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First Chatham COVID-19 Death Reported

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- A local resident has died of COVID-19, the first person in Chatham to succumb to the coronavirus, town officials reported late Wednesday. The individual was not identified. In a two-paragraph announcement, Director of Health and Natural Resources said town officials offered condolences to the individual’s family and wold not release further information out of respect for their privacy.  ...

Ambrose (Birt) Birtwell, Jr.

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Ambrose (Birt) Birtwell, Jr. Born in Accrington, Lancashire, England on September 24, 1922 to Ambrose Birtwell, Sr. and Sarah Longden Birtwell. He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Louise Holman Birtwell, Hingham. Daughter Jean Williams (Roger), Chatham and sons Ken Birtwell, Harwich and Allan Birtwell (Veronica), Standish, Maine. Sister, Dorothy O’Brien, Bradenton, Fla. Seven grandchildren, fourteen great gr...

Mary Theresa Grant

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                WALLINGFORD – Mary Theresa Grant, 93, passed away on April 27, 2020, at Regency House Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold O. Grant.                   Mary was born in Wallingford, Conn. on May 4, 1926, the third child of seven to the late Stephen and Mary Yencsik Mushinsky.                   Mary, or "Flo", as she was fondly known by family a...

Amid mounting pressure to reopen the state’s dormant economy, officials are warning that with COVID-19, caution remains the watchword. Gov. Charlie Baker this week announced a strategy for gradually reopening businesses, though the timing has yet to be decided. With the Memorial Day weekend just over a week away, business and civic leaders on the Lower Cape are all ears. An economic reopening advisory board...

CHATHAM – Groundfish quotas and allocations began anew May 1, marking the technical start of the commercial fishing season. But with restaurants still closed and other markets limited, local fishermen have fewer outlets for their catch. “The good thing is our fishing season really hasn't ramped up yet,” fisherman Doug Feeney said recently. “But we don't know what the next three months holds.” Feeney is a me...

CHATHAM — Though it’s still too early to predict the exact financial impact of COVID-19 on the next town budget, officials are bracing for significant reductions and are finding new ways to trim spending and lighten the burden on taxpayers. Even so, the town's property tax rate will increase for the first time in three years. At last Thursday’s board meeting, selectmen reviewed the latest revision of the fi...

CHATHAM — Even a few months ago, a summer without band concerts, the July 4 parade and crowded beaches seemed unimaginable. But in a heavily attended virtual forum Monday, speaker after speaker supported just that kind of approach in the fight against COVID-19. The board of selectmen and board of health will hold a joint meeting Monday, May 18 at 6 p.m. to discuss comments made at the forum and updates on the ...

CHATHAM – For the second time in two years, the historical commission has imposed a delay on a proposal to demolish a portion of an iconic home at the corner of Shore Road and Seaview Street. Commission members weren't happy with new plans to renovate and add on to the 93-year-old bow roof Cape at 233 Seaview St., which they said would be much larger than the existing building and would alter the historic stre...

HARWICH — Selectmen are awaiting legislation making its way through Beacon Hill that includes provisions on how municipalities in Massachusetts can address town meetings and funding a budget moving into FY21. Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers said legislation has been approved in the Senate that will allow town meeting actions just on financial issues. But there has been no clear definition on what “fin...

HARWICH — The number of deaths in town related to COVID-19 has risen to 11, Health Director Meggan Eldredge told selectmen Monday night. The Wingate of Harwich nursing home accounts for seven of those deaths, she reported, although a nursing home spokesperson said nine of the facility's residents have died of the virus. There have been a total of 101 cases in Harwich, with 38 among residents and 63 at Wingate....

New Life Is Growing In Harwich's Brooks Park Hollow

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is bright new life growing in Brooks Park Hollow. The hollow was devastated by the tornado that spun through Harwich Center last July. But Lily Daniels-Diehl, a Monomoy Regional High School student, is helping to restore life after nature's harsh swipe. The tornado uprooted an estimated 1,300 trees along public property in town. Particularly hard hit was a stand of shade-casting trees that f...

CHATHAM – For Chatham resident and D-Y senior Mark Pawlina, football has been a lifelong passion. Recently, that passion gave a little something back when the Dolphin quarterback received a letter announcing that he’d been selected as one of just 33 student-athletes to be honored by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation. It was an award Pawlina might have seen comin...

Adam In Chatham Team Reaches Out Through Dance

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Dance is beautiful and expressive, intimate and dynamic. The ultimate blend of the artistic and the athletic, dance is also a mixture of personal expression and connection with others. In this time of social distancing, while many of our favorite classes and performances have been paused until further notice, necessity has truly become the mother of invention as new ways to continue learning, sharing and connecti...

Doing Good

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

Do you know someone who is going above and beyond in this extraordinary time? Let us know! For the next few weeks we'll be highlighting those who do good deeds in our local communities by selflessly helping their neighbors. Drop us an email at editor@capecodchronicle.com if you know of any good deeds you'd like to see exposed. Ornaments Raise Money For Front-line Workers Blue heart ornaments made by Chat...

CHATHAMPORT – “The United States is today the only country in the world carrying on direct commercial communication by wireless with five other countries. Your corporation is the only company in the country operating high power radio stations communicating with other countries. This service has all been developed within the year.” The year was 1920, and these words greeted stockholders of the Radio Corporation of...