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Stalemate On Route 28 Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A deadlocked board of selectmen Tuesday failed to endorse the continuation of the West Chatham Route 28 reconstruction project. The vote sends a fresh signal to state officials that the board is divided on the plan, but by itself, it does nothing to stop the project from going forward. Chairman Jeffrey Dykens said board member Seth Taylor called on him to recuse himself from the vote because his wi...

HARWICH – Complaints against two Monomoy Regional School Committee members remain unresolved after both declined to acknowledge that they'd violated the group's conduct policy. Karen Ryder and Sharon Stout were accused by fellow committee member Nancy Scott and eight Monomoy Regional High School department heads of violating sections of the committee's norms and protocols at a March 23 meeting. During a curric...

Supporting The Next Generation Of Fishermen

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — For many years, fighting for a sustainable commercial fishery meant ensuring that there were enough fish in the sea to support the industry. A new sustainability initiative seeks to ensure that, years from now, there are enough fishermen. Though fishing is often a family business, there's never been a coordinated, nationwide effort to train, educate and support the next generation of commercial fis...

CHATHAM — Though they weren't ready to sign a check, selectmen last week gladly signed a letter once again opposing the use of pesticides to control vegetation along Eversource power line rights-of-way. The campaign is being organized by the group Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer (POCCA), which is also asking Cape towns to contribute to a legal fund. Laura Kelley, president of POCCA, is visiting towns around the C...

Southern Sharks Showing Up On Sharktivity App

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity smartphone app is usually pretty quiet during the winter and early spring months. The white sharks that visit Cape waters during the summer are usually long gone by the new year, and the first sightings of the season usually don't happen until June. It may have come as a surprise, then, when notifications of shark detections began showing up on the a...

CHATHAM – Especially during Friday nights in the summer, when the Chatham Band performs at nearby Kate Gould Park, the north side of Chatham Bars Avenue is lined with vehicles, many of them parked up against a stockade fence along property owned by Chatham Bars Inn. Planning Board member Robert Dubis wants to make sure those parking spaces aren't lost under a new proposal by the inn to use the former bowling a...

CHATHAM – Architecturally, the Eldredge Public Library stands out on Main Street both for its uniqueness – its Renaissance/Romanesque Revival style is unlike anything else in town – and the nearly pristine state of preservation of the original 1886 building. Upon close inspection, however, some of the details of the building have suffered with age. Specifically, the sills, sashes and windows in the 131-year-ol...

HARWICH — The planning board endorsed the proposed temporary moratorium on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana in a public hearing this past week after receiving testimony from Police Chief David Guillemette and Sgt. Robert Brackett. At the onset of the hearing, Planning Board member Joseph McParland sought confirmation the town voted negatively last November on the state ballot question that a...

Firefighters Snuff Prescribed Burn

By: Staff Reports

HARWICH — A prescribed burn at Thompson's Field Tuesday had to be extinguished by firefighters after it threatened to spread uncontrollably. Crews were called to the area shortly after 9 a.m. at the request of the conservation department, which was overseeing the controlled burn of brush piles in a former meadow on the town-owned conservation land. The fire was between two dirt paths and did not threaten any s...

Cash-strapped Theater Sees Surge Of Support

By: Alan Pollock

WEST HARWICH — Facing a budget crisis, the nonprofit Cape Cod Theatre Company – Home of the Harwich Jr. Theatre is hoping that a surge in donations will stem the shortfall before it becomes a showstopper. Theater officials haven't specified the size of the deficit, which prompted them to lay off the organization's education director early this year, and forced them to pare back outreach programs. But two rec...

HARWICH — While the town is facing a larger than normal number of ballot questions seeking funding outside the limits of Proposition 2½, town officials continue to paint a good picture of the financial state of the community. The town's voter information committee brought several town officials and representatives of the two school districts together last week to gather insight into the financial state of the ...

Mobile Shellfish Nursery Planned For Allen Harbor

By: Bill Galvin

HARWICH — Aquaculture is certainly a growth industry on the Cape and producing seed shellfish is essential to marine farming. There are ongoing efforts in the Herring River to develop a shellfish nursery and the conservation commission has now approved a mobile nursery along the edge of Allen Harbor. Fran Zarette, the owner of the former fish house on the Herring River, has been doing battle with a neighbor ...

HARWICH — The town and the board of health have been named in a suit claiming the denial of acceptance of an application for variances constitutes a regulatory taking under Article 10 of the Massachusetts Constitution and the plaintiffs are seeking damages. At issue is a long standing battle between the estate of Lois A. Jones, which owns a 21,927-square-foot lot, located at 5 Sea Street Extension, fronting on...

HARWICH ─ A sure sign of spring is a line of cars and a busy snack shack at Centeio-Baldwin Field in Harwich since it means that Harwich-Chatham Little League is back in action. This past Saturday saw players from the league's teams swinging for the fences as Opening Day was celebrated. The annual tradition began on a somber note with a moment of silence to honor John Centeio, for whom the field is named. Ce...

HARWICH ─ It's the first official varsity season of the Monomoy boys lacrosse team, and the Sharks are fighting for every goal in spite of tough losses recently to Sturgis East and St. John Paul II, though they were bolstered by a one-goal victory against Sturgis West, the team's first win of 2017. The Sharks hosted the Storm last week, falling 20-8 in a challenging outing. “We're inexperienced,” said hea...

Kat's Pause: Bring Back The Banners

By: Kat Szmit

Not very long ago, Chatham and Harwich had two separate high schools, both with competitive athletic programs. Through the years, the successes of those programs resulted in a number of commemorative banners being hung in the respective gymnasiums. In a matter of weeks, some of the last students to pass through the halls of Chatham and Harwich before becoming Monomoy Sharks will graduate, and many of those who pl...