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    The Cape Cod Central Railroad is hosting a journey to the North Pole this holiday season with departures in both Hyannis and Buzzards Bay. 

    Conductors welcome children aboard the decorated train car and stamp each passenger’s keepsake ticket.

    The round-trip adventure includes hot chocolate, cookies and some well loved characters including the hobo from the movie and Santa himself. Santa meets and greets each child, and gives them a commemorative bell to remember the journey.

    “We are thrilled to share the magic of the Polar Express with Massachusetts, Rhode Island and all southern New England-area families,” said Chris Podgurski, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cape Cod Central Railroad in a press release.

    Tickets range from $29-$59 for adults and $24-$49 for children 2 through 12. The trips run through December 30.

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    The following is provided by the Barnstable Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

    Notable incidents from Tuesday November 27, 2012

    2:09 a.m.: CVS Pharmacy, 176 North St., motor vehicle stop, arrested 24-year-old James EP Babraitis of Plymouth, unlawful possession of dangerous weapon, motor vehicle defective equipment

    4:27 a.m.: 720 West Main St., motor vehicle stop, arrested one, name and charges redacted from log

    8:20 a.m.: Dunkin Donuts, 1220 Iyannough Rd., larceny, report taken

    10:40 a.m.: Seaside Pub on Main, 615 Main St., fraud/forgery, fraud, report taken

    11:25 a.m.: Bank of America, 749 Main St., assault and battery, arrested 26-year-old Adam H. Mcallister of Hyannis, assault by dangerous weapon to wit knife

    1:54 p.m.: Fitness 500 Club, 540 Main St., motor vehicle stop, arrested 18-year-old Anthony Civetti of Hyannis, warrant, straight, defacing property

    3:22 p.m.: 51 Winter St. and 116 North St., motor vehicle stop, arrested 23-year-old Bobby Ben Webb of Hyannis, warrant, straight, possession of class B substance, warrant, straight, shoplifting

    5:26 p.m.: 71 Maple St., harassment, trespass, arrested 26-year-old Mark D. Degrace of Hyannis, trespass on land, dwelling, etc.

    8:33 p.m.: 147 Bristol Ave., breaking and entering residence, report taken

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    Barnstable's stellar defensive end Jason Frieh feels the weight of the world upon his shoulders as the 2012 MIAA Div. 1A Super Bowl comes to a close.

    One loss by one point.

    For the 75 young souls who stood dumbfounded at the end of this afternoon's MIAA Div. 1A Super Bowl championship at Gillette Stadium - the 75 players of the top-ranked Barnstable High School Red Raiders - it seemed too much to swallow. It was a bitter pill to have realized it had just fallen to a team it had beaten earlier in the season, and the loss came when all the marbles were laid bare on the table, a 20-19 defeat that invoked tears and collective looks of disbelief.

    Number two-ranked Everett High simply outlasted the Red & White on this snowy, biting December afternoon, even in spite of one of the most punishing defensive efforts seen on a Barnstable football field in, perhaps, decades.

    Barnstable's defense caused not one less than three fumbles and two interceptions and by many accounts, two additional fumbles that were ruled not so, including a last-minute, bone-jarring hit by free safety Kevin Hardy on Everett running back extraordinaire, Ken Calaj and an earlier one picked up by Derek Estes that was ruled down.

    The Barnstable defense, in fact, was the story of the game, even with Tedaro France's 104 yards receiving on just three catches and his three touchdown scores.

    Yes, it was the fierce determination and heart of Ryan Litchman, Jason Frieh, Jonny Eldredge, Andrew Ellis, Bryan Hardy, Derek Estes, Dereck Pacheco, D.J. Gonsalves, Manny Dulak, Kevin Hardy, Hayden Murphy, Tedaro France, Tom Grimmer and Marcus Cunningham that kept an at times sputtering Red Raider team in the game.

    Estes and France had interceptions and Pacheco and Cunningham had fumble recoveries, with Cunningham, starting over an injured Rob Stuart, collecting two loose balls. Frieh, the team's sack leader this season from his slot at defensive end, had Barnstable's sole QB sack of the day.

    In spite of Barnstable's defensive effort - a Herculean one to be blunt - it may have had to shoulder too much of the day's workload to render effective any offensive effort the team had hoped to put up.

    Barnstable quarterabck Nick Peabody - under intense pressure throughout the affair - went just 8-29 on the day for 197 yards and threw two interceptions. His first interception, on Barnstable's third offensive play of the game, was picked off and run into the end zone for Everett's first score, just 2:30 into the first quarter. His second interception was Barnstable's last offensive play of the season. Everett's Calaj picked it off along the sideline on 3rd and 15 with the Red Raiders knocking on Everett's door and just over a minute left.

