreverent and full of surprises." Shows continue at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through Sept. 20, plus an additional show on Sunday (Aug. 31). Tickets: $22. Box office: 508-255-1963 or

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Literary Life: "On Pluto" by Brewster's Greg O'Brien

Brewster resident Greg O'Brien spent most of his adult life as a journalist, covering such diverse subjects as organized crime, national politics and local interests. He's had more front page stories than he can count. But in recent years he has turned his investigative and writing skills toward a more personal story that he believes is the most important topic he's ever written about - his battle with early onset Alzheimer's disease. His memoir "On Pluto" is the result of seven years of notes that he thinks of as being "an embedded reporter inside the mind of Alzheimer's." It's an apt description and the memoir is a groundbreaking first person exploration of what it's like to live with the disease on a daily basis. "This is a book about living with Alzheimer's, not dying of it," he says. "What I want is for people to get over the stereotype of Alzheimer's at the final stage. That's real. You get to the point where you can't speak and you don't know where you are and you have no control over your bowels. But Alzheimer's starts 10 years before it's diagnosed and it's a 20-year battle for some." Even before he was diagnosed O'Brien was well aware of the realities of Alzheimer's. Both his mother and his maternal grandfather died from the disease. He was his mother's caretaker right up until the last night of her life. When he began to develop symptoms himself, he fought them off. A bicycle accident that hurled him 30 feet in the air changed everything. "After that, I couldn't control the symptoms," he says. "What the doctors say is it unmasked a disease that was going to happen anyway." He found it harder and harder to get through the day, and finally had a full medical work-up, only to receive the devastating diagnosis that he had already suspected was true. "At that point, I had a serious discussion with God and felt that I had a choice to either give up or to fight back," he says. "I decided to use my instinct as a reporter to tell people that even when life sucks, you can press ahead. This book is clearly a book about strategies of Alzheimer's and living with it, but it's also a book about trying to persevere through a lot of things with faith, humor and hope." Daily living these days requires a good dose of all three, but O'Brien relies on the example his mother set during her own bout with the disease. She fought hard to maintain her sense of self until the end, and O'Brien plans to do the same. He has developed strategies that help him through each day. There will be a book signing with Greg O'Brien on Saturday, Aug. 30, noon to 2 p.m. at Yellow Umbrella Books, 501 Main St. Chatham.


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"All Our Best" at Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster

Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster continues its Labor Day weekend tradition with two performances of "All Our Best," a benefit musical revue directed and designed by Scott Storr, resident musical director. More than 30 Cape Rep actors and singers will perform songs from musicals done this season and in past years, and the company promises "a few unexpected surprises." Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cape Rep's Indoor Theatre at 3299 Route 6A, Brewster. Tickets are $35 and include champagne and "sweet treats" at intermission provided by Chatham Candy Manor and Vers Restaurant and Patisserie. Reservations: 508-896-1888 or

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Miss Eelgrass is back in Chatham

Darci Sequin, of the Chatham Merchant's Association, told selectmen Tuesday that Miss Eelgrass is coming back and she will be raising money for Chatham Children's Fund. The pageant - that had a 10-year run decades ago - is a chance for folks, men and women, to dress up in fishnets, shells and other sea-themed paraphernalia and parade around and vie for the crown. The event is Saturday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Chatham VFW. Tickets, available at a number of shops including Local Color and Barn Hill Pottery, are $10 and T-shirts are $20. Want-to-be contestants are asked to call Sequin at 508-274-6700.

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"Broadway Through the Decades II" revue at Chatham Drama Guild

Chatham Drama Guild continues its tribute to show tunes among friends with "Broadway Through the Decades II," a revue set up as a house party where guests provide the entertainment. According to creator and star Pam Banas, "the party guests are coming with the intent of sharing Broadway tunes from the inception of the Chatham Drama Guild in the 1930s until today." The performers' selections include music from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Leslie Bricusse/Frank Wildhorn, Jerry Herman, Leonard Bernstein, and Lerner and Loewe. The show also features Geof Newton, Rebecca Banas, Jeff Dexter, Dawn and Eric Spitz and Don Howell, with Chris Morris on the piano. Shows run at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 7 in cabaret seating, with a cash bar, at the guild theater on Crowell Road, Chatham. Tickets: $22. Reservations: 508-945-0510.

