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CHATHAM – After the 1987 break in North Beach, a long-range plan was developed in response to what was expected to be continued erosion south of Lighthouse Beach. But conditions changed – South Beach connected to the mainland and provided protection for the inner shoreline – and the plan was never fully implemented. That's just one reason no one was prepared for the devastating effect this past winter's four n...

CHATHAM – After nearly two years of work, consolidated waterways regulations were approved last week by the waterways advisory committee. The final draft will now go back to the board of selectmen before being adopted by the harbormaster. A theme that emerged from the committee's hearing on the draft last Thursday was the need to take a look at the waterways bylaw, the override authority under which the new re...

This is the second of a three-part series focusing on warrant articles for Chatham's May 14 annual town meeting. CHATHAM – Every year, homeowners pay a 3 percent surcharge on their property taxes that's used to fund affordable housing, historic preservation, open space and recreation projects that would not usually be covered by the town's operating budget. The Community Preservation Act was signed into law ...

CHATHAM — When it comes to the plan to widen Route 28 at the intersection of Crowell, Depot and Queen Anne roads, selectmen are tapping the brakes. On Monday, engineer Keri Pyke of Howard/Stein-Hudson showed selectmen a new design that includes a modern traffic signal coupled with turning lanes and bike lanes on Route 28 west of the crossroads, but with less road widening on the east side of the intersection...

Selectmen: Carpenter Letter May Violate Campaign Law

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen are upset with a couple of additions to the May 7 annual town meeting warrant which were inserted into the document without their knowledge after they had signed what they thought was the final version. The additions, inserted by Town Administrator Christopher Clark shortly before the warrant went to the printer, include a letter from Monomoy Regional School District Superintendent Scott C...

Toast Of Harwich Draws A Crowd At Wequassett Resort

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “It was a great success,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams said of the 17 th annual Toast of Harwich, held at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Friday evening. The event, despite the rain, drew its largest crowd ever. “To draw 350 people on a Friday night in April is incredible,” Williams said. “People love the event and the venue. This event proves that this is the format ...

HARWICH — Sharon Hughes, a special education teacher at Orleans Elementary, has been tapped as the next assistant principal at Harwich Elementary School. The announcement was made last week by Harwich Elementary’s current assistant principal, Mary Oldach, who will be assuming the principal’s job on July 1. “The interview committee reviewed the applications of 21 highly qualified candidates, and, of these,...

Crematorium, Sewer Top Town Meeting Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The 69-article annual town meeting warrant is expected to ignite some fireworks on Monday night with such controversial topics as funding for a pet crematorium and sewer infrastructure in East Harwich. There are other topics that certainly will draw debate, including using a $1 million grant to offset the cost of the Saquatucket Harbor landside project; a $6.7 million East Harwich fire station replac...

East Harwich Fire Station Cost Jumps $700K

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The low bid for the reconstruction of the East Harwich fire station came in $700,000 more than the estimate projected by the project architects Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc. Selectmen on Monday night voted to support the $6,750,000 project to be placed before voters in the annual town meeting. Fire Chief Norman Clarke apologized for the early estimate provided the East Harwich station #2 rehabilitati...

HARWICH – Sunny skies over Brooks Park in Harwich highlighted a solid boys tennis win for the Monomoy Sharks against the Nauset Warriors on Saturday, April 28. As Pickleballers played on the far courts and children frolicked on the nearby playground, the Monomoys boys tennis team got down to the business of winning, beginning with second singles player Nick Russell who defeated Nauset's Michael Sanborn 6-4, 6-...

Big Victories For Monomoy Girls Lacrosse

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – The second year of Monomoy's girls varsity lacrosse program looks to be their winningest yet, especially after two big victories against Cape Cod Academy and Dennis-Yarmouth, the latter of which boosted the team to a 5-4 overall record. When the Sharks hosted the Seahawks on April 26, the home team dominated and because of that seized the opportunity to get as many players onto the pitch as possible....

From May 23 to 26, the organization known as Destination Imagination will hold its annual global competition at the University of Tennessee and will once again host a team from Cape Cod. Destination Imagination (DI) is an innovative problem-solving competition composed mainly of high school and middle school students. It is meant to be highly challenging and competitive in order to sort out the students who wo...

Ashley Wade Returns To Chatham For Two Concerts

By: Debra Lawless

About 25 years after she first debuted as a singer in Chatham’s churches, mezzo-soprano Ashley Wade will return to perform in Chatham as a part of the choral ensemble Lyricora and then in a second, solo concert this spring. “I really was raised in music on Cape Cod, and that’s rare and special,” Wade, 35, said during a telephone interview from her home in Dover, N.H. last week. “I’ve been studying voice and si...

On Monday Harwich voters will face a 69-article annual town meeting warrant containing a lot of weighty and, in some cases, costly articles. There are more than $30 million in debt and capital exclusion requests and the operating budgets for the town, Monomoy Regional School District and Cape Cod Tech push the number beyond $65 million. There are several major issues on the minds of voters, foremost among them...

Eleven years ago, my wife and I moved to Harwich Center. At first reluctant to consider living here, when our agent showed us assets like the community center and Brooks Free Library, and a house that met our criteria, we changed our minds. This column, my 48 th , marks completion of four years spent learning about and deepening my appreciation for Harwich, a feeling strengthened reading the 2017 Annual Town R...

Letters to the Editor, May 3

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Board Can Use New Blood Editor: As we approach the upcoming election in Harwich, we would suggest serious consideration for Tom Sherry for selectman. Though new to the political scene, he is a fine, hardworking, sincere man. Tom is interested in the future of this beautiful town and its people. An undeniable asset is Tom’s willingness to listen to his constituents. He has a calm, patient demeanor and will w...