Park vs. ORVs, Quilt draws crowd, Fishermen fight, Tall Tales

Commercial Street in winter
   Commercial Street on a warm December day. cctoday photo.

Outer Cape NEWS, December 13, 2006

Solutions proposed to bird-related beach closures
By Pru Sowers
PROVINCETOWN – Hoping to placate irate off-road vehicle permit holders, the Cape Cod National Seashore proposed. Three options for helping keep them on the beach during piping plover nesting season. Access to local beaches was severely curtailed early this past summer, including two weeks in late June and early July when the beaches were completely closed to ORV drivers, who had paid $150 for a seasonal permit. Seashore officials predicted that beach closures next summer could continue and are trying to develop a back-up plan that will keep stretches of beach open to ORV drivers...

Telling tall tales
By Ann Wood
Carlos was one unlucky hunter. On his best days in the Brazilian woods, he might return home with one skimpy bird — no matter what he tried. The only way he could figure to get better game was to do a favor for the Curupira, the guardian of the animals, which smoked a pipe as it rode a wild boar through the forest. Apparently this strange-looking mystical creature was often chased, because it had feet posed backward so that anyone who followed its footprints ended up running in the opposite direction...

In the News
When every truck between Provincetown and Wellfleet is in the parking lot of the VFW in Provincetown, you know something big is going on. On Saturday that something big was an Outer Cape turnout of fishermen, tradesmen, artists, eccentrics, everyday folks and bon vivants who got together at a benefit for Molly “Benjy” Benjamin — shellfisherman, Cape Cod Times columnist and a bona fide local legend. See the story and photo spread in this week’s Banner...

In the Arts
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St., Provincetown, is showing the works of Dorothy Lake Gregory from December 15 through January 28 ...

Eclectic quilt draws a crowd to Town Hall
By Emily Sussman
EASTHAM — Residents have been popping into Town Hall all week, and not just to pick up a dog license or drop off their census. The Cape Cod zip code quilt, as it’s come to be known, has been on display in front of the downstairs meeting room since Monday. (The traveling exhibit leaves town this Friday, Dec. 15) ...

Fishermen fight to the finish
By Kevin Mullaney
PROVINCETOWN — The Provincetown High School boys’ basketball team tipped off the season at home Tuesday night  in a 72-37 loss to the Rough Riders from Harwich High School — a lopsided score that does not do justice to what was a good effort by the home team...

Zoning board sidesteps new affordable housing rule
By Pru Sowers
PROVINCETOWN – Hopes that a proposed new residential development would add to the affordable housing stock in town were dashed last week when the zoning board of appeals determined that the new housing restrictions approved by voters last month would not apply. The ZBA voted unanimously to approve two of the three special permits sought by Victor DePoalo, who submitted plans to renovate the Beach Grill restaurant, 175 Bradford Street Extension, and build seven residential apartments on the lot. Despite objections from Jamie Veara, an attorney representing two next-door condominium complexes, board members decided that the new affordable housing restrictions on commercial to residential conversions would not apply in DePoalo’s case...

Advocate Archives
Dec. 15, 1938
Clam Re-Seeding, Moth Control Start After Conference. Work was begun on the re-seeding of clams and the destruction of gypsy moth nests Tuesday morning when long-awaited assignments from the Works Progress Administration offices in Boston came through, furnishing employment to 30 Provincetown men. The projects will last at least two months, Chairman Jesse D. Rogers of the Board of Selectmen estimated. Projects for sewing and book-binding are momentarily expected, according to Mr. Rogers...

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