aug29 Harwich

Harwich water chief steps down; reason undisclosed

Craig Wiegand, Harwich's water superintendent, resigned his position in a letter to the selectmen Monday. Town Administrator Christopher Clark would not elaborate on the reasons for Wiegand's resignation, but Wiegand had been placed on a paid administrative leave while an investigation had been taking place. The selectmen accepted his resignation. Allin Thompson, vice chairman of the Harwich Board of Water Commissioners, told the selectmen that the investigation is still ongoing and that the water department will continue in "an able and competent manner." Thompson also told the selectmen that there would be no changes to the water department's enterprise operation, which manages the infrastructure improvements of the town water system. Clark said a search for a new water superintendent would begin immediately.

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Harwich Board of Selectmen wants data on Monomoy FY16 budget

Citing a "lack of information" in previous Monomoy Regional School District budget discussions, selectmen on Monday agreed to send a letter to school committee chairman Terry Russell with an outline for fiscal year 2016 financial numbers and data. "This letter is an attempt to set in place a process and schedule for budgetary items," said Selectman Peter Hughes. A copy of the letter, which is co-signed by the Harwich Finance Committee, will be sent to Chatham selectmen. The letter states that since the schools' budget historically has taken up about 45 percent of the town's budget, the selectmen and finance committee want to get an early handle on the numbers. Attachments to the letter outline the specific numbers and data the selectmen are looking for, including a five-year projection of costs, including operational, capital and debt, and a calendar of events for progressive budgetary discussions. In addition to the budget aspects, the selectmen also requested a list of each class taught, by grade and subject, and the number of students enrolled in each class as well as the number of teachers required.

aug29 Harwich

Review: Harborside setting, old favorites good combo at Brax

The view over Saquatucket Harbor from Brax Landing Restaurant is stunning and the 45 minutes we spent on the lower deck waiting for our table Sunday were among the most relaxing of my summer. Boats bobbing in the harbor, the buzz of happy conversation all around us and the lightly salted frozen margarita I'd ordered (because I wasn't driving!) were perfect. My friend tried a sip and didn't like the cocktail's tartness, but I thought the natural lime slush, complemented by the salty rim on the glass, tasted like vacation. We almost didn't eat at Brax Landing because they don't take reservations and when we stepped inside at 6:30 p.m., every table was filled and the restaurant was carpeted with people waiting. The busy hostess estimated an hour-and-15-minute wait for an outside table or 45 minutes for first available. We put our name on the shorter list and I expected to be given a beeper or something to summon us when the table was ready. "Oh, don't worry, I'll find you," the hostess said, with what proved to be justifiable confidence. As we enjoyed our drinks, we saw her periodically weave her way through the deck tables calling out names. Our turn came in about a half-hour, faster than expected. Brax Landing is a dimly lit, sprawling restaurant with a wall of windows and an outside deck, as well as an additional, smaller dining room. The high-volume business and briskly efficient servers made me think this could be a seafood version of the now-closed Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus. Except here, the view was a spectacular one of the busy harbor as the late afternoon light faded. The food, overall, was not particularly creative but was good comfort food. If I wanted new flavor combinations or a spot to linger over a special meal, I would go elsewhere. But I would definitely go back to Brax Landing to eat a lobster roll and drink a local beer on the deck, because the lobster was good and the harborside setting is one of those that reminds you how lucky you are to be on the Cape. If you go: Open daily, lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., dinner, 4:30 to 10 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


aug29 Harwich

Harwich Police holding "Jailhouse Barbecue" Saturday

On Saturday, August 30 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. the Harwich Police Association will be hosting the annual Jailhouse Barbecue at the Public Safety Facility located at 183 Sisson Road. There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, clam chowder and dessert available. You can get your face painted, "Dunk A Cop" in a dunk tank, have a "Mug Shot" taken or play in a kid's inflatable obstacle park. Our Patrol Vehicles, Motorcycle, ATV's, and bicycles will be on hand for the public to view. Come down and enjoy lunch and meet members of the Harwich Police Department! The Harwich Police Department would like to thank the following businesses: Stop and Shop, Star Market, Georges Fish Market, and the 400 East for donating food and materials as well as Breakaway of South Dennis for providing their giant mobile barbecue grill known as the X-Grill.

