Chatham RTC: 2013 Archives




It will be all about the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address that Republicans will be celebrating on Tuesday, November 19th at the Wequassett in Harwich.

We want to honor our first Republican and greatest President Abraham Lincoln, but, more important, we want to bring alive his timeless message that A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM is the responsibility of the living of every generation.

It is shameful that the President of the United States has refused to attend the principal ceremony at the Gettysburg Cemetery.

Today our rights under the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are under assault as seldom if every before by the government of the United States itself! You hear the president continually saying if Congress won't do it, he will. He is trampling on the Constitution. A Democrat-controlled Congress and Obama have forced on tens of millions of Americans an intrusive and costly Obamacare they didn't want and forced them out of health plans they were happy with. And they said that would not happen when they knew it would. And that's only one of many outrages.

And in Massachusetts such things as automatic tax increases without the need of votes by future legislatures are corrupting our system of governing. Excessive regulation is robbing us of our freedoms and is driving job creating businesses away. Laws the Democratic government doesn't like are not enforced: It's not illegal in Massachusetts to be illegal. We need a Republican Governor.

The movie Network of some years past had the right message for today: "I'm mad as well and I'm not going to take this anymore!" We have to fight to win back our freedoms.

We honor what Lincoln did to free millions of fellow Americans from slavery. We will also honor Lincoln by pledging to work to regain our rights guaranteed by the Declaration and the Constitution.

That means doing all we can to elect Republicans in 2014.

And that's why our Celebration of a New Birth of Freedom on November 19th is so important.

Charlie Baker gets the message and he's coming to Cape Cod to help us raise funds to win elections in November 2014.

Republican campaigns in Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham and Truro will all benefit from the funds raised at this event. The Republican town committees of these towns are committed to grassroots campaigns such as they have never waged before.

For the nation's sake, Republicans should have won in 2012, but a superior technological and aggressively nasty Democratic campaign defeated the too nice guys.

In 2014 we have to fight as never before. Freedom is essential to enjoying our rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." It is up to us to take back what has been taken away.

The Chatham RTC and the Orleans RTC extend an invitation to all Republicans in the Lower Cape to come to our meetings this Monday at 5 o'clock to help plan for a successful celebration of Lincoln's message of freedom and an enthusiastic welcome for our next governor Charlie Baker.

Chatham RTC Vice Chair Diane Bronsdon will explain how the funds raised at this event will be shared will the participating towns. Brewster will get all the credit for a contribution from a resident of Brewster, the same for Harwich, the same for Orleans, the same for all the participating towns. This is a joint event benefiting all the participating RTCs coordinated by the Chatham RTC.

Chatham RTC Vice Chair Elaine Gibbs will explain what help she needs at the event itself and in the days leading up to it. Please come to lend a hand.

In Orleans Orleans RTC Chair Mary Allen Bradley will play Diane Bronsdon. Chatham RTC Chair Fran Meaney will go over the mechanics of how the event is coming together.

This is a joint event for the benefit of the RTCs in Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans and Truro. The Chatham RTC is acting as coordinator and joint fundraising agent in accordance with the requirements of state law. Chatham RTC is not receiving any income for its services as coordinator and joint fundraising agent.

Wequassett in Harwich is a beautiful setting. The reception is scheduled from 5 to 7:30. Fighters for Freedom ($125) We do need a few Sponsors to put us over the top ($500 and up). There will be some extra time for Sponsors with Charlie to advise him on his campaign! We hope everyone will come, but if you can't a donation in any amount will be helpful.

Let us know you are coming by calling Marie Acton at 508 945 2150 or emailing with your name tag information (names and towns) as soon as possible. Space may be limited. Please email checks payable to "A New Birth of Freedom" to CRTC Special Account, P.O. Box 408, North Chatham, MA 02650. For men, jackets and ties encouraged.

The Invitation and Reply and Contribution Form will be available at the meeting. It can be downloaded and printed out by clicking on the link below:

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Early returns are looking good. We are about 30% along towards our target. For it to be a sparkling evening and warm reception for Charlie Baker, our next Republican governor, we need at least 100 people. We need you!

Of the $125 you contribute, $85 goes to your town to fight in the 2014 campaign. The $40 buys you a lovely evening at Wequassett with like-minded friends while honoring our greatest president and telling our next governor how he should run his campaign.

Let's come together to make this a great event and a strong start to the 2014 campaign to elect all Republicans on the ballot.

Questions? Ask the chairmen -and/or come to Monday's meetings!.
Fran Meaney, Chatham 617 512 7743
Peter Hughes, Harwich 508 432 7512
Mary Allen Bradley, Orleans 508 246 0993
Dion Dugan, Brewster 508 896 2588
Jack Lennox, Eastham 508 240 1061
John Dundas, Truro 774 216 1375



October 20, 2013

Hi, Friends of Freedom –

Go, Red Sox! What a game. What a series so far. Talk about "can do" attitude! They are an inspiration.

Our 150th Anniversary Lincoln Gettysburg Celebration is just 21 days from today: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the beautiful Wequasset Resort in Harwich.

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The Invitation to the Celebration of Abraham Lincoln's New Birth of Freedom Address at Gettysburg on November 19th (1863) 2013 can be read and printed out by clicking on this link:
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Just click on it and go to the printer symbol of the bottom of the picture and hit print.

