A look back at stories that made headlines this week in The Sandwich Enterprise:

20 Years Ago...

New Skate Park To Be Dedicated

The Recreation Department will be hosting a dedication ceremony for the Kenneth Benjamin Fleet Skateboard Park next Saturday, June 2, at 11 A.M.

The ceremony will be held at the park, which is located at the corners of Cotuit and Quaker Meetinghouse Road behind the CVS store. The Recreation committee, selectmen, police, donors and parents and children will be on hand to officially dedicate the park.

The park is open daily to all.

10 Years Ago...

Residents Lash Out Against Plans For New Trash Program

Emotions were running high on Wednesday night as more than 50 residents showed up for a meeting to discuss the town’s soon-to-be-implemented pay-as-you throw trash program at the transfer station.

That program, which requires residents to dispose of their trash in specially designated town bags is set to begin on July 1.

From calling the program a hidden tax to calling the board of selectmen “a dictatorship” for implementing the program without hearing from the people, residents wasted no time in voicing their opposition to the new trash disposal program.

The intention of the program is to encourage residents to recycle more of their trash, which will ultimately result in less solid waste going to the transfer station. The less trash that goes into the transfer station, the less the town has to pay to SEMASS, a waste-to-energy plant based in Rochester, where all of the town’s trash is taken. With the contract with that company set to expire in 2015 and the cost for disposing of the town’s solid waste expected to triple, the town has been looking at options to reduce the expense of this service.

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