Opinion

Our View: Hearth And Home

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

By all accounts, William Nickerson was a bit irascible. A weaver who left Norwich, England with his wife Anne Busby in search of greater freedoms in the New World, he first settled his family in Salem, then moved to Yarmouth, which in 1640 would have been akin to a tiny village in the wilderness. “By all accounts he was a willful man used to having his way, and impatient with bureaucracy,” Dana Eldridge writes in...

Donna Tavano: All Hail Halloween

By: Donna Tavano

“Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.” So goes the Shakespearean mantra for this, the 10th month, October. Wicked winds rip the last desperate leaves from creaking limbs and send them skittering down empty streets as darkness steals hours from our day. It’s Halloween again. Why do we love it so much we spend $7 billion a year on it? It’s because we need fake scary so we won’t b...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 12

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

ClamBQ Thanks All You, Too Editor: On behalf of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank the community for its support to make ClamBQ, the Orleans Food and Music Festival, a success. Thank you, town of Orleans selectmen and municipal staff, Nauset Public Schools, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, and Orleans Bowling Center for helping us again. Thank you to our official sponsors: Agway...

Our View: Time To Say Goodbye To Balloons

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

As far as set pieces go, the bandstand in Kate Gould Park, when it's occupied by the Chatham Band and surrounded by thousands of enthusiastic concertgoers, is about as iconic as it gets. It's summer, it's families, it's wholesome all-American entertainment; it's Chatham. A key part of that scene for at least the last half century has, however, been overtaken by changing attitudes and should be retired. Heli...

Letter to the Editor, Oct. 5

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Celebrating Town's Superstars Editor: The Chatham Ecumenical Council Helping Neighbors in Need celebrated founding members Phyllis Tileston and the late Nancy Cole at a tribute dinner on Sept. 21 at the Wayside Inn. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Shane Coughlin, Linda Kidd and David and Gail Oppenheim for their extraordinary efforts in making the fund-raising event a huge success. David Willard...

Russ Allen: What Makes Harwich A Good Community?

By: Russ Allen

What makes for a good community? What are the marks of a town whose people lead healthy, productive, and wholesome lives? What measuring sticks can we use to assess the type of town Harwich is today? Some of the more objective answers are easy to enumerate. A good community is safe; it has strong law enforcement, fire and ambulance services. It serves its residents by making quality medical care readily availa...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 28

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Need For Roundabout Editor: This letter was sent to the Chatham Board of Selectmen and Town Manager Jill Goldsmith on Aug. 20. Last Tuesday's (Aug. 15) rather weak presentation by the traffic consultants Howard-Stein-Hudson (HSH) proved to be an exercise long in excuses and short in intelligible solutions. We reside in the neighborhood and over the years have seen the absurd ways drivers have been tryin...

John Whelan: The Mayo House

By: John Whelan

“But it’s a long, long while from May to December And the days grow shorter when you reach September And the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame And I haven’t got time for the waiting game”   One of the joys of my life is hosting a radio program on WOMR-FM in Provincetown every other Saturday. Tina Lynde and I rotate every other week from 6 to 10 in the morning. The theme for her show, “Mem...

Our View: Disaster Hits Close To Home

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

President Trump announced Tuesday that he'll visit the hurricane devastated island of Puerto Rico next week. It's about time he pays serious attention to the looming humanitarian crisis in the U.S. territory instead of tweeting about football players exercising their Constitutional rights. According to news reports, almost all of the island's infrastructure was knocked out by Hurricane Marie; power, water, cel...

Andrew Buckley: Wave By Wave

By: Tim Wood

How many times has a raindrop been recycled? By the time of publication, we should be feeling some effects of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Jose. Changeable as these tracks always are, it would be a fool’s errand to predict what could be happening. If a hundred years of tracking these isn’t enough, the simple past few weeks of the Disaster Movie of the Week (whose programming seems to be stuck entirely on storms) i...

In Our View: In The Weeds

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Faced with the possibility of retail marijuana sales, selectmen in both Chatham and Harwich have opted to take similar approaches. Last week both voted to direct staff to develop zoning and general bylaws to ban marijuana shops, an expected and not altogether unreasonable approach, since voters in both communities rejected the November referendum question legalizing pot sales. In July the state legislature voted ...