Anyone needing help in getting the invitation printed should call Marie Acton at 508 945 2150. She will also have forms already printed for you to obtain.

The early response to the emailing from Chatham and the other participating RTCs is very encouraging. The heads of the RTCs will be meeting this Thursday to exchange reports and plan next steps.

We hope everyone will be able to come to this celebration of A New Birth of Freedom. As President Lincoln declared at Gettysburg, the promise of the Declaration of Independence had been redeemed by freeing African-Americans from bondage, bondage in which their ancestors had been kept since 1609.

Lincoln believed the black man was entitled to the fruit of his labors as much as the white. He saw freedom as the first step on the road to prosperity:

"The prudent, penniless beginner in the world labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land for himself, then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This is the just and generous and prosperous system which opens the way to all, gives hope to all, and consequent energy and progress and improvement of condition to all."

That's how freedom and free market capitalism works.

Every generation has to jealously guard its freedoms. Human nature being what it is, those in power will whittle freedoms away when they can. Eternal vigilance and resistance is essential to the preservation of freedom.

There is no question that currently the national government and our Massachusetts state government are stifling freedom, free enterprise and economic growth with more and more regulations and excessive taxation - just think Obamacare and the automatic gas tax increase on top of a half billion dollar tax hike in Massachusetts.

Ronald Reagan warned that freedom can be lost in a generation so every generation must renew the fight for A New Birth of Freedom.

We can all learn from Lincoln's resolve, clear vision and perseverance going into the 2014 elections. Times may be grim, but things can be turned around. With so many seeming to be awakening to the disastrous governance in Washington and on Beacon Hill, the 2014 elections present a great opportunity.

As you probably know by now, Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker has agreed to join us in the celebration. Our program will focus on Lincoln's timeless message of the core necessity of freedom for mankind to enjoy "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Charlie will discuss the relevance of that message today and what we have to do to effect a liberating change. To make change happen, we have to roll up our sleeves and work.

Charlie believes as do we that personal grassroots campaigning in each district will be a crucial component of his victory in 2014 as well as for every other Republican on the ticket. That's why he's coming here, to show his commitment to and support for GOTV, the GET OUT THE VOTE ground game. That's personal contact, neighbor to neighbor, door-to-door.

We'll talk more about GOTV in future meetings, emails and web postings. We did get an excellent detailed description of how GOTV has worked elsewhere at the September Orleans Inn breakfast from State Representative Keiko Orrall and Republican National Committeewoman Chanel Prunier. Charlie has let us know that MassVictory is hard at work developing new software that will make our grassroots campaigns much more effective -- and enjoyable.

We want as many Fighters for Freedom ($125 contribution) at the event as possible, but we do need a number of Sponsors ($500 and up) to put us over the top. Sponsors will get some extra personal time to discuss the campaign with Charlie. One way or the other, we will be very happy to have you there celebrating with us and looking forward to a victorious November 2014.

If you just can't make it, any contribution will help the cause and will be very welcome.

We need your name tag info as soon as possible but before November 12th (just call Marie Acton at 508 945 2150 with names and towns). We also need your checks payable to "A New Birth of Freedom" as soon as possible. Just mail your check with the Reply and Contribution Form (required by our state campaign legal officials) to CRTC Special Account, P.O. Box 408, North Chatham, MA 02650. You can also put your name tag information in the Reply Form.

Bottom line, a successful event financially will help a great deal to fund our 2014 GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV) campaigns. We are grateful for Charlie’s help. It would be very nice to have a large and enthusiastic crowd to greet him and give him a warm glow as he drives the three hours home to Swampscott after we wind up.

Think of the Chatham RTC as a nonprofit like all the others except contributions are not tax deductible. We cannot do anything without financial support from our friends.

This is not only our only significant fundraiser of the year, it's by far the most ambitious for the committee ever for ourselves and the first time we have brought the RTCs together in a joint effort to build the strength of all of us for the 2014 election year.

The money residents of Chatham contribute to this joint event after expenses will go directly to the Chatham RTC. It's the same for the other RTCs for contributions from their townspeople. So how each RTC does in "sales" determines how much net proceeds it gets.

Have any questions?
Ask the chairmen.
Fran Meaney, Chatham 617 512 7743
Peter Hughes, Harwich 508 432 7512
Mary Allen Bradley, Orleans 508 246 0993
Dion Dugan, Brewster 508 896 2588
Jack Lennox, Eastham 508 240 1061
John Dundas, Truro 774 216 1375

Thanks for being part of the team.

Fran Meaney

Chatham Republican Town Committee
Joint Fundraising Agent and Coordinator of the Gettysburg Address Observance
for Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Brewster, Eastham and Truro
CRTC Special Account, PO Box 408, North Chatham, MA 02650
Fran Meaney, Chairman 617 512 7743
Diane Bronsdon and Elaine Gibbs, Vice Chairs
Marie Acton, Secretary Sam Black, Treasurer



One of the most memorable and thought-provoking statements by an American president was that of President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg on November 19,1863, precisely 150 years ago. Lincoln's timeless message was that every generation has to renew the fight for freedom to ensure that our "government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this earth."

