5 Sandy Hill Lane

5 Sandy Hill Lane, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap 
"CASAS," by Carol Pugliese. Provincetown Community TV, via Vimeo.CASAS, Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter

If you thought Building Provincetown was somehow “above” posting videos of adorable kittens, you were mistaken. I was just waiting for the right entry. And this is it: CASAS, the no-kill shelter for adoptable cats and dogs from all over the lower Cape. Carol Pugliese produced a documentary on the shelter for Provincetown Community TV that is available through Vimeo.

The shelter is named in honor of — and in recognition of a bequest from — Carilia “Carrie” A. (Storlazzi) Seaman (1905-1989), a fascinating figure in her own right, not least because she was a lawyer at a time when few women were in the profession. She was born in Boston to Pasqualino Storlazzi and Evelina Galdi. In her early 20s, she was practicing law in Malden. In 1939, she was named to the Massachusetts Board of Review as an examiner in the division of employment security, a post she was to hold for 23 years. Her husband, Joseph H. Seaman, was also a lawyer.

In 1951, the Seamans purchased the Town Crier Shop, 265 Commericial Street, which they ran until 1966. As the landlady of 361 Commercial Street, Seaman learned the hard way about the perils of having Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead) as a tenant. In her absence one day, Divine auctioned off the furnishings from the apartment he was renting from her and pocketed the proceeds.

Seaman founded the Provincetown Animal Shelter in 1971.

CASAS operated out of 334 Commercial Street until 2007, when the Zoning Board of Appeals granted a special permit to allow the operation of an animal shelter in the residential district of Sandy Lane. Carol MacDonald is the current president of the board. • MapAssessor’s Online Database PDF ¶ Posted 2013-08-25

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