Brewster News

BREWSTER – A bid to change the allocation policy for an estimated $2.8 million in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds will be among a dozen articles scheduled for a Nov. 14 fall town meeting vote. The community preservation committee (CPC) approved the new allocation formula last March. But the absence of a quorum toward the end of the 2021 spring town meeting prevented the change from reaching a public vot...

BREWSTER – The Great Cape Herbs storefront, arboretum and gardens owned and operated by Stephen Brown at 2624-2628 Main St./Route 6A has been shut down by the town for numerous health and safety violations. “The known violations at the property are extensive, and many present immediate life safety concerns for the inhabitants,” the town wrote in a Sept. 9 cease and desist order. The violations were issued join...

BREWSTER – The Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) and the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) have developed an interactive mapping tool designed to identify shared resources and help Cape towns better plan for future financial decisions. “You guys are really leaders in our region for adding housing,” HAC Executive Director Alisa Magnotta told the Brewster Select Board on Sept. 12. HAC and the APCC us...

Never Forget First Responders’ Sacrifices, Chief Urges

By: Bronwen Walsh

BREWSTER – About 150 people attended Brewster Fire and Rescue’s somber ceremony Sunday in remembrance of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks. Firefighter/EMT Tim Johnson lowered the American flag to half-staff at 4 p.m. as Jeff Mills of Bugles Across America played taps. Chief Robert Moran remembered the 2,763 individuals who perished in the collapsed World Trade Center Towers, including 343 me...

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...