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Cape Cod Holiday Events in December 2017

Christmas Tree‘Tis the season to join in on some of the Christmas and New Year’s festivities around Cape Cod! Here are some of the wonderful events taking place this month.

Gardens Aglow in Sandwich
Weekends through December 30th

Heritage Museums & Gardens hosts this annual holiday event featuring over 10 miles of beautiful lights. Enjoy family friendly activities, marshmallow roasts, holiday displays, music, and performances. More details >>

Falmouth Holidays by the Sea Weekend
December 1st - 3rd

This festive event includes caroling at the Historic Nobska Lighthouse, a Jingle Jog 5K, and a Kids Elf Run. On Sunday, walk on Main Street with the parade and enjoy other festivities. More details >>

54th Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade
December 3rd

Don’t miss out on the largest holiday parade in Southeastern Massachusetts! The parade starts at noon at the Falmouth Mall and features floats, costumes, marching bands, animals, and Santa. More details >>

48th Annual Osterville Christmas Open House & Stroll
December 8th

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley rides, carolers, and music in this beautifully decorated village. More details >>

Mashpee Chamber Christmas Parade
December 9th

This is a nighttime parade with illuminated floats, festive music, and holiday costumes. The theme for this year is “Mashpee Celebrates Under the Stars!” More details >>

First Light Provincetown
December 28th - 31st

This annual holiday event features an amazing fireworks show, dancing, live performances, and the famous New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge. More details >>

First Night Sandwich
December 31st

This holiday celebration is family friendly and alcohol free. The event features multicultural activities and performances. The community celebration is open to everyone from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. and there is a Reveler’s Parade at 8:00 p.m. More details >>

For a full list of Cape Cod holiday events, click here.




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    Cape Cod Thanksgiving Events 2017

    Thanksgiving DinnerCape Cod is an ideal place to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, friends, and festivities. Here are some of the holiday events happening on and around the Cape this year.

    America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration
    November 17 - 19, 2017

    This three-day celebration is a wonderful opportunity to embrace the history of our nation and our heritage. The celebration features a parade, food festival, live music, waterfront activities, and more. This year, the events kick off the 2020 Celebration Series with special events happening each year leading up to the historic anniversary of Plymouth. More details >>

    Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument
    November 22, 2017

    This annual celebration celebrates the Pilgrims’ First Landing in the New World in 1620. Last year, nearly 1,500 people attended and watched the illumination of the Pilgrim Monument. The lights shine every night through the first week in January. The event is free to attend and includes light refreshments and entertainment. More details >>

    Annual Chatham Turkey Trot
    November 23, 2017

    The Chatham Turkey Trot is a family holiday tradition offering expert and novice runners the opportunity to connect with family and friends and raise money for our first responders and diabetes research and education. Participants can either walk or run in the One Mile Family Fun Run or the 5K. More details >>


    July 4th Guide for Cape Cod 2017



    Mashpee: 9:15 p.m. at Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road as part of community picnic (July 1 rain date)


    Orleans: at dusk at Rock Harbor Beach, Rock Harbor Road (July 6 rain date)


    Nantucket: At dusk at Jetties Beach, Bathing Beach Road (July 5 rain date)


    Hyannis: 9 p.m., main viewing locations at Aselton Park (250 Ocean St.), Bismore Park (180 Ocean St.), and Veteran’s Park Beach (480 Ocean St.). Parking will be available at the North Street parking lots and the Town Hall parking lot. Can tune into 95.1 WXTK for soundtrack to the fireworks. Visible from beaches and locations facing Nantucket Sound. (Sept. 2 rain date)

    Provincetown: 9 p.m. over Provincetown Harbor (July 5 rain date)

    Falmouth: 8:30 Falmouth Heights Beach, 416 Gifford St.

    Edgartown (Martha’s Vineyard): At dusk on Edgartown Harbor (July 5 rain date)



    Pocasset: Salt Marsh Lane 4th of July Parade: 1 p.m., Barlows Landing Road, Pocasset. Parade starts from St. John’s Church in Pocasset and goes down Barlow’s Landing Road, through Salt Marsh Lane. Theme: “American Broadway Shows.” Residents and families of Salt Marsh Lane design floats, decorate bikes and themselves.


