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Climate change and the ocean threaten to unearth centuries-old graves
Rising sea levels may not have impacted them in life, but inhabitants of a New England coastal cemetery were slipping underwater in death.
Oink and cheers: Harwich pig wins beer label contest
A Harwich pig that had long been overshadowed by a diva sibling has risen to celebrity status and beer label glory. A stirring portrait of Bartholomew, a 200-pound half-Julianna, half mini pig now graces the cans of a new offering from the Provincetown Brewing Co.
High school sports fans can vote for which field hockey players they think were standouts during the previous week. The polls will be open through Monday. Votes are unlimited. Head to the link below to vote for this week's Cape Cod high school field hockey Player of the Week! 🏑
First poll ends in a tie: Vote for the Cape Cod High School Field Hockey Player of the Week here
Week 3 of the high school football season is upon us and there are some intriguing matchups this week. Six Cape teams play on Friday and six more on Saturday.
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Above a shimmering green harbor glazed by the hot sun, a sculpted ship's anchor wrapped in a chain rises up out of an old gravestone. When the season turns cold, silvery winds come in harsh over gunmetal gray water and sweep over the haunting ornament, a reminder of a long-gone soul once tied to the sea.
People along the East Coast are feeling the climate crisis: in deadly heat, repeated floods, rising seas and shifting ground. Is adapting possible?
Read the full story: The climate future is now. Humans navigate a ‘Perilous Course’ on the East Coast.
A receptionist at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services looked up late Wednesday afternoon to find a group of 50 people – men, women and children – standing in the center’s parking lot.
The migrants from Venezuela didn't speak English but, with the help of a Spanish translator from the nearby Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, community services staff learned the group was from Venezuela and had been put on a plane with nothing but a brochure from the island's service center.
Gov. DeSantis sends migrants to MA: 50 migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard could move to Cape Cod military base: Here's what we know
🔒 Who is the Cape Cod High School Football Player of the Week? You decide - vote now
Welcome to our latest Cape Cod and Islands high school football Players of the Week Poll! High school sports fans can vote for which football athletes they think were standouts during the previous week.
Read the full story: Who is the Cape Cod High School Football Player of the Week? You decide - vote now
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe member practices Indigenous tattooing
Kerri Helme, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, can often be found practicing traditional, Indigenous tattooing out of her New Bedford apartment.
Yardbirds fly to Cape Cod
Legendary rock band the Yardbirds are coming to Cape Cod. Original drummer and founder Jim McCarty talks about the band and all its history.
9/11 ceremonies happening on Cape Cod
Towns across the Cape will be remembering 9/11 with a series of different events.
From playoff teams, to winless teams, to teams with new coaches calling the plays, these are the season's first power rankings before things kickoff.
Live coverage of Primary Election 2022 on Cape Cod
Get all of the latest Primary Election news here as it happens on Cape Cod.
Turnout was brisk in Orleans despite the rain. As of about 10:30 a.m. 439 voters had voted. That includes some mail in ballots that were being counted alphabetically as the day goes on.
While as always a plethora of signs lined the drive into the polls at the Senior Center, only one candidate and her supporters were on-site. State Rep. Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown) was there waving to folks as they drove in. She was surrounded by supporters and unbrellas.
Cape Cod restaurants use tech to balance dine-in and takeout customers
Although restaurants have been fully opened for two years, the increased appetite for takeout continues. The pandemic has changed the service at Cape restaurants, including the advent of online ordering for places from coffee shops to three-star restaurants. The technology is helping restauranteurs to better serve both takeout and dine-in customers.
MASHPEE — When Machelle Jordan joined the Navy in 1996, she quickly rose through the ranks, and was sent on top secret missions to just about every country surrounding the Persian Gulf.
The town of Sandwich has been a popular place for restaurants to start fresh over the past year.
Read the full story: Where to eat in Sandwich -- 6 newish restaurants, cafes and bakeries to try
Cape Cod House Hunt: Falmouth Airpark home with pool at $1.495M
You can fly in to this lovely home at the Falmouth Airpark, park your plane in the hangar and then take a dip in the saltwater pool.
Closed Chatham theater property slated for renovation and expansion
Developers of the Monomoy Theatre plan to connect the Washington Taylor House to the existing building and add a new lobby and restaurant.
The Bourne High School football team is taking this season one step at a time.
A strong finish to the 2021 season has the Canalmen feeling like they've got a headstart on the 2022 season.