    Down 20-19 to the Crimson Tide, Calaj's pick-off erased any real hope Barnstable had left even though the defense never relented to the very last second of play. 

    Barnstable's Hayden Murphy - who rushed for 78 yards on 14 carries - put forth a phenomenal, gutsy effort, just as he has the entire season and in the four 100-yard games he notched prior to this stellar affair.

    His effort pushed him past the 1,000-yards rushing mark for the season (1,049 yards rushing) and made him just the 9th Barnstable Red Raider running back since the program's inception in 1893 to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. Murphy, a junior, had 119 all-purpose yards on offense to lead the Red & White.

    France's three touchdowns and 104 yards receiving topped the vaunted Red Raider receiving corps, including a 76-yard touchdown reception on the last play of the third quarter that breathed new life into a Barnstable team that prior to that moment was down 20-6.

    Barnstable, in actuality, never had the lead in this game. 

    Everett scored on Josh Palmer's 33-yard interception for a touchdown at the 7:32 mark in the first quarter, followed by Gilly DeSouza's PAT kick to make it 7-0.

    With just 2:42 left in the first half, Barnstable returned the favor when Peabody found France open along the Red Raiders' sideline for a nine-yard touchdown to make it 7-6. But Barnstable's PAT kick attempt to tie it failed when the snap went awry and kicker Dereck Pacheco was forced to pick it up and scramble to no avail.

    Everett and Barnstable then traded offensive sets before the Tide's Jakarrie Washington broke free at midfield and juanted 53 yards to paydirt to make it 13-6. Pacheco blocked DeSouza's PAT kick attempt, but Everett still had a one-score lead.

    The Red Raiders could not capitalize on a fumble recovery by Cunningham - his first of two - or Estes' interception at the Barnstable 11-yard line, one which he ran back 40 yards before being brought down.

    Backed by intense and productive runs by Murphy and a nifty sideline catch from James Burke, Barnstable inched and scrapped its way to the Everett 12-yard line just before the half ended. Barnstable seemed hurried along, though, by the ticking clock and on a 4th and 3 was stuffed by the Tide.

    After going three and out to start the second half, Cunningham reinvigorated the Red & White with a fumble recovery at the 43-yard line but once again the Red & White could not capitalize.

    Instead, it was Everett's Washington who sped into the end zone to make it 19-6 and DeSouza who blasted the PAT through the uprights to make it 20-6.

    But Tedaro France - who just three minutes earlier intercepted an Everett pass in the end zone - took a Peabody pass from the 24-yard line and raced downfield 76 yards for a touchdown that made it 20-12. Pacheco's PAT boot was good and the score was now a surmountable 20-13.

    It breathed so much hope and fire into the Red & White, that the Red Raider defense - paced by Estes, Kevin Hardy and Litchman on this series - stuffed Everett and forced it to punt. Following an incompletion on first and 10, Peabody found Murphy and drilled him for a 40-yard gain to the Everett 30-yard line, followed by France and Peabody's piece-de-resistance.

    Under heavy pressure by the attacking Tide, Peabody rolled left and appeared to be running toward daylight when he put on the brakes at the line of scrimmage and found a wide open France in the end zone to make it 20-19.

    WIth just 7:26 left in the game, the time was now.

    But on Pacheco's PAT kick attempt, the Tide would have none of it and tipped the young kicker's offering. The score remained 20-19, Everett, and it would remain a lead that the Everett team simply would not relinquish.

    Barnstable finishes at 11-1, the second best season ever put forth by the Red & White, just behind the 11-0 1995 Super Bowl champions.

    This is Everett's 10th State Championship title. Barnstable has won two (1995 and 1999).

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    George Washington, as depicted on a U.S. dollar coin, 2007

    Americans have resisted the dollar coin. We like our small denominations in paper.

    But phasing out the dollar bill and replacing it with a coin will save an estimated $4.4 billion over the next 30 years, Congressional auditors say.

    For savings like that, can we learn to carry them?

    On the pro-side of the change, the coin has a longer shelf life. Coins can last decades, where the paper bills typically have to be retired after four or five years, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

    On the negative side, the paper bill would have to be completely eliminated for the savings to accrue. And it would take several years and up-front expenses to produce the coin.

    Advocates point to the recent experience in Canada, where the $1 coin has proven a huge hit. And now a $2 coin has been introduced.

