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EASTHAM/CHATHAM – Spencer Rushnak has something of a secret. When he first started playing soccer as a kid, he didn't like it. Then, as a freshman at Nauset Regional High School, Rushnak watched the 2016 team cap off an undefeated season with a state championship victory, and decided he wanted to do that, too. Fast forward a few years and Rushnak recently committed to continuing his career with the Roger Willi...

Don't Miss Monomoy Drama's 'Les Misérables'

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – The spring productions of Monomoy Regional High School drama are always a big deal, but their 2020 show might be one of their biggest yet. In less than a week (March 18) a talented cast of singing thespians will bring to life Victor Hugo's timeless tale “Les Mis é rables.” Fans of the show are well versed in the story of convict Jean Valjean, imprisoned for thieving a loaf of bread, who finds himself...

Review: Academy Offers The Best Of Broadway, Then And Now

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Broadway musical revues can be a popular choice for local theaters and their patrons, with most focusing on the “oldies but goodies.” In the Academy of Performing Arts’ original and brand-new show “Broadway: Then and Now,” first-time director Terrence Brady refreshingly focuses on some newer hits from current Broadway sell-out shows like “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” Some of our readers might remember Bra...

The Chatham Orpheum is expanding its selection of unique cinema with the inception of a new series of films, this one spotlighting local filmmakers and their creations. “There’s always been a creative community on Cape Cod, and we’re excited to finally be able to showcase all these local films and the talent behind them on our big screen,” said Geoff Bassett, operations manager of the theater, who is also assi...

Letters To The Editor: March 12, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Failure To Listen Has Repercussions Editor: The recent letter by a self-serving, airport-connected Dennis writer stooped to a sad level of personal snideness.  Offensive attack on someone who has contributed so much to our town is uncalled for. It must stop. Beyond that, the writer does not realize that since the 1930s the once modest, friendly airport and its expanded neighborhoods have changed radicall...

Our View: Form Follows Dysfunction

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

And then there were two. Houses, that is. Just this week, a small house on Crowell Road in Chatham was torn down and a foundation poured for a new dwelling. Immediately in front of it, hard by the street, is another new house well along in the construction process. Where once there was one modest home on a single lot, there are now two lots and, eventually, there will be two oversized houses. That's not ...

Donna Tavano: Abiding The Ides

By: Donna Tavano

In our sandy corner of the world, March is the most boring month. Constrained by bone chilling cold and emptied pockets, thanks to taxes and utility expenses, we are also held hostage by political blah, blah, blahs and the prospect of the influenza virus sneaking into our bodies via our unsuspecting nostrils. One of the few months with no long weekends, its only saving grace is St. Patrick’s Day, which momentar...

The question of where the town’s new senior center should be built has been dragging on for so long that some seniors question if they will even be alive when the building is completed in two, three or more years. “Will I live that long?” asks Barbara Segall, who will turn 84 this summer. Segall chairs the town’s seven-member council on aging board. “We’ve been waiting 10 years for a facility.” Right now, t...

It will cost you more to park at a Cape Cod National Seashore beach this summer, and less—in fact, nothing—to participate in ranger-led programs. “The fee increase (from $20 to $25 for vehicles) has been in the work for three years,” Superintendent Brian Carlstrom said Tuesday in a phone interview. “This is the year we’re implementing it. It’s being rolled out across the National Park Service.” He said the ...

ORLEANS — F. W. Webb is working on adding some touches to its proposed 38,000-square-foot, 30-feet-high sales and storage facility at 17 Nells Way after hearing from members of the Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District Committee. “This to me is a perfect building for an industrial park,” the OKH’s Stefan Galazzi said March 5 of the structure planned for the former site of the Underground Mall on Route ...

CHATHAM — Ahead of the latest round of airport master plan discussion meetings, selectmen are encouraging the airport commission to really listen to citizens’ concerns to rebuild a sense of public trust. It’s also not too late to form a citizens’ advisory committee to improve public participation in the process, selectmen said. On a split vote in January, the airport commission rejected that suggestion and opt...

CHATHAM — By a solid margin, voters at Saturday’s special town meeting approved spending $75,000 for a feasibility study for a new council on aging building on Stepping Stones Road. But because the land is under the control of the Monomoy Regional School Committee, which has voted against releasing it back to the town, it remains unclear where – or if – a new senior center might be built. The vote count was...

CHATHAM – What will the town's demographics look like in 25 years? That's one of the key questions posed in a recent report on housing issued by the finance committee's community housing working group. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE “Will we be a vibrant, thriving and hard-working community comprising a range of age, race, family size, income, occupational prospects and other demographics? Or shall we conti...

CHATHAM – Town officials are defending their proposal to add new positions to next year's budget, saying increasing workloads, along with new federal workplace requirements, are making it difficult to meet the level of services expected by residents. “We're hitting a point where we're stressing the workload capacity of our employees,” Town Manager Jill Goldsmith told selectmen last week. While staff members ar...

HARWICH — Sara Chase lives on the south side of Route 28 in South Harwich, on the opposite side of Route 28 from the utility lines that run from pole to pole along the edge of the state highway. Chase assumed she would not have to worry about the beautiful English elm tree on the lawn in front of her home. Chase owns the Captain James M. Ellis House, built circa 1865, and she has cherished the English elm that...