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Red Cross Honors Local Heroes

By: Alan Pollock

HYANNIS — As they do each year, the local chapter of the American Red Cross presented medals for heroism Friday, and a number of the honorees were from the Lower Cape. Last July, Nauset Marine employee Olivia Underwood was cleaning a boat when she saw a sudden flash in a nearby boat. She rushed to find that a fire had ignited the clothes of her coworker, Joe Pires; without hesitating, she doused him with wat...

Habitat Faces More Issues On West Harwich Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod put forward a new ownership agreement to address site control issues raised by the appeals board last week, but ran into new concerns about whether rental units in the historic Judah Chase House were legally permitted. The nonprofit is seeking a comprehensive permit for an eight-lot subdivision that would provide six-affordable homes off Route 28 in West Harwich. Two ...

WEST HARWICH — A long shadow of sexual abuse came to light this week with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River settling eight sexual abuse cases against the late Rev. James Nickel, who served as a priest in Holy Trinity Church from 1972 to 1978. Seven of the eight boys sexually abused by Nickel were alter boys. Six of them served in Holy Trinity Church and one at Our Lady of Annunciation in Dennisport. The...

DEP Conducts Appeal Hearing On Resilient Family Farm

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The state Department of Environmental Protection conducted an onsite hearing last week at the Resilient Family Farm off Chatham Road at the request of owner Barry Dino Viprino, who is asking the state to reverse a conservation commission ruling that the farm is not exempt from Wetland Protection Act provisions. The commission made the decision at a hearing in mid-February after determining the farm h...

Harwich To Sell Tax Liens To Private Investor

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With $5.7 million in tax liens sitting on the books, Treasurer/Tax Collector Amy Bullock has made the decision to sell the liabilities to a private investor. The sale could provide the town with a quick infusion of money. Bullock brought the idea to selectmen nearly a year ago, pointing out state law allows municipalities to sell tax liens to private investors. She said this week the town presently h...

Monomoy Softball Off To A Strong Start

By: Kat Szmit

SOUTH YARMOUTH ─ Though the D-Y Dolphins eked out a 3-2 victory on Monday against the Monomoy Sharks, the visiting Sharks certainly gave them a fight in the pitchers' duel. Mollie Charest added another 10 strikeouts to her ever-increasing count for the season as the Sharks held their own and then some against the non-league hosts. Monomoy hit the scoreboard first in the outing when Emma Thacher swung into...

HARWICH ─ Monomoy High has more than a dozen competitive sports throughout the school year, and though there are no fees for students who want to play, there are costs. To help defray those costs, the school's relatively new Monomoy Unified Booster Club is holding its first-ever mattress sale fundraiser in May. On May 7, those in the market for a new mattress, including area inns, are invited to visit the gy...

Kat's Pause: More Villagers Needed

By: Kat Szmit

If you've been to a game at, or have driven past, the Monomoy Athletic Complex, you've seen the beginnings of what will eventually become the school's snack bar and restroom facility. When it's complete, it will provide a place for teams to earn much-needed money through food and memorabilia sales, and will offer fans a place to “go” in comfort. So let's get it finished. Work initially began on the structure l...

Along the Sidelines

By: Kat Szmit

Monomoy Boys Lacrosse Celebrates First Varsity Win The Monomoy boys lacrosse team earned its first win as a varsity program this week, defeating Sturgis West 11-10 on the road on Monday. Connor Santoni scored four goals for the Sharks, while Rory Carpenter, Kyle Gabri, and Connor Deveau each netted two and Elijah Beasley scored one. Nick Malone had some strong saves in goal, while the defense was led b...

School News, April 13, 2017

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School Third Graders Study Water Table Ranger Barbara from the National Seashore taught the third graders about the water table, how pollution impacts our water, and how pollution can be cleaned up. The third graders had models in which they made ponds, added food coloring (for “pollution"), watched how the "pollution" drained into the water table, and then worked to clean up their mo...

You ’ d never know that off of Route 6A, down a dirt road about a half mile from the sign that gleams “ Cape Rep ” beside a big yellow house, a creative community is growing and alive within the restored theaters tucked behind the trees. But Director Maura Hanlon and her troupe of actors know exactly where to go to find creative respite three times a week. Cape Rep Young Compa...

Revetment Decision Provides Guidance

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

While it's only a coincidence that the release of an administrative decision regarding a proposed revetment on Shore Road came just days after a new break was formed in South Beach a few miles to the south, both events highlight the dynamics of Chatham's eastern shoreline and provide guidance as to how officials can approach these highly complex issues. The administrative decision upholding the denial of a 108...

Mussel Up Or Waste Away

By: Donna Tavano

We love our water; we love to drink it, cook with it, wash our whitey whites in it, bathe in it and swim and fish in it. But once we’ve used it, the love affair is over. We just want to flush it out of our lives, which is what we’ve been doing for a good long time. Water conservation and its waste is not a new concept. Greek playwright Aeschylus in 470 BC penned, “By polluting clean water with slime you will ne...

Letters to the Editor, April 13, 2017

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Questions Need For Chatham PAC Editor: I write in response to the letter from Rick Leavitt describing a new group called Chatham Citizens for Responsible Government (CCRG), which is self-described as a Political Action Committee, a PAC.  The letter also stated that CCRG “pledges to work diligently for a responsible town government, fairly addressing the needs of one Chatham.”    That’s not wha...

Neville J. Coomber

By: Morris O'Connor Blute Funeral Home

HARWICH - Neville J. Coomber, 47 of Harwich was taken from us suddenly on April 8, 2017. He was the loving and devoted husband of Megan VanNatter Coomber for nearly 17 years. He was an exceptional father to Cameron N. Coomber, Tristan D. Coomber and Isabella R. Coomber. Neville was born on July 24, 1969 in Englewood, N.J. and lived in Ridgewood, before coming to Cape Cod with his family at the age of three. H...

Senior Times: Ralph Smith, From Magistrate To Volunteer

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Some volunteers possess a quality beyond mere free time and a willingness to do some good free of compensation. The ones who really stand out are those who, when working with those in need, manage to minimize any feelings of discomfort associated with needing help, replacing them with warmth and camaraderie. Such a person is retired federal judge Ralph Smith of Harwich, age 80, who volunteers at both the Harwich ...