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Theater Review: 'The Tempest' at Harwich Jr. Theatre

Many students' first experience with Shakespeare is limited to dry readings in class. Since the Bard's dramas were written to be performed, the story can lack its luster and meaning, leaving the student feeling unenthusiastic about Shakespeare's works. Wanting to give back to the community while teaching holistically, the instructors at Harwich Junior Theatre are trying something different. Acting as an ensemble, HJT staff, alumni, interns and teenage students are performing Shakespeare's comedy "The Tempest." The end result is Shakespeare the way it is meant to be: entertaining, thought-provoking and engaging, while also being free for current HJT students. HJT takes some liberties with the complex storyline, shortening it to two hours. The sorcerer Prospera, imperiously played by Jenn Silva, wants revenge for her stolen title and expulsion to a deserted island. Edward Donovan portrays the complicit King of Naples. As he passes by ship, Prospera, with the help of four lively spirits, whips up a violent storm, marooning the travelers. Separated into three groups, the king and his court search for his son. Brendan Cloney earnestly plays the missing prince, who falls in love with Prospera's cloistered daughter, Miranda (Calliope Pina Parker). As comic relief, the drunken steward and bumbling jester, hilariously played by Kristin Stewart and Emily Burlingame respectively, stumble upon the deformed native islander, Caliban (Leister Marshall), who is enslaved by Prospera. Marshall deserves special mention, with his gymnastic abilities that he uses to create an intense, subhuman Caliban, galloping across the stage like a wild animal. Under the capable guidance of Director Jim P. Byrne, who also acts in the show, the high intensity play is performed in the round, in a classroom at HJT's Arts Center on Sisson Road. With no set and limited props, the colorfully costumed actors are well-versed in Shakespeare, making it approachable for all, especially through the many laugh-out-loud scenes and physical comedy. The actors are not afraid to engage the audience, so don't be surprised if a character regally approaches you, hand extended, awaiting a cordial acknowledgement, or if a tipsy one gives you her wine bottle, as she stumbles about. HJT hopes this will be the first of many educational workshops. It was a special treat seeing the instructors, who are normally behind the scenes, fully in the spotlight, artfully playing off of each other. With about 40 seats available, plus some floor space, be advised, seating is limited.

aug29 Harwich

Theater Review: Swagger, sensuality in Harwich Jr. Theatre's 'Patsy Cline'

Laura Cappello exudes utter confidence as she saunters on the stage of Harwich Junior Theatre in her fetching black cowgirl outfit in "Always...Patsy Cline." But her act is more than just a mere impersonation; Cappello channels the country legend with her clear, husky contralto, earthy persona and smoking sensuality. Ted Swindley's 1988 musical revue is a loving tribute to one of the most popular female vocalists of all time. It features a well-arranged package of 27 of Cline's songs ranging from rocking, up-tempo tunes to tender ballads. The slim script provides a framework for the songs to roll out endlessly. It's based on the true story of an unlikely friendship that developed between Cline when her star was on the rise and Louise Seger, a divorced Texas mother of two and an avid fan. Seger met Cline by chance at a concert in Houston in 1961. The two country gals struck up a fast friendship that continued through letters and phone calls until Cline's tragic death two years later in a plane crash at the age of 30. Seger offered the best description of Cline's enduring appeal: "Her music made me feel so alive." Back again is Suzette Hutchinson as the saucy Seger. Hutchinson projects a down-home, folksy Southern charm and generates laughs by strutting across the stage in her sexy swagger. But it's the music that takes center stage. A highlight of the Cline song fest is Cappello's impeccable blending of the poignant "Sweet Dreams (Of You)" with "She's Got You." She lets loose with a smoking "Stupid Cupid" and swings with "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky." The petite singer pours feeling into the tear-in-the-voice ballads about love lost with Cline's mega hits "I Fall to Pieces" and "Crazy" and puts Cline's spin on the standards "True Love" and "You Belong to Me." Cappello is ably backed by the Bodacious Bobcats Band, a three-piece group led by stage and musical director Bob Wilder on keyboards, Dick Stocks on guitar and David Silver on drums. She delivers three encores and you only wish there were more. 'Always. Patsy Cline' plays through Sept. 21.

aug29 Wellfleet

Local Food Report by Elspeth Hay: Surprise! Sweet Potatoes and Artichokes Grow on Cape Cod

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.