Every generation must fight its own fight for "a new birth of freedom" Inevitably, it's human nature, those in power constantly seek more control and power that will erode citizens' "unalienable rights" to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

To honor this timeless message of Abraham Lincoln, Republican Town Committees of the Lower Cape have banded together to host a celebration of the Gettysburg Address on Tuesday, November 19th,150 years to the day after it was delivered,

We are pleased and grateful to have joining us in honoring our first Republican and greatest president the Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 2014 Charlie Baker. Charlie heartily endorses our plans for a 2014 GET OUT THE VOTE person to person campaign.

Charlie will participate in the program and in the socializing as well.

5 to 7:30 at the Wequassett Resort in Harwich.

To read and download the complete Invitation and Reply Form, click the link below:

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The Chatham RTC is acting as Joint Fundraising Agent for the Lower Cape Cod RTCs of Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Brewster, Eastham and Truro.



Abraham Lincoln, our first Republican and greatest president, spoke for a bit less than three minutes at the dedication of the soldiers' cemetery at Gettysburg, PA on November 19, 1863. His few words then are among the most memorable ever spoken by an American.

Gettysburg was an appropriate place for the timeless message he delivered, for it was there on the first three days of July, three bloody days, that the tide of battle turned in favor of the Union.

July 4th, 1863 in Washington was a special day of celebration. President Lincoln and the public learned of the victory at Gettysburg and also the fall of the Confederate fortress at Vicksburg, Mississippi which had kept open the vital river supply line for the southern forces. Cheering crowds descended on the White House and President Lincoln waved from the balcony but did not reveal his thoughts. Instead, he urged the crowds on to the Secretary of War's office for a direct report on the military triumphs.

That day Lincoln knew that the Union forces would ultimately prevail, but at appalling cost in lives and human suffering. He bided his time to speak out about what it all meant. That time came when he was extended a courtesy invitation to attend the dedication of the cemetery on the field of battle at Gettysburg. He was not the principal speaker. He was to make a few remarks following the keynote speech.

Appropriately enough, the speaker chosen was one of the great orators of the time, a most distinguished man, Edward Everett of Massachusetts. Everett had been a congressman, a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, Governor of Massachusetts and President of Harvard.

Everett's two-hour speech (typical length for the times) was well-received and then President Lincoln spoke. Everett instantly recognized the brilliance in Lincoln's remarks. In a letter delivered to Lincoln later that day, Everett congratulated the President: "I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes."

That central idea was that this terrible struggle had redeemed the promise of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal. The stark contradiction to that noble sentiment that slavery represented had festered for too long. Many failures had demonstrated that negotiation and compromise could not bring it to an end. It took a war, a civil war. And to honor the dead and those who suffered and to bring to reality the promise of the Declaration, Lincoln said it is up to us the living then and in the future to take increased devotion to the cause of freedom. He fervently hoped that the nation would have "a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this earth."

Lincoln's timeless message resonates today. It is for us the living to keep the government of the people alive. Constant vigilance is required to guard against those in power who would erode the unalienable rights of all citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As President Ronald Reagan warned, freedom can be lost in a single generation. 150 years later, as governments at every level seek more power over our lives and our livelihoods through taxation and regulation, the need to stand up and fight for a "new birth of freedom" has never been more urgent.



Next Meeting of the Chatham RTC. Because of a special town meeting in Chatham called for Monday, October 7th principally to consider approving the construction of a new fire station costing about $10 million, our regular meeting scheduled for that day has been moved to Thursday, October 10th, 5 p.m. at the Chatham Community Center.



Great Meeting! Our big GET OUT THE VOTE breakfast in Orleans sponsored by the Lower Cape Republican Coalition (which includes Chatham) on Saturday, September 14th, was a smash hit! People started pouring in right after early opening at 7:30.

Our two rising Republican stars were even there before 8 o'clock. New National Republican committeewoman Chanel Prunier left Shrewsbury at 5 a.m. to make sure she was in time for the meeting. State rep Keiko Orrall was also an early riser, coming from Lakeville in Bristol County.

Chanel and Keiko kept the crowd of more than 80 enthralled as they gave their no nonsense talks about what it takes to win local elections. It's personal contact that requires shoe leather and showing up at kitchen and front doors on behalf of our candidates. In 2014 we will have great, new technological aids provided by MassVictory to make the door-to-door work not only easy but fun. If we just do what Chanel and Keiko have proven works, we can have a tremendous result in our 4th Barnstable district. Check out the photos on Facebook.

4th Barnstable state rep seat. The 4th Barnstable includes Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown and Precinct 3 of Brewster. The likelihood is that the incumbent Democratic state representative Sarah Peake will try to move up to the Cape & Islands state senate seat. As about everyone knows, Cape & Islands State Senator Dan Wolf announced he was resigning his seat to run for the Democratic nomination for Governor. Sarah Peake immediately announced she would seek that office. Then a state ethics panel came out with a ruling that Wolf couldn't serve in public office because of his significant ownership in Cape Air, which has a contract with Massport, the state agency that runs Logan Airport. After a meeting with Wolf, the panel said it would reconsider the decision but did not say when a final statement would be forthcoming. So the political process is stalled for the moment.

The prospect of an open seat in the 4th Barnstable has resulted in five -- imagine that, five! -- men taking a hard look at running for state rep in our 4th Barnstable district. All attended and spoke at the GET OUT THE VOTE breakfast held at the Orleans Inn.

