Mashpee, MA - A controversy is brewing between the Cape Cod Children's Museum and the popular hot dog vendor, Frank's Franks, that has spent thirteen years selling food and beverages on the museum's grounds.
Owner Frank Ahern reported Wednesday on his Facebook page that museum director Lisa Bates had informed him that the hot dog cart would not be welcome at the museum next spring. The reason, in Ahern's own words, "She says my customers, that's all of you, could be perverts and should not be in the vicinity."
A change.org petition asking the museum to reverse its decision has accrued 1,600 signatures as of 1:53 p.m. on Saturday.
According to the petition, Mr. Ahern is a long-time supporter of the museum who was a board member of the museum for three years. The petition asserts that Ahern renovated the museum's kitchen and purchased a new stove. It goes on to assert that Frank bought a lawn mower and picnic tables for the museum and helps by mowing the lawn and cleaning up the outside of of the building.
In addition to collecting signatures, the petition requests that Frank's supporters write reviews on the museum's Google and Yelp pages.
The museum reportedly does not serve food during open hours, so Frank's was the primary source of refreshments at the museum site. Many signers of the change.org petition stated they discovered the museum from first patronizing the hot dog stand and then growing interested in the museum.
Cape Cod Children's Museum recently extricated itself from a 2017 merger with the now-defunct Cape Cod Child Development Program. The merger was consummated in October 2017 when former Cape Cod Child Development Executive Director Anne Colwell and Board President Matthew Bresette were at the height of their power, even as the child care agency slid toward insolvency.
Colwell left CCCDP in the summer of 2018 and now goes by the name Anne Bilodeau. She currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer at Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, a Vermont Health Care agency. Matthew Bresette resigned from CCCDP in the spring of 2018 after admitting to embezzling funds from his law firm's account.
Cape Cod Children's Museum did not respond to an email inquiry sent Saturday morning concerning the Frank's Franks matter.
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