Most people think of sweet potatoes as a southern crop, and artichokes as something from the Mediterranean. But both plants can thrive on Cape Cod. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay visits the Barnstable County Fairgrounds demonstration garden to learn about growing these two unusual crops. You can see photos and learn more about the vegetables, fruits, and herbs growing in the garden on Elspeth's blog. And here's a link to the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension website, where you'll find all kinds of resources for gardeners, including information on soil samples, pest management, and a master gardener hotline.



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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"Period of Adjustment" at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater's relationship with the Tennessee Williams Festival continues this year with Period of Adjustment, directed by Michael Unger. The play is a light-hearted story that brings together two couples on Christmas Eve and emulates the sign of the times in the late 1950s. Opening night is August 30. A Playmaker Talkback is scheduled for Thursday, September 4. The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) is located at 2357 Route 6, in Wellfleet next to the Post Office. For more information please call 508-349-9428 or visit online at:

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Reggae by the Bay at Wellfleet Bookstore & Restaurant

The Bookstore & Restaurant is pleased to host the Reggae by the Bay & 50th Birthday Bash with Mentos and the New Horizons on Monday, September 1st from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. The event features a BBQ, cold beer, frozen drinks and dancing. For more information please visit them online.

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Science in the Seashore Symposium

The Atlantic Research and Learning Center (ARLC), a component of the Cape Cod National Seashore, will host the fourth annual Science in the Seashore Symposium at the Salt Pond Visitor Center on August 28, from 1 to 4 PM. This popular program features a diverse group of scientists and scholars talking about the many natural and cultural research projects they are conducting within the national seashore. There will be ten brief and engaging presentations. Visitors may expect to hear about diamondback terrapins in the Herring River estuary, invasive plants in the Cape Cod dune systems, salt marsh biogeochemistry and extreme precipitation, initial results of archeology investigations at the recently-acquired Baker-Biddle property, and more. The ARLC is one of nineteen Research and Learning Centers (RLC) in the National Park Service. RLCs are places where science and education come together to preserve, protect, and encourage understanding of park resources. The ARLC's Science in the Seashore Symposium is a great opportunity for the public to learn about the science of the park straight from the people who are generating it. The Science in the Seashore Symposium is free of charge and accessible. Financial support is provided by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore. For more information visit:

