CHATHAM – Anyone who has driven down Stepping Stones Road in the past two weeks can't help but notice it: The hill that sat along the south side of the road between the bike trail and Heritage Lane is significantly lower. Heavy trucks have been leveling the hill, removing truckload after truckload of earth to create more usable terrain for an expanded Union Cemetery. Some of the sand has gone to protect se...
By: Alan Pollock
Even as the third in a series of powerful coastal storms bore down on the region this week, officials hadn’t yet finished cleaning up debris and assessing damage from the first storm. As they wrestled with the future of Liam’s Snack Shack at Nauset Beach (see story, page 3), Orleans officials took action to save the town bandstand from the encroaching surf. With the structure on the edge of the eroded dune, pu...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – The community is mourning a young boy who showed great resilience and bravery in the face of a rare disease. Last week, 7-year-old Jesse Nash lost his four-year battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. As residents prepare to say farewell to the child who maintained a cheerful outlook despite round after round of treatment, friends and family remembered his full life and the de...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg has issued a “final decision” upholding the conservation commission and a superseding order of conditions issued by DEP allowing the reconstruction of the former Lucas fish house in the Herring River. The owners of the fish house, Francis and Debra Zarette, trustees of Farm View Realty Trust, have been seeking to reconst...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
Yesterday, students across the nation walked out of their classrooms and for 17 minutes honored the students and teachers killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., one month ago. With the Florida students leading the way, young people around the country are protesting the failure of those in government, the adults who are supposed to protect them and our country, to do anything meaningful ...
Jesse Brock Crowell Nash Chatham - Jesse Brock Crowell Nash, 7, of Chatham, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 6, after a four year continuous battle with neuroblastoma. The beloved son of Caroline and Peter, Jesse was born on April 21, 2010, in Farmington, Connecticut. Jesse is remembered for his gentle and curious disposition, tender voice, being a cozy snuggler, and his robust,...
By: Alan Pollock
EAST HARWICH — When it comes to purchasing their dream vacation home on Cape Cod, buyers are fickle – and they’re not interested in fixer-uppers. That’s the message from real estate agent Tony Guthrie, who is holding an informational seminar for potential sellers. Guthrie works with real estate agent Sharon Mabile for Robert Paul Properties, and said the seminar aims to share some inside information with sel...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — With time and tide against them, the park commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to terminate John Ohman's lease for Liam's at Nauset Beach and demolish the storm-damaged concession stand. “I want to express our appreciation for Mr. Ohman's 28 years of shepherding this special business for the town,” commissioner Mefford Runyon said, “and thank him for 28 good years.” The commissioners, who more often mee...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — There was a grand opening on Main Street Monday, ill-attended save for construction crews and police officers. Shortly after 7 a.m. March 12, Revoli Construction opened the pavement of Main Street in front of Snow Library's parking lot to begin construction of the downtown sewer system. Giant earth-moving equipment clanked into position as pavement was ground down to dirt. Selectman Alan McClennen...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff
A late-season blizzard, the third major coastal storm of the season, plastered the Lower Cape with a layer of wet snow Tuesday. While the snow was fluffy and dry in inland areas, the snow that fell on the Lower Cape coated tree limbs and power lines. That, coupled with winds that gusted 70 mph or higher, caused tens of thousands of people to lose electrical service. Though they are making progress restor...
Parkland, Fla., is more than 1,500 miles from Cape Cod, but a mass shooting inside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School there on Feb. 14 shook the Monomoy School District to its core, with educators and local officials redoubling efforts to keep students safe. “I think every time something like this happens, it causes everybody to rethink,” said Harwich Police Chief David Guillemette. “It brings the issue ...
CHATHAM –Police Chief Mark Pawlina went before the board of selectmen last Wednesday to stress the need to improve security at local schools by installing bullet-proof doors and locks on classrooms and a full-time school resource officer. Pawlina had no specific spending proposal; indeed, school facilities are under the purview of the Monomoy Regional School Committee, not selectmen, so the board had no authority...
CHATHAM – Sharks in the Park will be back this summer – for perhaps the last time – but they won't be in the park. Rather, the exhibit of colorfully-decorated cut-outs of the predators of the deep, the town's most high-profile summer visitors, will be staged on the lawn of the Eldredge Public Library. Call it Sharks at the Library. The colorful, whimsically decorated five-foot sharks attract thousands of vi...
By: Alan Pollock
CHATHAM — Though they’re decidedly undecided about a location for a new senior center, selectmen this week endorsed a town meeting article that funds a feasibility study and the hiring of an owner’s project manager. The article asks town meeting to appropriate $100,000 to fund a site feasibility study, to pay an architect to produce a conceptual design and cost estimate for a new senior center, and to hire a...
Packing hurricane-force winds and a massive storm surge, last weekend’s coastal storm left its mark not only on the battered shoreline, but on the the people of the Lower Cape who were left to clean up the mess. Some of those people were still without electrical service at press time Tuesday afternoon. Redrawing Maps Because it brought wind gusts over 90 mph, giant surf and a storm surge of around four fe...
CHATHAM – It's hard to believe, but growing up in Norwalk, Conn., Irene Gillies hated public libraries. “When I was a kid I was allowed to walk downtown to where the library was,” she explained. “I was into Agatha Christie, and that was in the adult section, and I was told I couldn't take [a book] out unless my mother was with me. Since I was allowed to be there by myself, I was highly insulted.” Other than...