Topics: Chatham

CHATHAM ─ Many student athletes view summer vacation as a time to step back and relax a little. Mollie Charest isn't one of them. Rather than chill out during the break, Charest has stepped up her dedication to softball by traveling far off-Cape to practice and play, but if it helps her reach her goals it will all be worth it, especially if she realizes her dream of playing in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics....

CHATHAM ─ On a summertime afternoon John Schiffner stands at the third-base dugout fence gazing out at Veterans Field, taking a breather in between fielding text messages and phone calls that followed in a flurry after the announcement that his 2017 season as head coach of the Chatham Anglers will be his last. “It's time, for a lot of reasons,” Schiffner said. While the winningest head coach in Cape Cod B...

This past weekend US Coast Guard officials spent more than four hours scouring the waters off Plymouth looking for a possible person in the water after finding an adrift kayak. While the search was eventually suspended and no missing persons reports filed, indicating that the vessel likely floated free of its mooring, the situation is a powerful reminder that even paddle sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and sta...

Save A Life And Brake For Turtles

By: Kat Szmit

The folks at Wild Care, Inc., of Cape Cod have an important message for drivers encountering turtles in the roadway: Stop! You just might save a life. Each year when spring begins its migration into summer here on the peninsula, not only does Cape Cod see an influx of tourist traffic, but roadways also see an increase in turtle crossings, particularly of snapping turtles looking for suitable locations to lay t...

HARWICH ─ When asked what local chef Neville Coomber's most delicious dish was, his family's answer came in unison: his clam chowder. Now, although they have his carefully protected recipe, including his own secret ingredients, chowder in the future will taste a little different since one key ingredient is missing. Coomber, 47, died suddenly April 8, leaving his family stunned but comforted by countless memo...

CHATHAM – In the past, summer workers could count on finding a room in one of the town's many dormitories or rooming houses, many of which were located in the Old Village and downtown. Today, those locations represent some of the town's priciest real estate, and places like the Hawes House and the Epicure dorms have given way to private residences or upscale condos. But with the scarcity of workforce housin...

Bike Business Booming In Chatham This Season

By: Annemarie Della Morte

CHATHAM — Growing up on Cape Cod means different things to different people. For some people, these memories are learning to fish, digging for scallops, helping a parent run their store or sail their boat. For others, growing up on Cape Cod meant endless summers of riding bikes. Cape Cod is famous for beautiful beaches, but much of this peninsula’s beauty can be seen upon the equally exquisite bike paths. “...

HARWICH ─ Dissections are a typical part of most high school biology classes, but thanks to a special partnership between Monomoy Regional High School and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, students in Adriana Picariello's Marine Science class recently had the unique opportunity to necropsy a quartet of Kemp's ridley sea turtles. “The Audubon rescues the stranded turtles and sends them off to...

Kat's Pause: Remembering Roy

By: Kat Szmit

In more than a decade of sports reporting, I've definitely had the opportunity to meet my fair share of coaches. Each has been memorable for different reasons, and that includes Roy Porter, who passed away recently after a battle with cancer. I knew Coach Porter not from this job, but a past position when he was first head coach at Cape Cod Academy, and then Sturgis East. In a sea of stern-faced leaders shouti...

CHATHAM – A proposal to require that all letters sent to boards, committees and commissions be read out loud at public hearings was rejected by the board of selectmen last week. The board declined to include a general bylaw amendment regarding the reading of correspondence at public hearings on the warrant of the Jan. 23 special town meeting. A majority of board members felt the bylaw impinged on the rights of...

Chatham Selectmen Back Eldredge Garage Purchase

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Selectmen voted Tuesday to support town purchase of the Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. “It's a potential gem for the town, to accomplish multiple purposes,” said Selectman Dean Nicastro. Although primarily being considered to expand downtown parking, the 1.2 acres could also serve as open space and for historic preservation, he said. The $2.5 million purchase will be put before voters at...

2016 Was A Year Of Contasts In Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It was a year of contrasts in Chatham. A number of long-standing projects came to fruition in 2016, including completion of a new fire station, the opening of the new Mitchell River drawbridge, and the construction of a new bridge over Muddy Creek. But it was also a year when progress on several key issues was frustratingly slow. The dispute over the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildli...

HARWICH ─ In the nearly 50 years since Cheryl Poore began coaching field hockey in Harwich, she has become something of a legend in the sport. That era came to an end this week when Poore officially resigned from her head coaching post at Monomoy Regional High School. “When I first started coaching it was a very different time,” Poore said regarding her reason for stepping down. “Today, the roles of teachers...

HARWICH ─ While other teams were still practicing, the Monomoy girls varsity squad hosted Cape Tech in one of the earliest games of the 2016-2017 season, playing to a 39-11 victory in the Shark Tank Dec. 8. Though pleased with his team's win, Monomoy head coach Pete Richer acknowledged that his players were still shaking off some rust. “It was a very early season game, so we haven't had a lot of time to p...

HARWICH ─ When a softball soared over the fence at Mashpee High last year unbeknownst to the field umpire who thought it bounced first, Monomoy players Hannah Potter and Karley Marchese knew they had to say something. Little did they know that their honesty would result in the program's winning the MIAA Sportsmanship Moment of the Year for 2016. Available members of the team were feted at Gillette Stadium du...

CHATHAM ─ In the early hours of Thanksgiving morning it seemed that every turkey in Chatham was left at home to baste itself as thousands of runners, walkers, and supportive spectators made their way downtown for the 2016 Turkey Trot. The event originally began in 2005, conceived by Mary Parsons and Linda Redding and inspired by the We Gather Together run-walk held in Sandwich each Thanksgiving. The Chatham ...