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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 ...

CHATHAM — In the wake of the “surprise” demolition of the historic Reuben C. Smith house at 1610 Main St. last month, town staff members are drafting a new policy to ensure closer cooperation with the Historic Business District Commission. Selectmen reviewed the case at the request of resident Norm Pacun, who said the law that enables the HBDC gives it clear authority to review pending demolitions of historic ...

CHATHAM – Growing up the youngest of seven children in the Bronx, Chatham resident Tom Baldwin knew very little about his father Walter’s service in World War I. “I cannot recall my Dad ever talking about his wartime experiences in our home,” Baldwin said. Walter Baldwin passed away in 1965. It wasn’t until 2012 that Tom and his sister discovered a typed manuscript while going through some of their father’s...

Park Sharks On The Move

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Sharks are on the move. Not only in the waters off the Outer Cape, but in downtown Chatham as well. With Chatham Band concerts beginning in Kate Gould Park Friday, the Sharks in the Park exhibit had to relocate. Seems there's not enough space for both sharks and the throngs of concert goers who fill up the downtown park every Friday through Labor Day. So the sharks – all 40-plus of them, as well a...

Spitz Speaks His Mind On Town Planning

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “Harwich is a beautiful community, a wonderful place to live and work,” Town Planner David Spitz said this week as he prepares to retire after more than seven years at the helm of the planning department. But he admitted his experience here has been equally frustrating and rewarding. Spitz will retire on July 8 and there will be some changes to the planning department once he is gone. Selectmen wer...

New Artificial Reef Provides A Productive Day Of Fishing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It doesn't take long for an artificial fish reef to turn barren ocean bottom into a thriving fish habitat. That was clear when the Cap'n Kid, a 50-foot party boat out of Saquatucket Harbor, began fishing over the reef created this spring 2.8 miles outside the harbor. The reef was created three months ago in partnership with the town of Harwich and the state Division of Marine Fisheries, using $146,00...

'Port Summer Nights' To Sizzle This Summer

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Wednesday nights are going to be hopping in the 'Port this summer. The Harwich Chamber of Commerce has announced the lineups for Port Summer Nights, the weekly celebrations of art, dining, music and shopping, which start next Wednesday, July 6. “It looks great,” chamber Executive Director Jeremy Gingras said. “We've got eight weeks' of bands lined up and other activities.” Each Wednesday n...

ORLEANS — Harwich Selectman Jannell Brown has accepted nine months' pretrial probation in an assault case, admitting no wrongdoing and avoiding a trial by jury. Last November, Brown pleaded not guilty to an assault charge stemming from a domestic dispute with a man who is the father of one of her children. Under the agreement, Brown is ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim other than to arrange ch...

Sykes Properties Scheduled For Friday Auction Block

By: William F. Galvin

SOUTH HARWICH – Postponed once and canceled on another date, the auction of the mixed-use Sykes properties on Route 28 has been rescheduled for Friday. This time it will be an absolute auction, according to information provided by JJ Manning Auctioneers. “Selling individually and in the entirety with 815 Route 28 (adjacent 6,500-plus-square-foot mixed-use building) to the highest bidder, regardless of price,”...

Sun Shines Down On Sublime Chatham Harbor Run

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM ─ Sunday is a day that many in Chatham will long remember. It marked the first time that the steady rhythm of running feet beat across the Mitchell River Bridge since it recently reopened, heralding the return of the Chatham Harbor Run. After kicking off at noon from atop Crowell Road near Monomoy Middle School, runners and 5K walkers made their way along courses that took them through scenic Chatham, ...

Kids of All Ages Enjoy The Annual Harwich 5K

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – Never underestimate moms with a mission. Seven years ago a group of Harwich moms with young children wanted to find a way to keep themselves and their children fit, so they started meeting in the early mornings for a walk/run, building up their endurance until they were ready for a full-fledged 5K. “The McCourt Race was the first race we ever ran,” said Joanne Logie, adding that disappointment set in...

HARWICH ─ It wasn't a no-hitter for the Harwich bullpen last Thursday when the Mariners hosted the Anglers, but it was sure close. In what became a 6-0 win for the home team, Harwich pitchers allowed just four hits in nine innings en route to their 11th win of the season. “They just flat-out beat us tonight,” said Angler manager John Schiffner. Indeed, the Mariners wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, ...

HARWICH — Charlie Sumner has traded in spreadsheets for mainsheets. The former Brewster Town Administrator of 29 years—Cape Cod’s longest serving town administrator—is the first executive director of Pleasant Bay Community Boating (PBCB). Founded in 2003, PBCB is dedicated to making boating, marine education, and environmental stewardship affordable and accessible to all—including residents and visitors to...