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Orca Seen Off Chatham

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CHATHAM – An orca, also known as a killer whale, the only creature known to prey on great white sharks, was spotted off Chatham Monday by a charter fisherman. Bruce Peters of Capeshore Charters was about 11 miles east of the Cape on a tuna charter when one of his customers spotted the orca's distinctive dorsal fin. “I was like, no way,” Peters said Tuesday. “But it was definitely a killer whale.” ...

CHATHAM — Two Hyannis teens pleaded not guilty to felony charges Tuesday after they allegedly robbed the Corner Store Friday evening, brandishing a semiautomatic handgun and a Taser and making off with an undetermined amount of cash. Thanks to fast thinking by victims and witnesses at the restaurant and cooperation with the Harwich police, the two men were arrested a short time later. No one was hurt. “We a...

Shark Safety Tips

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Great white sharks have been photographed recently feeding close to shore, so this is a good time to remind beachgoers of the need to keep safety in mind when swimming off the Cape’s eastside beaches. While shark attacks on humans are rare, one did occur off Truro in 2012, so authorities urge caution whenever swimming in the ocean. These safety tips were issued this week by the Cape Cod National Seashore: •...

Orca Seen Off Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – An orca, also known as a killer whale, the only creature known to prey on great white sharks, was spotted off Chatham Monday by a charter fisherman. Bruce Peters of Capeshore Charters was about 11 miles east of the Cape on a tuna charter when one of his customers spotted the orca's distinctive dorsal fin. “I was like, no way,” Peters said Tuesday. “But it was definitely a killer whale.” ...

CHATHAM — Two Hyannis teens will be facing felony charges Tuesday after they allegedly robbed the Corner Store Friday evening, brandishing a weapon. Shortly after 7 p.m., officers were called to the popular restaurant at 1403 Old Queen Anne Road, where alleged victims told police that two men had entered the store and taken a large amount of cash. The witnesses said the men were armed and wearing masks. Dur...

Shark Safety Tips

By: Tim Wood

Great white sharks have been photographed recently feeding close to shore, so this is a good time to remind beachgoers of the need to keep safety in mind when swimming off the Cape’s eastside beaches. While shark attacks on humans are rare, one did occur off Truro in 2012, so authorities urge caution whenever swimming in the ocean. These safety tips were issued this week by the Cape Cod National Seashore: •...

CHATHAM – It just seems to get bigger and more festive every year. Organizers say the town's gala Independence Day parade will the largest ever, with 102 official entries, not counting the more than half dozen groups that traditionally lead off the procession. “This is a record,” said Independence Day Parade Committee Chairman Brad Schiff, noting this is the first time there have been more than 100 groups p...

CHATHAM – The state is considering allowing aquaculturists to sell undersized “petit” quahogs in the state, a move local shellfishermen say could have a devastating impact on the town's shellfish industry. Chatham has the largest quahog fishery on the Cape, with landings last year of 21,295 bushels worth $1.4 million. More than 320 commercial shellfish licenses were issued this year, and while about half that ...

Sharktivity App Available July 1

By: Tim Wood

Two Sharks Tagged, More Seen By Researchers Off Chatham CHATHAM – Beginning Friday, July 1, anyone with an iPhone can find out instantly when great white sharks are sighted or tagged off the Cape. The free “Sharktivity” app, developed by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, will enable the public to track shark sightings and shark activity, report sightings and submit photos and videos of sharks, data that...

It's Still Band Time In Chatham

By: Debra Lawless

For Chatham’s summer and year-round residents alike, Chatham Band concerts on Friday evenings evoke memories of summer and childhood “that you don’t get anywhere else,” says the band’s musical director Thomas Jahnke. “It’s where everything comes together at the right moment,” adds Jahnke, who is beginning his third year as musical director. “It’s the perfect spot in the center of town. It is quite magical.” ...

Merchants Make Strides On Downtown Parking

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If you're finding it easier than usual to score a choice parking space on Main Street this summer, thank a downtown merchant. A working group assembled to find ways to increase the number of available downtown parking spaces reports that it is making real progress. The group's leader, Becky Voelkel of the Chatham Merchants' Association, said downtown business owners have largely agreed to discourage ...