    Should the U.S. drop the dollar bills and make the switch? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

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    Tedaro France's 180 lifetime points tied him for third all-time at Barnstable High School with Brian Reid (Class of 1981). Both players finished their careers with 180 points. France led the Red Raiders this season with 19 touchdowns.

    One of the more appealing aspects of this autumn's Barnstable High School football team has been its humility.

    Now the time has come to list some of the records set and milestones reached, both individual marks and team records.

    This season was the most prolific in Barnstable High School's 120 seasons. Founded in 1893 by the Red Raiders' first-ever captain, Warren R. Bowen, no Barnstable High team since has scored as many points as the 2012 Red Raiders. It is likely that no other Red Raider team's offense, combined with special teams output, has been as productive either. While the results have not yet been completely tallied, the Red Raiders accumulated more than 5,000 all-purpose yards including passing/receiving yardage, rushing yardage, kick- and punt-return yardage as well as yards gained after turnovers (fumble and interception returns).

    Some may attribute this milestone to a speedy offense, remarkably gifted at its skill positions, but the fact of the matter is that an offense is only as good as its offensive line. This year's offensive line, anchored by center Tom Grimmer, along with brother Billy Grimmer, and fellow linemen Allen Buckley, Chris Kennedy, Owen Murray, Tom Harrington and even for two games, Andrew Ellis, began working together at Barnstable Middle School and in the Barnstable Silver Bullets youth football program. To a great degree, they deserve as many accolades as are merited.

    - Barnstable High scored 423 points this season, eclipsing the previous record set of 372 points in 2010. Many of the aforementioned linemen were also a part of that previous record-setting, as well.

    - Tedaro France's three touchdowns in Saturday's Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium gave him 19 for the season and placed him in some pretty rare Red Raider company. France, a senior, finished his high school football career at Barnstable with 180 points scored, tying him for third place, all-time, with the Class of 1981's Brian Reid for most career points scored.

     - France also finished tied with the team lead for touchdown receptions this season, (13), with Dylan Morris, also a senior, who tallied 13 touchdown receptions. France led the Red Raiders in receiving this season with 889 yards.

    - He also tied the all-time mark for longest kick-off return touchdown - 100 yards - on the first play of the 2012 season versus Durfee. The record was set in 1970 by Art Pacheco.

    - Junior running back Hayden Murphy finished the 2012 season with 1,049 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. He is just the 9th Red Raider running back in school history to reach the 1,000-yard rushing milestone. He is also the first Red Raider in the past 10 season since Erik Ellis broke the 1,000-yard plateau in 2003.

    - Senior quarterback and captain Nick Peabody's 2,661 yards passing ranks second, all-time, for most yards passed in a season. The record of 2,813 was set in 2010 by Peabody's former teammate D.J. Crook.

    - Peabody's 34 touchdown pases, however, sets a new all-time record at Barnstable High for most touchdowns passed in a season. The mark breaks the former record of 33 touchdown passes set in 2010, again, by former BHS QB D.J. Crook.

    - Peabody's 98-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Morris versus Dennis-Yarmouth in September was the second longest touchdown pass in Red Raider history, just two yards shy of the 100-yard mark set on October 10, 1964 versus Dennis-Yarmouth from Bob Starck to Steve Adams.

    - Banstable's 11 team victories matches the all-time mark set in 1995 for most wins in a season.

    - Defensive end Jason Frieh's interception returned for a touchdown versus Bridgewater-Raynham - perhaps the single most important play that led to the Red Raiders' OCL championship title and a playoff berth - was just the second time in Red Raider history that a defensive lineman has intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

    - Barnstable had 12 Old Colony League all-stars selected from the 2012 team, the most all-stars ever selected from a single team in any sport, in any one season, in the entire 140-year history of Barnstable High School (established in 1873). Those OCL all-stars were: Nick Peabody (QB), Tedaro France (WR), Dylan Morris (WR), Kevin Hardy (S), Tom Grimmer (C), Ryan Litchman (LB), Jason Frieh (DE), Bryan Hardy (LB), Andrew Ellis (LB), Hayden Murphy (RB), Chris Kennedy (G) and James Burke (WR).

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    This cruiser is equipped with a special piece of technology located on the rear of the vehicle that reads license plates checking for valid registration, insurance and if the vehicle is stolen.