    Barnstable/West Barnstable: 9 a.m., beginning at the County Complex on Railroad Avenue, continuing onto Main Street (Route 6A), turning left onto Mill Way and ending at the Village Hollow.

    Chatham: 9:30 a.m., beginning at the intersection of Shore Road and Main Street, continuing up Main Street, ending at the intersection of Crowell Road and Tip Cart Road.

    Wellfleet: 9:30 a.m., Antique Car Parade (starting at Mayo Beach), 10 a.m., general parade (starting at town pier) with a “Favorite Children’s Stories” theme, beginning on Holbrook Avenue, turning right on Main Street, right on Commercial Street, and ending at Wellfleet Pier. The judge’s stand will be on the lawn of the Town Hall, 286 Main St.

    Bourne: 10 a.m., beginning at the intersection of Academy Drive and Main Street, ending at the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Building, 239 Main St.

    Centerville: 10 a.m., beginning at Centerville Elementary School, 658 Bay Lane, continuing up Bay Lane, turning right onto Bumps River Road, a left onto Park Avenue, a right onto Main Street, and ending at the Centerville Recreation Building, 524 Main St.

    Falmouth: 10 a.m., bike and carriage parade beginning at the Village Green, continuing down Main Street, ending at Peg Noonan Park, 270 Main St., where prizes will be awarded.

    Orleans: 10 a.m., beginning at the Orleans Elementary School, 46 Eldredge Park Way, continuing on Route 6A, onto Main Street, then onto Route 28, and ending back at Eldredge Park Way.

    Sandwich: 10 a.m., beginning at the Henry T. Wing School parking lot, 33 Water St., turning left onto Beale Avenue, right onto Water Street, right onto Main Street, right onto Beale Avenue, left onto Morse Road, and ending past the bandstand at the Wing School.

    Cotuit: 11 a.m., beginning at the Cotuit Post Office, 45 School St., continuing down School Street to Main Street, turning left onto Main Street and ending at the rear entrance of the Waldorf School of Cape Cod, 140 Old Oyster Road.

    Hyannisport: 11 a.m., beginning at the Hyannisport Post Office, 44 Longwood Ave., turning left onto Washington Avenue, a right onto Lafayette Avenue, a left onto Winchester Avenue, a left onto Scudder Avenue, and ending at the West Beach Club, 9 Dale Ave.

    Provincetown: 11 a.m., beginning at East End, Harbor Hotel, continuing up Commercial Street, ending on Franklin Street (see related events below).

    Osterville: 11:30 a.m., beginning on Washington Avenue, turning right onto Webster Street, a right onto Sea View Avenue, a right onto Warren Street, and a right onto Washington Street, where it will end.

    Woods Hole: noon. beginning at the entrance to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution parking lot on School Street, moving down Water Street where it will end. Free watermelon and water immediately following in Waterfront Park, 100 Water Street.

    Hyannis Harbor Boat Parade: 2 p.m. at Hyannis Marina with viewing along Ocean Street.

    Hyannis: 4 p.m., beginning at the intersection of Ocean and Main streets, and ending at the intersection of Sea and Main streets (See related activities below).

    Edgartown:Martha’s Vineyard): 5 p.m., beginning at the intersection of West Tisbury Road and Pinehurst Road, taking a right onto Main Street, a left onto Pease’s Point Way next to the monument, then a right onto Morse Street, a left onto Fuller Street, a right onto Thayer Street, right onto North Water Street, right onto Main Street, left back onto West Tisbury Road, ending at the Edgartown School, 35 Robinson Road.



    Mashpee: The Mashpee Community Picnic, 5 p.m. at Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road. Games, entertainment (including a magic and juggling show), activities, food and live music. Limited parking, shuttle available from Quashnet Elementary School, 150 Old Barnstable Road, to the high school.


    Chatham: Chatham Liberty Craft Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Chatham Community Center lawn, 702 Main St. Showcasing American-made arts and crafts and specialty foods.


