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After nearly 59 years of marriage, Louis and Diane Zinnanti of South Chatham still sparkle in each other’s company. “We’re very happy people,” Diane says. Sitting in their living room with a visitor, they reminisce about their family, their love of collecting and various jobs they’ve held. They fill in the details of each other’s stories and laugh a lot. Today happens to be Diane’s 81st birthday. She and Lo...

Mobile Unit Offers Cape Residents COVID-19 Treatment

By: Debra Lawless

It seems that most of the news we hear about the coronavirus pandemic lately is bad news. But while there is no outright cure for COVID-19, a helpful treatment has come to Cape Cod Hospital in the form of a mobile unit offering monoclonal antibody therapy (mAb). The mobile unit is a first of its kind on Cape Cod and only one of two such units in Massachusetts. Patients receiving the outpatient treatment are th...

‘Breakthrough’ COVID Cases Raise Alarm

By: Alan Pollock

With concerns growing about the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19, and with Provincetown fighting a localized surge of cases among mostly vaccinated people, you might see more people voluntarily wearing masks in the weeks ahead. “We are seeing a slight uptick,” Chatham Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson told the health board this week. The town saw two new cases of COVID-19 in ...

CHATHAM — “Oh, this is that store,” is a comment that Sharon Hayes overhears while gardening outside Yankee Ingenuity at 525 Main St. in Chatham. “They don’t know the name of it.” After 50 years, while some customers still don’t know the name of Yankee Ingenuity, they do know it’s where they want to go to buy that locally-made gift or craft item. This morning Hayes and her husband Jon Vaughan are outside th...

“It’s just a number,” Ella Lombard of Harwich says about one’s age. “It’s what you do with it.” Ella celebrated her 100th birthday on May 21. This remarkable woman lives at home with her pet pug and still drives herself to the grocery store and bank. She took up painting in her 70s when her niece tutored her; today, a quilt that she is sewing is spread over the dining room table. To date, she has completed 46 ...

WEST CHATHAM — A new cardiology practice opened this week in the heart of West Chatham. Cape Cod Healthcare announced recently that Dr. Elissa Thompson will be heading a new practice called the Cape Cod Healthcare Cardiovascular Center at the Oppenheim Medical Building at 1629 Main St. The opening took place last week, and the facility is expected to serve patients from around the Lower Cape. Thom...

A nonprofit agency and three local businesses won recognition and awards last week for their outstanding work and innovative business practices during the coronavirus pandemic year. The Lower Cape Outreach Council in Orleans was named the nonprofit of the year during the 28th annual SCORE Small Business Awards forum on June 10. (A Zoom meeting took the place of SCORE’s annual breakfast.) In addition, Consignin...

CHATHAM – It doesn't take a close inspection to see the failings of the current senior center on Stony Hill Road. Originally built as a residence, its rooms and offices are small and lack privacy, a steep staircase leads to more constricted spaces on the second floor, it lacks an adequate ventilation system, and the building had to be shored up a few years ago because of structural problems. A decade ago, talk...

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 ...

After two generations and a nearly 72-year run in business, the Schluter-Gould family has sold Chatham Motor Service to a former employee, Ryan Hansen. “The stars aligned and it was a perfect fit,” says Don Gould. The name of Hansen’s new business is Enhanced Automotive and Fabrication, Inc. Hansen’s first job while a senior at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, from which he graduated in 2006, was...

CHATHAM – A call to 911 may be at the worst moment of your life. Whatever prompted the call – a heart attack, a stroke, a fire – "seconds make a huge, huge difference," according to Chatham Fire Lieutenant Ryan Clark, the new public education coordinator for the Chatham Fire-Rescue Department. "It's that serious." If your house number is not easily visible from the street, in daylight or at night, a new progra...

Several years ago, Mark Pasquini of South Dennis approached Cape Abilities, a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod, and asked if he could become a friend or mentor to one of its participants “in a one-on-one role.” Pasquini “wanted to do something bigger than myself, and through my friendship add some richness and varied experiences to the life of an i...