Chatham officials monitor shark sightings; RMV in Eastham closes; Name that conservation land contest; Joint selectmen meeting scheduled in Orleans; Eastham transfer station closed Labor Day; Orleans flu clinics

Chatham officials monitor shark sightings

Town of Chatham officials have been closely monitoring the reports of recent shark sightings by the State Division of Marine Fisheries. Although sharks have always been present in Chatham waters, this concern is being taken very seriously by Town officials.

Chatham beaches will remain open. However, Chatham beach patrols and Harbormaster patrols are being instructed to be extra vigilant in watching and monitoring for any shark sightings. Additionally, all boaters are being asked to immediately report any shark sightings to Chatham authorities, so conditions can be evaluated. Should any shark sightings or new reports present a danger to the public, any affected beaches will be closed immediately.

For beach information, contact Chatham Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin at 508-945-5158. Shark sightings should be called into the Harbormaster's Office at 508-945-5185.

Courtesy of the town of Chatham.

Registry of Motor Vehicles in Eastham closes

The Eastham branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles at the Town Hall in Eastham is now closed.  Several other branches across the Commonwealth were also closed. Currently, the only RMV branch on the Cape is in South Yarmouth at 1084 Route 28. For more information regarding RMV services and locations, call 800-858-3926.

Courtesy of the town of Eastham.

Name that conservation land

The Town of Mashpee and the Mashpee Conservation Commission are having a contest to find a suitable name for the recently purchased 78.67 acre Vinhaven Parcel off Route 130.  The parcel (a former church campground called Vinhaven) is located just past Pickerel Cove Road on the right if you’re heading towards Sandwich.

The parcel extends from Route 130 to the shore of Mashpee/Wakeby Pond and encompasses a large tract of pristine upland forest.  This project was funded through a Taxpayer Debt Exclusion, Community Preservation Funds, and a Conservation Restriction purchased by the Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Department, which guarantees no commercial development and encourages passive recreational use.  A parking area has recently been completed and plans are in the works for access improvements and passive recreational projects.

Once the winning name has been selected, a sign will be created and placed at the Route 130 entrance to the parcel.

Please respond to Andrew McManus, Conservation Agent.  A name will be selected from all entries after 30 days.

Courtesy of the town of Mashpee.

Joint selectmen meeting announced

A joint meeting of the Boards of Selectmen from the towns of Orleans, Eastham and Brewster has been scheduled  for Thursday, October 10, 2009 at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the Orleans Council on Aging at 150 Rock Harbor Road. The members will discuss the future of the Tri-Town septage facility in Orleans.

Courtesy of the town of Eastham.

Eastham transfer station closed on Labor Day

The Eastham transfer station will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2009. Regular hours will begin again on Tuesday morning at 7:30am.

Courtesy of the town of Eastham.

Orleans (residents only) flu clinics announced

Two flu clinics have been announced:  Monday, October 5th and Monday, October 19th both from 1pm-4pm at the Orleans Senior Center, 150 Rock Harbor Road.

Pre-registration is required.

To register please call the Orleans Senior Center at 508 255-6333 between the hours of 9am and 4pm. Walk-ins will not be scheduled.

Eligibility for flu vaccine at these clinics is limited to the following:

  • Orleans residents only;
  • All adults aged > 60 years;
  • Residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities;
  • Individuals aged 18 to 64 years with chronic medical conditions;
  • All women who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
  • All health care workers who provide direct patient care and emergency first responders;
  • Out of home caregivers and household contacts of children six months and younger.

Please bring your Medicare B Card to the clinic.  Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine will also be available at these clinics.

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