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Times' website offline over weekend

Post  Betep on Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:31 pm

Times' website offline over weekend

By CAPE COD TIMES
July 11, 2011

HYANNIS - Cape Cod Online, the website of the Cape Cod Times, was down and not accessible for hours this past weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Site users saw blank pages when they tried to access Times stories and other content.

Technicians eventually isolated the issue causing the problem and the site was completely restored by last night.

We greatly apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused
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Post  mermaid on Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:56 am

I don`t recall any problems with the anonymouse site.

I also don`t recall much of the weekend- work work work pulp dance
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Obit: Edgar H. Semprini Jr., 94

Post  Betep on Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:08 pm

Edgar H. Semprini Jr., 94

HYANNIS — Edgar H. Semprini Jr., 94, died peacefully in his sleep at home on July 21, 2011.
In 1940, Ed came to Cape Cod to work for the Standard Times as a reporter and copy reader.
Ed was the first news director for the Cape's first radio station, WOCB, and was known as "The Voice of Cape Cod."
Ed, from that period on, had a fascinating career including playing golf with President Kennedy; interviewing Lyndon B. Johnson, Nikita Khrushchev's son-in-law, and movie personalities; doing play-by-play basketball games; and covering shipwrecks such as the well-known rescue of the sinking oil tankers SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton off the coast of Chatham in 1952.

Ed finally finished his long career as news director for WQRC Radio and TV 58. Until two years ago, Ed was still doing feature articles for the Barnstable Patriot. He also nicknamed Cape Cod's town teams, for example the Barnstable Red Raiders and Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins.

Ed touched so many lives around the Cape and Islands and will be sorely missed, but stories will live on along with his memory.
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Ed Semprini

Post  Betep on Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:33 am

From the Barnstable Patriot:
EDITORIAL: Ed Semprini, 1917-2011
Written by Patriot Staff
UPDATED: Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 26 at the John Lawrence Funeral Home on Route 28 in Marstons Mills. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 27 at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of Hyannis on Main Street.]

We have 350 words to tell you about Ed Semprini.

The first thing you need to know is that we wish he were writing these words.

Any copy that Ed touched came alive. His lively mind was drawn to interesting people and events, which he described with style and enthusiasm that captured readers and listeners.

Oh, that mind. It was a fire that cried for constant stoking with news and ideas. Ed was never happier than when a friend put a new book in his hand, or when he could recommend a favorite of his own.

Newspapers are a great place for anyone with a sense of curiosity, and Ed excelled in his profession because he never stopped wondering what would happen next. Whether as reporter or assignment editor, he had a need to know

Ed started as a Patriot columnist in 1987 at the request of then-owner and long-time friend Barbara Williams. She was looking for a Cape media round-up, and Ed’s long experience in newspapers, radio and Cape television made him the perfect choice. His goal was to entertain. He’d done enough serious news in his time, and approached the column as a way to show the lighter side of Cape life.

Each year for perhaps the past eight, he took the Patriot editors and publisher to lunch at the Cummaquid Golf Club, where he was a life member. It was a time to catch up and to check in to see if we were still happy with the column.

The response was always the same: “Ed, there’s only one way you’re getting cut.”

In the end, it was never a question of whether we were satisfied with his work (we always were), but whether he was. Increasingly, he wasn’t. He reduced the frequency to increase the time he could spend on each column, first to twice monthly, then monthly, then retiring the column altogether in September 2009.

To our knowledge, Ed never missed a deadline, and this week was no exception. He died Thursday morning, at 94, as the Patriot was going to press. We know he’d be grinning about that.

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Post  Betep on Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:00 pm

School intruder drill held in Hyannis

HYANNIS - (WXTK) Police and sheriffs department officers from Barnstable, Plymouth, Randolph and a number of other towns along with 15 K-9 dogs, descended on Barnstable High School Wednesday as part of an unannounced "school intruder drill."

BHS was put in "lock-down" mode while the officers selected classrooms at random to search. The students had to leave the room and leave all their belongings there.

Once the classrooms were searched, the officers and dogs moved out to the parking lot where the K-9s were used to sniff out any illegal substances.

In all, the search turned up one Class C pill of Klonopine, alcohol and a double-edged knife.

One male and two female students were arrested.

The school intruder drill is part of annual training for police and sheriffs' departments.
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What the fucking fuck? WTF
Just a little bit heavy-handed?

