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Think teen vaping is just a passing fad? Think again. The trend, which involves the use of electronic cigarettes or nicotine vaporizers by kids as young as 11, is on the rise, and with it a host of health problems. Though the first tobacco vaporizer hit the market in 1963, their use soared after the mid-2000s when the market was saturated with products. The electronic or e-cigarettes are battery operated, hand...

School News, April 4

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

'Phantom' Field Trip Many students may never have the opportunity to step into a majestic, historic theater and enjoy a live theatrical performance, which is just one of the reasons why Monomoy Regional Middle School administrators and teachers work tirelessly each year to plan a whole-school field trip to regional theaters to attend a professional musical production. Three years ago, the school traveled ...

ORLEANS — “When I got elected, I think I was the devil if you listened to the sewer people,” Selectman Mark Mathison said last week. It's said the devil is in the details, and that's where Mathison, one of three candidates running for two seats on the board in next month's election, has spent much of his tenure. “My question right from the beginning with the sewer issue,” he said, “was, 'Are we talking about c...

ORLEANS — Supporters of a public-private effort to prevent further development of Pleasant Bay's Sipson Island encountered some headwinds last month as several selectmen offered criticisms. “Why spend a million five to get a conservation restriction on something that probably can't be built on that nobody can get to unless they already live on the bay and have a boat?” Selectman Mark Mathison asked at his boar...

A Frigid Plunge For The April Fools

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- A few hundred brave souls took a dip in Nantucket Sound Monday afternoon in the annual April Fools plunge at Harding's Beach.  The air temperature was 45, the water temperature 41, and the sign mounted on a fire engine declared "Feels like: Cold!" But that didn't seem to bother the folks who stripped down to their bathing suits and jumped in the water.  Several swam out to where inflatable sharks ha...

Bancroft Richmond Wheeler

By: Contributed

Bancroft Richmond Wheeler -- “Bats” -- of Needham, formerly South Natick, died on March 21, 2019.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mercy Haskell Wheeler, his three daughters, Emily R. Wheeler of Jamaica Plain, Priscilla (Polly) C. Wheeler of Sacramento, Calif. and her husband, Matthew Ganley and Amy C. Wheeler of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; six grandchildren, Maude, Nell, and Justin Wheeler Baldwin, Sarah Ganl...

Leonard Walter Magnusson

By: Contributed

Leonard Walter Magnusson, born Dec 18, 1929 in St Louis, MO, passed away Friday March 22 after being struck with pneumonia and the flu earlier in the month, as well as Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty, of 67 years and their children Susan, husband Dan, Nancy, husband Bob, and Frank; his granddaughter Wendy, husband Mike, and their sons Cody and Lex (Len’s great grandsons).         ...

Madeline L. (Grippen) Herron Collins

By: Contributed

        Madeline L. (Grippen) Herron Collins, of Winthrop, formerly of Chatham, age 89, died on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.  She was the wife of the late Andrew C. Herron and the late Joe B. Collins.           Born in Brockton and raised in West Bridgewater, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mildred (Pratt) Grippen.           Madeline's best days th...

'The End Of An Era' For Monomoy Theatre

By: Tim Wood

Historical Commission Seeks National Register Eligibility Ruling CHATHAM – The mood was somber last weekend as Monomoy Theatre officials and alumni helped clear out the buildings at the Main Street campus in advance of its pending sale. “It's sad to the see the passing of the theater,” said actor Casey Predovic, who performed in “Guys and Dolls” at the theater last year. His parents, Dennis and Marcia, were...

70-Plus Article Town Meeting Warrant Now Closed CHATHAM — The board of selectmen Monday voted to close and sign the warrant for the May 13 annual town meeting, capping a detailed review of more than 70 articles over several weeks. Board members voted to endorse a number of the initiatives, including a possible shark barrier at Oyster Pond Beach, funds to renovate the VFW post, and a measure to change the boa...

CHATHAM – After more than two years of stop work orders, zoning board hearings and court battles, resolution has finally been reached over the use of two properties on Chatham Bars Avenue owned by Chatham Bars Inn. The zoning board recently tied up loose ends on permits for 45 and 20 Chatham Bars Ave., properties that the Shore Road inn had owned for years and bought back in 2015 from a previous owner of the i...

CHATHAM — In the latest effort to fix the sticky Mitchell River drawbridge, crews will begin major repairs on April 8 which could take nearly two months to complete. During that time, Bridge Street will be closed to through traffic. On Monday, MassDOT officials notified the town that the bridge contractor, SPS New England, will be on site starting April 1, installing detour signs and informational message bo...

CHATHAM – For many local businesses, especially larger ones, the biggest problem these days isn't finding employees, it's finding housing for employees. Workforce housing – not means-tested affordable housing, but “attainable” housing for those with good jobs and salaries – is at the root of many of the issues local towns are struggling with, particularly attracting and retaining young people and families. Bro...

April Fools Warm Up For Chilly Dip

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM — On Monday, a crowd of April Fools will make a splash at Harding’s Beach, renewing a rite of spring and raising money for a worthy cause. Led by an intrepid pack of Chatham firefighters, the group will take a brisk swim at 4:30 p.m., and swimmers and spectators are encouraged to make donations. This year, the proceeds will benefit the family of Michele St. Aubin of Brewster, who is fighting advanced...

HARWICH — Selectmen have made it clear in the FY20 budget process that the cost of capital projects, debt exclusion votes, and increases in the Monomoy Regional School District budget are not sustainable and steps need to be taken to curb spending. When Town Administrator Christopher Clark put forward his balanced budget earlier this month, he was proposing an increase in the room occupancy tax from 4 to 6 per...

Stonehorse Housing Proposal Heading To Planning Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Plans have been filed for the redevelopment of the Stonehorse Motel facilities along Route 28 in South Harwich. The planning board will hear the proposal to use new dormitory structures for seasonal workforce housing next month. The petitioner is Main Street Stone Horse, LLC, which purchased the 2.6-acre site earlier this month from Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. for $750,000. The Secretary of Stat...