    The following is provided by the Barnstable Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

    Notable incidents from Wednesday November 28, 2012

    7:58 a.m.: Kandy Korner, 474 Main St., breaking and entering, motor vehicle, report taken

    8:36 a.m.: 101 Ocean St., larceny, motor vehicle, report taken

    10:18 a.m.:  2400 Rte. 149 and 4 Lombard Ave., breaking and entering, motor vehicle, advised

    2:00 p.m.: Super Stop and Shop, 3900 Falmouth Rd., report taken

    2:56 p.m.: 417 Commerce Rd., larceny, advised

    3:49 p.m.: warrant attempt, arrested three individuals, address, names and charges were redacted from log

    4:43 p.m.: Barnstable High School, 744 West Main St., disturbance, fight, advised

    6:31 p.m.: Cromwell Courts, 168 Barnstable Rd., larceny, advised

    8:31 p.m.: 778 Rte. 149, domestic, assault and battery, arrested 61-year-old Robert S. Opdyke of Marstons Mills, assault and battery, domestic violence

    10:33 p.m.: 71 Nautical Way, robbery, armed, report taken


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  • 12/03/12--02:45: Stoopid Turists Trix

    First, in all fairness, we need to ask ourselves: Do we behave this badly when we ourselves are travelers in faraway places? To answer honestly, we must sit alone in a dark room and go deep within. Finished? OK, I’ve just done my own agonizing reappraisal, and I’ve come up with this response, which I hope matches your own:

    No. We are, we Vineyarders, by and large smarter than the small minority of exhaustively stupid tourists who arrive on our shores in the summer. How do we know this?

    Well, if we were this clueless, how could we ever manage to put up rosehip jam in the fall, and look after our neighbors’ pipes and call 911 if we see icicles, and cope with the ferry schedule, and keep body and soul together in the poorest, drunkest principality of Massachusetts? Satisfied that we’re basically geniuses? OK, let’s get cracking:

    With the help of some of my Facebook friends, I’ve come up with categories of, to use the Latin, stupiditus turistus, ending with a Vineyard doozy of a tourist encounter so dazzlingly dumb it has entered the realm of urban legend (and which I’ve tracked down to its original eyewitness).

    Let’s start, however, with the most famous enduring idiocy of all: The Chappaquiddick Question, as in Where is The Dike Bridge or, as one local wag calls it, The Kennedy Car Wash (I know; ouch): 

    Taxi cab owner, Adam Wilson, once had a passenger comment, “I want to go to Chappaquiddick – you know, to the place where he killed her.”

    I do believe interest in this site has waned. It’s even possible the younger generation, apart from those raised on MV, have never heard about that fateful night back in July of 1969, when young Ted Kennedy, with a young lady named Mary Jo -- well, you know the rest. (I’m addressing an extremely smart and knowledgeable crowd here.)

    In any event, down through the years, scores of tourists have asked to be pointed to the location of this fiasco. First of all, they need to be apprised that they must journey to a second, smaller island, to whit Chappaquiddick which, eyed from Edgartown, has often been mistaken for Nantucket, which leads to another stoopid turist issue which is:

    Some of these people have no idea where they are:

    Nancy Rogers confided, “My dad used to work on the boat and people would drive off and ask how to get to Martha’s Vineyard.”

    Alana Pagnotti said, “A lady pulled up to me on Main Street in Vineyard Haven and asked me how to get to Hyannisport.”

    It’s not atypical, by the way, for vacationers to be totally flummoxed about where they happen to be and what they’re seeing.

    Holly Alaimo reflected that during her days as a concierge at a Boston hotel, any number of guests asked for directions to the Statue of Liberty.

    Did she suggest, “Rent a car, get on I-95 and drive for five-and-half hours”? No, but she was tempted.

    The rascally Warren Gosson, when he spies people pouring over a map, likes to observe, “You cannot get there from here.” After that, he provides authentic directions. 

    This begs the question of people not quite getting what it means to be positioned on an island. Some people seem to think we’re adrift in the Atlantic, as if our soil sits atop an extremely large floatation device.

    Karen Coffey wrote, “I once had a tourist with a thick New Jersey accent ask ‘Is this island surrounded on all four sides by water?’ I thought it was a trick question.”

    Carole Flanders wrote, “My mother used to ask if the island was going to sink and spent most of the time in the house praying.”

    Hey! It’s possible our rock still floats thanks to Carole’s mom’s request for divine intervention!

    A random sampling of mindless queries: Ted Box, boat-builder and furniture-maker, wrote, “When I was doing my driftwood furniture, you’d be surprised how many people asked me if I found my pieces that way on the beach. I, of course, informed them of the difficulty of finding them with drawers still in place.”