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Post  Betep on Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:09 am

Driver blames spider in Falmouth crash

By HEATHER WYSOCKI
hwysocki@capecodonline.com
October 03, 2011

FALMOUTH – A North Falmouth resident whose truck rolled over just before 7 p.m. last night blamed a spider on her windshield for causing the accident.

At 6:48 p.m., police were called to the scene of a rollover accident on Route 28 northbound near the Thomas B. Landers Road exit, according to a Falmouth Police Department accident report.

The driver of the 2001 Ford truck, Kalah Pinard, 20, told police she saw a spider on the windshield that then dropped, causing her to lose control when she looked for it.

When she looked up she overcorrected, which caused the vehicle to roll over, according to the report.

Pinard was able to crawl out of the truck, the report states.

She was taken to Falmouth Hospital with unknown injuries and later issued a citation for the crash, Falmouth police Sgt. Douglas DeCosta said.


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Man blames 'anger issues' following arrest

Post  Betep on Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:55 am

Man blames 'anger issues' following arrest

November 28, 2011

HYANNIS — A 29-year-old man who told police he has "anger issues" will be arraigned today in Barnstable District Court after he allegedly smashed car windows in a parking lot outside the Toys R Us store at the Festival Mall on Route 132.

Joshua Wallace of Winter Street in Hyannis was arrested by Officer Brian Morrison shortly after police were called about the smashed windows, said police Sgt. Sean Sweeney. He said a rock was used to damage the windows.

"He said he didn't know the people, none of them had cut him off in traffic or done anything like that," Sweeney said. "When asked why he smashed the windows, he said, 'I have anger issues.'"

Wallace is charged with three counts of causing injury to real or personal property. If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of three years in state prison on each count.
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OK, an idiot in the news.
It got picked up by FARK though. We'll see how many hits next Sunday.
Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to smashed car windows in the Toys R Us parking lot.
Farkers complain about the Cape Cod Times site then proceed to Star Wars discussion. Suspect

/Not a Farker.

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Post  mermaid on Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:47 pm

So true about fear.


Now I`ll have to look up what a Fark is. study
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Post  mermaid on Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:14 pm

FARK. ok. Discover something new everyday - Wild Site !!! Cool
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Post  Betep on Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:44 pm

mermaid wrote:FARK. ok. Discover something new everyday - Wild Site !!! Cool

5,071 hits. Story #2, 2,980.
External links always make for bigger numbers. duhsign

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Post  Betep on Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:56 pm

Super Saturday for Cape football teams
December 04, 2011

Thanks to a performance for the ages by junior Jared Taylor, Mashpee completed a Cape Cod Superfecta Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

The Falcons became the fourth local team to bring a Super Bowl trophy back over the bridge to cap a historic day for Cape Cod and the islands high school football by rolling over previously unbeaten Cardinal Spellman, 34-8.

Members of the Mashpee High football team stormed the field at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro after the Falcons won the EMass Div. 4 Super Bowl behind Taylor's 306 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

The win capped a perfect day for the four Cape and Islands teams playing in Saturday's big games, as Dennis-Yarmouth (Div. 2A), Bourne (Div. 3A) and Nantucket (Div. 5) all brought home the Super hardware.

Related Stories

* School Super Bowls: C&I clean sweep
* D-Y football: Dolphins living the dream
* Bourne football: Canalmen's perfect ending
* Nantucket football: A whale of a win
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DY? 13-0? That's 11 more games than they won in 4 years when I was there. bounce

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Post  Betep on Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:37 am

Oyster fisherman rescued from capsized boat

December 13, 2011

ORLEANS — A shellfisherman reportedly was rescued Monday after his 13-foot boat overturned near Rock Harbor shortly before 12:30 p.m.

Stuart Miller of Orleans was taking oysters from his shellfish grant about 150 yards offshore when his Carolina skiff with a 40-horsepower motor flipped, according to Orleans fire Capt. Chester Burge.

The boat was spotted by an employee of the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department who had just made a stop at nearby Orleans District Court, according to Orleans police Detective Kevin Higgins.

Miller, who was wearing a personal flotation device, was sitting on the hull of his overturned boat when assistant Orleans harbormasters Gardner Jamieson and Greg Normandy and firefighters Greg Baker and Aaron Burns came to his rescue.

