Meetings are held remotely. Go to eastham-ma.gov/calendar-by-event-type/16 and click on a particular meeting to read its agenda. That document will provide information about how to view and take part remotely.
Monday, July 27
- Eastham 400 Commemoration Committee, 10:30 a.m.
- Select Board, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 28
- Conservation Commission, 6 p.m.
Thursday, July 30
- Board of Health, 3 p.m.
As of July 20, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Eastham was 10. The number of cases has remained at 10 since June 4, according to the town’s website.
A reminder that the town meeting warrant will close on Monday, July 27 at 4 p.m. The annual town meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21.
Petitioned articles that were on the original warrant in May will appear on the September warrant and any new petitioned articles will require 200 signatures.
Stewart Case Rescheduled
A pretrial conference in the case against Bill Stewart, owner of Stewart’s Seafood Restaurant and Tavern, has been rescheduled to Nov. 3 of this year in Orleans District Court. The conference had originally been rescheduled to July 7 but was rescheduled again due to the state of emergency for Covid-19, according to court dockets.
Stewart was accused by six women who were former employees at his restaurant of sexual harassment, but a magistrate hearing in 2019 found that charges could be brought by only one of the women. In April 2019, Stewart pleaded not guilty to charges of accosting a person of the opposite sex, threats to commit a crime, and assault and battery.
Elementary School Committee Meets
The Eastham Elementary School Committee welcomed its newest member, Ben Niggel, to its table during a virtual meeting on July 20. Niggel, who is from Eastham and just finished his freshman year at Harvard, was elected to the committee last month with 102 write-in votes. At the start of the meeting, the committee asked Niggel if he would be interested in being mentored by a more experienced member, Ann Crozier, which he accepted.
The committee received updates from Principal William Crosby as well as Supt. Tom Conrad. The committee also unanimously voted to support the Mass. Association of School Committees (MASC) Covid-19 and anti-racism suggested resolutions.
The MASC is encouraging all Massachusetts school districts to consider the resolutions locally and forward them to Gov. Baker and state representatives for implementation, according to a statement on its website.
The regional school committee voted unanimously last week to support the resolutions as well.
The resolution related to Covid-19 includes a request “that the state must guarantee every school district full reimbursement for whatever Covid-19 expenses are required to follow state mandates.”
The resolution related to anti-racism requests that “every district will incorporate into their curriculum the history of racial oppression and works by black authors and works from diverse perspectives.”
It also includes a request that “all the school districts in the Commonwealth must guarantee that racist practices are eradicated, and diversity, equity and inclusion is embedded and practiced for our students, families, faculty and staff.”
The resolutions will have to be passed by leaders of the Commonwealth in order to take effect.
But Conrad said if the resolutions do pass, school committees would then come up with a plan on how to implement them in each school in the Nauset region.
“We’re going to have to spend some time, there’s no question,” he said, “on how we’re going to try and move that forward in our schools.”
The town’s harbor planning committee will meet virtually on Thursday, July 23 at 4 p.m. to discuss implementation of certain parts of the town’s harbor plan that was approved by the select board in February. The plan encompasses the next five to seven years and attempts to take public stakeholder feedback into account.
Virtual Windmill Tour
Looking to take a trip to the Eastham Windmill? Don’t forget the town is offering a virtual tour of the windmill via its website.
Visit eastham-ma.gov/home/news/eastham-windmill-virtual-tour to take the tour.
Historical Society’s Antiques Show
The Eastham Historical Society will hold its annual outdoor antiques show on Thursday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the 1869 Schoolhouse Museum at 25 Schoolhouse Road., across from the National Seashore’s Salt Pond Visitor Center. Twenty-three dealers from throughout New England will present an array of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century antiques. The event will benefit the society’s ongoing programs as well as the running of the Schoolhouse Museum and Swift-Daley House. Admission is $5, with children under 18 entering free. Masks and social distancing will be required. —Ryan Fitzgerald