    Rebecca Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm revealed she established her institute because she was tired of explaining the difference between a chicken and a duck while showing her animals at the Ag Fair.

    Paulette Hayes has had guests stop to take pictures of cows – apparently they have never seen them in the “wild.”

    And Barbara Beichek reminds us of that perennial question: “Can you buy food here?” As if this is the frontier and the Wells Fargo Wagon has come and done gone.

    Two other big areas of cerebral challenge:

    1). People who remark upon Oaks Bluff, to which Susan Dawson contributed the following episode: “I have a T-shirt that says ‘Oaks Bluff’ and once, walking down Circuit, a woman whacked her husband upside the head and said, ‘See? I told you it was Oaks Bluff!’”

    2). Any question pertaining to the Black Dog tends to sound idiotic.

    Tim DeFelice was once queried by a woman, “You know that T-shirt with the black dog on it? Where do you get those?”

    Tourists on the snuffle for Black Dog gear simply strike us as, well, sub-par on the intelligence scale. When I shared my first bookstore space with the Black Dog General Store in Oak Bluffs, parents often parked their kids in my shop while they trolled for sweatshirts, key-rings, coffee mugs and stuffed black puppies next door. When they returned to collect their brood and the kids held up reading material, the ‘rents would declare, horrified, “We’re not buying you a BOOK!”

    And let’s not forget the visitors who mistake us for Plymouth Plantation.

    Ms. Beichek wrote about her pet peeve of folks who wander down the middle of Circuit Avenue, “not the sidewalk, because, after all, this is an amusement park, not a town of real people. We’re all getting paid to look like we live here.”

    Similarly, Sissy Biggers, whom I recently encountered in Oaks Bluff, told me that one time when she and some guests sat out on her front porch overlooking Ocean Park, a group of Chinese visitors stood and stared at them as if they were on situ to perform.

    Sissy said, “I belted out a rendition of 'Me And Bobbie Magee.'”

    And finally we come to the urban legend of all stoopid turist trix, and the attribution goes to our beloved Betty Burton: “A woman asked me if she could get in front of me at Cronig’s. 'I’m on vacation,’ she explained.

    Betty blurted out, 'Yes, well, I’m on my lunch hour.’”

    Betty admits that she had the usual after-burn wish that she'd come up with a wittier riposte. 

    Any ideas? Please weigh in. You never know when this could happen to you, and you want to be ready. Winner gets a Black Dog T-shirt.

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    The WAAF Hill-Man Morning Shows producer and personality, Anthony “Spaz” Parziale, protesting Menino’s stance, dressed as a sperm at City Hall Plaza last month. Parziale said, “It’s the no-fun city with Mayor Menino. Trojan condoms wants to pass out free vibrators and there are women out there that want them. Who are you to stop them?”

    Trojan, the brand name associated with condoms, will be handing out sex toys on Monday, Dec. 3, from noon to 4 pm at the Boston Center for the Arts in South Boston.

    But not without controversy.

    Originally Trojan wanted to hand out sex toy products at Boston's City Hall Plaza, but officials quickly banned that idea, saying that City Hall Plaza is a family oriented area and it wouldn’t be appropriate.

    The Boston Globe reports that Trojan found a new venue in South Boston: the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, and it will give out samples of two products from its pleasure cart while supplies last on Monday, Dec. 3, between noon and 4 p.m.

    Both Trojan and the BCA say that there is nothing wrong with the event as it will be inside in a private building, and the promoters will be checking IDs at door.

    What do you think? Do you think an event like this is OK to promote and put on publicly? Or should there be some sort of guidelines that prevent an event like this to take place in the public eye? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

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    The following information was provided by the Salvation Army.

    The Salvation Army, the administrator of the 2012–13 Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund campaign, announces that as of Monday, Dec. 3, the Fund will be available to households on an emergency basis due to the “urgency of need” throughout the state.

    The fund will open to all qualified candidates on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

    A cooperative effort between the state's energy companies, their customers and The Salvation Army, the fund helps households in temporary crisis who do not qualify for federal or state assistance with the payment of their energy expenses. The fund’s 28th annual “Give The Gift of Warmth” campaign's goal is to raise $650,000 and help more than 2,000 households.

    “As we’re seeing a heightened need for assistance, we’ve decided to once again open the Fund in December for emergency cases only,” said Major Robert Goding of The Salvation Army in Canton.

    “Due to the struggling economy and relatively high cost of living, we’re anticipating the number of requests for energy assistance will continue to rise as the temperatures drop this winter season.”

