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Bonnie F. Bruneau

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Bonnie F. Bruneau 1951-2017             Monson, MA - Bonnie F. (Lemon) Bruneau (formerly, Bonnie F. Trant) 65, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017, surrounded by her family  following an extended, courageous battle with ovarian cancer.             Bonnie was born in Palmer, January 23, 1951.  She grew up in Monson, attended Monson High School and later graduated from Cosmetology School. Bonnie lived most of...

School News, Jan. 26

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School A Bullying and Cyber Communication Awareness presentation for parents will be held on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. The presentation will include the following topics: gateway behaviors to bullying; understanding digital communications; keeping your children safe online; your child’s digital footprint; privacy settings; social media sites; crossing the criminal line; who’s look...

Proposed FY18 Budget Squeezes Under 2½ Cap

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Town Administrator John Kelly's recommended operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 includes the maximum 2.5 percent increase allowed by state law. “We're at a crossroads,” Kelly told the board of selectmen Jan. 18. “There is nothing left in the operating budget that we can reduce to maintain 2½ unless we reduce staff. At the end of the day, we will have to talk about what services we...

Big Majority Backs Eldredge Garage Purchase

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Although the chief reason most voters at Monday night's special town backed the purchase of the Eldredge Garage property was to expand downtown parking, the land could be put to a number of other uses, according to town officials. Open space, public rest rooms, and even workforce housing are among the possible uses for the 1.4 acre site. Selectmen will have the ultimate authority to decide the use, a...

Hertha R. Smith

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         Hertha R. Smith, 76, of Chatham passed away peacefully on January 15th surrounded by her family.              Born in Queens, N.Y. in 1940 to the late Erna and Paul Fischer. While vacationing at Montgomery Lake in Eldred, N.Y. she met James A. Smith, her future husband of more than 58 years, when she was 9 years old and he 13. They continued to visit together during these childhood summer vacations...

Edward William Balicki

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Edward William Balicki died peacefully Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.               Ed was born and spent his childhood in Hartford, Conn.  He was a graduate of Northeastern University and an Army Veteran of WWII.  He was a man of many talents and accomplishments, and had storied careers in advertising, real estate and interior design.  His professional career began as an ad...

CHATHAM – For eight years, Karolyn McClelland has lived with the possibility of losing her home due to what officials acknowledge was a “perfect storm” of mistakes and miscommunications. Next week, special town meeting voters will be asked to fix the situation by transferring funds to cover back taxes on McClelland's Beach Plum Road property, taxes that would have already been paid in full had the property bee...

Selectmen Brush Up On Open Meeting Law

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Saying Selectman Amanda Love clearly didn't intend to circumvent the Open Meeting Law with a Jan. 9 email she sent to fellow board members and to the press, selectmen nonetheless acknowledged the apparent violation and underwent a short refresher course from town counsel Tuesday. The Cape Cod Chronicle filed a complaint with the board about the email, which urged board members to consider promoting...

Can Chatham Ban Pot Shops?

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are joining with Governor Charlie Baker to delay the implementation of a voter-approved law legalizing marijuana sales. Local officials are using that extra time to consider ways to keep pot retailers from opening shop in town. While voters across the state approved the law by a 54 to 46 percent margin, Selectman Dean Nicastro said that more than 57 percent of Chatham voter...

DPW Director Describes Perfect Storm Of Snow Troubles

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — As of early this week, the last remnants of the Jan. 7 snowfall had yet to vanish completely. Nor had the memories of the storm. Public Works Director Tom Temple praised the efforts of crews working to keep the roads plowed, despite a series of setbacks that left the town short of plows. Giving an update to the board of selectmen last week, Temple said it may be time for Chatham to consider using a l...

CHATHAM – Beginning Monday, Jan. 23, students at Chatham Elementary School will be looking for a little bit of good in everything. The 10-day “Look for the Good” program aims to promote mindfulness and kindness and highlight gratitude among students and faculty through a variety of activities, including a “gratitude wall” where kids can post comments about the people, places and things in their lives that they...

Waterways Chair: Bring Back Mooring Officer Position

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Saying it's time for the town to once again have a mooring officer, waterways advisory committee Chairman Peter Taylor has asked the harbormaster to quantify the cost of managing the town's mooring permits each year. “Things aren't getting done because we don't have a mooring officer,” Taylor said at last Thursday's meeting. He had asked the committee to consider requesting an audit of mooring fee ...

CHATHAM – It's been a long struggle for Dale Eldredge. A native who graduated from Chatham High School in 1993, Eldredge spent a dozen years working to acquire the title to a lot on Stony Hill Road owned by his family. Originally owned by his grandmother, the property's ownership was shared by a number of aunts and uncles; Eldredge had inherited his share when his father passed away. Over the years he was able...

CPA Funds Sought To Rehab Atwood House, VFW Hall

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — As usual, there is no shortage of ideas about how the town should spend its Community Preservation Act funds. So far there are proposals to use the money for restoration work at the Atwood House Museum and Chatham's VFW post building, and to advance the effort to create National Register historic districts in South Chatham and along Stage Harbor Road. At the Jan. 9 meeting of the community preserva...

CHATHAM – Town purchase of the downtown Eldredge Garage property will be the main focus of next Monday's special town meeting. The 11-article warrant also includes another land acquisition, several expenditure requests and a number of housekeeping measures. The meeting was called in large measure to bring the purchase of the Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. before voters. Article 4 seeks $2.5 millio...

Selectmen Approve Middle School Rental Use Policy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials are ready to move forward with the rental of space at the Harwich Middle School after the finishing touches were placed on a use policy that would provide for recreational, educational, cultural and social use of the town building. Town Administrator Christopher Clark praised the effort of Community Center Director Carolyn Carey for putting together the use policy that in most ways ref...