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Chatham Proposes Real Estate Transfer Tax

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – If the town continues to sock away $150,000 a year toward its post-employment benefit (OPEB) liability, it will take more than 110 years to meet its full obligation of more than $16 million. Selectmen are eyeing a somewhat shorter timeline; they want to full fund the OPEB trust in 10 to 15 years, less if possible. To meet that goal, the board last week instructed staff to prepare town meeting arti...

CHATHAM – A zoning bylaw prohibiting retail marijuana shops may not go before town meeting this May. On a tie vote, the planning board last Tuesday failed to endorse the amendment, with several board members saying they saw it as overreach. “It doesn't have the serious consequences you're thinking it will have,” said board member Robert Wirtshafter. Selectmen will decide Tuesday if they will submit the z...

CHATHAM – For eight Monday evenings this summer, Main Street in downtown Chatham will be turned into Music Street. Similar to the long-running and successful Port Summer Nights in Harwich Port, Mondays on Main will feature bands, musicians and other entertainers performing in scattered locations from the rotary to the Chatham Wine Bar at 359 Main St. Local businesses will sponsor performers, and restaurants an...

CHATHAM — Seventy years ago tomorrow, the Marconi wireless transmitter in South Chatham first crackled to life, sending messages around the globe. Its bank of 24 transmitters put out around 20,000 watts of power each, occasionally causing the lights in the village to flicker. It was those transmitters, rather than the more visible receiving station in Chathamport, that earned station WCC international renown. ...

CHATHAM – Members of the community preservation committee have rejected a request for $400,000 toward construction of a new observation deck at the fish pier, saying it didn't qualify as a recreation project. Recreation is one of the four areas for which funds raised under the Community Preservation Act (CPA) can be spent. While the fish pier deck replacement was presented by the natural resources department a...

What's An Upweller?

By: Tim Wood

Constable Gives Primer On Shellfish Grow-out System by Tim Wood CHATHAM – A recent proposal to construct a new shellfish upweller on Stage Harbor raised an important question: Just what is an upweller? “I had folks who came up or called and wanted to know what's an upweller,” said Selectman Jeffrey Dykens. “Some of my mother's friends were saying 'What the heck's an upweller?'” At Dykens' request, ...

CHATHAM – Selectmen agreed Tuesday that a proposed bylaw that bans balloons should go before voters at the spring town meeting, but they sent the measure back to town counsel for some wordsmithing to clarify that the prohibition would not apply to balloons at birthday parties, weddings and other private functions. The board also decided to pull the plug on a bylaw governing street performers and buskers, sayin...

CHATHAM – While terns did well on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge last summer – the refuge remains the largest common tern colony on the eastern seaboard – the number and nesting success of federally-endangered piping plovers fell below expectations. A total of 48.5 pairs of the small, sand-colored plovers nested on the refuge, a decrease from 52 pairs in 2016. Most (46 pairs) nested on South Monomoy, one...

CHATHAM – A sign at the transfer station warning that single-stream recycling will no longer be accepted as of Jan. 31 has led to confusion among residents about the status of the town's recycling program. The ban only applies to waste haulers who bring in large loads of mixed recycling, and is the result of market trends that reach across the country and around the globe. Officials stress that there's been no...

CHATHAM – Selectmen Tuesday unanimously rejected a change to the regional school agreement that would have allowed a realignment of elementary school grades. After hearing from a number of residents who vehemently opposed the change proposed by the Monomoy Regional School Committee, board members agreed they had to uphold the promise made to residents when schools were regionalized five years ago to maintain a...

HARWICH ─ Three years ago Dillon Murphy had something of a crisis. Though he loved his job as owner/operator of the Land Ho! in Harwich Port, he didn't love the time it cost him with his wife and children. Longing for a life beyond Cape Cod, Murphy knew it was time to make a change. Fortunately, change can be good. Not only has Murphy's family embarked on a new adventure, but the Land Ho! has found itself an enth...

WE CAN Names New Executive Director

By: Staff Reports

HARWICH PORT — The board of directors of WE CAN has chosen a new executive director to lead the women’s advocacy group. Cape native Dianne Gauthier is a development consultant with Lower Cape Outreach who worked previously with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts; she is set to begin work later this month. Gauthier will succeed Andi Genser, who will retire later this year. “I am greatly inspired by W...

HARWICH — Town Administrator Christopher Clark has proposed a balanced omnibus budget of $65.4 million for fiscal 2019, which has some modest service increases but otherwise holds the line on spending. The lean budget is one part of a larger plan to help the town boost its bond rating, which could save taxpayers millions when it comes to building a sewer system. Clark’s plan includes a $23.8 million operatin...

HARWICH — Sam Hein’s father was a missionary in Africa, traveling from village to village teaching tribal elders to read and write. He told all of his pupils the same thing: when you’ve mastered the language, pass on those skills to another person. As principal at Harwich Elementary School, Hein draws a parallel between his father’s experience and his own 12 years of mentoring educators. “When they can do it...

HARWICH ─ Each member of the Monomoy boys basketball team set foot on the court Feb. 8 when the Sharks defeated Sturgis East 64-36 at home. While the victory was certainly a whole-team win for Monomoy, which currently sits at second place in the Cape and Islands League, two players put forth stellar performances for the Sharks. Isaiah Stafford had a game-high 22 points for his team, followed by Nick Meehan w...

Monarchs Fall In Icy Match Against Upper Cape Tech

By: Kat Szmit

HYANNIS ─ The Monarchs brought serious intensity to their senior night match against the Rams on Feb. 10, but were stymied at every turn from scoring while their opponents eked out a 3-0 victory that left more than a few fans shaking their heads in frustration. It seemed the Monarchs couldn't catch a break during the game, incurring all manner of penalties from officials who seemed to look the other way more...