Read the full story: Bourne High football's strong finish last season a jumpstart on 2022 goals
Harvesting more than tomatoes: Cape Abilities farm employs, trains those with disabilities
Cape Abilities' farm in Dennis provides employment and training for people with special needs who live on Cape Cod.
Author and journalist Lisa Franco published her first book, “My Dearest Darling: Letters of Love in Wartime,” in July. The book, containing more than 135 love letters written by a couple during World War II, chronicles an incredible true story.
With temperatures hitting more than 90 degrees and humidity reaching almost 100%, days on Cape Cod can feel as if they’re overheating. Especially for those behind a grill, manning an oven or prepping in the back of any kitchen, summer heat waves impact restaurant environments more than most places.
There is clear evidence that pandemic-era changes to voting options in Massachusetts gave people more time to vote and allowed them to cast ballots in different ways, said Matt DeRienzo of the Center for Public Integrity.
"That's good for democracy, and in theory, gives us a more accurate reflection of what the people want," said DeRienzo, editor-in-chief of the nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on government accountability.
Mashpee High School football preview
Check out Mashpee High's upcoming schedule, key matchups, top players and insight for 2022 season.
Readers choose best burgers
You voted these restaurants the top five best places to get a burger on Cape Cod. Chow down!
Truro home for sale: Spectacular waterfront views at $4.6M
This waterfront home on Cape Cod Bay with stunning coastal views has hit the market. Take a look inside!
The Carnival parade hit Commercial Street at 3 p.m. Thursday with a complete array of floats, costumes and onlookers. Through the revving sound of police escort ATVs, float DJs and booming speakers, revelers bedazzled with jewels, covered in body paint and decked out in wigs, feathers and masks danced their way through the streets.
Sandwich High's Emma Abramson is one of the best golfers around
Emma Abramson of Sandwich High is making a name for herself on the golf course. See what she's been up to and how she's taking the lead.
Best things to do on Cape Cod when it's rainy, too cold or just lousy
So it's not a beach day? Don't fret! There are still plenty of different fun activities to do on Cape Cod.
Cape Cod House Hunt: Epic marshfront in West Barnstable
Take a look at this week's Cape Cod House Hunt selection, a marshfront gem with incredible views at $1.95M.
Former AG Holder pushes for importance of voting in midterm elections
In a talk on Martha's Vineyard, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said this year's midterm elections matter more than any in U.S. history.
Several Portuguese man-of-wars, a close relative of the jellyfish, were found in Chatham and Yarmouth Monday and Tuesday, temporarily closing beaches in those towns to swimmers.
Read the full story: Portuguese man-of-wars found in Chatham and Yarmouth. What you should know
Late Thursday evening, the town of Provincetown reported progress on repairs to the sewer vacuum system, and lowered wastewater flows that allow repairs to be made.
Read the full story: Provincetown sewer failure -- what we know on Friday
With more than 40 miles of shoreline and six wide, sandy beaches backed by windswept sand dunes, what more could there be to occupy visitors to Cape Cod National Seashore?
'Next generation': $7M campaign launched to replace iconic Martha's Vineyard educational tall ship Shenandoah
VINEYARD HAVEN — The iconic educational tall ship Shenandoah has been sailing from Vineyard Haven since 1964. Its new owners say it is time to build a new tall ship to replace Shenandoah and preserve its legacy in the coming years.
Read the full story: $7M campaign launched to replace iconic Martha's Vineyard educational tall ship Shenandoah
Readers recommend 5 places for Cape Cod's best fried clams
We asked readers where the best Cape Cod fried clams are, and most of their choices were decades-old favorites. Some food is even gluten-free.
Provincetown’s Surf Club restaurant reopens five years after 2017 fire
Opened in 1958, the Surf Club was closed by a 2017 fire. It took five years to rebuild the restaurant that evokes the old but has modern conveniences.
🔒 Crazy colored crustaceans: Rare lobsters wash ashore at Cape Cod markets
Cape Cod has lots of visitors in the summer, but the rarest ones are strangely colored lobsters.
Read the full story: Crazy colored crustaceans: Rare lobsters wash ashore at Cape Cod markets
Salmon, cod and tuna dominate the plate in the U.S. – but why? The world's oceans are home to more than 30,000 species of fish, and most of the edible ones have never been marketed to the average consumer's tastebuds.
