Gillnetters angry over new lobster regulations; Truro man dies in accident; Arrests in jewelry heist; State passes budget; Rower rows off, again

   It’s the lifeline of Cape Cod. To many of us, it ends at the bridges. But Route 6 is actually the longest highway in America running from Provincetown to California. Also known as the Grand Old Highway, a nod to the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, the roadway is falling out of use and out of the consciousness of the American public in favor of bigger interstates and air travel. However, there is a growing push to change that. The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a not-for-profit organization focused on economic development and cultural preservation of the 600-some odd communities along the 3,652 miles of Route 6.

 Headlines from the Lower Cape, July 5, 2007

Gillnetters angry over new lobster regulations
It’s always something, as Rosanne Rosannadanna used to say, and for the gillnet fishermen of Chatham that something is another regulation that will hit them in the pocketbook.  Monday morning state Division of Marine Fisheries director Paul Diodati issued an emergency action to reduce the number of lobsters harvested by Cape Cod gillnetters. The rules took effect Tuesday.

girardrowboat_386Rower departs for France
Frenchman Charlie Girard set off in his rowboat July Fourth to attempt a record-breaking 3,317-mile passage across the Atlantic Ocean to La Tranche Sur Mer, Vendee, France. Girard hopes to beat the 62 days and 19-hour record set by fellow countryman Emmanuel Coindre in 2004. See the rower's site here. See his rescue Thursday night here.

State passes budget, plans home insurance commission
The Senate Tuesday passed a $26.8 billion budget that includes funding for several Cape Cod programs and establishes a commission to examine the homeowners’ insurance crisis in coastal communities.

Get your kicks on Route 6 It’s the lifeline of Cape Cod.

To many of us, it ends at the bridges. But Route 6 is actually the longest highway in America running from Provincetown to California.

Unused Nauset Light parking spaces question need for ocean beach
The 70-plus parking spaces set aside for Eastham taxpayers at two Cape Cod National Seashore beaches are not routinely filling up, and that’s worrisome to those who claim the town needs its own oceanside beach parking lot.

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bannerlogo_02 Headlines from the Outer Cape, July 6, 2007

bannertdeath_239Truro man dies in car crash
Mims Sparks, 43, of Truro, died of injuries sustained in a head-on car crash in Wellfleet around 9 a.m. this morning, July 5. Three cars were involved, five people sustained injuries and three were transported to Cape Cod Hospital.  The accident occurred on Route 6 near Lieutenant Island Road and numerous 911 calls came in to the Wellfleet police department immediately afterward.

3 arrested in jewel heist case
PROVINCETOWN — An intensive investigation by both local police and the Barnstable County Police Dept. led to the Monday arrest of two men and a woman suspected of a brazen smash-and-grab jewelry store robbery that netted the thieves approximately $65,000 in high-end rings and earrings.  The robbery, the largest in Provincetown in recent memory, took place around 3:30 a.m. April 25 at Christina’s Jewelry & Gifts, 215 Commercial St.

Belfry to rise again
PROVINCETOWN — After five years of sitting in the front yard of the Provincetown Public Library’s home at Center and Commercial streets, the belfry will be hoisted back to its rightful spot at the top of the building.  The belfry’s return is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, July 10, between the hours of 5 and 10 a.m.

The Gold Dust Orphans ring true with ‘Milkman'
This time it’s the milkman, not the postman, who returns for a second bite of the linguini in Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans’ wild rendition of James M. Cain’s classic novels and the film noir they inspired, including “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “Double Indemnity” and “Mildred Pierce.” Borrowing freely from each of these films, as well as from Shakespeare, “Family Guy” and “Judge Judy,” Landry’s high-energy camp in “The Milkman Always Comes Twice” is summer entertainment with just the right amount of smarts.

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