Record number of R1ght Whales; Town election results

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    The photo above from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is one of the first of the record number of Right Whales in our waters this year, about 120 of the 400 believed still alive worldwide. Click image to see the PCCS whale study site.

tccLower Cape headlines, May 11, 2007

 Right Whales seen in record numbers
Cape Cod Bay - It’s been the Cape’s biggest tourist season ever, if you’re a right whale. The critically endangered whales have congregated around Cape Cod in record numbers this spring. “There have been many more right whales than usual this year,” noted Nathalie Jaquet, director of the Right Whale Aerial Survey at the Provincetown Center For Coastal Studies. “We’ve identified at least 120 whales. That’s out of a (worldwide) population of around 400.” Why there are more is a mystery.

State officials to hold meeting on child syphilis case
A Provincetown preschooler tested positive for syphilis on Tuesday, but local and state health officials said there is no evidence of abuse and there is no public health threat.  “The child has been treated and cured,” said Provincetown health agent Jane Evans. “This is a very rare occurrence as it was transmitted in a non-sexual manner.”

King of town hall, queen of the airwaves
"Sweet Sarah and old Petunias!"  Vernon Porter would like to explain this exclamation he frequently uses, but then he remembers what it really means. “Oh, darling, you couldn’t print that story,” said Porter.

Second chance possible for Eastham water plan
Just short 13 votes of the two-thirds majority needed, the proposed $76 million municipal water system was flushed down the drain Monday night.

Chatham race pits Sussman against incumbents
The following statements were submitted by candidates for Chatham selectmen. Election day is Thursday, May 17. Pollsare open from 7 a.m.k to 8 p.m. Voting takes place in the Chatham Elementary School gym, 147 Depot Road.

Three vie for Eastham Board of Selectmen seats
The candidates for two, three-year terms on the Eastham Board of Selectmen submitted the following statements. Election Day is Tuesday, May 15. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Eastham Town Hall on Route 6.

Citizens needle officials about alleged misuse of equipment
A story in last week’s Cape Codder about a purported police and State Ethics Board investigation into a missing town wood chipper, prompted questions to the board of selectmen this week. However, selectmen remained tight-lipped on releasing further details about allegations that Kevin Cahoon, the deputy director of the department of public works, took the chipper owned to his home in Harwich for more than a year.

Harwich OKs nitrogen plan for waterways
Town meeting Monday night unanimously agreed to develop a plan to reduce nitrogen pollution in the town’s estuaries and embayments. The so-called Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan will take two to three years and cost about $500,000. The effort will be funded through debt exclusion, or a limited tax override that must be approved by voters at the ballot box.

Brewster voters pass $17.2 M budget
Brewster’s fiscal year 2008 budget sailed through Monday night’s town meeting, at $17,270,928. Education funding was approved at $5,531,389 for the elementary schools budget and at $8,354,885 for Brewster’s assessment of the Nauset Regional Schools operating budget.

Truro news in brief: Voters return Gaechter, Palmer to selectmen
Voters sent Fred Gaechter and Gary Palmer back to the board of selectmen for three-year terms in landslide victories over two challengers. Twenty-three percent of registered voters in Truro cast ballots on Tuesday.

Read the rest of The Cape Codder here.

bannerlogo_02Outer Cape headlines, May 10, 2007

Syphilis case leads to preschool parents meeting tonight

Rabies baiting ends for now

Eastham water system stays on May 15 ballot, could trigger Special Town Meeting

Visa delays hurt local businesses

Ptown town counsel supports Tides permit suspension

Gaechter & Palmer reign in Truro

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