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CHATHAM – A proposal to only allow registered voters to make agenda requests at selectmen's meetings was rebuffed by a majority of the board last week. Selectmen voted 3-2 to embrace inclusion and continue with the long-standing policy of allowing anyone to make an agenda request under the “Public Announcements and Agenda Requests” segment of the board's regular weekly meetings. “To exclude voices in politi...

Appeals Court Hears Chase Cottage Case

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The fate of the three Avis Chase cottages in the Old Village is now in the hands of a three-judge panel from the state's appeals court. On Monday attorneys from the Avis Chase Women's Association of Philadelphia and the Young Women's Christian Association of Boston delivered their arguments over ownership of the cottages, which were bequeathed by Chase to the Young Women's Christian Association of Ph...

New Senior Center Needed, But Where?

By: Alan Pollock

Selectmen Mull Multiple Options To House COA CHATHAM — Selectmen agree that the council on aging building on Stony Hill Road is a bad fit for seniors, with ill-suited program spaces located on three floors. But when it comes to where a new senior center should be built, or what size it should be, board members say they need more information. Principal Projects Administrator Terry Whalen analyzed several...

Saving Money And Improving Water Quality

By: Tim Wood

Volunteer Water Watchers Program Has Benefited Town For 18 Years CHATHAM – Without the town's coastal water monitoring program, which depends on volunteer “water watchers,” it's unlikely that the town would be as advanced as it is in improving its coastal water quality. The work done by the water watchers, a program run in conjunction with the Friends of Chatham Waterways, would cost hundreds of thousands...

Aspiring Arson Investigator Sifts The Ashes For Truth

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Being a fire investigator means having a light touch, both with evidence at the fire scene and in interviews with witnesses and suspects. And as firefighter and aspiring arson investigator Justin White is learning, the heat of the blaze is nothing compared to the legal grilling that can come later. White and 17 other firefighters and police officers recently completed advanced fire investigation tr...

Selectmen Consider Containing The Sound Of Music In The Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Weighing the sound of music in a mixed commercial and residential district is not an easy task, as selectmen learned Monday night during a hearing on better controlling entertainment in Harwich Port. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss adopting the town's noise bylaw standard for entertainment licenses as well as uniform hours for entertainment in the Port. The bylaw states it is unlawful for a...

Chatham, Harwich At Odds Over Treatment Plant Fee

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There's a big difference between the amount of money Chatham is seeking to allow Harwich to use its wastewater treatment plant and the figure put on the table by Harwich selectmen Monday. While Chatham was seeking a $9.4 million contribution, the Harwich proposal is for $4.1 million. Selectman Peter Hughes said the higher figure came “before we go the details of their numbers from them.” Wording in a...

Armstrong: Honor Veterans By Listening

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — “We live in a superficial time,” Massachusetts National Guard Sgt. Jeremy Armstrong told this year's Veterans Day observance last Friday. Lots of people put yellow ribbon magnets on their car bumpers or thank servicemen and women by posting on Facebook. But few really take the time to listen to veterans' stories. “Engage. Ask questions. Listen,” he said. A 2003 graduate of Harwich High School an...

HARWICH PORT — A couple of miles off Harwich Port, school is in session at Harwich High. On Nov. 3, divers inspecting the new artificial reef made from debris from the demolished Harwich High School were pleased to find the site crowded with schools of tautog, black sea bass and cunner. “It was gratifying,” said Mark Rousseau, the artificial reef coordinator for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisher...

Monomoy Outlasts Bourne 28-26

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The Monomoy football team might not have the best record around, but at 4-6 after a thrilling 28-26 victory over the Bourne Canalmen last Thursday, the Sharks are now the winningest football team in Monomoy Regional High School history. “It's definitely one of the greatest feelings ever,” said senior Nick Malone, one of four seniors on the football team who were celebrated prior to the start of the...

HARWICH ─ Hannah Potter started playing field hockey when she was about five years old, and still has the tiny stick she originally learned the game with. Now, as her senior season with the Monomoy Sharks comes to a close, Potter is setting her sights on continuing her career with the St. Anselm College Hawks after formally signing her letter of intent. In an intimate but enthusiastic celebration held in the...

Time For The Annual Chatham Turkey Trot

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM ─ Before the drumsticks, the gravy, and even the football games comes a true Thanksgiving tradition: the Turkey Trot, which returns to Chatham this Thanksgiving Day. The event has enlivened Thanksgiving morning for more than a decade, with the 2016 event marking the Turkey Trot's 12 th year. As of Nov. 8 more than 1,400 runners have signed up to take part in this year's run, which follows a ...

Shakespeare's 'Richard III' With An Unexpected Twist At CCTC

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Consider Shakespeare's " Richard III ," a brutal political satire written in 1591. What comes to mind? Ruthless ambition, jealousy and hunger for power? How about puppets? Presented by Cape Cod Theatre Company, Home of Harwich Junior Theatre (at The Arts Center on Sisson Road in Harwich Center) as a Punch and Judy-style puppet show with actors, the comic tragedy unfolds in a hila...

Masterful Production Of 'All My Sons' At Elements Theater Co.

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

With a salute to Veteran’s Day, “All My Sons” explores the many sacrifices made during World War II. With Arthur Miller’s enduring writing and portrayal of universal struggles, this drama’s powerful message still resonates today. Miller believed theater could “change the world.” His break-out play, “All My Sons” wrestles with the changing social fabric of post-World War II and man’s responsibility to o...

Eliminate The Electoral College

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

As of early this week, more than four million people had signed an online petition urging Electoral College delegates to vote for the winner of the popular vote in last week's presidential election – Hillary Clinton – rather than Donald Trump, who won a majority of state Electoral votes. This effort is not likely to go anywhere, given the entrenched nature of our presidential election process. But the outpouring ...

The Result

By: Andrew Buckley

She’s 13 now. 13 and a half (and change). But who’s counting? Sofie stands now five foot four inches. That means the child I brought back to Chatham when she was 13 months and grew up amongst us, learning to swim, skate and sail, and earning her black belt, is now less than a foot shorter than me. That seems like a milestone of sorts. The summer population of Chatham was the margin of victory in the state of ...