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Winifred Riggs Portenoy

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Winifred Riggs Portenoy passed away peacefully at her home in Chatham on May 17th, the 75th anniversary of her marriage to the late Norman Portenoy.  She led a long and fulfilling life as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, noted philanthropist and foundation chairman, and influential member of many arts and civic boards on Cape Cod and in Washington, D.C., her home for five decades.      Winnie, as s...

Elizabeth Ann Lord

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Elizabeth Ann Lord passed away peacefully in her sleep January 18, 2020 in Calca, Cusco Peru. Born in Lowell in 1949, Beth was the daughter of the late Robert Lord and Marion (Reed) Lord.  She is survived by her sister Nancy, brother Rob and his wife and children, brother Douglas, and many relatives and friends around the world.  She attended Chelmsford High School and Skidmore College where she studied Elementar...

This is the third in a series of stories on the ongoing housing crisis. Housing insecurity was, for many, exacerbated during the pandemic. On the Lower and Outer Cape, however, the pandemic highlighted a situation that had been growing worse for years. Think of it as a squeeze. As real estate values rise, working people who don't already own their own home can no longer afford to buy. And the rental mar...

CHATHAM – Town Manager Jill Goldsmith was named one of five finalists for the position of city manager in Clearwater, Fla. Monday. While she said she was flattered to be considered to manage the city of about 120,000 on Florida's Gulf coast, especially given its size in comparison to Chatham, she said she had no intention of moving forward with the process. “I've given a commitment to Chatham and I'm hoping...

CHATHAM — Having collected more than a decade’s worth of data from a host of receiver buoys, researchers can now show in fine detail where tagged sharks spend their time each summer. The new White Shark Logbook from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy allows users to select a certain buoy location and browse all of the logged shark visits. The Logbook (shiny.atlanticwhiteshark.org/Logbook/) draws on data ...

Chatham Reinstates Independence Day Parade

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though it might not be as grand as usual, the town will have a real, in-person parade to mark Independence Day this summer. On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the select board followed the advice of the parade committee and gave the event its go-ahead. The board also voted to allow a fireworks display on Veterans Field on Thursday, July 1. The parade will happen on July 3, since July 4 falls on ...

CHATHAM — It might seem like climate change is an unstoppable juggernaut that can only be slowed by international treaties and sweeping reforms . But actions we take in our own houses, businesses, town halls and back yards can make a worthwhile change as well. That was the message from a panel of local experts in a forum on climate resilience Saturday. Janet Williams of the Chatham Climate Action Network ...

CHATHAM — As they do most years, in March, town officials asked residents to conserve water ahead of the busy summer season. Last week, their polite request became a mandate. Effective immediately, the select board has implemented a set of mandatory water restrictions that require outdoor watering to take place on odd or even calendar days, based on a property’s street number, with watering limited to an inc...

Starting Saturday, the state is no longer requiring fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors. Gone will be restaurant capacity limits, caps on the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings, and most other regulations related to the pandemic. “It’s nearly time to exhale,” said State Sen. Julian Cyr, D–Truro, speaking last week on behalf of the Cape Cod COVID-19 Task Force. “Just in time for the Memorial D...

HARWICH — Richard Houston enjoys marathons. This year will mark his 26 th in a row Boston Marathon, his 33 rd overall. And he’s about to cross the finish line on his longest run as the Monomoy Regional High School history teacher retires at the end of the school year after 43 years in education. Over those years his accomplishments have been well recognized. Houston was named the Gilder Lehman Massach...

James G. Marceline Arboretum Has Grand Opening

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The warm temperatures and sunshine made a perfect day for the grand opening of the James G. Marceline Arboretum in Island Pond Cemetery last Friday. The 25-acre site is the first on Cape Cod to be accredited by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The arboretum honors the late James G. Marceline, a highly respected citizen of the community, veteran known for being kind, generous and always the...

New Habitat Homes Honor Housing Advocate Bob Murray

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The walls that will support roofs over the heads of six families are scheduled to rise in the next month at Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod's Murray Lane development in West Harwich. On Monday Habitat introduced the six families who, with sweat equity, will be living in the homes. The gratitude for Habitat's efforts was palpable during the project kick-off meeting. “It’s a dream for us, is this r...

HARWICH — The owners of the Chloe’s Path subdivision off Sisson Road are proposing to build 96 housing units on 8.14 acres to the rear of the town’s public safety facilities. Landowners Peter Donovan and Gary Terry and their consultants want to engage in a preliminary discussion with the selectmen about the scope of the project, the regulatory process and community outreach, said Attorney Andrew Singer. The...

HARWICH CENTER — Town officials continued this week to make adjustments to the Winter Shared Streets and Shape program designed to provide pedestrian and vehicle safety measures and accommodate outside dining space. There has been a lot of back and forth over the proposed temporary improvements funded through a Massachusetts Department of Transportation grant designed to ease pressures created by the COVID-19 ...

HARWICH — The conservation commission approved the addition of bay scallops to the Kelpeher Farms kelp-growing operation in Nantucket Sound. “We’re petitioning to use the kelp line for propagation of bay scallops,” Mark Kelleher told the commission last Wednesday. Kelleher and his business partner Paul Wittenstein have been growing kelp on a 250-foot line eight-tenths of a mile off Pleasant Street Beach in ...

HARWICH – Even though she’s only in eighth grade, Alana Lojko knew there was a good chance she would have the opportunity to pitch for Monomoy Regional High School’s varsity softball team this spring. She just had no idea she would pitch in every game. “I thought I would get breaks some games,” said Lojko. “I didn’t necessarily expect to pitch every single inning.” The right-handed pitcher from Dennis Po...