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08/14/2018 10:30 AM
The Shark Report: Great white goes after Skomal
State biologist and shark tagger Greg Skomal got a big surprise Monday morning when a great white, mouth wide open, jumped out of the water toward the bowsprit where he was standing aboard the research vessel Aleutian Dream.The boat, owned and captained by John King, was off Wellfleet.  Skomal was using a GoPro attached to a painter's pole to try and get video to ID the shark for the ongoing great white population study. Then it popped out of the water.The video went viral [...]

08/14/2018 01:35 AM
In governor's race, Democrats lean left while Charlie Baker contends with far right
Standing in the living room of a Wellesley home, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez tells a small group of potential voters and donors why they should support him over his primary opponent, Bob Massie.“I honestly couldn’t tell you where we differ on policy. We both are offering a very ambitious, progressive agenda,” says the Needham Democrat. “The big difference I would ask you to consider is -- unlike Bob -- I have leadership experience in [...]

08/13/2018 12:23 PM
Few contested races could impact voter turnout for Sept. 4 primary
With less than a month to go before primary elections, contested races are heating up across Massachusetts.The primary, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4, will decide which Democratic and Republican candidates will go on to run against one another in the general election scheduled for Nov. 6.This year, the primary is scheduled for the day after Labor Day, which could complicate voting for some people, such as families with school-age children and college students, who [...]

08/13/2018 10:42 AM
No difference between driving drunk or stoned, new PSA warns
As the list of legal and commercially available substances that can impair a person's ability to drive a vehicle grows to include pot, state public safety officials on Wednesday launched a public awareness campaign to urge drivers to find alternate transportation if they have been drinking or using marijuana.An average of 125 drunk or high drivers die on Massachusetts roads each year, Undersecretary for Public Safety and Security Jennifer Queally said, and a recent Department of [...]

08/13/2018 02:04 AM
Baker to speak at Cape summit
 Gov. Charlie Baker will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 OneCape Summit, scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17 at the Wequassett Resort in Harwich.He and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito are scheduled to speak on the summit's opening day.The OneCape Summit is a forum for discussions on important issues affecting the region. It attracts over 300 attendees and features speakers from across all levels of government and the private sector.This year the conference focuses on [...]

08/12/2018 01:34 AM
At the Seashore: A Perseid Star Party
There’s a celestial spectacle on the horizon -- the Perseid meteor shower. And on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 9 to 10:30 p.m., at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, National Seashore rangers will host a Perseid Star Party to observe the night sky.Earth is passing through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle until Aug. 24, and will move through the comet’s densest, dustiest path on Aug. 12, maximizing the number of meteors that may be viewed if skies are clear.During meteor showers, [...]

08/10/2018 11:57 PM
In Memoriam: Walter Brooks, founded Cape Cod Today
Walter Brooks, founder of Cape Cod Today, died Aug. 9 at the age of 87.In 1997 Walter established Cape Cod Today as one of the nation’s first on-line only, hyperlocal newspapers. He ran the operation for 19 years, until he sold his media assets to CTM Media in early 2016.Later that year Walter helped arrange CTM’s donation of the news site to the Masonic Angel Foundation through CTM’s IDW Media Charitable Foundation, Inc. Joining us as volunteer managing [...]

08/10/2018 09:09 AM
Home sweet home: Habitat dedicates Brewster housing
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod on Tuesday dedicated five affordable homes, completing Phase I of the Paul Hush Way development in Brewster.The homes were sold to families who qualify according to Habitat Cape Cod’s homeowner selection criteria; they were sold at an affordable price, with a deed rider to ensure that upon any future resale the home will remain affordable to an eligible household.Major funding and community contributions were provided by the town of [...]

08/10/2018 01:41 AM
Peake urges House to accept rental tax changes
ORLEANS -- The fate of the short-term rental tax bill, aka the Airbnb bill, is uncertain after Gov. Charlie Baker sent the legislation back to the House and Senate with four amendments.State Rep. Sarah Peake (D- 4th Barnstable) said this week that she suggested to House Speaker Robert DeLeo that the House accept Baker’s changes. The Senate would have to agree, too.“It would still be a big chunk of money for the towns and the [water fund]. Let’s not get [...]

08/10/2018 01:33 AM
Status Report: The Cape's endangered species
Are endangered species more endangered than ever, due to proposed changes in the federal Endangered Species Act, or are the changes just overdue tweaks to a 40-year-old law?It depends on who you're asking, but while the questions will be wrestled with in Washington the results will be felt here on Cape Cod.“They want to add in economics (as a consideration) and that’s not that great because some people don’t see value in the ecological services a species [...]

