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Selectmen Brush Up On Open Meeting Law

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Saying Selectman Amanda Love clearly didn't intend to circumvent the Open Meeting Law with a Jan. 9 email she sent to fellow board members and to the press, selectmen nonetheless acknowledged the apparent violation and underwent a short refresher course from town counsel Tuesday. The Cape Cod Chronicle filed a complaint with the board about the email, which urged board members to consider promoting...

Can Chatham Ban Pot Shops?

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are joining with Governor Charlie Baker to delay the implementation of a voter-approved law legalizing marijuana sales. Local officials are using that extra time to consider ways to keep pot retailers from opening shop in town. While voters across the state approved the law by a 54 to 46 percent margin, Selectman Dean Nicastro said that more than 57 percent of Chatham voter...

DPW Director Describes Perfect Storm Of Snow Troubles

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — As of early this week, the last remnants of the Jan. 7 snowfall had yet to vanish completely. Nor had the memories of the storm. Public Works Director Tom Temple praised the efforts of crews working to keep the roads plowed, despite a series of setbacks that left the town short of plows. Giving an update to the board of selectmen last week, Temple said it may be time for Chatham to consider using a l...

CHATHAM – Beginning Monday, Jan. 23, students at Chatham Elementary School will be looking for a little bit of good in everything. The 10-day “Look for the Good” program aims to promote mindfulness and kindness and highlight gratitude among students and faculty through a variety of activities, including a “gratitude wall” where kids can post comments about the people, places and things in their lives that they...

Waterways Chair: Bring Back Mooring Officer Position

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Saying it's time for the town to once again have a mooring officer, waterways advisory committee Chairman Peter Taylor has asked the harbormaster to quantify the cost of managing the town's mooring permits each year. “Things aren't getting done because we don't have a mooring officer,” Taylor said at last Thursday's meeting. He had asked the committee to consider requesting an audit of mooring fee ...

CHATHAM – It's been a long struggle for Dale Eldredge. A native who graduated from Chatham High School in 1993, Eldredge spent a dozen years working to acquire the title to a lot on Stony Hill Road owned by his family. Originally owned by his grandmother, the property's ownership was shared by a number of aunts and uncles; Eldredge had inherited his share when his father passed away. Over the years he was able...

CPA Funds Sought To Rehab Atwood House, VFW Hall

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — As usual, there is no shortage of ideas about how the town should spend its Community Preservation Act funds. So far there are proposals to use the money for restoration work at the Atwood House Museum and Chatham's VFW post building, and to advance the effort to create National Register historic districts in South Chatham and along Stage Harbor Road. At the Jan. 9 meeting of the community preserva...

CHATHAM – Town purchase of the downtown Eldredge Garage property will be the main focus of next Monday's special town meeting. The 11-article warrant also includes another land acquisition, several expenditure requests and a number of housekeeping measures. The meeting was called in large measure to bring the purchase of the Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. before voters. Article 4 seeks $2.5 millio...

Selectmen Approve Middle School Rental Use Policy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials are ready to move forward with the rental of space at the Harwich Middle School after the finishing touches were placed on a use policy that would provide for recreational, educational, cultural and social use of the town building. Town Administrator Christopher Clark praised the effort of Community Center Director Carolyn Carey for putting together the use policy that in most ways ref...

Irregularities Cited In CPC's Vote

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Recreation is the big winner when it comes to accessing Community Preservation Act funds in town meeting this spring. The community preservation committee last week recommended only four articles for the warrant and three are for recreation purposes. The committee met last Thursday night in a session that is questionably compliant with the Open Meeting Law. New Business on the posting of the meeting ...

New Harwich Housing Plan Cites Need For Rental Housing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's population has decreased by 1.5 percent over the past 15 years, but Harwich remains an expensive place to live and more subsidized rental housing is necessary to make the community more affordable, the latest version of the town's housing production plan concludes. The plan will be the subject of a public hearing on Jan. 30 by selectmen and the planning board. The latest version of the pla...

HARWICH — The Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative, which oversees the solar farm at the former town landfill site, is facing financial issues and has asked selectmen for assistance with funding administrative operations. Selectmen last week agreed to pay an administrative fee to the organization for its oversight of the solar array at the town's landfill, money CVEC officials say they need to stay financial...

HARWICH ─ In a matchup between cross-town rivals, the second half made the difference as Monomoy cruised to a 54-40 victory against Cape Tech in the Shark Tank on Tuesday night in Monomoy’s first home win of the season. After a bit of a slow start, Monomoy took head coach Keith Arnold’s halftime pep talk to heart and returned to the court ready for battle, dominating the third quarter 18-9. Behind many of the ...

Hoops Clinic Aims To Inspire Future Sharks

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ Members of the Monomoy girls and boys varsity basketball teams got a taste of the coaching life on Monday when they, along with their coaches, hosted a free skills clinic at the high school. The idea came from first-year boys head coach Keith Arnold, who, after accepting the job this fall, began formulating clinic plans in his mind. Though a hoped-for fall clinic wasn't possible, Martin Luther King...

HYANNIS ─ When the Mashpee-Monomoy Monarchs boys varsity ice hockey team hosted the Cape Tech-Cape Cod Academy Crusaders this past weekend, it looked like their lone first-period goal would see them through to a win. Then the Monarchs' penalties piled up as the Crusaders saw their chance and took it, ending the game in a 1-1 tie. Scoring the late-game goal for the opponents was Mike Looney, who found the net...

CHATHAM – For nearly 90 years, a small enclave on the shores of Mill Pond has seen the genesis of some of the most beautiful wooden boats built on Cape Cod. The tradition began with legendary naval architect F. Spaulding Dunbar and was carried on for the past 20 years by the Pease Brothers Boat Works and Marine Railway. As of Dec. 30, the tiller was passed to Woody Metzger and Jim Donovan, who have rechristene...