Clarification on political signs in Barnstable
Dear Write to Know: My questions are regarding political yard signs. I was under the impression that signs could not be displayed on private property until 30 days before an election. Is that correct? And are candidates allowed to put up signs on public land? If not, and a sign is displayed on public land, is the public allowed to take it down? I was also under the impression that signs could not be within 3 feet of a street. Are they allowed to be on the grass area between a public sidewalk and a public street? It seems very early for the Cape to be inundated by so many political signs.
Dear D.D.: We spoke with the Barnstable town clerk and she gave us an overview on political signs. In 2002 or 2003, there was a resolve by the Town Council that signs should not be displayed on private property except in the days leading up to an election. Since this is a resolve and not a law, there are no “real teeth” in it. Another wish of the town is that no political signs be placed on rotaries or other public spaces where the signs are a safety issue (i.e. blocking sight). The hope is that people will be respectful of others.
Anyone use indoor HD antenna in Cotuit area?
Dear Write to Know: Has anyone had luck using the indoor HD TV antennas in Cotuit and along the South Shore of the Cape? What local stations come in clear? Thanks.
Dear D.J.: If we hear from Cotuit residents weighing in on your questions, we will post their responses for you.
Pool table available for veterans, police group
Dear Write to Know: We have a Big G Gandy Pool Table with custom cover in terrific shape.
Ideally, we would like to donate it to a veterans post, police recreation center or sober house. It is in terrific shape and ready for new players. It would need to be dismantled and would require several good backs. It is heavy and ready for a new home. Call Ed at 508-477-4527. Thank you.
Dear B.E.: We hope someone connected with these groups will contact you.
Contact town about company repairing road
Dear Write to Know: Good morning, I hope you can help. My neighbor had gas put in his house a few months ago. The gas company did a good job installing the gas line — all the right equipment, the crew knew what they were doing, they were very professional. Now here is the problem. We live on a dirt road that is not accepted by the town (Falmouth) so they don't maintain it on a regular basis. The gas company crew said they would be back to fix the road they dug up. We have called and left messages, we have talked to them and still no one comes. I have been looking at their three road cones in front of my house for months. Thank you.
J.C., East Falmouth
Dear J.C.: A representative from the Falmouth DPW confirmed that your road is a private road and not maintained by the town. Although they might provide some snowplowing, the town doesn’t trim trees or fix potholes. In most cases, a company would need to get a road opening permit from the town’s engineering department before doing work. Any company should leave the area it has worked on in as good or better shape than before it started. For more information, you can call the Falmouth Engineering Department at 508-457-2543, ext. 3100.
Writer seeks oversize travel wheelchair
Dear Write to Know: Just wondering if someone has an oversize travel wheelchair to sell. I would really appreciate help in finding one. Please call 508-255-5221. Thank you.
Dear S.B.: Best of luck!
Sewing machine, fabric sought for quilt-making
Dear Write to Know: Does anyone have a used sewing machine that is still in good running condition that they no longer need? Does anyone have any fabric, or fabric scraps, or old sheets, linens, doilies, lace, ribbon, etc. and quilt batting that they do not need? I would like to make baby quilts to donate. The themes will be birds, gardens, lighthouses, angels, and the ocean. Does anyone know the best place to give these quilts to, where they would do the most good? 508-420-1846. Thank you.
L.L., Marstons Mills
Dear L.L.: We hope our readers can help with your request. Thanks for providing your contact information.
VCR tapes available for donation
Dear Write to Know: I have many (more than 50) VCR tapes in their original covers. Are there any places to donate them to or would anyone want them?
M.W., Harwich Port
Dear M.W.: If our readers reach out to you, we will post their answers here.
Cut wood available in West Yarmouth
Dear Write to Know: I have approximately a half face cord of old wood that was cut to use in a wood stove. All or part available to anyone who might be able to use it. Call 508-394-8590.
I.S., West Yarmouth
Dear I.S.: Hopefully, our readers will contact you.
Consider wildlife centers to donate medical supplies
Dear Write to Know: Last week, a reader asked where they might be able to donate medical supplies such as bandages, gauze, etc. which are usually not accepted by agencies that provide care to people in need. I recently donated supplies which I no longer needed to Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable. Readers on the Outer Cape may contact Wild Care in Eastham.
J.B., East Dennis
Dear J.B.: Thanks for sending in this information. Wild Care is located at 10 Smith Lane, Eastham. They can be contacted at 508-240-2255.
Dear Write to Know: Beautiful 32” wood cabinet made by Ethan Allen. Lovely piece of furniture in mint condition. Must be picked up. 508-385-8791.
J.D., East Dennis
Dear Write to Know: Simmons Hide-A-Bed, super queen size, from 1974, with slipcovers. Free, take away. 508-362-2024.
Dear Write to Know: I have a couch 7½-foot wood frame (pine), 3 reversible cushions, medium brown & tweed (false leather) good condition for den. 508-896-5104
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