Topics: Chatham

Imagine watching your children or grandchildren play a game of catch with a future big-league pitcher in your backyard, or serving a hamburger to baseball’s next great slugger during your family’s summer barbecue. Those are a few examples of the experiences host families have when they welcome Cape Cod Baseball League players into their homes during the summer months. America’s top collegiate summer basebal...

Local children from Chatham, Harwich and Orleans will be able to experience somewhat-normal activities this summer when all three towns resume their summer recreation programs after canceling the 2020 lineups due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re so excited to move forward and give the kids some semblance of normalcy,” said Chatham Youth Service Coordinator Sharon Stark. Although COVID-19 remains a very real...

CHATHAM – Local fishermen congregated at the back of a white van parked at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance building and peered inside. Their view offered a glimpse of the new gear they will be mandated to use as a part of a suite of measures implemented by the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Commission to comply with a judge’s order to reduce entanglements of endangered right whales. Dozens of l...

93 Polar Plunges Net $27K For Teen Recovery

By: Brad Joyal

Bob Wirtshafter was leaving his yoga class at Power Yoga of Cape Cod in Harwich when he noticed his instructor, Stephanie Briody, was wearing a bathing suit as she left the studio and headed out into the December cold. “I saw that she had her bathing suit on after yoga and I said, ‘Where are you going?’” recalls Wirtshafter, a Chatham resident. “She said, ‘Oh, I’m going to do an ocean dip’ and I said, ‘Oh, I’l...

Beginning with the closures of the Chatham and Harwich High Schools and the opening of Monomoy Regional High School, the Lower Cape has experienced many changes over the years. However, the more some things change, the more others stay the same. Among the organizations that have survived the test of time is Monomoy’s Dollars for Scholars program, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year. Like mos...

Amy Hinesley wants to leave Monomoy Regional High School in better shape than she found it. The senior from Chatham has made a concentrated effort to make a positive impact on her school and she’s fully immersed herself in the high school experience — excelling not only in academics, but musical theater, band and athletics, too. And then there’s the laundry list of extracurricular activities Hinesley has be...

ORLEANS – The COVID-19 pandemic is altering First Night Chatham, but it isn’t stopping the Lower Cape Figure Skating Association from holding its annual Holidays on Ice show at the Charles Moore Arena in Orleans.   However, this year’s show will look a little different — it’s going to be a virtual event featuring masked participants.   Forty-three figure skaters ranging from ages 6 to 17 participated ...

CHATHAM – Something wasn’t right. The screaming pain Paul Borde could feel in his lower back was starting to affect his daily life. The discomfort was really unbearable for Borde, who struggled to sleep and walk throughout the summer of 2019. Perhaps worst of all, the pain hammering away at the bottom of his vertebrae was hindering Borde’s golf game, which really sounded alarms for the avid golfer. “I thoug...

Winter sports have gotten the green light at Monomoy and Nauset Regional High Schools, though Monomoy's season will see a bit of a delay due to the school's recent closure in the wake of new cases of COVID-19 among students. Originally, winter sports were supposed to start with tryouts and practices on Dec. 14, but two positive cases at MRHS necessitated the closure of the school until after the holiday break....

As I sit before my screen, fingers hovering above the keys, myriad song lyrics ping-pong through my mind. One from Eminem about having one shot, one opportunity. One from “Hamilton” about not throwing away my shot. Even one from Sinatra about doing it my way. But the truth is, while I'm excited about my next chapter, turning the page is also bittersweet. A little more than five years ago, I arrived on the Lowe...

A recent uptick of coronavirus cases throughout Massachusetts and specifically on Cape Cod has led local public libraries to cut back on services for the foreseeable future. Brooks Free Library in Harwich, Eldredge Public Library in Chatham and Snow Library in Orleans all recently decided to halt in-person browsing and begin offering only curbside services. “It was in the interest of community safety, both for...

Sears Park To Host Seasonal 'Buoy Tree'

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Does a Christmas tree have to be a tree? Not if it's festive enough. The Chatham Merchants Association and Chamber of Commerce is assembling a “buoy tree” to bring the holiday spirit back to the Sears Park triangle. For many years the small downtown park hosted the town Christmas tree, a large evergreen donated by a resident annually and festively decorated by the park department. It was the fo...

'Memory Bears' Bring Comfort During The Holiday Season

By: Debra Lawless

On the afternoon of Nov. 13, a Friday, Jan Hopkins of Harwich logged into a Facebook group called “Chatham Spread the Word,” and made an unusual offer. She said she would make “memory bears” from a lost loved one’s clothing as keepsakes. She would not charge for her services but she asked that the recipient donate time or money to the Chatham Angel Fund or the Chatham Food Pantry. The reaction to her offer ...

Chatham Man's Novel Explores Psychology Of PTSD

By: Debra Lawless

Rob Ritchey of Chatham, who has just released his debut novel, “Marriette” (West Barnstable Press, 2020), has an unusual background for a novelist: he is a podiatrist who recently returned to painting portraits. “I grew up in the Boston area being an artist, but then life pushed me along other paths,” he said in an email interview last week. “I was a machinist for a while after college and then on to medical s...

Our View: Light At The End Of The Tunnel

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

The pages of this week’s paper are filled with distressing news about the pandemic. We’re in the midst of what public health officials call a “surge upon a surge,” with new cases spread at Thanksgiving gatherings being added to the seasonal surge associated with the onset of cold weather. But at long last, after months of bleak uncertainty, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccines are being rushed t...

Flight Program Helps Scouts Earn More Than A Badge

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM – In the timeless classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the main character, Scout, tells her brother during a conversation, “I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.” Inspired by that motto, the Rev. Buster Keith Waters made his life's mission helping others. Now he's brought his passions to the Cape, specifically to Chatham Airport, where he's passing on his love of flying, and urging local youth to aim...