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Letters to the Editor, July 20

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Does Harwich Need A Pet Cemetery​? Editor: I have recently had occasion to drive down the industrial area on Queen Anne Road in Harwich. I just learned that the large swath of land being cleared was for a town-funded pet cemetery. Harwich has very few industrial areas left to build on. These three or four lots could have created 15 bays for the working class to start or expand a business. Those businesse...

Absorbing Change

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

How important is the cohesiveness of Chatham's downtown business district? Historically, the town's main business district – what folks refer to as “downtown” – has tended to shift. At one point, many businesses congregated around the neighborhood we know today as the Old Village. Businesses were interspersed with residences, and more often than not they were one and the same, with shop owners living on the sa...

Donahue, Elizabeth (Betty), A

By: Contributed

              Donahue, Elizabeth (Betty), A , passed away to be one of God’s angels on 7/11/17.               Born 6/6/28 in Jamaica Plains, Betty is predeceased by her younger brother Teddy, and parents Theodore & Catherine Forte Friberg. She is survived by her 8 children: son, Charles (& wife Jeannie) of Anchorage, AK; daughter, Susan of Lancaster, Pa.; daughter Teresa (& husband David) of ...

Sarah Tod Smith

By: Contributed

Sarah Tod Smith March 30, 1926 to June 6, 2017                 Sarah Tod Smith, known to her friends as Sally, died at home in New York City on June 6, 2017.  She was 91.               Sally was born Sarah Tod Lohmann in New Haven, Conn., where she attended the Foote School. She graduated from St. Timothy’s School in 1943 and received a BA from Vassar College in 1946.               A...

You probably haven’t reached whatever stage you’re at in life without hiring a lawyer—or at least having a legal question. And we all know that legal fees can rapidly work up to astronomical sums. As an alternative, since July 18 attorney Jeff Bellas of Orleans has offered his legal services at the rate of $125 an hour or $62.50 for a half hour during new walk-in hours at his office. This rate represents a red...

Three broods of unfledged piping plover chicks will keep Chatham's section of North Beach closed to oversand vehicles for the immediate future. Orleans opened its section of the barrier beach to permit-holding vehicles on July 15 under the statewide Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for Nauset Beach South. Under the plan, vehicles will only be allowed onto and off of the beach during specific times, and must pro...

ORLEANS — Necessity was the mother not of invention but decision at last week's selectmen's meeting. Faced with competing interests – a state remake of Main Street's intersections with Routes 6A and 28 and the need eventually to install sewers and connections in the same locations – the board endorsed a gravity flow system for the sites. Members were facing an end-of-July deadline to get those specs to the M...

ORLEANS — After sampling the unanimous opposition of the architectural review committee to a proposed new CVS building, the owners of Skaket Corners Shopping Plaza withdrew their application last week. The board granted the request without prejudice, allowing the proponents the option of coming back with another plan. During a three-hours-plus meeting July 13, members said the 9,997-square-foot building w...

Three broods of unfledged piping plover chicks will keep the town's section of North (Nauset) Beach closed to oversand vehicles for the immediate future. Orleans was scheduled to open its section of the barrier beach to permit-holding vehicles on July 15 under the statewide Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for Nauset Beach South. Under the plan, vehicles will only be allowed onto and off of the beach during spe...

Charges Filed In Latest Shark Theft

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Hoping to send a message to would-be thieves and pranksters, officials this week filed charges against a 21-year-old man who allegedly stole one of the sharks from the Sharks in the Park art exhibit. On Monday, police charged Kevin J. Martin of Bellingham with wanton destruction of property, a misdemeanor, after an incident in the early morning hours of July 4 that saw the allegedly stolen shark reco...

Official: Stage Harbor Minke Whale Was Sick

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Officials say a minke whale that spent last Thursday in Stage Harbor before dying in the Oyster River apparently had an underlying health condition that caused it to become stranded. The 18-foot long whale was first spotted in the area of the Eldredge trap dock before 6 a.m. Thursday, and onlookers watched in amazement as it swam under the floats at Old Mill Boat Yard. When it emerged from under th...

More than a postcard backdrop, the Cape's working waterfront is an economic engine. And it deserves continued financial support from the state, said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who is also the chairman of the state's Seaport Economic Council, which is making sizable investments in the shorefront infrastructure in Chatham and Harwich. Polito visited Old Mill Boat Yard in Chatham and Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Por...

CHATHAM – Like anything new, it's taking a little time for boaters to get used to the fact that they need to pay a fee to access the town's waterways. A waterways user permit is now in effect, required for any vessel launched from a public ramp. The permit costs $150 for nonresidents and $50 for residents, and covers all vessels except canoes, kayaks and any unregistered boat. While officials are empowered ...

CHATHAM — Like a sticky cupboard on a humid day, the new Mitchell River drawbridge sometimes jams when it closes. Open for just over a year, the bridge cost taxpayers about $14 million, and town officials sometimes have to park a truck on top of the span to force it to lower fully. “Clearly that's not something we want to have to do every time,” Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson said. Though the...

CHATHAM – Stage Harbor Road appears to meet the criteria as a National Historic Register District, but a determination on South Chatham's eligibility will have to await a site visit by a Massachusetts Historical Commission official. Betsy Friedberg, National Register Director for the commission, will be in town July 19 to tour both areas. In April the town's historical commission requested an opinion of the...