Read the full story: Behind the push to bring 'unknown' fish to New England's dinner table
Few things on Cape Cod in the summer can beat a water view. When it’s hard to pull yourself away from the beach or the boat, but you need to eat, several restaurants in every town offer the chance to dine while still watching and staying close to the ocean.
Read the full story: Want a water view with your Cape Cod dinner? Readers recommend 10 (and more!) places to go
An offbeat look at cool Cape Cod structures, including some you may never have heard of.
Read the full story: The top 5 human-made structures on Cape Cod
There are a couple of classics opening at Cape Cod theaters this week, but several shows are area premieres or debuts of some kind so audiences can take a chance on some unfamiliar territory. The two shows on the Outer Cape come with a warning about adult situations and language, so leaving the young family at home for those.
Read the full story: Musicals, Shakespeare & for-adults-only stories: 15 shows at Cape Cod theaters
Poll: Vote for your favorite Cape Cod places to eat vegan
Let's see who is turning out the tastiest vegan meals on Cape Cod. Here is a list of places that list vegan selections in their menus or do all vegan food. Choose your favorites!
Read the full story: Vote for your favorite Cape Cod places to eat vegan
Whale jumps on boat in Plymouth: What to know as harbormaster issues safety warnings
Whales have been making a splash in Manomet for over a week now, leading to dozens of striking photographs and videos being shared on social media and local news outlets. In the excitement, perhaps, of just getting a little bit closer, boaters have been seen getting a little too close.
An incident around 10 a.m. Sunday morning (July 24) underscored the importance of keeping a safe distance from the mellow-but-massive creatures. A whale breached and landed on the bow of a small 19-foot vessel.
As of Thursday, Barnstable County has entered the "moderate drought" category, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). The status change reflects a deterioration from the previous "abnormally dry" category.
Read the full story: There's officially a drought on Cape Cod. How gardeners can deal with these dry conditions
With about two weeks left in the Cape Cod League Baseball regular season, players get a small break with the All-Star game Saturday.
Read the full story here: Who made the 2022 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star teams
Walking is a great way to explore Cape Cod and ramp up your fitness level, but did you ever notice that your arms have nothing to do? Enter the Cape Cod Nordic Walking club.
Read the full story: Want a full-body workout? The Cape Cod Nordic Walking Club meets for strolls with poles
🔒 No-hitters, walk-offs, playoff wins: Meet the 2022 Cape Cod H.S. Baseball All-Stars
The 2022 high school baseball season has come and gone and plenty of the teams from the Cape and Islands had successful years. Here are the best of the best, the 2022 All-Stars.
Read the full story: No-hitters, walk-offs, playoff wins -- meet the 2022 Cape Cod H.S. Baseball All-Stars
You'll swoon over Swan Cottage, a completely renovated antique home on Mill Creek within easy walking distance of all the delights of one of Cape Cod's most delightful villages.
Read the full story: Renovated antique cottage on marsh in Sandwich for $595K
Chatham's Pier Host Program offers birds-eye view of working fish pier
Fishermen in the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance talk to visitors about the fishing industry and changes over the years
How cold is the water on Cape Cod? Here's one swimmer's attempt to get an answer
How cold is the water on Cape Cod? Surprisingly warm, pretty chilly and nearly perfect, all in a day.
The possibilities are endless: Macmillan Wharf home listed for $9.75 million
The iconic home at 16 Macmillan Wharf in Provincetown is on the market for $9.75 million, and with this property, you get a bang for your buck.
The Fab Four brings the Beatles sound, a jam for Ukraine + 5 more top concerts to see
The Fab Four plays a tribute concert to the Beatles at the Melody Tent, plus Jacob Moon headlines Ukraine fundraiser, Michael Glabicki and Jacob Moon.
New training mandates reduce the number of summer officers on Cape
Cape Cod police department are adjusting to lower summer staffing levels amid new training requirements.
Vote for Cape Cod's best fried scallops in our poll
We are asking our readers to vote on their favorite Cape place for fried scallops. Check out the list of candidates and choose your favorite.
'Opportunity of a lifetime': Centerville singer to compete in NYC's Amateur Night at the Apollo
Centerville's Tracy Howerton first started singing in a church choir in his hometown in Virginia when he was just a 6-year-old boy. Now, at 52, he is ready to perform Wednesday at the legendary Amateur Night at The Apollo theater in New York City.