We have a truly outstanding group to chose among -- three incumbent selectmen (Chatham's Sean Summers and Orleans selectmen John Hodgson and David Dunford, all with small business credentials, Matt Hart, an IBM sales executive retired to Harwich, and the operator of the largest organic cranberry farm in New England Harwich's Leo Cakounes. They all oppose the encroaching regulatory government regimes that choke business opportunities and cost jobs and the tax policies of the Democrat dominated state legislature.

The five candidates are making the rounds of various meetings of district Republican town committees and activist groups and hopefully the potential candidates and supporters can settle on one candidate by the end of October to take on the Democratic candidate. The only Democratic candidate who has announced thus far is Harwich Selectman Edward McManus.

Cape & Islands senate seat. The only announced candidate thus far for the Republican nomination for the Cape & Islands state senate seat to presumably face Sarah Peake is Jim Crocker, who also attended and spoke at the GOTV event.

Next Meeting of the Chatham RTC. Because of a special town meeting in Chatham called for Monday, October 7th principally to consider approving the construction of a new fire station costing about $10 million, our regular meeting scheduled for that day has been moved to Thursday, October 10th, 5 p.m. at the Chatham Community Center.

As for authorizing the fire station, there is a two step process. At town meeting the proposal must get a two-thirds vote and at the subsequent election on Thursday, October 10th (polls open 7 am to 8 pm), it must get at least a majority "Yes" vote.

At our meeting Thursday, the 10th, we hope to have one or more of the potential candidates for the 4th Barnstable Republican nomination. Selectman Sean Summers and Orleans Selectman David Dunford are well known to us, but Orleans Selectman John Hodgson is not, so we are making a special effort to get him to come to the meeting.We will also extend invitations to Selectmen Summers and Dunford. Matt Hart and Leo Cakounes visited with us at our September meeting.

We also will be discussing our plans for the balance of 2013 and for all of 2014.



This meeting will be of special interest.

Since there will be an open seat for the 4th Barnstable state representative district in 2014, there is a great deal of interest stirring. Several have indicated they are considering running for the Republican nomination to be decided in the September 2014 primary.

The Chatham RTC is providing opportunities for potential candidates to introduce themselves and get acquainted.

The 4th Barnstable includes Chatham, Harwich, Precinct 3 in Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. There are about 35,000 voters in the district.

This Tuesday Leo Cakounes, who operates the largest organic cranberry farm in New England in Harwich, will be discussing his views of the challenges to be faced. Leo is scheduled for 5:05.

We also will meet with Matt Hart, also of Harwich, who has had 45 years of experience in Executive Sales, Marketing and Consulting Management. Matt will talk with us beginning about 5:50.

Everyone who believes fiscal discipline in government at every level is needed are welcome to attend, be they from Chatham or other towns.



In Chatham we are fighting the great white sharks But why are they here? There are way too many seals off Chatham's coast. Yet there are those who want to save injured seals for a better tomorrow.

Here is one such attempt to provide a better life for a seal in Chatham, who really should be somewhere else.



We will skip our regular meeting date of Monday, July 15th since we had our special meeting on July 1st in large part for parade preparation. The next meeting is Monday, August 12th at 5 p.m. at the Chatham Community Center.

The parade was a great success. We had three vehicles, with our Dick Curtiss red pickup leading the way driven by John Crea. John Mancini drove his gorgeous green antique pickup that was loaded with kids and flags. Dick Bowers once again had his decorated Harwich yellow Jeep protecting our rear! Watch the video!

In addition to our Chatham marchers, we were joined this year with folks from Barnstable, Dennis, Harwich, Plymouth and Sherborn.

All of our many marchers wore their "For PETER Acton" badges in honor our good friend and colleague who left us this past week due to post-surgical complications.

The wake for for Peter is Thursday, July 15th, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham. The funeral mass at Holy Redeemer on the corner of Old Harbor and Highland Avenue will take place Friday morning at 10.

Sally Foster will be receiving friends this coming Sunday, July 14th from 1 to 4 at the family home at 166 Cross Street. Blake Foster, a staunch conservative and active Chatham citizen, passed away June 25th after a long illness. Sally was a regular in our campaign phoning last November.



We were all deeply saddened to learn our colleague in Republican good works Peter Acton passed away due to surgical complications just two days before Independence Day.

We decided Peter would have wanted us to continue with our tradition of participating in the 4th of July parade. So we marched to celebrate the birth of our nation and "For Peter Acton."

Barnstable County Register of Probate and Family Court Anastasia Perrino, Harwich Selectman Peter Hughes and Republican State Committeewoman for the Cape and Islands Judy Crocker joined us as did former congressional candidate Chris Sheldon from Plymouth. Our delegation was led by former state senator Jo Ann Sprague. As you will note in the video below, we have expanded our age range for participants down to 1 1/2!

Here is a reprise of our team marching through Chatham before some 30,000 plus cheering patriots.

We are especially grateful to Jim Dillon for this video and to his two boys Jack and Timothy who did yeoman service handing out our miniature flags to folks along the way.



New arrangements making everything simpler for participants!


Parking restrictions in Chatham.

