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“Fake news” is a constant topic of conversation today, and Victorian playwright Oscar Wilde’s quote “The truth is rarely pure and never simple” gives us insightful words to ponder. Almost 125 years old, Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” is still relevant today and is currently creating many laughs at the Academy of Performing Arts. This comedy of manners revolves around two Victorian bachelors, Jack...

Donna Tavano: Whittle While You Work

By: Donna Tavano

I opened a tiny shop at our house on Main Street in Harwich Port this summer. I call it an itty bitty art boutique since it’s only 180 square feet. Due to my husband’s hip replacement and never-ending family visits, I’ve been open just three hours a week during the Wednesday night music strolls (also by chance or appointment, but most people don’t know that.) If a wandering curious or brave soul meanders down the...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 13

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Different Approach To Opioid Crisis Editor: As many are already aware, opioid addiction is without question a crisis of epidemic proportions in this country. It is an urgent and ongoing conglomeration of healthcare, financial, social, political and spiritual factors. It impacts every geographical locale: urban, suburban and rural. Moreover, it stretches across nearly all human ethnicities and socioeconom...

Elayne Perlstein, 90, is the sole librarian at the South Chatham Public Library, keeping the non-profit library open two afternoons a week year-round. On a sunny Friday afternoon in late August, Perlstein, who describes herself as “a people person,” greets a visitor warmly, but too many patrons are waiting to check out books to chat now. A few days later, at the West Chatham Dunkin’ Donuts, she has the leisure...

ORLEANS — An international assemblage gathered at the French Cable Station Museum Sept. 6 to hail Le Direct, the first direct transatlantic telegraph connection. “It was a vital communication link,” said James Jefferies, president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), before presenting the Milestone Achievement Award. In 1898, the cable was “the best available technology (and used) ...

Roots And Blues Festival Will Rock Nauset Beach Saturday

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — A day-long music festival Saturday will be bringing live music to Nauset Beach, for the benefit of Nauset Beach. The first-ever Cape Cod Roots and Blues Festival is a collaboration between musician Garrett Dutton, a.k.a. G. Love, and Mike McNamara of the Hog Island Beer Company, and promises a day filled with great music. General admission ticket sales sold out early, but sales may open again if or...

ORLEANS — Consultants have answered a key question by opining that the current Cape Cod Five Operations Center on West Road can probably be re-purposed as affordable apartments. But in answering that question, they’ve opened up countless others. CBI Consulting, LLC, of Boston and Bennett Environmental Associates, Inc., of Brewster submitted their findings to town officials late last month, Town Administrator...

CHATHAM – Students returning to Chatham Elementary School this week might not have noticed anything different about the cafeteria, but for some students, a little-used but well-stocked closet will help ensure that they don't go hungry evenings and weekends. The closet will be filled with non-perishable, nutritious food as well as other essentials, which will be given out to students identified by schoo...

OCHS Receives $1 Million Pledge From Kennedys

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. has received a $1 million pledge gift from Tom and Trish Kennedy to assist with developing new healthcare facilities in Harwich Port and Wellfleet. The gift is the largest private donation in OCHS history, which dates back to 1987. The gift is being made through OCHS's capital campaign program, Enhancing Spaces, Impacting Lives. The campaign will support the opening o...

George C. Hughes

By: Contributed

    CHATHAM, MA – Robert L. Hughes, 84, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, August 30.  He was the beloved husband of Terry Hughes for over 61 years, devoted father to his five children and doting grandfather to 12 grandchildren.   Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Bob graduated from Montclair High School in 1952.  On the advice of his father-in-law, Bob enli...

What Are The Odds Of A Hurricane Hitting The Cape?

By: Alan Pollock

Thanks to cooler waters in parts of the Atlantic and a weaker-than-expected “El Nino” equatorial wind pattern, it’s been a quiet Atlantic hurricane season. Each year, it’s like a turn of the roulette wheel – only when the Cape’s number comes up, it won’t be cause for celebration. While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issues a seasonal outlook each May for the upcoming hurricane season, its ...

Chatham, Harwich Awarded State Dredging Grants

By: Tim Wood , William F. Galvin

Chatham and Harwich will receive grants from the state's new Navigational Dredging Pilot Program, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced in Hyannis last week. They are two of 11 coastal communities that will share $3.6 million for dredging projects projected to remove a total of nearly 188,000 cubic yards of sand. Chatham will receive $350,000 to dredge the entrance channel to Stage Harbor, as well as the nearby Morr...

Warning: Sharks are STILL Here

By: Tim Wood

With warm weather persisting after Labor Day, beach officials warned swimmers along the Cape's eastern shoreline to be aware that while the crowds may have thinned, sharks are still prowling the waters. In a strongly worded statement last week, Orleans Natural Resources Manager/Harbormaster Nathan Sears said he was concerned beachgoers aren't taking the situation seriously enough. “Regardless of how much si...

CHATHAM – The popular observation deck at the fish pier was closed Monday after a support post was damaged by a fork lift. Repairs were made Tuesday and the building commissioner authorized its reopening, but the incident highlighted long-standing safety concerns at the popular attraction. Wharfinger Michael Ryder secured the deck and shut down access by the public early Monday after being informed of the inci...

Rare North Atlantic Right Whale Washes Up On Monomoy

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The body of a rare North Atlantic right whale washed up on Monomoy Island last week. There was no obvious sign of the cause of death, said International Fund For Animal Welfare spokesperson Melanie Mahoney. The body was “pretty heavily decomposed” and appeared to be a juvenile, not a fully-grown adult, she said. The carcass was previously spotted by a recreational boater floating near Martha's Vin...

Helping Neighbors Fundraising Campaign Tops $100K

By: Tim Wood

A series of “incredibly generous” donations has pushed the Helping Neighbors summer fund drive over the $100,000 mark. “I think it's amazing,” said Family Pantry of Cape Cod Executive Director Christine Menard. Two $5,000 donations, one anonymous and one from a local woman in memory of her husband, helped bring the campaign to a triumphant conclusion. All of the donations received by the Pantry during the e...