Letters to the Editor, Oct. 19

Bayside Visit Creates Booklet


Monomoy Regional High School would like to send a huge thank you to the Friends of Pleasant Bay for awarding us a grant to visit the bay, to spend time writing, photographing, and sketching there, and to help us pay for professional publishing of the booklet we are about to put together of all the student work created on and inspired by that visit to the beach.  Several students were positively affected by the generous donation of the Friends: a creative writing class, an art class, and the creative writing extracurricular club called Sandscript.  We can't wait to share our booklet with the towns of Pleasant Bay!  Look for them in the next month or so at town libraries, town halls, and chambers of commerce.  Thank you again, Friends of Pleasant Bay!!

Lisa Forte-Doyle

Monomoy Regional High School


Appreciates Haunted Displays


Thank you, Ben Franklin, for the wonderful Halloween window decorations. And thank you, Chatham Clothing Bar, for the amazing outdoor display.
The efforts of these two stores make Chatham a very special place to live or visit.

Kris Brown


Merchants Shouldn't Run Committee


Chatham residents have a choice as to who decides the future use of the Eldredge Garage  property. Chatham taxpayers are paying for the property. The merchants and developers are not. The board of selectmen at their meeting were debating who should be on the committee. They mentioned residents, abutting neighbors, finance, transportation; during the interview process the merchants were also mentioned.

It appears that the BOS are listening to the merchants for their request for more parking spaces in Chatham. Tell me why should the merchants or chamber of commerce members be on the committee when the taxpayers are paying the $2.5 million? The town is built-out, so build some low-cost housing on the lower portion of the property and a beautiful park with a restroom facility on the Main Street portion. The town of Chatham allows the merchants to have a business in Chatham but they should not be allowed to run the government of Chatham. The merchants and developers only think of their profits not the needs of Chatham. Merchants that are taxpayers could bring their concerns to the committee during open hearings. We need taxpayers only, not merchants to make the decisions for the Eldredge Garage property.

Earl Hubbard

Southbury. Conn.


Farewell To Atwood House Holly


Some of us in Chatham have watched what was once a holly bush grow into a substantial tree at the corner of the Atwood House on Stage Harbor Road.  As the Chatham Historical Society begins work to restore the old house foundation, thanks to a generous community preservation committee grant, the holly tree unfortunately has to go.  The tree roots have extended under the house, crumbling the foundation.  The branches scrape the building and trap moisture around the shingles and framing.

Our board of trustees has agreed with restoration and construction experts that the 40-year-old holly tree has to be removed.  By December, the original details of the 265-year-old Atwood House will once again stand out and be visible to all passing by on Stage Harbor Road. 

Danielle Jeanloz, executive director

Atwood House and Museum

Chatham Historical Society


Time To Correct Monument Omission?


The “showplace of the town,” the Eldredge Library, will be much enhanced by the planned new frontage. The third rail at the steps will certainly provide safety.  Does that mean they will  be widened, making them easier to ascend by older adults  and younger children? 

This might be a good time to provide what is missing from  the monument “To The Pioneers of Chatham,” the centerpiece of the community wall.  Where were the women? There would be no Nickerson Family Association without them. Perhaps this omission can be corrected with another lovely design. 

Juliet R. Bernstein



One Step Too Far


As a T-shirt of mine reads, "Haven't we taken the idea that anyone can be president just a little too far?"

Mike Rice

South Wellfleet


Tech School Is A Jewel



Cape Cod Tech is a jewel, training Cape Cod students for Cape Cod jobs. It needs a new building to keep up with a changing market. Everyone who cares about keeping young people and families on the Cape should vote yes by absentee ballot or in person next Tuesday.



Michael Westgate



Courses Benefit Young Duffers


My family’s experiences with the Monomoy Middle School golf program and the two golf courses providing access to the game have been meaningful. After a bit of classroom instruction, the fledgling players spend a few weeks at Cranberry Valley’s driving range before migrating to Seaside Links where they take off in confident groups. They respect the coach who teaches them respect for the game and fellow players. Parents commit to carpooling clubs mid-day. When I drop off clubs, I am cheerfully greeted by someone who says they are glad the students are coming to play that day. In addition, Cranberry Valley members and staff donated many sets of junior-sized clubs/bags for the program’s use. One was loaned to my son who was allowed to keep and use it over the summer, which he happily did with grandpa, dad, and uncle.

Judy Carlson



Legislators Support Tech Building


On Tuesday, Oct. 24 a district-wide election will be held seeking approval of the construction of a new technical high school in Harwich. This project has been approved to participate in the Massachusetts School Building Authority process, meaning over 50 percent of the cost will be picked up by the state.

We want you to know that as your elected representatives in the Massachusetts legislature, we unanimously support this project and ask that you join us in voting “Yes” on Oct. 24. There are several reasons why we support this project:

  • We need to ensure that all our students on the Cape have access to technical education as an option for their high school years in the decades to come. Our local technical high school must keep up with new career paths and innovations and keep their curriculum relevant to today’s economy.

  • The current building is outdated and in a state of disrepair. It no longer meets the needs of students seeking a technical high school education in the 21st century.

  • The Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Superintendent, School Committee and School Building Committee have taken the right approach to address their facility’s needs. Over the past several years they explored renovation or new construction options and have participated patiently in the MSBA process to seek as much state assistance with the project cost as possible. Construction of a new facility is the most sensible answer.

  • Last week the House and Senate passed legislation to increase the state’s contribution to the project by $5.3 million. This additional contribution will save Cape taxpayers nearly $10 million when taking into account the interest that would accrue to the towns.

If you’re looking for more information on how this project could impact your property taxes, we suggest you call your town hall. Details on the finances and building plans for this proposed project are also available at www. CapeTech.us or www.YesOnCapeTech.com.

Whatever the specific impact on your community may be, by voting “Yes” you will be voting to invest in our youth and a better Cape Cod.

Julian Cyr, Cape and Island Senator

Sarah Peake, Fourth Barnstable Representative

Timothy R. Whelan, First Barnstable District Representative

Time To Let Go Of Balloons

I believe it's time for the Masons to step up to the plate and hit a home run for those that can not speak for themselves. We are all God's creatures and the wildlife need your help. Please give up the sale of balloons. Thank you.

Betsy Abreu

 Losing A Tree Like Losing A Friend

The Main Street tree can always be pruned and the aggressive branches removed. Tree cabling and bracing is very beneficial. The tree is too wide but not too tall for the situation. You could go in four to six feet on each side, then shape the tree with pole pruners and use cable and bracing in needed areas.
I grew up in Chatham when there were lots of trees. I've planted some and cut down dead ones and some green ones, unfortunately. Even though there's too many people at times, I love Chatham, and when a big tree goes down, it's like losing another friend.

Art Hilbert