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December 30, 2014
Osterville man dies, Cotuit man seriously injured

1932: State Police laid the slaying at the door of rum runners on Cape Cod

On this day in 1932, state and local police conducted a widespread search for gunmen suspected of killing one man and critically wounding another outside an empty garage in Hyannis.

The slain man was identified as Franklin Bearse, 30, of Osterville, according to a story published Dec. 31 in the Lowell Sun. Manuel Rebello, 29, of Cotuit,  was wounded in the burst of shotgun fire that struck the two men as they approached the garage.

December 28, 2014
Three years later it reached Provincetown carrying President Ulysses S. Grant

1870: Hear a clickity-clack to Wellfleet and back

Three years later it reached Provincetown carrying President Ulysses S. Grant

On this day in 1870, an extension of the Cape Cod Railroad from Orleans to Wellfleet opened for travel. Rail service first came to the Cape nearly a quarter century earlier when the Cape Cod Branch Railroad opened between Middleboro and Sandwich. By 1854, the line was extended to Yarmouthport and Hyannis.

December 18, 2014
David Lewis' revised design for a statue of John F. Kennedy to be placed in front of the JFK Museum in Hyannis

2003: "The Cape is the one place I can think and be alone." - John F. Kennedy

On this day in 2003, the Barnstable Town Council approved sculptor David Lewis' revised design for a statue of John F. Kennedy to be placed in front of the JFK Museum.

The original design of Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy Jr., as grown men set off an uproar that extended well beyond the Cape. Critics argued such a scenario never occurred, since the younger Kennedy was 3-years-old when his father died in 1963.

December 18, 2014
Hosted by Bart Weisman.

The Holiday Jazz Jam Cape Cod on Sunday, December 21 at 4pm is hosted by Bart Weisman.

Features Fred Boyle (piano), Ron Ormsby (bass), and Bart Weisman (drums).

Call to reserve a table.

December 17, 2014
Car drives by MSP Cape Cod Drug Task Force officers with man clinging to outside of vehicle

HYANNIS - While on assignment Friday night in Hyannis, members of the Massachusetts State Police Cape Cod Drug Task Force watched as a car passed the area of Cit Road and Airport Road at a high rate of speed. According to a Massachusetts State Police (MSP) release, a man was clinging to the exterior of the car at the time.

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December 16, 2014
All donated blood will remain on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Center blood drive, Tuesday, December 16 from 10am to 4pm at the Barnstable Police Station.

Every pint of blood donated stays on Cape Cod to serve your community and save the lives of friends, family and neighbor.

During the month of December, Wendy’s® is generously donating a coupon for a free sandwich to everyone who donates blood to Cape Cod Healthcare. 

December 16, 2014
All donated blood will remain on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Center blood drive, Friday, December 19 from 10am to 4pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.

Every pint of blood donated stays on Cape Cod to serve your community and save the lives of friends, family and neighbor.

During the month of December, Wendy’s® is generously donating a coupon for a free sandwich to everyone who donates blood to Cape Cod Healthcare. 

December 16, 2014
All donated blood will remain on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Center blood drive, Tuesday, December 23 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at Shepley Wood Products.

Every pint of blood donated stays on Cape Cod to serve your community and save the lives of friends, family and neighbor.

During the month of December, Wendy’s® is generously donating a coupon for a free sandwich to everyone who donates blood to Cape Cod Healthcare. 

December 15, 2014
2007: CG medevacs sub crewman. 2007: Erica Chase catches a break

1976: The 641-foot oil tanker runs aground, sinks on Nantucket Shoals

Miles off course, it dumped 7.7 million gallons of No. 6 fuel oil in the sea

December 12, 2014
Suspect already has narcotics case pending in Barnstable District Court

HYANNIS - A 19-year-old man faces heroin trafficking charges following his arrest in Hyannis Wednesday. According to a release from Barnstable police, an arrest warrant for Collin J. Peters was obtained by police following a several-month-long investigation into Peters and the distribution of heroin in and around Cromwell Court in Hyannis. 

December 12, 2014
1990: Fifty-five whales beach. 2003: Two presidential candidates here

1973: Bourne summer White House destroyed by fire

On this day in 1973, the Gray Gables Inn in Bourne, the nation's first summer White House, was destroyed by a late-night fire of suspicious origin.

Grover Cleveland, the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms, bought the "many gabled, gray shingled" house in 1890 - shown in the venerable postcard on the left - between stints in the White House. He named the house "Gray Gables" - as the surrounding area is known to this day.

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December 11, 2014
1988: "The Cape Cod cranberry cure". 2004: Serious oil spill in Hyannis Harbor. 1620: Pilgrims land on "The Rock".

1896: Trolley line planned along Cape Cod

Completed it will run from Buzzards Bay to Provincetown

The New York Times reported on this day in 1896 that Cape Cod would one day be connected from Provincetown to Woods Hole by an electric trolley line.

