In 1920, when American women were given the right to vote, Florence Seldin’s mother was a 15-year-old for whom this historic victory was of vast significance. “She voted religiously and taught her kids to vote religiously,” Seldin recalled during a telephone interview last Saturday. “Maybe my roots in activism start there.” Seldin, now 86, served from 2009 to 2015 on the Chatham Board of Selectmen and is cu...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — Volunteers handy with a hammer and saw built a garage for the town's fire truck on Main Street back in 1925. H.K and Theresa Cummings donated the land and town meeting chipped in $7,000. The police department moved in in 1954, and both departments moved to their new building in 1967, at which point the recreation department started using what had become known as the Old Firehouse. After some period...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — In planning their budgets for the fiscal year that begins next July 1, department heads can propose up to a 4 percent expenditure increase over the current year. Selectmen set the standard, which applies to town and school budgets, last week. “Last year, I told the board we were at a crossroads,” Town Administrator John Kelly told selectmen Nov. 1. The standard 2.5 percent annual increase was becom...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
CHATHAM — Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids, a new nonprofit that teaches children about the ocean environment and how to advocate for it, has just received a substantial corporate grant. U.K.-based Lush Cosmetics has awarded OPAK $17,676 to expand its “Plankton and Plastics” program across Southeastern Massachusetts. The program, which explains the evolution of the marine food web, will be made available to as...
CHATHAM – A World War I-era grenade discovered Thursday at the Chatham Historical Society's Atwood House and Museum was found to contain no explosives and deemed safe for display. The grenade was found while museum officials were updating a recent exhibit on “Chatham in the Military.” It had apparently been stored in the museum's basement archives for decades. “The first thing we wanted to know was if it is...
By: Debra Lawless
CHATHAM – About a century ago, Chatham’s town historian William Smith wrote, “No more graceful act could be performed by the grateful descendants of the Pilgrims than to erect… at Chatham a simple monument to this unhonored, but most deserving, friend and protector of their forefathers.” Smith was referring to Squanto (also known as Tisquantum), perhaps the most famous Native American to greet the Pilgrims. Sq...
CHATHAM – A proposed capital improvement plan for the Chatham Municipal Airport calls for more than $7 million in expenditures through 2025, with almost all of the funding coming from the state and federal governments. Among the big-ticket items in the plan are the reconstruction of the airport's parallel taxiway, a new airport administration building, and an update of the airport's master plan. Most of the...
CHATHAM – On a recent Friday afternoon, airport commission member Tom Wilson was in his backyard when he saw what he described as a metal frame with wings flying overhead. The experimental aircraft, known as an ultralight, had taken off from the town's airport. There are no requirements that ultralights be registered or that pilots be licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, and they are free to operat...
CHATHAM – While it's clear that the sharks that patrol the waters along the Cape's shore are here to stay – seasonally, at least – the sharks that visit Kate Gould Park every summer will not return after one more season. The popular Sharks in the Park art display, sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, will be held for the last time next May. In 2019 and beyond, the exhibit will continue, but instead ...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff
An early-autumn storm with tropical characteristics dumped around an inch-and-a-half of rain on the Lower Cape Sunday night into Monday, bringing strong winds that caused localized power outages. Harwich public works crews remove a fallen tree from Brooks Park, Harwich Center. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO An official w...
By: Alan Pollock
CHATHAM — Though they previously voted to pursue a new traffic light scheme for the intersection of Crowell Road, Route 28 and Queen Anne Road, selectmen last week decided to allow public comment on other ideas, including a roundabout. The board voted on Aug. 15 to support traffic lights as the best approach to improving safety and traffic flow at the crossroads, but at a public meeting on Oct. 16, planners pr...
By: Jan Sidebotham
HARWICH – At a League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area-sponsored lecture about presidential powers Saturday, October 28 at the community center, Dr. Peter Ubertaccio, professor of political science and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Stonehill College, gave a clear and informative picture of how executive powers were designed and how they have changed since the founding fathers created the constitu...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — The Harwich Employees Association is showing its generosity heading into the holiday season by making donations to four local charities. “Every year we allocate a certain amount of funds to charities,” said Wellesley Marsh, the association's president. “This year we chose four charities.” She said the local union has chosen to give $300 each to the Mitten Giving Tree; The Family Pantry of Cape Cod...
By: Alan Pollock
HARWICH — Many cases of child sexual abuse go unreported. But when a child or teen does summon the courage to disclose the abuse, they're as likely to turn to a peer as they are to talk to a trusted adult. For that reason, Monomoy Regional High School is partnering with Children's Cove to create a new teen task force to address the problem. “Child sexual abuse affects one in four girls and one in six bo...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — The Judah Eldredge property, located in the Six Ponds District in East Harwich, did not receive a recommendation for purchase as open space by the real estate and open space committee again this year. The committee, however, did support the use of $200,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to obtain a conservation restriction on the 15-acre Cornelius Pond property, off Queen Anne Road, which the Ha...