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Santas Are Coming To Town; Altruism Wins, NIMBYs Lose; More!

YARMOUTH - It's beginning to look a lot like... Christmas? "More than 50 Santa Clauses in full regalia will be converging on Yarmouth Saturday, May 4, for the Northeast Santa Convention." [The Register]

SOUTH DENNIS - Lowe's, the (blue) home improvement big box store, is looking to build a 100,000-square-foot store and 28,000-square-foot garden center off Theophilus Smith Road. Local zoning allows for the project, but it still has to get a thumbs up from the Cape Cod Commission. "Lowe's withdrew its proposal earlier this week, within days of the commission's scheduled opening hearing, but the company will likely resubmit the plan within the next few weeks. According to Lowe's attorney Michael Ford, the withdrawal was simply to give the company more time to work on a traffic study." Meanwhile, chambers of commerce from Harwich, Dennis, Brewster and Yarmouth are "preparing for battle." [Cape Cod Times]

SOUTH YARMOUTH - Altruism alert! Instead of selling a lot of land they owned in South Yarmouth, locals Ralph and Ann Specht donated the property to to the Seven Hills Foundation, stipulating that a group home be built. Long story short, NIMBYs were defeated and the soon-to-be completed residence, known as "Peter's House" in honor of the Specht's son, will be home to five women who are disabled. Habitat for Humanity helped construct the much-needed handicapped accessible property for the future residents who range in age from mid-40s to 85. Standing O for the Spechts and all involved, minus the NIMBYs. [The Register]
[Photo by Michael Galvin, MOTT, Dory with tree, Easy Street, Nantucket]