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Our View: Postal Blues

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The New York Times recently detailed how Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin blocked a $13 billion grant to the U.S. Postal Service which was to be included in the CARES Act legislation. The Washington Post reported that the president threatened to reject the bill if a bailout for the agency was included. A compromise was reached providing the postal service with a $10 billion loan from the treasury department. ...

East Inlets Treacherous, Stage Harbor Channel Still Being Dredged CHATHAM – In 1620, treacherous shoals off Chatham forced the Mayflower to turn north rather than head south toward the vessel's original destination in the Hudson River Valley. Shoaling, both inside and outside the town's harbors, still plagues mariners nearly 400 years later. Boaters will have to exercise caution navigating just about all of...

Chatham To Hold 'Virtual' Memorial Day Ceremony

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The traditional ceremony honoring the nation's war dead will be replaced this year by a “virtual” Memorial Day commemoration broadcast on television and streamed online. To accommodate social distancing mandates and protect the health of residents, the virtual commemoration of Memorial Day will be recorded and shown on Channel 18 and YouTube on Monday, May 25, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. “Staff has been working o...

May Be Town's Oldest House CHATHAM – William Nickerson came to the Cape's elbow in the mid 1600s to found his own community. He built a homestead for himself and his family on the shores of Ryder's Cove, and later welcomed others who settled throughout the area that is now Chatham. The first settlers' homes are lost; all that is left of Nickerson's house is an outline in the earth and some artifacts discove...

CHATHAM – Twenty years ago, 23 larvae of the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle were taken from a beach on Martha's Vineyard, the last known population in New England, and released on South Monomoy Island. Subsequent transplanting of tiger beetle larvae from the Vineyard to Monomoy took place annually through 2004. To say that the tiger beetles took to Monomoy would be an understatement. The ...

Gym Defies State Order, Opens For Business

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH CHATHAM — Defying the state closure, Bodystrong Fitness opened for business today. The owner of the gym said the business needs to make money to survive. “We opened against the governor’s order because we have to at this point. It’s been two months,” majority owner Colin Eitelbach said. “I have to open for my family’s sake.” Under the phased reopening plan announced by Gov. Charlie Baker Monday, busin...

Cape Task Force: Expect Muted Summer Season With COVID-19 numbers starting to improve, the state took the first steps toward reactivating Massachusetts’ mothballed economy this week. On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the start of a careful process of reopening shuttered businesses and restarting public activities, with the goal of reaching a “new normal” by the end of July. But for that schedule to ho...

Dr. Thomas Halliday Claimed By COVID At 86

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — One of the town’s longtime “country doctors,” Thomas Halliday, III, M.D., died last Monday from complications of COVID-19. He was 86 years old, and was still seeing patients until shortly before he fell ill. Dr. Halliday is described as a dedicated physician who cared about the people in his practice. Perhaps best known as a longtime partner at Chatham Medical Associates on Crowell Road, Dr. Halliday...

CHATHAM — Taking no joy in the vote, selectmen Monday canceled the 2020 Independence Day parade, fireworks, and weekly Chatham Band concerts. In a further effort to control the spread of COVID-19, the health board issued an emergency order requiring people to wear face masks while strolling downtown. The decisions came on the heels of last week’s widely attended virtual forum where many citizens expressed the ...

The Monomoy Regional School Committee has rejected an Open Meeting Law complaint filed by a former member alleging that committee members discussed business that was not listed on the agenda of its March 12 meeting. Karen Ryder, who served on the committee from 2015 to 2017, said she plans to file an appeal of the committee's decision with the state Attorney General's Division of Open Government. Ryder alle...

'Harwich Helping Harwich' Is Goal Of New Fund

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Dubbed “Harwich Helping Harwich,” the new Harwich Fund was recently established to help nonprofit organizations address the needs of the community, particularly the impacts of the COVID-19 emergency. “The Harwich Fund anticipates that there will be tremendous needs arising in the Harwich community as our town emerges from the grips of COVID-19 in areas such as health and human services, educational a...

HARWICH/EASTHAM – When it came to holding graduations during the COVID-19 pandemic, area seniors were clear — they’d rather wait or hold a graduates-only event than celebrate virtually. The good news for the Class of 2020 is that each of the area high schools has a graduation plan, and none are virtual. Cape Cod Tech will hold its graduation June 4 at the Wellfleet Drive-In, Monomoy Regional High School will h...

Selectmen Appoint LeBlanc Harwich's New Fire Chief

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Deputy Fire Chief David LeBlanc was appointed Monday night to replace Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr. as the new chief. The appointment is contingent upon successful negotiations of a contract with LeBlanc. “This will check the last box for me,” said Clarke, who will retire in July. “I can assure you with this appointment the Harwich Fire Department and the town of Harwich is in great hands. You’ve got...

Cold Brook Plan Could Remove Half Of Watershed Nitrogen

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has a schedule for moving forward with the Cold Brook Eco-restoration project in the former cranberry bogs now owned by the Harwich Conservation Trust. The project is part of the nitrogen attenuation effort in phase two of the town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan. Town Engineer Griffin Ryder made a presentation to selectmen Monday night on the status of the project on the 64-ac...