Miller refused medical treatment. His capsized boat was retrieved by the assistant harbormasters. bounce

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Post  Betep on Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:23 pm

From the Yarmouth Register:
Yarmouth Port Library concludes successful fund drive

YARMOUTH PORT —

The Yarmouth Port Library’s three-year Preservation Fund campaign, led by honorary co-chairmen Doreen and Charles Bilezikian will come to a successful conclusion on Dec. 31, having raised more than $300,000 during a severe economic downturn.

The library has defrayed operating expenses since it became independent of the Town of Yarmouth on July 1, 2009. The fund also provided for a modest addition to the endowment.

The library also is starting a membership drive effective Jan. 1 for supporters and friends.

“All proceeds of the membership program will be used for library operations,” co-president Jean Paquin said. “We remain a public library and all basic library services and programs will continue to be available to everyone at no cost.

“While there will be a few members-only benefits, the program is fundamentally a vehicle for our patrons and others in the community to show their support. The future of this privately funded institution that has served Yarmouth Port since 1866 will be heavily dependent on their participation.”

Memberships range from $30 for an individual to $1,000 to become a member of the Founders’ Circle. Additional information is available at the library, 508-362-3717.

“We’ve had terrific response to the membership appeal already,” library treasurer and trustee Les Peat said.
Copyright 2011 The Register. Some rights reserved

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Post  Betep on Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:44 pm

From WXTK:

Car vs train
YARMOUTH - At about noon Tuesday an elderly female driving south on West Yarmouth Road hit the side of the “Energy Train” operated by Mass Coastal Railroad as it headed to the transfer station in Yarmouth. The train was moving between 1 and 2 miles an hour.

The Subaru Forester hit the second car of the train. The female driver was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. There is some speculation that the driver might have been blinded by the sun.

Yarmouth police are investigating.
Reporting and photos by CWN associate John P. Carroll
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:facepalm3: Next story?

Yarmouth police make multiple arrests at barroom brawl
WEST YARMOUTH - On Monday at approximately 12:42 a.m. Yarmouth Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to a report of a riot involving multiple subjects at OC’s Restaurant on Route 28 in West Yarmouth.

Upon arrival, officers found a large crowd of people attempting to leave the parking lot in a hurry. Crowds of people were congregated in the front yard and on the elevated deck located at the front of the restaurant. Patrons advised the officers that the individuals that caused the problems had just left in a gray minivan heading westbound on Route 28 towards Hyannis.

Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Michael Wells and K9 Patrol Officer Michael Kramer and his partner Kosmo with assistance from Massachusetts State Police Trooper Matthew Covino stopped the suspect vehicle a short distance away at the intersection of Higgins Crowell Road and Abells Road in West Yarmouth while other officers continued to investigate what occurred.

Patrol Officers Brendan Carnes, Richard Aprea and Nicholas Giammarco entered the establishment and were informed that there might be injured individuals inside the restaurant. When officers arrived on the second floor they observed a table and broken pieces of wood lying on the floor. One man was found bleeding with a significant head wound. He was quickly treated by members of the Yarmouth Fire Department. It was later determined that pieces of a chair were used as a weapon in the incident.

Witness statements led to the arrest of five suspects who were in the fleeing van. All five were transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters and scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court on Monday. Two of the five were being held on detainers from the Department of Homeland Security.

The following people were arrested and charged (photos left to right above): Horace L. Grace, 34, of Hyannis was charged with Felony Assault and Battery while Armed with a Dangerous Weapon and Felony Possession to Distribute Class D Drugs. Damion Doyen Dunkley, 21, of Roxbury was charged with Felony Assault and Battery while Armed with a Dangerous Weapon and Outstanding Warrant for Class D Drug Possession. Otebia Layne, 21, of Hyannis was charged with Felony Assault and Battery while Armed with a Dangerous Weapon. Joselito Ximines, 26, of Hyannis was charged with Felony Assault and Battery while Armed with a Dangerous Weapon. Lenroy Allen, 18, of Boston, was charged with Felony Assault and Battery while Armed with a Dangerous Weapon.
Media release and photos provided by Yarmouth Police Department



Some smug motherfuckers there...

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Yarmouth doesn't like windmills OR old ladies

Post  Betep on Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:37 pm

From CapeCodToday.com:
Yarmouth doesn't like windmills OR old ladies
Folks who chose to live along Route 6A tend to regard their area as not only precious, but historic, and they object to modern nuisances like wind turbines, although they apparently are oblivious to the thousands of telephone and electricity poles littering their view.

