Topics: People

HARWICH – It’s not just the kids that wanted to get in a game this summer, which is why, when field activities were allowed under the state’s Phase 2 part of the reopening plans, Cape Cod Senior Softball jumped at the chance to salvage at least some of its 2020 season. Since July 13, teams from across the region, sponsored by local businesses including those from Chatham and Harwich, once again took to the sof...

EVERYWHERE – What do you do when a global pandemic wipes out everything you hold dear – your job, your home, your future prospects? Well, if you’re Scott Gerke, you sell off pretty much everything you own and hit the road. Gerke, from Key West, Fla., had been working as a professional DJ, event host, and YouTuber when the pandemic hit. By the end of March, every one of his future gigs was canceled. With no pro...

CHATHAM – While fog kept many folks onshore last weekend, there were some who were undaunted by it and the winds that whipped the waters off of Chatham into frothy whitecaps. To the members of the Monomoy Yacht Club, conditions might not have been perfect, but they were good enough to get in a Sunday afternoon sailboat race. A little more than half a dozen intrepid sailors and their crew headed out of Stage Ha...

While masks have become an important piece of equipment in the fight against COVID-19, Rick White knows one thing is still certain. “You don’t have to see the smile to know it’s there,” he said. White is a member of the Dennis-Harwich Lions Club, which recently embarked on a mission to make and supply masks, free of charge, to Cape Cod residents that need them. Through the Make-A-Mask Challenge, the Dennis-...

ORLEANS – As Maria DeOliveira stared into the hold behind the bow of the US Coast Guard vessel 36500 from its berth at Rock Harbor, she couldn’t hold back her quiet tears. It was aboard this very boat that her father, Aguinol B. DeOliveira, was rescued along with 31 fellow survivors of the famous Pendleton wreck in 1952. Until 2016, DeOliveira, who lives in Dorchester, had no idea the boat was still in existen...

CHATHAM – Carolyn Wass has wanted to vote in a political election for some time, and now, after becoming an American citizen, she can and couldn’t be more excited, even if the ceremony was far more understated than is typical due to the ongoing pandemic. Wass’s son was the first in the family to obtain US citizenship some time ago. His ceremony was held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester where he was one of at lea...

HARWICH – As a former educator, Dr. Donna Bender has always had a soft spot in her heart for young people, which is why, when she saw signs announcing the homes of seniors from Monomoy Regional High School, she was struck by all that the pandemic had taken from them. She decided to do something to lift their spirits. “I don’t want to sound like a Pollyanna, but I am most happy if I do something for someone oth...

HARWICH – On May 25, for eight minutes and 46 seconds, George Floyd cried out for help, calling for his mother, a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck until Floyd’s life ended on the street of the Minnesota city. On June 6, an estimated 1,000 peaceful protesters kneeled in silence in Brooks Park for eight minutes and 46 seconds in Floyd’s honor, the only sounds the chirping of birds in nearby trees ...

HARWICH – It was a moment Jamie Routhier won’t forget. It was the Monomoy Sharks first basketball overtime against Bourne in the MIAA Div. 3 South playoffs; they were trailing by two with seconds left. Teammate Elijah Beasley fed him the ball, all eyes watching as Routhier leapt, landing on his feet just as the ball went in, the crowd roaring. The irony? Routhier had been off leading up to that game, but the s...

CHATHAM – For Chatham resident and D-Y senior Mark Pawlina, football has been a lifelong passion. Recently, that passion gave a little something back when the Dolphin quarterback received a letter announcing that he’d been selected as one of just 33 student-athletes to be honored by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation. It was an award Pawlina might have seen comin...

CHATHAM – Each year for the past five years on the first sunny day in May, ideally a Monday, the folks at A Great Yarn hang knitted blankets in vibrant hues and intricate patterns from the sides of the building, but it’s not just a colorful treat for passersby. The annual “yarn bomb” celebrates another successful year of donating the handmade treasures to people facing homelessness. The yarn bombing began in 2...

In a world of grim headlines, political unease, and a global pandemic that isn’t letting up easily, it’s no wonder that people are feeling overwhelmed. But although the closures and quarantine requests have certainly altered life as we know it, not everything is bleak. In some ways, the COVID crisis has changed people’s lives for the better. Jamie Neithold-Nash, a Chatham resident and chiropractor with an offi...

On Monday morning, Alan Harrison climbed the steps of Orleans Town Hall with a plastic tote of goodies, all for his new online exercise classes. Harrison, the town’s recreation director, is one of many across the region who has plunged into online teaching as a means of keeping people healthy during the COVID closures. “I normally run these classes live,” said Harrison, who teaches Burdenko fitness and tai chi...

The East Harwich Neighbors Are Ready To Help

By: Kat Szmit

If you see a handful of kids on bicycles out and about in East Harwich, they’re not just having a good time. They’re called the East Harwich Neighbors and they’re on a mission—helping those that need it most during the region’s COVID19 crisis. For the past few weeks, roughly since schools closed, Mercy McLardy, Abby McLardy, Paul McLardy, Caleb Escher, and Autumn Escher have been dropping off fliers around the...

CHATHAM – In 2002, Polly Goddard's nephew Will was stationed in Kuwait with the U.S. Army awaiting the start of the Iraq war. His brother, Parker, then 13, was looking for a way to boost Will's spirits, and after a chat with his aunt, an idea was born that has become a heartfelt tradition. As Goddard explained, Parker had been assigned a school service project but didn't have a clue what would work. He and his...

Kathy Andrews Inducted Into New Agenda Hall Of Fame

By: Kat Szmit

When Kathy Andrews was growing up in Chatham, she longed to play baseball like her older brothers, but back then girls weren't allowed to play. Fast forward a few years and Andrews is celebrating her recent induction into the New Agenda Northeast Hall of Fame. Andrews, a longtime coach and physical education teacher at Monomoy Regional Middle School, was nominated by Mary McGrath Dowling and Cheryl Poore, some...