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By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham voters head to Veterans Field on June 12 for the annual town meeting, delayed a month due to the pandemic. Scheduled to begin at noon under (hopefully) sunny skies, the session includes a number of significant measures in the 64-article warrant. Among them are nearly two dozen requests for Community Preservation Act funding (half held over from 2020), and a final resolution to the long quest to build a ne...

Letters To The Editor: June 3, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Plastic Bottle Ban A Moral Imperative Editor: On behalf of the Earth-Honoring Faith Committee of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, I am writing in support of the proposed commercial single-use plastic water bottle ban in Chatham. We at St. Christopher’s are deeply concerned about the deterioration in the quality of the town’s natural environment caused in recent years by the steadily increasing volume ...

What would it be like to start your first business, a home health care business, during a pandemic? Karen L. Warren of Harwich and Jean C. Copeland of Chatham found out when they opened Quality Homecare Cape Cod, LLC one year ago, on June 1. “Mostly it made us nervous,” Copeland says. “We had to have a COVID policy.” They have continuously educated themselves on the CDC’s ever-changing guidelines. And they ...

ORLEANS — Leslie Fields must have a great tennis game. On June 1, the Woods Hole Group project manager for the proposed Nauset Estuary dredging project returned service and volleyed calmly with members of the Nauset Estuary Stakeholder Group. The shots coming her way during a two-hour workout ranged from easy lobs from some Orleans representatives to overhead smashes from some Eastham appointees. The subj...

ORLEANS — You might say Lisa Simundson caught a wave and never let go. From living in Florida to moving to the Cape a decade ago, the new executive director of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce has spent her career writing about and promoting the special merits of coastal communities. “I grew up the Florida way,” she said last week. “You’re outside 365 days a year. If you don’t go to the beach today, you go...

ORLEANS — Ember Gardens and b\well finished first and second in the select board’s composite ranking of applications for the town’s two available retail marijuana licenses. Seaside Joint Venture was ranked third, Dune Wellness fourth, and Strain LLC fifth. Last night (June 2), the board was scheduled to vote on extending two invitations to negotiate host community agreements, a crucial step in moving forward...

Joëlle Saint Hilare Phillips

By: Contributed

Joëlle Saint Hilare Phillips of West Harwich and wife of Paul Phillips for 46 years, passed on April 17, 2021. Joëlle was born March 30, 1933 in La Creuse, France. She moved to the United States in 1955 where she remained for the rest of her life. Joëlle lived and travelled the country extensively, creating lifetime relationships along the way. California, New Mexico, Vermont and Cape Cod were especially dear to ...

Winifred Riggs Portenoy

By: Contributed

Winifred Riggs Portenoy passed away peacefully at her home in Chatham on May 17th, the 75th anniversary of her marriage to the late Norman Portenoy.  She led a long and fulfilling life as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, noted philanthropist and foundation chairman, and influential member of many arts and civic boards on Cape Cod and in Washington, D.C., her home for five decades.      Winnie, as s...

Elizabeth Ann Lord

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Elizabeth Ann Lord passed away peacefully in her sleep January 18, 2020 in Calca, Cusco Peru. Born in Lowell in 1949, Beth was the daughter of the late Robert Lord and Marion (Reed) Lord.  She is survived by her sister Nancy, brother Rob and his wife and children, brother Douglas, and many relatives and friends around the world.  She attended Chelmsford High School and Skidmore College where she studied Elementar...

This is the third in a series of stories on the ongoing housing crisis. Housing insecurity was, for many, exacerbated during the pandemic. On the Lower and Outer Cape, however, the pandemic highlighted a situation that had been growing worse for years. Think of it as a squeeze. As real estate values rise, working people who don't already own their own home can no longer afford to buy. And the rental mar...

CHATHAM – Town Manager Jill Goldsmith was named one of five finalists for the position of city manager in Clearwater, Fla. Monday. While she said she was flattered to be considered to manage the city of about 120,000 on Florida's Gulf coast, especially given its size in comparison to Chatham, she said she had no intention of moving forward with the process. “I've given a commitment to Chatham and I'm hoping...

CHATHAM — Having collected more than a decade’s worth of data from a host of receiver buoys, researchers can now show in fine detail where tagged sharks spend their time each summer. The new White Shark Logbook from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy allows users to select a certain buoy location and browse all of the logged shark visits. The Logbook (shiny.atlanticwhiteshark.org/Logbook/) draws on data ...

Chatham Reinstates Independence Day Parade

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though it might not be as grand as usual, the town will have a real, in-person parade to mark Independence Day this summer. On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the select board followed the advice of the parade committee and gave the event its go-ahead. The board also voted to allow a fireworks display on Veterans Field on Thursday, July 1. The parade will happen on July 3, since July 4 falls on ...

CHATHAM — It might seem like climate change is an unstoppable juggernaut that can only be slowed by international treaties and sweeping reforms . But actions we take in our own houses, businesses, town halls and back yards can make a worthwhile change as well. That was the message from a panel of local experts in a forum on climate resilience Saturday. Janet Williams of the Chatham Climate Action Network ...

CHATHAM — As they do most years, in March, town officials asked residents to conserve water ahead of the busy summer season. Last week, their polite request became a mandate. Effective immediately, the select board has implemented a set of mandatory water restrictions that require outdoor watering to take place on odd or even calendar days, based on a property’s street number, with watering limited to an inc...