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Venues Plan To Continue Virtual Offerings Post Pandemic

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

As we approach the anniversary of COVID-19's arrival on Cape Cod and the beginning of its devastating effect on local businesses and gathering places, the inventive ways that arts venues adapted to health and safety protocols remain impressive. Do any of them intend to keep a remote component even when in-person gathering gets the green light? Determined to continue offering access to films, performances, exhibi...

John Whelan: Here Comes The Sun

By: John Whelan

“Little darling, I feel the ice is finally melting Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right”  During the 10-plus years I hosted an oldies rock and roll radio program on WOMR-FM, I never played a Beatles song. My friends know that somehow the great music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney never excited me. It sounds incongruous that...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 25

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

New Answers On Monomoy Theatre Editor: The Monomoy Theatre saga continues. The buyers, summer residents, told the community that they were involved with restoring historical theaters and returning them to use. They proposed year-round activity for the arts.  What it looks like is just another real estate developer trying to maximize his profit. I think it would have been appropriate for them to have star...

Our View: The Zoomies

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A new puppy entered the household last fall and with her came a new term: “the zoomies.” That's when the dog gets so excited and energized that it runs back and forth in a frenzy. It's a bit startling at first, but you get used to it after a while and accept it as a necessary way to discharge excess energy. In a sense, we've all had the zoomies for much of the past year, though technically we should call it th...

Monomoy School News

By: Tim Wood

Preschool 'Community Friend' Screenings and Registration   On Wednesday and Thursday, March 17 and 18, the Monomoy Regional School District will hold preschool screenings for families who would like to enroll their 3- or 4-year-old child as a “community friend” in the Monomoy Integrated Preschool program for the 2021-2022 school year. The Monomoy Integrated Preschool supports children with disabilities and wh...

ORLEANS — With site plan approval in hand, Pennrose, LLC, which plans to build 62 affordable housing units at the former Cape Cod 5 operations center on West Road, is moving toward a March 17 review by the zoning board of appeals. Proceeding under a “friendly” Chapter 40B zoning procedure, the developer has been reaching out to various town boards and the community for comments on its proposal, and the zonin...

Enterprise Funds To Reveal True Costs Of Services

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Town meeting will see a different budget approval process this May. Services such as the transfer station and beaches will be presented as separate, mostly self-funding enterprise funds outside the annual operating budget. The new approach is intended to show the true costs of the operations, including indirect costs, and the amount of subsidy needed from property taxes as the funds transition to full...

Nature Connection: Winter Wonders

By: Mary Richmond

There’s a Carolina wren hollering outside my window on this bright, sunny but freezing cold morning. For such small birds they sure make a lot of noise. Cardinals have been starting to call and a few chickadees have been trying out their “fee-beeeee” songs, usually reserved for later in the year. The sun and the light seem to be making everyone feel a little giddy, in spite of the frigid temperatures. It may be o...

Thomas Kromer Myers

By: Contributed

Thomas Kromer Myers, a long-time summer resident of Chatham, passed away January 2, 2021 in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Tom was born in Pasadena on June 9, 1932, to Norval and Elizabeth Myers, joining big brother David Myers. He spent his first years in California, most notably in Oleum, California, where his father was the local oil refinery manager. In 1941, the family moved to Short Hills, New Jers...

Tempers Flare Over Cape’s Vaccine Scarcity

By: Alan Pollock

State Opens Registration To People 65+, But Supply Still Lags The state’s COVID-19 vaccination roll-out is now focused on senior citizens, but local and regional leaders are crying foul, saying the effort isn’t bringing needed doses quickly enough to serve the aging population of Barnstable County. “Cape Cod clearly is being left behind here in the Commonwealth’s vaccine roll-out,” said State Sen. Julian Cy...

Select Board Endorses Middle Road Land For Housing

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The select board Tuesday unanimously threw its support behind the idea of using 19 acres of town land off Middle Road to create affordable and attainable housing. Town officials say two parts of the property, 5.2 acres on the west site and 3 acres on the east, are suitable for building. The western side of the parcel could sustain units with a total of between 20 and 25 bedrooms, with another 12 to...

Harwich's share of the Monomoy Regional School District budget has risen steadily over the past several years while Chatham's has dropped, a consequence of plunging enrollment due to a lack of young families, mainly in Chatham. There's no quick and simple fix to that problem, but there is a short-term solution to the financial inequity that has resulted in the district's two elementary schools, and Harwich offici...

CHATHAM – Marcellus Eldredge was born and raised in Chatham. At the age of 14, he moved to Portsmouth, N.H., where his father ran a shipping company. In 1858, at the age of 20, he became a clerk at a small Portsmouth brewery. Within a few years he was general manager, and his 1870, he and his father Heman bought the brewery and renamed it “H. Eldredge and Son.” What eventually became the Eldredge Brewing Company ...

CHATHAM – Year-end statistics gathered from town departments bear out some of the anecdotes about the way the pandemic impacted the community during 2020. More people stayed in town longer in the fall, water department usage figures indicate. There's also been an uptick in the number of residents and registered voters. However, other figures showed slowdowns that may be indicative of less activity due to th...

HARWICH – When Monomoy Regional High School technology and engineering teacher Rich Oldach was notified about the Massachusetts Ninth Congressional District’s annual Congressional App Challenge, he quickly thought of Jessica Brown, a senior in his advanced placement computer science class. “When it came to my attention, I thought of her immediately,” Oldach said. Oldach was aware that one of his co-teachers...