Meetings are held remotely. Go to provincetown-ma.gov and click on the meeting you want to watch.
Thursday, Oct. 1
- Recycling & Renewable Energy Committee, 10 a.m.
- Public Pier Corp., 1 p.m.
- Select Board, 3 p.m.
- Licensing Board, 5 p.m.
- Zoning Board of Appeals, 5 p.m.
- School Committee, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 6
- Council on Aging Board, 1:30 p.m.
- Historic District Commission, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 7
- Conservation Commission, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8
- Scholarship & Trust Administration Committee, 3 p.m.
As of Sept. 29, there were zero new cases of Covid-19, 32 cases considered recovered, and one death as a result of the virus in Provincetown.
Lower Cape Ambulance Food Drive
The Lower Cape Ambulance Association, town agencies, and local organizations have partnered to hold a 17-day food drive beginning Thursday, Oct. 1.
Drop-off boxes will be available at the following locations in Provincetown and Truro: Helping Our Women in Provincetown, Seamen’s Bank’s two branches in Provincetown and Seamen’s Bank in Truro, and Salty Market in Truro, according to an announcement from Leslie Sandberg, spokesperson for Provincetown’s Covid-19 response effort.
Another opportunity for donations can be found at the Provincetown Crop Swap, located at Provincetown Public Library, which operates similarly to the swap shop at the town transfer station, except with food. People can drop off fresh, uncut fruits and vegetables or take some home.
The organizations collaborating on the drive include the Provincetown Food Pantry (Lower Cape Outreach Council), Provincetown Crop Swap (a joint effort of the Provincetown Health Dept., Provincetown Public Library, and SKIP), AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Helping Our Women, the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown, Provincetown Council on Aging, and Truro Council on Aging. The food and funds donated will help the people of the Outer and Lower Cape through each of these organizations.
Alex Juchniewich, Provincetown’s community support liaison and a case manager for the Homeless Prevention Council, said the council has seen a dramatic increase in the number of families in need of services during the pandemic.
“Our Back-to-School Backpack Program served 200 families this year, versus the usual 130 to150,” Juchniewich said. “I’ve received multiple calls reporting housing, financial, and food insecurities. Families are diverting funds to meet expenses, and access to healthy food is definitely a concern for many.”
Donation checks can be mailed to Lower Cape Ambulance, P.O. Box 1721, Provincetown, MA 02657. Please note that it’s for LCAA Food Drive. Or donations can be made online at the Lower Cape Ambulance Facebook page, or on the Lower Cape Ambulance Association website, lowercapeambulance.org.
The ‘Swim’ Happened
No, you didn’t see the orange-swim-capped masses plunging through the harbor from Long Point to the Boatslip. But even in the year when festivals were squashed by the fear of a deadly virus, the Swim for Life still attracted 220 swimmers, kayakers, and volunteers, who raised $110,000 for nonprofits, according to founder and director Jay Critchley.
From oceans, pools, and ponds all over the U.S., swimmers pulled together to support the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Helping Our Women, Outer Cape Health Services, and other local charities and nonprofits. On Sept. 12, a virtual Swim festival bestowed Marianne Clements with the David Asher Volunteer Award and recognized Joe Stewart of Baltimore, Md., for completing his 30th swim.
Top fundraisers include Jim Youngerman, who raised over $16,000 and swam in Lenox and on Cape Cod; Hilary McHugh of Provincetown, who swam a mile daily from July 31 to Sept. 12 and raised over $8,000; organizer Jay Critchley, who swam for the first time since 1988, raising over $7,000; Barbara Jo Ravelle, who swam a mile daily from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 in Duck Pond in Wellfleet and raised over $4,500; Maura Twomey, an open water swimmer who swam the English Channel in 2015 and raised over $4,500. Also, Reenie Desabrais of Provincetown, Jon Drew MacClaren of Sheffield, and Kathryn Rafter and Francie Beal of Dallas, Texas, all raised over or near $3,000. Jason Greene of Provincetown and Chris Nagle of Truro raised over $2,000. Other $1,000 Club participants include Christine Croteau of Worcester, Laurie M Shields of Sterling, Susan Goldberg of Provincetown, Jane Barber of Provincetown and Breckenridge, Colo., Joe Stewart of Baltimore, Md., George Stamides of Burlington, Bill Silvestri of Quincy, and Erik Koper of West Newton. —K.C. Myers