Topics: Politics

Kevin Galligan Is Running For Orleans Selectman

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Kevin Galligan, a finance committee member and president of the Orleans Conservation Trust, is the first candidate to return nomination papers for selectman. He's seeking the seat held by chairman Jon Fuller, who's not running again, at the May 15 election. “I think I've been in training for this post for many, many years,” Galligan said in a phone interview. “I've watched so many selectmen at work...

CHATHAM — The president of the United States doesn’t like sharks. As it turns out, that’s working out nicely for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. The nonprofit group has received a surprise surge in donations from Trump critics who are apparently seeking to make a political statement while also supporting white shark conservation and education. In 2013, Trump received a Twitter message challenging hi...

CHATHAM – Construction activity continued at a brisk pace last year. While the number of building permits increased by only 3 percent, the total construction value of the permits jumped 15 percent. While most building numbers were up over last year, building activity hasn't yet caught up with 2015, which saw the town's highest-recorded permit values as well as a number of new homes. That year 49 new houses wer...

McManus To Run For Selectman's Seat

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Finance committee member Ed McManus, a former selectman and the town's representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, has taken out nomination papers for a seat on the board of selectmen. “The town is heading into some important and expensive expenditures and I've been watching from the finance committee and assembly of delegates and feel like I can give a better advantage to the town...

No Special Election To Fill Vacant Selectman's Seat

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Saying the costs simply don’t justify the benefits, selectmen Monday voted to wait until the May annual town election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of board member Amanda Love, rather than calling a special election. “There’s a potential cost of at least $6,000 to hold a special election,” board Chairman Cory Metters said. And according to the town clerk, the earliest a special ele...

Selectmen Chairman Won't Run For Another Term

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Jon Fuller believes he's had his turn at the tiller and won't run for reelection to the board of selectmen in May. “I've already done six terms,” he said. “That's enough.” Fuller, a leading proponent of downtown sewering, noted that he's been working on wastewater issues for the past 14 years. “Finally we've got some pipe in the ground and are moving forward,” he said of the Main Street sewer work ...

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...

HARWICH — Selectman Jannell Brown was in court Wednesday answering an assault charge, the second time she has done so in as many years. Brown pleaded not guilty to a single misdemeanor count of assault and battery on a family or household member, and a single charge of malicious destruction of property valued at less than $250. She was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim, and will return to court fo...

Selectman Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charge

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Selectman Jannell Brown was in court Wednesday answering an assault charge, the second time she has done so in as many years. Brown pleaded not guilty to a single misdemeanor count of assault and battery on a family or household member, and a single charge of malicious destruction of property valued at less than $250. She was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim, and will return to court fo...

ORLEANS — Cape Codders are invited to show their support for the nationwide March for Truth June 3 by gathering on the Boston Common from 2 to 5 p.m. or at the Orleans-Eastham rotary from noon to 2 p.m. The Our Revolution Cape Cod Affiliate has joined forces with Lower Cape Indivisible to encourage a big turnout. Our Revolution, a national organization that grew out of the Bernie Sanders campaign, lists thre...

HARWICH — Town Clerk Anita Doucette has been the keeper of the town's records for a quarter of a century. She is the second longest active town clerk on the Cape and she enjoys serving residents of the community. “I really appreciate the people in the town for allowing me to serve as town clerk. It has meant a lot to me,” Doucette said. “I love my job. I love what I do, knowing the history of Harwich and watch...

Shareen Davis Wins Chatham Selectmen's Race

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — By a healthy margin of 1,289 to 706, Shareen Davis unseated Selectman Seth Taylor in last Thursday's annual town election. Davis began her three-year term the following day, when she took her oath of office. The selectman's race was the only contested one on the ballot. Davis thanked those who backed her campaign. “We had a really good support team of volunteers,” she said. A series of meet-a...

Shareen Davis Wins Chatham Selectmen's Race

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — By a healthy margin of 1,289 votes to 706, Shareen Davis unseated Selectman Seth Taylor in Thursday's annual town election. The unofficial election results were released shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. The selectmen's race was the only contested one on the ballot. Davis thanked her supporters and election volunteers, and said the series of meet-and-greet events she held during the campaign ga...

CHATHAM – The two candidates for selectman raised nearly the same amount of money in the weeks leading up to today's election, with Seth Taylor's total exceeding Shareen Davis' by less than $100. Taylor spent more money than Davis, however, by more than $2,500, according to campaign finance forms filed last week. Davis campaign treasurer Deborah Connor reported receipts of $9,774 between Jan. 1 and May 1. E...

HARWICH — Voters will face a lengthy ballot when they go to the polls on Tuesday for the town's annual election. They will choose two new selectmen from the three candidates vying for those positions, and will be asked to act on 15 questions, seven relating to funding issues, seven charter amendments and one non-binding referendum relating to Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. The ballot is three pages long, with th...

ORLEANS — Two of the three men sitting on the stage of the Nauset Regional Middle School auditorium April 26 will be sitting as selectmen after the May 16 election. That may have explained the robust turnout for the Orleans Citizens Forum's candidates night. “We all want the best for the town,” David Currier said in his opening statement. “We need to find things we can all agree on, get those done first, and...