Brewster News

BREWSTER – Barnstable County Superior Court on Friday denied a request from First Barnstable District candidate Tracy Post to reprint 2,500 ballots that incorrectly identified one of her opponents as an incumbent. “Mistakes happen – it is what it is,” Post said by phone Friday. “I’m upset about how they handled the mistake. They had no intention of working with us,” she said of the office of Secretary of State W...

Crosby Haunted Mansion Unites Generations Of Ghouls

By: Bronwen Walsh

BREWSTER – Richard Archer has been putting in some late nights converting the Crosby Mansion into a haunted house for Halloween. Blackout curtains in place, he fires up the cauldron in the Witches’ Room before resuming work on assembling giant spiders. “We’ll be utilizing the entire three-story mansion” for six- to 12-person tours this weekend and next, said Archer, who was hired last spring as Crosby Mansion...

BREWSTER – After thousands of residents weighed in on updating the town’s local comprehensive plan (LCP), the select board and planning board last Wednesday unanimously approved the final draft and sent it on to town meeting voters. The special fall town meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. at Stony Brook Elementary School. If voters approve it, the LCP would help guide land use decisi...

Cobb House Opens New Home For Old Tools

By: Alan Pollock

BREWSTER — Step into the newly opened historic woodworking shop at the Cobb House Museum and you’ll get the impression you just missed the craftsman. There’s a coffee pot on the woodstove, a variety of time-worn woodworking tools, and even wood shavings on the floor. “The only thing we need is a checkerboard,” volunteer Paul Daley said. Displayed in an outbuilding on the Brewster Historical Society’s Cobb Hous...

BREWSTER – Members of the Friends of Wing Island testified at Wednesday’s select board meeting and will gather at The Woodshed Sunday to highlight their mission of keeping raised boardwalks out of Cape Cod Bay. However, preliminary conversations between town staff and state and federal regulators indicate the boardwalk must be elevated, precisely to help protect the Cape’s north shore from climate change. “...

BREWSTER – Stephen Brown, owner of the Great Cape Herbs property and the Great Cape Tiny Village, says he plans to appeal rulings by the building commissioner that have kept the property closed for the past several weeks. In an email sent to town officials Monday, Brown said he will contest the zoning violations enumerated in a Sept. 9 cease and desist order issued jointly by the building commission, fire depa...

Harvest Bazaar Offers Fall Fun

By: Alan Pollock

BREWSTER — Windmill Village at Drummer Boy Park was home to the Brewster Historical Society’s Harvest Bazaar Sunday, with a farmers’ market and tables hosted by bakers, crafters and purveyors of locally made goods. There were tours of the historic Harris-Black House, demonstrations and activities for kids. Working in the period blacksmith shop, smith Norah Bourbon worked the charcoal-fired forge and showed vis...

Volunteer Chefs Serve Up ‘Lasagna Love’

By: Alan Pollock

BREWSTER — There’s a reason it’s called “comfort food.” A rich meal, preferably prepared by somebody who cares about you, can take the edge off almost any crisis. That’s the very simple idea behind Lasagna Love, whose volunteer chefs prepare trays of lasagna for people in need in their own community. Working on a tray of lasagna in her Brewster kitchen, with help from fellow volunteer Chris O’Neill of Easth...

Towns Collaborate On Shoreline Management Study

By: Bronwen Walsh

BREWSTER – Natural Resources Director Chris Miller will serve as project lead for a $288,000 state coastal resiliency grant for three Cape towns – Brewster, Orleans and Dennis – and their 14.5 miles of shared Cape Cod Bay shoreline. The Intermunicipal Shoreline Management for Southeastern Cape Cod Bay award is part of a multi-phase Coastal Zone Management (CZM) coastal resilience project that takes a regional ...

Boardwalk Opponents Plan Public Outreach

By: Bronwen Walsh

BREWSTER – Residents opposed to connecting Drummer Boy Park and Wing Island via raised boardwalks say they plan to raise awareness of the project among young people, Wampanoags and environmental groups “not tied up with public funding.” “This is so much bigger than Brewster now,” Liz Perry of Friends of Wing Island said by phone Friday. “We’re losing salt marsh on Cape Cod. Wing Island is a coastal barrier isla...

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....