    Wellfleet: 8:30 a.m., 5-mile adult fun run; 10 a.m., 1.2-mile children’s fun run with prizes given to all. Adult course beginning at Mayo Beach parking lot, Kendrick Ave., run along Wellfleet Harbor to Sunset Hill and back. Children’s course from Mayo Beach parking lot to Chequesset Neck Road and back. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


    Sandwich: 8:30 a.m., 3-mile road race and fun run behind the Henry T. Wing School, 33 Water St. 11:30 a.m. egg toss, followed by a picnic in the park and music by Brian Sances Band at noon to 2 p.m. at the Henry T. Wing School. 1 p.m. water games and “THE FOAM” foamy water from the Sandwich Fire Department. At 7:30 p.m., Dale and the Duds will perform “oldies but goodies” at Shawme Pond Bandstand behind Town Hall on Route 130. At 9 p.m. there will be a boat parade behind the bandstand featuring small boats decorated with paper lanterns and candles.

    Falmouth: 9 a.m., 6th Annual Run Jack Run Family Fun Run/Walk beginning at Falmouth High School boys’ soccer fields, continuing down Gifford Street, ending at Trotting Park soccer fields. FHS a capella group Soulfege will sing the national anthem before the race.

    Hyannisport: 9 a.m., Beach Club 2K Run at the Hyannisport Post Office, 44 Longwood Ave.

    Nantucket: 9 a.m., annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 11 Orange St. There will be a patriotic sing-along with Bob and Diane Lehman and the Meeting House Community Chorus. Children can sign a replica of the Declaration of Independence and “ring” in the Fourth of July on the 1815 Portuguese bell in the Meeting House tower. 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., there will be events on Main Street, including a dunk tank, a watermelon-eating contest, face-painting, a pie-eating contest, bike decorating, Matt Fee Tea Toss, a puppet show, and Uncle Sam bean toss. 5 p.m., Independence Day games for families at Children’s Beach off Harbor View Way. Activities include a tug-o-war, three-legged races, and sack races.

    Chatham: 11 a.m., Strawberry Festival at the First United Methodist Church for strawberry shortcake and lunch, 16 Cross St.

    Yarmouth: 11 a.m. to noon. Historical Society of Old Yarmouth annual Fourth of July picnic, Kelley Chapel Meadows. Free for members and guests.

    Provincetown: 3 to 10 p.m.,  first “Monumental 4th of July Picnic” on the grounds of the Pilgrim Monument, 1 High Pole Road, Provincetown. Visitors can enjoy food from Mac’s Seafood with a choice of lobster roll or fried chicken, both with sides and desserts and includes access to the cash bar. Fireworks to follow. Tickets: $45 for adults, $15 for children. Tickets and parking can be reserved online at

    Hyannis: 3:15 to 4 p.m., “Decorate your Bike, Carriage, or Wagon Contest” at the Hyannis Village Green on Main Street for children up to age 12; decorated “vehicles” can join in the parade for a ride down Main Street. Riders must wear helmets, and parents are welcome to accompany their children. Register at 3 p.m. Town of Barnstable Band will play patriotic songs from 5 to 6:30 p.m at the Village Green. Funktapuss will perform 7 p.m. at Aselton Park, 250 South St. (See Parades above)

    White House puts advisory panel for Cape preserve on hold


    By  GLOBE STAFF  MAY 12, 2017

    The advisory commission was created at the same time as the Cape Cod National Seashore to mollify concerns about the federal government controlling some 44,000 acres of beaches and bogs that stretch from Chatham to Provincetown. 

    The commission is composed of representatives from the surrounding six towns, as well as the county, state, and the US Interior Department. 

    The group has a long history of helping officials navigate a range of delicate issues, from preserving aging dune shacks to allowing vehicles on pristine beaches. But last week, commissioners learned that they must halt their meetings during a Trump administration review. 

    Delaney and other commissioners said they worry about the administration’s intentions, especially given the major cuts President Trump has proposed for the Environmental Protection Agency and his recent executive order to review the establishment of national monuments by his predecessors.

    But a spokeswoman for the Interior Department said that the suspension is temporary, and that the commission would probably be cleared to resume its business this summer. 

