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The New Silly Season

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. Frankly, we're confused about what we're supposed to be doing and when we're supposed to be doing it. Used to be “the silly season” referred to the craziness of summer. Not anymore. With this holiday season well underway, we're not only being bombarded by advertisements everywhere we turn – even at the gas pumps – we're also urged to take advantage of incredible d...

Harwich During The Holiday Season

By: Russ Allen

Last Thursday was the quasi-official start of the holiday season, though some stores began displaying Christmas items in October. By now, you may have started your holiday shopping, addressed your greeting cards, decorated your house with colored lights and set up your tree, and are planning the special meals or social events that will occur now through New Year’s Day. I call this annual period the “holiday se...

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 1

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Let Them Eat Cake Editor: Donald Trump being elected president has me thinking the 61 million who voted for him just love a reality show. Well then, those voters should be in a state of frenzied euphoria over the next four years with the Trumpdashians, oops – I mean the Trumps, calling the White House "home." Given their opulent lifestyle I imagine the Palace of Versailles would be more to their liking, bu...

CHATHAM — In a time when intensive tobacco education has fallen by the wayside in many school health programs, town regulations can be an important tool when it comes to curbing teenage smoking. That's the perspective of Bob Collett, the director of the Cape Cod Regional Tobacco Control Program. Collett is working with the Chatham board of health on a more restrictive local tobacco regulation that aims to ke...

ORLEANS — If you're reading this on Thursday, Dec. 1, why not call Lower Cape Community Access Television at 508-694-3500 to book a slot for today's PSA Day? This invitation to tape a brief public service announcement is for members of the nonprofit community with connections to the five towns Lower Cape TV covers: Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, Wellfleet, and Truro, but it illustrates the welcoming nature of t...

ORLEANS — For preservers of the town's past, the board members of the Orleans Historical Society spend a lot of time thinking about the future. You'll have to forgive them, though, as the near horizon holds tantalizing prospects for creating a heritage center of several buildings at their location between River Road and Main Street. More room for exhibitions, more space for concerts and special events, even ...

50-year-old Chatham Man Dies In Boston Crash

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A 50-year-old Chatham man died in a crash in Boston early Sunday morning, according to state police.  The man was identified by state police late Sunday as Daniel P. Lee. According to a state police press release, troopers responded to a call at 12:40 a.m. in South Boston.  A 2014 Volvo S60 had left Interstate 93 northbound near exit 14. The vehicle went over the guardrail, became airborne, rolled over and ...

Chatham Turkey Trot Video

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

More than 2,000 runners, walkers and strollers flocked to the Chatham Turkey Trot Thursday morning.  Bags of groceries donated as part of the registration fee filled the back of a truck, destined for local food pantries via the Lower Cape Outreach Council. Watch next Thursday's paper for more information and photos.

CHATHAM – For some 20 years, the Chatham Candy Manor has offered a selection of hand-made chocolates at the holidays to benefit a local non-profit organization. The “Generous Indulgence” gift box provides a way for the downtown shop to give back to the community. This year, to help boost the proceeds that will go to this year's beneficiary, Monomoy Community Services (MCS), a special Candy Manor T-shirt is als...

CHATHAM – After very little sleep, illustrator Bob Staake awoke on the morning of Nov. 9 to an email from the art director at The New Yorker magazine looking for ideas for the following week's cover reflecting the outcome of the election. Staake had already developed some concepts for a cover assuming Hillary Clinton was the victor, so he had to shift gears and wrap his mind around the previously unthinkable f...

CHATHAM – A boundary dispute prompted the planning board to reject a subdivision plan for a key parcel in the West Chatham village center. Eastward Companies, which purchased the former Sibley property at 1610 Main St. earlier this year, filed a preliminary two-lot subdivision plan in May to freeze zoning on the 87,082-square-foot parcel. At the May annual town meeting, the West Chatham flexible development ov...

EMS Providers Prepare For The Worst

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — When a bus overturns, a mass shooter strikes, or a car plows through a crowd of pedestrians, it can do more than cause lots of casualties. It can overwhelm the regional network of responders, ambulances and hospitals. Working under a new statewide emergency medical services plan for mass casualty incidents, Lower Cape firefighters are learning how to quickly size up an emergency and call in additio...

CHATHAM – Due to ongoing construction work, the boat launching ramp at the town-owned Old Mill Boatyard will be closed Monday through Friday beginning this week. The ramp will be open over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Nov. 24 to 27, but will close again on Monday, Nov. 28. Thereafter, it will be open on weekends through mid February, when the Old Mill Boatyard construction project is expected to be comple...

Water Conservation Rules On Tap For Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — New water conservation rules for swimming pools and in-ground sprinkler systems are working their way down the pipeline. The draft regulations call for all new residential irrigation systems to be connected to private wells, where they are available, starting on April 1, 2018. Property owners who have a private well suitable for irrigation will be required to use it, rather than using town water, for...

Bridge Street Land Eyed For Upweller, Public Access

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town-owned property at 90 Bridge St. has a lot of advantages: it's in a prime waterfront location, it has key permits in place, and it's not tied up with an existing use. But the land has a major drawback: it's tiny. Acting on voters' mandate to use the property to benefit many different uses, the town's three waterways-related committees met jointly last week to prioritize those potential uses...