Now four, possibly even five, elderly Yarmouth women with physical or developmental disabilities want to live as a group in a one-story frame house which looks much like most Cape Cod houses with a farmer’s porch.

A typical such home by Group7 Design, is on the right.


According to this week's Register, the design firm even removed the garage and reduced the size to make it look more "Cape Coddy."

Neighbors complain that the house is still a little larger than those in the 'hood, and the 'hood is Route 6A, a.k.a. "Old King's Highway", and they think it "looks like a doctor's office."
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Fighter jets rock residents of Upper Cape

Post  Betep on Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:33 am

Fighter jets rock residents of Upper Cape

Two F-16 jets made emergency landings at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod Thursday morning, causing a stir in the four Upper Cape towns that surround the military base.

Part of a deployment from South Carolina to Afghanistan, the jets landed at Air Station Cape Cod to check a mechanical issue with the plane, Maj. Jim Roth, a spokesman for the South Carolina Air National Guard, said.
F-16s land safely on Cape

Two of the jet pilots were concerned about a problem and landed as a precaution, Roth said. Each was accompanied by another jet, a so-called wingman, which also landed at the Cape airstrip, he said.

The four jets were part of a deployment of more than a dozen F-16s headed overseas with an overall deployment of 500 airmen and women, Roth said. They took off from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, S.C., and are part of the 169th Fighter Wing.

"It's not anything we're too excited about. It's a pretty normal thing," Roth said. "There were two different jets that were experiencing mechanical problems and each one has a spare with them. They all pulled over to make sure they were cool."

The booming engines broke the morning quiet over Cape Cod, reminiscent of when the 102nd Fighter Wing launched F-15s from Otis Air National Guard Base on a routine basis. In 2007, those jets were moved to Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield as ordered by a Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

"The noise was intense," Chip Bishop, who lives in Mashpee, said. "This was constant for about an hour. I had no idea there was an emergency. I thought it was a training exercise."

Katherine Stankiewicz, another Mashpee resident, had similar thoughts. "I watched them for a while and they looked like they were having a glorious time," she said.

After learning that it was an emergency, Stankiewicz said she was more concerned, "especially in light of that (Navy) crash down in Virginia."

In that case, an F-18 Navy jet crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach on April 6.

On Thursday, rescue crews from the Massachusetts Military Reservation Fire Department were on alert under the direction of Capt. Michael Ayotte as the jets safely landed — one at about 7:45 a.m. and a second at about 9:03 a.m. The jets were expected to stay at the base overnight.

"It's unique," Lt. Eric Weston of the MMR Fire Department said.

"We no longer have the F-15s, so it's more transient aircraft. It's certainly not an everyday occurrence."

One of the jets flew over the skies of Cape Cod for about an hour before landing and the second jet in distress flew over for about a half-hour.

In both cases, the pilot was burning off excess fuel to prepare for the emergency landing, Roth said.

"That's pretty standard practice. If they're landing at a base that doesn't have a cable for catching them, it makes it easier and safer to land," Roth said. "It's not unusual for them to divert. They'll have a quick look and get them moving again."
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6:54 a.m.: A pair of jets headed to Afghanistan from South Carolina report one has a mechanical issue. Jets reroute to Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.7:54 a.m.: Jets land safely on Cape Cod after flying over the Cape for awhile to burn fuel.

8:21 a.m.: A second pair of jets headed to Afghanistan also report mechanical problems and reroute to Cape Cod. Jets were also from the 169th Fighter Wing of the South Carolina Air National Guard.
9:03 a.m.: Second jet with mechanical problem lands safely after lingering in the air over the Cape to burn fuel.

Source: Massachusetts Military Reservation Fire Department
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Post  Betep on Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:54 am

Skipped Pledge ruffles feathers
By SEAN TEEHAN
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April 25, 2012

FALMOUTH — Selectman Melissa Freitag's decision to exclude the Pledge of Allegiance from Monday's meeting took some selectmen and residents by surprise.

"I'm a little shocked that she did that," Selectman Brent Putnam said about Freitag's action.

Freitag filled in as chairwoman at the meeting because Selectman Mary Pat Flynn was unable to attend because of medical reasons. She began the meeting by reading a poem by a former poet laureate. When she started going into the first agenda item, Selectman Kevin Murphy reminded Freitag that the board recites the pledge at the beginning of each meeting.