More: 'Opportunity of a lifetime': Centerville singer to compete in NYC's Amateur Night at the Apollo
A floral 'reward': Hundreds of blooms in 70+ gardens part of Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival
More than 70 homes on Cape Cod will open their garden gates to the public during the eighth annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, which will take place July 8-17 and benefit more than two dozen nonprofits helping local people and animals.
Could there be anything more glorious than seeing your pet's picture on a beer label? Well, how about a free case of brew!
Read the full story: Cheers to pets! Label contest could land your furry friend on a special Provincetown beer
Tea Party patriot Capt. Joseph Bassett's grave in Yarmouth was decorated with a brass marker by the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.
Read the full story: Yarmouth sea captain took part in Boston Tea Party, receive commemorative plaque
Opening day for Brewster's First Light Beach draws plenty of interest and visitors
The opening day for Brewster's First Light Beach drew plenty of interest and residents. “It's really such a unique opportunity because when do you have an opportunity to create a new beach?" Assistant Town Administrator Donna Kalinick said. "Like, there's just no land. That doesn't happen often.”
'Everyone going into the ocean should exercise caution': Reduce the risk of a shark attack
With summer in full swim on Cape Cod, the Cape Cod National Seashore has issued a guide on reducing the risk of an unpleasant interlude with a shark.
Read more: 'Everyone going into the ocean should exercise caution': Reduce the risk of a shark attack
French Cable Station Museum in Orleans celebrate anniversary
One of the last three cable station buildings in existence, the French Cable Station Museum in Orleans is a piece of the past and a reminder of how modern communication across oceans came to be. Learn more about its past and the impact it had.
Tides and crumbling cliffs cause concern at Wellfleet beach
Tides and crumbling cliffs cause concern at Wellfleet beach for beach-goers and life guards, giving a reminder of a problem that is not going away for Cape Cod.
Find out how 10 cold-stunned sea turtles were returned to the ocean on Cape Cod?
Loggerheads, Kemp’s ridley and green sea turtles were brought from the New England Aquarium to West Dennis Beach, where they were deposited on sand mere feet from Nantucket Sound. From there they waddled to sea, flippers flapping, as cameras clicked and caregivers and passersby cheered.
🔒 Want a great view with your dinner? 7 Cape Cod restaurants worth a look
Locals who live on Cape Cod know that even though our beloved peninsula is surrounded by water on all sides, waterfront restaurants are not the norm. Private properties and conservation laws have limited waterfront development in most towns.
That said, there are certainly some wonderful waterfront views that you can enjoy with a meal. And keep in mind that an oceanside view isn’t the only perfect view.
Hyannis Harbor Hawks at Bourne Braves Cape Cod Baseball League
Bourne reliever Tyler Vogel is knock down as Mitch Jeff of Hyannis arrives safely at home on a wild pitch. Hyannis went on to win 5-1
🔒 Cape & Islands Distillers opens tasting room to feature 'Made on Cape Cod' spirits
MASHPEE — The folks at Cape & Islands Distillers hope to ride the trends in the spirits and alcohol beverages market with a new still for making craft spirits and a tasting room at the distiller's Mashpee location.
🔒 Poll results: Six sizzling places for the best French fries on Cape Cod
Although there is no documented record, food lore — and National Geographic — say the idea of french fries was likely brought to the United States by World War I American soldiers who encountered the fried potato dish in the south of Belgium. Residents there spoke French, hence the name french fries.
What we wanted to determine in this poll was which restaurants on Cape Cod make the best french fries and why is that so?
Fireworks, parades & music: When and where to celebrate July 4th on Cape Cod & the Islands
Most of the Fourth of July celebrations across the country had to be postponed for the past two years, due to concerns about coronavirus spread. This year, towns and organizations across Cape Cod and the Islands are going all out with celebrations, rejuvenated to celebrate the 246th Independence Day.
Blessing of the Fleet an important tradition for Provincetown fishermen
PROVINCETOWN - Fishing boats on MacMillan Pier were bedecked with American, Portuguese and Azorean flags as their owners readied for Sunday's Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet.
Falmouth Demonstration against overturn of Roe v. Wade
Protesters took to the streets on Cape Cod to make their feelings known after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade's protection of abortion.
🔒 Have you seen the Abelew sisters on the streets of Provincetown? They're known for costumes, dogs and loyalty to live performers
PROVINCETOWN — Beth and Bonnie Abelew are seated at a table in the shade of Joe Coffee patio on Commercial Street with their dog, Neptune, who is chewing on a bone under the table.