    Goding added that the fund has raised more than $18.3 million and assisting more than 80,450 households since its inception in 1985. The fund is often the last resort for households who have not qualified for federal and state assistance programs.

    To qualify for assistance from the fund, an applicant's gross household income must fall between 60 and 80 percent of the state’s median income levels. 

    This year's fund disbursement is $350 per eligible household per heating season. Massachusetts residents who wish to support the fund can “Give the Gift of Warmth” by using the mint-colored Good Neighbor Energy Fund donation envelope found as an insert in monthly energy bills or through the 'add a dollar' program some energy companies offer which allows customers to contribute on their monthly bill payment by one dollar or more.

    Customers can also donate with a credit card on-line by visiting and checking the appropriate box or by calling 1-800- SAL-ARMY. Or donors can simply mail a check payable to "The Good Neighbor Energy Fund" and send it to The Salvation Army, 25 Shawmut Road, Canton, MA 02021.

    Participating energy companies support their respective customers’ generosity through various giving programs. For more information on the fund and how to apply, visit your local Salvation Army Service Center or call 800-334-3047 if you live in area codes 508, 617, 781 or 978. Web:

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    Will more time in school translate into greater student achievement?

    Federal and state officials announced Monday that Massachusetts, along with Connecticut, New York, Tennessee and Colorado, are participating in a pilot program to find out. reports that the program will add at least 300 hours of learning time in some schools starting next fall. 

    Fall River and Lawrence are the two Massachusetts towns included in the pilot project. reports that this new program adds to an effort launched six years ago in Massachusetts to lengthen the school day in several school districts.

    The pilot program reportedly will last three years and include almost 20,000 students in 40 schools with an eye to bringing in more schools if it is effective, particularly lower-performing schools in lower-income communities. Each school district gets to decide exactly how the school time will be increased: longer school days? More of them? Both?

    The pilot is part of a project called the TIME (Time for Innovation Matters in Education) Collaborative, a partnership between the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL). 

    What do you think about this pilot project; do you think this is a constructive approach to improving student achievement?

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    Not an official entry. Submitted by a Patch Editor.

    Patch ran a Sunrise/Sunset contest in the summer and our readers submitted more than 70 photos. 

    We thought with the shorter days and the more dramatic skies ahead, that we should run a Fall Sunrise/Sunset photo contest and we hope you agree!

    If you've taken a great picture of a sunset or a sunrise, share it with Patch and your neighbors.

    Let us know in the caption: your first and last name, what town you're from, where the sunset/sunrise photo was snapped, if it is a sunrise or sunset, and any other information you think we should know.

    This is part of Patch’s Fall Picture of the Week series, where we’re asking you for your best pictures on a certain topic each week.

    We’ve added a little incentive. The winning submission will get a $75 gift card, plus bragging rights.

    We’ll be taking photo submissions each week from 5:30 a.m. Monday through noon Friday. Voting will begin at 4 a.m. Saturday and end at 9 a.m. Monday, so make sure to check back over the weekend to vote for your favorite picture.

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    Barnstable senior captain Andrew Ellis has led his Red Raiders all season long and straight to an 11-0 record and bid for a state title on Saturday at Gillette Stadium at 1:30 pm.

    Let's be honest, here. 

    Prior to Chris Whidden taking over the reins of the Barnstable High School football program, something had faded away from a football program steeped in pride, deep history and the very fabric that had helped build the Red Raider athletics program. It seemed, to be frank, that Barnstable's heart had been broken a few years back. Many feelings and egos had been stepped on. Relationships were tested and some sheared in two.

    The indivisibility of the communal sense of togetherness and pride that had been well over 100 years in the making, seemed to have been, well, divided.

    And while Coach Whidden's presence and leadership had become a welcome breath of fresh air, while his invaluable, bright and loyal coaching staff had proven to be remarkably apt, devoted and downright joyful in being part of a "great thing," the true laurels of leadership belonged where they have always belonged: the players. The kids. The young men. Those who wore the Red & White.

    Somewhere along the line, that ineffable, intangible and wholly necessary quality that makes a great football team had been lost or forgotten. And when such a quality seems absent, it can be next to impossible for any team, regardless of sport or talent, to win. No amount of yardage gained, no touchdowns scored, no degree of bravado or chest-thumping can replace what is irreplaceable.

    It does not mater how many superstar, collegiate prospects a high school football team lines up or boasts or can brag about.

