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The first positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus on Cape Cod was confirmed by the state department of public health Saturday. On Sunday Chatham closed its community center after learning that person was in the building Feb. 29. The person, a Sandwich resident, is reportedly showing symptoms and is being isolated; it is not known where or when he contracted the virus.  In a press release Sunday, town officials s...

Herbert Frederick Lach, Jr., 74

By: Contributed

Herbert Frederick Lach, Jr., 74               Herbert Frederick Lach, Jr., of Brewster, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born Herbert Frederick Lach, Jr. on December 26, 1945, in Orange, New Jersey, to Herbert and Helene Lach. Herb grew up in New Jersey, with his sister, Kathryn Moss of North Carolina, and his brothers Douglas Lach of Pennsylvania, an...

CHATHAM — By a solid margin, voters at Saturday’s special town meeting approved spending $75,000 for a feasibility study for a new council on aging building on Stepping Stones Road. But because the land is under the control of the Monomoy Regional School Committee, which has voted against releasing it back to the town, it remains to be seen if a new senior center could be built on the two-acre parcel. The v...

CHATHAM – In order to create a year-round arts and entertainment facility and preserve the historic buildings on the former Monomoy Theatre property, owner Alexandra Properties is proposing a new zoning overlay district covering 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. Both properties were used by the Monomoy Theatre until its sale to Alexandra Properties last year. The proposed Main Street Theater Overlay District would...

Fools To Freeze For Firefighter’s Fiancée

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — This year, the April Fools of Chatham Fire Department will lead their annual fund-raising plunge in frigid Nantucket Sound to benefit one of their own. The swim will take place on April 1 at 4:30 p.m. at Harding’s Beach, and hundreds of people are expected to join in. This year’s event will raise funds for 28-year-old Hayley Varin, who will soon be married to Chatham Firefighter Harry Fietz. Varin wa...

CHATHAM — It’s been a practice for about as long as anyone can remember, but because of a complaint to the state, the town is now regulating the storage of weir poles at the end of Harding’s Beach. Used to suspend offshore fish trap nets, the wooden poles are stored on the end of the beach in the off-season. Answering a complaint from an unnamed citizen, the state attorney general’s office says the practice re...

Middle Road Solar Array Wins Approval

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – An agreement between neighbors and a California-based renewable energy company on a buffer area has cleared the way for approval of a solar power array off Middle Road. The zoning board of appeals on Feb 27 approved a special permit for NextGrid's solar facility on the 15-acre sandpit owned by J.W. Dubis and Sons. The facility could be generating power by summer. Property owners along West Pond Ro...

St. Christopher's To Go Solar

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Honoring a commitment to be good stewards of the earth, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church will be installing solar panels on the roof of its parish hall. The historic business district commission last week unanimously approved the 86-panel, roof-mount solar array, which will be placed on the southeast-facing roof of the hall, adjacent to the Gallery building property, and will be visible from Main S...

1838 Church Bell Gives Up Its Perch

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Clearing the way for repairs to the leaky belfry, crews carefully removed the church bell from the First Congregational Church Monday afternoon to applause from a small group of spectators below. Having cut away one of the columns to create a sufficiently wide opening, crews gingerly removed the 182-year-old bell from the belfry of the Fir...

HARWICH — The good news is work at the intersection of Routes 137 and 39 is nearly finished. The bad news is that work will continue north on Route 137, necessitating several detours and closures over the coming weeks. Access to the commercial area in East Harwich has been difficult, to say the least, as the town works on installing sewer mains. On Monday officials gathered to work out a traffic control plan f...

HARWICH — The state, several local agencies and Cape Tech are working together to provide more technical training and employment opportunities for adults through a new school program aimed at providing training for under-employed and unemployed adults. On Friday a dozen adult Cape residents graduated from the newly established program after completing a seven-week HVAC training program run in conjunction with ...

Harwich Digesting $69.2 Million FY21 Budget Proposal

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Given the town meeting battle last year that nearly saw a rejection of the $69 million budget, town officials have sharpened their pencils, and Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers has presented selectmen with a proposed budget for FY21 that represents a 0.33 percent increase. The selectmen, finance committee and capital outlay committee met in a lengthy session on Saturday to go over the budget,...

FOXBORO – The music was pumping in the gymnasium at Foxboro High School on March 8, the air permeated with the floral scents of perfume and hairspray, fans staking their claim on seats in the rows of bleachers. It wasn't a game they were attending, but the Cheer Regionals featuring none other than the Monomoy Regional High School cheerleading squad. After more than five months of sideline spirit and energetic ...

EASTHAM/CHATHAM – Spencer Rushnak has something of a secret. When he first started playing soccer as a kid, he didn't like it. Then, as a freshman at Nauset Regional High School, Rushnak watched the 2016 team cap off an undefeated season with a state championship victory, and decided he wanted to do that, too. Fast forward a few years and Rushnak recently committed to continuing his career with the Roger Willi...

Don't Miss Monomoy Drama's 'Les Misérables'

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – The spring productions of Monomoy Regional High School drama are always a big deal, but their 2020 show might be one of their biggest yet. In less than a week (March 18) a talented cast of singing thespians will bring to life Victor Hugo's timeless tale “Les Mis é rables.” Fans of the show are well versed in the story of convict Jean Valjean, imprisoned for thieving a loaf of bread, who finds himself...

Review: Academy Offers The Best Of Broadway, Then And Now

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Broadway musical revues can be a popular choice for local theaters and their patrons, with most focusing on the “oldies but goodies.” In the Academy of Performing Arts’ original and brand-new show “Broadway: Then and Now,” first-time director Terrence Brady refreshingly focuses on some newer hits from current Broadway sell-out shows like “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” Some of our readers might remember Bra...