08/09/2018 08:01 PM
In Memoriam: Jim Owens, town icon, dies at 90
EASTHAM -- The Eastham Windmill is the oldest of its kind on Cape Cod, first built in 1680 and occupying a home in Eastham since 1793.Since 1974, it’s been under the watchful eye of the one and only Jim Owens.But, alas, the Owens era is no more. The legendary white whiskered Eastham town miller passed away on Aug. 2 at the age of 90.“There is a role being the windmill guide, not necessarily the miller, but more of someone to explain things to the tourists, [...]

08/09/2018 08:01 PM
A day and a night in Ptown: It's all about love
PROVINCETOWN -- Now that the Pan Mass Challenge has come and gone for the year, its 39th visit, Provincetown can return to normal, a transformation as quick as it is complete, and fascinating to watch (think Tolouse-Lautrec at Moulin Rouge).By 4 o'clock last Sunday afternoon following the bike marathon for cancer research, most of the riders have boarded the ferry back to Boston, some have been driven away while others, like the Orleans police officer, just turned around and kept on [...]

08/09/2018 11:13 AM
Cannabis commission closing in on critical test lab licensing
State regulators are preparing to put one of the most significant roadblocks to the rollout of the non-medical marijuana industry in the rearview mirror later this month. The Cannabis Control Commission could license the first independent testing laboratory at its next meeting, the agency's executive director said Thursday, an approval that could clear the way for already licensed marijuana retailers to begin selling to non-medical patients.The CCC has [...]

08/09/2018 10:09 AM
West Nile virus found in 5 Cape towns

08/09/2018 02:00 AM
Yarmouth has plan for former drive-in property on Route 28
Development of the former drive-in theater site off Route 28 in West Yarmouth is moving into a new stage after several years of discussions on what to do with it. The 22-acre parcel near the Parker’s River has been owned by the town since 1985.The Yarmouth Board of Selectmen accepted a new charge recently for the Drive-in Site Utilization Committee to develop a plan, the committee's chairman James Saben said. “We’re pretty excited that we’re moving forward, [...]

08/08/2018 07:16 AM
Senate candidate Geoff Diehl aligns himself with Trump and against Elizabeth Warren
HANOVER — Republican State Rep. Geoff Diehl of Whitman allied himself with the policies of President Donald Trump and blasted Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a meet and greet Wednesday.Diehl is running for U.S. Senate and was endorsed by the Massachusetts Republican Party in their convention earlier this year. He faces fellow Republicans Beth Lindstrom and John Kingston in the Sept. 4 primary. The winner will then take on Democrat Sen. Warren in the Nov. 6 mid-term. [...]

07/19/2018 10:43 PM
Committee urges Dennis to go green
Members of the Dennis Advisory Committee for Alternative Energy want the town to join the more than 200 Massachusetts municipalities that have adopted the state’s expanded building regulations and standards, called the “stretch code,” which allows them to become designated Green Communities.The designation by the state Department of Energy Resources provides grants and technical support to help communities achieve a goal of 20 percent energy reduction over five [...]

06/11/2018 04:18 AM
Mitrokostas reflects on tenure at Dennis Chamber, what lies ahead
Spyro Mitrokostas witnessed a lot of changes and dealt with many challenges in business and the economy during his 13-year tenure as executive director of the Dennis Chamber of Commerce. Now, after leaving that post on May 25, he sees himself coming full circle.As for his next move at age 58, Mitrokostas said he is not retiring and not leaving the Cape where most of his extended family live but is taking some time off to look at new opportunities. He believes economic development is [...]

05/31/2018 10:08 AM
Sittin' in with Cape Cod musician Christopher Crosby Morris
Sittin' In is a series of interviews with Cape Cod -based musicians who play varying styles of music and come from varying musical backgrounds. Christopher Crosby Morris is a guitarist, singer and songwriter with a long a varied career. He is also an author of fiction and non-fiction and has also been a defense policy and strategy analyst. He is married to author Janet Morris. He lives in Centerville. See a video of him online at www. [...]

05/21/2018 02:18 AM
St. David’s Mission House in South Yarmouth gets major update
A house with a 232-year history of varied uses on Old Main Street in South Yarmouth is getting a big lift. The Mission House in front of St. David’s Episcopal Church is currently sitting high above the ground awaiting a new foundation and basement being constructed below.The $350,000 project was funded by Yarmouth Community Preservation funds last year and the work began this spring. The modest Cape-style building has housed the church’s office and thrift shop for many [...]