The 13th annual Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Mansion Ballroom at Ocean Edge in Brewster on Sunday, Dec. 11. After many years at the Jailhouse in Orleans, organizer/host/master of ceremonies Chandler Travis had to scramble to find a new venue when the Jailhouse turned their old function room into a brewery. Luckily, Ocean Edge came through, says Travis, after a considera...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff
Something we learned this week that surprised us: holiday season is not the most common time for people to take their own lives. Spring is the time of year most suicides occur; experts say it's because the hope that the season evokes can accentuate feelings of despair, and many prone to such feelings may be depleted coming out of the dark winter months. Certainly, however, the holidays are a difficult time for...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers
Gun Comment Was No Joke Editor: I was surprised to hear a member of the Chatham Conservation Commission state at a recent meeting that the commissioners needed guns (“glocks,” he said, which are semi-automatic weapons) in order to fulfill their role in dealing with property owners. When an associate questioned his comment, he stated, “It was a joke.” At the school where I teach – and I think this is true of...
By: Donna Tavano
To retire or not retire – that is the question, to which I speedily and emphatically replied, “No brainer – retire!” After 23 years at the Harwich Police Department, and years before working as a waitress, dog groomer, corrections officer, nurse’s aide, Teddy bear maker and child care provider and in newspaper editorial, it was time. Some congratulated me on my decision, some comments were cautionary – wh...
Sophie Wanda (Mastalerz) Szlosek, 96, passed away on November 8th in Chatham. Sophie was born in Wilbraham, the daughter of the late Michael and Antonina (Samel) Mastalerz. She lived for more than sixty years in Ludlow with her husband, Frank, where they built a home, raised a family, and operated a successful contracting business. Throughout her life Sophie was active in her par...
Ethel Grant (Forgeron) Porter, 92 1924 - 2016 CHATHAM - Ethel was born, worked and lived in Chatham her whole life. She married at 19 to Warren Porter and they had five children; David, Steven, Kitty, Danny, and Timothy. Ethel always worked, first as a waitress for 45 years and then as a child care provider in her daughter’s family day care for 21 years. She retired at age 86 wit...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — Now the Lower Cape can get its locally-grown food faster and fresher. The Orleans Winter Farmers Market at Nauset Regional Middle School has a new, weekly schedule through April. Almost 40 vendors will take turns sharing the school's cafeteria every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon except Dec. 24 and 31. On Dec. 3, customers were lined up and ready to shop when market manager Elise Waldron rang the tra...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — The many moving parts of the town's long campaign to remove excess nitrogen from its waters were on display in great detail at the Nov. 30 selectmen's meeting. The board reviewed the plan of attack through next June 30 with engineering firm AECOM and the town's consultant, Mike Domenica, looking at an updated timeline that included decision points for the board to act. Case in point: the oyster ...
Time-lapse images taken over a 30-year period by Landsat satellites, compiled by Google and released by Time Magazine, include a 10-second glimpse of three decades of evolution of Chatham's barrier beaches. Chatham is among dozens of locations across the globe highlighted in the video, which was initially put together by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey and then cleaned up and assembled into one video monta...
Corrine Andrews Moore, 93, of Chatham, passed away Thursday, November 17. Born in Quincy in 1923, she attended Quincy High School and met her late husband, Donald H. Moore, also of Quincy. Donald, a veteran of WWII, took up work in Philadelphia, settling in Southern New Jersey to raise their 3 children. They remained in New Jersey until 2000 when they returned to the place she loved, Cape Cod, and took up resid...
Gail K. Nickerson Gail Kuhns Nickerson passed away peacefully at home with family and friends early in the morning of November 17, 2016. Gail was born March 30, 1930 in Mineola, New York, daughter of Frank and Hazel Kuhns. Raised initially on Long Island, the Kuhns family left the city life and bought a working farm in Mill River, when Gail was in elementary school. Growing...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – There was an empty space at the community center, and George Gatzogiannis wanted to fill it. The space was on the wall right behind the front desk which Gatzogiannis, a building supervisor at the center, mans most weekdays, greeting visitors and signing in the folks who use the various facilities in the Main Street building. One of those people is local artist Steve Lyons. Gatzogiannis had tried t...
CHATHAM – How can the town encourage the reuse, rather than demolition, of commercial buildings in neighborhood centers, especially if they are historically significant? Incentives, the planning board was told recently, ranging from relief from dimensional requirements and density bonuses to reducing permit fees and tax breaks. As part of its ongoing review of recommendations for the Route 28 corridor conta...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – The town's First Night celebration is a survivor. As it heads into its 26 th year, the annual event has left New Year's Eve celebrations in other communities in the dust, and still reliably sells out its 7,500 admission buttons. Mounting First Night Chatham is a massive effort, however, that takes many hours of planning and help from hundreds of volunteers. “To put on something like this, it real...