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ORLEANS — For Charlie McFarlane, the senior center is a good place to visit. The Air Force veteran, who's 86, started coming to a chair fitness class several years ago and now regularly attends Day Center programs. “I haven't met a soul that wasn't a nice person,” said McFarlane. “What's interesting about this place is that it's like someone's standing at the front door saying, 'Come in.'” On Nov. 7 at 11...

ORLEANS — “A house divided against itself, cannot stand,” Abraham Lincoln said in 1858. Yet that's what town meeting did Oct. 29, standing to vote on an article banning recreational marijuana sales and illuminating a deep divide in the community. After more than an hour of passionate, sometimes tearful argument, voters approved the ban by 270 to 255. Then they amended and passed by voice vote rules and regul...

ORLEANS — “A house divided against itself, cannot stand,” Abraham Lincoln said in 1858. Yet that's what town meeting did Oct. 29, standing to vote on an article banning recreational marijuana sales and illuminating a deep divide in the community. After more than an hour of passionate, sometimes tearful argument, voters approved the ban by 270 to 255. Then they amended and passed by voice vote rules and regul...

Storm Sends Floodwater Into Little Beach

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- Storm-driven waves flanked a new sand dune meant to protect the Little Beach area from flooding on Saturday, as winds gusted to more than 50 miles per hour and heavy rain pelted the region.   Water flowed around the north side of the new dune and into a low area adjacent to condos on Seagull Lane.  The sand was placed along the stretch of beach in front of the condos as a short-term measure whi...

Beverly J. (Lawson) Watts

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 Watts, Beverly J. (Lawson) of Chatham on October 21, 2018 at age 84. Beloved wife of Dave Watts and devoted mother to three sons, Bev grew up in Braintree and attended Thayer Academy and Connecticut College for Women, where she studied psychology. She met her future husband Dave while working summers on Nantucket. Soon after marriage, she and Dave settled in Westwood to raise their three sons. There, she sang wi...

Sheila Whiddon Smith

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Sheila Whiddon Smith age 83 of Harwich, died on October 22, 2018 with her loving family by her side. She is survived by her two daughters Meredith and husband Charles Konner, Stephanie and husband Roger Greenwood, her cousin Gail Moeller and husband John and their son Tyler, her sister in-law Judith McCracken and husband Robert and their three daughters and families, sister in law Audrey Smith and her two daughte...

REVEREND DANIEL P. FREITAS, 80

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REVEREND DANIEL P. FREITAS, 80                 The Rev. Daniel P. Freitas, late of Chatham, and most recently of Yarmouth Port, died after a brief illness at Cape Cod Hospital on October 18, 2018.  The son of the late Daniel Freitas and the late Isabel Freitas, Rev. Freitas grew up in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School.  Rev. Freitas attended Ohio Wesleyan University and received a Bachelor o...

Cape Cod's housing market is a victim of its own success. “We're known around the country as a safe investment,” said Alisa Magnotta Galazzi, CEO of the Housing Assistance Corporation. That's led to a steady increase in seasonal homes – 5,000 in the last six years – and a loss of some 3,000 year-round units in the same period, she said. That trend is a major contributor to the shortage of year-round housing...

CHATHAM – After the loss of a couple of historic homes on Stage Harbor Road, and with slim prospects of saving at least two others currently under demolition delays, the news that the owners of two other old homes on the street are working to preserve their structures came as a welcome relief to members of the historical commission. Both homes are within the area that the Massachusetts Historical Commission ha...

EAST HARWICH — Sheila Smith, the longtime advertising sales manager at The Cape Cod Chronicle, is being remembered for her caring nature, her skill as a businesswoman, her fondness for animals, and above all her devotion to family. Mrs. Smith died Monday at the age of 83, less than two months after the passing of her husband, Preston. Born Sheila Whiddon, Mrs. Smith moved to Orleans at a young age and att...

CHATHAM – Randi Potash has been brushing up on county government in preparation for running for the town's seat on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates. She's read the county charter, sat in on and watched many assembly meetings, and met with Barnstable County Administrator Jack Yunits and current county commission chairman Leo Cakounes. “I'm always willing to learn,” she said. Potash said she was...

CHATHAM – From the ground, it looked like a bunch of blue dots on the otherwise green outfield of Veterans Field. But from 220 feet up in the air, it came into clear focus. A giant great white shark, more than 170 feet long, almost spanning the entire outfield, was created last Wednesday as recognition of Chatham Elementary School students' positive behavior. In depicting a huge version of the school's mascot,...

Sustainability Task Force Gains Momentum

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Finding ways to attract and retain year-round residents is more than an exercise in strategic planning; it’s an urgent task that deserves immediate attention, selectmen said Monday. The board is hoping to convene a new task force shortly that will examine ways to encourage a sustainable year-round population that includes all age groups, not just young families. “This is really the number one prior...

CHATHAM — Twenty years ago, the town faced some daunting challenges. The fire station was overcrowded, the police station was falling apart, and key town officials’ offices were warrens in a run-down annex cluttered with filing cabinets and desks. Many public meetings took place in an old portable classroom, and rec programs happened in a small community building that was largely unchanged since it was built ju...

Selectmen Battle Over Issuance Of Cold Brook Contract

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As the town moves into another funding phase for the Cold Brook nitrogen attenuation project, selectmen are raising a number of questions about design, consultant funding and defining the goals of the public/private relationship with Harwich Conservation Trust. On a split vote, selectmen Monday night approved a $119,800 agreement with consultants CDM Smith, Inc. to continue technical team participati...