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CHATHAM — Today's firefighters don't need to be reminded of the horror and heroism at the World Trade Center 15 years ago; it's part of their collective identity. But for the next generation of firefighters, born too late to remember the terror attacks, just outside the front door of the Chatham fire house there's a concrete reminder. Steel, actually. The torn and twisted floor beam from one of the Twin T...

Harwich Police Make Opiate Epidemic A Department Priority

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Illegal drug use has had a major impact on the community, resulting in 20 deaths from overdoses between 2000 and 2015. The problem is not unique to Harwich; Barnstable County has the highest overdose rate per capita of any county in Massachusetts. “This is a serious concern Capewide,” Dt. Sgt. Robert Brackett said this week of the opiate epidemic. “Harwich is no different than other Cape communities....

Electrical Problems Again Close Brooks Free Library

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For the second time in a month and the fourth time since the equipment was installed four years ago, a failed transistor inverter has closed public access to Brooks Free Library. Word of the latest failure came early last Friday morning. This is the second time in a month the town has gone without full access to its public library, and frustration levels are high. Selectmen on Monday night expressed ...

Parade, Arts And Music Fest Set For This Weekend

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — It's almost cranberry harvest time, and Harwich is celebrating this weekend with a parade and a festival of arts and music. The Harwich Hometown Parade is back this year, bringing floats, marching bands and family fun through Harwich Port and Harwich Center. A longtime staple of the Harwich Cranberry Festival, the parade is now an anchor event for the chamber of commerce's Fall for Harwich series. ...

Selectmen Change Position On Library Preservation Oversight

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen has altered its decision to reduce the funding for the architectural services associated with the restoration and preservation of Brooks Free Library. The board had voted a couple of weeks ago to cut services, reducing funding for the work by more than $16,000. But the board received some negative feedback from the architectural firm being considered to oversee the project, McG...

Volunteer Breathes New Life Into The Tip O'Neill Rose Garden

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — When Toni Hollingsworth walked into the community center in June, she couldn't help noticing that the rose garden honoring former resident Thomas P. “Tip” O'Neill had fallen into deplorable condition. Seeing that the garden needed some TLC to survive, Hollingsworth agreed to develop a volunteer program to see to its continued care. In 2002 the town was recognized by The American Rose Society as an...

HARWICH ─ Thanksgiving Day is still months away, but one of the bigger local football rivalries hit the gridiron on Friday night when the Monomoy Sharks hosted Cape Cod Tech in their season and home opener, with the dominant Sharks coming away with a 22-6 victory under the lights of the Monomoy Athletic Complex, otherwise known as the Shark Tank. Fans packed the stands and stood along the fences surrounding ...

Sharks Nip Raiders 5-2 In Field Hockey Win

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ Monomoy field hockey coach Cheryl Poore said she's never had a team work harder than her 2016 squad. That was evidenced mightily on Monday when the Sharks dispatched the Barnstable Red Raiders 5-2 in a stellar non-league contest. Carlee Tolley proved the most dangerous shark in the Shark Tank, netting four of Monomoy's five goals, the first coming in the opening half on an assist by Emma Mawn. Holl...

Sharks Open 2016 With First Win In New League

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ It was hot, humid, and not exactly pretty, but when the final whistle blew on the Monomoy boys varsity soccer team's first-ever Cape and Islands League game last Friday, the Sharks emerged victorious with a 1-0 win against Sturgis East. The triumph came courtesy of senior forward Akeem Bucknor who found an opening in the midst of a scrum in front of the Sturgis net and took the shot, netting the on...

HARWICH ─ Runners have always liked the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Half-Marathon and 10K road races for the course, and now they'll have reason to stick around after crossing the finish line thanks to a new after party that promises to spice up the fun runs. According to Paul Collyer of B.A. Event Promotions, which hosts the annual event, the 2016 Cranberry Harvest will feature a post race wine and beer garde...

References to speakeasies and bootleg whiskey bring to mind the dark nights, danger, speed and excitement of Prohibition-era rum-running off the coast of Cape Cod. Rum-running will be the topic of a talk by Jeff Proctor of East Bridgewater at the Chatham Historical Society's Atwood House Museum this Sunday, Sept. 18. “My talk will detail how Prohibition led to rum-running, a criminal phenomenon that turned ...

ORLEANS — As it's done for the past six years, the Orleans Pond Coalition is hosting its “Celebrate Our Waters Festival” this weekend, with more than 50 free walks, talks, sails and paddles. The event takes place Friday through Sunday, and kicks off with an opening reception dubbed Smooth Jazz Under the Stars. Featuring Bart Weisman and his group, the event will include light appetizers, chowder, sandwiches ...

Kidney Disease Survivor Gives Back Through Thrift Shop

By: Ellen Chahey

Mike Werbick’s lucky day came when a kidney donor was found for him. It happened to be his wife. Now, with his life spared by the transplant on Sept. 15, 2015, he wants to give back. And that is why you’ll now find the Lucky Day Thrift Shop at 16 Route 28, West Harwich, just before the Dennisport line. It’s been open since the end of May. The shop doesn’t operate on the donation-and-or-consignment model fam...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 15

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Can't Take Letter Seriously Editor: In his  recent letter, J. Denis Glover in an open letter to Chatham's clergy suggests they mediate the airport situation. He concluded his letter by asking "How about it?" Mr. Glover how about your rewriting your letter so it becomes a balanced presentation of the situation rather than your prejudiced, disjointed, twisted and unfair collection of harmful words that can...

Falling

By: Andrew Buckley

“You become very, very fatalistic. Young people come to me all the time with their resumes saying this is what they're going to do two years from now, four years from now, six years from now. I tell them don't plan so far ahead. Life has a way of changing the best-laid plans. You may think you know what you're going to be doing a year from now or two years from now. I don't think I plan more than two or three wee...

Loosening The Opiate Grip

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The Harwich Police Department is to be lauded for dedicating its newest officer to combating the opiate crisis that has gripped the region – much of the country, actually – for the past few years. Having boots on the ground with the specific mission of dealing with heroin addiction in all its many facets will help the department, and the community, gain a better understanding of the problem and hopefully begin to...