This village is no stranger to ships of all shapes and sizes on its waterfront. Barely anyone strolling down the street blinks an eye at ferry boats, deep-sea submersibles or Coast Guard cutters launching or landing from its docks.
But even for Woods Hole, the sight of a brigantine’s mast poking above the rooftops is far from an ordinary sight. Read more.
Heritage Museums & Gardens is worth $27 million yet doesn’t pay a dime in property taxes to its host town of Sandwich. Neither does Cape Cod Hospital pay Barnstable, nor does the 300 Committee pay Falmouth.
That’s because the institutions, like hundreds of others on the Cape and Islands, are nonprofit and aren’t required to pay tax on their property. Millions of potential tax dollars are lost to local cities and towns each year on the nearly $145 billion in untaxable land here, even though in many cases the organizations benefit from town services such as police, fire and road maintenance. Read more.
To the staff of the Chick-fil-A on St. Augustine Road in Valdosta, Georgia, the two women and the little boy were a down-on-their luck trio who would come into the restaurant for free Internet access and some cheap food.
When it became clear they had little cash to spare, managers would give them a free meal. Sometimes, staff members put their own money toward buying the food, said Michelle Weaver, a manager at the restaurant. After several weeks, the women started asking probing questions of the young staff — What’s your name? Where do you live? What’s your email address? — and the staff’s generosity waned. The Valdosta Police Department was called to investigate.
“It was just some suspicious activity,” Weaver said. Read more.
Two institutions in the Woods Hole scientific community are welcoming new leadership this year, and both men say their biggest challenge will be to find new ways to fund their science without relying on government grants.