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CHATHAM – On Jan. 1, single-use plastic bags will be a thing of the past in Chatham. The board of health, which passed the ban a year ago, issued a reminder last week that it will be implemented on the first day of the new year. “We wanted to let the public and the merchants know it's going into effect Jan. 1,” said Health Agent Judy Giorgio. “We want to make sure they're all prepared.” Health department...

Local voters backed Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's presidential election, sent William Keating back to Congress and elected a first-time candidate to the state senate. Truro Democrat Julian Cyr captured the Cape and Islands Senate seat being vacated by Dan Wolf, defeating Harwich resident Anthony Schiavi. Cyr managed to beat Republican Schiavi in his hometown of Harwich as well as in Orleans, but not in Chatham....

Towns To Hold Veterans Day Ceremonies

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Chatham, Harwich and Orleans will each hold ceremonies marking Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. The Chatham ceremony will take place in the community center. In the past the ceremony has been held at the downtown rotary, but after last year's event was held in the community center due to weather, many people said they enjoyed the indoors setting better, said organizer Robert Franz. “Bei...

Coast Guard Seeks Shallow-draft Boat

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – When surf is breaking on the Chatham Bar and fishing boats are either on their way out of the harbor or coming back home, the Coast Guard has taken to positioning one of its near-shore lifeboats near the entrance channel. “We have not done this in previous months,” said Station Chatham Senior Chief Corbin Ross. Members of the commercial fleet requested the move, however, due to increased shoaling on ...

CHATHAM – Cape Cod is a great place to teach science. “We use our environment as much as we can,” said Monomoy Middle School seventh grade science teacher Melinda Forist. It's evident from her students' projects that the natural world is not just something they study in books; they do actual water quality testing, conduct energy efficiency audits and conduct experiments in the field designed to help endangered...

CPA Funds Eyed For Hinckley's Pond Alum Treatment

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Town officials are seeking $550,000 for alum treatments designed to prevent algae blooms in Hinckley's Pond, and they're hoping the community preservation committee will provide the funds. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said he's hopeful that the committee will endorse the request. Two years ago, citing concerns that the pond has no real public access, the committee voted 5-2 not to support a s...

Town Planner Aly Sabatino: Communication Is Key

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Zoning bylaws are dry and confusing. They set out a vision for the way land can be developed, but it can take decades before any real change happens. And getting public consensus on a common vision can be maddeningly difficult. New Harwich Town Planner Aly Sabatino said the key strategy for crafting good zoning and regulating land use is two-way communication. Town officials need to help ordinary c...

New Tech School Could Top $150M

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Though the numbers are very preliminary, it could cost between $130 million and $160 million to replace the aging Cape Cod Regional Technical High School with a brand new facility. Superintendent Bob Sanborn delivered the news to the Harwich board of selectmen Monday, and to Chatham selectmen Tuesday. Officials have been warning for years that the project would be a costly one. “I expected it to b...

Animal Control Officers' Dog Wins National Prize

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — The husband-and-wife team of Jack Burns and Lynda Brogden-Burns, best known as the animal control officers in Harwich and Brewster, spend their working hours caring for the towns' furry and feathered residents. In their free time, they're focused on their own rambunctious four-and-a-half-year-old. Aiden is a German shepherd who recently won the coveted Performance Award of Merit from the German Sheph...

A Strong Tourney Run For Monomoy Girls Soccer

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH/OSTERVILLE ─ It's been a wild 2016 ride for the Monomoy girls varsity soccer team, whose season came to an end this week when they fell to Sturgis West in the MIAA Div. 4 South first round after defeating Bourne 4-2 in the preliminaries. In spite of the loss, head coach Jenn Peterson was proud of her team's accomplishments. “ To go from never making the tournament to winning a game and gettin...

Sharks Stymied By Sailors In Tournament Action

By: Kat Szmit

SCITUATE ─ It wasn't the way the Monomoy field hockey team wanted their season to end, but when the dust settled across the turf at Scituate High on Thursday, the Sailors claimed victory with a 2-1 final score in the MIAA Div. 2 South first round. Monomoy, the 12 th seed in MIAA Div. 2, took an early 1-0 lead against the No. 5 Scituate Sailors on a nice goal from Emma Mawn assisted by Carly Donovan roughly ...

Boys Soccer Falls To Millis In MIAA Prelims

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The 2016 season of the Monomoy boys soccer team came to a halt on Friday night when the Sharks were stunned by the Millis Mohawks in the preliminary round of the MIAA Div. 4 playoffs, which ended with a final score of 3-1. “We knew they were going to be a tough opponent,” said Monomoy head coach Keith Clark. “Full credit to them. They're very physical and talented. They play in a league against a l...

A Grand, Magical And Hilarious 'Starcatcher' At Cape Rep

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Everyone has dreams. Even an orphan boy with no name as he’s thrown into the dark, stinky hold of a ship bound for an island ruled by a tyrannical king doomed to be a slave for the rest of his days, has a dream. He dreams of flying and the dream gives him hope and a drive to keep carrying on. This boy’s small measure of optimism collides with the remarkable Molly, an apprentice Starcatcher who has confidence and ...

Chatham Author Recounts The Devastation Of AIDS

By: Debra Lawless

Thirty-five years have passed since 1981, the year we all first heard of a terrible new disease: AIDS. Today, books and memoirs are being written about the early dark days of the epidemic before advances in drugs changed a diagnosis from a sure death sentence to a controllable condition. “When people write about gay history they write about Stonewall or gay marriage,” says Michael H. Ward of Chatham, author...

School News, Nov. 10

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School Mrs. Cleary's class was the first fourth grade class to receive Chomper for filling up their SHARK tank, demonstrating great shark-like behavior by following directions, staying on task, being kind to others and working well with peers in small groups. This week Chomper has participated in multiplication sweets, estimation, reading groups with tall tales and understanding characters...

Keep Coast Guard In Chatham

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The Disney film “The Finest Hours” helped raise the profile of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Station Chatham in particular. What the rescue of the crew of the Pendleton showed modern audiences was the Coast Guard's tradition of selfless service and perseverance, a tradition that continues today. Over the years, that tradition has been, at times, a challenge to live up to, often because of conditions out of anyone'...