    The pause gives Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke time to review the “charter and charge” of the Cape Cod commission and similar bodies, she said. The order affects more than 200 similar federal advisory bodies across the country.

    “The secretary is committed to restoring trust in the department’s decision-making, and that begins with institutionalizing state and local input and ongoing collaboration, particularly in communities surrounding public lands,” Heather Swift, a spokeswoman for the Interior Department, said in a statement. The review also seeks to “maximize feedback” from committees and “ensure their compliance” with the federal Advisory Committee Act, she said. 

    “This review process necessitates the temporary postponement of advisory committee meetings,” Swift said. 

    She said concerns that the Trump administration may be seeking to dilute local input were misplaced. 

    “It is definitely not an attempt to weaken local voices,” Swift said. “This administration prioritizes local communities over special interests and bureaucrats, and the review is aimed at improving the process.”

    Commissioners learned about the suspension last week from George E. Price Jr., the longtime superintendent of Cape Cod National Seashore, during his last week on the job. The story was first reported by the Cape Cod Times.

    “It is ironic that the last actual message I am sending to all of you is to inform you that all Advisory Commission business . . . has been postponed at this time,” Price wrote the commissioners in an e-mail. 

    He had no further information about the decision. 

    “I assume this is related to the transition of the administration,” he wrote.

    When reached by phone, Price declined to comment.

    Many of the 10 commissioners, who for years have met with federal officials every other month to provide input and seek consensus, are skeptical about the administration’s intentions.

    “This could be an attempt to clear the way for less public resistance to the broader exploitation of resources,” said Delaney, who was appointed chair during the Obama administration and could be removed from his position by new appointees.

    The commissioners said the panel has helped Cape Cod communities maintain a healthy relationship with the National Park Service, which overseas the national seashore. While the panel’s rulings aren’t binding, the Park Service almost always heeds its advice, they said.

    “I’m very worried,” said Sheila Lyons, a commissioner who has represented Barnstable County since 2010.

    She recalled how officials from Russia’s park service visited a few years ago and marveled at the volunteer commission’s relationship with the government.

    “What makes our country truly great is that we have great institutions, and now, it doesn’t seem that way,” Lyons said. “These institutions are fragile and could collapse.” 

    Maureen Burgess, who has represented Truro since 2011, noted that her fellow commissioners had already submitted to federal background checks and been approved by the Interior Department.

    Commissioners have played a key role in policies approved by the Park Service, such as banning jet skis along the national seashore and off-road vehicles on most of its beaches. The panel also urged the state to require the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station across Cape Cod Bay to do more to contain its spent fuel.

    Muffling their voice, Burgess said, would amount to a significant loss for the community.

    “It’s upsetting what has happened,” she said.

    Dogs Banned From Popular Mashpee Beach

    Dogs Banned From Popular Mashpee Beach

    By SAM HOUGHTON    May 4, 2017

    Dogs, whether with leashes or without, have been banned from Popponesset   Spit for the season.

    A newsletter from Save Popponesset Bay sent out April 27 reads that no dogs would be allowed on the beach from April 1 until Labor Day in September in order to protect piping plovers and other threatened species.

    New signs were recently installed at the beach highlighting the new rule.

    "We have been warned by the [US] Department of Fish and Wildlife about dogs on the Spit,” the newsletter states. “Failure to comply can result in severe actions to protect the endangered species who populate the Spit during the spring/summer season.”

    Michael Oleksak, president of the board of directors of Save Popponesset Bay, said that the organization has worked with Mass Audubon to keep the beach safe for the threatened species, and that dogs could thwart that effort.

    The spit is a privately owned barrier beach separating Popponesset Bay from Nantucket Sound, aside from a boating channel. Save Popponesset Bay, a nonprofit organization that aims to protect the spit from erosion, owns two-thirds of the barrier beach to the southwest, while Mass Audubon owns the eastern one-third.

    The one-mile-long barrier beach protects both Popponesset Bay and homes in New Seabury, as well as the many channels that filter into the bay, including the Mashpee River. It is a popular spot for boaters and fishermen.

    Piping plovers, a threatened species along the Atlantic Coast, nest and raise their young along the barrier beach through the spring and summer.

