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CHATHAM – Protect Our Past, a Chatham-based group focused on saving historic properties on Cape Cod, delved into some of the background and origins of historic preservation recently, welcoming internationally recognized architect Gunny Harboe as guest speaker at the group's fourth program in its online lecture series. What we have called historic preservation is perhaps best thought of as cultural heritage, fo...

Letters To The Editor: March 25, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Different Meaning Of Success Editor: In response to Ms. Avellar’s letter opposing a surtax on the “successful” who buy multi-million dollar homes (“Don't Punish Homebuyers With Surtax,” March 18), I’d argue that funds generated by a surtax would preserve the best of Chatham. My family has roots in Chatham dating back to the 1920s, and while my husband and I plan to retire here, we’re currently practicing fo...

Our View: Toxic Skydiving

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's been nearly a decade since Skydive Cape Cod began offering tandem parachute jumps from Chatham Airport. It took a while – plus a serious landing accident and one of its planes plunging into a pond – and hundreds of jumps before controversy began to stir around the activity. Skydiving had its supporters, but the opponents were vocal, and their concerns about safety and noise – both from the increased number o...

ORLEANS — One of the few things that proponents and opponents of the Nauset Regional High School building project agree on is that district-wide in-person voting will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 30. From discussions about addressing the needs of the 1970s school in Eastham begun nearly a decade ago to the current $132 million proposal before voters, there have been many efforts to inform and involve ci...

ORLEANS — The heavy cruiser FY 22 General Operating Budget is being readied for final review by town meeting in May. This year, it will be accompanied by five smaller vessels, a flotilla of enterprise funds with their own budgets running mostly on user fees. That change, intended to reveal more transparently the actual cost of services such as the transfer station and the beaches, is part of a draft warrant of...

ORLEANS — The consensus of the zoning board of appeals is that Pennrose, LLC, deserves a comprehensive permit to proceed with its plan to convert the former Cape Cod 5 operations center into 62 units of affordable rental housing. A formal vote is expected April 7. Before coming to that view at the board’s March 17 meeting, members heard from some of the West Road site’s near neighbors, including residents of...

Mary Louise O’Brien

By: Contributed

Mary Louise (Madden) O’Brien died at home March 8. She was 96. She never regretted her decision to move to quiet, little Orleans on Cape Cod from big, noisy Dorchester in 1956. Mary and her family started in a two-bedroom, one-bath Cape Cod house on a dirt road with only three other houses, all “summer people,” at the time.             She spent many years making home-cooked meals for four kids seven days a...

Kurt E. Hellfach

By: Contributed

Kurt Ernst Hellfach of Falmouth, Chatham and Sarasota, proud immigrant, and activist in the environmental movement on Cape Cod died suddenly at Falmouth Hospital on March 9, 2021.                 Kurt was born on April 14, 1927 in Erfurt, East Germany where he grew up through WWII, graduated from the Gymnasium and escaped to West Germany as a refugee in 1946.  He worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers and l...

CHATHAM – Erosion continues to eat away at the east and southeast facing bluff at Morris Island. Last week, the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge removed a boardwalk, stairs and observation deck previously used to access the beach from its headquarters. The walkway and stairs were only about a half dozen feet away from the edge of the bluff, creating a safety concern, officials said. Last November, the flight o...

Select Board: Time Is Now For New Senior Center

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Some have argued that a pandemic is the wrong time for the town to take on a big-ticket capital project like building a new senior center. On Tuesday, the town's project team and the select board argued that, in fact, the timing couldn’t be better. The board voted unanimously to bring a request for $8,395,555 to build a new council on aging on a parcel of donated land at 1610 Main St., West C...

CHATHAM — Th e plan was for the county dredge to move the sand from the Stage Harbor entrance channel to a feeder beach west of Cockle Cove, where it would slowly drift east, nourishing beaches along the way. But thanks to a looming deadline related to piping plovers, that plan is being modified a bit. Updating the select board last week, Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson said the d...

93 Polar Plunges Net $27K For Teen Recovery

By: Brad Joyal

Bob Wirtshafter was leaving his yoga class at Power Yoga of Cape Cod in Harwich when he noticed his instructor, Stephanie Briody, was wearing a bathing suit as she left the studio and headed out into the December cold. “I saw that she had her bathing suit on after yoga and I said, ‘Where are you going?’” recalls Wirtshafter, a Chatham resident. “She said, ‘Oh, I’m going to do an ocean dip’ and I said, ‘Oh, I’l...

CHATHAM — In a couple of weeks, people will be queuing up to take a brisk swim in Nantucket Sound for a good cause. They’re Chatham’s April Fools, and they’re back this year with a pandemic-safe plunge to benefit a local woman facing medical challenges. Each year, the April Fools raise money for a different local individual or family in need, usually to ease the financial burden of an illness or injury. And,...

CHATHAM – Twelve years ago this week, the historic Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse was lifted off the pilings on which it had sat for more than 70 years, gently placed on a barge and floated to a Quincy shipyard. And there it remained for years, until 2019, when it was moved to Hull in an ill-fated attempt to use it as a Coast Guard museum. After a near-brush with demolition, it was once again moved to Quin...

This week’s troubling pandemic news is that the P.1 variant, which spreads more easily and quickly than other strains of COVID-19, has been detected on Cape Cod. The good news is that the same preventative measures in place since the start of the pandemic – the use of face masks, social distancing and other precautions – are the best defense against the new variant, public health officials say. Sometimes...

DHY Partnership Not Likely To Make It To Town Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There seemed to be little doubt the regional Dennis-Yarmouth-Harwich wastewater partnership will be financially beneficial to Harwich, but selectmen on Monday night were hesitant to include the DHY article on the annual town meeting warrant. Residents have lost confidence because of the cost overruns on the East Harwich sewers, and more community input is needed, board members said. “We’re not rea...