NO PARKING AND TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS – ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY PARADE Starting at 02:30 a.m. on July 4, 2013, “NO PARKING” restrictions will go into effect. The area affected is the Main Street Downtown Business District from the Rotary/Old Harbor Road to the intersection Main Street and Shore Road. There will be NO PARKING-TOW AWAY ZONE restrictions on the Town Hall side of Main Street. No chairs will be allowed on Main Street until AFTER 02:30 a.m.

Beginning at 08:00 a.m. there will be a one-way (southbound) traffic pattern on Shore Road, from Old Harbor Road to Main Street. This will remain in effect until the end of the parade proceeds onto Main Street.

The downtown business area will be closed to ALL motor vehicle traffic at 08:30 a.m. The intersection of Route 28, Main Street and Crowell Road will be closed at 09:00 a.m., and ALL inbound traffic will be detoured onto Crowell Road and Queen Anne Road.
“NO PARKING” signs, traffic cones and barricades will be placed at various locations along the parade route and surrounding streets. Uniformed Police Officers will be posted to assist with traffic.
Parade route: Main Street @ Shore Road westbound to Main Street @ Crowell Road.

There will be no rain date in the event of weather cancellation.

Parking instructions for participants marching or riding with the entry of Chatham RTC and friends.

The Chatham Police Department and the Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee have arranged for free shuttle bus service to be available the morning of July 4th between Chatham High School, 425 Crowell Road and the parade staging area on Shore Road. Crowell Road intersects with Orleans Road (blinking yellow light) and with Main Street (Route 28 from Harwich) at the Chatham Village Market.

Parking at the High School is free. Buses are for parade entrants only and will run continuously from the High School starting at 7:30 am until 9:00 am, dropping parade entrants off at the Shore Road entrance to Chatham Bars Inn (CBI).

The same service will be available to parade entrants at the conclusion of the parade to return them to their cars or alternative transportation at the Chatham High School. These return buses will load in front of the former Police Station on Depot Road, and will run continuously until 15 minutes after the conclusion of the parade.

Participants are encouraged to take advantage of this free service to reduce traffic congestion.

Parade Assembly Area.

The parade assembly area stretches from the intersection of Shore Road and Main Street back towards CBI and the Fish Pier. Our Chatham Republicans’ entry is number 42 out of 70. On leaving the buses, head towards entry 42, which in all likelihood will be by going south towards Main Street. We can be readily identified with our three vehicles which will be in place by 8:30 – a red pickup truck in the lead with 42 on it, a green antique pickup and a yellow Jeep. We plan to march together between the red pickup and the green pickup.

The 1.1 mile parade route is along Main Street from its intersection with Shore Road to the Chatham Village Market at the intersection with Crowell Road.

Vehicles and rides.

Our entry will have three vehicles in the parade – the Dick Curtiss red pick-up truck driven by John Crea, the John Mancini green antique pick-up truck and the Dick and Jan Bowers yellow Jeep from Harwich. Those vehicles will assemble and be decorated at the property of Elaine Gibbs at 154 Cross Streets from 7:30 to 8:15.

Collectively, there is space for 6 or 7 riders in the vehicles. Contact Fran Meaney if you would like to ride in the parade. 617 512 7743.

The parade itself.

This is a fun event. The last several years we have received a great reception. This year’s parade theme is “Hats Off to Chatham.” That’s why we have bought 30 special baseball caps with a patriotic stars and stripes motif. We made a bulk purchase and would appreciate $10 if you get a cap. Those with the special hats should march together for impact. We will doff our hats to the men and women of Chatham and Cape Cod who have served our country and to the many patriots applauding us as we march along!

We have 1,000 tiny flags (4x6 inches) to hand out along the route. (We have done this in the past and the Dems (nr 25) may copy us and have handed some out before us.) We encourage children and grandchildren to join us and help with the handouts.

Also if you have signs you want to carry (nothing disparaging) or those mid-sized American flags, the ones with sticks about two feet long, bring them along to wave as you march.

General Advice.

Don’t count on restroom facilities. Go light on liquids before the parade.

What to wear. Red, white and blue are always nice. Good walking shoes, sunscreen, a cap of some sort (and see below). Water is a good idea.

Join us.

As we have done each year, we welcome folks from our neighboring towns to march with us. Last year we had marchers from Orleans, Truro, Brewster and Harwich among others.

For attendee non-participant parade observer parking.

Holy Redeemer Church parking lot at the corner of Old Harbor and Highland Ave. There is a $5 fee to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s good works. Short walk to down town on Old Harbor. The lot will fill early.

Downtown pay parking lot next to the Cranberry Inn. This can only be accessible before 8:30 when that section of Main Street is closed off. The charge is usually $5. The lot will fill early.

Meservey parking lot at 104 Crowell Road (very near the end of the parade) has been kindly offered to friends of parade participants for parking for vehicles that will not be in the parade. (As stated above, marchers and riders should go to the Chatham High School parking lot to park and take the bus shuttles to the Shore Road Assembly Area.)

Let’s have a great Independence Day Parade. We are sure everyone will have a great time. The Chatham parade draws upwards of 30,000 each year and is one of the biggest anywhere except for Boston.

See the map below for orientation. Click on map to enlarge.