"I'd rather not (say the pledge) tonight," Freitag said before diving into a vote to accept a donation from the Falmouth Road Race Committee to the Falmouth Fire Department donation account.

Freitag said Tuesday that she read the poem at Flynn's request and she decided to move forward without saying the pledge because the meeting was running late. Freitag also pointed out that the pledge was not recited at selectmen's meeting in the first year-and-a-half she served on the board.

"I was kind of taken aback by it," Murphy said on Tuesday.

The vice chairwoman's decision struck Putnam as odd because Freitag, who was elected to a three-year term in 2009, was on the board when they agreed 2½ years ago to say the pledge at the beginning of each meeting.

Flynn said Tuesday she had not heard about the incident and had not spoken to Freitag about it.

Freitag, who works as a professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, announced last month that she will not seek re-election. The decision came after she was accepted into a graduate program at Tufts University.

"Now she's unilaterally making that change?" Putnam asked Tuesday afternoon.

Putnam said Freitag spoke against including the pledge in each meeting when the board discussed the idea a couple of years ago, but has not voiced any opposition to it since. "I've heard no objections to it," he said.
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Radio host poised to take over Pixy, Frank

Post  Betep on Tue May 08, 2012 3:56 am

Radio host poised to take over Pixy, Frank

By ROBERT GOLD
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May 08, 2012

The local host of a national radio show hopes to be the new owner of three Cape stations.

John H. Garabedian submitted the winning bid during a bankruptcy auction last week for three Cape radio stations, according to court papers.

The auction for "substantially all" of Nassau Broadcasting's assets took place Thursday in Delaware, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court filings.

Garabedian submitted a bid of $2.7 million for WPXC-FM (102.9) in Hyannis, WFRQ-FM (101.1) in Mashpee and WFQR-FM (93.5) in Harwich Port.

He hosts his national show, "Open House Party," from studios in his East Falmouth and Southboro homes. The listener-request music program is played on approximately 115 stations nationwide, he said. It started in 1987.

Garabedian, in a telephone conversation Monday, said he expected the asset purchase agreement to be approved by the bankruptcy court today. The license transfer would then have to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

"I think there is a bright future for the stations," he said, estimating he wouldn't officially become owner until July.

Garabedian said he plans on keeping the names of the stations — Pixy 103 and Frank FM.

He also expects to keep the staff and wants to formally meet them all next week.

The type of music on the shows should remain the same, he said, but he expects the actual mix of songs could change.

"You have to constantly research the audience (and its interests)," he said.
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Post  Betep on Fri May 18, 2012 1:46 pm

Parker’s River Marina project gets some help

YARMOUTH —

The Massachusetts House of Representatives has begun the process of eliminating an obstacle to the long-delayed Parker’s River marina project in Yarmouth.

A recent bill eliminates the environmental permit that required a variance for 800 square feet of wetlands in the area the town has wanted to develop into a full marina park, Assistant Town Administrator Peter Johnson-Staub said last week. The permitting obstacle had held up the project for several years.

“The reason for the legislation was it is difficult for the Department of Environmental Protection to eliminate any wetlands,” Johnson-Staub said. The town will compensate for the wetlands section by creating wetlands in other places, he said.

He said the entire project would be beneficial to the environment because it will include a fueling station and pump-out station for boats to dump waste, neither of which exists now at the private marina. The new marina would also include a drydock and trails with public access.

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Cape craftsman honors late fishing columnist with a memento

Post  Betep on Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:54 am

Cape craftsman honors late fishing columnist with a memento

By Mary Ann Bragg
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July 07, 2012

WEST YARMOUTH — Bob Davies has been making wooden fishing lures in his basement ever since he retired from driving an oil truck in 2008. But the lure he made to remember the late Cape Cod Times fishing columnist Molly "Benjy" Benjamin is like no other — it has an eye patch, just as Benjamin wore after a fishing accident.

Davies eventually made 11 memorial lures for Benjamin. He kept the first and has given several away. But he's hoping to find a few more people who might value one.

"I want to wait until I meet somebody who remembers her and who wants one," Davies said this week. "I don't sell them. It was a way of remembering her. Why I did it, I don't know. I just did it."

