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CHATHAM – Just by walking along the shore, it's clear how much plastic washes onto the beach from the ocean. Every year, the observation is confirmed by beach cleanups, which consistently collect more plastic than any other item. It's not just a local problem; it's worldwide, as the makers of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” discovered. “It's ubiquitous, and it shouldn't be,” said Jo Ruxton, the film's ...

Shark Numbers Keep Climbing

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Researchers can't yet conclusively say how many great white sharks are in Cape waters during peak periods from August through October, but one thing is clear: Chatham and Orleans are the hot spots. In 2016, acoustic buoys off Chatham and Orleans had the most detections of any of the receivers deployed from Marshfield to Nantucket Sound. Similar results were seen in previous years. “Orleans and Cha...

CHATHAM – The town's extensive shoreline, and the public facilities which allow people to access the waterfront, are among Chatham's greatest assets. For many, it's why they vacation or buy property here. For others, it's where they make their living. It's a major economic driver, and enhancing and protecting those facilities has long been a top priority of town government. Over the next five years, officials ...

CHATHAM – The town's share of the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School annual budget will drop by $16,000 next year, but with the district eyeing a new school building, Chatham's tech school spending is likely to see a jump beginning in 2020. If the district's 12 towns vote to approve a new $141 million building in October, Chatham's annual share of the cost will be $113,000 annually over a 30-year period. ...

 HARWICH — In May, annual town meeting voters will decide a petition article that would direct the town not to use its resources to enforce federal immigration laws unless officers have a criminal warrant or evidence of probable cause of another crime. The petition article is part of a broader effort to pass the state Safe Communities Act, which is similar to the “sanctuary cities” initiatives elsewhere in t...

HARWICH — Grasping municipal finance can be like learning a foreign language. That's the sentiment of Carol Coppola, the town's prospective finance director/town accountant, who said she's eager to make the budgetary process easier for people to understand. By unanimous vote of selectmen Monday, and pending successful salary negotiations, Coppola will take the town's top finance job in about a month. Copp...

Schools Ponder Elementary Redistricting

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Given school enrollment trends, a small imbalance in class sizes between Harwich Elementary School and Chatham Elementary could grow more lopsided over time. That's the word from Monomoy Schools Superintendent Scott Carpenter, who is seeking permission to require a certain number of Harwich children to attend classes in Chatham, should that someday become necessary. The provision is included in a p...

Lightweight, single-use plastic shopping bags are now officially outlawed in Harwich and Chatham, thanks to bylaws passed by voters. And while the initiative seems to be boosting the use of reusable shopping bags, some retailers are still providing plastic bags to customers – legally. While Chatham's ban has been in effect only since Jan. 1, the Harwich prohibition has been in place for nearly a year. “It h...

Harwich Summer Campers Coming To Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — In Chatham, there will be a lot of happy campers this summer – even if some of their parents aren't. After more than 20 years operating from Harwich Elementary School, Monomoy Cooperative Learning Program (MCLP) will be temporarily relocating its summer program to the Monomoy Middle School in Chatham while the elementary school undergoes cleaning and renovation. It means a longer drive for parents ...

Health Board Proposes Under-21 Tobacco Sales Ban

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — If the health board has its way, people under the age of 21 soon won't be able to purchase cigarettes or other tobacco products in Harwich. The board is seeking public comment on draft regulations which would also extend the ban to nicotine-delivery devices like e-cigarettes. Though the draft rules have various provisions, the key section prohibits under-21 sales, Health Director Paula Champagne sa...

Nauset's Carlisle Nash A Ruler Of The Pool

By: Kat Szmit

It's been quite a season for Chatham's Carlisle Nash, whose prowess in the pool with the Nauset swim team not only earned him a trip to the state championship, but has also made Nash one to watch next year during his senior season. Just don't blink when he's in the water, or you'll likely miss him. Nash started competitively swimming about six years ago, having gotten his start in the sport after being enrolle...

Eberly Award Keeps Dan Eberly At Center Ice

By: Kat Szmit

ORLEANS ─ Dan Eberly put his hockey pads away some time ago, but each year without fail he can be found on the ice in Boston once again, presenting a key award at the annual Beanpot Tournament. It's an award he knows well, especially since the Eberly Award is named after him and his brother. First presented in 1974, the award is given annually to the goalie with the best save percentage in the tournament. Th...

Kat's Pause: Deserved Recognition

By: Kat Szmit

Imagine you're a high school student athlete. You've dedicated yourself to a sport you love, putting in long hours training both in formal practices and on your own. Now imagine it's game day. You're pumped. You're ready. But because you're a girl, the stands – in stark contrast to boys' games – are pretty much empty. It happens each season to almost every girl's team, and it's time for a change. The disparity...

Comic Timing Maximizes Laughs In Eventide's 'Fools'

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Sometimes it’s enjoyable to play the fool, but what if you were doomed to play it forever — and even worse, your whole town was intellectually challenged? This is the basic premise of The Eventide Theatre Company’s delightfully silly “Fools.” Set in the 1800s, Ricky Bourgeois plays the mildly-pompous Russian schoolteacher Leon Steponovich Tolchinsky, who has come to teach the doctor’s beautiful but dim...

Letters to the Editor, March 2

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

AOC Empowers Local Youth Editor: Each year, fifth grade students at Monomoy Regional Middle School immerse themselves in reading and writing poetry. The process includes creating original art which is an integral part of the poetry itself. Thanks to the hard work and generosity of The Art of Charity, this year students will also have a much-needed electronic tablet which will help them share their...

Harwich Housing: Opportunities Or Obstacles?

By: Russ Allen

Hidden away on a cul-de-sac in Harwich Center (not Harwich Port as advertised) is the latest mega-mansion to be added to our town’s housing inventory. Described as “located near,” but actually about a mile from Saquatucket Harbor, this 5,600-square-foot luxury residence, sitting on a large tract of land, has six bedrooms, the same number of bathrooms, a “beautiful chef’s kitchen,” two (count them) master bedroom ...