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Firefighters, COA’s Work To Keep Seniors Safe At Home

By: Alan Pollock

It’s no secret that most seniors want to remain at home as they age, but it’s important to make sure that home continues to be a safe place as the years pass. To that end, local fire departments and councils on aging are collaborating to provide home safety assessments, even during the pandemic. In Chatham, the assessments are part of a community risk reduction program, and residents or concerned family member...

ORLEANS — Acknowledged as “the father of planning in Orleans,” Dr. Kenneth McKusick, 89, died Nov. 4 at his home on Namequoit Road.  Dr. McKusick, noted for his work on the planning board and board of water and sewer commissioners, “passed away peacefully in his sleep last night,” Select Board Chair Kevin Galligan said as he opened his board’s meeting last week. “We offer our sincerest thanks and gratitude for...

Signs Get High Priority In Orleans Complete Street Plan

By: Debra Lawless

ORLEANS – Residents have until Sunday, Nov. 22 to offer their comments to town officials or Cape Cod Commission staff regarding the Orleans Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. Lev Malakhoff, commission transportation planner, recommends that people who wish to comment should first look at the materials pertaining to the Complete Streets plan on the commission's website. On Nov. 5, the commission held a vi...

Stranded Whale Dies

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM — A young humpback whale stranded on shoals east of the Stage Harbor entrance channel has died. Harbormaster Stuart Smith said the 25-foot whale, which stranded early Saturday, did not make it through the night. A nearby location will be found to perform a necropsy on the animal and it will be towed there, he said. Staff and volunteer from the International Fund For Animal Welfare's mammal rescue pr...

Roger F. Sullivan

By: Contributed

Roger F. Sullivan, 75, a native of Oak Square and Our Lady of the Presentation Church community in Brighton, Mass., died in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday morning, October 26, from pancreatic cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter F. Sullivan and Ruth Bonner Sullivan of Brighton, Mass. and his brother, David. He is survived by his daughter, Honoré and her husband Peter Steedman of Falmouth, Mass.; his son, ...

Jason Michael Chase

By: Contributed

Jason Michael Chase age 37 of South Chatham died unexpectedly on Oct. 23,2020. He was the son of Michael Chase and Sandra Wiinikainen of West Yarmouth. A graveside service under the direction of Morris O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home Harwich will be held in Evergreen Cemetery , East Harwich on Fri, Nov 6 at 1PM. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to The Chatham Fire Association, 135 Depot Rd...

Plus One Case At Monomoy High, Four At Squire NORTH CHATHAM — Two residents of Liberty Commons nursing home have tested positive for the novel coronavirus following a visit by a state public health inspection team, which was checking – among other things – the nursing home’s compliance with COVID-19 protocols. The cases were announced just as positive COVID-19 rates were ramping up nationwide. Locally, four...

Local Towns Hold Virtual Veterans Day Ceremonies

By: Staff Reports

With pandemic restrictions prohibiting large gatherings, local towns are planning to commemorate Veterans Day with virtual events held online and cable TV. Chatham will host a virtual Veterans Day parade on Channel 18 on Nov. 11 beginning at 11 a.m. Local residents are invited to participate by sending a high-resolution digital photo of a Chatham veteran (or veterans) to Shanna Nealy at snealy@chatham-ma.gov a...

Free Meals To Vets Courtesy Of Chatham COA

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

CHATHAM – On Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 10, from noon until 1:30 p.m., the council on aging will honor Chatham veterans and military spouses who are Chatham residents aged 60 or older with a free meal, distributed via a drive-through pick up at the Stony Hill Road senior center. This fresh meal will be prepared and packaged by COA Event Luncheon Chef Heather Bailey of The Optimal Kitchen and will be packaged ...

CHATHAM — Thanks to property tax revenues that remain strong and some early cost containment measures, town finances remain reasonably strong. But as town officials begin crafting the fiscal 2022 budget, they’re saying there’s still every reason to take a cautious approach to spending, given COVID-19. “Cases are increasing, so we have to be very conservative in our planning, and have an idea what the worst-c...

Environmental Study, Advisory Committee Draw Controversy CHATHAM – It's been seven months since the airport commission last met, and the controversy surrounding its proposed master plan update hasn't diminished one bit. At a sometimes contentious three-hour meeting last week, the commission fielded criticism from the public, and within its own ranks, on various elements of the plan, which has yet to be fina...

Regional Sewer Emphasis May Shift To Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Officials are considering altering the town's participation in the Dennis-Harwich-Yarmouth Clean Waters Community Partnership to reduce its initial financial contribution by shifting the focus to Harwich Center. Wastewater costs have been a thorn in the financial side of the community. The town’s initial sewering projects in East Harwich were expected to service 600 homes at $18.5 million, but the lo...

Harwich Town Planner Greenhalgh To Retire

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh will retire in three weeks after 33 years as a public servant. She has spent 10 of those years working for the town of Harwich. With Greenhalgh’s departure, there could be some changes coming to the planning department. Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine said he has been talking with Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers about posting the position, but part of Pow...

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night conducted a performance review of Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers and came to the consensus that he has “exceeded expectations.” Powers received particularly strong reviews for municipal finance and budgeting, economic development and community planning. Using a new SMART goal setting process, the board is planning to conduct three evaluations during Powers’ one-yea...

New Brooks Academy Foundation, Basement Could Cost $1 Million

By: William F. Galvin

Commission To Seek CPA Funds HARWICH — The brick and stone underpinnings of the oldest section of Brooks Academy is in poor condition, and the Brooks Academy Museum Commission will seek Community Preservation Act funds to replace it with a new foundation. The commission also plans to add a full basement to the historic structure at a cost of more than $1 million. The historic former schoolhouse located at t...

Monomoy Girls Fall To West In Blustery Contest

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – Blame it on the wind? Whatever the weather on Nov. 2, it simply wasn't Monomoy's day as the girls varsity soccer team fell 1-0 to Sturgis West. The Sharks seemed off as they faced the competitors on their home turf, with high winds whipping throughout most of the game. Though it took the Navigators until the third quarter to get past Monomoy goalkeeper Josie Ganshaw, a fair amount of game play was co...