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The holidays are over, the sounds of First Night have faded and it’s early January in Chatham. While some may think of heading south, several dozen members of the Friends of Monomoy Theatre are heading northeast to London. For 30 years the group has sponsored a biennial London theater trip in January, and with the exchange rate suddenly very favorable, there’s another great reason to go this year. In spite of ...

A Puritan Would Have Hated It

By: John Whelan

“There’s a party going on right here A celebration to last throughout the years So bring your good times, and your laughter, too We gonna celebrate your party with you Come on now Celebration Let’s all celebrate and have a good time Celebration We gonna celebrate and have a good time.”   Kool and the Gang recorded their anthem to good times in late 1980 and it reached number one on t...

Just The (Alt) Facts

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

From our somewhat isolated enclave here at the Cape's elbow, we've watched the way the new administration of President Donald Trump's relationship with the national media has gone from bad to worse. Even after just a few days in office, it's clear that the new president has brought with him a new paradigm not only in the way he conducts the nation's business, but also how he communicates with the public and the p...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 26

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

ARL To The Rescue Editor: Our thanks to the Animal Rescue League of Boston in Brewster for answering our call to help a young speckle-feathered seagull who sat for hours in a pouring rain across from our home. The bird appeared healthy and alert with a wondering look of "who will save me from becoming a coyote's midnight treat?" The competent technician noted a damaged leg and drove our feathered friend to ...

Warren G. Sprague

By: Contributed

Warren G. Sprague             Warren G. Sprague, 89, of Chatham died at Cape Cod Hospital on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 after a brief illness.             Born in South Haven, Michigan, the only son of Walter and Elva Sprague, Warren was the beloved husband of former State Senator Jo Ann Sprague for 64 years.  Warren was also the devoted father of Stephen and his wife Joanne of...

Robert H. Norman

By: Contributed

Robert H. Norman 1927-2017                     CHATHAM- Robert H. Norman, loving husband and father, passed peacefully at home into the Kingdom at 89 years old. He was born in New York and completed his high school senior year after serving in WWII as a gunner on the Alabama.                  He graduated from Oklahoma A&M and obtained his Masters at Columbia University.  Bob was in the Naval...

Helene Trupp Wilson

By: Contributed

Helene Trupp Wilson                   Helene Trupp Wilson beloved mother, sister, and friend, of Chatham and Carlisle, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on the morning of January 5, 2017. She enjoyed the Christmas season, her favorite time of year, with many friends and family and greeted the new year with her usual optimism and good cheer.                 Helene was born to Clara and H...

Bonnie F. Bruneau

By: Contributed

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

By: Contributed

         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...