Bock Center ends run, Sewerage closes Lewis Bay, Sleeping in someone else?s shoes, How to distribute KI pills...

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RegisterMid Cape NEWS, December 27, 2006

Sewer main break closes Lewis Bay to shellfishing

By Craig Salters
An accidental sewer line break in Barnstable has led to the closing of Lewis Bay for shellfishing in parts of Hyannis and West Yarmouth. The state’s Division of Marine Fisheries made the decision Dec. 20, citing the possibility of runoff from a punctured sewer line in the area of Snow’s Creek. Tom Marcotti, shellfish biologist for the town of Barnstable, said the sewer break was repaired that same day but that the state’s standard procedure is to close beds as a precautionary measure. “This is just to be really safe,” Marcotti said. “When it comes to the public consumption of shellfish, the DMF makes the call.”
     According to Marcotti, regulations stipulate that the beds cannot reopen until the DMF takes water samples from the area and determines water quality. Samples are expected later this week, he said Tuesday... (See the map on the town web site here.)

Mid-Cape towns seek best way to distribute KI pills
By Craig Salters
It took a few years, but the state has fulfilled its obligation to distribute potassium iodide (KI) pills to the Cape and Islands. Now the question becomes how best to get those pills to residents. “All Cape towns are working on this and each is doing it a little differently,” said Yarmouth Health Director Bruce Murphy, whose office has taken responsibility for KI distribution in that town.
     In 2002, the state Legislature mandated that KI pills, which block the thyroid gland’s ability to absorb radiation, be distributed to the Cape and Islands because the Cape is downwind of Plymouth’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and would be extremely difficult to evacuate in the event of a nuclear emergency...

Performing arts center will cease operations
The Cape Cod Performing Arts Center, formerly Boch Center for the Performing Arts, will cease operations effective Sunday. In a prepared statement, the Performing Arts Center board said it has been frustrated in its attempt to find a suitable site.
      “Despite the best efforts to fulfill the mission to build and operate a world-class performing arts facility on Cape Cod, current circumstances prevent successful negotiations to obtain an appropriate site and come to agreement with civic leaders and governing agencies,” the statement said.
      A majority of the board of directors voted to cease operations and dissolve the corporation.
Under state law, the CCPAC is required to transfer its remaining assets to another Cape Cod area non-profit organization (or multiple organizations) with a similar charitable purpose. The directors, in consultation with the office of the Attorney General, designated the following as beneficiaries:

  • Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra: $2.1 million.
  • Arts Foundation of Cape Cod: $125,000.
  • Tilden Arts Center/Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation: $125,000.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod: $125,000.
  • Children’s Discovery Museum of Cape Cod: $125,000...

Sleeping in someone else’s shoes
By Joe Burns
A night spent sleeping out in the cold can be an eye-opening experience. “It’s absolutely amazing,” said Barnstable County Commissioner Mary LeClair, one of 18 people who marked National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day and the first day of winter by staying out on the street and sleeping in tents that night on the lawn of the Federated Church in Hyannis.
     “The biggest thing I learned was how slow times goes by when you’re homeless. I would look at my watch and it was 2 o’clock in the afternoon, and it took forever to be 3,” Le Clair said.  Barnstable County Commissioner Bill Doherty, who also spent the night out, downplayed his own participation other than to say he did it to bring attention to the issue. As a result of that attention, he and others were witness to an extraordinary act of kindness...

Conversions of convenience
By Joe Burns
What do you think can change a person’s mind more quickly: the prospect of 30 years in prison or four years in the White House? Recently, we’ve seen each serving as a catalyst for conversion. Chad Blair, the U.S. Coast Guard petty officer who had papered Barnstable Municipal Airport and the Cape Cod Mall parking lot with KKK fliers in March, did a 180 once he was faced with the possibility of three decades behind bars for his racist recruiting and for stockpiling explosives and weapons in his Otis abode.
     Last week, Blair, was given a one-year sentence, a demotion in rank and a dishonorable discharge after renouncing his white-supremacist ways and denouncing the Klan. One could wager that Blair’s disavowing racism factored into the length of his sentence. But don’t bet on Blair joining the Rainbow PUSH Coalition when he gets out of the brig. Conversions of convenience are not known for their longevity...

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