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Officials Debate Value Of Eldredge Garage Property

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In the summertime, a parking space in downtown Chatham can be priceless. But breaking down the potential cost of the Eldredge Garage property, depending on how the land is used, the price of a parking space there can be pegged at somewhere between $20,000 and $50,000. Speaking for a coalition of business owners and residents seeking to have the town acquire the land at the upcoming Jan. 23 special ...

CHATHAM – Justin Post, the town's building commissioner for the past four years, has resigned to take the top building department job in Wellfleet. Post's last day on the job was Friday. He starts his new position of building inspector in Wellfleet Jan. 23. “I am honored to have served the people, businesses, and contractors of the town of Chatham and also as honored to have learned from and to have worked ...

CHATHAM – This past summer, the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge attracted more plovers and terns than previous years, although productivity was mixed. According to a report by refuge wildlife biologist Kate Iaquinto, more piping plovers and terns nested on Monomoy this summer, and while tern productivity was up, fewer plover chicks fledged than last year. The refuge saw 52 pairs of federally-threatened plo...

CHATHAM — Though the headline article is the acquisition of the former Eldredge Garage property, the Jan. 23 special town meeting has a few other items to pique voter interest. The board of selectmen voted last week to close the warrant, which contains 11 articles. Selectmen voted 4-1 to recommend approval of Article 4, the acquisition of the Eldredge Garage land at 365 Main St., for possible use as open ...

AmeriCorps Works Through Snow Drifts In Thompson's Field

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Neither snow nor cold weather could keep AmeriCorps of Cape Cod staff members away from the heathlands of Thompson's Field Monday, where they worked with the town on a management program for the conservation area. Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski said AmeriCorps' fire corps was on loan from the Cape Cod National Seashore for four days this week to continue the Thompson's Field conservation mana...

Passed Over Again, Clark Hunkers Down In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Christopher Clark said on Tuesday he plans to remain in town and direct his attention to getting ready for the upcoming town meeting in May. Clark made the statement after learning late Monday night he was not selected for the town administrator's position in Millis, where he was one of three finalists. The Millis board of selectmen voted unanimously to offer the job to Michael Guz...

Selectmen Hughes And Lamantia Calling It Quits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It could be an interesting election season with two long-serving members of the board of selectmen stating they will not be candidates for re-election. Their decisions come at a time when the remaining three members of the board will have had a total of five years' experience. Selectman Peter Hughes has served for 15 years as a member of the board. He served three terms in the late 1990s and early 20...

OSTERVILLE/HARWICH ─ The Monomoy girls basketball team tucked two league wins under its cap in the past week, defeating Sturgis East in a commanding 58-32 victory before defeating Cape Cod Tech 47-25 on the road last Thursday. “Getting two wins in a row, considering all our injuries and illnesses, is very welcome,” said head coach Pete Richer. The Sharks got off to a slow start against the Seahawks, takin...

HARWICH ─ The Sharks started strong but couldn't sustain their momentum against Martha's Vineyard on Monday, falling 77-47, just days after earning a much-needed victory against Sturgis West on the road. It took both teams the better part of the first quarter to find the scoreboard in Monday's match at Monomoy, but it was the Sharks that struck first, putting up two points from a well-timed shot by Sam Reed....

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...

Blizzard Blankets Area In Season's First Major Snowfall

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

More than a foot of snow – 14.5 inches was reported in East Harwich and South Chatham – fell in the area during Saturday's blizzard, leaving slick roads and canceled events in its wake. The storm also created a winter wonderland of sparkling landscapes and perfect surfaces for sledding, which kids and adults alike took advantage of at their sledding hills of choice throughout the area. Rain and milder temperature...

School News, Jan. 12

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School Over the past two weeks, Mrs. Cleary's class conducted short research projects where students researched a winter holiday or celebration in another country. Students then gathered their research and organized it to write a five-paragraph expository essay. They also prepared a visual aid for their project that could have been a poster, tri-fold or PowerPoint presentation. We have inv...

When it opened more than a century ago, the Chatham Orpheum Theater, like most movie houses of the day, operated like a repertoire house – films were screened for a day or two before being replaced by new releases. Lengthy runs were rare. The Chatham theater, also like many other small hometown cinemas of the day, also doubled as a live venue for revues and staged plays, performed by traveling companies or loc...

Two Faucets

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It has certainly been a tumultuous few months, with Harwich Town Administrator Christopher Clark interviewing for a new position in several communities in Massachusetts. Clark was a finalist in four communities for positions of town manager and town administrator, but he did not land a job in those communities. He told The Chronicle this week “maybe they (the selectmen in those communities) see that my heart's no...

Untangled

By: Donna Tavano

The winds had been strong for days; maybe that was why there was so much debris on our beach. A small section of the shoreline was littered with dozens of weathered boards and driftwood. Up ahead I spied what looked like a seal pup; as I got closer I realized it was a huge ball of tangled boat lines. The ebb and flow of tides is so predictable, yet so fickle in what they choose to steal from us and spit out later...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 12

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Cooperative Effort Warms The Heart Editor: It warmed my cold winter heart to read your Dec. 29 piece “Chatham Selectmen Back Eldredge Garage Purchase” and learn that there is such remarkable private/pubic cooperation on acquiring this property for the town.  I urge the selectmen to arrange the financing as soon as possible so that all Chathamites and visitors can avail themselves of this in-town treasure ...