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School News, Jan. 19

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich Elementary School   MAP Tests Online Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) will be administered in up to three classrooms at a time with portable laptops. Every student in kindergarten through grade four will taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) online winter assessment during January and early February. Thank you to the community for supporting the technology integration initiatives ...

Time To Expand Downtown Parking

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Parking in downtown Chatham has been a matter of public concern since, well, way back. Chamber of commerce documents record discussions of parking problems from the 1940s, maybe earlier. Every once and a while small steps are taken to try to improve the situation – the reconfiguration of town parking off Stage Harbor Road a few years back, for instance – but like a vacuum, what additional spaces can be created ar...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 19

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Donations Keep Kids Warm Editor: Chatham, you have done it again! Community organizations, businesses, churches and individuals came forward to provide warm winter clothing and holiday wishes to over 200 of Chatham’s children. The Chatham Children’s Fund, Monomoy Community Services and The Chatham Angel Fund collaborate year-round to support Chatham’s families with children in a variety of ways. Special ...

The Night Walk

By: Andrew Buckley

When mixing in a food processor with frozen berries, heavy cream is not interchangeable with Greek yogurt. I mean, sure, the result is delicious – fruity whipped cream. But there was a point, right around the 1¾ cup mark, where my throat wouldn't actually swallow. It was like being Thanksgiving-worthy full, but in a matter of a minute. This was 7:30 p.m. this past Sunday night. Weather was clear, windless a...

CHATHAM — It's a workplace truism: stress in an employee's home life leads to stress on the job. Sometimes those stressors are minor, and it helps to be able to share them with a sympathetic listener. Sometimes the stress comes from big problems like a health crisis, relationship troubles or addiction. A new partnership between the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Rogers and Gray Insurance is offering an aff...

Lower Cape MLK Breakfast Unites And Inspires

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Donald Trump was the man who wasn't there. As the Nauset Interfaith Association Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Day Breakfast unfolded Monday at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, attendees took a longer view of civil and human rights that encompassed achievements to be celebrated and barriers yet to be broken. “We're not where we ought to be,” the Rev. Wesley Williams, retired pastor of t...

CHATHAM – An email sent Monday by Selectman Amanda Love to her fellow board members appears to have violated the state Open Meeting Law and at least the spirit of the town charter. Noting the upcoming retirement of Fire Chief Michael Ambriscoe, the email asks that the board discuss promoting Deputy Fire Chief Peter Connick to the chief's position. Under the town's charter, the town manager is responsible fo...

Officials Debate Value Of Eldredge Garage Property

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In the summertime, a parking space in downtown Chatham can be priceless. But breaking down the potential cost of the Eldredge Garage property, depending on how the land is used, the price of a parking space there can be pegged at somewhere between $20,000 and $50,000. Speaking for a coalition of business owners and residents seeking to have the town acquire the land at the upcoming Jan. 23 special ...

CHATHAM – Justin Post, the town's building commissioner for the past four years, has resigned to take the top building department job in Wellfleet. Post's last day on the job was Friday. He starts his new position of building inspector in Wellfleet Jan. 23. “I am honored to have served the people, businesses, and contractors of the town of Chatham and also as honored to have learned from and to have worked ...

CHATHAM – This past summer, the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge attracted more plovers and terns than previous years, although productivity was mixed. According to a report by refuge wildlife biologist Kate Iaquinto, more piping plovers and terns nested on Monomoy this summer, and while tern productivity was up, fewer plover chicks fledged than last year. The refuge saw 52 pairs of federally-threatened plo...

CHATHAM — Though the headline article is the acquisition of the former Eldredge Garage property, the Jan. 23 special town meeting has a few other items to pique voter interest. The board of selectmen voted last week to close the warrant, which contains 11 articles. Selectmen voted 4-1 to recommend approval of Article 4, the acquisition of the Eldredge Garage land at 365 Main St., for possible use as open ...

AmeriCorps Works Through Snow Drifts In Thompson's Field

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Neither snow nor cold weather could keep AmeriCorps of Cape Cod staff members away from the heathlands of Thompson's Field Monday, where they worked with the town on a management program for the conservation area. Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski said AmeriCorps' fire corps was on loan from the Cape Cod National Seashore for four days this week to continue the Thompson's Field conservation mana...

Passed Over Again, Clark Hunkers Down In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Christopher Clark said on Tuesday he plans to remain in town and direct his attention to getting ready for the upcoming town meeting in May. Clark made the statement after learning late Monday night he was not selected for the town administrator's position in Millis, where he was one of three finalists. The Millis board of selectmen voted unanimously to offer the job to Michael Guz...

Selectmen Hughes And Lamantia Calling It Quits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It could be an interesting election season with two long-serving members of the board of selectmen stating they will not be candidates for re-election. Their decisions come at a time when the remaining three members of the board will have had a total of five years' experience. Selectman Peter Hughes has served for 15 years as a member of the board. He served three terms in the late 1990s and early 20...