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Andrew Buckley: A Quiet Season

By: Andrew Buckley

The wind was coming from the direction of the ball field, or at least where you could normally make out the lights a mile and a half away at night. Up on this roof that I have been climbing up on since I was six, the treetops of the zelkova and the mountain ashes and the Bartlett pear trees I had planted as mere twigs swayed and swooshed their new green leaves in the breeze. Sunset over the Oyster Pond was com...

Business: For New Eateries, Pandemic Debut Is No Picnic

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Opening a restaurant is no easy feat. Even for new local business owners who are taking over the reins of a successful location with a hearty customer base and making it uniquely their own, nothing about the process is simple or effortless.  Now try it in the middle of a global pandemic.  Lynne Hammatt bought the former Sandi’s Diner in March, as the seriousness of COVID-19 was becoming evident. After paint...

ORLEANS — The four towns of the Nauset Regional School District may not have to vote on the high school building project until next spring. Last week, the regional school committee asked the Massachusetts School Building Authority to move its deadline for approval of the project, already extended to Nov. 1, to May 31, 2021. For the $132 million effort to advance, town meetings in Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, ...

ORLEANS — After hearing the three hopefuls running for two seats on the board of selectmen discuss the hard choices facing the town, Orleans Citizens Forum moderator David Lyttle said the electorate will have “a really tough choice” among them June 23. “I commend all of you,” he said during the virtual public forum Tuesday night. “I think you are all excellent candidates.” Incumbents David Currier and Mef...

Nature Abhors A Vacuum, But Not A Town Meeting

By: Ed Maroney

It’s looking like picnic weather for the outdoor town meeting set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Nauset Regional Middle School, at least as of Tuesday morning. On Monday afternoon, the board of water and sewer commissioners held a virtual public forum on the wastewater-related articles on the June 20 warrant. During the session, Selectman Kevin Galligan said he expects to move Article 42 — to approve $12,218,000 in a...

Sun, Surf And Social Distancing

By: Alan Pollock

Chatham Beaches To Open As Planned, But Schoolhouse Pond May Be A Problem CHATHAM — Though it’s anybody’s guess how may people will flock to the sand and surf this summer, or how many of them will fit on the beaches given new social distancing requirements, beach permit sales will continue as normal this summer. Well, almost normal. With the permit office closed to the public, resident beach stickers are ...

Chatham Plans 'Virtual' July 4 Parade

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The annual Independence Day parade is the biggest event of the summer. For more than 100 years, thousands of people — local residents, summer folks and visitors from throughout the region — have gathered to mark the nation's birthday with a processions sometimes stretching from one end of downtown to the other. Recent parades have included more than 100 floats, bands and other entries and hundreds of ma...

Raymond Russ

By: Contributed

Raymond Russ, 89, of South Chatham and formerly of Simsbury, Conn., left this life on May 20, to join his late son, Stephen of Plymouth, Mass.  He leaves behind to mourn him his loving wife of 67 years, Evelyn, and son, Eric (Rhonda) and daughter, Betsy Kerr (Daniel), both of East Hartford, Conn., and daughter-in-law, Ingrid Russ of Plymouth, two granddaughters, and three  great grandsons whom he adored and will ...

Thomas Joseph Raftery, VII

By: Contributed

While the passing of Thomas Joseph Raftery, VII, 77, on June 3 rd , 2020, in Chatham was unexpected, the countless lives he touched were not. If you were fortunate enough to know “Tom”, you at least once were the recipient of his generosity or expertise, or the beneficiary of his encouragement to forge deeper professional and personal connections between people across the planet. You probably were also gifted a g...

Bertrand Czuchra

By: Contributed

                CHATHAM - Mr. Bertrand “Bert” Alexander Czuchra died peacefully at home on June 1, 2020 at the age of 88.             Bert was born June 20, 1931 in New Haven, Connecticut, and spent his early years in the circle of his large extended family in the area. After high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He earned an AS degree from Quinnipiac College in 1956...

Jason C. Stone, Sr

By: Contributed

Jason C. Stone, Sr of Chatham passed away on his birthday May 30, 2020.  He had been living at North Hill in Needham for several months.  Hip replacement surgery proved to be a final challenge too great. Jay was born 91 years ago in Pittsburg, Pa.                Upon graduation from Penn State University, Jay married Martha almost 70 years ago.  He served his country in the US Navy as an officer aboard a mi...

Richard Augustus Phelps

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Richard Augustus Phelps, 81, of Scarsdale, N.Y. and Tucson, Ariz. died on May 24th, after a long struggle with cancer.               Born January 29, 1939, to Augustus Ward and Marian Vreeland Phelps, he was raised in Scarsdale where he lived with his wife and four children until his retirement. His father founded and owned Phelps, Fenn and Co. from 1924-1966, the first all municipal bond firm in New York, ...

CHATHAM – Local waterways officials expect a busy season this summer as boaters escape to open waters and isolated beaches. “I expect a full marina throughout the summer, and our transient dockage is significant,” Harwich Harbormaster John Rendon said of the town's public boating facilities. “So we're going to be busy this summer.” But boaters will have to deal with two major issues: significant shoaling in...

Day by day, more retailers are opening their doors to customers as they adjust their operations to meet new COVID-19 safety requirements. As of Monday, retailers who comply with those rules were allowed to welcome customers indoors as part of the second phase of the state’s economic reopening plan. And they’re banking on pent-up demand from customers who’ve missed the experience of in-person shopping. “People ...

CHATHAM – If she was back home in New York City rather than sheltering at her parents’ house due to the pandemic, Abby Dykens would “1,000 percent” have been marching with protesters in Manhattan and her Greenpoint neighborhood. “I would be there every day, if I could,” she said last Wednesday following a vigil that she organized on Lighthouse Beach in support of the Black Lives Matters protesters around the n...

'Good Rhythm And A Very Good Ear'

By: Tim Wood

Former Chatham Band Director Kenneth Eldredge Dies At 97 CHATHAM – Kenneth Eldredge joined the Chatham Band in the 1930s, but by that time he'd already been playing music for a while in the elementary school band. He started on trumpet but later took up drums and xylophone, which he played in the band for nearly 50 years before stepping into the big shoes of Whit Tileston as musical director. “I must say I ...