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Letters To The Editor: Oct. 3, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Help For Successful Launch Editor: The villages of Brewster, Chatham, Harwich and Orleans have a heart for giving. So does Hyannis! Protect Our Past, the newly formed not-for-profit organization which is focused on changing the tide of the current trend of losing historic properties, was at the receiving end of such generosity. I want to publicly thank the following businesses that gave selflessly for the r...

Our View: Vaping Ban Not Far Enough

By: Alan Pollock

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 805 lung injury cases related to e-cigarettes and vaping have been reported in 46 states—including Massachusetts—and one U.S. territory. Twelve deaths have been confirmed. Vaping products containing THC appear to have played a role in most cases, but no single product or chemical links all of the cases. Last week's declaration by Governor Charlie of a...

Chatham Hosts Community Health Fair Saturday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Curious about whether your skin has been damaged by the sun? Want to know more about tick-borne diseases, nutrition, or Alzheimer's disease? Maybe you'd just like to get a flu shot. If so, the board of health-sponsored Community Health Fair is the place for you. On Oct. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m., the community center will be turned into a one-stop shop for information, with participation from more than a ha...

ORLEANS — Sixteen adults with severe autism will start moving into their new homes at Cape Cod Village early next year. Before then, there’ll be a holiday party in the development’s community resource center to celebrate the opening of the $7 million development. Board members and founders Bob and Lauren Jones walked the property, bounded by the Mid-Cape Home Center, the Cape Cod Rail Trail, and a cranberry ...

ORLEANS — Chairman Ron Petersen admits that most people think of the historical commission as working to preserve the historic buildings of the town, and that’s a big part of its mandate. But in a talk last month hosted by the Orleans Conservation Trust, Petersen noted that the commission’s charge extends to historic landscapes as well. “We’re charged with preserving and developing the historic resources of ...

Greta Genevieve Builter

By: Contributed

Chatham, MA February 13, 1972 - May 12, 2019 Greta was born at home on Water Street in Chatham, MA on February 13, 1972 during a  winter Nor’easter.  She went through life with the same energy as that storm until she lost her way on May 12, 2019. She attended the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania and was a graduate of Southern CT State University.  After graduation she worked in Medical Research for Yal...

CHATHAM – A flurry of controversy over elements of the latest draft of the Chatham Municipal Airport Master Plan has officials expecting a larger crowd than usual at the airport commission's next meeting. The Sept. 30 meeting will take place in the large meeting room at the community center rather than the small meeting room at the annex, where the commission usually meets. The session starts at 5 p.m. Acco...

CHATHAM – The process of nominating South Chatham to the National Register of Historic Places, in the pipeline for the past two years, will move forward next month with an informational meeting for all property owners in the proposed historic district. The session will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the annex on George Ryder Road. Sponsored by the historical commission and the South Chatham Villa...

CHATHAM — Over centuries, rising sea levels threaten to simply wipe parts of Chatham off the map. But long before that happens, town officials are hoping that some of the world’s great scientific minds will put the town on the map as a global center for climate change research. For the past six months, a working group has been quietly meeting to discuss a broad strategy to attract the interest of an academic i...

Nickerson Excavation Yields More Surprises

By: Tim Wood

Archaeological Dig Fleshes Out The Story Of Chatham's Founding Family CHATHAM – When he was first asked to investigate what was believed to be the original homestead of the town's first European settlers, William and Anne Nickerson, archaeologist Craig Chartier didn't expect to find much. He figured he'd dig a few holes “just to make the Nickersons happy.” And indeed, the first few holes yielded nothing. Bu...

CHATHAM – The Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative (MSI) Task Force held a public meeting to solicit preliminary stakeholder and public feedback on its strategic plan. It was one of four public meetings being held in the Commonwealth as part of an overall process of studying, analyzing, and strategizing for the future development and regulation of shellfishing in Massachusetts. The task force, rather than shellf...

Moratorium In Place For Proposed West Harwich DCPC

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is a “hard moratorium” in place on development and development permits in the proposed District of Critical Planning Concern along a stretch of Route 28 in West Harwich from just west of the Herring River to the Dennis town line. The moratorium puts a hold on any development activity in the proposed 43-acre district while the Cape Cod Commission weighs whether it will accept a DCPC nomination p...

HARWICH — When citizens, businesses and government come together to save key tracts of open space, almost nothing––not even a tornado––can stop the momentum. That was the message from Michael Lach of the Harwich Conservation Trust, who helped cut the ribbon Monday for the new Cornelius Pond Woodlands conservation area. “It takes a village to preserve priority lands,” he said. The 14.9-acre parcel off Queen ...

Residents Get An Education On Regional Wastewater Partnership

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Educating residents about the costs and benefits of the regional Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth Clean Waters Partnership will not be an easy task. But members of the subgroup seeking to bring the towns together to process wastewater in one treatment plant began that task last week. Members of the partnership and their consulting engineering firm, CDM Smith, Inc., conducted a public forum last Thursday ...

HARWICH — The board of health has approved regulations to curtail access to flavored tobacco products, including for e-cigarettes, allowing their sale only in three adult-only retail tobacco shops that will be permitted to operate in town. Harwich joins several other Cape towns, including Chatham, in banning flavored tobacco products in general retail outlets. The new health regulations allow a maximum of 1...

HARWICH — A Harwich woman is demanding answers after she was discharged from Cape Cod Hospital and received, with her own medical records, several pages of a stranger’s records. Shirley Dubois, 86, underwent a battery of tests at the hospital for two days earlier this month related to ongoing medical concerns. When she was ready to go home, a nurse handed her a manila envelope with around a dozen stapled pages...