Bonnie Abelew does most of the talking with Beth nodding in approval or tilting her head to question a statement. The sisters operate like a team.
Roe v. Wade has been overturned. What this means for abortions in Massachusetts.
In Suzanne Brock's eyes, the majority of Americans only get half the truth about abortion.
"A lot of the news that you get when people talk about abortion, particularly people against it, they make it sound like it’s a whimsical kind of a decision that people make," Brock said.
As someone who has had an abortion, and knows others who have, this narrative couldn't be further from the truth, she said
Chatham Anglers vs. Cotuit Kettleers Cape Cod Baseball League
In a makeup game, the Cotuit Kettleers (9-0-1) came out on top over the Chatham Anglers (3-6-1), 9-2, at Lowell Park.
🔒 Remember Jarrod Saltalamacchia? The former Red Sox catcher is spending summer on Cape Cod
Jarrod Saltalamacchia has deep ties to Massachusetts.
Nearly 10 years ago, he was the primary catcher for a Boston Red Sox team that completed an improbable worst-to-first tale. One year after finishing last in the division, Boston rebounded to win the World Series title in 2013.
Now he's back in the Bay State.
'No quit in the team': Sandwich High boys lacrosse team's stellar run ends in state final
WORCESTER — Too little, too late
The Sandwich High boys lacrosse team's comeback effort, which more accurately might be labeled a Tim Souza rally, fell just short on Wednesday in the Division 4 final against Wahconah, 8-7.
West Barnstable cyclist rides 180 miles of Cape Cod in a day, dedicated to mental health
WEST BARNSTABLE — Cycling enthusiast and West Barnstable resident Connor O’Reilly went for yet another bike ride on Tuesday — this time, for over 180 miles around the Cape.
O’Reilly left at sunrise with the hope of finishing his ride by sunset that same day. “Longest day of the year and longest ride of my life,” O’Reilly said.
CAPE LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Yarmouth-Dennis continues hot streak with comeback over Bourne
Following a slow start to the season, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox are now surging.
On Tuesday, the Red Sox pulled out of a 4-0 hole by scoring seven unanswered runs in a 7-4 win over the Bourne Braves. The win puts the Red Sox (4-3-2) above .500 for the first time this season after starting 0-3-1.
A bluegrass version of the Who's 'Tommy'? The Hillbenders will play the 'opry' at Payomet + 5 more concerts
As tributes to classic rock go, the Hillbenders have one you might not immediately think of at Payomet Performing Arts Center this weekend. See the story below, and here are three more concerts to consider for your listening pleasure:
More: A bluegrass version of the Who's 'Tommy'? The Hillbenders will play the 'opry' at Payomet + 5 more concerts
🔒 Sandwich boys lacrosse heads to the state championship with a comeback win
NORWELL - Ten players from the Sandwich championship boys ice hockey team had the opportunity to win their second title of the year.
The top-seeded Sandwich boys lacrosse team defeated the No. 5 seed Dover-Sherborn 7-6 in a thriller at Norwell High School Saturday.
🔒 Sandwich girls lacrosse historic season ends in Final Four with loss to Dover-Sherborn
NORWELL - The Sandwich girls lacrosse team's road to a state championship came to a halt on Saturday. The No. 2 Blue Knights lost 14-4 to the No. 3 Dover-Sherborn Raiders in the Final Four of the Division 4 MIAA state tournament.
"This is the best team we've faced this season and we knew we had to do everything right and have a perfect game and they had to be off their game to win," Sandwich head coach Kelsey Beaton said. "I can't take anything away from them. They're talented and deep, it wasn't just one player."
🔒 Coastal ecologist says handling of piping plovers is a major Massachusetts success story
Piping plovers can be a touchy subject. The bird, protected at the federal level and also by the state of Massachusetts, builds its nests on beaches, and people have to give them space to raise their families.
🔒 Way beyond bowling: Ryan Family Amusements expands its game plan for fun and profit
YARMOUTH — The candlepin bowling lanes at Ryan Family Amusements in Yarmouth were packed last Wednesday morning.
Twenty-four women from the Flower Shoppe bowling league took up six stations. The sounds of bowling balls rolling down the lanes, pins being knocked down and reset mixed with laughter and conversation.
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