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Review: Legendary Actors Clash In WHAT's 'Orson's Shadow'

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

To say Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater’s “Orson’s Shadow” is well acted is an understatement. The show’s noteworthy actors have the monumental task of convincingly portraying some theatrical greats from the stage and silver screen, which they deftly achieve, creating an absolute tour de force. WHAT’s choice of “Orson’s Shadow” was very purposeful, as the drama revolves around putting on the absurdist dram...

Letters To The Editor: Sept. 19, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Airport Plan Threat To Town Editor: Believing that my home-seeking-and-buying experience is representative of some other Chatham homeowners, I am writing to express great dismay at the intentions of the airport commission to carry out a master plan of extensive expansion that will create safety risks and negatively affect quality of life. After several years of considering numerous coastal towns and looking...

Our View: A DCPC Well Worth Pursuing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich officials made the right move in nominating the section of Route 28 in West Harwich known as Captains' Row to the Cape Cod Commission as a District of Critical Planning Concern. Given the development pressure that is creeping into this area, a DCPC designation can't come too soon. The neighborhood, from the Denis town line to the west bank of the Herring River, contains a dense grouping of well-preserv...

Andrew Buckley: The Call Of The Wind

By: Andrew Buckley

It’s a big boat. Feels like a big boat. Twenty-eight feet and I’m still testing its limits. A couple weeks back, the weather being ideal and the tides right, I was able to take the Chris-Craft out with some friends for the afternoon. After making it over the hump, where low water can be as low as two feet (for a vessel that draws two and a half feet of water) at the bend of the Oyster River, the world opened u...

Business: Jewelry Maker Finds Niche With Memorial Glass Beads

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Business ideas come from many places and in many forms. And every once in a while, someone comes up with an idea that takes us by surprise and then...aha, of course! That was the case for Vangie Collins, owner of VC Lampwork Memorial Glass Beads, who makes cremation jewelry. Collins, a native New Yorker, has always considered herself a crafty person, traveling to craft fairs and making jewelry, including neckl...

'Celebrate Our Waters' Turns 10 This Weekend

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — If you haven’t had a chance to get out on the water this summer, or even if you have, you won’t want to miss the 10th annual Celebrate Our Waters weekend. It’s a series of fun events for families and individuals, and it’s a strategy by the Orleans Pond Coalition to build public involvement in initiatives that protect the town’s watersheds, estuaries, ponds and lakes. The public is invited to help kic...

Riding Along With Lt. Higgins On His Last Patrol

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — In the early 1980s, Police Lt. Kevin Higgins wore a different uniform. Clad in a lab coat, worn to protect the computers, he worked the midnight shift at Cape Cod Bank and Trust's data processing center. A colleague's husband, a state trooper at the Yarmouth barracks, would drop in for a coffee break. “He kept saying computers are the coming thing in police work,” Higgins recalled. Finally, he acce...

Public Reaction Mixed To Pay As You Throw Proposal

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — If you missed last week's standing-room-only presentation on Pay As You Throw (PAYT) trash disposal and single-stream recycling—and you have the patience to sit through a few variance requests first—the conversation continues today (Sept. 19) after 2 p.m. at the board of health's meeting. The board joined the selectmen Sept. 10 for a public information session on switching to PAYT, which involves b...

A New Ms. Eelgrass Is Crowned

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A new Ms. Eelgrass has been crowned! That may sound bit grandiose for the somewhat subdued event—at least by Ms. Eelgrass standards—held at the VFW Sunday afternoon. But the beauty pageant (if you could call it that) carried on a tradition first begun more than 35 years ago, albeit in a more family-friendly atmosphere. There were four contestants, one fewer than the first Ms. Eelgrass contest held...

ConCom Approves Withdrawal Of North Cut Dredge Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Without discussion, the conservation voted unanimously last week to accept the town’s request to withdraw plans to dredge in Chatham Harbor near the North Cut. At least for now, that move hasn’t ended a waterfront property owner’s suit against the town. On Sept. 4, about a week after the town issued a press release announcing that it had withdrawn the North Cut area from its dredging plans for the ...

CHATHAM — When it comes to controlling shorefront erosion and maintaining navigation, Chatham Harbor poses some problems. The solution, or at least part of it, might be found on Tern Island. On Wednesday, the state announced that Chatham has received more than $50,000 from the office of Coastal Zone Management to support a study of the island. Officials want to know whether adding sand to the island from nea...

Officials: No Additional Cleanup Needed After PCB Spill

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Soil sampling around Homestead Lane shows no detectable levels of cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, following the failure of an electrical transformer during the July 23 severe storm. The spill prompted town officials to prohibit shellfishing and swimming in Little Mill Pond, Mill Pond and part of the Mitchell River immediately after the storm. First responders noticed a sheen on the...

Monomoy Theatre Sold For $3.65 Million

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The sale of the Monomoy Theatre property was finalized Monday, eight months after its longtime owner announced that it was for sale. Chatham Productions LLC, paid $3,650,000 for the 2.7-acre property at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd., according to documents on file at the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds. Frank, Frederick and Catherine Steindler, trustees of the Steindler Family Trust, had put the ...

Chatham, Harwich Sewer Work Begins

By: Tim Wood

Labor Day has come and gone. It's time for sewer construction to begin again. A detour was in place Monday as work on the East Harwich sewer system began along Route 137. The work started at Old Queen Anne Road, while a second crew began work on Herndon Road and continued mainline sewer installation on Cemetery and Compass roads. In Chatham, crews began work on the Oyster Pond sewer extension phase of the t...

Selectmen Dive Into Food Trucks Regulations

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Selectmen have a number of concerns about allowing food trucks to operate in town—from traffic and congestion to competition with established restaurants—but they haven’t closed the door on the idea. Working with business leaders, the board Monday said it hopes to have a bylaw in place to regulate food trucks before next summer’s visitor season. Selectman Cory Metters said that it was time for the ...