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Chatham Selectmen Back Eldredge Garage Purchase

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Selectmen voted Tuesday to support town purchase of the Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. “It's a potential gem for the town, to accomplish multiple purposes,” said Selectman Dean Nicastro. Although primarily being considered to expand downtown parking, the 1.2 acres could also serve as open space and for historic preservation, he said. The $2.5 million purchase will be put before voters at...

CHATHAM – By early this week, some 80 percent of this year's 7,500 First Night Chatham buttons had been sold. While the New Year's Eve event regularly sells out, the buttons are disappearing faster and faster every year. Usually they're gone by the early afternoon Dec. 31; last year it was 10 a.m. A steady stream of button buyers stopped by First Night headquarters, tucked just off Main Street behind Bella o...

2016 Was A Year Of Contasts In Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It was a year of contrasts in Chatham. A number of long-standing projects came to fruition in 2016, including completion of a new fire station, the opening of the new Mitchell River drawbridge, and the construction of a new bridge over Muddy Creek. But it was also a year when progress on several key issues was frustratingly slow. The dispute over the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildli...

CHATHAM – Currently the town has two historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places – the Old Village and the Marconi/RCA Wireless Receiving Station. Last week the historical commission set in motion plans to nominate up to four more districts to the National Register, putting a high priority on two of the areas, Stage Harbor Road and South Chatham. The commission endorsed a plan by the ...

CHATHAM — Acknowledging that it doesn't replace the state Open Meeting Law, a split board of selectmen last week adopted a policy encouraging the chairmen of town committees to allow public comment at their meetings whenever possible. Drafted by resident Norman Pacun and amended by selectmen, the statement acknowledges the Open Meeting Law and the need both for public participation in government and for orde...

'Helping Neighbors' Campaign Sprints To The Finish

By: Alan Pollock

With the clock running down on The Chronicle's annual “Helping Neighbors” campaign for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, donations were continuing to arrive, and a generous matching grant is now in effect. Thanks to an anonymous family of Chatham summer residents, donations postmarked now through New Year's Eve will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. As of Dec. 22, however, a gap of more than $17,00...

A Haunted Forest Proposed For Halloween In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Grand Slam Entertainment has some haunting plans for the commercial site it operates along Route 28 just west of Sisson Road. The entertainment center has operated bumper boats and batting cages there over the past 28 years, and this past year they added a zip line. But this is where it gets scary. Owner Phillip “Skip” Fennell was before the conservation commission last week discussing the creation o...

Opposition Builds Against Chatham Road Farm

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Abutters are pushing to see how resilient The Resilient Family Farm will be in a residential neighborhood off Chatham Road. Several neighbors were before the conservation commission last week complaining about the intensity of farm use and charging the town dropped the ball in allowing the commercial farm to plant roots in their neighborhood. “We have already experienced, at times, palpable lev...

HARWICH — Looking back at Harwich in 2016, there have been a number of positive accomplishments, including putting in place the comprehensive wastewater management plan, construction of an artificial reef offshore and completion of the Muddy Creek Bridge project. But the town also suffered a few setbacks, including a delay in the waterside renovations planned for Saquatucket Harbor for a year based on the abse...

Looking Back On Sports In 2016

By: Kat Szmit

The end of the year is an excellent time to reflect, recharge, and especially remember, and in the local sports world, whether it was expanded teams, coaching changes, tournament runs, or athletes making names for themselves, 2016 offered much to look back on. See a gallery of 2016 sports photos here .

2016 In Photos

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Sharks.  Orcas. Bridges. A new fire station.  A new reef.   These are just some of the events of the past year.  Relive the events of 2016 in our year-end photo gallery here .

2016 Was A Lively Year For The Arts

By: Debra Lawless

Chatham, Harwich and Orleans are meccas for art lovers. In 2016 both homegrown talent and visiting artists livened up the painting, photography, film, theater, music and literary scenes. Here is a look at some of the year’s highlights. Chatham was abuzz as “The Finest Hours,” a tale of the February, 1952 sinking of the SS Pendleton, premiered at the Chatham Orpheum Theater on Jan. 28. The Disney movie was film...

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 29

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Use Freedom Of Speech Now Editor: I do not know Tom Johnson, Sr., but he speaks truth when he tells us to “speak out”(Chronicle, Dec. 15) How right he is! President-elect Trump is traveling the country, gloating about his win,  with the same noxious rants that he had during the  campaign to large meetings of his base corps, the “deplorables” who still chant “put her in jail.” Encouraged then and now to b...

In Memorium

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's the time of year to look back and remember not only the events of the past year, as we do in this issue, but also the community members to whom we bid adieu. Our region is blessed with a population of interesting, engaged folks, some of whom have astonishing backgrounds that often don't come to light until we read about it in their obituary. From financial wizards to fishermen, architects to art dealers, we ...

2016: It Wasn't All About Wastewater

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — In many ways, the last quarter of the year was a watershed for water quality efforts. In October, town meeting voted 369-98 to spend $3.2 million by June 2017 on the next stage of a coordinated effort to reduce nitrogen levels in local waters, including investigation of treated wastewater disposal sites, experiments with innovative nitrogen removal schemes, engineering studies for a downtown sewer ...