Monthly Archives: November 2010

Nantucket News Headlines 11.24.10

Headlines from local publications, and links to the full story. Sources: Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket Independent, PlumTV, Yesterday’s Island, Cape Cod Times, and other pertinent sources.


Vice president Biden arrives on Nantucket (Inquirer and Mirror)

Vice president Biden plans island family Thanksgiving (Inquirer and Mirror)

Plum Daily Nantucket: November 20, 2010 (Plum)
The island commute, rescue and rehab, handpicked stationary, and the Brant Point wreath hanging.

At Nantucket Memorial Airport a body scanner could be in action within months (Cape Cod Online)


Nantucket Town Crier Curtis Barnes: Passing the Bell (Yesterday’s Island)

PJ Joyner: Up close and personal at the Macy’s parade (Inquirer and Mirror)

Place convicted of illegal importing of whale teeth (Inquirer and Mirror)

Former island carpenter Jimmy Russell missing, believed drowned in Maine (Inquirer and Mirror)

Leslie Linsley’s latest book makes the new look old again (Inquirer and Mirror)

Theater Review: “Peter Pan” soars to holiday heights at TWN (Inquirer and Mirror)

Visiting dolphins have left Nantucket Harbor (Inquirer and Mirror)

Mythbusters: Seals and deer (Yesterday’s Island)

Avian masters of the high seas (Cape Cod Times)

School launches strategic planning process (Inquirer and Mirror)

Parking garage prohibition tops 2011 citizen petitions (Inquirer and Mirror)

Agreement reached between town, firefighters’ union (Inquirer and Mirror)

Town overhaul could save $700,000 (Cape Cod Online)

Preservation Trust house tour Dec. 4 (Inquirer and Mirror)

Nantucket Headlines 11.15.10

Headlines from local publications, and links to the full story. Sources: Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket Independent, PlumTV, Yesterday’s Island, Cape Cod Times, and other pertinent sources.

Fire destroys building off Nancy Ann Lane (Inquirer and Mirror)

Arson suspected in Rotary Restaurant fire; Reward offered (Inquirer and Mirror)

Island Cup rivalry resumes Saturday on Vineyard (Inquirer and Mirror)

New hope for elder meals program (Inquirer and Mirror)

Thanksgiving turkeys available at Food Pantry (Inquirer and Mirror)

Jennifer Killen: Homestead assistant proud to aid elderly (Inquirer and Mirror)


“Peter Pan” takes flight at TWN (Inquirer and Mirror)

Dreamland’s youth theater rehearsing “Frog and Toad” (Inquirer and Mirror)


Selectmen delay vote on public access TV contract (Inquirer and Mirror)

Plum TV Reaches $31.4M in Financing

Nicholas Lehman Appointed Plum TV CEO

Stormy weather uncovers more scallops; Prices rise (Inquirer and Mirror)


Fuel spill reported in Nantucket Harbor (Inquirer and Mirror)

DPU ruling on Cape Wind expected this week

Dolphins pay unusual visit to Nantucket Harbor (Boston Globe)


Town government overhaul proposed (Inquirer and Mirror)

Opening of new police station pushed back to January
(Inquirer and Mirror)

Selectmen question CPC members’ eligibility after flap (Inquirer and Mirror)

“Naughty In Nantucket” Reality Show Update

Naughty in Nantucket

More news on the television pilot of “Naughty in Nantucket”, possibly to be shot here this month. It’s to be a reality show by ACK Film LLC, shot on Nantucket or Boston from November 12-13 or 19-20.

A casting call for non-union actors was held in Boston this past week after the New York casting call did not fill all roles. The producer is seeking men and women, a personal shopper, mother-daughter socialites, sports athlete (male), bartenders, musicians, and additional characters to be considered.

The casting call describes the show as “a new reality show with an insider’s view of the guilty pleasures of the spoiled, glamorous, social elite as they mingle on the Island of Nantucket.” Pay is deferred, which I would guess means no pay unless it’s picked up.

Synopsis: A docudrama reality show takes a look into the lives of four aspiring young talented people who share a home on Nantucket, who work hard to make money, and mingle with affluent islanders. Naughty in Nantucket also takes a look into the life of a cougarish divorced woman and her daughter who spend their summer vacations on Nantucket.

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation 8th Annual Cranberry Festival took place on Saturday, October 9, 2010 out in the cranberry bogs off Milestone Road, with cranberries for sale, cranberry harvesting, Barnaby the Bear, shearing demonstrations, Rem the Border Collie, hand-woven rugs, food by Simply with Style, hay rides, music and more. Photos by Gene Mahon. More events at

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Nantucket News Headlines

Headlines from local publications, and links to the full story. Sources: Inquirer and Mirror, PlumTV, Yesterday’s Island, Cape Cod Times, and other pertinent sources.

