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Even after reviewing hundreds of shows, I’ve never critiqued a near sold-out show right at its opening. Eventide Theatre Company, the little theater that can, was one of a dozen playhouses around the country lucky enough to be given the performance rights to Aaron Sorkin’s new, currently running Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”—hence, all the hype and fast ticket sales; the entire run ...

At Long Last, Coast Guard Honors One Of Its Fallen

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM —One-hundred-and-one years ago, 130 men were lost when the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa was torpedoed by a World War I German U-boat. This week, the family of one of those men received his Purple Heart. Admiral Andrew Tiongson, center, presents the Purple Heart certificate to Steven (left) and Brad Finch.  Congressman William Keating (behind) wa...

CHATHAM — Later this month, Steven and Nancy Finch of Brewster will visit Coast Guard Station Chatham for a special remembrance of Steven’s great uncle, Norman. They’ll look out over the wide Atlantic, the final resting place for Norman and 129 of his shipmates who were lost on the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa nearly 101 years ago. And they’ll receive a Purple Heart on his behalf, honoring the ultimate sacrifice he...

John Whelan: Ebb Tide

By: John Whelan

“First the tide rushes in Plants a kiss on the shore Then rolls out to sea and the sea is very still once more” The Righteous Brothers I’m a beach guy. Not everyone is. I’ve been going to the same beach between Holway Street and Andrew Harding's Lane for more than 70 years. The water there is always too cold. This year, the spring, or the lack of spring, had me totally discouraged. I was afraid it wou...