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ORLEANS — Mindfulness is not just a word for people who meditate in a quiet studio. It’s also for those of all ages and abilities who walk, bicycle, take the bus, or use some kind of motorized vehicle to get to school or work or the store or a place of worship or the beach or the bank…people who want to choose something other than a single-passenger car trip to get somewhere in town. Toward that goal, the Orle...

ORLEANS – Orleans has for 33 years benefited from an often-invisible organization comprised of volunteers who, in collaboration with the town, chamber of commerce and private individuals, raise funds, underwrite and oversee projects that improve the quality of life for all its citizens and visitors. Brick sidewalks, urns of flowers maintained by The Farm, and soon to be installed custom-designed manhole covers on...

Herring Protections Approved By Feds

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A decision by federal regulators to adopt restrictions on herring trawler operations is being hailed by local fishermen. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week approved Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fisheries Management Plan, including restricting midwater trawl gear inshore of the 12-mile limit from the Canadian border to Connecticut and inshore of 20 miles off Cape Cod. “This ...

ROY C. SMITH, IV

By: Contributed

ROY C. SMITH, IV (1938-2019)     Roy C. Smith, IV passed away in Naples, Fla. after a valiant, year-long battle with cancer on 15 November 2019.  He was 81 years old.   Roy, known as Cam to close friends and family, was born on 13 June 1938 in Norfolk, VA to CAPT Roy C. Smith, USN and Annis Gould Smith, and grew up in Falls Church, Va., attended Severn School and graduated from the United States...

SHARON G. COBB

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Sharon Gotch Cobb, 76, of East Orleans, died suddenly on November 7, 2019 at Cape Cod Hospital. Born in Streator, IL to Hulda (Greenberg) and Frank Gotch. She will be truly missed by her loving husband of 45 years, Peter H. Cobb. After graduating from Streator High School in Illinois, Sharon attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, earning herself a Master’s Degree in Education, finding her place ...

Local Police Get Scruffy For Charity

By: Tim Wood

If police officers in Chatham, Harwich and Orleans are looking a bit scruffy this month, it's not because the departments have relaxed their regulations. Members of all three departments, and many others on the Cape, are letting their facial hair grow during “No Shave November” to raise money for charity. More than 120 police departments across the state are participating in the program to benefit Home Base, w...

CHATHAM – The town's representative on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates has filed a resolution accusing County Commission Ronald Beaty of violating the county's code of conduct. Randi Potash said Facebook and Twitter posts by Beaty that were critical of the assembly were counter to a section of the code that calls for elected and appointed county officials to avoid using social media to address pend...

CHATHAM — With shoaling at the entrance to Stage Harbor now at a critical level, the federal government is sending in the cavalry, or more precisely, the Army Corps of Engineers. The hopper dredge Currituck is expected to begin work around the second week in December. “Conditions have deteriorated substantially over the last few months, and from what I gather, even more so in the last few weeks after the serie...

CHATHAM – In the mid 1980s, it was clear that the town's drinking water system needed to be expanded, but the private company that owned it lacked the resources to undertake such a project. In 1985 the town purchased the system, but to oversee the ambitious goal of extended municipal water to most of the town, the right person needed to be found. It wasn't easy, but selectmen persuaded long-time finance commit...

CHATHAM — Despite worries about excluding voters who leave town for the winter, selectmen have called a Jan. 13 special town meeting to consider buying land for a new senior center. The warrant, which will be finalized shortly, will include a request for around $200,000 for additional design work, and an article for the purchase of the property 1610 Main St., using $750,000 to be funded by free cash. Because t...

Rising Water Spells Big Challenges For Little Beach

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — During a recent coastal storm, Chatham fire officials stopped in the Little Beach neighborhood to monitor the rising water at high tide. A bystander asked what they were doing, and when they explained, the man looked puzzled; he had just bought a home nearby. “It was a steal,” he said, pointing out the property with a smile. But do the flood waters ever reach his place? With a little discomfort, Chie...

Powers Named Temporary Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

Supporters Back Cakounes For Job HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night appointed assistant town administrator Joseph Powers to serve as temporary town administrator for a period not to exceed 90 days. Powers will replace Town Administrator Christopher Clark, who is on a long-term leave of absence and will not seek reappointment when his contract expires on June 30. Under the Harwich Home Rule Charter, selectm...

How And Why A Rare Tornado Occurred On Cape Cod

By: Ellen Chahey

'Weather Nerd' Phil Burt Explains HARWICH – Tornado!? That single word, complete with the astonished punctuation, was the first image in a PowerPoint talk on Nov. 14 at Brooks Free Library about the unusual event that pounded Harwich, Chatham, and some of the Upper and Mid Cape on July 23. The speaker was Phil Burt, a self-proclaimed “weather nerd” who has a master’s degree in meteorology. “I’ve been add...

Harwich FD Quint Purchase Could Save Taxpayers $900K

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — In the next few years, voters will be asked to fund a number of big-ticket capital projects, but the funding requests from the fire department will be a bit lower than originally expected. Facing the need for a new ladder truck and a new pumper, the department will instead seek to buy a "quint," which can perform both functions at a fire scene. The move could save taxpayers around $900,000 over the cost...

Educating Residents On Wastewater Options

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has begun what will be a series of informational sessions between now and the spring town meeting to educate residents about changes being made to the comprehensive wastewater management plan. There is the potential for major changes to the plan. Gov. Charlie Baker signed special legislation for the DHY Clean Waters Partnership, allowing Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth to work together and poss...