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Letters to the Editor: July 9, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Chatham Selectmen Fail Voters Editor: If you have ever thought about serving as a volunteer on a Chatham board, think twice. Your efforts will not be appreciated unless you cede your right to speak freely and express an honest opinion. Don’t ever criticize the board of selectmen or you’ll not be re-appointed. Despite entreaties from friends, colleagues, and concerned citizens, I was not re-appointed to t...

Donna Tavano: Bring Fourth Illumination

By: Donna Tavano

If you’ve lost track of time and space, stumbling about in a calendar-less COVID-19 coma, the recent explosion of fireworks, sending shuddering dogs into under-the-bed mode, might have alerted you to the sudden appearance of the Fourth of July. As so many traditional Independence Day activities and formal fireworks displays have been canceled due to the virus, let us be illuminated by some little-known July Fo...

William Nickerson Walker’s third spy novel, “Target Switzerland,” will be released later this month. In retirement, Walker, 82, is a prolific writer, an indefatigable golfer and an energetic vice president of the Nickerson Family Association, Inc. (NFA). In the past he was an international businessman and financier, diplomat, government official and partner in a large Wall Street law firm. Two years ago, Wa...

ORLEANS — The Nauset Estuary Stakeholder Group will meet via Zoom tonight (July 9) at 5 to hear some good news regarding the long-sought and oft-delayed effort to dredge the estuary and restore its utility for commercial and recreational boaters. The likely presence of red tide cysts in some of the material to be dredged presented concerns about their possible spread when the materials were relocated. A pilo...

Fiscal stability involves not only planning to pay for needed services years into the future but also being prepared for unexpected circumstances. That’s why the work sessions will also look at ways to protect the town’s AAA bond rating, to reduce reliance on free cash to offset the operating budget, and to preserve financial reserves including stabilization funds. According to the DOR, towns can recover 100 p...

Not too long ago the Orleans harbormaster, a bit worried, asked a longtime fisherman to keep watch on a young guy who had started bullraking in Cape Cod Bay with no more experience than watching a few videos on YouTube. “In two days I made about $28,” said Chris Viprino, the young guy in question, on a recent overcast day at Rock Harbor. “I spent a winter doing it. Too stubborn to do anything else.” Viprino...

No Major Injuries After Boat Capsizes

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM — Four young men were apparently spared any serious injury after their boat capsized in Chatham’s North Cut Friday afternoon. At about 2:50 p.m., officials received a 911 call from one of the men, who indicated that they were in the vicinity of Outermost Harbor before the call was disconnected. Dispatchers retrieved the phone’s location and plotted it to a location several miles away near the north inlet....

The Long Wait Is Over: Rebuilt Fish Pier Deck Opens

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Nearly 18 months after construction started, the new fish pier observation deck finally opened to the public Thursday. A few visitors were watching fishing boats unload and seals swimming in Aunt Lydia's Cove from the new, spacious deck. A board of health order mandates that face masks be worn on the observation deck from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Construction of the $1.7 million deck began in January 2019...

Voter Turnout Low In Harwich Election

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Voters cast ballots in very low numbers in Tuesday's annual town election due both to the absence of any elective races and the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 805 voters cast ballots during limited polling hours. Incumbent selectmen Donald Howell and Larry Ballantine were returned to office with 602 and 593 votes, respectively. Incumbent Monomoy Regional School Committee members Meredith Henderson, 633 vote...

Ruth E Conner

By: Contributed

                CONNER, Ruth E. (Abrahamson) Conner (1927 – 2020), 92, of      Harwich passed away on June 22, 2020 surrounded by her children.                   Born and raised in Worcester, Ruth was a gifted seamstress, artist and baker.  Ruth was known for her Swedish coffee bread, donuts, pies and pinwheels.  She often had just baked these sweet treats in time for her children’s and grandchildren’s r...

Orpheum Probably Won't Open Until The Fall

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – For the first time in eight years, “Jaws” won't be playing on Chatham's Main Street. The summer blockbuster has become a popular favorite at the Chatham Orpheum Theater, showing to sell-out crowds despite the fact that it was released 45 years ago. But with the ongoing pandemic, the Orpheum remains dark, with no indication of when it will reopen. “We're hoping for this fall, September or October,”...

CHATHAM — For many, the end of 2020 will be a milestone worth celebrating. But because of the pandemic, they won’t be marking New Year’s Eve the usual way at First Night Chatham. Late last week, event organizers announced that because of the pandemic, First Night Chatham will not be held as a live event. “It’s a tremendous disappointment,” First Night spokesman John Reed said. More than 300 volunteers loo...

Lack Of Child Care Stalls Economic Recovery

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — There are many workers on Cape Cod who are ready to return to their jobs, but can’t do so because of the lack of child care. State rules designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 have hobbled preschools, day care centers and summer recreation programs, and those that do open will have very limited enrollment. On Saturday Night, Theresa Malone of Monomoy Community Services learned that their request to...

When approximately 1,000 demonstrators marched through Harwich Center June 6 to protest the death of George Floyd, standing behind the banner leading the crowd, which was held by the two high school students who initiated the event, was Harwich Police Chief David Guillemette. “I think it's important for police departments to send the message to the community that what occurred was unacceptable,” Guillemette sa...

CHATHAM – Carolyn Wass has wanted to vote in a political election for some time, and now, after becoming an American citizen, she can and couldn’t be more excited, even if the ceremony was far more understated than is typical due to the ongoing pandemic. Wass’s son was the first in the family to obtain US citizenship some time ago. His ceremony was held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester where he was one of at lea...