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12/11/2017 06:00 AM
Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 12-11-17
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12/11/2017 04:58 AM
Flu season hits Massachusetts early
Flu season arrived early this year and, for some, may put a damper on the holidays.

12/11/2017 01:30 AM
Shore Lore: Christmases past and the 'good ship Bountiful'
 The Christmas tree has been a December tradition for centuries, with its festive lights and decorations fascinating young and old alike.However, the tree tradition took longer to catch on here in New England than it did in other locations, with its Puritan background and all.In the late 19th century, Captains Otis Nickerson, S. T. Nickerson and O. V. Harding developed a tradition that was about as Cape Cod as could be — a full-rigged Christmas ship, holding [...]

12/09/2017 01:25 AM
Chapel in the Pines art auction benefit under way
 EASTHAM -- More than 70 works of art are featured this month in two auctions – one live, the other silent – to help fund the restoration of Eastham’s historic Chapel in the Pines.Plus, the silent auction will feature special offerings such as an expert guided tour of Outer Cape houses and vistas painted by Edward Hopper, capped by dinner at Wellfleet’s Wicked Oyster; and a private cocktail party and live painting demo by artist David Monteiro, [...]

12/08/2017 04:23 PM
GateHouse Media lined up to purchase Boston Herald
Boston Herald Publisher Patrick J. Purcell announced today that the media company with its flagship Boston Herald tabloid has reached an agreement with GateHouse Media, LLC for them to acquire the company's operational assets. The purchase is subject to court approval.

12/08/2017 11:08 AM
ACCUWEATHER: Snowstorm to blanket DC to Boston; Roads to turn slushy, snow-covered
A storm with snow will make for slushy and snow-covered roads in much of New England and in coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic during the first part of this weekend.The storm will take a northward turn and track close enough to the Atlantic coast to throw moisture in the form of snow over the Interstate 95 corridor. This is the same storm that has been producing snow from Texas to North Carolina into Friday.Snow will ramp up over parts of Virginia on Friday, before [...]

12/08/2017 09:27 AM
HPC sponsoring 'Adopt a Family' for holidays
 One-hundred Lower and Outer Cape families who need help buying presents for their children have been approved to participate in the Homeless Prevention Council's Adopt-A-Family program this holiday season, and the number keeps climbing.According to coordinator Maureen Linehan, the program works like this: Donors call in and can ask for a certain age or gender of a child they’d like to help. They’re given the child’s first name, age, gender and two [...]

12/08/2017 02:53 AM
Vaping, more common than smoking among teens, comes under scrutiny
As e-cigarettes become increasingly popular among young people, they are beginning to come under heightened scrutiny.

12/08/2017 02:39 AM
With flex spending, it's use it or lose it for some
For many consumers with flexible spending accounts, the end of the year is use-it-or-lose-it time.

12/07/2017 08:01 PM
With Cape Wind's demise, Alliance vows 'never again'
Now that Cape Wind is officially kaput, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound has a new rallying cry: Never again.“Sixteen years ago a coalition of business and political leaders, Cape Cod and Island communities, Native Americans and fishermen, pilots and environmental advocates – all stood united to say 'no' to a massive private development that would have ruined the national treasure that is Nantucket Sound,” a statement from the alliance said on Dec. 1, [...]

12/07/2017 08:01 PM
Nature's Ways: Finding color
 At this time of year, it is easy to lament the loss of flowers, butterflies and songbirds that brought color and joy to our spring and summer landscape.Leaves have faded and fallen, grasses have turned from golden to gray and the land overall seems to have turned shades of less-than-soul-satisfying colors.It isn’t that color has totally disappeared. It’s just subtler. We have to look for it a little harder now than just a few weeks ago.On a [...]

12/07/2017 04:29 AM
MAP: More communities take a stand on marijuana facilities
Community-by-community, residents of Massachusetts are deciding if they want to be able to drive to the corner store to buy marijuana.For the most part, residents are choosing "let’s wait and see" as communities agree to moratoriums on recreational marijuana facilities. However, a growing number of voters are saying no and banning commercial recreational marijuana facilities.Residents in about a dozen communities have bucked the trend and said yes, as voters adopt [...]

12/06/2017 09:15 AM
MARIJUANA: Tax projections underscore uncertainty about pot popularity
Newly legal marijuana sales could provide as much as $82 million in state tax revenue next fiscal year, the commissioner of revenue told lawmakers Wednesday.The Cannabis Control Commission expects retail cannabis shops to begin opening July 1, 2018, the first day of fiscal year 2019, and lawmakers joined Baker administration officials Wednesday to try to get an early read on revenue expectations.Non-medical marijuana sales will be subject to the state's 6.25 percent [...]

12/05/2017 08:53 AM
Regulators mull landscape for cannabis clubs and 'budtenders'
Allowing adults to purchase and use marijuana at some retail facilities -- think cannabis clubs -- could reduce the risk of children getting a hold of the drug and may limit how much legal marijuana is illegally transported out of state by visitors, a Cannabis Advisory Board subcommittee recommended Tuesday."The package store model is old fashioned and the consumer really wants an outlet, a place to consume cannabis and do it safely," Michael Latulippe, an official with the [...]

12/05/2017 05:06 AM
ELECTION: Without primary date, Mass. stands alone among states
Every two years, the state holds an election. And every two years, voters head to the polls on the first Tuesday in November.But the timing of the party primaries, which typically occur in early- to mid-September, has been a far less predictable occurrence, and 2018 will be no different in that regard.It's December and candidates are already running for a variety of statewide and district seats on Beacon Hill, but for now they're like marathoners who don't know where [...]

12/05/2017 01:31 AM
Willard reflects on 50 years with Cape Cod Five
Fifty years later, Dave Willard can laugh now about his early days with Cape Cod Five, back in 1967.“When George Marble hired me, he said he’d have to start me out as a teller, in Chatham, the bank’s busiest branch, and it was June, the busiest time, and me being a teller, ha! It was a fiasco!”Willard, a native of Orleans who now lives in Wellfleet, and a proud member of the first Nauset Regional High School graduating class of 1960, took a break [...]

12/04/2017 09:57 AM
Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 12-4-17
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12/04/2017 06:28 AM
Rosenberg agrees to relinquish Senate presidency while investigation unfolds
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, under mounting pressure from inside and outside of the State House, will step down as the leader of the Senate for the duration of an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against his husband Bryon Hefner.Rosenberg, in a letter that was shared with members of his leadership team at morning meeting Monday, said he intended to take a "leave of absence as your president, effective immediately" for as long as the investigation lasts. [...]

12/03/2017 02:41 AM
Some entry fees could rise at Seashore
The National Park Service is proposing a fee increase for 2018 for the per person and motorcycle daily fees to enter Cape Cod National Seashore.The per person daily fee would increase from $3 to $10, and the motorcycle daily fee would increase from $10 to $15.The change is in response to the NPS effort to standardize entrance fees across the National Park System. The per vehicle rate of $20 will remain the same.“At the local level, the fee program is critical to [...]

12/02/2017 06:22 AM
ICYMI: Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, Nov. 27-30
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