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CHATHAM – A training session for selectmen and airport commissioners conducted by representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration has prompted questions from an outspoken opponent of skydiving at the town's airport. David Bixby, a member of the group that is suing the town to block the return of skydiving, questioned why the session was held behind closed doors and whether those attending violated the s...

Man Unhurt After Boat Capsizes

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A Chatham man was cold and wet but uninjured after his boat capsized near the north inlet late Tuesday afternoon. Harbormaster Stuart Smith said the single man aboard the 22-foot center console boat, identified as fisherman Justin Pascarelli of Chatham, was in the area of the inlet when his boat rolled in the surf. Smith said Pascarelli waded to a nearby sand bar, and thanks to a waterproof cell ph...

HBDC Told Eldredge Garage Stable Can't Be Saved

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – No matter who ends up owning the Eldredge Garage, the oldest building on the property, built about 120 years ago as a stable, will likely have to be torn down. Although determined to be historically significant, the building is in such poor condition that it is not salvageable, several people told the historic business district commission during a hearing last Wednesday. The best that could be hoped ...

CHATHAM – A proposal to demolish a 150-year-old home on Stage Harbor Road has rekindled a push to have the historic street placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historical commission last week imposed an 18-month demolition delay on the Greek Revival house at 271 Stage Harbor Rd., and asked town staff to prepare documentation to submit to the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), the fir...

All Aboard The Cookie Express!

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Well before the sale begins, there's a line of people in the rear foyer at the First Congregational Church of Chatham early Saturday morning, waiting for the annual Cookie Express to start. Inside the church hall, volunteers buzz around long tables set in a big square, adding more cookies to the dozens of plates already piled high with every sort of holiday cookie imaginable: gingerbread men, sugar c...

Chatham Celebrates Christmas By The Sea

By: Tim Wood

Frigid temperatures didn't deter crowds from attending Chatham's 38 th annual Christmas by the Sea celebration last weekend. After a process from the community center to Sears Park, the town Christmas tree was lit to a chorus of seasonal carols, with oversight from Santa and Buddy the Elf. The celebration continued throughout the weekend with open houses, music and the annual historic inn tour. CLICK HERE FO...

Human Skull Found On Museum Grounds

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Landscapers doing a fall cleanup at the Atwood House Museum made a surprising discovery last Friday: a human skull. Thought to be more than 100 years old, the skull was found in the brush behind the Stage Harbor Road museum, which is owned by the Chatham Historical Society. “It generated a lot of excitement,” said museum Executive Director Danielle Jeanloz. Workers from Luciano's Landscaping di...

Online Mooring System Cut Loose

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town's problematic online mooring permit renewal system is being scrapped. Instituted more than three years ago, the system had low use by mooring permit holders as well as technical issues that did not produce the functionality or savings in staff time that were anticipated, said Director of Natural Resources Robert Duncanson. “We just didn't see the efficiency we thought we would,” he said. ...

CHATHAM — Though there seems to be plenty of common ground when it comes to the landscaping and lighting needs for the new West Chatham Route 28 corridor, deep divisions remain about the underlying traffic plan. The board of selectmen heard a report from the planning board and historic business district commission last Tuesday about proposed landscaping and lighting options for the roadway, which is slated for...

Few Details On Plans For Harwich Center Gas Station

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The sign on the former Getty gas station property in Harwich Center that reads “Winstead Village Inn Expansion” is drawing a lot of attention. The landscaping along Main Street in front of the shuttered station has also been vastly improved, with holiday lighting signaling hope for the future there. The property is owned by Bassil Brothers Trust, which purchased it from Getty Realty Corporation for $...

Wastewater Will Drive Capital Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials got a close look Monday night at the capital plan and what it means for taxpayers going forward. The plan recommends $13 million in projects in FY18, driven primarily by more than $4 million in wastewater infrastructure. “The sale of wastewater is the elephant in the room,” Capital Outlay Committee Chairman Richard Larios told the gathering of selectmen and finance committee members in...

HARWICH ─ This weekend, when the curtain rises at the start of the Reaching Heart School of Ballet's “The Nutcracker,” it will mark the 14 th season of the show. It will also be the first time in those 14 years, according to the ballet school's director Melissa Heart, that there will be no special showing for Monomoy School District students during the school day. “We always have done school shows,” said He...

Selectmen Vote New Entertainment Regs For Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Establishments providing entertainment in Harwich Port will have to adhere to new noise level regulations after selectmen Monday night tweaked proposed regulations one more time before approving them. This was the third hearing before selectmen over the past month on proposed noise regulations designed to appease the business community and residents in the mixed-use district. After two sessions in wh...

Helping Hands Sought For Hemeon Farm

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Brent Hemeon has been working the soil on his farm between Grassy Pond and Bank Street for nearly 30 years, producing an abundance of fruit, berries, vegetables and salad greens, many marketed through his farm stand or sold to restaurants featuring locally grown produce. Hemeon has long had a love of the land and what it produces, including trees. The farm has approximately 200 fruit trees –apple, pe...

HARWICH ─ Homelessness is a problem that affects thousands of Cape Cod residents, and last week members of the Harwich Fire and Police Departments pitched in to help alleviate their struggle. For four nights and five days firefighters and police officers braved the cold as they stationed themselves outdoors at Brooks Park collecting donations of toys, food and funds to benefit local families in need. Acco...

Deputy Chief LeBlanc Lauded For Rescue

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Though rescuing people from fires is part of the job description, a firefighter can go an entire career without pulling a person from a burning building. But that won't be the case for Deputy Fire Chief David LeBlanc, who rescued a woman from a blazing apartment in South Harwich on Dec. 3. For that action, Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr., issued him a formal commendation last week. The woman, whos...