ORLEANS — The Oct. 24 special town meeting warrant is small – just seven articles – but it calls for some big decisions. Should Orleans spend almost $3.3 million to continue progress on addressing water quality needs? Should it pay $20,000 to a land use consultant to make sure that the residential rezoning proposed for downtown will work within the town's bylaws? Should the town commit $200,000 to engineerin...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — The cycle of life has always fascinated Judy Scanlon. When she was a child here in summers, her parents took her to Skaket Beach, where she observed activity in tide pools. “They encouraged my inquisitive nature,” she said. Scanlon had something of an acquisitive nature as well. “Snake, turtle, I brought it home,” she said. “I had a flea and wanted to see what would happen if you freeze it. I p...
A toxic plankton bloom discovered last week in Buzzard's Bay prompted state officials to close all of Nantucket Sound to shellfishing Monday. The closure includes all of the waters, flats, bays and embayments along the south coast of Cape Cod. That includes Stage Harbor, Mill Pond, Mitchell River, Forest Beach, Cockle Cove Beach and Ridgevale Beach. In Chatham, waters to the east of Morris Island, including...
CHATHAM – Efforts are underway to save the iconic Chatham Harbor-front windmill which was placed under demolition delay by the historical commission last month. Commission Chairman Frank Messina said he's been in touch with representatives of the owners of the 66 Briggs Way property, who want to remove the 86-year-old windmill and build a new house. They're eager to find a new home for the windmill so they can...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — A lot gets done quietly at the Orleans Senior Center. On a recent sunny afternoon, a group of painters worked on their canvasses, enjoying the camaraderie of shared studio space. Down the hall, adult day center clients were walking out onto a shady patio to continue their activities in the fresh air. At the front desk, a volunteer was answering a phone request for a ride to a medical appointment. ...
ORLEANS — Two men with deep roots in town who've also seen their share of the world are running for one open seat on the board of selectmen. On Oct. 18 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the senior center on Rock Harbor Road, voters will choose between board of health member Dave Currier and former (for the last five months) selectman Jon Fuller. Fuller: Don't Pass The Buck To The Next Generation ORLE...
In “Silent Spring,” her 1962 book that started the environmental movement, Rachel Carson presented the revolutionary idea that tiny levels of common household chemicals could cause disease. More than a half-century later, and long after Carson died of breast cancer, the idea has more scientific traction than ever. The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) and its research partner, the Newton-based Silen...
Albert Francis Young Jr. (Butch) Albert Francis Young Jr. (Butch), 71 passed away unexpectedly at Cape Cod Hospital on September 13. He was a lifelong Chatham resident from generations of weir/trap fishermen. Known as “Butch” to most, he was a well-established boat builder, building fiberglass work skiffs that are still used around the Cape today. Known as “Young Built Boats” or “Butchie Boats” by the local fish...
John R. C. Lee John R. C. Lee of Petersfield England died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. John was survived by wife, Carolyn L. Ross and his daughters, Alison Fernandes and Carolyn Penrose. John had four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. John served in the British Army in North Africa during WWII.
By: Russ Allen
After my kids graduated high school and left to pursue higher education, my wife and I discovered a truth about Cape Cod that its visitors, and some of its residents, have yet to learn: summer is busy – spring is uncertain – winter is long – but autumn is its best season. During our first post-Labor Day vacation in 1992, we learned that its benefits outweigh any drawbacks. Days may be shorter but the sunsets a...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers
Watching The Waters For All Editor: Friends of Chatham Waterways (FCW) would like to thank the 2016 Chatham Water Watchers for all their hard work during this year's Coastal Water Nutrient Monitoring Program. On five separate mornings this past summer, using various scientific instruments (Secchi disks, refractometers, dissolved oxygen meters and Niskins), volunteers measured water depths, clarity, salinit...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
Readers will notice a few new additions to this week's paper. Along with stories focusing on Chatham and Harwich, we're including some additional coverage of the town just to the north, Orleans. There are several reasons for this move, but the most important one is that it's something that residents and businesses in Orleans have been requesting for some time. It's not something we're doing blithely, either. W...
By: Debra Lawless
“It’s easier to make an audience cry than to make them laugh,” says Peter Earle, director of Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” running from Oct. 6 to Nov. 13 at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans. “Spamalot,” a musical comedy, was adopted from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” a parody of the famous legend of King Arthur. The original 2005 Broadway production directed by the late Mike Nichols wo...
By: Jen Sexton
The community is invited to join friends and family on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at The Chatham Orpheum for a fun evening to remember local fisherman Tom George by enjoying his favorite movie, “Jaws.” The evening will be an opportunity to honor a man who was known for his humor, kindness, generosity, sense of adventure and love of the sea while raising money for ALS ONE, a local non-profit committed to fin...
The romantic comedy-drama “Musical Chairs” will be screened at The Chatham Orpheum Theater on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m., with proceeds to benefit Adam in Chatham’s youth dance scholarship program Chance to Dance. “Musical Chairs” is a charming variation on the “Boy Meets Girl” theme, following the lives of Armando (E.J. Bonilla), who lives in the Bronx and works in his family’s restaurant, and Mia (Leah P...