aug28 Eastham-Orleans

Eastham draws line in sand for ORVs

With Labor Day weekend looming, the Eastham Conservation Commission on Tuesday ratified a cease-and-desist order barring Orleans residents from driving on about half of the Nauset Spit, which now lies in Eastham. After a 90-minute private meeting Wednesday, Orleans selectmen agreed to comply with the cease-and-desist order. The selectmen directed staff to prepare pamphlets to be given out to off-road vehicle permit holders as soon as today or Friday to warn them that an enforcement order is in effect and if they go over the town line, they could be fined, said Orleans Town Administrator John Kelly. The staff must report back to the selectmen on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with the details necessary to formalize a compliance plan, which could include signage, enforcement, patrolling, fines and associated costs. For this weekend, the warning to permit holders will be a bit vague, while staff members come up with a plan. Permit holders will be cautioned to enter Eastham's portion "at their own risk," Kelly said. Eastham Conservation Agent Shana Brogan said the cease-and-desist order went into effect Tuesday and the town of Orleans will be fined $300 for every day there is a violation. Nauset Spit is a barrier beach extending 2.1 miles from Chatham to Eastham with off-road vehicle access points by land from Orleans. Its isolated beauty is prized by fishermen and ORV owners. And due to shifting sands, about half of it now lies within the boundaries of the town of Eastham. Orleans and Chatham sell over sand vehicle permits to the spit to both residents and nonresidents. The portion of the beach that extends into Eastham has been restricted only to Orleans residents who buy $50 ORV stickers from the town of Orleans, said Orleans Selectman John Hodgson. This year, 2,054 permits were sold to residents, according to Sarah Smith, office manager of Orleans Parks & Beaches. Eastham bylaws prevent driving on beaches, though for years this hasn't been enforced, said George Price, Cape Cod National Seashore superintendent. This spring, Eastham officials insisted that Orleans enforce Eastham's ban. That is, keep people from using the land over the Eastham town line. But signs posted by the Orleans Parks & Beaches Department kept being removed, and people continued to drive over the town boundary line all summer long. "It's pretty obvious people are driving there, no one can really dispute it," said Neil Andres, superintendent of Eastham's Public Works Department. On Tuesday, Orleans officials asked the Eastham Conservation Commission to table this ban until the summer season was over. But Brogan said once the commission knows of a violation, it has to uphold the town's wetland protection bylaw. Eastham officials will monitor activity on the Spit from a vantage point at Fort Hill. They don't need to drive out to the Spit to see if vehicles have crossed the town line, said Eastham Town Administrator Sheila Vanderhoef. Orleans officials were not allowed to speak during the Conservation Commission meeting Tuesday. Outside the meeting room, they were not pleased. "It's disappointing, we're neighbors," Hodgson said. "It's absolutely beautiful and it's part of the Orleans experience," said Jim Case, of Orleans, regarding Nauset Spit. "It's part of what we buy into when we buy a home here." The cease-and-desist order is a small issue compared to the larger question, which is who actually owns the land. That question will ultimately decide the future of ORV use in the area. The Cape Cod National Seashore and the town of Orleans both claim ownership of much of the sand now lying within Eastham boundaries. Citing the law of accretion, Orleans claims that the sand has largely migrated north over the years from Orleans, so it is actually still Orleans' land, according to a letter from Orleans Town Counsel Michael Ford to the Eastham Conservation Commission. The Seashore also cites the law of accretion in its favor. Lauren McKean, park planner, said the 1967 deed of the property specifies the U.S. government owns "from the Nauset Marsh to the waters of the Atlantic." So the sand moved or accreted over time but continues to be land owned by the U.S. government, she said. At the conservation commission meeting Tuesday, Price, said he needs to consult the Seashore attorney before deciding on future action. But he was clear on ownership. "The Seashore believes it's U.S. property," Price said. "Obviously the town of Orleans believes differently." Eastham may not own all the property in question, but Eastham still may have jurisdiction, Price said. Seashore lands and beaches are often managed by the towns, he added. Seashore officials and selectmen from Orleans and Eastham will debate the ownership issue at a Sept. 10 meeting in Orleans Town Hall, Kelly said. Hodgson said Orleans has tried to be good stewards of this property. The town put up signs barring access to Eastham, but when they kept being torn down this summer, it became a manpower issue. "If Eastham wants to ticket on their beach, go ahead," Hodgson said. "But we are not going to do that." Former Eastham Selectman Aimee Eckman, who has advocated for a ban on ORVs at the Nauset Spit in Eastham for years, said portions of the land are owned by the town of Eastham, the Seashore and even the Massachusetts Audubon Society. She said the Eastham selectmen have tried to meet with Orleans selectmen in the past to discuss this issue civilly, but Orleans refused to come to the table.

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Driving on Nauset Spit today? Read this first.

Folks who drive onto to Nauset Spit will now be given a handout by town staff saying that Eastham has an enforcement order in effect and if they venture over the town boundary it is at their own risk. According to the Orleans Town Administrator's Office, the board of selectmen decided on the measure Wednesday night. They also agreed to meet next week and formalize changes to the town's off-road vehicle program so it will comply with the order from Eastham's Conservation Commission. Orleans residents have been driving on the spit under an order approved by its conservation commission for close to 15 years. However, since the beach has grown in recent years about half of the spit is in Eastham. Earlier this month the Eastham Conservation Commission said the permission Orleans received from its conservation commission did not extend across the border. Selectmen also voted to try and secure a permit from the Eastham Conservation Commission, which would include a management plan similar to the one put in place by the Orleans Conservation Commission. That hearing will likely be on Sept. 23.

