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ORLEANS – Finance Director Cathy Doane said it best: “There isn't one particular method that seems to be across the board equitable for everyone.” That ideal apportionment of betterment fees for construction of the downtown sewer collection system, among users as diverse as a commercial brewery and a two-bedroom condo, was not to be found. At a selectmen's meeting last month, Doane reviewed four methods use...

ORLEANS – With much attention on the waves seeking to break through the dune protecting the parking lot at Nauset Beach, another watery battleground has been less prominent. But miles from its shorelines, the town is dealing with sudden torrential downpours well beyond flood zones, where the damages aren't covered by flood insurance. The Aug. 9 microburst that hit the Lower Cape hard dropped as much as seven...

Editor's note: This week we debut a new weekly column, “Nature Connection,” by Mary Richmond, a writer, artist, educator and amateur naturalist who grew up in Hyannis. For more information about her work visit www.capecodartandnature.com. After a hectic morning filled with appointments and people I headed toward the beach. The day was cloudy and windy but also warm and humid. A few people sat in their cars w...

Doris (Friberg) Imbergamo

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                  Doris Imbergamo of Chatham passed away with her sons at her side on September 8, 2018 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Doris was born on January 13, 1932 in Queens, New York to Margaret (Dockendorf) Friberg and Gustave Friberg.  She worked in banking and advertising in Manhattan before meeting her husband, the late S. Charles Imbergamo.  While they raised their family in Huntington, Ne...

Virginia Doane Chambers

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            Virginia Doane Chambers passed away peacefully at home on September 11, 2018. She was the beloved wife of Donald R. Chambers and a long-time resident of Plandome, N.Y. and summer resident of Chatham.               Virginia grew up in Floral Park, N.Y. where she attended Floral Park Bellerose Grade School and Sewanhaka High School. She was a 1946 graduate of Hobart-William Smith College.  Following ...

CHATHAM — Though it wasn’t without a few glitches, organizers say Mondays on Main, this summer’s first-ever weekly live downtown music event, was a success. The event was sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association and featured between four and six bands performing at rotating venues. Association President Becky Voelkel said early plans are already underway for next year’s musical series. “We went into...

CHATHAM — The new executive director of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, Mary Cavanaugh, started work Monday. And while she’s focused now on unpacking boxes and meeting key people, she’s eager to get to work promoting the town’s businesses and encouraging economic development. A Chatham summer resident since the early 1980s, Cavanaugh and her husband purchased land here in 2002 and built a home, and they’ve ...

CHATHAM – After some finagling, a playhouse-size model of the Eldredge Public Library now sits on the lawn of the town offices, across Main Street from the historic library. The Friends of the Eldredge Public Library hope the high visibility of the location will help sell raffle ticket for the playhouse, which was donated by Cape Associates, Inc. The money raised will help support the library's youth program, ...

WELLFLEET — With emotion still raw after a fatal shark attack on Newcomb Hollow Beach less than two weeks earlier, there was a spirited discussion in Wellfleet last Thursday evening about how to keep beachgoers safe. There were renewed calls for reducing the number of seals off the outer beach as a means of deterring sharks. Most such measures would be prohibited by the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, ...

After Delays, Hidden Pocket Park Sees Improvements

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH CHATHAM — The caution tape is down and the playground at the tiny South Chatham Park is open for business. It’s a welcome sight for neighbors, who’ve been lobbying for improvements since 2015. “The next phase is underway,” Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin said this week. In the next few days, contractor T.W. Nickerson will be installing fine, compact gravel to complete a handicap-accessible w...

CHATHAM – It is arguably the most contentious issue facing Massachusetts voters this November. Ballot question 1 – “Nurse-Patient Assignment Limits Initiative” – is creating a response in the public that is contradictory and confusing. Competing ads claiming to represent the same people yet holding different positions appear regularly in the media, trust-worthy information on the proposal and its effect is scarce...

CHATHAM – When the town's skateboard park had to relocated from the airport property, a number of locations were considered; one of the criteria was visibility. The old park was along busy George Ryder Road and right across the street from the police department. When Volunteer Park, off Sam Ryder Road, was chosen as the new skate park location, there were concerns about whether it met that visibility criteria....

Towns Mull Dredge Purchase

By: Tim Wood

Costs, Benefits Of Owning Equipment Locally Examined During the past few weeks, officials in both Chatham and Orleans have raised the prospect of their respective towns purchasing a dredge. But with Barnstable County now owning and operating two dredges, does it make sense, economically or otherwise, for individual towns to buy what is an expensive and high-maintenance piece of equipment? “It does not,” sai...

New Harwich Center Initiative Committee Established

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It's been 18 years since the initial Harwich Center Initiative study was done with the goal of bringing economic vitality to the historic village. There have been several additional attempts to revive the effort since then, and selectmen agreed Monday night to make another attempt. “We have several people who have shown an active interest,” Selectman Larry Ballantine said. “There is enthusiasm and I'...

Forest Street Reconstruction Project Gets Special Permit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The appeals board has issued a special permit for a reconstruction project on Forest Street that exceeded the extent of demolition on the historic structure and went beyond the special permit initially granted for the project. The property owner, builder Anthony Crugnale, was before the appeals board last Wednesday seeking to amend or modify an existing special permit granted in February to include a...