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'Preserving the past' in Hyannis

By Colleen Croninccronin@capecodonline.com Cemetery conservator works to restore gravestones HYANNIS — On a typical summer day, Donna Walcovy can be found tending to her gravestones. The markers aren’t really hers. Some are hundreds of years old and belong to people she never could have known in life. But Walcovy gets attached to them and sometimes even chats with them, although “when they start… → Read More

Cape Cod Today founder recalled as pioneer

Walter Brooks, who died Thursday, championed technology, journalism, education. → Read More

Improvements planned for Harbor Hawks field

HYANNIS — The Hyannis Harbor Hawks have received a $700,000 grant to make improvements at Judy Walden Scarafile Field at McKeon Park.The Barnstable Town Council last week approved the use of Community Preservation Committee money for the project. CPC funds are raised through a 3 percent real estate tax surcharge and fees for recording Registry of Deeds documents.The total baseball field… → Read More

Audit cites transit authorities for not providing financial information on state website

HYANNIS — Transit authorities across the state, including on Cape Cod, have been cited in a 2018 state audit for not submitting all required financial records to the state’s searchable website.Officials representing the quasi-public agencies, however, say the omission was about cost rather than an attempt to hide the information.State law requires all state agencies, including regional transit… → Read More

Unexploded military ordnance found in Falmouth

FALMOUTH — An unexploded military ordnance was found at an unidentified location on Sandwich Road on Tuesday morning.The ordnance was unearthed during construction and the state police bomb squad is responding, according to Department of Fire Services spokeswoman Jennifer Mieth.The area has been secured by emergency responders, according to a Falmouth fire official.Falmouth police did not… → Read More

Coast Guard safety team moves to Cape Cod

CG AIR STATION CAPE COD — Formerly stationed in Boston, a Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team has a new home port on Cape Cod. A sea of dress blues, two large boats mounted with automatic guns and an enormous American flag decorated a hangar at Air Station Cape Cod Friday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony welcoming the team. Maritime safety and security teams were established after the… → Read More

'Mini-walk' in honor of Bob Murray carries on charitable tradition in Harwich and Chatham

CHATHAM — A charity walk was held in honor of the late Bob Murray, a Cape Cod affordable housing advocate, on Thursday morning, but the event and its distance were different than in previous years. Murray had been both a founder of the Falmouth Housing Corp. and the Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing. He helped raise millions of dollars through the annual Bob Murray Housing with Love Walk.… → Read More

Full-body ceremonies offer final resting place at sea

HYANNIS — Paul Cunha loved the sea. He was a master diver and a fisherman, with a connection to the ocean so deep that he once swam with sharks without a cage. He knew that when he died, he wanted to return to the sea. Cunha, a Naugatuck, Connecticut, native, had planned a fishing trip in early July, but died in a motorcycle accident June 20, said his fiance, Mariann Vallillo. Paul was always a… → Read More

Tiny shorebirds back on the beach

With fluffy gray and white feathers, short stature, and an affinity for tire tracks, the piping plovers are back on Cape Cod, and they’re nesting. → Read More

Memorial benches displaced by storms found in Dennis, Chatham

Families grateful as both tributes are back in place. → Read More

After five months of restoration work, retro boat ready for young sailors

HYANNIS — At 47 feet long and 49 years old, the Triumph isn’t the easiest boat to maneuver. It’s steered with a rudder and barely moves in reverse. When Ryan Mann, the boat’s temporary owner, tried to bring the Triumph into the dock at the Hyannis Yacht Club on Friday, it took several people to tie the boat up and make sure it didn’t hit anything in the surrounding slips. While waves lapped… → Read More

Seashore advisory board meets, but uncertainty lingers

WELLFLEET — More than a year after it was last allowed to meet by the federal government, the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission convened Monday to catch up, moving through a full agenda amid continued questions about whether it would be reauthorized come September. Monday's meeting at the park's headquarters marked the commission’s 307th meeting since it was founded in 1961 and… → Read More

Eyeless stray dog ready for a new home

By Colleen Croninccronin@capecodtimes.comBREWSTER — A blind Yorkshire terrier named Zack has been put up for adoption at the Animal Rescue League after being found by the Mashpee animal control officer on June 9. Zack has a beautiful tan and brown coat, a sweet disposition and is potty trained. He has everything but sight.Sandra Luppi, manager of the the Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center,… → Read More

State to pursue upgraded Wellfleet intersection

Residents, selectmen favor that option over roundabout. → Read More

Man injured by circular saw in Falmouth

EAST FALMOUTH —A 62-year-old man was brought to the hospital Monday afternoon after being injured by a saw on Metoxit Road.Falmouth firefighters responded to a call of a circular saw injury on Metoxit Road in Waquoit at 2:15 p.m., according to Falmouth Deputy Fire Chief Scott Thrasher.The man cut his leg with the saw, Thrasher said.He was taken to Falmouth Hospital before he was flown to an… → Read More

Yarmouth police now have eyes on the ground

WEST YARMOUTH — After Yarmouth police Sgt. Sean Gannon was shot and killed on April 12, his K-9 partner Nero, who was shot and wounded, was trapped → Read More

Wellfleet to weigh in on intersection

WELLFLEET — It’s been decades since any major road work has been done on the intersection of Route 6 and Main Street, one of the busiest and most crash-prone sections of the Mid-Cape Highway.The intersection has been in the same configuration since 1980 and is a “long-term safety challenge,” said Steven Tupper, transportation program manager at the Cape Cod Commission.The area is particularly… → Read More

Hyannis fire pit injury highlights safety concerns

HYANNIS — These days, fire pits are seemingly ubiquitous backyard accessories, whether its the build-your-own variety or pricey store-bought versions. They're also found at restaurants, hotels and other businesses, adding ambiance on cool summer nights and keeping energetic children busy waiting for toasted marshmallows or s'mores while families wait for a table or while away the hours until… → Read More