Brewster News

Human Remains Found On Brewster Beach

By: Bronwen Walsh

BREWSTER – Authorities have confirmed finding human remains washed ashore near First Light Beach. “On Saturday, Sept. 24, Brewster Police responded to the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster regarding the discovery of partial human remains that had washed up on shore,” Tara Miltimore, assistant Barnstable County District Attorney, said Wednesday. “Preliminary indications suggest the body had been in the water for a...

BREWSTER – Having reviewed more than 150 written public comments – 60 percent of them opposed – the select board on Monday endorsed downsizing the scope of the proposed Wing Island Boardwalk project to one with as minimal an environmental footprint as possible. “Residents said they wanted better access to Wing Island,” said Select Board member Mary Chaffee. “Right now, it’s not easily accessible to the public....

COVID Concerns, Staff Shortages Cancel Taste Of Brewster

By: Bronwen Walsh

BREWSTER – The Brewster Historical Society has canceled its Taste of Brewster food festival scheduled for Oct. 6 due to continued COVID concerns and restaurant staff shortages. An email from the group said advance sale ticket money would be refunded. Those wanting to donate to the society’s annual appeal to bring home the “White Lady” figurehead from Henry Sears’ ship, Imperial, are invited to do so at www.bre...

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...