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Health: Understanding COVID-19 Testing

By: Alan Pollock

If you’ve thought about getting tested for the novel coronavirus, you’ve got some challenges to consider, and some homework to do. There are three general types of tests — molecular, antibody and antigen — and each has advantages and drawbacks. But experts say that for now, there continue to be limits on the availability of tests and the speed with which they provide results. The gold standard for testing r...

ORLEANS — More than 13,000 herring disregarded pandemic travel advisories and swam and wriggled their way to Pilgrim Lake to spawn this year. “This is the largest run we’ve observed since I’ve been observing, 13 years,” Judy Scanlon told fellow members of the marine and fresh water quality task force July 27. She said herring warden Scott Johnson, who’s been keeping track of them even longer, agreed. “Thi...

ORLEANS — Greetings, Chronicle readers of the year 2070! You have just opened a time capsule that includes this newspaper, which was published on Aug. 6, 2020. Fifty years ago, elementary-age children in the town’s summer recreation program looked to the future and wrote cards and letters about their lives in the midst of a global pandemic, including pictures of themselves and their activities. Perhaps, afte...

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to track up the Hudson Valley Tuesday evening and overnight, bringing some rain and occasionally gusty winds to Cape Cod.  Most of the storm's effects were expected to be felt well to our west; read the  latest updates here . A tornado watch was issued for Southern New England, including the Cape, through 9 p.m.  Tornadoes and waterspouts are common when tropical storms make l...

Monomoy Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter released a nearly 50-page draft plan for reopening Monomoy Schools Thursday, stating that the primary focus is the health and safety of students and staff. While many districts, at the request of the state, are preparing plans for three possibilities – a full return, a partial or hybrid return, and the continuation of remote learning – Carpenter said the Monomoy plan ...

Harwich To Host COVID Testing Clinic Tuesday

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

HARWICH – A COVID-19 testing clinic will be held at the community center next Tuesday, Aug. 4, for local restaurant workers after a recent increase in positive cases of the virus. The clinic will be open only to food service workers from Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Dennis, Brewster, Eastham and Wellfleet. Those wishing to attend must pre-register by noon Friday by calling their local health department. The c...

Robert John Rose

By: Contributed

NEW BEDFORD-Robert John Rose, 87, of New Bedford passed away on July 17, 2020 after a brief period of declining health.             Born in New Bedford in 1933, raised in Harwich, he was the eldest son of the late John F. and Mabel (Costa) Rose of Harwich. Mr. Rose spent his entire adult life in New Bedford. Robert was a veteran of the Korean War, joining the United States Air Force in 1951 and serving for thre...

Dicran B. Barian

By: Contributed

Dicran B. Barian Retired Navy Captain, age 99               Dicran B. Barian, retired Navy JAG Corps Captain, died of heart failure at home in Chatham on June 4, 2020. He was 99 1/2 years old to the day, and had enjoyed a truly wonderful life.              Born in Constantinople on December 4th, 1920, Dic and his family escaped Turkey and immigrated to the United States, arriving through Ell...

HARWICH — Selectmen spent four hours Monday night interviewing the four finalists for the town administrator position and, based on what they heard, came to the conclusion the town’s search committee did a good job filtering the 46 applications. Selectmen agreed to register their assessment on an evaluation from Board of Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine will put together this week and weigh the candidates o...

Selectmen Again Reject Fall Special Town Meeting

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — As they did last week, selectmen on Tuesday again rejected a request to have a special town meeting sometime this fall. At issue is a proposed zoning change designed to facilitate the redevelopment and preservation of the Monomoy Theatre property. Developer Greg Clark last week asked the board to consider calling a special town meeting to address the zoning request, which was among many articles re...

Officials Await Results Of COVID Tests

By: Tim Wood

Cluster From Chatham Party Rises To 13 CHATHAM – The cluster of positive COVID-19 cases stemming from a July 12 party in town stood at 13 Tuesday, but the number could climb depending on results from a pop-up testing clinic Monday. Thirty-four people were tested at the clinic held at the town hall annex on George Ryder Road. Director of Health and Environment Robert Duncanson said results were expected in 2...

Looking at the real estate sales figures for June, you'd never know we're in the midst of a pandemic. “In 30 years in the business, I think this is the busiest I've ever been,” said Sandra Tanco, a broker with Kinlin Grover Real Estate in Harwich Port. A combination of pent up demand, low inventory and interest in second homes — driven largely by the pandemic — broke real estate records on the Cape in June,...

Fatal Attack In Maine Is Stark Reminder CHATHAM – The death Monday of a woman in Maine from an apparent shark attack is a stark reminder that even though sightings are down this year, the apex predator is still present in area waters. Between June 1 and July 19, there were 54 percent fewer sightings in Cape waters compared to last year, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. But that doesn't mea...

CHATHAM — If you’re wondering about the validity of sea level rise, visit Jackknife Harbor Beach. An unofficial sign erected there warns visitors that the sandy parking area floods at extreme tides, but somebody has scratched off the “extreme” and written “every.” With erosion threatening the beach’s access road, the Pleasant Bay Alliance and the town are working on solutions that preserve public access whil...

Health Board Monitors Schoolhouse Pond

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Members of the board of health this week said they’re hopeful that better enforcement, parking restrictions and signs will prevent overcrowding at Schoolhouse Pond so they can avoid ordering it closed over COVID-19 concerns. The board voted to limit parking at the beach by 50 percent and to revisit the topic at its next meeting. Though the health department has received numerous complaints that ...