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Monomoy Athletic Director Resigns

By: Kat Szmit

After just one year on the job, Monomoy Athletic Director Brendan Case has resigned, according to an email sent by Superintendent Scott Carpenter to families in the school district on Saturday (Sept. 24). The email states that the reason for Case’s resignation, effective Sept. 23, is to “explore other options and have more time with his young family.” The email further states that a formal job posting for a...

CHATHAM – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe issued a statement Wednesday saying he was disappointed that the town is seeking federal legislation to resolve the dispute over the western boundary of the Monomoy Wildlife Refuge. The Fish and Wildlife Service worked “tirelessly” with the town to develop the comprehensive conservation plan for the refuge, he said, resolving significant differences th...

CHATHAM — When there's a vacancy on the department, Police Chief Mark Pawlina hires people, not robots. And because police officers are human beings, there's a risk of racial bias. The key, Pawlina said, is to be aware of that risk, to train officers to use their authority sensitively and judiciously, and to make sure the general public understands how law enforcement works. Speaking with a small group of...

CHATHAM — An unsigned pamphlet that was bulk mailed to Chatham residents this week blasts Harbormaster Stuart Smith for allowing his brother's boat mooring in Ryder's Cove to be used by Selectman Seth Taylor. In the style of a parody, the mailing advertises the “Selectmen's Choice Access Mooring Plan,” or SCAM, and encourages people to call the harbormaster to “see if you qualify to jump the line and get a m...

Town Seeks Shared Uses For Bridge Street Property

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In 2014, voters purchased land near the Mitchell River drawbridge for a wide range of potential uses, from a commercial fishing vessel offloading pier to a handicap-accessible platform for recreational anglers, a new home for the town's shellfish upweller, or a new dock for Coast Guard boats. Now, with the property already in regular use by the public, town officials are asking stakeholders to help th...

Shark Week In Review

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Last Friday researchers tagged the 19 th great white shark of the season, a 15-foot animal located off Nauset Beach in Orleans. According to the Chatham Shark Center, that brings the total number of sharks tagged in Cape waters since 2009 to 97. Since 2014, the state Division of Marine Fisheries, working with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC), has identified 200 individual sharks, 20 of them so f...

Monomoy Boundary Bill Filed

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A bill clarifying the town and state's right to manage the resources in the submerged lands west of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge was expected to be filed Tuesday by Congressman William Keating. The bill that was filed differs from previous draft bills, which sought to specifically set the western boundary of the refuge at mean low water to make it clear that the town and state are responsible...

Team Effort Saves Young Humpback Whale Off Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Thanks to quick work by a charter boat operator, the Coast Guard and the Center for Coastal Studies, a young humpback whale was freed from fishing gear off Chatham Friday afternoon. Captain Darren Saletta of Monomoy Sportfishing and a fishing party were about two-and-a-half miles east of Chatham when they came upon the juvenile whale tangled in lobster gear. The whale was “extremely fatigued, strug...

CHATHAM – What really happened on Feb. 18, 1952? While the book and movie of the Pendleton rescue, “The Finest Hours,” tells the story of how a four-man Coast Guard crew from Chatham saved 32 men from a sinking tanker off the town's coast, like any historical event, there's always a lot more to tell. At the Chatham Historical Society's Atwood House Museum Sunday, those other stories of the CG36500 and the P...

Paris Through The Eyes Of Cape Codders

By: Debra Lawless

Local Photographers Exhibit Photos Of The City Of Light by Debra Lawless Two well-known Chatham photographers will be featured in a dual show, “Images of Paris,” opening on Sept. 24 at Chatham’s Gallery Antonia. “It’s going to be fun,” says gallery owner Domonic Boreffi. The gorgeous photographs of Paris by Kim Roderiques and Jennifer Eldredge Stello will offer something a little different to Cape au...

Brooks Library To Reopen Thursday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After the emergency electrical inverter is replaced Wednesday, Brooks Free Library anticipates opening to the public on Thursday. The Library in the Lobby will remain open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to Director Ginny Hewitt, but will be closed Wednesday so shelving, books and videos can be moved from the lobby back to the main library. The library will open again at 10 a.m. ...

Habitat Moving Forward With West Harwich Plan

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod is moving forward with an agreement to purchase Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing property off Route 28, with an eye on building six affordable homes on the rear portion of the land. Habitat has applied to the board of selectmen for up to $300,000 from the town's affordable housing fund for the purchase of the land and is also requesting that selectmen provi...

Monomoy High Named Model School

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — There may be only one Monomoy Regional High School, but there soon may be some other schools in Massachusetts that bear a striking resemblance to it. Last month, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) announced that the new high school has been approved to become one of its model schools. Its designs and specifications will now be made available to other communities seeking to build sch...

Roundabout Remains A Viable Option At Intersection

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — The message was clear Monday night that the town must continue to make short-term adjustments to the Route 39/Pleasant Bay Road intersection while it looks long-term at more substantial improvements. The idea of a roundabout as that long-term solution is gaining traction. Selectmen heard a presentation on the Road Safety Audit report on the intersection conducted by Steven Tupper, a transport...

In an unassuming warehouse in Dennisport, women are doing push-ups on roller skates. If you think that's tough, you should see them skate. Roughly 100 fans did just that on Saturday night when the Salty Dolls of Cape Cod Roller Derby held their first home bout after years of travel competition. Cape Cod Roller Derby is the brainchild of Lynne Duquette Perera, AKA Lulu Nori Morse, who, with Talia Arone, found...

SOMERVILLE ─ With minutes left in their Saturday's contest against Matignon/St. Joseph's Prep and trailing 8-0, the Monomoy Sharks needed a spark. Thanks to Zach Souza and Eli Nickerson, they got an inferno, stunning the Warriors as they soared to a 16-8 win. “Unfortunately we started a little bit flat,” said Monomoy head coach Spanky Demanche. “I'm sure the long bus ride had something to do with that.” D...