    What matters most - what wins football games - what cannot be divided, bought, sold, marketed, dissected or deconstructed is a team's collective soul. For that very reason, it would be next to impossible to pinpoint or single out any one particular individual soul who is representative of an entire body of souls, any more than someone could select from all of us the next Messiah.

    But what can be singled out and revealed as true is this: that there is something to be said for those who never give up. There is something to be said for those who stand up straight, heads held high yet not haughty in defeat or victory. There is something to be said about those precious few of us - our children included - who reach deep down inside themselves and turn off the "easy-to-flip" switch of concession.

    Not a single individual young man on the 2012 Barnstable High School football team gave up believing that it could be done. With snowflakes whirling about, the bitter December wind cutting into their bones, young men like Andrew Ellis... Jason Frieh... Ryan Litchman...Kevin Hardy... Bryan Hardy... Jon Eldredge... Tom Grimmer... Derek Estes... Hayden Murphy and so many more... none of them were willing to concede a single inch of ground to a team that has long and continuously basked in high school football glory.

    Barnstable had slain the Massachusetts High School football giant - Everett - in late September and in spite of the Super Bowl scoreboard reading "20-19," the Red & White had not failed to fight to the very finish. No newspaper poll could change that. No record book could erase the one major victory that this group of young men had achieved and will always be remembered for: that they had succeeded in re-unifying not just the 120-year-old football program, but the very thing that had built Red Raider Pride in the first place.

    No, football is not everything. But if football is anything it is symbolic of the very struggles we all endure and aspire to overcome in our lives. It represents every human quality in each of us and its core values symbolize what this country was founded upon.

    These 2012 Red Raider football players understood that and took it to heart long ago and because of that very thing - regardless of the win-loss column - the success they accomplished is immeasurable. 

    For they have mended a broken heart and reinstilled hope that leadership really is all about hard work mixed with a healthy dash of humility and topped off with a necessary comprehension that we are all connected and are all in this together and together we can can achieve great things.

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    Deck the House video

    We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s.

    If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16.

    Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district.

    Our contest is right around the corner, so now’s the time to get your holiday decorations out of the attic and “deck” your house.

    After all, ‘tis the season.......

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    The 2013 Ford Escape is undergoing its fourth recall since its introduction this spring.

    Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 89,000 new Escape SUVs and Fusion sedans because the engines can overheat and cause fires.

    The Escape is a top seller for Ford. The 2013 version went on sale in the spring, and it already has had problems with coolant leaks, cracked fuel lines and carpet padding.

    Both the Fusion and Escape are among Ford's top-selling vehicles selling a combined 427,000 already this year, according to Autodata Corp. Note this figure includes those from the previous model year.

    Ford said it is working on a repair plan and trying to find out what causes the overheating problem, where the engines can overheat and leak fluids onto hot parts, causing fires.

    What Should Owners Do?

    The company is asking owners to contact dealers, who will arrange for loaner cars at no charge until the repairs are made.

    "It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible," Steve Kenner, director of Ford's Automotive Safety Office, said in the statement.

    The recall affects vehicles from the 2013 model year with 1.6-liter turbocharged engines that were sold in the U.S. and Canada, the company said in a statement.

    The cars can still be driven, but owners whose dashboard warning lights illuminate should pull off the road, turn off the engine and leave the vehicle, the company said.

    Escape and Fusion owners can find out more about the recall by going to Ford's website. If you are unsure if this affects you, enter your Vehicle Identification Number here to find out. You can also call Ford at 866-436-7332 in the U.S. or 888-222-7814 in Canada, Ford said in a statement.

    Recall Details

    The recall affects Fusions and Escapes with "SE" and "SEL" packages. Models with different engines don't have the problem and are not involved in the recall. About 73,000 Escapes and 16,000 Fusions are affected, according to the compnay.

    Previous Recalls

    In September the company recalled 7,600 new Escapes to fix coolant leaks that can cause engines to overheat or catch fire. Plugs in the engine may not have been installed properly and can fall out while the motor is running. Coolant can leak and cause engines to overheat.

    In July, the company recalled 11,500 Escapes to fix fuel lines that can crack, leak and cause fires.

    In the same month Ford recalled more than 10,000 of the vehicles to fix carpet padding that can interfere with braking.

