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CHATHAM – Just over a week after it was established, the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund is nearly two-thirds of the way toward its fundraising goal, and has already dispersed money to local residents in need. “It's working,” said Stephen Daniel, who co-founded the fund with his wife Mary Beth. As of Monday the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund (CCIF) had raised about $220,000, Daniel said, with more donation...

CHATHAM – Unable to hold an in-person event due to the coronavirus emergency, a local group is taking its Earth Day celebration online. Chatham Acts On Climate, formed recently to promote local action on climate change, will host a “stay home event” Saturday, May 2, to mark the 50 th anniversary of Earth Day, which fell on April 22. Nine speakers will talk about actionable ideas, projects and opportunities th...

Uncertainty Clouds Summer Season

By: Tim Wood

Ask local business owners about the upcoming summer season, and you'll hear a mixture of trepidation and optimism. Many feel that once the coronavirus emergency eases, Cape Cod will be well positioned as a summer driving destination for millions of vacationers who are likely to avoid air travel in the near future. Uncertainty over exactly when that easing will occur, and how continued provisions for social dis...

Tavano Named Next Deputy Fire Chief

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — At the end of next month, when Fire Chief Peter Connick retires after more than four decades of service in town, Deputy Chief Dave DePasquale will take over leadership of the department. Taking DePasquale’s desk as deputy will be Lieutenant Justin Tavano, a 16-year veteran firefighter. Town Manager Jill Goldsmith recently announced Tavano as her choice for the department’s number two position. Connic...

CHATHAM – A 300 th anniversary only happens once. The First Congregational Church of Chatham has the bad luck to have its tricentennial coincide with a once-in-a-century pandemic. Like most events scheduled for the next few months, upcoming celebrations around the downtown church's anniversary have either been postponed or canceled. Work on a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic structure is also o...

Industrial Zone Expansion Proponents Have Lost Interest

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The property owners who initiated a proposed change to the Industrial Light District along the west end of Queen Anne Road have now informed the town’s planning department they have no interest in pursuing the zoning change. The request to change the zoning was made to Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh last summer by Alan and Edward Hall. In a public hearing on the proposed zoning change before the pl...

Public health officials are sounding the alarm after it was revealed this week that 60 of the 92 patients at Brewster’s Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The key concern is that an outbreak of COVID-19 in nursing homes might create enough seriously ill people to overwhelm hospitals, Barnstable County Health and Environment Director Sean O’Brien said Tuesday....

HARWICH – With Governor Charlie Baker's announcement Tuesday that schools will remain closed, members of the Monomoy High School Class of 2020 face the disappointing prospect of never seeing the inside of the school again, as well as uncertainty as to when and if a graduation ceremony will be held. High school seniors throughout the Cape—indeed, throughout the nation—are in similar straits. And communities aro...

Out With The Old

By: Kat Szmit

EAST HARWICH — After serving the region for more than four decades, the East Harwich fire substation on Route 137 went under the wrecking ball last week. The firehouse was built in 1975, when East Harwich was largely undeveloped.  In recent decades, it became an important response base for fire and medical response to Harwich, Chatham, Brewster and occasionally Orleans.  Stripped of salvageable equipment and mate...

Doing Good

By: Kat Szmit

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. Plants For Seniors With elder care homes putting the kibosh on visitors until...

Local Musicians Go Online To Bridge Social Distance

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

There’s nothing like live music. With nothing but a few feet of air between you and the musicians onstage, the sensation can be felt as well as heard. The give and take between performer and audience is never the same twice, so the enjoyment of rhythm and melody is heightened by the knowledge that yours is a unique experience, never to be duplicated. In your favorite local venue, you might run into friends and ne...

In a world of grim headlines, political unease, and a global pandemic that isn’t letting up easily, it’s no wonder that people are feeling overwhelmed. But although the closures and quarantine requests have certainly altered life as we know it, not everything is bleak. In some ways, the COVID crisis has changed people’s lives for the better. Jamie Neithold-Nash, a Chatham resident and chiropractor with an offi...

Don’t #ReopenCapeCod – Yet

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Last weekend, a Cape-based conservative political group staged a demonstration in Bourne to urge Governor Charlie Baker to begin lifting business closures and other restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Organizers argue that the Cape’s economy, and local families, can’t withstand the continued stress of these preventative measures. Protesters held signs promoting the hashtag #ReopenCapeCod. Most w...

ORLEANS —  The pandemic, which has altered familiar patterns at transfer stations in Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, and elsewhere, may have prompted dumping in the wilds of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Last week, the Seashore reported construction materials dumped near Doane Rock in Eastham and household trash found at Great Island in Wellfleet. “This is a challenging time for everyone, including the nationa...

ORLEANS — April is proving to be the cruelest month when it comes to town finances. Department heads were asked to reduce spending through June 30, the end of the fiscal year, to ensure a reserve of about half a million dollars to balance an anticipated drop in revenues from local receipts related to the effects of the pandemic. In a letter to finance committee chairman Lynn Bruneau, Finance Director Cathy ...