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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 14

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Mini-roundabout Option Needed Editor: At a meeting in 2015, Massachusetts Department of Transportation official Tom Currier promised Chatham Selectman Seth Taylor that there would be two options presented to the town for the Crowell Road intersection and one would include a roundabout. Instead of which a roundabout has been summarily dismissed, despite the view of Keri Pyke, the consultant’s senior engineer...

Donna Tavano: Skunked

By: Donna Tavano

It was an ordinary August night, my husband and I engaging in our usual somnambulistic and sleep depriving battle of the snores. Duke, the Boston terrier, arose at 3 a.m. for his decade-old ritual of middle of the night leg lifting in the backyard (why is it we continue to share our lives with these mutts?). Groggy spouse staggered to the back door, flipped the light and released the hound. All of this was custo...

With his wide ranging legal and business experience, David Speciale, the new chairman of the Chatham Council on Aging, has brought an important new perspective to the organization, according to Executive Director Mandi Speakman. Speciale, who has been in his new volunteer assignment for little more than a month, is uniquely positioned to help the council focus on its objectives, including pursuing additional spac...

This Year, It's Up, Up And Away At Orleans Elementary

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — In comic books, secret identities are, well, secret. You're not supposed to let anyone know that you have super powers. This year, Orleans Elementary School has upended that expectation. From the moment kindergarten to fifth grade students walked through the doors last week, they have been encouraged to express their own super powers. Don't expect to see kindergartners flying faster than locomot...

ORLEANS — A 108-year-old tradition was renewed in Orleans Friday when Town Clerk Cynthia May awarded the Boston Post Cane to the oldest resident of the town, Sarah Harris. And the tradition is only a bit older than the honoree. Harris turned 103 in June. “I don't mind being old,” Harris quipped. From the comfort of her living room easy chair, she received the congratulations of Selectmen Jon Fuller and Alan...

Tide Comes In Again For 'Riptide' And Its Author

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Dogs love the beach, and no dog ever loved Nauset Beach more than Riptide Windjammer. The golden retriever, who lived with the Fancy family, passed away almost 40 years ago. But his legend lives on in “Riptide,” a book by Orleans author Frances Ward Weller. First out in 1990, it's back in a new edition courtesy of publisher David R. Godine. Fran and Frank Weller were seasonal visitors in Orleans...

Preview: Selectmen Back Ban On Recreational Pot Shops

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Selectmen Tuesday moved ahead with plans to draft new bylaws which, if approved by voters, would snuff out any chance of recreational marijuana shops opening in town. Leading the charge was selectman Dean Nicastro, who noted that 57.6 percent of Chatham voters rejected last year's petition to legalize recreational marijuana, though a majority of voters across the state approved it. The new law allo...

Barbara Carnright Tyng

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

ORLEANS -- Barbara “Bobbie” Carnright Tyng passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Thursday, August 31, 2017 due to complications from severe pneumonia. She was 68 years old. Born in Kingston, N.Y., Bobbie and her two siblings were raised in Saugerties, N.Y. by her parents Robert and Ginny Carnright. She attended high school at the Walnut Hill School in Natick and eventually matriculated at ...

Nancy Jane Eldridge

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

SOUTH CHATHAM – Nancy Jane Eldridge, 89, of South Chatham passed away at home after a brief illness on Saturday evening, August 26, 2017. She was the wife of the late Oren Leon Eldridge for over 60 years, who died in 2012. She was also the mother of Heidi Lee Eldridge, who died in 2001. She was born in Hartford, CT on February 23, 1928 to the late Lt. Ashley and Dorothy (Andrews) Calder. She traveled the East ...

Francis (Frank) J. Stifter Sr

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Francis (Frank) J. Stifter Sr., formerly of Natick and Chatham, Mass., passed on August 29. He was 87. His wife of 52 years, Alice (Lemoine) of Woonsocket, R.I., preceded him in death in 2011. Natick residents for more than 40 years, Frank and Alice were blessed with five children: Alice (Sean) Bartram, Ann (Adam) Van Brimmer, Kirstin (John) Ahearn, Francis Jr. (Cheryl) Stifter and Paula (Tony) Rivera; and...

Property Values Up, Tax Rate Down

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It's certainly true that they're not making any more land. And the land that exists is getting more and more valuable; the town's total value has now topped $6.7 billion. That's borne out by the latest data from the town's assessing department, which shows that property values have increased by 5.1 percent over last year. Although Chatham has seen numerous high-end, multi-million dollar sales, the in...

CHATHAM – Few people can say that cancer hasn't touched their lives, either through their own family or people they know. For Ashley Stearns, that connection was unexpected, and uncomfortably, close. Stearns was living in Orlando, Fla., when she learned that her father, Blake, had bladder cancer. She came back home, where her parents own and operate Marion's Pie Shop, for her father's surgery and to drive him ...

CHATHAM – Back in the 1980s, the local bay scallop fishery was booming. For several months of the year, it was a viable commercial enterprise, with many locals jumping in to take advantage of the bounty found in Pleasant Bay and other near-shore locations. But sometime in the late '80s or early '90s, bay scallops became scarce. For nearly two decades now, there's been barely a commercial harvest in Chatham; la...

Board Defers Decision On Subdivision Pending New Drainage Plans

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The planning board will see new drainage plans for the controversial Hunter's Rise subdivision off Barn Hill Road on Sept. 12. Developer Eastward Companies is proposing a 14-lot subdivision for the seven-acre property, formerly the site of the Hunter's Pine Acres cottage colony. Ocean Port Lane neighbors to the south, which is down hill from the planned development, had expressed concern about erosio...