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March is usually one of the local economy's slowest times of the year, but business and community activities have nearly ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. There's even concern that the impact could reach into the summer season. On Monday downtown Chatham was nearly deserted, with only about half a dozen shops open. Restaurants were closed per order of Governor Charlie Baker, although many were ...

Senior Center Cost Put At $8.27M For 1610 Main St.

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Presenting to a nearly empty meeting room, officials unveiled plans Monday for a $8.27 million senior center at 1610 Main St., West Chatham. It was the coronavirus, not any lack of interest, that kept the gallery empty at Monday’s selectmen’s meeting. The session was televised live and citizens could submit questions and comments by email. Featuring spacious activity rooms, a full kitchen and a lo...

CHATHAM – Redevelopment of the Monomoy Theatre property into a year-round performing arts center could depend on the adoption of a Main Street Theater Overlay District, planning board members were told last week. Michael Ford, attorney for Alexandra Properties, which bought the Main Street property last year, said the proposed overlay district is the best way to allow the uses that would be necessary to make t...

In a response that flexes both their emergency response skills and their ability to improvise, Lower Cape officials are doing what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while keeping essential government services going. As of Friday morning, there were five confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Barnstable County, but with the increased availability of test kits, public health officials expect that n...

CHATHAM — Volunteers and staff of the Chatham Conservation Foundation have seen plenty of nature in their visits to the conservation lands they protect. But when it comes to wildlife, most of the action happens at night or when nobody’s around. The Chatham Conservation Foundation’s (from left) Julie Baca, Dorothy Bassett and Antonia Porcari ex...

The halls of local schools are largely empty this week after concerns about COVID-19, the virus that causes coronavirus, continue to impact communities at the local, state and national level. In an email to parents from Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter, the Monomoy Regional School District announced Saturday that schools would close as of March 16, likely through the end of the district’s April vacation, wit...

Residents Protest Industrial District Expansion

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents along the western end of Queen Anne Road made clear their opposition to the expansion of the Industrial Light Zoning District into their neighborhood during a planning board public hearing last week. Residents who live in the residential area protested a proposed zoning amendment put forward by the board seeking to expand the industrial zone by 35 acres. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh sai...

Conservation Commission Sued Over Wychmere Dock Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission has been sued by property owners along Wychmere Harbor for denial of a request to relocate, reconstruct and maintain an existing set of beach access steps and decks and construct a new dock, ramp and float system at 30 Harbor Rd. The suit was filed by attorney Glenn A. Wood of Rubin and Rudman, LLP of Boston on behalf of Alfred and Carol Novak who, through their agent Shor...

Trampoline Center Seeks To Bounce A Little Higher

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Trampoline Center along Route 28 will be getting a face lift for the first time in its 60 years of operation. The planning board last past week approved a number of improvements, including a snack shack and parking upgrades. Michael Doucette made the presentation before the board on behalf of Donna Smith, owner of the center. He said the business enters is in its 60th year of operation with littl...

The Boston Marathon might have been delayed due to COVID-19, but neither that nor living with cystic fibrosis is going to stop Nauset High graduate Anabelle Parada-Poignand from tackling the 26.2-mile course in September, even if running isn’t her favorite activity. Parada-Poignand’s decision to take on one of the country’s most popular marathons came during a visit with her doctor at Boston Children’s Hospita...

HARWICH – The 2019-2020 season was a strong one for Monomoy sports and was capped off this week with the announcement that the Monomoy boys varsity basketball team won its second straight sportsmanship award from the IAABO. The International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) announced the award on March 16, with the board voting to present the award to the program for its positive actions on...

WEST CHATHAM – Social isolation doesn't necessarily mean staying inside. In fact, getting outside for some fresh air and exercise is an important part of staying well during this current crisis. If you're tired of walking the same beaches and roadways, maybe it's time to explore a new location. The conservation department recently upgraded the little-known Star Bog Conservation Area. Tucked in a residential...

Our View: The World Turned Upside Down

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Theater fans will recognize the headline above as a line from the song “Yorktown” from the musical “Hamilton.” The coronavirus crisis may not be on the same level historically as the Revolutionary War, but during the past week, it sure feels as if our world has turned upside down. After Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency for Massachusetts March 10, things seemed to come off the rails. The sto...

Letter to the Editor, March 19

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Support Plastic Bottle Ban Editor: Single use PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are the third most common item found in ocean debris, almost 15 percent of total marine waste. Caps and lids from PET bottles are the fourth most common item. Plastic has been found in more than 60 percent of all seabirds and in 100 percent of sea turtle species. Sustainable Practices is working to ban commercial single...

Andrew Buckley: Pre-plague Equinox

By: Andrew Buckley

It’s raining today, a light spring shower that was creeping into the air all morning with the spongy ground and the milk-gray sky. They’re still working on the road, putting the sewer line down and leaving cracks in the pavement where the heavy equipment sat like a ponderous dinosaur over the gash it made. It is the sort of morning one would get something warm to drink to get going. I went to Cumbies for coffe...