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50-year-old Chatham Man Dies In Boston Crash

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A 50-year-old Chatham man died in a crash in Boston early Sunday morning, according to state police.  The man was identified by state police late Sunday as Daniel P. Lee. According to a state police press release, troopers responded to a call at 12:40 a.m. in South Boston.  A 2014 Volvo S60 had left Interstate 93 northbound near exit 14. The vehicle went over the guardrail, became airborne, rolled over and ...

Chatham Turkey Trot Video

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

More than 2,000 runners, walkers and strollers flocked to the Chatham Turkey Trot Thursday morning.  Bags of groceries donated as part of the registration fee filled the back of a truck, destined for local food pantries via the Lower Cape Outreach Council. Watch next Thursday's paper for more information and photos.

CHATHAM – For some 20 years, the Chatham Candy Manor has offered a selection of hand-made chocolates at the holidays to benefit a local non-profit organization. The “Generous Indulgence” gift box provides a way for the downtown shop to give back to the community. This year, to help boost the proceeds that will go to this year's beneficiary, Monomoy Community Services (MCS), a special Candy Manor T-shirt is als...

CHATHAM – After very little sleep, illustrator Bob Staake awoke on the morning of Nov. 9 to an email from the art director at The New Yorker magazine looking for ideas for the following week's cover reflecting the outcome of the election. Staake had already developed some concepts for a cover assuming Hillary Clinton was the victor, so he had to shift gears and wrap his mind around the previously unthinkable f...

CHATHAM – A boundary dispute prompted the planning board to reject a subdivision plan for a key parcel in the West Chatham village center. Eastward Companies, which purchased the former Sibley property at 1610 Main St. earlier this year, filed a preliminary two-lot subdivision plan in May to freeze zoning on the 87,082-square-foot parcel. At the May annual town meeting, the West Chatham flexible development ov...

EMS Providers Prepare For The Worst

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — When a bus overturns, a mass shooter strikes, or a car plows through a crowd of pedestrians, it can do more than cause lots of casualties. It can overwhelm the regional network of responders, ambulances and hospitals. Working under a new statewide emergency medical services plan for mass casualty incidents, Lower Cape firefighters are learning how to quickly size up an emergency and call in additio...

CHATHAM – Due to ongoing construction work, the boat launching ramp at the town-owned Old Mill Boatyard will be closed Monday through Friday beginning this week. The ramp will be open over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Nov. 24 to 27, but will close again on Monday, Nov. 28. Thereafter, it will be open on weekends through mid February, when the Old Mill Boatyard construction project is expected to be comple...

Water Conservation Rules On Tap For Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — New water conservation rules for swimming pools and in-ground sprinkler systems are working their way down the pipeline. The draft regulations call for all new residential irrigation systems to be connected to private wells, where they are available, starting on April 1, 2018. Property owners who have a private well suitable for irrigation will be required to use it, rather than using town water, for...

Bridge Street Land Eyed For Upweller, Public Access

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town-owned property at 90 Bridge St. has a lot of advantages: it's in a prime waterfront location, it has key permits in place, and it's not tied up with an existing use. But the land has a major drawback: it's tiny. Acting on voters' mandate to use the property to benefit many different uses, the town's three waterways-related committees met jointly last week to prioritize those potential uses...

Holidays Are The Time For 'Helping Neighbors'

By: Alan Pollock

For most people on the Cape, summertime is the busy season. But each winter, thousands of Cape residents seek help from The Family Pantry of Cape Cod. That’s the time when families often have the toughest time making ends meet. And the extra expenses of the holiday season only make things worse. To help meet the holiday and year-round needs of this often overlooked population, the Cape Cod Chronicle is lending...

Police: Marijuana Grow Operation Sparks Garage Fire

By: Alan Pollock , Kat Szmit

HARWICH — Police say a garage fire in the Great Sand Lakes neighborhood Tuesday was sparked by a large marijuana growing operation. No one was hurt in the fire at 20 Freshwater Rd., which was discovered by neighbors shortly before 4 p.m. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming from the rear of the attached garage. Crews extinguishing the flames allegedly discovered a large number of marijuana plants. A...

Clark Bypassed For Yarmouth Job

By: William F. Galvin

Harwich Town Administrator Christopher Clark was bypassed for the town administrator job in the town of Yarmouth on Saturday, when selectmen there voted unanimously to hire former Westfield mayor Daniel M. Knapik. Clark was one of two finalists interviewed by Yarmouth. However, after a hour-and-15-minute interview, the board chose Knapik, who is presently employed as the director of the Green Communities Divis...

Harwich Resident Marina Brock Shaping Federal EPA Policy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Marina Brock has been known for her commitment to public health across Barnstable County for more than 30 years. Now she will have her voice heard on environmental issues at the federal level. Brock, a Harwich resident for most of her life, has been appointed to a government advisory committee within the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role she will serve with 14 other members in provi...

At Thanksgiving, Brax Serves Up Community Spirit

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — For almost a quarter century, Brax Landing has made sure that nobody in town has to be alone on Thanksgiving. This year, owners Tad Peavey and Jeff Gomes will be serving up 800 turkey dinners as part of their free Thanksgiving dinner for seniors. That's 200 more than they prepared just three years ago. They'll be accommodating all of the guests in three seatings, but it promises to be a full h...

Neighborhood Group Wins Oyster Creek Dredge Permit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Oyster Creek Preservation, Inc., the neighborhood association around the lagoon off Allen Harbor, will be allowed to provide maintenance dredging and expand the channel width in the creek, the conservation commission decided last week. The issuance of the notice of intent was a much easier process this time than the same initiative more than a decade ago. OCP at that time appealed a commission's deci...

Chatham Road Farm Stop Work Order Lifted

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It will take a lot to work to put in place proper permitting for The Resilient Family Farm off Chatham Road, but the conservation commission agreed last week to lift a stop work order to begin moving the project forward. There are a number of issues that need clarifying on the 9.14-acre site just east of Lovers Lane. Owner Barry Viprino and his attorney, Ben Zehnder, were before the commission last W...