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Our View: Defeat Ron Beaty

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Next Tuesday's primary election offers little to get excited about. There’s only one contested race on the Republican side, and in Barnstable County, two Democrat races are contested. In the races for Massachusetts Senator, we endorse Democrat Edward Markey; he has represented the state well and now is not the time to change our Congressional delegation, given the difficult issues the next Congress will face. On ...

Teachers Support In-Person Learning, When Safe

By: Alan Pollock

Too Early To Return To The Classroom, They Say ORLEANS — Under drizzly skies last Wednesday, more than two dozen teachers from Monomoy, Nauset and other Lower Cape school districts staged a protest at the Orleans Rotary to express concerns about returning to the classroom during the pandemic. The teachers argue that they’re eager to see their students in person again, but not if doing so puts the school ...

For the past 18 years, the Homeless Prevention Council has sponsored the Backpack-to-School program, which provides school supplies and backpacks to students in the eight Lower Cape towns. The program's 19 th year, however, is unprecedented. “We're all in this unknown place, trying to work together to come up with a solution,” said HPC Chief Executive Officer Hadley Luddy. This year the agency is partnerin...

ORLEANS — Orleans will have to navigate the perilous passage to permitting for the Nauset Estuary dredging project without the financial support of Eastham. At the Aug. 20 meeting of the Nauset Estuary Stakeholders Group, Eastham Town Administrator Jacqui Beebe said her select board was “not willing to fund the continuation of the permitting process because they do believe the permitting issue was put to bed...

Murphy, Thomas J. Jr.

By: Contributed

Murphy, Thomas J. Jr., A longtime resident of Stoneham and also of Chatham passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on August 12, 2020. Beloved husband of 62 years to Mary T. (Hynes) Murphy. Son of the late Thomas J. Murphy and Mary (McKenna) Murphy. Loving father of Tara Mitchell and her husband John of Stoneham, Kathleen Murphy and Travis Lee of Middleton, Kerry (Murphy) Castrucci and Sean Kenney ...

Health Board Reopens Small Beach To Swimming

By: Alan Pollock

Andrew Harding’s Lane Beach Safer After Inlet Shifts CHATHAM — Though the move is largely symbolic, the board of health this week voted to lift a ban on swimming at the end of Andrew Harding’s Lane in the Old Village. The ban had been in place so long that current members of the health board didn’t seem to know it was in effect. “It’s not as treacherous as it was when the board of health originally banned...

CHATHAM – In a report earlier this year, a finance committee housing working group raised the question of what the town's future will look like given the wildly escalating cost of real estate. “Will we be a vibrant, thriving and hard-working community comprising a range of age, race, family size, income, occupational prospects and other demographics?” the report read. “Or shall we continue on the arc of exclus...

COVID Beach Rules Confuse Some, But Deter Few

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — While sunbathing and swimming is a bit more complicated than it used to be, thanks to rules designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, those rules don’t seem to be keeping people from heading to the beach. Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin said sales of beach parking permits are on par with ordinary years, and the town has already sold more weekly permits than any other year in his memo...

State Primary Deadlines, Voting Details

By: Staff Reports

With the state primary election approaching, here are some deadlines and details to keep in mind. For those currently not registered, the last day to register to vote or change party affiliation for the Sept. 1 primary is Saturday, Aug. 22. With town halls closed or limited in hours and access, voters can register to vote online through the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office or download registration for...

CHATHAM – More than $1 million went into dredging the Stage Harbor entrance channel this past winter and spring. While the channel appears to have held up through the height of the boating season, that's expected to change, and officials anticipate dredging of the access channel will be a regular occurrence. “It's not going to go away, that's for sure,” said Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon. “The substantia...

CHATHAM – For two summers, the Monomoy Theatre has been dark. Unless a zoning change can be made soon to pave the way for redevelopment of the property, the theater is likely to remain closed for at least three more years, its owners say. In the coming week, Alexandra Properties, which purchased the 2.7-acre property at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. for $3.65 million last September, will be collecting the 200 ...

Large-scale Solar Array Proposed For East Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The appeals board will consider a variance request next week to convert a 17-acre sand and gravel pit into a solar/photovoltaic facility in East Harwich. The application was filed by DFN, Inc., Steven Clark, president. The property is identified as 0 Depot Rd. and is located in the Residential Rural District and a Water Resource Protection District. The parcel presently is a pre-existing, non-conform...

Annual Meeting Rescheduled; Will Be Held Outdoors Sept. 26

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night changed the date and location for the annual town meeting based on the persistence of COVID-19 and the need to conduct the session outdoors. The board voted to hold the annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Monomoy Regional High School stadium field at 75 Oak St. Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. was set as the rain date. The town charter calls for the annual me...

At ‘Second Glance,’ Safety Comes First

By: Alan Pollock

Thrift Shop Supports The Family Pantry WEST HARWICH — You wouldn’t call it “business as usual,” but the Second Glance thrift store is up and running, generating important revenue for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. The priority now is safety, not sales. “We have had a number of returning customers who have been so grateful that we are open,” store Manager Carol Chaves said. “Our custom...

Proclamation Includes Locally Focused Addition HARWICH – The death of George Floyd sent shockwaves around the country, inspiring protests and demands for change. In Massachusetts, the Mass Association of School Committees (MASC) created a document it has encouraged school districts throughout the state to sign and adopt, though many, including the Monomoy Regional School District, had reservations. After le...