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Youngsters Enjoy 'First Sail' With PBCB

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — Increasingly, it's possible for youngsters to grow up on Cape Cod without spending any time on the water. It's a trend that Pleasant Bay Community Boating is hoping to reverse. Last week, third graders from Chatham and Harwich clamored aboard PBCB's Flying Scots and took spins around Pleasant Bay, as part of the organization's “First Sail” outreach program. The goal, Executive Director Charlie S...

CHATHAM – Asserting that the former bowling alley building at 45 Chatham Bars Ave. has been used consistently over the years and has never been abandoned, Chatham Bars Inn has appealed a town order to stop all use of the structure. It was only after the town decided it wanted the property for public parking that officials decided the structure was abandoned, the appeal states. The appeal calls the town's claim...

Watchword For Summer Boating Season: Caution

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Whether on the water for business or fun, boaters in and around Chatham know one thing for sure – nothing about these beautiful salty waterways stays the same for long. Hoping to learn more about the current condition of local waters and harbors as the boating season begins, more than 150 people turned out for Saturday’s Harbor Updates at the Chatham Community Center. The event, sponsored by the Monomoy Yacht ...

CHATHAM – If you're used to getting your gas or snacks at Cumberland Farms in the wee hours of the morning, you're out of luck this summer. Even though the former Cumberland Farms store at 849 Main St. was open 24 hours a day during the summer months, the new store at the downtown rotary won't have around-the-clock hours. Citing the new store's proximity to a residential neighborhood, the planning board rej...

CHATHAM – The opening of the Mitchell River Bridge has been pushed back a week to Monday, June 20. Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation told selectmen last month that the opening of the new drawbridge to traffic was anticipated on June 14, but warned that the date was tentative. Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon said Tuesday that the agency requested that the opening be moved back a ...

Citizens Craft Landscaping Plan For West Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With the contentious West Chatham traffic plan now all but decided, a group of citizens is thinking about landscaping, lighting and other features of the new streetscape. The $3.47 million roadway redesign, which includes the elimination of the center turning lane and the construction of roundabouts at the Route 28 intersections of George Ryder and Barn Hill roads, includes a limited amount of landsc...

Town Won't Pursue Eldredge Garage Purchase

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Selectmen have decided not to pursue purchase of the Eldredge Garage property as a potential municipal parking lot, according to a statement released late Tuesday by Town Manager Jill Goldsmith. A number of factors went into the decision, reached during an executive session May 31, according to Chairman Jeffrey Dykens. Environmental issues were a major concern. The town commissioned a phase one en...

EAST HARWICH — Town officials joined with regional transportation planners this week to begin shaping a road safety audit for the intersection of Route 39 and Pleasant Bay Road. The audit will not provide recommendations, but it will examine all options for safety improvements at the busy intersection. More than a year ago town officials began examining a roundabout at the intersection, considered one of the m...

Harwich Garden Club Dressing Up Town's Streetscape

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Garden Club of Harwich has taken on a major beautification project in Harwich Center and Harwich Port. The club is providing floral artistry in 43 black polyethylene planters that have been placed along major roadways. Garden Club President Diane DiGennaro made a presentation to selectmen this past winter relating to the club beautification efforts in town and said the most ambitious project this...

EAST HARWICH — The entrance to the expanded section of Evergreen Cemetery along Route 39 got a facelift over the past couple of weeks with floral and tree plantings designed and implemented by students from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School's horticulture program. “As a school we like to help out the town of Harwich because they help us out with different projects,” horticulture teacher Bob DelVecchio sa...

HARWICH ─ As Monomoy Valedictorian Catie Barr struggled to write her graduation speech, she grappled with the concept of telling a story. Then she realized her challenge was in trying to tell one story for the 105 members of the Class of 2016. “I realized there isn't just one or two stories to tell,” said Barr to her fellow graduates, as well as their families and friends. “In just a few years of being toget...

Cape Tech Grads Set to 'Get The Job Done'

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The hour before commencement at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School was nothing short of controlled chaos. As members of the Class of 2016 milled about, snapping selfies and group photos, others stood in line to collect the traditional yellow roses, while others still sought assistance in tying ties or straightening caps, tassels, and sashes. Before long, however, it was time to line up for one la...

Late Start For Nesting Piping Plovers This Season

By: William F. Galvin

It has been a bit of a late start for nesting piping plovers this year. “What we're seeing, especially in Chatham and Harwich, are birds coming in later this year,” Katharine Parsons, director of the Coastal Waterbird Program for Mass Audubon, said this week. “They've been late this year, late in arriving and slightly late in nesting,” concurred Ted Keon, Chatham Coastal Resource Director. “It was a slow st...

HARWICH PORT — Supporting the Family Pantry of Cape Cod is more than important. It can be downright elegant. More than 350 people turned out for the organization's annual gala at the Wychmere Harbor Club Sunday. The fundraiser was hosted by Tom and Shelly O'Neill, David and Nicky Metzler, Kip and Stephanie O'Neill and Paul and Mary Jo Barrett. “I thought it was wonderful,” Executive Director Christine Mena...

CHATHAM ─ The Monomoy girls golf team had what one player dubbed a “roller coaster” day in the MIAA State Championship, but when all was said and done at Eastward Ho! Country Club, the Sharks placed third overall with a final score of 408. Annie Howard shot a 121, while Erin Smeltzer had a 117 and Caroline Howard shot a 115. Haley Rae recorded a 106, and Maddie Leonard echoed her score from the team's big So...

Monomoy Tennis Falls To Cohasset In Tourney

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ At Monomoy's graduation on Sunday, someone spoke about the school's athletic teams and their hard-fought losses. The girls tennis team endured such a loss in the MIAA Div. 3 South quarterfinals on Monday, battling fiercely but ultimately falling 3-2 to Cohasset. “I think we were lucky to get out of here with a 3-2 win,” said Cohasset head coach Gigi Meehan. “This is a really tough team. We all knew...