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Past articles by Geoff:

Political Notes: State reports record turnout in state primary

BOSTON — Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin reports a record number of voters cast ballots in the state’s Sept. 1 primary elections. In total, 1,706,992 voters cast ballots, surpassing the previous voter turnout record set during the 1990 primaries. More than 1.4 million voted in the Democratic primary, while nearly 273,000 ballots were cast in the Republican primary. Galvin’s… → Read More

Cape Cod real estate experts say it's too soon to draw conclusions from sales boom

BARNSTABLE — The Cape Cod real estate market remained red hot in August, but whether the boom reflects a pandemic-fueled exodus from urban areas remains to be seen, according to industry experts.The Barnstable County Registry of Deeds reports the volume of real estate sales in August was up 30.4% and the total value of sales was up 45.6% from the same month one year ago. There were 867 deeds… → Read More

Barnstable council amends short-term rental ordinance

After another marathon session, final vote on proposed rules expected Oct. 1. → Read More

Women removed from county meeting charge 'procedural' racism

Assembly of Delegates speaker denies accusations, saying her action came after personal attack. → Read More

Lyons, Forest lead Barnstable County commissioner race

Both appear headed to Democratic ballot in November. → Read More

Polls open Tuesday to offer final chance to vote in primary election

Mail-in ballots, early voting have boosted 'turnout' to pick candidates in congressional, state and county races. → Read More

Centerville company wins mask-making challenge

Speakeasy nets $25K in pivot from travel scarves to face coverings. → Read More

3 Democrats vie for Barnstable County Commission

2 top vote-getters in Tuesday's primary will advance to November election. → Read More

Hearing on Barnstable short-term rentals delayed again

Marathon Town Council session leaves little time for public comment. → Read More

Cape Cod delegates make best of virtual convention

Democrats to nominate presidential ticket without party atmosphere amid pandemic. → Read More

Political Notes: House race heats up as primary nears

HYANNIS — The race for state representative in the 5th Barnstable District is getting heated, with one candidate taking a page out of the campaign playbook typically reserved for higher elective offices. Republican candidate Steven Xiarhos, of West Barnstable, has released his 2017, 2018 and 2019 tax returns and wants opponents to do the same. Xiarhos faces Thomas Keyes, of Sandwich, in the… → Read More

Cape Cod and Islands bumped into 'significant drought' category

Restrictions in place in several local water districts. → Read More

Political Notes: 2 Democrats run write-in campaigns in 2nd District

HYANNIS — Two Democratic candidates will vie for their party’s nomination in the Sept. 1 primary in the 2nd Barnstable District, but neither will be on the ballot.Michael Mecenas, of Hyannis, who had been running as an independent, now says he has launched a write-in campaign as a Democrat.Kip Diggs, of Osterville, is also running as a write-in candidate. Diggs filed nomination papers in June,… → Read More

State, federal agencies confirm drought on Cape Cod

Local officials urge water conservation as dry weather remains in forecast. → Read More

Barnstable High to replace Red Raider mascot

School Committee votes to retire Native American references amid calls to respect other cultures. → Read More

Cape Cod school drops Red Raider mascot

HYANNIS — The Barnstable High School Red Raider mascot is no more.The Barnstable School Committee voted Wednesday night to retire the mascot, but it → Read More

Barnstable drops Red Raider mascot

School Committee votes to retire Native American references amid calls to respect other cultures. → Read More

Town clerks on Cape Cod brace for onslaught of mail-in ballot applications

HYANNIS — Town clerks throughout Cape Cod have been receiving more mail than usual within the past week. A lot more of it, and for good reason. → Read More

Whelan on committee overseeing police reform bills

BOSTON — State Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, has been appointed to the six-member conference committee tasked with forging a compromise between House and Senate versions of a new police reform bill. “I think I was selected because my employment history gives me important insight into the subject we are legislating,” Whelan said on Tuesday. Whelan served as a Massachusetts State Trooper for 21… → Read More

Tensions high in Barnstable over possible change to short-term rental rules

HYANNIS — Tension and personal jabs between town officials and opponents of a proposed short-term rental zoning amendment took center stage at the Barnstable Planning Board meeting Monday night. The Planning Board voted 3 to 1 to recommend the zoning amendment be approved by the Barnstable Town Council, which will take up the issue next month. The amendment, if adopted, would permit short-term… → Read More