The story began three years ago when Davies and Cape fishing teacher Lou MacKeil were testing new lures in the strong winds at West Dennis Beach.

A lure is a type of artificial bait, usually palm-sized and made out of wood, plastic or metal, which is attached to the business end of a fishing line. Ideally, at West Dennis, you want a lure that can be cast far out, one that also floats and one that looks like an injured fish, to attract bluefish and striped bass.

As the two men were trying out the lures, an idea popped into MacKeil's head: Call one of them "Benjy's Bomber," he said to Davies.
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Gorey museum's beloved feline mourned

By Karen Jeffrey
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July 26, 2012

YARMOUTHPORT — He might have been the most petted cat on Cape Cod, a white behemoth with a center part in the black splotch on his head.

For five years, Ombledroom — known as Pepper to his intimate friends — ruled the roost at the Edward Gorey House, delighting staff and visitors alike.

But alas, sometime Monday night this fixture of the museum dedicated to Gorey, the admittedly eccentric artist and illustrator, passed away. He was 12.

"Perhaps fittingly, he died in the very room Edward died in," museum curator Rick Jones said. "The upstairs living room."

The cat had shown no signs of illness. "A veterinarian said it was a heart attack," Jones said.

Adopted five years ago from the Animal Rescue League of Boston during the annual Gorey House pet adoption day, Ombledroom never knew Gorey, who died in 2000. But this fabled feline would certainly have fit in with the many cats Gorey had throughout his lifetime and that populated his quirky books and drawings.

He was named for an imaginary creature featured in "Utter Zoo Alphabet Book." Beneath the illustration, Gorey wrote, "The Ombledroom is vast and white, and therefore visible by night."

During his years in Yarmouthport, when his 19th-century house was covered in vines and overgrown, Gorey was known to keep cats, often up to half a dozen at a time. The major beneficiaries of the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust are nonprofit animal welfare organizations.

This Ombledroom arrived quite by chance five years ago.

"We were having an animal adoption day, and one of the employees walked into a tent, and there was this mammoth white cat all by himself," Jones said. "He weighed 28 pounds." Jones was hesitant, not out of worry about the contents of the house, but for the cat who would have to contend with many strangers in his domain.

"From the moment we hefted him onto a table in the house, he made himself at home," Jones said. "He jumped off the table, walked in and out of people's legs and explored every corner to be explored."

During the winter months when the museum is closed, Ombledroom made his home with Yarmouthport resident Doris Cipolla. She created a somewhat unorthodox but somewhat successful exercise program for Ombledroom, who lost five pounds during the five years of his reign as Gorey House cat.

"Doris would use treats to get him to jump from bed to bed," Jones said. "She'd toss a treat on a bed, and he'd jump for it. She'd toss another treat on the other bed and he'd jump there. Back and forth, back and forth."

Ombledroom will be long remembered, Jones said. This year's annual Fantastagorey, a day of games, reading and celebrations for children, will honor him, Jones said. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 and is free.

Ombledroom was buried Tuesday wrapped in a shroud made from one of Gorey's shirts. He now lies beneath a Southern magnolia next to the house — the one place he would dash, if a 23-pound cat can be said to dash on those rare occasions he would sneak outdoors.

Will there ever be another house cat to greet visitors at the Gorey House?

"Maybe. It's too soon to tell," Jones said. "It would have to be one very special cat. We'll know if we meet him."
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News flash: Ed Semprini touted as Cape newsman extraordinaire

Post  Betep on Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:13 am

News flash: Ed Semprini touted as Cape newsman extraordinaire


By JASON COOK
jcook@capecodonline.com
February 24, 2013

HYANNIS — He was the "heart, soul and voice of Cape Cod."

That, according to Hyannis Public Library president Bob Donahue, describes broadcaster, sports writer, newsman and family man Ed Semprini, whose life was celebrated at Tommy Doyle's on Saturday by friends, family and co-workers. Proceeds from the event went to help the library.

Semprini, who died in 2011 at age 94, was a Cape Cod media icon, covering some of the area's biggest stories and lending his voice to radio broadcasts, whether covering sports or news.

Photos and newspaper clips at the event showed Semprini interviewing survivors of the 1952 Pendleton wreck for radio, speaking with the Kennedys, attending Cape Cod Baseball League events with former Major League Baseball stars and doing play-by-play in an old press box at a sporting event.

