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ORLEANS — With parts of Nauset Regional High School suffering air circulation problems, classes will be fully remote when instruction begins Sept. 16. That’s a switch from the original hybrid plan that called for split weeks of home and in-school learning. “We will… remain remote until the ventilation system is repaired and brought up to COVID standards,” Principal Chris Ellsasser wrote to teachers Tuesday m...

Orleans Eyes Fee Increases To Close Budget Gap

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — With a million-dollar operating budget shortfall forecast for the fiscal year beginning July 2021, the select board and other officials are taking a hard look at expenses and revenues in a series of fiscal stability workshops. Last week, the focus was on fees the town charges for its services, and the potential for asking October’s special town meeting to make some changes that can take effect as early ...

Four Squire Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM – The Chatham Squire, perhaps the town's best-known restaurant, closed Sunday for deep cleaning after four staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Owner Todd Hearle said the iconic restaurant would remain closed to indoor dining until Thursday to allow additional cleaning. Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson confirmed that four Squire employees tested positive. One person tested positive...

ORLEANS — In an attempt to put the horse before the cart, the affordable housing trust hosted a virtual meeting Tuesday with owners of homes surrounding 107 Main St., the property it purchased this year for conversion to residences. Members heard the kinds of questions that often arise much later in the process, and promised to continue working on a plan that will satisfy the neighbors and the town’s housing ne...

Ronald Kendall, Jr.

By: Contributed

Ronald Kendall, Jr, passed away peacefully at home on August 21, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones, following a sudden brief but courageous battle with cancer. Ronnie (also known to others by his nickname, (Raz) was a native of and life-long resident of Harwich. He attended Harwich schools.       Ronnie is predeceased by his parents, Ronald and Barbara Kendall of Harwich, and his brother, Thomas Kendall of Har...

John R. Pfeffer

By: Contributed

John R. Pfeffer died peacefully on August 16th at the age of 94. He was residing at the time along with Linda, his wife of 66 years, at Moorings Park in Naples, Fla. John and Linda were long time summer residents of Chatham where Linda’s parents started visiting in the late ’40s. He is survived by Linda and their three children Steven, Tom and Mindy as well as seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. J...

Robert O. Hamblet

By: Contributed

Robert O. Hamblet crossed over the bar on August 19, 2020 at the age of 85.             Born 1934 in Watertown to Madeleine (MacDonald) and John Hamblet, and as a child moved to Newton and graduated from Newton High School.  There he met the love of his life, Ginny Brock.  Their 67-year marriage was the cornerstone of his life           He obtained a degree from Newton Junior College, attended ...

Frederick W. Crimins Jr.

By: Contributed

Frederick W. Crimins Jr., 72, of Chatham, died suddenly on the Morris Island clam flats on August 15, 2020. He was born December 13, 1947 in Boston, MA to the late Frederick Sr. and Anna (Schuler) Crimins and attended Somerville and Billerica schools. Fred graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 1969. After graduation, he served in the United States Army, stationed in Italy, until 1972. ...

Whales In The Park Raise Record Breaking $82K

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It's official: Whales are more popular than sharks. Or, at least, people were willing to pay more for the painted and decorated whales on exhibit in Kate Gould Park this summer than they were for the sharks that populated similar displays in the past. Auction of the whales in this year's Chatham Merchants Association-sponsored Art in the Park brought in a total of $82,480, which beat out the previ...

CHATHAM – Owners of the Monomoy Theatre are tallying signatures collected during the past week on a petition to call a special town meeting to alter zoning to allow redevelopment of the historic Main Street property. After a drive-through signature collection Monday, owner Greg Clark of Alexandra Properties said about half of the 200 signatures necessary to call a special town meeting had been collected. “We'r...

Few Hot Contests In Sept. 1 State Primary

By: Alan Pollock

Hopefuls Seek Nod For U.S. Senator, County Commissioner With all eyes on the November presidential election, officials are reminding voters that the state primary election is set for Sept. 1. While there aren’t many headline-grabbing races, Democrats will decide between incumbent Edward Markey and challenger Joseph Kennedy, III, for U.S. Senate, and will choose among three candidates for the chance to seek two...

CHATHAM – You are out for a quick fishing trip and unexpectedly the surf overtakes your boat, flips it over and you find yourself wet and standing on top of what was the bottom of your boat, stranded in the North Inlet connecting Pleasant Bay with the Atlantic Ocean. No other boats are around and it is late afternoon with the tide ebbing and visibility down to less than half a mile. This is not what you imagin...

CHATHAM — Whether they’re bringing Social Security checks, prescription medicines, mail-in ballots or just friendly letters, mail carriers are a lifeline, and the U.S. Postal Service needs our support. That was the message from a handful of protesters who held signs in front of the main Chatham post office Saturday, one of many similar protests held around the nation. And judging by the number of waves and h...

CHATHAM – The contours of Cape Cod’s iconic coastline tell a story of a landscape dramatically and dynamically defined by Atlantic storms. At the heart of the peninsula's narrative are the nor’easters and hurricanes that shape and reshape the Cape’s shorelines each year.  This summer, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is setting records. As of early this week, the Atlantic had experienced 11 named storms...

Cause Of Pleasant St. Beach Closures A Mystery

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – At least six times this summer, water samples taken at Pleasant Street Beach have failed to meet state water quality standards, resulting in the beach being closed to swimming. The cause of the high Enterococci counts, however, remains a mystery. “I am concerned about it,” said Natural Resources Department Director Robert Duncanson. “Clearly there's something going on down there that's unusual.” ...