Today, Thursday April 27, 2017, was the annual Pocket Park cleanup in downtown Dennis Port. What amazes me after a number of years of doing this is the 12-15 volunteers that just show up once a date and time goes out in an email. As usual the volunteers range in age from 2-80. A number of volunteers come from the following organizations: Dennis Port Revitalization Committee, South Side Civic Association, Village Garden Club of Dennis and as always the Dennis DPW, who brings the mulch and stone dust and picks up the trash ( as you can see in the below photos ) the volunteers piled up. A special Thank You to my friends, Tom Carroll and Bob Mullen, who also participate every year and bring the power tools for trimming and a pick up truck to pickup and return wheelbarrows. Last but not least, is another Thank You to Alyson Bucchiere, owner of Buckie’s, that supplies free coffee to all the volunteers year after year. Another Thank You goes out to, Pat Sakellis, the Pocket Park Field General who organizes the cleanup every year and doing triple duty representing all three of the above mentioned organizations.
It’s like an epidemic of empty nip bottles, not just in Dennis Port but everywhere. There is a movement underway to finally address the problem. The Dennis Port Revitalization Committee has notified the Dennis Licensing Board about the problem. Lukes Liquor Stores are taking a pro active approach by having a table and petition at the entrance to all their stores, including their Dennis Port store, for residents to sign, that would include a deposit on all nips to help alleviate the problem.
Obviously it probably won’t have any major affect on people littering and discarding them, but will start a new business for individuals that already pick up discarded cans and bottles.
The Register newspaper addressed this issue 2 weeks ago in an editorial as well as our state legislators. The DPRC totally supports any efforts to clean up this problem.
The below photo was taken by Susan McDonald from the collection she picked up on one of her walks in the vicinity of Division St. in Dennis Port. We will keep on top of this and let you know of any activity, hearings, meetings etc.
We were experiencing some technical difficulties with the website and posting straight to our Facebook page. Depending on the material and photos, sometimes it’s much easier to just post to Facebook. Make sure you check out both our Facebook page and the website.
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017
Hello, this is Deputy Chief Jim Sullivan from the Dennis Police Department with an update on the snowstorm for Sunday night into Monday evening. At this time weather forecasts call for 3 to 5 inches of snow with 60 to 65 mile per hour gusts starting early Monday morning. Do not go near any downed wires as they may still be electrified. If you see a wire that is down call 9 1 1. Please report any power outages immediately to Eversource Energy by calling them at 18005922000. Please be aware they are predicting unusual high tides and flooding conditions on the north side of town especially in areas that are prone to flooding. High tide will be at approximately 12:49 p m on Monday. Several of these areas will be closed off to the public.
Once a week for the next couple of weeks, I’ll post old historical photos of Dennis Port and you guess the location and what it is today. Tonight we will start with the old Dennis Port gas station. Good Luck !!! If no one guesses the correct answer, I’ll give the answer before the next post.
Dennis Port resident and town historian, Phyllis Horton, was presented with a citation from the State House for her years of membership and service to the South Side Civic Association. There is nobody with more historical knowledge of Dennis Port and the town of Dennis than Phyllis. Phyllis is also a long time Board of Director member of the Dennis Historical Society and the Dennis Historical Commission. Phyllis is also very active in maintaining all the historical museums in town. In the bottom photo, Ed Chatelain, President of South Side Civic Association is shown reading the citation prior to his presentation to Phyllis. If you are wondering where this took place from the background… it was the 1800’s school room on the second floor of the maritime museum at the West Dennis Graded School.
After much deliberation, by the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee and local artist Hans deCastellane, it was decided that mural #3 in the Pocket Park would be old stores from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s. During this period downtown Dennis Port was the hot spot for shopping in the mid cape area and beyond. We had 3 grocery stores, several retail stores, several restaurants and a number of small businesses. If you go to the photo gallery on this website you will see a number of these old photos. If you have any vintage photos of the downtown area during this time frame and would like to share them and possibly have that photo in the mural please forward the photo/s to email@example.com
Here are a few sample photos from those decades …. Anyone remember Estey’s, First National, Deans Record Shop, Tydol Gas Station, Stop & Shop, Henderson’s Hardware, Appleton’s Hardware, Mabel’s Mixing Bowl, Davenport’s, Pier 11 East Restaurant ( now BZ’s ), The Coffee Shop and many, many more stores. Feel free to send in photos or comment or your memories of the old downtown area.
We have raised $2,400 to date toward the projected cost of $7,500. If you would like to donate toward the mural send a check of any denomination to:
Dennis Port Revitalization Committee
Town of Dennis
P.O. Box 2060
685 Route 134
South Dennis, MA 02660
If you were a little dismayed to see all the south side beaches closed and locked up since the storm……good news……all the Dennis Port and West Dennis beach parking lots are open again as of today, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Only on the Cape can 16″ of snow completely disappear within 72 hrs. When you look around, the snow you see remaining are from the plows, snowblowers and shovels where snow was piled up.
Grab your dog or best friend and walk or drive down to one of our beaches on Nantucket Sound and enjoy the sun, peace, tranquility and mid forty degree temperatures …..only 67 days to Spring.
South Side Civic Association will be holding it’s first meeting of 2017 on Feb. 1, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the West Dennis Graded School. Guest Speaker will be Dennis Historian, Phyllis Horton. Phyllis will be giving a presentation on the 650 Sea Captains that called the Town of Dennis home. If I’m not mistaking Dennis produced more Sea Captains than any other Town on Cape Cod. This presentation is open to the public and you don’t have to be a member to attend.
Mark your calendars for a an enlightning and informative presentation by a great historian on a cold winter night in a well preserved old school house. More info will follow as we get closer to Feb. 1st.
The Committee will work independently and with professional assistance to identify the needs and mechanisms to strengthen the area economy, revitalize the village and enhance the quality of life in Dennisport Village.