Dennis park planned, Yarmouth closes school

Dennis begins planning for its new park
The RegisterBy Nicole Muller/ [email protected] Thursday, January 12, 2006

Time will tell how the town of Dennis will use its newest land acquisition, the 2.5 acres formerly owned by Jay Howland at the Bass River Bridge.

On Dec. 6, Dennis selectmen appointed a nine-member Bass River Park Property Use Committee to study the property and submit short-range proposals by Feb. 15. They received the first four recommendations from Margaret Kane, the committee's chairwoman, on Dec. 28, the day town officials closed on the $3.2 million purchase.

Two proposals concern the existing water-based businesses, one involves involves remnants of the former mini-golf business, and the fourth recommends the removal of the Even Keel restaurant building from the property by April 1.

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Yarmouth considers closing its oldest school
By Nicole Muller/ [email protected] Thursday, January 12, 2006

Closing the John Simpkins Elementary School would help bring the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District budget into balance. But the cost may be Yarmouth's neighborhood elementary school concept.

D-Y Superintendent of Schools Carol Woodbury came up with the school closure plan as a way to begin cutting $1.2 million from the district's proposed $46.5 million budget. At a school committee meeting Monday night packed with parents concerned about the school closure plan, Woodbury said closing Simpkins at the end of this school year would save the district $600,000.

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