    According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, piping plovers were common along the East Coast during much of the 19th century, until commercial hunting of the birds for their feathers to decorate hats nearly wiped them out. Following passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918, plovers recovered until the 1940s, when increased development and beach recreation after World War II caused the population to decline. The plover was given protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1986.

    The Spit also provides nesting habitat for least terns and common terns. The wildlife sanctuary also serves as a pre-migration fall staging area for common terns and sometimes roseate terns as well as many shore bird species.

    “If you see dogs on the Spit this summer, please say something to the owners,” the Save Popponesset Bay newsletter stated. “We do not want to lose our rights to visit the Spit. Don’t let the actions of a few ruin it for others.”


    Real Estate Sales Volume Dips, Value Rises in February

    BARNSTABLE –The Barnstable County Register of Deeds reports that real estate sales volume has dipped but value has continued to rise for the month of February.

    The volume of real estate sales was down 15.2 percent from February of 2016 and the total value of sales was down 9 percent over last year. “The main reason we didn’t have the volume, to my taking, is that we had three fewer business days this February than we did last year, so that probably explains why we were down volume-wise,” said Register of Deeds Jack Meade.

    The median individual property sale value was up 8.6 percent from the previous year and there was a 11.2 percent decrease in the volume of mortgage activity from February 2016 levels.  The median sale price of property in Barnstable County last month was $335,000. For the year-to-date, volume of sales is up 1.3 percent, total value of sales is up 1.7 percent, individual sales value is up 8.8 percent and mortgage volume is up 5.4 percent.

    The number of foreclosure deeds decreased from 20 in February of 2016 to 15 last month, or a 25 percent decrease. They are up 8 percent for the year-to-date. Meade believes that the next few months will be better for real estate activity in Barnstable County.

    “My expectation is that we start to see our volume numbers pick up slowly as the spring gets started, and then we’ll have a nice second quarter of the spring,” said Meade. “April, May, June is usually one of our busiest sections of the year.”


    By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, March 6, 2017 Newscenter

    Mashpee Commons: The Shopping Hub of the Upper Cape


    Mashpee Commons has evolved over the years as one of Cape Cod’s premier shopping destinations, with a wide variety of retail and food establishments. But there’s also a bustling energy, an inward attraction there, which has created jobs and municipal income in an area of Cape Cod that was previously lacking.

    It’s a major shopping hub of the Upper Cape, with over 100 stores and restaurants and 52 apartments. By taking only a few steps, shoppers can pick up groceries, gifts and specialty goods, all before meeting up with a friend for cocktails.

    Its town-center feel attracts those seeking a Sunday stroll, but also the busy business person in need of a trusty place to find a tie. Its old-school architecture is a sendoff to the type of community which houses it – one which pays homage to the past but eagerly seeks a steady economic future.

    What’s in Mashpee Commons?

    The types of businesses in Mashpee Commons are diverse and numerous, but we can break them down into the following categories.

    Dining and Entertainment. There are nearly twenty options for noshing within the Commons, most of which are local businesses which offer selections for both worldly and home-stuck palates. Diners may choose between pub fare at Bobby Byrnes, French classics at Bleu, Italian fare at Estia or Siena, and sandwiches at Burrito Bistro or Panera. They can also pursue pizza at Zoe’s, smoothies at Organic Market, and a whole host of Asian options at Asia. After dinner, visitors can catch a flick at the Regal Cinemas just steps away.

    Clothing. Shoppers have consistently flocked to Mashpee Commons for its wide array of clothing stores. There are over 30, offering the type of diversity you find in the development’s restaurants. Chico’s, Francesca’s, White House|Black Market and Modern Mix offer more contemporary styles and fits, while Puritan, Jos. A. Bank and Soft as a Grape are longtime local favorites. Selections from Vineyard Vines, Cape Kids, MOCEAN, Suits You Swimwear and The Black Dog will let you show off a little homegrown Cape Cod chic.

