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Health: Fighting Coronavirus Fear With Facts

By: Alan Pollock

News headlines about the novel Wuhan coronavirus seem to get a bit more frightening each day, and the number of infected people is increasing, as is the geographic spread of the illness. But a review of the facts can help put the risk in perspective. Coronaviruses, so named because of their crown-like shape when viewed under a microscope, are nothing new. They often cause respiratory illnesses or the cold, and...

ORLEANS — There’s disagreement about the medicine to make Uncle Harvey better. The marine and fresh water quality committee met last week with consultants to review a proposed timeline for treatment of the pond, which is subject to blooms of cyanobacteria, as soon as June. The committee has endorsed an application of alum to bind with the culprit substance, phosphorus, and drop it out of the water column; mone...

Report Sounds Alarm About Fire Station Conditions

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — An interim report on conditions at the fire station include plenty of reasons for alarm. Consultants have documented problems with airflow. No ventilation air is being introduced into the apparatus and rescue vehicle area, and two exhaust fans “do not appear to be functional,” MacRitchie Engineering, Inc., of Braintree, wrote. The presence of union-purchased exercise equipment in the same location “i...

CHATHAM – A group of residents unhappy about the choice of land in West Chatham as the location for a new senior center have filed a petition to call a special town meeting to instead investigate an alternative site on Stepping Stones Road. Town Clerk Julie Smith certified the necessary 200 signatures to call a special town meeting. Under state law, the board of selectmen must call a meeting within 45 days of ...

CONSTANCE ALLEY FRENCH

By: Contributed

Born March 5, 1916 – died January 8, 2020 Died in her Woodbury, Vermont home surrounded by those she loved.  She was born in Beverly in 1916 to Esther Stickney and Walter Leland Alley. She graduated from Beverly High School, Colby Sawyer College and Scott Carbee School of Art and became a commercial artist. She was married to the late Benjamin Brickett Priest, the late Edward L. Richardson and the lat...

Chong Ok Long

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Chong Ok Long 73, peacefully passed away on January 19th 2020.  Chong was known to her friends and family as “Mun” or “Mama Mun.”  Mun was born on the 28th of January 1946 in Seoul, South Korea, she was the 2nd oldest of 6 children.  She came to the United States in 1973, was married and had two children; Melissa Ann Long and Jonathan William Long, her family resided in Chatham and then later moved to Boca Raton,...

Paul Anthony McKenna

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Paul Anthony McKenna, 87, of Orange City, Fla., formerly of Harwich, died on January 16, 2020 of natural causes.                                   Born in Newton, November 11, 1932, Paul was the 4th son of Charles and Helena McKenna’s seven children.  He is survived by his best friend and wife of 58 years, Janet (Dahlman) McKenna, daughter Joanne Tremblay and husband Mike, son Tom McKenna and wife Katrina, ...

Andigoni Mitrokostas Malita(s)

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Andigoni Mitrokostas Malita(s) 90             Andigoni died Tuesday January 21, 2020.  She was born in 1929 in a village in the mountains of Krapsi, Greece.  She was the daughter of Spyridon and Sophia Evangelidou Mitrokostas.  Formerly of Worcester, South Yarmouth and Harwich, she was predeceased by her husband Peter, a baby daughter, her son in law Alex Christakis and her brothers Christos, Vasilios, and Ale...

CHATHAM – Before portable toilets were placed along the sidewalk at the Lighthouse Beach Overlook, the most difficult part of David Eldredge's job as manager of the adjacent Chatham Beach and Tennis Club was the “constant stream of people” asking to use the restrooms at the private club. With three portable toilets in place at the overlook from spring until late November, he still gets the requests, sometimes ...

CHATHAM — Ambitious dredging operations, each with their own special challenges, are now underway at two key waterways. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge Currituck is currently clearing the bottleneck in the Stage Harbor entrance channel, and about a mile-and-a-half away, a private dredge is clearing a channel to Outermost Harbor. At Stage Harbor, crews are clearing away substantial shoaling at the harbo...

Monomoy Schools Keep Budget Growth Under 3 Percent

By: Alan Pollock

Assessment Up In Harwich, Down In Chatham Visiting selectmen in Harwich and Chatham Monday, Monomoy Regional Schools Superintendent Scott Carpenter presented a draft FY21 budget representing only a 2.64 percent increase over the current spending plan, which maintains all existing programs and services. The news was well received by the boards, which had asked the schools to keep budget growth under 3 percent. ...

CHATHAM – Members of the park and recreation commission are interested in expanding opportunities for dog owners to walk their pets on town beaches during the summer season, but state and federal regulations designed to safeguard nesting shorebirds could be an impediment. Currently, dogs are not allowed on town beaches from May 1 to Sept. 15, with the exception of Jackknife Harbor Beach, where dogs can be walk...

CHATHAM – Even as officials begin a study to determine the feasibility of building a new senior center at 1610 Main St. in West Chatham, interest is growing in an alternative location, land along Stepping Stones Road that is now part of the Monomoy Regional Middle School campus. A few weeks ago, North Chatham resident Fred Crimins asked the board of selectmen for an agenda item to discuss the Stepping Stones R...

CHATHAM – Last summer's “Shark Smart” education program at Lighthouse Beach was a success and will be expanded to other locations this coming summer. Marianna Long, Education Director at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, told park and recreation commissioners last week that while the exact number of people who stopped by to listen to interns talk about great white sharks three mornings a week was not track...

Community Center To Celebrate 20th Anniversary In February

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The community center is planning a 20th anniversary party that will run for the month of February. The actual anniversary, which celebrates the opening of the center, will be Feb. 5, and events on that day will include the showing of the video “Then and Now” at the center. “I’m really excited about turning 20. I was excited at 10 years,” said Community Center Director Carolyn Carey. “The building has...

HARWICH – The Monomoy After Prom Planning Committee needs help and they're not afraid to ask for it. Unfortunately, as the 2020 Junior Prom approaches, the answer to numerous requests for financial support for the annual After Prom event has been largely in the negative, which has committee members scrambling to raise the funds necessary to keep the program afloat. The After Prom is a special post-prom event l...