Brewster News

BREWSTER – Stephen Brown, owner of Great Cape Herb Shop and Arboretum, and four associates visited the town planning office Monday in hopes of setting the record straight on the eve of his 50th anniversary of living here. The health and safety violations contained in a September cease and desist order issued jointly by the building, health and fire departments did not apply to the herb shop, which has reopened...

Brewster Voters Head To Town Meeting Monday

By: Bronwen Walsh

BREWSTER – The town’s first 10-year local comprehensive plan is among 14 articles up for a vote at Monday’s special fall town meeting, where 200 registered voters constitute a quorum. The town meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Stony Brook Elementary School, 384 Underpass Rd. Article 1 would cover payment of unpaid bills from last year. Article 2 funds capital expenditures by department, including $750,00...

Imagine this, said Tim Cornwell, keynote speaker at Thursday’s regional housing summit: twice the number of people seated in the Cape Codder’s 400-capacity ballroom no longer could afford to buy a home as first-time homebuyers today because their combined household income is under $200,000. With the median home price doubling in the last two years, the Cape is losing more than 800 households a year making $100...

BREWSTER – At what may be the one of the last meetings of the town’s vision planning committee, members sought to communicate an important consensus: building an elevated Wing Island boardwalk is not a recommendation of the local comprehensive plan (LCP), although it is referenced as background info. Front-and-center at the group’s meeting Monday was addressing public comments made at the Oct. 3 joint meeting ...

BREWSTER – Print, digital, broadcast and social media have been clucking about recent vermilion flycatcher sightings near the footbridge to Paine’s Creek Beach. Mark Faherty, science coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and a past president of the Cape Cod Bird Club, first spotted the young male showing off its bright red feathers on Oct. 21. Faherty documented his own close ...

BREWSTER – Visiting the Brewster Baptist Church Saturday, Pulitzer Prize-winning political journalist Bob Woodward came right out and called former President Donald Trump a danger to democracy. Perhaps the most hard-core investigative reporter of our time, Woodward delivered two sold-out talks for the Brewster Ladies’ Library Association annual Frances Mapes Nickerson Memorial Lecture on the eve of his rele...

BREWSTER – Residents are invited to bring their housing questions and predicaments to the Community Housing Forum Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Brewster Ladies’ Library from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Participating agencies with representatives onsite will include the Brewster Housing Authority, Brewster Council on Aging, Cape Light Compact, Community Development Partnership, Homeless Prevention Council, Housing Assistance Cor...

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. “...