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CHATHAM – After several Stage Harbor Road property owners expressed skepticism about a National Historic Register District designation for the neighborhood, the historical commission plans to send a letter answering questions raised at an informational meeting Saturday and taking a straw poll to determine support for the designation. The Massachusetts Historical Commission has already determined that the Stage...

CHATHAM – Rebecca Catron regularly walks down Harding's Beach, past the parking lots toward the eastern tip of the beach. In July, she began noticing more and more dead birds on the beach and in the water, sometimes several within a few feet. “I was thinking gosh, this is not normal,” she said during a walk down the beach last week. “I'm used to seeing one or two dead birds, but this is extreme.” It turns o...

Every September, students and teachers returning to school deal with a whole host of changes and new challenges, from entering a new school to learning the names of new classmates and students. When the Monomoy School District begins classes next Tuesday, students, parents and teachers will face a much more fundamental change: new school day starting and ending times. “It's a big adjustment, on a lot of lev...

CHATHAM — For many years, you could almost locate the intersection of Main Street and Old Queen Anne Road in Chatham by smell. The odor of natural gas meant you were there. The low-grade leak in the pipes under the roadway was enough to cause a strong smell, but not enough to pose a public safety risk. Over the course of years, people reported the odor to the fire department and the gas company would investi...

Scout Organizes Drop Boxes For Old American Flags

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Think of them as retirement homes for American flags. As part of his Eagle Scout project, 17-year-old David Van Sickle of Chatham has made two drop boxes designed to receive old American flags awaiting proper disposal. “We were getting boxes of flags from the fire department,” he said. It's not clear how or why the practice started, but people have been bringing old flags to the firehouse for...

CHATHAM ─ Joan and Ed Lerner first started coming to Chatham Band concerts at Kate Gould Park roughly 60 years ago, so it only seemed fitting that for their 57 th wedding anniversary on Aug. 25 they settled into seats with a clear view of the Whit Tileston Bandstand. The Lerners weren't the only ones celebrating that night. The evening also marked the official celebration for the 85 th year of the red-and-...

Selectmen Ask ConsCom To Revise Voting Rules

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Expressing concern that important decisions might be made by as few as two members, Selectman Dean Nicastro is asking the conservation commission to change the way it votes. By unanimous vote, the board of selectmen decided to send a letter to Conservation Commission Chairman Michael Tompsett asking the commission to amend its regulations to require at least four votes to take action under the wetlan...

APCC Chief Talks About The Politics Of Water Quality

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In addition to being a former state environmental official and the current executive director for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Andrew Gottleib is a four-term Mashpee selectman. And he knows that if constituents don't speak out about an issue, it won't be a priority for his board. That's why in some towns, wastewater planning hasn't really moved the political needle, he said. “In many resp...

Court Rules Congregational Church Owns Historic Cemetery

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The state Land Court has ruled that the First Congregational Church of Harwich is the owner of the historic Harwich Center Cemetery, holding title dating back to 1743. The decision means the church also owns the memorial garden, a subject of controversy with the town's cemetery commission. The ruling makes clear that the cemetery commission has no authority to order the church to disinter cremains in...

Death Cafe: An Informal Discussion About Facing Mortality

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — People have a hard time talking about death and dying and discussing plans for the inevitable. So the Council On Aging has taken steps to encourage such discussion, not in the form of grief support or counseling, but in a more informal fashion. Kevin Grunwald, MSW, social service coordinator at the COA, facilitates the Death Cafe, a group-directed discussion of death with no specific agenda. Using...

PLEASANT LAKE — Two men face a variety of charges stemming from an alleged shooting that police say followed a drug deal gone wrong Monday. Police say a 21-year-old man from Harwich had arranged to purchase an unknown quantity of marijuana from two other men at the commuter parking lot on Route 124 just before 6:30 p.m. Monday. “The drug deal went wrong and turned violent, which resulted in the suspect sh...

Dancing With The Produce At Harwich Farmers' Market

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Farmers' Market was in full swing last week, led by the Cape Cod Chamber Ensemble. There will be plenty of other opportunities to dance alongside fresh produce into early October; the market will be open every Thursday. The town's agricultural committee, in cooperation with the Harwich Historical Society, sponsors the Farmers' market on the grounds of Brooks Academy. Local farmers provide...

HARWICH ─ It had been awhile since Ron Bonollo was on the sidelines of a field hockey game, but after seeing a posting for a new head coach at Monomoy High School, he found himself intrigued. When that same posting appeared again a few months later, he decided to go for it. “I said, 'You know what? I'm looking for a challenge and a system that really cares about field hockey,'” Bonollo said. “I'm going to ap...

HARWICH ─ To the players from the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, it's called football. To players on the Monomoy boys squad, it's soccer. No matter the name, however, on Aug. 25 when the two groups gathered at Monomoy Regional High for a scrimmage it was a chance to play a beloved game and carry on a unique tradition. Every two years players from RGS travel to the United States to face...

One-man Show At Drama Guild Highlights A Life In Music

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Glenn Starner-Tate knew his calling as a young child. However, as sometimes happens, life put a few obstacles in his way. “My Music and Me,” now playing at the Chatham Drama Guild, is a one-man autobiographical show starring Starner-Tate that debuted in 2016 at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. The local musician, actor and playwright shares a lifetime of joys and sorrows while slowly rediscovering his childhood...

Book Tells Timeless Stories Inspired By Harwich Port

By: Debra Lawless

“Everything seems to taste better at the beach,” author Kristen H. Scholz Demeo’s mother used to say. Demeo, a member of a four-generation Cape Cod summer family, has published “Harwichport: Three Harbors, One Port: An Inspirational and Historical Guide to this Seaside Haven,” a 33-page valentine to Harwich Port. The short book is designed to help other visitors make their own memories in Harwich Port. “I w...