Opinion

Our View: A Vote For Community

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The Cape, and the Chatham-Harwich-Orleans region in particular, face an increasingly acute crisis. Middle class working people can't afford to live here. As Chatham Housing Authority Chairman Alan Mowry told the board of selectmen last week, the town, and the Cape, need to decide if it's going to be a destination, or a community. Right now it's heading more toward the former and is less and less the latter. Th...

Andrew Buckley: Noun Or Verb

By: Andrew Buckley

There has been a surprising bit of turnover on our little road of late. Not the literal kind that happens at this time every year, when potholes from trucks appear and frost heaves erupt to crack the 10-foot width of pavement overnight. Rather, it is the sale of homes by longtime year-round neighbors. In a neighborhood of maybe a couple dozen homes, four homes sold or listed for sale feels like a lot. It does ...

Our View: A Harbor Restaurant Solution

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Word that Harwich will receive a $1 million Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council grant for the landside portion of the Saquatucket Harbor upgrade opens up the potential for adding back into the project elements that were taken out when bids came in over the $3 million appropriation. Officials have begun to talk about the most significant of the deleted items, a town-constructed restaurant or snack shack. Las...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 8

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

On To More Serious Subjects Editor: I am delighted to hear that skydiving is likely to resume over the well-litigated skies of Chatham this summer! Now the killjoys amongst us can turn their spurious wrath toward some other bugaboo, such as lawn mower noise. John Kraus Chatham   Here's To Winter Storms Editor: John Whelan's "Chatham on Foot" column continues to amaze with his photographic memory ...

Donna Tavano: February Perks

By: Donna Tavano

The doldrums of February (most misspelled month of the year) are upon us. A cold, grey dampness permeates our mood. The uninspiring weather is punctuated only by the occasional bombogenesis which inevitably leaves us pondering 18 inches of a disturbing white powder that saps us of energy and breaks the strongest snow shovels available. Yes, we made it through the holidays intact, but now we’re broke. By now we’...

Our View: James Marceline

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich has lost its most revered citizen with the passing of James Marceline. While he passed away on Sunday morning his legacy will be a living testimony to generosity, caring, love of community and the impact of soft-spoken intellect. We know the stories and can follow the trails of contribution he made throughout the seven villages of the community. While he left the town in his youth to serve his country in ...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 1

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It Really Does Take A Town Editor: The Chatham Children’s Fund, in collaboration with Monomoy Community Services and The Chatham Angel Fund, has once again completed our successful Holiday Project. Chatham’s elves outdid themselves this year! Numerous organizations, churches, businesses and individuals all participated in providing warm winter clothing and holiday wishes to 232 children in our town. We coul...

Harwich’s Hidden History – Version 3.0

By: Russ Allen

Perhaps the most frequent reason a town erects memorials or monuments is to recognize its citizens who served in the military, in some cases dying while fighting this nation’s wars. Many eastern seaboard communities have placed on their town greens monuments dedicated to soldiers who fought on either side of the Civil War, though memorials to combatants in the Revolutionary War seem less frequent. Considering the...

And Now, 2018

By: John Whelan

“Goodbye to you my trusted friend We’ve known each other since we were 9 or 10. We had joy, we had fun We had seasons in the sun But the wine and the song Like the seasons have all gone.”   The song is “Seasons in the Sun” and Canadian singer Terry Jacks sold 10 million copies of the record after its release in 1974. The song was written by Jacques Brel in 1961 and was originally named “Le Mo...

One Building At A Time

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

One of the arguments used by opponents of sidewalks along Stage Harbor Road was that they would destroy the street's historic streetscape. Many of those same people have torpedoed a proposed National Register Historic District for the neighborhood. Just seems a bit ironic to us. There's no arguing with the historical commission's assertion that Stage Harbor Road contains one of the most significant grouping...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 25

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Negative Impact Of Skydiving Editor: How unfortunate that Cape Cod elected officials are promoting aviation and skydiving interests (to benefit the few) at the expense of their constituents’ quality of life. We have watched similar scenarios unfold in communities across the country. If the Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport lose their judicial case against the town, you can rest assured the entire communit...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

<Headline>Negative Impact Of Skydiving   Editor: How unfortunate that Cape Cod elected officials are promoting aviation and skydiving interests (to benefit the few) at the expense of their constituents’ quality of life. We have watched similar scenarios unfold in communities across the country. If the Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport lose their judicial case against the town, you can rest assure...