Dreamland work underway (Inquirer and Mirror)

Plum Daily Nantucket: October 23, 2010 (Plum)

Perry Butler: Mississippi native happy at the DPW (Inquirer and Mirror)

TWN launches staged readings (Inquirer and Mirror)

Slim pickings predicted for commercial scalloping season (Inquirer and Mirror)


Investigators looking into seal shooting (Inquirer and Mirror)

Big bucks committed to UMass field station off Polpis Road (Inquirer and Mirror)

Energy audits help islanders get green (Inquirer and Mirror)

Rescued Nantucket Cottage Has New Life as One of Massachusetts’ Greenest Homes (San Francisco Chronicle)

Land Council offering education grants (Inquirer and Mirror)


Sheriff’s race the big draw on Tuesday (Inquirer and Mirror)

Perelman running on community reputation (Inquirer and Mirror)

Town honors long-time employees (Inquirer and Mirror)

Bretschneider seeks third term as sheriff (Inquirer and Mirror)

Police chief signs new three-year contract (Inquirer and Mirror)

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Birds on Nantucket

Black-winged Redbird – Bird of Mystery?

Kenneth Turner Blackshaw

If you are interested in birds and have a bird book, this is a bird that whets your appetite for sight. The pictures are so stunning you can’t wait to actually experience this bird for yourself. Alas it’s not an easy feat. Seeing such intense color spring from your bird book it’s hard to imagine these birds can hide, and yet they do so successfully.

Strangely, non-birders seem to have better luck with them than the rest of us. I hear all to often from wide-eyed friends, “I had a Scarlet Tanager fly across the “Sconset Road in front of the car!” Or perhaps it would be in their backyard or in the Japonica Bush. Sometimes a heavy rain washes insects from the trees and people observe flocks of tanagers feeding on the lawn. Another story tells about them following a plow, catching the bugs that are stirred up. What an amazing sight this would be, but I’ve never seen it. Yes, this is a bird that almost everyone knows by name and it’s an interesting name at that.

Both the word “tanager” and the Genus name for this bird, Piranga, are taken from South American Indian names for these birds. This brings us a subtle message since so many of our bird names originate from Greek or Latin. Like hummingbirds, tanagers are a “New World” family. There are over 200 species and almost all of them exist exclusively in the tropics.

Many species are “drop-dead gorgeous” birds, their colors not just painted on, but radiating out from their bodies. People naming them grasp for extraordinary terms, like “flame-colored,” “glistening green,” “crimson-backed,” or “diademed.” Indeed if you are fortunate enough to see one you immediately get the feeling it must have escaped from an exotic collection because there’s no way it should exist here in New England.

To some extent this is a very appropriate feeling. Our tanagers, and we might see three species here on Nantucket, are only in the U.S. in the summer months. During the winter, Central America is not far enough south for them. No, they must head well into South America to mix with other species of their ilk. They are known as “trans-Gulf” migrants, flying across the Gulf of Mexico rather than taking the land route around.

One lovely May morning a few years ago Nantucket’s Sunday morning birders were thrilled to have a male Scarlet Tanager perform for them in a just-budding tree at the Lily Pond. In 50 years of birding this was the best look I’ve ever gotten and here some of the birders experienced it on their first trip out!

Scarlet Tanagers are smaller than a robin, with jet-black wings and a thick whitish bill. Roger Tory Peterson describes the males as “Flaming scarlet.” Female tanagers are hugely different, green above fading to yellow below. And here’s the rub for you who are now anticipating going out and seeing this bird. In autumn, all tanagers don these yellow and green colors. For a short time the males are splotched with both red and green, thoroughly confusing a new birder. The species name for this “black-winged redbird” is olivacea, olive-colored, and may indicate that the first specimens were in fall plumage. Also, Piranga rubra, the “red tanager,” had already been used for the Summer Tanager.

For nesting, Scarlet Tanagers choose oak forests. High in these leafy realms they spend their summers, slowly and methodically moving from leaf to leaf, removing every insect they find. Their call note, a striking “chip-burrr,” or their rapid song, like a robin with a sore throat, tantalizes birders below. You know they are up there but they are hard to see.

On Nantucket they migrate rapidly through in May, perhaps into early June. Some years we hear them singing in the Hidden Forest and hope they will nest but it’s never been proved. In the mainland’s hardwood forests they build their simple nests, 20 feet up, and typically well out on a horizontal branch away from the trunk. After the four eggs hatch, the Beau Brummel males quickly lose interest and Mama Tanager finishes raising the next generation.

In August we often observe the red and green males migrating south across our island. In September through mid-October, Scarlet Tanagers are common here but alas, they are all green and yellow and tricky to see. Listen for the “Chip-burrr” call note and then track them down. If you see a tanager in November, it is more likely a bewildered Western Tanager, a very striking Rocky Mountain bird that sometimes migrates east instead of south. They have white wingbars and are easily confused with the young Baltimore Orioles that also hang around into early winter. Birding on Nantucket is never dull.

Ken Blackshaw is the author of more than ten books focusing mainly on natural history subjects. He writes the weekly bird column for the Nantucket Independent, and has just published Volume Three of his “A Year of Birding Nantucket” series. George C. West creates illustrations for these articles. Originally published in the Nantucket Independent, August 18, 2006.

Company of the Cauldron

Nantucket Restaurants Open


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