Brewster News

BREWSTER – Daniel Zoto, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History’s archaeologist, brought hikers to a halt on the Wing Island walking trail last Wednesday to pass around arrowhead points and chipping debris. Although the island is named after colonial settler John Wing, Zoto said it is rich in Wampanoag history and vital to the local ecosystem. Arrowheads charcoal-dated from between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago...

BREWSTER – A community storm brews over adding sections of elevated boardwalk to connect Drummer Boy Park with Wing Island and the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Some say adding sections of elevated boardwalk would spare nature from being further trampled and create an outdoor atrium through the diverse marsh, meadow and woodland habitats. Others foresee storm surge and ice flows inevitably damaging a mul...

Towns Plan 9/11 Commemorations

By: Staff Reports

Local officials are inviting the public to attend Sunday’s events commemorating the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Brewster Fire Department will host their commemoration at the fire station, 1671 Main St., on Sunday at 4 p.m. The memorial service will include music from bugler Jeff Mills and the Highland Light Bagpipe Band. The Chatham Fire-Rescue Department will hold a ceremony at the...

BREWSTER – Cape homeowners need to pick up the pace and speed up wastewater treatment by implementing innovative alternative septic systems in areas not conducive to sewering. That’s what Zenas Crocker, executive director of the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (BCWC, formerly Three Bays Preservation) told Brewster Ponds Coalition (BPC) annual meeting attendees on Aug. 20. In particular, Popponessett, Waquo...

History Beneath Our Feet

By: Desmond Curran

She held out the small silver disk on the edge of her index finger and, instantly recognizing the arced outlines of the coin, I beamed. A Seated Liberty dime! Our first relic on the grounds of the historic Crosby Mansion situated off of Route 6A in Brewster. She is Christina and I am Desmond, and we are artifact hounds. We look for extremely old structures that might give up pieces of their past in the form of...

BREWSTER – Members of the Brewster Ladies’ Library (BLL) Association recently staffed a backyard tent, intercepting summer book sale shoppers as they exited the basement and asking for their support for upgrades to the building. On Monday, the select board decided to forego a $4.6 million state grant earmarked in 2017 for renovating the library. Back then, the construction estimate for the library renovation ...

BREWSTER – Reading the town’s long-term plan before bedtime? Checking the select board agenda? Still receiving hard-copy bills or snail mail from the town? You’ll notice atop of town stationery and other municipal documents an intricate illustration of a decorative chair. It’s been there since 1976. The select board thinks it’s time to reconsider that prominent symbol. The board voted unanimously Monday to ...

Some Urge Scaling Back Proposed Wing Island Boardwalk

By: Bronwen Walsh

Town Seeks Additional Public Comment On Plans BREWSTER – Supporters of an elevated walkway connecting Drummer Boy Park with Wing Island say the plan would improve accessibility to six municipal conservation properties. But other residents said they’re concerned about the visual impact of an elevated boardwalk, along with the environmental impact on the surrounding 125 acres of salt marsh. A private donor ga...

BREWSTER – Lifelong journalist Greg O’Brien, 72, has dedicated his “golden years” to writing about living with Alzheimer’s. Husband, father of three, and the former editor and publisher of The Cape Codder, O’Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s 12 years ago, at age 59. He calls the disease a quiet killer that attacks the mind from the inside-out until darkness rules. He witnessed the toll it took o...

BREWSTER — The Brewster Chamber of Commerce partnered with town officials Thursday, Aug. 4, to offer tours at the grand opening of Serenity Apartments, a 130-unit, independent living community for residents 55 and up. Located at 873 Harwich Rd., the facility formerly housed Epoch, Wingate and Brewster Manor assisted living. The fully renovated building is adjacent to the Cape Cod Rail Trail. “You really c...

BREWSTER — Captain Edmund Sears was unloading his ship in Boston when he joined an act of protest that would ultimately define a nation. Sears (1712-1796) on Monday became the 100th Massachusetts Bay colonist credited with participating in the Boston Tea Party on Dec. 16, 1773 – an event Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson called “the boldest stroke yet struck” against the British in the New World. On Monday, ...

Against The Tide Fundraiser Aug. 13

By: Contributed

BREWSTER — Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will hold its annual Against the Tide athletic fundraising event on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Nickerson State Park. The family-friendly event takes place rain or shine. Additionally, MBCC will host the Against the Tide August Virtual Event through Aug. 13. This event will feature a one-mile recreational and competitive swim, a half-mile recreational swim, certifi...