Bourne Bridge Work To Close Three Lanes Tuesday

The Bourne bridge will be have reduced travel lanes on Tuesday, September 1, between 1 and 5 AM for required maintenance work.

The work requires closure of three travel lanes. Only one travel lane will be open while work is ongoing. Vehicles traveling both on and off Cape Cod will use just one lane at alternate times to pass the work zone.

Motorists are encouraged to use the Sagamore Bridge to avoid delays.

Falmouth Receives State Funding To Replenish Chapoquoit Beach

Falmouth has been awarded $120,000 from the state to replenish Chapoquoit Beach and adjacent dunes with sand dredged from the Cape Cod Canal.

The public beach in West Falmouth has been eroding at a rate of .7 to 1.3 feet a year, resulting in loss of recreation area and natural storm buffers, according to the grant application prepared by the town and M. Leslie Fields, coastal geologist for the Woods Hole Group in Falmouth.

Evidence that erosion is occurring is the lack of the bathing beach during high tide and exposure of the nearby seawall during high tide, the last line of defense for Chapoquoit Road that runs by the beach.

Following the announcement that the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management awarded the grant to Falmouth, the town will enter negotiations with the US Army Corps of Engineers to provide the dredged materials. The plan is contingent on testing that determines the material will match the beach grains in West Falmouth.

The application estimates the work to be complete by end of June next year.

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State grants go to Cape and Vineyard communities for coastline projects

Six towns on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard have been awarded $700,000 in state grants to reduce the risks of coastal storms, flooding, erosion and sea level rise.

“It’s recognition of the times really,” Matthew Beaton, secretary of the Executive Officer of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said. “We do face significant challenges with the threat of a changing climate. Investments like this are essential to preserving the integrity and natural beauty of our coastal environment.”

The grants, awarded by the state Office of Coastal Zone Management, were announced Friday morning in Winthrop by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. Cape and Vineyard towns receiving the money include Barnstable, Brewster, Dennis, Edgartown, Falmouth and Sandwich.

“These grants are part of our administration’s commitment to helping the Commonwealth’s cities and towns address the impacts of coastal storms and the effects of a changing climate in new, innovative and effective ways,” Polito said.

More than $2.2 million in grants were announced statewide; the Cape and Vineyard towns accounted for nearly one-third of them.

Brewster is receiving the largest local grant of $159,000 to determine the vulnerability of natural resources to flooding and erosion.

Chris Miller, director of the town’s natural resources department, said the town plans to hire a facilitator to determine the risks from the public’s point of view and how they want to move forward.

“This came at a good time for us. We’re trying to step up and be ahead of the curve when it comes to climate change,” Miller said. “We want to react now rather than fix what’s damaged in future storms.”

The towns of Sandwich and Barnstable will share $158,000. That money will be used to study the volume, rate and direction of sand moving along the shoreline from the Cape Cod Canal to the easterly side of Barnstable Harbor.

Experts believe the northern jetty of the canal is choking off the supply of sand to Town Neck Beach, Spring Hill Beach and, ultimately, Sandy Neck. Instead, the sand continues to collect at Scusset Beach on the northern side of the canal.

“It would tie in really well with a grant we got last year to permit a sand borrow site,” Sandwich Town Manager George “Bud” Dunham said.

It may also help to support a study underway by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on whether the federal government bears some responsibility for the erosion problems caused by the jetty.

Barnstable is getting another $148,500 to study wind and wave forces affecting the Sandy Neck shoreline and how that’s putting the bath house, septic system and parking lot in jeopardy.

“This is a first step,” Nina Coleman, park manager at Sandy Neck, said. “It’s the typical problem. The coastline wants to move back and we have our infrastructure right there. … They’re all perched on the coast and Mother Nature isn’t putting up with it anymore.”

With the money, Sandy Neck Beach Park will hire a consultant to look at possible solutions, Coleman said. Once a solution is settled on with public input, design and permits will be sought. “That will bring us to the point of looking for funds to do the construction,” she said.

Falmouth is getting $120,000 for a beach restoration effort at Chapoquoit Beach; Dennis will receive $73,125 to evaluate erosion issues at Dr. Bottero Road and Chapin Beach; and Edgartown’s share is $62,250 for beach nourishment and dune restoration at Fuller Street Beach.

In awarding the grants, the state looked at areas most affected and where the money would do the most good, Beaton said.

“I have come down to the Cape and I’ve seen a lot of the effects of these intense winter storms on the coastline of the Cape,” Beaton said. “We’re happy to help in some way.”

Cape Cod Healthcare Receives Grant To Reduce Opioid Use In Pregnant Women

Cape Cod Healthcare will receive $600,000 over three years as a part of a multi-organizational $3 million grant awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for opiate addiction treatment in the state.

“Any funding for treatment and recovery services is a positive move in the right direction,” said Lori McCarthy, national director of clinical outreach at Gosnold on Cape Cod on Monday, August 18.

Massachusetts is one of 11 states to receive the federal funding to expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opiate users. The Department of Public Health chose to focus on pregnant women using opiates and mothers who deliver substance-exposed newborns. After delivery, new mothers have a high risk of relapse. Cape Cod Healthcare is the only collaborator on Cape Cod, representing a non-urban area in the project.

“It’s an opportunity to target a population we are seeing more and more in Massachusetts,” said Cheryl Bartlett, executive director of the Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative.

The percentage of pregnant women using opiates on the Cape is 5 percent, she said.

The SAMHSA website describes the MAT method as one that uses medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone, as well as counseling and behavioral support to treat substance abuse disorders. These medications can help block the effects of opiates and ease cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

“There is a lot of evidence that MAT is an effective way to get people off heroin,” Ms. Bartlett said.

