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Constance Margaret (O’Neil) Dadoly

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Constance Margaret (O’Neil) Dadoly passed away on Saturday, December 5th at her home in Harwich, MA. Born in Dracut, MA 1/14/1935. Daughter of Francis J. and Giselle D. O’Neil. Over her long and joyous life, Connie lived in Dunstable, Chatham and Harwich, MA, Morristown, NJ, and Amherst, NH.     Connie is survived by her lifelong friend and husband of sixty two years, Nicholas Dadoly, her two sons, Stephen Dad...

CHATHAM — Though the issue is clearly polarizing for some, the time is right for Chatham and Harwich to face facts when it comes to the future of their elementary schools. That’s the message from Monomoy Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter, who said the district will soon complete a survey of current and future elementary school parents to gauge their feelings on the situation. Plummeting enrollment i...

As Erosion Continues To Encroach On Monomoy Refuge Headquarters CHATHAM – Under an unseasonably warm sun last Sunday, the observation deck overlooking the beach at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Morris Island headquarters was crowded with youngsters who squealed as each wave struck the rocks below and sent up a mist of salt spray. Just to the east of the deck, unobserved by the group, the high coastal...

CHATHAM — Facing renewed calls to establish a citizens’ advisory committee to monitor the update of the airport master plan, the airport commission is offering a few options for the way it receives public input on the plan. And it’s seeking public input on those options. Though many parts of the controversial airport master plan update are already in the hands of federal regulators, and it’s not sure what ...

Selectmen Mull Senior Center Options

By: Tim Wood

Elementary School's Fate A Factor CHATHAM – When selectmen meet Dec. 29 to prioritize upcoming capital projects, two major issues will color the discussion: how to proceed with a proposed new senior center and the future of the town's elementary school. When selectmen postponed and then pared back the agenda for the annual town meeting in the spring, they deferred a vote to choose one of two proposed senior...

CHATHAM – When he was hired in 2015 as assistant director of the Chatham Historical Society, Kevin Wright didn't have much experience in the museum field. But his expertise as a designer, working mostly in newspapers, ended up serving him well. “I quickly fit in because of my graphic background,” he said. While he concentrated on designing museum exhibits, he learned a lot on the job, including applying for gr...

Volunteers: The Heart And Soul Of The Family Pantry

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

It takes a village to raise a child, as the saying goes. But what does it take to feed a village? Or to feed those in need in all the villages of Cape Cod, for that matter? It takes another kind of village, as it turns out – one filled with volunteers. Dozens and dozens of volunteers give their time, energy, ideas, talent and good old fashioned hard work every week to help the Family Pantry do its important wo...

A recent uptick of coronavirus cases throughout Massachusetts and specifically on Cape Cod has led local public libraries to cut back on services for the foreseeable future. Brooks Free Library in Harwich, Eldredge Public Library in Chatham and Snow Library in Orleans all recently decided to halt in-person browsing and begin offering only curbside services. “It was in the interest of community safety, both for...

Harwich Health Board To Propose Fertilizer Control Regulation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of health is putting the finishing touches on a fertilizer and nutrient control regulation and will hold a public hearing in January before implementing the measure. The town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan calls for fertilizer and nutrient control regulations a way of reducing the amount of nitrogen entering watersheds and eventually reaching and adversely impacting the marine e...

Seniors Share Pain, Unexpected Joy, Of Pandemic Life

By: Alan Pollock

COA Launches COVID Storytelling Project HARWICH — The last nine months have left all of us – but particularly seniors – feeling socially isolated. Through its new COVID Storytelling Project, the Harwich Council on Aging is encouraging the town’s over-60 residents to share their experience of the pandemic in words or pictures . “We’re really looking for anything: journal entries, poems, short st...

Selectmen Consider Updating Wastewater Planning Priorities

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen are looking for new opportunities to engage the public about the town’s multi-year, multi-million-dollar wastewater plan, even as they ponder re-prioritizing certain parts of the plan. Saying a special meeting last Tuesday was under-publicized and poorly attended, selectmen have scheduled a series of meetings starting on Jan. 12 to get public input on some key decisions. With the next t...

CAPE COD RAIL TRAIL – What do you do if you've been training all year for the Honolulu Marathon and it gets canceled? If you're Meaghan Murphy, you bring the run home to Cape Cod and hit the trail. That's exactly what Murphy, whose family has a home in Orleans, did on Dec. 12. With the Cape shrouded in a blanket of fog, Murphy and her friends and family gathered at a parking area near a Yarmouth entrance to th...

Nature Connection: Flotsam and Jetsam

By: Mary Richmond

Walking the beach after a storm full of wind is always interesting. Add a surging high tide that pushes beyond usual boundaries and you never know what you might find where. There are the usual piles of seaweed, driftwood, shells of all kinds and the broken shells of horseshoe crabs as well as true crabs. There may be a dead fish or two, even dead sea birds half buried in wet sand. There could be feathers and odd...

'The Starfish And The Fisherman' Is A Real Catch

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

With wintry weather upon us and many in-person holiday events canceled, the opportunity to spend a screen-free evening enjoying quality original family-friendly entertainment is something we're all fishing for. Look no farther than Cape Noir Radio Theater's “The Starfish And The Fisherman,” an original and entirely charming fable which weaves magic, wonder and Greek myth into a story of adventure and danger in wh...

NORTH EASTHAM - For nearly two decades, Nauset Regional High School teacher Lisa Brown has made annual visits to Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, with members of the school’s Human Rights Academy. Once there, the group boards a ferry and travels roughly 10 miles to the island of La Gonave, where they are greeted by locals with access to transportation. Depending on the size of Nauset’s traveling party, th...