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With a projected sea level rise of between 1.2 and 2.9 feet, Pleasant Bay could lose as much as half of its 392 acres of landside intertidal resource area by 2100, according to a new report sponsored by the Pleasant Bay Alliance. While the barrier beach that protects the bay from the Atlantic will remain intact, its configuration and rate of inlet formation and evolution will be different than it has in the pa...

Leah Mary-May Roy

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Leah Mary-May Roy             Leah Mary-May Roy, of Harwich, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017. She was born earlier the same day, the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Desmarais) Roy. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 20 th at 10 AM at Island Pond Cemetery in Harwich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made either to the Cape Cod Hospital Blood Bank or to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. ...

DOROTHY B. FARRELL

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DOROTHY B. FARRELL July 8, 1922 – May 5, 2017               Dorothy Benson Farrell, 94 wonderful years old, died in her Chatham home surrounded by loved ones on Friday, May 5th.                    Dotty was born July 8, 1922 in Arlington to Esther and Oscar Benson and was raised in Watertown with her doting brother Donald.  In seventh grade dancing school she met her future husband David, who eve...

CHATHAM – Fred and Lindsay Bierwirth were driving by the former Campari's Restaurant on Orleans Road when they both had one of those “aha” moments. The couple was at a crossroads in their life; Fred was working for an investment research firm and was ready for something different. Lindsay, a stay-at-home mom who also does research for author Michael Thompson, wanted to move back to her hometown to raise their ...

CHATHAM — The board of selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to pitch in $7,500 to support the legal battle to stop Eversource from spraying herbicides on power line right-of-ways on the Cape. The board also voted to send a letter to the Barnstable county commissioners urging them to support the effort. The vote came several weeks after selectmen opted to send a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Agricu...

CHATHAM – With an accelerated construction schedule, the West Chatham Roadway Project can be completed in two construction seasons, according to a construction time determination study by project manager Howard Stein Hudson. The timeline includes early relocation of utilities and a moratorium on work during the winter and assumes both multiple work zones and delaying the state's usual summer work moratorium un...

Shareen Davis Wins Chatham Selectmen's Race

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — By a healthy margin of 1,289 to 706, Shareen Davis unseated Selectman Seth Taylor in last Thursday's annual town election. Davis began her three-year term the following day, when she took her oath of office. The selectman's race was the only contested one on the ballot. Davis thanked those who backed her campaign. “We had a really good support team of volunteers,” she said. A series of meet-a...

Death Café: A Relaxed Chat About Mortality

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Death Café is back by popular demand. On Monday, May 22 at 10 a.m. at the Stony Hill Road senior center, Beacon Hospice director of operations Carla Torres and bereavement coordinator Judy Hunter will facilitate the Death Café, an opportunity to breathe life into conversations about mortality. What is a Death Café ? Death Café is a global movement designed to bring discussion about dea...

Sharks Return To Kate Gould Park Friday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Once again, dozens of five-foot-long, brightly decorated sharks will be swimming into Kate Gould Park. The Chatham Merchants Association-sponsored Sharks in the Park, one of the town's most popular events and a sure indication that summer is on the way, will be set up this Friday, May 19, and will be open to the public thereafter. Local businesses sponsor the sharks, which local artists decorate u...

Liberty Commons Curbs Water Use

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH CHATHAM — Faced with the potential of someday paying a premium as one of the town's largest consumers of drinking water, Broad Reach Healthcare is turning down the tap. The parent company of Liberty Commons and the Victorian announced last week that it voluntarily put in place water conservation measures that, at least at first blush, seem to be having a beneficial effect. Based on an analysis of ac...

Selectmen Worried Tax Lien Auction Will Hurt Some

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has taken steps to move forward with its plan to auction tax liens as a means of generating revenue from delinquent payments on property taxes. But selectmen on Monday night expressed concern that the initiative is moving too fast and questioned whether the necessary homework has been done. The town has scheduled the auction for June 6 and a list of tax titles scheduled to be assigned and tr...

Brooks Library Painting Bids Nearly $150K Over Budget

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It has not been an easy process getting paint on the historic Brooks Free Library building. The town has been working for a couple of years on a plan to restore the face of the buildings that house the library, a bank building, built in 1855 and the Brooks building, built in 1880. The painting plan has drawn a lot of review and discussion on how to move forward and whether or not to restore the wh...

HARWICH PORT — A little triangular oasis of public space in Harwich Port, Doane Park is looking particularly green this week, thanks to a lot of community cooperation – and a little good karma. The park has a new irrigation system that waters both the grass and the garden beds maintained by the Garden Club of Harwich. It replaces an old, failing system that left major dry patches in some places and leaked wa...

HARWICH — Despite a selectmen's race and seven Proposition 2½ funding questions on Tuesday's annual election ballot, voters showed little interest in who will run the community or what the cost of living will be, with just 1,758 voters cast ballots, a 17 percent turnout. In a bit of deja vu, the two new selectmen have previously served in the office. Yet Larry Ballantine and Donald Howell barely out-distancing...

Clark Contract Extension Awaits New Board Members

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Christopher Clark will have to wait until after this week's election to see if he can win a two-year extension to his contract, selectmen decided Monday. There was support for extending the contract. Outgoing Selectman Peter Hughes cited the favorable review of the board and suggested they should be moving forward. But the three remaining selectmen were more comfortable having that...

HARWICH — Selectmen received a public records request from Leo Cakounes Monday night seeking emails sent and received by W. Matthew Hart in his capacity as chairman of the Saquatucket Harbor development committee and the waterways committee. If the committees have been deliberating through email, that would be a violation of the state Open Meeting Law, Cakounes said. “It has come to my attention that Mr. Hart ...