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After A Challenging Year, Local Theaters Look Ahead

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

A year ago, local theaters had to face the same challenges the rest of us did, as COVID-19 arrived and ran roughshod over plans for summer seasons, auditions, events and opening nights. At that time, tough choices had to be made. Auditions were postponed, then canceled. Seasons were suddenly filled with question marks instead of dates. Some venues decided to experiment with virtual versions of their planned offe...

Our View: Beyond The Monomoy Agreement

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's important to remember that the Memorandum of Understanding between Chatham and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not solve the core dispute between the two: the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. It also does not provide the town and state with authority over shell and fin fish resources in the area beyond the 2031 expiration date of the refuge's comprehensive conservation plan. ...

Letters To The Editor: March 18, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Don't Punish Homebuyers With Surtax Editor: Concerning the proposed surtax on properties assessed at $2 million plus: Why do five persons out of a population of approximately 6,000 assume they have the right to punish persons for being successful? Is this what we have come to in Chatham? Money, lots of money, is the override factor in our behavior and practices? How sad! Success – at any level – is ...

Our View: The Aspirational Infrastructure Of Nauset High

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Opponents of the Nauset Regional High School building project aren’t entirely wrong, but that doesn’t make them right. If the four district towns were case studies at the Harvard Business School, grad students could develop abstract scenarios focused on an enterprise reaching beyond its grasp by building infrastructure that exceeds the apparent needs of its local consumer base. But education isn’t a matter of ...

ORLEANS — The elementary school committee voted March 15 to approve a $5,505,818 budget for the fiscal year beginning in July, a 1.47 percent increase that’s well within the cap that the town asked be observed. That decision was almost overshadowed by member Josh Stewart’s response to remarks by planning board member Brian Sosner, which Sosner made as a private citizen during public comment at the select boa...

ORLEANS — The Orleans Conservation Trust is reaching out to donors to help it embrace and preserve the ecological diversity of Henson’s Cove. OCT is just 3.74 acres – and $900,000 – away from completing a 23-acre Henson’s Cove Conservation Area, a long-sought goal. The 4 Braddock’s Way parcel, with 157 feet of saltwater frontage, “was ready to develop,” OCT Executive Director Stephen O’Grady said during a to...

State Appeals Court Dismisses Skydiving Suit

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A lawsuit that attempted to prevent skydiving from returning to Chatham Municipal Airport was dismissed by the Massachusetts Appeals Court Monday. The decision by a three-judge panel affirms a 2019 ruling by a Barnstable Superior Court judge that federal law requires that the town allow skydiving at the George Ryder Road airport. It's not certain that skydiving will return to the airport, and if i...

Leo G. Farrenkopf Jr.

By: Contributed

CHATHAM - Leo G. Farrenkopf Jr., 70, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day) 2021. He was surrounded by his children, family and loving dog.  Leo was born June 9th, 1950 in Chatham. It was here he found the salt of the sea in his veins. From early on in his life Leo was a proud commercial fisherman, working extraordinarily hard on his boat, Kyla Marie. His l...

Frank A. Messina Jr., 58

By: Contributed

Frank A. Messina Jr. died on March 3, 2021 as a result of an accident at his home. Frank is survived by his beloved wife Lauralee Messina of Port Washington, N.Y., his parents Frank A. Messina Sr. and Joan-Ellen Messina of Chatham, his brother and sister-in-law Joseph P. Messina and Jessica Tyler of Duxbury, his mother-in-law Elizabeth Guy and sister-in-law Cindy Nadal of Winston-Salem, N.C., brothers-in-law Ray ...

Lynn Elizabeth Calhoun

By: Contributed

Lynn Elizabeth Calhoun passed away on March 7th, 2021 at the age of 64, surrounded by family in Philadelphia, Pa., after a two-year battle with cervical cancer.  Lynn shared a summer home in Chatham with her husband Douglas Arnold.  They were married for 40 years.  Lynn loved Chatham and often remarked that it was one of the most beautiful places in the world.  She was a long time member of Stage Harbor Yacht Clu...

Joseph Francis Griffin

By: Contributed

Joseph Francis Griffin, of Falmouth, passed away peacefully, on February 16, 2021, with beloved family and friends at his side. Joe fought a brave battle against Parkinson’s and cardiac diseases for many years. His last hours were spent enjoying time with family and friends.  Joe was born on July 28, 1941 in Washington, D.C. to Commander John Barry Griffin and Catherine (Connolly) Griffin. Joe grew up in Woburn, ...

Martha Hicky Fogelman

By: Contributed

Martha Hicky Fogelman was born in Memphis, Tennessee on May 19, 1939 to Mr. and Mrs. James Hicky of Forrest City, Arkansas. She passed away on March 1, 2021 after a lengthy illness. She was 81 years old.  Martha spent her childhood years in Forrest City on the family property known as Fleurland, a rolling property with a vast peach orchard. Martha graduated from Forrest City High School and first matriculated to ...

CHATHAM – A plan to restore and renovate a 170-year-old Greek Revival house in the Old Village ran into opposition from the historical commission last week over the size of a proposed addition. Though they appreciated the effort to save the main house at 305 Main St., known as Breathwood, commission members said the addition to the rear would overwhelm the original structure. “To me it dwarfs the historic s...

CHATHAM – Although it was billed as a discussion on the future of elementary education, last Thursday's forum kept veering into the budget lane, much to the dismay of some parents. The benefits and drawbacks of small class size is the direction that the discussion should be heading, said several of those who attended the virtual session. “My hope is that we don't get so pulled into the budget inequity that ...

CHATHAM – When the call went out, local residents answered, contributing more than half a million dollars to help neighbors suffering financially due to the pandemic. After distributing most of that money, the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund (CCIF) is winding down and will phase out March 19. “We had a goal, we had a mission, we had a focus on trying to get assistance to those in need,” said Stephen Daniel,...