The proposed line was to run through Chatham, Harwich, Dennisport, Hyannis, Yarmouth and Falmouth.  It would also have connected Buzzards Bay to New Bedford.

December 9, 2014
Presented by the Community Network of Cape Cod.

Come learn about some wonderful wellness programs and how to reduce your stress. This will be an interactive session led by Sounding Still Wellness, Kristen O'Toole Yoga, Calmer Choice, Delicious Living Nutrition and more.

Activities will include music, Zumba, Nia, mediation, healing, yoga, stress reduction and healthy eating. Comfortable clothing suggested but not required.

Presented by the Community Network of Cape Cod. 

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (networking from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

December 6, 2014
1963: Theodore White eulogy for JFK links Kennedys and Camelot

1963: "For one brief shining moment there was Camelot"

On this day in 1963, an essay by Theodore White in the Dec. 6 issue of Life magazine inexorably linked Camelot and the Kennedys for decades to come - and resulted from an interview with Jacqueline Kennedy on a stormy Friday night in Hyannisport on Thanksgiving weekend, one week after JFK was assassinated in Dallas.

In the essay, White wrote:

December 5, 2014
Mashpee man wearing GPS monitor at time of arrest

HYANNIS - Three Cape men face drug charges following their arrest in the Cape Cod Mall parking lot Thursday afternoon. According to a Barnstable police release, Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) members Barnstable Officer Matt Blondin and Mashpee Officer Ryan Nardone were conducting plain-clothes surveillance in the mall parking lot around 4:30 p.m. when then spotted a suspicious motor vehicle.

December 3, 2014
New members welcome to attend

The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee will host their annual holiday party on Wednesday, December 10 at 6 p.m. at 586 Bistro, 586 Main Street in Hyannis.

The committee will be expanding its membership in 2015. Anyone interested in becoming a member is encouraged to attend.

Local legislators have been invited to attend the event. There will be light fare and a cash bar.

To RSVP, contact Janet Joakim at janetjoakim@gmail.com or 562-546-2632.

December 3, 2014
Sponsored by the British Beer Company.

Come have breakfast with Santa Claus at the British Beer Company in Hyannis. Two seatings: 9am and 10:30am on Saturday, December 6.

Tickets are $8.

All proceeds benefit Lyme Awareness.

Tickets available at the restaurant, cash or check only.

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December 3, 2014
CCYP executive director calls new program "speed mentoring"

The Cape's young professionals can expect a business boost thanks to a new monthly mentoring program in Hyannis. Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP) announced the start of a new series entitled Mentor Monday. The program which starts in December is part of the organization's Career Connect Mentor Exchange.

"Mentor Monday is an exciting new program that is, in essence, speed mentoring," said CCYP Executive Director Anne Van Vleck. 

December 3, 2014
Fun for the whole family.

HYCC Skating School Holiday Show. FREE ADMISSION! Cash donations will be gratefully accepted and help to pay for the cost of props and costumes. Bring a gently used coat, mittens or hat and we will donate items to local charities!

December 2, 2014
Featuring live seasonal music.

The Barnstable Town Band Concert will perform at the Cape Cod Mall outside the Macy's Men's Store on Saturday, December 6 from 7pm to 8:30pm. Featuring live seasonal music. Take some time out from your shopping to wander by and enjoy the music. Bring the kids!

December 1, 2014
Give a kitty a year or older a forever home

The New England Society for Abandoned Animals (NESAA) announced today that they have dropped their adult cat adoption fee to $25 for the month of December. The discounted adoption fee is applicable for all cats one year and older, according to an NESAA release.

November 28, 2014
The Kennedy family held a somber Thanksgiving reunion today.

1963: An indescribable sadness filled the salt air on Cape Cod this day

Jack, we hardly knew you

On this day in 1963, less than a week after his death, Jackie Kennedy and the rest of the Kennedy clan gathered at the compound in Hyannis Port to mourn the dead president.

Below is the story in that day's New York Times.

November 27, 2014
Unidentified victim transported to Cape Cod Hospital

HYANNIS - An unidentified woman was struck by a vehicle on Route 132 in Hyannis Wednesday evening. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. near Nightingale Lane between the Cape Cod Mall and the Hyannis Rotary.

Rescuers reportedly performed CPR on the victim before transporting her to Cape Cod Hospital. 

The identity of the driver who struck the woman is unknown.

A section of Route 132 was closed as Barnstable police reconstructed and cleared the scene.

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November 26, 2014
Vessels left on certain town property between now and April 15 will be considered abandoned

Earlier this month, the Town of Barnstable issued a notice to all dinghy owners in town: if your dinghy is where it shouldn't be, it might not be your dinghy any longer.

According to the Barnstable Harbormaster, no one may leave or store a dinghy on town property between November 15 and April 15 where it is clearly posted that they may not do so. Dinghies or other vessels left behind in these areas shall be considered abandoned and will be disposed of at the discretion of the harbormaster.