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“A” is the Meservey lot.
Fish Pier is at the intersection of Barcliff and Shore Roads. CBI is just north of the tennis court to Seaview St.
Holy Redeemer is at the intersection of Old Harbor and Highland.
The downtown pay parking lot is next to the Cranberry Inn on Main Street.
The parade route is 1.1 mile from the intersection of Shore Road with Main Street to Crowell Road.
Marchers should try to be in place along Shore Road by 8:30.
The Chatham RTC entry is No. 42 of 70. Look for the red pick-up, the green pick-up and the yellow Jeep.
Parade kicks off at 9:30, ends about 11:15



Republicans and other proud Americans from Chatham and across the Cape will be marching in Chatham on Thursday, July 4th in the Independence Day Parade. The parade begins at 9:30 and ends about 11:15. The line of march is down Main Street from Shore Road to the Chatham Village Market, about 1.1 mile.

Everyone is invited to join with us in celebrating the birth of the greatest nation in the world. We have issued a special invitation to folks from our neighboring towns to join us in the parade, which is one of the best attended in the state, drawing, as it does, crowds of 30,000 to 40,000. It's a fun event. Last year we had marchers from Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Harwich and Brewster and other places west and north.

We will be having a parade planning meeting Monday, July 1, 5 p.m., at the Chatham Community Center. All are welcome to attend. (Our regular monthly meeting will take place same time, same place on the second Wednesday of the month, July 10th.)

Groups in the parade line up along Shore Road stretching from the corner of Shore Road and Main Street back towards the Fish Pier. We will publish on this site what number we are in the parade to make it easy to locate us. We will be forming in the line-up starting at 8, but you have until 9:30, when the parade kicks off, to join us.

Beware that the Police Department will impose street restrictions for vehicles on Main Street from the rotary to Shore Road at about 8.

Essential: Good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and a water bottle (though we will have water in at least one of our three vehicles).

We can also email details to you if you email us at or call 617 512 7743.

Here is the rundown of Cape Cod Independence Day celebrations from the Cape Cod Times:

- Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick-off Fireworks, 8:30 p.m. Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, 210 Station Ave., South Yarmouth.

- Orleans Fourth of July Fireworks, dusk Monday, Rock Harbor. Rain date: Tuesday. 508-240-2484.

- 12th annual Mashpee Community Picnic and Fireworks, picnic and carnival begin at 5 p.m. Monday, Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road; fireworks follow at 9:30 p.m. Rain date: Tuesday.

- Chatham Independence Day Parade, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Main Street. Theme: "Hats Off to Chatham." Fourth of July parade parade refreshment stand, 8 a.m. Thursday until end of Chatham parade, First Congregational Church, Main Street at rotary. Coffee, donuts, cold drinks.

- Barnstable-West Barnstable Fourth of July Parade, 9 a.m. Thursday, Barnstable Village, Route 6A. Special tribute to veterans of Barnstable. Family festivities follow in "hollow" behind Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 a.m.-noon.

- Nantucket Fourth of July Town Events, Thursday, Main Street. 9:45 a.m.: Singing of national anthem by Laura Gallagher Byrne, steps of Pacific Bank, 61 Main St. Also community sing-along of "America the Beautiful." 10 a.m.: Dunk tank, Union Street. Watermelon contest at fountain bottom of Main Street. Face- painting front of 30 Main St. Matt Fee Tea Toss and Uncle Sam bean bag toss front of 25 Main St. Pie-eating contest front of 46 Main St. Joe Zito's Puppet Show on steps of Methodist Church 11 a.m. Bike decoration contest on Federal Street between Emporium and the Hub. 11:45 a.m.: Water fight between town of Nantucket firefighters and Boynton Lane Fire Reserves. 5-6 p.m.: Children's beach games. 9 p.m.: Fireworks.

- Bourne's Fourth Annual Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m. Thursday, Main Street, Buzzards Bay.

- Orleans Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m. Thursday, starts from Eldredge Park Way and goes to Route 6A, Main Street and Route 28, back to Eldredge Park. 508-240-2484.

- Centerville Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m. Thursday, begins at Centerville Elementary School, 658 Bay Lane, and proceeds to Bumps River Road, Park Avenue, Main Street to Centerville Recreation Building.

- Falmouth July Fourth Bike and Carriage Parade, 10 a.m. Thursday, Main Street, Falmouth. Proceeds to Margaret E. Noonan Park for patriotic singalong.

- Spirit of Sandwich Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m. Thursday, staging at Wing School, 33 Water St.; proceeds down Water Street to Old Main Street, right on Beale Avenue, left on Morse Road, concludingat fields behind Wing School. Fun run (3 miles), 8:30 a.m. (register 7-8:15 a.m.), Wing School; $5, $15 road race T-shirts.

- Provincetown Forth of July Parade, 11 a.m. Thursday, starts at Snail Road and proceeds along Commercial Street to Franklin Street.

- Cotuit Fourth of July Parade, 11 a.m. Thursday, begins at post office and proceeds down School Street and up Main Street to Waldorf School.

- Hyannisport Fourth of July Parade, 11 a.m. Thursday, begins at Hyannisport Post Office on Longwood Avenue, then Washington Avenue, Lafayette Avenue, Winchester Avenue, Scudder Avenue, then Dale Avenue to West Beach Club. Road race (2 miles) 9 a.m., front of post office.

- Annual Woods Hole Fourth of July Parade, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Water Street and Waterfront park, Woods Hole. 508-289-7623.