The details of the program are still to be finalized. All the collaborators are to meet on Tuesday, August 25, to discuss the project, she said.

Ms. Bartlett has some ideas of how Cape Cod Healthcare may play a role. A team of recovery coaches, clinicians, and counselors can consult with other community agencies to find and refer to supportive services pregnant women before they deliver, or post-partum.

The program’s focus has its challenges. Often pregnant women do not want to admit their drug use.

“The shame they have in having a baby exposed to drugs is profound,” Ms. Bartlett said.

Using coaches who are in recovery themselves, however, may be a way to reach out to these women before they come to the hospital to deliver.

“The further upstream you get, the better,” Ms. Bartlett said.

Other collaborators in the state include the Department of Children and Families, MassHealth, Advocates for Human Potential, Boston Medical Center, Institute for Health and Recovery, Habit Opco, Spectrum Health Services, Inc., Cape Cod Healthcare, Inc., and UMass Memorial Medical Center.

“It’s important to understand that this is a national problem and state problem that we are experiencing on Cape Cod,” Ms. Bartlett said. “It’s not [isolated] to the Cape.”

Oak Bluffs and Tisbury to share large state grant

A July 14 letter from Gov. Charlie Baker informed Oak Bluffs and Tisbury town officials that they had been jointly awarded a $805,694 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for FY15 “to be used to carry out approved community development activities in your CDBG target area.”

Oak Bluffs Town Administrator Robert Whritenour said the money would boost the town’s affordable-housing efforts.

“Having these funds for the low-interest loans that support Islanders staying in their homes, and take care of critical improvements, I think are some of the most valuable services that we do,” he told The Times. “We’re wholly dependent on CDBG funds, and it’s a tough process to keep it rolling, and we’ve done that. Our grant writer, Alice Boyd, is a tremendous asset to our community.”

The Resource Inc.,TRI, allocates the CDGB funds to Islanders who are too stretched by their mortgage and property taxes to make needed improvements, and who don’t qualify for a bank loan or refinancing. TRI offers qualified applicants a 15-year, no-interest, forgivable loan, worth up to $35,000, for moderate restoration projects.

Mixing business, pleasure at Oyster Pond

State Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton reunites with friends from Statehouse to present grant.

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FALMOUTH — Standing in flip-flops against the backdrop of Oyster Pond, state Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton smiled late Monday morning and said, “This spot screams casual and enjoyment.”

But there was business to be done.

After a tour of Spohr Gardens, Beaton presented the Oyster Pond Environmental Trust with a giant $500,000 check that brought the group within $200,000 of its goal of raising $2.1 million to purchase 22 acres of undeveloped wetlands from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

A former state legislator, Beaton said state Sen. Viriato “Vinny” deMacedo and state Reps. Timothy Madden and David Vieira worked early in his tenure as secretary to put the project “front and center” on his radar screen. Beaton said the conservation effort would preserve the pond’s water quality, provide recreation opportunities and protect the American eel.

“As a striper fisherman, I commend that effort,” Beaton said, adding that the American eel is in “serious population decline.”

Madden, D-Nantucket, said he and Beaton were not only colleagues but also friends in the state House of Representatives.

Vieira, R-Falmouth, said, “This whole project is really about relationships.”

As the legislators and trust officials posed with him for a photograph, Beaton made a request: “No shots below the ankle, please.”


STATE HOUSE – On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, celebrated with recipients at the West Falmouth Library after a formal announcement of  grants totaling $3,032,585 that have been awarded to cultural organizations, schools, and community groups on the Cape and Islands by the MCC. State Representative Tim Madden and Senator Vinny deMacedo, who helped organize the event, were also in attendance.

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“I am happy to see such support for cultural organizations and community groups whose work enriches our lives and improves our communities through the arts, humanities, and sciences,” said Rep. Madden. “Additionally, I would like to commend those who pursued these grants and acknowledge them for all their efforts and their commitment to bettering our community, as it was the work done by these individuals that secured this important funding in such a competitive grant cycle.”

“I am thrilled to see these grants awarded to such deserving organizations in the Cape Cod community” said Senator deMacedo. “Organizations like the West Falmouth Library and Falmouth Artists Guild play a vital role in making our community a richer place to both live and visit. These grants will provide these organizations with the resources to allow them to continue to thrive and benefit our community.”

“This is terrific that the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies has received this grant” said Rep. Peake. “PCCS is first in the nation to do what they do with whale research and water quality monitoring in the areas surrounding Cape Cod. This funding is critical to ensure that the PCCS has the best resources for its lab, office and meeting space to be able to continue their good work.”

The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) is an initiative of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Fund was created as part of a major economic stimulus bill that was approved by the Massachusetts Legislature in July 2006. The most recent capital budget appropriation to the Fund in FY2015 is $15 million. To date, the Fund has awarded $82.7 million in grants to 350 cultural organizations across Massachusetts.

The announcement was made as part of a statewide funding program by the MCC and grant recipients in attendance included:

Falmouth Artists Guild, Inc.: $75,000

To complete the Falmouth Art Center by finishing the top floor. The renovations include adding two classrooms, a meeting space, and storage.

West Falmouth Library, Inc.: $250,000.00

For an addition to provide improved accessibility, restoration of the historic library building, renovation of the 1972 portion of the building, a fire suppression system and new outdoor space.

Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

For facility renovation $350,000.00

Polly Hill Arboretum, Inc.

To build a Education Center and Botany Lab. This facility contains a classroom and herbarium. $200,000.00

Artist Association of Nantucket

For the renovation of the Visual Arts Center, featuring educational studios, exhibition space, studio apartment, administrative offices, and art storage $480,000.00


The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The MCC is committed to creating a central place for the arts, sciences and humanities in the everyday lives of communities across the Commonwealth. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.