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CHATHAM – Opening a restaurant in a pandemic is not for the faint of heart. In the case of the new Pate's restaurant, the owners knew what they had — a town and a location that was supportive, an iconic beloved restaurant with only two owners over more than half a century, and an experienced and well-regarded chef and management team with deep local roots. Cloyde Pate took over the hamburger and ice cream stan...

Weekly Arts Harvest Serves Up Local Offerings

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

As September nears, local arts organizations are experimenting with what they can safely offer to residents left starved for culture and entertainment after a prolonged bout of COVID-19-induced cabin fever. Some are remote offerings, while some are masked and socially-distanced in-person affairs. Still others are trying a combination of the two, so those who don’t feel quite comfortable out mingling can enjoy wha...

Our View: Post Office Blues

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We've all read the headlines about the U.S. Postal Service. A ban on overtime by the new postmaster general; the removal of mail boxes and mail sorting machines; reports of delayed delivery from across the nation; concern about the post office's ability to meet what will likely be a huge volume of mail as voters concerned about the pandemic cast mail-in or absentee ballots. Locally, we've been fielding calls f...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 20, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Beach Walks Never Change Editor: Mary Richmond’s “Learning To Love Nature” (Aug. 6) reminds us that we are “fortunate” in so many ways despite the changes brought by the Corona virus. Her childhood memories of watching hermit crabs trying on shells and her swimming underwater with eyes opened made us smile. The shorelines have changed and the beaches now have annoying rules. But a simple walk near the ocean...

ORLEANS — This is a tale of three Orleans bookstores. A new independent bookstore will open later this month, while a second will close and a third has already closed. Sea Howl Bookshop is taking over the 600-square-foot space occupied until earlier this year by the now-shuttered Main Street Books at 46 Main St. Booksmith/Musicsmith, which has been in operation since the late 1970s, will close its doors on ...

ORLEANS — When you were in grade school, did your teacher ever tell you to stop looking out the window? Next month, that childhood urge to be outdoors will be put to good use as Orleans Elementary School reopens during an ongoing pandemic. “We do anticipate even in the cooler weather we’ll have windows open,” Principal Elaine Pender told the elementary school committee Aug. 13. “We expect to have to adjust a...

ORLEANS — By a 3-2 margin last week, the select board approved a three-year contract for Town Administrator John Kelly. “I’ve served the town for nearly 24 years,” Kelly told the board, “and I remain committed to the town of Orleans… I expect this will be my final contract in Orleans and I want to see a smooth transition go forward.” That transition is something that board members Mark Mathison and Cecil ...

CHATHAM – For two summers, the Monomoy Theatre has been dark. Unless a zoning change can be made soon to pave the way for redevelopment of the property, the theater is likely to remain closed for at least three more years, its owners say. In the coming week, Alexandra Properties, which purchased the 2.7-acre property at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. for $3.65 million last September, will be collecting the 200 ...

CHATHAM — The preliminary results of a crash investigation indicate that a teenage driver failed to stop at an intersection when his vehicle collided with police cruiser and a third vehicle on Crowell Road Tuesday night. Three people, including the officer, sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, which heavily damaged all three vehicles. Police say at around 8:42 p.m., 18-year-old Trenton Andr...

Baker Freezes Reopening Plan Citing a surge in parties like the one in Chatham July 12 where at least 13 people may have contracted COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker Friday announced a freeze on the state’s economic reopening plan, new restrictions on public gatherings, and new enforcement of those rules at parties – even ones on private property. “There have been many reports of pool parties, birthday parties, ...

Spike In Shark Sightings Prompts Warnings

By: Staff Reports

A spike in great white shark sightings along the Cape's eastern coast, coinciding with the popular “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel, prompted officials this week to issue reminders about adhering to “Shark Smart” guidelines. The Cape Cod National Seashore issued a press release Monday explaining that sharks — and seals — are part of the Cape's natural, wild ecosystem, and that while sharks rarely bite hum...

CHATHAM – Fish chowder is a Cape Cod tradition, and the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance hopes a new program centering around the staple will facilitate two goals: supporting local independent fishermen and providing food pantries with delicious, nutritious ready-to-serve meals. The program takes advantage of the wide availability of small haddock, which don't bring a strong price in the marketplace (d...

Your Property Might Flood In A Storm

By: Alan Pollock

Even If FEMA Maps Say It Won’t Time was, if you wanted to know which parts of town flooded during major hurricanes, you’d ask old timers. Then FEMA developed maps showing flood zones down to the property level. But both methods have a major shortcoming: they rely on past events to predict the future. The problem is, the environment is changing quickly, and some of the baseline assumptions used in convention...

CHATHAM – A tour through downtown reveals that most of the people out and about — and there are plenty — appear to be comply with the board of health's face covering order, which aims to minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Interviews with shop owners and employees confirm that, with a few exceptions, most people are following the rule. When people aren't wearing masks, most put them on when re...

Harwich Town Band Concerts Canceled

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

HARWICH – Gov. Charlie Baker's new mandate on the size of public gatherings has forced the Harwich Town Band to cancel its planned summer concerts. Conductor Tom Jahnke said with 35 band members and four monitors, social distancing requirements would only allow 11 audience members at Brooks Park. “We think it best to cancel now instead of having to turn away people,” he said in an email. “I am extremely dis...

HARWICH PORT – A lobster clambake, with a side of community spirit, would go a long way in filling the void the coronavirus pandemic is creating in our dining and social habits this summer. Outer Cape Health Services plans to help satiate these desires with its “Lobster Without the Fest” fundraiser. In the past OCHS has held an annual Lobster Fest gala and auction event. Because of the pandemic, however, co...