- Hyannis Marina July Fourth Boat Parade, 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Ocean Street, Hyannis. Best viewing along Ocean Street at Hyannis Harbor; boats assemble 1 p.m. off Hyannis Yacht Club and head to inner harbor.

- 15th Annual Town of Barnstable Fourth of July Parade, 4 p.m. Thursday, Main Street, Hyannis. Theme: "Main Street USA." Parade route starts at intersection of Ocean and Main streets and continues to Sea Street, then crosses over to South Street. Barnstable Band performing patriotic songs on village green until 6:30 p.m. Local band Jo & Co performing 7 p.m.-dusk at Aselton Park prior to annual fireworks display.

- Edgartown's Fourth of July Parade, 5 p.m. Thursday, Main Street.

- Falmouth Fourth of July fireworks, 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Falmouth Heights Beach, Grand Avenue.

- Nantucket Fourth of July Fireworks, 9 p.m. Thursday, barge off Jetties Beach. Rain Date: July 5. 508-228-0925.

- Edgartown Fourth of July Fireworks, 9 p.m. Thursday, Edgartown Harbor. Rain date: July 5.

- Provincetown Forth of July Fireworks, 9 p.m. Thursday, off MacMillan Pier.

- Barnstable Fourth of July Fireworks, 9 p.m. Thursday, over Lewis Bay, Hyannis. View from Aselton Park or Veterans Beach.

- July Fourth Boat Parade, 9 p.m. Thursday, Shawme Pond, Sandwich. Small boats and canoes decorated with paper lanterns illuminated by candles.

Other days

- Onset-Wareham Fireworks, 8:30 p.m. July 6, Onset Beach.

- Sandwich Town Fair Fireworks, 10 p.m. July 12, Sandwich High School, Quaker Meetinghouse Road.



The race is tightening and Gabriel has pulled within a few points of Markey, according to a recent poll.

We can be proud to support Gabriel. All the SEALs across the nation are supporting Gabriel. Special Ops for America: SEND A SEAL to WASHINGTON! SOFA has endorsed @GomezForMA for U.S. Senate in Mass Special Election

Our standout in Chatham Saturday was a smashing endorsement for Gabriel. The honking horns and thumbs up from drivers was almost astonishing. We had the same experience at the Orleans rotary a week ago. A lot of smiling faces in the cars rolling by. Jo Ann and Warren Sprague led the team as usual and we had support from the Harwich RTC.

Gabriel will be interviewed by Chris Wallace this morning at 9 on Fox News Sunday, WFXT Boston, Channel 13 on Comcast.

Gabriel has earned the endorsement of an impressive list of newspapers, including some from Democratic strongholds.

Gabriel Gomez crushing Ed Markey in newspaper endorsements (compiled by Freedom Seeker

Ed Markey's listless campaign & nondescript 37 year hard left DC partisan crony record highlighted by; anti jobs votes on Mass Medical devices, Fishing industry killing NOAA votes, Manufacturing job killing NAFTA votes, Raising taxes on middle class 271 time, Living in Maryland full time - it is clear Ed Markey is out of touch with Massachusetts voters. Other than Liberal state run media outlets Boston Globe, Berkshire Eagle and Cape Codder Times Gabriel Gomez is dominating the endorsement race. This is almost unprecedented for a Republican candidate and speaks volumes for the disdain for a terrible Democrat nominee in Ed Markey.

In sharp contrast upstart and insurgent Republican +Gabriel Gomez is campaigning statewide and getting his pro business, pro job growth, pro common sense reform message out. I will let the impressive Newspaper endorsement list and their observations and words speak for themselves.

Worcester: Endorsement: Gomez for Senate - Worcester Telegram & Gazette Central Mass going for Gabriel Gomez.

Boston: Boston Herald Editorial endorsement: Gabriel Gomez for Senate

Springfield Latino: El Pueblo Latino of Springfield endorses Gabriel Gomez for Senate: "Gomez, a descendent from...

Lawrence Eagle Tribune endorsement: Gabriel Gomez is the kind of leader we need in Washington

Salem: Endorsement: The Salem News: Our view: For U.S. Senate, Gabriel Gomez

Lowell: Endorsement: Let Gabriel Gomez show what he can do - Lowell Sun Online

Newburyport Daily News: Our view: Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate #masen

Boston El Mundo - Vote for Gabriel Gomez #masen #latism

Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise endorses @GomezForMA #MASen #CMass

New England Police: Gabriel Gomez: Proud to have earned the endorsement of New England Police Benevolent Association Local 911 #MASen

Gloucester Times:

And, who else, but SUPERMAN endorsed Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate! Vote June 25th. #shakethemup #gameon


Watch Fox News Sunday this morning at 9 with Chris Wallace interviewing Gabriel Gomez!

*It’s not too late to donate. I donated another few dollars online yesterday. Give anything, $5, $10, $100. Go online and donate.

*Call friends and urge them to vote for Gabriel. Every vote makes a difference.

*Go by Gomez headquarters in Hyannis and make some phone calls today, Monday and Tuesday, Election Day. (Take Exit 7 off Route 6, go south as if to Cape Cod Hospital, cross Route 28 and then cross Main Street, the HQ is the first building on the left surrounded by American flags and Gomez signs. Turn left on Park Street and park behind building.