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  • 12/04/12--02:44: Police Arrest Six Thursday
  • The following is provided by the Barnstable Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

    Notable incidents from Thursday November 29, 2012

    12:29 a.m.: Seaside Pub on Main, 615 Main St., fraud/forgery, arrested 36-year-old Marcel F. Young, home invasion (masked/armed), robbery, armed while masked

    7:04 a.m.: 5 Sea St. and 490 South St., assist other agency, arrested 38-year-old Jeffrey R. Linebaugh of West Yamouth, warrant default, larceny, warrant default, breaking and entering

    2:13 p.m.: 63 Uncle Willies Way, breaking and entering, residence, report taken

    2:45 p.m.: 106 Front St., breaking and entering, residence, report taken

    4:15 p.m.: Cromwell Courts, Building 2, 168 Barnstable Rd., suspicious activity, arrested 16-year-old juvenile, disorderly person, trespass on land, dwelling

    4:20 p.m.: 460 Bearse’s Way, warrant attempt, arrested 22-year-old Liovi Lewis of Hyannis, warrant straight, unregistered, uninsured Marion PD

    4:59 p.m.: Empire Beauty School, 259 North St., breaking and entering, motor vehicle, report taken

    5:49 p.m. 412 Bearse’s Way, warrant attempt, arrested 25-year-old David Keola Navarro of Hyannis, warrant straight larceny under Plymouth

    6:20 p.m.: Day’s Inn Hyannis, 867 Iyannough Rd., motor vehicle stop, report taken, arrested 35-year-old Terron F. Jackson of Hyannis, operating after suspension of license, warrant default, operating after suspension of license

    7:42 p.m.: Bucklers, Ridgewood Ave., breaking and entering commercial, report taken

    9:41 p.m.: 104 Chestnut St., breaking and entering, residence, report taken


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    Court Report: December 3

    The following information was provided by the Barnstable District Court. It does not indicate a conviction unless otherwise noted.


    LITTLEFIELD, PETER P., 48, 785 Main Street, Apartment A3, South Yarmouth; assault and battery, witness intimidation. Pretrial hearing Jan. 14.

    SISSON, PETER E., 50, 11 Captain Studley Road, Marstons Mills; domestic assault and battery (two counts). Pretrial hearing Dec. 19.


    GRAUER, ANNA V., 42, 91 Route 28, Apartment 12, West Yarmouth; forgery of a check, uttering a false check, larceny over $250, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding. Ordered to pay $275 restitution, continued without finding until Dec. 2, 2013.

    MONAGHAN, ROBERT E., 60, 77 Winter Street, Hyannis; disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest. Placed on pretrial probation until May 28, 2013.

    MORRIS, ROY L., 40, 61 Chase Street, Hyannis; disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer. Placed on probation until Nov. 25, 2013.

    NICOLAZZO, KIMBERLY A., 37, 6 Andy Lane, Yarmouth; assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (two counts), resisting arrest. Probation surrender Dec. 14.

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    The following is provided by the Barnstable Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

    Notable incidents from Friday November 30, 2012

    10:03 a.m.: 750 Wakeby Rd., motor vehicle stop, arrested 33-year-old Nicholas A. Davignon of Marstons Mills, operating motor vehicle after suspension of license.

    11:52 a.m.: 519 Main St. Apt. #15, larceny, report taken

    12:45 p.m.: 109 Old Farm Rd., larceny, report taken

    5:35 p.m.: 68 James Otis Rd., domestic, verbal argument, report taken

    10:33 p.m.: 69 Mitchell’s Way, assault and battery, complaint summons issued to 19-year-old Shaunna Reid of Hyannis, assault and battery, domestic violence, also summonsed 36-year-old Brian Reid of Hyannis, assault and battery, domestic violence

    10:53 p.m.: 280 Main St., and 580 Old Colony Rd., motor vehicle stop, arrested 24-year-old Vaughn Stewart of Falmouth, operating motor vehicle after suspension of license, speeding in violation of special regualtions

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    Cape Cod Times Publisher Peter Meyer issued an apology to readers Tuesday night. Meyer said the paper broke reader’s trust. “An internal review has found that one of our reporters wrote dozens of stories that included one or more sources who do not exist,” Meyer said.

    A recent Veteran’s Day story written by Jeffrey November 12 sparked an audit of her work. Times editors used public record databases, voter rolls and town assessor’s records to review Jeffrey’s stories and to attempt to locate the sources.  

    During the audit editors uncovered proof that Jeffrey made up at least 69 people in 34 stories since 1998 when the paper began archiving stories electronically.

    According to Meyer, Jeffrey admitted to using false names and fabricating sources; the paper no longer employs her.

    Meyer said the paper will take steps to prevent incidents like this in the future. Editors will spot check sources more frequently by choosing stories at random and confirming sources. The paper will also hold ethics training sessions. Meyer encouraged readers to inform them of any mistakes.

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