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Provincetown town manager field narrowed to three

Three people - a local grant writer and two off-Cape candidates - have been selected as finalists for the town manager's job. Michelle Jarusiewicz, former assistant town manager and currently the Provincetown community housing specialist and grant administrator, was chosen out of a field of 31 candidates by the Town Manager Search Committee. The committee also picked Richard Reinhard, who has 30 years of experience working for several agencies, many focused on urban and business district revitalization. He currently serves as the deputy executive director of the Washington, D.C., Business Improvement District, overseeing an $11 million public-private partnership, according to his resume. The committee also selected Roy Witherow, who for 19 years has held municipal posts in the Chicago metropolitan area. Since 2010, Witherow has been assistant village manager for Lake Zurich, Illinois, which has a population of 19,932. The village operates under a town manager form of government, employs 161 full-time and 95 part-time staff members and has a AAA bond rating, according to Witherow's resume. The search committee submitted its recommendations to the selectmen Monday. The selectmen will hold public interviews Sept. 24, board Chairman Thomas Donegan said. Louise Venden, the search committee's chairwoman, said the committee has found strong candidates. But, she said, the town faced hurdles attracting interested job-seekers. "Initially, we were somewhat surprised that only 31 candidates applied for the position," she wrote in a letter to the selectmen. "Mark Morse, the search consultant you hired to work with us in this process, explained that there were some challenges to getting a stronger response: the reduction of the salary at the last town meeting; the residency requirement, where year-round housing in our town is both hard to find and expensive as either a rental or purchase; the challengingly long and detailed task list for which the charter makes the town manager responsible; and the fact that other town manager or administrator positions also are open. "For instance," she continued, "the Truro town administrator position proposed a higher salary, does not have a residency requirement, and is a less demanding position. Mr. Morse also reported that the Truro position had twice the number of candidates apply for it than applied to our search. The committee requested interviews with seven candidates, one dropped out and so we interviewed six candidates, four in person and two via Skype. One candidate withdrew late last Thursday." At the spring town meeting, Provincetown voters lowered the town manager's starting salary from $149,000 to $120,000, Donegan said. The position of Truro town administrator is advertised as between $120,000 and $135,000, according to Susan Kelly, Truro town administrator assistant. Jarusiewicz is also a finalist for the Truro town administrator's job. Provincetown has been without a town manager since December, when former Town Manager Sharon Lynn resigned. Lynn, who had worked for Provincetown since 2007, accepted a job as the city manager in Rehoboth Beach, Del. Provincetown has faced months of turmoil, which culminated with the firing of former Police Chief Jeff Jaran in December. Venden said the search committee wanted to move forward to take the town in a positive direction.

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Celebrate Our Waters is coming up in Orleans

Five years ago it was a few walks meant to introduce folks to the wealth of waters Orleans boasts. Now "Celebrate Our Waters Weekend," Sept. 19, 20 and 21, will offer more than 50 events, including walks, talks, tours, arts and more, expected to draw hundreds of people. The event is co-sponsored by the town and Orleans Pond Coalition and is all about education and fun, said Fran McClennen, a member of the coalition. "It is an opportunity for residents to join together in appreciating our special water resources and proudly sharing then with visitors," McClennen said. This year the weekend will kick off with the singing of sea shanties and story telling by the "Rum Soaked Crooks."

aug28 Chatham

No shark at Chatham Town Hall

Although grateful for the offer, selectmen declined the long-term loan of a four-foot (or larger) great white shark to hang in town hall. Mike Orbe, a former fisherman and naturalist of Captain Mike's Woodshop in Brewster, extended the proposal as way to celebrate the Cape's varied and fascinating sea inhabitants. "Cape Cod is all about its incredible marine life," he said. Orbe carving of a cod hangs in Brewster Town Hall, and he has several carvings at Chatham Bars Inn. Selectman Tim Roper thanked Orbe, but said he didn't think town hall was the proper venue. Others had concerns about whether it would be seen as advertising or if the town should solicit proposals from various artists.


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Cape Cod weather: Surf advisory in effect

There is a surf advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. this evening on Cape Cod and the Islands, according to the National Weather Service. Waves could reach up to 9 feet and there is a high risk of rip currents - if you are caught in a rip current, which is often referred to as an undertow, swim parallel to the beach until out of its pull.
A surfer catches a wave at Nauset Beach. There is a surf advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. this evening on Cape Cod and the Islands, according to the National Weather Service. Waves could reach up to 9 feet and there is a high risk of rip currents - if you are caught in a rip current, which is often referred to as an undertow, swim parallel to the beach until out of its pull. Weather experts urge folks not to attempt to swim back to shore directly against the current.
Weather experts urge folks not to attempt to swim back to shore directly against the current. Take note of beach patrol - swim only at guarded beaches, watch your children and be especially cautious near piers and jetties where rip currents can be more dangerous. This advisory may be extended into tomorrow.


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