Opinion

Our View: Dissolve The Chatham Charter Review Committee

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

There is no dispute about the general outline of what occurred at the June 18 Chatham Charter Review Committee meeting. After the session was adjourned, property owner George Myers stood at the podium to speak about Open Meeting Law violation complaints he filed against the committee. Committee members urged him to stop speaking, because if they continued to deliberate they would be violating the Open Meeting Law...

Letters To The Editor, July 4, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Working To Save Old Buildings Editor: We are an “alliance for combined action to save our antique buildings in Chatham,” the Cape and Islands and nationally. Meet Protect Our Past, LLC, a newly formed not-for-profit organization. Our purpose is to promote education and public awareness of the value of local architectural legacy; to preserve, protect and restore the visual quality and integrity of historic b...

Our View: Honoring Those Who Served

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Ivan Bassett has some amazing stories to tell. In this week's front-page interview with Alan Pollock, the World War II veteran details his experiences aboard the Navy's 673-foot heavy cruiser USS Boston, which saw significant action in the Pacific Theater, right up to anchoring in Tokyo Bay following the surrender of Japan. While life on the cruiser was better than on the battlefield, Bassett, a 93-year-old Ch...

Letters to the Editor, June 27, 2019

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Brooks Library Offers Thanks Editor: The staff and Trustees of Brooks Free Library are having an open house  on Saturday, June 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the completion of our restoration and preservation project, and would like to invite the people of Harwich as well as the community preservation committee to join us in this celebration as a thank you for all your support with this project.  Light re...

I Hope The Fish Are Jumpin’

By: John Whelan

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high” Well, you won’t find the high cotton here in Chatham, but the rest is possibly true. George Gershwin wrote the tune and DuBose Hayward added the lyrics in 1934. Hayward also wrote the novel “Porgy” on which Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” was based. All of a sudden it is the end of June and Chatham summer is upon us. All the sign...

Letters to the Editor, June 20

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

An Open Letter To Harwich Editor: Our town is rich in history: 325 years of community development, culture and commerce. Today, West Harwich needs your support. Route 28 in West Harwich has over 20 buildings identified by the Massachusetts Historical Commission as potentially eligible for state registry listing, individually or collectively. These include many sea captains’ homes. Two buildings are already o...

Andrew Buckley: Right Spot, Wrong Way

By: Andrew Buckley

Hanover Street in Boston’s North End. It was summer, and Matt Griffin and I had stopped on our way back from a horrifically hot day in Salem filming an interview with Emily Murphy under the shade of the trees behind her offices at the National Maritime Historical Site. Then, once in Boston, the humid mid-90s Saturday afternoon was threatening a shower by 4 p.m. Still, we needed a little footage of Paul Revere ...

Our View: Losing History In Real Time

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

As Chatham celebrates its heritage with History Weekend this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it's worth noting that while institutions in town have done a great job of preserving our past, doing so remains a challenge, and may even become more difficult in the coming years. This is demonstrated in two stories in this week's paper. An historic, nearly 160-year-old home at a scenic bend in Champlain Road, ov...

The story of life on the Lower Cape is, and always has been, about water. Years ago, our waterways sustained generations of fishermen, whalers, merchant seamen and others, and they still fuel the economy today. People come to the Cape to be near the water, and that drives the visitor industry and the real estate market. The surge of residential development that began in the 1960s and continues today is undercu...

Letters to the Editor, June 13

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Harwich Faces Serious Traffic Problems Editor: As a Harwich resident using Route 124, Route 39 and Oak Street, I am reminded daily of two intersections that need to be monitored and supervised. Oak Street is heavily traveled through out the year. The volume and speed of traffic turning onto and off of Oak at Route 39 pose problems in terms of traffic flow and, more importantly, safety. Consider that this...

Donna Tavano: Jest Talkin’ Jaywalkin’

By: Donna Tavano

It really is almost summer. As much as we relish its positive virtues, we dread the perils: endless streams of traffic and never-ending supermarket register lines. Live here for a few years, you learn how to cope; right turns only, and shop early morning or late at night. We’ve traded constant winter road construction for seemingly suicidal clusters of colorfully clad cyclists. But there is one road hazard...

Letters to the Editor, June 6 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Can You Hear Me Now? Editor: I usually don’t get involved with too many ongoings here in our little town. But it might be time I threw one of my two cents in concerning the roadwork in front of my store. I see that new telephone poles have been placed strategically. But has anyone informed the telephone pole company that “wireless” has been invented? I’m no interior designer, but those poles would look ...