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While we all wish we were not living in a state of semi-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic, the time spent at home has been good to a certain group of people: Writers. “The pandemic also turned out to be kind of a plus,” says author Kat Szmit, whose first novel “The Sugar House” (Wicked Whale Publishing, 2020) has just been released. Working her day job from home, Szmit found she had more time on her h...

Author Andrew R. “Bob” Black did a bit of preliminary research on the steps of the Boston Public Library before embarking upon his new book “Buried Dreams: The Hoosac Tunnel and the Demise of the Railroad Age” (Louisiana State University Press, 2020). He had been researching another topic when “this Hoosac Tunnel kept popping up. It was a political football,” he recalled during a telephone interview last week....

Letters To The Editor: Oct. 8, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Candidate Knows The Cape Editor: Whether you are voting by mail, early or in person on Nov. 3, please get out and vote. We are fortunate to live in a country where we have the right to vote and locally, to have a regional coordinating body in the Barnstable County Commissioners. Please join me in voting for Mark Forest for county commissioner. I had the pleasure of working with Mark for a year as he served ...

Our View: School Enrollment Impact

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Even putting aside the impact of the pandemic, the drop in enrollment in the Monomoy Regional School District is alarming. As we reported last week, the district has 102 fewer pupils this fall than last school year. Families opting to home school their kids account for a large percentage of that figure – 55 students, according to Superintendent Scott Carpenter. But there are also 20 new students who are living...

Julie Witas, social services coordinator at the Harwich Council on Aging, has spent exactly half of her first year on the job working in challenging coronavirus pandemic circumstances. “Almost all services at the council on aging are done in person,” Witas said during a telephone interview last week. “It was a challenge to go remote, but we’ve done very well.” A major portion of the COA’s function lies in b...

ORLEANS — Steering a ship of skeptics and advocates of the town buying its own dredge, dredge advisory committee chairman Charlie Carlson kept an even keel Monday during discussion of a financial model prepared by Woods Hole Group. Members punched holes in the draft model and each other’s arguments in a process that will lead to a recommendation to the select board and, if it passes that hurdle, a future town ...

ORLEANS — You don’t find a 314 percent increase in something often – maybe that’s how much your blood pressure rose during last week’s presidential debate – but that figure is an indication of the real estate market’s exponential growth. Pending sales of single-family properties in Orleans jumped from seven in August 2019 to 29 this August, a 314.3 percent increase, according to the Cape Cod & Islands Asso...

ORLEANS — When Eastham historian and selectman Donald Sparrow died in 2014, his obituary listed many accomplishments but stressed that “(h)e was most proud that his grandchildren were the 13th generation to attend school in Eastham.” Now Perry and Maya Sparrow, the brother and sister co-owners of the Hot Chocolate Sparrow, have helped eight of the cafe’s seasonal workers sink their own roots into Cape Cod soil...

CHATHAM — Disposing of Saturday’s special town meeting in about 36 minutes, voters unanimously rejected a zoning bylaw change linked to the redevelopment of the Monomoy Theatre property. Worried about the density and traffic that the project would create, and without any guarantee that a restored theater building would ever operate the way Monomoy Theatre did, 324 voters unanimously turned down the zoning byla...

CHATHAM –Saturday's special town meeting will be held as scheduled, but there may be no vote on the only article on the warrant. The owner of the Monomoy Theatre property has requested that the zoning bylaw amendment not be voted on and instead be referred back to the planning board. After the planning board, board of selectmen and finance committee voted this week not to support the article ( see separate ...

Nature Connection: Farm Days

By: Mary Richmond

One of my favorite places to walk is an old farm that was bought by a town as conservation land. They lease land to sheep and goat farmers and there are chickens sometimes as well. The pastureland is kept open, mowed naturally by its inhabitants. There are a few trees for shade though they have no low-lying branches, due to above mentioned inhabitants. It’s a very peaceful place, surrounded by woods and trails th...

How To Help

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Officials are predicting a huge increase in food insecurity on the Cape this fall as a result of the pandemic. And with local unemployment rates still extremely high, many more local residents may face financial difficulties in the coming months. We've assembled a list of local nonprofit organizations that are ready to help local residents in need. Click on the links below to get information about applying for...

Will Curtain Fall On Monomoy Theatre Plan?

By: Tim Wood

Selectmen, Plan Board Oppose Zoning Change CHATHAM – Saturday's special town meeting promises to be a drama worthy of the Monomoy Theatre stage, as the new owners of the venerable property try to convince voters to change the zoning bylaw to allow its redevelopment. The players lined up this week as Greg Clark of Alexandra Properties, which purchased the 2.7-acre property at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. a ...

Children’s Fund: Get In The Holiday Spirit Now

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The holidays might seem pretty distant, but the Chatham Children’s Fund is urging supporters to get in the giving spirit a bit early this year. Thanks to the pandemic and economic emergency, the nonprofit is expecting increased demand from clients seeking help with food, winter coats and holiday gifts. The group is launching its holiday project appeal early, since COVID-19 rules will complicate the o...

CHATHAM – The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hit Bob Staake like an emotional punch. “I just really lost it,” the Chatham artist said. Along with grieving the loss of the iconic jurist, “I anticipated what it meant, the vacuum it created. I knew it was going to be big,” he said. After taking a walk, he went straight to his studio outside his Main Street home and completed an illustration he knew would...

Restaurants: New COVID Rules Help, A Little

By: Alan Pollock

For restaurants operating under strict public health protocols during the pandemic, any small bit of good news is worth celebrating. While certainly not game-changing, the relaxation of certain rules that took effect Monday represented progress, said Peter Barnard, owner of the Impudent Oyster in Chatham. “It’s been helpful,” he said. “Everything helps.” Announced last week, the changes allow restaurants...