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You Guest It: As I Lay Dying

By: Juliet Bernstein

Editor's note: Over the years, we've published many, many letters from Juliet Bernstein. Always outspoken and opinionated, in many ways she has been the conscience of the community, or at least a certain segment of the community. At 108, she is the town's oldest resident. Last week, she dictated the following to her son Bruce, showing she still has wisdom to impart. In sending this to us, her son said that it ...

Our View: A Process Failure

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

When a chairperson of a committee steps down in the middle of a term, the committee typically thanks them for their service and elects a new chair. That didn't happen when Nancy Scott announced she was stepping down as chair of the Monomoy Regional School Committee on Sept. 23. Instead, she simply stated, with no justification other than the move was agreed upon by herself and the superintendent, that at the next...

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Resist Airport Changes Editor: I hope that Chatham residents as well as select board and charter review committee members take the time to view the airport commission meeting of Nov. 10. Viewers would gain insight into how the commission treats any citizen who questions their authority or disagrees with them. The commission’s refusal to consider public concerns is why the proposed charter amendment to ha...

CHATHAM – When Vera Mazulis retired from her job in Hartford, Conn. in 1975, she and her husband Joseph bought the historic Bow Roof House at 59 Queen Anne Rd. as a “retirement gig.” Forty-six years later — longer than the length of many people’s entire careers — Vera, whose 97 th birthday is Nov. 21, is still running the guest house along with her son David and his family. Joseph died in 1982. The guest h...

ORLEANS - Michael Mansfield might not be a household name, but for State Rep. Tim Whelan the nation's longest serving senate majority leader embodied what it was to be a veteran. From his time as a congressman and senator representing the state of Montana to his long tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Japan and his integral role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Mansfield's credentials were many. But m...

ORLEANS -- The select board wants to find a way to lower betterment costs for users in the Meetinghouse Pond sewer area, but it remains to be seen if they can work out a plan in time for the annual town meeting this spring. Figures presented to the select board Nov. 10 show that Meetinghouse Pond users are currently slated to pay more than twice that of downtown users in betterments. Sewer use rules and reg...

Planning Board Favors Industrial Areas For Dorms

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS -- The planning board wants industrially zoned areas in town to be considered as possible locations for dormitory-style workforce housing. The board believes that dormitory housing could be a way of creating more places to live for seasonal workers that local businesses depend on during the summer months. Businesses in Orleans and across the Cape and Islands were plagued this past summer by a lack of s...

Lack Of Low Beach Access Rankles Nauset Drivers

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS - In Bob Long's memory, he's been driving on Nauset Beach since he could see over the dashboard. "I grew up out there," said Long, a Dennisport resident and Chatham native whose family has had a camp on the Chatham section of the beach for more than 70 years. Every year, Long and others look forward to the first Friday of November, the day that the low beach area traditionally opens up for users wit...

Now In 26th Year, Adopt-a-Family Continues To Grow

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS - Thanksgiving is still a week away, but inside the former Olympia Sports in Skaket Corners, it's already starting to feel a lot like Christmas. On an unseasonably warm late fall afternoon last week, a handful of volunteers busied themselves setting up decorations and organizing paperwork in anticipation of this year's Adopt-a-Family program. The annual holiday workshop, which is organized by the Homel...

Shirley Snyder Garver

By: Contributed

Shirley Snyder Garver of West Chatham died on October 16, 2021, four weeks after her 96th birthday. Born September 18, 1925 to Lillie Bloyer Snyder and Joseph Christian Snyder in their home in Hagerstown, Maryland, Shirley was the eighth of nine children and outlived them all. Shirley will be forever known as “Peggy” to the Snyder family; Joe had wanted to name her Margaret, so he simply called her Peggy and it s...

Peter Selig

By: Contributed

CHATHAM – Peter Selig, 84, of Chatham, died peacefully in his sleep at home on November 2, 2021. Peter was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 16, 1936, to the late Freda and Mishael Selig. Peter attended Boston University where he met his beloved wife Miriam and earned his undergraduate degree in Statistics. He later completed his M.B.A. in Statistics and an M.A. in Quantitative Economics at Northeastern Uni...

David Arthur McKay

By: Contributed

David Arthur McKay Age 70, of Beverly, MA and Wellfleet, MA died suddenly on October 31, 2021. Beloved husband of Marjory Robertson and cherished father of Megan Fischbeck and her husband Kevin, and of Andrew and Katherine McKay.  Loving grandfather of Keira, Lily, Elenna and Liam Fischbeck.  Also survived by his sister Deborah McKay and brother James McKay and his wife Joan Offner.  David was predeceased by his ...

Mary Jo Keenan

By: Contributed

Mary Jo Keenan (Nolan) of Harwich, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 27, at Cape Cod Hospital following a long and courageous battle against ovarian cancer and kidney disease. Mary Jo was born in Boston in 1953 to William and Marguerite Nolan.  She attended Lesley University, graduating in 1975.  She was from a family of teachers; her late mother...

David J. Carnes, age 77 of Chatham

By: Contributed

David Carnes, son of the late George and Jean Carnes passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by his family.   David was born at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton Massachusetts.  At age 6, he and his family moved to Matawan, New Jersey and enjoyed spending summers on the Cape. David attended Monmouth College (now Monmouth University) and continued to spend his summers on the Cape, working at the Chatham ...

Residents: Don’t Give Up On Senior Center

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though some want a stand-alone facility and others prefer adding on to the community center, nearly everyone who attended Tuesday’s forum on a new senior center want some kind of project to go forward. Resident Frank Messina said there’s no question that the current senior center on Stony Hill Road is inadequate and needed replacement 10 or 20 years ago. “The seniors in Chatham have been waiting thei...

CES Enrollment Up, But Future Remains Murky

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Despite several dozen youngsters returning to in-person classes after being homeschooled last year, the Monomoy Regional School District still saw an overall decline in the number of students. There was good news for Chatham Elementary School, however. The number of local kindergarten students jumped from nine last year to 29 in the current school year, based on October enrollment figures. That bumpe...