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A Monomoy Task Force

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

One of the most important pieces of unfinished business now before the town of Chatham is the disposition of the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Legislation currently before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources aims to set the boundary at low water, where it has historically been understood to be. In its comprehensive conservation plan for the refuge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

Letters to the Editor, May 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

  Candidate Should Be Recognized Editor: The Chronicle, of course, has the absolute right to endorse the selectman candidate of its choice. What I object to, in your editorial of May 3 is your lack of acknowledgment of the other candidate in this race. Seth Taylor is a hard-working, sometimes-too-outspoken advocate for many in Chatham whose voice would otherwise go unheard. He is diligent in seeking all...

Rose-colored Fences

By: Andrew Buckley

I don’t know their species. They are roses. They’ve always been there, from my earliest memories. I could look them up, I suppose, on the pretext of seeing what they need to thrive. But they thrive on their own, more or less, with a little maintenance. They stretch along the split rail fence that runs up from the grassy end of Water Street, near the slope down to the Mill Pond. The only break is at the drivewa...

CHATHAM – A mural covering an entire wall inside the new Chatham Filling Station captures the atmosphere that owners Ric and Caren Morse hope to foster in their new diner. The colorful painting by Helen Kelsey, from the point of view of a customer sitting at the counter as a waitress pours a steaming cup of coffee, shows a busy eatery with quirky waitstaff, happy customers and a lot of Chatham-related imagery, fr...

ORLEANS — Mefford Runyon and David Currier were elected to the board of selectmen Tuesday. Runyon pulled down 1,147 votes to Currier's 1,008. Erik Oliver, who earned 868 votes, said he'll try again. Turnout was 31 percent, with 1,797 ballots cast. Voters backed up several decisions made last week by town meeting, approving borrowing for the DPW/natural resources facility (1,212 to 499), for continued water q...

ORLEANS — Proponents of a new CVS at Skaket Corners swallowed a dose of strong medicine administered by the architectural review committee May 11. With the project under formal review, the board criticized its design, location on the site, height, overall mass, and lack of variety of materials. Stressing the prominence of the site as a gateway to Orleans, members said the building failed to reflect the chara...

Selectmen Cope With Town Meeting Decisions

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The unanimous opposition of the finance committee at town meeting last week helped scuttle a $510,000 appropriation for the vehicle and equipment maintenance stabilization fund, which fell 12 votes short of the two-thirds majority required. Voters rejected the committee's unanimous opposition to buying a new ambulance on a replacement schedule that's been followed for years. “I think town meeting s...

HARWICH — Despite a selectmen's race and seven Proposition 2½ funding questions on Tuesday's annual election ballot, voters showed little interest in who will run the community or what the cost of living will be, with just 1,758 voters cast ballots, a 17 percent turnout. In a bit of deja vu, the two new selectmen have previously served in the office. Yet Larry Ballantine and Donald Howell barely out-distancing...

ORLEANS — Mefford Runyon and David Currier were elected to the board of selectmen Tuesday. Runyon pulled down 1,147 votes to Currier's 1,008. Erik Oliver, who earned 868 votes, said he'll try again. Turnout was 31 percent, with 1,797 ballots cast. Voters backed up several decisions made last week by town meeting, approving borrowing for the DPW/natural resources facility (1,212 to 499), for continued water q...

Mid-Week Blog: Shopping List Mania

By: Tim Wood

When it comes to downtown shopping district, there's no doubt – and we'll admit to being biased here – Chatham has the best on the Cape. And perhaps beyond, an opinion we apparently are not alone in sharing. Lsst week USA Today released its “10 Great American Shopping Streets,” and sharing the list along with shopping districts in Columbus, Ohio, Delray Beach, Fla., Pasadena, Calif, and Denver, Colo., was litt...

Shareen Davis Wins Chatham Selectmen's Race

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — By a healthy margin of 1,289 votes to 706, Shareen Davis unseated Selectman Seth Taylor in Thursday's annual town election. The unofficial election results were released shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. The selectmen's race was the only contested one on the ballot. Davis thanked her supporters and election volunteers, and said the series of meet-and-greet events she held during the campaign ga...

Col. James J. Freda, USA (Ret.)

By: Contributed

Col. James J. Freda, USA (Ret.)           Hopewell Township, N.J. - Col. James J. Freda, an old soldier, faded away on April 27, 2017, at the age of 99 due to pneumonia. Born April 8, 1918, to parents Domenic and Eugenia (Caputo) Freda, in Rochester, N.Y., James, called at various times Jim, Jack, Jake, and Giacomo, was an only child who exhibited enormous talent. He attended the Eastman School of Music in ...

Ralph Everett Pape

By: Contributed

Ralph Everett Pape , 91 of Chatham, passed peacefully on Saturday, May 6 th 2017 at home.              Ralph was born September 11, 1925 in Cambridge, the second son of Harry C. and Piedad (Piña) Pape.  His grandfather, Henry Pape, was a close associate of Richard Hellman and family history always involved mayonnaise.  Ralph grew up in Tenafly, N.J., served in the Navy as an aviation storekeeper during WWII ...

CHATHAM – In last-minute ads, fliers and emails, incumbent Selectmen Seth Taylor is criticizing comments made by challenger Shareen Davis regarding the retail sale of marijuana in town. At the League of Women Voters candidate forum April 20, Davis said the town should not dismiss the retail sale of marijuana outright. Taylor also said the subject should be addressed “rationally” and that people should “not get...

CHATHAM – In the past, summer workers could count on finding a room in one of the town's many dormitories or rooming houses, many of which were located in the Old Village and downtown. Today, those locations represent some of the town's priciest real estate, and places like the Hawes House and the Epicure dorms have given way to private residences or upscale condos. But with the scarcity of workforce housin...