* Can’t make it? Call from home. Here’s how: Phoning from home for Gabriel: The call program is easy to use and you can use your cell phone -- all you have to do is sign in, click to begin calling, and follow the script. The system calls your phone and connects you directly with the voter on the screen…it's that easy! To get started, click on this link and hit the "request credentials" button below the login: It is recommended that you watch the tutorial video before jumping right into the calls (video located on main page after log in screen).

*Monday, June 24th Gabriel Gomez will join Sheriff Jim Cummings in Hyannis at 10:45 a.m. at the Original Gourmet Brunch. Let's have a full house for Gabriel and the Sheriff. 517 Main Street. Give Gabriel a great sendoff.

*Tuesday, Election Day. Vote! Then stand out at the polls to show support for Gabriel. In Chatham, we have two-hour shifts all day starting at 7. Come anytime. We’ll have Gomez signs there. Polls open 7 am. to 8 pm.



Everyone is invited to attend the meeting. Principal topic will be the special U.S. Senate race and how we can help Gabriel Gomez win.

The meeting is delayed a week from its usual second Monday of the month date because of Chatham's Annual Town Meeting on Monday the 13th.

Be sure to attend. There are several questionable items being proposed, the principal one being to roar ahead on a $180 million plan to lay sewer pipes in 90 miles of streets in town. Why centralized sewering was chosen to address coastal water quality problems has never been explained. This is the most expensive option. It has been called "unaffordable" for Cape towns by county experts, who recommend various alternatives that are far less expensive. That's what other Cape towns are looking into, hoping to save tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars. It's time to take a second look to see what can be saved for taxpayers. If you vote NO on Article 10, be sure to also vote NO on Question 1 on the Election Day ballot. If you vote YES you will probably want to vote YES on Question 1 as well.



There will be a lot to talk about concerning our successful Abraham Lincoln remembrance on Sunday, March 17th, which included the appearance of two of the three Republicans seeking the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, Mike Sullivan and Gabriel Gomez. The Cape Cod Times has a good report on the reaction of the 100 or so attending.

We also will be getting reactions from those who attended (we hope all who can will) the joint appearance of all three candidates in Hyannis on Sunday, April 7th, 3 to 5, at the Cape Codder sponsored by the Cape Cod Republican Club. In case you missed the announcement, here it is:

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Here is the agenda for our meeting, to which all are invited:



1. Pledge, welcome, introductions –Chairman Fran Meaney
2. Secretary Marie Acton’s report and vote to approve minutes of CRTC March 11, 2013 meeting.
3. Treasurer Sam Black’s reports and vote to approve the reports and transactions through the end of March. The Treasurer will also make a report on fundraising, spending and receipt of contributions in kind for the year 2012.
4. Report on the Abraham Lincoln Remembrance held Sunday, March 17, 2013, 3-5:30 p.m., Chatham VFW and the reception following, which included presentations by Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate Mike Sullivan and Gabriel Gomez. – Fran Meaney and Diane Bronsdon
5. Report on and discussion about the U. S. Senate primary contest, including impressions gained from the appearance of all three Republican candidates – Gabriel Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Dan Winslow – at the Cape Codder on Sunday, April 7th. An informal poll will be taken of those in attendance.
6. Discussion, all – How should Republicans present themselves to gain support and achieve victories in 2014? Two important articles on the demographic and economic changes occurring in the nation are posted on the committee’s website and all are urged to read them prior to the meeting. Go to our website for the documents.Fran will also report on Republican happenings in Massachusetts.
7. Reminder to all: Special Senate primary April 30th; final, June 25th
8. Future Chatham RTC meeting – next regularly scheduled meeting Monday, May 13, 5 p.m., Chatham Community Center. Major discussions will be on the final Senate election, June 25 and the 4th of July parade and a possible summer party for Republicans, conservatives, tea partiers and friends.
9. Do check daily our website and our Facebook page to learn what’s happening.
10. Reminder: The town committee is accepting applications to join as members of the committee. Email to indicate your interest in being considered and to learn what membership entails. You can call, too – 617 512 7743
11. Other business

Here are the two documents concerning the economics and demographics of the nation that are important to all Republicans that we will be discussing at the meeting.

Why Not Amnesty .pdf

Growth Corridors.pdf

And we saved the best for last. In a special election in heavily Democratic Peabody, the young Republican (who is a nurse) Leah Cole was elected state representative in a special election. Congratulations to Leah. She showed what can be done.

Leah Cole.jpg

Check her out on her Facebook page.



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Then on Monday, April 8th join us 5-6:15 at the Chatham Community Center where we will discuss the campaign, the candidates and what comes next. All welcome.



February's regular meeting date has been changed to Tuesday, February 5, 5 p.m., Chatham Community Center.

Lots to talk about dealing with national, state and local goings-on.



Thursday, January 10, 5 p.m., -- Republicans meet, all welcome. Chatham Community Center.

Sunday, February 10, 3-5:30 p.m., Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration and Reception, Chatham VFW, George Ryder Road. Program, Speakers, Social, Refreshments,Cash Bar. $15.

Monday, February 11, 5 p.m. - Chatham Republicans meet, all welcome, Chatham Community Center.

For information about all events, call Marie Acton 508 945 2150.


Contact: Diane Bronsdon 508 945 9218
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