    Specialty Shops. These are your gift shops, home furnishings and gourmet selections. Setting the Space and Williams Sonoma have your living room and kitchen covered. Massage Envy, Beyond Beauty and Polished Nails and Spa provide for various health and wellness needs, and the Spice Merchants, Cape Cod Art Bar, Color Me Mine, Kensington’s and Cape Kaleidoscopes prove that shoppers have no shortage of options available to them in the Commons. If you need any sort of healthy ingredient, be it gluten free, vegan or paleo-friendly, be sure to stop at the Organic Market.

    History of Mashpee Commons

    While a shopping center has existed in the area since the 1960s, Mashpee Commons as it is known today has its roots in the mid-80s.
    Before developers Douglas Storrs and Arnold Chace began developing a vision for the land in 1986, the existing infrastructure resembled a worn out and under-patronized strip mall.

    The developers believed that in order to succeed and create a formal center of town, the shopping center should feature architecture inspired by traditional New England structures and be highly walkable.

    They felt a mixed-use model would lend itself to a stronger economic community than a typical sprawling mall. The town-center feel which the Commons remains noted for was achieved by placing parallel parking spots in the busier intersections, creating a buffer between the road and sidewalk and therefore making these areas even more walkable.

    In 1962, the former New Seabury mall area was comprised only a few shops. But as the community grew and diversified, so too did its merchants, a trend which continues today.

    By Staff 

    Study Shows Sotheby's International Realty Ranks Highest In Trust Among Residential Real Estate Brokerage Brands.










    Lifestory Research is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 America's Most Trusted@ Residential Real Estate Brokerage Study in which Sotheby's International Realty ranks highest in trust among residential real estate brokerage brands. Sotheby's  International Realty is a luxury real estate brand founded in 1976 by the Sotheby's Auction House. Sotheby's International Realty operates as a franchise focusing on brokering and marketing of luxury residential real estate. The study, based on 6,299 consumer surveys, tracks how trust impacts the evaluations of residential real estate brokerage brands by home shoppers. Consumer opinions are collected over the course of the prior 12 months throughout the United States. To qualify to participate in the study, participants must have indicated that they were aware of specific brands and actively shopping for a new home. Lifestory Research tracks the largest residential real estate brokerage brands in this ongoing study.The brands included in the ranking list are based upon those brands most recognized by consumers.Some brands included in the study are not represented in the list since they did not generate a brand awareness score high enough to be included.

    Trust is measured through the Lifestory Research Net Trust Quotient Score in which each brand is evaluated in regards to trust by those shopping for a new home. An index score of 100 is average for all brands included in the study.

    America's Most Trusted@, in its fifth year, is a designation awarded to brands that garner the trust among those they serve. Awards are based upon the collection and evaluation of thousands of consumer opinions. Product categories included in the 2017 research program include: home builders, active adult resort home builders, faucets, HVAC systems, kitchen appliance brands, laundry appliance brands, paint, and residential real estate brokerages. Trust is measured through a

    Net Trust Quotient Score in which brands are divided into three categories: "advocates," customers who feel a significant trust toward the brand; "neutrals," those who trust a specific brand, but do not see a specific brand as standing on the shoulders of other brands, and "antagonists," who are skeptics with little, if any, trust in a specific brand.

    Detailed information about the study can be found at: 

    Real Estate Sales Show Signs of Strength on Cape Cod

    January 11, 2017

    HYANNIS –Barnstable County saw an increase in real estate sales volume and value in December 2016.

    Real estate sales volume last month was up nearly 4 percent from December 2015 and the total value of sales was up 4.7 percent from the previous year.

    “It was just indicative of what we’ve been doing all year and this month was not an exception from what we’ve been doing, and it was nice to see that trend we’ve been seeing over the last year continue,” said Barnstable County Register of Deeds Jack Meade.

    Numbers also increased in the volume of mortgage activity with 16.8 percent from December 2015 levels.

    The median individual property sale value last month also saw an increase of 1.8 percent from last year.

    For 2016, the volume of sales was up 10.9 percent, total value of sales was up 13.4 percent, mortgage volume was up 12.6 percent and individual sales value was up 3 percent, compared to 2015.

    Meade expects to see real estate sales dip in the first couple of months of 2017.

    “We should see activity in March greater than what we have in January,” said Meade. “We will quiet for these three months and the question is how quiet.”

    By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, Newscenter