CHATHAM – Selectmen Tuesday unanimously rejected a change to the regional school agreement that would have allowed a realignment of elementary school grades. After hearing from a number of residents who vehemently opposed the change proposed by the Monomoy Regional School Committee, board members agreed they had to uphold the promise made to residents when schools were regionalized five years ago to maintain a...
HARWICH ─ Three years ago Dillon Murphy had something of a crisis. Though he loved his job as owner/operator of the Land Ho! in Harwich Port, he didn't love the time it cost him with his wife and children. Longing for a life beyond Cape Cod, Murphy knew it was time to make a change. Fortunately, change can be good. Not only has Murphy's family embarked on a new adventure, but the Land Ho! has found itself an enth...
By: Staff Reports
HARWICH PORT — The board of directors of WE CAN has chosen a new executive director to lead the women’s advocacy group. Cape native Dianne Gauthier is a development consultant with Lower Cape Outreach who worked previously with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts; she is set to begin work later this month. Gauthier will succeed Andi Genser, who will retire later this year. “I am greatly inspired by W...
By: Alan Pollock
HARWICH — Town Administrator Christopher Clark has proposed a balanced omnibus budget of $65.4 million for fiscal 2019, which has some modest service increases but otherwise holds the line on spending. The lean budget is one part of a larger plan to help the town boost its bond rating, which could save taxpayers millions when it comes to building a sewer system. Clark’s plan includes a $23.8 million operatin...
By: Alan Pollock
HARWICH — Sam Hein’s father was a missionary in Africa, traveling from village to village teaching tribal elders to read and write. He told all of his pupils the same thing: when you’ve mastered the language, pass on those skills to another person. As principal at Harwich Elementary School, Hein draws a parallel between his father’s experience and his own 12 years of mentoring educators. “When they can do it...
HARWICH ─ Each member of the Monomoy boys basketball team set foot on the court Feb. 8 when the Sharks defeated Sturgis East 64-36 at home. While the victory was certainly a whole-team win for Monomoy, which currently sits at second place in the Cape and Islands League, two players put forth stellar performances for the Sharks. Isaiah Stafford had a game-high 22 points for his team, followed by Nick Meehan w...
By: Kat Szmit
HYANNIS ─ The Monarchs brought serious intensity to their senior night match against the Rams on Feb. 10, but were stymied at every turn from scoring while their opponents eked out a 3-0 victory that left more than a few fans shaking their heads in frustration. It seemed the Monarchs couldn't catch a break during the game, incurring all manner of penalties from officials who seemed to look the other way more...
By: Kat Szmit
If you stopped by a recent rehearsal of the Monomoy High spring musical “All Shook Up,” you might have wondered who the young man was giving students directions. That young man was none other than Broadway performer Robi Hager, who has been lending his insight and experiences to MRHS shows for the past four years. Hager, a talented thespian and vocalist, is a former student of Monomoy music teacher Rose Richar...
By: Russ Allen
CHATHAM – Speakers at a forum last Sunday agreed: Climate Change is real – and humanity bears most of the responsibility for it. Sea levels will rise as much as two to six feet by the end of this century, with higher levels resulting from storms. The coastlines of the Cape, and many key facilities such as hospitals, schools, fire and police departments, and government buildings, will be affected. Reducing the ...
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Kudos For Coming Forward Editor: Kudos to Meg McCarthy and Alan Young for their terrific Jan. 18 letters and to Ms. McCarthy for her courage to come forward at her own expense! Though women are still relegated to second class membership in the Catholic Church, it took a woman to speak out so forcefully and publicly! This is my first letter written to The Cape Cod Chronicle and I've lived here for almost 15 y...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
The Cape, and the Chatham-Harwich-Orleans region in particular, face an increasingly acute crisis. Middle class working people can't afford to live here. As Chatham Housing Authority Chairman Alan Mowry told the board of selectmen last week, the town, and the Cape, need to decide if it's going to be a destination, or a community. Right now it's heading more toward the former and is less and less the latter. Th...
By: Andrew Buckley
There has been a surprising bit of turnover on our little road of late. Not the literal kind that happens at this time every year, when potholes from trucks appear and frost heaves erupt to crack the 10-foot width of pavement overnight. Rather, it is the sale of homes by longtime year-round neighbors. In a neighborhood of maybe a couple dozen homes, four homes sold or listed for sale feels like a lot. It does ...
Xenia A. Christiansen February 28, 1929 – February 4, 2018 Chatham - Xenia A. Christiansen, 85, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 4 2018. Born on February 28, 1932 in San Nicolas, Aruba to John and Beatrice De Abreu. She was the second eldest of seven children. She came to the United States with her family in June 1940 at 8 years old. She became a citizen ...
Edith L. (Gotthardt) Mielke ORLEANS – Edith L. (Gotthardt) Mielke, 96, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018. She was the wife of the late Herbert G. Mielke. Edith graduated from high school in 1939 in New Jersey then attended business college. She married her beloved Herbert in 1941 and they lived in Texas, Idaho, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. On Cap...
Mary Elizabeth Larkin Mary Elizabeth Larkin, 68, of Harwich, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Dan and Mary Larkin. Mary was raised in Milton and summered with her family in Harwich. She graduated from Milton High School and attended Katherine Gibbs School in Boston and Digital University as well as Harvard University in School of Indu...
If you work at home you may miss, from time to time, the companionship and collegiality of co-workers. The Pants Factory at 101 Route 6A in Orleans, which just passed its eight-month mark since opening on June 1, offers a shared work space. And with it comes a community without the usual office politics. “People who work remotely are decentralized. People miss a bit of community,” says Andrew Stern who, wit...