Sports was one of Semprini's biggest passions, not just his profession, according to his eldest son, Ned Semprini. Ned was able to meet Hall of Famer Ted Williams in the Red Sox dugout because of his dad, he said, and didn't know at the time how unique that was.

"I was one of the luckiest kids in the world," he said.

Ned Semprini had to fight back tears as he told stories of himself, his father and his younger brother, Ron, golfing at Cummaquid Golf Club in Barnstable. Saying he could talk about his father for four or five hours, Ned Semprini instead summed him up concisely.

"He was just a great man," he said.
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Rail line signs anger canal fishermen

Post  Betep on Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:24 am

Rail line signs anger canal fishermen


By Patrick Cassidy
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June 01, 2013

BOURNE — The new weekend summer train service between Boston and Hyannis is snagged in a flap over access to the Cape Cod Canal.

Fishermen who have traditionally crossed the train tracks along Sandwich Road to reach their favorite hot spots or lobster traps are up in arms about new "no trespassing" signs posted along the tracks.

There are at least two dozen crossings used informally by fishermen along the Cape side to access the canal, said Carl Johansen, of Sandwich, who co-moderates the StripersOnline Massachusetts forum and has been fishing in the canal for 60 years.

"It has never ever, ever been enforced," Johansen said about "no trespassing" regulations on the tracks.

The problem of access is exacerbated by a lack of parking in the area, he said.

New signs were installed under the auspices of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and are meant to warn people of the dangers of trespassing on the rail line, Michael Verseckes, spokesman for the state agency, said.

The installation of the signs coincided with the start of the CapeFLYER, which is the first passenger service to the Cape in nearly two decades. The service is scheduled to run from Memorial Day through Labor Day with three round trips each weekend.

The new use of the tracks has raised concerns about increased traffic and speeds at grade crossings. Middleboro officials, for example, have said there are several crossings that should have more safeguards.

The "no trespassing" signs show a person walking behind a red circle with a line through it and read, "Danger Keep Off Tracks No Trespassing Per Order of Commonwealth of MA."

Small print along the bottom cites state law that prohibits trespassing on railroad property except at a highway or other authorized grade crossings or on a right-of-way that has been abandoned and converted to a bicycle or walking path.

State law calls for a $100 fine or 50 hours of community service as well as arrest for violations. The signs have been installed in locations where there is evidence of recent and continual trespassing, Verseckes said.
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P'town squeezes fishermen from nightly pastime

Post  Betep on Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:36 am


P'town squeezes fishermen from nightly pastime



By Mary Ann Bragg
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June 22, 2013
PROVINCETOWN — Brad Caton and other fishermen learned Thursday night that it's gotten tougher to make an evening of squid fishing on MacMillan Pier.
Even after commercial pier activities mostly end for the day, no one can park without a pier parking permit.

And the public restrooms may or may not be open after 8 p.m., depending on the decision of the harbor staff.
The new rules are in response to what pier officials say is a fair amount of trouble with commercial-size catches of squid under the guise of recreational fishing. They say fishermen have trespassed on commercial fishing boats to drop their lines, left a mess of squid ink and used a lot of pier electricity to run what they claim is recreational equipment, such as spotlights.

RECREATIONAL FISHING ON MACMILLAN PIER
Standing orders from June 7 from Provincetown Harbormaster Rex McKinsey

  • Banned between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. any day of the week.
  • No one is allowed to board a commercial vessel at the pier to fish off the vessel except the owner.
  • No one is allowed to fish off the pier around the boat berths.
  • Generators and lights are not allowed.

PIER PARKING on MacMillan Pier

  • Only vehicles with pier parking permits will be allowed to park on the pier.
  • Enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Violators will be subject to parking citations and possible towing at owner's expense.


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Post  Betep on Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:21 am

Police: Man steals ketchup, sprays it around Main Street in Hyannis

July 07, 2013

HYANNIS – A man was arrested Sunday morning after members of the Barnstable Street Crime Unit saw him spray ketchup all over store windows and awnings in the 400 block of Main Street.

James T. Madden, 20, of Limerick, Ireland, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and injury to real/personal property, a Barnstable Police Department press release said.
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Madden allegedly stole the ketchup, as well as a brass coat hook, from the British Beer Company, and as a result was charged with a second count of injury to real/personal property, the press release said.

Madden is scheduled to be arraigned today in Barnstable District Court.
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